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40 players are on the MLB RESERVE LIST (roster is full), plus two players are on the 60-DAY IL

26 players on MLB RESERVE LIST are ACTIVE, plus eight players are on OPTIONAL ASSIGNMENT to minors and six players are on the 15-DAY IL

Last updated 5-25-2024

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# bats both

PITCHERS: 13
Javier Assad
Ben Brown
Kyle Hendricks
Porter Hodge 
* Shota Imanaga
Mark Leiter Jr
* Luke Little
Tyson Miller
Hector Neris
* Drew Smyly
* Justin Steele
Jameson Taillon
Hayden Wesneski

CATCHERS: 2
Miguel Amaya
Yan Gomes

INFIELDERS: 7
* Michael Busch
Nico Hoerner
Nick Madrigal
Christopher Morel
Dansby Swanson
Luis Vazquez
Patrick Wisdom

OUTFIELDERS: 4
* Cody Bellinger
# Ian Happ
Seiya Suzuki
* Mike Tauchman

OPTIONED: 8
Kevin Alcantara, OF
Michael Arias, P
Alexander Canario, OF
* Pete Crow-Armstrong, OF
Jose Cuas, P 
Brennen Davis, OF
* Miles Mastrobuoni, INF
* Matt Mervis, 1B

15-DAY IL: 6
Yency Almonte, P
Albert Alzolay, P
Colten Brewer, P
Daniel Palencia, P
Keegan Thompson, P
* Jordan Wicks, P

60-DAY IL: 2
Caleb Kilian, P
Julian Merryweather, P


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Cubs @ Phillies: Series Thread (Games 44-46)

The Cubs' offense tallied seven walks and thirteen hits, but pushed across one too few runs to avoid a sweep at the hands of the Astros. They fly into Philly with a record of 19-24. Nico Hoerner is expected to return to the active roster this weekend, and Cody Bellinger remains listed day-to-day after injuring his knee following a leaping catch at the wall in Houston. The 20-23 Phillies are coming off four losses in a row and have sunk to fourth in the NL East. See below for matchups.


Game 44, Friday, May 19, 6:05 pm central

CHC: RHP Marcus Stroman (2-4, 3.24 ERA)

PHI: LHP Ranger Suarez (0-0, 6.75 ERA)

The Cubs take advantage of a Thursday off and roll their rotation back to the top without a fifth starter. Stroman got knocked around in Minnesotat and allowed seven earned runs without reaching the third inning. He'll reset and look to get more of that contact directed to the infield dirt.

Suarez made his MLB debut way back in 2018 but started for a whole season for the first time in 2022. He's had strong showings the last two years, proving to be an effective groundballer. This will be his second start of the season.


Game 45, Saturday, May 20, 3:05 pm central

CHC: RHP Jameson Taillon (0-2, 6.66 ERA)

PHI: RHP Aaron Nola (3-3, 4.53 ERA)

Taillon made his second start since returning from the IL and was not permitted to reach the fifth inning. He struck out only one batter in 4.2 innings pitched and allowed seven hits in that time.

Staff ace Aaron Nola is in his walk year having already been a key contributor to the Phillies going back to 2015. He's made nine starts so far. His fastball is down a tick and he's striking out far fewer opponents than usual. He has yet to see a scoreless start.


Game 46, Sunday, May 21, 12:35 pm central

CHC:  LHP Justin Steele (6-1, 2.44 ERA)

PHI: TBD

Houston was unkind to Cubs pitchers, and for once Steele was not the exception. He took his first loss of the season having allowed five earned runs on five hits and a walk in six innings. The outing was more unfortunate than a bad one. His overall performance continues to be strong. He matched a season high eight strikeouts while walking only one.

Comments

phillies gonna start t.walker vs cubs sunday on 3 days rest...threw 40 pitches and didn't last through the 1st inning last time out.

taillon loads the bases with 0 out in the 1st...crazy.  i considered his signing a hell of a steal at 4/68m.  hope this straightens itself out...

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In reply to by crunch

I wonder if the Taillon signing was with the thought process of trading Stroman this year, and maybe even Hendricks and/or Smiley? I just would have put in mutual options for years three and/or four, but hindsight is 20/20.......

morel hits homers.  7 in 10 games.  dude should be a lock for 110+ homers a season if they play him everyday.

