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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  • crunch 34 min 47 sec ago (view)

    HR in the 8th.  dope.

     

  • crunch 2 hours 44 min ago (view)

    he's back out in the field in the top 3rd...must be okay, but he sure doesn't look confidently healthy.  *shrug*  off-day tomorrow...

     

  • crunch 2 hours 55 min ago (view)

    p.wisdom seems to have injured his right leg/knee swinging a bat...

     

  • crunch 3 hours 17 min ago (view)

    “It did not feel good to take Javy out of the game,” Ross said. “I never feel comfortable doing that at all. That's a pit in my stomach and it was in my stomach the entire game.”

    ...

    “I blame it on myself. I lost the count of the outs,” Báez said. “We talked about it. We're on the same page. I'll be there tomorrow to help the team.”

     

  • First.Pitch.120 4 hours 53 min ago (view)

    The thing that gets me is that she cheated with the guy providing religous-based pre-marital counseling. Hmmm... this guy is abusing his (quasi-)professional couseling position to pursue an intimate relationship; forgot the parts of the Bible about lying, cheating, & doing dirty by the 2016 WS MVP; and clearly has very conflicted feelings on the marriage construct... yep, I'm blowing up multiple people's lives to ride-or-die with THAT guy. 

     

  • Hagsag 5 hours 29 min ago (view)

    I am with my hero Zo.

     

  • crunch 7 hours 31 min ago (view)

    whole zobrist thing got fleshed out (no pun) in public now...

    https://www.nbcsports.com/chicago/cubs/cubs-ben-zo...

     

  • Arizona Phil 13 hours 32 min ago (view)

    The Cubs have signed C Harrison Wenson (ex-LAA) to a minor league contract and he has been assigned to Hi-A South Bend. Wenson spent five seasons in the Angels organization, and he got an NRI to MLB Spring Training as an extra catcher with the Halos this past spring. 

     

  • crunch 1 day 2 hours ago (view)

    69 (nice) pitches...goes 4.2ip and leaves with a man on 1st

    4.2ip 3h 1bb 5k, 3r/er (2hr)

    alzolay continues to have the HR screw him over.  12 given up in 62.1ip

     

  • crunch 1 day 2 hours ago (view)

    d.ross pulls baez for alcantara for what was either a mental mistake forgetting the outs or totally not hustling by baez in the bottom 4th running the bases.

    cubs are down by 1.

    hell of manager power play.  hope this plays out well...expect it will.

     

  • crunch 1 day 2 hours ago (view)

    nico expected back in early july...duffy had a "setback" and is in limbo...bote has started baseball activities, but nowhere near a return time.

     

  • crunch 1 day 3 hours ago (view)

    haha.  ump checked alzolay's hat and glove between innings and declared it all clear.

    stuff so nasty they wanna make sure you're not on that "sticky fingers" bandwagon.

     

  • crunch 1 day 3 hours ago (view)

    11 pitches, 2 Ks and a hard ground out to start things for alzolay.

    i wonder how many pitches he'll be allowed to throw if he can keep the game under control.  velocity and movement looks great.

     

  • Arizona Phil 1 day 4 hours ago (view)

    CRUNCH: The only way this makes sense is if the Cubs promised Ryan when they outrighted him in May that he would be added back to the MLB 40-man roster within a certain number of days or by a certain date (June 20th). Otherwise, it makes no sense.

    Ryan did have the right to elect free-agency when he was outrighted, but he accepted the assignment. 

     

  • crunch 1 day 5 hours ago (view)

    alzolay activated, k.ryan down.  ryan was brought up less than 24 hours ago and not used yesterday.  he was already earlier optioned to AAA and the cubs DFA'd r.stock to add ryan to the 40-man yesterday.  odd use of the roster, kinda...

     

  • Wrigley Rat 1 day 22 hours ago (view)

    Exactly what I needed - thanks AZPhil!