Eric S 07/15/2019 - 10:29pm (View in context)
Just a putrid game in a lot of respects. Cubs futility against the Reds is highly annoying.
crunch 07/15/2019 - 10:25pm (View in context)
cubs lose, cards move into 2nd in the central.
Eric S 07/15/2019 - 10:24pm (View in context)
Happ starting to make some noise in Iowa with a three hit night, with two homers (now 15 for the season), raising his average to .240 - I don’t think it’s been that high for several months. I believe he’s had a number of multi-hit games the last couple of weeks to help bump up the average.
Eric S 07/15/2019 - 9:55pm (View in context)
Reds reliever Michael Lorenzen reminding Theo that he’s significantly better than both of Theo‘s big offseason acquisitions of Brach and Descalso in both pitching and hitting. Perhaps Brach is the better base runner?
crunch 07/15/2019 - 9:55pm (View in context)
heyward - 1
bat - 0
crunch 07/15/2019 - 9:48pm (View in context)
bad D has directly resulted in at least 3 of tonight's reds runs.
Eric S 07/15/2019 - 9:46pm (View in context)
Brach has inherited 15 runs - some how, some way, 50 of them have scored
Eric S 07/15/2019 - 9:38pm (View in context)
I bet Hendricks wasn’t envisioning seeing both Rosario and Brach pitching in the 8th after leaving with a 3-2 lead after six.
Eric S 07/15/2019 - 9:24pm (View in context)
Been a month since Rizzo hit a dinger. Tonight would be a good time to get off the schnide.
Eric S 07/15/2019 - 9:14pm (View in context)
First half Cubs showed up for the top of the seventh - yuck
crunch 07/15/2019 - 9:14pm (View in context)
also, dude, cishek.
crunch 07/15/2019 - 8:47pm (View in context)
can't think of a much better way to spend some loot, myself. sounds awesome.
michael2z 07/15/2019 - 8:18pm (View in context)
I try to go to a three-game series every year. I have been taking my son for years and began taking two of my grandsons the last four years and plan on bringing all three to a series next year. I was born and raised in the Chicago area and I still have family there (my cousins own the Twin Anchors restaurant in Old Town).
Yes, the cost is much, but the time with family is truly priceless. Trying to enjoy the time I’ve got left, hoping that the boys have a great time and memories to share for generations
crunch 07/15/2019 - 7:42pm (View in context)
nice. i would have loved to be able to do a 3-game series and attend them all like many years ago, but i can barely make room for 1 game a season considering the 2 closest parks are 4-6 hours away from NC and ticket prices get new levels of scary every 5 years or so. i miss those multi-game chill weekend getaways.
we are rich in minor league options no matter where you are in the state, though...so we got that going for us. easy to get seat, get a beverage, and get some food for $20-$25.
michael2z 07/15/2019 - 7:13pm (View in context)
Was there for all three games against Pittsburgh. Hoping their O continues.
crunch 07/15/2019 - 5:46pm (View in context)
schwarber / baez / bryant(RF) / rizzo / caratini / heyward(CF) / russell / bote(3rd) / hendricks
Arizona Phil 07/15/2019 - 3:38pm (View in context)
The Cubs went from being one of the best PH clubs in 2018 to near the bottom in 2019, in large part because they essentially exchanged Tommy LaStella (by far - THE - best PH in MLB in 2018 and the best in Cubs history) for Daniel Descalso (who has been unable to provide any production off the bench in 2019).
Why this matters is that one way a club can come back late in a game (which the Cubs have not done much this season) is with a couple of bats on the bench who can provide a productive PA as a PH in a key late-inning situation.
With the Cubs sweeping the Pirates this past weekend the Bucs may be moving into "sell" mode, and if so, Melky Cabrera would be someone the Cubs should pursue. He is a high-contact switch-hitter who can hit cold of the bench (he is hitting 375/524/563 as a PH in 2019 and has yet to strike out in 21 PH PA) and he can play some corner OF (preferably LF) as well.
