Pirates @ Cubs: Williams vs Montgomery (Game 130)

PIT (63-68): RHP Trevor Williams (5-6, 4.40) 
CHC (69-60): LHP Mike Montgomery (4-6, 3.43)
First pitch: 7:05pmCST

Montgomery kept the Reds off the board for 6 innings on Wednesday for the win. Don't look now, but he's kicking a 1.89 ERA in August. Overall, the Pirates are 3-18 (.167) against him. Herrera is 2-2.

Williams pitched 8 scoreless against the Dodgers his last time out but ended up with a no-decision. He's 1-1 with a 5.27 in four games against the Cubs this season. For their careers, these Cubs are 13-4 (.271). Bryant is 2-4.

Tomorrow is Kuhl (6-9) against Arrieta (13-8) at the same time.

Go Cubs!


16 ERRORS Bryant Man, sadly, Kris Bryant is next to last in Defensive Metrics (16/17 E-5) according to ESPN stats. A .944 FP. Sorry, but he has just got to be better than that. I don't know what the fuck happened? You can't have a ball go under your glove when your side just hits into a TP, and while he makes some good plays due to his length - he sure is having some problems. Maybe he is just constantly in pain? Or, maybe he has lapses of concentration?

Since it's national crap on KB day, may as well add this to the discussion http://www.bleachernation.com/2017/08/28/is-t... It's kinda nice to know Cubs still managed to win the WS even with their best player having this issue.

those KB "not clutch" articles are flowing out of the woodwork lately. they're the new "heyward has tweaked his swing" of cubs-based journalism.

Certainly seems that any time he makes an error recently, it leads to 5+ run innings (Yesterday, both Lester 9/10 run in an inning disasters, etc)

Cubs could always move KB to LF, we kind of thought that might be the plan all along back when he was still in the minors. For next year, Schwarber gets traded for a pitcher, KB in the outfield, Baez at 3B and Happ at 2B? Could work.

That would be a defensive upgrade at 3B and LF, but you lose defense at 2B, depth and flexibility, and offensive upside. Assuming Schwarber can't bring back much in a trade, I think those moves would probably work out to be a net loss.

Does Happ have the skill set to make a shift to third?

This business about Bryant having problems at the plate and at third: crazy talk.

Possibly a dumb question, but which defensive metrics are you looking at?

He has 0 DRS which is 11th among 3rd basemen, a -2.4 UZR/150 which is 12th among 3rd basemen and -4 dWAR which is 14th among 3rd basemen. None of those are great and they're worse than last year but still a lot better than 2nd from last.

"Cubs general manager Jed Hoyer said Monday that whether Jon Lester (shoulder, lat) makes a rehab start depends largely on how he feels Tuesday following Monday's simulated game." who the hell is this jed hoyer dude? does theo know about this guy pretending he's part of the front office?

gary pressy (cubs organist) got to sing the 7th again. he's been with the cubs since 87 and they let him sing last year. it's nice to see him back doing the 7th again this year. he's been a part of the park for such a long time and though some may not know the name, they've been entertained by him. also, lots of great shots on the outro of the organ installed at wrigley. very neat. also also, this is grumpy ass skip ellison's last night directing cubs baseball. he did a good job.

they're having a low-volume audio feed of skip directing in the top of 8th. len and jd are letting people hear how he does his job and how it effects what we see without doing much commentary. along with a cubs lead, it's been a nice game.

cubs win! MIL + STL didn't play tonight. 2.5 game lead over MIL.

Nice, drama-free win. Looks like Monty doesn't have much of an interest in returning to the bullpen this year, at least in the regular season -- pitching a hell of a lot better than Q and his band of three-run, first inning homers.

i wouldn't be surprised to see a 6-man rotation working through september to see an extended look at monty and keep the rotation a touch more rested going into the playoffs (assuming playoffs). montgomery's last 3 long outings (2 starts, 1 long relief replacing lester) are worth exploring for an end-rotation option going forward and he's pitching with enough quality to be a legit rotation member right now.

