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

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

Last updated 6-11-2024

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# bats both

PITCHERS: 13
Javier Assad
Colten Brewer
Kyle Hendricks
* Shota Imanaga
Mark Leiter Jr
* Luke Little
Tyson Miller
Hector Neris
* Drew Smyly
* Justin Steele
Jameson Taillon
Hayden Wesneski
* Jordan Wicks

CATCHERS: 2
Miguel Amaya
Yan Gomes

INFIELDERS: 6
David Bote
* Michael Busch
Nico Hoerner
Christopher Morel
Dansby Swanson
Patrick Wisdom

OUTFIELDERS: 5
* Cody Bellinger
* Pete Crow-Armstrong
# Ian Happ
Seiya Suzuki
* Mike Tauchman

OPTIONED: 12
Kevin Alcantara, OF
Michael Arias, P
Alexander Canario, OF
Jose Cuas, P
Brennen Davis, OF
Porter Hodge, P 
Nick Madrigal, INF 
* Miles Mastrobuoni, INF
* Matt Mervis, 1B
Daniel Palencia, P 
Keegan Thompson, P 
Luis Vazquez, INF

15-DAY IL: 2
Yency Almonte, P
Ben Brown, P 

60-DAY IL: 3
Adbert Alzolay, P 
Caleb Kilian, P
Julian Merryweather, P


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Cubs vs. Pirates: Series Thread (Games 45-48)

If you enjoyed the last two series against the Pirates and Atlanta, I have good news--now you can enjoy them at home. The Cubs won the final game in Atlanta to save themselves from a sweep and return to Wrigley 25-19. They'll see the Pirates for four games before a day off on Monday. See below for daily matchups. 

 




Game 45, Thursday, May 16, 6:40 pm central
CHC: LHP Justin Steele (0-0, 4.73 ERA)
PIT: RHP Jared Jones (2-4, 2.68 ERA) 

Steele had difficulty missing bats. He allowed six earned runs on six hits, including 3 homeruns, when he faced the Pirates in his last start. He was effective in his only other start since returning from the IL. 

The Cubs collected two earned runs off of Jones last time on seven hits including a homerun by Bellinger who went four for five that day. 

 




Game 46, Friday, May 17, 1:20 pm central
CHC: RHP Kyle Hendricks (0-3, 10.04 ERA)
PIT: RHP Paule Skenes (0-0, 6.75 ERA) 

In Pittsburgh, Hendricks had his first start of 2024 in which he allowed fewer than four earned runs. He worked around four walks to hold the Pirates to only one run in five innings. He may have to continue to be in touch with his inner Blake Snell to avoid the hard contact that hurt him so much before he went to the IL. 

Paul Skenes was as adverised in his debut, sitting 100 mph with an easy fastball that he often used as a finishing pitch. He was denied his first MLB win when the Pirates relievers walked in runs and erased the lead he had left in their hands. Skenes struck out seven in his four innings pitched. 

 




Game 47, Saturday, May 18, 1:20 pm central
CHC: LHP Shota Imanaga (5-0, 0.96 ERA)
PIT: LHP Bailey Falter (2-2, 4.15 ERA) 

Shota Imanaga day is firmly my can't miss baseball occasion at this point. Cubs fans have been treated to some very good--and often surprising--emergences in the starting rotation lately. Obviously Justin Steele is a must-watch pitcher and Javier Assad has gotten phenomenal results going back to last season. But Shota Imanaga's start to 2024 has been not only great but eminently watchable. His control was visibly off last time out; he battled through without his usually superb command of the strikezone. 

Falter struck out only one but nonetheless held the Cubs to one earned run in six innings in his last start. Did he induce lots of weak contact and ground balls, you might ask. No, he did not. This time the Cubs may opt for the "hit 'em where they ain't" strategy. 

 




Game 48, Sunday, May 19, 1:20 pm central
CHC: RHP Jameson Taillon (3-1, 1.61 ERA)
PIT: RHP Mitch Keller (4-3, 3.93 ERA) 

Taillon missed the series in Pittsburgh and found himself taking a loss in Atlanta instead. He gave up two earned and five unearned as a result of his own error. He also struck out two and walked three. 

Keller earned a win in Milwaukee, shutting out the Brewers for six innings and striking out seven. Ian Happ, who recently got a couple days off to reset, is 9 for 22 with three homeruns off of him.

 



 

The Cubs get a day off before continuing the homestand with three against Atlanta.

Comments

Jordan Bastian has a nice Cub trivia question, it surprised me. 

Cubs righty Javier Assad now leads the Majors this season with nine starts featuring no more than two runs allowed. Who was the last pitcher to start a season with at least nine starts of that kind for the Cubs?

