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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
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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 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.



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

  • Childersb3 10/03/2023 - 10:46 pm (view)

    I understand this is a cost saving and control idea. But I wouldn't be happy giving up ONKC or Alcantara for Hayes and/or Bednar.

    I'm not saying they aren't good players. They are. They've never been "tested" with playing for a good team, but that isn't their fault. They produce good results. But not Jaguar and Big Red.

    Canario won't get to play for the Cubs, just like Velazquez, so he should probably go. Same for Mervis and Vazquez. Wesneski can get better but Bednar would certainly help us.

    But not to big power hitting OFs that are 21 yrs old and younger at AA already. I'm still holding out hope for the ONKC-PCA-Jag left to right OF. I'm just not giving up on that.

    Hayes for Morel kind of stings. I'd love for Morel to get a full year at 3B. Even if he failed there miserably, I'd like to give him a shot.

    Phil always comes up with common sense angles. This trade idea fills needs for sure and fills them with cost saving effective players.

    I'm thinking Morel goes to NYM for Alonso.

    We'll see what Jed cooks up.

  • 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