Reds @ Cubs: McGuire vs Montgomery (Game 162)
CIN (82-78): RHP Deck McGuire (0-1, 4.15)
CHC (92-69): LHP Mike Montgomery (7-8, 3.45)
First pitch: 2:20pmCST
The Cubs pass that shify (and non-prime) 91 and Scherzer cramps up. It's never nice to be happy about injuries, but this one seems minor and could be well timed...
For today, we have the rubber-armed Montgomery. (How can you not love this guy?)
He last started in Tampa Bay on September 19th (6 IP, 1 ER, 6 K, 0 BB) and has appeared in two games in relief since then, giving up 1 ER in 3.1 innings. He’s 1-1 with a 4.03 in six games against the Reds this season. Overall, they are 23-87 (.264) against him. Duvall is 3-10 with a HR.
Deck—I hope that is a nickname—was born in Virginia and looks like it. This is the rookie’s 6th MLB appearance and second start. In his first, he gave up 4 ER in 3 innings in Milwaukee to the still-in-denial Brewers.
The Blue Jays picked him 11th overall in the 2010 draft, and he has bounced around after being ineffective. He went went 9-9 with a 2.79 ERA in 27 starts (28 games) for Double-A Pensacola before his September call up by the Reds. Good luck, kid.
Next up: the Washington Nationals in the NLDS on Friday.
Joe hasn't confirmed the starter. It was looking like Hendricks was a lock, but Lester's strong outing might have changed his thinking, which would be another reason for Joe to upgrade his iPad. Lester has longer resume and a greater upside. But Kyle has already shown he can pitch in a big game and has been the more consistent of the two.
Arizona Phil 1 hour 15 min ago (view)
And if Bryant does win the Service Time grievance his value in a trade this coming off-season will be diminished, because one year of club control until he becomes a free-agent versus two years of control is a significant difference.
Arizona Phil 1 hour 32 min ago (view)
Q-MAN: It actually wouldn't surprise me if Bryant wins the grievance.
Cubster 2 hours 32 min ago (view)
...and our Manager can dance!
QuietMan 3 hours 52 min ago (view)
Still cant get the images of that SNL skit out of my mind.
Cubster 6 hours 10 min ago (view)
This is really sad. A fatal pulmonary embolism is quite rare, older data had about 0.019% incidence (range 0-0.6%, for total knees). DVT without prophylaxis is higher and most people are getting prophylaxis (blood thinners) postop. DVT (leg clots) is a nuisance but not life threatening (unless the clot goes to the lungs). Patients with a history of DVT are at greater risk and there are other risk factors.
Cubster 6 hours 28 min ago (view)
Kaplan also tweets Ross is the new manager and they are working on contract. Tweet reported in mlbtr too.
"Cubs made their decision late yesterday afternoon and the other candidates have been informed they are indeed out. David Ross is the choice."
QuietMan 6 hours 34 min ago (view)
The Kris Bryant service time grievance is finally being heard by an arbitrator this week according to Kaplan.
crunch 1 day 17 hours ago (view)
j.girardi did a 2nd interview with PHI on Monday and he's supposedly the favorite for the job.
bradsbeard 1 day 22 hours ago (view)
The draft over the ASB and the trade deadline pushed back until August 15th or so would make sense. Otherwise, I don't know how scouting departments are going to handle the draft lead up and the trade deadline running almost simultaneously.
Arizona Phil 1 day 23 hours ago (view)
One other thing about MLB player development that is very different from NFL, NBA, and NHL player development is that most MLB clubs have upwards of 300 minor league players under contract (not including players on their MLB 40-man roster, the Cubs presently have 301 minor leaguers under contract on nine minor league affiliates).
Arizona Phil 1 day 23 hours ago (view)
JUST SAYIN: MLB is the only one of the four major North American professional sports that holds its draft and signs its draft picks during the season.
crunch 2 days 7 hours ago (view)
umpire eric cooper has died...complications from knee surgery (blood clot)...52 years old
crunch 2 days 19 hours ago (view)
"MLB Network's Jon Heyman reports former player David Ross and Astros bench coach Joe Espada "appear to be the frontrunners" for the Cubs' managerial opening."
espada's had 2 interviews. for a guy who's actively at his "other job," having a 2nd interview seems like both sides want to make this work. SF and PIT are also supposedly interested in espada.
JustSayin' 2 days 20 hours ago (view)
That's a fair description of the benefits of the plan but If I have to choose between "better way" and "owners' greed," I pick the latter. MLB wants better MiLB facilities, on average, without paying a cent. They want to deal with the social and legal pressure they are getting for not even paying minor league players minimum wage per real hour worked by having less players. In addition, the draft is to be moved to late August, so every draftee would lose compensation for the stub year in which they are drafted. For this reason, I'm not sure your point about col
Hagsag 2 days 20 hours ago (view)
Thanks Mr. Phil.
Arizona Phil 2 days 21 hours ago (view)
HAGSAG: Besides reducing the costs that are associated with operating a minor league club, reducing the number of minor league affiliates would allow MLB organizations to increase the salaries of their remainng minor league players (who would be the organization's most-legit prospects) without having to increase the organization's aggregate minor league payroll.