Cubs @ Giants: Mills vs. Anderson (Game 100)
CHC (54-45): RHP Alec Mills (0-0, 4.50 ERA)
SF (50-50): RHP Shaun Anderson (3-2, 4.87 ERA)
First pitch 8:45pmCDT
Alec Mills leads the Cubs against the light-hitting Giants in his second start of 2019. He went six innings and allowed three earned runs on five hits and one walk last time around for a no-decision. He's never faced the Giants, and as far as I can find no current Giants have ever faced him. There are no real offensive standouts this season. Buster Posey is not looking very Posey-like at the plate. Pablo Sandoval is back from the brink of retirement and slugging .495.
Shaun Anderson gets the start for the visiting team. The 24-year-old rookie hasn't missed many bats in the majors, striking out only 5.71 per nine innings in 12 starts. His fastball sits around 93 mph and sinks. He goes to a plus slider as his main secondary pitch. No Cubs have faced him. He's allowed at least two runs in every start he's made this season. Last time out he gave up five earned runs 4.1 innings in Colorado.
KingKongvsGodzilla 8 hours 26 min ago (view)
AZPhil, thank you for these updates! It's a nice little pick me up during this dumb year. If you have anything to say on Yohendrick Pinango, Joel Machado, Rafael Morel, or Richard Gallardo, I would love to hear it! Thanks again!
crunch 17 hours 55 min ago (view)
jim hickey new nats pitching coach.
bradsbeard 1 day 12 hours ago (view)
Several non-prospects ate up spots as well. Ultimately wish they had given a few more Rivas types a shot there.
tim815 1 day 13 hours ago (view)
Only 60 spots in SB. Others benefited more from the time.
crunch 1 day 16 hours ago (view)
not phil, but i think everyone is holding off on his potential ceiling until he gains enough weight to not look like someone you want to buy a sandwich every time you see him.
big upside if his skills can strengthen as he builds his body.
too early for a solid comp, but i wouldn't feel uncomfortable throwing ian happ's name around (bit better arm than happ, though).
bradsbeard 1 day 17 hours ago (view)
Me too. Thought it was weird he wasn't in South Bend at all.
Dolorous Jon Lester 1 day 22 hours ago (view)
I am very, very intrigued by Rivas. If the DH is unfortunately here to stay, he's a prime candidate for that and give Rizzo a day off 1B here and there. If no DH, hopefully he is a passable OF. Big believer in his hitting ability
Hagsag 2 days 1 hour ago (view)
Phil, do you think Chris Morel is the real deal?
tim815 2 days 14 hours ago (view)
Blue and Red DSL instructs rosters. No Brayan Altuve.
crunch 2 days 17 hours ago (view)
yup, they're gonna try. starts in about a month.
Hagsag 3 days 51 min ago (view)
Has it been announced whether there will be a DR winter league this winter?
tim815 3 days 6 hours ago (view)
That's as good of news as we'll get for awhile.
Arizona Phil 3 days 9 hours ago (view)
TIM: If nothing else, signing a boatload of IFA (35) in the 2019-20 ISP is a pretty good indicator that the Cubs fully intend to run two DSL teams into the forseeable future.
tim815 3 days 9 hours ago (view)
Of the 11 new guys, I'm leaning on Marino Sandy and Jerry Torres to be the most likely to reach full-season ball or get traded
Arizona Phil 3 days 11 hours ago (view)
OF Ian Miller (outrighted to the minors on 9/3) elected free-agency just prior to the 10/15 deadline, and the Cubs have signed RHRP Juan Gamez (who they released on 9/9) to a 2021 minor league contract.
bigsky33 4 days 16 hours ago (view)
Phil, were you watching from outside the stadium?