Cubs @ Brewers: Series Thread (Games 139-142)

The Cubs begin an eight-game road trip that pits them against the Brewers and Padres for four games each. Trailing in the division and fending off Wild Card hopefuls behind them, the Cubs will be feeling pressure to at least keep pace. Zobrist and Bote could see additional playing time with Javy and Bryant both nursing injuries. The Cubs enter the series 2.5 behind the Cards. See below for match-ups.


Game 139, Thursday, Sep. 5, 6:10pmCDT
CHC: LHP Jose Quintana (12-8, 3.90 ERA)
MIL: RHP Chase Anderson (6-4, 4.58 ERA)

Quintana earned in a win in 5.2 innings against the Brewers last time around, striking out three and allowing four hits and two walks. He's done a good job suppressing offense from current Brewers with the exception of Ryan Braun, who is 12-43 with five homeruns off the lefty.

The Cubs scored five to serve Anderson a loss in his last start, a four inning affair with two Castellanos homeruns. Recent returness Zobrist and Contreras are among Cubs to have hammered Anderson in his career, 17-37 with four homeruns as a pair. Castellanos has the smooth 2-2 with two homeruns line. Javy should sit this one out and rest his thumb.


Game 140, Friday, Sep. 6, 7:10pmCDT
CHC: LHP Cole Hamels (7-5, 3.69 ERA)
MIL: RHP Zach Davies (8-7, 3.76 ERA)

Spider-Ham's six innings of two-run ball weren't enough in his last start, as he took his first Wrigley loss of the season to these Brewers. Hernan Perez is 10-19 with a homerun off the veteran.

Davies broke a five-game losing striking with a no-decision in his last start. He went 4.2 scoreless innings against the Cubs.


Game 141, Saturday, Sep. 7, 6:10pmCDT
CHC: RHP Yu Darvish (5-6, 4.25 ERA)
MIL: LHP Gio Gonzalez (2-2, 4.14 ERA)

Darvish missed his last turn due to a forearm stray, but before that he pitched eight innings and allowed one earned run in a win against the Mets. Yelich is 3-10 with two homeruns off of him.

Gonzalez could only go three innings against the Cubs in his last start, despite allowing no hits. He surrendered four walks and struck out two in that no-decision. Lucroy is 8-13 and Amora 4-8 off the lefty.


Game 142, Sunday, Sep. 8, 1:10pmCDT
CHC: RHP Kyle Hendricks (9-9, 3.39 ERA)
MIL: RHP Adrian Houser (6-5, 3.45 ERA)

Hendricks pitched well in a win against Seattle despite earning a no-dcision. He allowed one earned run on one walk and three hits in six innings pitched, striking out seven. He's held most Brewers in check, but Travis Shaw is 7-27 with three homeruns off of him.

Houser held the Astros to one run on two walks and five hits in 4.1 innings, walking away with a no-decision. He lost to the Cubs on August 4, surrendering four earned runs in five innings. Current Cubs are 12-42 with a ..929 OPS off of him. Schwarber (2-4 with a homerun), Contreras (2-3 with a triple) and Rizzo (2-4) have led the way in minimal exposure.

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STL already won today.  meh.

Best Cubs lineup tonight - position player wise at least.  So look out for a no-hitter from Anderson! 😂

AZ Phil - You see a scenario that the Cubs sign Castellanos in the offseason without stripping the front office of the resources to pursue other meaningful acquisitions?  I assume Hamels will not be re-signed unless he’s willing to take a big discount (very doubtful)

And now Javy scratched from lineup due to thumb soreness.  The lineup was nice in theory at least!

Q: How many baseball players does it take to screw in a lightbulb?

A: C.Kimbrel to the IL with elbow inflamation

hahahahahahahaha

Welp. This stretch run could get real ugly.

schwarber grand slam!

unf.

heyward ends 0-31 with a single.

South Bend sweeps Bowling Green tonight and moves to the Division Championship round.  Game 1 Saturday at Four Winds.  A stingy bullpen was key to the series win; it's a deep and interesting mix of old (for this level) and new guys.

sweep huh?

so, basically a bowling green massacre.

Yeah, but you should have seen the crowd that night... so amped up, into the game, & way bigger than the crowd for Obama.

zobrist(2nd) / schwarb / cast / rizzo / bryant / caratini / russell(SS) / heyward / ham

baez still has owies.

