Cubs @ Brewers: Hendricks vs. Davies (Game 9)

CHC (2!-6): RHP Kyle Hendricks (0-1)
MIL (7-2): RHP Kyle Davies (0-0)
first pitch 1:10pmCDT

The Cubs ended their losing streak and look to have some today.

Hendricks suffered that 6 error circus last time out, but he also got tagged for 10 hits including 2 homeruns in only 4.1 innings. He's held the current Brewers' roster to .225/.276/.348 in his career. Eric Thames (.316/.434/.474) and Travis Shaw (.273/.320/.773) have had his number in 41 total at bats.

Davies was limited to 13 starts last season due to back and shoulder injuries. Kris Bryant has mashed against him (.371/.405/.657) and has an opportunity to come out of his slump. Schwarber (.167/.286/.500) has 2 HRs in 18 at bats, but he's also struck out 7 times. Jason Heyward is coming off his best offensive game as a Cub; he went 3-3 with 2 HR, 2SB, and 2BB and boosted his season slash all the way to .370/.419/.704.

The Cubs offense put on a clinic last night and Cole Hamels overcame a couple of inefficient innings to go 6 and get the win. Still, the bullpen kept up the narrative tension. The new guys, Kyle Ryan and Allen Webster, combined with Randy Rosario to allow 6 runs in 3 innings of work. AZ Phil answered the and dropped some names that we will probably see before the bullpen's all sorted out. Craig Kimbrel is still a free agent. Maybe of the Ricketts.

The Cubs head to Chicago for the home opener tomorrow against the Pirates, 1:20pmCDT. MIL will send out Taillon, and Lester's turn is up in the Cubs' rotation.

Comments

did anyone keep the receipt for that recent hendricks purchase?

i tried digging through the trash for it, but it's filled with gross stuff like coffee grounds and most of the bullpen.

hedricks...

4ip 8h 1bb 4k, 4r/er, 75 pitches and done.

Chatwood in early. Everybody can relax.

he loaded the bases on 2bb and a wild pitch allowing a 3rd runner to reach on a K, but he got out of it when the pitcher hit for himself.

that's cy young calibre chatwood.

j.hader is good at throwing baseballs.

april 7th and DET's s.greene has 7 saves.  neat.

62 by k-rod is the record.

webster+ryan with a nice bounce-back today, both throwing 1.1ip each and looking good doing it.

Kris Bryant shouldn't be in the 2Hole. He needs to hit 5th of 6th.

Thoughts?

I'd like Zobrist, Contreras, Rizzo, Bryant, Javy, Schwarber until Bryant heats up or Contreras cools down. I get the sense that Maddon sees Bryant as too valuable to mess with, though.

i'm a huge fan of getting those big bats closer to the top of the lineup.

given how much power is in the lineup almost every game (at least 4-5 regulars), i'm not worried about bryant's power being wasted slotted up front.

as far as him being a little cold right now, i have faith it will get better for him.

Bryant hasn't been the same since he was hit in the head with the fastball.  I was at the game in Pittsburgh when Sammy was hit by a Solomon Torres 94 mph fastball. It shattered his helmet.  Sammy was never the same after that.  He flinched at everything.  And, that's what KB is doing.  He's flinching on fastballs down the middle. He already wasn't a great RISP hitter.  But, he hit HRs.  If he doesn't hit those HRs at a 30 per year clip, I'm not sure he's a key player anymore.  He's not the captain of the team, but he's supposed to the MVP.  He hit the HR in game 5 of the WSeries to keep it going.  It's pretty deflating to a team for "the Guy" to go up there and not produce when needed, repeatedly.

I love Rizzo and Javy, but IMO, as KB goes, the Cubs go.

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  • Arizona Phil 1 day 14 hours ago (view)

    CHARLIE: Austin Riley is actually a third-baseman but he had to play LF for the Braves in 2019 because he was blocked by Josh Donaldson, and Cristian Pache is considered to be the best defensive centerfielder in the minors and his bat has improved enough over the past year or two to where he is now rated in or just outside the top ten overall prospects in MLB.

    So a package that includes Riley and Pache and one of the Braves young MLB or MLB-ready SP would probably be more than enough to get the Cubs to bite.

     

  • Dolorous Jon Lester 1 day 16 hours ago (view)

    Max Fried or Bryse Wilson

     

  • crunch 1 day 17 hours ago (view)

    https://www.espn.com/espn/otl/story/_/id/27828247/...

    t.skaggs story keeps getting deeper.

    allegations the team knew about skagg's drug abuse (also his family).  teams are required to report this to MLB.

