Cubs @ Giants: Mills vs. Anderson (Game 100)

CHC (54-45): RHP Alec Mills (0-0, 4.50 ERA)
SF (50-50): RHP Shaun Anderson (3-2, 4.87 ERA)
First pitch 8:45pmCDT

Alec Mills leads the Cubs against the light-hitting Giants in his second start of 2019. He went six innings and allowed three earned runs on five hits and one walk last time around for a no-decision. He's never faced the Giants, and as far as I can find no current Giants have ever faced him. There are no real offensive standouts this season. Buster Posey is not looking very Posey-like at the plate. Pablo Sandoval is back from the brink of retirement and slugging .495.

Shaun Anderson gets the start for the visiting team. The 24-year-old rookie hasn't missed many bats in the majors, striking out only 5.71 per nine innings in 12 starts. His fastball sits around 93 mph and sinks. He goes to a plus slider as his main secondary pitch. No Cubs have faced him. He's allowed at least two runs in every start he's made this season. Last time out he gave up five earned runs 4.1 innings in Colorado.

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schwarber / baez / bryant / rizzo / garcia(2nd) / heyward / almora / maldo / a.mills

ham gets a AAA rehab start tomorrow.  also, i could do with less almora.

Oof. Almora and Maldonado as starters is going to be rough on the offense. Better hope for at least a Garcia triple.

i wonder why almora's started almost every game the past week+, especially since he's sucked at it...and he even got to hit leadoff for a game or 2.

Last hurrah as a starter before the Cubs trade for an outfielder who gets on base?

Robel’s 454 foot splashdown - 6th longest homer by a Cub this season

https://twitter.com/cubs/status/1153486434659119104?s=21

Brach in during a one run game where the ball seems to be flying out of the park? I too like to live dangerously.

I think its  past time where Strop shouldn’t be the 8th inning guy anymore....

To everyone in Cub nation except the folks that matter. Exasperating. 

We’re nearing August and Strop’s ERA is a tick under 5.50 - #notafluke

Yes, yes, and yes.  Except for the very best in the game, relievers have the most variability in performance from year to year.  Kintzler was horrible last year, and is very very good in 2019.  Strop was good last year, this year his 5.47 ERA has been well earned.

This problem has a simple solution of Cishek-Kintzler-Kimbrell for the 7th-8th-9th.  Any further losses due to Strop in the 8th are on Joe.

Further losses and probably some of the recent ones Strop has coughed up too. It’s very frustrating there’s no talk of moving him down the relief depth chart too. Just “he’ll figure it out and get himself right.” I don’t think so, Joe!

Last 30 games ERA: 5.47

Last 15 games ERA: 6.08

Last 7 games ERA: 9.45

To quote Herb Brooks, "You're playing worse every day and right now you're playing like it's next month."

It’s even more annoying when you see the spin. The cubs site referenced how not having a second lefty cost the team that game. No it didn’t. That was Strops inning regardless of how many lefties were in the pen.

Saw the same thing.  Thought the same thing.

I had to ditch this one after the 7th to get some sleep, and, boy--right choice.

With the trade deadline lurking who goes?  With the emergence of Robel Garcia being able to do OF/IF (similar to Bryant) and David Bote on the roster.  Who's the one moved Happ, Russell or even Almora (Heyward goes to CF and a combo of Garcia/Bryant joins Schwarber/J-Hey in the OF).  Personally I wouldn't mind seeing Almora go.  He's not hitting, running the bases (even Schwarber goes from 1st to 3rd on a single to RF), is always the first one in the middle of a bench clearing trying to throw punches.  Watching the evolution of Baez from punk prospect to mature exciting leader with baseball IQ off the charts who breaks up fights vs the deevolution of the cool mature Almora (which was one of the reason he was drafted "mature for age" to punk is amazing.  I wouldn't mind seeing him go.  His glove is amazing, but nobody is afraid of his arm and his glove can only take him so far.

The problem is trading guys when they're at low ebb, and getting the least value in return.  Almora is down in every offensive category except home runs. He has more HRs than in any previous season and could approach 20 if he gets ABs. This could be a temporary downturn while he learns to add pop to his swing. Meanwhile, his trade value is down.

Same with Russell. He added pop to his swing by practicing on his wife, and his trade value plummeted. But he was an all-star at 22. The Cubs don't need him--they have a shortstop--but would love to rehabilitate him before offering him to rival teams.

that 2nd paragraph is some all-star stuff.

