Cubs @ Colorado: Darvish vs. Márquez (Game 65)
CHC (37-27): RHP Yu Darvish (2-3, 4.88 ERA)
COL (33-31): RHP German Márquez (6-3, 4.07 ERA)
First pitch 7:40pmCDT
Coming off the home sweep of the Cardinals, the Cubs fly west for a three-game set at altitude. Yu Darvish is set to be the first potential victim of Coors. Yu's had a solid stretch marred only by that Cincinnati game that came apart in the 8th inning. His last start came against the Rockies at home. He surrendered three runs, two earned, on three walks and three hits in 5.1 innings pitched. The Rockies did all that damage in the 6th before Kintzler managed to strand two runners belonging to Yu. Darvish has pitched one game in Colorado in his career and he allowed five runs on five hits and four walks. The Rockies have better stats at home, but they are right around league average with the park factored in (101 wRC+). That's still a marked improvement, as they are 29th in the majors on the road by the same measure (73 wRC+).
The Cubs got to Márquez last time out for eight(!) earned runs in 5.1 innings pitched. David Bote mashed a 3-run homerun off of German in fifth and a 3-run double off of Rusin in the sixth (all three baserunners were inherited). If Bote had taken an 0-for instead of having himself a day, Márquez's ERA still might be hovering around 3. Bully for Bote! The Cubs looked quite hitter-ish this weekend they must be champing at the bit to take their swings in Coors. Márquez has far preferred the road, allowing far more contact (.314 average vs. .187) and power (.451 slugging vs. .287) at home. The Cubs' offense has been 4th best in the majors on the road with a 114 wRC+ (or third best if you prefer OPS, .817).
I set the over-under for game time at four hours and five minutes.
crunch 16 min 36 sec ago (view)
last thing i wanna hear about a dude who throws 85-88mph is "shoulder issues"
crunch 24 min 36 sec ago (view)
schwarber / bryant / rizzo / baez / heyward(CF) / caratini / cargo(RF) / darvish / russell
Eric S 24 min 37 sec ago (view)
Was that before or after Hendricks going on the 10 day IL with right shoulder inflammation?
crunch 26 min 6 sec ago (view)
k.hendricks to the 10-day IL with "right shoulder inflamation"
rowan wick up because whatever.
Arizona Phil 1 hour 37 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 1 hour 42 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 1 hour 53 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. 2 hours 13 min ago (view)
Bring him up!
Arizona Phil 2 hours 27 min ago (view)
HAGSAG: As far as I know he's still with the Cubs.
Hagsag 2 hours 30 min ago (view)
Phil, has Jim Benedict left the Cubs Organization? Thanks.
Arizona Phil 2 hours 39 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 2 hours 43 min ago (view)
incredible waste of money, honestly.
you can get almost 2 weeks of chatwood for that kinda loot. CHATWOOD!!!
tim815 3 hours 42 min ago (view)
19 for 1
I like those odds.
Arizona Phil 4 hours 44 min ago (view)
The Cubs have signed 19 J-2 IFA since acquiring $750K in International Signing Bonus Pool (ISBP) space from the Orioles in the April deal where the Cubs agreed not to re-claim RHRP Pedro Araujo (selected by BAL in the Major League Phase of the December 2017 Rule 5 Draft).
There were no big name prospects among the 19 J-2 IFA who were signed, but the average signing bonus (presuming the entire $750K in ISBP space was used) is about $40,000.
tim815 10 hours 54 min ago (view)
Reivaj Garcia apparently pronounces his name RAY-vuh.
Mike Wellman 11 hours 40 min ago (view)
AA: 6IP; 0BBs; 9Ks...See the USA in your Alzolay; All the way w/ Alzolay; Lay Lazy Lay; My name is Bert and I’m an Alzoholic...