Cubs best two hitters since August 1st batting 2nd and 3rd in the lineup. Prior leadoff hitter hitting 8th. Prior #2 hitter moved down to #5. I guess as Maddon said a few weeks ago its big boy time. 

bote since august 1st has been on an unsustainably awesome stretch with an ob% in the .600s with 3 doubles and a homer...only given 35PA to do it, though

he gets his chance, he produces...then he sits for days or goes to AAA to hang out.

ham with a 24 pitch (0 run) 1st...hurrah for expanded rosters.

d.hultzen getting called up according to len (via tommy birch)

...at least STL and WAS have already lost

Wonder who is getting the boot off the 40 man for Hultzen. My money’s on Rosario.

It also means that if Underwood and Hultzen aren’t non-tendered, the 2020 bullpen is full without any signings. And Alec Mills would be a goner too.

Taylor Davis bites the bullet. Rosario lives to DFA another day.

Little known fact: Taylor Davis has more career MLB grand slams (1) than Freddie Freeman. 

Keep in mind that if Taylor Davis gets through waivers and is outrighted he will be a minor league 6YFA post-World Series - BUT - he can be added back to the Cubs MLB 40-man roster anytime during the balance of the MLB regular season or post-season (although another player will have to be dropped from the 40) if a couple of Cubs catchers go down with injuries. (If that were to happen, T. Davis would be a post-2019 minor league 6YFA only if he is not on the 40 as of 5 PM Eastern on the 5th day after the final game of the World Series).   

So Danny Hultzen, Zack Short, Dixon Machado. P. J. Higgins, and Nico Hoerner, or any minor leaguer who was on a Cubs minor league affiliate's reserve list on 8/31 or Taylor Davis (if he makes it through waivers without being claimed) or Mark Zagunis or any player who was on the Cubs MLB 40-man roster at midnight on 8/31 but who was subsequently sent outright to the minors can replace a player on the Cubs MLB Post-Season Eligibility List who is unable to play in the post-season due to injury (at this time that would include all four of the players on the Cubs MLB 60-day IL - Xavier Cedeno, Brandon Morrow, and Allen Webster for sure, and Kendall Graveman as long as he is not reinstated from the 60-day IL in the post-season). And once a post-season eligible player is declared out for the post-season and is replaced by a minor league player, the player cannot be reinstated for the balance of the post-season  

As long as the injury replacement occurs prior to the start of a post-season series, there is no restriction on replacing an injured post-season eligible player with a player who plays the same position. It's only when an injured player is replaced - DURING - a post-season series that a pitcher must replace a plitcher and a postion player must replace a position player. So while all four of the players on the Cubs MLB 60-day IL are pitchers, that doesn't prevent the Cubs from replacing one or more of them with minor league position players.  

Also, any minor league player not on the MLB 40-man roster who is a post-season "injury replacement" must first be added to the 40, and a player cannot be placed on the 60-day IL or transferred to the 60-day IL after the conclusion of the MLB regular season to make room on the 40 for the replaceme t player (and all players on the 10-day IL must be reinstated on the day after the conclusion of the MLB regular season, so players cannot be transferred from the 10-day IL to the 60-day IL during the post-season), and any player placed onto the 60-day IL or transferred to the 60-day IL in September - MUST - be replaced on the club's MLB 40-man roster immediately (decision cannot be deferred until the post-season).  

Graveman retired first 10 last night, 5 on Ks, before tiring between 50-60 pitche-touched 93...3&2/3, 1h, 1w; looks like a keeper...

Wonder if they’ll activate him. I believe his salary jumps from 575k to 2 mil if they do.

I was a big fan of that signing. Been a believer in him for a while, was very solid while healthy in OAK.

DJL: Graveman's $1.475M "one day" roster bonus only applies if he is reinstated from the IL during the MLB regular season, so it won't cost the Cubs anything additional beyond his $575K base salary if Graveman is reinstated during the post-season (MLB players are not paid salaries once the MLB regular season concludes, instead they get post-season checks for each post-season series played with higher $$$ amounts if they win the series). 

Javy has a hairline fracture. Woooo Baddison experience at SS full time!

