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.

Comments

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 14 hours 1 min ago (view)

    at least...

     

  • Charlie 14 hours 55 min ago (view)

    Lester pitched 35 innings today.

     

  • crunch 17 hours 35 min ago (view)

    2019...cubs fan...being thankful heyward and chatwood are around...wtf...

     

  • Eric S 18 hours 21 min ago (view)

    Like having a 5-1 lead going into the ninth?

     

  • Dolorous Jon Lester 19 hours 17 min ago (view)

    With our vaunted late inning tandem of Tyler Chatwood and Rowan Wick!

    Who would have thought?

     

  • Jackstraw 19 hours 18 min ago (view)

    Cubs 1-10 with RISP in the series.  Left lots of ducks on the pond.  Could take some of the pressure off the pen.

     

  • Jackstraw 19 hours 19 min ago (view)

    You could hit your thumb with a hammer.  Or take a big bite of wayyyy too hot pizza.  Just sayin.

     

  • Eric S 19 hours 23 min ago (view)

    I’m a little surprised and confused that Bote wasn’t in the infield in the ninth? Wth - need that one out boot to complete my day

     

  • crunch 19 hours 24 min ago (view)

    cubs win!  about time.

     

  • Eric S 19 hours 33 min ago (view)

    Cubs have to scratch mightily to get two runs against the mighty second half buccos

     

  • crunch 20 hours 4 min ago (view)

    K, diving catch by happ for an out, HBP to load the bases, ground out

    phew.

    PIT has loaded the bases 3 times in this game.

     

  • crunch 20 hours 13 min ago (view)

    ...and we're doing more 0 out, men on base stuff...

    2 on, 0 outs...up to 103 pitches and lester's day is done.

    bullpen time.  oh. boy.  neat.

    chatwood in.

     

  • crunch 20 hours 26 min ago (view)

    bryant has not forgotten how to hit homers.

    sweeeeeeeet.

     

  • crunch 20 hours 29 min ago (view)

    2 on, 0 out, and also gets out of that.

    btw, bryant has forgotten how to play 3rd base the past 2 innings...da hell...

     

  • crunch 20 hours 43 min ago (view)

    no one scores!  hell yeah.  phew.

     

  • crunch 20 hours 49 min ago (view)

    walking the pitcher to load the bases with 0 outs.

    this cubbery is thicker than the humidity.