 

A. Jake Arrieta

B. Greg Maddux

C. Fergie Jenkins

D. Mordecai Brown

 

 

Porter Hodge is in the clubhouse in Wrigley this afternoon.
He wasn't exactly stellar in Iowa so this is more than likely an Injury replacement
It could be just a option switch of Cuas, Little or Brown. I guess a Little for Hodge switch is possible, but not for the other two.
With all the injuries to the pitching staff, only Hodge and Arias were available for call-ups on the 40man.
Morel came up in the same situation in 2022. Everyone else was hurt. There was no room to make a spot on the 40man, so Morel came up and forced his way in staying there.

Couns says Merryweather to begin throwing in AZ on Monday. 

I'd imagine that probably puts him 1.5 months away

Dansby took live BP off Wicks and Smyly today.

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In reply to by crunch

Just for the halibut I went back over Kyle Hendricks' seven outings and looked at what would have happened if he had been allowed to go only once through the order each time he pitched: 

15.1 IP, 15 H, 10 R (10 ER), 3 BB, 18 K, 19/9 GO/AO, 1 HBP, 3 HR 
5.85 ERA, 1.17 WHIP, .262 OppBA, .282 OppOBP, 409 OppSLG (.691 Opp OPS)
5% walk-rate and a 28% K-rate  

In his first four games he would have thrown exactly two innings per outing (8.0 IP) before going exactly once through the order, allowing a combined seven runs on 11 hits, two walks, one HBP, and one HR, with 10 K. 

In his next three outings he would have thrown two full innings plus part of a third inning in each game before getting once through the order (a combined 7.1 IP), while allowing three runs on four hits, one walk, and two HR, and eight K.  

Certainly not stellar when he goes exactly once through the order, but it's nowhere near as bad as it is when he is allowed to go deeper into a game. 

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In reply to by Arizona Phil

great stuff...not great news, though.

veterans get a lot of rope to hang themselves, especially ones that have been important to the team.

this team is trying to stay competitive with a playoff quality roster under heavy injury concern, though.

i would welcome wesn in the rotation...wicks is due back soon...there's 4 guys solidly locked into the rotation and none of them are named hendricks (though taillon's last start kinda stung).

legit impressed how many fans are still around to see amaya hit a homer to make it a 9-1 game in the bottom 8th.

this game has been a lost cause for many innings and skeenes left a few innings ago.

nice to see fans stick around for this stinker.

Iowa scores three runs on no hits in the 5th inning of their game. A HBP and five walks. Gotta love the minors!

imanaga walking the leadoff man on 5 pitches.  really rare for a dude that hates to walk anyone in any situation.

"we gave a manager 8m dollars a year." - jed

"lol, patrick wisdom gonna lead off." - counsell

"The New York Post’s Joel Sherman reports the Mets offered first baseman Pete Alonso a seven-year, $158 million contract extension last summer."

22.5m a year.  on one hand, no way his agent would sign that.  on the other hand, the mets obviously see some warning signs long-term...most likey his lack of body conditioning.  he's got a very pre-roids era slugger build.

i love that wrigley is packed, but you can tell a lot of these fans are new(ish) to in-person baseball.

pop outs that don't even reach the warning track are getting huge fan pops as possible homers.

that said, it's good there's so much fresh eyes on the field product.  the game needs a constant influx of newer fans.

i noticed a lot of 20-somethings really getting into baseball during the covid era.  they also really got into baseball cards, but that's another side show in itself.  the baseball card boom died down a bit, but the interest in baseball overall seems to have stuck around.

ha.  the mccutchen AB where he almost homered in the 6th (foul) got me thinking about the mccutchen/furries thing.

it's a coincidence, but mccutchen does VERY well at the plate when pittsburgh's annual furry convention (Anthrocon) is in town and there's a home game.  all 4 days of the convention will be home games for PIT.

be on the lookout for mccutchen's twitter account to simply post "Furries" during the week of the convention.

he's aware of the coincidence and plays into it.

baseball is weird.  social media is weird.  furries are also weird, but whatever...ya'll do ya'll.

https://www.mlb.com/news/pirates-andrew-mccutchen-summons-the-power-of-…

woo!!!!

walkoff win!  morel has been involved in at least 4 walk-off wins this year by my count.

his bWAR is tied for next to last on the team (-0.1)...just saying.

And another solo shot in the third. He’s not hitting cheapies either. Definitely capturing my attention at this point.

Luis Vasquez gets his first call up, looks like Nico may move to the IL but no formal counter move yet.

