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Game 69 Recap: Cubs 1, Dodgers 0 (10 innings)

Nine Over

Box Score, Play Log, Game Graphs

 

W- Motte (5-1), fly balls to center, getting paid by the word, pitchers duels

L- Peralta (1-1) going to bed early, offense

Things to Take from This Game

 1. The Cubs "Know How to Win"?

For those who put weight in such things, this sure looked like a knowing-how-to-win/will-to-win/clutch/piss-vinegar-and-gumption sort of game.  An error-free pitcher's duel against a big-time opposing pitcher and team, won in extra innings by the supporting cast after yeoman's work from the bullpen. There's precious little to complain about with this victory.

 

2. Hammel outduels Greinke


Hammel looked in command of this game from the first pitch, and by both the line and the eyeball was superior to Greinke, who also was dealing.

 

3. Waiting to go to Jansen


0 to 0 after nine, Mattingly went to the just-off-the-DL Joel Peralta, not the unhittable Kenley Jansen.  Jansen only surfaced to clean up a bases loaded, no outs mess, and he nearly did.  If Gonzalez doesn't bobble a potential double-play ball at first, he might have made it out of the inning untouched.

 

4. Fan catch of the year.


Seriously. 

 

The gory details, below

 

 

Game Recap

 

Inning 1 - Top

  •  Venerable Cubs fan Dorothy, who I remember being pictured singing along to the 7th inning stretch since I was a little kid, returns to her regular seat, with a complimentary chest protector.  She had been hit with a foul ball in the previous homestand.  Good to see her back.
  • Hammel blows a fastball past Puig to start the game.  Puig takes another fastball looking for strike 2.  Fastball, up, and Puig again is overpowered.  Glorious three-pitch K to start the game.
  • Pederson K's on a slider that got way too much of the plate.
  • Kendrick hits one down the 3rd base line to Bryant's right.  He makes the pick, socks the ball into his mit only once, and fires to beat Kendrick my a step. Nice work, a nine-pitch first inning.

Inning 1 - Bottom

  •  Coghlan hits a sad little chopper that Greinke fields within a foot of Coghlan as he runs to first.  Greinke opts to throw it instead of tagging him. Easy first out.
  • Rizzo shows bunt on the first pitch, but pulls back.  3-1 count, Rizzo puts a nice swing on a pitch to line it into right for a single.
  • Bryant works an 0-2 count back to 3-2 and gets the walk.  We have seen this before.
  • Montero smites one to the warning track in right.  Looks like it just got in on his hands a bit. Rizzo goes to third while Puig throws one on a line into second base, impressive.
  • Castro continues to swing from his heels on fastballs, and quickly goes down 0-2.
  • Bryant takes second without a throw.  Castro flies to Puig in right, ending the threat.

 

Inning 2 - Top

  •  Happy Birthday, J.D.
  • Gonzalez bounces out 3-1.
  • We get an amusing behind-the-scenes look at Len and J.D. who flubbed the taping of the opening segment several times and had to do a Bill O'Reilly "We'll do it live!!" special.  We get video of them jumping up and down celebrating after getting through the live-open without any glitches.
  • Grandal with a soft bouncer to Castro.
  • Ethier K's looking.  6 in a row from Hammel and it's looking easy.

Inning 2 - Bottom

 

Inning 3 - Top

  • Callapso dunks one down the left field line for a double, as the President of SABR Board of Directors yammers on.  But eh, here's to giving SABR a platform for growth, I guess.
  • Rollins pops to Bryant, just in front of the 3B bag. We continue to hear about SABR.
  • Greinke pops to Montero who catches it near the screen behind home plate.
  • Puig has looked pretty lost in two ABs against Hammel. Flies out softly to Szczur in center, throws down his bat. Leadoff double gets stranded.

