Jose Quintana will be in a Cubs uniform in just a few hours from this writing.
How weird does that look?
The Cubs will slot their shiny new toy in Sunday's outing against the Baltimore Orioles in that series finale. It's the third game of the second half and the day Quintana was originally supposed to pitch with the White Sox.
Here is the Cubs' complete rotation coming out of the All-Star Break:
Friday vs. BAL: Mike Montgomery (1-6, 3.75 ERA)
Saturday vs. BAL: Jake Arrieta (8-7, 4.35 ERA)
Sunday vs. BAL: Jose Quintana (4-8, 4.49 ERA)
Monday vs. ATL: Jon Lester (5-6, 4.25 ERA)
Tuesday vs. ATL: John Lackey (5-9, 5.20 ERA)
Lackey was placed on the disabled list last week with a foot issue, but given he wasn't going to pitch for a period of 10 days anyways with the break mixed in, the move understandably flew under the radar. Kyle Hendricks is on the mend too and could very well get back on the mound the second time through the order coming out of the break.
Based on that order, Quintana is in line to start Saturday, July 22 against the St. Louis Cardinals for his Wrigley Field Cubs debut. After that, Quintana's third start is on pace to come in the final Crosstown Game of the series — Thursday, July 27 on the South Side.
That should be interesting...
Per Jesse Rogers of ESPN, after being asked if the Cubs would sign mega-free agent Bryce Harper, Cubs skipper Joe Maddon replied “Not going to happen”.
This retort from Maddon falls in line with the stance that ownership has reportedly taken in the Harper sweepstakes.
The Cubs could no doubt use some help to boost their up-and-down offense but it looks like it won’t come in the form of Harper. As of now, the Phillies still sit as the front-runners for the mega-free agent after reports of a 5-hour meeting between the two side arose.
On the latest Cubs Talk Podcast, Luke Stuckmeyer, David Kaplan, Kelly Crull and Tony Andracki discuss the biggest storylines for the Cubs heading into the 2019 season.
01:00 - Predictions for the rest of the 2019 off-season
03:00 - Are the Cubs falling behind in the NL Central?
06:30 - The need for a veteran catcher to play behind Willson Contreras
08:00 - Lack of long-term contracts being handed out this off-season
10:30 - Will Kyle Schwarber reach his potential?
14:45 - What will David Bote's role be in 2019?
17:45 - Will the new coaching staff make a difference in 2019?
21:30 - Where does Ian Happ fit into the Cubs plan
25:00 - Will Joe ever settle on 3 outfielders to get almost all of the playing time?
Listen to the full episode at this link or in the embedded player below:
Cubs Talk Podcast