Cubs vs. Angels: Hamels vs. Skaggs (Game 13)

CHC (4-8): LHP Cole Hamels (1-0)

LAA (7-6): LHP Tyler Skaggs (1-1)

First pitch 1:20pmCDT

The Cubs take on the Angels in a weekday matinee attended, presumably, by truants and the unemployed. There’s no rain in the forecast for these rapscallions.

The Angels come into town in third pace, shocked by Seattle’s hot start (13-2). What remains of future Hall of Famer Albert Pujols gets the start at 1B. Mike Trout is out with a groin injury, unfortunately for fans and fortunately for Cubs’ pitchers.

Cole Hamels takes the mound for his third start of 2019. Three walks issued in the latter start have been the difference between good and bad. He’s defied his age so far with the Cubs, looking like an ace at times and maintaining his velocity surprisingly well for someone beginning his 14th major-league season. The Cubs have returned to normalcy lately, and Hamels needs to keep that going. Jonathan Lucroy is 8-21 against him with 2 HR (1.242 OPS). Simmons is 5-35 against the lefty.

Tyler Skaggs made a career high 24 starts in 2018 and is in search of his first MLB season not limited by injury. Every Cub but Rizzo (0-3) will be facing him for the first time. Lineups are already posted, and Heyward takes the day off while Schwarber gets a start in the 8-spot against the lefty. Zagunis gets a rare start.

Caratini, one of last night’s offensive heroes, is going to hit the IL with an injury to his left hand.

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amora/bryant/rizzo/baez/contreras/bote/zag(RF)/schwarber/ham

t.davis called up.  caratini left hamate fracture confirmed.

Caratini surgery is Monday.

Almora had the same injury when he was in the minors and was back in 4-5 weeks. The surgery excises the broken fragment as it’s too small to heal with any fixation such as a screw, plus the results are good with no long term residual with excision. The fragment that breaks is called the hook of the hamate.

welcome to wrigley field t.skaggs.

we're on day/game 2 of some mic on the cubs broadcast playing a constant buzzing noise somewhat lightly in the background.

c'mon guys...fix your stuff.  it sounds like a field of cicadas.

sweet..returned from break with the issue resolved (for now)

Toy Story Infinity starring Buzz Lightly? On a Sinclair channel coming to you next year.

ha.

last night i was worried my TV was on it's way out until i checked twitter and saw others were sharing my misery.  today i was at work with earbuds in and it was especially annoying.

cubs win!

these last 2 games have been good for the soul.

Baseball is a lot more fun when the rotation performs. Really nice to see 10 groundball outs and 0 walks from Hamels. More of that.

Alburt Pujols's wraith can still hit dingers, if anyone was wondering.

As harsh and prolonged as his decline with the Angels has been, I will never stop being impressed with what a tremenouds hitter he was in his prime.

he's got 2 more seasons after this one unless he's cut.  it doesn't seem like he's ready to take his broken down body home without being forced to do so.

he should catch/pass mays (5th) on the career HR list, but arod (4th) will probably be out of reach.

great piece headlining mlb.com most of today...it's worth a read if you have some time to spare.

"They had 1 career AB, 1 career hit. Nothing else."

https://www.mlb.com/news/mlb-ultimate-one-hit-wonders

....includes ex-cub roe skidmore (1970) who sinlged in his one and only MLB plate appearance.  they have fake/mock baseball cards for the 5 players they profile, but it's worth mentioning to those that care about baseball cards that roe skidmore does have a legit 1971 topps card.

Interesting and a good read.

eloy hit his 1st MLB homer tonight @NYY...and his 2nd...

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  • Arizona Phil 13 hours 17 min ago (view)

    jdlym: The contract Brad Brach signed with the Mets includes a $850K base salary for 2020, a $1.25M club option for 2021, $400K in potential performance bonuses in 2020, potentially $2.25M in 2021 salary accelerators, and $500K in potential performance bonuses in 2021, so ordinarily the Cubs salary obligation to Brach would be the difference between Brach's new 2020 base salary ($850K) and what would have been his 2020 player option salary ($1.35M) if he hadn't been released by the Cubs. 

     

  • crunch 16 hours 28 min ago (view)

    d.ross meets the media at winter meetings...video/audio

    https://www.pscp.tv/w/1ypKdBvlvzyJW

     

  • jdrnym 20 hours 45 min ago (view)

    Hey AZPhil, when a player is released with money/years still remaining on his contract, does his next team *have* to give him the prorated major league minimum or can they offer more (meaning the original club owes less) to "outbid" other teams that may have had interest? I'm assuming that's what happened with Brad Brach, where the Mets signed him for 2020 at $850,000.

     

  • crunch 21 hours 28 min ago (view)

    jeremy jeffress agrees.

     

  • Rob Richardson 1 day 1 hour ago (view)

    It's high time if you ask me.

     

  • crunch 1 day 1 hour ago (view)

    as awesome as bryant is, it would probably be good for the cubs to find him a new home before his play at 3rd turns him into a corner OF'r...which seems inevitable sooner than later.

    i'm still impressed how much his D improved since he was drafted, but he's already losing a step at the position early in his career.

     

  • crunch 1 day 1 hour ago (view)

    minor league ballplayers will no longer have to worry about getting suspended for testing positive for weed...it's off the prohibited substances list.

    about time.

     

  • Arizona Phil 1 day 11 hours ago (view)

    3B Alec Bohm and RHSP Spencer Howard would likely be the Cubs asking price and the Phils probably say no, but if they don't say no, that could be a deal. 

     

  • crunch 1 day 15 hours ago (view)

    Bruce Levine @MLBBruceLevine
    Cubs have had talks with Phils on Bryant. Nothing there at the moment. Service time grievance still an issue.

     

  • bradsbeard 1 day 15 hours ago (view)

    Humerous 30 minutes this morning when both Mark Gonzalez and Gordon Wittenmyer tweeted out that the Cubs would be receiving Conor Lillis-White as the PTBNL in the Tommy La Stella trade as if it were just now happening. 

     

  • crunch 2 days 14 hours ago (view)

    marvin miller and ted simmons are part of the next HOF class.

    long time coming for miller.

     

  • crunch 2 days 19 hours ago (view)

    things that are important to good on-field play like buying up all the property around wrigley field, from rooftops to acerage, isn't going to monetize itself.

    i know some people would love to have a top tier pitcher, but i'm looking forward to more control of rooftop advertising and an open air beer garden near the team owned hotel and resturant complexes.

    i know some people want a solid leadoff man, but i'm looking forward to seeing 10-20 concerts on off-days destroying the playing field so that extra revenue can help a polician in Nebraska or Iowa get some ad buys.

     

  • Hagsag 2 days 20 hours ago (view)

    Their friend Donald will come through for them.

     

  • crunch 2 days 20 hours ago (view)

    remember when the billionaire owners got a huge double digit tax cut?

    maybe the city should do them a favor and give them more tax savings help to let them buy and build another 2-3 revenue projects outside of the park.  that might help these struggling heroes find some extra loot.

    i know this rant isn't fair, but my "dan winkler got a MLB contract fever" is dying down a bit.

     

  • crunch 2 days 20 hours ago (view)

    f'real.  i don't even know why they're going to bother playing games.  i'm over here printing Cubs 2020 World Series Champs banners while others are sleeping on reality.

     

  • Dolorous Jon Lester 2 days 21 hours ago (view)

    Just saw a fun report that the Cubs are telling even budget type free agents they can't currently negotiate until they clear some payroll. So that's a fun start to the winter meetings.