Nice of the Pirates to give the Cubs 3 runs in the 7th. Also-- another strong start from Monty -- making a case to be a starter next year. Or, perhaps this year if they go 6-man after rosters expand

Thereis no swingman this year - no more Trevor Cahill, or "Woody" in the pen. So my guess is he stays in this current roll.

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  • jdrnym 1 hour 16 min ago (view)

    All makes sense, but I think there is one important point of clarification in there -- are you using "practice squad" and "Club Player Pool" interchangeably? If so, I understood the first sentence of your third-to-last paragraph above to mean that Mills/Sadler/Underwood could be outrighted and still be in the Pool, therefore retaining their eligibility to re-selected to the major league active roster later in the season.


  • Arizona Phil 3 hours 42 min ago (view)

    jdrnym: Zack Short is still on Optional Assignment to the minors (as are Alzolay, M. Amaya, R. Garcia, Maples, T. Miller, Norwood, Rea, M. Rodriguez, and Steele), but he can be recalled at any time without restriction (no "ten-day rule") because he was optioned to the minors prior to the transaction freeze in March. 


  • crunch 8 hours 5 min ago (view)

    the toles update is worse than his troubled past.  toles has been diagnosed bipolar + schizophrenia and has been in/out of institutions over the past couple years.  he can't seem to stick to any program long enough to get good treatment.

    hope he turns whatever corner he needs to in order to get enough treatment to decide what kind of future he'd like to have.


  • Dolorous Jon Lester 10 hours 56 min ago (view)

    Those two are definitely on more precarious ground once the roster is trimmed to 26, I would say.


  • jdrnym 10 hours 58 min ago (view)

    Right, just went through the roster quick. Underwood, Sadler, same deal.


  • Dolorous Jon Lester 13 hours 14 min ago (view)

    Can't answer the Short thing. But I'd agree with your assessment of Mills if he weren't basically a lock to make the roster.


  • jdrnym 13 hours 22 min ago (view)

    Is Zack Short's official designation still "on optional assignment" even though he's not on the Pool? If so, he can't just be recalled even though he's on the 40-man roster, right?

    And someone like Alec Mills who's on the Pool and out of options... he's virtually locked onto the active roster because he can't get taken off (via an outright) and remain eligible to be re-added. Seems like the kind of player you'd prefer to leave off the initial Pool.


  • crunch 13 hours 46 min ago (view)

    though he went to the hospital for treatment he was never admitted, so he's yet another person who got dragged hard by Covid, but who's case isn't showing up in the hospital admission, ICU bed, or death numbers most of us are looking at.

    there's a whole slew of people who have had to shut down their lives for 2-4-6-etc weeks to get over this that are falling outside of the numbers we're tracking most closely.


  • Cubster 14 hours 15 min ago (view)

    "In yet another reminder of how insidious this particular disease can be, Hottovy says he had acted quite cautiously in public before coming down with it. Fortunately, he was able to self-isolate and avoid transmitting it to his family."


  • crunch 15 hours 26 min ago (view)

    it'll be interesting to see how things go down when people have to start playing games in AZ.  they're damn close to being "early NYC level" screwed with a lack of planning and action.

    with the early plan of playing games in AZ/FL, they could have been huge economic winners with 15+ teams playing all their games in AZ (and spring training 2.0).  now it's looking like some teams may not even want to fly into AZ for a few dozen "away" games.


  • crunch 15 hours 42 min ago (view)

    cubs pitching coach tommy hottovy was diagnosed with covid-19 earlier this spring, but he is currently assumed fully recovered.

    he had a 100+ degree temperature for 6 days, lost 18 pounds, and it took 30 days for him to test negative.

    he's 38 years old, btw.


  • Hagsag 22 hours 41 min ago (view)

    Bravo Crunch!


  • crunch 1 day 14 hours ago (view)

    at least the cubs got elston back for pretty much nothing.  also, ha.


  • Rob Richardson 1 day 20 hours ago (view)

    How many coachs, managers, and other "tier 1" individuals around the league are in higher risk groups? 


  • Rob Richardson 1 day 20 hours ago (view)

    Well said Crunch.


  • Cubster 1 day 21 hours ago (view)

    1956 Cub Hoax...

    Hit .215, 5 HR. Age 28 season