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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  • crunch 1 hour 34 min ago (view)

    nice.

    it's not like i think he's something special, but if he had 5mph more on his stuff he'd probably be a top prospect in the system combined with his command/control.  he's got highly repeatable junk and he's still young enough there might be a little more velocity to discover.

     

  • Arizona Phil 4 hours 48 min ago (view)

    CRUNCH: As long as Carrera is placed on the AAA Iowa reserve list on 11/20 he should be safe from selection, and I would say he is in fact close to a lock to be placed on the Iowa roster.

    Presuming he is on the Iowa reserve list going into the Rule 5 Draft, I doubt very much that he would get selected in the Major League Phase because he hasn't pitched above Lo-A. 

     

  • crunch 4 hours 59 min ago (view)

    nice info...

    i'm low-key keeping an eye on faustino carrera if he's not protected...which he may not be protected.

    he throws junk, but he throws it well, and with great control.

     

  • Arizona Phil 5 hours 17 min ago (view)

    I've talked to Player Development people over the past many years about the Rule 5 Draft and how an organization goes about deciding whether to protect or not protect a player from selection. 

    STEP 1: How many of your Rule 5 Draft-eligible players are actually legit candidates to get selected in the Major League Phase?. Usually there a dozen or more who could conceivably/realisticaly get selected. You need to identify them and then carefully evaluate them. 
    EXAMPLES: See my lists above. 

     

  • crunch 7 hours 58 min ago (view)

    "There are no untouchables," Epstein said.

    In truth, the Cubs boss has said the same every year, but it certainly sounds like he means it this time. "We're in the 'information collecting' stages of the process," one general manager put it on Tuesday.

    https://www.espn.com/mlb/story/_/id/28066390/there...

     

  • Dolorous Jon Lester 1 day 10 hours ago (view)

    I think, in relation to the higher profile guys like Javy or Contreras, they're trying to put some pressure on to sign extensions.

    That said I do think they're listening on everyone with the only name I haven't seen being Rizzo.

     

  • crunch 2 days 2 hours ago (view)

    i wonder where the cubs will go with things.

    there's a lot pointing to the cubs being expected to listen to offers on almost anyone.  as it is, on paper, the cubs could roll right into 2020 with no changes whatsoever and still field a very competitive team.  the whole "shakeup" thing seems to be a very hot topic from a variety of sources, though.

    bryant, contreras, schwarber have all been linked to "cubs may be listening" rumors...probably listening to anything on happ, bote, almora, russell, too...

     

  • Hagsag 2 days 3 hours ago (view)

    Even the Cubs should be able to out bid the Marlins!

     

  • crunch 2 days 3 hours ago (view)

    "According to Joe Frisaro of MLB.com, the Marlins are "believed" to have interest in free agent outfielder Nicholas Castellanos."

    by interest, i assume they mean they'd like to have some baseball rookie cards or his or maybe a hug from him.  i can't imagine they actually want to spend money on someone they could use to make their team better because that makes no sense.

     

  • Arizona Phil 2 days 19 hours ago (view)

    Prior to joining the Cubs in 2012 Scott Harris was Director of Baseball Operations in the MLB office, which means he received, reviewed, and approved all major league and minor league contracts and transactions, as well as providing MLB clubs with schedules, rules updates, and draft information. 

     

  • Cubster 3 days 3 hours ago (view)

    Giants hire Scott Harris, from Cubs front office,  as GM

     

  • Charlie 4 days 5 hours ago (view)

    For anyone else who immediately wonders but is not invested enough to look it up, this is not Chris (Ryan) Young, former Padres starter and fisticuffs partner of Derrek Lee, but rather the two-years younger Chris Matthew Young.

     

  • crunch 4 days 17 hours ago (view)

    rev up those off-season rumor fryers...

    Jeff Passan @JeffPassan
    Multiple teams in search of catching help believe Cubs catcher Willson Contreras will be available this winter. The Cubs will get creative this winter, and with a deep catching free agent market, they could trade Contreras and begin retooling under new manager David Ross.

     

  • crunch 4 days 22 hours ago (view)

    former padres manager andy green is gonna be ross's bench coach.

    green was c.rea's manager in SD, btw.

     

  • Arizona Phil 5 days 4 hours ago (view)

    Last year the Cubs signed four free-agents to minor league contracts prior to the Rule 5 Draft: LHP Alberto Baldonado, OF Wynton Bernard, RHP Corey Black, and RHP Jose Rosario. All four were members of the Cubs organization in 2018 but declined to sign a 2019 minor league successor contract prior to being declared a free-agent, but then came back to the Cubs after briefly testing the free-agent waters. 

     

  • crunch 5 days 8 hours ago (view)

    chris young to be named new bullpen coach (former phillies pitching coach)

    mixed messages on whether lester strode will have a new cubs role or leaving the cubs...