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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  • Charlie 51 min 33 sec ago (view)

    I hope "isn't happening" was more like, "we'd love to continue to discuss this soon"--after extensions/trades of younger players are a bit more sorted.

     

  • Charlie 54 min 42 sec ago (view)

    If only they had revenue from having recently won the World Series and a string of playoff appearances along with a new TV contract! Then they could really spend.

     

  • crunch 1 hour 11 min ago (view)

    i wish this team was owned by billionaires rather than these...oh, nevermind.

     

  • Dolorous Jon Lester 1 hour 49 min ago (view)

    Apparently Cubs were approached by Rizzo's agent about an extension. They told him it wasn't happening.

    Cubs organization is performing a master class in how to burn good will among fans!

     

  • Arizona Phil 15 hours 22 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 18 hours 33 min ago (view)

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

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

     

  • jdrnym 22 hours 50 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 23 hours 33 min ago (view)

    jeremy jeffress agrees.

     

  • Rob Richardson 1 day 3 hours ago (view)

    It's high time if you ask me.

     

  • crunch 1 day 3 hours 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 3 hours 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 13 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 17 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 17 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 16 hours ago (view)

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

    long time coming for miller.

     

  • crunch 2 days 21 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.