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

26 players on MLB RESERVE LIST are ACTIVE, plus six players are on OPTIONAL ASSIGNMENT to minors, seven players are on the 15-DAY IL, and one player is on the 10-DAY IL

Last updated 5-18-2024

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PITCHERS: 13
Javier Assad
Ben Brown
Jose Cuas
Kyle Hendricks
Porter Hodge 
* Shota Imanaga
Mark Leiter Jr
* Luke Little
Tyson Miller
Hector Neris
* Justin Steele
Jameson Taillon
Hayden Wesneski

CATCHERS: 2
Miguel Amaya
Yan Gomes

INFIELDERS: 6
* Michael Busch
Nico Hoerner
Nick Madrigal
* Miles Mastrobuoni
Christopher Morel
Patrick Wisdom

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

OPTIONED: 6
Kevin Alcantara, OF
Michael Arias, P
Alexander Canario, OF
Brennen Davis, OF
* Matt Mervis, 1B
Luis Vazquez, INF

10-DAY IL: 1
Dansby Swanson, INF

15-DAY IL: 7
Yency Almonte, P 
Albert Alzolay, P
Colten Brewer, P 
Daniel Palencia, P
* Drew Smyly, P
Keegan Thompson, P 
* Jordan Wicks, P

60-DAY IL: 2
Caleb Kilian, P
Julian Merryweather, P

 





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Cubs @ Padres (Games 10-12)

The Cubs took two of three against the Dodgers. Although they were held in check by Yamamoto, the offense was able to break through against the youngsters Miller and Stone along with the Dodger's relief corps. The Cubs begin a West Coast road trip with a three game series in San Diego. See below for matchups. 

 




Game 10, Monday, April 8, 8:40 pm central
CHC: RHP Javier Assad (1-0, 0.00 ERA)
SDP: RHP Yu Darvish (0-1, 2.30 ERA) 

Assad delivered six scoreless innings and struck out five Rockies in his first start. The Cubs could use another of those after losing Imanaga to the rain delay Sunday and going into a bullpen day on Tuesday. 

Darvish has allowed four earned runs in 15.2 innings. He's struck out 16 batters in three starts and walked five. The righty has maintained his velocity well, which is good news for the Padres; they have the thirty-seven year old under contract through 2028. Having not kept track of Yu since the Cubs traded him away, I can only assume he throws at least 13 distinct pitches by now. 

 




Game 11, Tuesday, April 9, 9:05 pm central
CHC: RHP Ben Brown / bullpen day
SDP: RHP Joe Musgrove (1-1, 6.28 ERA) 

Last time through the pitching rotation, the Cubs gave Luke Little the opener role and the handed things over to Ben Brown. He struck out five in four innings, allowed one earned run, and hasn't pitched since (as of writint this, prior to the Monday game). This game likely belongs to Brown and an assortment of relievers. Shota Imanaga threw only 43 pitches before Sunday's game entered a delay--but is also new to the league and to the five-pitcher rotation. Would the Cubs take a chance so early in the season? 

Musgrove improved in his third start following two in which he was knocked around by the Dodgers and then the Giants. He collected a win after completing six innings and allowing the Pirates one earned run. 
 



Game 12, Wednesday, April 10, 5:40 pm central
CHC: RHP Kyle Hendricks (0-1, 11.74 ERA)
SDP: RHP Dylan Cease (0-1, 3.38 ERA) 

Hendricks has allowed five earned runs in each of his starts so far. He was bailed out last time by the Cubs hitter, who chased the Dodger's Bobby Miller in the second inning.

The Padres traded for Cease only two weeks before the season started. This came well after they had made the mammoth decision to send Juan Soto to the Yankees. He's made two starts for them so far, striking out thirteen and allowing four earned runs in 10.2 innings pitched.
 


 

The Cubs will be off on Thursday and resume the road trip in Seattle this weekend.

