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  • Thank you as always, Phil, for your amazing ASS. Did you get a chance to notice any velocities and pitch mix for Luis Rodriguez?

    K Dub 3 days 3 hours ago
  • Agreed.

    Hagsag 3 days 5 hours ago
  • this game is dildos.

    crunch 3 days 5 hours ago
  • I have been thinking the same thing. AZ. doesn’t need four catchers.

    Hagsag 3 days 8 hours ago
  • Or maybe the Cubs are showcasing Chatwood to the Diamondbacks. The Cubs might have an interest in C Alex Avila (who is presently on the D'backs 10-day IL with a quad strain). 

    Arizona Phil 3 days 11 hours ago
  • In addition the the splits, I think keeping Chatwood stretched out is a pretty good reason to give this a try. I would probably feel differently if they were still facing a climb to .500.

    Charlie 3 days 11 hours ago
  • There is probably extra care given to Alzolay and Marquez. That is a smart move. I know Marquez is at SB, but on a tight pitch count.

    Hagsag 3 days 11 hours ago
  • HAGSAG: Adbert Alzolay threw 1.2 IP  and 34 pitches in his first EXST game outing on Wednesday, so depending on whether the Cubs want to rush him up to Iowa before he's stretched-out (as they did with Alec Mills) or have him get gradually stretched-out at EXST will be the determining factor.

    And of course that presumes there will be no medical setbacks along the way. 

    So if he remains at EXST until he's stretched-out to throw five innings and 75-80 pitches, it probably will be no earlier than the first week of May (or maybe even the second week) before he's moved-up to Iowa.  

    Arizona Phil 3 days 12 hours ago
  • Phil, how far along is Adbert Alzolay with his recovery from injury? When could we expect to see him in Des Moines?

    Hagsag 3 days 15 hours ago
  • I am not impressed with Bad Brach.

    The E-Man 3 days 20 hours ago
  • Diamondbacks acquire Blake Swihart.  Because having 3 catchers on your roster isn't as good as having 4.

    QuietMan 4 days 1 hour ago
  • Patrick Mooney‏ @PJ_Mooney

    Cubs looked at the matchups and decided that Tyler Chatwood will start Sunday vs. Diamondbacks and Jose Quintana will face the Dodgers on Tuesday at Wrigley.

    crunch 4 days 3 hours ago
  • Brad Brach - adept in the anti-screw the closer role

    Eric S 4 days 4 hours ago
  • ...and that's the end of that.

    crunch 4 days 4 hours ago
  • bob singing the 7th!

    crunch 4 days 4 hours ago
  • 30 innings without a run scored vs cubs pitching (monday, 5th inning).

    crunch 4 days 4 hours ago
  • looking like the cubs will return to .500

    after such a horrid start, i'll take that on april 19th.

    btw, PIT is currently in 1st in the central.

    crunch 4 days 5 hours ago
  • The Cubs have loaned DSL Cubs #2 RHRP Francisco Gracia to Diablos Rojos del Mexico (Mexico City Red Devils) of the Mexican League.

    The 20-year old Gracia is from Mexico, and was signed by the Cubs in 2016. 

    Arizona Phil 4 days 23 hours ago
  • CHILDERSb3: That sounds about right, or the Cubs might rotate starting pitchers back & forth from the active roster to the 7-day IL (unlike MLB, a doctor's certification is not required to place a minor league player on the IL), or the Cubs might move a minor league SP down a level so that everybody can get regular work, or the Cubs could go with a six-man starting rotation and eight-man bullpen at one or more of the full-season affiliates and play games a man short on the bench. 

    Arizona Phil 5 days 10 min ago
  • Phil,

    When ODLC goes to AA, what's their rotation?

    Abbott, Hatch, Miller, Thompson, ODLC and Steele piggybacking?

    If so, that's a pretty "prospectie" crew!!

    Childersb3 5 days 1 hour ago
  • Because his suspension is less than 50 days, Addison Russell in entitled to only a 12-day minor league conditioning assignment prior to being reinstated from the Restricted List. 

    Arizona Phil 5 days 4 hours ago
  • In his last EXST outing last Friday vs Giants Black, ODLC threw 4.1 IP and 79 pitches, so he is fully stretched-out and ready to roll. 

    Arizona Phil 5 days 4 hours ago
  • TIM: Because Oscar de la Cruz is serving an 80-game suspension and is on an MLB Restricted List, he is eligible to spend up to 15 days (unpaid, but with an MLB meal & tip per diem) on a minor league conditioning assignment prior to being reinstated. 

    Arizona Phil 5 days 4 hours ago
  • Oscar De La Cruz is starting for Myrtle Beach tonight.

    tim815 5 days 4 hours ago
  • BRADSBEARD: Carlos Morfa is a very raw 18-year old five-tool outfielder, so he will almost certainly be assigned to a Cubs AZL team in 2019. BTW, he looks like he's been working out at Muscle Beach. He's really ripped. 

