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.
Dolorous Jon Lester 11 hours 48 min ago (view)
Lame. He was intriguing
crunch 13 hours 57 min ago (view)
cubs release matt dermody...he's heading to japan.
Cubster 23 hours 11 min ago (view)
and they are including amusement tax, healthcare costs (Doc Adams doesn't come cheap!), social security and political donations to the City and the Governor of Nebraska.
bradsbeard 23 hours 36 min ago (view)
It all depends what you count as "payroll." If you include the $11M in Lester and Descalso's buyouts plus the $3M sent in the Darvish trade you get to somewhere like $145M. If you include the $15M in estimated share of player benefits, you get to $160M. I think that last year, including player benefits, they were slated to be up around $205M for MLB payroll before the pandemic.
crunch 1 day 9 hours ago (view)
not sure, but i think it's around 130-135m right now even with bryant/baez/contreras still on board...including the 3m to set darvish free and other random $$ expenses on the roster.
tack on another 3-4m for happ when that gets settled....plus other odds/ends that have a chance to make the roster (s.miller, a.morgan, j.holder, etc) and other pre-arbitration guys...
cubs still need someone to back up contreras (if he sticks around, which i wouldn't be surprised to see him stick around)...not sure if taylor gushue is gonna be that guy and m.amaya is too young.
George Altman 1 day 10 hours ago (view)
Seriously, what's the 2021 payroll number? Currently at approximately $165M and after they trade Bryant, Baez, & Contreras - $130M. Is that it, $135-140M.
crunch 1 day 10 hours ago (view)
Q to the angels...supposedly 1/8m
crunch 1 day 19 hours ago (view)
pete ricketts (the governor of Nebraska ricketts) is a key part of an anti-gambling Nebraska group called "Gambling With The Good Life" that actively lobbied their open legislature...including a speech by pete...to keep gambling illegal in Nebraska.
he last spoke for the group to the state government in-session 3 months ago.
...it's also worth mentioning all of this is separate from the Draft Kings/Wrigley Field deal that flew under the radar toward the end of the season that will put a sportsbook directly in wrigley field, itself.
Charlie 1 day 19 hours ago (view)
Of all the things, why does this most make me want to punch
Cubster 2 days 1 hour ago (view)
I thought the Cubs had lost a rising star in Porter, seems the just got lucky with him leaving the organization.
crunch 2 days 8 hours ago (view)
jared porter...damn dude...mets gm, ex cubs director of scouting...
crunch 2 days 12 hours ago (view)
cubs freeing up that chatwood + lester loot sure did help...wait...sigh.
Cubster 2 days 12 hours ago (view)
Plus Chatwood signing w Bluejays is done.
crunch 2 days 14 hours ago (view)
...and done. 1 year deal with a mutual option.
Cubster 2 days 15 hours ago (view)
Dolorous in discussions with the Washington Schwarbs.