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.

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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.

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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: https://www.cubshq.com/update/Cubs-announce-roster-moves-28929#ixzz6Z5ppHG8N

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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  • 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)

    https://www.baseballamerica.com/stories/19-mlb-pro...

    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.

    Cool concept.

     

  • 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.