Cubs vs. Atlanta: Series Thread (Games 13-15)

The Cubs (5-7) have dropped 3 series in a row to division opponents. After the Thursday off, they return to home turf to take on the similarly struggling Atlanta crew (5-8).

With Freddie Freeman off to a Rizzo-like start, Ronald Acuna looks like the main hitter to watch out for. The 23-year-old OF is slashing .447/.500/.1000. That’s AVG/OBP/SLG, if you are wondering. He’s already collected 6 homeruns in only 12 games and pitchers are having a heck of a time trying to miss his bat in the early going. Pablo Sandoval (yes--that one) is also enjoying a hot start.

Kyle Hendricks was scratched from his last start and some caution with regard to COVID-19 contact has the front office shifting players to IL lately; the Cubs have not yet announced their starting pitchers for the series. Atlanta will send out LHP Drew Smyly (0-0, 5.73 ERA), RHP Huasar Ynoa (0-0, 0.75 ERA), and a third starter TBD. Friday and Saturday’s games are scheduled to begin at 1:20 pm central and Sunday’s game will be at 6:08 pm central.

The Cubs have Monday off and will then welcome the New York Mets for a 3-game set at Wrigley.


m.duffy activated, i.vargas to alternate site.

Smyly placed on IL, Kyle Wright to start. Don't know if that benefits the Cubs (would prob benefit most teams), but it surely hurts my fantasy team as I was looking forward to the K total and low WHIP Smyly was sure to get today.

 freddie freeman could be pitching and the cubs would only manage a solo homer and a few singles while K'ing 10+ times.

@DLJ:  Feel a little guilty myself streaming pitchers who are facing Cubs but at least there is something positive to come from watching the game.  Grabbed Ynoa tomorrow in a couple of leagues.

Same, gotta try to find positives in the situation.

And the baseball gods smite us with great vengeance. 

5 singles, 1 solo homer, and 12 Ks later...sigh

at least they managed to get 6bb (3 in the 9th to load the bases for j.pederson to K vs a lefty closer) and 4 HBP (wtf).

Spring training stud Joc Pederson!

Anyone else get the sense we've seen .500 for the last time in 2021?

i wasn't impressed with the pitching going into 2021, and this epic bat drought isn't helping.

i was expecting to get to the playoffs or really damn close.  i kinda still am.  it's not like i'd be shocked if we're trading away guys in a few months for "the future" at this point, though.

icing on the cake...

k.schwarber hits a walk-off 2nd deck homer to win it for WAS in the bottom 9th tonight.

And off of a lefty. 


Don't worry, Joc is DEFINITELY an upgrade.

contreras HBP thing getting kinda weird...just picked up 5th on the season.  it's not like he's leaning into them or sets up like rizzo making him prone to them.  almost all, if not all, don't seem to be on purpose.

he got a lot of this last year, too.  it's tough enough being a catcher.

I think he actually is really close to the plate, it just might be a little harder to see in the RH box, but his elbow hangs out over the batter's box chalk, so anything up and in is going to be close or hit him. 

yeah, he's def setting himself in a bad place to get something wild and inside.

i'm glad everyone is getting hit and we're not seeing a slew of suspensions for fighting or DL trips.

I agree that Contreras really sticks that front elbow (and shoulder and to some extent his head) pretty close to the zone. Plus he likes to reach toward the outer half to pull the ball and sometimes to lunge a little at the outside corner, so pitchers will want to work him inside frequently. He should get a thicker elbow guard.

the zach davies era isn't going so well through 3 games...

also, cubs getting hot right now.  contreras, 2x baez, and welcome back matt duffy.

How often in a weeks time are there multiple games with a team getting HBP more than hits.  Cubs today and the Carlos Rodon no hitter this week. 

limited capacity (and it's a "thunderstick" giveaway night), but LAD @ SD is practically a playoff level atmosphere here in april.

this one could be hot for years.

No numbers really needed to show that this offense is terrible right now, but I decided to peruse team stats today to see exactly where the Cubs have struggled the most. I was unsurprised to find they have the third highest pull %, the second lowest line drive %, and the highest K% in the majors right now. BABIP is also the lowest in the majors, whih is to be expected when the team is making poor contact and doing so in the teeth of the shift.

That's not fun baseball to watch.

Winkler and Workman return today, Steele and Strop head to alternate site.  Yay

cubs are scoring runs early and have a lead.

i'm not prepared for this.  deep down inside i'm nearly positive this is a good thing, but i'm going to do some research and try to make sure this is a good thing.

okay, i just checked with my friend that's a dodgers fan and this is a good thing.  go cubs.

game 14...only the 2nd time with multiple extra base hits in an inning for the cubs this year according to boog.

in a world of bryzzo and baez, contreras deserves his props for his all-around game.

he protected lester's shortcomings for years.  good luck with that 40% caught stealing rate and less people attempting it in WAS with aged alex avila and yan gomes, guy.