    Arizona Phil 5 days 4 hours ago
  • a.mills back with the AAA team...started last night

    4ip 8h 0bb 3k, 1r/er

    crunch 5 days 7 hours ago
  • dunno if anyone else watched the MLB series in Mexico (regular season, reds/cards...and it was a good one), but they had ads on their batting helmets.

    teams/players could not opt out and had to wear them.

    crunch 5 days 9 hours ago
  • How much more do you think it costs to have an advertisement read during the game compared to a commercial during the break?

    Those on-air readings get national coverage via MLB tv.

    Charlie 5 days 9 hours ago
  • AZ Phil, I seem to recall that Carlos Morfa impressed you with his power at instructs. How does he look this spring as far as his development as a hitter? Does he have a chance to open the year in Eugene?

    bradsbeard 5 days 9 hours ago
  • Sell everything + ? = profit.

    ”Strike one brought to you by Bowlmor lanes: keep those strikes coming!... ”ball one brought to you by Fifth Third Bank. The curious bank, member FDIC”

    Dolorous Jon Lester 5 days 9 hours ago
  • The Cubs have released INF Ignacio Otano (his eligibility to play in the DSL has expired and so he was expected to attend EXST, but he was not invited).  

    The Cubs signed Otano in June 2017 as a second-contract player after he was released by the Brewers, and he spent the 2017 & 2018 seasons playing for the Cubs in the DSL.  

    Arizona Phil 5 days 11 hours ago
  • Sportscaster Chet Coppock dies after car accident

    QuietMan 5 days 11 hours ago
  • crunch 5 days 12 hours ago
  • someone's gonna hit a homer or some other exciting play while a washed up actor tells me about liquor or insurance.

    plus, if you don't have a big TV the action is kinda hard to see on the split screen.

    we're most likely not too far away from ads being on screen full time via "watermark" graphics on the corner of the screen.  some networks are already playing with that on some programming.

    crunch 5 days 12 hours ago
  • The trade off for shorter commercial breaks. 

    bradsbeard 5 days 21 hours ago
  • i cannot believe this "going split screen" and showing a commercial (with audio) while live gameplay is happening is a thing.

    it's not just a cubs broadcast thing, either.


    crunch 6 days 1 hour ago
  • playing MIA is the best.  i mean, this is just great.  awesome.  cool.  neat.

    crunch 6 days 2 hours ago
  • Thanks,  Phil. I'd see him as an upgrade for the next 6 weeks over Davis. At $910,000 I would hate that to be any factor in bullpen help this summer.

    George Altman 6 days 2 hours ago
  • cj edwards on the AAA IL (7d) after "scraping his hand" after a fall.

    crunch 6 days 2 hours ago
  • Upgrade over T. Davis, in any case & we gotta keep Willy C. fresh/en fuego...

    Mike Wellman 6 days 5 hours ago
  • Also switch-hits, fwiw...

    Mike Wellman 6 days 5 hours ago
  • GEORGE A: Swihart was a 1st round pick when Theo was Red Sox GM, so (for better or for worse) that might have somer influence on the Cubs interest. 

    Arizona Phil 6 days 5 hours ago
  • MIKE W: MIL, OAK, NYY, and BOS are the only MLB clubs with a lower (worse) waiver claim priority than the Cubs right now because the previous season's standings are used to determine waiver claim priority through the first 30 days of the MLB regular season, but beginning on the 31st day of the 2019 MLB regular season (April 27th), MLB standings as of 9 AM (Eastern) on the morning the player clears waivers will be used to determine waiver claim priority. 

    Arizona Phil 6 days 5 hours ago
  • Is this guy with OPS+ of 82,  OPS of .679, and .3 WAR for his career. I like the 44% CS with Boston but think I'll pass.

    George Altman 6 days 5 hours ago
  • Reliance on hitting pitches outside of the zone for singles also ages poorly.

    Charlie 6 days 6 hours ago
  • AZP, how many teams precede Cubs in the waiver process on Swihart?

    Mike Wellman 6 days 8 hours ago
  • so much of his hit game relies on busting his ass 110% to 1st on what would be outs for lazier or slower players.  i don't think that aspect of his game will age well when it comes to his hits.

    crunch 6 days 9 hours ago
  • Everybody echoes my feelings on SC... However, I do want to acknowledge that he had 2100+ PAs over 3 seasons ('11-'12-'13). Respect. 

    First.Pitch.120 6 days 10 hours ago
  • MIKE W: Blake Swihart would certainly fill a present need (athletic back-up catcher who can also play four-corners - 1B-3B-LF-RF), but the Cubs would have to pre-emptively acquire him via trade before he goes onto Outright Assignment Waivers, because otherwise he'll surely get claimed by another club with a better waiver claim priority than the Cubs have. And it might cost the Cubs a prospect like Trent Giambrone or P. J. Higgins to get Swihart in a trade. And if the Cubs were to acquire him, Swihart is out of minor league options. 

    Arizona Phil 6 days 10 hours ago
  • The Brinson for Yelich trade sure is looking like a bust for Miami.  That is a bad team.  The type of team so bad that it will have somebody like Bryan Lehair (club for men) represent them at the All Star game.

    Sonicwind75 6 days 10 hours ago