Cubs @ Braves: Arrieta vs Wisler (Game 60)


CHC (41-18): RHP Jake Arrieta (9-1, 1.80)
ATL (18-42): RHP Matt Wisler (2-6, 3.98)
First pitch: 3:10pmCST

Arrieta lost (?!) to the D’backs his last time out (5 IP, 3 ER, 12 K, 1 BB). Arizona batters either struck out or hit it somewhere where no one could catch it. Arrieta is 6-0 with a 1.71 ERA on the road this year. Atlanta is 23-79 (.291) against him. A.J. Personality is 8-14 with 2 HR.

Wisler pitched like his mother in his last outing (4 IP, 8 ER, 5 K, 3 BB), an ugly loss in LA, after going 2-3 with a 2.51 in May. He’s 0-4 with a 4.12 at Turner Field this year. The Cubs are 7-16 (.438) against him. Bryant and Fowler both have a hit (HRs).

Lester (7-3, 2.06) versus Blair (0-4, 7.13—aw, yeah) tomorrow at 12:35pmCST before we head to DC.

Go Cubs!


One small achilles heel I'm noticing in the Cubs that probably actually does need to be corrected before the playoffs. They don't seem to be much of a come from behind team. I am wayyyyy to lazy to look it up, but I'd be really surprised if they've won more than a game or two after being behind in the 8th inning. I suppose most teams are not good there, given how good modern late inning pitching has become, but still, a small concern. If I was at all ambitious I'd look for comps. But it doesn't just seem to be late innings - I'd be curious what their record is in come from behinds after 5/6 innings. Again, a very tiny wart in an amazing team, and that wart may be a figment of my imagination. Last night barely counts. They were flat and that just happens on the road sometimes.

Biggest shortcoming on this team that I see is that they are at least one decent LHRP short. Clayton Richard in a high-leverage situation is like a five-year old with a chainsaw and a PBR. Just shouldn't be allowed to happen.

i would...ummm...i would like to see a five year old with a chainsaw and PBR happen. i'm not a good person.

Maddon has been putting him out there anyway, I guess in the hope he can right the ship, but I sure hated seeing Ramirez go instead of him.

The Brewers DFA's Neil Ramirez shortly after acquiring him. I wonder if they thought he could be easier for them to get through the waiver wire and store him in AAA. Given the mess the White Sox bullpen has been (now including year ending injuries), I'd not be surprised to see him go there (they have been a landing spot for ex-Cubs like Mike Olt and Jacob Turner). The injury history and inconsistent performance this year makes me think he'll be OK eventually but might need another year to resurface from whatever has been ailing him. Obviously, he's just not the pitcher we saw in 2014 when he was better than Grimm. The Richard issue is more about a 2nd lefty. Last year he was needed as a spot starter but not so far in 2016. At this point, I think Cahill, Warren and even T. Wood would be ahead of him for a spot start situation. So if he's not spot starting, if they come up with a better 2nd lefty option, and he continues to not function as a LOOGY, I expect he'll not end the year here.

Cubs going for variety on day 3 (just kidding, except for the lefty shrimp...hope he's the next Billy Wagner) Rounds 8-10 were all RHP 6'6-8", so they must have run out of giant sized RHP pitchers: 11- Michael Rucker, BYU, RHP, Sr. 6'1" 185 12- Trey Cobb, Oklahoma St, RHP, Jr. 6'1" 190 13- Wyatt Short, Miss, LPH, Jr. 5'8" 180 14- Parker Dunshee, Wake Forest, RHP Jr. 6'1" 205 15- Jed Carter, Auburn (Montgomery), RHP Jr. 6'0' 190 16- Holden Carmack, Oral Roberts, RHP Jr. 6'0" 195

Gotta appreciate that his name is "Short."

Looks like the Cubs have come up "short" in this draft 17-Zack Short, Sacred Heart SS, 5'10, 175. Wow, a short-shortstop (SSS?). Then 3 more pitchers in rounds 18-20 including 2 southpaws and a big righty from what I thought on first glance was Klutztown University (Kutztown, must be some limited dyslexic thing and it turns out not far from Joe Maddon's Hazleton, PA)

i just like the fact he's a college JR i mean... i, just, like, the, fact, he's, a, college, JR

If he's Zack Short, Jr., I would be OK with "Short Jr.". I mean, that's just too good.

Zack Short--from Sacred Heart, where I teach. Regrettably, I do not have any inside scouting info on him, although I did say hello to Bobby Valentine (our Athletic Director) at a faculty lunch last week. Maybe I can get some tickets out of this...

if tim federowicz was a real team player he'd go on a fake DL assignment at this point...just saying. do it for the team, bro! i'm sure they can sneak a fake hamstring injury under the radar.

(Why do I get the feeling this is really about Lester?)

CTSteve: "Wisler pitched like his mother in his last outing" Very nice.

