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. 

Go Cubs! 


No injuries today!

Already finished my workout. I think I'm still good.

#cowboyup #nooffdays #beastmode #yolo #swag #kony2012

Rizzo 1B Bryant 3B Jay CF Zobrist LF Russell SS Avila C Heyward RF Baez 2B Montgomery P chances are pretty high a lot of these guys will only see 1-2 ABs before they hit the bench. it is nice to see the best leadoff hitter on the team back in the 1-slot.

"Deck—I hope that is a nickname—" it's his middle name and 'deck' is his mom's maiden name because of course and why not.

heyward hit a single today (1-2, 2PA) to end his "yet another new batting approach world tour" 2017. .259/.326/.389 ...15 doubles, 4 triples, 11 HR he did end strong in sept/oct with a clip of .258/.361/.432

15 doubles for $25MM. Nice investment.

his lack of power all season was depressing. even if you take his best month (sept/oct) where he had his season high in both HR (3) and doubles (4) and projected it over a full/healthy season we're only talking about 24 doubles and 18 homers. that said, if he can get on base at a .350+ clip while doing that, it would be a victory at this point.

max "no really, it was a cramp we're waiting 2 hours to tell you about" scherzer got a MRI that showed a "minor" hamstring tweak. he's questionable to start game 1 vs the cubs, though it's not ruled out.

Lackey tagged with the loss in his last regular-season game. Sorry about that, Big John.

KB his first 3 years: K: 199, 154, 128 BB: 77, 75, 95 OBP: .369, .385, .409 OPS: .858, .939, .946 It ain't Josh Vitters, but it'll do.

KB just needs to find more hits with RISP. Other than that there aren't any complaints. Those numbers his rookie year are probably a little too high to keep for a career but he's trending down significantly.

KB's RISP: HR, RBI BA/OBP/SLG/OPS/BABIP Career 20HR 160RBI 266/387/476/863/315 2015= 6HR 63RBI 292/417/489/906/395 2016= 7HR 53RBI 263/366/474/840/305 2017= 7HR 44RBI 239/375/462/837/244

The weirdest thing about Bryant's 2017 RISP numbers is that there's very little in his batted ball data to explain the low BABIP. The only thing there is the hard-hit percentage drops and the medium-hit percentage goes up. That's not true of his 2016 numbers, where his hard-hit contact in RISP situations was an impressive 48%. But the higher LD% should counter-balance that, as should his better K and BB percentages in RISP situations. I very much think this will all basically even out over his career. He doesn't make significantly worse contact or less contact in these situations, and that's all that's in his control. In the offseason he can pay the appropriate homage to the BABIP gods and get his name back at the top of the MVP lists.

MIke Glennon - OT until we get closer, but, c'mon Ryan Pace! You seem like a really smart dude. There were no cheaper options for a fill-in than Mike Glennon? WTF did you really see in this guy?

Like, maybe, Mark Sanchez? I'm no NFL talent scout, but watching this guy play one game was enough to know he's not an NFL QB -- immobile, clueless in the pocket, locks in on the receiver, slow release.

Bears bench Mike Glennon in favor of rookie Mitchell Trubisky

So it begins.

And so it ends: all my life, they've had Butkus at LB and bupkis at QB.

Today's essay assignment: Compare the Bulls paying a total of $39 million for one year of an obviously washed-up DWade vs. the Bears paying $18 million for four games of an obviously inept Mike Glennon. Sheesh.

Billionaires are flipping the bill. And, neither team was going to spend that money in a better way. With the Bears, they gave Glennon that money to reach the salary cap floor didn't they?

The Bears need so many things, they should have stockpiled athletes -- WRs, LBs, kick returners, kick-ass special teams guys, etc. Find a few who can play and cut the rest. There are at least 50 QBs better than Glennon, including Sanchez. Or, use the money on a guy you know can play, like Alshon Jeffrey. $18 million for a known bust like Glennon is just dumb money.