Comments

one thing that's been a constant for counsell is he's yet to be "early" posting a lineup.  almost every game this season he's been the last manager to make his lineup public before game time.

also, taillon's next rehab start will be at AAA.

Been watching the Reds/ Brewers game while awaiting the start of the Cubs. Several takeaways:

  1. The Reds are a good, young hustling team. Definitely a candidate for the division.
  2. Graham Ashcraft is a nasty good pitcher. Hits 100 and everything moves. Making good Brewers hitters look silly.
  3. Rhys Hoskins is not just bad at first base but terrible! Game changing terrible. Fourth inning and he’s missed at least four plays a better first baseman could have made. Cubs dodged the bullet on this one.

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In reply to by TarzanJoeWallis

The Reds are sneaky good at developing hitters. Over the last 10-15 years they’ve produced a bunch of hitters who have gone on to solid careers. Pitching development has killed them.

Guys like Ashcraft and Lodolo might change that narrative over the next handful of years.

Merryweather diagnosed with rib stress fracture in his back. Shut down for four weeks. 

So, a 60IL stint might be coming, but only if Jed wants to add Brewer, Edwards or someone from outside the org.

AZ Phil said Brewer would be the first RP to be added. This probably happens. No nostalgia pick for Carl, please. He has to be the best option.

I wonder if Ben Brown gets the nod to the Bullpen when Tallion returns? 

 

Folks connected to Kohl Franklin in his home state of OK are saying he's headed to Iowa.

That's interesting. He was really solid in his 4 IP the other day

I guess Jed needs to know what he has in Kohl. And AAA hitters are better on average than AA hitters.  

proposal...

put hendricks in the pen and let's not revisit the decision, like ever.

i expect he'll get tons of chances before that happens, and i hope he turns it around...but i'm expecting nothing but more pain.

it takes special talent to come into a game with an 11.74 ERA, pitch 5+ innings, and raise your ERA.

26 hits, 5 HR, in 12.2ip this season over 3 appearances.

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In reply to by crunch

Realistically, he's got at least until Steele and Taillon are back. Then it's a question of whether Brown sticks around or Horton is ready quickly enough to push him out of the rotation. I don't think Assad or Wesneski are likely to push him out this year unless Hendricks really remains a negative WAR starter. 

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In reply to by Charlie

When Taillon comes back, I'm sure the standard belief is Brown goes to Iowa or the Bullpen. If Brown is better than Palencia or Cuas, then let him stay and get MLB hitters out.

But, if Hendricks' Sinker continues to not induce groundballs, then he needs to go to the IL and Taillon replaces him.

When Steele comes back we take a look at how Assad and Brown are doing. I think those two are going to be fine. Assad has always produced and gone under the radar doing so. 
He's better than Hendricks. He was just as good as Kyle last year, if not better in every stat.

Kyle has faced three good lineups to start the year, so he can do better for sure. I simply don't see the same action on his pitches. Hitters see his pitches way too easily nowadays.

Counsell has no loyalty to Hendricks. He wasn't a part of the 2015-2020 crew. I'm sure he respects Kyle's career, but Counsell isn't keeping him out there for nostalgia. He's used to having SP with "stuff". He might be keeping him out there for 16.5million other reasons, but that's sunk cost (just like Heyward). Kyle goes to the IL for a short while, and we see how the younger guys pitch. 

April Kyle = :0(                              

..............

FWIW... Over his career, Kyle Hendrick's splits are by far the worst in the month of April (like 30% worse).  Even in 2015-2016-2017 his April ERA was in the 4.50 range.   

 

So while I too am concerned, we should keep that in mind when looking at the amount of leash he is given.  

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In reply to by First.Pitch.120

All fair points. And I freely admit that TX, LAD and SD are really good lineups.
But his stuff just isn't moving like it used too.
His velos are about the same, but the movement isn't enough to make guys roll over and hit ground balls.
His Sinker BAve last year was .318.
I bet it's at least that now.
If he Sinker isn't working, hitters get to wait for the Ch/Up.
He has to get groundball outs somehow.
Assad, Wicks and Brown can help the Cubs now. It won't all be smooth. They're not elite guys now.  But Hendricks is a liability now. Steele, Imanaga, Taillon, Assad, Wicks and Brown are the rotation. Smyly is fine in the pen. He's useful as a long guy.

