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 @ Athletics: Series Thread (Games 15-17)

The Cubs and their trio of former Dodgers took two out of three from the Dodgers in L.A. They next travel north to take on the 3-13 Oakland Athletics. Cody Bellinger and Patrick Wisdom have each begun to heat up a bit, and along with Seiya Suzuki reinforce the middle of the Cubs' lineup, which was carried by the table setters in the early going. See below for the daily matchups.

Game 15, Monday, April 17, 8:40 pm central

CHC: RHP Hayden Wesneski (0-0, 7.50 ERA)

OAK: LHP  Kyle Muller (0-0, 5.23 ERA)

Mucho de Zilcho at Papago Park

Luis Rujano hurled three innings of shutout ball for the Cubs and Daniel Tillo tossed three innings of shutout ball for the Giants, as the two teams played to a scoreless tie in Cactus League Extended Spring Training game action Saturday morning at the San Francisco Giants Papago Park Complex in Phoenix, AZ. 

The game was pre-planned as a seven-inning affair. 

In EXST Cubs roster news, RHP Bailey Reid has been moved up to Hi-A South Bend. 

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

Pimental Throws Goose Eggs at Cubs

SP Yoscar Pimental fired five innings of shutout ball, SS Jose Fernandez singled twice, scored a run, drove-in another, and collected eight assists including two "highlight-reel" defensive plays to help turn two double plays, Gary Mattis Jr belted an opposite-field solo HR, and Marco Pernalete drilled a two-run single, as the Diamondbacks Black squad defeated the Cubs 5-1 in Cactus League Extended Spring Training game action Friday afternoon on Field #6 at the Riverview Baseball Complex in Mesa, AZ.

Pagan Goes Yard at Sloan Park

Ezequiel Pagan smacked a game-tying two-run HR over the RF bullpen and SP Jackson Ferris and three relievers combined to hurl a five-hitter for the Cubs, and SP Lorenzo Encarnacion fired four perfect innings and Cristofer Torin singled twice, stole two bases, and drove-in a run for the Diamondbacks Red squad, as the two teams played to a 2-2 tie in Cactus League Extended Spring Training game action Thursday afternoon at Sloan Park (it was the EXST Cubs home opener). 

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

Cubs @ Dodgers: Series Thread (Games 12-14)

The Cubs took two out of three from the Mariners at Wrigley and depart for the West Coast a game over .500, at 6-5. A day off on Thursday will give Dansby Swanson and Seiya Suzuki 24 more hours to be ready for game action before the team begins the six-game road trip. See below for matchups.

Game 12: Friday, April 14, 9:10 pm central

CHC: LHP Justin Steele (1-0, 0.75 ERA)

LAD: RHP Noah Syndergaard (0-1, 6.30 ERA)

Cubs Edge Giants in Extended Spring Training Opener at Papago Park

Ezequiel Pagan laced an opposite-field RBI double off the LF fence in the 1st inning and an RBI single in the 3rd, Geuri Lubo drilled three singles, scored two runs, and drove-in another, Adan Sanchez singled twice and drove-in a run, and Jefferson Rojas ripped an RBI double and drew a walk, as the Cubs edged the Giants 7-6 in Cactus League Extended Spring Training Opening Day action Monday afternoon at the San Francisco Giants Papago Park Complex in Phoenix, 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 three are on the 15-DAY IL, one is on the 10-DAY IL, and ten are on OPTIONAL ASSIGNMENT to minors  

Last updated 6-3-2023
* bats or throws left
# bats both

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

Miguel Amaya
* 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 
Ben Brown, P 
Alexander Canario, OF 
Brennen Davis, OF 
Ryan Jensen, P 
Caleb Kilian, P  
Nick Madrigal, INF 
Michael Rucker, P 
Keegan Thompson, P 
Nelson Velazquez, OF

10-DAY IL: 1 
* Cody Bellinger, OF 

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

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


Minor League Rosters
Rule 5 Draft 
Minor League Free-Agents


Recent comments

  • KingKongvsGodzilla 06/05/2023 - 06:21 pm (view)

    Thanks as always, AZPhil. Here’s to a loud summer from these guys! 

  • crunch 06/05/2023 - 06:13 pm (view)

    ive never seen hendricks have less fun on the mound, even in games where he's done worse.

  • Finwe Noldaran 06/05/2023 - 06:55 pm (view)

    Good call on both there! Which ump is it?

  • Finwe Noldaran 06/05/2023 - 06:54 pm (view)

    Case in point on the error right there, can't really see Morel doing worse than that.......

  • crunch 06/05/2023 - 06:43 pm (view)

    1.1 innings.  hope you got your bets in early.

  • Finwe Noldaran 06/05/2023 - 06:31 pm (view)

    Why can't Morel play 3B instead of Wisdom?

  • First.Pitch.120 06/05/2023 - 06:26 pm (view)

    Hendricks better hammer the outside edge & see what calls he gets. 

    Also want to see YG’s PAs… being DH is the perfect role to express displeasure. 

  • First.Pitch.120 06/05/2023 - 06:22 pm (view)

    Buckle in for a long night… it’s the Ump Show!

    Over/Under on Ross getting tossed?  

  • Finwe Noldaran 06/05/2023 - 06:13 pm (view)

    For your 2nd point:

    A 2025 lineup before free agents would consist of 13 players from this group:

    CF PCA/Alcantara 

    RF Suzuki/Velazquez/Davis

    LF Happ/Cassie/Perlaza/Roederer 

    2B Hoerner/Murray Jr./Strumpf 

    3B Morel/Slaughter/Vazquez 

    SS Swanson  

    1B Mervis/Murray Jr./McGeary 

    C Amaya/Aliendo

    (Hoerner, Swanson, Happ, and Suzuki would likely only move to another position than where they are currently if somehow a better option was available defensively)

  • Finwe Noldaran 06/05/2023 - 06:43 pm (view)

    I'm all aboard the Ohtani train as a free agent. 

    For right now, it IS Jed's fault that Dross only has what he has to field a lineup; but not playing these young guys everyday is just sheer ignorance, and totally on Dross, unless he's being given explicit instructions to not play the young guys, which I find highly improbable. Morel, Amaya, and Mervis should play all games but maybe once a week, if only to see what they have; look at Morel last game, he walked twice, prayerfully that's him adjusting. Mervis can't adjust if he's not playing. Barnhart should be there as a mascot, same with Rios, Mancini, and Mastrobuoni; the players with potential upside (Mervis, Amaya, Morel) need to play against both right and left handed SP's. I could go on, but then I'd digress.......