Tale of the Tape

cubs_brewers.jpg This is as exciting as it's gotten around these parts in awhile. The Cubs are riding a hot streak winning their last six games and seven of their last ten games as they head into their most crucial series of the season. The Brew Crew are even hotter though, winning three straight and eight of their last ten. And while the Brewers stand seven and a half games ahead and probably look at us like a bug on the windshield in their drive towards the NL Central crown, a third straight series sweep by the Cubs might get them to drive off the road. Two of three will at least get them to start swerving a bit. I'll put up the game thread in just a few, but let's take a look at how the "top" 2 teams in the Central rank against each other. The Cubs lead the season series 5-4.
Category Brewers Cubs
Runs Scored 381 (3rd) 354 (6th)
Runs Allowed 339 (6th) 323 (5th)
Team Defensive Efficiency .700 (7th) .721 (2nd)
Starters ERA 4.24 (7th) 3.80 (3rd)
Relievers ERA 3.47 (3rd) 4.11 (9th)
Batting Average .267 (5th) .270 (1st)
On-Base Percentage .333 (5th) .330 (7th)
Slugging Percentage .455 (1st) .421 (5th)

Comments

We have better pitching and defense (?!). The key seems to be the bullpen, but we knew that. GO CUBBIES! This is a big, big game and series.

No, here's the real key. vs. NL Central MIL 21-10 (17-5 against not the Cubs) CHC 14-15 (9-11 agaainst not MIL)

Lets go Cubs!!! This is a big series and I can say without hyperbole that this is a million times more important than any other series they have played this year.

The key, We can lose two of these games and still be in the Division race, but we can't lose three. We just don't have enough head-to-head matches left with Milwaukee to overcome a sweep. And, as easy as the Cubs schedule is the rest of the year, the Brewers schedule is actually easier. But these games look to be even matches. The Brewers play about as well on the road as the Cubs do at home and both teams are red hot at the moment. Go Cubs! (right on track now for an 87-75 finish)

lineups are in but I want this to be up for a bit so I'll post the game thread about 20 minutes before-hand... Hart, Hardy, Braun, Fielder, Hall, Estrada, Mench, Weeks, Gallardo Soriano, Fontenot, Lee, Ramirez, Floyd, DeRosa, Bowen, Pie, Hill

The Cubs are playing hot and putting it all together. We've got the best chance of beating the Brewers now more than anytime this season so far. We're set up well, lets just get it done. Go Cubbies!

http://www.madison.com/wsj/home/sports/brewer... Brewers going with a 6-man rotation until the all-star break

Sun-Times reporting (and by the way they broke the Buehrle signing, not the Score) that Buehrle 4/56 deal and it'll be announced by Monday.

I heard Buehrle 3/44... heh.

Good for Mark, getting his family set for life. Good for the Sox, keeping a quality pitcher and human and also keeping him out of the NL. And good for the too-influential Players Union - go sit on a dick, assholes.

We’ve got the best chance of beating the Brewers now more than anytime this season so far. Hmm... I might agree with you, except for the fact that the Brewers are one of, if not the, only teams playing better than the Cubs right now. And its not like the Cubs have struggled against the Brewers up to this point (5-4).

Gallardo has the good ERA but it's only a solid debut against KC and then a shakier second go against SF. Today he sees a real ML lineup and it's time to crack this egg.

I hope Gallardo isn't a soft-tossing lefty.

http://deadspin.com/sports/mark-cuban-might-b... completely off-topic but Mark Cuban is suing Don Nelson for having confidential information and using it to beat the Mavericks.

Uncle Lou, Great lineup today, skipper. Wouldn't have drawn it up any different if I would have done it myself. I like Bowen 7 and Felix 8 because it's much easier for Felix to score from second after Richard bunts him over than it is for Bowen.

That's assuming that Felix gets on base sometime today. He's not good at that lately.

well one thing Pie has going for him today is he's probably seen Gallardo before in the minors. Or maybe that's bad. I guess we'll see.

Well it was in theory, of course. Kinda what you have to do when you make out the lineup card isn't it?

completely off-topic but Mark Cuban is suing Don Nelson for having confidential information and using it to beat the Mavericks. WTF? Seriously? I like Cuban, but the guy gets crazier and crazier every day.

btw... any word on a roster move to bring up a 12th pitcher? no trade of JJ yet?

dave: I like Cuban, but the guy gets crazier and crazier every day. No doubt... http://www.theonion.com/content/from_print/ma...

no word on a roster move but Hoffpauir and E-Pat made the AAA All-Star Team

I read that Milton Bradley was traded to Padres so i guess we can cross that off the list of potential destinations for JJ.

losing is not fun

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  • Arizona Phil 1 day 9 hours ago (view)

    In addition to 40 players signed to 2020 MLB contracts, after releasing 22 minor leaguers this week the Cubs now have 279 players signed to 2020 minor league contracts (plus one minor leaguer on the Restricted List), for a total of 320 players in the organization (181 pitchers, 30 catchers, 60 infielders, and 49 outfielders).   

