Dodgers @ Cubs: Urias vs Hendricks (Game 52)

Hendricks (aka, Baby Maddux, El Professor) goes for the series win.

LAD (28-26): LHP Julio Urias (0-0, 10.13)
CHC (36-15): RHP Kyle Hendricks (3-4, 2.93)
First pitch: 1:20pmCST

Hendricks went 9 complete against the Phillies on Saturday, allowing only 1 ER on 5 hits, while striking out 7 and walking none. He came one right field bloop/team error away from doing his Maddux imitation but ended up throwing a still-efficient 104 pitches. He went 2-2 with a 2.23 in May. The Dodgers are 5-28 (.179) against him. Turner is 2-5 and Gonzalez is 1-2, both with a HR.

Things didn’t go as planned for the 19y/o Urias in his debut, lasting only 2.2 and giving up 3 ER to the Mets in New York. Doing that would probably be the “best day of my life,” too, as he said afterward. The Dodgers promptly sent him back to AAA, but the injury to Wood means he’s back.

Maeda, who was scheduled to go today, is moved to tomorrow to face the Braves, even though it seems like it would have been much better for the kid to face a shitty team at home than to see the Cubs at Wrigley. But who am I to judge.

Bradley (2-0, 6.11) and the D’Backs versus Lackey (5-2, 3.16) to open the weekend series tomorrow at 1:20pmCST. Hammel's hamstring is good to go for Saturday, after a cramp ended his last start in the third inning.

Go, Cubs!


Trib article this am mentions that Kyle Hendricks has been nicknamed "El Professor" (by Pedro Strop). Baby Maddux still works for me.

Strop never asked me for permission to sublet my nickname to someone else...

Dodgers Pitching... Man, the Dodgers seem to always have some good people scouting arms. Urias signed at 16; Kershaw, Baez, Hatcher, Jansen, Jose de Leon, Grant Holmes The Cubs have... Ummm... Duane Underwood? Pierce Johnson? Carson Sands?

On the other hand they have a terrible offense and not a lot of hope in the pipeline. It's all a trade-off I suppose with what you focus on. Hopefully now that we have a great, young offensive base they can focus on pitching.

Yep. Good point...

McCleod actually just said today that pitching is going to be a focus moving forward and that they need to do a better job identifying and developing pit ching so that's good to hear. They don't have a pick till the 3rd round this year though.

Interesting how longtime legacies continue: Dodgers could always pitch (dating back to Koufax/Drysdale) but struggled to hit, Red Sox could always hit (dating back to Ted Williams!) but struggled to pitch. The ballparks may have something to do with that....

"[Schwarber] was in good spirits," Hoyer said. "That was the first checkup since the surgery, and he was happy to get that checkup out of the way and keep progressing. The doctor was very happy with what he saw."

Not sure if it's been mentioned but looking like Hammel will be able to pitch his next start and Wood is back available in the bullpen today. Rondon is going to throw today and then Cubs will see if he needs some time off for his back.

Always on the lookout for minor-league pitching prospects--especially starters--who miss bats, a commodity not in great supply, it must be said, in the Cub system under the current regime. So along comes Pedro Araujo (6-3, 214, righty, just shy of 23 years, out of the DR), called up to South Bend on May 27. Last year at Eugene, Araujo struck out 70 in 50.1 innings, yielding 43 hits and 9 walks. At SB so far, he has notched 8 K's in 5 innings with no hits and a walk. Purely a reliever, so far. Someone to keep an eye on now that he's surfaced in A-ball.


Thank you VA PHIL. Any decent real pitching prospects news is always welcomed.

Awesome, thanks for the tip.

Wow, they are looking spunky today.

When Urias is making his Hall of Fame Speech, he'll fondly recall this game as the one that humbled him and pushed him to work harder.

That was an unusual swinging-bunt for Bryant to choose to turn into a no-play. Didn't seem to have any chance at all of going foul, and seemed to get out to him fast enough to conceivably have some shot at 1st.  I'm sure he had a better read on it than me, just seems an inordinately hard-hit squib to give up on....

Not to mention the effect it'll have on Hendricks' pitch count.

you, go have a snickers, too...or a nap. you've had a long day of moving goalposts.

But not bearing crosses. That's your job.

Gotta say that it looked like Baez really expanded his "strike" zone after hitting that home run (swinging strike three on a fastball several inches high of the zone). Of course, that second called strike several inches off the inside part of the plate didn't help him in his quest to learn plate discipline.

Good call. (Yours, not the ump's.)

rizzo breaks his 2-week+ HR drought! ...and heyward got one earlier. heat it up.

37-15...unf. a well rested pen and with t.wood pitching an inning it seems hammel is assumed good to go.

