Cubs @ Reds: Series Thread (Games 41-44)

The Cubs finished their homestand with a win and head to Cincinnati with a record of 16-24. See below for daily matchups.

Game 41, Monday, May 23, 5:40 pm central

CHC: LHP Drew Smyly (1-5, 3.97 ERA)

CIN: RHP Vladimin Gutierrez (0-5, 8.65 ERA)

Game 42, Tuesday, May 24, 5:40 pm central

CHC: RHP Marcus Stroman (1-4, 4.88 ERA)

CIN: RHP Tyler Mahle (2-4, 5.23 ERA)

Game 43, Wednesday, May 25, 5:40 pm central

CHC: RHP Kyle Hendricks (2-4, 4.89 ERA)

CIN: RHP Luis Castillo (0-2, 4.60 ERA)

Game 44, Thursday, May 26, 11:35 am central

CHC: LHP Justin Steele (1-4, 3.82 ERA)

CIN: RHP Hunter Greene (1-6, 5.49 ERA)


d.ross says contreras expected to avoid the IL

i know pete crow-armstrong isn't ready for the bigs or anything, but how much longer they gonna let him embarrass A-ball pitchers in myrtle beach?

they have a self-created logjam in the low minors, so it's kinda inevitable that some guys will linger until there's room at higher levels.

guys like y.pinango and j.nwogu aren't spectacular, but they don't belong in lower A ball level...and they need playing time.

You answered your own question. Trades create promotions. Other things might not.

wisdom 4 games in a row with a HR.

c.morel has started 7 games.  3 in CF, 2 at 3rd, 1 at 2nd, 1 at SS

may 24th...

our leadoff hitter has a .315 ob% and the #2 hitter is sporting a solid .262 ob%

121 games to go.

season ends with 6 in a row vs CIN.  i dunno if anything in the dumpster will be left to keep a flame going.  sad thing is by that point it may actually be better quality baseball.

pre-game lineup shakeup...yan gomes scratched (left oblique tightness) and lineup rearranged.

morel leading off, ortega moves to hitting 2nd, and schwindel 5th

small sample size blah blah etc...

watching morel is like flashing back to 2016-era cubs and their joy + aggression on the field.  he would have fit in well with that cubs era.

Nice first inning. Gomes out with oblique strain, Schwindel is today's backup catcher.

"nice first inning." - cubster

"yeah, okay, whatever.  hold my beer." - stroman



i was looking forward to the hoerner/madrigal "hoes mad" middle IF.

this reds team is so hopelessly terrible they have mahle out there in the 5th with 100+ pitches, 6 runs given up, and no outs yet.

...and he's done with 103 pitches, leaving with 0 outs and men on 1st/2nd

KB is back on the IL with exacerbation of the same low back injury. Sigh. 

Hoerner up, Gomes to IL. Schwindel to backup catcher.

contreras returns thursday, in the lineup and catching.


Fixed: "nice first half of an inning"

That is all.

yeah...this game sure...exists.

c.morel, though...keeps on doing things.