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37 players are on the MLB RESERVE LIST (three slots are open)

Last updated 11-17-2023
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Adbert Alzolay 
Michael Arias
Javier Assad
Ben Brown
Jose Cuas
Kyle Hendricks
Porter Hodge
* Bailey Horn
Caleb Kilian
Mark Leiter Jr
* Luke Little
Julian Merryweather
Daniel Palencia
Michael Rucker
* Drew Smyly
* Justin Steele
Jameson Taillon
Keegan Thompson
Hayden Wesneski 
* Jordan Wicks

Miguel Amaya
Yan Gomes

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

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


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Cubs @ Reds: Series Thread (Games 134-137)

The Cubs closed out August by squeezing two wins from a three-game set against the Brewers at Wrigley. The barely present offense couldn't overcome a poor inning from Taillon to open the series. But Steele, Hendricks and the bullpen gutted out a pair of one-run wins to bring the Cubs to three back in the Central and to retain the second Wild Card spot.

The Cubs will begin September with a four-game series, including a Friday doubleheader, against the Reds in Cincinnati. The Cubs have an opportunity here to put the Reds even further back in the division and Wild Card races. Over the last ten games, the Reds have gone 5-5, falling further behind both the Brewers and the Cubs in that span. The Reds offense has been quite limited in those ten games. Nick Martini and Matt McClain have done most of the heavy lifting. The Cubs offense has been negligibly better, putting plenty of pressure on their pitching staff and defense.

Continue below for daily matchups as the Cubs enter the final-ish month of the 2023 regular season.


[Edit: The Cubs are getting RHP Shane Greene and OF Alexander Canario for this series as well.]

Game 134, Friday, September 1, 12:10 pm central
CHC: LHP Jordan Wicks (1-0, 1.80 ERA)
CIN: RHP Graham Ashcraft (7-8, 4.73 ERA)

Wicks made his debut on the 26th, allowing a leadoff homerun and a walk before shutting down the Pirates offense for the remainder of his 5.0 innings. He struck out nine and dazzled with his changeup. He should have the remaining month to help the Cubs make the playoffs and to make the case for keeping himself in the mix for October.

Ashcraft debuted for the Reds in 2022 and has picked up basically where he left off, pitching like a valuable back to mid rotation starter. A mid-90s fastball with cutting action is his primary weapon, and righties have fared better than lefties off him across his MLB career.

Game 135, Friday, September 1, 5:40 pm central
CHC: TBD [Edit: RHP Shane Greene selected from AAA Iowa]

Game 136  Saturday, September 2, 5:40 pm central
CHC: RHP Javier Assad (3-2, 2.96 ERA)
CIN: LHP Andrew Abbot (8-4, 3.35 ERA)

Assad gets the assignment against the Reds best pitcher. He's been somewhat of a surprise success himself, getting good results and filling an important depth role for the Cubs despite a weak strikeout to walk ratio. His last start was the best of his career thus far, earning him a win on seven innings of one-run ball. He struck out seven along the way.

The lefty, Abbott, was a 2nd round pick only two years ago. He made his MLB debut on June 5 and has been the best Reds starter since then. He's been devastating against lefties in particular, against whom his strikeout to walk ratio is better than seven to one.

Game 137, Sunday, September 3, 11:10 am central
CHC: RHP Jameson Taillon (7-9, 5.62 ERA)
CIN: LHP Brandon Williamson (4-4, 4.20 ERA)

Taillon got off to a rough start in his last outing and gave up a pair of homeruns, five total runs, and two earned runs on his way to a loss at the hands of the Brewers. He pulled things together after the first. He'll need to lock in his command more consistently to help the Cubs down the stretch--any one bad inning has an outsized importance from here out.

Williamson was a second round pick back in 2019 and made his MLB debut on May 16. He's held his spot in the rotation since then, relying heavily on a plus cutter. Lefties have slugged only .286 off of him.


10 games over .500 !!  it's september and we're watching cubs baseball that matters...been a while.

legit day/night fan difference for this double-header.  the day game had a heavy cubs fan presence, but there's a heavy reds lean for the night game.

dragging their feet on the saturday lineup.  lefty on the mound...could see the a.canario debut and it'll be interesting if they slot him into CF.

crazy D and pitching performances through 6ip.  3 pickoffs, 3 caught stealing, and some extremely close plays for both teams.

wait...caus coming into a bases loaded, 1 out, tie game...out of everyone in the pen, this is the choice?


