Cubs @ Cardinals: Hendricks vs Gant (Game 105)

CHC (60-44): RHP Kyle Hendricks (6-9, 4.05)
STL (53-51): RHP John Gant (3-3, 3.44)
First pitch: 7:00pmCST
Hendricks gave up 3 ER in 5 innings for the loss against the D'backs on Tuesday. He's 1-0 with a 5.06 in two starts against the Cardinals this season. Overall, they are 43-154 (.279) against him. Pham is 4-11 with a HR.
Gant, who had a no-decision against the Cubs at Wrigley last weekend (5 IP, 0 ER), pitched an inning of relief and gave up 2 ER in Cincinnati on Wednesday. The Cubs are 6-27 (.222) against him. Rizzo is 4-5.
Lester and Taillon in Pittsburgh for a two-game quickie on Tuesday, starting at 6:05pmCST.
Go Cubs!


Kyle, get it done.


Hard to believe he brought a no-hitter into the 8th there in 2015

Headed to the game tonight with my dad. Wish us luck on the weather and on Hendricks suppressing homeruns!

Bring home a W, and we will sing your praises!

Sir Charles -- You da Man!!!

Happy for you and your dad, Charlie -- that was a good game.  My son and I came within a strike of seeing a no-hitter while at the Braves/Dodgers game earlier in the afternoon - probably the closest I'll get to seeing one in person. 

Ah, nice work on the near no-hitter! It was a great game. It was definitely worth waiting through the 1-hour delay. The defense in particular was great. I got us seats halfway up the third base line, so we had a great view of Bote's barehanded plays. He's looking really great on D. (He's going to have to lay off pitches above the belt, though, because he can't get to them.) There were a lot of Cubs fans there, and most of the Cards fans were pretty OK with that. There were a few nearby that got a little irritable about it once the Cubs took the lead. Overall, it perfectly fit the mold of a solid, watchable win.

Good work Charlie!

Giants scoring runs! 4 of 'em!  Keep going, boys!

Giants get it done!  Over to you, Cubs.

c.mazzoni optioned to iowa...ham added (pitching on wednesday)

Rizzo 1B, Zobrist RF, Heyward CF, Baez 2B, Contreras C, Schwarber LF, Russell SS, Hendricks P, Bote 3B

Arizona Phil; I have a question regarding Yu Darvish’s contract which my partners in our season ticket package have been discussing at length and you may may help resolve to some degree. First, Darvish has a contract extending over six years.  Are all six years guaranteed regardless of his physical health (arm, elbow, etc.).  Secondly, do the Cubs have insurance on the contract. (I would assume that might be difficult if you have already had Tommy John surgery, and if you could get it the deductible or limitations would be severe). Thanks for you help Phil.

ROGERS: All six years are fully guaranteed (although Darvish can elect to opt-out after the 2019 season).

He also has a full "no trade" through the 2019 season, then a partial "no trade" (can block trade to 12 clubs specified in advance by Darvish) beginning post-2019 through the 2022 season, and then a full "no trade" again (as a "10/5 player") beginning post-2022 that also covers the 2023 season as long as he is not traded to another club prior to the conclusion of the 2022 season.    

While it is common practice for MLB clubs to take out an insurance policy to protect against a catastrophic injury to a position-player or to a pitcher who is signed to a long-term guaranteed contract with a substantial salary, the policies usually only pay-out after the player or pitcher is out of commission with one certain particular (specific) injury for a long period of time (at least a full season or more likely at least two full seasons). Also, the policies are very expensive and do not even come close to fully-covering the financial loss to the club even after the policy kicks-in.  

The other story, which is unlikely, is he decides to retire and in such case the team owes him nothing except a kick in the ass (but that is not very classy).

Thanks Phil.  This obviously was a decision that had to be made after some tough thinking by Theo, Jed, and Tom Ricketts. It might have been harder for them to make the decision to spend $126 million on this amount of risk than to convince Darvish’s people to sign on.  $126 million is a real hit on your financial statement.

