No Magic Left in the Desert--Diamondbacks 9 Cubs 0

The Cubs did fans a favor by allowing most to turn in at a reasonable hour. Cole Hamels was due for a rough outing and it coming in game 30 scheduled for 30 straight. The Diamondbacks jumped out to an early lead. Jon Jay bounced a groundball back up the middle to start the Arizona onslaught. He had to switch spots wiht Ildemaro Vargas. Ketel Marte singled and Christian Walker did his best Paul Goldschmidt impression with a home run to dead center. Patrick Kivlehan tripled with one out, and he scored on a two out Chris Owings single.

Hamels settled in and faced the minimum through five innings. Despite the big lead surrendered, Hamels pitch count was very low heading into the sixth inning, but hopes for another clean frame were dashed quickly. Kivlehan tripled with Kris Bryant unable to play the tricky caroom in left. Nick Ahmed drove him in and reached second on a Bryant misplay. It didn't matter much as Chris Owings made it a touchdown lead for Arizona.

The Cubs offense did little all night. Robbie Ray gave up a leadoff single to Addison Russell. He then struck out the next three Cubs batters he faced. That would be the only hit the Cubs registered on the evening. Ray would scatter four walks as well on his way to six scoreless frames. The Cubs could do nothing as Brad Ziegler, Yoshihisa Hirano, and Andrew Chafin each pitched clean frames.

The Diamondbacks added a safety against the Cubs bullpen. Allen Webster made his Cubs debut pitching in the eighth inning. He retired the first Arizona hitters, but Chris Owings smacked a single to keep the inning alive. Jeff Mathis then hit his first home run of the season to extend the Diamondbacks lead to 9-0. Webster retired Socrates Brito to end the inning, and the game had already been well out of reach for the tired bats.

The Cubs finally get a day off.

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A recap posted on the calendar day after the game started locally featuring one hit for the away side. This clip works on so many levels right now.

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  • Two points. Why bring up another aged, stoop shouldered veteran like Webster when there's a guy like Mekkes who could use the experience. Webster can't be in any long term plans but Mekkes has been successful through all levels and did well at AAA. Cubs Insider recently had an excellent article about him and his 6' 7" frame.
    Lastly Bryant makes me ill. 4 Ks again tonite and two misplays in the outfield. Pouting like a little girl.

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    In reply to veteran:

    You make some good points, but was Dakota Mekkes a former top prospect for the Boston Redsox? One thing about Theo and Co, they are very loyal and borderline stubborn when it comes to "their" players.

    Like you I think they should have brought Mekkes or Underwood up when rosters expanded. Then brought the other one up when Strop went down/ Morrow done for the season.

    It would almost make sense if Webster had some big time experience and former success in the big leagues as a closer or something. He hasn't pitched in the bigs in 3 years and when he last did, he wasn't even that good.

    There has to be something up w Mekkes/Underwood that we don't know. They must have evaluated them internally and believe they can't help this year nor would the experience of being w the big league team would help them now. Maybe they are battling some small injuries/fatigue?

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    In reply to Jim Odirakallumkal:

    I believe Dakota out of Michigan State was drafted by the cubs around the fifth round

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    I was talking about Webster being a top prospect of the redsox which is why maybe he got the 1st try ( plus his age).

  • In reply to Jim Odirakallumkal:

    Webster was drafted by the Dodgers. He was traded to the Red Sox about a year after Theo and Co. joined the Cubs

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    In reply to TexasCubsFan:

    Thanks for that info which I already knew, but I am sure some others didn't. . I never meant or said he was "Theo's " player but I get how it could have been misinterpreted that way. I purposely used "Boston" instead of "Theo and co." so there wouldn't be confusion.

    FYI, just cause Theo left Boston, a lot of "his" people were still there, people trained to evaluate players the way he does.

    I am just hoping Webster has some magic in that arm and can be a surprise weapon for us in the post season.

