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40-Man Roster Info

40 players are on the MLB RESERVE LIST (roster is full), plus three players are on the 60-DAY IL and one player has been DESIGNATED FOR ASSIGNMENT (DFA)

26 players on MLB RESERVE LIST are ACTIVE, plus eleven players are on OPTIONAL ASSIGNMENT to minors and three players are on the 15-DAY IL

Last updated 6-16-2024

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PITCHERS: 13
Javier Assad
Colten Brewer
Kyle Hendricks
* Shota Imanaga
Mark Leiter Jr
* Luke Little
Tyson Miller
Hector Neris
* Drew Smyly
* Justin Steele
Jameson Taillon
Keegan Thompson
Hayden Wesneski

CATCHERS: 2
Miguel Amaya
Yan Gomes

INFIELDERS: 6
David Bote
* Michael Busch
Nico Hoerner
Christopher Morel
Dansby Swanson
Patrick Wisdom

OUTFIELDERS: 5
* Cody Bellinger
* Pete Crow-Armstrong
# Ian Happ
Seiya Suzuki
* Mike Tauchman

OPTIONED: 11
Kevin Alcantara, OF
Michael Arias, P
Alexander Canario, OF
Brennen Davis, OF
Porter Hodge, P 
Nick Madrigal, INF 
* Miles Mastrobuoni, INF
* Matt Mervis, 1B
Daniel Palencia, P
Ethan Roberts, P
Luis Vazquez, INF

15-DAY IL: 3
Yency Almonte, P
Ben Brown, P
* Jordan Wicks, P& 

60-DAY IL: 3
Adbert Alzolay, P
Caleb Kilian, P
Julian Merryweather, P 

DFA
Jose Cuas, P


Minor League Rosters
Rule 5 Draft 
Minor League Free-Agents

Cubs @ Cardinals: Series Thread (Games 71-73)

The Cubs (26-44) head into St. Louis to take on their sometimes division rivals, the Cardinals (40-32). While the Cards are working to maintain pace with their fellow division leaders, the Brewers, the Cubs will be straining to stay ahead of the NL Central laggards who call Cincinnati home. See below for the daily matchups.


Game 71, Friday, June 24, 7:15 pm central

CHC: RHP Kyle Hendricks (2-6, 5.43 ERA)

STL: RHP Andre Pallante (2-2, 1.69 ERA)


Game 72, Saturday, June 25, 1:15 pm central

CHC: TBD

STL: RHP Miles Mikolas (5-5, 2.64 ERA)


Game 73, Sunday, June 26, 1:15 pm central

CHC: RHP Matt Swarmer (1-3, 5.84 ERA)

STL: RHP Jack Flaherty (0-0, 7.50 ERA)

Comments

If we're going to get swept, is it more appropriate to say "bring your brooms" or "bring your dustpans?"

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In reply to by Dolorous Jon Lester

we shouldn't be so negative on great day for the Cubs.

there's a "beam signing" ceremony with Cubs brass and DraftKings CEO at Wrigley today for the construction of the very important multi-story sportsbook.  the team has worked damn hard to get to this point and we need to appreciate how far the Cubs have come as a team.

the 100m DraftKings gave the Cubs in late 2020 has brought such perks as the ability to sign workhorse starter TBD and help Hotel Zachary weather tough times during COVID.

feels good to be a Cubs fan...damn good.

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In reply to by Cubster

I guess no real surprise given Villar's horrible defense this season and coming off a game the Cubs committed four errors (including Villar's).  His sloppiness was particularly hard on the newbie pitchers who could not afford even routine plays not to be made. 

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In reply to by Cubster

the villar experiment cost 6m...4.5 + 1.5 buyout (10m option).

i mean, it looked decent enough this pre-season.  can't argue with the gamble assuming the point was to trade him mid-season anyway...3-slot IF'r with pop.

a slow bat is nothing new to him, but going from being decent/average in the IF to f'n awful wasn't expected...also the power didn't show up.

Watching the Apple TV+ broadcast on my iPhone.  Pretty impressed by the overall product, both the camera angles and camera work and graphics, plus some pretty good commentary and analysis.  They seem to presume a pretty intelligent audience.  I'm enjoying it.

