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  • cj not doing that busted ass exagerated kenley jansen knockoff thing tonight...

    he is screwing with how quick his delivery is, though...real quick mixed with real slow and points in between.

    1ip 0h 1bb 1k, 21 pitches

    crunch 3 weeks 1 day ago
  • And I thought the last couple of games were tough to watch. 

    Sonicwind75 3 weeks 1 day ago
  • *pours you a tall glass of the 5th inning*

    try it, it's awful.

    crunch 3 weeks 1 day ago
  • AZPhil,

    Any updated takes for Carrera? How was his ST velocity and/or stuff? 

    KingKongvsGodzilla 3 weeks 1 day ago
  • Today's first inning is only adding to the bad aftertaste from losing on a walk-off wild pitch last night.

    Charlie 3 weeks 1 day ago
  • The Professor celebrating his contract extension!

    Dolorous Jon Lester 3 weeks 1 day ago
  • this game is dildos.

    4 runs down after 1 inning.  neat.

    crunch 3 weeks 1 day ago
  • y.molina playing 3rd for STL in the 11th inning (1st time, career).  ejections and player usage forced this odd move...especially carpenter earning a stupid ejection when the only available player is the backup catcher.

    crunch 3 weeks 1 day ago
  • It sounds like he was doing something different during the game than what he had been doing throughout spring training. The motion itself should be legal as long as he doesn't full stop re-plant that foot I guess.  Basing this comment off this article:  

    hellfrozeover 3 weeks 1 day ago
  • Not even a total rebuild... just the bullpen. If it is gonna be trash, then see if the unproven kids with potential can figure it out at the big league level. If it’s between watching Kintzler struggle or watching Webster struggle, give me Webster any day. At least he might become something worthwhile. Not just Webster, really. The whole group of unproven yet talented pitchers. Even if they struggle this year, they’ll have the experience for next year. And the FO will have a years worth of data on them to evaluate.

    Dolorous Jon Lester 3 weeks 1 day ago
  • Interested in the Iowa roster. Lots of cuts or trades to be made to get to 25 players.

    Hagsag 3 weeks 1 day ago
  • almora/bryant/rizzo/baez/contreras/bote(2nd)/heyward/hendricks/zagunis(LF)

    crunch 3 weeks 1 day ago
  • Well, when you score 12, 6 and 10 runs, you expect to win maybe two games.

    I admit to being intrigued by DJL's suggestion of going into rebuild mode. While you're at it, stop playing Heyward. That would draw me back in.

    But Theo won't do it. He was fine with jettisoning experienced players when they were Hendry's fault.  But now it's his own mess.

    Don't forget that if Chatwood and Darvish can't get their heads clear, Hamels will be another big waste of money.

    I'm surprised to hear myself say it, but I think this is Theo's last year.  Thanks for the parade. Sincerely.

    VirginiaPhil 3 weeks 1 day ago
  • Phil,

    "It helps to remember that," looking at amateur pitchers, this group has a poor track record going back to Boston of identifying major-league talent. Or, for that matter, looking at major-league pitchers like Chatwood and Darvish and identifying head cases.

    Sorry for the outburst. I'll feel better at the end of the season when they let the manager go and fire all the coaches (again).

    VirginiaPhil 3 weeks 1 day ago
  • I think they need to really take a good look at Webster, Maples, Norwood, etc. Also hopefully Cedeno and Barnette aren’t shit when they get healthy.

    We just have a lot of guys who we can’t do anything with options wise who we‘re Not willing to give up on. I hope the leash is short. For the record, Monty looks off. I kinda wonder if theres an injury there.

    Dolorous Jon Lester 3 weeks 1 day ago
  • How did we get to the regular season before anyone made sure that Edwards' mechanical adjustment was legal? I assume he just goes back to his old delivery now?

    I was actually thinking today that problem with the Cubs bullpen isn't so much the depth pieces but that most of the current go-to guys are inconsistent (Strop, Edwards) or were just flat bad in this series (Montgomery), and they are in the spotlight right now. Neither the bullpen nor the rotation has a good anchor at the moment. If Darvish were good and Morrow were healthy, the whole pitching part of the game might suddenly look OK. But without that, it's like they lost their backbone (and I mean that in terms of structure, not character).

    Charlie 3 weeks 1 day ago
  • Whatever will we do if somebody takes Brandon Kintzler off our hands!

    In seriousness, Edwards CAN go to Iowa. And should if he doesn’t get it together fast.

    Dolorous Jon Lester 3 weeks 1 day ago
  • TOM U: That's the second time in the last week I've done that. I'm seeing a specialist tomorrow. 

    Arizona Phil 3 weeks 1 day ago
  • And six of them can't be sent back to Iowa.

    tim815 3 weeks 2 days ago
  • Well, that series exposed some weaknesses surprisingly effectively for being a relatively close 1-2 series loss.