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In reply to by Childersb3

Yeah, all things & injuries being equal I like the five you named.  However, I do really value having 2 long guys in the pen (Smyly + Assad/Brown).  I think the flexibility & reduced stress on the high leverage guys are super useful.  Not everybody can swing from RP/SP smoothly, so I guess I like Assad in that role b/c I know he can do it.  

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In reply to by Childersb3

Also an odd aberration... KH has given up  7 ground ball base hits so far this year.  Would need to dig deeper, but that's a bunch. 

 

 Small sample, but his GB% through 3 games is actually very high & the Hard Hit % isn't horrible.  The 20% of Fly Balls becoming HRs is a problem.  

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In reply to by First.Pitch.120

Using the analytics of only my eyeballs--not even wearing my glasses--I have drawn the conclusion that Kyle Hendricks has been hurt badly by what baseball experts call "meatballs."

There's no question that Hendricks can't live in the middle of the zone. He just has to show whether or not he can manage to stay out of there enough of the time to be productive.

My suspicion about Assad is that he'll pay a penalty for fitting too neatly into the swing man role and will get shuffled before Hendricks unless he wildly outperforms the veteran.

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In reply to by George Altman

GEORGE A: As you probably recall, back in November after Stroman opted out I was hoping the Cubs would sign Yamamoto and re-sign Bellinger and Candelario, non-tender Wisdom and Madrigal, and not sign any high-priced FA relievers. I actually thought the Cubs picked up the Hendricks option in order to trade him if they were able to sign one of the noteworthy free agent pitchers (and then they signed Imanaga). So I kept waiting for the Cubs to trade Hendricks, but it looks like it's too late now...

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In reply to by George Altman

Kind of wondering why we have so much focus on Hendricks and nothing is being said about our $25 mm man who currently sports a line of .191/2/10 with an OPS of .631? Hendricks impacts every fifth game while Bellinger, who is supposed to be the cornerstone of the offense, impacts every game. The Hendricks situation is really much less serious - he can always become the purveyor lost causes, brought in in hopeless situations or blowout wins in order to preserve the pen, or even as an opener since he seems to be ok the first time through the lineup. Bellinger, on the other hand, is a much more serious concern. He has been every bit as ineffective as Hendricks and the team is far more reliant on him to perform. Yes, it’s early in the season and Bellinger could break out of it. Then again, as ineffective as he’s looked, so could Hendricks - he’s done it before.

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In reply to by Charlie

Lets’s not forget that Bellinger is one year removed from two plus years of performance that looked a lot like what he looks like right now. As I mentioned, there are several answers for Hendricks. I think as the finest armchair GM’s in the sport we need to turn our hand wringing more in the direction of Bellinger and what we do if we get the 2021/2022 of him as was  always a possibility when we signed him.

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In reply to by TarzanJoeWallis

bellinger looks good swinging a bat. 

he will never be worth his current paycheck, but if his market was 20-25m rather than 25-30m he would have been courted by teams other than the cubs, even with the loss of a draft pick for other teams on the table.  part of the big money is the short risk of having the loot tied up.  the cubs had it to spend in the window of the contract he signed, even if he sticks around all 3 years.

hendricks can't throw his curve worth a damn anymore.  he couldn't last year, either.

if the ball is hit hard enough to go past nico/swanson and whoever's playing 1st/3rd, there's going to be a lot more of this.  great defense bailed him out last year and it will have to bail him out this year.  if the hits are hit "where they aint"...or 10000mph through the infield....we're going to see more pain.  hendricks entire value is based on his health, luck of where the ball is hit, and the quality of defense behind him while he throws his fastball and change.

