Cubs @ Reds: Quintana vs. Castillo (Game 41)

CHC (25-15): LHP José Quintana (4-2, 3.50 ERA)
CIN (19-24): RHP Luis Castillo (4-1, 1.76 ERA)
First pitch 5:40pmCDT

Quintana looks to pick up the Cubs after last night's extra-inning loss. His first start of the year remains his lone disappointing appearance of 2019 to date. Outside of that April 5 loss to Milwaukee, he hasn't allowed more than 3 runs in a start. He's also been effective at keeping the ball on the ground, a healthy strategy for anyone pitching in the Great American Bandbox. Joey Votto is 7-14 in his career against Quintana.

Luis Castillo has looked like an ace in the early going. In addition to striking out well over a batter per inning, he's getting ground balls at a frightening 59.3% rate. There are still walks available for more discerning batters. Last time out he pitched 6 innings of scoreless ball and allowed only two hits, but he also put five runners on via the walk. Daniel Descalso is 4-10 with 2 HR and Kyle Schwarber is 3-6 with 2 HR. Castillo's changeup is much improved in 2019, but lefties have still fared much better than righties against him. Rizzo, 2-12 with 3 strikeouts, should continue to rest his back anyway.

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So facing Castillo tonight, followed by Scherzer, then Strasburg. Pretty good (or unlucky) run of high quality opposing pitchers this week

Cubs reinstate Victor Caratini from 10-day IL and Taylor Davis has been optioned to Iowa. 

what crackhead put today's lineup together?

rizzo supposedly due back saturday "at the latest"

i miss "good heyward"

that was fun for a few weeks.  he hit homers, and got some singles, and hella walks...

come back, dude.

okay, i'm done with t.chatwood.

sigh.  hope he can turn things around...no one's gonna want this contract even at a discount unless he can show some stabilty.

LOL. What did Chatwood do wrong? He gave up an ultimately meaningless run in two innings because of three bouncing balls through the IF. 

he gave up 3 singles in a row to start the 7th.  he gave up 2 walks in a row in the 6th.

he only had 1 run scored on him, thankfully, but that 2ip 5h 2bb 1k wasn't pretty.

he's had a semi-decent run recently that made him look like more than a waste of roster space...only 1 bad outing in early may...a great one the last time out before last night.  last night he looked very vulnerable.

he's also throwing almost nothing but fastballs lately.  i dunno if that is a good long-term plan when everyone knows they're gonna get a steady diet of fastballs.  he doesn't even trust his cutter anymore it seems.

He‘s had a lot more good outings than bad, and last night was far from his worst. He still walks too many but it’s hard to see last night as the straw that breaks the camel’s back. 

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  • Arizona Phil 2 min 4 sec ago (view)

    What was the stated purpose of the 1953 Bonus Rule? 

    COMMISSIONER FORD FRICK: "We want the kind of bonus rule that will discourage the Majors from paying out big bonuses, and encourage the little fellows (he is referring here to the minor leagues) to sign these youngsters and then sell them to clubs of a higher classification."

     

  • crunch 2 hours 31 min ago (view)

    g.cole - yanks - 9/324m

    s.strasburg - nats - 7/245m

    a.rendon - angels - 7/245m

    boras has signed $814m of contracts for his guys this week.  not bad.

     

  • crunch 2 hours 38 min ago (view)

    still waiting for rich hill to happen over here...i promise to be totally not impressed or happy about it.  not a tj guy, but he's injured as hell and not expected to show up until mid-season at best.

    whoever they pick to give a few million dollars over a couple seasons to not pitch for the cubs in any of them, i welcome them.

    on a serious tip, there are rumors of a minor league deal for b.morrow.

     

  • bradsbeard 3 hours 12 min ago (view)

    Taijuan Walker is a good candidate. 

     

  • cubbies.4ever 4 hours 37 min ago (view)

    So who is left in the free Agent market that has had Tommy John surgery?  That seems to be a Prerequisite for Theo.  Cotton and Winkler both did adding to all the other signings of Theo.  I would love to see how many people Theo has signed or drafted who has had TJS.

     

  • Charlie 13 hours 19 min ago (view)

    I hope "isn't happening" was more like, "we'd love to continue to discuss this soon"--after extensions/trades of younger players are a bit more sorted.

     

  • Charlie 13 hours 23 min ago (view)

    If only they had revenue from having recently won the World Series and a string of playoff appearances along with a new TV contract! Then they could really spend.

     

  • crunch 13 hours 40 min ago (view)

    i wish this team was owned by billionaires rather than these...oh, nevermind.

     

  • Dolorous Jon Lester 14 hours 17 min ago (view)

    Apparently Cubs were approached by Rizzo's agent about an extension. They told him it wasn't happening.

    Cubs organization is performing a master class in how to burn good will among fans!

     

  • Arizona Phil 1 day 3 hours ago (view)

    jdlym: The contract Brad Brach signed with the Mets includes a $850K base salary for 2020, a $1.25M club option for 2021, $400K in potential performance bonuses in 2020, potentially $2.25M in 2021 salary accelerators, and $500K in potential performance bonuses in 2021, so ordinarily the Cubs salary obligation to Brach would be the difference between Brach's new 2020 base salary ($850K) and what would have been his 2020 player option salary ($1.35M) if he hadn't been released by the Cubs. 

     

  • crunch 1 day 7 hours ago (view)

    d.ross meets the media at winter meetings...video/audio

    https://www.pscp.tv/w/1ypKdBvlvzyJW

     

  • jdrnym 1 day 11 hours ago (view)

    Hey AZPhil, when a player is released with money/years still remaining on his contract, does his next team *have* to give him the prorated major league minimum or can they offer more (meaning the original club owes less) to "outbid" other teams that may have had interest? I'm assuming that's what happened with Brad Brach, where the Mets signed him for 2020 at $850,000.

     

  • crunch 1 day 12 hours ago (view)

    jeremy jeffress agrees.

     

  • Rob Richardson 1 day 15 hours ago (view)

    It's high time if you ask me.

     

  • crunch 1 day 16 hours ago (view)

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  • crunch 1 day 16 hours ago (view)

    minor league ballplayers will no longer have to worry about getting suspended for testing positive for weed...it's off the prohibited substances list.

    about time.