Mets @ Cubs: Vargas vs Mills (Game 132)

NYM (58-73*): LHP Jason Vargas (4-8, 6.96)
CHC (77-53*): RHP Alec Mills (0-0, 1.17)
First pitch: 1:20ishpmCST
While we wait for yesterday's game to conclude and for the comments feature to be fixed (thanks, Michael!), here's an overview of what's on tap for today.
Mills pitched well enough to win (5.2 IP, 1 ER) but ended up with a no-decision against the Reds on Friday. None of the Mets have faced him.
Vargas kept the Nationals off the board for six innings for the win his last time out. He’s been hurt and shitty. Zobrist (12-29, 1 HR) and Rizzo 0-6 are the only two Cubs to have faced him.
Montgomery faces Foltynewicz in a one-night stand (a make-up from May 17) in Hotlanta tomorrow at 6:35pmCST on our way to Philly.
Go Cubs!


evidently this game is supposed to feature a "maddon's been smoking crack" lineup...can't wait to see that one.

Schwarber LF, Almora CF, Zo 2B, Rizzo 1B, Bote SS, Contreras C, La Stella 3B, Mills P, Happ RF

not as crazy as advertised...though schwarber is leading off vs a lefty and bote is playing SS.

Looks like Caratini is Hamels personal catcher at this point - he's caught Hamels last three starts

mets grand slam in the 1st...

This line-up could use more Murphy. Pffft.

kintzler into the game with 2 on...that sounds promising.

also, caratini playing 3rd.


...oh look, a run in.  great.

...oh look, 2 more runs.  neat-o.

"let's let kintzler pitch the 8th!" - f'n no one

"okay!" - f'n maddon

bases loaded, 1 out...but he pitches out of it without damage.

17 hits and 6bb in 9 innings (13 appearances) with the cubs...sporting an ERA around 9.00

caratini gets his 1st homer of 2018.

7 more of those and the cubs are back in business.

Crunch calm down. It was a 6-1 homestand.

counterpoint: this loss is the turning point of the season where the club tanks into last place and rizzo + bryant retire in the offseason because they've lost all interest in the game


Bryant not in the lineup tonight at Iowa and not listed on the Iowa extra position players.  I would say he will be flying with the team to Atlanta and be activated tomorrow with (in my opinion) one of the 13 pitchers (Rosario?) being sent down for the two days until they can increase the roster.

Bryant did play in the first game of a doubleheader, but is not playing in the second game. Tribune says he will be activated Saturday.  I honestly think it could be tomorrow.  It seems to me they could live with 12 pitchers for two days.

It would make more sense to me for them to send Mills down to fit Bryant on the roster, but then I don't know if that means Mills has to stay down for a certain length of time. I know AZ Phil would know the answer to that. If there is a time limit though, I do know that they can come up with an injury for someone like Rosario after he pitches another day, and send him down and replace him with Mills, since I believe they are going to the 6-man rotation and still need Mills to pitch in 6 more days. 

LRB: It used to be that a player on Optional Assignment to the minors could be recalled as soon as his minor league club's season concluded, but it's not that way anymore. Now a player who is optioned to the minors must remain on Optional Assignment for at least ten days even if his minor league club's season has concluded - UNLESS - the player is recalled to replace a player who is placed on the DL or other MLB inactive list (Paternity Leave, Bereavement/Family Medical Emergency Leave, et al). 

The Cubs will likely recalled Adbert Alzolay from his Optional Assignment on Saturday (9/1) and then immediately place him on the 60-day DL, which will open up a slot on the Cubs MLB 40-man roster for another player (Gore, Gimenez, Bass, or ???). Presuming that happens, the Cubs will have a brief window where they can recall a player from an Optional Assignment to "replace" Alzolay on the MLB Active List without that player having spent at least ten days on Optional Assignment to the minors prior to being recalled.

So (for example) the Cubs could option Randy Rosario, Alec Mills, or even Kyle Hendricks to Iowa today (Thursday) and then recall him on Saturday after Alzolay is recalled from Iowa and is placed on the Cubs MLB 60-day DL, thereby opening up a spot for Mike Montgomery on the 25-man roster so that he can start the game in Atlanta tonight or for Kris Bryant if he were to be recalled from his Article XIX-C Minor League Rehab Assignment and reinstated from the DL prior to Saturday. 

