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

Last updated 10-2-2023
* bats or throws left
# bats both

Adbert Alzolay 
Javier Assad
Brad Boxberger
Ben Brown
Jose Cuas
Tyler Duffey 
Jeremiah Estrada
Shane Greene
Kyle Hendricks
Caleb Kilian
Mark Leiter Jr
* Luke Little
Julian Merryweather
Daniel Palencia
Michael Rucker
* Drew Smyly
* Justin Steele
Marcus Stroman
Jameson Taillon
Keegan Thompson
Hayden Wesneski 
* Jordan Wicks

Miguel Amaya
Yan Gomes

# Jeimer Candelario
Nico Hoerner
* Miles Mastrobuoni
* Matt Mervis
Christopher Morel
Dansby Swanson
Patrick Wisdom
* Jared Young

Kevin Alcantara
* Cody Bellinger
Alexander Canario
* Pete Crow-Armstrong
Brennen Davis
# Ian Happ
Seiya Suzuki
* Mike Tauchman

60-DAY IL: 6
Nick Burdi, P
Michael Fulmer, P 
Codi Heuer, P
* Brandon Hughes, P
Nick Madrigal, INF
Ethan Roberts, P


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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


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)


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), 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.


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.


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

  • Arizona Phil 10/03/2023 - 10:18 pm (view)

    It used to be that teams did not want to trade within their own division for PR reasons, but I don't see that with Ben Cherington in Pittsburgh or with Hoyer / Hawkins in Chicago, so the Cubs might target Pirates 3B Ke'Bryan Hayes and closer David Bednar.

    Hayes is a Gold Glove defender, a decent enough hitter (105 OPS+ in 2023), and he's under control at a VERY reasonable price ($8.75M AAV) through 2029 (with a club option for 2030). 

    Bednar is first-time salary arbitration-eligible post-2023 and under control through 2026. 

    One thing about the Cubs is that they can afford to overpay (which is what they would have to do to get both Hayes and Bednar) with a package consisting of a decent young MLB position player to replace Hayes in the lineup (like Christopher Morel, who could play LF in Pittsburgh) and prospects like outfielders Alexander Canario, Owen Caissie, or Kevin Alcantara (Pirates pick one, leaving the other two for the Cubs), a power-hitting 1B-DH like Matt Mervis or Haydn McGeary (Pirates pick one, leaving the other one for the Cubs), SS Luis Vazquez (who is MLB-ready but will never play SS in Chicago), 3B B. J. Murray (who could replace Hayes at the hot corner in Pittsburgh by 2025 if not sometime in 2024, and he obviously would be blocked in Chicago if the Cubs get Hayes), and an MLB-ready SP like Hayden Wesneski. 

  • crunch 10/03/2023 - 10:02 pm (view)

    boog and glanville calling the PHI@MIL game on ESPN2.

  • crunch 10/03/2023 - 10:59 pm (view)

    bellinger is my #1 want, but i fear he's the #1 want of many teams and will get crazy money + years, with the years being the big sting.  they need to replace bellinger's production if they don't get him no matter what position(s) played.

  • George Altman 10/03/2023 - 10:40 pm (view)

    I hope their top priorities are Bellinger, 2 RPs better than Fulmer/Boxberger (ideally 1 LH), and a 3B (Chapman my 1st Choice). That will put them right up to $237-257M AAV limit, but I don't see a playoff berth doing anything less.

    If they really want Alonso, Morel would be a good opening piece of that offer. 

    Unfortunately, Stroman will opt in ($23.7M) and Smyly ($11.5M) will be back. Steele, Taillon, Assad, Wicks will be rotation pieces. Would love a SP2 FA but don't see how they keep an effective offense and improve their bullpen while adding that.

  • crunch 10/03/2023 - 10:03 pm (view)

    i cannot imagine getting a legit 3rd, whether signing or via trade, isn't the highest priority for the team.  it's almost obvious they don't see morel there.

  • Dolorous Jon Lester 10/03/2023 - 10:19 pm (view)

    I’m just hoping they have an actual 3B next year so we don’t need to worry about the M boys, Bote, and P Whiffy eating all the 3B at bats next year.

  • Dolorous Jon Lester 10/03/2023 - 10:13 pm (view)

    Willson was a OF/3B when we signed him too.

    On a less successful but still got to the show note, PJ Higgins was another college IF converted to C

  • crunch 10/03/2023 - 10:03 pm (view)

    truth...and personally, i'd give him ABs (especially at 3rd) over the 2 singles-hitting-ceiling guys that got the shot.  i'm sure he can cover the ob% and defense while surpassing the power of anything masterboney and madrigal brought to the team.

    i don't view bote as a solution at 3rd, but i find it hard to believe he couldn't outperform either of the main options they had there for a huge chunk of this season.

  • KingKongvsGodzilla 10/03/2023 - 10:47 pm (view)

    Color me impressed by this assignment for Trice right out of the draft as a convert. Seems worth following after the success of Caratini

  • Dolorous Jon Lester 10/03/2023 - 10:33 pm (view)

    Bote always has great spring trainings.