Cubs vs. Padres: Series Thread (Games 22-24)

The Cubs remain at Wrigley after an off day and host the Padres for a three-game series to close out the homestand. They had a run of five series wins in a row before losing three of four to the Dodgers at home. Positive production from the top through the middle of the lineup along with mostly solid starting pitching have allowed their current 12-9 record. They've gotten little offense from DH or 1B, and Yan Gomes's homeruns have been the only real offensive contribution from the catcher position. Meanwhile, Mervis, Velazquez, and Morel are each making strong showings in Iowa.

It's "The Christopher Paciolla Show" at Talking Stick

Cubs 2022 3rd round draft pick (#86 overall) Christopher Paciolla roped a double into the LF corner leading off the game and scored later in the inning on a Raino Coran sacrifce fly, singled in the top of the 3rd, walked in the top of the 5th and then made an outstanding diving backhand stop and laser throw to 1st to rob a hitter of a double in the bottom of the inning, and in his final AB pulled what would have been a HR down the LF line before it hooked foul just before clearing the fence, as the Cubs edged the Rockies 3-2 in a Cactus League Extended Spring Training game played Monday mor

2023 Cubs Extended Spring Training Roster (Updated 4/22)

2023 EXST CUBS ROSTER (updated 4/22)

74 players 

* bats or throws left 
# bats both 

Elian Almanzar (not throwing "live" BP or pitching in games) 
* Jose Aquino (not throwing "live" BP or pitching in games)
Max Bain (ACTIVE - on Tennessee Development List)
Juan Bello (not throwing "live" BP or pitching in games)
* Burl Carraway (ACTIVE - on Tennessee 7-day IL) 
Danis Correa (THROWING BULLPENS ONLY - on Tennessee Development List)

Hendricks Throws Three Innings at Fitch Park

Henry Bolte (A's #11 prospect) smacked an RBI triple, singled, stole a base, and scored a run, Pedro Pineda singled, walked, stole two bases, scored two runs, and drove-in another, Denzel Clarke (A's #10 prospect) singled twice, stole a base, and scored a run, and Bjay Cooke singled twice and drove-in a run, helping the Athletics edge the Cubs 5-4 in Cactus League Extended Spring Training game action Saturday morning at the Lew Wolff Training Complex at Fitch Park in Mesa, AZ.  

Suriel Goes Deep for Third Time in Four Games

Anderson Suriel clubbed a solo HR (his third home run in four games this week), walked, lofted a sacrifice fly, and doubled and scored, Geuri Lubo doubled, walked, and scored a run, Ronnier Quintero (two-run single) and Ismael Mena (RBI single) stroked consecutive run-scoring hits to highlight a three-run third inning, and SP Jackson Ferris fired three innings of shutout ball, lifting the Cubs to an 8-4 victory over the Diamondbacks Red squad in Cactus League Extended Spring Training game action Friday afternoon at Sloan Park in Mesa, AZ.    

Jefferson Rojas Doubles His Pleasure at Sloan Park

Jefferson Rojas lined an RBI double off the LF fence and scored a run in the bottom of the 1st inning, drilled another RBI double off the LF fence in the 2nd, looped a double down the RF line in the 4th, and (for dessert) lofted a sacrifice fly to the warning track in RF in the 6th, Anderson Suriel singled twice, stole four bases, and scored two runs, and Ke'Shun Collier singled, walked twice, stole two bases, and scored two runs (but unfortunately also made the final out of the game when he was thrown out trying to steal 3rd base), but it just wasn't enough as Junior Franco belted a bases-

Cubs vs. Dodgers: Series Thread (Games 18-21)

The Cubs took advantage of the series in Oakland to boost their offensive statistics and their standing in the NL Central. They are still behind the Brewers, but the favored Cardinals are now 4th in the division at 8-11 while the Cubs are five over .500 at 11-6. The Dodgers will visit them at Wrigley, having lost two of three to the Cubs in L.A. See below for matchups int he four-game set.

Game 18, Thursday, April 20, 6:40 pm central

LAD: RHP Michael Grove (0-1, 9.00 ERA)

CHC: RHP Jameson Taillon (0-2, 4.50 ERA)

Codi Heuer "Live" & Well at Sloan Park

After throwing his first "live" BP a week ago on a backfield, RHRP Codi Heuer (on Cubs MLB 60-day IL - March 2022 TJS) threw a "live" BP in the stadium (Sloan Park) this morning. 

