Cubs @ Brewers: Hammel vs. Jungmann (Game 102 Thread)

CHC (54-47): RHP Jason Hammel (5-5, 3.20)

MIL (44-59): RHP Taylor Jungmann (5-2, 2.14)

First pitch: 7:10pmCT

Fowler# cf

Schwarber* c

Coghlan* lf

Rizzo* 1b

Bryant 3b

Soler rf

Castro ss

Hammel p

Russell 2b


Gennett* 2b

Lucroy c

Braun rf

Lind* 1b

Davis lf

Peterson* cf

Segura ss

Herrera 3b

Jungmann p


Hammel lost to the Phillies (3.2 IP, 6 ER) on Sunday. He’s only allowed more than 2 ERs only twice over his last 8 starts but has no victories to show for it. He’s 4-2 with a 2.21 in night games. The Brewers are 23-86 (.267) against him. Davis is 3-10 with a HR.

Jungmann had won his last three games before losing in Arizona (6 IP, 2 ER) his last time out. He’s 1-1 with a 1.59 ERA at home. None of the Cubs have faced him.

Today, the Cubs acquired Dan Haren and cash from Miami for Ivan Pineyro and Elliot Soto. Ben Rowan was DFA’d to make room on the roster. Haren just pitched, so we’re still in need of a starter for Sunday. The Cubs also traded Junior Lake to the Orioles for Tommy Hunter.

The big winners are: Dombrowski and the Tigers, for knowing when you’re going to fall short and having the stones to retool; the Mets for finally pulling the plug on something to shut up their fans; and the Padres, for being responsible for 70% of the chatter and 0% of the action. The big loser was me, for wasting an(other) entire afternoon on Twitter.

Go Cubs!


Well, so much for alternating lefty-righty in the lineup.

enough time has passed that it's doubtful there's any late-coming "woah" trades left unreported. i'd rather have wada up than haren as the 5 starter, but at least there's now an injury replacement option between wada/haren if anyone else goes down. it opens up options and it cost nothing of high value. adding hunter to the pen is nice for his price. probably not a high impact addition, but he strongly upgrades the pen vs current available alternatives.

At least Haren Wil get to the 7th innings sometimes. I like Wada, but he seems to be an 85 pitch guy..hoping to get into the sixth....maybe.

I'm thinking Dave Stewart is full of shit @Gambo987: Dave Stewart tells Burns and Gambo the Padres wanted Paul Goldschmidt from the Dbacks for closer Craig Kimbrell....WOW

JACOS: I heard the interview. That's what he said. 

I believe Stewart said it, AzPhil, I don't believe Pads asked for Goldsmith.

Cubs send OF Mike Baxter outright to Iowa.

As an Article XX-D player, Baxter has the right to elect free-agency immediately, or he can defer it to the day after the conclusion of the MLB regular season (unless he gets added back to an MLB 40-man roster in the meantime). 

that timely double play was a thing of beauty.

future HOF'r m.olt hit a triple tonight in iowa...lulz. in case anyone's been missing it, he's on a hell of a tear after getting a slow start coming back from his hand issue.

3 in a row :D ...and SF lost. 1 game back of their 2nd WC slot.

Very nice "taking care of business" win tonight. Scored 3 against a good starting pitcher, and our pitchers held down their weakened lineup. More like that, please.

Coming up schedule is gonna be very interesting with Bucs and Giants. Five years since August has been interesting... Keep it going Riz and Castro!

Maybe now that the trade deadline is over Starlin is going to relax and be an OPB guy like Mallee wants him to be. Turns on sarcasm font.

I actually do think he will relax and improve a little. I don't think this is the same as 2013 though. I think he's confusing himself right now ... I don't feel like an approach is being put on him, and Theo and Jed aren't idiots, they saw 2013 too. I just think he needs to chill out ... maybe it's just an adjustment to the pressure of games that matter. Nice defensive plays last two games too.

Does Wada have any history of pitching in relief in japan?

BP article by Sahadev Sharma on Addison Russell's improvement since the All-Star Break, switching away from a toe-tap to a leg kick (article has some nice videos)...
"I just felt like I was getting tied up inside a little bit," Russell said when asked about his different look at the plate. "I felt like I wasn't seeing the ball well, but ever since I switched to the leg kick—which was right after the All-Star Break—it's working out tremendous. It quickly felt right. I was talking to (hitting coach) John Mallee and he said, 'That's you.'" Russell is slashing .308/.364/.425 in the 12 games since the break. It's not the type of hot stretch that many would take notice of, but it's not just the results that have Russell optimistic that the change is the right move. "I started switching it up a little bit, I'm seeing the ball fantastic, I'm barreling the ball up," Russell told me. "The thing is, I'm just missing them, I'm catching everything out in front, but it's definitely a step forward. I'm tapping into a little bit more power with the leg kick and also it's putting me in a better position to hit. I'm not getting my foot down early, I'm just doing what comes natural to me and it's working."
Russell not only sought out a coach to discuss an adjustment he thought might work, but he worked hard with that coach to implement those adjustments, quickly worked it into gameplay, and has been steadily improving ever since. That's not just a good sign for Russell and the Cubs in 2015, but it could lead to the young infielder tapping into his elite talent, ensuring he reaches his high ceiling.

