Cubs vs. Reds: Mills vs. DeSclafani (Game 95)

CHC (50-44): RHP Alec Mills (0-0, -.-- ERA)
CIN (43-48): RHP Anthony DeSclafani (5-4, 4.26 ERA)
First pitch 7:05pmCDT

Bad news first: The Cubs dropped the first game of the series in frustrating fashion (no hitting with RISP, fielding errors, bullpen inadequacy) and Willson is going to the IL with a foot injury. In the meantime, the Cubs are sending Mike Montgomery to KC in exchange for Martin Maldonado. Caratini seems likely to get plenty of at bats and the Cubs will have the option to use him more in the pinch if they keep Maldonado around after Contreras's IL stint ends.

More bad news, for me specifically: I forgot that Cole Hamels injured his oblique! Alec Mills's spot start comes as a surprise to me only. The 27-year-old righty has spent all of 2019 at AAA so far. I no longer know to evaluate minor league pitching stats now that the pitcher-friendly PCL combines with the juiced MLB ball, but he's gone 6-2 with a 4.73 ERA for the I-Cubs. He wasn't too bad in 18 innings with Chicago last year, making two starts and appearing twice out of the bullpen. The first of those starts was was a no-decision against Cincinnati, in which Mills allowed one earned run over 5.2 innings while striking out eight. He allowed one run to score on a Philip Ervin double in the second. The Cubs won that August 24th game on a walk-off HR from Bote.

Following his victory over the Cubs on June 30, DeSclafani's last start was a no-decision against Cleveland. He allowed two earned runs in six innings pitched on a pair of solo homeruns. Bryant is 7-20 off of him with a homerun (1-3 with a double against him on 6/30) and Schwarber is 5-14 with a homer and three walks (2-3 with two singles off him and a homer off Lorenzen on 6/30).

The Cubs are 3-7 against the Reds prior to today's game.

Comments

schwarber / baez / bryant / rizzo / garcia(2nd) / heyward / almora / maldonado / mills

almora picks up a career highlight reel catch in CF.

even heyward was pumped.

okay, im done with alec mills.

next.

31 pitches, 3 HBP by mills...and only 3 runs given up in 1.2ip so far!

montgomery is going to be used as a SP for KC.  good for him.

also, a.mills has calmed down into a hell of a nice welcome back start.  he's back on my xmas card list.

they're celebrating the 69 cubs at the park tonight.

they had a bunch of vets (led by billy williams) do the 7th along with a video edited together of ernie banks + ron santo singing the 7th so they could all sing along.  great touch.

Williams can carry a tune, if I remember correctly.

Dempster was unbelievable the other night, hitting only one note on-key, the second to the last word in the song, "ball."  Maybe he can do comedy, but forget about song-and-dance.

More rare sighting in last few weeks: a Descalso plate appearance or a Rizzo home run?  Descalso PA wins by an eyelash

Descalso actually had one his better at bats (even though he should have been rung up on a missed strike three) — a line drive one hopper to the shortstop

Near warning track power Rizzo not nearly as fun as home run derby Rizzo

rizzo's power outage has been a little alarming.  it seems to be bad luck more than anything obvious, though.

He is very streaky, both with his hitting for average and his power. I’m not too worried about it from the Cubs standpoint yet. From my fantasy team standpoint  a different matter though.

I’m trying really hard to reverse jinx it but floundering in a bad way. Seems likely he’ll hit 6 + in a week when the dam finally breaks

I really enjoyed his left-field hitting Monday night, though. It's not like he's forgotten how to swing a bat.

His two strike approach is very commendable on a team with so much swing and miss in it. Hoping he’ll run into an early count fastball soon that exits the park - he’s most certainly due. 

Well that settles it: Lorenzen is a better base runner than Brach. Brach haint got nuttin’

lorenzen is low-key one of the most exciting players in the game, seriously.  he's fun on the mound, at the plate, and baserunning.

phew...kimbrel is fresh off taking a half season away from the game, but im ready for a bit less drama out of his appearances.

