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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  • VA PHIL: It's not better to be a cheetah if you end up with a suspension that keeps you off the savannah for 80 games.  

    Arizona Phil 19 min 53 sec ago view
  • Rob Richardson 49 min 21 sec ago view
  • As long as you're one of the faster gazelles, it's probably ok!

    Charlie 58 min 27 sec ago view
  • "Best comp is a juvenile Thomson's Gazelle on the African savannah."

    It's better to be the cheetah in that scenario.

    VirginiaPhil 1 hour 18 min ago view
  • Thanks, Phil.

    K Dub 5 hours 27 min ago view
  • Hey Phil, I saw where the Cubs recently traded for some additional international pool money. Have they made any recent signings of note?

    azbobbop 11 hours 58 min ago view
  • He had no trouble logging SBs last summer, per the game logs. If he can hit a little bit......... 

    tim815 14 hours 54 min ago view
  • TIM: If you've never seen him, Rochest Cruz is a wiry and - VERY - fast second-baseman who looks like he's about 12 years old.

    He takes a lot of pitches and has a sort of slashing approach at the plate when he does swing (he pulled the 5th inning triple into the RF corner and it could have been an inside-the-park HR if the third base coach hadn't stopped him at 3rd because there was only one out).

    He is a very unusual player. Kind of like Fernando Kelli on uppers. 

    Arizona Phil 14 hours 54 min ago view
  • SONICWIND: If you disregard the affect it would have on club payroll (slight) and the player's minor league option years (substantial) and how it might impact the Cubs MLB 40-man roster later in the season (TBD), the actual best temporary replacement for David Bote for the two or three days he's on Paternity Leave who might enhance their chances to win would probably be Trent Giambrone, but I would be surprised if the Cubs were to add Giambrone to the 25 (and the 40) right now.

    Arizona Phil 15 hours 47 min ago view
  • Rochest Cruuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuz.

    He was fun to follow through the DSL last season.

    tim815 16 hours 22 min ago view
  • I hope the Cubs' financial situation isn't so dire that worrying about saving $25k is going to factor on what player they can call up that would best enhance their chances to win. 

    Sonicwind75 19 hours 10 min ago view
  • Fair call, and educational, as usual.

    We shall see.

    tim815 21 hours 27 sec ago view
  • Remember that when a minor league player with no previous MLB 40-man roster time is added to the 40 during the 2019 season, his minor league split salary is fixed at $45,300 for his first season on the 40, so if a player like Machin was to get a brief ride on the 25, it would require placing him on the 40 to do that, and once he is added to the 40 -- even if he is outrighted back to the minors after three days in Chicago -- his 2019 minor league salary would jump from about $18,000 (where it is now ) to $45,300, and I doubt that the Cubs would do that if they can just recall a player (Happ

    Arizona Phil 23 hours 30 min ago view
  • Did Court find a new team?

    Hagsag 1 day 1 hour ago view
  • Nice call. The perfect chance for a guy like that.

    tim815 1 day 2 hours ago view
  • Too bad Ryan Court isn’t around anymore. Always wanted him to get at least one day at Wrigley. 

    bradsbeard 1 day 10 hours ago view