Cubs Lay Lumber on D'backs at Riverview

Fernando Kelli collected three singles and a walk, stole a base, scored two runs, and drove-in another, Gioskar Amaya drilled an RBI double and a single, stole a base, and scored three runs, Wladimir Galindo blasted a three-run HR, Marcus Mastrobuoni laced an RBI double, singled and scored, and walked, Abraham Rodriguez doubled and scored and drew a bases-loaded walk to force-in a run, Dalton Hurd singled twice, scored two runs, and knocked-in another, and Rochest Cruz rifled an RBI single and a triple and scored a run, leading the Cubs to a 12-3 drubbing of the Diamondbacks in Cactus League Extended Spring Training game action Thursday morning on Field #5 at the Riverview Baseball Complex on John Arguello Way in Mesa, AZ.  

The Cubs bashed-out 16 hits (ten singles, four doubles, a triple, and a HR) and drew five walks to propel the high-octane offense that was on display in the game. 

The Cubs played only one Cactus League EXST game today, so the squad that hosted the D'backs consisted of elements of both the Cubs "A" team and the Cubs "B" team. 

Here is the abridged box score from the game (Cubs players only): 

CUBS LINEUP:
1. Fernando Kelli, CF: 3-4 (6-3, 1B, BB, 1B, 1B, 2 R, RBI, SB, PO)
2. Gioskar Amaya, 3B: 2-5 (6-3, 2B, E-6, 1B, K, 3 R, RBI, SB)
3. Wladimir Galindo, 1B: 1-3 (6-3, K, BB, HR, R, 3 RBI)
4. Marcus Mastrobuoni, C: 2-3 (1B, 2B, BB, F-9, R, RBI)
5. Abraham Rodriguez, DH #1: 1-3 (2B, P-6, BB, F-9, R, RBI)
6. Dalton Hurd, RF: 2-4 (1B, 5-3, F-8, 1B, 2 R, RBI)
7a. Orian Nunez, DH #2: 0-2 (E-6, F-7, R, RBI)
7b. Richard Nunez, PH-DH: 1-2 (5-3, 2B, RBI)
8. Carlos Pacheco, LF: 1-3 (6-3, BB, 1B, L-9)
9. Herson Perez, 2B: 1-4 (1B, F-7, 5-3, K, RBI)
10. Rochest Cruz, SS: 2-4 (1B, P-3, 3B, 4-3, R, RBI)
11. Widimer Joaquin, DH #3: 0-2 (K, K)
NOTE: Slot was skipped 3rd & 4th times thru batting order

CUBS PITCHERS
1. Eduarniel Nunez: 2.0 IP, 0 H, 0 R, 0 BB, 2 K, 1/3 GO/AO, 22 pitches (16 strikes)
2. Jeremiah Estrada: 1.2 IP, 3 H, 2 R (2 ER), 2 BB, 3 K, 2/0 GO/AO, 41 pitches (26 strikes) 
3. Maikel Aguiar: 2.1 IP, 1 H, 1 R (0 ER), 3 BB, 0 K, 2 WP, 1 GIDP, 1/4 GO/AO, 33 pitches (13 strikes)
4. Manuel Espinoza: 2.0 IP, 1 H, 0 R, 0 BB, 3 K, 2/1 GO/AO, 18 pitches (17 strikes)
5. Didier Vargas: 1.0 IP, 0 H, 0 R, 0 BB, 2 K, 1/0 GO/AO, 14 pitches (8 strikes) 
 
CUBS ERRORS: 1 
2B Herson Perez: E-4 (fielding miscue allowed batter to reach base safely) 

CUBS CATCHERS DEFENSE
Marcus Mastrobuoni: 0-1 CS, 1 PO, 1 PB

CUBS BASERUNNING
1. Rochest Cruz - thrown out 7-5-4 attempting to take extra base on RBI single
2. Carlos Pacheco - thrown out 7-4 attempting to stretch single into double 

ATTENDANCE: 13 

WEATHER: Partly cloudy with temperatures in the 80's 

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Comments

The Cubs have moved hot-hitting INF Robel Garcia (295/391/590 with six HR in 22 games) up to AAA Iowa from AA Tennessee. Here is what I wrote about Garcia when the Cubs signed him last October: 

https://www.thecubreporter.com/10302018/hes-robel

One thing to keep in mind about Garcia is that because he was a second-contract free-agent (he was previously released by CLE), the Cubs might have him under control for just the 2019 season (TBD). 

A second contract player can be signed for one year or (with consent of the player) any number of years up through the player's seventh minor league season. Garcia will have accrued five minor league seasons by the end of the 2019 season, so the Cubs - MIGHT - have him under control through the 2021 season, or it could be only through the 2020 season, or it might be just for the 2019 season (again, TBD).   

If the Cubs have Garcia under control beyond this season, he will be Rule 5 Draft eligible post-2019 unless he is added to the MLB 40-man roster by 11/20. 

If he is not under control beyond the 2019 season, he will almost certainly (at minimum) be offered a 2020 minor league successor contract (which he does not have to sign), otherwise the only way the Cubs would be able to keep him from becoming a free-agent is by adding to the MLB 40-man roster by 5 PM (Eastern) on the 5th day after the final game of the World Series. 

So the Cubs really needed to move Garcia up to AAA to find out just how good he really is. He had nothing left to prove at AA. 

was hoping this would happen sooner than later.  nice.

i'm not expecting anything great, but i do want him facing more advanced pitching closer to his age/experience.

