Brewers @ Cubs: Anderson vs Montgomery (Game 142)

MIL (73-68): RHP Chase Anderson (8-3, 3.06)  
CHC (77-64): LHP Mike Montgomery (5-7, 3.38) 
First pitch: 3:05pmCST

Montgomery, who almost lost his rotation spot, is in for the gimpy Arrieta. Montgomery gave up 3 ER in 5 innings and lost to the Braves on Sunday. He’s 1-3 with an 8.74 in six appearances (one start) against the Brewers. Overall, they are 24-92 (.261) against him. Ryan* Braun* is 4-9 with a HR.*

Anderson gave up 3 ER in 5.1 innings for a no-decision in Cincinnati in his last outing. He’s 1-1 with a 8.00 in his two starts against the Cubs this season. For their careers, they are 21—82 (.256) against him. Bryant is 4-11 with 3 HR. Yes, please.

Davies (16-8) and Hendricks (6-4) close it out tomorrow at 1:20pmCST.    

Go Cubs!


Torn labrum for last night's Brewers SP Jimmy Nelson. Happened when he dived back to 1st base after banging single off LF wall in the top of the 5th. He is out for the year.  

WHOA Phil! He was having an MVP-type year and was the Ace of the staff. No doubt you'll hear more clamoring for the NL DH this off season.

wow, that's a crap way to lose a key player post-trade deadline.

Nelson is huge loss for them -- before the injury, they had a very good top 3 starters, a bullpen with a lot of guys with sub-3.00 ERAs, a power closer and a lot of thump in their offense. Of course, if they keep scoring 8 runs in the 2nd inning, starting pitching may not be an issue for them.

Schwarber sitting 2nd consecutive game against a RHP. Hunh.

in ipad we trust. fwiw, chase anderson has slight "reverse splits" going in favor of him being better vs lefties, but it's rather close. plus, the wind is blowing in/around the OF and schwarb's not that great of an OF'r (but that didn't stop happ from being in CF yesterday). *shrug* sitting 2 days in a row is weird.

montgomery threw 26 pitches, left the bases loaded, and no runs scored. hell of a 1st inning.

why the hell isn't anyone up in the pen... ...and montgomery's day is done. holy crap that was turrible. grimm? we're doing grimm with 0 out and men on 2nd/3rd? alright. ...and grimm balks in a run. man on 3rd, 0 out. HAHAHAHAHAHAHHA. yeah. ...and a single, run scores. neat. ...and another single, men on 1st/2nd, still 0 outs. ...and a walk, loaded, 0 out. ...and a 2 run double...still 0 outs. i'm done.

8 more runs have been scored since this was done. it's the top of the 6th.

Brewers are playing with house money -- nobody expected them to still be in it at this point. Oh, well -- Cubs will still be in first place tomorrow morning.

It's early. Only down a touchdown.

this guy...

And a 2-point conversion!

2-point conversion is a given. Joe's got an iPad.

Second half Joe will make adjustments.

Way to get your asses kicked Cubbies!

live feed of the game for those that want to check it out:

Let me guess (not gonna click): Rick Astley or another stupid thing?

it's a gif of a dumpster fire. here's some bonus astley-hate from the late 80s....

I'm listening to the radio and getting real tired of Ron's "it's just another one of those days for the Cubs..."
There have been waaay too many of these days.

cubs must have really pissed off the brewers because they are not holding back at all on scoring or taking extra bases.

rob z's first MLB hit. good for him. scwharber pinch hits and will probably be left in to play LF. i hope he hits a 14 run HR.

l.martin 1st cubs hit in the bottom 9th...RBI, too. also, schwarb did hit a homer, but it was a solo.

schwarber catching...why not

Brutal week for the Cubs. Hard to see them advancing far in October, assuming they get there. Can we end the Grimm experiment, please?

men on 2nd and 3rd, 4 runs in the 3rd for MIL...0 outs...and grimm?

"end the Grimm experiment" If the result is certain, it's not an experiment.

Grimm is out of options next season anyway. Coin flip on him being non-tendered. No biggie there, either way. On the other hand, I hope everyone is owning their stance from 2012-2014 on Chris Rusin, who is now a better reliever than even Brian Duensing has been. Pitcher development. It happens when it does. Or, sometimes, it never happens.

Grimm being tendered would be a waste of 2-2.3 million dollars, not to mention the roster space on 25 and 40 man. In short, "Reaper" gotta go.