Inning 3 - Bottom

  • We get an interview from the foul ball-interfering Father of the Year.  "I've got a lot of the anti-Bartman so far" he says.  Adrian Gonzalez is on his fantasy team.  Comedy gold. Somewhere in there Russell struck out.  Nobody cared.
  • And now Coghlan hits one to just about the Bartman Spot, but no play for Ethier.  Or anyone else.
  • Pederson is swung around toward left and Coghlan pulls a fastball into right-center.  Pederson loses his feet as he cuts the ball off, and Coghlan's double is uncontested.
  • Rizzo slices one, well-hit, into left-center, where Pederson makes a nice running catch. No advance.
  • Bryant K's swinging

Inning 4 - Top

Inning 4 - Bottom

  •  Montero lines a loopy slider over the shift into right for a single.
  • Castro laces a fastball to center, just short of the warning track. Nothing is getting out in this wind.
  • Baxter takes strike three looking on a fastball quite a bit low and outside. First time that pitch has been called a strike all night
  • Szczur with a lazy fly out to the busy Pederson, inning over.

Inning 5 - Top

  •  Grandal gets jammed and pops out to Russell in the shallow right field.
  • Ethier foul-tip strikes out on a fastball up and in.
  • Callaspo with a soft bouncer to Russell.  Game is moving quickly.

Inning 5 - Bottom

  •  Hammel battles, but eventually strikes out swinging.
  • Russell watches a 67 mph curve for strike two.  That was not fair. But fun to watch.  He eventually hits a knuckling bloop liner out to Rollins.
  • Coghlan grounds sharply out to Rollins

Inning 6 - Top

Inning 6 - Bottom

  • Greinke kind of pitchers around Rizzo.  Leading off.  In a 0-0 game.  With Bryant behind him. Greinke's pitch count nearing 100. Hammel got through 6 at just 78
  • Bryant goes from 1-2 to 3-2. Pops up to shortstop, where Kendrick, shifted over, catches it.
  • Rizzo steals second without a play as Montero strikes out.  Defense was shifted for Montero, and no one went to cover the base. Mattingly checks in with Greinke before he faces Castro
  • Castro again swings from his ass at a fastball and falls to one knee as he foul-tips it.  Strike one. Strike 2 on the outside corner, great pitch. Takes a slider low and away. Grounds the next slider low and away out to short, inning over.

Inning 7 - Top

  •  Len interviewing Run DMC's Darryl McDaniels, who will be singing the Stretch. We are now getting a rhyme about how he was going to go to St. John's U. Somewhere in there Kendrick K's swinging, but no one cares as we hear about the collaboration with Aerosmith.
  • Hammel makes a nice hopping snare of a bouncer from Gonzalez for the out at first.
  • We see Montero calling slider, we get slider, we get Grandal swinging over the top of it to end the inning
  • Darryl McDaniels sing-yells the Stretch. This is awesome.

Inning 7 - Bottom

  •  Greinke done after six and 111 pitches, in comes Nicasio. Baxter K's looking at the same fastball in the same place he K'd looking last time. It hasn't been a strike for anyone else.  Poor Baxter.
  • Szczur (I'm so proud I've spelled that right each time) with a lazy fly to Pederson.
  • Hammel lines one to Rollins' right; he makes a nice pick of the short-hop to get him.

Inning 8 - Top

  •  Ethier works a leadoff walk.
  • Callaspo with a soft bunt toward Hammel, Ethier advances.
  • Rollins grounds out 3-1, and Callaspo to third as the bullpen warms.
  • 3-0 on Turner, as Hammel struggles for the first time all night.  Passed 100 pitches.  Turner walks, in comes Rondon as Hammel gets a standing O.
  • First pitch, Rondon gets Puig to pop into shallow left-center where Castro, Coghlan, Russell, and Szczur converge on it.  What could have been pure unadulturated cubbery is instead a Coghlan catch to end the inning.  The times, they are a-changin'

Inning 8 - Bottom

  • Liberatore in to pitch. Russell K's swinging at a 95 mph fastball on the outer corner, tough pitch.
  • Denorfia flies to Pederson and Rizzo pops to Rollins, a super-easy inning.

