Twins @ Cubs: Mejia vs Chatwood (Game 81)

MIN (35-43): RHP Adalberto Mejia (0-0, ---)
CHC (44-36): RHP Tyler Chatwood (3-5, 3.95)
First pitch: 1:20pmCST
Chatwood gave up 1 ER in 5 innings (and walked 5) for a no-decision against the Dodgers on June 19. Overall, the Twins are 5-16 (.313) against him. Grossman is 2-3.
Chatwood's last time out was in the delivery room for the birth of his son, Owen, who is probably not walking yet, but you can’t be too sure.
Mejia last pitched in September of last year. He was 4-7 with a 4.50 in 21 starts last year. For AAA-Rochester this year, he’s posted a 2.74 ERA, including going 4-1 with a 1.41 in June.
It’s Lester and our old buddy Lynn tomorrow at the same time tomorrow to close out the series.
Go Cubs!


Eddie Butler is heading for Iowa on a rehab too. 

Carl Jr rehab for Iowa last night: 19 pitches, 10 strikes, .2 IP, 0 R, 2 K, 1 H, 1 BB 

Chatwood's last time out was in the delivery room for the birth of his son, Owen, who is probably not  walking yet, but you can’t be too sure.

Well played!

Same conditions today, only a little hotter. It must be killing KB to miss these hitting conditions after playing in cold, fog and rain at Wrigley for most of the year.

Happy Hump Day everybody! Today marks the 81st game -- halfway through the season. Cubs will be on pace to win either 90 or 92 games at the halfway mark -- they were on pace for 93 at the one-third mark. Probably need to pick it up a bit for the division , but 92 or 93 should get a wild card.

Hard to believe they were two games under 500 (43-45) at the all star break last year, with Lester being absolutely pantsed by the Pirates right before the break.

Joe Mauer partying like it's 2009 again against the Cubs. Crazy stats that year OPS over a 1000, career high 28 homers. Next highest season home run total was 2006 when he hit 13. 

Halfway through Game 2 of the series, and the Twins have scored 13 runs -- all with 2 outs.  Chatwood simply could not get a big out when he needed one.  

and, through 5 innings, Cubs have 13 hits -- all singles.

Willians Astudillo is Spanish for "Matt Stairs"

Dude evidently walks as much as Javy but hardly ever strikes out

$40m mistake...

A $40 million mistake who is in line for a W - crazy game following yesterday's script.

"really? hold my beer, i'm going in." - brian duensing

Hahaha! Baseball gods put the kabosh on that Chatwood W

This bottom of the fifth reminds of how the 2016 season started. They tortured pitchers, grinding out seemingly every at bat

Almora out after going 3-3, now hitting.332.  Likely to be the NL's leading hitter at the end of June.

Chili that!

EDIT: Oops -- Scotter Gennet just got his 3rd hit, now hitting .332 also. But, the hit tied the game with the Brewers,so I'm OK with it.

What a brutal day to be the home plate ump.  Heat Index over 100, and, after 2 1/2 hours, you're only through 5 innings.  The umps are all going to need IVs after the game. 

ya know...

if we could quit letting b.duesing and j.wilson deal with cubs leads until they fix their issues that would be nice.

duesing in particular has been awful for weeks.

someone check maddon's pulse.

duesing has given up runs in 6 of his last 8 appearances (and 8 of his last 12) due to both hits and walks. he's been inexcusably awful to use in any situation but a blowout or when behind by a lot for quite a while. j.wilson has given up runs in 4 of his last 5 appearances.

Duensing's final numbers for June: 9.1 IP, 18 ER. ERA by month: April: 0.00 May: 3.86. June: 17.36. Maybe, at age 35, he's just done-sing.


cubs lead again.

30 year old AA hitter tim ".256/.329/.391" tebow makes the Eastern League all-star team.

Anything to sell some tickets for the All-Star game.

And it won't surprise me one bit if he gets added to the Mets roster in September just to sell some more tickets... even though he isn't the least bit deserving. Think how that will continue to alienate more fo the Mets middle of the road prospects who are younger and with much better upside.

if they're going to, they should probably keep him in AA so he's not exposed to more experienced players. i have a feeling more advanced competition won't get him ready for a call-up, it'll expose him not even being worth a call-up moreso than now. i feel a september callup on the horizon, too...probably followed by an off-season release. he gets to say he "made it" even though 30 year olds doing what he's doing in AA would have been cut long ago.

cubs win!  woo.

bosio watch 2018: volume 3

"Bosio called the attendant, who is African-American, a “monkey,” according to four team sources. The remark was directed toward the young man, who was collecting towels from the coaches’ room at the time, during a post-game gripe session in which Bosio was lamenting about a pitcher.

During this exchange, Bosio made a derogatory comment about one of the Tigers pitchers and then gestured toward the attendant before adding, “like this monkey here,” the sources said. The attendant pushed back at Bosio for the comment, and an additional team employee witnessed the exchange. Bosio was provided an opportunity to apologize to the attendant after his outburst but declined to do so, according to multiple sources."


this seems a little different conclusion than volume 2.

i can't wait for the next edition of this story.

reds are destroying MIL in the 7th.

reds score 8 runs before recording an out. nice. up by 7 runs

Oh my -- Lorenzen just hit another PH HR -- GS this time. That's 3 HR this year in 20 AB. Ohtani that!

catcher erik kratz pitching the 8th for MIL...they've given this one up. 78-82mph fastball and this weird breaking high-50s knuckleball-curve-change looking thing. reds are showing no mercy and running on everything put into play, including extra bases when they can. no pity, no remorse. 1ip 2h 1bb 1k (hahah, e.suarez, you suck), 2r/1er

I just noticed that Darvish is spelled "Dasrvish" under Note 3 on the 40-man page, lol.

chitownmvp: That's because that's how I pronounce his name when I'm drunk. But thanks for noting that. It has been corrected. Lett nme no iff yu dasrvish fynd ani udder typoses.

I was very impressed when Javy beat out a DP ball in the 8th to keep the inning alive.  Brutal heat, long game, new baby, probably no sleep and he's busting his butt with a 5-run lead in the 8th.  Attaboy.

a few twins and a.almora for the cubs left the game due to heat issues (leg cramping, almora).

bananas and potato chips for everyone.

Cubs 11-22 w/RISP today.  More of that, please.

Carrie Muskat‏ @CarrieMuskat

Update on #Cubs Darvish: Right elbow impingement and inflammation. He got a cortisone shot. Will not throw for 3-5 days, then be re-evaluated

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  • Dolorous Jon Lester 2 hours 47 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 6 hours 48 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 9 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 19 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 17 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 14 hours 45 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 2 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 16 hours 39 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 16 hours 49 min ago (view)

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


  • Charlie 16 hours 56 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 16 hours 58 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 16 hours 59 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 2 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 5 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 6 min ago (view)

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