Giambrone pulled in the third inning. BR says Ziegler may be coming.

following up on Giambrone...

from Mick Gillespie (Smokies radio):

Trent Giambrone #Cubs Leads @smokiesbaseball with 16 Homeruns, 22 Stolen bases and second with 19 Doubles. Pulled in the 3rd inning and didn’t appear to be injury related. Ranked as the 30th best prospect http://MLB.Com  prospect list. Hugs reported in the dugout

it's been on/off (mostly on) raining in STL all day...this game gonna start on time?

after a promising start, c.coleman totally craps himself (again).

12er in his last 2 starts...of 3ip combined

phew, I was worried that we'd see Casey Coleman in Chicago. Well, maybe he'll need a ticket to get in now.

rain delay.  no idea when they'll begin from the announce crew.

SPs havent even warmed up yet.  it'll be 40-60 minutes, minimum...if they start at all.  there's a chance it could be cancelled in the next 10-15 minutes


the outfield and track must be a mess.

per ESPN/Olney...pitchers to start warming up approx. 7:50pm...estimated start 8:30pm CST. Tarp still on field right now (7:43p), so it's all hoodoo and radar.

a'ite...let's do this.




Ozuna's swing looks equally as weird in person as it does on TV.

More of the same, I see...

Our pitching sucks.  It is what it is.   But I’m finding our offense absolutely maddening.  10 pitch first innings over and over and over again since the break.  Not allowing anyone to pitch themselves into trouble.  And it is like broken record.  You’d think you’d see it in 2 games and fix it.   

Schwarber's big mistake in the HR Derby was not having Hendricks pitch to him.  The frequency of first-inning HRs is simply staggering.

Carrie Muskat‏ @CarrieMuskat

#Cubs @smokiesbaseball 2B Trent Giambrone was pulled from today's game because of a tight hamstring

8 in a row and 10 of 11 for Hendricks.  6K 0 BB in 4 IP so far...

Great turnaround by Kyle -- hopefully something clicked.  Nice to see him getting strikeouts again.

Looked great from the third inning on. He started screwing up some hitters' timing at that point. I was surprised Joe left him out for the 7th, but then I remembered Morrow is on the DL.

timely cardinals errors are neat-o.

arod making a hell of a charge that he'll probably regret once 100 people want to ask him about it...

he says no one is saying anything publically, but darvish's long rehab and clubhouse presence with multiple support crew (trainers/etc) is supposedly wearing thin on the rest of the team.

cubs win, brews lose...sweet

Cardinals will be cellars?

Another nice game for Bote -- 2 hits and some snappy defense.

It could be Bote's defense and Happ's recent infield play may relegate Happ back to a strictly outfield option again. Russell looked healthy at short after being held out a few games while nursing an injury (hand/knuckle). 

Day off today. Good day to make a deal!

ARod thinks the Yu situation is a clubhouse cancer? ...wait, isn’t he the guy who took gummies w/ steroids and HGH injections to heal his injuries. The pot calling the kettle (OK cheap medicinal pot joke). The below quote could have been said about ARod many times during his drug marred career.

"When you have a guy that signed an enormous contract and is sitting down, and you walk in the training room and he's got two trainers working on him, you should be in Arizona somewhere getting treated," Rodriguez said.

"A guy, to start a six-year contract with three of the worst months that you can ever see … They won't say this publicly, but it's gotten so bad. They've let him basically place and take control of his rehab, which is scary, because they don't want to create anything that he can kind of push back against. He'll let the team know when he's ready -- which, let me tell you what that means to a clubhouse, you lose respect quickly."

it was weird.

no one else on the announce crew wanted to touch that rant...not even asking questions.

also... "They won't say this publicly, but it's gotten so bad." ...that's a very...umm...presidential statement.

Sounds like somebody is projecting.

A Rod can keep his big mouth out of Cub business.

R.E.S.P.E.CT....Find out what it means to me.

Aretha Rodriguez Franklin 

Because greatness is cool, even when the player is something of a tool:  Chris Sale's last 6 starts: 39 IP, one run.

Robin Ventura had Sale and the good Quintana in his rotation for five years-- and he had one winning season.  My goodness.

speaking of lost opportunities...

WAS is 6 games out of 1st and the wild card...52-53 record...and doesn't seem to be in a selling mood for some reason.  they don't have to fire sale everyone, but there's some expendable pieces they could cash in for near-future return.

there's been infighting in the team and all the egos are supposedly becoming toxic.  it's a mess.