Watching the newest Cub pitch in the college WS, and it reminded me of one odd thing I noticed about the SB Cubs game -- before I was distracted by the deep-fried mac & cheese sandwich -- they only use 2 umpires. It's like a high school game -- one guy behind the plate and one roaming around the bases depending on base runners. I had just assumed all levels of pro ball would have 4 umps. With no runners on, the ump stands at first, making LF fair/foul and lefty checked swings hard to call. Hunh.

heyward HR! 4th of the season...3rd of the month.

rizzo and montero get in on the HR 4, 0 out...wisler sucks.

Another day another eight runs

RHRP Joe Nathan (on Cubs MLB 60-day DL - April 2015 TJS) threw his first "live" BP at Riverview Park this morning (one inning - 20 pitches), and he threw 75% of his pitches for strikes, the five balls were close to being strikes, and none of the hitters put a ball in play (Just foul balls and swings & misses). 

Could Nathan be the 2016 version of Fernando Rodney in Sept.?

Kick ass!

Az Phil How did velocity seem?

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  • Dolorous Jon Lester 3 hours 27 min ago (view)

    I understand why it feels unsettling. I remember the series well (though I, unlike Theo, actually was in high school). Anyway, I view it as a chance to right previous wrongs in the same way we stomped StL out of the playoffs in 2015, or the way the Nationals got to burn through two teams last year that had dumped them out of October in previous seasons.

    But if we lose, of course that was 17 years ago so it's two extremely different organizations.


  • Arizona Phil 7 hours 28 min ago (view)

    DJL: All players on Optional Assignment to the minors must be recalled on the day after the conclusion of the MLB regular season, even if the player has not spent at least ten days on Optional Assignment. Players cannot be optioned to the minors again until Spring Training. 


  • Arizona Phil 7 hours 49 min ago (view)

    CHAMP: No option year is spent just by calling up a player to MLB. An option year is spent only if a player on an MLB 40-man roster is optioned to the minors for at least 20 days in a given season. 

    Also, Brailyn Marquez is (was) eligible for selection in the Rule 5 Draft in December, so the Cubs were going to add him to the 40 on 11/20 anyway. They just did it a couple of months early.  


  • bradsbeard 10 hours 59 min ago (view)

    Not sure if serious, but Theo became the Red Sox GM in 2002. It's true though, there probably aren't many people in the organization besides Ricketts and Crane Kenney who have any strong feelings about that series. 


  • Craig A. 11 hours 57 min ago (view)

    I wonder if anyone on the Cubs cares or even remembers the odd events when the Marlins played the Cubs in 2003. I think Theo was in high school. To this old fart it will be more than a little unsettling to watch this post-season match-up. At least we can be fairly certain there will no fans grabbing for foul balls. 


  • bradsbeard 15 hours 25 min ago (view)

    Which is kind of annoying. Nobody really picked the Cubs to win this division pre-season. I guess Mattingly gets some credit for guiding the Marlins through their positives but even just letting them play that one game with half the team sick should knock him out of consideration. Meanwhile Ross kept a tight ship and the Cubs has no positives all year. I'd say Ross or Tingler should get it over Mattingly. 


  • crunch 16 hours 43 min ago (view)

    cubs finish 34-26 (1st, division)...they play MIA on wednesday.

    good start for d.ross, but the manager of the year is most likely going to d.mattingley (MIA) or j.tingler(SD).


  • crunch 17 hours 19 min ago (view)

    ...or he won't make it out of the 8th

    0.2ip 2h 3bb 1k, 5r/er...2 wild pitches

    there's some great stuff in that arm.  mid/high-80s slider, "changeup" around 90mph, fastball 97-99mph...all effortless.  21 years old and never pitched above A-ball.


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  • crunch 17 hours 29 min ago (view)

    rough debut...doubt we're going to see him in the 9th.


  • Charlie 17 hours 36 min ago (view)

    Reminds me a little of Jeff Samardzija's debut. Adrenaline throwing straight gas but all over the place. Samardzija threw a fastball all the way to the backstop in his debut (2008).


  • crunch 17 hours 39 min ago (view)

    back to back 3-2 count 6-pitch walks.

    he's not in the zone.  he's throwing almost totally fastballs, too.


  • crunch 17 hours 39 min ago (view)

    alzolay's gotta be locked in for a start given what he's done lately.

    i wonder what role j.lester will be given.  if he's starting, hopefully he's the 3rd/4th starter, if at all.  someone will probably give him a 2021 contract if he doesn't retire...hope it's not the cubs giving that contract, though.


  • crunch 17 hours 43 min ago (view)

    dude's thrown a 97mph and 98mph fastball to start and both looked like he was barely expending effort.

    unfortunately, neither were near the plate.


  • Charlie 17 hours 45 min ago (view)

    So, Alzolay gets at least one October start, right? He'd be a weapon out of the pen if the Cubs had more than two believable starters ready.


  • crunch 17 hours 46 min ago (view)

    Q goes 2 effective (2ip 2h 1bb 2k, 0r/er) and here comes b.marquez...