Completely good with that assessment. As long as you own that if he does well for Cincinnati.

As long as they're playing meaningless baseball there he would probably thrive. And I could live with that.

Grimm may be worth that $2ish million just for the matter that relief pitchers fluctuate year to year. I know it's been since 2015 when he was pretty darn good, but he's bound to have another good year, and especially knowing he'll be pitching in 2018 to earn his first free agent contract, I think he might be worth the gamble to keep him around another year. Of course I'm typing this assuming we upgrade Koji to someone much more reliable and consistent. If Grimm is the 7th or 8th BP option, I'm okay with that.

it's been quite a while since ive seen someone do so little with 96+ least since edwin jackson on the cubs end of things. he's one of those guys that will continue to find work as long as he can throw 96+mph...kinda like edwin jackson.

He's actually got one more year after 2018 on arb contract. He was at like, 3 years and 170 days at the beginning of the year.

The only players presently on the Cubs MLB 40-man roster who will be free-agents after next season (post-2018) are Hector Rondon and Justin Wilson. Also, the Cubs hold a $6.25M 2019 club option on Pedro Strop (or else $500K buy-out post-2018).

The Cubs could possibly non-tender Justin Grimm on 12/2, but I would say they will probably tender Grimm a 2018 contract for about $2M (which would be non-guaranteed) so that they can bring him to Spring Training (Grimm would be able to request salary arbitration if he isn't happy with the $$$ offer), and then they can decide prior to 2018 Opening Day whether to keep him on the Opening Day 25-man roster (which would guarantee the contract 100%), or release him and pay him 45 days salary (about 25% of his salary) as termination pay.

The Cubs will probably also tender 2018 contracts to Hector Rondon, Justin Wilson, and Tommy LaStella (like Grimm, all three are arbitration-eligible post-2017), although there is an outside chance that one or more of the three could be non-tendered if the Cubs don't want to pay the player more than the Cubs feel he is worth and they don't want to risk losing in an arbitration hearing. (A trade is also a possibility).  

The most-likely 12/2 non-tender candidate is recently-acquired OF Leonys Martin (who otherwise can't be cut more than 20%, meaning the Cubs would have to offer him at least $4M for 2018 if he is tendered a contract). If they project him as a potential useful piece in 2018, the Cubs would probably still non-tender Martin, but then they would try and re-sign him to a 2018 minor league contract (with an NRI to Spring Training) for substantially less than $4M (maybe $1M - 1.5M).

Another very likely non-tender candidate (if he is still on the MLB 40-man roster on 12/2) is IF-OF Mike Freeman, although he could get dropped from the 40 in November.

Felix Pena and Rob Zastryzny are also 12/2 non-tender candidates (especially Pena), with the Cubs offering the non-tendered player a 2018 minor league contract for "split-contract 40-man roster money" (the same minor league "split salary" the player would have received if he had remained on the MLB 40-man roster, somewhere in the vicinity of $100K, maybe a little bit more to induce the player to re-sign) plus an NRI to Spring Training. .

Non-tendering a player on 12/2 allows a club to remove the player from the MLB 40-man roster without exposing the player to waivers or to the Rule 5 Draft (if the player agrees to sign a minor league contract). Of course, the player can always just decline to re-sign and instead sign with another MLB club. That's why a club has to think twice and maybe have a deal in place before non-tendering a player.

one thing to consider about grimm is the added expense of HR balls given up. at around $8 a piece, that comes out to an additional $2,000,000+ a year in added expenses. in all seriousness, damn this club is looking good and easy to project for the next many years.

The worst thing a relief pitcher can do is surrender both walks - AND - home runs, and Grimm has been doing that all season. 

As is the case with most relievers who are having a bad season, poor command is the primary cause. Of course sometimes a reliever is clearly washed-up (like Koji Uehara) or has a physical problem or a mechanical issue that affects his performance, but command (or lack of it) is usually why a relief pitcher who has had success in the past is having a bad season. 

And everything could be completely different next year. Or not. 

One of the simple things about baseball that it took me way way way too long to figure out is that only the elite relievers are good every year and that the vast majority of relievers have good years and bad years. I can't recall any recent examples where a Cubs reliever sucked for half a season and then turned good for the remainder of the year. I couple that with the idea that the first 50-60 games of the season is the period over which a manager comes to realize what he has for a particular year, and I am left to conclude that it's been half a season that Joe has run Grimm out there time after time after time and watched him suck and suck and suck. There is no reason to think that anything will change for the remainder of this season with Grimm. It seems to me Joe had (at least) two choices....keep throwing different guys out there trying to find the 2 or 3 guys who were going to be good this year, or keep throwing Grimm out there hoping he'd get better. Joe chose plan B and for whatever reason (stubborn-ness comes first to mind) has chosen to stick with it despite dismal returns. I trust Grimm is pitching as well as he can, which is badly. Time for Joe to up his own game a bit.