Inning 9 - Top

Inning 9 - Bottom

  • Garcia in, Bryant pops a fastball down the middle to second base.
  • Montero gets called out on a 3-2 fastball on the bottom outside corner.  Montero is displeased.
  • Castro gives the crowd a brief and fleeting thrill before they realize it's a harmless fly out to left

Inning 10 - Top

  •  Motte in. Szczur makes a nice over the shoulder running catch on a slicing liner by Callaspo
  • Rollins takes a feeble check swing at a high fastball for strike three
  • Guerrero pinch hits for Garcia and softly lines to Russell.  Easy inning

Inning 10 - Bottom

  • Peralta in to pitch. Baxter hits the first pitch, a sinking liner into right for a single.
  • Szczur pinch-hitting, and lines one down the third base line where Callaspo is playing in, and can only knock it down.  Runners on 1 and 2.
  • Peralta really slows the game down.  Len and JD note that Jansen isn't even warming up. Well, now he is.  Still....
  • Fowler walks. Bases loaded, no outs, in comes Jansen, and Wood to pinch run for the gimpy Fowler. 
  • Russell squirts one down to first, where Gonzalez, drawn in, bobbles it, but is just able to get the runner at home for the force.  One out, bases still loaded.
  • Five-infield defense, but there's some confusion on how to align the outfield. Pederson in super-short center, Ethier at 2B basically. Left field sort of uncovered. Denorfia up.
  • Denorfia hits a liner to deep center, where Pederson makes a nice over the shoulder catch, and has no hope of getting Szczur at the plate.  Game over, 1-0 cubs.

 

Parachat Recap

Inning 1

  • Greinke's adderall count.
  • Bad cereal names
  • Castro's homemade(?) sign for Caleb. 
  • What rhymes with Caleb?
  • Someone get Kerry Wood a sandwich. 
  • The methhead trucker look.

Inning 2

  • Barney in a silly golf outfit
  • No, Theriot.  Oh, dear god.
  • Northern Lights, if you like that kind of thing.
  • Mixing up your white short-people.
  • Relationship updates.  Bad phrasing.
  • The greatest foul-ball catch of the year.
  • ASCII fail.

Inning 3

  •  What is everyone slacking on?
  • How to Sound Smart on Fangraphs User Comments
  • What women want, according to Crunch: Ollies, Cereal.
  • What women want, according to Mister Whipple:  Beer, Rock and roll.
  • The %%%%% signs censoring our shit.
  • "Parachat blows Santorum"
  • Take a stand for the Ip.
  • %%%% %%%%% stack  (NSFW.  Or really for anything.)
  • This game needs more ____________

Inning 4

  • What's for dinner?
  • Experimenting with fish tacos
  • Things that aren't euphemisms.
  • Sketchy tacos.
  • Hitting on taco trucks
  • Not fucking with organ meat tacos
  • Things that still aren't euphemisms.  I think.
  • Appreciating how Len and J.D. have meshed this year.

Inning 5

  •  Too much HD.
  • Impressive visiages
  • Eastwood-level wrinkling.
  • Why is Joe Kelly trending on twitter?
  • Grading foul ball catching degrees of difficulty

Inning 6

  •  Not the person you would presume, buying Joy Division .mp3s
  • Not the person you would presume, with a Joy Division song stuck in his head.
  • Doom Zydeco and Hatecordian as the music hipsters get music hipstery.  I ~punch2~ the room.
  • I write the Parachat Recaps before they happen.
  • Removing the nostalgic lense through which we view Marky Mark and the Funky Bunch.
  • Text rickrolling
  • Never gonna give you up
  • Is this game lacking pizzaz?  (No.)
  • This is the type of game that______

Inning 7

  •  Where's Jacos?
  • Why Run DMC?  Why Not.
  • Parachat takes over computers. We blame me.
  • There's Jacos.
  • Critiquing the sound guy on the Stretch.
  • (Just the) (filet mignon) beef tip.
  • Cooking with flu, cooking with smoked paprika
  • No causal connections, just life event sequences.

Inning 8

  • Old-school vs. foodie Mac and Cheese
  • Biz is Back
  • Food Truck Purists.
  • 2008 redux. It's Andrew.
  • Ron Paul vs. Rupaul
  • Andrew learns the hard truth: Ip is not Ip.  Cussing is %%%%%%
  • The kid from Mask?  huh?
  • Bosio is rotund.
  • Cubnut meets Cranston. 
  • Who do we let walk in FA in 2016?
  • Keeping me honest, earning my pay.  Oh my.
  • flouncing out of Parachat.
  • Flouncing, defined.  Thanks, whip.
  • 2008 Carlos never left.
  • Things that are pretty open.
  • Twitter handles.
  • Donald Trump and our favorite TCR trolls.
  • Why Carlos unfriends people

