Cubs @ Cardinals: Montgomery vs Weaver (Game 103)

CHC (60-42): LHP Mike Montgomery (3-3, 3.73)
STL (51-51): RHP Luke Weaver (5-9, 4.79)
First pitch: 7:15pmCST
Montgomery, who gave up 1 ER against the Cardinals at Wrigley on Saturday, is on notice after the acquisition of Cole Hamels. (If it means another championship, we can forgive that one start in 2015.) This is a big start for Monty, although being flexible, a lefty, and relatively inexpensive have probably already doomed him to the pen.
Overall, the Cardinals are 13-61 (.213) against him. Molina is 2-3.
Weaver, who gave up 3 ER in 4 innings against Montgomery for the loss, has had a couple of decent outings, but has been decidedly mediocre, even after I dropped him from my fantasy team. (Usually, that turns things around.). In his last 5 starts, he’s 2-3 with a 5.08 ERA. Against Weaver, Baez is 6-11 with a HR.
Quintana and Mikolas on Fox tomorrow at 3:05pmCST.
Go Cubs!


So Eddie Butler is the other player in the Hamels deal... Made me look up James Farris to see how he was doing with CO, and he seems to have vanished... no recent news items on the Google, last transaction on MiLB was an invite to spring training & re-assignment to minor league camp, and no 2018 stats.  Odd...

Farris retired before Spring Training ended, rather abruptly.

Eddie Butler is out of minor league options and he will almost certainly be eligible for Salary Arbitration as a "Super Two" post-2018, so he would have been a likely "non-tender" candidate on 12/2 (if not a DFA sometime prior to the conclusion of the MLB regular season) if he hadn't been traded. 

A player acquired in a trade must be placed on the club's MLB Reserve List (40-man roster) immediately, but the club has 72 hours to place the player on its MLB Active List (25-man roster). So depending on when the Cubs plan to start Hamels (Tuesday in Pittsburgh?), the Cubs could call-up an extra bullpen arm for the weekend series in St. Louis and then activate Hamels on Monday.  

If a "Player to Be Named Later" (PTBNL) is part of a trade, the PTBNL cannot be on an MLB 25-man roster (MLB Active List) at any time beginning when the trade is executed (filed with the MLB office) up until when the trade is completed.

A PTBNL can be a specific player or the PTBNL can be selected from a list of players or a class of players as determined by the clubs when the trade is executed.

Beginning in 2015, a player signed after being selected in the MLB Rule 4 Draft (First-Year Player Draft) cannot be a PTBNL in any trade made prior to the conclusion of the World Series.

Clubs have six months to agree on a PTBNL, but the clubs can agree (when the trade is executed) on a deadline that is less than six months.

A cash payment (typically $50,000 for trades involving players on the 40-man roster) can be substituted for a PTBNL if no agreement can be reached within six months, but the alternative cash payment must be agreeable to both clubs and stated in writing when the trade is executed. 

7:15 (CST) start time, not 1:20...fwiw.

also, it's kinda neat the cubs got to say g'bye to e.butler by giving him a win in the stat column...also, kinda weird he even pitched.  i wonder how late into the day/evening negociations went.

I've gotten to like Paul Sullivan lately. He seems smart, funny--like here: "It would be difficult to rationalize keeping Chatwood in the rotation and putting Montgomery back with the dancing relievers . . ."

He used to seem sour, but I guess he just hated the old Cubs, like we all should have.

alec mills called up...

*shrug*  whatever.  enjoy your 1 day up before ham shows up, dude.

Rizzo 1B, Almora CF, Heyward RF, Baez SS, Zobrist 2B, Schwarber LF, Happ 3B, Montgomery P, Caratini C

Cards have been busy today: DFA both Holand and Lyons, and trade Tuivailala.

They are in disarray -- time to take advantage!

$14m for holland...ouch.

Holland turns out to be possibly Scott Boras best offseason work...well maybe best spring training...

"A second MRI on Kris Bryant's left shoulder confirmed that he's not dealing with any structural damage."

he got another cortizone shot.

Perhaps CUBSTER can weigh in on anything he has seen/heard? What is the best hope for the rest of the year? How much rest is he looking at? 

a little more medical info from a non-medical source...rotoworld blurb...

"Bryant was given another cortisone shot in hopes of ridding himself of the inflammation in the shoulder that's forced him to the disabled list twice over the last month. He had a shot the first time around, too, but the discomfort eventually returned. Bryant doesn't think he'll be sidelined long, but he admitted there's no timetable for his return. He also noted that he's been told to "tone it down" some when it comes to daily swings in the cage and in batting practice."

Probably injected the subacrmial space where the rotator cuff gets inflamed from repetitive activity. No structural damage means the MRI rules out rotator cuff tears or labral tears. Not sure about labradoodles (I love my spellcheck)! Should be good to go in 2 weeks.

Is the singular labrumdoodle?

Not sure if this already is 3/44, but it's a fantastic photo of the Rizzo walk-off.


montgomery had a nice start last time out, but he's not doing much lately to force chatwood and his 3/38m right handedness going to the pen rather than him.  they're both due for the pen once darvish gets back (pending another injury in the rotation).

Quite a choice -- Chatwood walks everybody but doesn't give up many hits; Monty walks nobody but has given up 11 hits in 4 innings against a team going down in flames.  Not good.  It is really remarkable how consistently poor the starters have been this year.

hopefully we'll have a rotation of lester/darvish/q/hendricks/ham soon enough.

it'll be extra nice if ham shows enough good to make paying him $20m to stick around worth more than $6m to leave and not contribute in 2019.  ultimately it comes down to "is he worth $14m a season?" cuz that $6m is ham's no matter what.

this chatwood thing just isn't working and giving him 150+ innings to do it probably isn't a great idea.

