Cubs vs. Pirates: Series Thread (Games 32-34)

The Cubs pulled off a sweep of the Dodgers, twice walking off in extra innings and raising their record to 15-16. They also climbed aboe Cincinnati and their next opponent, the Pirates, to take 3rd place in the division. Next up, the Pirates may get some say in that matter. They come into Wrigley for a three-game series. This will be the third time these teams have faced off in 2021. They've split the season series at 3-3 so far, but they have not seen each other since April 11. The Cubs will work to build on the momentum from the sweep and stay in the thick of the division. See below for the weekend's matchups.


Game 32, 1:20 pm central

CHC: RHP Zach Davies (1-2, 8.22 ERA)

PIT: RHP Trevor Cahill (1-3, 7.40 ERA)

Davies last pitched on May 1st, when he set his current season best for earned runs allowed in a start (only 1), but also pitched only 4.0 innings. His walk rate remains worryingly inflated, especially for a pitch-to-contact guy. A sudden turnaround, particularly in terms of painting the corners, would be welcome.

Cahill is off to a rough start with the Pirates. The peripherals suggest he's due for better outcomes, however. His strikeout and walk rates are both better than his career averages, and he continues to get ground balls on more than 50% of balls in play. Last time out, the Cardinals knocked him around for 5 earned runs on 7 hits in 5.1 innings. Cubs hitters have seen little of him.


Game 33, 1:20 pm central

CHC: RHP Trevor Williams (2-2, 6.00 ERA)

PIT: RHP Will Crowe (0-1, 4.66 ERA)

The Reds offense chased Trevor Williams from his last start after only 2.2 innings pitched. Before he could flee the scene, he was tagged for 3 homeruns, 6 hits, and 6 earned runs, and he surrendered 4 walks along the way for good measure. His only other bad start on the season was the April 11 loss to the Pirates, in which that offense sprayed 10 hits in only 3.1 innings.

Will Crowe made his MLB debut last season for the Nationals. He went 0-2 in three starts that season while walking almost a batter per inning. Walks have hampered him a nearly as high a rate in the early going of 2021 as well. He made one relief appearance, against the Cubs on April 3, and has made 2 starts. He's allowed 8 walks in 9.2 innings across those 3 appearances. Last time out he lost to the Cardinals, surrendering 3 earned runs in 5 innings of work. Most Cubs will be getting their first looks at him.


Game 34, 1:20 pm central

CHC: RHP Kyle Hendricks (2-3, 6.07 ERA)

PIT: LHP Tyler Anderson (2-3, 3.24 ERA)

Hendricks pitched all 7 innings of the first half of the double-header against the Dodgers, allowing only one run on a solo homerun. Was it a rebound from a despair inducing start to the season, or was it one more appearance in an up-and-down start to the season? Cubs fans have yet to see Hendricks string together two quality starts in 2021. Adam Frazier has truly pestered Hendricks--he's hitting .478 in 23 at bats with two homeruns.

The Cubs scored 3 earned runs and served a loss to Pirates' lefty, Tyler Anderson, way back on April 3. His season record stands at 2-3, but he's allowed no more than 3 earned runs and has pitched at last 5 innings in every start of 2021. He's been a steady performer for the Pirates so far and is well-positioned to have his best season since 2018, when he went 7-9 with 32 starts with the Rockies. Rizzo is 6 for 15 with a homerun and Bryant is 6 for 14 with three dingers off of Anderson.

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j.pederson leading off and k.bryant in CF.  okay.

joc with 2 hits in 2ab...i guess bryant is due to rob a homer running up the ivy later in the game.

The Cubs have selected the contract of OF Nick Martini from AAA Iowa, LHRP Kyle Ryan has been Designated for Assignment, OF Ian Happ has been placed on the 10-day IL, and RHRP Jason Adam has been recalled from Iowa.  

Of the four outfielders who were at Iowa, I would have thought Nick Martini would have been the last to get called up.

Cameron Maybin (because of his experience), Ian Miller (because he can play CF and PR), and Rafael Ortega (because he can hit LHP and high velo off the bench) would have been the more likely choices. 

Least painful to lose if they don't want to keep a 40-man spot tied up?

Gin or Vodka?

One of my favorite movie lines is when Clarence tells Nick at Martini's in It's a Wonderful Life, "Everytime a bell rings, an Angel gets called up from Salt Lake City." 

hahaha !

that's gold Phil  ;)

This top of the 9th is going from better, to bad, to worse.

that was -way- too much drama.

cubs move to .500, though.  woo.

it certainly was....

wonder why Kimbrel didnt't come in?

Jordan Horrobin  @JordanHorrobin
#Cubs David Ross says Craig Kimbrel was "just down" today and that not having Kimbrel in the ninth was not injury related. 
He also said he expects Kimbrel to be available tomorrow.

Is it bad that my gut reaction was that I'm glad they didn't panic and risk injuring a valuable trade chip? Just keep him rested and healthy.   

after this past off-season that is the most logical gut reaction.

there's a lot of people out there rooting for kimbrel and bryant to have a good season as a backup plan (or main plan) for the 2021 season.

ah.

thanks!

w.miley (CIN) has a no-hitter through 8ip...0-0 game...106 pitches (season high)

...and CIN takes the lead because CLE is stupid...giving up a run on a throwing error followed by balking another runner in.

miley gonna get his shot for a no-hitter win.

no hitter!  4 in MLB on the season...2 have been vs CLE

114 pitches.

decided to check in on corey black to see if anyone has signed that waste of space.  dont think anyone has yet.

he might want to remove the photo of the proud boys leader he has on his twitter as aggressively as he's removed some of his weird hot takes from the past.  actually, he should keep it there.  it will give him a reason to feel like a victim and that seems to be very important to him.

