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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

* bats or throws left
# 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 @ Brewers: Series Thread (Games 54-57)

The Cubs went 0-2 on a stormy weekend in St. Louis, losing both games by a single run and having the other postponed until July. They open a four-game series in Milwaukee on Memorial Day. See below for matchups.

 


 

Game 54, Monday, May 27, 3:10 pm central

CHC: LHP Justin Steele (0-2, 5.67 ERA)

MIL: LHP Robert Gasser (2-0, 2.65 ERA)

Steele allowed five earned runs in last outing. Much of that came after he got the first out of the seventh, however. Overall, he looked much better than his other recent starts. 

Rookie Robert Gasser has had an odd first three MLB starts. He's allowed 18 hits and struck out only 6 in 17.0 innings pitched. He's walked away with two wins. His best pitches are his slider and cutter and he has a history of getting strikeouts in the minors.

 


 

Game 55, Tuesday, May 28, 6:40 pm central

CHC: RHP Ben Brown (1-1, 3.20 ERA)

MIL: RHP Freddy Peralta (3-3, 3.81 ERA)

Brown looked great in a spot start in Atlanta, striking out six in four scoreless innings. He's been very effective with only two pitches since joing the MLB club.

Old Cub foe Freddy Peralta gets the start for the Brewers. Peralta took a loss to the Cubs on three earned runs on May 5. Most recently, he lost to Miami, but he allowed only one earned run in seven innings pitched.

 


 

Game 56, Wednesday, May 29, 6:40 pm central

CHC: LHP Shota Imanaga (5-0, 0.84 ERA)

MIL: RHP Bryse Wilson (3-1, 2.86 ERA)

Shota Imanaga was scheduled to start Friday's rainout. He's been spectacular and will be pitching this one with lots of extra rest.

Wilson most recently earned a win in Boston, striking out seven and allowing two earned runs in 5.1 innings pitched. This will be the Cubs first time seeing him this year.

 


 

Game 57, Thursday, May 30, 12:10 pm central

CHC: RHP Jameson Taillon (3-2, 2.58 ERA)

MIL: RHP Colin Rea (4-2, 3.98 ERA)

Taillon allowed three earned runs on nine hits in 5.1 innings last time out. He's gotten a reasonable amount of contact on the ground but has often struggled to miss bats since starting his season.

Rea earned a win in his last start, allowing two earned runs in 5.2 innings pitched. He's working around a 1.36 WHIP despite a low strikeour rate and allowing plenty of contact in the air.

Comments

is the cubs catching crew the worst in MLB?  seriously...

amaya is in danger of having an OPS below .500 pretty soon (.510 currently).  117 PA.

gomes has a .440 OPS in 74 PA.

2 on, 0 out, and not only does no one score...no one moves.  nice.

also, morel's average finally drops to .199

I’d feel nervous if I was a current Cubs hitting coach - an essential part of “The Cubs Way” is to churn through hitting coaches as necessary. 

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In reply to by crunch

Although it didn't save the Titanic, sometimes rearranging the deck chairs can give a club a bit of a spark, not to mention a wake-up call to anyone who might be in a rut (especially if it is partly mental, which it usually is). 

Keep in mind that Busch, Morel, Wisdom, and Madrigal can be optioned (Morel gets a 4th option this year but it won't be there next year), and although none of them "have anything more to prove" at AAA, they all might benefit from a kick-in-the-rear jump-start. 

Meanwhile, some combination of PCA (can be recalled on 5/30), Brennen Davis, Alexander Canario, and/or Matt Mervis could get called-up, and red-hot switch-hitting 3B B. J. Murray (a Cubs Top 15 prospect who is hitting 341/481/707 - 1.188 OPS with four HR, three doubles, and 11/8 BB/K, and two E-5 over his last twelve games after an ice-cold start) could get selected to the 40 (he is Rule 5 Draft-eligible post-2024 and was already very likely to get added to the 40 post-2024 anyway). 

I didn't mention Owen Caissie (he is also Rule 5 Draft-eligible post-2024) because he hasn't been playing for the last few days, but he is a lock to get added to the 40 post-2024, and so he could get called up at anytime. 

