Cubs @ Marlins: Hendricks vs Smith (Game 2)

CHC (1-0): RHP Kyle Hendricks (0-0, -.--)
MIA (0-1): LHP Caleb Smith (0-0, -.--)
First pitch: 6:10pmCST

Hendricks went 7-5, 3.03 in 2017 (3-2 with a 2.83 on the road), after missing a month and a half with inflammation in his pitching hand. Overall, these Marlins are 10-46 (.217) against him. Maybin is 2-4; Bour has one hit and 4 RBIs in eight chances. (Do the math.)

Smith, who came to Miami from the Yankees last year in a roster management trade, sported a 7.71 ERA in 9 appearances, mostly in relief. None of the Cubs have faced him. He probably would like to keep it that way.

Darvish makes his debut tomorrow at the same time against Odrisamer Despaigne.

Go Cubs!



Forgive me, but where is AA going to pitch & when?

Almora CF, Bryant 3B, Rizzo 1B, Contreras C, Schwarber LF, Russell SS, Zobrist RF, Baez 2B, Hendricks P

While none of the Cubs batters have officially faced Caleb Smith, he was in spring training camp with the Cubs last March (he was a Rule 5 draft pick who was returned to the Yankees) so the Cubs staff should be somewhat familiar with him and know some of his strengths and weaknesses.  Maybe some even have had a chance to hit off him last spring.

PIT with a 4 run lead going to the bottom 9th (after scoring 4 in the top of the 9th) vs DET...rivero comes in to lock it down...and gives up 2 hurdle brings in josh "5.00 era" smoker with 2 on left by rivero who promptly gets this game tied.

basesballs.  woo.

to the 10th...

wow...we get our first replay review controversy in the bottom 10th on what should/could have been a DET game winner on a play at the plate initially ruled safe, but overturned. a slew of the PIT team was out of the dugout and in the clubhouse when it was overturned. gardenhire ejected...onto the 11th. crazy.

How can they overturn that call?

the only thing that looked remotely close was a possible swiping of the sleeve of the uniform from one of the angles. everything else looked like he missed. there was definitely no solid body contact with the glove.

If it takes them 5 minutes to try to figure it out, the call should stand as called.

Former Cubs prospect Billy McKinney called up by Yankees.

Yankees placed OF Billy McKinney on the 10-day disabled list with a left AC shoulder sprain. that didn't take long...

caleb smith has thrown 20 pitches, 4 have been in the zone...and everyone's swinging (except rizzo, who walked).

...then schwarber comes up not swinging, sees 2 in the zone for called strikes...then swings at a 3rd high and outside the zone. basesballs.

via jd...

don mattingly is the longest tenured manager in the NL East.  this is his 3rd season.

One thing you can take to the bank:  the immortal Caleb Smith will gve up at least 5 runs in his next start.

cj edwards escapes a bases loaded (by his doing) 8th to maintain the 1-1 tie. contreras is mega-pumped. edwards is pissed with his performance, throwing his glove in the dugout (1ip 1h 2bb 2k, 0r/er).

great game so far.  low scoring, but just enough action to maintain interest.

man, contreras celebrates hard when he gets stoked about his pitchers coming through with something clutch to end a threatening inning.

also, it's time for the 11th inning.

eddie butler in 2018 reliever version seems to be throwing 95-96mph fastballs...or the gun is hot.

the top end of his fastball has been dropping after his 3rd inning of work, ranging around 92-94mph in the 4th/5th inning of work. that's closer to normal for him. maybe he eased up knowing he might need to go longer.

to the 14th!

e.butler 3.1ip 0h 1bb 4k, 44 pitches


garcia (lefty pitcher) IBB contreras with men on the corners in order to face heyward, 1 bases loaded...heyward GIDP 1st/home.  bruuuuuuuuuuuh.  sigh.

it was sharp contact, but it got snagged right at 1st base near the line.

tomorrow night's starter for MIA takes the mound in the top 17th...

morrow makes his cubs debut with 2 on in the bottom 17th (belonging to butler) and the marlins win on his 2nd pitch with a hit to CF.

welcome to the cubs morrow.

7ip 4h 1bb 5k, 1r/er for e.butler...his longest outing of his career comes in relief...and the toughest loss of his career, too.

fun game.  cruddy outcome.

To top off the fun, Cub fan favorite Ryan Braun hits a two out, 0-2 pitch for a three-run homer in the ninth against the Padres ... Brewers trailed 6-3 going into the 9th and end up winning 8-6. This after squeeking out a win in extras yesterday too.

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  • Arizona Phil 1 day 10 hours ago (view)

    In addition to 40 players signed to 2020 MLB contracts, after releasing 22 minor leaguers this week the Cubs now have 279 players signed to 2020 minor league contracts (plus one minor leaguer on the Restricted List), for a total of 320 players in the organization (181 pitchers, 30 catchers, 60 infielders, and 49 outfielders).   