FWIW, Robel Garcia was available in the AAA Phase of last December's MLB Rule 5 Draft, but was not selected. (The Cubs moved him from the AAA Iowa reserve list to the AA Tennessee reserve list on 11/20).  

And yet, the DD battery is undefeated. Plus, Caratini is playing pro baseball again so TD’s days are numbered. In the meantime, what better rest could there be for Willy than to skip Yu’s exhausting turns?

14 innings, 7 SB, 3 wild pitches over DD's last 3 starts as a tandum.

yu is so slow to the plate and his stuff doesn't always hit the mark.  i just think it's a bad matchup pairing davis/darvish given the 2 skill sets trying to compliment each other. 

the wild pitches technically aren't taylor's issue, but a more mobile guy could have gotten in front of at least 1-2 of those depeding on how loose you want to be with assuming another catcher could have gotten in front of those pitches.

Caratini a better receiver than TD? Hopefully so 

darvish has mostly been paired with contreras...he pulled the short straw or something when carantini went down.  *shrug*

caratini has worked ham/Q this season.  maybe davis doesn't do well with lefty starters, though he did catch 5 innings of montgomery yesterday.

either way, caratini will hopefully be back very soon.

davis isn't trash, but i dont like how the paring of darvish/davis has been playing out.

Alex Avila (strained quad) said to be close to returning to Diamondbacks which would give them four catchers on the 25. D'backs are looking for a #5 starter and they had to be impresed by what they saw of Tyler Chatwood when he threw against them last month.

Avila is making $4.25M in 2019 and Chatwood gets $12.5M in 2019 and $13M in 2020. It would require some financial offset for 2020, but that could be something that could get done.   

I'd be infavor of pairing Darvish with whoever is the best pitch framer. But I'm not sure the Cubs have one right now?

darvish is easily the slowest guy to the plate out of the starting crew.  contreras nullifies it.  taylor exacerbates it.

neither are horrible on their own, but in combination they open up an exploitable weakness.

i don't know why they didn't stick taylor with q, ham, or hendricks rather than darvish.

it's not the worst issue with either guy (especially since no catcher will make darvish suddenly not walk everyone while barely being able to put in 5 innings), but it's not helping.

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  • Dolorous Jon Lester 50 min 40 sec ago (view)

    Managerial change making a difference I think. Hopefully the changes to the amateur scouting department also bears fruit

     

  • Cubster 2 hours 39 min ago (view)

    David Ross might be worthy of a little credit, especially sorting out the bullpen issues.

     

  • crunch 2 hours 44 min ago (view)

    this team is amazing.  i want more than 60 games of this.  darvish since mid-season last year has been great stuff.

    also, wick got to close.  kimbrel hasn't worked in quite a while.

     

  • Eric S 3 hours 25 min ago (view)

    39 pitch inning by Burnes.

     

  • crunch 4 hours 23 sec ago (view)

    "allegedly"

    ...well, it is true that's the plan...but...umm..."allegedly"

     

  • QuietMan 4 hours 10 min ago (view)

    Cubs to play double headers Monday and Wednesday against the Cardinals.

     

  • Eric S 5 hours 2 min ago (view)

    Ha! Hope Nico goes on a heater!

     

  • Cubster 5 hours 7 min ago (view)

    "Not thrilled"...as if on cue, Nico leads off with a double and a later Schwarbsbomb.

     

  • Eric S 7 hours 1 min ago (view)

    Updated Bullpen tiers:

    Tier 1 (Closer/Firemen)

    Wick and Jeffress (interchangeable)

    Tier 2 (Preferred Setup roles)

    Tepera, Sadler, Rea (!)

    Tier 3 (Face lefties exclusively if possible)

    Ryan (has to get that fastball out of mid-80s or head to South Bend)

    Winkler 

    Tier 4 (Long man innings eater)

    Underwood 

    Tier 10 (reserved for use when either up or down by 10+ runs)

    Kimbrel

    I think that covers it?

     

  • Jackstraw 8 hours 30 min ago (view)

    Wait.  The bullpen can get worse?  That's unpossible.

     

  • Eric S 8 hours 49 min ago (view)

    Well, shoot.

    Here we go again: Nico, Rizzo, Javy, Willson, Schwarber (LF), Happ, Bote, Souza, Caratini

    Not thrilled with Nico leading off when the greatest leadoff hitter in baseball history was available but whatever 

     

  • crunch 9 hours 6 min ago (view)

    bryant was supposedly gonna be in the lineup but he has left ring finger and wrist hurties.

     

  • Charlie 9 hours 21 min ago (view)

    I really think they could play .500 from here and would take the division.

    But leave room for at least a week long slump due to bullpen implosion.

     

  • Cubster 9 hours 25 min ago (view)

    Don't get too giddy but...

    One Quarter of the schedule is complete.

    Pace is for a 48-12 record which when extrapolated to 162 games is about 130 win season.

    Is it all downhill from here?

    Cardinals at White Sox game tomorrow is possibly canceled per Sun-Times reporting that Bob Nightengale of USA Today and Joel Sherman of the New York Post reported the postponement. 

     

  • Eric S 9 hours 51 min ago (view)

    Brewers Game 1: KB (LF), Rizzo, Javy, Willson (DH), Happ, Bote (3B), Souza (RF), Nico, Caratini, Darvish

     

  • Eric S 1 day 2 hours ago (view)

    Reds just lost in tough fashion to the Royals. Down 5-4 in the bottom of the ninth, bases loaded, one out and rap into a 5-4-3 dp to end it.