Love this kid.

Very cool article too.

CCO says that Clayton Richard will be called up to start Sunday's game vs Brewers Junior Lake went to AAA Norfolk (Orioles).

in other news, wada kicks puppies and steals candy from children ...and the cubs pay him $4m a year to do it in iowa rather than chicago.

all of this is 100% legit. DFA wada. seriously, i know the guy isn't going to throw 120 pitches a game, but i'd be willing to bet he can do a better job over 5-6 innings than beeler/clayton. btw, wada is getting his 11th AAA "rehab" start tonight (12th counting his single AA rehab start).

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  • Dolorous Jon Lester 16 hours 35 min ago (view)

    I understand why it feels unsettling. I remember the series well (though I, unlike Theo, actually was in high school). Anyway, I view it as a chance to right previous wrongs in the same way we stomped StL out of the playoffs in 2015, or the way the Nationals got to burn through two teams last year that had dumped them out of October in previous seasons.

    But if we lose, of course that was 17 years ago so it's two extremely different organizations.


  • Arizona Phil 20 hours 36 min ago (view)

    DJL: All players on Optional Assignment to the minors must be recalled on the day after the conclusion of the MLB regular season, even if the player has not spent at least ten days on Optional Assignment. Players cannot be optioned to the minors again until Spring Training. 


  • Arizona Phil 20 hours 57 min ago (view)

    CHAMP: No option year is spent just by calling up a player to MLB. An option year is spent only if a player on an MLB 40-man roster is optioned to the minors for at least 20 days in a given season. 

    Also, Brailyn Marquez is (was) eligible for selection in the Rule 5 Draft in December, so the Cubs were going to add him to the 40 on 11/20 anyway. They just did it a couple of months early.  


  • bradsbeard 1 day 7 min ago (view)

    Not sure if serious, but Theo became the Red Sox GM in 2002. It's true though, there probably aren't many people in the organization besides Ricketts and Crane Kenney who have any strong feelings about that series. 


  • Craig A. 1 day 1 hour ago (view)

    I wonder if anyone on the Cubs cares or even remembers the odd events when the Marlins played the Cubs in 2003. I think Theo was in high school. To this old fart it will be more than a little unsettling to watch this post-season match-up. At least we can be fairly certain there will no fans grabbing for foul balls. 


  • bradsbeard 1 day 4 hours ago (view)

    Which is kind of annoying. Nobody really picked the Cubs to win this division pre-season. I guess Mattingly gets some credit for guiding the Marlins through their positives but even just letting them play that one game with half the team sick should knock him out of consideration. Meanwhile Ross kept a tight ship and the Cubs has no positives all year. I'd say Ross or Tingler should get it over Mattingly. 


  • crunch 1 day 5 hours ago (view)

    cubs finish 34-26 (1st, division)...they play MIA on wednesday.

    good start for d.ross, but the manager of the year is most likely going to d.mattingley (MIA) or j.tingler(SD).


  • crunch 1 day 6 hours ago (view)

    ...or he won't make it out of the 8th

    0.2ip 2h 3bb 1k, 5r/er...2 wild pitches

    there's some great stuff in that arm.  mid/high-80s slider, "changeup" around 90mph, fastball 97-99mph...all effortless.  21 years old and never pitched above A-ball.


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  • crunch 1 day 6 hours ago (view)

    rough debut...doubt we're going to see him in the 9th.


  • Charlie 1 day 6 hours ago (view)

    Reminds me a little of Jeff Samardzija's debut. Adrenaline throwing straight gas but all over the place. Samardzija threw a fastball all the way to the backstop in his debut (2008).


  • crunch 1 day 6 hours ago (view)

    back to back 3-2 count 6-pitch walks.

    he's not in the zone.  he's throwing almost totally fastballs, too.


  • crunch 1 day 6 hours ago (view)

    alzolay's gotta be locked in for a start given what he's done lately.

    i wonder what role j.lester will be given.  if he's starting, hopefully he's the 3rd/4th starter, if at all.  someone will probably give him a 2021 contract if he doesn't retire...hope it's not the cubs giving that contract, though.


  • crunch 1 day 6 hours ago (view)

    dude's thrown a 97mph and 98mph fastball to start and both looked like he was barely expending effort.

    unfortunately, neither were near the plate.


  • Charlie 1 day 6 hours ago (view)

    So, Alzolay gets at least one October start, right? He'd be a weapon out of the pen if the Cubs had more than two believable starters ready.


  • crunch 1 day 6 hours ago (view)

    Q goes 2 effective (2ip 2h 1bb 2k, 0r/er) and here comes b.marquez...