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59 players are at MLB Spring Training 

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19 players are MLB Spring Training NON-ROSTER INVITEES (NRI) 

Last updated 2-6-2024
 
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PITCHERS: 22
Yency Almonte
Adbert Alzolay 
Michael Arias
Javier Assad
Ben Brown
Jose Cuas
Kyle Hendricks
Porter Hodge
* Bailey Horn
* 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: 4  
Jorge Alfaro 
Pablo Aliendo
Joe Hudson 
* Bryce Windham

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

NRI INFIELDERS: 3 
David Bote 
Matt Shaw 
Chase Strumpf 

OUTFIELDERS: 7
Kevin Alcantara
Alexander Canario
* Pete Crow-Armstrong
Brennen Davis
# Ian Happ
Seiya Suzuki
* Mike Tauchman 

NRI OUTFIELDERS: 1 
* Owen Caissie  
 



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Pirates @ Cubs: Nova vs Quintana (Game 158)

PIT (80-76): RHP Ivan Nova (9-9, 4.01)
CHC (91-66): LHP José Quintana (13-11, 4.11)
First pitch: 7:05pmCST

Quintana gave up 5 ER in as many innings and lost to the White Sox on Friday. He had a no-decision in Pittsburgh (5 IP, 1 ER) on August 19. Overall, the Pirates are 11-52 (.212) against him. Dickerson is 4-9

Nova, who had a no-decision against the Brewers his last time out (4.1 IP, 1 ER), is 2-1 with a 2.33 in three starts against the Cubs this season. For their careers, these Cubs are 41-176 (.233) against him. Happ is 4-17 with 3 HR, and Contreras is 5-11.

Lester and Williams tomorrow at the same time.

Go Cubs!

Comments

The Brian Duensing Watch: If he pitches in two more regular season games, Duensing's 2019 salary will escalate $250K to $3.75M. (Otherwise will be $3.5M). 

Tyler Chatwood Walk Watch: Despite not having pitched for 17 days, Tyler Chatwood still leads MLB in walks (by nine over Lucas Giolito, who has thrown 168 more innings than Chatwood). 

Hitting 366/400/521, Cubs minor league catcher Ali Solis has helped lead los Sultanes de Monterrey to the Mexican League de la Zona Norte championship and a berth in Serie del Rey (the Mexican League Championship Series) versus the eventual winner of the Mexican League de la Zona Sur series between Mexico City and Oaxaca (which is still in process).

In addition to Solis, los Sultanes feature ex-Cub minor league pitchers Darin Downs and Nick Struck. But the problem for Solis is that he is still under contract to the Cubs and was only loaned to Monterrey, and a player under contract to an MLB organization who is loaned to a Mexican League club must be returned to the MLB organization no later than September 30th (which is when Serie de Rey begins). So it will be interesting to see if the Cubs release Solis so that he can sign with Monterrey (which is his hometown team) and remain eligible to play in Serie de Rey, or if he is returned to the Cubs organization on Sunday. Again, Solis is playing for his hometown team, and it may mean a lot to him to try and help lead los Sultanes to the Mexican League championship (which would be Monterrey's tenth Mexican League championship and their first since 2007).

Los Sultanes have the largest stadium in the Mexican League, and if MLB ever does expand to Mexico, Monterrey would probably be the most-likely location (1.35 million population, the second wealthiest city in Mexico, capital of the state of Nuevo Leon -- which borders Texas, and only 400 miles from Houston). 

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In reply to by Arizona Phil

The Cubs have sold the contract of catcher Ali Solis to los Sultanes de Monterrey so he will be able to play for his hometown team in Serie del Rey (the Mexican League Championship series) starting this week. The Cubs had loaned Solis to Monterrey in August, but minor league players who are loaned to Mexican League clubs must be returned to their MLB organization no later than September 30th.  

Also, RHRP Mario Meza has been returned to AA Tennessee from Yucatan. 

Baez swinging at a 3-0 pitch with runners on 1st and 2nd and no out is absurd.  He got damn lucky it was an error and not a double play. 

What was the review on Heyward's foul ball about?  I'm following the game on Gameday and and there was no other explanation other than the Pirates called for the review of a boundary call and the call was upheld.

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In reply to by JoePepitone

it hit off the net and the PIT catcher caught it behind the plate with the home ump calling it an out...but the 3rd base ump saw it and was like "home ump dude, wasn't a catch, it hit off the net" and the home ump was like "a'ite" and after a short delay it was ruled a foul ball.

