Diamondbacks Red Bats Too Much for Cubs at Talking Stick

SP Erick Reynoso tossed three innings of shutout ball, Junior Franco singled twice, scored two runs, and drove-in two more, Ruben Santana (Diamondbacks #17 prospect) drilled an RBI single in the 4th and walked and scored in the 6th, and shortstop Cristofer Torin (Diamondbacks #16 prospect) singled, stole a base, and scored a run in the 1st, belted an RBI triple and scored in the 5th, and made a highlight reel backhanded catch in short LF to end the game, as the Diamondbacks Red squad cruised past the Cubs 7-4 in Cactus League Extended Spring Training game action Monday morning on Whirlwind

Cubs vs Cards: Series Thread (Games 35-37)

The Cubs staged multiple comebacks but came up just short of a sweep against the Marlins. Next they greet an underperforming Cardinals team for three games at Wrigley. The Cards just ended an eight-game skid and must be desperate to claw their way back into the division race. Former Cubs Willson Contreras might be at the center if the drama this weekend as his defensive role is under discussion. See below for matchups.

2023 Cubs Extended Spring Training Stats (Thru 5/6)

2023 Cubs Cactus League Extended Spring Training Stats (through 5/6) 

LAST UPDATED: 5-6-2023 

There is no Official Scorer at Cactus League Extended Spring Training games, so all stats are unofficial 


"Just because it isn't official doesn't mean it didn't happen" 


Cubs Get a Wake Up Call and Deliver a Two-Out Rally at Sloan Park

Alexis Hernandez (RBI single), Wally Soto (RBI triple), and Raino Coran (two-run HR) stroked consecutive two-out run scoring hits in the bottom of the 6th inning, and Carlos Garcia hurled three innings of no run / no hit ball to pick up the win in relief, as the Cubs rallied from a 3-0 deficit and edged the Brewers 4-3 in Cactus League Extended Spring Training game action Saturday morning at Sloan Park in Mesa, AZ. 

Giants Celebrate Cinco de Mayo with Power Display at Cubs Expense

Chicago native Donovan McIntyre belted a grand slam to put the Giants up 4-2 in the 2nd inning and Eliam Sandoval, Javier Castillo, and Estanlin Cassiani cracked solo home runs later in the game to provide a cushion, as the Giants used the long ball to defeat the Cubs 11-6 in a Cactus League Extended Spring Training game played Friday morning at the San Francisco Giants Papago Park Complex in Phoenix, AZ.  

Wally Soto slugged a two-run HR and Ed Howard, Anderson Suriel, and Christopher Paciolla laced RBI doubles for the Cubs in a losing cause.  

Cubs vs. Marlins: Series Thread (Games 32-34)

The Cubs get a quick rematch against the Marlins, who swept them on the road to end the month of April. This time, the Cubs are reinforced by designated hitter and first baseman Matt Mervis, who is likely to make his MLB debut, and catcher Miguel Amaya, who debuted on May 4 collecting his first MLB RBI on a sac fly but still in search of his first time reaching base safely. See below for the matchups in this weekend series at Wrigley.

Game 32, Friday, May 5, 1:20 pm central

MIA: RHP Edward Cabrera (2-2, 4.67 ERA)

CHC: LHP Justin Steele (4-0, 1.49 ERA)

D'backs Red Curbs Cubs at Talking Stick

SP Lorenzo Encarnacion and RP Junior Cerda each hurled three innings of shutout ball, and Jefferson Pena, Cristofer Torin, and Ruben Santana ripped RBI singles, helping the Diamondbacks Red Squad defeat the Cubs 4-1 in Cactus League Extended Spring Training game action Thursday morning on Whirlwind Field at Salt River Fields at Talking Stick, east of Scottsdale,AZ. 

Christopher Paciolla hammered an oppo-field RBI double (near-HR) off the RF fence to account for the lone Cub run. 

Here is the abridged box score from the game (Cubs players only): 

Cubs Come Ever So Close to a No-No at Sloan Park

SP DJ Herz hurled four innings of no run / no hit ball with six strikeouts and combined with three relievers on a two-hit shutout, Ismael Mena singled, doubled, stole two bases, and scored a run, and Brayan Altuve (RBI double) and Yeison Santana (RBI single) collected run scoring hits, as the Cubs blanked the Rockies 4-0 in Cactus League Extended Spring Training game action Tuesday morning at Sloan Park in Mesa, AZ.  

Triantos Ready to Rock & Roll at Sloan Park

James Triantos lined a double off the LF fence, stole 3rd base, and scored on a balk in the bottom of the 1st inning, Christian Olivo drilled a double into the LF corner leading off the bottom of the 3rd and scored on a Brayan Altuve line-drive RBI single, and Jefferson Rojas clobbered a two-run HR that landed at the top of the berm in LF in the bottom of the 7th, leading the Cubs to a 4-1 victory over the Diamondbacks Black squad in Cactus League Extended Spring Training game action Monday morning at Sloan Park In Mesa, AZ.    