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In reply to by crunch

Maybe we’re watching a different Bellinger. To me it looks like he’s alternately flailing at the ball or severely undercutting it.

I understand that Hendricks isn’t pitching effectively and very likely won’t regain form. Fine, let’s write him off. It’s not a good situation but not season threatening. Throw him on the DL, bury him in the bullpen, spot start him, whatever. There are plenty of young arms to be a fifth starter.

If Bellinger fails to regain 2023 form and reverts to 21/22 what is the answer? I can tell you that PCA and Canario look nowhere near ready offensively.

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In reply to by crunch

Having it to spend does not mean having it to piss away.  Signing him for one year could be justified, but giving him three years with opt outs merely means that you might win a little in the short run, but are very likely to suffer greatly in the long run.  Even with decent performance, there is very likely to be no place on the team for Bellinger next year.  Partly because of the other foolish move by the Cubs, the extension of Happ through 2026 by a no-trade contract, with the strength of their minor league system being in outfielders.  In my opinion, both moves were the result of extreme pressure by the media and fans, neither of which have any reason to consider anything beyond the current year.

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In reply to by Bill

Well, yes. On the other hand, one does have to consider markets and that they are competing with other teams. A one year deal might not have gotten it done. There was no viable alternative plan for center field, and while the board might have noticed I’m not a fan of high priced free agents, this was a case where it was justified. Given public pressure and the agent he was dealing with, I thought Jed did a good job negotiating this contract, regardless of outcome. My hope was that Bellinger would go gangbusters this year and opt out. Frankly, I think that was probably Jed’s hope too. With him not performing there is a major hole in the offense. All we can do is hope he turns it around.

Given current markets I’m not so sure the Happ extension was such a horrible thing. Kind of meh.

The Hendricks extension was ill advised, and many contributors to this board recognized that at the time. I suspect some off the field considerations went into the decision, such as PR, 2016 sentimentality, and veteran presence/mentoring that in retrospect shouldn’t have been factors . All that said, this is by no means a make or break for the season.

The Valezquez/Cuas deal is looking increasingly toxic. Hindsight is 20/20 in this case.

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In reply to by TarzanJoeWallis

Bellinger is the last hitter on this team I'm worried about. Same with Hoerner. Hitting is 100% different than someone asked to perform 25-30 games per year. Hendricks can't locate and his pitches don't have the same late movement thru most of his last 15 starts. Unless you're watching a different Kyle. Think about what that $15m would have offered the bullpen. 

i guess since there's no immediate follow-up move they're tipping their hat to...who's getting the callup for cuas?

he's only in AA, but i wouldn't be shocked to see porter hodge...though k.thompson seems to be the most "safe" pick.

with the way counsell was trying to use cuas as a multi-inning guy, though...we might be seeing hodge if they want to go with stuff and projection over experience.

CRUNCH: There's two different ways they could go. 

One way would be to recall somebody already on the 40 (like Hayden Wesneski or Keegan Thompson), and the other way would be to transfer Julian Merryweather to the 60-day IL and select Carl Edwards Jr, Colten Brewer, or Riley Thompson to the 40. 

Wesneski has been starting at AAA Iowa and hasn't pitched since Saturday, and K. Thompson has been throwing two innings per outing in relief for the I-Cubs.  

Edwards almost made the Cubs MLB Opening Day roster before opting out but then he re-signed with the Cubs last week (he walked the bases loaded in his one AAA outing last Monday so he might need more time), Brewer (who pitched very well in MLB Spring Training) has been the primary closer at AAA, and R. Thompson has been lights out throwing two or three innings at a time out of the pen for the I-Cubs (R. Thompson can be a minor league 6YFA post-2024, so the Cubs might want to at least give him a shot out of the MLB pen sometime during the season). 

