Cubs @ Brewers: Series Thread (Games 139-142)

The Cubs begin an eight-game road trip that pits them against the Brewers and Padres for four games each. Trailing in the division and fending off Wild Card hopefuls behind them, the Cubs will be feeling pressure to at least keep pace. Zobrist and Bote could see additional playing time with Javy and Bryant both nursing injuries. The Cubs enter the series 2.5 behind the Cards. See below for match-ups.


Game 139, Thursday, Sep. 5, 6:10pmCDT
CHC: LHP Jose Quintana (12-8, 3.90 ERA)
MIL: RHP Chase Anderson (6-4, 4.58 ERA)

Quintana earned in a win in 5.2 innings against the Brewers last time around, striking out three and allowing four hits and two walks. He's done a good job suppressing offense from current Brewers with the exception of Ryan Braun, who is 12-43 with five homeruns off the lefty.

The Cubs scored five to serve Anderson a loss in his last start, a four inning affair with two Castellanos homeruns. Recent returness Zobrist and Contreras are among Cubs to have hammered Anderson in his career, 17-37 with four homeruns as a pair. Castellanos has the smooth 2-2 with two homeruns line. Javy should sit this one out and rest his thumb.


Game 140, Friday, Sep. 6, 7:10pmCDT
CHC: LHP Cole Hamels (7-5, 3.69 ERA)
MIL: RHP Zach Davies (8-7, 3.76 ERA)

Spider-Ham's six innings of two-run ball weren't enough in his last start, as he took his first Wrigley loss of the season to these Brewers. Hernan Perez is 10-19 with a homerun off the veteran.

Davies broke a five-game losing striking with a no-decision in his last start. He went 4.2 scoreless innings against the Cubs.


Game 141, Saturday, Sep. 7, 6:10pmCDT
CHC: RHP Yu Darvish (5-6, 4.25 ERA)
MIL: LHP Gio Gonzalez (2-2, 4.14 ERA)

Darvish missed his last turn due to a forearm stray, but before that he pitched eight innings and allowed one earned run in a win against the Mets. Yelich is 3-10 with two homeruns off of him.

Gonzalez could only go three innings against the Cubs in his last start, despite allowing no hits. He surrendered four walks and struck out two in that no-decision. Lucroy is 8-13 and Amora 4-8 off the lefty.


Game 142, Sunday, Sep. 8, 1:10pmCDT
CHC: RHP Kyle Hendricks (9-9, 3.39 ERA)
MIL: RHP Adrian Houser (6-5, 3.45 ERA)

Hendricks pitched well in a win against Seattle despite earning a no-dcision. He allowed one earned run on one walk and three hits in six innings pitched, striking out seven. He's held most Brewers in check, but Travis Shaw is 7-27 with three homeruns off of him.

Houser held the Astros to one run on two walks and five hits in 4.1 innings, walking away with a no-decision. He lost to the Cubs on August 4, surrendering four earned runs in five innings. Current Cubs are 12-42 with a ..929 OPS off of him. Schwarber (2-4 with a homerun), Contreras (2-3 with a triple) and Rizzo (2-4) have led the way in minimal exposure.

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STL already won today.  meh.

Best Cubs lineup tonight - position player wise at least.  So look out for a no-hitter from Anderson! 😂

AZ Phil - You see a scenario that the Cubs sign Castellanos in the offseason without stripping the front office of the resources to pursue other meaningful acquisitions?  I assume Hamels will not be re-signed unless he’s willing to take a big discount (very doubtful)

And now Javy scratched from lineup due to thumb soreness.  The lineup was nice in theory at least!

Q: How many baseball players does it take to screw in a lightbulb?

A: C.Kimbrel to the IL with elbow inflamation

hahahahahahahaha

Welp. This stretch run could get real ugly.

schwarber grand slam!

unf.

heyward ends 0-31 with a single.

South Bend sweeps Bowling Green tonight and moves to the Division Championship round.  Game 1 Saturday at Four Winds.  A stingy bullpen was key to the series win; it's a deep and interesting mix of old (for this level) and new guys.

sweep huh?

so, basically a bowling green massacre.

Yeah, but you should have seen the crowd that night... so amped up, into the game, & way bigger than the crowd for Obama.

zobrist(2nd) / schwarb / cast / rizzo / bryant / caratini / russell(SS) / heyward / ham

baez still has owies.

