Cubs @ Diamondbacks: Hendricks vs. Ray (Game 24)

CHC (12-11): RHP Kyle Hendricks (1-3, 3.54 ERA)
ARZ (15-11): LHP Robbie Ray (0-1, 3.95 ERA)
First pitch 8:40pmCDT

It's a rematch, following the Cubs 2-1 series win at Wrigley this past weekend. Hendricks got his first win in that series, going 7 IP with 11 strikeouts and generally looking like he'd figured some things out. He allowed only 5 baserunners an was backed by the Cubs offense for 5 runs to beat Merrill Kelly.

Robbie Ray pitched a shortly thereafter but was out-dueled by Tyler Chatwood(!). Ray held the Cubs to 1 run in 6 innings on 4 hits and a 1 walk. The Cubs squeaked out the win thanks to Baez's aggressive baserunning and David Bote's 9th-inning magic.

The Cubs' offense couldn't back a solid pitching performance yesterday. Arizona is reputed not to be the bandbox that it once was, but the Cubs offense has OPS-ed .851 on the road compared to .711 at home. On the other hand, Cubs' pitching clearly has preferred home cooking. They've been top 3 at home by most measures and in the bottom 3rd on the road. I propose that position players steal some hotel soaps and towels and that the pitchers bring their familiar toilet seats on the road. It can't hurt.

It will be Darvish vs. Godley on Saturday and Quintana vs. Weaver for the Sunday matinee.


LHRP Randy Rosario has been optioned to AAA Iowa, which means one of the rehabbing pitchers (Montgomery, Cedeno, or Barnette) will likely be reinstated from the IL prior to tonight's game in Phoenix. 

Cubs have recalled RHRP Dillon Maples from AAA Iowa (he replaces Randy Rosario on the 25). 

AZ Phil and Mrs. AZ Phil will be at tonight's Cubs - D'backs game at Chase Field. Please feel free to stop by and say hello. We will be the ones wearing Cubs hats.  

It's not an Extended Spring Training game, but I guess it will have to do. 

I saw you. You look kind of like Robert Redford before he aged.


zag finally gets another start.  nice.

watching the TOR broadcast waiting for the late game...they are vlad jr crazy tonight.  he picked up a lazy foul ball grounder in very ordinary manner in the top 2nd for his 1st "play" of the game and got a cheer/ovation.  his 1st AB coming up soon...

HUGE full-park standing O as he walks to the plate.  vlad sr is bursting with pride.  "vladdy" chant going big...

...and he grounds out...and gets a standing O.

if he hits a homer tonight the rogers center might collapse.

damn...2nd AB he missed a homer by a few feet on a leaping catch in LF.  he got crazy lift on that considering he hit it pulled off the end of the bat.  that 80 hit tool with power could be scary stuff when he matures.

d.maples walks 2 guys to lead off the inning, then Ks 3 in a row...that is peak dylan maples.

welcome back discount bin carlos marmol.

Dillon Maples is unhittable

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  • QuietMan 1 hour 7 min ago (view)

    Edwards optioned to Iowa per Jesse Rogers,


  • George Altman 1 hour 21 min ago (view)

    Yeah.....yeah. I think I'm good too. Put him and Strop in the Shawn Greene deal.


  • Mike Wellman 3 hours 30 min ago (view)

    I feel like I've already waited & seen enough of CEJ...


  • Dolorous Jon Lester 3 hours 51 min ago (view)

    Not as much as it makes his stomach tighten!

    i dont think we should trade him. We would get nothing of value back. But I don’t think he should be a bullpen piece on a playoff contender either. He should be in Iowa. Reassess where he’s at for September and next year. If they don’t like what they see, non-tender.


  • Charlie 4 hours 23 min ago (view)

    Cheap may not be the right word, but has put up reasonable value per dollar compared to other relievers prior to this ear.

    He accrued 2.9 bWAR 2017-2018. Strop put up 3.2 bWAR during the same period. Edwards is making $1.5M this year. Strop is making $6.25M. He'll get a bump again this offseason even if he doesn't rebound in the second half, of course. I just don't see a need to trade him unless the Cubs are being offered value in return.

    That said, it does make my stomach knot up a bit when I see they are bringing him into a close game.


  • Arizona Phil 12 hours 1 min ago (view)

    Carl Edwards Jr will be out of minor league options next season (2020), and he will (once again) be arbitration-eligible post-2019 (he was "Super Two" arb eligible post-2018) and he will be a FA post-2022. 


  • crunch 17 hours 43 min ago (view)

    cubs lose, cards win, brews win.



  • Dolorous Jon Lester 19 hours 29 min ago (view)

    I think this is his last option year. And he’s not as cheap as you’d think, he’s a super two qualified player this year.


  • Charlie 19 hours 39 min ago (view)

    Edwards is frustrating at times. Some of that frustration comes from thinking he could be much better than he currently is. But prior to this year (in which he has pitched very few innings), he's overall been an OK relief pitcher in the majors. I'm happy to wait and see on him for quite a while. Still has an option and is cheap, right?


  • Dolorous Jon Lester 20 hours 38 min ago (view)

    I feel pretty safe in saying that 1. They don’t want him and 2. If they did, things wouldn’t improve for CJ.

    Allowing inherited runners and 1-2 of your own in a close game is what I like to call the “Carl Jr Special.” It was formerly a Justin Grimm special, thankfully Carl stepped up to fill that void.


  • crunch 20 hours 45 min ago (view)

    there's always nick castellanos for a chance to rid of which point a couple month rental will probably turn edwards into their ace closer or something just as awesome.


  • Eric S 20 hours 46 min ago (view)

    The bitter side of me thinks it should have been a two for one trade for Maldonado 

    Anyways, has not been a clean series for the Cubs against the Padres - fortunate to have won the series and a 7-2 home stand is a pretty big dill. Or deal. Or something


  • crunch 20 hours 52 min ago (view)

    edwards gonna edwards...blah


  • bradsbeard 22 hours 20 min ago (view)

    Thanks for the clarification. Guess we’ll find out what he’s going to do sooner than later. 


  • crunch 23 hours 24 min ago (view)

    delay over, game on.


  • Arizona Phil 1 day 1 hour ago (view)

    And if Zobrist were to consent to an Optional Assignment to the minors for the purpose of getting into playing shape, it could very well be to AA Tennessee (close to his home in Nashville) rather than to AAA Iowa. He might even just play home games for the Smokies and then work out on his own while they are on the road.