Cubs @ Diamondbacks: Quintana vs. Weaver (Game 26)

CHC (13-12): José Quintana (3-1, 3.21 ERA)
ARZ (16-12): Luke Weaver (2-1, 3.33 ERA)
First pitch 3:20pmCDT

Quintana starts the rubber game in search of a 4th straight quality start. He's gone 7 in each of his last three games and stuck out 25 batters while walking only 3 in those 21 innings. Adam Jones has given him trouble in the past. He has 9 hits including 2 homeruns in 17 ABs.

Weaver has been good for the D-Backs since coming over in the Goldschmidt trade. Last time out he held the Pirates to 1 run in 6.1 IP. He's only given up 2 homeruns in 27 innings of work this season. The Cubs must've beat up on him the last two seasons; Zobrist, Rizzo, Heyward, and Baez all have OPS of 1.000 or higher against him.

The off day tomorrow allows the Cubs to leave it on the field today. They'll swing over to Seattle for a 2-games series Tuesday and Wednesday.

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a.reyes (STL) broke his left pinky finger after his game thursday night (AAA) punching a wall.

being a true professional, he was punching walls with his non-throwing hand.

out 3-4 weeks.

the oft-injured, once upon a time mega-prospect is having a horrible comeback as it relates to his command/control.  he doesn't turn 25 for a few months.

to extras!

think this is the first extra inning game for the cubs this season.

contreras attempting to steal home on a toss back to the pitcher from the catcher.

i have no words.

no, it didn't work.

I liked it. It was a closer play than I would've thought.

I agree it was worth trying given how hapless the offense had looked over the several innings prior to that play.

2 groundouts...then walks the bases loaded.

maples!

97-98 mph Chatwood for closer?!? Wow

2019...oh no, the bases are loaded...better bring in chatwood.

also 2019...hopefully we can hang onto this one and maybe heyward's bat can send us home.

also also 2019...chatwood hits a double in the 15th inning and eventually comes around to score to give the cubs the lead.

zobrist 2r triple...so awesome.

phewwwwwwwwwwwwwww... wow...heart attack win.

"that 45th out can be the toughest." - jd

14-12, cubs move into 2nd place (2.5 back from STL), day off tomorrow, late game @SEA on tuesday...

jd cracks me up on a regular basis.

The Chatwood game - he takes no prisoners!

Alan Webster and hanging sliders begging to be crushed. Oh man. 

I-Cubs had a 15 run first inning yesterday including 2 grand slams and a 2 run HR. Addison Russell was 2-2 w a double and HR.

Time for a Mike Wellman eye witness report!

Had to leave after Game 1. Gotta be the MLB balls.

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  • crunch 7 hours 33 min ago (view)

    in all honesty, the team is spending a healthy amount that i only jokingly complain about...but...it was not just fans talking about the extra perks the new revenue streams and tv contract would open.  it was ownership and front office at points in the past bringing it up.

     

  • George Altman 8 hours 57 min ago (view)

    What's pretty obvious is that the Cubs 2020 salary budget is $208m AAV.  Whatever Theo/Jed can field with that number (existing players, trades, and/or signings). They could generate $100m from Marquee, concerts, Wrigleyville, etc and it's NOT going to translate into more $$$ for players.  Very sad, frustrating, and maddening. 

     

  • crunch 12 hours 52 min ago (view)

    maybe if the cubs can squeeze a 5th in-season concert at wrigley they can sign addison russell.

     

  • Charlie 13 hours 32 min ago (view)

    Morosi reporting that the Reds are favorites for Castellanos. Seems like a good direction for them if they can deal with his defense in LF. They look to have the best sarting rotation in the division (or close to it) as things stand. If they can squeeze more offense out of the OF and skate by with their bullpen, they could hang reasonably close to the Cards-Brewers-Cubs pack. I'll be curious to see how much money they throw at him if they do sign him. Being younger has to get him more money than Ozuna, right?

     

  • Charlie 16 hours 33 min ago (view)

    Sure would be nice to rehab a player and then have them stick around and help out the team. Fingers crossed for Souza.

     

  • Arizona Phil 19 hours 24 min ago (view)

    BRADSBEARD: Unfortunately the video doesn't show how his knee looked the day after the workout, whether he can run and take BP two days in a row, if he needs to take pain meds before or after he does physical activity, and/or if he has to have his knee drained every couple of weeks. 

     

  • crunch 1 day 8 hours ago (view)

    MLB released their 2020 prospect list...  http://m.mlb.com/prospects/2020/?list=prospects

    #51 nico hoerner

    #68 brailyn marquez

    #78 brennen davis

    #95 miguel amaya

     

  • bradsbeard 1 day 20 hours ago (view)

    I thought he might be getting a minor league deal or like you suggest be rehabbing from the IL to start the year. But Rosenthal tweeted yesterday that it's expected to be a major league deal and Souza's twitter account shows videos of him running bases, taking BP, etc. Supposedly has been running at 100% since November. 

     

  • crunch 2 days 8 hours ago (view)

    left handed tyler chatwood can go ahead and get picked in the rule5 if he puts up numbers like he has recently...

     

  • Arizona Phil 2 days 9 hours ago (view)

    I would think it would be a low base salary (maybe $1M) with performance bonuses based upon days spent on the MLB active list. 

     

  • Arizona Phil 2 days 9 hours ago (view)

    If the Cubs sign Steven Souza Jr to an MLB contract and he doesn't spend most or all of the 2020 season on the 60-day IL, he has Article XIX-A rights (he has accrued five-plus years of MLB Service Time) so even though he has two minor league options left he cannot be optioned (or outrighted) to the minors without his consent.

    Also, Souza will be an Article XX-B MLB FA post-2020 if he accrues at least 100 days of MLB Service Time in 2020 (and players do accrue MLB ST while on the IL), presuming there are no player, mutual, and/or club options in the contract. 

     

  • Arizona Phil 2 days 9 hours ago (view)

    This might be another rehab signing, like Smyly in 2018 and Graveman last year. 

     

  • Arizona Phil 2 days 9 hours ago (view)

    CRUNCH: That was why the D'backs non-tendered Souza even though they need outfielders. It was a really catastrophic knee injury. He's lucky if he can walk without a limp, much less run.   

     

  • Arizona Phil 2 days 9 hours ago (view)

    As I mentioned here last year when he was claimed off waivers, Pelham does not have the right to elect free-agency if he is outrighted and he will not be a minor league 6YFA until post-2021 (so he will be under club control through the 2021 season, and eligible for selection in the 2020 Rule 5 Draft if he is not added back to the 40 in the meantime). 

     

  • Wrigley Rat 2 days 9 hours ago (view)

    Pelham has cleared waivers and was assigned to Iowa.

     

  • crunch 2 days 12 hours ago (view)

    yeah, but he severely wrecked his left knee, like 3-4 different structures in his left knee.  he had to have a total reconstruction.

    he must have had something resembling a decent workout if he got a MLB deal, though...or the front office feels pressured to do something.  it's no secret the cubs checked in on his availabilty years ago so they do have a historical interest in him.

    found an article... https://www.mlb.com/news/steven-souza-jr-has-knee-...