Cubs @ Giants: Darvish vs. Bumgarner (Game 101)

CHC (54-46): RHP Yu Darvish (3-4, 4.46 ERA)
SF (51-50): LHP Madison Bumgarner (5-7, 3.65 ERA)
First pitch 8:45pmCDT

Yu Darvish was great in his last start against Cincinnati. He pitched six scoreless innings with two hits, zero walks, and seven strikeouts. It was his second scoreless outing in a row, with the first being a similar performance against the Pirates. Current Giants have seen little of Darvish. Evan Longoria (3-18) is on the IL with a foot injury. Steven Vogt is 7-26, all singles, with no walks. Sandoval, Posey, Pillar, and Crawford are collectively 0-10 with five strikeouts.

Madison Bumgarner is trying to put together his first full season since 2016 and just matched last year's total for starts at 21. He's been good, but he has not matched his usual mark for ERA currently sitting more than half a run above his career average. His strikeouts and walks have been fine, but his groundball percentage is down a little bit. He's coming off a one-run complete game against the Mets and he has allowed five earned runs in 29 innings going back to June 25. Current Cubs are 15-87 against him with a .490 OPS and 32 strikeouts. So, that's promising and totally justifies staying up for a West coast night game.

The rumor mill is just starting to churn and so far the Cubs have primarily been linked to a few position players, including Jarrod Dyson, Erik Sogard, and Nicholas Castellanos. There was a David Kaplan tweet suggesting interest in reliever Shane Greene as well. I'll be surprised if there are any big moves, but I'm sure we would all welcome the distraction of speculating.

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contreras expected to be activated Wednesday.

also, this is one hell of a slow trade market with the deadline 8 days away.

a.mills down, tiny tim collins up

schwarber / baez / bryant / rizzo / almora (again) / heyward / garcia / caratini / darvish

Almora to be making outs from the 5 spot for only the second time this season.

[sent sound: confused mumble]

Almora currently batting .205 vs. lefties on the season. Could be a fluke. He's hit .285 against them in his career with an exactly league average wRC+, and that's including this year's numbers.

either way, for about a week and half he's getting playing time like he's hitting .300/.350/.500

he went from a part-time player getting a decent amount of playing time to a regular.

when baez is "on" he's easily one of the most exciting players the cubs have ever had (small-ish sample size and all).

it's nice he's "on" more than cold, too.

Brad Brach continuing to earn his 6.05 ERA.  Glad Joe got through as many RPs as he did before turning to Brach.

Cubs 4-8 with RISP, Giants 1-7.  Cubs should generally win those.

Russell sent down to allow for Contreras return.

Descalso continues to dodge roster bullets like Neo.

Not that he wasn’t already super important anyway but Javy is now the only true shortstop on the active roster

ERIC S: This won't help if a back-up is needed during a game, but SS Zack Short (at AAA Iowa) is (in my opinion) one of the Cubs Top 10 position-player prospects. He's a legit shortstop (I would comp his ceiling to Nick Ahmed of the D'backs).   

As Old and Blue would say: call him up!

Addison Russell has roster bonuses based on days spent on the MLB active roster ($100K each for 30, 60, 90, and 120 days, and $200K for 150 days), and so far he has spent 77 days on the 25, so there is no way he can reach the $200K 150 day bar, and reaching the $100K 120 day goal is now in jeopardy as well.

If he remains on Optional Assignment until rosters expand on 9/1, Russell will accrue 116 days MLB ST in 2019 (meaning he would receive a total of $300K of the potential $600K in roster bonuses). Russell's 2019 base salary ($3.4M) has already been reduced by $640K (because he spent the first 35 days of the 2019 MLB regular season on the Restricted List while completing his DV suspension), so he needed the full $600K in potential roster bonuses (at least 150 days on the MLB active roster) just to come within $40K of his $3.4M base salary, and now it looks like it's very possible that he won't get more than $300K in roster bonuses (effectively reducing his 2019 salary to about $2.8M).  

How about a match made in hell?

Addison Russell (who was suspended for violating the MLB-MLBPA JDV policy) to PIT for RHRP Keone Kela (who was suspended by the Pirates after allegedly punching-out a club Mental Skills coach last week).

It would be almost an exact salary wash, with the main difference being that Kela is under club control through 2020 and Russell is under club control through 2021. 

k.kela is a "milton bradley" sized attitude problem.  even when he's not being physically violent, he's been a horrible teammate for multiple clubs.

LHRP Xavier Cedeno's Article XIX-C Rehab Assignment at AAA Iowa has been halted (reset) again, and he will be transferred to 60-day IL when/if Cubs need 40-man roster slot (Cedeno has already spent 60 days on the 10-day IL so transferring him to the 60 would be a no-brainer).   

