Braves @ Cubs: Fried vs Montgomery (Game 136)

ATL (59-75): LHP Max Fried (0-0, 5.40)
CHC (75-60): LHP Mike Montgomery (5-6, 3.29)
First pitch: 1:20pmCST

Montgomery gave up 1 ER in 7 innings for the win against the Pirates on Monday. He went 2-0 with a 1.73 in August. He won in Atlanta in July, giving up 1 ER in 6 innings. Overall, the Braves are 4-30 (.133) against him. Suzuki is 2-1, and Inciarte is 1-7 with a HR.

The 23/yo Californian rookie, Max Fried, another unfortunate name, is making his first career start, after four appearances out of the bullpen in August. Of the 4 ERs he’s given up, 3 of them happened in Colorado. Drafted by the Padres, he had Tommy John surgery in 2014 and was part of the Justin Upton deal later that year. In AA-AAA this year, he went a combined 2-11 with a 5.54.

Next up, it’s a four-game set in Pittsburgh, which kicks off with Arrieta (14-8) and Kuhl (6-10) tomorrow at 3:00pmCST on ESPN.

Go Cubs!


Carrie M. sez Zastryzny is in uniform.

HAGSAG: Rob Zastryzny has indeed been recalled from AAA Iowa. He was scheduled to start for the I-Cubs today at Omaha but was scratched (apparently after yesterday's bullpen meltdown at Wrigley Field). He is stretched-out as a starter and can give the beleaguered pen some length if they need that. 

There has been some questions at various sites regarding why an MLB club would place an injured player on the 10-day DL after Septermber 1st, since such a move has no effect on the club's reserve list. 

The reason it is done has to do with language in the CBA allowing a club to direct an injured MLB player to perform prescribed rehabilitation work at a particular rehab/training facility (of the club's choosing) for an injury incurred during the MLB regular season. 

The MLB Commissioner's Office advised clubs a couple of years ago that to avoid a possible grievance or lawsuit related to the treatment and/or rehab of an injury sustained by a player in September, that the club should just place an injured player on the 15-day DL (now the 10-day DL) so that the club retains its right to direct a player to a particular facility for treatment & rehab. 

Obviously a player with a sprained hangnail won't be placed on the 10-day in September, but a player with an injury that will likely require some rehab would be. 

Javy injury is something we really, really don't need. Ugh. And, the Nationals seem to be mailing it in again.

Mike Freeman doing a fine job demonstrating that the Cubs still need an actual backup shortstop that can field the position when Javy's not available.

what f'n ipad color code says to bat freeman 5th? oh...he was an injury replacement. great, javy is injured. awesome. that makes sense, but i'd rather it not make sense and have a healthy javy.

But, Gleyber Torres was blocked. (A player isn't blocked before they're Rule 5-eligible.)

MIL wins, CHC

Normally, a 6-1 week late in the season would be a cause for great celebration. But, Javy getting hurt and the Brewers winning 3 of 4 from the piss-me-off Nationals put a bit of a damper on things.

Expecting all of the trifecta of Grimm-Rondon-Pena to not suck seems a bad bet to me.

Exactly a week ago, Cubs had a 2 game lead. It's now 3.5. I think it was a great week... minus the Javy certainty.

exactly 10,000 days ago, the cubs scored 5 runs in the 7th vs david cone and the mets to give greg maddux and the cubs a 8-5 victory.

...and STL wins because luke weaver is very good at throwing baseballs.

EJax fucked us again

Nats scored 8 runs in 4 games. Thanks, Dusty.

baez to stay in CHI tonight (series @PIT starting tomorrow), but he is not under concussion protocol and is supposedly catching a flight to PIT tomorrow to join the team. he's supposedly "okay" but has blurred vision in his right eye.

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  • Cubster 4 hours 28 min ago (view)

    per Tribune: Kimbrel's OK, just working on his changeup (formerly his fastball).


  • Arizona Phil 16 hours 48 min ago (view)

    The Cubs have released RHRP (and their erstwhile closer) Brandon Morrow. There is no indication that they plan to re-sign him to another (different) 2020 minor league contract without the Article XX-B $100K retention bonus provision (as happened with Jason Kipnis last week).  


  • crunch 20 hours 15 min ago (view)

    rizzo takes another day off (lower back).  ross says the club is "exercising caution."

    klye ryan is expected to join the team tomorrow after some mysterious holdup.


  • Ryno 20 hours 52 min ago (view)

    Has anyone seen Darvish's pitch "The Supreme"?  Isn't it just a sinker?


  • Ryno 21 hours 22 sec ago (view)

    In other words:  This lineup sucks.


  • Arizona Phil 21 hours 17 min ago (view)

    Jason Kipnis was released on June 29th and then he was re-signed to a new (different) 2020 minor league contract that does not require a $100K retention bonus if he is not added to the Cubs MLB Reserve List by 2020 MLB Opening Day (7/23).  

    Brandon Morrow remains on his original 2020 minor league contract which pays him a $100K retention bonus if he is not released by 7/18 or added to the Cubs MLB Reserve List by 7/23. 


  • Eric S 21 hours 22 min ago (view)

    There is that re Kimbrel - at worst, just another year on the books.

     July 1st is Bobby Bonilla Day - the day that check is cut and paid annually. 


  • Cubster 21 hours 28 min ago (view)

    On the bright side regarding Kimbrel. It doesn't have the lasting bad side as the Mets arrangement with Bobby Bonilla. Unless they want to re-negotiate Kimbrel's terms.


  • Eric S 22 hours 54 min ago (view)


    Watching the last night's highlight clip was not encouraging either as discussed here:


  • crunch 1 day 3 hours ago (view)

    i still can't believe this front office paid anyone 16m a year to throw 60-70ip...


  • Eric S 1 day 12 hours ago (view)

    Unfortunately, Kimbrel in Cub mid season form as well, giving up a two out, two run oppo homer to Willson. 

    Kimbrel Cub stats which I tried to bury but were dug up again: gave up a career high 9 home runs in only 20 2/3 inning, averaged a career high 9.1 hits allowed per 9 innings and served up a 6.53 ERA for his troubles. And no full spring training build up period again.  Still hopeful he's got something left in the tank this year and next but man, he's got my full attention going into the season


  • BobbyD 1 day 13 hours ago (view)

    Hmm. Never thought about it that way. Maybe it is a very stable genius? 


  • crunch 1 day 16 hours ago (view)

    maybe he's hoping it'll be bad enough to flip the population odometer over to 0 after humanity is wiped from the planet.  let's give him more time to see if he's right before we get too down on him.


  • crunch 1 day 16 hours ago (view)

    "Shohei Ohtani threw just 15 of his 50 pitches for strikes in an intrasquad game Tuesday.  Trent Rush had him at eight walks, a hit by pitch and six wild pitches before he was shut down for a day. "



  • crunch 1 day 16 hours ago (view)

    anthony rizzo is in mid-season form.

    he sat out today with lower back tightness.


  • BobbyD 1 day 17 hours ago (view)

    Well, back in February (I think; that was about 17 years ago now), our diaper staining commander in his own mind declared we had 15 cases in the U.S. and that would quickly go to zero. 130k dead and rapidly rising now 4 months later I still have brain dead neighbors in SoCal saying if Biden gets elected we're screwed. I wonder what they think screwed looks like.