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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 seven players are on OPTIONAL ASSIGNMENT to minors and seven players are on the 15-DAY IL

Last updated 5-21-2024

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# bats both

PITCHERS: 13
Javier Assad
Ben Brown
Jose Cuas
Kyle Hendricks
Porter Hodge 
* Shota Imanaga
Mark Leiter Jr
* Luke Little
Tyson Miller
Hector Neris
* 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: 7
Kevin Alcantara, OF
Michael Arias, P
Alexander Canario, OF
* Pete Crow-Armstrong, OF
Brennen Davis, OF
* Miles Mastrobuoni, INF
* Matt Mervis, 1B

15-DAY IL: 7
Yency Almonte, P
Albert Alzolay, P
Colten Brewer, P
Daniel Palencia, P
* Drew Smyly, P
Keegan Thompson, P
* Jordan Wicks, P

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


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Cubs vs. Pirates: Series Thread (Games 151-153)

Following a day off on Monday, the Cubs begin their final homestand of the season. They need to put a devastating road trip behind them, as they have only twelve games left to scratch their way to a Wild Card position. They begin the homestand in a virtual tie with the Cincinnati Reds for the last NL Wild Card spot. Mathematically, the division is still in play as they are six games back of the Brewers and finish with a three game set in Milwaukee. They'll begin six at home with three games against the Pirates. See below for matchups--such as they stand with the Pirates utilizing the element of surprise (and likely at least one "opener").


Game 151, Tuesday, September 19, 6:40 pm central
CHC: RHP Javier Assad
PIT: TBD


Game 152, Wednesday, September 20, 6:40 pm central
CHC: LHP Justin Steele
PIT: TBD


Game 153, Thursday, September 21, 6:40 pm central
CHC: RHP Kyle Hendricks
PIT: TBD

Comments

barring setbacks, candel is expected to return to the lineup "next week" and may return as early as this weekend.

Game under rain delay. 

I see umbrellas on the Wrigley Marquee webcam

Also, Madrigal to IL, Jared Young called up.

Young at Iowa:

In 90 games in Triple-A, Young has slashed .310/.417/.577, amounting to a .995 OPS with 16 doubles, 21 home runs and 50 walks.

5ip 3h 1bb 7k, 0r/er for c.horton in AA tonight (71 pitches)...a lot of swing and miss strikes, too.  dude is looking like a legit "sometime in 2024" option.

p.wisdom...still not a 1st baseman.  hope he can handle this infield's arms.  about time we got to see more of morel at 3rd.  hope he gets a few plays and i hope i don't regret wanting to see him get a few plays.

acuna (ATL) hit HR 38+39.  he's 1 away from joining the 40/40 club (though he has 66 SB).  he almost did it back in 2019 (41 HR, 37 SB).

last member was a.soriano (WAS, 2006).  he would be the 5th since j.canseco made it a thing back in 1988.

another outing by smyly where he's got obvious daylight between his foot and the rubber, not even cozy'ing up to the side/front of the rubber...they're really not calling this one the past few years.  to be fair, a lot of pitchers seem to be getting away with it.

canairo doesn't even need a PA to get an out.  dude just got p.wisdom out on an interference call while in the on-deck circle.

...then he gets his first MLB hit and RBI with a double.  neat.

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In reply to by crunch

That's going to make a fun first MLB hit anecdote. Has to be a first ever sequence of its kind.

It also seems like not really his fault on the interference. He would have really had to anticipate that developing to get out of the way. It kind of looked like Hayes saw him there and saw and opportunity to run into him, too.

morel DH, tauchman CF, and hopefully the last masterboney start at 3rd we'll ever see...i'll take wisdom's potential power over these singles-hitting ceiling hitters dross keeps marching out there because of a marginally better glove.

steele giving up 5 straight singles and tommy h on the phone with the bullpen as if the pen is ready to put in 5-6 innings of quality work.

Sucks for Steele, sucks for the Cubs. Hopefully the Cubs get right tomorrow and take the series. 
 

Edit: and if they choose to get right tonight instead and take the series, even better!

madrigal's hamstring strain is a grade 2 strain.  we probably won't see him anymore this season or post-season (if applicable) unless the team goes deep.

morel DH, tauchman CF, masterboney 3rd

imagine a world where a manager decides to put morel at 3rd and canario DH.  crazy, huh?

masterboney had 3 hits yesterday so we're stuck with him again today and probably for a chunk of what's left.

canario had a double and grand slam a couple games ago and he's riding pine again.