Cubs @ Nationals: Series Thread (Games 28-31)

The Cubs suffered a three-game sweep in Miami to end the month of April, lowering their 2023 record to 14-13. Cody Bellinger continued his recent showing of power by hitting his 7th homerun of the season. Patrick Wisdom homered in the series as well to push his 2023 total to 10. Nico Hoerner has stretched his on-base streak 25 games, having reached base safely in every game except for his 0-4 with no walks on April Fools Day. The Cubs have had a strong showing in offense, starting pitching, and defense.

Cubs MLB Roster

Cubs Organizational Depth Chart
40-Man Roster Info

40 players are on the MLB RESERVE LIST (roster is full), plus three are on the 60-DAY IL

26 players are on the MLB ACTIVE LIST, plus three are on the 15-DAY IL, two are on the 10-DAY IL, and nine are on OPTIONAL ASSIGNMENT to minors  

Last updated 6-7-2023
* bats or throws left
# bats both

Adbert Alzolay
Javier Assad
Jeremiah Estrada
Michael Fulmer
Kyle Hendricks
* Brandon Hughes
Mark Leiter Jr 
Julian Merryweather
Michael Rucker
* Drew Smyly
* Justin Steele 
Marcus Stroman
Jameson Taillon 
Hayden Wesneski

Miguel Amaya
* Tucker Barnhart 
Yan Gomes

Nico Hoerner
* Miles Mastrobuoni 
* Matt Mervis
Christopher Morel
Dansby Swanson
Patrick Wisdom

# Ian Happ
Trey Mancini 
Seiya Suzuki
* Mike Tauchman

Keven Alcantara, OF 
Ben Brown, P 
Alexander Canario, OF 
Brennen Davis, OF 
Ryan Jensen, P 
Caleb Kilian, P  
Nick Madrigal, INF 
Keegan Thompson, P 
Nelson Velazquez, OF

10-DAY IL: 2 
* Cody Bellinger, OF 
* Edwin Rios, 1B 

15-DAY IL: 3 
Brad Boxberger, P 
Nick Burdi, P  
* Justin Steele, P 

60-DAY IL: 3 
Codi Heuer, P 
Ethan Roberts, P
Adrian Sampson, P 


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Recent comments

  • seamer 06/08/2023 - 06:37 pm (view)

    Or was his output dependent on juiced balls? The other side of the Jose Quintana coin. 

  • First.Pitch.120 06/08/2023 - 06:16 am (view)

    I think crunch nailed it... MLB pitchers who can effectively work the edges of the zone are brutal on "see-ball / Hit-ball" types who haven't developed that next level discernment. Ditto the BB% being a good harbinger.


    I do wonder if the AAA robo-ump has a disparate impact on a player like NM... less guessing at what the random edges of the zone are going to be on a given day.  Not sure...


    Another thing to keep in mind when looking at AAA stats & sample sizes is that they now play the same team/park 5-6 games in a row. Potentially compounding the impact of a +/- pitching staff, park factors, and/or match-up implications (ie, I'd give advantage to Madrigal if he is seeing the same SP x2 or RP x3 in a week). Not sure if this is relevant to Nick M. right now, but it's on my mind after watching a week's worth of line drives die in the coastal night air.


  • Finwe Noldaran 06/07/2023 - 06:09 pm (view)

    Seems like they were on to something, but I'd still rather see Morel in there, he's more valuable than Mancini in the short and long term; hard to accumulate numbers against a pitcher, if you're on the bench.......

  • crunch 06/07/2023 - 06:39 pm (view)

    mancini was a numbers game.  he's like 3 for 7 off the reds starter or something similar...read something about it in some pre-game notes.

  • Finwe Noldaran 06/07/2023 - 06:01 pm (view)

    How would Morel being the DH have been worse than Mancini? The Morel doing worse at DH thing is likely an anomaly, but then just put him at 3B; not sure how people can make stuff so complicated............

  • Finwe Noldaran 06/07/2023 - 06:59 pm (view)

    That makes sense, plus, it seems like the hitting coach in Iowa is just locked in, just about everyone that goes there rakes, or at least improves in some way (less strikeouts, more walks, et cetera).......

  • crunch 06/07/2023 - 06:45 pm (view)

    probably the lack of quality control/command over offspeed stuff for the AAA pitchers leaves more in the zone for him...dunno, though.  his 7 walks in such a small about of PA is more impressive to me than his 17 hits.  his game in the bigs is nearly 100% put it in play with very few Ks and even less walks.

  • Finwe Noldaran 06/07/2023 - 06:33 pm (view)

    You think something actually clicked for him, or is he just that much better than AAA pitching? 

  • crunch 06/07/2023 - 06:31 pm (view)

    madrigal starts off the night in iowa 2 for 2 (double, single) and he's hitting .500 now...17 hits in 34ab.

  • crunch 06/07/2023 - 06:07 pm (view)

    e.rios to the 10d IL, rucker up.  left groin strain.  the bad news it's retroactive to june 4th rather than starting to today which could speed his return.