Inning 9

  • People friending and networking via Parachat.
  • What we're doing (or not doing) on Twitter
  • Trans the Trend Setter
  • Who is Trans?  (Me.  Duh.)
  • #crunchyolo
  • Who is Everyone?
  • Gay witchcraft beer.
  • Gay witchcraft bees.
  • More on Beers.
  • RALLY CAPS is now Rally Caps.  This is worse than Ip not being Ip.
  • What am I getting paid in?
  • Andrew is distraught over Rally Caps.
  • Whipple invents Rally Italics, or, as Crunch calls it, ralltalics
  • The best definition of Corner Gas ever

Inning 10

  •  Seriously, what am I getting paid in?
  • More admiring of the foul ball catching dad.
  • Not eating Jack's Links
  • Mexican food.
  • Parachat: Sponsored by________
  • Cake farts?  Cake farts.
  • Oh, dear god.
  • (Oh, dear snopes)
  • Fowler on dick.
  • Maxim's view on Doing Kris Bryant
  • Rally Quacks
  • Andrew/Carlos/Crunch teach me what Df is.
  • Jacos, violator of parachat rule
  • Andrew dials... someone...
  • Missing Mike Quade
  • Who is Jon Snow?
  • The historical accuracy of Game of Thrones.
  • Victory

 

Cubs' record in games recapped in 2015:  1-0.

Comments

No promises, as I may have social events Thursday through Saturday, but I really really really want to do some recaps for the Cards series.... Will try to give notice in advance if it's looking like I can.

*puts on the "That Guy" jacket* the "dad catch" was neat and all, but who brings a small child to sit in the front row behind the dugout away from the screen? i just hope it's something he really wasn't thinking about moreso than taking that risk. the kid is pretty much front/center and most likely facing right into the action with no barrier. also, go cubs.

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In reply to by Carlito

As a human being who spent years working as a preschool teacher and hopes to be a dad someday and screams and hollers for the need for pitchers to be required to wear protective head gear and for more protective netting around the park, I whole-heartedly agreee with you.

As a guy writing a piece for TCR and just kicking back and enjoying a game, I say "hell yeah."

But seriously, yeah, if I tried that with my imaginary kid, I would expect my imaginary wife to kill me.  And she'd be right for it.

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In reply to by Carlito

Look at the bright side, fellas. At least he's not going to be one of those parents who don't let their kids out. That baby probably won't be sitting in front of screens playing video games all day getting corpulent. Shit. When I was a kid (Dana Carvey SNL old man character voice) we were outside all day all the time unsupervised. These days a lot of kids are prisoners. Free the kids!!!!

Well, that's it, I'm clearing my calendar for tomorrow night. Thanks for the recap, Trans! Surely you haven't been gone as long as I have??

First time at the "new" Wrigley tonight. New scoreboards are nice, but the big one does dominate the park and overwhelms the traditional CF scoreboard. The effect may be more pronounced at night. Agree with all the comments on the fan catch. The guy's an idiot, but it was hilarious, particularly since Mattingly correctly (although foolishly, I thought) challenged it, which created time for several replays on the JumboTron (or whatever they call them now). Also -- Joc Pedersen is one hell of a CF -- got great breaks on every ball, sprinted to the exact spot and was waiting for the ball to come down. Textbook stuff.

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In reply to by billybucks

Agreed that the new scoreboards can dominate the old one, but I do find it nice that there is limited information overlap between the three so there are a lot of times when the old scoreboard is where to look when you want to check on something.

Adrian Gonzalez on fan interference: "It would've been more impressive if the baby had caught it."

Nice recap, Trans. Yesterday's game was really the poster child for how different this team is from teams past. If any game was meant to be lost through Cubbery, that was it. I was very happy Maddon didn't pinch hit Ross for Denorfia. Or something.

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In reply to by Old and Blue

I didn't mention it in the main recap, but yeah, when the OF lost sight of that fly ball that dropped in, i just assumed we were about to give up a run and lose.  To recover from that, and then to not drop the fly ball where everyone was converging....  man, it's nice to expect good things to happen.