Cardinals player trips and falls on his face between 3rd and home.  Would have scored easily on an error to tie the game in the 8th.

Apparently the Cardinals think screwing the Cubs is more important than making the playoffs.

wow...this game was inches from being tied...well, not inches...but damn close off the top of the wall under the nets.

This is all very well deserved.  Can’t put the game away at the plate, can’t throw a damn strike with a 4 run lead, fans can’t let players catch the ball, no closer.   Good stuff all around

Feels like this game will be a microcosm of the season. Should be all good, gets sideways and yet to be determined. 

I was personally rooting for Gore to try a straight steal of home to end the game.  Almora Jr. ruined my fun.

Very realistic chance Cubs and Dodgers meet in the wildcard game.  That would seem like fitting misery for both teams.  I’m sure we’d handle Kershaw well.

alternatively, we’d face the Brewers or Dodgers in the first round of the division series.  Heh.

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In reply to by blockhead25

BLOCKHEAD: The Dodgers have Hill-Ryu-Kershaw lined up to pitch FRI-SAT-SUN at SF, with Buehler to start a tie-breaker game on Monday (if necessary) or else the Wild Card game on Tuesday (if the Dodgers don't win the division and don't have to play a tie-breaker game but are Wild Card team #2). So it would be good (for the Cubs, if they are Wild Card team #1) for the Dodgers to have to start Buehler in a tie-breaker game on Monday and then have to pitch Ross Stripling (or Rich Hill on three days rest) in the Wild Card game on Tuesday. 

Also, the Giants pushed-back Madison Bumgarner's final start of the season to Friday vs Dodgers (Bumgarner will be starting on six days rest).

Something else to remember about a possible Brewers at Cubs N. L. Central Championship tie-breaker game on Monday is that it would - NOT - be an elimination game (for either club), but the Wild Card game on Tuesday is a one-and-done elimination game. Therefore, it would not be wise to get too crazy about trying to win a tie-braker game on Monday (if there is one) if it means adversely affecting the club's chance to win the Wild Card game on Tuesday (for the club that loses the tie-breaker game). So while winning the tie-breaker game would be desirable (because then you avoid having to play in the Wild Card game), winning the Wild Card game is absolutely imperative. 

When Gore pinch-ran, I thought the play was to have him steal then have Freeman bunt him to third.  Odd sequence.

AZ Phil, so if we tie the Brewers, the head to head record of 11-8 against them means nothing for the Division? 

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In reply to by Childersb3

Childrrsb3: It means the Cubs get the home-field in a Game #163 tie-breaker game with the Brewers to determine the N. L. Central Champion. Otherwise it has no significance.

Also, because of head-to-head records, the Cardinals would get home-field in a Game #163 tie-breaker game with either the Rockies or the Dodgers to determine Wild Card team #2 because the Cardinals won the season-series against both the Dodgers and the Rockies, and the Dodgers would get the home-field in a Game #163 tie-breaker game with the Rockies to determine the N. L. West Champion because Dodgers won their season-series with the Rockies. However, if the Cardinals, Dodgers, and Rockies finish with the same regular-season record and so it's a three-way tie and the Rockies play at Dodgers on Monday in a Game #163 tie-breaker to determine the N. L. West Champ and then the loser of that game plays the Cardinals on Tuesday in a Game #164 to determine the N. L. Wild Card team #2, the Cardinals automatically get home field for that game. (The Cardinals actually have home-field over both the Dodgers and Rockies anyway, but if they didn't, they would get home-field in a Game #164 by virtue of the team they play having lost the tie-breaker game for N. L. Division Champ the day before).

Also, if the Cubs were to tie the Braves for the same regular-season record, the Braves would play the Wild Card winner in the NLDS because although the head-to-head record between the Cubs and Braves is 3-3, the Braves have a better intra-division record in the N. L. East than the Cubs do in the N. L. Central. (The Brewers own the tie-breaker over the Braves if they finish with the same record because the Brewers won the season-series with the Braves). This tie-breaker between the Braves and Cubs also would apply if the Cubs were to play the Braves in the NLCS. (But again, the Braves would get home-field only if the Braves and Cubs finish with the same regular-season record, and presently the Braves are three games behind the Cubs with four games to play -- the "magic number" for the Cubs to clinch a better regular-season record than the Braves is 2 going into Thursday's games). But if the Braves and/or Dodgers and Rockies have the same regular-season record and the Dodgers or Rockies are N. L. West Champions and one of them plays the Braves in the NLDS or NLCS, the Dodgers and Rockies (just like the Brewers) get home-field over the Braves because (like the Brewers) both the Dodgers and the Rockies won their season-series with the Braves.

