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.

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schwarber / baez / bryant / rizzo / garcia(2nd) / heyward / almora / maldo / a.mills

ham gets a AAA rehab start tomorrow.  also, i could do with less almora.

Oof. Almora and Maldonado as starters is going to be rough on the offense. Better hope for at least a Garcia triple.

i wonder why almora's started almost every game the past week+, especially since he's sucked at it...and he even got to hit leadoff for a game or 2.

Last hurrah as a starter before the Cubs trade for an outfielder who gets on base?

Robel’s 454 foot splashdown - 6th longest homer by a Cub this season

https://twitter.com/cubs/status/1153486434659119104?s=21

Brach in during a one run game where the ball seems to be flying out of the park? I too like to live dangerously.

I think its  past time where Strop shouldn’t be the 8th inning guy anymore....

To everyone in Cub nation except the folks that matter. Exasperating. 

We’re nearing August and Strop’s ERA is a tick under 5.50 - #notafluke

Yes, yes, and yes.  Except for the very best in the game, relievers have the most variability in performance from year to year.  Kintzler was horrible last year, and is very very good in 2019.  Strop was good last year, this year his 5.47 ERA has been well earned.

This problem has a simple solution of Cishek-Kintzler-Kimbrell for the 7th-8th-9th.  Any further losses due to Strop in the 8th are on Joe.

Further losses and probably some of the recent ones Strop has coughed up too. It’s very frustrating there’s no talk of moving him down the relief depth chart too. Just “he’ll figure it out and get himself right.” I don’t think so, Joe!

Last 30 games ERA: 5.47

Last 15 games ERA: 6.08

Last 7 games ERA: 9.45

To quote Herb Brooks, "You're playing worse every day and right now you're playing like it's next month."

It’s even more annoying when you see the spin. The cubs site referenced how not having a second lefty cost the team that game. No it didn’t. That was Strops inning regardless of how many lefties were in the pen.

Saw the same thing.  Thought the same thing.

I had to ditch this one after the 7th to get some sleep, and, boy--right choice.

With the trade deadline lurking who goes?  With the emergence of Robel Garcia being able to do OF/IF (similar to Bryant) and David Bote on the roster.  Who's the one moved Happ, Russell or even Almora (Heyward goes to CF and a combo of Garcia/Bryant joins Schwarber/J-Hey in the OF).  Personally I wouldn't mind seeing Almora go.  He's not hitting, running the bases (even Schwarber goes from 1st to 3rd on a single to RF), is always the first one in the middle of a bench clearing trying to throw punches.  Watching the evolution of Baez from punk prospect to mature exciting leader with baseball IQ off the charts who breaks up fights vs the deevolution of the cool mature Almora (which was one of the reason he was drafted "mature for age" to punk is amazing.  I wouldn't mind seeing him go.  His glove is amazing, but nobody is afraid of his arm and his glove can only take him so far.

The problem is trading guys when they're at low ebb, and getting the least value in return.  Almora is down in every offensive category except home runs. He has more HRs than in any previous season and could approach 20 if he gets ABs. This could be a temporary downturn while he learns to add pop to his swing. Meanwhile, his trade value is down.

Same with Russell. He added pop to his swing by practicing on his wife, and his trade value plummeted. But he was an all-star at 22. The Cubs don't need him--they have a shortstop--but would love to rehabilitate him before offering him to rival teams.

that 2nd paragraph is some all-star stuff.

Well played (and deserved) pop comment VirginiaPhil on Russell

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  • cubbies.4ever 8 hours 19 min ago (view)

    Just to continue my conspiracy theory that Theo has a requirement you have TJS to pitch for the Cubs Trevor Megill had it in 2013.  The Cubs must have a support group for pitchers who have had TJS.

     

  • Arizona Phil 9 hours 55 min ago (view)

    After losing two players off the Iowa reserve list in the Major League Phase and selecting four players in the AAA Phase, the Iowa reserve list has one slot open, so now would be an excellent time to try and outright C. D. Pelham to AAA.