In Southern League all-star game last night, Contreras was 1 for 2 with a walk, and Vogelbach hit a three-run homer in the second inning. Batista, Pena, Black and Francescon contributed an inning or part of an inning to the shutout win.

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In reply to by Rob Richardson

when he was traded there were a lot of people pegging him as a future closer because of control issues and questions of whether he could be a 5+inning starter because of it. hell, that started while he was still a cub. those control issues are part of what allowed him + 2 other guys to come to the cubs for m.derosa to begin with. now he's missing bats and hitting the zone. sigh.

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In reply to by Rob Richardson

Not that I wouldn't love to have Chris Archer right now, but the Cubs lost Archer, Lee, and Chirinos (and somebody else I'm forgetting), got 3+ years of Garza + Carl Edwards Jr., Grimm, Ramirez, and Olt, right? That's not exactly a lopsided result. I mean, I'd take Archer right now over any of those former rangers prospects (no offense to Mike Olt), but they also got Garza for a while.

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In reply to by crunch

Also it is assuming the Cub's old regime wouldn't have screwed up his development. Something along the lines of yo-yoing him between the bullpen and being a starter and shuffling him between Iowa and Chicago. Probably would have already traded him for more prospects, maybe higher quality prospects than Garza got but the end result is about the same. /Cub Fan Fatalism

Last night the Carolina League sent an all-star team to play the California League all stars. Zagunis and Candelario had two hits each for the losing side. Underwood and Martinez represented Myrtle Beach on the mound. (Jonathan Martinez has looked like a nice acquisition via trade for Barney.)

What about the Midwest League all-stars?--you might be wondering. South Bend players were on the winning (East) side, but (Gleyber) Torres, Burks and Brockmeyer were hitless. Null and Farris struck out the five hitters they faced.

 

ABOUT LAST NIGHT: In the top of the 1st Schwarber was summoned to the mound three times by shaky starter Felipe Paulino. Finally they got on the same page. On the base paths a guy stole 3rd standing up without a throw. Probably on Paulino. Another guy stole 2nd and was gunned down trying for 3rd by Alcantara from CF after he scooped up Schwarber’s wild throw. Later Schwarber threw out another thief at 2nd. He also rang up a PB. Olt made an error; a wild throw to 1st. At the plate Olt and Schwarber went 0-7 w/ 3 K’s between them. No action for Neil Ramirez who was slated for some duty in this afternoon’s game which may not happen due to t-storms. We’re playing the Omaha Storm Chasers but it looks more like the storms are doing the chasing right now. There will be better days.

 

Marginally "outduels". The game score is 10 points apart. strikeouts, BB's nearly dead even. Grienke did throw 30+ more pitches. however. The Cubs hit lots of pop ups against him, and he had some 67-72 mph curves that he used most effectively (I thought Castro was gonna fuck his oblique on one swing he missed badly on). Good W however, and a gem by each pitcher for sure.

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In reply to by Rob Richardson

Yes, one by Montero and one by another Cub. However the wind from NWS stated 8mph. I was there also - and don't know... the flags, if anything showed left to right breeze. Stuff hit hard to left could have had more of a chance but nothing was hit really hard enough - or "on a rope" enough to get out.

My impressions from the game yesterday: * I picked a good day to try keeping a scorecard for the first time. It wasn't a real exciting game for the first 9 1/2 innings. * On the fly ball that landed in lala land in the 6th inning- at the time, it was dusk, and the sky was a creamy sort of baseball color, so it's not surprising they lost sight of it. 5 minutes earlier or later and it probably wouldn't have been an issue. Maybe Cub outfielders should be required to carry babies around with them in the outfield- those baby carrying guys tend to catch the ball pretty well. * Rob Richardson is right, the ball wasn't carrying at all. A small breeze from right to left, no humidity, etc, etc. * Castro was noticeably more focused in this game. He wasn't doing any looking around- every pitch he seemed to be very focused on the game. This is a big improvement over the last time I saw Castro play.

Didn't see it live, just on replays, but seemed like Baxter didn't have much of a lead at all at 3B, and then why did he slide into home on a force play? Run through it and try to beat the throw, there won't be a tag. Seemed like a better jump and run there beats the throw given Gonzalez's bobble. But hard to tell from replay. 

