Cubs @ Diamondbacks: Arrieta vs Godley (Game 116)

CHC (60-55): RHP Jake Arrieta (11-8, 3.83) 
AZ (65-51): RHP Godley (5-4, 2.94) 
First pitch: 3:10pmCST

Jake gave up 2 ER in 6.1 innings and won in San Francisco on Monday. The D’backs are 26-122 (.213) against him. Peralta is 5-15.

Godley beat the Cubs at Wrigley earlier in the month (6 IP, 0 ER, 5 K, 2 BB). He gave up 3 ER in 6 innings for a no-decision against the Dodgers his last time out. Overall, the Cubs are 7-25 (.280) against him. 

Quintana (6-10) faces Wojciechowski (3-1) and the Reds tomorrow at 7:05pmCST in the Friendly Confines of a normal time zone.

Go Cubs!


bryant...10 times on base in 11 attempts. loving that ballpark. ...make that 11 out of 12 ...make that 12 out of 14 6 singles, 2 doubles, 1hr, 2bb, 1hbp

Atlanta Braves bullpen not very interested in stopping the Cardinals win streak. Cubs hitters not very interested in scoring runs with Bryant at third with no outs - painful.

Six straight Ks for Bam Bam and coming nowhere close to making contact ... make that seven straight.

Rizzo's funk continues. 0 XBH and one RBI in his last 10 games -- KB on 3rd with no out -- ground ball to the pitcher. He has always been a hot/cold guy -- hopefully a return to Wrigley will get him going.

Game has that feeling from yesterday - Lester in total control until he wasn't. So many wasted Cubs scoring opportunities today.

Jake is gonna have to pitch 9 today

9 LOB with Schwarb, Caratini, Rizzo alone. ANY situational hitting and its 3-1 or 4-1. Guess Zack Godley has something to do with it.

Swiss cheese lineup.

STL lose, MIL win

Solid inning for CJ!

Wow - best work I've seen from Carl Jr in a while. Seems more at ease pitching to lefties than rightees - breaking ball seems to work real well.

I know this is being sent after the fact but much rather take my chances with JHey than Javy. A mistake pitch goes yard for Javy - very unlikely so with JHey. And we'll done Happ!

baez/happ back to back! 3r for baez, solo for happ.

With three swings, this has turned into a very pleasant game watching experience.

Excellent win! Win a road series vs. a quality team (and a quality starter), Jake was terrific, CJ looked very good, KB is looking great and Javy continues his excellent second half at the plate (although I much prefer him at 2B defensively). Time to break out the bats at Wrigley!

Fun weekend in AZ to see the Cubs play... Went on Friday and today, so for once I got to see the Cubs win both games I've attended. Lot's of homeruns, and I even called the back to back shot by Happ! On another note, checking in on how Dillon Maples has been doing in AAA, he's got 21 K and 5 BB, .205 BAA, 1.11 WHIP, not to mention that he gets lots of ground balls. I'm thinking if any changes are needed in the bullpen, that he may be the next man up. What a great turnaround to his baseball career 2017 has been. The only thing to make it better would be if he can stick around with the big league club and have a good career.

Is he not a candidate for a starter any longer?

In Maples 7 year professional career he has never thrown 80 innings in a single season. I think at this point any salvaged value is found money so let's see if he can be a major contributor to the pen.

lingering so long in R/A/A+ (and not good at all in A+ last year)...and now he's K'ing guys in AA/AAA like a high-end prospect. go figure. the walk numbers are a bit uncomfortable, but he's mowing them down as a 25 year old. no idea what he'll do with MLB players, but there's years to figure it out cheaply.

Players figure it out when they do. If they do. Fans overuse the term "must season". Of course, it would be better if (insert player here) takes a step up next year. However, a miss in one season won't necessarily rule out improvement thereafter. The Dan Straily Theorem

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  • crunch 7 hours 58 min ago (view)

    don't worry, i'm sure even though he was spared from cuts there's some hardship he's being tortured with that he has to unfairly overcome.  #coreystrong #onthecross #yolo #swag #kony2012


  • crunch 7 hours 59 min ago (view)

    there's no way a system like that or something similar to that would work.