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  • Arizona Phil 1 hour 31 min ago (view)

    CUBSTER: Manuel Rodriguez was one of about two dozen players signed by the Cubs out of Mexico 2015-17 and he was one of the most-advanced (he spent three seasons in the Mexican League before signing with the Cubs). 

     

  • Arizona Phil 2 hours 11 min ago (view)

    KKvG: The Cubs are doing their Strength & Conditioning Camp October-Thanksgiving and will have Winter Instructs in January. 

     

  • KingKongvsGodzilla 2 hours 30 min ago (view)

    Hellooooo AZPhil,

    Cool post, thanks. To go completely off topic - are Fall instructs happening this year? Did they already happen? 

     

  • Cubster 2 hours 41 min ago (view)

    Grandal leaves Brewers for WSox, 4/73 for a 31 yr old switch hitting catcher that hit .246 with decent on base and power.

     

  • crunch 3 hours 35 min ago (view)

    mekkes plays out like d.maples, but mekkes doesn't throw as hard, mostly just throws his fastball, and it has great deception.  both of them have no predictable command and control.

    given that mekkes is only expected to be a pen arm at best anyway, someone might very well snag him even if they end up sending him back before the season.

    if we still were in an era where you could have "specialist" relievers rather than this new era of innings-guys, he would probably be on the cubs roster given that righties are generally lost against him.

     

  • cubbies.4ever 1 day 1 hour ago (view)

    Why no Dakota Meekes?  Somebody is gonna take him.

     

  • Cubster 1 day 1 hour ago (view)

    Per S Sharma: "Cubs have added C Miguel Amaya, RHP Tyson Miller, RHP Manuel Rodriguez and INF Zack Short to the 40-man roster, which now stands at 36."

    ...Manny Rodriguez must be a bit of a surprise.

     

  • erich081 1 day 8 hours ago (view)

    Interesting, thanks AZ Phil.

     

  • Arizona Phil 1 day 9 hours ago (view)

    First.Pitch.120: Without citing the source, I can say that other than Miguel Amaya, no Cub eligible for selection in the 2019 Rule 5 Draft is more-likely to be selected (if left unprotected) than P. J. Higgins, and if Higgins is selected, the Cubs will almost certainly not get him back. 

     

  • First.Pitch.120 1 day 11 hours ago (view)

    AZ PHIL:  can you tell us a bit more about the "likely" ranking for PJ Higgins? I haven't had a chance to see him IRL. His stat sheet looks ok but not necessarily above some others. Is it a case of the "useful AAA catcher who can also do other things while not destroying you with the bat"?

     

  • JustSayin' 5 days 9 hours ago (view)

     I hear you but welcome to the world of Theo.  The team is always a step or two away from the World Series in his mind, whether that is true or not.  Therefore, the thing to do on the margin is to trade top prospects or younger guys on the roster for that missing puzzle piece, not build for the future.  I had a front-row seat for this as a Red Sox fan.  If Pedro Martinez doesn't insist the Red Sox sign David Ortiz for table scraps and Chris Bryant isn't the no-brainer second pick in the draft, we'd all be wondering what happened to that Theo guy who was in the Red S

     

  • Cubster 5 days 10 hours ago (view)

    Shogo Akiyama is a lefty bat, career BA at.301 w/ Seibu Lions.  Recent OBPs: .419, .385, .398, .403 and .392. HR 20-15 in last 3 seasons Stolen bases, 12 in 2019, 18 in best season (2016). Defense supposedly plus-plus, 7-10 assists (10 in 2016). Clearly a leadoff hitter.

     

  • crunch 6 days 3 hours ago (view)

    christian yelich committed internet homicide on yu darvish...

    https://twitter.com/ChristianYelich/status/1195462...

     

  • Charlie 6 days 7 hours ago (view)

    Little in the offseason could make me happier than the Cubs finding ways to retain the good MLB players who came up with them while remaining competitive. This Javy extension talk makes me much happier as a fan than the Bryant and Contreras trade talk.

     

  • crunch 6 days 7 hours ago (view)

    "Javy Baez. The two-time All-Star shortstop and 2018 MVP runner-up already has begun negotiations on a potential long-term extension with the Cubs, according to sources."

    also, some talk of being linked to shogo akiyama (CF, Japan, 32yo in April)

    https://chicago.suntimes.com/cubs/2019/11/15/20966...

     

  • crunch 1 week 4 hours ago (view)

    j.odorizzi accepted his qualifying offer (17.8m) from MIN...so did j.abreu (CWS)....everyone else is gonna play the FA market.

    w.smith (SF) immediately signed with the braves for 3/39 (13m team option/1m buyout on the backend).  braves lose a 2nd round pick...which they'll probably get back when someone signs j.donaldson.