Cubs @ Phillies: Quintana vs Eickhoff (Game 127)

CHC (68-58): LHP José Quintana (8-10, 4.27) 
PHI (46-80): RHP Jerad Eickhoff (3-7, 4.46)
First pitch: 6:05pmCST

Quintana beat the Blue Jays at Wrigley on Saturday (6 IP, 2 ER, 8 K, 2 BB). Only Nava (1-2), Kelly (1-3), and Florimon (0-3) have faced him.

Eickhoff gave up 4 ER in 4.2 innings but ended up with a no-decision in San Francisco his last time out. He’s 2-2 wth a 3.83 at home so far this season. Overall, the Cubs are 15-68 (.221) against him. Schwarber is 1-5 and Avila is 1-2, both with HRs.

It’s Hendricks and Newcomb tomorrow at 6:05pmCST.

Go Cubs!



I bought the ultimate Uecker Seat for tonight's game.  Near right field foul pole, upper deck, coffin corner seat. 

you win at baseball and life tonight. congrats.

You're missing me by a day, Trans. I'll be there tomorrow--with slightly better seats.

If i am good to start the semester, I may go back tomorrow.  You still have my email?  

We'll see.

I'm hoping to attend tomorrow as well! Have fun tonight, Trans!

I'll be the one with the sealion.

"Jon Lester (shoulder, lat) will throw a simulated game Monday. Lester tossed a successful 42-pitch bullpen session Friday, clearing the way for him to face hitters Monday." also, a.russell says he's feeling good.

Can either one pitch the 8th?

technically, yes. as well as legit cubs pitchers in the 8th? probably, yes. so...yes. go cubs.

Lotta Cubs jerseys as I walk in! Beautiful night.

dammit Q... the phillies...this is the phillies.

Can I get a refund?

God damn it, Trans.

I know, I know.....   But these kids who just moved up to my back-row.of the stadium..... they are putting all these hexes on Q....  need to counter-hex....

53 pitches through 2 for Q...6 runs given up. the phillies.

Phillies have scored 7+ runs in 5 of their last 7 games. We may not be catching them at the best time -- and it feels like they always give the Cubs problems -- I recall getting swept at Wrigley (maybe 2015?).

I am very high up.  (A zoom in of pitch Schwarber hit out)

Very high up....

Woah Trans, that's as far as a rooftop seat on Sheffield.

So cool... i was watching Galvis deke around off of third since Q has his back to third when pitching. Was idly thinking how cool it would be to see some sort of play on, from this vantage point.  Next pitch he comes down the line too far and is hung out to dry.

Heyo, everybody. (That's in lieu of anyone being in Parachat. Which I can't complain about since I haven't been there since October.)

Hey Andy!

AZ PHIL- I know this is thinking towards next spring but do you think that Dillon Maples could actually be the Cubs closer next year? If you look at it, it might not be impossible: -Justin Wilson- Was expected to be handed it, has been brutal since coming to Cubs -Wade Davis- Leaves for greener pastures -Hector Rondon- Traded/non-tendered. They not going to want to pay $6mil for a RHP who gives up more HR than BP machines -Carl Edwards Jr.- Ace RP first half, second half headed towards Rick Ankiel territory -Dillon Maples- His stock hasn't been higher since the day he got drafted and with a good spring, finally earn the $2.5mil sign bonus

CUBBIES-4-EVER::I think it's very possible that Dillon Maples could be in the 2018 Cubs Opening Day bullpen, but I doubt very much that he would begin the season as the closer. He could become the closer during the course of the season, however, but he would have to work his way into that role. 

Any chance we can get a do-over on that Quintana trade? Damn.

In Boston for a meeting and to help my son get his stuff out of storage for his junior year of college. We went to Fenway tonight -- the Red Sox were brutally bad -- 5 errors, and phenom Benintendi made two of the worst throws I have ever seen from short LF. We left when it got to 13-3. If the Cubs face the Sox in the WS -- run on anything hit to LF. For those who worry about the commercialization of could be worse -- I counted 30 signs/banners between the foul poles on almost every inch of the outfield walls and the Monstah. It looks like a NASCAR race. However, it is still great place to see a game, it was a beautiful night and Fenway Franks are really tasty. With Sale getting clobbered yesterday, and tonight's terrible showing by Porcello and the whole team, Sox fans are a bit on edge.

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  • crunch 8 hours 52 min ago (view)

    semi-interesting winter league note...

    trey mcnutt (yes, that guy) is having a hell of a winter league in mexico (one of the less talented winter leagues) so far as a closer.  15.2ip 8h 4bb 24k, 0.57 era.

    giants signed him to a minor league deal a couple weeks ago.  he never went anywhere.  he's been consistently playing ball in the minors and indie league ball since he was last a noteworthy player.  last season he played in the OAK minor league system.  30 years old now...