     

  • JustSayin' 1 day 18 hours ago (view)

    Years of over-drafting pitching shown here.

     

  • Dolorous Jon Lester 1 day 20 hours ago (view)

    Some of the players cut I am not too surprised by. Some of them I think are definitely victims of the minor league pay thing and being squeezed out.

    That said, I am very surprised they gave up already on Riley McCauley and Niels Stone.

     

  • Hagsag 1 day 22 hours ago (view)

    Baseball America is showing a big group of players that have been released.

     

  • Arizona Phil 2 days 11 hours ago (view)

    The Cubs have released minor league catcher Rafelin Lorenzo. He was selected from the Pittsburgh Pirates in the AAA Phase of the 2018 Rule 5 Draft and spent the 2019 season at South Bend. He was eligible to be a minor league 6YFA post-2020. 

     

  • JustSayin' 3 days 21 hours ago (view)

    The organizations will cut rosters down, as if the full-season teams were breaking camp to start the season, THEN pay the remaining minor leaguers $400/week or whatever.  That's similar to what costs would have normally been but the "one last chance" players who got spring training invitations this year and didn't have an obvious roster spot won't be getting their last chance.

     

  • crunch 3 days 22 hours ago (view)

    "According to Jeff Passan of ESPN, all minor league players will be receiving $400 per week from MLB through at least May 31."

    so that's where that promise landed.  the scary thing is that's still more than some in the low minors make on a weekly basis.

     

  • crunch 6 days 15 hours ago (view)

    "Jeff Passan of ESPN writes that the players and league agreed that the 2020 season won't start until "there are no bans on mass gatherings that limit the ability to play in front of fans, there are no travel restrictions and medical experts determine games will not pose a risk to health of teams and fans." Passan does add that the two sides "will consider the feasibility of playing in empty stadiums" and also at neutral sites.

     

  • crunch 6 days 20 hours ago (view)

    i miss baseball.  it could happen in june...it may happen in late may...it might not happen either way.

    there's so many things getting messed up right now i would get lost making a list.  there's some college guys making a serious "okay, we need to look at that guy" push that's dead.  former cubs draft pick russell smith (2017, LHP highschool) took last season off for injury (TCU college) and returned with a low 90s fastball, impressive control, and a MLB-quality changeup.  his "comeback" was 4 games and done thanks to this current situation...

     

  • JustSayin' 6 days 23 hours ago (view)

    COVID 19 + a short draft + Manfred's obsessive drive to shrink the minor leagues will change baseball forever.  It WAS still America's grass roots sport.  Where I live, from June through August, you could see a quality live game any day of the week, within an hour's drive.  I believe that era is over.  What's going on will have ripple effects, contracting serious college ball, college summer leagues and independent pro ball just as much as the MiLB systems.  With those changes, some of the game's charm will also go.  I've seen a kid from Cape Cod play in the Ca

     

  • crunch 1 week 21 hours ago (view)

    fyi for anyone who bought MLB.tv

    for "some reason" getting a cancel+refund via phone is like pulling teeth, but if you contact them via a webpage contact request many people are getting a cancel+refund confirmation within an hour or 2...

     

  • bradsbeard 1 week 1 day ago (view)

    I imagine because the new labor agreement freezes rosters as of whenever the agreement is approved by the owners and it might affect what those guys are paid under the agreement. 

     

  • Hagsag 1 week 1 day ago (view)

    AZ Phil. what was the reason that a whole bunch of teams optioned or assigned players to the minor leagues yesterday on March 26 ? Thanks.

     

  • Arizona Phil 1 week 1 day ago (view)

    jdrnym: Ordinarily, players on an MLB Reserve List (40-man roster) who are on Optional Assignment to the minors do not accrue MLB Service Time, are paid at the minor league rate rather than at the MLB rate if the player has a "split" contract, and if the player gets hurt or becomes sick after being optioned, he can be placed on a minor league IL instead of on an MLB IL (so that he cannot accrue MLB Service Time or be paid at the MLB rate while he is on the IL). Also, a player who is optioned to the minors for at least 20 days will burn an option year.   

     

  • jdrnym 1 week 1 day ago (view)

    AZPhil, what are the technical ramifications of optioning/not optioning guys during this period of no baseball? Seems like some teams are more eager than others to trim their roster down.

     

  • crunch 1 week 3 days ago (view)

    "Major League Baseball has agreed with the MLBPA to grant a full year of service time to players in 2020 regardless of how many games the schedule includes.

    Rosenthal adds, however, that the two sides have agreed to "table discussions" on how much service time the players would receive if the worst-case scenario plays out and the 2020 season has to be canceled entirely due to the coronavirus pandemic."

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