Cubs @ Reds: Arrieta vs Straily (Game 75)

What, me worry?

CHC (48-26): RHP Jake Arrieta (11-2, 1.74)
CIN (29-47): RHP Dan Straily (4-4, 3.83)
First pitch: 6:10pmCST

Arrieta lost to the Cards on Wednesday (5 IP, 1 ER, 6 K, 4 BB). He's 2-2 with a 2.35 in June. He beat in the Reds (in his second no-hitter). Another one would be great, but just a win is also acceptable. The Reds are 16-83 (.193) against him. Phillips is 4-14.

Straily lost to the Rangers his last time out (6 IP, 4 ER, 3 K, 2 BB). He’s 0-0 with a 6.43 in his two May starts against the Cubs this season. The team is 7-29 (.241) against him. Heyward is 2-5.

Lester (9-3, 2.10) versus Lamb (1-4, 4.78) tomorrow at 6:10pmCST.

Go Cubs!


Other than the NL East (Dusty!), not much cookin' on division races. I am fine with that.

I guess Joe and Jedstein did not much care for Concepcion's bases clearing double yesterday - he's on his way back to Iowa per twitterverse. No corresponding call up announced yet.

ERIC S: The way it was done (with no immediate corresponding roster move) makes it look disciplinary. 

Hearing its Peralta....Joel Peralta? Ugh.

Well, there you have it. Bullpen fixed. Time to move onto the World Series.

Joel Peralta was one of Maddon's bullpen guys in Tampa Bay.

"is the wind blowing out or in?" "in." "get peralta up."

Unfortunately, Peralta is indeed an extreme flyball pitcher. Even when he was at his best (2011-14) he surrendered a lot of HR.

He has had significantly better success versus LH hitters than versus RH hitters, thanks to a plus-splitter. So he will probably be used like a LHRP (even though he is a RHP).  

I hope it is Jack Leathersich.

The Tim Federowicz DFA expires today (Monday 6/27) .

Jesse Rogers ‏@ESPNChiCubs Cubs catcher Tim Federowicz cleared waivers and is reporting back to Triple-A Iowa

Across 6 different seasons (1128 PAs), Federowicz has demolished AAA pitching to the tune of a .910 OPS. Even though the eyeball test this year says he might be closer to the .542 OPS he's posted in only 298 MLB PAs, it's kind of surprising there isn't a single team out there willing to take a chance on him being an acceptable bat and plus defense catcher.

i wonder if almost literally not playing for a month+ had anything to do with his immediate-use devaluation...seriously. i still wonder what he was doing while he was up besides enjoying meal money, riding on planes, and having the cleanest uniform on the team.

The lineup 6-8 is looking a bit shaky.

@thekapman Marty Brennaman on trading Schwarber for Aroldis Chapman: "I would carry Schwarber on my back to NYC if I was getting Aroldis Chapman back."

Brian Peters @thekapman that is one DUMB mfer you're talking to, Kap.

Weird. I respect Chapman's body of work, but I guess I don't value closers as much as Brennaman. Also, Schwarber can't be traded? For some reason I have it in my head you can't trade a guy on the DL.

RYNO: With one exception, a player on an MLB DL can be traded. The only exception is during the waiver period that begins at 5 PM (Eastern) on July 31st.

NOTE: Because July 31st falls on a Sunday in 2016, the "non-waiver" trade deadline will be extended one day (to 4 PM Eastern on August 1st) in 2016 (only). 

Beginning at 5 PM (Eastern) on July 31st (August 1st in 2016) and extending through the last day of the MLB regular season, a player on an MLB 40-man roster or MLB 60-day DL can be traded only after Trade Assignment Waivers have been secured, and a player on a DL cannot be placed on Trade Asignment Waivers until the player is eligible to be reinstated from the DL -AND- the player is healthy enough to play. 

However, an injured player on a DL who is not eligible to be traded after July 31st (August 1st in 2016) because he cannot be placed on Trade Assignment Waivers while he is still injured and unable to play CAN be a Player to Be Named Later (PTBNL) in a trade. 

