Cubs vs. Angels: Hendricks vs. Stratton (Game 14)

CHC (5-8): RHP Kyle Hendricks (0-2)
LAA (7-7): RHP Chris Stratton (0-1)
First pitch 1:20pmCDT

The Cubs send Kyle Hendricks to the mound for his turn to be good after strong starts from Quintana and Hamels. The righty has lost his first two starts and looked generally out-of-whack. We may see Pujols again; he homered yesterday and Justin Bour is 1-14 against Hendricks. Zack Cozart is 4-12 with a HR against him.

Chris Stratton made 26 starts last year for the Giants, with a 4.43 xFIP and 5.09 ERA. In his first two starts this season, he's struck out only 2 while walking 6 (8.1 IP). The Cubs offense will try to show off their discipline and maybe some more of the power we saw yesterday.

The wind should help left-handed batters today.


Tim Collins looks like a jr. high school student cosplaying as Jake Arrieta.

so close...also, wow ive never seen schwarb so mad.

Not an egregious call by the third base umpire. Schwarbs just feeling the heat of letting his team down again. Willson’s at bat was the killer - strikes two and three swinging at balls out of the strike zone  

Also: Cubs did not deserve to win that game. Bullpen is el stinko (4 walks in an inning, two with the bases loaded - you should lose the game on that alone)

Something to keep in mind regarding the Cubs bulllpen...

Brian Duensing and Tim Collins have Article XIX-A rights (both have accrued at least five years of MLB Service Time) and both accepted minor league assignments prior to MLB Opening Day (Duensing accepted an outright assignment and Collins accepted an optional assignment) and so Duensing and Collins likely signed the waiver explained in the next paragraph:  

A player with Article XIX-A rights can waive his right to refuse an outright assignment or elect free-agency if outrighted, but the waiver cannot be signed more than ten days prior to MLB Opening Day, the player has the right to designate in advance which minor league team to which he can be assigned, and the waiver automatically expires if the player is not outrighted to the minors within 45 days or by the 45th day of the MLB regular season (whichever is later).

As this might pertain to Collins, the 45th day of the MLB regular season is May 11th.  

Sunday's game is postponed due to weather. Cubs miss their chance to seal another series win and Chatwood might be deprived of a start for now. Make-up date tbd.

Monday 8/26 (day game) would seem to be the best common open date, with Cubs home on Sunday and play at NYM on Tuesday, and Angels finish series in HOU on Sunday and begin homestand on Tuesday.  

This would cause Cubs to play 15 days in a row (well within reasonable limit) and Angels have off days the previous Thursday and the next Thursday as well. 

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  • Eric S 14 hours 38 min ago (view)

    Woo Hoo!!! Cubs win a crazy one!  KB with another late inning, game winning homer - good stuff!


  • crunch 14 hours 41 min ago (view)

    schwarb set the cubs team record for fastest to 100 by a cub a bit less than a week ago.  bryant would have won a couple MVP awards in a row the past couple years.


  • Eric S 14 hours 43 min ago (view)

    That was a good send by the butterman - great throw by Yaz Jr

    Try as he might, Eddie Vedder can’t find da butterman

    Thanks. I’ll show myself out now


  • Eric S 14 hours 48 min ago (view)

    200th home run of the season by KB probably would have set some kind of record too


  • crunch 14 hours 50 min ago (view)

    the inital graphic was KB #200, but i was like...hold on...

    it was technically true in the loosest sense of the phrase.


  • Eric S 14 hours 56 min ago (view)

    That would have been pretty cool if it had been KB’s 200th home run in less than five full seasons!


  • crunch 14 hours 58 min ago (view)

    this game, game.

    200th team homer of the season.


  • Eric S 15 hours 12 sec ago (view)

    Yes. Just like that


  • Eric S 15 hours 24 min ago (view)

    Funny (ha ha) to remember that at one point in this game Yu had retired 12 straight Giants


  • crunch 15 hours 25 min ago (view)

    "i am required to say it's a see-saw battle." - len

    "it's going to come down to the kicking game." - jd


  • Eric S 15 hours 27 min ago (view)

    Oof. The lead off walk - horrible. That second hit allowed (which tied the game) on the ankle high fastball - tuff luck. 


  • crunch 15 hours 33 min ago (view)

    oh cubs win 21-22 on a walk off bote grand slam...gotcha.


  • Eric S 15 hours 41 min ago (view)

    Sounds about right. Howevuh ... Home Game!


  • crunch 15 hours 46 min ago (view)

    d.holland still sucks.

    cubs tied this one out of sheer suck going on both sides of this game.  i'm waiting for the cubs to lose this one 18-17 in a few hours.


  • Eric S 15 hours 55 min ago (view)

    Cubs need their three-hole hitter to start stepping up at the plate and do something crazy like driving in the two-hole hitter


  • Eric S 15 hours 58 min ago (view)

    Somebody wake up Grandpa Joe and remind him that having Holland face righties i— any righty — is a no-no