Cubs @ Nationals: Montgomery vs Fedde (Game 143) 

CHC (83-59): LHP Mike Montgomery (4-5, 3.85) 
WAS (71-72): RHP Erick Fedde (1-3, 6.00) 
First pitch: 12:35pmCST

Montgomery gave up 2 ER in 4 innings and took the loss in Milwaukee on Tuesday. He had a scoreless inning of relief against the Nats on August 11. Overall, they are 3-10 against him. Harper, Hendrick, and Wieters have the hits.

Fedde, who had a late-season cup of coffee last year, has pitched seven games this season, mostly as a starter. He had a no-decision against the Cards his last time out (5 IP, 4 ER). He gave up 4 ER in 5.1 innings at Wrigley in August of last year. The Cubs are 8-17 (.471) against him. Contreras is 2-3 with a HR.

Lester against Miley and the Brewers at the Friendly (and hopefully dry) Confines tomorrow at 7:00pmCST on ESPN.

Go Cubs! 


What if...the game is rained out: 

not likely to be rescheduled for the two remaining open Thursdays. First would be a continuation of the 23 straight game stretch which the players can nix and lead to 30 straight games plus a one day flight round trip to DC From Chicago. The 2nd would require a flight from AZ to DC to Chi. Plus the Nats are scheduled to play the Mets on the 20th. So that isn’t even an option. Leaves Oct 1st, after the season but before the NL Wild card game on Oct 2nd.

Especially bad if outcome could put the Cubs in the NL wild card game. 

Chicago Cubs @Cubs 20 seconds ago

We do not have an expected start time.

They are either playing through rain today, or they are not playing today. It's not going to stop. Personally, I think the Nats should forfeit. Only seems fair.

"cubs twitter" (fans, twitter users, not official team stuff) has been toxic as hell the past 2 days.

it's full of pissed off conspiracy theorists lashing out at WAS, MLB, fans of other teams,'s getting hard to find useful news in between the toxic posts.

Giants led Brewers 2-1...unitl MadBum served up a 2-out GS to Schoop.  Two outs, nobody on, and they wind up with a grand slam.  Crap.

Postponed on the mlb app

Game rescheduled for Thursday in Washington -- one-day trip to face Scherzer again.  Awesome.

So, here's the plan: sweep the Brewers and send the B team to Washington to face Scherzer.  Everybody got it?  Let's go.

maddon is pissed...not happy with MLB (the younger maddon isn't being so "diplomatic" about it while the elder maddon is)

30 straight game days without a scheduled day off, excluding rainouts. MLBPA should be fighting this.

"Nats will stay on rotation vs PHI: Fedde will pitch Monday, Roark Tuesday and Strasburg on Wednesday."

so...looks like the cubs will get surezure again.  neat.

Cubs should seriously send the B team to DC to watch it rain.  Rest up the regulars for the Reds series. NBA teams do this all the time.  Popovich once left his entire starting 5 at home rather than take a one-game road trip. 

b.morrow threw a "light" 25-pitch bullpen session, though he's not close to returning.

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  • crunch 8 hours 51 min ago (view)

    semi-interesting winter league note...

    trey mcnutt (yes, that guy) is having a hell of a winter league in mexico (one of the less talented winter leagues) so far as a closer.  15.2ip 8h 4bb 24k, 0.57 era.

    giants signed him to a minor league deal a couple weeks ago.  he never went anywhere.  he's been consistently playing ball in the minors and indie league ball since he was last a noteworthy player.  last season he played in the OAK minor league system.  30 years old now...


  • jdrnym 15 hours 47 min ago (view)

    Brad Brach signs with the Mets for $850K but the Cubs are paying $500K, per Ken Rosenthal. Wasn't his 2020 club only supposed to be on the hook for league minimum?


  • crunch 16 hours 24 min ago (view)

    when he got to the mets he suddenly learned how to throw with control (small sample size etc).  last year was not a fun bullpen year...


  • crunch 18 hours 41 min ago (view)

    Yeah, I've made myself familiar with a lot of the changes, but AZP's posts have both added more information and cleared up stuff I didn't fully grasp.  I appreciate the hell out of it.  Thanks Phil, thanks TCR.


