Cubs @ White Sox: Series Thread (Games 89 and 90)
The Cubs offense put up eleven runs, Quintana went seven innings for the win, Joe Maddon got himself tossed, and Robel Garcia was a double short of the cycle in first MLB start. Lucky for the Cubs, they won't need to top that performance to send fans to the All-Star break happy--a couple of wins would do! The Cubs split a two-game set at Wrigley with the Sox last month. Since their last matchup, the White Sox have not significantly improved. The Cubs, on the other hand, have had the 8th worst ERA- in those few weeks--just ahead of the White Sox at 9th. See the matchups below.
Game 89, Saturday, July 7, first pitch 6:15pmCDT
CHC: LHP Jon Lester (7-6, 3.89 ERA)
CHW: RHP Lucas Giolito (11-2, 2.72 ERA)
Lester earned a win over Giolito on June 19. In two starts since then, Lester has gone 1-1 allowing 6 runs, only three earned, over 11.2 innings. He struck out 15 in that time. The White Sox have a slightly below average offense overall, but they are 9th in the majors in wRC+ against lefties. Jose Abreu is 6-18 with a homerun off of him.
Giolito has gone 1-0 in two starts since being served his second 2019 loss by the Cubs. He allowed three earned runs in 10.2 innings of work, striking out 11. The Cubs are ninth in the majors with a 106 wRC+ against righties. Contreras is 2-7 with two homeruns off of him. Bote is 2-5 and Javy 3-8, each with a homer of their own. Bryant is 1-9 with four strikeouts.
Game 90, Sunday, July 8, first pitch 1:10pmCDT
CHC: RHP Kyle Hendricks (7-6, 3.45 ERA)
CHW: RHP Ivan Nova (3-7, 5.92 ERA)
Hendricks's last start was shortened by rain, but he appeared to be healthy after missing two weeks with shoulder impingement. He allowed two earned runs and struck out four in three innings, getting pinned with the loss. Jose Abreu is 6-12 off of him and Yolmer Sanchez is 5-11.
Ivan Nova was effective against the Cubs last month, going five innings and allowing one earned run to earn the win. Since then, he went back to the suffering that has been characteristic of his 2019; he lost both starts, allowing nine runs, seven earned, in twelve innings. Willson is 5-11 off of him, Heyward is is 9-24 with a homerun, and Schwarber is 4-16 with two homeruns and three walks.
jdrnym 7 hours 48 min ago (view)
All makes sense, but I think there is one important point of clarification in there -- are you using "practice squad" and "Club Player Pool" interchangeably? If so, I understood the first sentence of your third-to-last paragraph above to mean that Mills/Sadler/Underwood could be outrighted and still be in the Pool, therefore retaining their eligibility to re-selected to the major league active roster later in the season.
Arizona Phil 10 hours 14 min ago (view)
jdrnym: Zack Short is still on Optional Assignment to the minors (as are Alzolay, M. Amaya, R. Garcia, Maples, T. Miller, Norwood, Rea, M. Rodriguez, and Steele), but he can be recalled at any time without restriction (no "ten-day rule") because he was optioned to the minors prior to the transaction freeze in March.
crunch 14 hours 37 min ago (view)
the toles update is worse than his troubled past. toles has been diagnosed bipolar + schizophrenia and has been in/out of institutions over the past couple years. he can't seem to stick to any program long enough to get good treatment.
hope he turns whatever corner he needs to in order to get enough treatment to decide what kind of future he'd like to have.
Dolorous Jon Lester 17 hours 27 min ago (view)
Those two are definitely on more precarious ground once the roster is trimmed to 26, I would say.
jdrnym 17 hours 30 min ago (view)
Right, just went through the roster quick. Underwood, Sadler, same deal.
Dolorous Jon Lester 19 hours 46 min ago (view)
Can't answer the Short thing. But I'd agree with your assessment of Mills if he weren't basically a lock to make the roster.
jdrnym 19 hours 54 min ago (view)
Is Zack Short's official designation still "on optional assignment" even though he's not on the Pool? If so, he can't just be recalled even though he's on the 40-man roster, right?
And someone like Alec Mills who's on the Pool and out of options... he's virtually locked onto the active roster because he can't get taken off (via an outright) and remain eligible to be re-added. Seems like the kind of player you'd prefer to leave off the initial Pool.
crunch 20 hours 18 min ago (view)
though he went to the hospital for treatment he was never admitted, so he's yet another person who got dragged hard by Covid, but who's case isn't showing up in the hospital admission, ICU bed, or death numbers most of us are looking at.
there's a whole slew of people who have had to shut down their lives for 2-4-6-etc weeks to get over this that are falling outside of the numbers we're tracking most closely.
Cubster 20 hours 47 min ago (view)
"In yet another reminder of how insidious this particular disease can be, Hottovy says he had acted quite cautiously in public before coming down with it. Fortunately, he was able to self-isolate and avoid transmitting it to his family."
crunch 21 hours 58 min ago (view)
it'll be interesting to see how things go down when people have to start playing games in AZ. they're damn close to being "early NYC level" screwed with a lack of planning and action.
with the early plan of playing games in AZ/FL, they could have been huge economic winners with 15+ teams playing all their games in AZ (and spring training 2.0). now it's looking like some teams may not even want to fly into AZ for a few dozen "away" games.
crunch 22 hours 14 min ago (view)
cubs pitching coach tommy hottovy was diagnosed with covid-19 earlier this spring, but he is currently assumed fully recovered.
he had a 100+ degree temperature for 6 days, lost 18 pounds, and it took 30 days for him to test negative.
he's 38 years old, btw.
Hagsag 1 day 5 hours ago (view)
crunch 1 day 21 hours ago (view)
at least the cubs got elston back for pretty much nothing. also, ha.
Rob Richardson 2 days 2 hours ago (view)
How many coachs, managers, and other "tier 1" individuals around the league are in higher risk groups?
Rob Richardson 2 days 2 hours ago (view)
Well said Crunch.