    Keep in mind that he can't elect free-agency if he's outrighted, and if he is outrighted, he won't be a minor league free-agent until post-2021.

    And if he gets claimed off waivers? No big deal.  

     

  • Arizona Phil 10 hours 17 min ago (view)

    LHSP Faustino Carrera and 2B Carlos Sepulveda were among the first players signed by the Cubs out of Mexico in 2014-15. The Cubs ended up signing more than two dozen more Mexican players over the next three years. 

     

  • Arizona Phil 10 hours 21 min ago (view)

    Vimael Machin can play anywhere in the infield & outfield, but he also went through the catcher conversion program at post-2015 Instructs so he can even catch in a pinch, too. He could be a very useful 26th man.

    Machin is bi-lingual (he is from Puerto Rico and went to college at Old Dominion), and was projected by the Cubs as a future coach or manager. He's a savvy & astute baseball guy. 

     

  • Arizona Phil 10 hours 34 min ago (view)

    BRADSBEARD: Every year the Cubs convert two or three position players to pitcher (it was Galazin, Hughes, and Zardon in 2019), so it's very possible that Suiter will be given a chance to pitch. 

     

  • bradsbeard 11 hours 30 min ago (view)

    Suiter, who pitched in HS and briefly in college and who doesn't appear to be much of a hitter, seems to me to be a good pitcher conversion candidate.

     

  • Arizona Phil 12 hours 12 min ago (view)

    BTW, three of the four players selected by the Cubs in the AAA Phase of the Rule 5 Draft (Stewart, Suiter, and Masters) will be minor league free-agents post-2020, and the fourth one (Vance Vizcaino) is a second-contract player (he was previously released by KC) so he could be a post-2020 minor league free-agent, too (TBD).

    Incidentally, David Masters was selected by the Cubs after signing a minor league successor contract with the Nationals. 

     

  • Arizona Phil 12 hours 19 min ago (view)

    So LHSP Brailyn Marquez, INF Christopher Morel, RHSP Cory Abbott, SS Aramis Ademan, RHSP Erich Uelmen, RHSP Keegan Thompson, and LHSP Brendon Little stand-out among the Cubs 2020 first-time Rule 5 Draft eligibles, and RHRP Oscar de la Cruz, LHSP Luis Lugo, and LHRP Jordan Minch are probably the ones to watch  among the Cubs post-2020 free-agent eligibles.    

     

  • Arizona Phil 12 hours 19 min ago (view)

    For those of you who like to plan ahead, AS THINGS STAND NOW here is how the Rule 5 Draft and minor league free-agency shape up for the Cubs post-2020: 

     

  • bradsbeard 19 hours 1 min ago (view)

    You say that in jest, but just from the 2016 draft, which did not feature a first or second round pick, the Cubs drafted 4 players who were added to 40 man rosters this winter (Hatch, Miller, Rucker, Short) with Mekkes, Giambrone, and several others being potential mid-season additions.  

     

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

    So I guess he's the first guy since Rondon we've taken in rule 5 with a shot at making the roster. That's kinda cool

     

  • crunch 19 hours 23 min ago (view)

    "Megill is a guy we tried to trade for, actually, prior to the Rule 5." - hoyer

     

  • Dolorous Jon Lester 19 hours 32 min ago (view)

    That's a bummer. He does what few on the big league club do: put the bat on the ball.

    Also hate to lose Rucker. He's a perfect type to be on AAA shuttle and cheap middle relief at minimum.

     

  • QuietMan 19 hours 33 min ago (view)

    Good stuff indeed.  

     

  • crunch 19 hours 35 min ago (view)

    A's trade for machin...probably not getting him back.

     

  • crunch 19 hours 46 min ago (view)

    cubs seem to be using the minor league phase of the rule5 to attempt to build a farm system...better than their recent non-1st-round draft record so far, i guess.