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Last updated 2-27-2024
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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

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

Miguel Amaya
Yan Gomes

Jorge Alfaro 
Pablo Aliendo
Joe Hudson 
Haydn McGeary
* Bryce Windham

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

David Bote 
Matt Shaw 
* Dominic Smith
Chase Strumpf 

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

* Owen Caissie  
* David Peralta

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Cubs @ Cardinal: Series Thread (Games 75-76)

The Cubs and Cardinals travel to London to show off the Great American Pastime across the pond. With extra days off to accommodate travel, the Cubs are able to line up their top starting pitchers and hold Drew Smyly for a potential relief appearance. See below for matchupa.

Game 75, Saturday, June 24, 12:10 pm central
CHC: LHP Justin Steele (7-2, 2.71 ERA)
STL: RHP Adam Wainwright (3-1, 5.56 ERA)

Game 76, Sunday, June 26, 9:10 am central
CHC: RHP Marcus Stroman (9-4, 2.28 ERA)
STL: RHP Jack Flaherty (4-5, 4.95 ERA)


Home plate umpire must have confused Madrigal with Dave Winfield on that way too high called strike three - brutal. 

plane trip didn't do flaherty much good.  sunday starter TBA (pending overnight health change) with flaherty experiencing hip tightness.

cubs wearing an ad-patch for Advocate Health on their sleeves.  both teams have batting helmet ads for Capital One.  the ad creep keeps creeping...

Medical news reported by MLBTR site and I’ll add my 2 cents worth. 1) Cody Heuer: his pitching elbow injury was a fracture and he has had season ending surgery to repair this. His TJ surgery must have held but he probably developed a nearby stress fracture that became a more definitive fracture with the acute injury and matches his severe pain when the fracture occurred. 2) Brandon Hughes: his knee apparently is arthritic and being so young they don’t do joint replacement (yet). The alternative is an osteotomy which cuts the bone and changes where the weight bearing area is to shift it away from the arthritic side. Medial compartment arthritis gets a proximal tibial osteotomy (bone below knee).  Lateral compartment arthritis gets a distal femoral osteotomy (bone above knee) which is the operation that Hughes apparently had. Obviously, the weight shifting brace he was trying didn’t work. I don’t know of any pro ball players who have undergone an osteotomy and returned to the mlb level. In non-pro athletes, when osteotomy works, the results can buy 5-10 years of relief and then partial or total joint replacement comes into play but that’s more common in patients in their 40’s. A few pros have had joint replacement (i.e. Bo Jackson, hip) but they had at best short returns that didn’t last. His knee has already been scoped and I suspect non-surgical alternatives such as injections of plasma rich protein or hyaluronic acid were considered or even tried already before considering osteotomy. Assuming the meniscus is badly worn along with significant articular cartilage damage (which is the arthritis), Lateral meniscal transplant is more difficult and less successful but is on the list of considerations too. 

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In reply to by Cubster

i would be more upset if the cubs issues with pitching were more severe and these guys had more going on than upside.  heuer's always trended a bit wild and hughes gives up too many hard hits, especially homers.  still, losing any options that are young and cheap isn't a good thing.

cubs win, brews lose, reds lose...woo.  it's nice this matters.  a couple weeks ago it seems like this wouldn't matter.

angels/rockies game is crazy.  angels up 23-0...going into the 5th.  every angels hitter has 2-4 hits except ohtani (1 hit).  3 pitchers used by COL so far, all getting destroyed.

More on injuries from the Sunday Tribune.

Canario is back and supposedly ahead of schedule. Played in 5 AZ games with 4 extra base hits.

Heuer also had ulnar nerve anterior transposition which makes sense because fixing the fracture required hardware that needed to be placed very near the normal course of the nerve (right in the area referred to the “crazy bone”). This moves the nerve out of the way to a safe place. The TJ ligament repair/reconstruction is also nearby, so they can see directly that is was OK.


Hughes had his knee drained this year which means he probably, at the time it gets drained, had something injected such as hyaluronic acid or a corticosteroid. Obviously, that was helpful only to a limited extent. 


Topps (the baseball card company) does an on-demand limited availability "Topps Now" set on daily acheivements and notable things that happen in games.  it's a total cash grab.  they already have "London Series" cards + certified memorabilia cards (jersey pieces, bases, etc) available.  crazy.

paul goldschmidt has a game-used base relic card for being the first player to play an official MLB game in 5 countries.  there's only 189 available and it sold out in less than 5 minutes (at $139 each).

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In reply to by crunch

A few years ago I spoke with the Head of Ecommerce for Topps. I hold a similar position and he was a client reference for a vendor I was vetting.  It was more a dev side than a marketing side call discussion but the psychology of the collectibles business is unique.  They have to estimate the inherent demand for an event (for example commemorating a Yankees rookie hitting their first homer versus a Marlins rookie would have more inherent customer interest) and then finding the best qty and price point to optimize total revenue.  Curious with all the AI breakthroughs how it has evolved since then.

It also takes a really nimble tech and marketing team to go live with a product shortly after somebody hitting their first home run.  Way more interesting conversation than talking to the gazzillinth women's fashion brand.

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In reply to by Sonicwind75

i'm a vintage collector and don't mess with the new stuff, but there are crazy revenue streams in the new stuff.  artificial scarcity is the name of the game and it's done cheaply.  make a card border a different color and stamp #/10 on it...boom, hobby places an insane value on it.  it's a very low-effort product for high reward for whoever holds the card.  that allows the manufacturer to place crazy prices on boxes/cases.

as a collector, the cost to "buy in" is so big that if i want a modern card, i just buy the card outright rather than playing the lottery buying boxes/packs.

Fanatics (soon to own everything sports related, it seems) currently owns Topps (for about a year) and their main focus is gaining more money out of the collecting ecosphere.  they're all over the place right now, but they have the resources to throw everything at a wall and see what sticks.

Today, Ben Brown had his second start against Memphis in the past week and did not fare well: pulled in the first inning with two outs after throwing 38 pitches (21 strikes). Gave up 3 hits, 3 walks, 1 hit batsman, 6 R, 6 ER, and 2 Ks. Happens - hopefully bounces back in his next start. 

Pleased owner of a print of Tim’s marquee du jour. Actually, I don’t own it. I gave it as a gift to our son. It hangs in his home so I do have visitation rights.

Oddly, the only games the I-Cubs lost in their six-game set w/ the Redbirds (Memphis branch-“The Des Moines Series”) were BB’s 2 starts.

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 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 brainer, team not'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.