Cubs. vs. Diamondbacks: Chatwood vs. Ray (Game 20)
CHC (9-10): RHP Tyler Chatwood (0-0, 6.00 ERA)
ARZ (11-10): LHP Robbie Ray (0-1, 4.64)
First pitch 1:20pmCDT
Chatwood makes his first start of 2019 after having the earlier opportunity yoinked away by a rain out. The official line is that the Cubs are playing the matchups by using Chatwood against ARZ and pushing Quintana back. But AZ Phil suggested they might also intend for ARZ to get a look at Chatwood for a potential trade. The key for Chatwood continues to be commanding his fastball.
Robbie Ray gets the ball for the D-Backs in his 5th start of the season. He's allowed more walks than hits so far, 15 BB and 14 H in 21.0 IP. He's held opposing batters to very low batting averages in the past 3 years, so patience will be especially important.
The cold wind we saw in the past two games has shifted and both teams will enjoy the warm afternoon and a breeze blowing out to center. I wish you all some holiday (Cub) homeruns.
Arizona Phil 6 min 13 sec ago (view)
18-year old SS Luis Verdugo last ten games for AZL Cubs #2 (45 PA): 429/467/881 with four doubles, five HR, and 18 RBI, including three three-hit games and one four-hit game among the ten games.
As I mentioned at the start of the AZL season in June, Verdugo is the Cubs #1 prospect in the AZL (see my comment in this thread from June 15th).
Arizona Phil 6 min 24 sec ago (view)
Both AZL Cubs #2 and AZL Athletics Gold win (big) in their games Saturday night and Dodgers Mota clinches one of the two remaining playoff slots with a win while Royals and Padres #1 lose. So it's AZL Cubs #1 vs AZL Cubs #2 at Sloan Park tomorrow afternoon (with game-time temperatures 110+), with Benjamin Rodriguez scheduled to pitch for Cubs #1 and Carlos Ocampo scheduled to start for Cubs #2.
crunch 1 hour 5 min ago (view)
oscar de la cruz since passing through waivers unclaimed...8 relief appearances
11.2ip 11h 2bb 16k, 2r/er (both earned runs in 1 appearance)
crunch 6 hours 9 min ago (view)
it's kinda crazy to think there's a chance pedro strop won't make the post season roster (yeah, the cubs have to get there first) unless he shows something different the next 5 weeks. it's been hard to watch.
crunch 9 hours 49 min ago (view)
yeah, and evidently they can't pitch either.
now we need a few stupid baserunning mistakes to go with this new look.
crunch 9 hours 59 min ago (view)
cubs can't field or hit anymore.
this is not a good late-season look.
Dolorous Jon Lester 10 hours 28 min ago (view)
What happened to Danny Hultzen this time??
crunch 10 hours 28 min ago (view)
Jackstraw 10 hours 38 min ago (view)
All whites are distinctive. And ugly.
Arizona Phil 11 hours 23 min ago (view)
There should be a number of good players and pitchers available off Outright Assignment Waivers over the next few days as non-contending clubs look to jettison payroll even if they can't get players back. The only problem is that the claiming club assumes 100% of the player's remaining pro-rated salary (albeit only one month's worth, unless the player is signed beyond 2019 and/or has a post-season buy-out).
Arizona Phil 12 hours 7 min ago (view)
BTW, Danny Zardon (signed by the Cubs out of Independent ball during Minor League Camp in March and converted from 3B to catcher at EXST) is now being converted to RHP in the AZL.
Arizona Phil 12 hours 7 min ago (view)
The AZL regular season concludes on Monday and the playoffs start on Tuesday and although AZL Cubs #1 has been eliminated, AZL Cubs #2 is right in the middle of the race to get one of the last two playoff slots.
Arizona Phil 13 hours 42 min ago (view)
Today is the last day of the DSL regular season. Neither DSL Cubs #1 nor DSL Cubs #2 qualified for the DSL playoffs.
Arizona Phil 1 day 2 hours ago (view)
RHP Kelvin Abreu (April 2019 IFA - Venezuela) had his contract voided and he has been released. He spent his entire pro career (four months) on the Restricted List.
Charlie 1 day 6 hours ago (view)
I didn't watch the game, but I see that Lester got knocked around despite a significant headwind from CF. That's a rare feat.
Arizona Phil 1 day 7 hours ago (view)
I think it's becoming increasingly likely that the Cubs will not exercise Lester's 2021 $25M option after next season (paying the $10M buy-out instead and direct the remaining $15M elsewhere). The 2021 $25M option automatically vests if Lester throws at least 400 IP over the course of 2019-20, but that isn't going to happen.