Cubs @ Marlins: Quintana vs. López (Game 16)

CHC (6-9): LHP José Quintana (1-1, 5.14 ERA)
MIA (4-13): RHP Pablo López (1-2, 6.60 ERA)
First pitch 6:10pmCDT

Quintana is coming off a win against the angels in which he pitched 7 innings and struck out 11. He'll try to continue the stretch of decent starting pitching that the Cubs have sorely needed. The strikeouts in his last start stand out, but he also collected 8 SOs in 4 innings in his relief appearance on March 30. He sports a 14.14 K/9 and 4.50 BB/9. The Marlins have collectively slashed a paltry .200/.328/.382 against him in 55 at bats, with Starlin Castro contributing an 0-18 and 3 walks.

López makes his 4th start this season and the 14th of his MLB career. He's got a groundball repertoire (fastball/sinker, changeup, and curve), but he's collected 17 strikeouts in 15 IP this season, and he sends his fastball up there in the mid-90s. No Cub has faced him. He's posted reverse splits in the majors and the big difference is slugging. Given that sample isn't giant, I'd be surprised if Maddon takes it too much to heart. Still, it might be a good idea to get the low-ball hitting Bote in there. Contreras and Heyward continue to be the hot hands in the lineup.

.500 is on the horizon—go Cubs! (May this game .)


Good ole Starlin Castro.  Not that he was ever my favorite Cub, nor do I ever feel too bad for somebody who makes millions of dollars playing baseball but seriously, guy was part of really bad Cubs teams, then the mediocre/rebuilding Yankee teams and now the Marlins.  He has to own some sort of record for being part of a worst team winning %.

he just turned 29 a month ago...a very young elder of the game

Castro had 529 hits before he turned 23, so we thought he'd have a shot at 3,000.  Looks like he MIGHT get to 2,000.

Everybody echoes my feelings on SC... However, I do want to acknowledge that he had 2100+ PAs over 3 seasons ('11-'12-'13). Respect. 

so much of his hit game relies on busting his ass 110% to 1st on what would be outs for lazier or slower players.  i don't think that aspect of his game will age well when it comes to his hits.

Reliance on hitting pitches outside of the zone for singles also ages poorly.

Can/should the Cubs pick up Swihart? DFA'd by Bosox...

MIKE W: Blake Swihart would certainly fill a present need (athletic back-up catcher who can also play four-corners - 1B-3B-LF-RF), but the Cubs would have to pre-emptively acquire him via trade before he goes onto Outright Assignment Waivers, because otherwise he'll surely get claimed by another club with a better waiver claim priority than the Cubs have. And it might cost the Cubs a prospect like Trent Giambrone or P. J. Higgins to get Swihart in a trade. And if the Cubs were to acquire him, Swihart is out of minor league options. 



0ip 4h 1bb 0k, 1hbp, 8r/6er

that is one of the most impressively odd-in-the-worst-way pitching lines i've ever seen.

Somebody give me a nudge when one or preferably both of Bryzzo are batting above .250 - m’kay, thanks!

meanwhile heyward has a ob% around .450 and is tied for 2nd with baez for the team lead in homers.

7ip 6h 0bb 7k, 0r/er, 92 pitches

not bad for a spring training warmup vs a AAA team...oh wait, this MIA squad is a regular season MLB team...really?  okay.  good job Q.

The Brinson for Yelich trade sure is looking like a bust for Miami.  That is a bad team.  The type of team so bad that it will have somebody like Bryan Lehair (club for men) represent them at the All Star game.

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  • Eric S 4 hours 48 min ago (view)

    Definitely was time for Monty and/or Chatwood to move on.


  • crunch 4 hours 52 min ago (view)

    pretty much washes out the $$, but i was kinda sick of montgomery.  it's not much of a gamble for KC given that monty has club control years left.

    all D with a little pop...better option than t.davis, at least.

    hopefully this move isn't because contreras might be DL bound.


  • Eric S 4 hours 53 min ago (view)

    Per the internet, Cubs have traded for KC catcher Martin Maldonado. 🤷‍♂️ 

    Update: trade in exchange for Mike Montgomery

    Well that will clear up a spot in the bullpen at a minimum and perhaps kicks Descalso to the curb in the process to clear room on the bench for Maldonado 

    Well shit. Willson to the 10 day IL with a strained arch to the right foot (shakes angry fist at Rosario for his wildness at the root of this).  Guess Descalso will get to relax, strike out and eat sunflower seeds on the bench for a while longer. 


  • Eric S 5 hours 27 min ago (view)

    Just a putrid game in a lot of respects. Cubs futility against the Reds is highly annoying. 


  • crunch 5 hours 31 min ago (view)

    cubs lose, cards move into 2nd in the central.


  • Eric S 5 hours 31 min ago (view)

    Happ starting to make some noise in Iowa with a three hit night, with two homers (now 15 for the season), raising his average to .240 - I don’t think it’s been that high for several months.  I believe he’s had a number of multi-hit games the last couple of weeks to help bump up the average. 


  • Eric S 6 hours 1 min ago (view)

    Reds reliever Michael Lorenzen reminding Theo that he’s significantly better than both of Theo‘s big offseason acquisitions of Brach and Descalso in both pitching and hitting. Perhaps Brach is the better base runner?


  • crunch 6 hours 1 min ago (view)

    heyward - 1

    bat - 0


  • crunch 6 hours 8 min ago (view)

    bad D has directly resulted in at least 3 of tonight's reds runs.


  • Eric S 6 hours 10 min ago (view)

    Brach has inherited 15 runs - some how, some way, 50 of them have scored


  • Eric S 6 hours 18 min ago (view)

    I bet Hendricks wasn’t envisioning seeing both Rosario and Brach pitching in the 8th after leaving with a 3-2 lead after six.


  • Eric S 6 hours 32 min ago (view)

    Been a month since Rizzo hit a dinger. Tonight would be a good time to get off the schnide. 


  • Eric S 6 hours 42 min ago (view)

    First half Cubs showed up for the top of the seventh - yuck


  • crunch 6 hours 42 min ago (view)


    also, dude, cishek.


  • crunch 7 hours 9 min ago (view)

    can't think of a much better way to spend some loot, myself.  sounds awesome.


  • michael2z 7 hours 38 min ago (view)

    I try to go to a three-game series every year. I have been taking my son for years and began taking two of my grandsons the last four years and plan on bringing all three to a series next year. I was born and raised in the Chicago area and I still have family there (my cousins own the Twin Anchors restaurant in Old Town). 

    Yes, the cost is much, but the time with family is truly priceless. Trying to enjoy the time I’ve got left, hoping that the boys have a great time and memories to share for generations