  • In reply to Jim Odirakallumkal:

    I doubt he even makes the playoff roster. Not sure there is enough time to really see what he can do with the MLB Cubs.

  • In reply to 2016 Cubs:

    Yep. I believe it serves 2 purposes. Take a look at what you have at the MLB level to see if he's worthy of a shot in 2019. A useful pitcher in a game like last night.

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    In reply to 2016 Cubs:

    Well with performances like yesterday, he's not making the playoff roster.

    If Strop is out, we are going to need someone else and I am guessing w all the uncertainty, Joe is going to carry an extra arm.

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    In reply to Jim Odirakallumkal:

    Yes it is confusing

  • In reply to veteran:

    Webster is hardly another aged, stoop shouldered veteran. He is 28 years old and seems to be a late bloomer. Let the FO do their job because they are good.

  • In reply to John57:

    What are you basing Webster being a late bloomer?

  • In reply to veteran:

    I believe Bryant has more health issues with his shoulder than what is being made public. For that reason I'm treading lightly with my thoughts. I'm more concerned that they are able to correctly address and treat the problem in the offseason.
    That, and get him to change his swing plane. That uppercut has to be modified.
    My expectations for KB for the rest of this year, aren't high.

  • In reply to cubbustible:

    The front office does not seem to be transparent with injuries this season. I agree that more will come out with Bryant once the season ends.

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    In reply to cubbustible:

    Bryant got hit a glancing blow off the helmet to forehead right before all of this happened

  • 18-11 over the 29 games in this 30 day stretch without a day off. That’s .620 ball in as brutal a stretch as you could ever dream up. A sweep would have been nice but Hamels was always going to have a game like that so it’s good to have it out of the way. I’m actually grateful that there’s no game today. I need the rest so I can’t even imagine how these guys feel. 18-11. Tip your hats, and Go Cubs!

  • In reply to TC154:

    Agree, I admire the way Joe managed through it, and the the players just had fun with it as much as possible. 18-11 is a good showing in any stretch.

    What would Bryant have to pout about? In a pennant race all slights need to be set aside. I think Kris just a couple bad games. He hasn't played a ton of outfield and has always had short periods of swing and miss. Lots of heavy lifting still to be done. Everybody should do anything but baseball today.

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    I went to bed last night thinking we had a 1.5 game lead over Milw and was uneasy about that--it's amazing how another game means so much, especially with so few games left.
    I liked what Mekkes did and Underwood this year too, but Webster is still only 28 and it looks like he's recovered from his injuries. If so, this makes our bullpen stronger even without Morrow.
    Now we have to get over our group hypnosis about hitting. It is a puzzlement to me how we can have good hitters--or rather hitters who have been good in their careers collectively have trouble scoring even one run. Maybe if we start off fast that is contagious, on the other hand, I believe we have more comebacks in the 7th inning on than any other team.
    I know we have a very good defensive team, but playing the Diamondbacks last night showed me there are so many good defensive players all over MLB that we just don't get a chance to see.
    Let last night be our last shutout of the season for our offense--I think our pitchers have a few left in them.

  • In reply to Jonathan Friedman:

    Being an avid reader of Michael Ernst's minor league recaps, I was surpised that Allen Webster was brought up before Kyle Ryan . While both have MLB experience, Webster only pitched 8 innings between AA and AAA this year while Ryan threw 66 innings at Iowa with a 1.00 WHIP.

  • In reply to DropThePuck:

    Same here. And like Johna says, even Underwood. And Underwood is already on the 40 man. Maybe they want to see what Webster has to see if he has something & also to make their decision heading into winter. He looked ok for 2 batters, then...

  • In reply to Jonathan Friedman:

    Speaking of defensive wizards nobody sees, I hope more fans get the chance to watch Matt Chapman. He is out-of-this-world good, and so underappreciated. I don't subscribe to any MLB packages so I don't get to watch him, but I go out of my way to catch all his highlights wherever I can find them. Simply amazing, and a guy who could easily become a fixture in my heart if we could find a way to pry him away from Oakland.

