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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  • Hagsag 1 hour 21 min ago (view)

    I see that Dillon Maples hasn't pitched yet. Is he injured or spending time in the lab?


  • Arizona Phil 8 hours 40 min ago (view)

    The Cubs have purchased the contract of 26-year old RHRP Jonathan de Marte from Quebec (Frontier League) and he has been assigned to AZL Cubs Blue.

    He is the closer for Team Israel and has no previous experience in affiliated ball.

    He was a NDFA out of the U. of Richmond in 2017 and has been playing independent ball for the past three seasons in the Atlantic League and Can-Am League as well as winter ball in Australia this past winter. 


  • Arizona Phil 10 hours 31 min ago (view)

    DJL: Nothing from Sunday or Monday. 


  • Arizona Phil 10 hours 32 min ago (view)

    W-RAT: Mark Zagunis was sent outright to the minors last September, and because he did not have the right to elect free-agency after being outrighted he remains under club control through the 2020 season, and so he is signed to a minor league contract that expires at 5 PM (Eastern) on the 5th day after the conclusion of the 2020 World Series. 


  • Wrigley Rat 11 hours 2 min ago (view)

    Thank you AZ Phil! Does that mean he's been signed to a minor league contract, then? Because he's out of options.


  • Dolorous Jon Lester 11 hours 57 min ago (view)

    I love these scouting reports. Thanks Phil!

    You wouldn't happen to have this info for the road games Sun and Mon?


  • Arizona Phil 12 hours 7 min ago (view)

    W-RAT: Mark Zagunis is assigned to AAA Iowa but he did not get an NRI to MLB Spring Training. He is eligible to be a minor league 6YFA post-2020 World Series if he is not added back to an MLB reserve list (40-man roster) in the meantime. 


  • Arizona Phil 12 hours 32 min ago (view)

    Most of the pitchers who threw today pitched Saturday night, so not a lot of new pitch/velo info. 

    Jon Lester:  
    FB: 86-89
    SL: 85 
    CH: 84
    CV: 70-74 
    NOTES: First Cactus League game outing of 2020 for Lester... looked uncomfortable on the mound and even when he was warming up in the bullpen before the game... stuff and command were not sharp... hopefully Lester has at least one good year left in him...  


  • Wrigley Rat 12 hours 39 min ago (view)

    Whatever happened to Mark Zagunis? I thought we still held his rights, but he was just out of options? Haven't heard anything about him in awhile & I think he would make a good platoon partner with Schwarber.


  • crunch 13 hours 46 min ago (view)

    3h 43m game today.

    at least i've seen a lot of "i need to hop on baseball reference" cubs minor leaguers and new hires in the past 2 days.

    rex brothers looked good again.


  • crunch 15 hours 44 min ago (view)

    1h 50min into the game and they're through 4 innings.

    yesterday's game was 3h 45m.


  • crunch 17 hours 3 min ago (view)

    lester seems to be leaving off where he was for the last couple months of the season in 2019.

    no one should take anything from a february spring training start...NONETHELESS...this outing looked a lot like the ones he spent in the last couple months of the season with batters sitting around waiting to swing at lester fastballs and laying off everything else.


  • crunch 1 day 13 hours ago (view)

    he paced for 20+HR last year and might have done it if he wasn't on unpaid leave for a while.  i'd handicap him as a 15-20HR guy at worst rather than saying 20HR solid.  it's probably a safer range.

    his D isn't up there with the all-time greats of the game, but it's well above average for a young guy (turned 26 last month) who can also provide some pop.  i think more than a few teams could slot him in as a middle IF starter without having much internal competition.


  • Rob Richardson 1 day 14 hours ago (view)

    He hit 20+ HR only once and that was four years ago. He has a career OBP of 312, a career SLG of 392, and is his SS defense really that special anymore?


  • crunch 1 day 15 hours ago (view)

    kinda crazy a.russell is still a free agent.

    he's not the first and probably not the last domestic abuser to "serve his time" and find contracts to sign.  there's a 20HR guy who plays great D at SS sitting out there while spring training is going down without him.

    i wonder how much he's demanding (if that's an issue at all) vs teams that want no part of him...


  • First.Pitch.120 1 day 22 hours ago (view)

    Don't forget the awesome taste of RizzO's !!!