Cubs vs. Brewers: Series Thread (Games 16-19)
The Cubs start a 4-game home series with the second most wins and the best winning percentage in baseball. These 4 games give them a chance to add to their substantial early season lead in the division and to continue to beat up on their division rival, the Brewers.
Game 16, Thursday, Aug. 13
CHC: RHP Yu Darvish (2-1, 2.12 ERA)
MIL: LHP Brett Anderson (0-1, 5.40 ERA)
Yu Darvish was awesome in game one of the series and helped the Cubs to a 13-3 record. He earned his third win.
Game 17, Friday, Aug. 14
CHC: RHP Tyler Chatwood (2-1, 5.40 ERA)
MIL: RHP Brandon Woodruff (1-1, 2.53 ERA)
After two very strong starts to open the season, Chatwood did not have his good stuff in the third. He allowed 8 earned runs in only 2.1 innings to Kansas City. The good news was that he did not walk anybody. The bad news was that he allowed 11 hits including 2 homeruns.
Woodruff has allowed no more than 2 earned runs in each of his 4 starts so far, including a loss to the Cubs on July 24.
Game 18, Saturday, Aug. 15
CHC: RHP Alec Mills (2-0, 1.38 ERA)
MIL: RHP Adrian Houser (1-1, 2.65 ERA)
Mills missed his last opportunity to pitch due to the Cardinals layoff. He'll be pitching for the first time in 11 days. He has kept run scoring to a minimum in his first two stats by mixing speeds and inducing weak contact. His performance filling in for Quintana is a big part of the tremendous start to 2020.
After two sterling performances to start the season, Houser lost his last start to Minnesota. He allowed 4 earned runs in 5 innings on 6 hits including a homerun.
Game 19, Sunday, Aug. 16
CHC: LHP Jon Lester (2-0, 1.06 ERA)
MIL: RHP Josh Linblom (1-0, 5.68 ERA)
Lester continued a streak of solid performances to start the season by holding Cleveland to one run in six innings. All three of his starts have approached masterful, lacking only duration to break into that next level. His strikeout rate has been low so far this year, but he has held opponents to only 7 hits in 17 innings.
Remember Josh Lindblom? He's back after two seasons in the KBO, now preparing for his 118th MLB appearance and 10th MLB start. So far this season he has struck out 20 batters but managed only 12.2 innings in three starts. He's also sported a 1.58 WHIP in that time and allowed 4 homeruns.
Following the series, the Cubs plan to continue the home stand with games against the Cardinals.
Arizona Phil 2 hours 4 min ago (view)
The Cubs re-signed OF Michael Hermosillo to a 2022 Major League contract just prior to the midnight Wednesday MLB transaction freeze.
Hermosillo was non-tendered on Tuesday because he was a Rule 5 Draft-Excluded Player, and if he had remained on the 40 the Cubs would not have been able to outright him to the minors any earlier than 20 days prior to MLB opening Day.
crunch 6 hours 56 min ago (view)
we shouldn't, especially with how much payroll room for 2024+ this top-costing-for-fans team with a heavily monitized ballpark in a major media market has.
backloaded contracts aren't exactly groundbreaking new things...neither are cheap-ass owners. i don't expect them to compete every year, but i expect them to try after a punt season where they traded away the core. NYY, NYM, LAD, LAA, BOS, etc. don't seem to have trouble doing this even if it means throwing a bit of money around...
Sonicwind75 7 hours 8 min ago (view)
Stroman, a pleasant surprise. Good to know we aren't completely punting until 2025.
Arizona Phil 7 hours 34 min ago (view)
CRUNCH: Clint Frazier's 2022 base salary is only $1.5M and he has a minor league option available, so I think it's more likely than not that he opens 2022 at AAA.
On the other hand, Harold Ramirez is out of minor league options, and it is unknown at this point what he will get in 2022 as a "super two."
crunch 8 hours 59 sec ago (view)
until clint fraizer came on board i wouldn't have counted bryant out.
OF is kinda crowded right now, though there's no stars in the mix. fraizer - happ - ortega - heyward - h.ramirez leading the group... even if he split time between OF/3rd with wisdom that just makes it more crowded, plus the team allegedly wants hoerner to prepare to be used as a super-utility guy.
George Altman 8 hours 20 min ago (view)
Ok, if Cubs are going there....I want Correa and Bryant. Unless this is just about selling tickets.
crunch 8 hours 25 min ago (view)
crunch 9 hours 23 min ago (view)
stroman / hendricks / miley / alzolay - mills - thompson - steele
okay...now do bats.
Wrigley Rat 9 hours 30 min ago (view)
You beat me to it! :)
azbobbop 9 hours 31 min ago (view)
Marcus Stroman to the...wait for it...the CUBS! What a nice surprise!
Arizona Phil 16 hours 49 min ago (view)
With Jason Adam and Michael Hermosillo having been non-tendered, the only 2021 Rule 5 Draft-Excluded Players remaining on the Cubs MLB 40-man roster are Scott Effross, Alfonso Rivas, Ethan Roberts, and Nelson Velazquez. Draft-Excluded players cannot be outrighted to the minors until 20 days prior to MLB Opening Day, so Effross, Rivas, Roberts, and Velazquez are the only players on the 40 with off-season roster-removal restrictions.
Sonicwind75 17 hours 49 min ago (view)
Sad but true. According to my back of the napkin numbers the Cubs have aroumd $100MM in payroll space to match last seasons but they're shopping in the non-tendereds ailse. At the same time they talk of being "competitive". The cognitive dissonance is overwhelming.
Arizona Phil 1 day 4 hours ago (view)
I suspect Jason Adam and Michael Hermosillo will re-sign with the Cubs on minor league deals with NRIs to 2022 MLB Spring Training, possibly as early as tomorrow.
crunch 1 day 6 hours ago (view)
MIN claimed t.megill from CHC and then non-tendered him.
CHC non-tender jason adam and mike hermosillo
crunch 1 day 8 hours ago (view)
matt boyd non-tendered by DET...that sounds about the right part of the scrap pile the cubs are digging around
bradsbeard 1 day 8 hours ago (view)
I absolutely think that's the plan. Gomes is actually really good against LHP, so it would work well to play Willson at DH whenever facing a lefty starter (and with Gomes taking a regular turn catching as well).