BTW, I don't know why intra-division records would trump intra-league records when determining home field in the NLDS, NLCS, and World Series (if both clubs have the same regular-season record and are either tied head-to-head or in the case of a World Series match-up may not have played each other that season), but it does. In my opinion intra-division records should be a tie-breaker for home field only if it's a tie-breaker game between two teams from the same division to determine the division champion (like if the Cubs play the Brewers to determine N. L. Central Champ) where both clubs are tied head-to-head (which is not the case this year with the Cubs and Brewers, and would never be the case if clubs within a division play an odd number of games against each other). Otherwise intra-league games should be the tie-breaker, in my opinion.

And in the case of a World Series tie-breaker for home-field, I think that inter-league records should be the #1 tie-breaker instead of intra-division (or even the club's intra-league record). But inter-league records mean nothing in a tie-breaker for World Series home-field. Apparently MLB owners want the games played within a club's own division to mean the most and then games played within a club's own league to matter next-most and games played against clubs from the other league (inter-league games) don't matter at all (except as they might apply to a club's overall regular-season record).

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In reply to by Arizona Phil

If the Cubs do play the Brewers in a Game #163 tie-breaker game on Monday to determine N. L. Central Division champion, Jose Quintana would be in-line to start the game for the Cubs, and Quintana has pitched very well in five of his six starts versus Milwaukee in 2018. (Quintana has been the most-effective Cub starter versus the Brewers this season).

Also keep in mind that although the game does not count in the standings, individual player stats from a tie-breaker game do count toward a player's regular-season stats.

And again, it would - NOT - be an elimination game, so the loser lives to fight another day (in the N. L. Wild Card game, which - IS - an elimination game).

Recent comments

  • George Altman (view)

    Cody Bellinger  - 3/$80 with opt outs each year. Now, LFG!!

    Per Jeff Passan

  • crunch (view)

    ump's zone almost all game was really small.

    nice to see b.davis do something decent.  him, stumpf, and bote hit homers.  bote generally owns spring before settling into his role as a highly paid minor leaguer.

  • crunch (view)

    smyly didn't look great in the 1st, but the ump was squeezing the zone a bit too tight.  some of those called balls should have been strikes.

  • Dolorous Jon Lester (view)

    Phil, is CJ healthy enough to have a shot at the opening day roster?

  • Dolorous Jon Lester (view)

    Agreed crunch. I feel like the team could have taken themselves from “has a chance at the division” to “definite division favorite.”

  • crunch (view)

    yeah, i like the team.

    my main complaint isn't that they won't be competitive, rather that they could be even more competitive given their resources.  there's still time to add on, and they have 10s of millions to do it without going past their self-imposed limitations.  whether these limitations should exist or be way more flexible is up for debate, but we have what the owners give the front office to work with.

    some of the sites doing wins predictions have CHC at or just below STL for taking the NL Central.

    it's also nice knowing if some of the kids expected to break with the team don't work out, there's a good amount of kids near-MLB ready to hedge some of the failures...a few non-roster vets, too (peralta/d.smith/cj edwards).  no guarantees, but it's nice to have around.

    i feel good about 2024 even without additions, but i'm still expecting an addition until the "Boras 4" are off the market.

    if the cubs we see today are the cubs we get going into opening day, i will be disappointed, but i still think they got a shot at the playoffs.

  • Charlie (view)

    My takeaway from the first Spring Training game of the year: It's really refreshing to have a slew of exciting young players in a season that should not be a total punt at the MLB level. It's been a while. 

  • crunch (view)

    cease has a 8m deal and 2 years of club control.  he wouldn't be cheap.

    dunno if the rumored talent given up is worth it, but if the wsox want a return on cease there's no time like now considering the very low 2024 price tag.

    the cheap price incentive for a full year vs. mid-season addition seems like a wash in potential return.

    wicks could immediately slot in as a starter on most teams.  also, the cubs already have a couple of solid lefty starters slotted in for at least the next 4 years.