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In reply to by crunch

Once Bellinger comes back (prayerfully soon), Morel should be the DH/3B exclusively (I would even argue he has the potential to be better defensively than Wisdom), and then spell Swanson and Hoerner on their days off; so no more Madrigal, he should really be DFA'd and traded to someone who want to give us a little something to ease Jed's ego, so he doesn't have to admit targeting Madrigal was a mistake. This Zobrist fantasy being forced on Morel is just ludicrous, like when they decided to 'unlock' Killian, when he was straight dealing, and now look............

hendricks got up to 82 pitches today...6 innings, 5h, 6k, 0bb, 1 run...should be ready for the bigs now.

morel hits homers, blah blah blah...cubs still out there losing games.  this is getting old.  2-7 road trip...

Recent comments

  • crunch (view)

    counsell being sly and calling for the wisdom HBP.  that's moneyballs right there.  give him another year and another 8m.

  • crunch (view)

    if counsell was worth 8 million dollars worth of damns he would step up his game and tell wisdom to hit a grand slam.  this is exactly the type of situation you would call for a grand slam.

  • TarzanJoeWallis (view)

    Yes, the bad teams have utility players too. They are not the reason their teams are bad either.

    We will never agree on human nature - we long ago established that. You believe that the reason stars are stars and because they’re hyper competitive and that isn’t impacted by big money. I believe human nature is to let off the gas once the destination is reached. There is probably some truth to both perspectives - just a numbers game and what is more prevalent.

    But my overriding point is the amount of time spent pounding on Madrigal and Masteobouni when the fact is EVERY team has these kind of players in their system and taking up roster space. And every GM employs them. Dumping one or the other of them would have resulted in bringing in another just like them, not keeping a 6+ ERA reliever because of some magical premonition he would become a May superstar the following year.

  • Dolorous Jon Lester (view)

    Those million dollar systems need to be better, or the people interpreting those systems need to.

    You can’t compare those teams to the Cubs. Their lineups are stacked (and coincidentally they spend a lot of money on stars hmm correlation???). They can afford a bum backup IF. Here’s the other part. Hernandez plays everywhere but catcher. Merrifield can handle the OF. Short can play SS. None of them are locked to two positions defensively like Madrigal. Further, the issue being address wasn’t his being a waste of roster space right now (he is), it’s that his presence on the roster could have been used to hold Estrada, or someone like him. But instead, he held it despite his being a dime a dozen type, and primarily because Jed refuses to give up on a player everyone can see needs to go. Is this team wide slump due to Madrigal? No. But he adds nothing to the equation. 
    Your continued pounding of the drum about players who have gotten paid will never stop befuddling me. This is their job! Happ isn’t in a comfort zone, he’s just a flawed player. Swanson looks lost and he’s pressing so hard I’m surprised we haven’t seen skid marks on his pants. Everyone knew this is what Tauchman was. Morel is growing as a player and we’re witnessing some of the growing pains. I heard on a broadcast something that legitimately made me think of you. I think Boog said “it sucks to suck.” I.e. players don’t like slumping or struggling. He said it in relation to I think Swanson. The majority of these guys are hyper competitive and not used to being bad at this. You could be making a billion dollars, and if you were struggling to the point your home fans boo you, you’re feeling it deep down. The flaws on this team ultimately come down to the guy who saw last year’s team, decided to mainly run it back except with a shiny new coach, Shota, and a few odds and ends.

  • Eric S (view)

    Appreciate the link, Crunch! Hopefully he can get back to Ben Brown mph territory later this summer. 

  • crunch (view)

    DFA imanaga

  • crunch (view)

    he's throwing mid-90s+ as early as a few weeks ago last i checked on how he was doing.  i guess mid-90s+ is a bit generous based on this writeup below, though.

    found this article from a couple weeks ago...  https://www.cbssports.com/fantasy/baseball/news/cubs-cade-horton-velocity-slightly-down-from-2023/

    "Horton averaged 93.4 mph (touched 94.9 mph) with his fastball in his first start for Triple-A Iowa on May 4 and averaged 93.9 mph (touched 95.5 mph) in his second start May 10 after sitting at 95-97 mph with his fastball and regularly touching 98 mph in 2023."

  • Eric S (view)

    Anyone know how much his average velo has dropped this year? Gave up a triple and a home run (reportedly was crushed) in the first inning. 

  • crunch (view)

    at least it's during warmups, not after a mid-90s+ heater.  hopefully it's minor.  hell, hopefully it's a blister...not looking like it, though.

    still, he needs development and building up stamina.  he's not got a 2024 home, but he's very much in the 2025+ mix.

    -edit- it's "back soreness"

  • TarzanJoeWallis (view)

    Cade Horton walked off the field with the trainer in Iowa while warming up for the second inning. Nervous time.