Fucking Rockies. Up 4-1 in 7th and can’t hold the lead. 4-4 xtras

Yup -- generally, walking 4 of the first 5 hitters in an inning isn't a good approach, particularly with a 3-run lead.  Rockies starter begins the 7th with back-to-back walks, and the team with the most expensive bullpen in history leaves him in to walk another.  What the hell.  Cards walk off in 10.  Brewers beating up on Maeda and the Dodgers.  Guess this West Coast trip isn't going to be so rough after all.  Yuck.

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  • bradsbeard 3 hours 13 min ago (view)

    Great info. Thanks! 


  • Arizona Phil 3 hours 13 min ago (view)

    BRADSBEARD: What happens on 12/2 is each club submits what's called a "Central Tender Letter" to the MLB LRD listing which unsigned players on the club's MLB Reserve List (40-man roster) are being tendered a contract and which unsigned players are not being tendered a contract. 

    The CTL is sufficient as far as providing proof of contract tender.  

    For players being tendered contracts, the CTL must list the club's MLB salary offer, a minor league split salary offer (if the club so chooses), and performance bonuses (if any) the club is offering to the player.


  • crunch 11 hours 49 min ago (view)

    theo walked away from a big payday for an executive in his last season as a cub without having another job scoped out...and according to him he's not even looking one.

    something tells me this isn't going to be a fun off-season for cubs fans.

    the state of the cubs household aside, i wouldn't exactly be shocked to see theo with the mets, though he's supposedly not on their radar at the moment.


  • Dolorous Jon Lester 12 hours 13 min ago (view)

    The Cubs have been at the forefront of tone-deaf owners in terms of financial hardship during the pandemic. "The game isn't as profitable as most people think"


  • tim815 1 day 9 hours ago (view)

    The decision on the amount comes later.


  • bradsbeard 1 day 12 hours ago (view)

    At the point when the team makes the initial contract tender, do they have to offer a specific salary, and if so is that the same number the team takes into arbitration? Or does the specific number the teams files at for arbitration happen at a later date?


  • Arizona Phil 1 day 14 hours ago (view)

    jdrnym: A player who is signed to a contract that does not include a minor league split salary is paid his full MLB salary while optioned or after being outrighted to a minor league club.

    So if a player goes to arbitration and is awarded (let's say) a $2.5M salary by the arb panel, the contract will not include a minor league split salary or performance bonuses, and if the player is sent to the minors he is paid the full $2.5M while in the minors.


  • Hagsag 1 day 16 hours ago (view)

    Maybe Trump can give them a loan.


  • crunch 1 day 16 hours ago (view)

    it's not exactly looking good when the cubs brass is complaining about "losing 100m in revenue" when a huge chunk of that seems to include Hotel Zachary.  it looks like the entire "entertainment complex" is the cubs as far as the Ricketts are concerned...and the team might have to suffer a bit because they couldn't fully realize profits last year.  they've publically stated that the big incoming tax credits from the city they're going to realize for stadium work won't help the cubs payroll.


  • jdrnym 2 days 1 hour ago (view)

    If a player doesn't have a split salary in his contract, how much is he making when in the minors (or how is that salary determined)?


  • crunch 2 days 7 hours ago (view)

    we want kyle schwarber to not be mark trumbo so badly...

    either way, the NL having or not having the DH needs to be figured out pretty quickly for a lot of off-season sanity.


  • crunch 3 days 11 hours ago (view)

    minor league hitting coordinator chris valaika moves up assistant hitting instructor for the big league team.

    looks like a.iapoce's job is safe.


  • Cubster 3 days 14 hours ago (view)

    Jed Hoyer gets a new 5 yr contract that runs through 2025 season. 


  • Cubster 3 days 15 hours ago (view)

    BA's list of 19 prospects who impressed at Instructs. One Cub:

    Chase Strumpf, 2B, Cubs


  • Jackstraw 4 days 10 hours ago (view)

    Waiting for Ryan Pace to be available.  He should be a week from tomorrow.


  • crunch 4 days 10 hours ago (view)

    i haven't even heard a rumor...which is interesting since "virtual" winter meetings start in a couple weeks.

    surprised dan kantrovitz hasn't been named "interim GM" or something...which makes me wonder how wide of a net they're casting to fill the position.  he was snagged from the A's and was an assistant GM there (and director of scouting for STL).