Pirates @ Cubs: Taillon vs Hendricks (Game 67)

The train keeps a-rollin’.

PIT (33-35): RHP Jameson Taillon (1-0, 1.93)
CHC (46-20): RHP Kyle Hendricks (4-6, 3.05)
First pitch: 7:08pmCST (ESPN)

Hendricks lost in DC on Monday (5.1 IP, 3 ER, 4 K, 4 BB). He’s somehow missed the Pirates so far this year. For their careers, these Pirates are 14-53 (.264) against him. Polanco is 4-11 with a HR.

Taillon, the 24y/o Floridian, made his MLB debut on the 8th and, coincidentally, has pitched against the Mets in both of his starts. He gave up 3 ER in 6 innings in Pittsburgh in his debut for a no-decision, but went 8 scoreless in Flushing on Tuesday for his first win.

Garcia (4-6, 3.93) and the Cardinals are in town next against Lackey (7-2, 2.66) tomorrow night at 7:05pmCST.

Go Cubs!


c.coghlan the leadoff hitter...okay, sure.

matt "im matt fucking bush" bush hit 100mph with a couple fastballs today vs STL...also STL blew their lead in the 8th inning.

w.contreras will get the start on monday behind the plate catching lackey (vs STL).

Lackey and 1st game of the Cardinals series...that's sort of trial by fire right there. On the plus side he'll come across as down right calm to the ump compared to Lackey.

i'm a bit worried because of the language barrier. contreras can speak spanish and his english is a little raw, but can he speak horse?

what the hell kind of unis are the cubs wearing? i thought the color/tint on my TV was screwed up for a minute. ...evidently they're "father's day" uniforms. i can't keep track of what color means what anymore.

Father's Day Cubs uniforms for prostate cancer research

Which is apropos because the Cubs are bending the Pirates over the exam table right now and donning the plastic glove.

"I'm a little bit worried because of the language barrier..."

"...contreras can speak spanish and his english is a little raw, but can he speak horse?"

contreras HR'd the hell out of that 1st HR.

I am a fan of this team.

Not a fan of bringing Richard into a game unless you are either winning or losing by 10+ runs. Single, walk and now he's pulled. Wonder if that was his last appearance as a cub.

10 run lead is still a bit risky...

Richard needs to become the new AJax. Only used to save the bullpen when the team is losing by a lot. Problem is, with this team....

He now has an ERA higher than James Shields. You never want to outdo James Shields.

Before tonight, batters were slashing .377/.435 vs. Richard. Lefties? .400/.441. Amazing.

i think the race right now is between c.richard being DFA'd and warren being sent down to AAA. either way i wouldnt be surprised to see a fresh arm up for tomorrow's game.

And...another great outing by the talented Warren.

Another game, another eight runs.

8 runs is so 2 batters ago. 10 runs is the new Cubs thing.

Contreras joins Starlin Castro, Jorge Soler, and Jason Heyward (against the Cubs) in the rare feat of HR in your first career at bat. Also some other recent Cubs related ones include Cubs 1st rd bust Luis Montanez (BAL), and Branden Guyer (TB, Garza Deal). Maybe they should've let Rondon swing away last night.

Those headlights in the Pirates rear-view mirror? The Milwaukee Brewers. Nice weekend -- sweep the Pirate while the Cards get swept. And -- good for you Cleveland. I'm no fan of LeBron's, but he is an amazing player who carried his team to a championship. Well done.

STL + PIT 5 losses in a row...STL 12.5 games back in 2nd place. awww yeah.

Realizing while watching the game last night that a Cubs win would put them 12.5 up on the Cards got me to wondering when was the last time that happened? Baseball Reference indicates 2008 Cubs finished 11.5 up, and 1984 Cubs finished 12.5 up, I assume BR has a day-by-day accounting to see if those leads were those numbers or larger at some point. Up 12.5 on first day of summer seems like charting new territory.

According to Bruce Levine, 1929. https://twitter.com/MLBBruceLevine/status/744...

He covered that team. ZING (I love Bruce, though.)

This was floating around on Twitter today

@dschoenfield 2h2 hours ago Largest lead in divisional era through June 19: 1. 2001 Mariners (19.5); 2. 2016 Cubs (12.5); 3. 1999 Indians (11).

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  • crunch 8 hours 46 min ago (view)

    There's a lot I hate about this playoff format and I hope we get back to 3-in with 2 teams playing a brutal 1-game playoff format.

    i don't want to watch 162...or 150...games to see 16 out of 30 teams get a shot at winning it all.

    we just watched the cubs drop 3 out of 4 to a team that was 15-38.  dropping a playoff series to a team that had the 5th best record and survived a 1-game sudden death playoff has a bit more legitamacy than a team that didn't even have a .500 record (MIL + HOU this year, btw).


  • Charlie 10 hours 26 min ago (view)

    Yay for playoff games taking place in the middle of a workday? I'll be watching this one well after the fact. Enjoy, to all those watching it live on Wednesday afternoon!


  • champsummers 12 hours 25 min ago (view)


    And I did not know he was eligible already.  Makes sense..


  • crunch 19 hours 29 sec ago (view)

    ex-cub and fun baseball dude Jay Johnstone has died.  74 years old (dementia, COVID).


  • Dolorous Jon Lester 1 day 22 hours 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 2 days 2 hours 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 2 days 2 hours 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 2 days 5 hours 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. 2 days 6 hours 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 2 days 10 hours 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 2 days 11 hours 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 2 days 12 hours 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 2 days 12 hours ago (view)

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


  • Charlie 2 days 12 hours 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 2 days 12 hours ago (view)

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

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