Otherwise it's getting to the point where the Cubs will need to seriously consider using Jon Lester as a PH on a routine basis (that is, on days he's not the SP).
Jackstraw 07/14/2019 - 4:27pm (View in context)
I was thinking the same thing. Keep JHey hot and find a hitterish 2nd baseman and the lineup starts to look 2016 long. Cubs did OK that year.
crunch 07/14/2019 - 4:26pm (View in context)
cubs are the first NL Central team to 50 wins, 3rd in the NL to get there (ATL + LAD, who has 61 wins)
MIL is losing by 5 going into the 9th. they will be 2.5 games back if they lose.
Jackstraw 07/14/2019 - 4:25pm (View in context)
The thing I worry about most with Bryant in the outfield is him running into people.
Jackstraw 07/14/2019 - 4:23pm (View in context)
His career arc has certainly had the wrong trajectory since 2016.
Dolorous Jon Lester 07/14/2019 - 3:44pm (View in context)
Yeah a lot of the pen is scheduled for FA this offseason. Strop Cishek Kintzler, potentially Brach. Even the ghost of Cedeno.
A handful of guys who will be out of options next year who could grab a spot and a handful who are in AAA who could grab one too. Though some of either group might be DFA or non-tendered.
crunch 07/14/2019 - 3:30pm (View in context)
i think we might be seeing schwarb find a new home and see a bit more LF bryant in 2020...but that is pure speculation.
the pen needed help this season, but it needs a nearly total rebuild going into 2020.
corner OF'rs and 3rd/2nd isn't much a depth issue, thankfully.
Eric S 07/14/2019 - 3:27pm (View in context)
JHey lengthening the lineup in a big way!
Eric S 07/14/2019 - 3:26pm (View in context)
Rather have Schwarber in right and KB in left, assuming you’re good with Almora not starting? KB played some CF too a few years ago IIRC
crunch 07/14/2019 - 3:10pm (View in context)
heyward's 15th HR of the season.
most since 2012 (27).
cubs with a 2 run lead in the 5th.
crunch 07/14/2019 - 2:07pm (View in context)
k.bryant in RF...i could go for less k.bryant in RF...
he's not horrible, but he's timid about going full on and his initial break for the ball isn't that great.
crunch 07/14/2019 - 2:01pm (View in context)
that baez/russell DP was sick
Arizona Phil 07/14/2019 - 11:38am (View in context)
It looked like Contreras was injured trying to catch Rosario in the top of the 8th. Rosario was missing his spots badly against the last batter or two of the inning and Contreras was jumping/leaping/diving on almost every pitch and then limped off the field after the third out.
Eric S 07/14/2019 - 11:19am (View in context)
For the sweep: Willson out, Caratini in (Willson with a sore arch in right foot, hopefully just minor issue), KB in right field, Bote at 3rd, Robel at 2nd.
Dolorous Jon Lester 07/14/2019 - 8:09am (View in context)
I’m sure everyone is hoping Almora and Russell start to hit better. There could be a small sliver of hope for Albert, but I think Addison just is what he is at this point. I know he’s still pretty young but he basically puts up the same line every year. Mediocre BA, below average OBP, some HR power.
Jackstraw 07/14/2019 - 6:17am (View in context)
Cubs have three offensive black holes on the roster at the moment (Descalso, Almora, and Russell). Almora should play the most due to his defense and also the number of guys needing to move position when he is out. I'm OK with Cubs having 2 auto outs at the bottom of the lineup if Almora is going to play near GG caliber CF. Seems to me Joe plays Almora and Russell together since it's his best defensive lineup and he's hoping both of them will start to hit better. Bote or Garcia at 2B are both offensive upgrades so I think they should get regular play and take advantage of whomever gets hot. Pick whomever are the Cubs 2 most groundball pitchers and play Russell with them for his D, Bote and Garcia get the other games til somebody wins out by hitting the best.