    Charlie 3 weeks 2 days ago
  • Phil, sorry to correct you, but the name of the infielder is Clayton Daniel. Chase Daniels is the back-up quarterback.

    The_Tom_U 3 weeks 2 days ago
  • Going to be a long year if some of the depth bullpen pieces acquired/ developed don’t show up this year. The current 8 are pretty putrid.

    Dolorous Jon Lester 3 weeks 2 days ago
  • On the bright side, offense looks good.

    this could be a long year.

    blockhead25 3 weeks 2 days ago
  • barf.

    crunch 3 weeks 2 days ago
  • this pen is already f'n killing me...

    chatwood lost his command after 1 inning and montgomery never had it...both got a lot of room to showcase the suck before getting pulled.

    crunch 3 weeks 2 days ago
  • 2 outs...bases loaded...ham works a 3-2 count on deshields...

    grand slam.


    crunch 3 weeks 2 days ago
  • Trea Turner w walkoff HR vs Mets Justin Wilson, some things just don’t change very much.

    Cubster 3 weeks 2 days ago
  • crunch 3 weeks 2 days ago
  • v.caratini made a hell of a catch, but ended it awkwardly...seems to have really smacked his head quite hard falling without being able to brace himself.

    given how long he was down and grimacing getting up it's a bit surprising they're going to let him continue catching.  a'ite then.

    crunch 3 weeks 2 days ago
  • CRUNCH: The Cubs may not have any elite SP prospects right now, but they sure have a lot of depth and redundancy.

    It helps to remember that Jacob deGrom was projected as an MLB #4 starter coming up through the Mets system, and Corey Kluber was projected as an MLB #5 starter or middle-reliever coming up through the Padres and Indians systems.

    So not all MLB TOR SP were projected to be MLB TOR SP as they metriculated and percolated up the ladder. 

    Arizona Phil 3 weeks 2 days ago
  • And this was the bloated Iowa roster at Minor League Camp as of Saturday 3/30:

    STARTING PITCHERS: Trevor Clifton, Duncan Robinson, Matt Swarmer, Jen-Ho Tseng, and Duane Underwood Jr (all are locks right now, but Mills and Alzolay will be back eventually)
    PIGGY-BACK STARTER: Alec Mills (probably will be left behind at EXST to get fully stretched-out) 
    BULLPEN (TOP GROUP): Alberto Baldonado, Matt Carasiti, Tim Collins, Dillon Maples, Brad Markey, Dakota Mekkes, James Norwood, Kyle Ryan, Allen Webster, and Rowan Wick (will need to cut two or - MAYBE - one if nine-man bullpen)
    BULLPEN (SECOND GROUP): Corey Black, Brian Duensing, Danny Hultzen, George Kontos, Colin Rea, and Junichi Tazawa (either EXST or released - take your pick) 

    Adbert Alzolay (lat strain) is still in the Rehab Throwing Program and so it will probably be another month before he will be ready to join the Iowa starting rotation (and that's presuming no medical set-backs along the way). He could return much sooner if he is not stretched-out as a starter and is instead used as a one or two-inning reliever, except the Iowa bullpen is already overcrowded and the starting rotation maybe not so much.  

    CATCHERS: Francisco Arcia, Erick Castillo, and Taylor Davis (probably one catcher will need to be cut from Active Roster - possibly "phantom IL" for Castillo?)

    INFIELDERS: Cristhian Adames, Jim Adduci, Phillip Evans, Trent Giambrone, Dixon Machado, and Zack Short (one infielder will probably need to be cut from active roster, depending on whether four or five outfielders are on roster - remember, Ian Happ is OF but can play can play INF, too) 

    OUTFIELDERS: Wynton Bernard, Zach Borenstein, Donnie Dewees, Johnny Field, Jacob Hannemann, and Ian Happ (at least one or maybe even two outfielders still need to be cut from Iowa active roster -- and that's not even including Charcer Burks, who was just moved-down to AA Tennessee)

    Arizona Phil 3 weeks 2 days ago
  • really interested in what this AA SP crew is gonna do this season.

    any one of those guys could make the jump to being a next-level prospect...but at the same time they could flame out and it wouldn't shock anyone.  it's nice to have 5 legit fringe-that-could-be-better guys to watch in a system that could use some players to watch, though.

    crunch 3 weeks 2 days ago
  • This was the AA Tennessee Smokies provisional Opening Day roster as of Saturday 3/30: 

    STARTING PITCHERS: Cory Abbott, Bailey Clark, Tom Hatch, Michael Rucker, and Keegan Thompson 
    PIGGY-BACK STARTER: Justin Steele 
    BULLPEN: Craig Brooks, Ian Clarkin, Scott Effross, Zach Hedges, Tyson Miller, Jordan Minch, Manuel Rondon, and Wyatt Short 
    CATCHERS: P. J. Higgins, Jhonny Pereda, and Ian Rice 
    INFIELDERS: Christian Donahue, Robel Garcia, Nico Hoerner, Vimael Machin, and Jared Young  
    OUTFIELDERS: Charcer Burks, Roberto Caro, Eddy Julio Martinez, and Connor Myers 

    One more player (probably a pitcher) will need to be removed from active roster by Opening Day on Thursday. It's possible that Justin Steele (who had TJS in July 2017) could be left behind at EXST to get stretched-out slowly and so that the Cubs can manage his 2019 innings more closely right from the gitgo. 