Contreras is amazing. It's why I've been so adamant that its completely nuts how often he's popped up in trade rumors. 

i think the cubs can risk losing shelby miller.

If this post had a 'like' button, I would press it.

I think somebody finally found and turned off the SUCK mode on their Cubs game controller. 

It's important we ALL do that, every day.

uh...welcome back hendricks...i guess.  meh.


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  • Arizona Phil 11 hours 40 min ago (view)

    VIDEO: Zach Davis and Rochest Cruz are (were) probably the two fastest players (sprint-speed on the bases) in the Cubs system (though not Cruz anymore, obviously). 


  • Arizona Phil 11 hours 55 min ago (view)

    Cubs minor league RHRP Ben Hecht (Cubs 2017 12th round pick - Wichita State) had TJS a couple of days ago. 


  • videographer 14 hours 54 min ago (view)

    Rochest Cruz had some success in the DSL a couple of years ago.  Too bad he didn't pan out.  Carlos Pacheco showed power numbers in the DSL two or three years ago along with a high K rate.


  • tim815 1 day 7 hours ago (view)

    The rush to 70 players.


  • Arizona Phil 1 day 7 hours ago (view)

    The Cubs have released OF Luis Berrelleza, INF Rochest Cruz, LHP Misael Garcia, OF Orlando Guzman, C-1B Brayan Mancilla, RHP Yander Montero, OF Carlos Pacheco, and OF John Rodriguez. 


  • crunch 1 day 10 hours ago (view)

    it screws up stats.  i know you play for wins/losses, but real money is on the line for players and makes agent/player homework selling their client a bit harder.

    it also makes historical comparisons difficult.

    the amount of time i've seen a fresh inning starting out...bunt guy to 3rd for an out, IBB, IBB is too high.  what would amount to a leadoff single following that can easily turn into 2 runs (1 earned) with guys on the corner...which usually leads to another IBB.


  • Charlie 1 day 11 hours ago (view)

    Jay Jaffe has a timely argument against the runner on second rule over at fangraphs:

    I still don't know why we don't just have ties. Obviously, the Cubs could have dodged most of these situations by simply hitting a little bit during the regulation innings.


  • Arizona Phil 1 day 13 hours ago (view)

    The Cubs have signed free-agent RHSP Adrian Sampson to a minor league contract and he has been assigned to AAA Iowa, and RHP Michael McAvene, LHP Jack Patterson, and OF Donnie Dewees have been placed on the 60-day IL to open up slots for Sampson, Trayce Thompson, and Kyle Ryan on the Cubs minor league 180-man Domestic Reserve List. 


  • crunch 1 day 14 hours ago (view)

    well that sucked.

    2-game sweep, 2 games under .500


  • crunch 1 day 14 hours ago (view)

    stumbled onto this today...clip from a 2019 ESPN broadcast game with boog, chipper jones, and david ross in the booth...

    boog used to call games for ATL, btw...


  • tim815 1 day 17 hours ago (view)

    Someone on social media was floating Yoelqui Cespedes to the Cubs in a Bryant trade.

    I was clueless if it was permitted. It is.


  • Wrigley Rat 2 days 4 hours ago (view)

    The Cubs have traded for outfielder Trayce Thompson, who was with the Diamondbacks at Triple-A, but is formerly of the big league White Sox, Dodgers, and A’s. The Diamondbacks are getting cash in the deal, which is a reflection of the reality that Thompson, 30, is a depth outfielder at this point in his career. Thompson is the younger brother of NBA star Klay Thompson.


  • crunch 2 days 10 hours ago (view)

    i'd like to point out ross feels more comfortable with j.pederson and k.bryant in CF over j.heyward.

    watching heyward not just look human in the OF, but having a bit of a hard time is rough.  he's just not getting to stuff like he used to.


  • crunch 2 days 10 hours ago (view)

    bryant out of the game for no apparent reason...that...doesn't seem good...

    he's "under the weather" according the clubhouse.  that's better than screwed up oblique or similar, at least.


  • crunch 2 days 12 hours ago (view)

    this shane bieber guy kinda sucks.  1 run in, bases loaded 0 outs.

    i hope 4-5 innings of alzolay and the 5 pen guys after him hold it down.

    ...hey wow, bases loaded 0 out turns into 0 runs...very cubs.


  • George Altman 2 days 13 hours ago (view)

    Baseball wants more offense, fans want more action -- limit pitching staffs to 12, ideally transition to 11 over a 3 year period. 

    Teams are asking RPs to throw only 45 pitches a week. Think about that.

    SPs who throw 175 IP/Yr will be museum pieces in 5 years.

    It's not shifts. Oh....and electronic Strike zones as soon as possible.