Cubs vs. Cleveland: Series Thread (Games 73 & 74)

The Cubs took the final game of the series against the Marlins to avoid the sweep. Next they have two games against Cleveland. The Cubs enter the series tied for first in the NL Central with the Brewers. Cleveland enters 2.5 games behind the White Sox in the AL Central. See below for the pitching matchups.

Game 73, Monday, June 21, 7:05 pm central

CHC: RHP Adbert Alzolay (4-5, 4.06 ERA)

CLE: RHP Aaron Civale (10-2, 3.48 ERA)

Alzolay returns from the IL for the blister issue. It's been two weeks from his last start, a three-inning outing in which his command was noticeably off. Prior to that, he'd enjoyed a string of 7 starts in which he'd gone at least five innings. He took a loss in Cleveland on May 11, when he allowed three earned runs in five innings of work. Cesar Hernandez and Jose Ramirez each took him deep.

26-year-old Civale has enjoyed a great first half, due largely to a very low BABIP so far. He won his last start despite allowing five earned runs in five innings to the Orioles. In the start before that, he pitched eight scoreless innings and struck out eleven Mariners. The Cubs last saw him on September 16 of 2020, when he allowed two earned runs on seven hits in six innings. This will be his second career appearance against the Cubs.

Game 74, Tuesday, June 22, 7:05 pm central

CHC: RHP Kyle Hendricks (9-4, 4.13 ERA)

CLE: RHP Eli Morgan (0-1, 12.79 ERA)

Hendricks earned his seventh win in as many starts by pitching six shutout innings in New York. Over that stretch he's had an ERA of 2.54. This will be his first 2021 appearance against Cleveland.

Morgan has made a pair of spot starts for Cleveland, and neither of his first two outings have gone very well. In his debut, he allowed six earned runs in 2.2 innings to Toronto, surrendering eight hits and two walks. Three weeks later, he struck out five Orioles in 3.2 innings while allowing three earned runs including two homers. The 25-year-old righty's best pitch is a changeup, his fastball sits in the high 80s, and his batted balls have skewed very much toward the air since he's reached AA and above.


alzolay activated, k.ryan down.  ryan was brought up less than 24 hours ago and not used yesterday.  he was already earlier optioned to AAA and the cubs DFA'd r.stock to add ryan to the 40-man yesterday.  odd use of the roster, kinda...

CRUNCH: The only way this makes sense is if the Cubs promised Ryan when they outrighted him in May that he would be added back to the MLB 40-man roster within a certain number of days or by a certain date (June 20th). Otherwise, it makes no sense.

Ryan did have the right to elect free-agency when he was outrighted, but he accepted the assignment. 

11 pitches, 2 Ks and a hard ground out to start things for alzolay.

i wonder how many pitches he'll be allowed to throw if he can keep the game under control.  velocity and movement looks great.

haha.  ump checked alzolay's hat and glove between innings and declared it all clear.

stuff so nasty they wanna make sure you're not on that "sticky fingers" bandwagon.

69 (nice) pitches...goes 4.2ip and leaves with a man on 1st

4.2ip 3h 1bb 5k, 3r/er (2hr)

alzolay continues to have the HR screw him over.  12 given up in 62.1ip

nico expected back in early july...duffy had a "setback" and is in limbo...bote has started baseball activities, but nowhere near a return time.

d.ross pulls baez for alcantara for what was either a mental mistake forgetting the outs or totally not hustling by baez in the bottom 4th running the bases.

cubs are down by 1.

hell of manager power play.  hope this plays out well...expect it will.

“It did not feel good to take Javy out of the game,” Ross said. “I never feel comfortable doing that at all. That's a pit in my stomach and it was in my stomach the entire game.”


“I blame it on myself. I lost the count of the outs,” Báez said. “We talked about it. We're on the same page. I'll be there tomorrow to help the team.”

whole zobrist thing got fleshed out (no pun) in public now...

I am with my hero Zo.

The thing that gets me is that she cheated with the guy providing religous-based pre-marital counseling. Hmmm... this guy is abusing his (quasi-)professional couseling position to pursue an intimate relationship; forgot the parts of the Bible about lying, cheating, & doing dirty by the 2016 WS MVP; and clearly has very conflicted feelings on the marriage construct... yep, I'm blowing up multiple people's lives to ride-or-die with THAT guy. 

p.wisdom seems to have injured his right leg/knee swinging a bat...

he's back out in the field in the top 3rd...must be okay, but he sure doesn't look confidently healthy.  *shrug*  off-day tomorrow...

