Cubs vs. Rockies: Quintana vs. Lambert (Game 61)
CHC (34-26): LHP José Quintana (4-4, 3.78 ERA)
COL (31-29): RHP Peter Lambert (0-0, -.-- ERA)
First pitch 1:20pmCDT
The Cubs are back in first and rely on Quintana to push them toward the sweep this afternoon. José pitched only 4 innings his last start due to rain. He was getting somewhat mixed results up to that point, allowing 2 earned runs but also striking out six. A few current Rockies have enjoyed their few opportunities against him. Arenado has a pair of homeruns in 9 at bats. Mark Reynolds has four extra base hits but also six strikeouts in 17 at bats. Story is 3-5 with a double and a triple.
The Cubs miss Jon Gray, day-to-day with a finger injury, and instead get Rockies' top pitching prospect Peter Lambert. Lambert made steady progress through the minors by filling up the strikezone and getting groundballs at a good rate. His ERA's haven't been impressive, but that's a game that may play better with defenders like Arenado and Story behind him. In just over 100 innings at AAA this year and last he's failed to get his ERA below 5. Based on prospect write-ups, it sounds like his stuff is middling. His fastball sits in the low 90s. Command of his changeup makes it his next best pitch. There's enough deception in his delivery that we might see some hitters struggle in the first approach.
Following today's finale, the Cubs will welcome the redbirds into Wrigely with a little payback in mind.
crunch 8 sec ago (view)
schwarber / bryant / rizzo / baez / heyward(CF) / caratini / cargo(RF) / darvish / russell
Eric S 9 sec ago (view)
Was that before or after Hendricks going on the 10 day IL with right shoulder inflammation?
crunch 1 min 38 sec ago (view)
k.hendricks to the 10-day IL with "right shoulder inflamation"
rowan wick up because whatever.
Arizona Phil 1 hour 12 min ago (view)
Because they never play more than four days in a row, AZL Cubs #1 and AZL Cubs #2 will only need four SP each.
The pitchers at AZL mini-camp who are (right now) stretched-out to start are Brendon Little (rehab), Carlos Ocampo, Jose Miguel Gonzalez, Chi-Feng Lee, Misael Garcia, Richard Gallardo, and Luis Ramos, and Keegan Thompson may be ready for an AZL SP rehab assignment soon.
Arizona Phil 1 hour 18 min ago (view)
The Cubs are down to five catchers at AZL mini-camp (draft picks Ethan Hearn, Wyatt Hendrie, and Jake Washer have not yet officially signed), so Mesa Rehab Coach (and ex-minor league catcher) Tyler Pearson has been taking on some extra duties, catching bullpen side-sessions and warming up pitchers in the pen. (He caught Craig Kimbrel the other day).
So I would not be surprised if the Cubs sign a NDFA college senior catcher or acquire an experienced catcher from indy ball to help out.
Arizona Phil 1 hour 28 min ago (view)
Not counting 2019 draft picks and rehabbers, the Cubs top prospect in the AZL this season is SS Luis Verdugo (he's one of the Cubs Top 10 position player prospects).
Verdugo was supposed to go to Eugene with 2B Reivaj Garcia this past week, but was left behind at Mesa when SS Dixon Machado was reinstated from the Iowa IL last Tuesday and SS Luis Vazquez (who had been playing SS at Iowa) needed to go somewhere where he could play SS every day. (Vazquez was assigned to Eugene).
Craig A. 1 hour 49 min ago (view)
Bring him up!
Arizona Phil 2 hours 2 min ago (view)
HAGSAG: As far as I know he's still with the Cubs.
Hagsag 2 hours 6 min ago (view)
Phil, has Jim Benedict left the Cubs Organization? Thanks.
Arizona Phil 2 hours 15 min ago (view)
Several of the younger pitchers and position-players who were at Extended Spring Training but who were not in contention for Eugene Opening Day roster slots went home for about ten days between the end of the EXST Cactus League season (6/1) and the start of AZL mini-camp this past Tuesday (6/11).
crunch 2 hours 18 min ago (view)
incredible waste of money, honestly.
you can get almost 2 weeks of chatwood for that kinda loot. CHATWOOD!!!
tim815 3 hours 18 min ago (view)
19 for 1
I like those odds.
Arizona Phil 4 hours 19 min ago (view)
The Cubs have signed 19 J-2 IFA since acquiring $750K in International Signing Bonus Pool (ISBP) space from the Orioles in the April deal where the Cubs agreed not to re-claim RHRP Pedro Araujo (selected by BAL in the Major League Phase of the December 2017 Rule 5 Draft).
There were no big name prospects among the 19 J-2 IFA who were signed, but the average signing bonus (presuming the entire $750K in ISBP space was used) is about $40,000.
tim815 10 hours 29 min ago (view)
Reivaj Garcia apparently pronounces his name RAY-vuh.
Mike Wellman 11 hours 16 min ago (view)
AA: 6IP; 0BBs; 9Ks...See the USA in your Alzolay; All the way w/ Alzolay; Lay Lazy Lay; My name is Bert and I’m an Alzoholic...
Hagsag 12 hours 42 min ago (view)
This is turning into "the trip from hell".