Dansby has to be dog tired or something. Other than the basket shot, it’s been a rough go for awhile. 

The question now, will the Cubs finish at or above .500?  They need 2 wins in the next 9 games.

suzuki gets HR #20.  he joins bellinger, moral, swanson, and wisdom with 20+.  happ has 19.

btw, the brewers have 1 guy (adames, 24).  they also only have 2 guys with more than 200 PA with an ob% over .340.

Recent comments

  • Arizona Phil (view)

    I think the Cubs made a mistake when they sent PCA back to AAA. It isn't that he is a finished product (he isn't) or that he wouldn't benefit from regular reps at AAA (he would), but PCA is the one Cubs player who can actually manufacture a run almost single-handedly by putting pressure on the defense by bunting for a hit and then distracting the pitcher & catcher by stealing a base or two and scoring on a GO or FO.

    When a lineup is in a major funk top-to-bottom you need to try and steal a run or two here or there. It can also help create a spark of life where none appears to exist. So I would have kept PCA in Chicago and had him hit lead-off every game until the bats get going again.

  • Childersb3 (view)

    So the Cubs have some teams coming up that are .500 +/-  a little.
    We hope the bats come alive. 
    STL is playing better. MIL is leading the division. PITT's SP is an issue for all opponents. SF is playing okay. 
    If the Cubs are truly a better than average team, they'll win more of this games than they lose.

    But, here's what I'm hoping: I liked the way PCA finished his stint in Wrigley. He seemed to start slowing down. I think he'll force Jed to bring him up and get regular ABs.
    If Busch doesn't turn this around the next two weeks, I think PCA coming back up becomes necessary. A month long slump happens to good hitters. No doubt there. But when it starts getting close to two months...concern is understated.
    PCA in CF, Tauch/Happ/Seiya in LF & RF, Tauch/Wisdom at DH and Belli at 1B.
    I know Jed won't rush PCA back (or rush ONCK up), but I think PCA forces him to do it and soon.
    Even if Busch starts to come back around, I think PCA can still come back as well.
    Vazquez goes back down, Nico is backup SS, and PCA gets to play.

    Also, Little needs to stay up in Chicago. Cuas & Hodge will go down. Smyly-Brewer-Almonte all have to come back or Jed loses them. Palencia and Wicks can go down. Reads like Alzolay will be out quite a while. No word really on Keegan, but he can go down as well.
    We all know the real issue is Hendricks and his 16.5mil. I wonder when he hits 10&5 rights in the coming days if there's a MLB pension bump at that point for him. I'm not certain at all.
    But, Kyle doesn't have anything left to offer. Just pay him and ask him to retire. No other team is taking him now (even if Jed flips the bill). He won a ring. All things come to end.

  • TarzanJoeWallis (view)

    Agreed. No starters on that roster you would want to sniff the majors. Kyle McGowin has big league experience and has done well for the Smokies. He could be considered in an extreme emergency. Matthew Thompson has been doing well for Tennessee too but he shows long term promise and needs to be developed conventionally. 

    If one wanted to stick with Iowa the next guy up would be (reluctantly) Horton and then <gasp!> Pannone!

  • crunch (view)

    luckily the team isn't running low on MLB-ready SP...what's in AAA isn't ready for the big time yet (c.horton) or trash (literally everyone else).

  • TarzanJoeWallis (view)

    Teheran has been in the same neighborhood. I doubt either were ever intended to be more than minor league depth.

  • crunch (view)

    d.straily has give up 4 homers in 2.1ip for iowa.  his ERA is in the 7's and his WHIP is close to 2.

    it's not going well for him.

  • crunch (view)

    this COL/OAK game crazy fun...needed this after yet another poor showing cubs loss.

  • Eric S (view)

    Shutout by the Braves in three of the six game series. Cubs fortunate to get two wins. Cubs offense in need of a collective viagra-voodoo cocktail, stat!

  • crunch (view)

    he gets a 2nd inning...leadoff single on the 1st pitch.

    2ip 4h 1bb 1k, 2r/er

  • crunch (view)

    1ip 2h 1bb 1k, 2r/er...one of the outs was a popout about as close to the ivy as you can get without being in the ivy.

    not encouraging.  he may or may not get another inning.  he probably shouldn't have gotten that inning in a 1-0 game, but with the way the cubs bats are going it may not even matter.