Diamondbacks @ Cubs: Godley vs Chatwood (Game 102)

AZ (56-47): RHP Zack Godley (11-6, 4.65)
CHC (59-42): RHP Tyler Chatwood (4-5, 4.84)
First pitch: 1:20pmCST
Chatwood won (!) against the Cardinals on Saturday (5.1 IP, 1 ER). The D’backs are 30-116 (.259) against him. Owings is 7-18.
Godley gave up 3 ER in 5 innings for a no-decision against the Rockies his last time out. The Cubs are 9-37 (.243) against him. Russell is 3-4 with 2 HR.
Montgomery faces Weaver in St. Louis tomorrow at 7:15pmCST.
Go Cubs!


bryant to 10-day DL...baez still out of the lineup...bote called up

Rizzo 1B, Almora CF, Heyward RF, Contreras C, Happ 3B, Schwarber LF, Russell SS, Chatwood P, Bote 2B

Bote at SS...

Anybody else notice that since his initial call-up Bote has played more SS (at AAA) than at any time in his career. He started 11 games for 101 innings at Rookie ball in 2012 & comhined for another 99 inninings at various levels in 2013. Since his MLB debut he's started 13 games at SS for >100 innings, including 4 of the last 7 played for Iowa. 

Obviously he's not going to be a SS fulltime, but I think it's fair to infer that he's being groomed as the third/emergency SS for Sept & Oct. 

Recent change in arm-slot for Jesse Chavez paying off:




Former Cub prospect Billy McKinney headed to Blue Jays as second piece in JA Happ trade to Yankees.

I really love these early innings bases loaded situations. They really get my blood pumping, and prove that I'm really alive.

4.2 IP, 6 BB for Chatwood today. I'd be surprised if they don't swing a trade for another starter within the next month. It's just not sustainable to keep rolling him out there. 

Duensing = grand slam. I'd be surprised if they don't swing a trade for another left handed reliever within the next month.  It's just not sustainable to keep rolling him out there. 

I don't have the heart to go see what this performance does to Chatwood's standings in the all-time most-walks-per-nine rankings for a single season...

Billybucks now banned from attending any future Chatwood starts!

Edit: guess that edict needs to be reconsidered! Billybucks, what's the record now for Chatwood starts you've attended?

Just back from the ballpark -- my ears are still ringing!  Wow!

Eric S -- I was ready for a self-ban about mid-game.  Chatwood seemed to be in early-2018 survival mode -- lots of walks, but not many runs.  Avila's HR seemed wind-aided. Then the Duensing Disaster came in.  Walks a LH hitter, then grooves a grand slam that almost hit the video board.  I'm sure Brian's a good guy and all, and he was a contributor last year,  but his time has to be up.  He simply cannot get hitters out.  Theo needs to bring the Red Sox model of knowing when to eat some salary and move on.

Somehow, I am 2-1 in my Chatwood starts.  I think we should just leave it at that and move on.  Time to give another starter a try.


you got to see an epic one...from the trash heap of helplessness to "kinda interesting" to WOW

Man, BB, nice work brother. What a memorable moment for a regular season game! I felt charmed when the odds gave me two Chatwoods a Saturday apart. The Twins (W, 10-9 or 11-10), and the following Saturday (forgot who). They won both of those games in spite of the Human Walkman.

Today was a billybucks first -- I have been to one other walk-off win at Wrigley, but the game was tied going into the 9th.  I have never been to a walk-off win when the Cubs trailed in the 9th.  I highly recommend it!

My only regret -- with the new bullpen location (boo!), I didn't get to see Strop high-steppin' with Rizzo as he headed for home.

PHIL: Can either Tyler Chatwood or Brian Duensing refuse an assignment to Iowa?

Or Tennessee?

60 day DL for acute suckness?

E-MAN: Both Chatwood and Duensing can decline a minor league assignment. So barring a DL assignment, expect either Randy Rosario to be optioned to Iowa or a Brian Duensing or Eddie Butler DFA when Hamels is activated (which again could be as late as Sunday, or even Monday depending on when the trade is officially announced), and then another pitcher will have to be dropped from the 25 when Brandon Morrow is ready to be reinstated from the DL (which could be sometime this weekend). 