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In reply to by Arizona Phil

Keep in mind that pitchers who are optioned to the minors during Spring Training or on Opening Day must remain on Optional Assignment for the first 15 days of the MLB regular season (thru Thursday 4/11 in 2024) unless the pitcher is recalled to replace a pitcher who is placed on the IL (as happened when Ben Brown was recalled to replace Justin Steele and Daniel Palencia was recalled to replace Julian Merryweather). 

 

And the reason Jose Cuas was optioned on Thursday (an off day) without a corresponding roster move until the next day is because MLB clubs are permitted to have either 25 or 26 players active up until September 1st (clubs MUST have 28 players active at all times beginning on 9/1) and there is a (very slight) cost savings to go with 25 players instead of 26 players on an off day (the difference between an MLB salary versus minor league split salary).

 

Also, if he is on the MLB 26-man roster for at least 167 days in 2024 Jose Cuas is likely to accrue enough MLB Service Time  to qualify as a "Super Two" for salary arbitration post-2024, but not so likely if he is on Optional Assignment for twenty days or more.

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In reply to by Arizona Phil

After a poor first outing, in his last three appearances at AAA Keegan Thompson has put up a 5.0 IP, 1 H, no runs, two BB, and six K line, and he has been throwing two or three innings at a time.

 

So I believe Keegan Thompson gets the call up, especially if the Cubs don't want to transfer Julian Merryweather to the 60-day IL until his timetable to return is more clear.   

 

Also, I suspect the Cubs would like to keep Hayden Wesneski stretched out as a SP.

friday game vs SEA is a Apple TV+ game, btw...and that means blackout for many of us, even those who pay for mlb.tv

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  • crunch (view)

    unreal.  be crazy to see where this goes in a month or 2....unless it gets too crazy to ignore at the mlb level.

  • TarzanJoeWallis (view)

    And another solo shot in the third. He’s not hitting cheapies either. Definitely capturing my attention at this point.

  • Dolorous Jon Lester (view)

    He is on a serious heater right now 

  • TarzanJoeWallis (view)

    Brennan Davis two out first inning grand salami for Iowa.

  • crunch (view)

    woo!!!!

    walkoff win!  morel has been involved in at least 4 walk-off wins this year by my count.

    his bWAR is tied for next to last on the team (-0.1)...just saying.

  • crunch (view)

    ha.  the mccutchen AB where he almost homered in the 6th (foul) got me thinking about the mccutchen/furries thing.

    it's a coincidence, but mccutchen does VERY well at the plate when pittsburgh's annual furry convention (Anthrocon) is in town and there's a home game.  all 4 days of the convention will be home games for PIT.

    be on the lookout for mccutchen's twitter account to simply post "Furries" during the week of the convention.

    he's aware of the coincidence and plays into it.

    baseball is weird.  social media is weird.  furries are also weird, but whatever...ya'll do ya'll.

    https://www.mlb.com/news/pirates-andrew-mccutchen-summons-the-power-of-…

  • crunch (view)

    i love that wrigley is packed, but you can tell a lot of these fans are new(ish) to in-person baseball.

    pop outs that don't even reach the warning track are getting huge fan pops as possible homers.

    that said, it's good there's so much fresh eyes on the field product.  the game needs a constant influx of newer fans.

    i noticed a lot of 20-somethings really getting into baseball during the covid era.  they also really got into baseball cards, but that's another side show in itself.  the baseball card boom died down a bit, but the interest in baseball overall seems to have stuck around.

  • crunch (view)

    "The New York Post’s Joel Sherman reports the Mets offered first baseman Pete Alonso a seven-year, $158 million contract extension last summer."

    22.5m a year.  on one hand, no way his agent would sign that.  on the other hand, the mets obviously see some warning signs long-term...most likey his lack of body conditioning.  he's got a very pre-roids era slugger build.

  • crunch (view)

    "we gave a manager 8m dollars a year." - jed

    "lol, patrick wisdom gonna lead off." - counsell

  • crunch (view)

    imanaga walking the leadoff man on 5 pitches.  really rare for a dude that hates to walk anyone in any situation.