  • Childersb3 (view)

    Mully and Haugh Chicago Radio says that folks within Cubs front office now believe a Belli ddeal will get done. Also, White Sox wanted to see Wicks, Mervis and Vazquez today for a possible Cease deal. 

    That can't be real. But, the Sox have been overpricing Cease.

  • Arizona Phil (view)

    Most of you have probably seen the game, but for anyone who might have missed it here are the Cubs pitcher reports from Friday's Cubs - White Sox game at Sloan Park... 

    JORDAN WICKS
    FB: 91-93 
    CT: 88-90 
    SL: 80-81 
    CH: 78-83 
    COMMENT: Threw 1.2 IP (40 pitches - 23 strikes - six swing & miss) and mixed-up his pitches well... FB velo went down a tick in his second inning of work... looked a bit fatigued in second inning... allowed two hits and no walks and struck out one... gave up an oppo-field line drive solo HR to a AA RH hitter on a 92 MPH FB... should have easily finished off second inning but made careless error on weak tap in front of mound on his 24th pitch of the inning with catcher running and then made another error trying to grip the ball to make a throw to 1st (only one error was charged of course)... he just looked gassed as he walked off the field...  

    HUNTER BIGGE
    FB: 95-98 
    CH: 87-88 
    SL: 81 
    COMMENT: Faced one batter (strikeout looking) to finish second inning... 8 pitches (5 strikes - no swing & miss)... showed high velo FB but couldn't command secondaries... has had shoulder issues off & on in minors... throws with infielder-type short-arm motion "out of his ear" (he was a two-way player -- 3B/RHP -- in college)...
       
    CALEB KILIAN:
    FB: 96-99
    CH: 84-86
    SL: 81-82 
    COMMENT: Threw two very efficient innings... dominant outing... needed only 24 pitches (16 strikes - six swing & miss)... 6 up / 6 down (K-swing on 98 FB, 4-3 GO on 98 FB, 5-3 GO on SL, 6-3 GO on 97 FB,  K-swing on 99 FB, and F-8 on SL)... held high FB velo in both innings (he was consistently sitting on 98 in both innings and he hit 99 once in each inning) and looked like he could have gone longer...  

    RICHARD LOVELADY
    FB: 89-92
    SL: 81-84 
    COMMENT: Your run of the mill generic FB/SL lefty reliever... had an easy 13-pitch (8 strikes) 1-2-3 inning with two strikeouts (both swinging) on low 90's FB and a weak pop fly to CF...  

    JOSE CUAS
    FB: 92-94 
    SL: 81-83 
    COMMENT: Threw a scoreless inning (20 pitches - 15 strikes - four swing & miss, two on FB and two on SL)... although he did strike out two -- both swinging -- and threw 75% strikes, he had some difficulty putting hitters away (eight foul balls among his 20 pitches)... allowed an infield single that probably would have been a 6-3 GO if an MLB player was playing SS (Jefferson Rojas did not play the ball aggressively and he was a half-step too late with his "casual" throw to 1st base)... 

    THOMAS PANNONE
    FB: 84-85 
    CH: 82 
    CV: 70-73 
    COMMENT: Soft-tossing lefty who throws a LOT of mid-80's cutters and a very slow CV... 13-pitch (10 strike) 1-2-3 inning with one K (looking) on a cutter... got three swing & miss, all on cutters...  

    BAILEY HORN
    FB: 92-95 
    SL: 85 
    CV: 78-79 
    COMMENT: Threw an 11-pitch (8 strikes - two swing & miss) 1-2-3 inning with two strikeouts (both looking)... broke three bats and induced some weak contact foul balls and a pathetic "mushy" pop fly(?) infield out that wasn't exactly a line drive and wasn't exactly a pop up either...    

    PORTER HODGE
    FB: 94-95 
    CT: 90-92 
    SL: 82-85 
    COMMENT: Threw a 21-pitch scoreless inning to finish off the game... surrendered a walk and a single but also induced a game-ending 6-4-3 DP... one strikeout (swinging) and that was his only swing & miss... he looked a bit uncomfortable on the mound (he seemed kind of hyper while warming up in the pen, too) and had major command issues with FB (threw only 8 strikes out of his 17 FB and went to ball three count on three of the four hitters he faced)... he would appear to be nowhere near ready for MLB and maybe not ready for AAA (yet) either...