Cardinals @ Cubs: Mikolas vs Hamels (Game 161)

STL (87-73): RHP Miles Mikolas (17-4, 2.94)
CHC (94-66): LHP Cole Hamels (9-11, 3.87)
First pitch: 12:05pmCST

Hamels gave up 2 ER in 6 innings and lost against the Pirates on Monday. The Cardinals are 22-86 (.258) against him. Ozuna is 8-29 with 3 HR.

Mikolas beat the Giants (7 IP, 1 ER) his last time out. In three games against the Cubs this season, he's 2-0 with a 2.00. For their careers, these Cubs are 19-76 (.250) against him. Happ is 3-5.

Tomorrow it's Montgomery and Flaherty at 2:20pmCST to end the regular season.

Go Cubs!


well that sucked.

...and a reminder that the guy that owned the cubs for 8 innings today was STL's winning bidding war pickup vs the cubs...and "plan B" was t.chatwood.

3W, 26ip 24h 3bb 18k, 4er

Don’t like the matchup tomorrow at all but what can you do?  Some real bad luck today with hard contact by the Cubs - hopefully catch a break with those tommorrow 

i love some end-of-season drama, but this is pretty damn hardcore.

Think I’d rather the Dodgers lose tonight and hopefully ramp up the pressure on the Cards tomorrow. Also, truth be known, I’d rather face the Cards than the Dodgers in a wild card game (if the Cubs don‘t win the Central)

doyers win.

STL is now out of the off-season.  what they gonna bring tomorrow when the only thing left for them to "win" is cubs anger and hatred?

tomorow could be important for both the NL Central and West.

Yelich with another two run homer tonight :-(

Edit: and tacks on a go ahead solo shot in the seventh. Unreals 

that guy does a hella good baseballs.

i'm pretty sure he just solidified his MVP case into a sure-thing...

with Cards out of the playoffs, I can’t imagine all the players being mentally there and the manager may try a few things different.  But all It really takes is one starting pitcher.

suddenly, a one game playoff for the division sounds like the upside scenario

there is a weird amount of DET fans at this MIL game.

i know they're kinda close(ish), but caring about the 2018 DET team sailed long ago.

Brewers are good.  They are earning every bit of this.

Tie going into 162.  Guess there is a reason the baseball season is so long.

Advantage Milwaukee.



All MLB games start at 3:25 PM (Eastern) on Sunday. 

Also, remember if there is a Game #163 tie-breaker game (or two) on Monday, regular-season roster rules apply (entire 40-man roster available except for players on DL or other MLB inactive list and for players on Optional Assignment to the minors). And while the result of a Game #163 tie-breaker would not count in the standings, individual player stats from the game would count.

Also, ALL players on an MLB Reserve List (including players from clubs that aren't playing in Game #163) or MLB 60-day DL who are not on Optional Assignment to the minors and who have not yet accrued 172 days of MLB Service Time in 2018 will accrue an extra day (applies to Bote, Caratini, T. Davis, Freeman, Gore, Hancock, Maples, Mills, Norwood, Rosario, Webster, B. Wilson, and Zagunis, but - NOT - to Alzolay, Tseng, and Underwood).  

Then on the day after the conclusion of the MLB regular season, all players on an MLB 10-day DL must be reinstated, and all players on Optional Assignment to the minors must be recalled. Also, the ban on trades that began at 12 noon (Eastern) on the Sunday prior to the pre-scheduled last week of the MLB regular season is lifted. In addition, minor league players eligible to be Article XX-D free-agents (RHP Anthony Bass is the only Cubs minor leaguer so eligible) can file for free-agency beginning on the day after the conclusion of the MLB regular season up through 10/15. (In the case of Anthony Bass, if he doesn't file as an Article XX-D minor league free-agent prior to 10/15, he would be automatically declared an MLB Rule 55 minor league 6YFA on the 5th day after the final game of the World Series). 

And then players on an MLB 60-day DL must be reinstated no later than 5 PM (Eastern) on the 5th day after the final game of the World Series, except for players who are MLB Article XX-B free-agents (who are automatically reinstated from the 60-day DL at 9 AM Eastern on the day after the final game of the World Series when MLB Article XX-B free-agents are automatically declared free-agents and are removed from MLB reserve lists). 

And minor league players eligible to be MLB Rule 55 6YFA or second-contract free-agents are automatically declared free-agents at 5 PM (Eastern) on the 5th day after the final game of the World Series unless the player is added to an MLB  40-man roster or signs a 2019 minor league successor contract prior to the deadline. Likewise, any player on an MLB 40-man roster who would have been eligible to be an MLB Rule 55 minor league free-agent if he wasn't on an MLB 40-man roster cannot be sent outright to the minors after 5 PM (Eastern) on the 5th day after the final game of the World Series unless the player agrees to sign a 2019 Major League or minor league contract prior to being outrighted.  

And MLB Rule 6 Draft-Excluded Players (in the case of the Cubs, that would be T. Davis,. Freeman, Gore, and Webster) cannot be sent outright to the minors unless waivers are requested no later than the 5th day after the final game of the World Series. NOTE: Outright Assignment Waivers secured after September 1st are good for seven days or until the end of the waiver period (whichever comes first). 

also, a reminder that all games tomorrow will be streamed for free.  