Also, the Cubs have an off day on Monday so they won't need a 5th starter again until a week from Saturday, so they will have a few days to decide who the #5 starter will be going forward (presumably either Chatwood or Montgomery). 

94ip 82h 85bb 82k with a 4.98era


i can't wait for 2.5 more years of this.

he's got a 0.3 WAR on BR and a -0.2 WAR on FG...so he's at least replacement level...he's got that going for him...well, that and $38m.

duensing has given up 24er in his last 14.2ip

he's got another year left on his contract.

Javy wild swinging pays off - WP swinging strike three scores a run. Good sign they didn't pull him for a pinch runner. 

staying in the game to play SS, too.

Trade? Why was Russell taken out? Just askin,....


man, i miss len/bob.  i like jd, but len/bob had a nice chemistry and played well off each other setting up jokes/comments.


holy f'n bote.




wow, what a game.

This too.

For the love of god, Almora, no hopping on Rizzo.  1034 day DL stint with strained lower back...

And also this. Please.

"According to Ken Rosenthal of Fox Sports, the Cubs have emerged as the "front-runner" to acquire Cole Hamels, though the Braves "remain in the mix.""

a'ite then.

"David Kaplan of NBC Sports Chicago reports the Cubs are "closing in" on a deal to acquire Cole Hamels from the Rangers."

a'ite then.

btw, A-baller rollie lacy was pulled from his start tonight.

anyway...who's going to TEX with r.lacy?

v.caratini? m.montgomery? ...something lesser hopefully.

...and who gets screwed out of their starting job if it's not montgomery going in trade...chatwood or montgomery?  how much longer can chatwood get chances?

TEX game probably won't be over for another 3-ish hours...maybe we'll find out before then.

The Human Walkman can go fuck himself. Get DL’d. Be a double header starter. Go home and change diapers. 

I forgot, in September he can be a pinch runner.

He is my new Will Oh-Man!

Who can forget Will Oh-No-Man? 

Anyway, I still have the ticket from when Hammels had his Wrigley no-hitter. 2015 I think? CRUNCH had an off day.

supposedly the deal for hamels will be for "low level prospects" and cubs picking up some of the loot.

keeping caratini and montgomery would be nice.

cubs minor league watchers are on "hug watch" for potential pieces involved in the trade.

mlb.com has a trade confirmation story up.

"ARLINGTON -- The Rangers have reached an agreement to trade left-handed pitcher Cole Hamels to the Cubs, sources confirmed on Thursday night. The clubs have not yet announced the deal because there are still details to work out, including the examination of medical reports on the Cubs' Minor League players involved in the deal. But the trade is expected to be completed as soon as tonight, a source said."

Remember that a player acquired in a trade must be added to the club's MLB Reserve List (40-man roster) immediately, but the club has up to 72 hours to add the player to the MLB Active List (25-man roster). So expect the Cubs to transfer Yu Darvish to the 60-day DL as soon as the trade is officially announced, but the 25-man roster transaction could be delayed until Sunday. 

Reminds me of when they acquired Dan Haren, albeit Haren was clearly older and pitching on fumes. Not sure I should be excited, everyone is quoting reverse splits (the Chatwood explanation) but I'd be glad if someone could change my mind. On the other hand, these Chatwood starts are killing the bullpen, so we got that going for us. Which is nice.

horrible july, but april/may/june were not bad.  it's really dragged down his numbers.  hopefully there's more april-june and less july left in him.  his velocity and command didn't get worse in july...much the same...he was getting hit a lot more, though.

on the home/road split side of things, he gave up over twice as many HRs at home in TEX (16 in 59ip vs 7 in 55.1ip)

So, I guess the "easy" answer is Hamels to the rotation and Chatwood to the bullpen, where he can pitch in blowouts (sorry Vic, Happ and Rizz), work on some stuff, and, who knows, maybe become an effective reliever.  Stranger things have happened. 