Piece of gabage.

both him and his sister (who's since left twitter) have some interesting opinions on what civility and real americans are and are not.

it may run in the family, but they're grown ass adults responsible for what things they put out in the world for public consumption.

beth and jd in the booth today.  beth had a great debut earlier in the year with very positive fan feedback for her work + homework.

javy got a back ouchie and sitting today (sunday)

Shelby Miller on a rehab assignment. Hope he stays there

Dominating three innings for Shelby Miller in his rehab start for AAA Iowa today.  

turned into a combined no-hitter.

miller/nance/wieck/meisinger

crazy quiet at the park today in the 1st.

hendricks loading the f'n bases with 0 outs isn't helping.

PIT has 3 runs on on a walk and a slew of hits with an exit velocity comparable to the arm speed of a 5 year old throwing a dry sponge.

also, marisnick is injured and done.  he's walking off the field before being checked on.

j.marisnick right hamstring strain...may or may not hit the DL.

Jake Marisnick has had several DL/IL stints due to hamstring injuries over the years, so this is nothing new.

I would think Cameron Maybin will probably get the call-up if Marisnick goes on the IL, although adding Maybin to the 40 would require a corresponding 40-man roster deletion (60-day IL or DFA). 

sad thing is you can't even count on heyward slotting over to CF.  his D is getting subpar, average on a good day, and he can barely handle RF as steady as he used to at this point.

2y/44m left on that deal...

MRI for marisnick on monday...no d/l yet, but it seems likely

also heyward has a hand issue and that's why he was removed in the 9th for a pinch hitter.  no word on if that's going to be a thing going forward or just a "sleep it off" thing.

may 9th and hendricks puts in 5 innings (88 pitches) to bring the team lead in SP innings pitched to 34.2ip

if arrieta didn't get injured (missing his last game) and pitched a hell of a game he wouldn't have hit 40ip+ unless he threw a complete game.

might not have a single starter going 200ip this year even if they stay healthy.

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  • Hagsag 1 hour 23 min ago (view)

    Phil, I hope you get to see this group. What a bunch of middle infielders!

     

  • Arizona Phil 5 hours 21 min ago (view)

    The top four DSL Cubs position player prospects (SS Cristian Hernandez, C Moises Ballesteros, INF Pedro Ramirez, and OF Frank Hernandez) have been added to the Cubs AZIL roster (see updated roster in post above). 

     

  • Arizona Phil 23 hours 38 min ago (view)

    Dillon Maples does not have the right to elect free-agency if he is outrighted to the minors, but he will be automatically declared an MLB Rule 9 6YFA at 5 PM Eastern on the 5th day after the final game of the World Series if he is not added back to the 40 in the meantime. 

     

  • crunch 23 hours 52 min ago (view)

    p.wisdom is the new cubs all-time rookie HR leader.

     

  • Arizona Phil 1 day 1 hour ago (view)

    The Cubs will very likely be splitting the AZIL position players into two 14-man squads (like they did last year), with each squad playng in every other-game, and with the other squad having a Camp Day instructional work-out on a back-field when that squad is not playing in a game. There will also be five combined Camp Days during the course of the four weeks for all players from both squads.  

     

  • Arizona Phil 1 day 1 hour ago (view)

    DJL: No. Signing a 2022 minor league successor contract would only matter with regard to a player in the Arizona Fall League, because the AFL schedule goes past the date when minor leaguers are declared free-agents. 

    AZ Instructs ends on October 16th, which is about two or three weeks before minor league free-agency, so the three guys at Cubs Instructs who are eligible to be free-agehts after the World Series (Dakota Chalmers. Nicholas Padilla, and Eury Ramos) do not need to sign successor contracts in order to play in AZIL games. 

     

  • Dolorous Jon Lester 1 day 3 hours ago (view)

    Sorry to hear about your dad, Charlie. I lost my father almost 2 years ago now, some of my fondest childhood memories are going to Wrigley with him.

    All the best wishes to you, sir.

     

  • First.Pitch.120 1 day 3 hours ago (view)

    If you had Bote in the '11-'12- '13 Cubs draft dead pool, then you are a winner!

     

  • Dolorous Jon Lester 1 day 4 hours ago (view)

    Dakota Chalmers... interesting. He's scheduled to be a MILB FA, correct? Would this be a good sign he has signed a successor deal?

     

  • Cubster 1 day 4 hours ago (view)

    Maples dfa. Double Martini too.  Hoerner and Thompson back and Keegan to start today. Hoerner bats 5th.
    https://www.marqueesportsnetwork.com/cubs-welcome-back-nico-hoerner-and-...

     

  • crunch 1 day 5 hours ago (view)

    it's never a good time to be in the hospital, but things are extra complicated right now.

    hope everything goes well for everyone.

    go cubs

     

  • Charlie 1 day 21 hours ago (view)

    Listening to this in a hospital room because we are blacked out on MLB.tv. I don't know which surprises me more, that the Cubs haven't beaten the Brewers since April or that the Cubs beat the Brewers in April.

     

  • crunch 2 days 21 hours ago (view)

    m.rodriguez to 10d IL, a.morgan returns.

     

  • Jackstraw 3 days 7 hours ago (view)

    I like that the team was absolutely committed to not losing back-to-back games on a walk-off passed ball.

     

  • Eric S 3 days 18 hours ago (view)

    And the funny thing is Rucker was the only Cubs pitcher tonight to post 0 runs allowed in the box score. You know things are really out of hand when Ross gives the okay for a Maples appearance.

     

  • George Altman 3 days 19 hours ago (view)

    AZ Phil,

    Is there a reason Preciado hasn't been in an ACL game in about a month?