Cubs vs. Giants: Darvish vs. Rodriguez (Game 126)

CHC (67-58): RHP Yu Darvish (4-6, 4.21 ERA)
SF (63-63): RHP Dereck Rodriguez (5-6, 4.79 ERA)
First pitch 7:05pmCDT

The Cubs kept pace with the Cardinals by winning their third in a row, pushing the Giants back down to .500 in the process. Darvish takes the mound today. He must be itching for a win after shutting out the Phillies for 7 innings, striking out 10, and getting a no decision in the process. On July 23 he allowed four earned runs to the Giants in six innings of work. Alex Dickerson took him deep and is 2-3 with a homerun and a double off of Darvish. As a group, current Giants are 16-77 off of the righty with a .552 OPS and 17 strikeouts to only two walks.

Dereck Rodriguez is suffering the sophomore slump, seeing his ERA go up to 4.79 from the 2.81 he posted in 118.1 innings last year. His strikouts are down, his walks are up, and his HR rate has doubled from the low .68 per nine innings he managed in 2018. Last time out he held the D-Backs scoreless through 7, allowing only three hits and one walk. Tony Kemp is 1-3 off of him and the remaining active Cubs who have faced him are 0-10 with four strikeouts.

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contreras was doing drills in the OF today...not a bad 1st step to being back.

according to b.levine, theo says zobrist is being paced to return sept 1st.

also, the b.morrow era is over.  he had a setback and now he's not expected to pitch again this year.   thanks for the nice 30.2ip, bro.

To be eligible to play in the post-season Ben Zobrist must be reinstated from the Restricted List and added back to the Cubs MLB 40-man roster prior to midnight on August 31st (and because he will be reinstated after July 31st, the reinstatement also will require approval from the MLB Commissioner), so presumng the Commissioner gives his blessing, I would expect the Cubs to reinstate Zobrist from the Restricted List sometime after the game versus MIL on Saturday 8/31 and then make a corresponding 40-man roster move (which must be done at the exact same time Zobrist is reinstated). Zobrist would then be officially activated (placed on the Cubs MLB Active List on Sunday 9/1 when active list roster limits expand from 25 to 40. 

The easiest (but also the costliest) move would be to recall LHSP Justin Steele from his Optional Assignment and place him on the MLB 60-day IL (he has been on the AA Tennessee 7-day IL since 6/24 with a strained oblique), but doing so would increase Steele's daily salary from about $250 per day to about $3,000 per day (the difference between Steele's minor league split salary as a player on an MLB 40-man roster for the first time -- $45,300 per year  -- and the MLB minimum salary --- $555K per year -- pro-rated over the final month of the MLB regular season) or about an additional $80,000 in payroll and AAV (which will be taxed at the 20% rate plus an additional 12% surcharge because the Cubs are over the $206M CBT luxury tax threshold).

Steele would also accrue MLB Service Time if he is recalled and placed on the Cubs MLB 60-day IL, and because he would be placed on the 60-day IL on 8/31 he cannot be on the Cubs Post-season Eligibility List so he could not be replaced on a post-season series roster by a minor league player who is not otherwise eligible. In addition, because he would accrue MLB Service Time during the 2019 season, Steele could not be sent outright to the minors during the off-season or Spring Training should be suffer a significant injury during the off-season or Spring Training (which he could be if he were to remain on Optional Assignment through the conclusion of the MLB regular season).

So there are several good reasons not to recall Steele and place him on the 60-day IL on 8/31, although if it has to be done that way it can be done that way. 

Other possible moves to open up a slot on the 40 for Zobrist prior to midnight on 8/31 would be to release a player like Daniel Descalso (but that doesn't appear likely right now), or maybe DFA Mark Zagunis and then try and secure Outright Assignment Waivers so that he can be sent outright to Iowa (he would not be eligible to elect free-agency if outrighted and he would not be a minor league 6YFA until post-2020, although he would be eligible for selection in the December 2019 Rule 5 Draft). 

heyward / cast / bryant / rizzo / baez / schwarb / happ(2nd) / caratini / darvish

Some fun Castellanos stats since joining the Cubs (hint: he’s killing it)

https://twitter.com/ckamka/status/1164334773172654080?s=21

he does good baseball.

Yu has been mostly dominant and yet just a two run lead. Jeebuz 

tie game now...fun.

Keep this up and Coonrod could get a W for his efforts

Not sure anyone wants the old non-juiced baseball more than Yu.

