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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  • Cubster 5 hours 56 min ago (view)

    per Tribune: Kimbrel's OK, just working on his changeup (formerly his fastball).


  • Arizona Phil 18 hours 16 min ago (view)

    The Cubs have released RHRP (and their erstwhile closer) Brandon Morrow. There is no indication that they plan to re-sign him to another (different) 2020 minor league contract without the Article XX-B $100K retention bonus provision (as happened with Jason Kipnis last week).  


  • crunch 21 hours 43 min ago (view)

    rizzo takes another day off (lower back).  ross says the club is "exercising caution."

    klye ryan is expected to join the team tomorrow after some mysterious holdup.


  • Ryno 22 hours 20 min ago (view)

    Has anyone seen Darvish's pitch "The Supreme"?  Isn't it just a sinker?


  • Ryno 22 hours 28 min ago (view)

    In other words:  This lineup sucks.


  • Arizona Phil 22 hours 45 min ago (view)

    Jason Kipnis was released on June 29th and then he was re-signed to a new (different) 2020 minor league contract that does not require a $100K retention bonus if he is not added to the Cubs MLB Reserve List by 2020 MLB Opening Day (7/23).  

    Brandon Morrow remains on his original 2020 minor league contract which pays him a $100K retention bonus if he is not released by 7/18 or added to the Cubs MLB Reserve List by 7/23. 


  • Eric S 22 hours 50 min ago (view)

    There is that re Kimbrel - at worst, just another year on the books.

     July 1st is Bobby Bonilla Day - the day that check is cut and paid annually. 


  • Cubster 22 hours 56 min ago (view)

    On the bright side regarding Kimbrel. It doesn't have the lasting bad side as the Mets arrangement with Bobby Bonilla. Unless they want to re-negotiate Kimbrel's terms.


  • Eric S 1 day 22 min ago (view)


    Watching the last night's highlight clip was not encouraging either as discussed here:


  • crunch 1 day 4 hours ago (view)

    i still can't believe this front office paid anyone 16m a year to throw 60-70ip...


  • Eric S 1 day 14 hours ago (view)

    Unfortunately, Kimbrel in Cub mid season form as well, giving up a two out, two run oppo homer to Willson. 

    Kimbrel Cub stats which I tried to bury but were dug up again: gave up a career high 9 home runs in only 20 2/3 inning, averaged a career high 9.1 hits allowed per 9 innings and served up a 6.53 ERA for his troubles. And no full spring training build up period again.  Still hopeful he's got something left in the tank this year and next but man, he's got my full attention going into the season


  • BobbyD 1 day 14 hours ago (view)

    Hmm. Never thought about it that way. Maybe it is a very stable genius? 


  • crunch 1 day 17 hours ago (view)

    maybe he's hoping it'll be bad enough to flip the population odometer over to 0 after humanity is wiped from the planet.  let's give him more time to see if he's right before we get too down on him.


  • crunch 1 day 17 hours ago (view)

    "Shohei Ohtani threw just 15 of his 50 pitches for strikes in an intrasquad game Tuesday.  Trent Rush had him at eight walks, a hit by pitch and six wild pitches before he was shut down for a day. "



  • crunch 1 day 17 hours ago (view)

    anthony rizzo is in mid-season form.

    he sat out today with lower back tightness.


  • BobbyD 1 day 18 hours ago (view)

    Well, back in February (I think; that was about 17 years ago now), our diaper staining commander in his own mind declared we had 15 cases in the U.S. and that would quickly go to zero. 130k dead and rapidly rising now 4 months later I still have brain dead neighbors in SoCal saying if Biden gets elected we're screwed. I wonder what they think screwed looks like.