Twins @ Cubs: Berrios vs Montgomery (Game 80)

MIN (35-42): RHP José Berrios (8-5, 3.15)
CHC (43-36): LHP Mike Montgomery (2-2, 3.39)
First pitch: 4:05pmCST
Montgomery gave up 4 ER in 6 innings for a no-decision in Cincinnati on Sunday. Overall, the Twins are 2-19 (.105) against the former Mariner. Dozier and Escobar are both 1-3.
In his 9 appearances at Wrigley (2 starts), Montgomery is 1-0 with a 5.64 ERA.
Berrios shut out the Rangers at home for 7 innings, striking out 12 in the process, for the win his last time out. None of the Cubs have faced him. This might not be pretty.
It’s Chatwood and Mejia at 1:20pmCST tomorrow.
Go Cubs!


uh oh...

darvish in texas to see a doctor about his arm.


El Mago is a daddy.


Cardinals claimed LHP Tyler Webb off waivers from the Padres.

phew.  thought the cubs might be in on him...have fun in STL.

Getting twinkied to death by 50 year old Joe Mauer - about doubled his season RBI total and its only the fourth inning.

Chris Gimenez. Oh my. I've got a one way express ticket to Iowa for ya. 

Happy to chip in. Don't really care where the ticket takes him as long as it's out of Chicago. With Baez and Bryant out today, I really don't get starting Giminez and his sub-.400 OPS, particularly with Contreras heating up. Another Joe head-scratcher.

Can sorta see it with the day game yesterday, travel and pseudo day game today - trying to keep Willson fresh and Gimenez does have familiarity with Monty. But yeah, definitely not ideal.

Looks like Joe may also pitch in for Giminez's train ticket -- he pinch-hit for him in the 5th inning. Unfortunately, the currently cold TLS couldn't get the run in.

I wonder if a catcher who is good at framing and handling pitchers is on the deadline list. That seems to be what Gimenez is supposed to do, but they need someone who can hold his own at the dish a little too. Maybe something between what Revera and Avila offered last year. It's obviously a pretty minor, niche need--but it might be the only need on the team right now aside from healthy starting pitchers.

I would rather see Taylor Davis behind the dish once or twice a week.

I would be good with that!

Isn't he just another bat-first guy? Or am I mis-remembering?

Decent contact hitter with a decent glove. Can also play 3b and 1b. Am I right Phil?



cubs lead by 1.

Tweeted earlier today by Christopher Kamka (who is so good).

Addy has been on a slow burn for awhile and really starting to catch fire now

Per Kamka, Addy the first Cub shortstop in team history with consecutive 4 RBI games

chicago's favorite neckbeard. i enjoy his work. i appreciate he gets paid to do it.


playing crap teams is neat.

cubs win!

...also, justin wilson seems to have regressed...4 out of his last 5 outings have resulted in runs. he was on a nice roll of great outings before this started. morrow picks up the cheapest of all saves with 1 pitch thrown to 1 batter for 1 out to protect a 4 run lead.

I luv me some cheap saves - 7 pitches in two days with a save throw in. Not too bad.

Dex is really struggling in STL -- in June, he is hitting .130 with a .383 OPS.  For the year, .273 OBP & .548 OPS with only 3 SB (and 2 CS).  His BA has been below .200 since April 17.  His last HR was (sob) the walk-off winner against the Cubs on May 6.  On the plus side, since Heyward returned from the concussion he suffered on that play, his BA has climbed from .227 to .281 and his OPS has gone from .665 to .775.

I feel sorry for Dex. He is stuck in St. Louis and cant hit a lick anymore. His bank account looks fine though.

JHey for June: 306/346/500 - 846 OPS. 10 doubles, 3 homers, including a walk off grand slam.  Previous best month as a Cub was Sept/Oct last year with a 798 OPS.  Currently slugging 434 on the year, higher than both Rizzo (422) and Happ (432)

Keep it rollin', JHey! Also -- if he plays and has a good day, Almora could be leading the NL in hitting at the end of the day.

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  • Dolorous Jon Lester 3 hours 15 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 16 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 37 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 46 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 45 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 13 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 30 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 6 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 16 min ago (view)

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


  • Charlie 17 hours 23 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 26 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 27 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 30 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 32 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 33 min ago (view)

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