Working one "inning" and facing James Triantos, Ezequiel Pagan, and Ronnier Quintero, Heuer threw 21 pitches (16 strikes - seven swing & miss). 

As is usual with "live" BP at Extended Spring Training, the Cubs hired an umpire to call balls & strikes. However, the hitters did not run the bases, and with one exception (Ed Howard played SS on defense) there were no fielders.  

Cubs Go Back-to-Back-to-Back at Sloan Park

Geury Lubo (two-run bomb), Cristian More (solo blast), and Anderson Suriel (solo shot - his second dinger in two days) belted back-to-back-to back HR to highlight a four-run 4th inning, Adan Sanchez drilled an RBI single to give the Cubs the lead in the 6th, and Alexis Hernandez singled and scored in the 6th and smacked a solo HR in the 8th, as the Cubs dug themselves out of an early 4-0 hole and rallied to defeat the Athletics 6-4 in Cactus League Extended Spring Training game action Tuesday morning at Sloan Park in Mesa, AZ. 

Hendricks & Herz Muffle Rockies at Talking Stick

Kyle Hendricks and DJ Herz combined to hurl five innings of shutout ball with seven strikeouts, Christopher Paciolla laced an RBI double and a single, and Anderson Suriel belted a solo HR, leading the Cubs to a 3-1 victory over the Rockies in Cactus League Extended Spring Training game action Monday morning on Dust Storm Field at Salt River Fields at Talking Stick, east of Scottsdale, AZ.  

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 two are on the 15-DAY IL, one is on the 10-DAY IL, and eleven are on OPTIONAL ASSIGNMENT to minors  

Last updated 5-25-2023
* 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 

* Tucker Barnhart 
Yan Gomes

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

# Ian Happ
Trey Mancini 
Seiya Suzuki
* Mike Tauchman

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

10-DAY IL: 1 
* Cody Bellinger, OF 

15-DAY IL: 2 
Brad Boxberger, P 
Nick Burdi, P  

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


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Rule 5 Draft 
Minor League Free-Agents


Recent comments

  • Finwe Noldaran 05/31/2023 - 05:18 pm (view)

    So, after riding great pitching and defense in taking the first 2 games, the only way we could lose against the best team in the MLB would be through mismanagement by David Ross? Oh, right; that actually totally tracks............

  • crunch 05/31/2023 - 05:14 pm (view)

    no hero...

  • crunch 05/31/2023 - 05:05 pm (view)

    need a hero with a bat right now...what's left at wrigley is trying to get into it.  2 on, 1 out...

  • crunch 05/31/2023 - 05:04 pm (view)

    they removed him with 59 pitches, 2 outs, and a man on 1st.   unless he was on a 60-ish pitch limit i'm not a fan of the move.  wesn wasn't missing by much when he was missing and looked pretty good.

  • crunch 05/31/2023 - 05:57 pm (view)

    4 pitch K!  nice.

  • crunch 05/31/2023 - 05:55 pm (view)

    bases loaded, it's fulmer time!

  • Childersb3 05/31/2023 - 05:51 pm (view)

    I'm with you Crunch

    I thought Wesneski deserved a chance to get out of the 7th. 

    But the real mistake Ross made was keeping Leiter in after giving up the 1st 2run bomb. He walks the next guy to start the 8th, and still gets to stay in. He could've come out since he finished the 7th (I believe). He didn't have it. It happens. But Ross let him stay. That's on David.

    And then Dansby and Happ strikeout with men RISP. Happ going down looking was rough. 

    He just wasn't aggressive.

  • crunch 05/31/2023 - 05:57 pm (view)

    FUUUUUUUUU....1 pitch, 1 homer, tie game.

  • crunch 05/31/2023 - 05:56 pm (view)

    why the hell is wesn being removed after 3.2ip?  they got him on a pitch count limit?

  • Eric S 05/31/2023 - 05:45 pm (view)

    Steele removed from game after 3 innings due to “left forearm tightness”.  Hopefully the elbow is structurally okay.