Reds @ Cubs: Castillo vs Quintana (Game 149) 

CIN (63-86): RHP Luis Castillo (9-12, 4.66) 
CHC (87-61): LHP José Quintana (13-9, 3.97) 
First pitch: 1:20pmCST 

Quintana beat the Brewers (6.2 IP, 0 ER) on Tuesday. He’s 2-1 with a 3.18 in three starts against the Reds this season. Overall, they are 27-96 (.281) against him. Votto is 4-11.

Castillo held the Dodgers to 1 ER in 6.1 innings for the win his last time out. He’s 1-1 with a 6.00 in four starts against the Cubs this season. For their careers, these Cubs are 25-92 (.272) against him. Happ is 4-4.

Hendricks and Corbin tomorrow in Arizona at 8:40pmCST.

Go Cubs! 


j.heyward activated...and la stella has a sore back so he's scratched from today's lineup...

how is this team in 1st place?

are 80 of the 87 wins 1 run games?

contreras not respecting 90...and almost getting thrown out at 2nd after watching his hit off the wall from home plate for about 8 seconds before starting to run.

also, there's a fan at the game with a #95 chad noble jersey...i have no idea why...

I hope Joe reams him out for that.  As much as Contreras has been hurting the team with his offense and defense lately, he needs to bust it out of the box every time.  Inexcusable. 

Agreed.  Even if he hit the ball 500 ft off the center field scoreboard, when you are playing like crap and effectively benched, you don’t stand there admiring your beauty work.  He needs to get his head on straight.

Not going to defend the lapse in hustle, but we're still talking about a guy who is 4th in baseball in WAR for catcher,  .2 away from second.  Willson hitting a double is pretty low on my list of worries for the club...

"we haven't seen any wildly stupid baserunning in a while." - cubs fans

"hold my beer.  i got you, fam." - daniel murphy

cubs lose, brews play tonight for those that still care.

If the Cubs play .500 ball the rest of the season (which they've been doing since Aug 1st), the Cards have to go like 13-1 to tie them.

Magic # to clinch a WC spot is 8, pending the STL game tonight.

Greinke pitched today, Corbin on Monday vs Hendricks.

Montgomery vs tbd on Tues.

Ray vs Hamels on Wed.

Thursday - NO GAME

schwarber will not travel with the team to ARZ...hopes to rejoin the action friday+ vs wsox.

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  • jdrnym 5 hours 15 min ago (view)

    All makes sense, but I think there is one important point of clarification in there -- are you using "practice squad" and "Club Player Pool" interchangeably? If so, I understood the first sentence of your third-to-last paragraph above to mean that Mills/Sadler/Underwood could be outrighted and still be in the Pool, therefore retaining their eligibility to re-selected to the major league active roster later in the season.


  • Arizona Phil 7 hours 41 min ago (view)

    jdrnym: Zack Short is still on Optional Assignment to the minors (as are Alzolay, M. Amaya, R. Garcia, Maples, T. Miller, Norwood, Rea, M. Rodriguez, and Steele), but he can be recalled at any time without restriction (no "ten-day rule") because he was optioned to the minors prior to the transaction freeze in March. 


  • crunch 12 hours 3 min ago (view)

    the toles update is worse than his troubled past.  toles has been diagnosed bipolar + schizophrenia and has been in/out of institutions over the past couple years.  he can't seem to stick to any program long enough to get good treatment.

    hope he turns whatever corner he needs to in order to get enough treatment to decide what kind of future he'd like to have.


  • Dolorous Jon Lester 14 hours 54 min ago (view)

    Those two are definitely on more precarious ground once the roster is trimmed to 26, I would say.


  • jdrnym 14 hours 56 min ago (view)

    Right, just went through the roster quick. Underwood, Sadler, same deal.


  • Dolorous Jon Lester 17 hours 13 min ago (view)

    Can't answer the Short thing. But I'd agree with your assessment of Mills if he weren't basically a lock to make the roster.


  • jdrnym 17 hours 20 min ago (view)

    Is Zack Short's official designation still "on optional assignment" even though he's not on the Pool? If so, he can't just be recalled even though he's on the 40-man roster, right?

    And someone like Alec Mills who's on the Pool and out of options... he's virtually locked onto the active roster because he can't get taken off (via an outright) and remain eligible to be re-added. Seems like the kind of player you'd prefer to leave off the initial Pool.


  • crunch 17 hours 44 min ago (view)

    though he went to the hospital for treatment he was never admitted, so he's yet another person who got dragged hard by Covid, but who's case isn't showing up in the hospital admission, ICU bed, or death numbers most of us are looking at.

    there's a whole slew of people who have had to shut down their lives for 2-4-6-etc weeks to get over this that are falling outside of the numbers we're tracking most closely.


  • Cubster 18 hours 14 min ago (view)

    "In yet another reminder of how insidious this particular disease can be, Hottovy says he had acted quite cautiously in public before coming down with it. Fortunately, he was able to self-isolate and avoid transmitting it to his family."


  • crunch 19 hours 25 min ago (view)

    it'll be interesting to see how things go down when people have to start playing games in AZ.  they're damn close to being "early NYC level" screwed with a lack of planning and action.

    with the early plan of playing games in AZ/FL, they could have been huge economic winners with 15+ teams playing all their games in AZ (and spring training 2.0).  now it's looking like some teams may not even want to fly into AZ for a few dozen "away" games.


  • crunch 19 hours 40 min ago (view)

    cubs pitching coach tommy hottovy was diagnosed with covid-19 earlier this spring, but he is currently assumed fully recovered.

    he had a 100+ degree temperature for 6 days, lost 18 pounds, and it took 30 days for him to test negative.

    he's 38 years old, btw.


  • Hagsag 1 day 2 hours ago (view)

    Bravo Crunch!


  • crunch 1 day 18 hours ago (view)

    at least the cubs got elston back for pretty much nothing.  also, ha.


  • Rob Richardson 2 days 13 min ago (view)

    How many coachs, managers, and other "tier 1" individuals around the league are in higher risk groups? 


  • Rob Richardson 2 days 21 min ago (view)

    Well said Crunch.


  • Cubster 2 days 1 hour ago (view)

    1956 Cub Hoax...

    Hit .215, 5 HR. Age 28 season