Well played (and deserved) pop comment VirginiaPhil on Russell

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  • Dolorous Jon Lester 4 hours 55 min ago (view)

    I believe this is the correct take. It's surprising that Len is leaving. He's good, but he had gotten a little too rationalizey over the past few years for me.

    However, it seemed he was heavily invested in the Cubs. His departure feels like there is some Ricketts-ish bullshit going on behind the scenes at Marquee that Len wants no part of. Anyway, I wish him well with the other Chicago team

     

  • crunch 5 hours 32 min ago (view)

    wtf...

    is everything the ricketts touch just falling to shit in 2021?  ....well, except their heavy investments in taking over the state of Nebraska politically with one of the sons and heavy investment in supportive state legislators...

     

  • Dolorous Jon Lester 7 hours 3 min ago (view)

    This makes a whole lot of sense. Thanks Phil!

    (And that HR off Hader was unforgettable)

     

  • Hagsag 9 hours 26 min ago (view)

    Shocker!

     

  • Wrigley Rat 14 hours 54 min ago (view)

    Len Kasper is leaving the Cubs for the White Sox radio booth.

    https://www.google.com/url?sa=t&rct=j&q=&esrc=s&so...

     

  • Charlie 19 hours 11 min ago (view)

    I would be happy to see the Cubs no longer spend DH time on Victor Caratini. Provided there's a Kyle Schwarber or better alternative, of course.

     

  • Arizona Phil 1 day 3 hours ago (view)

    DJL: I don't think Ildemaro Vargas being out of minor league options is much of a concern to the Cubs because as things stand right now he projects as the team's primary utility infielder in 2021. He can play all four INF positions (1B, 2B, 3B, and SS, plus corner OF, too), and he is switch hitter with some pop, especially from the right side (remember the 9th inning HR he hit off Josh Hader in September?). 

     

  • Dolorous Jon Lester 1 day 3 hours ago (view)

    I'm a little surprised Ildemaro Vargas was tendered, given that he's out of options. He has value and isn't expensive as he is pre-arb this year, but still a bit surprised. Have to think he's got an inside track to an Opening Day spot at this point

     

  • waveland 1 day 12 hours ago (view)

    really appreciate the years and years of your updates

     

  • Arizona Phil 1 day 14 hours ago (view)

    BRADSBEARD: Strumpf was wearing a cast on his hand in Minor League Camp before everything got shut-down in March so his not being at South Bend might have had something to do with that. I don't know why Rivas wasn't at the ATS. 

     

  • bradsbeard 1 day 15 hours ago (view)

    Do you have any idea why Rivas and Strumpf weren't at the alternate site in South Bend? I thought Rivas especially showed enough in ST games to be viewed as a legitimate depth option, especially with the DH. 

     

  • Arizona Phil 1 day 15 hours ago (view)

    Alfonso Rivas reminds me a bit of Rafael Palmeiro when Palmeiro first came up to the big leagues and was a "doubles machine" (before he started hitting home runs).   

    Rivas played D-1 baseball at the University of Arizona, so (just like Nico Hoerner, who also played in the PAC-12) I don't think he needs a lot of additional time at AAA before he's ready for MLB. He's a very advanced hitter, as long as you are OK with lots of doubles & lots of walks but not many HR.   

     

  • Dolorous Jon Lester 1 day 16 hours ago (view)

    I hadn't thought of that but I really like that option

     

  • bradsbeard 1 day 17 hours ago (view)

    I really hope Rivas has a chance at the LF job. Would ease some of the sting of Schwarber being cut loose. 

     

  • Arizona Phil 1 day 17 hours ago (view)

    CRUNCH: I got the impression that Ross had seen enough of Schwarber in LF, so implementing the universal DH may be necessary before Schwarber returns to the Cubs in 2021. I think the Cubs would be fine with Schwarber as their main DH going forward. 

    BTW, I strongly suspect that the universal DH will be included in the next CBA, but whether there will be a DH in the National League in 2021 is still TBA (which is really stupid, since clubs need to know right now for sure one way or the other whether or not there will be a DH in the N. L. in 2021). 

     

  • Arizona Phil 1 day 17 hours ago (view)

    Besides the guys on the 40, Cubs 2021 NRI relievers with a legit chance to win a bullpen slot in Spring Training include LHRPs Josh Osich and Rex Brothers, and RHRPs Jake Jewell, Trevor Megill, Dakota Mekkes, Michael Rucker, and Joe Wieland (presuming they are not taken in the Rule 5 Draft). 

    Brothers and Wieland are out of minor league options, however, so if added to the 40 they could not ride the "Chicago - Des Moines Shuttle" like the others could.