Cubs @ Pirates (Game 57)

The Cubs lost a tight game (and solid performance from Hendricks) last night, but they remain 3.5 ahead of the Cardinals. There are only 4 games left for the offense to build any confidence going into the postseason. They'll have a chance to even the series this afternoon in Pittsburgh.

CHC (32-24): RHP Alec Mills (5-4, 4.14 ERA)
PIT (17-39): RHP Chad Kuhl (1-3, 5.20 ERA)
First pitch 12:35 pm central

Mills matched his season high 7 strikeouts in a loss last time out. He allowed 4 earned runs on six innings pitched, but his stuff and command looked basically the same as it did in his no-hitter from the week before. He's got one more start to continue to produce at a league-average or better rate. He lost to the Pirates on Sep. 3, allowing 4 earned runs in five innings. Bryan Reynolds id 2-3 with a double and homer off of him.

Chad Kuhl's walk rate has inflated vs his career and his ERA has gone along with it. Two rounds ago, he made a disastrous 6-walk and 9-earned run start against the Royals. He followed that up with a loss on four runs, one earned, to the Cardinals in which he walked only two. He did not earn a decision in a 4-inning start against the Cubs on Sep. 1 in which he allowed 4 runs, 3 earned. Heyward is 10-18 with 1 double and 1 homerun off of him. Rizzo is 7-22 with 5 extra-base hits. Javy is 2-17 and Schwarber 3-14, each with 5 strikeouts.


rizzo / contreras(DH) / heyward / schwarber / maybin(CF) / kipnis / baez / caratini / bote

So whatever happened to the don't pitch Mills the day after Hendricks plan?

This is an impressive level of offensive offense.  This week feels like the final week of 2018 when we also had a lousy 4 game series with the Pirates, just without one of the other teams winning the final 8 games to catch us. 

3 days left to get psyched for the post season?

Hey, anything could happen.  They could win 4 2-1 games in a series.

Or lose 8-0, 6-0 in the first round and be done.

the scary part of this team-wide slump, and especially this series, is PIT is basically a AAA level talent team that had 15 wins all season coming into the cubs series.

cubs are limping into the post-season.  heyward is pretty much the only consistent hitter.  well, technically jose martinez has been consistent, too.

Bluejays locked up a playoff spot. Looks like it's the Astros that are out. They are unlikely to get a "Buffalo" home game if they are the last seed.


Tribune Cub Notes (Friday AM):

Revenue drop leads to layoffs

By Mark Gonzales

The Cubs on Thursday laid off about 60 members of their business department because of declining revenue amid the COVID-19 pandemic, a source told the Tribune.

In addition, the team is bracing for limited seating capacity for games at Wrigley Field in 2021 in the event fans are allowed to attend games without a vaccine for the coronavirus, the source said. Should fans be allowed to return in limited capacity, the Cubs would prioritize season ticket holders for admission.

The Cubs likely are to follow the model of other teams that have allowed fans to attend games should they get permission. Wrigley’s seating capacity is 41,649, but a significant reduction would continue to affect revenue.

In May, Cubs Chairman Tom Ricketts told a group of season ticket holders in an online chat that about 70% of the team’s revenue stems from game-day operations, including ticket sales.

The decline in revenue because of COVID-19 cut into the team’s baseball operations department last month — more than two dozen scouts and player development staffers were informed their contracts would not be renewed this fall.

Top pitching prospect Brailyn Marquez is on the Cubs’ 40-man playoff pool.

The 6-foot-4, 185-pound Marquez, who has struck out 287 in 257 minor-league innings from 2016-19, has yet to pitch above Class A, but a team source said he was dominant at the South Bend, Ind., alternate site.

Other players of note who were included were pitchers Tyler Chatwood and Rowan Wick and infielder Ildemaro Vargas, all of whom are on the injured list.

there's been some heat surrounding b.marquez being added to the playoff pool, if not getting a callup in this last week (not gonna happen at this point, i imagine).

he's gonna shoot up prospect lists this off-season, he should be on top of everyone's Cubs team prospect lists right now.

THe Chicago Cubs announced that they have selected the contract of infielder Patrick Wisdom and veteran Jose Martinez has been optioned. 

Wisdom will be be available tonight and wear No. 59.

The 29-year-old has a .224 average with four homers and 11 RBIs during his MLB career.

The St. Louis Cardinals drafted Wisdom in the first round of the 2012 MLB June Amateur Draft out of Saint Mary's College.

To make room on the roster, Manny Rodriguez has been recalled from Double AA and placed on the 45-day IL.

Read more:

Wisdom been in short supply in 2020.  Glad we got some.