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  • crunch (view)

    cubs are dragging their feet on this signing.  i wonder what the scale of the trade they're trying to flesh out is...or if they're scrapping for the best deal on a small move...

    it seems like it would be done or announced it was going to be done in short order if it was a sign-and-cut thing.

  • Arizona Phil (view)

    Childersb3: I can see right away that Cots did not set-aside the $4.25M in potential performance bonuses for Smyly, Gomes, and Imanaga. 

    While Cots doesn't count potential performance bonuses when determining available AAV, clubs do, because if they don't they could find themselves over the CBT threshold at the end of the year. The only time you might not count 100% of a player's potential performance bonus is if two bonuses would cancel each other out (like if two pitchers have a bonus based on Games Finished and the combined total of GF exceeds the number of games In the season so that there is no way both pitchers could max out their bonuses).

    So I subtract potential performance bonuses from available AAV (just like clubs do), even though the bonuses might not be reached. 

    Otherwise, I have $1.67M for the Pre-arb pool, an estimated $17M set-aside for Player Benefit Costs, "dead money" at $13.25M, the estimate collective aggregate minor league "split" salaries for players on the 40 who are on optional assignment to minors at $2M, pre-arb players on 26-man roster collectively at $6M, and season-long off & on aggregate salaries for players replacing players who are on MLB IL estimated at $5M.

    I'd have to look and see if there is a difference in AAV for contracted MLB players' salaries on my list, but if I remember correctly I have it at somewhere around $187M, because when I added the dead money I remember the total was just slightly over $200M.

  • Childersb3 (view)

    AZ Phil, the Cots Baseball Contracts 2024-28 Cubs Spreadsheet shows the following tax numbers for 2024:
    Contract salaries - 186.372mil
    Buyout dead salaries - 13.250mil
    Pre-Arb Players - 5.215mil
    0-3 yr Bonus Pool - 1.67mil
    Injured List - 5.215mil
    40man Players in MiLB - 2.25mil
    Estimated Player Benefits - 17mil

    Cots has the total CBT amount for the Cubs in 2024 at 230.969mil.
    CBT Threshold is 237mil, so 6mil is space.

    Where is Cot's estimations wrong to allow for this 6mil in space?

  • Arizona Phil (view)

    With the $26.67M AAV hit on Bellinger, the Cubs are almost exactly at the CBT threshold if you add the $5M needed to be set aside to pay salaries for players called up from the minors during the course of the season to replace players on the IL and $4.25M in potential performance bonuses (Smyly, Gomes, and Imanaga). 

    It's almost as if the Cubs went to their (self-imposed) absolute max in 2024 payroll AAV space by signing Bellinger to this contract, because going any higher on the Bellinger AAV would mean taking a risk that the team could potentially go over the CBT threshold.   

    So if the Cubs self-imposed 2024 payroll AAV limit is the CBT threshold ($237M AAV), the Cubs are right there right now, with no payroll AAV space available for additional free agent signings and/or players acquired in trades and/or roster additions at the Trade Deadline. That is, unless the Cubs trade Hendricks ($14.5M AAV) and/or Smyly ($10.25M AAV plus an additional $3M in potential performance bonuses). It would also help if the Cubs could somehow jettison Bote's contract ($3M AAV hit). 

    The Cubs could also pick up as much as $10M in AAV space by trading Almonte, Madrigal, Leiter, Wisdom, Merryweather, and Tauchman (or outrighting them and then hoping they elect free-agency and forfeit their contract and salary). 

  • Childersb3 (view)

    Tax issues? Roster Crunch? Securing bullpen (always an issue, no matter how good it is)? Cooper might be better than Wisdom vs LHers (less pop but better hitter). 

    It might be a small deal. Nothing significant.

  • Bill (view)

    What makes you think that a trade is on it's way?  Other than a minor "free up a 40 man slot" trade.

     

  • Childersb3 (view)

    Cubs sign Garrett Cooper to minor league deal and ST invite.

    Supposed platoon competition for Wisdom.

    Peralta and Cooper are interesting vet guys. 

    Especially if a trade occurs here soon.

    Seems like things are headed that way.

  • crunch (view)

    appreciate these when you get the chance.  thanks.  good stuff, as always.