Throws strikes like Chatwood.  Holds runners like Darvish.

From what a friend of mine who is a big Red Sox fan (ugh) had to say about him, don’t hold your breath on the stress free outings. He’ll usually get the job done but it’s frequently painful.

Almora - what a tool non-play there. 

This smells like a Chatwood game. 

!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

schwarber in the bottom 10th!  walkoff homer.

Credit to Mills bouncing back strong - fifth straight quality start by the rotation certainly helps things. Yu for the series win tomorrow 

This is funny. The roller coaster life of Cub fans.

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  • tim815 4 hours 3 min ago (view)

    Phil.

     

    On what days of the calendar do players get to decide if they're going to opt out of their contracts?

     

    Australian football games are being played before empty stadiums. I doubt that's a conducive environment to opting out.

     

  • Dolorous Jon Lester 7 hours 12 min ago (view)

    AGREED

     

  • SheffieldCornelia 8 hours 17 min ago (view)

    Hey all, just checking in to say that yesterday was a really sad but appreciative day in my household.  It is still completely mystifying that the Cubs couldn't find a way to extend Rizzo and Javy especially, and there's still some hope here that one or both guys can come back next year along with a Contreras extension.  While they were here, Rizzo, Javy and KB especially gave us so much as players and made the last half decade really special for Cubs fans.  Thanks guys.

    (Also, please let some of these prospects become the next Hendricks or Arrieta and not the next Mike Olt.)

     

  • Hagsag 9 hours 2 min ago (view)

    Pay Willy now please!

     

  • crunch 11 hours 53 min ago (view)

    mlb.com has already updated their "top 30" team prospect rankings post-trade deadline.  https://www.mlb.com/prospects/cubs/

    pete crow-armstrong #6 (mets)

    alexander canario #7 (giants)

    alexander vizcaino #8 (yanks)

    kevin alcantara #11 (yanks)

    caleb kilian #16 (giants)

    greg deichmann #20 (A's)

    i like caleb kilian more than the mlb.com ranking of #16.  if he manages to finish the season strong he should have no problem working his way into the top-10.

     

  • Arizona Phil 13 hours 58 min ago (view)

    Anderson Espinoza will get a 4th minor league option in 2023 and Alexander Canario will get a 4th minor league option in 2024 (if needed). 

     

  • Dolorous Jon Lester 17 hours 19 min ago (view)

    He looked really good. Rucker didn't look bad either

     

  • crunch 17 hours 30 min ago (view)

    m.rodriguez throws 1ip 0h 0bb 2k, 11 pitches

    hell of a debut.

    cubs lose.

     

  • crunch 18 hours 19 min ago (view)

    rizzo...

    https://pbs.twimg.com/media/E7lOOLcX0AUA8tK?format=jpg

    already hit his 1st yankee homer, btw.

     

  • crunch 18 hours 22 min ago (view)

    hey yo.  hopefully the offseason and going into 2022 will be worth whatever the hell this is that happened today.

     

  • Jace 18 hours 33 min ago (view)

    Hi, guys!

     

  • QuietMan 19 hours 12 min ago (view)

    Maybe after he's done pitching for Team USA at The Olympics.

     

  • Sonicwind75 19 hours 23 min ago (view)

    Maybe Cubs can counter by bringing Edwin Jackson back. 

     

  • crunch 19 hours 40 min ago (view)

    dbacks see the cubs making a serious tanking move and they have 5 players go on the COVID list.

    hell of a counter-play dbacks...good job.

     

  • crunch 20 hours 5 min ago (view)

    your new 2021 chicago cubs...day 1

    ortega / contreras / happ / wisdom / bote / heyward / duffy / alcantara / arrieta

    phew.

     

  • crunch 20 hours 8 min ago (view)

    woo!  go not-cubs!

    break out a list of 17 year old highschool kids and college sophmores to mull over for the next 10 months!