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.
crunch 1 hour 38 min ago (view)
we want kyle schwarber to not be mark trumbo so badly...
either way, the NL having or not having the DH needs to be figured out pretty quickly for a lot of off-season sanity.
crunch 1 day 5 hours ago (view)
minor league hitting coordinator chris valaika moves up assistant hitting instructor for the big league team.
looks like a.iapoce's job is safe.
Cubster 1 day 8 hours ago (view)
Jed Hoyer gets a new 5 yr contract that runs through 2025 season.
Cubster 1 day 9 hours ago (view)
BA's list of 19 prospects who impressed at Instructs. One Cub:
Chase Strumpf, 2B, Cubs
Jackstraw 2 days 4 hours ago (view)
Waiting for Ryan Pace to be available. He should be a week from tomorrow.
crunch 2 days 5 hours ago (view)
i haven't even heard a rumor...which is interesting since "virtual" winter meetings start in a couple weeks.
surprised dan kantrovitz hasn't been named "interim GM" or something...which makes me wonder how wide of a net they're casting to fill the position. he was snagged from the A's and was an assistant GM there (and director of scouting for STL).
Cubster 2 days 5 hours ago (view)
As Jed is promoted to President of Baseball Ops, then when will be expect a formal announcement of who the "official" GM is?
crunch 2 days 6 hours ago (view)
there are currently 0 signed...so it's an untapped market ripe for picking the best of the best.
well, bill 'spaceman' lee is probably out there pitching for a low-level Cuban team being paid in weed or something similar.
Dolorous Jon Lester 2 days 12 hours ago (view)
1970s pitchers are a market inefficiency
Arizona Phil 2 days 23 hours ago (view)
The "Big Three" Cubs first-time Rule 5 Draft-eligibles post-2021 will be RHSP Riley Thompson, 1B-LF Alfonso Rivas, and LHSP Jack Patterson (at least as far as things stand right now), so they will need to be scrutinized as much as possible during the course of the 2021 season (including at MLB Spring Training); That's why those three (in particular) need to get an NRI.
crunch 3 days 1 hour ago (view)
no, joe patterson.
cubs 27th round pick from 1972 found a little something extra in his arm and he's making a comeback as a pitcher at age 70. this is how you do moneyball 2021...we don't need theo...he's irrelevant now.
tim815 3 days 4 hours ago (view)
Jack Patterson, yes.
Arizona Phil 3 days 6 hours ago (view)
While Rule 5 Draft-eligible RPs (Rucker, Megill, Mekkes, Hudson, Suiter, W. Short, Gamez, Lugo, Lawlor, and Hecht) are the most-likely to get selected, they are also the easiest to replace via waiver claim if they are lost. So while relievers are not necessarily "a dime a dozen," it's something like that when it comes to deciding who to protect in Rule 5. So unless the reliever is an exceptional MLB prospect with electric stuff, it's usually best to just take your chances.
Arizona Phil 4 days 3 hours ago (view)
I fully expect the Cubs to make one or two waiver claims and/or a minor trade or two over the next few days, what with a number of players getting DFA'd today by clubs looking to open up slots on their MLB 40-man roster.
Dolorous Jon Lester 4 days 3 hours ago (view)
Rucker is definitely surprising considering he was picked last year.
crunch 4 days 3 hours ago (view)
glad we don't have to worry about c.morel in the rule5...
little worried about michael rucker and wyatt short, but it's not like they would be sure-thing to be MLB-ready for anyone.