Cubs @ Cardinals: Quintana vs Mikolas (Game 104)

CHC (60-43): LHP José Quintana (9-6, 3.87)
STL (52-51): RHP Miles Mikolas (10-3, 2.82)
First pitch: 3:05pmCST
Quintana has reeled off three straight wins, with his victory against these Cardinals on Sunday at Wrigley (7 IP, 2 ER). Overall, they are 34-115 (.296) against him. Fowler is 7-16 with a HR.
Mikolas gave up 2 ER in 5 innings for a no-decision in the matchup against Quintana. The Cubs are 14-51 (.275) against him. Happ is 2-3.
Hendricks and Gant on ESPN tomorrow at 7:00pmCST.
Go Cubs!


Russell sitting for the second day in a row.  Good for rumors, but my guess is he has another of his nagging injuries.

He caught fire when the Machado rumors heated up -- .867 OPS in June -- but has really been struggling since the rumors died down -- .560 OPS in July.  

BILLY BUCKS: On Thursday Javier Baez PH for the pitcher in the #8 spot in the bottom of the 6th and then stayed in the game at SS with the new pitcher (Cishek) going into Russell's #7 spot even though Bote (hitting 9th) made the last out of the inning. So Russell may have been injured while striking out swinging in the bottom of the 6th. He hasn't played since. 

Walkwood to the bullpen.

it took over 100 games played in the season (19 starts) and 94ip 82h 85bb 85k (4.98era/1.78whip) to get him out of the rotation.

at this point im a bit shocked it's not montgomery (even though both are eventually doomed to the pen).

only 2 and 1/3rd years left!  woo.

on the dimmest of all bright sides, with a guy who puts up as high of a pitch count as chatwood, working long relief of 2-4 innings at a time might not be such a bad thing for him if he's going to stick around.

Ugly quickly.  This team has been playing with fire since the break -- lots of uncompetitive losses and a few lucky wins.  Yuck.

Q with a 7.00 WHIP after one inning.  OK -- who wants to pitch?

Cory Mazzoni will pitch, then go back to Iowa.

Maybe Hickey should tweak whatever he is telling the starters.  Or just stop talking to them altogether.  Q, Hendricks and Chatwood have all been much worse than expected.  Funny how everyone gets on Chili when the team doesn't hit, but I haven't heard a peep about Hickey despite 4 months of underperformance.

i had the "anyone have bosio's number" thing for a while...but...well...umm...yeah...

Chavez has been a great addition.

Yes!  A gold star for whoever scouted him.

The scouting was fine, BB, but what about the trade? Anybody know anything about the kid they traded for Chavez?  For starters, Tyler Thomas in 75 innings at South Bend had a strikeout-to-walk ratio of almost six.  Rollie Lacy is no slouch, either. I go to these Myrtle Beach games around DC and I don't see any pitchers, because, well, they don't make it to Myrtle Beach. Maybe I'll try to catch South Bend next year in Eastlake, OH, before they trade their best pitchers.

This business of eating your young . . . The Cubs always traded their good prospects, but now they do it as a matter of pride: "We're in the chase, and we're all in."  Maybe they're right. I do remember, there was a parade in 2016.  But I still get an upset stomach when these trades happen.

tyler thomas is mainly a 88-90mph deception lefty (works closer to 90) that vastly improved his command this season with both his fastball and high 70s/low 80s curve.  he's one of those guys who's 90mph fastball looks a few ticks higher...easy release and good movement.

yeah, idk about the "Great Jim Hickey". This staff has sucked ass other than Lester, and to a lesser extent, Monty, since this guy got hired. I wonder if they listen to him at all?

except for a great pen showing, the baez homer, and heyward continuing to get on base this game was hot garbage.

they "gave it away" in the 1st and never really threatened going forward.  meh.

What would they have had to give up to get Sale? Eloy, Cease who(m) else?  That's the one that would keep me shaking my head if I'm Jedstein.  But something tells me the Sox would never give up a talent to the Cubs such as Sale short of giving up KB. 

IMO this has been one of the obstacles the Cubs have faced in their trade negotiations of the past ~2-3 years. The relative values of the "lesser" prospects who could end up as quality big leaguers gets deflated when compared to the elite talents that were Bryant, Schwarber, Baez, Happ and Russell. Causing us to overpay for deadline deals. Compare that to a team like the Dodgers and Astros who have managed to hold on to many of their premier prospects in the same timeframe we let Eloy and Gleyber go.  Players like Justin Bour, Christian Villanueva, & Marwin Gonzalez among others have all achieved varying degrees of big league success for little to no return on our part. The price to remain on top in this league is steep.

Cubs now 5-6 since the break, and all 6 losses have been by 3 or more runs.   I'm sure this is the recency effect, but I can't remember a stretch where they have been uncompetitive in so many games.

Also -- maybe it wasn't such a great idea to have Q throw 120+ pitches in his last start, given that he had been given extra time off due to arm fatigue right before that.  Dunno, maybe that's just me.


matt holliday (yes, that one) signs a minor league deal with the rockies.  38.5 years old...

Schwarbs in a slump since before ASG. Bryant injured. Caratini with doubles only power. Starters not able to go more than 4...It just is mot a pretty picture now.

underperforming and they have the best record in the NL.

the issue i have is that it feels like they're not just in some weird collective slump.  they've had some "tearing it up" streaks, but overall they've had some really underwhelming performances even in some of their wins.

My nagging concern is that the surprise over-performers -- Almora, Heyward, Zobrist, Lester -- will come back to earth, while the underperformers -- KB, Rizzo, Contreras, Hendricks, Quintana -- won't be able to pick up the slack. Rizzo has been great recently, but we all know he goes very hot and very cold.  Schwarber has been an absolute disaster since the HR Derby -- hitting .182 with a .585 OPS since -- and, with KB out, he and Contreras need to hit for power.  They aren't - between them, they have a whopping 3 XBH in 78 PA's since the break, and one of those was Schwarber's pop-up "double" that the DBacks misplayed. 

Cubs about to be only 1/2 game up tonight. Will they be swept tomorrow?

The Giants are offering virtually no resistance.  I thought this would be a tough series for the Brewers.  It has been a cakewalk -- SF is not hitting a lick.  

For tomorrow night's game, the Cubs need a starter with a kick-ass attitude, who shows no fear and inspires confidence from his teammates.  I know just the guy -- unfortunately, he pitches for the Phillies now.

Ugh. Theo really picked the wrong horse in that race.

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  • bradsbeard 3 hours 52 min ago (view)

    Great info. Thanks! 


  • Arizona Phil 3 hours 52 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 12 hours 28 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 12 hours 52 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 9 hours ago (view)

    The decision on the amount comes later.


  • bradsbeard 1 day 12 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 15 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 16 hours ago (view)

    Maybe Trump can give them a loan.


  • crunch 1 day 16 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 2 hours 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 8 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 11 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 15 hours ago (view)

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


  • Cubster 3 days 16 hours ago (view)

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

    Chase Strumpf, 2B, Cubs


  • Jackstraw 4 days 11 hours ago (view)

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


  • crunch 4 days 11 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).