Cubs vs. Marlins: Hendricks vs. Ureña (Game 34)

CHC (20-13): RHP Kyle Hendricks (2-4, 3.93 ERA)
MIA (10-25): RHP José Ureña (1-5, 5.45 ERA)
First pitch 7:05pmCDT 6:35pmCDT

Kyle Hendricks completed a shutout against the Cardinals with only 81 pitches last time out. He missed the Marlins in April. The current Marlins have slashed .254/.324/.328 in 67 ABs.

José Ureña gave up 5ER in 6 innings against ATL on May 3. Rizzo is 5-11 with a HR off of him and Bryant is 1-9 with 5 walks. Lefties have been slightly more successful against him in his career, but the forecast for tonight calls for wind blowing hard right-to-left or maybe out to left field. It'd probably be a good day to run KB out in left field, especially after Schwarber's misadventure in last night's wind.

In addition to the wind, this game will probably see some rain before it's finished.


I-Cubs come from down 0-4 after 6 to extend win streak to 8 as Cub organization beats StL AGAIN! Caratini extends rehab hit streak to 2 @ SB...

Gametime moved up to 6:35pm CT due to the threat of rain.

Thanks, SC!

russell up (please, no standing O cubs fans) and zobrist to the restricted list.

strop to the IL (left hamstring), montgomery up.

zobrist to the restricted list is interesting.  he may be gone a while.  he was penciled in to start last night and was pulled seems to have been a sudden roster move and the restricted list usually isn't a knee-jerk list to get yourself assigned to.

The Cubs didn't place Ben Zobrist on the Restricted List because they need his slot on the 40-man roster, but it's the only way to remove him from the 25-man roster if the leave of absence is not related to the player being ill or injured, a childbirth, a family medical issue, or a death in the family and the Cubs don't want to play a man short tonight.

In this case, think of the Restricted List as an unpaid Leave of Absence, where the reason for the absence (whatever it may be) is simply not one of the reasons that is covered by the CBA. 

In fact, Zobrist could be reinstated in time for tomorrow's game (if he 's back by then). 

Minor league players are not covered by the CBA, so when a minor league player leaves his team to attend to a childbirth or a family medical issue or a death in the family or for any other reason, the player is placed on the unpaid "Temporatily Inactive List," which is the minor league's catch-all for a player being absent for any reason other than an illness or injury to the the player.

But there is no "Temporarily Inactive List" in MLB, so if a player leaves his club for a reason not covered by the CBA, the club has to use the more draconian sounding "Restricted List" instead. 

his wife recently shut down her twitter, this weekend.

hopefully that's unrelated to anything with ben.

just this offseason they were going out doing "chistian power couple" speaking engagements, so even if it is something up with his wife it may not be relationship related.


mixed reaction for with some clapping.

when he K'd he got more boos.

i think he deserves it.  i think he should expect it.  i think if he handles all of this well and keeps "clean" it will eventually pass...and that's okay.  that's just my opinion.

At the moment, I don't care for Addison Russell.  He's done some things that make me go, No Way! -- some things that make me go, eh, that sounds sketchy, and his play has not been very thrilling, either.  I just have too many unpleasant associations that come up when I think of him.

free baseball...

might not have a game tomorrow given the weather forecast.



hell of a last 2 games.

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  • Eric S 1 hour 38 min ago (view)

    Another lefty Padre starter and JHey gets a breather.  Robel in LF (batting 5th) Almora CF (leadoff) and Bryant in RF


  • Charlie 3 hours 8 min ago (view)

    Mike Leake? Check that guy's locker for a genie lamp.


  • bradsbeard 3 hours 23 min ago (view)

    AZ Phil, your writeup here suggests a player on the restricted list in Zobrist’s situation cannot be reinstated between August 1 and October 31. Does Zobrist actually have to be reinstated this month to play at all the rest of the season?


  • crunch 12 hours 21 min ago (view)

    base hit to lead off top 9th...aww.

    killer performance and there should be enough in the tank to easily get the CG (only 79 pitches).


  • crunch 12 hours 48 min ago (view)

    m.leake (SEA) perfect through 7ip, 67 pitches


  • crunch 13 hours 21 min ago (view)

    STL down by they score 10 in the 6th...and barely manage to win a 12-11 game.


  • Craig A. 16 hours 37 min ago (view)

    Of course, the Cubs knew he was delicate when they signed him, but Maddon pushed him anyway. How much value is there to an elite player who can’t be used very much?


  • Eric S 18 hours 21 min ago (view)

    Bote’s numbers trending down unfortunately - not far from Russell‘s


  • bradsbeard 18 hours 51 min ago (view)

    Bryant’s always been pretty good in LF. It’s RF where he looks most awkward to me. Something about staying on the left side of the field maybe. I think you’ll see Bryant and Schwarber platooned in LF going forward, though that might depend on Bote’s ability to start hitting LHP again. 


  • Eric S 19 hours 20 min ago (view)

    Cubs win and this Kimbrel pickup paying dividends


  • crunch 19 hours 25 min ago (view)


    he's a low level jerk, but i find it hard to hate the guy when he doesn't try ducking an interview to explain wtf his problem is.


  • Dolorous Jon Lester 19 hours 30 min ago (view)

    Too many of our relief arms have excelled at blowing late leads. Strop and Edwards have been the primary ones.


  • Dolorous Jon Lester 19 hours 31 min ago (view)

    He’s sipping drinks on a beach?

    Could he be Mai Tai Guy???


  • crunch 19 hours 38 min ago (view)

    SD defense is the player of the game.


  • Eric S 19 hours 46 min ago (view)

    Should the Cubs go on to win this game ... wow.  Some crazy-stupid self inflicted damage that they’ve somehow skirted. 


  • Eric S 19 hours 53 min ago (view)

    Strop has become very adroit at blowing leads giving up the long ball (same thing last Friday coming off the all star break?)