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.


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.


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 1 hour 12 min ago (view)

    This is also true.

    This year in Triple-A.

    6 ip 1 h 1 bb 1 r 1 er 10 K

    Should have pitched the ninth.


  • crunch 5 hours 16 min ago (view)

    cubs take 2 of game under .500


  • crunch 5 hours 47 min ago (view)

    yeah, it pays off for life.

    as a future member of the MLB Players Alumni Association he'll get 50% off as well as other discounts at participating retailers.

    that's money in the bank, yall.


  • Dolorous Jon Lester 6 hours 52 min ago (view)

    That is awesome, good for him


  • crunch 7 hours 46 min ago (view)

    undrafted, to signed out of indie ball, to 30 year old AAA' the bigs.


  • crunch 7 hours 46 min ago (view)

    nice.  knowledge is good.


  • Dolorous Jon Lester 9 hours 54 min ago (view)

    Mills to the IL, Tommy Nance a (surprise) call up!

    Surprise because he's already 30 and of the 30 and up minor league crew I thought Robert Stock would be the first man up.

    Makes me wonder... with an older rookie like this, how many good years can you realistically hope for? 3-5? Anyway, congrats to Tommy!


  • tim815 19 hours 47 min ago (view)

    A possible second chance at Blackenhorn.


  • Arizona Phil 21 hours 19 min ago (view)

    "The team that wins deserves to win" -- Emil Faber


  • crunch 22 hours 35 min ago (view)

    neither team deserved to win that 2nd game...figures that the cubs would blow it, though.


  • crunch 1 day 3 hours ago (view)

    if you gave me 29 guesses where/if he would land the dodgers would be in the late 20s...surrounded by pretty much every NL team.


  • Cubster 1 day 4 hours ago (view)

    on the meh front...

    ESPN reporting Pujols has a deal with the Dodgers.


  • Cubster 1 day 5 hours ago (view)

    He's a Child of the Century


  • Dolorous Jon Lester 1 day 5 hours ago (view)

    Can't send down a reliever, gonna need all 35 of them.


  • crunch 1 day 7 hours ago (view)

    i.vargas DFA'd...happ returns.


  • Wrigley Rat 2 days 1 hour ago (view)

    Tyler Suellentrop:
    - 92-95 mph
    - Dominant in the B9th with a 1-2-3 frame, striking out all three batters. FB 93-97 T98