Would you prefer Bote? Might have to add the Iowa shortstop to the 40 man roster after all.

Iowa SS Dixon Machado is an experienced MLB legit shortstop but he's down with a hamstring injury but SS Zack Short (who was promoted from Tennessee to Iowa for the PCL playoffs) was probably going to be added to the 40 post-2019 anyway, so bringing him up to MLB in September isn't that much of a stretch  Same goes for Iowa C-INF P. J. Higgins in case one of the three Cubs MLB catchers goes down over the last three weeks of the MLB regular season. (Higgins is a virtual lock to get added to the 40 post-2019).  

I wouldn’t prefer Bote. I would have preferred Baddison not being a Cub and a different MLB back up.

Agree on that - would have saved some headaches.  Can’t imagine Russell will be back next season but nothing surprises me (see newest New England Patriot, Antonio Brown)

With you on that, too. I dont see how they’d want to give him a raise on what’s he’s making based on his production. Money can be better spent. But who knows. Weirder things have happened.

ERIC S: It wouldn't surprise me if the Cubs offer Dixon Machado a 2020 minor league successor contract with a generous salary and an NRI to Spring Training and with a very good chance to make the Cubs Opening Day 25-man roster (especially with the new 26-man active list where the 26th player can't be a pitcher), and then either trade or non-tender Addison Russell. 

Agreed, AZ Phil - that wouldn’t surprise at all. 

Maddon REALLY wants Phelps to get to that $5M option next year as opposed to where it’s currently at, $3M. His last 2 appearances were both 1 batter without an out recorded. 8 more over the last 21 games gets him there.

that was one hell of an eventful 8th for both teams.

WELL THAT SUCKED.

Unbelievable. There is ONE person on that team you do not give the chance to beat you. It’s not Eric Thames!

I can’t decide if I think Schwarber falling on his ass (as usual) cost them a chance at Austin at home.

schwarber has done nothing short of busting his ass to be in playing shape for LF for years now...seems like he tries hard.

that said, he'll make a fine DH for someone one day.  he's not much of a fielder anywhere.  i wonder how bad his 1st base D is since he never gets a chance to play there when rizzo is out/resting.

He’s much better than he was, for sure. I like Schwarber and don’t mean to demean his effort because he was truly abysmal previously and he’s not that anymore. But....

It‘s apparent that it isn‘t something that comes naturally to him. He still makes those head scratching type plays. He would have had a chance to throw out the runner at home, I think. Maybe not, but I know for sure that once he tumbled over himself (which he does with some level of frequency) the game was done.

Are things looking good with Javy out with an injury, Russell a head case in the field and Bote a better choice to start at 3B than a clearly banged up KB?  Not the brand of September baseball I was looking forward to. 

Russell is a head case, and it’s not limited to the field.

Love KB, but I am wondering if he’s just physically kind of fragile. As fragile as a world class athlete can be, in any case. 

94 mph fastball to the bill of the helmet for russell.

bleeding from the nose.

neat.

this game got good quickly.

i'm all for the "rally hit russell in the face with a fastball" going forward.

wow d.hultzen

welcome to the cubs

Very nice debut. Provided he can throw on back to back days you gotta think he’s in next years pen. Barring any signings/ trades/ injuries/ horrible ST performance and factoring in out of options players this is what I would guess 2020 pen will be:

Kimbrel, Wick, Ryan, Phelps, Chatwood, Wieck, Underwood, Hultzen

Wick, Ryan, and Wieck have options. Out of options 40 man guys sent packing are Mills, Rosario, Webster

Makes sense for 2020.  What does not make sense is that most of the Cubs minor league affiliates have strong bullpens, while the big club signs free agents liberally in the pen and still has performance issues.  Hultzen may be a special case but I'd rather see the Cubs bring guys up from AAA and AA every time, knowing this has failed and will fail again, than buy guys in their thirties who prove to be in decline (Kintzler) or start to get hurt a lot (Kimbrel?)  I'd like the 2021 Cubs bullpen to be young and homegrown.

Yeah I agree. If you look at the most successful franchises, especially the ones who are good consistently, they typically churn out reliever after reliever, especially the middle relief guys.

3 late games @SD coming up.  10PM+ for us east coast people.

i should quit my job.

day game thursday, then back home for 3 day games vs PIT.