There's debate about this one.


Imma sit here, drink some tea, and learn something by Tuesday or Wednesday.

MIL/CIN game is insane.  high scoring, flip-flop ties and leads, awful pitching, lots of homers...yelich has hit for the cycle.

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  • Cubster 5 min 6 sec ago (view)

    Just sign Rick Reuschel and lets move on


  • crunch 47 min 8 sec ago (view)

    "Buster Olney of ESPN reports that Scott Kazmir will throw for MLB teams this week.

    The 36-year-old Kazmir hasn't thrown in the majors since the 2016 season, but he recently told Marc Topkin of the Tampa Bay Times that he that he hit 90.9 mph with his fastball during a bullpen session."

    someone put another bottle of left-in-the-car warm water under the cubs hot stove and let's get this one done!  woo!



  • crunch 15 hours 48 min ago (view)

    bryce harper ruined that bat dragging thing for everyone after his ejection years ago at the junior college world series.

    also, hurrah for baseball making it's return.


  • JustSayin' 15 hours 53 min ago (view)

    College ball started Saturday.  Umpire egos in D1 baseball are not that much smaller than in the pros, so of course there was a controversy.  In the late innings of a game in the weekend's biggest series (Michigan vs.


  • crunch 2 days 14 hours ago (view)

    the news is mostly based on a Baseball America article from the 11th (behind a paywall) the gist of it is rather legit rumor-wise, though it's still too far in the future to call it a 100% done deal.

    btw, the cubs have been strongly linked to pursuing christian hernandez for quite a while.  the BA writer that wrote the article about the cubs links has been following c.hernandez since he was a 14yo talent and is quite familiar with him.  that signing probably is in the bag.


  • Wrigley Rat 2 days 16 hours ago (view)

    I don't know much about this website, but they are speculating that the Cubs may sign two of the top International Free Agents available during this signing period: Does anyone know if this sounds legit?


  • Arizona Phil 3 days 20 hours ago (view)

    Minnie Minoso was playing in the Mexican League (as a DH) at age 47 and Julio Franco was playing in the Mexican League (as a DH) at age 49, so Mexican League teams clearly do not have a problem with signing older players. 

    And of course the ageless Satchel Paige was still working as a SP in AAA (with the Miami Marlins) into his early 50's (and prior to that he pitched in MLB as late as age 46).  


  • crunch 3 days 20 hours ago (view)

    b.colon has signed to a mexican league team.  woo old dudes.  he turns 47 in may...believed by some to be older.


  • Cubster 4 days 5 hours ago (view)

    Replacing someone like David DeJesus?


  • crunch 4 days 22 hours ago (view)

    mark grace returns to chicago as an analyst/on-air-talent for Marquee.

    he won't be part of the main game calling crew, but will be doing support content during games.


  • Eric S 5 days 1 hour ago (view)

    Increasing levels of smoke concerning a possible Arenado/KB trade

    Get Arenado to agree to push back his opt out a few years or so down the road and this could work out nicely for the Cubs


  • Arizona Phil 5 days 16 hours ago (view)

    Jason Kipnis (like Brandon Morrow) was a post-2019 Article XX-B MLB free-agent who signed a 2020 minor league contract, so he gets a $100K retention bonus and an automatic June 1st player opt-out if he is not released by 12 PM (Eastern) on the 5th day prior to MLB Opening Day or added to an MLB 40-man roster or MLB 60-day IL by 12 PM (Eastern) on MLB Opening Day. 


  • Arizona Phil 5 days 16 hours ago (view)

    The Cubs have signed post-2019 second-contract minor league FA catcher Jordan Procyshen to a 2020 minor league contract and he has been assigned to AA Tennessee.  


  • Dolorous Jon Lester 5 days 18 hours ago (view)

    Q could be subbed in for any of those too


  • crunch 5 days 20 hours ago (view)

    darvish, lester, and mills could combine to give up 100 homers between the 3 of them.


  • Dolorous Jon Lester 5 days 20 hours ago (view)

    I would have liked to give him a shot. I don't see much more out of a Chatwood and Alec Mills competition for the 5th spot.