    "oh hi." - green bay packers

    *shoves out of way*

    like i said, there's no way that would work.


  • Hagsag 10 hours 55 min ago (view)

    Corey Black still has a job.


  • Charlie 11 hours 3 min ago (view)

    I am ready for MLB owners to give it a f***ing rest. I don't have any outrage to spare on them.

    If they can't afford this crisis, maybe they can surrender franchise rights to the players, grounds crew, concession employees, etc., and MLB teams can be employee owned.


  • Dolorous Jon Lester 15 hours 17 min ago (view)

    Couldn't have said it better myself, unfortunately.


  • JustSayin' 23 hours 45 min ago (view)

    These players weren't cut/released; laid off is more like it. Fifty-two minor leaguers let go before any real games played, in two waves. The draft will be five rounds this year, not forty.  This is industrial downsizing, anticipating no traditional season this year and capitulation to MLB demands for a much smaller minor league system in 2021.  Next year or 2022 could also see a labor stoppage in the big leagues, over what promises to be a very tough CBA negotiation.  The game will not be what it used to be after this.


  • crunch 1 day 3 hours ago (view)

    i don't blame the ownership/font office for doing what they did with bryant.  it was just kinda bad timing that bryant was the client that boras was finally "i'm sick of this" over.  the cubs were warned that boras was going to make a stand and it dragged on so long there has to be some kind of toll on the boras/cubs relationship.


  • bigsky33 1 day 3 hours ago (view)

    Hi Phil, yes, hoping for an extended AZ Fall League.  Do you think there will be more cuts?  De La Cruz was the only big sureprise to me. I thought he had some upside. 


  • Dolorous Jon Lester 1 day 5 hours ago (view)

    It'll be more over when Kris leaves. Or whenever the same thing happens to another of his clients.

    He isn't wrong though...


  • Arizona Phil 1 day 5 hours ago (view)

    Presuming there is no traditional minor league season in 2020, expect an expanded Arizona Fall League (with potentially a new "Florida Fall League" as well) for the best prospects and expanded post-season instructs for other minor leaguers (all TBA). 


  • Arizona Phil 1 day 5 hours ago (view)

    My understanding is that the other two Cubs minor leaguers who are to be released are the two post-2019 Article XX-B MLB free-agents who signed 2020 minor league contracts, Brandon Morrow and Jason Kipnis. The Cubs will then supposedly re-sign them to new minor league contracts without the $100K retention bonus and 6/1 opt-out. 


  • Arizona Phil 1 day 6 hours ago (view)

    CRUNCH: Agreed. Not counting the "4-A" guys, Oscar de la Cruz is the one legit MLB prospect on the list.  


  • crunch 1 day 6 hours ago (view) la cruz had some decent looking spring outings (though late inning spring work isn't exactly challenging).  the years of injuries insanely slowed his progression.  totally wouldn't mind seeing him return in 2021 if the team would still be on his radar after getting cut at a time like this.


  • crunch 1 day 7 hours ago (view)

    that whole "kris bryant thing" is over...but it's never going to be over as long as this ownership group and boras is around.

    boras could have focused this on 29 other teams, especially the more vocal ones because the cubs have been mostly silent.  the cubs aren't the only team out there paying off "creatively financed" loans, either.

    he chose the cubs.


  • Dolorous Jon Lester 1 day 12 hours ago (view)

    Not looking forward to seeing that list. Hate to see it when a guy you've invested any sort of energy in is given up on.


  • Cubster 1 day 13 hours ago (view)

    Chi Tribune today. Boras picks, and focused on the Ricketts. 

    Headline writer, fun job: Agent won’t let Cubs get away Scott-free Matt York/AP and Paul Sullivan.

    Boras told his players “the game can not be played without you” and asked them to share the concept with teammates and opposing players when “MLB requests further concessions or deferral of salaries” during negotiations.