For example, RHP Andury Acevedo is on the Cubs MLB 40-man roster, he was optioned to AA Tennessee at the end of Spring Training, and he subsequently suffered a season-ending knee injury and was placed on the Tennessee 7-day DL. So even though he is not on an MLB DL, he can't be traded after Juily 31st (August 1st in 2016) because he is on an MLB 40-man roster and Trade Assignment Waivers would need to be secured before he can be traded, and he cannot be placed on Trade Assignment Waivers until he is healthy enough to play (except he is done for the year). But he could be a PTBNL. 

Likewise, Kyle Schwarber can be traded right now without any restriction even though he is injured, but once the new waiver period begins at 5 PM (Eastern) on August 1st, Schwarber could still be traded, but he would have to be a PTBNL and remain a PTBNL until after the conclusion of the MLB regular season when securing Trade Assignment Waivers would no longer be required.  

FWIW, a minor league player not on an MLB 40-man roster can be traded at any time with no restriction (even if he is injured), because it is not necessary to secure Trade Assignment Waivers before a minor league player who is not an MLB 40-man roster or 60-day DL can be traded. 

I'm starting to hate baseball.

Arietta has been playing with fire for 2 months, and the walks are finally catching up with him. Wonder if it is lingering fatigue from the long last season, or if it is all in his head at the moment.

He hasn't been able to consistently throw his off speed for strikes since the beginning of the season and batters are starting to wait him out. He said this week on the radio that he hasn't had a feel for the off speed stuff all season but he was the same way last season and was better the second part so...hopefully? I'm a bit worried. Also I seem to be a bad jinx lately where when I start watching the Cubs start losing and once I stop watching they score runs. So I am sorry everyone.

The Rich Harden Experience 2.0

check out the head drop on the Reds catcher on that Bryant HR....

also, think you should run on Billy Hamilton's arm at all times.

And, Billy Hamilton should run on Miguel Monteronat all times.

well duh...

fwiw, Arrieta is the 2nd easiest pitcher in baseball to steal off of behind Lester.

*edit* at least for this year, actually Syndergaard is by far the easiest to steal off of (23 SB 28 after tonight's game). Lester just 10 so far (no one is getting on-base anyway and Ross has 6 CS for him...and I don't even know if that counts the pick-offs by Ross).  Arrieta with 10 allowed so far ...I think 12 now with tonight's game.

didn't expect to have to clarify WHICH Bryant HR I was talking about...(it was the first).

fun fact: Jay Bruce with a higher wRC+ and OPS+ than Bryce Harper.

bryant is good at home runs.

bryant is good at doubles.

...but, he's also good at home runs, too. also, rizzo.

arrieta gets his 2nd HR on the year...2 hit day.

that's an opposite field HR by Arrieta....Stephen A. Smith hot take coming soon.

is Arrieta staying in to try and get him the win or because the bullpen has been the sucks?


fair point.

35sb, 2cs...3pb...playing in his 36th start (39th total)... miggy is not having a good time behind the plate this season.

Was that a wp or pb really? Unbelievable turn-around with this club. 8 runs will not be enough to win this game.

technically a wp...that said, a good catcher can turn a good amount of wp into blocked balls that don't show up on the stats. schwarber, for instance, was really bad at stopping wild pitches because of how stiff he was behind the plate.

Contreras keeps hitting/walking like this, and Miggy keep up the poor D and lack of offense - the kid could be the #1 catcher very soon.

Well, there you go. Federowicz is one of the best at balls in the dirt.

The Tucker Barnhart reactions after each Kris Bryant HR are kind of priceless.

in other news, the site seems to be eating about 50% of my comments...which is probably a good thing in hindsight.

How can I get that feature? I think it woudl be a win-win for all involved.

Rizzo: 2-3, homer, double, 2 walks - meh

walks? this is baseball, not a nature hike. he needs to get his head in the game. in my opinion, he would have been better off hitting 2 homers rather than walking twice. /moneyballs

Hitting 3 HR, 2 doubles in a game. Never been done in mlb history per Len/Bob.