  • Arizona Phil (view)

    Here are the pitcher reports from Sunday's Padres - Cubs game at Sloan Park if anyone is interested: 

    JAVIER ASSAD
    FB: 91-94
    CT: 87-90
    SL: 79-81
    COMMENT: Allowed three runs (two ER), surrendered three hits (two doubles and a single), and walked two in 1.1 IP (39 pitches - 24 strikes)... recorded no strikeouts... four swing & miss (two on FB and two on CT)... too much hard contact... really labored (slogged) in his second inning of work especially and was relieved after a one-out two-run bases-loaded single... 

    BLAKE WHITNEY:
    FB: 91-93 
    SL: 83-85
    COMMENT: Relieved Assad with one out in top of the second and runners on 1st & 2nd and retired both of the batters he faced (L-7 and K-looking) on eight pitches... two swing & miss (both on SL)... has a mediocre FB so he relies heavily on the SL...  
     
    DANIEL PALENCIA
    FB: 95-97 - T-99 
    CH: 89
    COMMENT: 1-2-3 nine-pitch inning (L-5, 4-3, 4-1) although he was behind on the count against every hitter he faced and threw only four strikes... threw eight FB (no swing & miss)... was helped by a spectacular diving catch by Christopher Morel at 3rd base on a frozen rope headed toward LF to retire the inning's lead-off hitter...  

    EDWIN ESCOBAR
    FB: 93-94 
    SL: 83-86 
    CH: 81 
    COMMENT: Surrendered a screaming line-drive HR pulled over LF fence to lead-off batter (RH-hitting Jose Azocar) on his third pitch of the inning (94 MPH FB), then retired the next two hitters (a 5-3 GO and a seven-pitch K-swinging on SL), then walked two and was relieved after throwing 24 pitches (only 11 strikes - two swing & miss)... FB has decent velo but it is very straight & hittable... the two batters that he walked were both LH-hitters... he obviously struggles to throw strikes and so he would probably have difficulty pitching out of an MLB pen...    

    JOSE ROMERO
    FB: 93-94 
    CH: 81 
    COMMENT: Came into game with two outs and runners on 1st and 2nd and immediately threw a WP, and then retired the one batter he faced on a 6-3 GO on his fifth pitch after starting the AB by throwing three consecutive balls... no swing & miss... 

    CAM SANDERS
    FB: 97-98
    SL/CT: 88 
    CH: 83
    CV: 80 
    COMMENT: Mixed high-octane FB with three different secondaries... worked fast and retired the side 1-2-3 on nine pitches (K-swinging, 6-3, K-looking)... threw eight strikes and only one ball... If he can throw strikes while maintaining velo like he did today he could be a high-leverage MLB RP...

    CHRIS CLARKE
    FB: 91-93 
    SL: 82-84 
    CH: 81 
    COMMENT: Nibbled his way through the inning... needed 27 pitches (18 strikes) to retire the side... five foul balls and only one swing & miss... allowed two runs (both unearned thanks to a Moises Ballesteros boot at 1st base to start the inning) on three hits (all singles)... no walks & no strikeouts... he is a "pitch-to-contact" type and he fits the profile of a pitcher with the ceiling of a AAA 5th starter... can't see him being of any use working out of the pen... 

    FRANKIE SCALZO JR
    FB: 95-96 
    SL/CT: 89 
    CH: 83
    CV: 78-81 
    COMMENT: Threw a shutout inning although he did allow a hard-hit two-out double... needed 21 pitches (13 strikes - only one swing & miss and six foul balls) to retire the side... has the pitch repertoire of a multi-inning "bulk" guy... 

    RILEY MARTIN
    FB: 93-94
    SL: 81-84 
    COMMENT: Threw a shutout inning (13 pitches - only seven strikes - no swing & miss).. allowed a hard-hit two-out double... alternated FB/SL...  

    CAYNE UECKERT
    FB: 94-97 
    SL: 83-85 
    COMMENT: Worked one inning and allowed a run on back-to-back two-out doubles (one smoked into the CF-RF gap and the other looped into short RF)... threw 12 pitches (11 strikes - two swing & miss)...
     

  • crunch (view)

    busch and suzuki start monday.  busch had minor shoulder soreness early in camp.  no idea why suzuki was held back until game 3, maybe nothing.