  • JustSayin' 1 day 19 hours ago (view)

    Years of over-drafting pitching shown here.


  • Dolorous Jon Lester 1 day 21 hours ago (view)

    Some of the players cut I am not too surprised by. Some of them I think are definitely victims of the minor league pay thing and being squeezed out.

    That said, I am very surprised they gave up already on Riley McCauley and Niels Stone.


  • Hagsag 1 day 23 hours ago (view)

    Baseball America is showing a big group of players that have been released.


  • Arizona Phil 2 days 12 hours ago (view)

    The Cubs have released minor league catcher Rafelin Lorenzo. He was selected from the Pittsburgh Pirates in the AAA Phase of the 2018 Rule 5 Draft and spent the 2019 season at South Bend. He was eligible to be a minor league 6YFA post-2020. 


  • JustSayin' 3 days 22 hours ago (view)

    The organizations will cut rosters down, as if the full-season teams were breaking camp to start the season, THEN pay the remaining minor leaguers $400/week or whatever.  That's similar to what costs would have normally been but the "one last chance" players who got spring training invitations this year and didn't have an obvious roster spot won't be getting their last chance.


  • crunch 3 days 23 hours ago (view)

    "According to Jeff Passan of ESPN, all minor league players will be receiving $400 per week from MLB through at least May 31."

    so that's where that promise landed.  the scary thing is that's still more than some in the low minors make on a weekly basis.


  • crunch 6 days 16 hours ago (view)

    "Jeff Passan of ESPN writes that the players and league agreed that the 2020 season won't start until "there are no bans on mass gatherings that limit the ability to play in front of fans, there are no travel restrictions and medical experts determine games will not pose a risk to health of teams and fans." Passan does add that the two sides "will consider the feasibility of playing in empty stadiums" and also at neutral sites.


  • crunch 6 days 21 hours ago (view)

    i miss baseball.  it could happen in may happen in late might not happen either way.

    there's so many things getting messed up right now i would get lost making a list.  there's some college guys making a serious "okay, we need to look at that guy" push that's dead.  former cubs draft pick russell smith (2017, LHP highschool) took last season off for injury (TCU college) and returned with a low 90s fastball, impressive control, and a MLB-quality changeup.  his "comeback" was 4 games and done thanks to this current situation...


  • JustSayin' 1 week 22 min ago (view)

    COVID 19 + a short draft + Manfred's obsessive drive to shrink the minor leagues will change baseball forever.  It WAS still America's grass roots sport.  Where I live, from June through August, you could see a quality live game any day of the week, within an hour's drive.  I believe that era is over.  What's going on will have ripple effects, contracting serious college ball, college summer leagues and independent pro ball just as much as the MiLB systems.  With those changes, some of the game's charm will also go.  I've seen a kid from Cape Cod play in the Ca


  • crunch 1 week 22 hours ago (view)

    fyi for anyone who bought

    for "some reason" getting a cancel+refund via phone is like pulling teeth, but if you contact them via a webpage contact request many people are getting a cancel+refund confirmation within an hour or 2...


  • bradsbeard 1 week 1 day ago (view)

    I imagine because the new labor agreement freezes rosters as of whenever the agreement is approved by the owners and it might affect what those guys are paid under the agreement. 


  • Hagsag 1 week 1 day ago (view)

    AZ Phil. what was the reason that a whole bunch of teams optioned or assigned players to the minor leagues yesterday on March 26 ? Thanks.


  • Arizona Phil 1 week 1 day ago (view)

    jdrnym: Ordinarily, players on an MLB Reserve List (40-man roster) who are on Optional Assignment to the minors do not accrue MLB Service Time, are paid at the minor league rate rather than at the MLB rate if the player has a "split" contract, and if the player gets hurt or becomes sick after being optioned, he can be placed on a minor league IL instead of on an MLB IL (so that he cannot accrue MLB Service Time or be paid at the MLB rate while he is on the IL). Also, a player who is optioned to the minors for at least 20 days will burn an option year.   


  • jdrnym 1 week 2 days ago (view)

    AZPhil, what are the technical ramifications of optioning/not optioning guys during this period of no baseball? Seems like some teams are more eager than others to trim their roster down.


  • crunch 1 week 3 days ago (view)

    "Major League Baseball has agreed with the MLBPA to grant a full year of service time to players in 2020 regardless of how many games the schedule includes.

    Rosenthal adds, however, that the two sides have agreed to "table discussions" on how much service time the players would receive if the worst-case scenario plays out and the 2020 season has to be canceled entirely due to the coronavirus pandemic."