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PITCHERS: 21
Yency Almonte
Adbert Alzolay 
Michael Arias
Javier Assad
Ben Brown
Jose Cuas
Kyle Hendricks
Porter Hodge
* Shota Imanaga
Caleb Kilian
Mark Leiter Jr
* Luke Little
Julian Merryweather
Hector Neris 
Daniel Palencia
* Drew Smyly
* Justin Steele
Jameson Taillon
Keegan Thompson
Hayden Wesneski 
* Jordan Wicks

NRI PITCHERS: 11 
Colten Brewer 
Chris Clarke 
Carl Edwards Jr 
* Edwin Escobar 
* Richard Lovelady 
Sam McWilliams 
* Thomas Pannone 
Ethan Roberts 
Cam Sanders 
Riley Thompson 
* Brad Wieck 

CATCHERS: 2
Miguel Amaya
Yan Gomes

NRI CATCHERS: 5  
Jorge Alfaro 
Pablo Aliendo
Joe Hudson 
Haydn McGeary
* Bryce Windham

INFIELDERS: 9
* Michael Busch 
Nico Hoerner
Nick Madrigal
* Miles Mastrobuoni
* Matt Mervis
Christopher Morel
Dansby Swanson
Luis Vazquez
Patrick Wisdom

NRI INFIELDERS: 4 
David Bote 
Matt Shaw 
* Dominic Smith
Chase Strumpf 

OUTFIELDERS: 8
Kevin Alcantara
* Cody Bellinger 
Alexander Canario
* Pete Crow-Armstrong
Brennen Davis
# Ian Happ
Seiya Suzuki
* Mike Tauchman 

NRI OUTFIELDERS: 2 
* Owen Caissie  
* David Peralta
 



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Cubs @ Pirates - Hammel vs. Worley; Game 14 Thread

Well last night was fun...I had my KANG!!! headline all set to go before the 9th inning comeback.

Jason Hammel vs. Vance Worley tonight.

#Fowler CFHarrison 3B
Soler RF*Polanco RF
*Rizzo 1BMcCutchen CF
Bryant 3B#Walker 2B
Castro SSMarte LF
*Montero C*Alvarez 1B
*Coghlan LFCervelli C
Hammel PKang SS
Russell 2BWorley P

Unfortunately I was on my way home when most of the fun started last night, first to hear Schlitter blow another game, then the mini-comeback, then the big hit by Kang and didn't know about the comeback until I checked scores way later in the night. But the highlights looked fun...Josh Harrison seemed to play the game-tying chopper by Castro about as poorly as you could, but nice to be on the good end of bad plays.

Russell's debut wasn't much, an 0/5 with 3 K's, but hey, look at Bryant since less-than-stellar first game.

Oh yeah, I installed a little chat box on the right sidebar below the comments. Since many of us are watching on Gameday or delayed broadcasts, I don't want spoilers right at the top of the page. But if you want to try it, click the arrow in the upper right to pop it out on its own box and create an account (preferably use something that we'll recognize as a TCR username, even if it's not exact). See if you guys like it, or just continue to use the comments. I'll take it up and down for the games.

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Since I'm sure many of you don't read the posts, I put a chat box in the right sidebar, see the post for instructions. Or keep using the comments, but I'll be less cranky about doing play-by-play in the chat box.

this game is poops. ham not liking the cold weather...or PIT f'n loves it cold.

We're going to wind up moving Bryant to OF not because of bad play at 3B, but because we need someone who can cover some ground out there.  Yeesh.

How are these people logging 2-seam and 4-seam fastballs. Is it easy to tell visually which is which if the pitcher throws both?

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In reply to by Carlito

traditionally you can tell by the velocity difference if you know the guy changes speed with different fastballs. there's more to it than velocity, though...some people get better break than others on their fastballs (especially 2-seam), so it's not really fair to ignore the quality of the break on a certain fastball unless you're doing it solely for ID purposes.

How in the world did Bryant miss that last pitch? 93mph fastball down the middle, from a lefty, on 3&2. That was the pitch I was hoping he would get. Bummer. Still -- it's always worth sticking around to the end with these guys -- great AB by Rizzo to give them a chance.

Well I signed up for the chat room but didn't get a chance to stick around, although I did see the last couple innings of the game. Wow, Maddon plays every game like it's a playoff game. Crazy mother. One of these days he's going to end up in a 16 inning game and the only guys on the field are gonna be a pitcher and a catcher.

I know this is really off topic and about the NFL, but had to share this great line from Arizona Cardinals GM Steve Keim talking about the NFL draft: "If Hannibal Lecter ran a 4.3, we'd probably diagnose it as an eating disorder." That is great!

You know, for the past few years, I would often say that the Cubs "got lucky" when they won and usually when the lost they got decidely beaten by the other team. But this year I am starting to feel the opposite a lot. Last night, I felt like the Pirates got lucky and that the Pirates probably also feel like they got lucky and stole one. They had a bunch of cheap hits fall in off Hammel to squeeze out a couple of runs, and they played with fire by putting lots of Cubs on base with some of their best hitters up. Those guys just missed a few pitches that would have turned the game around quickly, and they have to know that they won't happen all too often. Refreshing to feel as a fan. 