  • In reply to BarleyPop:

    He is beginning to get noticed and rightfully so, guy has amazing defensive movement and rakes.

  • The Magic Number for clinching the division remains at 8. Since COL, in 3rd place in the WC, lost at LAD (and was unfortunately swept), the Magic Number for clinching a playoff berth is only 4.

    The Cubs and all our closest pursuers, MIL, StL, and COL (WC only) have today off, there will be no changes in the Magic Numbers tonite.

    The weekend series are MIL at PIT, SFG at StL, and COL at ARZ.

    While homefield advantage in the NL playoffs is of course dependent on winning the division, the Cubs have a 5-game lead in the loss column over the other current division leaders, ATL and LAD.

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    In reply to CubsFanInNorway:

    Thanks again for keeping track of all these numbers, especially the wild card, although I don't even want to think about that in relation to the Cubs. That's how far we've come--when making the wild card is a severe disappointment.

  • It's always excuses for bryant, last year it was the finger sapping his power now it's the shoulder.I don't see this same excuses for edwards who had a shoulder injury on his pitching arm when his resume says he's much better than he's shown to be the last month.Instead he's called gutless.Bryant has two golden sombreros in the last week, his shoulder has absolutely nothing to do with that.

    There's some blatant bias when it comes to analyzing certain players on this site

  • In reply to bolla:

    Where is it anywhere here that someone is making excuses for him?
    Did Bryant make some excuses somewhere in an interview anywhere? Where are you going with this? You yourself have been destroying Edwards here for weeks.....what’s your point?

  • In reply to Wickdipper:

    I also don't see a fairly significant shoulder injury as an excuse. The mere fact he is playing through it is commendable. Having to make fundamental swing changes to avoid further injury is difficult, if not impossible, especially for a player like Bryant who has famously taken tens of thousands of swings in the cage.

    I've said I believe he'll need a surgical cleanup in the offseason, and I base that statement on a few facts. One is just being a baseball fan and knowing shoulder injuries, but more importantly I've heard two interviews with Theo and Bryant himself. Both were asked point-blank if there is a labrum tear that will require surgery, and both stuttered, stammered, and avoided a direct answer while admitting some "wear and tear". I just hope any procedure is minor and successful, because we've all seen shoulder injuries derail careers.

  • In reply to bolla:

    Not sure if Edwards was rookie of the year or mvp. To me a guy like that deserves a free pass.

  • In reply to bolla:

    I’d be curious as why you always have an axe to grind with Bryant.

    He doesn’t get a pass from anyone in here. He has had a very disappointing season. And has been injured in his second straight year. We want 150 games from him injury free as that will make the Cubs a better team.

    We all want the first half Edwards not the 2nd half Edwards. He’s been disappointing.

    Not sure what you are reading to make a blanket statement like that. I don’t think anyone has been immune to criticism or given a pass.

  • In reply to rbrucato:

    Been around long enough to know why he has an axe to grind with Bryant. It fits the agenda if you think about it.

  • In reply to KJRyno:

    LOL!!! ;-)

  • In reply to bolla:

    Going into the season Bryant was considered the best player on this team. Last year had some hiccups but he was still a .946 OPS and 146 wRC+ player with a 6.7 (!!) WAR. His season was just below his MVP year and we should look back at it as what? A disappointment? C'mon. this year has been a disappointment but I don't get irritated or change my opinion of a player because he's hurt with what appears to be a significant injury. I think the thought that he's going to need surgery is a fait accompli, the only question is whether it will be arthroscopic or structural. There's no excuse making, there's no ":favoring" Bryant over other players. When healthy Kris Bryant is a top 10 player in baseball. that's just factual. You like to compare him to Javy and that's great, Baez looks like he's about ready to join him in that elite group but isn't that just gravy for the Cubs? Why does KB need to be knocked down just to prop up Baez? These two players are equally important to this team's success over the next couple of years. To try to make it a battle between them is silly and the only one that I see trying to do that is you.