HR in the 8th.  dope.

I can not believe what a good 3b he has been playing.

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  • Hagsag 2 hours 27 min ago (view)



  • Sonicwind75 3 hours 9 min ago (view)

    Off all the awards and accolades Rizzo earned during his time in Chicago; perhaps the most important is being named the Roberto Clemente Award winner in 2017.


  • crunch 3 hours 23 min ago (view)

    technically correct is the best kind of correct.

    also, rizzo's charity work (himself and the time he gives, not just his money) is top notch stuff.


  • tim815 6 hours 27 min ago (view)

    Anything to be noted about Temblador, Venezuela's Pedro Ramirez, who is shredding as the pipelines youngest player?


  • bradsbeard 8 hours 5 min ago (view)

    Arizona Phil, some folks (mostly me!) were wondering if you had any thoughts/info on Luis Devers, who seems to be having a nice ACL season despite being a bit old for the level. Got touched for a HR last night but hadn't given up multiple runs in a start before then and has struck out a healthy number of batters while limiting walks. Many thanks in advance!


  • Hagsag 13 hours 4 min ago (view)

    Rizzo wasn't a cancer, he HAD cancer!


  • Arizona Phil 16 hours 34 min ago (view)

    The Cubs have released AAA Iowa C-INF Tony Wolters so that he can sign a minor league deal with a contending club (if the opportunity presents itself).

    Because he was outrighted earlier this season he was not eligible to be traded after 7/30, even though he was on a minor league reserve list and (generally speaking) a player on a minor league reserve list can be traded up until one week prior to the scheduled conclusion of the MLB regular season. 


  • Arizona Phil 17 hours 7 min ago (view)

    So #11 (Ziehl), #12 (Banks), and #19 (Avitia) were the only three 2021 Cubs draft picks who did not sign. 


  • crunch 20 hours 45 min ago (view)

    similar story, similar quotes, different site/author


  • QuietMan 21 hours 6 min ago (view)

    Cubs: Jed Hoyer clarifies comments about extension talks with former core players - Marquee Sports Network

    Sorry I'm having trouble posting the link.

    @TonyAndracki23 with the story.



  • Wrigley Rat 22 hours 18 min ago (view)

    Second contract player Michael Arias, a former infielder-turned-pitcher, made his Cubs system debut today in relief. 0.2 IP, 1 H, 1 ER, 2 BB for DSL Cubs Blue.


  • Charlie 1 day 2 hours ago (view)

    A GM or owner saying a player "didn't want to sign" or "didn't want to negotiate" should always be read as "we didn't want to pay them."

    That said, a GM or owner can always show more finesse by saying, "I hope we can have productive talks this offseason" or something along those lines. Seems like Jed is trying to burn those bridges.


  • crunch 1 day 2 hours ago (view)

    while not known as a clubhouse cancer, there's more than a few stories about his "leadership qualities" lacking or otherwise being a bit of a jerk at points in time.  they're mostly rumor, and none of the rumors are awful...

    reminded a bit of this justin wilson/rizzo exchange back in 2018...


  • videographer 1 day 3 hours ago (view)

    /With all the player movement in the last week, I wonder if the Cubs are now 85% compliant for vaccinated players.  We know Sogard and Rizzo were not vaccinated and I can assume the players taking their place of the 40 man roster are vaccinated.  It will be an interesting story going forward when all trade noise settles down.


  • Dolorous Jon Lester 1 day 5 hours ago (view)

    Agreed on every point. I think Jed is trying to create "his" team, a fully separate entity than Theo. Probably targeting 2023 or 2024 to return to actual contention.

    He absolutely shouldn't have aired that out. He ends up looking like the bad guy. This is a good way to burn those bridges. 


  • crunch 1 day 5 hours ago (view)

    jed shouldn't have aired things out so blatently, even if true.

    "I don't know why guys didn't want to sign. I don't know why guys didn't want to even counteroffer, oftentimes. Every one of these guys would say they wanted to stay in Chicago, 'we wanted to be a Cub,' but then we would sit down and do negotiations, that wasn't how they acted."

    ...dude, no.  keep that to yourself.