Cubs @ Blue Jays: Series Thread (Games 129-131)

Most of the MLB Cubs take a trip north of the border for accessible health care and also some baseball. See below for matchups.

Game 129, Monday, August 29, 6:07 pm central

CHC: RHP Javier Assad (0-0, 0.00 ERA)

TOR: RHP Jose Berrios (9-5, 5.28 ERA)

Game 130, Tuesday, August 30, 6:07 pm central

CHC: RHP Marcus Stroman (3-6, 4.10 ERA)

TOR: RHP Kevin Gausman (9-9, 3.15 ERA)

Game 131, Wednesday, August 31, 6:07 pm central


TOR: RHP Mitch White (1-4, 4.24 ERA)


MLBPA has sent out representation authorization cards to minor league players for them to request to be represented by the MLBPA.  big news.

Per Maddie Lee on Twitter...a bit of clarification:

Little is the sub for Sampson. The Cubs will get another replacement player slot tomorrow. Not allowed one for Steele for 3 days after his last start. (Doesn’t apply to Sampson bc he threw less than 4 innings in his last start)

if f.reyes is part of the cubs 2023 plans and he's gonna be a DH-or-nothing player how does contreras fit into 2023 at 20m a year (assuming qualifying offer and possible acceptance)?

we're talking about 120 games starting and some pinch hitting with reyes monopolizing most of the DH slot.

y.gomes may not be an ob% guy, but his 6m contract with above average D and moderate power could easily be shifted, and probably for something worthwhile while saving loot on the overall C core.

contreras is playing hurt.  you'd think this was the playoffs or something.  he's not sore, he's hurt.

cubs PA announcer jeremiah paprocki has a card + autographed card insert in this year's Topps Allen and Ginter baseball card set (out in November).

A/Ginter is a weird baseball card issue paying homage to oldschool 1800s tobacco cards that had baseball subjects and a wide array of pop culture cards, too.  their autograph card issues are all over the place in who they choose to include.  anthony bourdain had a card in the past...bill james...marc summers (the dude from Double Dare)...dr james andrews (the surgeon).

b.little is 5 pitches into his major league career and has given up 3 runs and his 1st HR (hbp, single, HR).

he turned a 1 run lead into being 2 runs down.

that is 2022 cubs as hell.

welcome to the bigs.

0.2ip 2h 1bb 0k, 1hbp, 3r/er (40.50 era)


With a 28man Sept roster now, are teams allowed to go to 15 pitchers, or capped at 14? I would imagine 15 is allowed, but didn't know.

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40-Man Roster Info

40 players are on the MLB RESERVE LIST (roster is full), plus two players are on 60-DAY IL   

32 players
are on the MLB ACTIVE LIST (26-man limit in effect on MLB Opening Day)

17 players signed to minor league contracts are Spring Training NON-ROSTER INVITEES (NRI) 

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Adbert Alzolay
Javier Assad 
Brad Boxberger
Michael Fulmer
Kyle Hendricks
* Brandon Hughes
Julian Merryweather
Michael Rucker
Adrian Sampson
* Drew Smyly
* Justin Steele 
Marcus Stroman
Jameson Taillon 
Keegan Thompson
Hayden Wesneski
Rowan Wick

* Ryan Borucki  
Nick Burdi 
Tyler Duffey 
* Roenis Elias  
* Anthony Kay  
Mark Leiter Jr 
* Brendon Little  
Vinny Nittoli 
Manuel Rodriguez 
Cam Sanders 

* Tucker Barnhart 
Yan Gomes

* Dom Nunez  
Luis Torrens 

Nico Hoerner
* Eric Hosmer
Nick Madrigal
* Miles Mastrobuoni
* Zach McKinstry
Christopher Morel
* Edwin Rios
Dansby Swanson
Patrick Wisdom

# Sergio Alcantara 
David Bote 
* Matt Mervis  

* Cody Bellinger 
# Ian Happ
Trey Mancini 
Seiya Suzuki 
Nelson Velazquez

Ben DeLuzio 
* Mike Tauchman   

Keven Alcantara, OF 
Miguel Amaya, C 
Ben Brown, P 
Alexander Canario, OF 
Brennen Davis, OF 
Jeremiah Estrada, P 
Ryan Jensen, P 
Caleb Kilian, P 

60-DAY IL: 2 
Codi Heuer, P 
Ethan Roberts, P

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