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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  • VA PHIL: It's not better to be a cheetah if you end up with a suspension that keeps you off the savannah for 80 games.  

    Arizona Phil 13 min 30 sec ago view
  • Rob Richardson 42 min 58 sec ago view
  • As long as you're one of the faster gazelles, it's probably ok!

    Charlie 52 min 4 sec ago view
  • "Best comp is a juvenile Thomson's Gazelle on the African savannah."

    It's better to be the cheetah in that scenario.

    VirginiaPhil 1 hour 11 min ago view
  • Thanks, Phil.

    K Dub 5 hours 20 min ago view
  • Hey Phil, I saw where the Cubs recently traded for some additional international pool money. Have they made any recent signings of note?

    azbobbop 11 hours 52 min ago view
  • He had no trouble logging SBs last summer, per the game logs. If he can hit a little bit......... 

    tim815 14 hours 47 min ago view
  • TIM: If you've never seen him, Rochest Cruz is a wiry and - VERY - fast second-baseman who looks like he's about 12 years old.

    He takes a lot of pitches and has a sort of slashing approach at the plate when he does swing (he pulled the 5th inning triple into the RF corner and it could have been an inside-the-park HR if the third base coach hadn't stopped him at 3rd because there was only one out).

    He is a very unusual player. Kind of like Fernando Kelli on uppers. 

    Arizona Phil 14 hours 47 min ago view
  • SONICWIND: If you disregard the affect it would have on club payroll (slight) and the player's minor league option years (substantial) and how it might impact the Cubs MLB 40-man roster later in the season (TBD), the actual best temporary replacement for David Bote for the two or three days he's on Paternity Leave who might enhance their chances to win would probably be Trent Giambrone, but I would be surprised if the Cubs were to add Giambrone to the 25 (and the 40) right now.

    Arizona Phil 15 hours 41 min ago view
  • Rochest Cruuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuz.

    He was fun to follow through the DSL last season.

    tim815 16 hours 15 min ago view
  • I hope the Cubs' financial situation isn't so dire that worrying about saving $25k is going to factor on what player they can call up that would best enhance their chances to win. 

    Sonicwind75 19 hours 4 min ago view
  • Fair call, and educational, as usual.

    We shall see.

    tim815 20 hours 54 min ago view
  • Remember that when a minor league player with no previous MLB 40-man roster time is added to the 40 during the 2019 season, his minor league split salary is fixed at $45,300 for his first season on the 40, so if a player like Machin was to get a brief ride on the 25, it would require placing him on the 40 to do that, and once he is added to the 40 -- even if he is outrighted back to the minors after three days in Chicago -- his 2019 minor league salary would jump from about $18,000 (where it is now ) to $45,300, and I doubt that the Cubs would do that if they can just recall a player (Happ

    Arizona Phil 23 hours 24 min ago view
  • Did Court find a new team?

    Hagsag 1 day 1 hour ago view
  • Nice call. The perfect chance for a guy like that.

    tim815 1 day 2 hours ago view
  • Too bad Ryan Court isn’t around anymore. Always wanted him to get at least one day at Wrigley. 

    bradsbeard 1 day 10 hours ago view