    All that said though, you have really done a great job reigning in some of your worst impulses and have been a fantastic contributor to this site. When the going was getting tough in here with the negativity you didn't get sucked down that rabbit hole and instead provident cogent baseball thoughts. I can only speak for myself but I'm certain we all appreciate that and your continued contributions. I only ask that you not take other's recognition of Kris Bryant as a great, albeit injured, star as some sort of a personal slight. It isn't. Now, let's wrap up this division and get on with it. Go Cubs!

  • In reply to TC154:

    One thing about the other night...WHY did Caratini not catch Hamels? I don’t say it would have made a difference but....if it ain’t broke, don’t fix it.
    Contreras’ strong suit is his cannon but he doesn’t have as soft of hands as Caratini. Caratini frames with fluidity whereas when Contreras does it he looks forced and kind of clumsy which takes the deception away too much.

  • What is the tie breaker if cubs and brewers end with the same record?

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    In reply to 2Toes:

    I’m not sure whether it’s changed, but I believe if both teams have clinched playoff spots, then the tiebreaker is head to head, which the Cubs win. Otherwise, there would be a one game playoff.

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    In reply to 2Toes:

    Same record for Division title? Then that would be Game 163 and the Cubs would host based on better H2H record ( 11-8).

    Lets pray we win the division by a healthy 3 games or so.

  • In reply to 2Toes:

    If they tie for the division lead, they would play a one-game tiebreaker on Monday, Oct. 1 at Wrigley Field.

  • In reply to BerthaB:

    Full tiebreaker scenarios described here:

    https://www.mlb.com/news/2018-mlb-postseason-tiebreaker-scenarios/c-292285260

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    In reply to BerthaB:

    Okay, so I guess it did change.

  • There was one exceptional highlight at last night’s game—Dbacks have a “kiss-cam” between innings where they throw a surprised couple up on the videoboard. When noticed by the couple, they give a discrete peck and the camera moves on. Last night, however, the surprised lady took a glance, backhanded her partner’s hat off, and moved in for some serious smooch. The crowd roared its approval, and my spouse looked at me with jealous eyes. A grand time was had by all, at least until the Cubs came up to bat again.

  • Anyone awake? On off days we often explore weird topics, or at least I do. I see that gambling sites are posting El Mago as a prohibitive favorite to win the MVP, and setting odds that make us the favorites to land Harper. I certainly am rooting for one and unsure of the other. And as I write this some AC/DC comes across my airwaves, punctuating a couple tthoughts of how difficult it is to make it to, or remain on, top:

    "It's a long way to the top
    If you want to rock and roll."

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    In reply to BarleyPop:

    I hope the gambling sites are right.......they are rarely wrong.

    Mookie is roughly 2.5-1 to win the AL MVP

    Javy is roughly even money whereas Yelich is anywhere to +135-+145 depending where you shop so its really really close.

    Lets hope the voters do the right thing and give it the more well rounded ball player.

    Imagine putting down a few bucks June 1st on Javy to win the MVP........2500-1 !!

    You want to get a taste of how hot and how unexpected this run Yelich is on? On June 1st, he was a whopping 14000-1 to win the MVP ! That's insane

  • In reply to Jim Odirakallumkal:

    What would Yelich weakness be? What makes him not a well rounded player?

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    In reply to WaitTilNextYear:

    He can't play multiple positions at the high level of play that Javy does. And Javy makes things happen on the base paths. Javy has also carried the Cubs on his back most if the season. I know Yelich didn't play the whole season with Milwaukee, but he sure as hell didn't carry the Marlins or Brewers on his back all season. Javy has hit everywhere in the lineup, Yelich hasn't. Yelich is a great player, but Javy is a way more versatile great player. I give Javy the edge, just for that reason alone.