  • jdrnym 15 hours 48 min ago (view)

    Brad Brach signs with the Mets for $850K but the Cubs are paying $500K, per Ken Rosenthal. Wasn't his 2020 club only supposed to be on the hook for league minimum?


  • crunch 16 hours 25 min ago (view)

    when he got to the mets he suddenly learned how to throw with control (small sample size etc).  last year was not a fun bullpen year...


  • crunch 18 hours 42 min ago (view)

    Yeah, I've made myself familiar with a lot of the changes, but AZP's posts have both added more information and cleared up stuff I didn't fully grasp.  I appreciate the hell out of it.  Thanks Phil, thanks TCR.


  • bradsbeard 20 hours 24 min ago (view)

    Looks like Savant has his breaking pitch classified as a curve while Fangraphs calls it a slider. Suppose by ST he could have made everything over in the pitching lab, so who knows!


  • Arizona Phil 20 hours 41 min ago (view)

    Again, none of these rules (including the one that requires a pitcher to face a minimum of three batters or else record the final out of the inning) have been officially approved.  

    I think one possible caveat that might be added to the three-batter minimum rule would be that the pitcher can be replaced prior to facing three batters or recording the final out of the inning if the other team puts up a pinch-hitter. 


  • Arizona Phil 20 hours 45 min ago (view)

    Ptchers would also be treated differently under the new rules as far as the Injured list and Optional Assignment to the minors is concerned, with pitchers having to spend at least 15 days (up from 10 days) on the Injured List before being eligible to be reinstated and at least 15 days (up from 10 days) on Optional Assignment before being eligible to be recalled (inless the pitcher is being recalled to replace a pitcher on the 26-man roster who has been placed on an MLB inactive list).  


  • Arizona Phil 20 hours 45 min ago (view)

    SONICWIND: As the rule is proposed, prior to the start of each MLB regular season a club must designate all players on its Opening Day 26-man roster as either a "pitcher" or a "position player." A maximum of 13 can be designated as pitchers (14 pitchers max when rosters expand from 26 to 28 beginning on 9/1). 

    For players who come up during the season, the club must designate the player as either a pitcher or a position player when the player is placed on the MLB active list roster. 


  • Arizona Phil 20 hours 58 min ago (view)

    BRADSBEARD: Fangraphs shows the CT as his primary pitch in 2018 with the SL & FB (and an occasional CH) as his secondary pitches, with no CV at all. I guess I'll find out for sure in Spring Training. 


  • Sonicwind75 22 hours 14 min ago (view)

    AZ Phil, thank you as always for the detailed information.  How is the "cannot be a pitcher" part of the rule to be enforced?  With a few two way players and the increasing amount of mop up innings being handled by position players it seems like there could be a gray area there.  What is preventing a team from stashing an athletic relief pitcher as a "5th outfielder" that could be a pinch runner and play a passable OF when needed but could also provide them with extra relief pitcher.  Anytime I hear of a new rule I always think of how Bill Billichek would circumvent it t


  • bradsbeard 22 hours 14 min ago (view)

    AZ Phil, looking around Baseball Savant, it looks like Winkler now primarily throws a low 90s cutter, a 4-seamer that he throws a little harder (but is less effective), a curve and a sinker. The slider and change haven't been a major part of his repertoir the last two years. The cutter has been really effective the last two years but it looks like he lost command/effectiveness of his 4-seemer and curve last year For whatever reason  


  • bradsbeard 1 day 1 hour ago (view)

    They just signed this guy:


  • Hagsag 1 day 2 hours ago (view)

    There seems to be a lot of player movement so far. Too bad the Cubs aren't involved.


  • Arizona Phil 1 day 18 hours ago (view)

    Beginning in 2019, a club must wait a minimum of seven days before it can place a player who was claimed off Outtright Assignment Waivers during the off-season back onto waivers, so because he was claimed off waivers on Wednesday 11/27, yesterday (Wednesday 12/4) was the first day the Cubs could place LHRP C. D. Pelham back onto Outright Assignment Waivers, and so tomorrow (Friday 12/6) is the first day the Cubs can send Pelham outright to the minors (if he was placed back onto waivers yesterday).


  • Arizona Phil 2 days 15 hours ago (view)

    A Competitive Balance draft slot can be traded only during a period of time starting on December 2nd and extending up until two hours prior to the MLB First-Year Player Draft (MLB Rule 4 Draft), so don't be surpised if these draft picks are traded during the off-season.

    Keep in mind that the slot cannot be traded for cash unless it is a financial adjustment made to offset the salary of one or more of the players involved in the trade.


  • Arizona Phil 2 days 15 hours ago (view)

    The active list roster limit changes scheduled to go in effect in 2020 have not yet been officially approved. Same goes for the three-batter minimum (or else record the third out in the inning) for relief pitchers.