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In reply to by Arizona Phil

As things stand now, most likely to get added to the 40 post-2024 (if not sooner):  

POSITION PLAYERS 
1. Owen Caissie, OF (Rule 5 Draft eligible - lock) 
2. B. J. Murray, 3B (Rule 5 Draft eligible - very likely) 
3. Pablo Aliendo, C (likely because he is a minor league 6YFA post-2024)

PITCHERS: 
Some combination of RHRP Zac Leigh (just got promoted to AAA), LHRP Riley Martin (at AAA), RHRP Frankie Scalzo Jr (closer at AA), and RHSP Matt Thompson (in AA starting rotation - acquired from White Sox for Bailey Horn) -- all four are Rule 5 Draft-eligible post-2024, and then just because they are free-agents post-2024 RHRP Ethan Roberts (back from TJS and now pitching out of the AAA Iowa pen - can be a post-2024 second contract minor league FA) and RHRP Cam Sanders (struggled at AAA but now throwing "lights out" at AA - post-2024 6YFA). 

Also, RHSP Kohl Franklin is a minor league 6YFA post-2024 and he will miss the balance of the 2024 season after undergoing right forearm / elbow surgery, so he will likely be offered a substantial $$$ 2025 minor league successor contract to stay with the Cubs and continue his rehab in Mesa. 

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In reply to by George Altman

GEORGE A: Before his TJS Miguel Amaya had a plus-arm, but now it is below-average both in terms of arm strength and accuracy. The hope is that his arm will eventually come back to where it was pre-TJS, but it doesn't look too promising. Although he is not particularly athletic, Amaya has good receiving skills, he is very intelligent, he has a calm demeanor and doesn't get rattled, he has strong leadership skills, and he works well with pitchers. Offensively he is a below-average hitter with above average power, doesn't take a lot of walks, and he is a very slow runner. At present he probably profiles as an MLB back-up catcher behind a #1 rather than a #1 (like he is now) or a 50/50 (like he was last year). 

Pablo Aliendo is more athletic than Amaya and he has a stronger (or at least a healthier) arm with greater accuracy. His receiving is still a work in progress, so he is not MLB-ready defensively although he does project as an MLB catcher. Whether he will be an MLB #1, a 50/50, or a back up is still TBD. Offensively he has more HR power than Amaya and could very well eventually be a better hitter as well (TBD). 

The big negative with Amaya is that because of injuries and the year of development lost in the CoViD year he ran out of minor league options before he was fully developed (and that was even with a 4th minor league option in 2023!), so when he struggles with his throwing or his hitting he can't be sent back to AAA to work on those things. He has had to do it in the big leagues (which is not easy). 

The big negative with Aliendo is that he has developed very deliberately (that's why he is eligible to be a minor league 6YFA post-2024 despite not progressing past AA) and probably won't be MLB-ready until 2026. So he has a ways to go, and there is always a chance that he will flame out at AAA. That said, he is a legit Top 20 organizational prospect in what is a loaded system. 

BTW, I suspect the Cubs would be very willing to include either Amaya or Aliendo (Rockies choice) as part of the price for Elias Diaz if they can get him ASAP, even with Diaz being a rental (he is a FA post-2024). Then the Cubs could either try and sign Diaz to a "reasonable" multi-year contract extension, or else let him walk post-2024 and pursue Danny Jansen (who will also be a FA post-2024) instead. (I can't see Jansen being available until the Trade Deadline, and that's only if the Jays are out of contention for a Wild Card slot, whereas Diaz should be available as soon as the Rockies receive an offer they like).

proposed lineup going forward for the immediate future:

1- tauchman

2- bellinger

3- no one

4- no one

5- no one

6- no one

7- no one

8- no one

9- everyone else

In honor of Angel Hernandez's retirement, let's take a moment to relive this beauty

I was at that game, and it definitely had a what-the-hell-is-happening feel to it. 