South Bend will play for the Midwest League Championship!  Their formula for success in the division battle was the same as in playoff round one: put a lot of people on base, draw first blood, then ride the bullpen to victory.  In less guarded moments, the SB players have been saying they were the team their opponents did not want to face in a short series.  Very true so far....

Is Maples injured? I can't find any recent stories on him. I'm surprised that he wasn't called up when Iowa's season ended.

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  • crunch 8 min 48 sec ago (view)

    hoerner is a steady glove, but so far he is not much of a "playmaker" with how quickly he can turn a play.

    the mechanics are solid, but they're not quickly fluid.  watching javy will spoil a fan, though.

     

  • crunch 39 min 23 sec ago (view)

    7ip 6h 1bb 13k, 4r/er

    8Ks in a row a cubs team record

     

  • crunch 1 hour 35 min ago (view)

    ...and darvish strikes out f'n everyone as a followup.

    11Ks through 4ip...63 pitches

     

  • crunch 2 hours 43 min ago (view)

    darvish hates the cubs, and america, and puppies, but mostly the cubs.

    16 pitches, man on 1st, 3 runs in, and a visit from the pitching coach.  that's good stuff.

     

  • George Altman 4 hours 45 min ago (view)

    I like that last paragraph a lot, Phil. Then use whatever cash left over in arbitration to fix the bullpen. 

     

  • crunch 4 hours 52 min ago (view)

    c.kimbrel threw a 16-pitch simulated game, he could return by week's end if he doesn't have a setback

     

  • crunch 5 hours 28 min ago (view)

    4 additional charges (as of now, unnamed) have been filed.

     

  • crunch 5 hours 36 min ago (view)

    zobrist / cast / bryant / schwarb / contreras / caratini(1st) / heyward / hoerner / darvish

     

  • Arizona Phil 5 hours 38 min ago (view)

    Betcha the Dodgers are really glad that they didn't trade Gavin Lux for Vazquez at the trade deadline. 

     

  • crunch 5 hours 44 min ago (view)

    28 year old PIT closer felipe vazquez (one of the best in the game for the last 3 years) nabbed for hooking up with a child for the past couple years (age 13-15).

    anything less than a full exoneration pretty much sinks his career unless he wants to run for office in Georgia.

    he's being charged with "one count of computer pornography - solicitation of a child and one count of providing obscene material to minor" (this was all uncovered when the mother of the child discovered text messages)

    later dude.

     

  • Arizona Phil 7 hours 6 min ago (view)

    I strongly believe that there will be some major changes on the Cubs after this season, even if the Cubs somehow win the World Series. There won't be a tear-down/rebuild lke 2012-14, but I can see the Cubs going younger.

     

  • Arizona Phil 7 hours 41 min ago (view)

    I think Jon Lester wil be treated as a much-respected "franchise legend" next season, getting the honor of starting on Opening Day, but then being considered the #3 or #4 starter after that before getting his well-earned $10M "golden parachute" after the season. He won't be disrepected by the club, but his time as the go-to guy at the top of the rotation will be over. (Actually it's already over). 

     

  • Arizona Phil 8 hours 2 min ago (view)

    Keep in mind that Yu Darvish does have an opt-out after this season, so if he and/or his agent think he can get at least 4/$81M (which is what he presently is owed 2020-23) as a post-2019 FA he could opt-out.   

     

  • Arizona Phil 8 hours 29 min ago (view)

    BRADSBEARD: Colin Rea hasn't pitched in almost two weeks so I doubt that the Cubs will call him up (they probably should have assigned him to the AFL to get him back into SP shape, but they didn't). That said, If the Cubs were to call-up Rea right now (and they would really need to do it ASAP for him to be useful as a SP) they could recall Justin Steele and place him on the 60-day IL to open up a spot on the 40 for Rea, so that part really isn't a problem. 

     

  • Charlie 8 hours 42 min ago (view)

    Regarding last night's 9th: Kyle Ryan unwilling or unable to throw his curveball is a little ugly.

     

  • Arizona Phil 8 hours 43 min ago (view)

    SS Zack Short (replacing Nico Hoerner) and RHRP Scott Effross have been added to the AFL Mesa Solar Sox roster.