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 5 hours 31 min ago (view)

    side note...k.wong is on 1st putting on one of those "baserunning mitts" (hand protection for sliding) that's extending past the length of his hand/fingers by at least 2-3 inches.

    they're going to have to start regulating this piece of equipment if this keeps up...


  • crunch 7 hours 37 min ago (view)

    Q with LAA in his debut for them...HBP, a wild pitch, and BB through 7 pitches...then 3 pop-outs to follow.

    blah blah spring training...

    baseball on TV...neat.


  • First.Pitch.120 10 hours 52 min ago (view)

    We just traded for Maddux!!!   ......... nope, the other one.


  • crunch 23 hours 22 min ago (view)

    yeah, i'm just saying i did consider piling onto it with a troll-level post about the's practically asking to be written that way.

    jeff passan did it quite well...

    that said, i had no idea zach bryant existed before today, but his early numbers looked oddly good (which means nothing without context that early in his career).


  • Charlie 1 day 2 min ago (view)

    Oh, I mean the trade. You were quite diligent in posting!


  • crunch 1 day 3 hours ago (view)

    i contemplated writing the post totally trolled out as hell with "zach" coming after a wall of text.

    i decided the cubs being cheap was enough pre-season punishment without piling on.


  • Charlie 1 day 4 hours ago (view)

    This is a straight up troll 


  • crunch 1 day 5 hours ago (view)

    rsox aquiring ZACH bryant from the cubs.

    ptbn from the josh osich deal.

    totally useless trade...hopefully not a terrible loss.


  • Hagsag 2 days 6 hours ago (view)

    Chase Strumpf and Andy Weber invited to the ML camp.


  • Dolorous Jon Lester 2 days 12 hours ago (view)

    Ryan Tepera returns. Major League deal


  • crunch 3 days 10 hours ago (view)

    spring training TV is usually fluid...adding and subtracting broadcast games...

    first cubs TV (as of now) is March 3 (wednesday) on ESPN at 3pm EST.

    radio broadcasts available for almost every game that's not televised.  the cubs get going on monday and some other teams will start the day before.


  • crunch 4 days 6 hours ago (view)

    dj snelton's left elbow is screwed up...6 weeks rest then re-evaluate.

    looks like he's going to try to avoid having surgery.


  • Arizona Phil 4 days 22 hours ago (view)

    AAA leagues really need to play through the month of September, because with September rosters being limited to 28 instead of 40, players will need to be moved back & forth between MLB and AAA throughout the month of September instead of just through the month of August. 


  • Mike Wellman 6 days 6 hours ago (view)

    I get you, SW. Here in Des Moines, Cardinal fans flocked to I-Cub games when Memphis Redbirds were in town. That won't happen in '21 and even if it does in '22 & beyond it won't be as frequent as when they were in the same division. Not that I'll miss seeing Cardinal gear @ our ballpark...


  • Dolorous Jon Lester 6 days 7 hours ago (view)

    Ervin claimed by Braves. So we lose a potential future (and also current) asset in exchange for one year of a very mediocre Jake Marisnick.

    This team has no direction at the moment.


  • Sonicwind75 6 days 7 hours ago (view)

    As a midwest kid now living in Texas, new scheduling is a bummer.  Only get a chance to drive and see Cubs once every 3 years with interleague.  Really looked forward to those games in Round Rock and the one season in San Antonio.  I understand it makes more sense in the big picture, just selfishly disappointed.