Cubs vs. Phillies: Hamels vs. Irvin (Game 47)

CHC (28-18): LHP Cole Hamels (4-0, 3.13 ERA)
PHL (28-20): LHP Cole Irvin (2-0, 2.77 ERA)
First pitch 7:05pmCDT

The Cubs walked off to even the series and now send Cole Hamels to take on his former team in a battle of two guys named "Cole." Hamels has been working through some off-and-on command issues since late April but has managed to suppress run scoring and remain undefeated on the season anyway. Last time out he was limited to 5 innings but picked up his 4th win against the Nationals. He's held Bryce Harper to a .660 OPS in 34 ABs. Many of the other Phillies are getting their first look at him from the batter's box.

Cole Irvin is a lot like Hamels in that they have the same first name, they're both left-handed, and they are both undefeated. That's probably about it. A quick look at his minor league stats tells me his strength is command and he isn't going to miss a ton of bats. He's got a slider and a changeup to go with a high 80's-ish fastball. Every Cub will be facing him for the first time.

The forecast says there's rain coming late tonight, but it shouldn't get too heavy until very late in the game. It should warm up in Chicago today with wind coming out of the south (i.e. out to left-center). Here's hoping that wind carries away Irvin's respectable ERA. Don't be surprised if Javy's heel is feeling much better.

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I'm bummed to be blacked out for this one. I'm forecasting a drubbing.

Not that it's going to happen, but RHRP Tony Barnette is eligible to be reinstated from the Cubs MLB 60-day IL tomorrow (Thursday). 

If the Cubs make any changes in the bullpen this week, I think Junichi Tazawa replacing Xaver Cedeno (likely DFA candidate) would be it.

It doesn't seem like Maddon has much confidence in Cedeno (and rightfully so), and Tazawa's splitter plays up vs LH hitters (when he's not hanging it). 

AZ Phil - Close here, but Cedeno to the IL with a “wrist injury“. Instead of Tazawa, the roulette wheel ball falls on righty reliever Rowan Wick being called up from AAA (not sure what he offers against lefties though). 

Blue Jays scout following Cubs at EXST so there probably are other Toronto scouts on the other Cubs affiliates as well. If a deal were to happen, Jays closer Ken Giles is probable Cub target. (Giles is under club control via arbitration through 2020). 

What do you think he will cost?

schwarber / bryant(RF) / rizzo / baez / contreras / almora / russell(2nd) / bote(3rd) / ham

The Baltimore Orioles have claimed RHP Chandler Shepherd off waivers from the Cubs, as the Cubs tried (and failed) to outright Shepherd to the minors after claiming him off waivers from the Red Sox last Saturday.  

rizzoh!!

ALMORA GRAND SLAM!!!

way to break a tie.

Chatwood is becoming a force in the BP.

it had to feel good for him to get that standing O at the home ballpark.

he's still throwing almost nothing but fastballs exclusively, though...wonder what's up with that.

Control problems?

he's thrown so little of his other stuff lately that i can't even guess and sure don't know.

he's always been fastball-heavy, but it's almost exclusively fastball now.

he gets movement on a 95-97mph fastball...that's a positive about it if he's gonna continously offer it up.

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  • tim815 2 min 56 sec ago (view)

    Anything on what happened in the DSL facility?

    I have an odd tweet that makes today's postponements today not weather related.

     

  • Eric S 44 min 21 sec ago (view)

    Alzolay started yesterday for the Iowa Cubs and would track to take what was supposed to be Hendricks next turn in the rotation - perhaps Adbert gets his first MLB start this upcoming week. That would get my vote. 

     

  • Andy 52 min 29 sec ago (view)

    I shall do my best to turn things around. My first game at Dodger Stadium.

     

  • JustSayin' 59 min 27 sec ago (view)

    Jim Brower, a former MLB pitcher who had a pretty solid career, was the Cubs' Minor League Pitching Coordinator through 2017.  He was replaced by Brendan Sagara, for whom WHO? would be a fair comment.  Sagara's highest level of pitching experience was a cup of coffee with the independent Evansville Otters in the Frontier League.  I think it's fair to say development of the pitching-heavy 2016-18 draft classes has been disappointing, perhaps VERY disappointing.  I can't say this is Sagara's fault but it is definitely occuring on his watch.

     

  • crunch 1 hour 48 min ago (view)

    last thing i wanna hear about a dude who throws 85-88mph is "shoulder issues"

     

  • crunch 1 hour 56 min ago (view)

    schwarber / bryant / rizzo / baez / heyward(CF) / caratini / cargo(RF) / darvish / russell

     

  • Eric S 1 hour 56 min ago (view)

    Was that before or after Hendricks going on the 10 day IL with right shoulder inflammation?

     

  • crunch 1 hour 57 min ago (view)

    k.hendricks to the 10-day IL with "right shoulder inflamation"

    maaaaaaaaaaaaaaan...

    rowan wick up because whatever.

     

  • Arizona Phil 3 hours 8 min ago (view)

    Because they never play more than four days in a row, AZL Cubs #1 and AZL Cubs #2 will only need four SP each. 

    The pitchers at AZL mini-camp who are (right now) stretched-out to start are Brendon Little (rehab), Carlos Ocampo, Jose Miguel Gonzalez, Chi-Feng Lee, Misael Garcia, Richard Gallardo, and Luis Ramos, and Keegan Thompson may be ready for an AZL SP rehab assignment soon. 

     

  • Arizona Phil 3 hours 14 min ago (view)

    The Cubs are down to five catchers at AZL mini-camp (draft picks Ethan Hearn, Wyatt Hendrie, and Jake Washer have not yet officially signed), so Mesa Rehab Coach (and ex-minor league catcher) Tyler Pearson has been taking on some extra duties, catching bullpen side-sessions and warming up pitchers in the pen. (He caught Craig Kimbrel the other day). 

    So I would not be surprised if the Cubs sign a NDFA college senior catcher or acquire an experienced catcher from indy ball to help out. 

     

  • Arizona Phil 3 hours 24 min ago (view)

    Not counting 2019 draft picks and rehabbers, the Cubs top prospect in the AZL this season is SS Luis Verdugo (he's one of the Cubs Top 10 position player prospects).  

    Verdugo was supposed to go to Eugene with 2B Reivaj Garcia this past week, but was left behind at Mesa when SS Dixon Machado was reinstated from the Iowa IL last Tuesday and SS Luis Vazquez (who had been playing SS at Iowa) needed to go somewhere where he could play SS every day. (Vazquez was assigned to Eugene).

     

  • Craig A. 3 hours 45 min ago (view)

    Bring him up!

     

  • Arizona Phil 3 hours 58 min ago (view)

    HAGSAG: As far as I know he's still with the Cubs. 

     

  • Hagsag 4 hours 2 min ago (view)

    Phil, has Jim Benedict left the Cubs Organization? Thanks.

     

  • Arizona Phil 4 hours 11 min ago (view)

    Several of the younger pitchers and position-players who were at Extended Spring Training but who were not in contention for Eugene Opening Day roster slots went home for about ten days between the end of the EXST Cactus League season (6/1) and the start of AZL mini-camp this past Tuesday (6/11). 

     

  • crunch 4 hours 14 min ago (view)

    incredible waste of money, honestly.

    you can get almost 2 weeks of chatwood for that kinda loot.  CHATWOOD!!!