Cubs best two hitters since August 1st batting 2nd and 3rd in the lineup. Prior leadoff hitter hitting 8th. Prior #2 hitter moved down to #5. I guess as Maddon said a few weeks ago its big boy time. 

bote since august 1st has been on an unsustainably awesome stretch with an ob% in the .600s with 3 doubles and a homer...only given 35PA to do it, though

he gets his chance, he produces...then he sits for days or goes to AAA to hang out.

ham with a 24 pitch (0 run) 1st...hurrah for expanded rosters.

d.hultzen getting called up according to len (via tommy birch)

...at least STL and WAS have already lost

Wonder who is getting the boot off the 40 man for Hultzen. My money’s on Rosario.

It also means that if Underwood and Hultzen aren’t non-tendered, the 2020 bullpen is full without any signings. And Alec Mills would be a goner too.

Taylor Davis bites the bullet. Rosario lives to DFA another day.

Little known fact: Taylor Davis has more career MLB grand slams (1) than Freddie Freeman. 

Keep in mind that if Taylor Davis gets through waivers and is outrighted he will be a minor league 6YFA post-World Series - BUT - he can be added back to the Cubs MLB 40-man roster anytime during the balance of the MLB regular season or post-season (although another player will have to be dropped from the 40) if a couple of Cubs catchers go down with injuries. (If that were to happen, T. Davis would be a post-2019 minor league 6YFA only if he is not on the 40 as of 5 PM Eastern on the 5th day after the final game of the World Series).   

So Danny Hultzen, Zack Short, Dixon Machado. P. J. Higgins, and Nico Hoerner, or any minor leaguer who was on a Cubs minor league affiliate's reserve list on 8/31 or Taylor Davis (if he makes it through waivers without being claimed) or Mark Zagunis or any player who was on the Cubs MLB 40-man roster at midnight on 8/31 but who was subsequently sent outright to the minors can replace a player on the Cubs MLB Post-Season Eligibility List who is unable to play in the post-season due to injury (at this time that would include all four of the players on the Cubs MLB 60-day IL - Xavier Cedeno, Brandon Morrow, and Allen Webster for sure, and Kendall Graveman as long as he is not reinstated from the 60-day IL in the post-season). And once a post-season eligible player is declared out for the post-season and is replaced by a minor league player, the player cannot be reinstated for the balance of the post-season  

As long as the injury replacement occurs prior to the start of a post-season series, there is no restriction on replacing an injured post-season eligible player with a player who plays the same position. It's only when an injured player is replaced - DURING - a post-season series that a pitcher must replace a plitcher and a postion player must replace a position player. So while all four of the players on the Cubs MLB 60-day IL are pitchers, that doesn't prevent the Cubs from replacing one or more of them with minor league position players.  

Also, any minor league player not on the MLB 40-man roster who is a post-season "injury replacement" must first be added to the 40, and a player cannot be placed on the 60-day IL or transferred to the 60-day IL after the conclusion of the MLB regular season to make room on the 40 for the replaceme t player (and all players on the 10-day IL must be reinstated on the day after the conclusion of the MLB regular season, so players cannot be transferred from the 10-day IL to the 60-day IL during the post-season), and any player placed onto the 60-day IL or transferred to the 60-day IL in September - MUST - be replaced on the club's MLB 40-man roster immediately (decision cannot be deferred until the post-season).  

Graveman retired first 10 last night, 5 on Ks, before tiring between 50-60 pitche-touched 93...3&2/3, 1h, 1w; looks like a keeper...

Wonder if they’ll activate him. I believe his salary jumps from 575k to 2 mil if they do.

I was a big fan of that signing. Been a believer in him for a while, was very solid while healthy in OAK.

DJL: Graveman's $1.475M "one day" roster bonus only applies if he is reinstated from the IL during the MLB regular season, so it won't cost the Cubs anything additional beyond his $575K base salary if Graveman is reinstated during the post-season (MLB players are not paid salaries once the MLB regular season concludes, instead they get post-season checks for each post-season series played with higher $$$ amounts if they win the series). 

Javy has a hairline fracture. Woooo Baddison experience at SS full time!

Would you prefer Bote? Might have to add the Iowa shortstop to the 40 man roster after all.