Thy name is ... Coonrod

Ahhhhhhhmehhhhhnnnn

Somebody wake up Grandpa Joe and remind him that having Holland face righties i— any righty — is a no-no

Cubs need their three-hole hitter to start stepping up at the plate and do something crazy like driving in the two-hole hitter

Yes. Just like that

d.holland still sucks.

cubs tied this one out of sheer suck going on both sides of this game.  i'm waiting for the cubs to lose this one 18-17 in a few hours.

Sounds about right. Howevuh ... Home Game!

oh yeah...so cubs win 21-22 on a walk off bote grand slam...gotcha.

Oof. The lead off walk - horrible. That second hit allowed (which tied the game) on the ankle high fastball - tuff luck. 

"i am required to say it's a see-saw battle." - len

"it's going to come down to the kicking game." - jd

Funny (ha ha) to remember that at one point in this game Yu had retired 12 straight Giants

this game, though...wow...this game.

200th team homer of the season.

That would have been pretty cool if it had been KB’s 200th home run in less than five full seasons!

the inital graphic was KB #200, but i was like...hold on...

it was technically true in the loosest sense of the phrase.

200th home run of the season by KB probably would have set some kind of record too

schwarb set the cubs team record for fastest to 100 by a cub a bit less than a week ago.  bryant would have won a couple MVP awards in a row the past couple years.

That was a good send by the butterman - great throw by Yaz Jr

Try as he might, Eddie Vedder can’t find da butterman

Thanks. I’ll show myself out now

Woo Hoo!!! Cubs win a crazy one!  KB with another late inning, game winning homer - good stuff!

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  • Dolorous Jon Lester 23 min 7 sec ago (view)

    Lots of games where they failed to add on.

    Lots of games Strop has single handedly blown, too.

     

  • Charlie 53 min 27 sec ago (view)

    There are so many candidates. The early season losing streak comes painfully to mind.

     

  • Charlie 53 min 55 sec ago (view)

    JHey's swing looks like it slipped into groundout mode. That Nico lineout was heartbreaking. :(

     

  • Charlie 54 min 36 sec ago (view)

    Threw Vanmeter a curve and changeup that both looked great on TV, though Vanmeter didn't offer.

     

  • Mike Wellman 2 hours 39 min ago (view)

    First thing I'll point to, depending on the final order of finish, is the fact that, for the second year in a row we took the lead off of Hader in the 8th inning of a key late-season game @ Milwaukee & couldn't keep it. The second thing will be the game we led 5-0 after 7 & managed to lose. Nats next face Marlins. Cards come to town licking their chops/beaks to finish us off...

     

  • Dolorous Jon Lester 5 hours 45 min ago (view)

    They’re toast. Can’t finish games, can’t finish series, and it looks very much like they won’t finish this season.

     

  • Hagsag 7 hours 2 min ago (view)

    The Cubbies are in a tough situation. If they make the playoffs, they will have earned it!. Enjoy the ride folks.

     

  • Eric S 13 hours 29 min ago (view)

    Reds win season series 11-8 - possibly the first thing you point to should the Cubs miss the post season

     

  • Eric S 13 hours 35 min ago (view)

    Long looking swing for JHey ... and Nico - oof

     

  • Eric S 13 hours 36 min ago (view)

    Heard Len say Descalso’s name and about had a heart attack. Then heard him say “pinch runner” and settled down a bit

     

  • Charlie 13 hours 40 min ago (view)

    Contreras's receiving didn't do Norwood any favors in that Vanmeter at-bat. And Norwood needed some favors.

     

  • Eric S 13 hours 46 min ago (view)

    Gotta do better than three hits in nine innings in a start by Mahle - this one is on the bats

     

  • crunch 13 hours 51 min ago (view)

    4th pitcher of the inning coming in...neat

     

  • crunch 13 hours 55 min ago (view)

    ugg

     

  • crunch 14 hours 3 min ago (view)

    i'm all about kemp protecting a lead in the last few innings or getting to play after some pinch running, but that dude's bat is getting way too much work.  now that getting him starts isn't a priority he's still getting a lot of early shots off the bench at the plate.

    i hope to not see him next season.

     

  • Eric S 14 hours 5 min ago (view)

    Until Russell gets off the concussion protocol and/or Baez returns, Kemp may be the best option at second for defense, but Bote certainly better there defensively than Happ or Zobrist