However, keeping Monty in the rotation would give the Cubs a rotation with 4 lefties, which would be unusual and probably not preferred, since opposing hitters in a series would get a similar look most days. 

Another answer is to move Monty to the pen, because he might help the team there and they are already concerned about his innings.  But, that doesn't solve the Chatwood problem that Hamels was presumably acquired to address. 

Over to you, Joe (and Theo and Jed).


Hamels last start was Monday (92 pitches), so he could start as early as Saturday or any day after that (depending on when the Cubs want to insert him into the rotation). 

As noted he was pulled from his start tonight. Rollie Lacy now being reported as going to Texas. Plus a player to be named later.

Former Creighton Blue Jay, Lacy had a no-no for South Bend on 6-6-18. Somewhere Jim Hendry approves.


as an aside, that is a really nice ballpark for an A-ball team.

minor league parks all over are so much better than they used to be.

Agreed, but am I seeing correctly that there is no screen at all behind home plate? Couple little kids back there look like they're in danger of getting clobbered.

it sure looks that way, but if you look at 0:55 in there's a ball fouled back and it drops as if it hit the top/curve of a protective net.

i spent about that much time looking for any sign of a net or seam holding it without any luck.

LHSP Justin Steele (July 2017 TJS) has completed his AZL rehab assignment and will replace Rollie Lacy in the Myrtle Beach starting rotation beginning this weekend. Steele has made an amazing recovery and (as things stand right now) is a good candidate to get added to the Cubs MLB 40-man roster on 11/20 (he is first-time Rule 5 Draft-eligible post-2018). He also could get an AFL slot if the Cubs want him to throw more innings after the conclusion of the minor league season.  

I saw an article on MLB.com that floated the Cubs IFA money remaining as $3.05 million. My back-of-the-envelope math had it much less. ($600,000 or so. Probably less.)


The article was on Victor Victor Mesa. If the Cubs have anywhere near $3.05 million after their other signings, I have no idea where the extra loot came from.

TIM: The only 2018-19 J-2 IFA the Cubs have officially signed are: 

Richard Gallardo, RHP ($1M) 
Joel Machado, LHP ($850K) 
Yohendrick Pinango, OF (NFI) 
Gabriel Jaramillo, RHP (NFI)
Ronny Simon, INF (NFI)

The other reported signings are not official (yet) and might not be until after the conclusion of the DSL season (so that the players will not be Rule 5 Draft-eligible until post-2023 instead of post-2022). 

The Cubs also get $300K in 2017-18 ISBP cap space back due to RHP Florencio Serrano Jr's contract being voided, and that $300K is added to the Cubs 2018-19 ISBP, so the Cubs 2018-19 ISBP is actually $5.05M (not $4.75M).     

Why you're the one I ask.


Simon is already playing, as an "older" signee.

Rollie Lacy pitched a no-hitter this year for SB (in 7), and does have excellent stats. I hope this does not come back to haunt them in their prospect-bare pitching cupboard.

Re Hammels CUBSTER, when I last looked Cole has pitched 114 innings to ChatWalk’s 80. Lester and Hendricks are at 120. Quintana is at around 96 I think. So, that’s something.

So let's say Hamels regains his once elite pitcher status, do you keep him for the $20MIL or buy him out for $6MIL (like the consesus is)  Say you keep him you have Lester, Q, Hendricks, Yu, Chatwood, Hamels, Monty, and Smyly all fighting for 5 SP

Hamels goes from cellar to 1st place - could a touch of the Verlander Effect be in the offing?

The Texas pitching pipeline continues to produce -- Hendricks, Edwards, Chavez, Darvish (coming soon) and now Hamels.

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    Great info. Thanks! 


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    The CTL is sufficient as far as providing proof of contract tender.  

    For players being tendered contracts, the CTL must list the club's MLB salary offer, a minor league split salary offer (if the club so chooses), and performance bonuses (if any) the club is offering to the player.


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    jdrnym: A player who is signed to a contract that does not include a minor league split salary is paid his full MLB salary while optioned or after being outrighted to a minor league club.

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