Iowa SS Dixon Machado is an experienced MLB legit shortstop but he's down with a hamstring injury but SS Zack Short (who was promoted from Tennessee to Iowa for the PCL playoffs) was probably going to be added to the 40 post-2019 anyway, so bringing him up to MLB in September isn't that much of a stretch  Same goes for Iowa C-INF P. J. Higgins in case one of the three Cubs MLB catchers goes down over the last three weeks of the MLB regular season. (Higgins is a virtual lock to get added to the 40 post-2019).  

I wouldn’t prefer Bote. I would have preferred Baddison not being a Cub and a different MLB back up.

Agree on that - would have saved some headaches.  Can’t imagine Russell will be back next season but nothing surprises me (see newest New England Patriot, Antonio Brown)

With you on that, too. I dont see how they’d want to give him a raise on what’s he’s making based on his production. Money can be better spent. But who knows. Weirder things have happened.

ERIC S: It wouldn't surprise me if the Cubs offer Dixon Machado a 2020 minor league successor contract with a generous salary and an NRI to Spring Training and with a very good chance to make the Cubs Opening Day 25-man roster (especially with the new 26-man active list where the 26th player can't be a pitcher), and then either trade or non-tender Addison Russell. 

Agreed, AZ Phil - that wouldn’t surprise at all. 

Maddon REALLY wants Phelps to get to that $5M option next year as opposed to where it’s currently at, $3M. His last 2 appearances were both 1 batter without an out recorded. 8 more over the last 21 games gets him there.

that was one hell of an eventful 8th for both teams.

WELL THAT SUCKED.

Unbelievable. There is ONE person on that team you do not give the chance to beat you. It’s not Eric Thames!

I can’t decide if I think Schwarber falling on his ass (as usual) cost them a chance at Austin at home.

schwarber has done nothing short of busting his ass to be in playing shape for LF for years now...seems like he tries hard.

that said, he'll make a fine DH for someone one day.  he's not much of a fielder anywhere.  i wonder how bad his 1st base D is since he never gets a chance to play there when rizzo is out/resting.

He’s much better than he was, for sure. I like Schwarber and don’t mean to demean his effort because he was truly abysmal previously and he’s not that anymore. But....

It‘s apparent that it isn‘t something that comes naturally to him. He still makes those head scratching type plays. He would have had a chance to throw out the runner at home, I think. Maybe not, but I know for sure that once he tumbled over himself (which he does with some level of frequency) the game was done.

Are things looking good with Javy out with an injury, Russell a head case in the field and Bote a better choice to start at 3B than a clearly banged up KB?  Not the brand of September baseball I was looking forward to. 

Russell is a head case, and it’s not limited to the field.

Love KB, but I am wondering if he’s just physically kind of fragile. As fragile as a world class athlete can be, in any case. 

94 mph fastball to the bill of the helmet for russell.

bleeding from the nose.

neat.

this game got good quickly.

i'm all for the "rally hit russell in the face with a fastball" going forward.

wow d.hultzen

welcome to the cubs

Very nice debut. Provided he can throw on back to back days you gotta think he’s in next years pen. Barring any signings/ trades/ injuries/ horrible ST performance and factoring in out of options players this is what I would guess 2020 pen will be:

Kimbrel, Wick, Ryan, Phelps, Chatwood, Wieck, Underwood, Hultzen

Wick, Ryan, and Wieck have options. Out of options 40 man guys sent packing are Mills, Rosario, Webster

Makes sense for 2020.  What does not make sense is that most of the Cubs minor league affiliates have strong bullpens, while the big club signs free agents liberally in the pen and still has performance issues.  Hultzen may be a special case but I'd rather see the Cubs bring guys up from AAA and AA every time, knowing this has failed and will fail again, than buy guys in their thirties who prove to be in decline (Kintzler) or start to get hurt a lot (Kimbrel?)  I'd like the 2021 Cubs bullpen to be young and homegrown.

Yeah I agree. If you look at the most successful franchises, especially the ones who are good consistently, they typically churn out reliever after reliever, especially the middle relief guys.

3 late games @SD coming up.  10PM+ for us east coast people.

i should quit my job.

day game thursday, then back home for 3 day games vs PIT.

South Bend will play for the Midwest League Championship!  Their formula for success in the division battle was the same as in playoff round one: put a lot of people on base, draw first blood, then ride the bullpen to victory.  In less guarded moments, the SB players have been saying they were the team their opponents did not want to face in a short series.  Very true so far....

