Cubs @ Nationals: Hendricks versus Scherzer (Game 62)

Another day, another 13 runs.

CHC (43-18): RHP Kyle Hendricks (4-5, 2.90)
WAS (39-24): RHP Max Scherzer (7-4, 3.57)
First pitch: 6:05pmCST

Hendricks reverted to a 5-inning pitcher on Tuesday, giving up 2 runs and losing to the Phillies. He beat the Nationals at Wrigley in May (6 IP, 0 ER, 4 K, 2 BB). They are 6-49 (.122) against him. Harper is 2-7 with a HR.

Scherzer beat the White Sox his last time out (7 IP, 0 ER, 6 K, 1 BB). He had his worst game of the season at Wrigley in May (5 IP, 7 ER, 7 K, 3 BB), but don’t expect a line like that again. The Cubs are 23-100 (.230) against him. Heyward is 4-8, and Zobrist and his Shake Weight are 5-22 with 3 HR.

Lackey (7-2, 2.63) versus Gonzalez (3-5, 3.93) at 6:05pmCST tomorrow.

Go Cubs!


*TM pending :-)

aside from hendricks being a starter, this could be a future playoff matchup...let's do on. ...and surezure strikes out 3 with 14 pitches to begin the game.

I don't think Hammel is a sure thing over Hendricks. Will just have to see how they are doing at the end of the year.

i'm assuming a 3-man rotation...with a 4-man and hammel's legendary late collapses nothing is in stone this early as far as counting out hendricks. also 5Ks through 2ip for surezure. ...8Ks through 3ip, 40 pitches. it's getting a bad way.

Things I learned today:

My mother is friends with Max Scherzer's grandmother.

Random. And cool.

Yeah.  I wonder if that makes me famous?

No. Parachat recaps make you famous.

Eh. Didn't expect to to win this one. Scherzer was on, Heyward and Coghlan almost caught those balls that led to 3 in the 6th, but not meant to be. These are the games I really miss Schwarber. Seeing a lot of Coghlan. A bit too much, maybe.

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  • Dolorous Jon Lester 3 hours 48 min ago (view)

    I understand why it feels unsettling. I remember the series well (though I, unlike Theo, actually was in high school). Anyway, I view it as a chance to right previous wrongs in the same way we stomped StL out of the playoffs in 2015, or the way the Nationals got to burn through two teams last year that had dumped them out of October in previous seasons.

    But if we lose, of course that was 17 years ago so it's two extremely different organizations.


  • Arizona Phil 7 hours 49 min ago (view)

    DJL: All players on Optional Assignment to the minors must be recalled on the day after the conclusion of the MLB regular season, even if the player has not spent at least ten days on Optional Assignment. Players cannot be optioned to the minors again until Spring Training. 


  • Arizona Phil 8 hours 10 min ago (view)

    CHAMP: No option year is spent just by calling up a player to MLB. An option year is spent only if a player on an MLB 40-man roster is optioned to the minors for at least 20 days in a given season. 

    Also, Brailyn Marquez is (was) eligible for selection in the Rule 5 Draft in December, so the Cubs were going to add him to the 40 on 11/20 anyway. They just did it a couple of months early.  


  • bradsbeard 11 hours 20 min ago (view)

    Not sure if serious, but Theo became the Red Sox GM in 2002. It's true though, there probably aren't many people in the organization besides Ricketts and Crane Kenney who have any strong feelings about that series. 


  • Craig A. 12 hours 18 min ago (view)

    I wonder if anyone on the Cubs cares or even remembers the odd events when the Marlins played the Cubs in 2003. I think Theo was in high school. To this old fart it will be more than a little unsettling to watch this post-season match-up. At least we can be fairly certain there will no fans grabbing for foul balls. 


  • bradsbeard 15 hours 46 min ago (view)

    Which is kind of annoying. Nobody really picked the Cubs to win this division pre-season. I guess Mattingly gets some credit for guiding the Marlins through their positives but even just letting them play that one game with half the team sick should knock him out of consideration. Meanwhile Ross kept a tight ship and the Cubs has no positives all year. I'd say Ross or Tingler should get it over Mattingly. 


  • crunch 17 hours 3 min ago (view)

    cubs finish 34-26 (1st, division)...they play MIA on wednesday.

    good start for d.ross, but the manager of the year is most likely going to d.mattingley (MIA) or j.tingler(SD).


  • crunch 17 hours 40 min ago (view)

    ...or he won't make it out of the 8th

    0.2ip 2h 3bb 1k, 5r/er...2 wild pitches

    there's some great stuff in that arm.  mid/high-80s slider, "changeup" around 90mph, fastball 97-99mph...all effortless.  21 years old and never pitched above A-ball.


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  • crunch 17 hours 49 min ago (view)

    rough debut...doubt we're going to see him in the 9th.


  • Charlie 17 hours 57 min ago (view)

    Reminds me a little of Jeff Samardzija's debut. Adrenaline throwing straight gas but all over the place. Samardzija threw a fastball all the way to the backstop in his debut (2008).


  • crunch 17 hours 59 min ago (view)

    back to back 3-2 count 6-pitch walks.

    he's not in the zone.  he's throwing almost totally fastballs, too.


  • crunch 18 hours 21 sec ago (view)

    alzolay's gotta be locked in for a start given what he's done lately.

    i wonder what role j.lester will be given.  if he's starting, hopefully he's the 3rd/4th starter, if at all.  someone will probably give him a 2021 contract if he doesn't retire...hope it's not the cubs giving that contract, though.


  • crunch 18 hours 3 min ago (view)

    dude's thrown a 97mph and 98mph fastball to start and both looked like he was barely expending effort.

    unfortunately, neither were near the plate.


  • Charlie 18 hours 6 min ago (view)

    So, Alzolay gets at least one October start, right? He'd be a weapon out of the pen if the Cubs had more than two believable starters ready.


  • crunch 18 hours 7 min ago (view)

    Q goes 2 effective (2ip 2h 1bb 2k, 0r/er) and here comes b.marquez...