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  • QuietMan 06/29/2019 - 10:40am (View in context)

    Thought Schlaffer was reported at $250K.


  • George Altman 06/29/2019 - 10:30am (View in context)

    Jim Callis tweeting McAvene signs for $500,000. The $65,000 under slot should allow Cubs to give Hearn his $1,000,000. Don't know where that leaves Schlaffer and Hearn.


  • Hagsag 06/29/2019 - 5:55am (View in context)

    Sounds like Cargo was saying his good byes and getting hugs after the game. I believe they will be adding two bullpen arms on Saturday.


  • Arizona Phil 06/29/2019 - 1:05am (View in context)

    After Alzolay starts next Monday and Chatwood or Montgomery starts on Wednesday, the Cubs won't need 4th & 5th starters again until Monday 7/15 & Tuesday 7/16. The Cubs can even option Alzolay to AAA on Tuesday (after his start on Monday) and he could pitch in the Futures Game a week from Sunday, before being recalled on 7/15 or 7/16 (presuming Hendricks isn't back by then).

    Meanwhile, the Cubs could add an extra bullpen arm on Tuesday and carry that extra reliever all the way through 7/14 or 7/15 if they wish. Best guess is Barnette gets recalled on Saturday (replacing Hamels on the 25) and Edwards or Cedeno gets reinstated from the IL on Tuesday (replacing Alzolay on the 25 until 7/14 or 7/15). 


  • bradsbeard 06/29/2019 - 12:20am (View in context)

    Cards lose too. Unfortunately, in the process the Pirates and Reds won. 


  • Charlie 06/28/2019 - 10:33pm (View in context)

    Javy seems like he'll be a popular choice, for sure. A few years ago I figured Javy must have one of the highest fun:value ratios, but now he's really good too.

    I've been thinking that the Maddux might be my favorite game of the first half. But Hamels has been the pitcher I've enjoyed watching the most so far. (All my digits are crossed for this injury to not be serious.)


  • crunch 06/28/2019 - 10:11pm (View in context)

    cubs lose, brews lose.


  • crunch 06/28/2019 - 10:03pm (View in context)


    hendricks, get well, tomorrow or something.

    that said, looks like alzolay is going to get a very extended look in the rotation.


  • Arizona Phil 06/28/2019 - 10:00pm (View in context)

    The Cubs have officially signed C Jake Washer (29th round draft pick - East Carolina). So the Cubs have now signed 27 of their 40 draft picks (including all of their college senior draft picks), with two weeks left until the signing deadline (5 PM Eastern on 7/12).   


  • Arizona Phil 06/28/2019 - 9:59pm (View in context)

    Elian Almanzar (who officially signed yesterday) got a $75,000 signing bonus. 


  • Eric S 06/28/2019 - 9:57pm (View in context)

    Hamels to IL with left oblique strain.  Monty/Chatwood DFA’d, Cookie Monster called up


  • crunch 06/28/2019 - 9:33pm (View in context)

    most fun pitcher...sweaty les walrond

    honestly, though...i loved Z.  his misplaced hyped up passion...his humor.  toward the end he was just straight up wearing out his welcome, but he was still fun in a drunk uncle at xmas kind of way.

    RIP gatorade machine (in case anyone wants to relive this epic meltdown, including Z tossing the ump out of the game)

    btw, he's currently on yet another half-assed comeback with a very low-end indie leage "American Association" pitching out of the pen for the Chicago Dogs (yes, seriously)

    16.2ip 19h 2bb 9k, 3.78era (13 games)


  • Eric S 06/28/2019 - 9:14pm (View in context)

    I’m worried about a possible lat injury - better than blowing out a ligament but seem to take a long time to recover from 


  • Eric S 06/28/2019 - 9:11pm (View in context)

    Most fun pitcher: tie between the Professor (for the Maddux game) and Alzolay (for being a living, breathing and, so far, a tantalizingly talented starting pitching prospect signed and developed during the Jedstein era - who would a thunk it possible??

    Doesn‘t Javy have “most fun position player” tattooed on the back of his neck?  Who am I to disagree with that. 

    Need to mull over possible batting events and defensive plays, but I’ll vote for game 81 (yesterday) — Early Despair, Comeback, Cookie Monster and Kimbrel‘s first entrance and ensuing drama - everything you could ask for. 


  • crunch 06/28/2019 - 8:49pm (View in context)

    hopefully ham will be fine.  no idea how bad he's hurt, but he walked off the mound while warming for the 2nd and into the dugout...not like he crumpled to the ground or gingerly walked off.

    if he does have to sit out a start at least the all-star break is almost here and he'll get a few extra days on top of it.


  • Eric S 06/28/2019 - 8:44pm (View in context)

    So after tonight ... Monty now sports a 6.08 ERA and 1.90 WHIP. He’s making Chatwood look like the more viable starting option while both Hendricks and Hamels are on the mend - which hain’t good my friends!!

    And another credible outing by Brach tonight. 


  • K Dub 06/28/2019 - 7:37pm (View in context)

    Thanks so much, Phil.


  • crunch 06/28/2019 - 7:35pm (View in context)

    this game is dildos.


  • crunch 06/28/2019 - 7:25pm (View in context)

    ham with "left side soreness"


  • crunch 06/28/2019 - 6:49pm (View in context)

    1st pitch by montgomery goes over the LF fence.

    cool beans.


  • crunch 06/28/2019 - 6:47pm (View in context)

    hey guys...ham is injured.

    neat, huh?

    montgomery in.