Holy Kris Bryant what?!

damn...totally missed that ruben quevedo died on june 7th. he was only 37...heart attack. he threw some really horrible games for the cubs in 2000 and followed it up by doing the same for 3 season for the brewers.

it took 9 pitches for peralta to give up his 1st cubs homer. neat.

Hopefully Peralta's time on the Cubs roster will be shorter than R. Soriano's.

...still trying to process what I just saw. From both KB and Jake. Walking Billy Hamilton twice is a cry for help. I think the nudie photos are messing with Jake's head.

it doesn't hurt that the Cardinals lose the KC and the Pirates lost too.

Ian Happ is hitting.733 after 5 games at Tennessee. He went into tonight's game hitting .667 -- and went 3-for-3 to raise his average. 2-for-3, including a bomb, for LaStella at Iowa. Pierce Johnson very bad -- 2IP, 5ER. Pitching prospects not looking so hot -- Underwood has been awful. Did Jiminez get hurt? I noticed he came out early yesterday.

"Pitching prospects not looking so hot" That reminds me that Lucas Giolito will start for the Nats tonight.

Reds pitching meeting tomorrow: "Hey coach...maybe we should walk Bryant?" "No...keep challenging him with fastballs! What kind of man are you?! The Cubs walked Harper, and look what happened there! They got teased for it, by one of the Nat players! Is that what you want?"

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  • Dolorous Jon Lester 31 min 7 sec ago (view)

    Lots of games where they failed to add on.

    Lots of games Strop has single handedly blown, too.


  • Charlie 1 hour 1 min ago (view)

    There are so many candidates. The early season losing streak comes painfully to mind.


  • Charlie 1 hour 1 min ago (view)

    JHey's swing looks like it slipped into groundout mode. That Nico lineout was heartbreaking. :(


  • Charlie 1 hour 2 min ago (view)

    Threw Vanmeter a curve and changeup that both looked great on TV, though Vanmeter didn't offer.


  • Mike Wellman 2 hours 47 min ago (view)

    First thing I'll point to, depending on the final order of finish, is the fact that, for the second year in a row we took the lead off of Hader in the 8th inning of a key late-season game @ Milwaukee & couldn't keep it. The second thing will be the game we led 5-0 after 7 & managed to lose. Nats next face Marlins. Cards come to town licking their chops/beaks to finish us off...


  • Dolorous Jon Lester 5 hours 53 min ago (view)

    They’re toast. Can’t finish games, can’t finish series, and it looks very much like they won’t finish this season.


  • Hagsag 7 hours 10 min ago (view)

    The Cubbies are in a tough situation. If they make the playoffs, they will have earned it!. Enjoy the ride folks.


  • Eric S 13 hours 37 min ago (view)

    Reds win season series 11-8 - possibly the first thing you point to should the Cubs miss the post season


  • Eric S 13 hours 43 min ago (view)

    Long looking swing for JHey ... and Nico - oof


  • Eric S 13 hours 44 min ago (view)

    Heard Len say Descalso’s name and about had a heart attack. Then heard him say “pinch runner” and settled down a bit


  • Charlie 13 hours 48 min ago (view)

    Contreras's receiving didn't do Norwood any favors in that Vanmeter at-bat. And Norwood needed some favors.


  • Eric S 13 hours 54 min ago (view)

    Gotta do better than three hits in nine innings in a start by Mahle - this one is on the bats


  • crunch 13 hours 59 min ago (view)

    4th pitcher of the inning coming in...neat


  • crunch 14 hours 3 min ago (view)



  • crunch 14 hours 11 min ago (view)

    i'm all about kemp protecting a lead in the last few innings or getting to play after some pinch running, but that dude's bat is getting way too much work.  now that getting him starts isn't a priority he's still getting a lot of early shots off the bench at the plate.

    i hope to not see him next season.


  • Eric S 14 hours 13 min ago (view)

    Until Russell gets off the concussion protocol and/or Baez returns, Kemp may be the best option at second for defense, but Bote certainly better there defensively than Happ or Zobrist