There were multiple QBs they could have signed, including Kaep, who would have been better fits. Glennon always profiled as a statue at QB who isn't quick at decision making and our line (mostly the tackles who are the most important part of pass blocking) is terrible so it was a horrible fit. Kaep is mobile and could have kept plays alive longer at least. Plus they didn't get any top free agents when they needed help all over the place. They also could have overspent on Alshon which while he wasn't worth it was more worth it than Glennon. Then of course they way traded away a bunch of needed picks for a QB who never played at an elite level and who would have been available. This team is such crap and it all starts with Pace who has done a terrible job so far. Just check out what Floyd, the 9th overall pick, has done so far this year not to mention our complete lack of WRs.

But how do you really feel?

I the Bears and Bulls management were to get together in one room, the vortex of suck would destroy us all.

I did leave out all the profanity!

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  • crunch 2 hours 20 min ago (view)

    Chicago Cubs Thumbs Up GIF by NBC Sports Chicago


  • Alexander Dimm 2 hours 46 min ago (view)

    I'm in.  What more do we need, really.  A beer.  A game or two.  The 162 game season can wait until next year (I hope).  Have fun with a micro-mini season.  Let the powers fight over the labor agreements.  They can finish by next spring, right?


  • crunch 2 hours 57 min ago (view)

    2020 quickly shaping up to be the best season ever.


  • Cubster 4 hours 18 min ago (view)

    And a few kegs of beer. Hamberders too.


  • crunch 6 hours 30 min ago (view)

    they should just play a quick weekend tourney where no one actually wins and everyone gets a small participation trophy.

    declare the fans the MVPs and dedicate the series to everyone who has died in the history of humanity.

    ...then a free live-streamed Nickleback concert hosted by 2Pac's hologram


  • Charlie 1 day 11 hours ago (view)

    Lol at worrying about a second wave disrupting revenue.


  • Cubster 1 day 14 hours ago (view)

    IN BRIEF (Tribune, from their mini-sports section):    In a letter, MLB rejects players’ plan for 114 gamesNews services Major League Baseball rejected the players’ proposal for a 114-game schedule in the pandemic-delayed season with no additional salary cuts, telling the union that teams have no reason to think 82 games is possible and now will discuss even fewer.Players made their proposal Sunday, five days after management’s initial economic plan.


  • Cubster 1 day 14 hours ago (view)

    Pete Ricketts causing some backspin on their serve...Chi Tribune, Thursday AM:


  • Arizona Phil 1 day 23 hours ago (view)

    Here are the last two Cubs minor league releases from this week (for a final total of 30): 

    Conor Lillis-White, LHP (acquired frrom LAA for Tommy LaStella post-2018 - missed 2019 season with hip flexor injury)

    Alberto Mineo, C-1B (has been quarantined in Italy since he re-signed with Cubs in February) 

    Lillis-White was eligible for selection in the 2020 Rule 5 Draft, and Mineo was eligible to be a minor league 6YFA post-2020 


  • Charlie 2 days 1 hour ago (view)

    Great read from players I came of age watching. Really shows how badly MLB needs to empower their players to speak in real time and not just after retiring.


  • crunch 2 days 1 hour ago (view)

    "A conversation: Retired African American MLB players on race, baseball, America"

    d.glanville, j.rollins, r.howard, d.willis, t.hunter, l.hawkins

    unlocked/free article.


  • Jackstraw 2 days 3 hours ago (view)

    I'm trying to come up with scenarios where saying "The problem I have with you people....." really helps the conversation move forward constructively.  None really jump to mind.


  • crunch 2 days 4 hours ago (view)

    i still want proof that tom ricketts and ted cruz aren't the same person


  • Cubster 2 days 6 hours ago (view)

    Tom's older brother is an ass, even with an embarrassing apology.

    Here is the twitter video from Pastor Jarrod Parker:


  • Cubster 2 days 14 hours ago (view)

    I agree.  Laura is the real deal. I think she was the major influence that showed Tom R. and Crane Kenney how to show a "human side" and deal realistically and in a non-threatening way, with the local Chicago politicians. Kenney was clearly clueless in his initial attempts regarding the neighborhood, the Rooftop owners, and the Wrigley Field rebuild. 


  • Hagsag 2 days 15 hours ago (view)

    I am a Laura Ricketts fan. To hell with the rest of them.