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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  • 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.