     

  • Charlie 1 day 20 hours ago (view)

    Except for the headline, the linked post reads more like a trade hypothetical than a trade rumor. I like the idea of looking at this package as a discussion point for expected return for Bryant. I would say it feels a little light to me. It's deep, with two decent outfield prospects with upside and two OK pitching prospects. But Riley doesn't help the team solve the CF problem right now, so he's either redundant to Bote or sort of a Schwarber replacement. Muller's inflated BB% at AA this year worries me a bit too.

     

  • Cubster 2 days 2 hours ago (view)

    I might have missed something and it's been talked about regarding a KB trade rumor from about 10-9-19. 

    https://apple.news/AJUMyEWodQ2GX1cj1gE4ENQ 

    Braves receive: 3B Kris Bryant 

     

  • crunch 3 days 16 hours ago (view)

    they get 3 guys and the cubs get 1 guy.  sounds like a slam dunk for the angels.  pencil trout in the cubs lineup.  he's got upside.

     

  • Jackstraw 3 days 18 hours ago (view)

    I'd hate to part with both Kemp and Chatwood, but if it will bring that Trout guy back, we could even throw in Almora.

     

  • crunch 3 days 21 hours ago (view)

    the ricketts got a brazillian dollar tax break...they need to trickle that down and flex on the entire league.

    we gonna get grandal, rendon, castellanos, g.cole, strasburg, ryu, a.chapman...maybe sign bumgarner and odorizzi to work the pen.

     

  • Arizona Phil 3 days 22 hours ago (view)

    CHARLIE: If the Cubs trade Quintana and his new club pays 100% of his 2020 salary his new club assumes 100% of his salary AAV liability, but if the Cubs agree to pay a portion of Quintana's 2020 salary as part of the trade, whatever portion of Quintana's 2020 salary that is paid by the Cubs would count against the Cubs 2020 AAV. 

     

  • Charlie 3 days 23 hours ago (view)

    PHIL: Thanks for that Boston context--I hadn't realized the trend there. If the Cubs did decide to pick up Quintana's option and then trade him (assuming the Cubs would not agree to pay part of the contract as part of the trade), do they have to do that by a certain date in order for Quintana's contract not to count against them for the CBT? I haven't been able to find any dates attached to the CBT in a quick internet search.

     

  • Arizona Phil 3 days 23 hours ago (view)

    My presumption in the Cubs declining Jose Quintana's 2020 club option as well as declining the club options on the veteran relievers who have one and non-tendering Addison Russell (and this also applies to Joe Maddon not returning as manager in 2020) is that after the monumental late-September collapse of 2019 on the heels of the 2018 Game #163 and Wild Card game defeats Ricketts will no longer accept the Cubs payroll going over the CBT threshold ($208M AAV in 2020) or extending a manager making $5M a year.   

     

  • crunch 4 days 5 hours ago (view)

    i actually like ATL the team...the fans and the 3+ hours of tommy hawk chawpin' non-stop is beyond annoying before even getting into how messed up it is they're still doing that in 2019.  it's all they do, just that 1 single thing...for hours...

    fans were so upset about not getting foam hatchets pre-game yesterday (that was the club's way to "dial it back") they were busy letting the "PC police" know they're here to chant and chop as loud as they could before the first pitch was even thrown.

    it took about 10 runs to shut them up.

     

  • Dolorous Jon Lester 4 days 18 hours ago (view)

    Damn. Atlanta was the only team in the NL I was hoping would advance. I don’t know what I was hoping in LA vs WAS series. Cataclysmic event? (Side note, I live in the DC area, what a dreadful group of fans. They deserve nothing good ever.)

     

  • crunch 4 days 21 hours ago (view)

    i live in the south.  my personal hell has been ATL fans by a huge amount more than STL (or even CWS) fans.

    i've made my decision to sell out my people for personal comfort.

     

  • Hagsag 4 days 21 hours ago (view)

    No more reports. I am sick.

     

  • crunch 4 days 21 hours ago (view)

    ...and m.fried walks j.flaherty (STL's starting pitcher) to make it 5-0

    they were highschool teammates, btw.

    ...and d.fowler gets a 2 RBI double.  7-0, 1 out, men on 2nd/3rd

    ...and wong makes it 9-0...still only 1 out.

    the lack of tommy hawk chawping is it's own music.

    10-0 on a passed ball.  pile it on.  see you in 2020 ATL.