  • In reply to Wrigley0923:

    I agree with you on being a front runner. But will the voters care that Javy plays 3 positions? As far as Marlins go.....not sure anyone could carry the Marlins.

    If brewers get in, I could see voters giving votes to him because this is first time in awhile the Brewers made postseason??????

  • In reply to Wrigley0923:

    Who else did Yelich play for this season if "Yelich didn't play the whole season with Milwaukee"?

  • So... how do we address the elephant that just crashed back into the room?

  • In reply to BarleyPop:

    ??? I’m old....so maybe you have to spell it out better for me?
    Gambling? Is that what you mean?

  • In reply to Wickdipper:

    Addison Russell's ex-wife, Melisa, wrote a long, horrifying post detailing years of physical and emotional abuse.

  • In reply to BarleyPop:

    Oh damn.....I didn’t hear that....not good.
    Russell has been “detached” for a long time, he doesn’t seem to be part of the “group” and has taken a more solitary approach to most everything. He never has had any type of public or private support system in place to help him succeed much but that in NO WAY absolves him from charges like that if true.
    Just my opinion but I think Epstein has been done with him for a long time and will jettison him as soon as this season is over, especially if her allegations gain traction which they probably will and then MLB will be all over it big.
    This will not end well for him and is a shame for all the possibilities that were in front of him. There are chances for a happy ending......but, they look slim.

  • In reply to BarleyPop:

    Most importantly she and her child are away from him and it sounds like she is happy and finally strong enough to tell her story.

    But then, of course, are the baseball implications. Apparently MLB's investigation never closed, and this story will consume everything Cubs-related for the foreseeable future. The Cubs organization isn't shown in a good light in a "what did you know and when did you know it" way. It will have to be addressed, today.

    I have to believe he is off the team for the year and most likely out of the organization. Hopefully he can get some help and become a better person.

  • In reply to BarleyPop:

    Barley, do you know the when or why this came out big now? Why could she not wait until after the season? Is this just random timing or is something else behind it?

  • In reply to Wickdipper:

    My phone and I aren't good at doing links, but I first saw it on Yahoo overnight and their story linked her post. She wrote it on some independent blog site. As for why now, I don't know. But it was long and detailed, without ever mentioning a name. I assume it was a very difficult thing to do. I imagine she was broken, she wrote as much, and now wants to open up. I have absolutely zero reason to question her motives.

    You can Google "Addison Russell's wife" and the story is everywhere.

  • In reply to BarleyPop:

    I didn't want to get into this on a public forum out of respect for Russell but I have a friend close to Willson Contreras and a number of the hispanic players on the team but I wanted him off the team even before this came to light and this isn't surprising to me at all. But I have a personal story about Addison Russell. My friend and I stayed at the team hotel last year in Boston as VIP's because of my friends relationship with Contreras and I talked to a number of cubs players and personnel in the lobby area like Len Kasper, Albert Almora, Mike Bryant (Kris's father), Addison Russell briefly, Pedro Strop. And let's just say that I had a good impression of all of them except Addy. I personally witnessed a waitress bring Addy a cocktail and she accidently spilled a few drops of it and a tiny bit landed on his expensive Gucci shoes. She apologized to him and handled the whole situation professionally and he sarcastically responded "It's ok these are only F****** Guccis". Maybe some of you think I'm being over sensitive but I didn't like the response at all I felt it made him come off as entitled and immature and I've heard that he's constantly partying the day before day games, he's not committed to his craft and he's an immature little kid that constantly puts chasing girls over winning baseball games. Even this domestic violence incident aside, I'm not saying that makes him a bad person he wouldn't be close to the 1st young guy to party and chase girls but I just don't approve of this type of behavior on a regular basis for a team like the cubs trying to win a WS. The way I see it is if he's not committed to the team and to his craft then we'll find someone else who is. This incident maybe the last straw for Russell with the cubs given his value is already declining even before this news came out and I wish the best for him and Melissa.