 

okay...maybe ben brown can do a randy johnson 2-pitch-starter thing (not counting the sinker he threw more of at the end of his career)...

even during success this season i still figured he would be the guy sacrificed to the pen and thought of him as an eventual closer.

he's been throwing those 2 pitches, getting K's, not giving up homers, 5 of his 16 walks came from a single 4.2ip outing...

jordan wicks threw a stellar 4.1ip in iowa earlier today...when it's time for him to return the cubs have interesting decisions to make.

What is this whole clutch hit/score multiple runs thing the Cubs are doing? They can do that? And it’s legal? Nice!

I know they’re managing innings especially for Brown, but I feel like if we’re rolling out our top 5 SP, it includes Assad and Brown, and Wicks would be in Iowa. Wicks is solid and I think will continue to be, but Brown has been awesome and Assad has been our second best SP this year.

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In reply to by George Altman

Generally I’ve agreed with almost all the points you’re making but Wicks is one I think we shouldn’t put in the pen. I also think wesneski is being done a disservice in the pen, he’s clearly more comfortable starting. Smyly is fine as an 8th man, but I agree they could better use Hendricks spot, much as it’s sad to say.

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In reply to by Dolorous Jon Lester

As long as there isn't a sore thumb / weak link in the group, a six-man rotation is preferable if a club wants to minimize innings for younger starting pitchers and keep veteran guys from wearing down in September. So Imanaga, Steele, Assad, Brown, Taillon, and Wicks would be the six, and that is actually probably one of the best group of starting pitchers in MLB (a lot of clubs couldn't run a decent six-man rotation even if they wanted to).  

A six-man rotation does require a solid seven-man bullpen with no weak links and a lock-down closer, however, and unfortunately the Cubs bullpen as it is presently constituted (with Hendricks and Smyly in the pen) is one of the worst and least-reliable in MLB. 

It would definitely help if the 2023 version of Julian Merryweather can come back 100% next month (TBD), but even that is not enough. 

And Hendricks and Smyly absolutely cannot be in the pen if the Cubs want to compete for a post-season slot. If one or both can be moved as part of a salary offset in a trade (and keep in mind that Hendricks gets "10 / 5 no-trade" rights as of June 26th), that's fine, but otherwise the Cubs will just have to bite the bullet and release them and be prepared to eat some payroll.  

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

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.

ethan roberts with another good game, his 4th in iowa.

5.2ip 3h 2bb 8k, 1r/0er (1 of the bb intentional)

it feels awful watching this version of hendricks.  like, i feel awful for him and i feel awful he seems to be going out like this.

he may not last until june with the team.  this is painful to watch so consistently.

Cubs and Brewers both have 9 hits, but Cubs out-homer the Brewers 3 to 1. So naturally the Cubs lose by 2 runs. 

Is it June yet?

i hate to pick on a small sample size, but luke little is not a MLB pitcher the way the rules work now.

he's a relic from the past.  he's jesse orosco.  he's mike myers.  he's a left handed specialist.  today he was not even that.

tired of seeing him work end-of-game situations where a pinch hitter is more likely to be used, too.

Recent comments

  • TarzanJoeWallis (view)

    Yeah. I mean, the fundamental problem is that players aren’t performing. But isn’t one of the responsibilities of a manager to fire a team up when they’re lackluster?

    I’ve always admired Counsel but maybe we’ve never seen him in this condition - managing a team that is emotionally dead. Sort of like Joe Maddon being a great manager on good teams but terrible on slumping teams.

    This team needs a Durocher type at this point - someone to kick them in their @sses. Not the mild mannered analytical guy Counsel seems to be.

    I don’t know - maybe a Durocher type can’t even exist in the game today with the coddling of multi million dollar players and easily bruised egos.

  • TarzanJoeWallis (view)

    PCA has injected some excitement and the two suicide squeeze’s - well, outside of inside the park homers that’s the most exciting play in baseball. That one inning was an anomaly though. Most of the time they go up, swing as hard as they can and hope to hit something out of the park, but almost invariably strike out or pop out instead. That’s lousy baseball to watch.

  • TarzanJoeWallis (view)

    That last sentence really says it all. A week or even two is a slump. One and a half months is a pattern.

    Very disappointing because they could and should be so much better. They showed that back in April.

  • 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.