Dang, was hoping for a Jose Martinez hit.

we all have...for a few weeks...

it kinda sucks.  shame he may end his career speed bump with the cubs not even getting a hit.  if you're a no-fielding hitter, you kinda need to get the hitting part down, though.  speaking of...check out what vogelbomb is doing in MIL after getting cut loose by SEA.

Even more of a shame when you consider we gave up a decent prospect for him

Cards lose game 1 of DH w Brewers

I goofed wrt Bluejays/Astros. They clinched a WC #2 and 8 seed but Houston has a lock on West div team 2. The Indians will be 7 seed and wild card #1, abd team #3 from the central

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  • Arizona Phil 1 hour 23 min ago (view)

    Remember, the Cubs have until 5 PM (Eastern) on - SUNDAY - to decide whether to add any of the 25 minor leaguers who are eligible to be Rule 55 minor league second contract free-agents or 6YFA to the MLB 40-man roster, sign the player to a 2021 minor league successor contract, or allow the player to walk. (Some -- perhaps even most -- of the 25 have no doubt already signed successor contracts - TBD).  


  • Arizona Phil 2 hours 33 min ago (view)

    The Cubs have claimed 2B-3B-LF Max Schrock off waivers from the St. Loius Cardinals, and LHRP Rex Brothers has been sent outright to AAA Iowa. 

    If Brothers doesn't elect free-agency immediately, he will be automatically declared an MLB Rule 55 minor league 6YFA on Sunday at 5 PM Eastern, unless he agrees to sign a 2021 minor league successor contract).  

    Brothers is out of minor league options and he is arbitation-eligible post-2020, so he was likely to be non-tendered on 12/2 anyway. 


  • Arizona Phil 3 hours 16 min ago (view)

    K-DUB: It's pronounced "MAH - day" 


  • crunch 4 hours 44 min ago (view)

    "Jon Lester said in an interview on SiriusXM Friday that he's had conversations with president of baseball operations Theo Epstein "about getting something done, coming back and being a part of the organization." " about no?  i mean, thanks for those 3 good seasons in your first 4 years as a cub...but after those last

    also, the cubs claimed 2nd/3rd max schrock off waivers from STL (no power, bit of speed, slow to react in the IF even though the glove isn't bad).  meh.


  • K Dub 4 hours 53 min ago (view)

    Cubs had a prospect named Jose Made (also Dominican) between 2007-2009. I believe his name was pronounced like the verb "made". 


  • tim815 6 hours 7 min ago (view)

    I lean two syllables.

    He was Dominican-born, so Mah-day would have made sense, but that's a good Q.


  • K Dub 14 hours 21 min ago (view)

    PHIL: How is Kevin Made's last name pronounced? Is it mah-day? Or like it's spelled - made? Thanks!


  • Cubster 14 hours 47 min ago (view)

    Brewers decline Ryan Braun's option. Any predictions as to where he goes?


  • crunch 15 hours 14 min ago (view)

    KBO (korea) ends their season tomorrow.

    a.russell started off hot, but severely cooled off to a .253/.317/.336 slash (not counting today's game).  if he comes back to the US (and finds a team that wants to sign him), it should be rather cheap.


  • Hagsag 1 day 4 hours ago (view)

    Around the corner or in the ditch?


  • crunch 1 day 6 hours ago (view)

    my dream of seeing s.castro end his career with 3000+ hits and a WAR in the mid-30s, making HOF voters sweat, came to an end this year with the shortened season followed by the early injury.  he came into the year as a just-turned 30 year old (march 24) with 1617 hits.


  • George Altman 1 day 6 hours ago (view)

    Jerry Reinsdorf is reasons 1 thru 100 why I could never root for the White Sox and have hated the Bulls since 1999.


  • Sonicwind75 1 day 7 hours ago (view)

    Feels like Ricky and Starlin Castro should form a support group.  Everytime your rebuilding team is about to turn the corner and you're gone. 


  • Cubster 1 day 9 hours ago (view)

    76 yr old Tony LaRussa to manage the W/Sox. Reinsdorf decision over objections. 

    Poor Rick Renteria. History repeats itself, NOPE. This won't end well (except for bring your dog day).


  • Cubster 1 day 10 hours ago (view)

    but, but, but we're rounding the corner. The vaccine is warming up in the bullpen. Tucker's missing email package from Rudy is just lost in the mail. There are no pee-pee tapes. Corona, corona, corona. I like beer.   ...and the DeutchBank will just forgive billions of MLB owner's debt if they ask nicely. How are the Russian minor leagues looking this year Phil?


  • Arizona Phil 1 day 13 hours ago (view)

    There are going to be a lot of high-profile arbitration-eligible non-tenders on December 2nd as well, and there will not be much of a trade market for high-priced players during the off-season, either.