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In reply to by Arizona Phil

PCA needs regular play, this team has more problems than a luxury pinch runner and defensive player off the bench.

be nice if he can fine turn his SB game as well as his bat game.  still, i'd rather have him just taking the great odds and situational odds rather than having him running all over the place and getting thrown out 25%+ of the time.

he's fast, 30+ SB guys generally are.  but he's faster than even that number gives a nod to.

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In reply to by crunch

You're right, crunch, as usual. He has huge potential, but needs a few hundred AAA plate appearances. I think Bellinger gives the Cubs more value in CF than 1B, so they're better off giving a roster spot to somebody else.  I'm okay with Vasquez; we aren"t getting much offense from  our backup infielders, to say the least.

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In reply to by fullykräusened

the "hilarious" thing about PCA is he's 2nd on the team in bWAR with only 63 PA and a .236/.295/.364 slash.

i've long been a critic of how over-rated defensive WAR is for outfielders.  stuff like this is why.  yes, he's an elite defender in CF, but all of this defensive value has come over 44 chances in 156 innings.

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In reply to by crunch

Agree with you on defensive WAR.  I would say defense and baserunning was previously undervalued. I appreciate that the WAR stat tries to better account for the impact of defense and baserunning but personally feel like they may have over-corrected a bit.  

 

Also would be really happy if PCA just stays in Iowa until September call ups.  I tend to forget he was a high school draftee that lost time to both covid and a serious injury.  Hasn't had many post high school at bats. I think some steady playing time in AAA is long term what's best for both him and the Cubs.  

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In reply to by fullykräusened

Some of you may have noticed that Monday's roster moves (PCA and Mastrobuoni optioned to AAA and Dansby Swanson reinstated from the 10-day IL) leaves the Cubs with only 25 players on their MLB Active List. This is not unusual at all, in the case of a day off and a player being recalled from the minors for the next day's game. There is no reason to call the player up on an off-day, because if that happened the player would have to be paid at the MLB rate and would accrue a day of MLB Service Time.  

MLB clubs are allowed to carry 25 players (no more than 13 pitchers) on their MLB Active List roster beginning on MLB Opening Day and extending through August 31st (although to do that for the entire season would be a competitive disadvantage), and then clubs are required to have 28 players (no more than 14 pitchers) on their active list beginning on September 1st and extending through the final day of the MLB regular season. So either 25 or 26 prior to September 1st, but 28 beginning on September 1st.

So presuming the Cubs plan to recall INF Luis Vazquez prior to Tuesday's game, there is no good reason to do it on Monday (when there is no game) when they can just as easily wait until Tuesday and save about $4,000 in salary differential.

BTW, because the recall of Vazquez is not yet official, the Cubs could decide instead to sign left-hand hitting veteran utility INF Joey Wendle (who was just released by the Mets today) and pay him the pro-rated MLB minimum salary (with the Mets on the hook for the balance of his $2M salary) instead of recalling Vazquez. To do this the Cubs would have to clear a 40-man roster slot, which they could do by (let's say) transferring Adbert Alzolay to the 60-day IL. 

Wendle's MLB career 162 game average is 262/311/384 with 8 HR and 53 RBI, 31 doubles, and 15 SB, he is an above-average defender who can play SS in addition to 2B, 3B, LF, and RF, and while he is better hitting against RHP (269/313/399), he holds his own versus LHP (232/304/318). 

With somebody like Wendle (who could be a late-inning defensive replacement at 3B), the Cubs could replace Mastrobuoni AND Madrigal (and not need Vazquez) with just one player, creating an opening for a "hot" bat (like maybe Brennen Davis, who could platoon with Happ in LF until Happ gets going, or with Tauchman in CF if Bellinger plays 1B and Busch/Wisdom platoon at DH). 

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In reply to by Arizona Phil

This raises another question in my mind… let’s say the Cubs sign Wendle. The Mets pay all but the minimum salary prorated. If the Cubs cut Wendle before the season ends, are they still on the hook for that minimum prorated salary, or does the full deal revert to the Mets? And a step further, if the Cubs cut him, and then another team signs him after that, what happens salary wise?

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In reply to by Dolorous Jon Lester

DJL: if the Cubs were to sign Joey Wendle and then release him sometime later in the season, the Cubs are still on the hook for the pro-rated portion of the MLB minimum salary they would have had to pay if he had remained with the Cubs until the end of the MLB regular season, unless he subsequently signs with another club, in which case that club pays the pro-rated portion of the MLB minimum salary beginning when that club signs him.

matt shaw's AA hot start has been fizzling hard.

he hit 3 homers by april 14, none since.  he's pretty much had a dead bat since april 17th.

he's got a .182/.304/.242 slash in may so far.