German looked filthy last night. He did OK out of the pen in 2013 for the Mets, but slipped a bit last year. Still young though (27) and under club control through 2020. Maybe he's another Strop type player the Cubs can turn around and make into a contributing piece. He was just a waiver claim this off-season so anything he provides is a plus.

Kris Bryant starting in CF? Yes, Kris Bryant is starting in CF!!!

Denorfia LF, Rizzo 1B, Soler RF, Bryant CF, Castro SS, Castillo C, Russell 2B, Hendricks P, Herrera 3B

Can't wait to hear that explanation, although he's probably the fastest of the 3 outfielders out there today. Please don't get hurt.

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In reply to by Rob G.

I... My biggest problem with this is that Herrera is starting at 3rd. Definitely should have called up an outfielder. Also, somewhat off-topic, anybody know why Almora has been playing so much LF of late?

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In reply to by Charlie

Did they even have time to call up a player with a 12 hour window between games? I've flown in and out of Des Moines frequently, not many late flights out of Des Moines, doubt if there is even a direct to Pittsburgh. So whomever they are calling up catches a 6 or 7am flight with a O'hare layover, cutting it pretty tight. Do Cubs have a private jet for these type of situations? May have been logistics issue.

I have been watching Cubs games for a long time. They have had better teams over the years, but this team is flat assed fun to watch!

Recent comments

  • crunch (view)

    alzolay is f'n filthy...

  • crunch (view)

    i'm not even over here advocating spending like they're the yanks/dodgers.  nor do i think they're criminally cheap.  i feel like they've done good with the payroll in 2024 (so far), but i don't think they'd be financially squeezed if they threw another 20+ million at it...but i don't expect it.

    the whole idea of this team barely scraping by while they've monetized the entire neighborhood based upon the product on the field isn't a narrative i'll entertain.

    since the 1980s, buying a professional sports team is about it's increasing value and the ability to borrow against the asset...no one's trying to make rent or get fed on the operating revenue profits.  even teams with terrible owners that neglect the team benefit from this.

  • Dolorous Jon Lester (view)

    With you crunch. I find the defense of owners among fans baffling.

  • crunch (view)

    hendricks with 2 HBP in the 1st...yow.

  • crunch (view)

    it keeps me up at night and destroys my will to live to imagine the Ricketts family only making 20-30m a year rather than 40-60m a year off the Cubs.

    it is absolutely not fair at all to consider all the real estate and advertising they've put up all over Wrigleyville that also brings money that isn't assigned to the team revenues.

    i'm 110% sure those rooftops they bought would bring in tons of revenue even without the Cubs playing baseball there.  $70-$100 a seat to watch the Chicago skyline from a roof for 3 hours...no brainer, team not needed...it's just a great place to hang out for a few hours and a reasonable price to do it.

    it would be nice if they could get a TV network.  they could take the local games off of free local TV...maybe further monetize it by charging locals $20 a month to watch the games if they don't have cable.  they should get on that.

  • Finwe Noldaran (view)

    Yes, more people need to understand that just because some owners may be making money hand overy fist, doesn't necessarily mean all are.......

  • videographer (view)

    Thank you Bill for your well written response to an on-going, misunderstood debate about salaries and wealth.  Fans and tax payers are responsible for all revenue generated by sports teams.  Scott Boras started this narrative years ago about team value justifies player salaries.  Just once, I would like an owner tell Boras he will sell his team so he can pay the salaries of his players. 

  • Cubster (view)

    Sunday Tribune article interviewed Imanaga about the HR. 

    "Even though (the HR) happened, it was a good learning experience to try to figure out how that could end up being a single in front of LF, " Imanaga said through interpreter Edwin Stanberry. "It was an 0-1 count and I should have thrown the fastball a little higher.  "I would like to work on throwing it higher in the zone or missing lower -- even if it's a lower pitch that would be a little bit better."

    --

    Seems like he has a plan and is  working on both the approach and execution of each pitch. 

  • Cubster (view)

    Injury updates, From Sunday Tribune:

    Happ out with a mild hamstring strain that happened Thursday. Hopefully, it will be OK before opening day. Wisdom is out for a few more days with Quad strain. G Cooper and Dom Smith are expected to get to play on Monday.

     

  • Bill (view)

    The "value" of a team, in your context, is the price for which it could be sold.  But if it is not sold, it is rather meaningless.  The true value of an ongoing business is the amount of income it generates on an annual basis, and that varies greatly from team to team.  San Diego, a team with a high resale value, had to borrow money in order to pay the team salaries last year, because the income was not sufficient cash flow to keep them afloat.  Many other teams are reported to be producing little profit, even at low salaries.  The larger income teams are often lumped together, but in actual fact, there are only three teams that have "top tier" income, the Dodgers, the Yankees and the Mets.  The Dodgers, for instance, have an estimated total revenue of more than 200 million dollars than that of the Cubs.  That means that, assuming non player-salaries are roughly equal, the Dodgers can pay 199 million dollars more than the Cubs (they don't) and still make more profit.  Without the luxury tax, no one could compete with the top three teams, without relying on the randomness of short series baseball to equalize the playoffs.