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

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 6-15-2024

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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
Jose Cuas, P
Brennen Davis, OF
Porter Hodge, P 
Nick Madrigal, INF 
* Miles Mastrobuoni, INF
* Matt Mervis, 1B
Daniel Palencia, 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


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Cubs vs. Dodgers: Series Thread (Games 18-21)

The Cubs took advantage of the series in Oakland to boost their offensive statistics and their standing in the NL Central. They are still behind the Brewers, but the favored Cardinals are now 4th in the division at 8-11 while the Cubs are five over .500 at 11-6. The Dodgers will visit them at Wrigley, having lost two of three to the Cubs in L.A. See below for matchups int he four-game set.


Game 18, Thursday, April 20, 6:40 pm central

LAD: RHP Michael Grove (0-1, 9.00 ERA)

CHC: RHP Jameson Taillon (0-2, 4.50 ERA)

Grove faced the Cubs on April 15 and surrendered a solo homerun while striking out six. Wisdom took him deep.

Taillon converted on improved stuff and command in his third start to throw five scoreless innings with seven strikeouts. It wasn't enough to earn him a win in L.A., but he'll try his luck again at home.


Game 19, Friday, April 21, 1:20 pm central

LAD: LHP Julio Urias (3-1, 1.90 ERA)

CHC: LHP Drew Smyly (1-1, 4.70 ERA)

Urias took a loss to the Cubs on the 16th, allowed two earned runs and one unearned on a pair of homers. He struck out six and walked one. Bellinger and Wisdom tallied the homeruns.

Smyly earned his first win of the season in L.A., going 5.2 and allowing one earned run on a solo homer. He had pitched better in his second second start, but the offense showed up enough for him to exit with a lead on try number three.


Game 20, Saturday, April 22, 1:20 pm central

LAD: LHP Clayton Kershaw (3-1, 2.52 ERA) [Edit: Dustin May to start]

CHC: RHP Hayden Wesneski (1-0, 4.15 ERA) [Correction: 6.23 ERA]

The Cubs dodged Kershaw in the last series. The future Hall of Famer is off to a fine start in 2-23, still striking out more than a batter per inning and remaining very stingy with walks. He's gone at least six innings in each of his four starts so far.

Wesneski rebounded from an awful second start to strike out seven A's over seven innings and walk none. He allowed a single earned run on five hits and earned his first win of the season. He was a touch more aggressive in the zone and benefited from more chases out of the zone by the A's. His first-pitch strike percentage rose from the mid 40s in his first two starts up to over 80%.


Game 21, Sunday, April 23, 1:20 pm central

LAD: RHP Dustin May (1-1, 3.00 ERA) [Edit: Clayton Kershaw to start]

CHC: RHP Marcus Stroman (2-1, 0.75 ERA)

The Cubs will be getting their first look of the year at Dustin May. He's looking to make his first full MLB season without a significant injury interruption, having been sidelined for long stretches of the last three years due to a back injury and Tommy John surgery. His strikeout rate is weirdly low so far this season, but an absurdly low homeruns per nine innings is balancing out his results. He's still throwing in the upper 90s after TJS and has a low 90s cutter and mid 80s curve to round things out.

Stroman exited a scoreless game in Oakland after six innings. He struck out five and allowed two hits and two walks. He'll have this and another start to make his bid for NL Pitcher of the Month.

 

Comments

good to see mancini's bat waking up.  we got this dude for a couple years unless he's good enough to player-opt-out of a 9m 2024 deal after 350 PA.

oh wow...funny, but not funny...hell of a way for the perfect game and no-hitter to end.

cubs out here destroying dodgers pitching and position player luke williams comes out throwing mid-50s junk and retires the side 1-2-3 with 6 pitches.  baseball, woo.

they don't have a need for him, but i dunno how much longer they can keep c.morel in AAA.  he's got a near .500 ob% with 6 homers, 7 doubles, and a triple playing 3rd and all 3 OF slots.

I just saw that Velasquez walked on 6 pitches where he didn't swing the entire at-bat, then stole 2nd, allowing for the opportunity for an errant throw by the catcher to allow a run to score; and then homered in his next at-bat. I'd like to see Velazquez up to play DH instead of Mancini, leaving Morel and Mervis to gain experience and confidence in Iowa for a bit longer, until they ultimately replace Hosmer/Madrigal/Rios/Torrens. 