Leiter needs to get his splitter back

He didn't have it earlier this week vs Brewers either.

If Greene was starting this weekend than why was he the call-up?

Luke Little please!

And, calling Canario up is a good story. We'll earned for him. But don't call him to sit the whole month. He could still be getting reps in Iowa. There's still time to play him if that's the plan, but I hope he doesn't sit the whole time.

it worked, but bringing masterboney up to a bases loaded 0 out situation is a bunch of bullshit.  dross sees a scoring situation and immediately starts looking around for madrigal or masterboney on the bench.

2 days ago k.thompson put in 2 innings and 28 pitches.  brining him out after short rest is the same kind of stuff he didn't do well with earlier in the year in AAA or the majors.

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In reply to by crunch

...and it didn't work out this time, either.  i still don't get the obsession with trying to turn him into a reliever, but there's a lot of things i don't get about pitcher management with this club.

are the cubs waiting on a special occasion to use their useless s.greene callup?  he could have worked a 8 and 9th inning in a blowout.  he's rested as hell and they were using him as a starter in AAA.

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In reply to by crunch

They could do Greene, but everyone else was used recently either for multiple innings or back to back days.

Keegan has thrown less than just about everyone else this yr. 

Really no options if Greene isn't a real option.

Which if he isn't a real option, then why is he up there to begin with ?

I'm not a fan of Rucker, but he's been on the majors this year unlike Greene.

I'd have L. Little up there but I'd play all the young guys.

15-7 game and they still cant find an AB for canario.  looks like greene will make the debut he should have made last inning, though.

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In reply to by Dolorous Jon Lester

i assume there's more to it and he's working on stuff behind the scene, but it don't get more low-risk than pinching hitting for the DH in the top 9th with a 8 run lead.  he didn't even have to slot into the OF to finish the game.  go swing, kid...we get back on the plane and hit up wrigley tomorrow.  have fun.

canario and morel are nothing hardcore special even if they're good pieces.  they'll both K a bit too much and hit homers.  they're also both MLB-ready with little more to do with the minors.  this is a team gearing up to go on a multi-year run at the post-season.  the "rebuild" is over.  we gonna find out the value of these guys to the team or what?

they need to figure something out because they have y.perlaza and PCA in AAA that are near to tasting the bigs, too.

And that last AB by Belli should've been Canario's debut!

Up 8 in the 9th and you don't let the rookie get one AB?

Come on

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  • crunch (view)

    thomas hatch is going to fight ham in japan.  he was on PIT's 40-man.

  • crunch (view)

    morel played somewhere besides 3rd and SS...he got 8 innings in CF, 2 putouts and an assist.

  • crunch (view)

    ryan flaherty new cubs bench coach.

  • crunch (view)

    bellinger wins comeback player of the year.  the AL winner was liam hendricks and his 5ip before he got tommy john...setting himself up for a 2025 shot at the award.

  • Bill (view)

    I hope that Perlaza goes on to have a successful career.  On most Cubs teams prior to the current administration, he would have been one of their more highly ranked prospects.  As far as the others are concerned, one or more may well go on to be much better than expected, but unfortunately there is no way to tell which one at the present time.  You can't keep everyone.

  • crunch (view)

    s.gray signs with the cards...3/75m

  • Arizona Phil (view)

    Another one of the nine Cubs post-2023 Rule 9 minor league 6YFA has signed, as RHP Carlos Guzman (acquired from the Tigers for Zack McKinstry at the end of Spring Training) signed a 2024 minor league contract with the Mets. 


    So RHRP Yovanny Cruz (SD), C-INF P. J. Higgins (CIN), and now Carlos Guzman (NYM) have already signed 2024 minor league contracts with new MLB organizations, and OF Yonathan Perlaza is headed for Korea (Hanhwa Eagles).

  • crunch (view)

    ...and back to 3rd for another game.  at this point i'm gonna hang back and when/if he actually plays 1st then i'll find it notable.  i am glad he's playing a good amount of 3rd, though...give the club one more good look at him there.  shrug

  • crunch (view)

    morel played SS last night (no errors)...hit a homer and a double.  he's got 2 of both in 19PA.

  • crunch (view)

    e.escobar was throwing 95-97mph on his fastball in 2023.