Cubs vs. Reds: Series Thread (Games 139-141)
The Cubs have taken six in a row from sub-.500 teams and now turn their attention to the Cincinnati Reds. This will be the final matchup of 2021 between the Cubs and the second place Reds. The Cincinnati crew enters the series only half a game out of a wild card spot and eleven games back in the NL Central. See below for the daily matchups.
Game 139, Monday, September 6, 1:20 pm central
CHC: LHP Justin Steele (3-2, 3.48 ERA)
CIN: RHP Sonny Gray (7-6, 3.89 ERA)
Steele made his best start so far and earned his first win as a starter by going five innings, allowing one hit, and working around three walks to the Twins. He probably won’t have the advantage of Adbert Alzolay as his piggy-back partner this time around.
Gray has recorded victories in his last three starts and his most recent loss was back in July. He’s faced the Cubs once so far this year, striking out eight over five innings while holding them to one earned run.
Game 140, Tuesday, September 7, 6:40 pm central
CHC: RHP Adrian Sampson (0-1, 1.59 ERA)
CIN: LHP Wade Miley (11-5, 2.97 ERA)
Sampson pitched 3.1 innings and struck out 4 against Pittsburgh on September 2. He’s been a solid contributor since the Cubs added him a few weeks ago and gets his second chance to start since August 18.
The Cardinals handed Miley a loss in his last start. They took him deep three times to score five earned runs in four innings pitched. He surrendered a season-high 12 hits before exiting.
Game 141, Wednesday, September 8, 6:40 pm central
CHC: RHP Alec Mills (6-6, 4.25 ERA)
CIN: RHP Vladimir Gutierrez (9-6, 4.17 ERA)
Mills accomplished a slightly odd feat in his last start: he allowed three homeruns but only two earned runs. Three unearned runs crossed the plate in that one and yet he escaped without a loss thanks to Michael Hermosillo’s 3-4 day and a late homerun by Frank Schwindel.
Gutierrez has struggled in two starts in a row, both times failing to get out of the fourth inning. He’s been squared up for eleven hits and three homeruns in those 6.1 innings pitched, leading to losses at the hands of the Detroit Tigers and Miami Marlins.
crunch 9 hours 5 min ago (view)
* except for playing 1st base
crunch 2 days 5 hours ago (view)
a lot of people were all-in on it being a 2022 thing, but given how MLB has held the DH over the player's heads like it's some kind of extremely valuable chip worth more than the players seem to think it's worth...who knows...
Cubster 2 days 6 hours ago (view)
any estimates on the chances of the DH in the NL anytime soon?
crunch 2 days 7 hours ago (view)
k.schwarber is hella good at post-season baseball.
crunch 2 days 9 hours ago (view)
e.castillo and t.payne off the 40man in 100% totally expected moves.
both are/were catcher organizational depth.
crunch 2 days 10 hours ago (view)
for those keeping track of the heating-up Mets head of baseball operations search, theo has already ruled himself out.
mets want(ed) some heavy hitters (including b.beane and d.stearns), but none of them are on board...well, MIL took stearns off the board before he could chime in because he has a year left on his contract.
Arizona Phil 2 days 14 hours ago (view)
Something to keep in mind about clearing MLB 40-man roster slots for players eligible for selection in this year's Rule 5 Draft is that you can't non-tender players to create 40-man roster space for Rule 5 Draft eligibles. That's because players can only be non-tendered on 12/2, and the pre-Rule 5 Draft roster filing deadline is 11/19 (almost two weeks - PRIOR TO -the contract tender date). NOTE: Normally the roster filing deadline is 11/20, but it's moved up to 11/19 this year because 11/20 falls on a Saturday in 2021
Arizona Phil 2 days 15 hours ago (view)
BRADSBEARD: Just one game, some BP, infield practice, and baserunning drills. So not much to glean from that so far.
crunch 3 days 6 hours ago (view)
minor league baseball has to provide housing for minor leaguers starting 2022 (paid for by MLB parent clubs). this is HUGE news and will make it possible for guys to stick around longer without having to quit the game just to earn a basic living. for minor league players working in expensive housing markets this is a life saver.
activist players from the OAK and LAA minor league teams as well as minor league player labor advocacy organizations were a huge part of making this happen. good work.
bradsbeard 3 days 10 hours ago (view)
Did you have any occasion to observe Pedro Ramirez? Not sure if he got into any games or not (now that I think of it, you wrote up at least one game he played in).
Arizona Phil 3 days 15 hours ago (view)
azbobbop: Certainly LHSPs Drew Gray and Luke Little have emerged as legit significant high-end SP prospects. RHSP Luis Devers has probably displaced Koen Moreno as the top "pitchability" SP prospect in the lower levels of the Cubs system. Tyler Schlaffer (another "pitchability" guy) also had an impressive Instructs, although Devers is a better SP prospect because he has a solid three-pitch mix and knows how to use it, while Schlaffer has just the 92-94 FB & CV (although both are solid offerngs) and isn't as polished as Devers is.
Hagsag 3 days 21 hours ago (view)
This is the first time I have heard about the four month program in November.
azbobbop 4 days 4 hours ago (view)
Phil, now that instructional scare finished, which players impressed you the most and who are disappointments.
tim815 4 days 8 hours ago (view)
Cool. Should help his trade value if the bat plays.
Arizona Phil 4 days 10 hours ago (view)
TIM: Peter Matt looks very comfortable at 3B. He is a classic "four-corner" guy (1B-3B-LF-RF).