Is Maples injured? I can't find any recent stories on him. I'm surprised that he wasn't called up when Iowa's season ended.

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  • Arizona Phil 8 hours 14 min ago (view)

    For those of you wondering about catcher Ronnier Quintero (the Cubs #1 IFA signing in the 2019-20 ISP), he participates fully in pre-game and Camp Day work-outs and he catches bullpens, and while he has been the bullpen catcher at every AZIL game he has not yet played in a game.

    As a catcher he has a lot to learn, and the Cubs would prefer that Quintero mainly concentrates on receiving and learning how to work with pitchers right now. He can learn about hitting and baserunning later. 

     

  • Arizona Phil 9 hours 6 min ago (view)

    In adition to the 22 pitchers originally on the Cubs AZIL Active List roster plus RHP Manuel Rodriguez (right biceps strain last March) and LHP Brad Wieck (wearing a brace on his left knee) who are on the Cubs MLB 60-day IL and are rehabbing at AZIL, the Cubs have added four additional pitchers to their AZIL Active List roster:  

    RHP Josh Burgmann 
    RHP Chris Clarke 
    LHP D. J. Herz
    RHP Michael McAvene 

     

  • Charlie 1 day 6 hours ago (view)

    This is weird. He seemed well liked and shifting him to another role would've made just as much sense.

     

  • bradsbeard 1 day 10 hours ago (view)

    I'd say the only guys who struggled all season were Baez and Bryant. Willson struggled for a lot of August but was one of the few who hit in September. Most of the team hit well in 2019 (including Baez and Bryant before injuries derailed them). I don't know if there's any reason to blame Ipoce in particular for the September slump. 

     

  • crunch 2 days 23 min ago (view)

    iapoce expected to stay.  i'm surprised.  i know it's a weird/short season, but it was a season-long slump for a lot of guys and answers weren't showing up.

     

  • crunch 2 days 1 hour ago (view)

    i eagerly await the espn 10 part mini-series "Rafael Palmeiro, More Like Rafael Baseballmerio" covering those 28 legendary games.

     

  • Dolorous Jon Lester 2 days 1 hour ago (view)

    In fairness those 28 games he played at 1B were breathtaking that year

     

  • Dolorous Jon Lester 2 days 1 hour ago (view)

    Cubs fire asst. hitting coach Terrmel Sledge. I knew it was his fault!

     

  • crunch 2 days 1 hour ago (view)

    shout out to 1999 1st base gold glove winner rafael palmeiro.  25 starts (28 games total) at 1st...128 starts at DH.

     

  • Charlie 3 days 3 hours ago (view)

    Lol at Nico getting nominated for riding the bench a lot.

     

  • crunch 3 days 5 hours ago (view)

    RF Jason Heyward, SS Javier Baez, 2B Nico Hoerner, 1B Anthony Rizzo, C Willson Contreras, and Ps Kyle Hendricks and Alec Mills gold glove finalists

     

  • bradsbeard 3 days 9 hours ago (view)

    Thank you, sir! Sounds like a nice get for the Cubs, and a good project for (what's left of) the new development infrastructure. 

     

  • Arizona Phil 3 days 9 hours ago (view)

    There have been some holes in the AZIL east-side schedule, with one team canceling games last week (although they are back playing this week) and another canceling game this week due to CoViD-19 issue, so the other teams (like the Cubs) are making up some of the "lost" games with intrasquad and in-house "sim" games. 

     

  • Arizona Phil 3 days 10 hours ago (view)

    BRADSBEARD: From what I have seen of Jacob Wetzel so far (BP, fielding practice, base-running drills, sim games, AZIL games, and yesterday's intasquad game), I would say he looks like a football running back playing baseball in that he has a high motor and plays with a bit of an edge.

    He has a thick body but he also has plus speed (very much like a football running back in that respect), he runs the bases aggressively, makes hard contact, has HR power, a decent arm, maybe can use some work in the outfield as far as tracking balls. 

     

  • bradsbeard 4 days 10 min ago (view)

    Phil, curious if you've seen enough of Jacob Wetzel to offer an initial scouting report. Just from watching some prep video he looked pretty strong and fairly athletic (HS football player and all). Impressive numbers albeit in community college, but he was a division 1 recruit before that so he's pretty intriguing to me. 

     

  • KingKongvsGodzilla 5 days 22 hours 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!