This approach of getting thrown out on the bases while trailing by multiple runs doesn't seem to be working.

I think I could do without Happ at 3B after today.

Agreed. Sometimes Joe gets in the way of himself. LaStella, while a butcher at 3rd, is better than Happy. And, if you are gonna play the D, get Bote in there even against the righty. For fuck's sake. 

Previous to yesterday I would have agreed with LaStella as a butcher at 3b. As of today, I’ve upgraded him to “really bad” as Ian Happ showed us what a true butcher at 3b is capable of. 

This is what I think is gonna happen:

Monty goes back to the pen.

ChatWalk goes on the DL. Or, FL (fucked list).

The starting 5 is what CRUNCH says.

starting 5 is what i say...sweet

scherzer/verlander/greinke/kershaw/david ross

start printing those world series seat tickets.

The Cubs will need a 5th starter only four times in August (Saturday 8/4, Saturday 8/18, Saturday 8/25, and the make-up game at Atlanta on Thursday 8/30), so Montgomery could be used out of the bullpen in the Washington series 8/10-8/12. 

cubs lose a boring one...bah.

MIL currently losing by 1 run in the 4th...

also, MIL's brett phillips (mid/high end MIL prospect (but not an epic talent)) was a late scratch from his AAA game even though he's healthy.

If we get swept in STL again, by a team in disarray, I'm gonna barf.

May be time to get the barf bag ready.  My goodness this team sucks in STL.

Schwarber OPS pre-HR Derby: .873.  SLG = .498.

Schwarber OPS post-HR Derby: .683.  SLG = .360, which includes yesterday's gift pop-up "double".

"Hey, let the kid have fun!  What could go wrong?"

Yeah, I know it's a ridiculously small sample size, even though Schwarber did say he was still sore his first game back.  I'm just ticked they laid an egg -- yet again -- in STL.  Argh.


Brewers acquire 3B Mike Moustakas from @Royals for OF Brett Phillips, RHP Jorge Lopez

moosetacos is a brewer...

also, MIL won...cubs lead by 1.5 games.

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  • bradsbeard 2 hours 55 min ago (view)

    Great info. Thanks! 


  • Arizona Phil 2 hours 55 min ago (view)

    BRADSBEARD: What happens on 12/2 is each club submits what's called a "Central Tender Letter" to the MLB LRD listing which unsigned players on the club's MLB Reserve List (40-man roster) are being tendered a contract and which unsigned players are not being tendered a contract. 

    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.


  • crunch 11 hours 31 min ago (view)

    theo walked away from a big payday for an executive in his last season as a cub without having another job scoped out...and according to him he's not even looking one.

    something tells me this isn't going to be a fun off-season for cubs fans.

    the state of the cubs household aside, i wouldn't exactly be shocked to see theo with the mets, though he's supposedly not on their radar at the moment.


  • Dolorous Jon Lester 11 hours 55 min ago (view)

    The Cubs have been at the forefront of tone-deaf owners in terms of financial hardship during the pandemic. "The game isn't as profitable as most people think"


  • tim815 1 day 8 hours ago (view)

    The decision on the amount comes later.


  • bradsbeard 1 day 11 hours ago (view)

    At the point when the team makes the initial contract tender, do they have to offer a specific salary, and if so is that the same number the team takes into arbitration? Or does the specific number the teams files at for arbitration happen at a later date?


  • Arizona Phil 1 day 14 hours ago (view)

    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.

    So if a player goes to arbitration and is awarded (let's say) a $2.5M salary by the arb panel, the contract will not include a minor league split salary or performance bonuses, and if the player is sent to the minors he is paid the full $2.5M while in the minors.


  • Hagsag 1 day 15 hours ago (view)

    Maybe Trump can give them a loan.


  • crunch 1 day 15 hours ago (view)

    it's not exactly looking good when the cubs brass is complaining about "losing 100m in revenue" when a huge chunk of that seems to include Hotel Zachary.  it looks like the entire "entertainment complex" is the cubs as far as the Ricketts are concerned...and the team might have to suffer a bit because they couldn't fully realize profits last year.  they've publically stated that the big incoming tax credits from the city they're going to realize for stadium work won't help the cubs payroll.


  • jdrnym 2 days 1 hour ago (view)

    If a player doesn't have a split salary in his contract, how much is he making when in the minors (or how is that salary determined)?


  • crunch 2 days 7 hours ago (view)

    we want kyle schwarber to not be mark trumbo so badly...

    either way, the NL having or not having the DH needs to be figured out pretty quickly for a lot of off-season sanity.


  • crunch 3 days 10 hours ago (view)

    minor league hitting coordinator chris valaika moves up assistant hitting instructor for the big league team.

    looks like a.iapoce's job is safe.


  • Cubster 3 days 14 hours ago (view)

    Jed Hoyer gets a new 5 yr contract that runs through 2025 season. 


  • Cubster 3 days 15 hours ago (view)

    BA's list of 19 prospects who impressed at Instructs. One Cub:

    Chase Strumpf, 2B, Cubs


  • Jackstraw 4 days 10 hours ago (view)

    Waiting for Ryan Pace to be available.  He should be a week from tomorrow.


  • crunch 4 days 10 hours ago (view)

    i haven't even heard a rumor...which is interesting since "virtual" winter meetings start in a couple weeks.

    surprised dan kantrovitz hasn't been named "interim GM" or something...which makes me wonder how wide of a net they're casting to fill the position.  he was snagged from the A's and was an assistant GM there (and director of scouting for STL).