I think with that win, the Cubs are like 36-3 against good teams....might be off a few games.

Cubs only have winning record in West is vs LAsquared

Although we beat Greinke in the first week of the season (Kyle Hendricks won 4-2 and the Cubs scored 3 runs in the first)...He's back on track lately. We might have dodged another bullet vs the Diamondbacks, given that we didn't face KKershaw in the LA series. Zack Greinke pitched for AZ today, so he's not going in the weekend series. AZ won 3-0. vs. Astros: 7 IP, 4H, No Runs, No walks, 11K

El Professor's WHIP is now 0.92 -- good for 3rd in the NL. Last year, he was tied for 11th best WHIP in the NL. Not bad for a #5 starter (full disclosure: as a fellow Dartmouth alum, I'm biased...)

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  • crunch 7 hours 7 min ago (view)

    i can't believe this kind of stuff is what we're talking about 2 months into the 2020 season...i can't believe a lot of stuff about 2020 outside of the game, too.


  • crunch 11 hours 26 min ago (view)

    contract rights are retained by the team.

    in normal times this keeps labor relations between employer and player not too volitile with only a handful of player/owner issues.  in times like this you see a system that was not designed for an event like this.

    some owners are being responsible over the players who's contracts they control while other owners make us realize why the guillotine was occsasionally popular during revoltutions/revolts.


  • Jackstraw 11 hours 53 min ago (view)

    So they are all free agents?  Or still under contract and not getting paid?  I'm sure AZ Phil or someone else has covered this but I haven't been keeping up with all the fine points of baseball's problems recently.


  • Dolorous Jon Lester 14 hours 26 min ago (view)

    Manfred is such a dreadful commissioner. It's his job to walk a fine line and maintain peace in labor relations. Instead he lets the owners do whatever they want.

    Cannot wait for a long, bitter strike after 2021. And for the owners to ultimately turn plenty of fan sentiment against players.


  • crunch 1 day 6 hours ago (view)

    "The A's told their minor leaguers Tuesday that they will not continue to pay them their current salary of $400 per week beyond May 31."

    classy.  absolute class act stuff right there.


  • crunch 1 day 8 hours ago (view)

    Evan Drellich @EvanDrellich
    The MLBPA is very disappointed with MLB’s economic proposal today, source tells me and @Ken_Rosenthal, calling additional cuts proposed “massive." League offered to share more playoff revenue, but on balance, those dollars are small compared to what players give up, PA believes.


  • crunch 1 day 10 hours ago (view)

    A's are furloughing nearly all of their staff through the entire organization...including scouts, which make a shockingly low amount of money.

    the A's are owned by a multi-billionaire who inherited his loot from dad (founder of The Gap)...and him + family spent $10m trying to keep Obama from getting a 2nd term, which i assume is their idea of a good investment in their community...whereas paying loyal employees for years/decades for a few months is...well...*shrug*


  • Ryno 1 day 17 hours ago (view)

    Depends on who you are.


  • Ryno 1 day 17 hours ago (view)

    Sorry--Just needed to experience a little normalcy.


  • Ryno 1 day 17 hours ago (view)

    That was the dumbest lineup I've ever seen.


  • Hagsag 1 day 20 hours ago (view)



  • Cubster 2 days 14 hours ago (view)

    speaking of Trump's trained rats...


  • Hagsag 2 days 21 hours ago (view)

    Cubster, your comments about President Bone Spurs could not be more accurate. Thanks for posting!


  • BobbyD 3 days 8 hours ago (view)

    Cubster: I agree with your comments, save one. That the president is "leading" America. He couldn't lead a pack of rats to a NYC dumpster on an August afternoon. The "man" is a f'ing disgrace. 


  • crunch 3 days 10 hours ago (view)

    though the team cheaped out on this offseason (still an overall top-tier payroll), i was at least looking forward to seeing the beginning of the david ross era...and who was going to win the 2nd base job...

    nothing about 2020 baseball feels legit anymore.  just hearing the players talk about it, you'd think they were organizing a casual pickup game for charity at an inconvient time and place...doesn't seem like they're really stoked about it.


  • Cubster 3 days 11 hours ago (view)

    June 1st is a week from tomorrow. Given 5 weeks of spring training before starting (July 4th?), the season is on the brink of going bye-bye. It's bad enough in 2020 to be losing prime career years for Javy Baez and Kris Bryant, let alone Anthony Rizzo, Kyle Schwarber, Kyle Hendricks, and Willson Contreras. If one of them gets coronavirus, loses lung capacity, and alters their career arc, Cub fans will for a long time have a bitter taste in their mouths. All for, at best,  a bizarre half-season without fans watching in the ballparks.