Cubs vs. Phillies: Series Thread (Games 145-147)

The Cubs dropped three to K.B. and the Giants--two close ones and a laugher. Next, they'll visit the recently underwater city of brotherly love for three games. See below for the daily matchups.


Game 145, Tuesday, Sep. 14, 6:05 pm central

CHC: RHP Adrian Sampson  (0-2, 2.20 ERA)

PHL: RHP Kyle Gibson (10-6, 3.38 ERA)


Game 146, Wednesday, Sep. 15, 6:05 pm central

CHC: RHP Alec Mills (6-6, 4.35 ERA)

PHL: LHP Ranger Suarez (6-4, 1.38 ERA)


Game 147, Thursday, Sep. 16, 5:05 pm central

CHC: RHP Kyle Hendricks (14-6, 4.54 ERA)

PHL: TBD

Comments

heyward to 7d concussion protocol...m.hermosillo from 10d to 60d IL...trayce "is this really all we got in the minors" thompson called up

heyward to 7d concussion protocol...m.hermosillo from 10d to 60d IL...trayce "is this really all we got in the minors" thompson called up

Cubs were going to have to start scraping the bottom of the barrel eventually after bringing up all the Bonus Babies and can't miss guys like Ortega, Schwindel, Wisdom, Rivas, and Alcantra.

If a guy hits 5 homers in 5 games, calling up is possibly worth considering. If an injury.

a.rivas 1st MLB homer.  p.wisdom ties bryant for team rookie HR record.

b.davis 2 HR in his first 2 AAA at bats.

neet.

how about we quit pulling starters after 68 pitches at this point in the cubs season?  damn.

contreras gets an off day behind the plate...comes in to pinch hit...takes a HBP to the ribs.

cubs lose on a passed ball.  2021 yall.

Looks like after tonight, Jon Lester will need just one more win to reach 200 career wins - notwithstanding it helps the Redbirds, hope he gets it this year.

i highly suggest seeking out a highlight reel of his baserunning tonight.

I searched the internets and struck out finding video of Big Jon's baserunning exploits 

https://twitter.com/SNYtv/status/1438300733460340738

bit of an odd pause/delay in the middle of the video for some reason.  there was a better cut video of his baserunning out there, but it seems to have been removed from Twitter.

long story short, he's as timid about baserunning as he is about throwing a baseball anywhere but to a catcher off of a mound.  we saw a little of that with the cubs, but not piling up a bunch in a single inning.

Thanks for posting the video. He seems a little hesitant on the base paths. Crazy thing is he's clearly out-pitched the Cubs staff ace since joining the Cards - WTH has happened to the Professor?

Hammer hammered?

"Please Hammer Don't Hurt Em" - some dude in 1990

"Okay." - JD Hammer 2021

Rivas in the outfield is a no go

Hendricks becomes hammered?

Do we miss the 2021 version of Jake Arrieta?

i'd like the 2021 version of whatever d.ross is smoking bringing m.rucker into a bases loaded, 2 run lead in the 4th situation.

dude saw the situation and said "gimmie that guy with the 8.44era 1.59whip" as the first pen option to protect a lead.

rucker has been in 13 games and given up runs in 8 of them.

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.

hendricks last 7 starts...

9er, 1er, 4er, 8er, 6er, 1er, 7er

3.68era - 1.29whip ...to... 4.81era - 1.35whip

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

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

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  • crunch 2 hours 9 min 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 5 hours 52 min 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 11 hours 5 min 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 17 hours 15 min ago (view)

    This is the first time I have heard about the four month program in November. 

     

  • azbobbop 23 hours 56 min ago (view)

    Phil, now that instructional scare finished, which players impressed you the most and who are disappointments.

     

  • tim815 1 day 3 hours ago (view)

    Cool. Should help his trade value if the bat plays.

     

  • Arizona Phil 1 day 5 hours ago (view)

    TIM: Peter Matt looks very comfortable at 3B. He is a classic "four-corner" guy (1B-3B-LF-RF). 

     

  • Arizona Phil 1 day 5 hours ago (view)

    KKvG: I strongly suspect Koen Moreno's outing was more about getting out on the mound and throwing in a game than anything. He did get several swings & misses from his CH (which is a plus-pitch), and he uses his low 90's FB to set-up the CH.

    I didn't see any breaking balls, although it's possible I might have mistaken a CH for one.

    Koen Moreno is what scouts call a "pitchability" guy. Nothing wrong with that, BTW. MLB starting rotations are full of pitchers like that.  

     

  • Arizona Phil 1 day 5 hours ago (view)

    Childersb3: Not much bat speed. Just "lug-power." I actually like Matt Mervis better. 

     

  • Hagsag 1 day 8 hours ago (view)

    Thanks wrigley rat.

     

  • Wrigley Rat 1 day 10 hours ago (view)

    HAGSAG - Not Phil, but I think this info was from him in the past:

    RHP/OF (signed as a two-way player - seems to be sticking with hitting for now), R/R, 5'11 180, Age 18, SPAIN

     

  • Childersb3 1 day 12 hours ago (view)

    AzP,

    Does Bryce Ball have any real bat speed, or is he just a big guy that waves at the ball and makes contact 1of5 times?

     

  • Hagsag 1 day 17 hours ago (view)

    Phil, tell me about Frank Fernandez.

     

  • tim815 2 days 53 min ago (view)

    If Matt is "not horrible" at third, that could be useful.

     

  • crunch 3 days 1 hour ago (view)

    bonds got a standing-O after being introduced between innings at LAD @ SF.

    as he sat down, dude looked extremely genuinely happy to hear the park errupt in cheers for him again.

    it's not his first time back, nor his first set of cheers, but the park is packed and loud.

     

  • Cubster 4 days 22 min ago (view)

    Jed's GM search wrapping up, and the winner is: (Athletic write up): 37 yr old "Carter Hawkins, Cleveland assistant general manager, deals with all aspects of baseball operations in a front office admired for its stability, creativity in turning over the roster and ability to keep churning out pitchers.