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.


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.


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.


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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  • The E-Man 4 hours 8 min ago (view)

    Eh - double meh. How about just getting Curtis Granderson and calling it a day?


  • crunch 4 hours 21 min ago (view)

    c.paddack (SD) with a no-hitter through 7, 82 pitches

    ...and it's gone in the 8th.  now i don't have to watch a SD/MIA game anymore.


  • Eric S 8 hours 11 min ago (view)

    Finally, a Yu win at Wrigley as a Cub and a series win against the Reds. Could definitely get used to that!


  • Eric S 9 hours 2 min ago (view)

    JHey!!! Yu’s gotta be the happiest dude in the dugout 


  • Eric S 9 hours 5 min ago (view)

    Little surprised Maddon pulled Yu after six innings and only 83 pitches - hopefully just trying to keep him fresh (and no injury concern)


  • videographer 10 hours 9 min ago (view)

    AZ Phil,

    What can you tell us about Alexander Guerra and his performance as of late?  2 - 3HR games in two weeks, 1.200 Slg %.  Does he have any kind of value as a prospect?


  • crunch 10 hours 40 min ago (view)

    post all-star break darvish is some good stuff so far, too.


  • Eric S 11 hours 8 min ago (view)

    Home run derby KB is a hell of a lot of fun!!


  • Eric S 11 hours 42 min ago (view)

    I’m trying really hard to reverse jinx it but floundering in a bad way. Seems likely he’ll hit 6 + in a week when the dam finally breaks


  • Eric S 11 hours 43 min ago (view)

    His two strike approach is very commendable on a team with so much swing and miss in it. Hoping he’ll run into an early count fastball soon that exits the park - he’s most certainly due. 


  • First.Pitch.120 11 hours 57 min ago (view)

    Fair points... but with this roster, I don't really care about JJ's power.  More than enough power up & down lineup.  I'm a bit "meh" on speed & SBs, especially in a 4th OF type on a post-season roster.  Call it Post-Traumatic-2018-Terrence-Gore-Disorder (PT'18TGD???). If I had to choose between a 4th OF who can pinch run or who can pinch hit, it's my personal preference for the PH. And anybody who disagrees with me is wrong & probably immoral. 


  • VirginiaPhil 13 hours 17 min ago (view)

    Jay--an outfielder hitting two home runs in 433 PAs with the Cubs.  Hasn't hit more than three in seven years.  Sometimes you give up power for speed, but there's no speed, either, at least in the form of SBs.


  • VirginiaPhil 13 hours 24 min ago (view)

    Williams can carry a tune, if I remember correctly.

    Dempster was unbelievable the other night, hitting only one note on-key, the second to the last word in the song, "ball."  Maybe he can do comedy, but forget about song-and-dance.


  • crunch 13 hours 52 min ago (view)

    almora (really?) / baez / bryant(LF) / rizzo / caratini / heyward / russell(2nd) / bote(3rd) / darvish


  • First.Pitch.120 14 hours 56 min ago (view)

    Jon Jay - Trade Candidate? 

    I noticed that JJ was back from the IL & having a usual JJ quiet-productive start to his season. I think I love the idea of JJ coming back to the north side. Instantly makes the OF deeper no matter what happens with Happ or Zo. Lefty bat compliments AA in CF & can play good D at all 3 spots. Pretty even career R/L splits. Good career PH numbers if coming off the bench. Known quantity in clubhouse. 

    The post-seaon roster starts to feel deep & balanced...  with 13 position players including a bench of:



  • Dolorous Jon Lester 15 hours 33 min ago (view)

    He is very streaky, both with his hitting for average and his power. I’m not too worried about it from the Cubs standpoint yet. From my fantasy team standpoint  a different matter though.