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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  • Arizona Phil 1 hour 5 min ago (view)

    The Cubs have released RHRP Brandon Morrow. There is no indication that they plan to re-sign him to another (different) 2020 minor league contract without the Article XX-B $100K retention bonus provision (as happened with Jason Kipnis last week).  


  • crunch 2 hours 33 min ago (view)

    rizzo takes another day off (lower back).  ross says the club is "exercising caution."

    klye ryan is expected to join the team tomorrow after some mysterious holdup.


  • Ryno 3 hours 10 min ago (view)

    Has anyone seen Darvish's pitch "The Supreme"?  Isn't it just a sinker?


  • Ryno 3 hours 18 min ago (view)

    In other words:  This lineup sucks.


  • Arizona Phil 3 hours 35 min ago (view)

    Jason Kipnis was released on June 29th and then he was re-signed to a new (different) 2020 minor league contract that does not require a $100K retention bonus if he is not added to the Cubs MLB Reserve List by 2020 MLB Opening Day (7/23).  

    Brandon Morrow remains on his original 2020 minor league contract which pays him a $100K retention bonus if he is not released by 7/18 or added to the Cubs MLB Reserve List by 7/23. 


  • Eric S 3 hours 40 min ago (view)

    There is that re Kimbrel - at worst, just another year on the books.

     July 1st is Bobby Bonilla Day - the day that check is cut and paid annually. 


  • Cubster 3 hours 46 min ago (view)

    On the bright side regarding Kimbrel. It doesn't have the lasting bad side as the Mets arrangement with Bobby Bonilla. Unless they want to re-negotiate Kimbrel's terms.


  • Eric S 5 hours 12 min ago (view)


    Watching the last night's highlight clip was not encouraging either as discussed here:


  • crunch 9 hours 48 min ago (view)

    i still can't believe this front office paid anyone 16m a year to throw 60-70ip...


  • Eric S 19 hours 13 min ago (view)

    Unfortunately, Kimbrel in Cub mid season form as well, giving up a two out, two run oppo homer to Willson. 

    Kimbrel Cub stats which I tried to bury but were dug up again: gave up a career high 9 home runs in only 20 2/3 inning, averaged a career high 9.1 hits allowed per 9 innings and served up a 6.53 ERA for his troubles. And no full spring training build up period again.  Still hopeful he's got something left in the tank this year and next but man, he's got my full attention going into the season


  • BobbyD 19 hours 39 min ago (view)

    Hmm. Never thought about it that way. Maybe it is a very stable genius? 


  • crunch 22 hours 19 min ago (view)

    maybe he's hoping it'll be bad enough to flip the population odometer over to 0 after humanity is wiped from the planet.  let's give him more time to see if he's right before we get too down on him.


  • crunch 22 hours 21 min ago (view)

    "Shohei Ohtani threw just 15 of his 50 pitches for strikes in an intrasquad game Tuesday.  Trent Rush had him at eight walks, a hit by pitch and six wild pitches before he was shut down for a day. "



  • crunch 22 hours 22 min ago (view)

    anthony rizzo is in mid-season form.

    he sat out today with lower back tightness.


  • BobbyD 23 hours 46 min ago (view)

    Well, back in February (I think; that was about 17 years ago now), our diaper staining commander in his own mind declared we had 15 cases in the U.S. and that would quickly go to zero. 130k dead and rapidly rising now 4 months later I still have brain dead neighbors in SoCal saying if Biden gets elected we're screwed. I wonder what they think screwed looks like. 


  • crunch 1 day 6 hours ago (view)

    cubs taking full advantage of that "night games deal" with the wrigleyville neighborhood...almost all the home games will be night games.

    8 home day games, 6 on the weekend.