  • In reply to kkhiavi:

    I have my personal issues here as well. When this story broke last year I made some comments and took a beating. I was in a bar with a couple well-connected people when Russell wasn't used as a pinch-hitter. I commented that he was in the doghouse for what I thought was simply partying and drinking too much. I stood by those statements and still do, but I had no clue about the DC allegations. That came out an hour after my initial comments.

    This story doesn't surprise me at all. I've bitten my tongue for a long time. I've met him and seen him in social situations. I don't like him. I introduced myself and shook his hand, but if I knew then what I know now I would have punched him. I've seen the way he carries himself and interacts with people, and it's nothing to admire.

    My guess is he's done for now. I think he gets DFA'ed today. I hope he grows and matures and, maybe, earns another chance at baseball.

  • In reply to BarleyPop:

    It's funny barley because this is the 1st time we're really having this talk but it says a lot to me how similar your impressions of Russell were with mine. I remember you mentioning these stories in the past but I didn't have the time to comment and I completely agree I try to focus on the team and not on individual agendas but I just didn't have a good impression of Russell either just the way he interacted with people and how he carried himself and he was the only cub player or team member that I can say that about. Selfishly, I wish we had traded this guy while he still had value but that time has clearly passed so I guess all there is to do is hope for the best for Russell and his family and good riddance to him. I personally don't think it's a big loss for the team as well we have Baez and I'm guessing Theo's gonna have to get another middle IF.

  • In reply to BarleyPop:

    Don't they need to investigate to get both sides of the story?

  • In reply to WaitUntilNextYear:

    Of course. But that's one thing that smells funny. There have been investigations and the story just kind of went away. Granted Melisa didn't want to cooperate when the story broke last year but that's not at all unusual in an abusive relationship. But now she's telling her story and it's horrible. If you read what she wrote it is a case study of an abuser.

  • As I life long cub fan, I’m 58 and spend most of the season watching or reading about the cubs. Having said that, my respect for this organization went way south when we sold are soul to the devil to win a World Series. Trading a young superstar for Chapman will always be a black eye for this organization. This FO always talks about the character and makeup of their players until they need something to put them over the top. Now I’m not saying Russel is guilty or innocent but this needs dealt with Now. Let’s not worry about if Javy gets hurt or team defense, he needs suspended until this is matter is resolved. I know the rules of no politics on this site but it blows my mind that fans and owners of the NFL worry about a few players taking a knee but they will cheer for a wife beater, child abuser or felons if it makes their team better.

  • I read the what russells wife/ex wife wrote.Yikes, dude sounds like any other domestic abuser smdh.

  • In reply to bolla:

    where is it posted?

  • In reply to WaitTilNextYear:

    https://lifewithmelis310373032.wordpress.com/2018/09/19/site-settings-you-no-longer-have-a-secret-you-have-a-story-wordpress-com/

  • In reply to bolla:

    Thanks, bolla.

  • In reply to WaitTilNextYear:

    https://lifewithmelis310373032.wordpress.com/2018/09/19/site-settings-you-no-longer-have-a-secret-you-have-a-story-wordpress-com/

    This is a link Waittilnextyear it's a 1st hand account from Addison Russell's ex wife Melissa detailing the abuses of their relationship. She originally refused to cooperate with investigations FYI

  • In reply to kkhiavi:

    I saw it listed on CSN Chicago......the entire text is there

  • In reply to bolla:

    Unfortunate hopefully both Melissa and Addison end up alright from this situation but hard to not speculate that addy's cubs days maybe coming to a close. I'm not saying that's the case I think both sides deserve to respond to this story but he was already trade bait to begin with given his poor performance this year. I sympathize with both sides here but I can't say I'm surprised about more off the field troubles for Russell

  • In reply to kkhiavi:

    Yea I pretty much said the same thing.