  • crunch 06/28/2019 - 5:56pm (View in context)

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


  • Eric S 06/28/2019 - 5:39pm (View in context)

    Maybe a trade to an AL team, with Cubs picking up majority of remaining contract.  Would be good for one of Chatwood or Montgomery to depart to keep that Iowa shuttle rolling along. Brach has been decent recently - hopefully he keeps trending that way but would think he can sense he either performs or gets out of the way (trade/DFA)


  • crunch 06/28/2019 - 5:24pm (View in context)

    yeah, i picked up on it...i'm just starting to really question how much longer he can even be a cub.  it truly helps that there's no one in the minors biting for his slot, though it could be argued some of the guys they keep shuttling up/down could easily own his roster slot.

    the only thing he's got going for him is he's stretched out enough to throw 80-100+ pitches.


  • Eric S 06/28/2019 - 5:22pm (View in context)

    My (lame) attempt at Chatwood humor. Hopefully no more Chatwood starts while waiting for Hendricks return ...


  • crunch 06/28/2019 - 5:20pm (View in context)

    we're still on chatwood, huh...

    alright then.  whatever.  okay.


    seriously, at what point does he get DFA'd?  he's gotta be glad there's a bunch of trash in the minors keeping his roster spot safe.

    147.2ip 134h 121bb 120k, 5.06era 1.73whip


  • Eric S 06/28/2019 - 5:18pm (View in context)

    Alzolay slated to start Monday against the Pirates. Chatwood scheduled for next Friday (Cubs off-day)

    Underrated Cub during Braves series: Kintzler. Pitched Monday, Wednesday and Thursday - one inning each day. No runs allowed, 3 hits, no walks and 3 Ks (50 pitches total). Suspect he’s not available tonight, along with Strop.  


  • Hagsag 06/28/2019 - 7:18am (View in context)

    What is the extent of Nelson Velazquez injury? Is he back in Mesa rehabbing?


  • Arizona Phil 06/27/2019 - 10:10pm (View in context)

    SS Miguel Pabon (AZL Cubs #1) to the 60-day Injured List, so he is out for the year. 


  • springs 06/27/2019 - 10:06pm (View in context)

    DJ is also a Hendry guy


  • Arizona Phil 06/27/2019 - 10:04pm (View in context)

    The Cubs have offiically signed RHP Elian Almanzar (22nd round draft pick - Florence-Darlington Tech). So now 26 out of 40 2019 draft picks have been signed by the Cubs.  


  • Charlie 06/27/2019 - 10:02pm (View in context)

    I'm so glad Rizzo bailed him out. That would not have been a good memory for a debut.


  • Charlie 06/27/2019 - 10:01pm (View in context)

    Descalso seems to have forgotten his swing change in Arizona. He currently has his highest groundball rate since 2013.


  • Charlie 06/27/2019 - 9:58pm (View in context)

    This one was rough. Time has to be almost up on his attempt to find his control. I guess there's nobody really pushing him off the roster at this particular moment.


  • Charlie 06/27/2019 - 9:56pm (View in context)

    Cookie Monster was easily top 5%. He might be in the 7th-inning MVP running.


  • crunch 06/27/2019 - 8:37pm (View in context)

    after beating out tommy la stella for the spot.

    this is a weird timeline.

    seriously, though...happy that lemahieu can toss this in the face of the "colorado factor" critics who predicted mediocracy for him in NY.


  • Jackstraw 06/27/2019 - 7:31pm (View in context)

    So........dead guy, dead guy, dead guy, mythical serpent.  Hard race to handicap.


  • QuietMan 06/27/2019 - 6:55pm (View in context)

    DJ LeMahieu gets the AL starting spot too.


  • crunch 06/27/2019 - 6:50pm (View in context)

    to the 18th...longest game by innings @target field.

    TB wins in the 18th, 5-2, fwiw.


  • Eric S 06/27/2019 - 6:32pm (View in context)

    Both Cubs starting All Stars, Javy and Willson, are Jim Hendry guys. Cheers to Jim!


  • Eric S 06/27/2019 - 5:39pm (View in context)

    Back to back days for Strop - have some life on the fastball today? Never heard mph reading on the radio broadcast.  Good results regardless 


  • Eric S 06/27/2019 - 5:34pm (View in context)

    A long IL stint until September?


  • crunch 06/27/2019 - 5:33pm (View in context)

    TB/MIN going to the 15, fwiw.


  • Dolorous Jon Lester 06/27/2019 - 5:31pm (View in context)

    I feel kinda bad for CarGo. I was always a fan of his. He just looks like toast.

    Descalso looks like toast too, but I’ve always hated that guy. 


  • Hagsag 06/27/2019 - 5:02pm (View in context)

    Cargo needs to can that leg kick.


  • crunch 06/27/2019 - 5:00pm (View in context)

    i liked the signing.  2nd/3rd (though average at best D) with a bit of pop who doesn't demand a starting job for 2/5m sounded like a nice deal at the time to me.

    i'm hoping for a rebound, but i dunno what to expect right now.


  • First.Pitch.120 06/27/2019 - 5:00pm (View in context)

    But Descalso has an OPS of .940 this year with runners in scoring position (39 PA). Kris Bryant only has an OPS of .762 with RISP (60 PA). If we are going to DFA anybody it should be KB... MONEYBALL!!!!!!!


  • First.Pitch.120 06/27/2019 - 4:52pm (View in context)

    Right now DD doesn't bring much, but I can't see him as the one being DFA'd.  He's too affordable & is performing way below an established track record. He's this year's Brandon Kintzler... that said, it would be a great time for him to hit the 60-day IL with a fingernail issue or something. 


  • crunch 06/27/2019 - 4:38pm (View in context)

    those are the kind of wins aaron sele used to luck into back in the day in TEX.


  • Eric S 06/27/2019 - 4:29pm (View in context)

    Chatwood - Cubs Ace/Stopper - with the W!!!(think about that, Yu)

    Never a doubt!!! OK Maybe a little 

    Got to savor this W today - good stuff