Cubs @ Phillies: Quintana vs. Vargas (Game 119)

CHC (64-54): LHP Jose Quintana (10-7, 4.23 ERA)
PHI (60-58): LHP Jason Vargas (6-6, 4.09 ERA)
First pitch 6:05pmCDT

The Cubs go to Philly with the Cardinals 2 back and the Brewers trailing by 2.5. It's long past time for this team to put their road struggles behind them if they are going to be taken serious as contenders this year. Quintana is a good candidate to help them get started. He's walked fewer and given up fewer homeruns on the road, and he's pitched 17.2 more innings on the road this season than he has at Wrigley. He was great last time out, allowing one earned run and striking out seven Athletics in seven innings pitched. Happ, Bryant, and Caratini backed him with homeruns in that Cubs win to clinch the series against Oakland. He had a no decision against the Phils on May 21, having allowed two unearned runs in six innings of work. Corey Dickers is 6-14 off of him with a homerun. Joey Bats is 2-26 with 11 strikeouts.

Vargas was sent to the Phils from the Mets on July 29, after the Mets added Stroman to their rotation. The veteran lefty is 0-1 in two starts since the trade, allowing 6 earned runs in 11.1 innings pitched on nine hits and four walks. He faced the Cubs and got a no decision on June 21, allowing four runs, two earned, in 4.1 Most of the younger Cubs haven't seen much of Vargas. Rizzo is 1-11 with four strikeouts. Nick Castellanos is 5-22 with two homeruns. (Ben Zobrist has hit .406 off of him in his career, 32 at bats.)

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kimbrel threw a session today and said he feels fine.  he could be activated this weekend if everything goes right.

k.ryan up, d.maples down

zobrist goes to iowa on thursday.

Kintzler could be activated on Friday too

heyward(RF) / cast(LF) / bryant / rizzo / baez / lucroy / almora / happ / Q

so...how many teams have the cubs pissed off this season by HBP like 10-15 guys in a game?

First two batters has hit this year.

it would have been a 3rd if it wasn't for a called foul/swing.  dickerson may be missing a good number of games.  his hand got wrecked.

wtf marty foster.

also, start the maddon gets tossed clock.  that is a b/s 9th inning missed call for a K.

The called K on Kemp in the ninth - woof

That kind of call should keep an ump out of post season duty. 

0.0% chance of that ball being called a strike

https://twitter.com/espnchicubs/status/1161464089622847488?s=21

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7OIBcTE2DlA

joe nathan's 300th save on a zobrist K...with maddon managing...in 2013 in TB...DEEP STATE BASEBALL.

that loss sucked.

Q pitched a hell of a no-decision with 14Ks (career high)

Well, at least the pitching matchup is easier tomorrow with Nola going - don’t have to deal with a nasty matchup like Vargas whose fastball topped out at 83 mph

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  • cubbies.4ever 7 hours 23 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 8 hours 59 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 9 hours 21 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 9 hours 25 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 9 hours 38 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 10 hours 34 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 11 hours 16 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 11 hours 23 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 11 hours 23 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 18 hours 5 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 18 hours 21 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 18 hours 27 min ago (view)

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

     

  • Dolorous Jon Lester 18 hours 36 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 18 hours 37 min ago (view)

    Good stuff indeed.  

     

  • crunch 18 hours 39 min ago (view)

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

     

  • crunch 18 hours 50 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.