    In addition, 3B Jesse Hodges (right shoulder) and OF Jose Cardona (right wrist) will be left behind at Extended Spring Training to rehab injuries suffered during Spring Training.  

    Also, the AAA Iowa roster still had 37 players active as of Saturday 3/30, and it is possible that one or more of the players on the Iowa roster could be moved-down to AA Tennessee prior to Opening Day on Thursday.  

    Arizona Phil 3 weeks 2 days ago
  • march 31st and ARZ has a 50-60mph throwing backup catcher throw 54 pitches over 2 innings.  it's gonna be a long season, ARZ...

    jr murphy 2ip 8h 3bb 0k, 7r/er

    ...and russell martin (LAD) makes his pitching debut in the 9th...2 catchers as the current pitchers...neat.  martin is featuring a 80-84 mph fastball and some kind of low 70 changeup thing with no command.

    1ip 0h 0bb 0k.  david ross (2 games, 2ip 0h 0bb 0k) approves.

    btw, david ross got his first MLB HR playing for LAD off a ARZ position player named mark grace.

    crunch 3 weeks 2 days ago
  • double play and a K.

    nice.  it IS a new season.

    crunch 3 weeks 2 days ago
  • man on 1st and 0 out...and kintzler comes in.

    joe is damn persistant that kintzler's an epic double play pitching machine.

    it's a new season, maybe he will be again...unlike almost every outing last year.

    crunch 3 weeks 2 days ago
  • a honda one later, but while a reliever was warming...which is acceptable, at least.

    crunch 3 weeks 2 days ago
  • what in the new fresh hell is "here's a message from jim beam" where the screen goes split screen and they show an ad + the game WHILE the game is in progress (as in, pitcher is pitching, not just game is in-inning)?

    i mean, jd set up the wasn't some miscue from the truck.

    is this the new normal?  thumbs down on that.

    crunch 3 weeks 2 days ago
  • they gave him a 3rd didn't go well

    2.2ip 2h 7bb 4k, 3r/er

    crunch 3 weeks 3 days ago
  • Yep - he’s been given the borderline calls, though Willson’s framing issues cost him on a few too up in the strikezone

    Eric S 3 weeks 3 days ago
  • i wonder if they'll give him a 3rd inning...only 60 pitches, but to say he doesn't have it is an understatement.  he's not rick ankiel out there, but he's not exactly getting robbed on calls.

    crunch 3 weeks 3 days ago
  • ugg darvish...

    2ip 1h 6bb 4k, 1r/er...60 pitches

    also, 3 (of 5) mound visits used through 2ip

    crunch 3 weeks 3 days ago
  • Yu with 6 walks in 1.2 innings. A ball finally put in play on Yu’s 58th pitch - Rob Manfred’s personal Vietnam. 

    Eric S 3 weeks 3 days ago
  • Just to clarify so that it is not misunderstood, while Iowa RHSP Adbert Alzolay (lat strain) - IS - "throwing," it is just part of the Rehab Throwing Program, and he is not anywhere close to returning to the Iowa starting rotation (he is at least a month away, presuming no set-backs along the way).

    Arizona Phil 3 weeks 3 days ago
  • It is very possible that South Bend LHSP Brailyn Marquez will be left behind at EXST to build-up his innings & pitch count and continue to work on some minor mechanical issues.   

    Arizona Phil 3 weeks 3 days ago
  • Get them all out against the Brewers. 

    bradsbeard 3 weeks 3 days ago
  • p.goldschmidt with a 3 HR night...

    crunch 3 weeks 3 days ago
  • the makeover of the park FLA plays in is remarkable.  it looks like a respectable ballpark rather than a bad 80s themed resturant.

    also, their uniforms this year are awesome...minimal with a sharp look and wise choice of colors, especially the black ones.

    crunch 3 weeks 4 days ago
  • Dixon Machado? Why?

    Hagsag 3 weeks 4 days ago
  • There will be a number of pitchers left behind at EXST once the four full-season affiliates leave town. Some will be working on correcting mechanical flaws, some will be building up innings and/or pitch counts, some will be rehabbing from minor physical issues, and some will be just hanging around waiting for siomething to happen.  

    Arizona Phil 3 weeks 4 days ago