I'd say the whole Cubs Hitting Org from top to bottom is in a "meh/slump" stage here.
We're all just waiting for a breakout to occur here in Wrigley and down on the farm. BDavis has been a good story, but he needs some company!!

Thank goodness for Bellinger. He's the only hitter we have that honestly doesn't have a whole in his approach. He's a professional hitter and can provide pop. I don't buy into the argument he doesn't have real bat speed. He can turn on almost any inside pitch (up or down).
But I still think he should be the 1B. He clearly doesn't want that.
PCA in CF (or Tauch) and Happ, Busch and ONKC at DH (or Happ/ONKC in LF).
 

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In reply to by Childersb3

The Cubs definitely need a guy with multiple years of control to emerge as a true middle of the order hitter. Busch is getting beat in the zone enough that my optimism about him is waning a bit. Morel's increase in contact has been encouraging, but he's been putting so much of that contact on the ground that it hasn't yielded any gains.  

Brewers lose in 10 to the Marlins. So that’s nice.

Also Braves come to town after splitting a DH and used Sale-Lopez as starters.

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  • Dolorous Jon Lester (view)

    And I mean, I know Craig Counsell is a good manager, but like… he seems way, way more tentative here than he did in Milwaukee. There’s no innovation trying to get these guys going. It’s trotting out roughly the same lineup, using the same late inning arms, making sure to not let SPs get to 90 pitches, and on and on. Justin Steele is your ace. He’s at 89 pitches through 6. Your roller coaster nominal closer isn’t available tonight. Why on earth is Steele not throwing the 7th??? He’s not a young prospect on an innings limit, he’s an in-prime multi year MLBer approaching veteran status. I can’t decide if the front office was calling more shots in Milwaukee which made him look good, or maybe the Cubs front office isn’t giving him the space to make the tougher or more creative decisions. Shake some things up! Use Miller late game, he got the out Leiter couldn’t. Brewer is nasty, maybe he could get a shot at a high leverage inning?

    I won’t go too nuts on the front office as this post is already getting long, but can we please shake up some of this roster? Can we actually see if Canario can hack it? And I mean let him play, not just call up and warm the bench. Is Vazquez any better than Wisdom? Maybe CJ or Ethan Roberts can help the bullpen?

  • crunch (view)

    innings 8-9 have been brutal on this team.

    even when they hang in there, they are blowing an alarming amount of games late.  way way way too many 1-run games not going the cubs way.

    it's a bat issue as much as it's a setup/closer issue.  they're so close to being a better team, but they are projecting really terrible for the past 1.5 months.   i hope it's a slump, but damn...pen arms and bats (beyond walks, singles, HBP) need to show up.  1.5 months generally isn't a slump.

  • Dolorous Jon Lester (view)

    Yup. Not only does this team suck, they’re also really boring. It’s basically a script for every game. There’s 2, maybe 3 innings each game they threaten to score and sometimes get a couple measly runs. Usually the SP is good, and the bullpen blows it. The script will vary, but by and large the games are a snooze. I find I spend more time messing on my phone and/ or reading with the game on than I do really paying attention to the game 

  • Dolorous Jon Lester (view)

    On the broadcast when JD said he seemed to be avoiding the splitter I headed directly to sports betting and put it on the Cubs to lose. If Leiter doesn’t have his splitter going, batting practice is exactly what is happening.

  • crunch (view)

    cubs need to get david ross back.

    not as manager.  dude threw 2ip 0h 0bb 0k ball.  6 up, 6 down.

    sign the dude.

  • crunch (view)

    welp.

  • TarzanJoeWallis (view)

    By bringing in a trusted reliever and having him throw batting practice.

  • TarzanJoeWallis (view)

    He is a home run threat. Earlier this year graphics were put up about him being in the top five in homers per at bat over some time period.

    But like any other guy of his ilk he’s also a massive strike out threat. When you’re not hitting you have to cash in opportunities anyway you can. Personally I’d much rather use the element of surprise in that situation then have him flail away and hope to hit something, which is basically what this entire team has done all season long. Hasn’t worked out so well.

    What’s the old saying about doing the same thing over and over again and expecting a different result?

  • crunch (view)

    warmed up t.miller to throw 3 pitches then replaced him.  okay, whatever.  nice single batter faced, hit the showers.

  • TarzanJoeWallis (view)

    I believe Leiter has in fact been in high leverage situations in the past, Smyly is a “wily veteran”, and Little has “electric stuff”.

    I’m not eating any of this dog food but I’m guessing that might be the line of thinking.