Early Cactus League action delivered a pair of scares to the Chicago Cubs as Seiya Suzuki is anticipated to miss the start of the season with an oblique strain and Justin Steele briefly dealt with the effects of arm fatigue. Meanwhile, righty role players Trey Mancini and David Bote have shown off some Spring Training power and positioned themselves favorably in competitions for playing time. Overall, the pitch clock has probably been the star of Spring Training thus far in 2023. The arrival of World Baseball Classic play this weekend may inject some more excitement as long shot teams get their chances against Goliaths in pool play. Seiya Suzuki had to bow out, but a number of Cubs players will be joining teams Puerto Rico, Mexico, Canada, Israel, Italy, Colombia, Cuba, Australia, Cuba, and Great Britain.
Cubs MLB Roster
28 players are on the MLB ACTIVE LIST, plus nine are on OPTIONAL ASSIGNMENT to minors, one is on the 10-DAY IL, and two are on the 15-DAY IL
Last updated 9-29-20239
* bats or throws left
# bats both
Mark Leiter Jr
* Luke Little
* Drew Smyly
* Justin Steele
* Jordan Wicks
# Jeimer Candelario
* Miles Mastrobuoni
* Cody Bellinger
* Pete Crow-Armstrong
# Ian Happ
* Mike Tauchman
Keven Alcantara, OF
Ben Brown, P
Brennen Davis, OF
Jeremiah Estrada, P
Caleb Kilian, P
* Matt Mervis, 1B
Michael Rucker, P
Keegan Thompson, P
* Jared Young, INF-OF
10-DAY IL: 1
Nick Madrigal, INF
15-DAY IL: 2
Brad Boxberger, P
Michael Fulmer, P
60-DAY IL: 4
Nick Burdi, P
Codi Heuer, P
* Brandon Hughes, P
Ethan Roberts, P
Second Week of Spring Training (Series Thread)
crunch 09/30/2023 - 09:57 pm (view)
tie game. demoralizing. wicks done after 1.2ip
crunch 09/30/2023 - 09:51 pm (view)
6-0 cubs lead to 6-5 in the 2nd with 0 outs. very recent cubs...even some bad D thrown in to remind us what they've been like recently.
Cubster 09/30/2023 - 09:09 pm (view)
Candelario back at 3B and Canario is DH.
crunch 09/30/2023 - 09:47 pm (view)
morel gets 2nd…nico sitting
Cubster 09/30/2023 - 09:03 pm (view)
Hopefully, Jordan Wicks won’t be 2024’s Keegan Thompson. Similarly, hope KT is the 2022 version of himself.
George Altman 09/30/2023 - 09:27 am (view)
100% Agree, Crunch.
Now on to the Hot Stove season where I hope Ricketts can be convinced they need (and will have to spend whatever $$$ this becomes) on the following:
SP2 or SP3
Bellinger or comparable LH bat who can play 1B or CF.
A 3B (preferably LH bat)
At least 2, if not 3 RPs better than Fulmer.
Dolorous Jon Lester 09/30/2023 - 09:09 am (view)
Totally, I was not expecting to watch meaningful baseball the final two months of the season, let alone the final week.
Cubster 09/30/2023 - 09:51 am (view)
This week’s collapse reminds me of the last week in the 2004 Season with Sosa-Alou. That team was expected to win, this team not so much. We’ll always have July-August 2023, that was fun. Thanks Crunch, your commentary has been a highlight too.
crunch 09/30/2023 - 09:59 am (view)
it is highly likely they're done. even doing very well by normal standards would most likely end in a tie, which means they don't make the post-season. they're still in it on paper, not on vegas odds.
in all seriousness...i'll take the 2 extra months of baseball that mattered. 160+ games mattered this year and it was worth tuning in to watch.
i feel like i should be a little more disappointed, but in the weeks coming into the trade deadline i strongly assumed they were already sellers and the season was pretty much chalked up to dead. the run they made up to the point where the upper management decided to go all-in was fun.
my only armchair GM regret is only adding a mid-level pen arm like cuas at the trade deadline. oddly, that cuas trade seems like one they would be looking to make whether they were going for a post-season run or not. they didn't seem to want to make room for velazquez.
long story short, it's been a fun ride and i'm glad i took it. it would be damn nice if we could get a little bit more fairy tale magic.
Dolorous Jon Lester 09/29/2023 - 09:17 pm (view)
They’re done. They’ve been done since that disaster of a road trip to Colorado and Arizona, with the Arizona and Pittsburgh home series bookending it.
Pour one out for the 23 Cubs. A fun ride for a good portion of the year, much more fun than I’d anticipated.