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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  • Hagsag 9 min 33 sec ago (view)

    Per Passan, KB has lost his grievance. Now what?

     

  • crunch 11 hours 30 min ago (view)

    dusty baker confrimed new HOU manager.

    news was up/down all day with "confirmations" and "not confirmed yet" but other candidates have evidently been notified they're out of running and dusty's their dude.

    his wheelhouse is reigning in "troubled" clubhouses in need of focus and direction, and that's what he's inheriting.

    also, tony barnette has retired.

     

  • crunch 16 hours 30 min ago (view)

    s.souza 1/1m finalized.

    could be up to 3m after performance and non-IL (injury list) incentives.

    it seems he'll be giving rest to schwarb/heyward vs lefties at a minimum.  it will be interesting to see him play OF this spring to see how much distance he can cover (and on back-to-back days).

     

  • crunch 18 hours 45 min ago (view)

    cubs signing jeremy "smoke 2 joints" jeffress

    1/850K

     

  • Arizona Phil 19 hours 51 min ago (view)

    Cubs minor leaguers in Mesa are wearing the new Nike jerseys, which look the same as the previous Majestic unis (blue Cubs jersey with red names and numbers outlined in white), except for the Nike "swoosh" insignia on the upper right front of the shirt.

     

  • Arizona Phil 20 hours 17 min ago (view)

    The "Under Armour Performamce Center" (UAPC) at the Cubs facility in Mesa in now called the "Chicago Cubs Performance Center" (CCPC). All references to Under Armour have disappeared. 

     

  • Hagsag 1 day 4 hours ago (view)

    It's great to start getting reports from the Instructs. Keep them coming Phil!

     

  • bradsbeard 1 day 10 hours ago (view)

    Since the deal isn't official, I wonder if the Cubs will wait until camp opens to finalize the deal and then put him on the 60 day IL as soon as it's available (assuming it's a major league deal). That doesn't really make sense in light of their luxury tax maneuvering though. If he's gonna miss a third of the season they'd probably only offer a minor league deal I guess. 

     

  • Arizona Phil 1 day 13 hours ago (view)

    Cory Abbott, Ben Hecht, Ryan Lawlor, and Brailyn Marquez were in a separate group on Field #3, so they may be prepping for NRIs to MLB Spring Training.   

     

  • Arizona Phil 1 day 13 hours ago (view)

    And Max Bain threw (long toss) at Instructs this morning, too. 

     

  • Arizona Phil 1 day 13 hours ago (view)

    I can positively confirm that Jerrick Suiter (1B-OF selected by Cubs from Pirates in Minor League Phase of last month';s Rule 5 Draft) is indeed being converted to a RHP. I saw him throw long-toss this morning at Instructs. 

     

  • Arizona Phil 1 day 13 hours ago (view)

    The Cubs have purchased the contract of LHP Adam Choplick from Southern Maryland (Atlantic League) and he has been assigned to AA Tennessee.

    Choplick was the 14th round draft pick of the Texas Rangers out of the U. of Oklahoma in 2015, and he was released by the Rangers at the end of Spring Training 2019 (never got higher than AA). 

    I saw Choplick throw (long-toss) at Instructs this morning and he is one huge dude (6'9 250+). 

     

  • crunch 1 day 14 hours ago (view)

    the entire cubs offseason has been "wow, this guy was good 2-3 years ago, but didn't play or sucked in recent past."

    houston finished using their trash can and the cubs are rooting around in it looking for players.

    speaking of...it's taken MLB longer to figure out bryant's service time complaint than the entire astros cheating scandal.

     

  • crunch 1 day 15 hours ago (view)

    "Chicago Cubs selected the contract of LHP Adam Choplick from Southern Maryland Blue Crabs."

    okay.  sure.  congrats and good luck.

    https://www.baseball-reference.com/register/player...

     

  • Charlie 1 day 18 hours ago (view)

    Good for Nick. Good luck to him and the Reds improving his defense. That park should very much play to his offense.

    Interest in Gennett is strange. If you are going to pick up a bench infielder at this point, shouldn't it be someone with SS chops?

     

  • crunch 1 day 19 hours ago (view)

    nick castellanos to the reds, 4/64m...opt out after 1 year.

    meanwhile, on the cubs front...

    "Bruce Levine of 670 The Score reports that the Cubs continue to have interest in free agent Scooter Gennett. "

    wtf...