Cubs vs. Pirates: Hendricks vs. Musgrove (Game 86)

CHC (45-40): RHP Kyle Hendricks (7-5, 3.36 ERA)
PIT (40-43): RHP Joe Musgrove (6-7, 4.27 ERA)
First pitch 6:05pmCDT

Kyle Hendricks returns from his IL stint just in time to help the bullpen recover from yesterday's blowout loss. Hendrick's last start was probably his second worst of the season, and the news of his shoulder impingement followed hot on the heels of that loss to the Dodgers. Current Pirates are 35-147 against him with a collective .650 OPS. Polanco, 10-28 with two homeruns, is on the IL for this series. Joe Musgrove is 1-1 vs. the Prof.

Musgrove has built on last year's success with more of the same, getting ground balls and keeping his walks low. His fastball velocity is down a touch this year, but he's been just as effective. As a group, the Cubs are only 15-83 off of him with a .522 OPS. Rizzo is 0-10 and Javy 1-12. Descalso is 3-7. In both his career and this season, lefties have had much better success off of Musgrove.

Comments

Amaya, Almora/Happ, Zagunis & an A pitcher for Merrifield...

I don’t think that’s even close. I think to even get KC’s attention, the dialogue starts with Amaya and Alzolay.

schwarber / bryant / rizzo / baez / contreras / heyward / almora / russell / hendricks

Sweet victory: only one run scored by the Buccos in the first inning. No doubles. No home runs. Progress!

top of the 4th...tarp on the field.

sigh.

DFA the entire pen.

The guy who got the game 7 save looks an awful lot like a DFA candidate these days

Looks like Maddon’s pregame players meeting has straightened the ship.

la stella had to be helped off the field after fouling one off his leg.

that would be some cruel stuff if he couldn't play in the all-star game.

PHIL- Did we ever find out who the 3 PTBNL were in the Drew Smyly trade or did that just become cash or the PTBNL is the PTBNL is the PTBNL

cubbies.4ever: No PTBNLs were named by the six month deadline, so it was an automatic cash substitution ($50,000) for both clubs. 

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  • Charlie 30 min 37 sec ago (view)

    Dang, I miss Javy and Rizz.

     

  • Mike Wellman 57 min 4 sec ago (view)

    The Hey, Hoe, Hen alignment...

     

  • crunch 1 hour 20 min ago (view)

    zobrist / cast / bryant / schwarb / contreras / caratini / heyward / hoe / hendricks

    this lineup seems to be a popular thing.

     

  • Dolorous Jon Lester 4 hours 55 min ago (view)

    Lots of games where they failed to add on.

    Lots of games Strop has single handedly blown, too.

     

  • Charlie 5 hours 25 min ago (view)

    There are so many candidates. The early season losing streak comes painfully to mind.

     

  • Charlie 5 hours 26 min ago (view)

    JHey's swing looks like it slipped into groundout mode. That Nico lineout was heartbreaking. :(

     

  • Charlie 5 hours 26 min ago (view)

    Threw Vanmeter a curve and changeup that both looked great on TV, though Vanmeter didn't offer.

     

  • Mike Wellman 7 hours 11 min ago (view)

    First thing I'll point to, depending on the final order of finish, is the fact that, for the second year in a row we took the lead off of Hader in the 8th inning of a key late-season game @ Milwaukee & couldn't keep it. The second thing will be the game we led 5-0 after 7 & managed to lose. Nats next face Marlins. Cards come to town licking their chops/beaks to finish us off...

     

  • Dolorous Jon Lester 10 hours 18 min ago (view)

    They’re toast. Can’t finish games, can’t finish series, and it looks very much like they won’t finish this season.

     

  • Hagsag 11 hours 34 min ago (view)

    The Cubbies are in a tough situation. If they make the playoffs, they will have earned it!. Enjoy the ride folks.

     

  • Eric S 18 hours 1 min ago (view)

    Reds win season series 11-8 - possibly the first thing you point to should the Cubs miss the post season

     

  • Eric S 18 hours 8 min ago (view)

    Long looking swing for JHey ... and Nico - oof

     

  • Eric S 18 hours 9 min ago (view)

    Heard Len say Descalso’s name and about had a heart attack. Then heard him say “pinch runner” and settled down a bit

     

  • Charlie 18 hours 13 min ago (view)

    Contreras's receiving didn't do Norwood any favors in that Vanmeter at-bat. And Norwood needed some favors.

     

  • Eric S 18 hours 18 min ago (view)

    Gotta do better than three hits in nine innings in a start by Mahle - this one is on the bats

     

  • crunch 18 hours 23 min ago (view)

    4th pitcher of the inning coming in...neat