So the Cubs & Brewers (N. L. Central) and Dodgers & Rockies (N. L. West) are tied for 1st place in their respective divisions going into the final game of the regular season.

If the teams remain tied after Sunday, there would be not one but two Game #163 tie-breakers played on Monday -- MIL at CUBS to determine the N. L. Central Champion and COL at LAD to determine the N. L. West Champ, and the two Game #163 losers would be the two N. L. Wild Card teams (with the home team for the Wild Card game the MIL-CUBS loser).

So it would almost feel like a tournament. 

If the double tie-breakers do happen, Jose Quintana is set-up to face the Brewers at Wrigley Field on Monday, and if the Cubs lose that game (which would - NOT - be an "elimination game" for the loser), Jon Lester would start the Wild Card game on Tuesday at Wrigley Field versus either the Dodgers or the Rockies (and the Wild Card game - IS - an elimination game).  

BTW, although the entire September 40-man roster is available for the Monday tie-breaker game, the Cubs will need to specify a 25-man active roster prior to the start of the Wild Card game, and it would very likely include ten or eleven pitchers (two SP and eight or nine RP) and a six or seven-man bench (depending on whether the Cubs go with ten or eleven pitchers).

The thing is, it is important to not "shoot the wad" on Monday, because losing that game is not the end of the world. Losing the Wild Card game would be the end, however (of the season, anyway).  

I completely disagree.  You do absolutely everything to win on Monday to avoid having to play Tuesday and get home field advantage through the NLCS.

anything can happen in a single game, so it would make zero sense to hold something back on Monday just to have a shot at a 50/50 game on Tuesday.

I think I agree with blockhead, here. I do not want the Cubs facing elimination games with their starting rotation.

Thanks Phil.

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  • Charlie 3 hours 17 min ago (view)

    Lol at Nico getting nominated for riding the bench a lot.


  • crunch 5 hours 16 min ago (view)

    RF Jason Heyward, SS Javier Baez, 2B Nico Hoerner, 1B Anthony Rizzo, C Willson Contreras, and Ps Kyle Hendricks and Alec Mills gold glove finalists


  • bradsbeard 9 hours 11 min ago (view)

    Thank you, sir! Sounds like a nice get for the Cubs, and a good project for (what's left of) the new development infrastructure. 


  • Arizona Phil 10 hours 46 sec ago (view)

    There have been some holes in the AZIL east-side schedule, with one team canceling games last week (although they are back playing this week) and another canceling game this week due to CoViD-19 issue, so the other teams (like the Cubs) are making up some of the "lost" games with intrasquad and in-house "sim" games. 


  • Arizona Phil 10 hours 55 min ago (view)

    BRADSBEARD: From what I have seen of Jacob Wetzel so far (BP, fielding practice, base-running drills, sim games, AZIL games, and yesterday's intasquad game), I would say he looks like a football running back playing baseball in that he has a high motor and plays with a bit of an edge.

    He has a thick body but he also has plus speed (very much like a football running back in that respect), he runs the bases aggressively, makes hard contact, has HR power, a decent arm, maybe can use some work in the outfield as far as tracking balls. 


  • bradsbeard 1 day 17 min ago (view)

    Phil, curious if you've seen enough of Jacob Wetzel to offer an initial scouting report. Just from watching some prep video he looked pretty strong and fairly athletic (HS football player and all). Impressive numbers albeit in community college, but he was a division 1 recruit before that so he's pretty intriguing to me. 


  • KingKongvsGodzilla 2 days 22 hours ago (view)

    AZPhil, thank you for these updates! It's a nice little pick me up during this dumb year. If you have anything to say on Yohendrick Pinango, Joel Machado, Rafael Morel, or Richard Gallardo, I would love to hear it! Thanks again!


  • crunch 3 days 7 hours ago (view)

    jim hickey new nats pitching coach.


  • bradsbeard 4 days 2 hours ago (view)

    Several non-prospects ate up spots as well. Ultimately wish they had given a few more Rivas types a shot there. 


  • tim815 4 days 3 hours ago (view)

    Only 60 spots in SB. Others benefited more from the time.


  • crunch 4 days 6 hours ago (view)

    not phil, but i think everyone is holding off on his potential ceiling until he gains enough weight to not look like someone you want to buy a sandwich every time you see him.

    big upside if his skills can strengthen as he builds his body.

    too early for a solid comp, but i wouldn't feel uncomfortable throwing ian happ's name around (bit better arm than happ, though).


  • bradsbeard 4 days 7 hours ago (view)

    Me too. Thought it was weird he wasn't in South Bend at all. 


  • Dolorous Jon Lester 4 days 12 hours ago (view)

    I am very, very intrigued by Rivas. If the DH is unfortunately here to stay, he's a prime candidate for that and give Rizzo a day off 1B here and there. If no DH, hopefully he is a passable OF. Big believer in his hitting ability


  • Hagsag 4 days 15 hours ago (view)

    Phil, do you think Chris Morel is the real deal?


  • tim815 5 days 4 hours ago (view)

    Blue and Red DSL instructs rosters. No Brayan Altuve.


  • crunch 5 days 7 hours ago (view)

    yup, they're gonna try.  starts in about a month.