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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  • bradsbeard 9 hours 5 min ago (view)

    Angels also make sense as a destination for Kris Bryant. 


  • azbobbop 1 day 1 hour ago (view)

    I wonder if Maddon will take any of the coaches with him.


  • Arizona Phil 1 day 4 hours ago (view)

    I doubt that Maddon would have taken the job if the Angels aren't fully prepared to sign one or maybe even two FA TOR SP (like Gerrit Cole and/or Stephen Strasburg if he opts out). 

    When you have the best player in MLB and now the highest-paid manager, not making the playoffs again in 2020 just can't be acceptable. 


  • crunch 1 day 12 hours ago (view)

    HOU/NYY postponed.


  • crunch 1 day 15 hours ago (view)

    as expected, joe maddon to be the new manager of the angels.

    btw, it is unlikely tonight's HOU @ NYY (10/16) will happen because of rain that's going to start 3-4 hours before game time and carry well into the night.


  • crunch 2 days 3 hours ago (view)

    world series will be played in DC for the first time since 1933.  neat.


  • crunch 2 days 6 hours ago (view)

    and it's only getting worse...i mean, better.

    7 runs to pad out the 1st.


  • Craig A. 2 days 6 hours ago (view)

    Oof. Hudson leaves the game after giving up five runs on singles and doubles and only getting one out. 


  • Arizona Phil 2 days 9 hours ago (view)

    The thing about Kris Bryant is that he would probably be traded only to a club that feels that it under-achieved in 2019 and where the owner is exerting pressure from the top and who therefore will over-pay for two years of Kris Bryant. 


  • Charlie 2 days 14 hours ago (view)

    Yeah, it seems like I lean more toward overvaluing Bryant than most commenters here. Also, I completely stopped following prospect lists once the Cubs were good again, so I'm out of the loop on Pache especially. I had imagined that the Cubs would be looking more for immediate major league value rather than a projectable prospect, but I guess if you really like Pache you don't mind waiting a couple years.


  • K Dub 2 days 21 hours ago (view)

    PHIL: Excellent breakdown, Phil. Thanks. 

    I'm sure you heard. QO value was set at $17.8 million the day after you made your post.


  • K Dub 2 days 21 hours ago (view)

    Pache, Wright, Muller and Riley feels light to you, Charlie? I respect your opinion, but I would jump at it. I highly doubt the Braves would do it, though. Were talking 2 years of Bryant at what could be 18 million and 28-30 million in his last year of arbitration. 

    The Cubs would be hurting their chances next year and building for 2021 in a deal like that, but that's rebuilding/retooling in one fell swoop. 


  • Arizona Phil 5 days 2 hours ago (view)

    CHARLIE: Austin Riley is actually a third-baseman but he had to play LF for the Braves in 2019 because he was blocked by Josh Donaldson, and Cristian Pache is considered to be the best defensive centerfielder in the minors and his bat has improved enough over the past year or two to where he is now rated in or just outside the top ten overall prospects in MLB.

    So a package that includes Riley and Pache and one of the Braves young MLB or MLB-ready SP would probably be more than enough to get the Cubs to bite.


  • Dolorous Jon Lester 5 days 4 hours ago (view)

    Max Fried or Bryse Wilson


  • crunch 5 days 5 hours ago (view)


    t.skaggs story keeps getting deeper.

    allegations the team knew about skagg's drug abuse (also his family).  teams are required to report this to MLB.


  • Charlie 5 days 7 hours ago (view)

    Except for the headline, the linked post reads more like a trade hypothetical than a trade rumor. I like the idea of looking at this package as a discussion point for expected return for Bryant. I would say it feels a little light to me. It's deep, with two decent outfield prospects with upside and two OK pitching prospects. But Riley doesn't help the team solve the CF problem right now, so he's either redundant to Bote or sort of a Schwarber replacement. Muller's inflated BB% at AA this year worries me a bit too.