Cubs @ Colorado: Hamels vs. Senzatela
CHC (37-29): LHP Cole Hamels (5-2, 3.24 ERA)
COL (35-31): RHP Antonio Senzatela (5-4, 4.95 ERA)
First pitch 2:10pmCDT
Cole Hamels and the altitude-sick Cubs will try to salvage a game from this trash-fire series before they have to take on the NL best Dodgers in LA. Hamels was fantastic against the Cards last time, going eight shutout innings and collecting 10 strikeouts to three hits and a walk. It was his best start of the season so far, and a continuation of his being one of the best things to happen to the Cubs in the last year. He's made six career starts in Coors and has fared OK there, holing opponents to a .310 OBP. He's held current Rockies to a .710 OPS in in 165 at bats, but some key players (Dahl, Story) have never faced him.
24-year-old righty Senzatela spent big chunks of 2017 and 2018 in the Rockies' rotation. He's been a solid groundball pitcher, mixing fastball-slider and fastball-changeup with the occasional curveball. Current Cubs are 13-40 off of him with no homeruns. He's actually been almost as good at home as on the road and has allowed an .813 opponent OPS at Coors, even though that's come with a 1.409 WHIP. He won at Citi Field last time out, going six innings and allowing a solo homerun.
Arizona Phil 1 hour 7 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 13 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 23 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 44 min ago (view)
Bring him up!
Arizona Phil 1 hour 57 min ago (view)
HAGSAG: As far as I know he's still with the Cubs.
Hagsag 2 hours 1 min ago (view)
Phil, has Jim Benedict left the Cubs Organization? Thanks.
Arizona Phil 2 hours 9 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 13 min ago (view)
incredible waste of money, honestly.
you can get almost 2 weeks of chatwood for that kinda loot. CHATWOOD!!!
tim815 3 hours 12 min ago (view)
19 for 1
I like those odds.
Arizona Phil 4 hours 14 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 24 min ago (view)
Reivaj Garcia apparently pronounces his name RAY-vuh.
Mike Wellman 11 hours 10 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 36 min ago (view)
This is turning into "the trip from hell".
erich081 16 hours 13 min ago (view)
I’ve been at both games so far in LA and I am starting to think my presence is a jinx. I’m hoping bringing my two year old son will be a counter-jinx because he is way cooler than me. 6pm PST start time tomorrow and 4pm on Sunday means he won’t be up too late.
crunch 17 hours 21 min ago (view)
cubs lose...brewers lose...cards win
crunch 17 hours 45 min ago (view)
almora out of the game after ringing his skull a bit on a leaping catch at the wall (after montgomery loaded the bases with 3 walks in a row).
he smacked it pretty good based on how he looked afterwards...no idea if he'll be under concussion protocol.