Cubs @ Dodgers: Underwood vs Maeda (Game 76)

CHC (42-33): RHP Duane Underwood, Jr. (0-0, —)
LAD (41-35): RHP Kenta Maeda (4-4, 3.84)
First pitch: 9:00pmCST

Underwood, a 23y/o North Carolinian, makes his first big league start. He was the Cubs’ second second-round pick in the 2012 draft. This year at AAA-Iowa, he was 3-7 with a 4.27.

Maeda’s last time out was a no-decision on Tuesday at Wrigley (3.2 IP, 3 ER). Overall, the Cubs are 5-16 (.313) against him. Rizzo, Russell, and Schwarber are all 1-1.

These next three games are all on ESPN. Uck.

It’s Lester (thankfully) and Stripling tomorrow at the same time.

Go Cubs!


Carrie Muskat‏ @CarrieMuskat

ICYMI #Cubs optioned Farrell to Iowa. Mazzoni and Hancock added. Zastryzny to DL

yanks have 7 of 9 regulars with 10+ HRs...and none of them are their regular 1st or LF'r.

124 team homers in 75 games.  damn.

Really hoping Underwood replaces Hancock on the roster and then tomorrow Underwood is optioned for Maples. Maples has been pitching very well in Iowa and deserves to be called up.

may 21st was the last time he gave up an earned run (12 appearances since then). the walks are still a concern, but he's not giving up many hits outside of those walks so the guys are getting stranded.

chitownmvp01: I would presume that the Cubs will place Tyler Chatwood on the Paternity Leave List prior to tonight's game and Duane Underwood Jr would then replace Chatwood on the 25-man roster. Since a player can remain on the Paternity List for only a maximum of three days, Chatwood would presumably be reinstated on Thursday.

Also, because his DL stint was backdated, Brandon Morrow is eligible to reinstated on Wednesday, and the Cubs might choose to replace Underwood on the 25 with Morrow (if he is ready to pitch) on Wednesday, and then Hancock or Mazzoni would be replaced on the 25 by Chatwood on Thursday.

BTW, when I first saw that Luke Farrell has been Designated for Assignment (and before changed it), my first thought was that the Cubs might be calling up LHRP Kyle Ryan, who (unlike Anthony Bass) does have a minor league option left and who therefore could be sent back & forth to Iowa this season as many times as the Cubs wish. But then Ryan ended up starting the game for Iowa yesterday. But I still wouldn't be too surprised if Ryan gets called up by the Cubs sooner rather than later, especially with the way that Duensing has been throwing lately and with Ryan being stretched-out to throw multiple innings.

I didn't realize Kylo Ren was left-handed. But I can imagine his force powers would be a boon to his breaking pitches.

Well you're right. I hope Maples comes up for Underwood tomorrow. 

Shae Simmons placed on waivers. 40 Man roster now at 39.

Shae Simmons has the right to elect free-agency after being sent outright to the minors because he has accrued at least three years of MLB Service Time. (He is an Article XX-D player). He can elect free-agency immediately upon being outrighted (he actually has two days to decide), or he can defer his decision until after the conclusion of the MLB regular season (he can elect free-agency beginning on the day after the conclusion of the MLB regular season up through October 15th).

If he elects free-agency immediately his contract is terminated and he receives no termination pay. If he defers free-agency until after the conclusion of the MLB regular season his contract remains in force through the conclusion of the MLB regular season, but then if he is added back to an MLB 40-man roster prior to the conclusion of the MLB regular season, he cannot elect to be a free-agent.

And RHRP Shae Simmons (sent outright to AAA Iowa yesterday) has elected free-agency, and so his contract is terminated and he receives no termination pay.

Simmons was eligible to elect free-agency because he had Article XX-D status (see previous COMMENT above). 

RHRP Craig Brooks, RHRP James Norwood, and 3B-1B Jason Vosler have been moved-up to Iowa from Tennessee (all three are Rule 5 Draft eligible post-2018). 

Almora CF, Heyward RF, Zobrist 2B, Rizzo 1B, Baez SS, Schwarber LF, Happ 3B, Gimenez C, Underwood P

bryant might be available off the bench

darvish (pitching for south bend) goes 5ip 3h 0bb 5k, 1r/er

looks like he'll be back up for his next start.

Then again, maybe not...


Not going to try to Game Recap a 10:10 pm E. start, but if anyone wants to talk about it in Parachat, I'll be up late...

im in for 1.5+ hours, but my stupid east coast early hours job makes west coast late games lame. 3 in a row coming, 3 in a row i'll find out at 6am-ish what happened. bah.

41 pitch runs...welcome to the bigs.

underwood done after 4ip and 77 pitches...could have probably gone another inning

4ip  2h 3bb 3k, 1r/er

he gave up 1h and 2bb in the 1st and recovered nicely for innings 2-4.

Definition of a losing streak:  Score 6 Sunday and lose.  Give up 2 Monday and lose.  Ugh.

KB hasn't been right for a while -- lots of one-handed swings -- I wonder how long the shoulder has bothered him, and how bad it is. Time to grind out a few Ws, gentlemen. Gut check time.

I don't really get why Chris Gimenez and his .115 BA (career .216 BA) are on the team.  When Ross was lousy at the plate in 2015, at least his defense and leadership were worth something. 

I think the plan was for Gimenez to caddie for Darvish. But that went in the toilet with Yu's injury. Gimenez also caught Monty while with the Rays for a season fwiw. At least Caratini has been getting some steady playing time and swinging a hot bat with Iowa in the meantime

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  • Dolorous Jon Lester 4 hours 3 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 8 hours 4 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 8 hours 26 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 11 hours 35 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. 12 hours 33 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 16 hours 2 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 17 hours 19 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 55 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 18 hours 5 min ago (view)

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


  • Charlie 18 hours 12 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 18 hours 15 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 18 hours 15 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 18 hours 19 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 18 hours 21 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 18 hours 22 min ago (view)

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