Descalso should play every time Chatwood comes into the game. Only then. The position player sign of surrender.
crunch 07/13/2019 - 11:20pm (View in context)
that was neat.
anyway, if anyone is bored enough, the ATL/SD game is in the 10th and the crowd is doing typical SD things like technically existing and occasionally reacting to the play on the field with some noise.
crunch 07/13/2019 - 10:43pm (View in context)
btw, if anyone is bored enough, the HOU/TEX game is going to the 11th and crowd is both nearly 100% still in attendance and extremely hyped up. great game.
crunch 07/13/2019 - 10:13pm (View in context)
brewers won a hell of a game.
a 1-1 duel into the 7th where leads were traded or tied until a 2-out walkoff double in the bottom of the 9th.
crunch 07/13/2019 - 9:17pm (View in context)
i was hoping t.clifton would be knocking on the door by now, but he's not shining bright (yet). he only turned 24 a few months ago. he's got time.
Mike Wellman 07/13/2019 - 8:47pm (View in context)
Mills might carry the mail okay. Cut his ERA almost in half in last 8 starts.
crunch 07/13/2019 - 7:30pm (View in context)
*checks AAA stats*
i f'n hate tuesday.
Eric S 07/13/2019 - 6:53pm (View in context)
Alec Mills getting the start on Tuesday.
crunch 07/13/2019 - 3:52pm (View in context)
RIP corey dickerson's face
Eric S 07/13/2019 - 2:27pm (View in context)
And Schwarber works two walks in the first inning - nice
CubsCentral08 07/13/2019 - 2:17pm (View in context)
Arizona Phil 07/13/2019 - 2:09pm (View in context)
CUBSCENTRAL08: Any part of a signing bonus over $125K paid to a player selected after the 10th round or to any NDFA (player was eligible for selection in the draft but didn't get drafted) counts against the club's SBP limit.
So Nahas got $10,000 over $125K, but the Cubs had about $25,000 available in the their "over-slot bank."
Therefore, the Cubs could conceivably sign an additional NDFA or two for a bit more than $125K if the opportunity presents itself, except the only players the Cubs can sign after yesterday's deadline are college seniors with no eligibility left or high school seniors who have not yet enrolled in college. (Nahas was a college junior).
An example of this was back in 2012, when the Cubs signed Team Canada 3B Jesse Hodges in September after he was named MVP in the 18U World Cup in South Korea but before he officially enrolled in Grayson College (with whom he had signed a National Letter of Intent).
Eric S 07/13/2019 - 1:58pm (View in context)
Thinking the Cubs may have Jordan Lyles number
CubsCentral08 07/13/2019 - 1:55pm (View in context)
Does anything over $125,000 count towards the bonus pool or are the Cubs free and clear?
Arizona Phil 07/13/2019 - 1:53pm (View in context)
Joe Nahas has indeed been one of the top strikeout pitchers in the Cape Cod League this summer (5th in K and 13.5 K/9). Obviously he required a substantial (for a NDFA) signing bonus to forgo his senior season at Georgia Southern.
He didn't show much at GSU in 2019 and so it's not too surprising that he didn't get drafted last month, but he has made up for it with his strong showing in the CCBL.
This is kind of like the old "Draft & Follow" process clubs used to do with JC guys back when there was no signing deadline until just before the next draft. But despite the new July deadline, scouting doesn't stop with the draft.
Dolorous Jon Lester 07/13/2019 - 11:31am (View in context)
Three free outs at the bottom of today’s lineup. They have to be thinking Baddison should be heading back to Des Moines, right? Right? RIGHT?
QuietMan 07/13/2019 - 10:18am (View in context)
The @Cubs may not have signed their 10th-rder but did land a nice arm in Georgia Southern RHP Joe Nahas. He came on late & looked VG in the @Official_CCBL, running his fastball up to 95 mph & backing it up with a solid slider. His $135k bonus is the most for a NDFA this year.
Charlie 07/13/2019 - 9:24am (View in context)
Strop's slider always seems better down than it does away.
Cubster 07/12/2019 - 10:29pm (View in context)
Posey grand slam in 10th vs Brewers Breaking 6-6 tie after brewers scored on Yelich triple to tie in 9th. Cards lose to DBacks. v fine start to the 2nd half.