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  • crunch 06/30/2019 - 4:00pm (View in context)

    cubs and brews seem dead set to blow any opportunity to be more than a game away from each other.


  • Eric S 06/30/2019 - 3:47pm (View in context)

    Did the Cubs win a series in June? brutal

    On the other hand, at worst, Cubs will be tied for the division lead heading into July. So there is that ...


  • Eric S 06/30/2019 - 3:32pm (View in context)

    I tell ya, JHey luvs him some June. 


  • Eric S 06/30/2019 - 3:16pm (View in context)

    What is this thing the Reds keep on doing - this hitting with runners in scoring position thingamjiig thingy?  That’s certainly not in “The Cubs Way” manual.


  • Eric S 06/30/2019 - 3:13pm (View in context)

    Warm up the Iowa shuttle bus for Maples.


  • Dolorous Jon Lester 06/30/2019 - 2:57pm (View in context)

    Remember when we had a deep lineup? Now we’re stuck with Russell, Almora, Descalso, etc in big spots. Not how you win.


  • crunch 06/30/2019 - 2:24pm (View in context)

    turns out strop has a rather strong opinion about puig...

    “It’s not a secret he’s stupid. He’s stupid as f---. I have nothing against him, but he’s stupid. There’s no doubt about it.”


  • crunch 06/30/2019 - 2:22pm (View in context)

    schwarber hurt the team in the OF, but he's had a hell of a day with the bat.


  • crunch 06/30/2019 - 2:03pm (View in context)

    yeah, and he's not even 100% the pitcher he was...velocity a tick down from his norms.

    mostly, i understand his urgency and he most likely signed (750K + 3m team option 2020) to play, not to do extended minor league work.


  • Dolorous Jon Lester 06/30/2019 - 1:51pm (View in context)

    The outing he had for the Cubs was far from inspiring but I agree he deserved more than one chance at it.


  • crunch 06/30/2019 - 1:23pm (View in context)

    honestly, he's got every reason to be pissed.  dunno if this is the proper way to express it, but i get his angst.

    he signed on as a MLB injury reclaimation, not "i'm a AAAA player."  he's also in his mid-30s, so he's running out of time to establish himself as a guy worthy of a nice paycheck.

    he's healthy, his few weeks in AAA showed he's done with it, and he's not getting work.


  • crunch 06/30/2019 - 1:03pm (View in context)

    DFA lester.

    1h, 1bb, 3 runs in.



  • Arizona Phil 06/30/2019 - 11:23am (View in context)

    RHRP Tony Barnette has been placed on the Restricted List, apparently for leaving the Iowa Cubs (they were in San Antonio) after he was not recalled to replace Hamels on the 25-man roster. 

    BTW, if Zobrist and/or Barnette are not reinstated from the Restricted List by midnight on 8/31, they will not be eligible to play in the MLB post-season (presuming the Cubs get there). 


  • Eric S 06/30/2019 - 10:29am (View in context)

    Alzolay, PROFESSOR, Darvish and Q will start in Pittsburgh 

    Carl Jr to start rehab assignment with Iowa on Monday


  • Charlie 06/30/2019 - 10:20am (View in context)

    Russell, Descalso, and Lester will go 5-8 just to spite you ;p


  • Dolorous Jon Lester 06/30/2019 - 10:09am (View in context)

    Couple of free outs at the bottom of today’s lineup. 


  • crunch 06/29/2019 - 10:14pm (View in context)

    cubs win, brews win...the constant state of closeness continues with the cubs ahead by a game.

    cards are currently losing by 6 in the 3rd to SD.

    also, BAL beats CLE 13-0, two games in a row.


  • Jackstraw 06/29/2019 - 8:16pm (View in context)

    Same scenario played out in Colorado.  Brach hit somebody in the 9th after benches had been warned.  Rox broadcast team lip-read ump to say "I didn't see it as intentional".


  • crunch 06/29/2019 - 6:09pm (View in context)

    now that's maples-as-hell

    dude HBP's peraza and the ump doesn't consider it intentional even after warnings were given...cuz, you know, he's maples.


  • Eric S 06/29/2019 - 5:59pm (View in context)

    Poor Almora. Figured that was going to be at least an extra base hit if not a home run. 


  • crunch 06/29/2019 - 5:56pm (View in context)

    im a bit in shock stephenson isn't plunking almora after a passed ball put russell at 2nd.


  • Eric S 06/29/2019 - 5:55pm (View in context)

    Strop got lost word in on that final K

    I‘m impressed Reds shortstop Jose Iglesias. Didn‘t realize he is 29 - thought he was a younger prospect. 


  • crunch 06/29/2019 - 5:48pm (View in context)

    puig has strong opinions about a 3-0 pitch that hit him.

    was it on purpose?  probably.  he earned it, though.


  • Eric S 06/29/2019 - 5:40pm (View in context)

    Unlike Carl Jr, Javy digs the 8th inning


  • Eric S 06/29/2019 - 5:37pm (View in context)

    I was really hoping Javy would go to right field - and boy did he ever! Grand slam!!!