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In reply to by JoePepitone

yeah, it's an odd product, but it's not a bad kind of different.  i like it much more than the youtube broadcast.

there's a lot of information they push at you in graphics.  that took a little while for me to get used to and i wasn't a fan at first. i'm still not a huge fan, but i don't mind it and sometimes it's good info.

the announce crews are mostly unfamiliar voices/people and many are relatively young, but they're very capable, especially considering they're essentially team unaffiliated announcers.

it's a good product trying to find a younger audience without pandering to them or alienating the older fans.

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In reply to by crunch

It's possible my opinion is affected by not having access to the Marquee network, so I'm a little starved for live TV coverage.  I've been doing most of my consumption via radio followed by watching the video highlights online.  That said, I am still underwhelmed by the Marquee commentary that is NOT Boog or JD (really miss hearing JD on a regular basis).

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In reply to by JoePepitone

i got very few issues with the apple tv broadcast.  the youtube ones i really have a hard time with.

some of the marquee broadcasts can be a bit "side show" filled, especially this year.  it's great someone has a project to pimp or some charity needs help, but these things are getting seriously large amounts of airtime on marquee broadcasts.  this stuff is expected and has been going on for decades, but i feel like i'm watching a telethon sometimes and the game is background entertainment.

bit bored so i checked into how recent draft picks were doing for the cubs...2019-2021 isn't looking too sharp.  it's still way too early to write anyone off or make a career judgement, but it's not pretty.

there's an unusual amount of high-K pitchers that are awful elsewhere (too many hits/walks)...like, almost all of them.

still, a lot of guys missed time with the COVID-cancelled season and it's too early to write off even the 2019 guys.

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In reply to by crunch

Yeah...  Injuries have taken a bite out of the top of those drafts. Howard, McAvene, Clarke, Moreno all have missed significant time, if I'm not mistaken.

The Growing Cubs podcast recently did a long segment on Ryan Jensen. I guess he was on the Development list for a good chunk of time & came back with a totally new arm action (ie, shorter). Two games since returning - 5.0 IP, 0 R, 0 H, 0 BB, 4 K, 1 HBP. So that's interesting...

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In reply to by bradsbeard

BRADSBEARD: Ryan Jensen was at the Cubs Pitch Lab in Mesa for about five weeks recently and that's where he had his delivery re-worked. He threw "live" BP a few times toward the end of his stay and you could see how excited he was about his new approach. It's somewhat similar to what the White Sox did with Lucas Giolito a while back. Whether Jensen can remain a SP (like Giolito) is still TBD, however. 

wow, these cardinals suck.

cubs win 3, easy.  bank it.

i got a great feeling about TBD tomorrow.  he's been rather decent for the cubs considering he's thrown about 20 games so far this season.

Watching the post-game show.  Apple TV+ has a guy and a girl (I think her name is Lauren Gardner) showing highlights and doing analysis -- and they do several close-up shots of the guy while he's talking but only show Lauren in wide, distant pull-back shots.  She looks TV attractive, as far as I can tell.  Why the aversion to a close-up with her?  This is the second game I've watched and they haven't done a single close-in shot of her yet that I've seen.  She has nice, long auburn hair and an attractive, intelligent look to the extent I can tell from looking at her from the other rim of the Grand Canyon.  Why no close-ups?  Part of my enjoyment of watching TV sports coverage is seeing a reasonably attractive, intelligent looking and sounding woman doing sports analysis and/or coverage.  I used to like watching Paula Faris anchoring the NBC 5 sports on the evening news years back, before she switched to ABC and stopped doing sports. 

Has anyone seen a good, close-up shot of her anchoring the pre- and post-game coverage?  Her Google Images shots look nice enough.  Why do they only show her on the camera they placed in the parking lot?

astros combined no-hitter vs yanks.

neet.

starter c.javier threw 115 pitches through 7ip and it's not 1985 so it wasn't meant to be.

also in "other team news"...mark appel finally makes it to the majors 9 years after being the #1 overall pick (k.bryant was the #2 overall pick, btw).  he'll be with PHI @SD out of the pen.

phillies released d.maples...never made it out of AAA this year and did very poorly (tons of walks).

30 years old...might be the end of the line.

happ!

great win!  down 5-0, 5 run inning, back/forth 0 run battle to extras, win it in the 10th.

fun game after starting out really terrible.

jesse winker (SEA) tried to fight pretty much the entire LAA team after a HBP, got ejected, flipped off the LAA fans on the way back into the dugout, and created a few thousand new diehard jesse winker fans.

