Cubs @ Dodgers: Series Thread (Games 75-78)
The Cubs (41-33) have won four out of their last ten and fallen a half game behind the Brewers for the division lead. The'll spend their next ten games on the road, and they'll begin with a tough four-game assignment against the second in the NL West Dodgers (44-29). See below for the pitching matchups.
Game 75, Thursday, June 24, 9:10 pm central
CHC: RHP Zach Davies (4-4, 4.66 ERA)
LAD: RHP Walker Buehler (7-0, 2.38 ERA)
Davies worked through six innings at Wrigley while allowing eight earned runs to the Marlins in his last start. Before that, he had two consecutive scoreless starts of 6.0 and 6.2 innings.
Buehler is the first of several dominant starters the Cubs will face on this 10-game road trip. Last time out, he struck out eleven hitters over 7.1 innings and allowed two earned runs. He did not earn a decision in his prior start against the Cubs this season, going six innings and allowing two earned runs while striking out eight.
Game 76, Friday, June 25, 9:10 pm central
CHC: RHP Jake Arrieta (5-8, 5.45 ERA)
LAD: RHP Tony Gonsolin (0-0, 3.00 ERA)
Arrieta has been kind of a mess lately, making only one decent start over his last five. In his most recent start, he went only three innings and allowed six runs, four earned. It was his first walkless start of the season, but that doesn't really count as a silver lining when you give up six hits including two homers.
The 27-year-old Gonsolin debuted with the Dodgers in 2019 and had 14 major league starts under his belt going into the season. He's been quite effective in that time, keeping his career ERA under three so far. In his three 2021 starts, he has yet to see the end of the fourth inning, and he was a bit wild in his first two.
Game 77, Saturday, June 26, 6:15 pm central
CHC: RHP Alec Miills (3-1, 5.18 ERA)
LAD: LHP Luis Urias (9-3, 3.99 ERA)
It's hard to complain about Alec Mills. Expectations for him are roughly nil, and he's given Cubs fans a no hitter while serving mostly as a swing man and long reliever. In his three starts this season, he's held opponents to five earned runs and eaten 13.1 innings. His last start was his most effective, when went five and held Miami scoreless.
Urías entered the season a five-year veteran, which makes it hard to believe he's still only 24. 2021 is shaping up to be one of his better years despite the slightly higher ERA--he's actually improved his strikeout rate and walk rate so far. He did get knocked around a bit by the Padres; they scored six earned runs in 4.1 innings in his last start.
Game 78, Sunday, June 27, 6:08 pm central
CHC: RHP Adbert Alzolay (4-6, 4.19 ERA)
LAD: LHP Clayton Kershaw (8-7, 3.43 ERA)
Alzolay's slider and his recently blistered finger both appear to have survived the first round of "sticky stuff" enforcement in his last game. He took the loss but turned in a fairly typical Alzolay start. He struck out five and surrendered a pair of homers to Cleveland in 4.1 innings.
Kershaw is enjoying somewhat of a resurgence in 2021. The veteran lefty has already struck out 111 opponents, and the season has not yet reached its halfway point. Last time out he took the loss but only allowed three earned runs in six innings while striking out seven Padres. He lasted only one innings against the Cubs back on May 4, when he allowed four earned runs on four hits and two walks. It was the shortest start of the future Hall of Famer's career and he made no excuses. Watch out for a possible chip on his shoulder.
Hagsag 20 min 26 sec ago (view)
Sonicwind75 1 hour 2 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 1 hour 15 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 4 hours 20 min ago (view)
Anything to be noted about Temblador, Venezuela's Pedro Ramirez, who is shredding as the pipelines youngest player?
bradsbeard 5 hours 58 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 10 hours 57 min ago (view)
Rizzo wasn't a cancer, he HAD cancer!
Arizona Phil 14 hours 27 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 14 hours 59 min ago (view)
So #11 (Ziehl), #12 (Banks), and #19 (Avitia) were the only three 2021 Cubs draft picks who did not sign.
crunch 18 hours 37 min ago (view)
similar story, similar quotes, different site/author
QuietMan 18 hours 59 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 20 hours 11 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 25 min 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 38 min 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 1 hour 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 3 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 3 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.