  • bradsbeard 20 hours 23 min ago (view)

    Looks like Savant has his breaking pitch classified as a curve while Fangraphs calls it a slider. Suppose by ST he could have made everything over in the pitching lab, so who knows!


  • Arizona Phil 20 hours 40 min ago (view)

    Again, none of these rules (including the one that requires a pitcher to face a minimum of three batters or else record the final out of the inning) have been officially approved.  

    I think one possible caveat that might be added to the three-batter minimum rule would be that the pitcher can be replaced prior to facing three batters or recording the final out of the inning if the other team puts up a pinch-hitter. 


  • Arizona Phil 20 hours 44 min ago (view)

    Ptchers would also be treated differently under the new rules as far as the Injured list and Optional Assignment to the minors is concerned, with pitchers having to spend at least 15 days (up from 10 days) on the Injured List before being eligible to be reinstated and at least 15 days (up from 10 days) on Optional Assignment before being eligible to be recalled (inless the pitcher is being recalled to replace a pitcher on the 26-man roster who has been placed on an MLB inactive list).  


  • Arizona Phil 20 hours 44 min ago (view)

    SONICWIND: As the rule is proposed, prior to the start of each MLB regular season a club must designate all players on its Opening Day 26-man roster as either a "pitcher" or a "position player." A maximum of 13 can be designated as pitchers (14 pitchers max when rosters expand from 26 to 28 beginning on 9/1). 

    For players who come up during the season, the club must designate the player as either a pitcher or a position player when the player is placed on the MLB active list roster. 


  • Arizona Phil 20 hours 57 min ago (view)

    BRADSBEARD: Fangraphs shows the CT as his primary pitch in 2018 with the SL & FB (and an occasional CH) as his secondary pitches, with no CV at all. I guess I'll find out for sure in Spring Training. 


  • Sonicwind75 22 hours 13 min ago (view)

    AZ Phil, thank you as always for the detailed information.  How is the "cannot be a pitcher" part of the rule to be enforced?  With a few two way players and the increasing amount of mop up innings being handled by position players it seems like there could be a gray area there.  What is preventing a team from stashing an athletic relief pitcher as a "5th outfielder" that could be a pinch runner and play a passable OF when needed but could also provide them with extra relief pitcher.  Anytime I hear of a new rule I always think of how Bill Billichek would circumvent it t


  • bradsbeard 22 hours 14 min ago (view)

    AZ Phil, looking around Baseball Savant, it looks like Winkler now primarily throws a low 90s cutter, a 4-seamer that he throws a little harder (but is less effective), a curve and a sinker. The slider and change haven't been a major part of his repertoir the last two years. The cutter has been really effective the last two years but it looks like he lost command/effectiveness of his 4-seemer and curve last year For whatever reason  


  • bradsbeard 1 day 1 hour ago (view)

    They just signed this guy:


  • Hagsag 1 day 2 hours ago (view)

    There seems to be a lot of player movement so far. Too bad the Cubs aren't involved.


  • Arizona Phil 1 day 18 hours ago (view)

    Beginning in 2019, a club must wait a minimum of seven days before it can place a player who was claimed off Outtright Assignment Waivers during the off-season back onto waivers, so because he was claimed off waivers on Wednesday 11/27, yesterday (Wednesday 12/4) was the first day the Cubs could place LHRP C. D. Pelham back onto Outright Assignment Waivers, and so tomorrow (Friday 12/6) is the first day the Cubs can send Pelham outright to the minors (if he was placed back onto waivers yesterday).


  • Arizona Phil 2 days 15 hours ago (view)

    A Competitive Balance draft slot can be traded only during a period of time starting on December 2nd and extending up until two hours prior to the MLB First-Year Player Draft (MLB Rule 4 Draft), so don't be surpised if these draft picks are traded during the off-season.

    Keep in mind that the slot cannot be traded for cash unless it is a financial adjustment made to offset the salary of one or more of the players involved in the trade.


  • Arizona Phil 2 days 15 hours ago (view)

    The active list roster limit changes scheduled to go in effect in 2020 have not yet been officially approved. Same goes for the three-batter minimum (or else record the third out in the inning) for relief pitchers.