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.

Comments

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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  • jdrnym 4 hours 34 min ago (view)

    Brad Brach signs with the Mets for $850K but the Cubs are paying $500K, per Ken Rosenthal. Wasn't his 2020 club only supposed to be on the hook for league minimum?

     

  • crunch 5 hours 11 min ago (view)

    when he got to the mets he suddenly learned how to throw with control (small sample size etc).  last year was not a fun bullpen year...

     

  • crunch 7 hours 28 min ago (view)

    Yeah, I've made myself familiar with a lot of the changes, but AZP's posts have both added more information and cleared up stuff I didn't fully grasp.  I appreciate the hell out of it.  Thanks Phil, thanks TCR.

     

  • bradsbeard 9 hours 10 min ago (view)

    Looks like Savant has his breaking pitch classified as a curve while Fangraphs calls it a slider. Suppose by ST he could have made everything over in the pitching lab, so who knows!

     

  • Arizona Phil 9 hours 26 min ago (view)

    Again, none of these rules (including the one that requires a pitcher to face a minimum of three batters or else record the final out of the inning) have been officially approved.  

    I think one possible caveat that might be added to the three-batter minimum rule would be that the pitcher can be replaced prior to facing three batters or recording the final out of the inning if the other team puts up a pinch-hitter. 

     

  • Arizona Phil 9 hours 30 min ago (view)

    Ptchers would also be treated differently under the new rules as far as the Injured list and Optional Assignment to the minors is concerned, with pitchers having to spend at least 15 days (up from 10 days) on the Injured List before being eligible to be reinstated and at least 15 days (up from 10 days) on Optional Assignment before being eligible to be recalled (inless the pitcher is being recalled to replace a pitcher on the 26-man roster who has been placed on an MLB inactive list).  

     

  • Arizona Phil 9 hours 31 min ago (view)

    SONICWIND: As the rule is proposed, prior to the start of each MLB regular season a club must designate all players on its Opening Day 26-man roster as either a "pitcher" or a "position player." A maximum of 13 can be designated as pitchers (14 pitchers max when rosters expand from 26 to 28 beginning on 9/1). 

    For players who come up during the season, the club must designate the player as either a pitcher or a position player when the player is placed on the MLB active list roster. 

     

  • Arizona Phil 9 hours 43 min ago (view)

    BRADSBEARD: Fangraphs shows the CT as his primary pitch in 2018 with the SL & FB (and an occasional CH) as his secondary pitches, with no CV at all. I guess I'll find out for sure in Spring Training. 

     

  • Sonicwind75 11 hours 11 sec ago (view)

    AZ Phil, thank you as always for the detailed information.  How is the "cannot be a pitcher" part of the rule to be enforced?  With a few two way players and the increasing amount of mop up innings being handled by position players it seems like there could be a gray area there.  What is preventing a team from stashing an athletic relief pitcher as a "5th outfielder" that could be a pinch runner and play a passable OF when needed but could also provide them with extra relief pitcher.  Anytime I hear of a new rule I always think of how Bill Billichek would circumvent it t

     

  • bradsbeard 11 hours 44 sec ago (view)

    AZ Phil, looking around Baseball Savant, it looks like Winkler now primarily throws a low 90s cutter, a 4-seamer that he throws a little harder (but is less effective), a curve and a sinker. The slider and change haven't been a major part of his repertoir the last two years. The cutter has been really effective the last two years but it looks like he lost command/effectiveness of his 4-seemer and curve last year For whatever reason  

     

  • bradsbeard 14 hours 20 min ago (view)

    They just signed this guy:

    https://twitter.com/mlbastian/status/1202973097223237632

     

  • Hagsag 15 hours 36 min ago (view)

    There seems to be a lot of player movement so far. Too bad the Cubs aren't involved.

     

  • Arizona Phil 1 day 7 hours ago (view)

    Beginning in 2019, a club must wait a minimum of seven days before it can place a player who was claimed off Outtright Assignment Waivers during the off-season back onto waivers, so because he was claimed off waivers on Wednesday 11/27, yesterday (Wednesday 12/4) was the first day the Cubs could place LHRP C. D. Pelham back onto Outright Assignment Waivers, and so tomorrow (Friday 12/6) is the first day the Cubs can send Pelham outright to the minors (if he was placed back onto waivers yesterday).

     

  • Arizona Phil 2 days 4 hours ago (view)

    A Competitive Balance draft slot can be traded only during a period of time starting on December 2nd and extending up until two hours prior to the MLB First-Year Player Draft (MLB Rule 4 Draft), so don't be surpised if these draft picks are traded during the off-season.

    Keep in mind that the slot cannot be traded for cash unless it is a financial adjustment made to offset the salary of one or more of the players involved in the trade.

     

  • Arizona Phil 2 days 4 hours ago (view)

    The active list roster limit changes scheduled to go in effect in 2020 have not yet been officially approved. Same goes for the three-batter minimum (or else record the third out in the inning) for relief pitchers. 

     

  • Arizona Phil 2 days 4 hours ago (view)

    And then the active list roster limit will expand from 26 to 28 on September 1st (max 14 pitchers in September).