Cubs @ Cardinals: Series Thread (Games 132-134)

The Cubs visit St. Louis coming off of their best month of the 2022 season thus far. See below for matchups.


Game 132, Friday, September 2, 7:15 pm central

CHC: RHP Adrian Sampson (1-4, 3.97 ERA)

STL: LHP Jordan Montgomery (7-3, 3.28 ERA)


Game 133, Saturday, September 3, 6:15 pm central

CHC: LHP Drew Smyly (5-7, 3.24 ERA)

STL: RHP Adam Wainwright (9-9, 3.09 ERA)


Game 134, Sunday, September 4, 1:15  central

CHC: RHP Marcus Stroman (3-6, 3.98 ERA)

STL: RHP Miles Mikolas (10-10, 3.48 ERA)

Comments

"The Cardinals are interested...This is not only in play, but the Cardinals are one of the top two teams in baseball that are good fits for him." - Gordon Wittenmyer on the possibility of Willson Contreras to the Cardinals next season

i wish the cubs were in a better media market and a bigger city like STL...they could get good players, too.

joey votto is on the 60d IL and he's been in the CIN booth the past few games.

if you're not familiar with the weird headspace votto exists in...it's worth checking out.  similar area that nick castellanos hangs out...dude loves to talk, too.

higgins has the largest 1st baseman's glove ive seen in a while.  i wonder what model it is and how many dozens of cows died to make it.

why the fuq is sean newcomb still on this team?

I've been asking myself the same question for the last two weeks. 

18.2ip 25h 15bb 20k, 7hr

11.09 era 2.14 whip

whyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyy

From Baseball Reference: "Drafted by the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim in the 1st round (15th) of the 2014 MLB June Amateur Draft from University of Hartford (West Hartford, CT)."

 

Some dreams die hard. 

we've 'gotten over' lots of traditional baseball notions that make no sense, but are part of the game.

he's a lefty that can throw 93-95mph so obviously he's a shiny thing that everyone wants because that means something for some reason.

now this might be controversial...but...so what.

control issues aside, which are notable, he gets hit on both his fastball and the offspeed stuff.  the hitters aren't waiting for a vulnerable pitch, they can hit anything he can throw.

Well put.  I'm often the last one to give up on a player, but with Sean Newcomb, it's time to part ways and say "thanks".

pujols missed #695 by 1 spoonful of Wheaties

Smyly prefers pitching in August. 

Leiter Jr. is in. Rossy has waved the white flag. 

sunday's game is a free mlb.tv game, btw...

Four Cardinal double plays through 8 innings. Bleh!
 

In other news, Cease loses his no hitter with two outs in the ninth inning. Solid single into right center by Arraez, the American League's batting average leader. 

ohtani out here in the 8th throwing 100mph.

i know the dude won MVP last year, but i still feel like people underappreciate how next-level he is as a baseball player.  this kind of 2-way player usually only happens in highschool, rarely in college, and his only peer in the pros is babe ruth.

speaking of legendary stuff out of japan...he doesn't hit, but keep an eye on roki sasaki's career on the mound.

miley to return + pitch tuesday

pujols #695

sigh.

Time for a urine sample. 

the internet is raking d.ross over not walking pujols.  he's trending top-20 on twitter for the wrong reasons.

bote finally gets some game action since returning...pinch running for the 0-3, 1bb mckinstry...who batted lead-off again...

...and game over on a double play.  good game bote, grab a shower.

For those of you who might not be aware, ex-Cubs SS Addison Russell is still playing pro ball. He's 28 and played SS for Acereros de Monclava in the Mexican League in 2022, where he hit 348/443/677 with 24 HR and 16 doubles in 80 regular season games plus one HR in the Mexican League All-Star game and two more HR in the playoffs. He was the starting SS on the ML Norte All Star squad and won a Gold Glove. This was his second season in the ML. 

Russell played in Korea (KBO) in 2020 after not getting any offers from MLB clubs after he was non-tendered by the Cubs in December 2019.   

Starlin Castro -- the Cubs SS for six seasons prior to Addison Russell -- also played in Mexico in 2022, playing 2B and hitting 240/312/323 in 28 games for Yucatan. Castro is now 32. He last played in MLB with the Washington Nationals in 2021, so this was his first season in the ML. 

Hayden Wesneski has been called up to the big league club. No corresponding move has been named yet.

steele DL, k.castro DFA'd.

steele injury is a "lower back strain" (phew).

15d IL retroactive to Sept 2

contreras to 15d IL (retro Sept 3)

miley activated

HERMOSILLO TIME. HERMOSILLO O'CLOCK.

most serious quad strain in the history of baseball.

nick padilla DFA'd.