Rough couple of days. Glad they had built a 5-game lead. Get a win tomorrow and move on. By the way -- what the hell is up with Joe's hair? Did he get a big Grecian Formula deal?

New Just For Men Shampoo deal.

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  • crunch 1 min 9 sec ago (view)

    hendricks starts the game giving up back to back homers.  wtf...


  • crunch 2 hours 29 min ago (view)

    happ / rizzo / contreras / schwarber(DH) / maybin(LF) / heyward / baez / kipnis / bote


  • George Altman 3 hours 45 min ago (view)

    Let's hope so. It would be great next year to NOT have to 'piece together a bullpen'.


  • Arizona Phil 4 hours 6 min ago (view)

    DJL: I think that if Lester, Chatwood, Quintana, Jeffress, and Chafin leave via free-agency and do not return or are not replaced by at least one veteran MLB FA SP, the default Cubs 2021 Opening Day pitching staff will be Darvish, Hendricks, Mills (out of options), Alzolay (could be out of options - TBD), and either Rea, T. Miller, Steele, Abbott, Marquez, or D.


  • Arizona Phil 5 hours 28 sec ago (view)

    I understand that any team can win a three-game series, but if I'm a division winner I'd want to be the #3 seed rather than the #2 seed in both the A. L. and the N. L., because I would rather face the worst second place team (Houston in the A. L. and probably Miami or Philadelphia in N. L.) than the best wild card team (Cleveland in the A. L. and probably Cincinnati or Milwaukee in the N.L.).  


  • Hagsag 13 hours 3 min ago (view)

    Maybe, if he makes the roster!


  • Charlie 18 hours 36 min ago (view)

    Jose Martinez is going to hit some big post season homerun, isn't he?


  • Cubster 21 hours 24 min ago (view)

    Is the Chafin experiment over yet?


  • crunch 21 hours 31 min ago (view)

    well that sucked.

    even with the loss the cubs officially clinched a playoff slot tonight, though.


  • crunch 21 hours 39 min ago (view)

    oh, it's totally the hitters unless the coach is forcing guys into trying ill advised changes...which is doubtful to the point of obsurdity for this many slumping hitters.

    it's just that a near team-wide hitting outage with no one getting "fixed" isn't a good look for a hitting coach.


  • Dolorous Jon Lester 21 hours 51 min ago (view)

    How many hitting coaches would that be over the past five years?

    At a certain point maybe it's just the hitters? I love the current group but we've been burning through hitting coaches recently


  • crunch 22 hours 18 min ago (view)

    anthony iapoce might want to start updating his resume...

    i'm not saying it's his fault, but it doesn't seem like much is going right with the bats and it's getting worse over time.


  • Dolorous Jon Lester 23 hours 39 min ago (view)

    I look at the 8 man pen for next year and would assume 6 RHP 2 LHP. The LHP would currently be two of Ryan, Wieck, and Steele (and I guess Osich but I suspect he's non-tendered).

    The 6 RHP would be from Kimbrel, Wick, Tepera, Adam, Underwood, Alzolay, Winkler, Rea (and potentially others). I feel like they're only keeping one of Tepera/ Winkler for final arb year. Tough to say which is better value at this point.


  • crunch 23 hours 57 min ago (view)

    im impressed tepera has "only" given up 2hr in 19.2ip, but i wouldn't hold out on that holding up.  also, his control is sketchy as ever...

    he's got promising stuff, but at age 33 (few weeks from now) what more does he have to learn/show?

    it would probably cost the cubs 1.5m or so to keep him around (900K this year).  they liked something about him to pick him up, but who knows where that's at now...


  • Arizona Phil 1 day 49 min ago (view)

    Two Cubs reached significant milestones today: 

    1. OF Jason Heyward now has "10/5 no trade" rights and so he cannot be traded without his consent (he had a partial "no trade" the past couple of seasons); 


  • crunch 1 day 1 hour ago (view)

    happ / contreras / rizzo / baez / schwarber / bote(3rd) / maybin(RF) / martinez(DH) / hoerner(2nd)