  • I already thought russell as a baseball player was on thin ice with the cubs because he's simply hasn't developed much since the cubs acquired him, especially with the hype he had 4 years ago.On a few baseball prospect lists in 2015 russell was ranked higher than bryant believe it or not.He's basically darwin barney playing ss.But the domestic abuse allegations that came out I think last year along with reading this article his ex wife wrote is just bad. Theo is about character , he wants good character guys and this is not a good look for russell.

    Of course there's two sides to every story but I see no reason for his ex wife to open up like this and lie.Last year one of her friends made an instagram post about Russell abusing her & cheating on her.Don't know how this will affect the rest of the 2018 season but it's safe to assume russells days on the cubs are numbered.

  • This is going to be a real rough weekend having to deal with this cloud over the Cubs and also to have to sit through the Ken Harrelson goodbye tour. I’m going to watch alot of baseball with the mute button on I know that.

  • In reply to Wickdipper:

    Gonna see if Russo says anything about this on the national level...

  • In reply to Wickdipper:

    You're complaining about Hawk and watching Mad Dog? Man, you're strange.

  • In reply to BarleyPop:

    Bahahahaha......I actually like Russo although he always dogs the Cubs...with him I think it’s more of an Epstein thing.

    Harrelson? He NEEDS to go....almost as much as Reinsdorf.

  • Russell will not be at guaranteed rate Field today according to the cubs

  • Russell not expected to be with the team today. My guess not any time this year and maybe never.

  • The content is carefully written and believable. I believe the majority of it, though we do not know Addison's side of the story.

    My question is the timing of it. Why now, given MLB's 'open' stance on the matter and prior refusals on her part to go to the police or Addy's employer MLB. Is it simply a matter of being 'ready' to share this with the world or is something else taking place behind the scenes.

  • In reply to LAX2ORD:

    This is a very good post. We don't know, but like anything else I base my opinions on a sum of the evidence. I understand the questions of the timing, and why Melisa did not cooperate at the time, but that is us asking rational questions. During that cycle of abuse, people often don't act rationally. I'll readily admit the things I regret doing and saying most in my life came during a break-up and being cheated on. I take the grain of salt approach during the heat of the moment allegations. But it's been a year. I think she's finally found the strength to speak out.

  • Russell placed on administrative leave by mlb!!!

  • This is bad.10 games left in the season terrible timing ,and russell will probably get suspended 50-100 games if his ex wife fully cooperates with mlb investigation(don't see why she won't) that was still open.

    Russell barely had any trade value before today.This is bad news for a team getting ready for the final push and postseason.Now his teammates will have to answer questions.Now these cubs are resilient, so I'm not worried as far as on field performance goes but this is a distraction and all of russells teammates probably will never look at him the same. Especially the ones married with kids

  • Harper/Machado just became Machado/Harper.

  • I just listened to the press conference with Theo and Tom Ricketts, and it was interesting and depressing.

    I heard no support for Russell at all. Joe is on now and "supporting the process". They did say that according to the CBA the Cubs are not allowed to punish him or even conduct their own investigation during the MLB investigation, which is ongoing.

    The most startling moment to me was when a reporter asked Theo directly "if you were called as a character witness for Addison Russell, what would you say?". I fully expected a dodge, but Theo responded "I would say I know him in a baseball context."

    Wow.

  • The Cubs now do not have a backup shortstop to Javy on the 40 man roster.

    If Russell is suspended and removed from the 40 man roster, can he be replaced by someone like Ryan Court for the remainder of the season?

    And, Since Ryan (and Allen Webster, for that matter) were not on the 40 man roster on Sept 1, would they be eligible for the postseason?

  • In reply to DropThePuck:

    Good questions. From what I remember (the rules changed a couple years ago) any player can be replaced with another due to injury. I don't know about suspensions, or in this case, "administrative leave". Any player on the 40-man roster as of September 1st is eligible for the postseason. Again, I'm not fluent in the suspension rules. My guess is we cannot add someone to the 40-man, in light of the Russell situation, for the postseason. Put Javy in bubble-wrap, or Bote or bust.

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