  • crunch 06/29/2019 - 5:35pm (View in context)

    grand slam baez.



  • Eric S 06/29/2019 - 5:21pm (View in context)

    Slumpy also apt description for Cubs offense


  • crunch 06/29/2019 - 5:20pm (View in context)

    heyward does not.


  • crunch 06/29/2019 - 5:16pm (View in context)

    schwarber looks exhausted and not 100% checked into the game out there...bit slumpy with his body.


  • Eric S 06/29/2019 - 5:07pm (View in context)

    That’s it for Q after 101 pitches: 6 IP, 0 Runs, 4 Hits, 0 BB, 4 Ks.  Hell of a start and badly needed after all the bullpen work yesterday. 


  • Eric S 06/29/2019 - 4:35pm (View in context)

    If the Cubs go on to lose this game ... such a disappointing half inning. I no longer get very disappointed when a Cub bounces into a double play which actually scores a run — seen too many bases loaded, no out situations which come up nil. 


  • Eric S 06/29/2019 - 3:58pm (View in context)

    There was a time when KB had a five hit game, with 3 home runs and 2 doubles, in this park. Today is not that day. 


  • Eric S 06/29/2019 - 3:56pm (View in context)

    Jets turnover, Pats capitalize with a field goal. 17-10 Jets, early fourth quarter. 


  • Eric S 06/29/2019 - 3:50pm (View in context)

    I’m a fan of JHey in the month of June

    Last June: 327/364/510, 873 OPS with 3 homers (his best OPS month, by far, of his Cubs career going into this season)

    This June, going into today: 326/362/539, 901 OPS with 4 homers (now 5 so far today)

    As great as it’s going in June, he was even better in March/April with a 932 OPS (5 homers)

    Had a poor May (618 OPS, 3 homers) but this has been a banner year so far. 


  • crunch 06/29/2019 - 3:37pm (View in context)

    until lester's last decent game he had 6 out 7 games giving up 3+ runs with 11 homers.

    Q, lester, and darvish need to get good, quick.


  • Eric S 06/29/2019 - 3:35pm (View in context)

    Q has six prior day starts going into today: 0-4 record with a 6.29 ERA

    Also has a lifetime record of 74 wins, 75 losses


  • crunch 06/29/2019 - 3:34pm (View in context)

    i like 2019 heyward.


  • Eric S 06/29/2019 - 3:14pm (View in context)

    NY Jets got up early, but Patriots quickly tied it up.  Sam Darnold and Le’Veon looking strong; Father Time catching up to Brady, who’s having a real off-day. 17-6 Jets, mid third quarter. 


  • Eric S 06/29/2019 - 3:03pm (View in context)

    AZ Phil: The Athletic reported that Cubs first round pick Ryan Jensen was scheduled to throw his first live batting practice today; did you see it and have any initial impressions of the talent? Thanks!


  • Eric S 06/29/2019 - 2:45pm (View in context)

    14-6 Yankees after four and a half innings. Both teams could probably use a Tea Break about now. 


  • crunch 06/29/2019 - 2:41pm (View in context)

    schwarber / bryant / rizzo / baez / contreras / heyward / russell / almora / Q


  • crunch 06/29/2019 - 2:40pm (View in context)

    they pulled it off awesomely.

    the white seats were looking to be a real oversight, possibly effecting the batters seeing the ball well, but the 20 runs so far says that's not an issue.

    the fans and curious sure as hell showed up.


  • Jackstraw 06/29/2019 - 2:00pm (View in context)

    Test cricket matches can last up to five days.  And they take a lunch break and a break for tea in the afternoon.  After 2 years in Australia following the game a little bit I was comforted to know that once baseball starts to go to fast for me I'll still have cricket to fall back on.


  • chitownmvp01 06/29/2019 - 1:51pm (View in context)

    What happened to Xavier Cedeno? He hasn't pitched in Iowa since 6/20. Haven't seen any report of a setback.


  • Eric S 06/29/2019 - 1:09pm (View in context)

    This London game on track for nine + hours, London fans used to all day cricket matches should be comfortable with this. 


  • Eric S 06/29/2019 - 1:06pm (View in context)

    Appreciate it, AZ Phil - hope he can bounce back to Arizona form again. 


  • Arizona Phil 06/29/2019 - 12:53pm (View in context)

    Cubs place Hamels on 10-day IL, DFA CarGo, and recall Maples and Wick.  


  • Arizona Phil 06/29/2019 - 12:49pm (View in context)

    ERIC S: Danny Hultzen's FB velo pre-IL at Iowa was reported at 92-95, which was down a bit from what it was at EXST (93-96 T-97) when he was throwing one inning once or twice a week.


  • Eric S 06/29/2019 - 11:16am (View in context)

    He’s been put on waivers and is off the 40 man roster. If not claimed, he can go to Iowa if he so chooses. 


  • Eric S 06/29/2019 - 11:13am (View in context)

    Danny Hultzen put on IL by Iowa for groin soreness. Better than shoulder/arm soreness I guess.  Didn‘t see any radar gun readings but his limited outings in Iowa were effective.