Cubs @ Giants: Chatwood vs. Beede (Game 102)

CHC (54-47): RHP Tyler Chatwood (4-1, 4.30 ERA)
SF (52-50): RHP Tyler Beede (3-3, 4.70 ERA)

First pitch 2:45pmCDT

Chatwood is a late substitution for an ill Jon Lester. He last pitched on July 14 and last started on June 27. In three starts he's pitched 15 innings and allowed 12 runs, nine earned against the Mets, Atlanta, and Arizona. Currents Giants have a .869 OPS against him in 153 at bats.

Tyler Beede last made an eight inning start and allowed no earned runs. He's made 10 starts this year and two relief appearances. He's also made 7 AAA starts. This will be his first time facing the Cubs.


Whoops! Thought we had another night game in store. Life is a bit hectic with a cross-country move starting on Friday and an academic conference right after that. I am feeling especially open to sharing gameday thread duties for a while! If not, it's possible I just miss some.

CHARLIE: CT Steve allows no excuses. Get your priorities in order. 

I am preparing my notes for an apology during the post-game.

bottom 3rd and the pen is up.  woo, chatwood.

almora HR!

single and a HR through 2ab.  that should raise his average since to break to like .150 or something.

rizzo ejected for running his mouth and caratini's in to play 1st...and bryant is out of the game for some reason.

caratini 1st, bote 3rd...ryan in replacing chatwood.

this all went downhill fast.

Losing a red hot KB to an as yet undisclosed injury is not so hot

Per Len, KB left with a sore right knee.

KB says not a big deal, will be in the lineup Friday. Jesse Rogers says no MRI scheduled

Very good outing by Chatwood today, particularly with the trade deadline looming. 

Lot of ducks being left on the pond. Cubs have had a lot of chances to blow this one open. Good thing blowing lost opportunities never seem to come back and bite them, particularly on the road.  Looking forward to Stropy-time in the 8th!

Almost a drama free ninth inning for Kimbrel - but it worked out in the end (Schwarber with some heart attack moments in LF all game) - Cubs win!

*and hopefully KB gets back healthy soon

lester to start saturday (vs MIL).

CHC won, MIL won, and STL is most likely going to win (leading by 9 in the 6th).

StL is starting to get that unstoppable look about them. I hate that we didn’t bury them  or MIL. 

Rowan Wick was a position-player (C-OF) the first four years of his pro career (with STL) and hit 246/326/469 with 34 HR in 186 minor league games (758 PA) prior to becoming a pitcher, but Brad Brach (who had eight PA over the course of 14 pro seasons coming into yesterday's game) PH for Wick?

Obviously there is a reason why Wick was moved to pitcher (he struck out a LOT and was unable to advance out of single-A as a RF), but even given that, wouldn't Wick have been a better choice than Brach to bat in that spot?    

Kept Wick from getting injured while batting.  Not seeing it as a horrible outcome if Brach got injured while batting.  Cubs already up 4-1, didn't necessarily need a hit in that AB.

JACKSTRAW: I doubt that the possibility that Wick could be injured while batting (or while running the bases) was the reason Brach PH for him, since Kyle Hendricks PH with two outs and nobody on base in the 12th inning Tuesday night and I suspect the Cubs would be much more concerned with the possibility that Hendricks might get hurt while batting (or while running the bases) than would be the case with a Chicago - Des Moines shuttle-rider like Wick. 
Also, giving away an AB with only one out in the 6th with just a three-run lead (it was 4-1 not 14-1) doesn't make a whole lot of sense either, especially since Wick has considerable professional experience as a hitter (and clealy has HR power) while Brach clearly does not.  

So the move remains a mystery (at least it does for me). 

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  • Arizona Phil 1 hour 10 min ago (view)

    jdrnym: Zack Short is still on Optional Assignment to the minors (as are Alzolay, M. Amaya, R. Garcia, Maples, T. Miller, Norwood, Rea, M. Rodriguez, and Steele), but he can be recalled at any time without restriction (no "ten-day rule") because he was optioned to the minors prior to the transaction freeze in March. 


  • crunch 5 hours 33 min ago (view)

    the toles update is worse than his troubled past.  toles has been diagnosed bipolar + schizophrenia and has been in/out of institutions over the past couple years.  he can't seem to stick to any program long enough to get good treatment.

    hope he turns whatever corner he needs to in order to get enough treatment to decide what kind of future he'd like to have.


  • Dolorous Jon Lester 8 hours 23 min ago (view)

    Those two are definitely on more precarious ground once the roster is trimmed to 26, I would say.


  • jdrnym 8 hours 25 min ago (view)

    Right, just went through the roster quick. Underwood, Sadler, same deal.


  • Dolorous Jon Lester 10 hours 42 min ago (view)

    Can't answer the Short thing. But I'd agree with your assessment of Mills if he weren't basically a lock to make the roster.


  • jdrnym 10 hours 49 min ago (view)

    Is Zack Short's official designation still "on optional assignment" even though he's not on the Pool? If so, he can't just be recalled even though he's on the 40-man roster, right?

    And someone like Alec Mills who's on the Pool and out of options... he's virtually locked onto the active roster because he can't get taken off (via an outright) and remain eligible to be re-added. Seems like the kind of player you'd prefer to leave off the initial Pool.


  • crunch 11 hours 14 min ago (view)

    though he went to the hospital for treatment he was never admitted, so he's yet another person who got dragged hard by Covid, but who's case isn't showing up in the hospital admission, ICU bed, or death numbers most of us are looking at.

    there's a whole slew of people who have had to shut down their lives for 2-4-6-etc weeks to get over this that are falling outside of the numbers we're tracking most closely.


  • Cubster 11 hours 43 min ago (view)

    "In yet another reminder of how insidious this particular disease can be, Hottovy says he had acted quite cautiously in public before coming down with it. Fortunately, he was able to self-isolate and avoid transmitting it to his family."


  • crunch 12 hours 54 min ago (view)

    it'll be interesting to see how things go down when people have to start playing games in AZ.  they're damn close to being "early NYC level" screwed with a lack of planning and action.

    with the early plan of playing games in AZ/FL, they could have been huge economic winners with 15+ teams playing all their games in AZ (and spring training 2.0).  now it's looking like some teams may not even want to fly into AZ for a few dozen "away" games.


  • crunch 13 hours 9 min ago (view)

    cubs pitching coach tommy hottovy was diagnosed with covid-19 earlier this spring, but he is currently assumed fully recovered.

    he had a 100+ degree temperature for 6 days, lost 18 pounds, and it took 30 days for him to test negative.

    he's 38 years old, btw.


  • Hagsag 20 hours 8 min ago (view)

    Bravo Crunch!


  • crunch 1 day 12 hours ago (view)

    at least the cubs got elston back for pretty much nothing.  also, ha.


  • Rob Richardson 1 day 17 hours ago (view)

    How many coachs, managers, and other "tier 1" individuals around the league are in higher risk groups? 


  • Rob Richardson 1 day 17 hours ago (view)

    Well said Crunch.


  • Cubster 1 day 18 hours ago (view)

    1956 Cub Hoax...

    Hit .215, 5 HR. Age 28 season


  • Hagsag 1 day 19 hours ago (view)

    I have one question for AZ Phil, what the hell are you going to do with yourself until there is some type of Instructional League begins in the Fall?