Cubs vs. Diamondbacks: Series Thread (Games 98-100)

The Cubs begin their final homestand before the trade deadline with a 3-game series against opponents they recently faced, the Diamondbacks. See below for the weekend's pitching matchups.

Game 98, Friday, July 23, 1:20 pm central

CHC: RHP Zach Davies (W)

ARS: RHP Zac Gallen (L)

I am posting this late, so the Cubs have already drubbed the D-Backs 8-3. Javy and Chirinos each went deep Davies struck out 8 over 5.1 innings, and Keegan Thompson pitched 3 innings to earn his first career save.

Game 99, Saturday, July 24, 1:20 pm central

CHC: RHP Alec Mills (4-3, 4.64 ERA)

ARZ: RHP Merrill Kelly (6-7, 4.46 ERA)

Mills was the victim of bad defense in his last start, allowing five runs but only one of them earned over 4.0 innings pitched. He struck out six Cardinals and had nice movement on his two-seamer, changeup, and curveball.

Kelly appeared to be on track for a complete game in his last start, which came against the Cubs. He exited in the 9th, however, after allowing a leadoff double to Bryant and RBI single to Javy. Joakim Soria took over, allowing Ortega a 9th inning hit (his second in as many days) and then eventually catching Contreras looking on a 3-2 breaking ball in the zone.

Game 100, Sunday, July 25, 1:20 pm central

CHC: RHP Trevor Williams (3-2, 5.68 ERA)

ARZ: LHP Caleb Smith (3-6, 4.38 ERA)

Williams earned a no-decision in his last start when he allowed four earned runs to the Cardinals over five innings. It was his first start (second appearance) since returning from over a month on the IL.

Smith defeated Pittsburgh in his last start. He went 6.2 innings and struck out 7 while allowing two earned runs. Before the All-Star break, he got clobbered by the Dodgers for nine earned runs in a single inning of work. Excluding that one terrible outing, he ould have an ERA of only 3.39. Bryant is 3-6 with a double, triple, and homer off of Smith.


a.chafin not helping his trade value today.

rain delaying this game is like extra innings in spring god, just call it...mercy, please.

good job dbacks social media team.

few days old "news" but it seems the allegations against starlin castro (domestic abuse) are serious enough that WAS doesn't expect him to rejoin the team at all this season...not because of legal issues, but because they may want to wash their hands of him.

his entire MLB career might be over at this point.  31 years old and not having a bad season for a middle IF'r (especially the last couple weeks before being put on leave).

This day in Cubs history...

and before that,  there was Tuffy Rhodes...

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  • Eric S 5 hours 39 min ago (view)

     Cubs were Nootbaar'ed to the tune of 12-4 in Game 2


  • Cubster 6 hours 41 min ago (view)

    With a Doubleheader loss, the Cubs are back on track for a better draft choice. Right now at 67 wins they pick #7, just ahead of KC and Minnesota who have 68-69 wins. 


  • crunch 8 hours 10 min ago (view)

    the shit sandwich that is zach davies is a 6 foot party sub.


  • Dolorous Jon Lester 8 hours 13 min ago (view)

    I am celebrating the day he signs with another team this offseason. I didn't know I could hate him more than I did when he was in Milwaukee but here we are!


  • crunch 8 hours 32 min ago (view)

    wisdom can hit some bombs when he does

    also davies still sucks.


  • tim815 9 hours 7 min ago (view)

    McAvene is struggling against hitters in Instructs. He's not ready for the AZ Fall League. I'd expect to see Juan Gamez otr Aneuris Rosario first. Vazquez, I agree with, entirely.


  • bradsbeard 10 hours 58 min ago (view)

    On the position player side, Amaya if he's healthy. Chase Strumpf makes a lot of sense (missed some time early and late, missed all of last year). Nelson Velazquez maybe as a Rule 5 guy if they're on the fence. Cam Balego and Andy Weber are two other candidates if healthy. Luis Vazquez could also use more upper level PAs and would make sense.

    Lots of potential pitchers. Ideally Marquez but not sure they'll let him pitch this year. McAvene is probably another one. Would be awesome if Kohl Franklin could participate. 


  • First.Pitch.120 12 hours 15 min ago (view)



  • Arizona Phil 16 hours 48 min ago (view)

    Cubs select contract of RHRP Jason Adam from AAA Iowa and he will be the "29th man" in today's DH with STL. Also,.C Robinson Chirinos to 10-day IL with oblique strain, and OF Greg Deichmann has been recalled from Iowa.  


  • Arizona Phil 17 hours 58 min ago (view)

    FP120: The Cubs have been working on pick-off plays, baserunning including rundown ("pickle") drills, amd bunt defense in pre-game and Camp Day instructional work, so it's kind of a "Point of Emphasis." Apparently it's still a work-in-progress for a lot of the guys.And it's not just pick-off plays, either. At least two or three guys have been picked-off in the first three games and there have been a couple of other baserunning gaffes as well. But that's what instructs is for, right?


  • First.Pitch.120 1 day 6 hours ago (view)

    So what's the deal with 5 pick off attempt errors in 3 games?


  • Arizona Phil 1 day 7 hours ago (view)

    Because the Cubs play only the Angels, A's, and Rockies in Instructs this year, I would not be surprised if the Cubs make a trade or two with one or more of those clubs, most especially the Angels, who might be interested in acquiring Kyle Hendricks (since they certainly can't do a rebuild with Trout, Ohtani, and Rendon on the roster). 


  • Arizona Phil 1 day 7 hours ago (view)

    The pitching-starved Angels established an MLB (and probably Ripley's Believe It or Not) record by selecting - ONLY - pitchers in the 2021 draft. That's twenty pitchers. No position players. They signed 19 of the twenty, and five of them pitched in today's game (2021 15th round pick Glenn Albanese Jr started the game, followed by 18th round pick Nick Mondak, 7th round pick Ryan Costeiu, 8th round pick Nick Jones, and 16th round pick Nick Dufault). 


  • Arizona Phil 1 day 7 hours ago (view)

    Cubs 2020 4rh round draft pick 6'8 220+ LHSP Luke Little threw mainly a 93-97 FB with an occasional CV and CH mixed-in but pitched mostly from behind in the count, issuing two walks, hitting a batter, and throwing a WP (and surrendering a towering three-run HR) in 2.1 IP of work, LHP Angel Rodriguez was able to throw strikes with a 90-91 MPH FB, CH, and CV mix, but was pounded to the tune of five singles, a double, and a triple in just 2.2 IP, Cubs 2021 14th round draft pick RHRP Frankie Scalzo featured a 93-95 MPH FB but sometimes hung his SL and was hit hard and allowed a HR and five sing


  • crunch 1 day 10 hours ago (view)

    chris clarke could use the work.

    brennen davis...bryce ball and casey opitz, maybe.  *shrug*

    i'd like to see ethan roberts in the mix.


  • ggross 1 day 17 hours ago (view)

    Phil (or anyone else),

    Who are your guesses for Cubs in the Fall League this year?  When will the announcements be made?  Thanks!