Recent comments

  • Finwe Noldaran (view)

    Totally agree.......

  • TarzanJoeWallis (view)

    My gut feeling is that this was supposed to be the season that the rebuild was to be finished this year, especially given the idea that the Brewers had taken a significant slide backward in talent.

    Unfortunately, the players who were thought to be the cornerstones - Bellinger, Suzuki, Happ, Hoerner, and to a lesser extent, Morel - have all underperformed to greater or lesser extent, with Bellinger being the only one who is even close to this point. Given the parity in the division and league to this point, had two or three of those guys performed even up to their career expectations we might be looking at the season from a very different perspective. Without significant improvement in these guys it feels like we’re back in rebuild, but in a much better position in terms of prospects to begin the rebuild than we were in 2021.

  • Arizona Phil (view)

    I suspect if you asked Hoyer / Hawkins about the Candelario trade, and they were candid in their reply, in hindsight, from the Cubs front office POV, the problem with the Candelario trade was that they traded prospect capital for a short-term rental, instead of going bigger with more and even better prospects to solve the 3B problem long-term. At least I would hope that is the lesson that was learned. 

  • Finwe Noldaran (view)

    Agreed. The main question for me is: would the core of the team in its current iteration be considered something that just needs to be added to, and then we're contenders; or are we still in the middle of a rebuild, just prayerfully toward the end phase? Because if we're still in a rebuild, selling last year and seeing what we had in our current prospects would have been the way to go; but if the front office felt we had a contendable core that just needed some tweaking, then going all in and acquiring significant bullpen help and a few bats for the lineup would have been the way to go. It seems that riding the fence is where the front office is right now: either bite the bullet and continue the rebuild, or bite the bullet and switch to contender status. Where is our mindset? The off-season this year and last year showed, to me at least, that the front office believes we're still in a rebuild; a lot of their moves felt almost obligatory, to try and convince the fan base that they're not still in a rebuild............

  • TarzanJoeWallis (view)

    Agree both with your assessment and with the strategy assuming you are on point. The prospect capital they have will be much more wisely spent on off season big league upgrades rather than mid season rentals. That said, let’s not get too crazy with concept. Ideally, package some of the underperforming veterans and some of the redundant prospects for potential big league upgrades.

  • Arizona Phil (view)

    It is interesting that when the Cubs traded Jake Slaughter for Tyson Miller last month, they were trading a slow-developing 27 year old infield prospect (Slaughter) for a slow developing out of options 28 year old RHRP prospect (Miller) who still had prospect status (as defined by Baseball America) when he was acquired by the Cubs. 

    T. Miller is under club control through 2029, and he lost his prospect status with Baseball America just a few days ago when he reached 50 career MLB innings pitched. 

    So the Slaughter / T. Miller trade was actually a "prospect for prospect" deal when it was made.

  • Finwe Noldaran (view)

    Phil: Completely agree, upgrading the roster and targeting positions of need is paramount (or if some sort of best player available can be had at a price where it would be considered a win), this is the best way to go, irrespective of buying or selling; this is where that internal scouting that was discussed about the other day will be crucial, no to mention pivitol.......

  • TarzanJoeWallis (view)

    Agree with you on this. I thought at the time they would have been better off selling as well. But this isn’t the old Cubs fan base of “lovable losers”. After two years of obvious tanking combined with lack of honesty to call it what it was the fan base would have screamed bloody murder had they not made some kind of move and, as bringing in rentals go, the Candelario deal was a decent one.

  • Arizona Phil (view)

    I suspect the Cubs mindset right now would be to use their prospect capital to trade for long-term controllable assets that are better roster fits going forward, specifically targeting a catcher and a third-baseman. 

    This would not be a trade deadline or a contender buy / non-contender sell thing. It would just be upgrading the 26-man roster for 2024 and several years going forward, whether the Cubs were on pace to win 90 games or lose 90 games, doesn't matter. 

    The Cubs have prospect capital (both Top 100 and system depth) that is matched only by the Orioles, and they really need to start spending it while the top prospects are still top prospects (that is, before some of them become "suspects"), and while the system is still deep enough to withstand a bit of a hit. 

  • Dolorous Jon Lester (view)

    They didn’t. Herz wasn’t even a top 10 prospect in our system at the time of the trade. He came into yesterdays start with an ERA over 6. Let’s pump the brakes on that trade being a disaster