Recent comments

  • crunch (view)

    frankie scalzo

  • Arizona Phil (view)

    Childersb3: No. 

    A player can be recalled from an optional assignment and be placed on the club's MLB 60-day IL without any other move required. As long as the 40-man roster is full when the player is recalled and placed on the 60-day IL, it isn't even necessary to immediately replace the player on the 40 with another player, so this move could have been made the day after Madrigal sustained the broken hand at AAA and the Cubs could have played with 39 players on the 40 until whenever the slot might have been needed.   

    However, beginning on September 1st, the 40-man roster must be full when a player is placed onto or transferred to the 60-day IL - AND - another player must immediately replace the player on the 40 when the player is moved to the 60-day IL, but prior to September 1st that is not necessary. 

  • Childersb3 (view)

    Greg Zumach of Twitter/X's @IvyFutures page is reporting that Moises Ballesteros and a RP from TN are being promoted to IA.

  • Cubster (view)

    MLBTR is reporting that former Cub, Mike Brumley was killed in a car accident. He was only 61.

    I remember him more for the trade that brought him to Chicago and the trade that led to his exit. He was a bench SS on the 1987 Andre Dawson MVP season—but last place finishing team.  He was on the Cubs coaching staff in 2014.

    the Red Sox traded Brumley and Dennis Eckersley to the Cubs for Bill Buckner in May 1984, which led to Brumley making his MLB debut in a Chicago uniform in 1987.  The Cubbies then dealt Brumley and Keith Moreland to the Padres in February 1988 in the swap that brought Goose Gossage and Ray Hayward to Chicago.”

  • crunch (view)

    the bats are piling up walks with not many hits...and the hits are rather low on doubles and homers.  they would be in much better shape if the bats were cashing in more of this walk-heavy lineup.

    the amount of 1-run games this team is playing is astounding...and it's not like a majority of these are high-scoring 1-run games.

  • Childersb3 (view)

    Wait, stupid question. 

    Wicks spot could've gone to MMadrigal, first. 

    Sorry

  • Childersb3 (view)

    Phil, to do this wouldn't a spot on the 26man had to have opened up, first? Like PCA be optioned, Madrigal recalled, then moved to 60IL, PCA recalled to replace an injured player so the 26man is still filled, but the 40man has another spot for Roberts?  

  • Childersb3 (view)

    Who are the two main problems in the Cubs lineup?

    Some fans would say none of the guys are a true problem. They just aren't the solution. 

    Happ, Dansby, Nico, Seiya, Codi, Morel, Busch, Tauch, PCA, Wisdom, Bote

    None are bad players.

    But none are elite players

    None of then are the main problem

    But none of them are the solution.

    They're just okay guys. A few just less than okay. A few just more than okay.

    That's why we're just below .500 now. We were just above .500 last yr

    Jed didn't make big changes in the last 12 months

    He's just banking on better production from the same group.

    It's a potential job losing belief.

    It's also possible Jed put so much money into this group he's locked into them with no real way out. This is a bit overly dramatic. 1B, 3B, C and DH can all be changed fairly easily if the cash from the Ricketts is available. That's a question only Tom and Jed know the answer too.

    Jim DeShaies said the other night that good teams blow other teams out pretty routinely. That's how you win 90+ games

    This offense just doesn't appear able to do that

    If the Ricketts are okay with Jed spending 237mil in payroll, another 12mil in manager salaries all to be .500-ish and keep his job than the Ricketts truly have a lot of money and no one should complain about their resources ever again.

  • Finwe Noldaran (view)

    Phil:

    100% agree, the only reason I cans see as to why they did this transactionally, is an attempt to get him through waivers and back to AAA, but not on the 40 man? Although, I would imagine they could have done this later, if at all necessary; but why do it at all, since you'd think the plan was to have him come up and down periodically from Iowa regardless?

  • Arizona Phil (view)

    The Cubs should have just recalled Nick Madrigal from his minor league optional assignment and placed him on the MLB 60-day IL. It would have no effect on the Cubs MLB payroll or AAV, because Madrigal gets paid $1.81M (with a corresponding $1.81M AAV hit) whether he is on the AAA Iowa 7-day IL or on the MLB 60-day IL. So it really wasn't necessary to DFA anybody at this time.