Cubs @ Diamondbacks: Hendricks vs. Ray (Game 24)

CHC (12-11): RHP Kyle Hendricks (1-3, 3.54 ERA)
ARZ (15-11): LHP Robbie Ray (0-1, 3.95 ERA)
First pitch 8:40pmCDT

It's a rematch, following the Cubs 2-1 series win at Wrigley this past weekend. Hendricks got his first win in that series, going 7 IP with 11 strikeouts and generally looking like he'd figured some things out. He allowed only 5 baserunners an was backed by the Cubs offense for 5 runs to beat Merrill Kelly.

Robbie Ray pitched a shortly thereafter but was out-dueled by Tyler Chatwood(!). Ray held the Cubs to 1 run in 6 innings on 4 hits and a 1 walk. The Cubs squeaked out the win thanks to Baez's aggressive baserunning and David Bote's 9th-inning magic.

The Cubs' offense couldn't back a solid pitching performance yesterday. Arizona is reputed not to be the bandbox that it once was, but the Cubs offense has OPS-ed .851 on the road compared to .711 at home. On the other hand, Cubs' pitching clearly has preferred home cooking. They've been top 3 at home by most measures and in the bottom 3rd on the road. I propose that position players steal some hotel soaps and towels and that the pitchers bring their familiar toilet seats on the road. It can't hurt.

It will be Darvish vs. Godley on Saturday and Quintana vs. Weaver for the Sunday matinee.


LHRP Randy Rosario has been optioned to AAA Iowa, which means one of the rehabbing pitchers (Montgomery, Cedeno, or Barnette) will likely be reinstated from the IL prior to tonight's game in Phoenix. 

Cubs have recalled RHRP Dillon Maples from AAA Iowa (he replaces Randy Rosario on the 25). 

AZ Phil and Mrs. AZ Phil will be at tonight's Cubs - D'backs game at Chase Field. Please feel free to stop by and say hello. We will be the ones wearing Cubs hats.  

It's not an Extended Spring Training game, but I guess it will have to do. 

I saw you. You look kind of like Robert Redford before he aged.


zag finally gets another start.  nice.

watching the TOR broadcast waiting for the late game...they are vlad jr crazy tonight.  he picked up a lazy foul ball grounder in very ordinary manner in the top 2nd for his 1st "play" of the game and got a cheer/ovation.  his 1st AB coming up soon...

HUGE full-park standing O as he walks to the plate.  vlad sr is bursting with pride.  "vladdy" chant going big...

...and he grounds out...and gets a standing O.

if he hits a homer tonight the rogers center might collapse.

damn...2nd AB he missed a homer by a few feet on a leaping catch in LF.  he got crazy lift on that considering he hit it pulled off the end of the bat.  that 80 hit tool with power could be scary stuff when he matures.

d.maples walks 2 guys to lead off the inning, then Ks 3 in a row...that is peak dylan maples.

welcome back discount bin carlos marmol.

Dillon Maples is unhittable

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  • bradsbeard 10 hours 59 min ago (view)

    Things won't get easier for him pitching outside of the former AT&T park, though Chase isn't the band box it was before they installed a humidor a couple years ago. 


  • crunch 11 hours 55 min ago (view)

    dbacks snag m.bumgarner for 5/85m (17m/yr).

    didn't realize he'd be coming that cheaply.  the longball stung him last year, but he was healthy and his stuff looked good when it wasn't flying over a fence.


  • crunch 1 day 13 hours ago (view)

    MLB is very much swinging their power over minor league teams around.


  • tim815 1 day 14 hours ago (view)

    Normally, it's because the minor fee they receive is of more value than they think they will be able to acquire later.


  • JustSayin' 1 day 15 hours ago (view)

    My, the negotiations for a new comprehensive agreement between MLB and MiLB are sounding nasty all of a sudden!  I'd be interested in other takes on this.  It's easy to see the risks on the MiLB side.  I wonder though, if MLB isn't playing with fire as far as the antitrust exemption goes?  In case Trump isn't president in January, 2021, the MLB owners lose a friend.  We've already heard from Sanders and Warren supporting MiLB on this -- which is pretty amazing, considering how many bigger problems this country has -- and one can guess where mayor Pete stands.


  • bradsbeard 1 day 21 hours ago (view)

    I'm also thinking they really didn't anticipate losing two players in the MLB portion of the Rule 5 and wanted to have more flexibility to pick guys, and they maybe figured Carrera had a better shot to go unpicked. It is a little surprising that the talent rich Rays are the ones who grabbed him. 


  • Dolorous Jon Lester 1 day 22 hours ago (view)

    It's just strange because they had space. maybe they thought no one would have wanted him?


  • bradsbeard 2 days 6 hours ago (view)

    Best I can think is that maybe he was going to be squeezed out of a starting role next year with 2019 draftees and other lower level pitching pushing up into A ball. Doesn't seem like a great reason, but the pitching in the system is getting more crowded each year.


  • crunch 2 days 14 hours ago (view)

    i truly wonder why f.carrera wasn't more of a priority.

    he throws straight up junk, but he's got great control and command over his pitchers.  he's young enough that he could find some more velocity, too.

    i mean, this is a management team that decided to trade for dan haren and kyle hendricks.  they don't have an aversion to slow-tossing starters.


  • Dolorous Jon Lester 2 days 15 hours ago (view)

    Has anyone else noticed James Norwood's picture on the Cubs top 30 prospects page is actually Brandon Kintzler?


  • Arizona Phil 2 days 17 hours ago (view)

    It's always interesting to see how many players each MLB club protects on its AAA affiliate's 38-man reserve list on 11/20.

    I'm not saying it absolutely and necessarily proves what a club thinks of its own prospects, but there are 38 slots available on a AAA reserve list, and if you leave 15 slots open, I think that does say something, especially when you don't lose anybody in either the MLB Phase or in the AAA Phase. (I'm looking at you, Seattle Mariners!) 


  • Arizona Phil 2 days 18 hours ago (view)

    HAGSAG: Instructs starts next month. The pitching lab operates year round, so guys are always coming & going. 


  • Hagsag 2 days 20 hours ago (view)

    Phil, when does the Instructional program begin? Are there pitchers in the pitching lab now?


  • cubbies.4ever 3 days 7 hours ago (view)

    Just to continue my conspiracy theory that Theo has a requirement you have TJS to pitch for the Cubs Trevor Megill had it in 2013.  The Cubs must have a support group for pitchers who have had TJS.


  • Arizona Phil 3 days 9 hours ago (view)

    After losing two players off the Iowa reserve list in the Major League Phase and selecting four players in the AAA Phase, the Iowa reserve list has one slot open, so now would be an excellent time to try and outright C. D. Pelham to AAA.

    Keep in mind that he can't elect free-agency if he's outrighted, and if he is outrighted, he won't be a minor league free-agent until post-2021.

    And if he gets claimed off waivers? No big deal.  


  • Arizona Phil 3 days 9 hours ago (view)

    LHSP Faustino Carrera and 2B Carlos Sepulveda were among the first players signed by the Cubs out of Mexico in 2014-15. The Cubs ended up signing more than two dozen more Mexican players over the next three years.