Nationals @ Cubs: Roark vs Hendricks (Game 108)

WAS (63-43): RHP Tanner Roark (8-7, 4.93)
CHC (57-50): RHP Kyle Hendricks (4-3, 3.80)
First pitch: 1:20pmCST

Hendricks gave up 1 ER in 5 innings in Milwaukee on Saturday but ended up with a no-decision in a game the Cubs won 2-1. The Nationals are 15-69 (.217) against him. Harper is 3-10 with a HR.

Roark lost to the Rockies his last time out (5 IP, 4 ER, 8 K, 4 BB). He’s 5-2 with a 4.34 on the road this season. The Cubs are 11-55 (.200) against him. Bryant is 4-8 with a HR, and Rizzo is 4-15 with 2 HR. Heyward is 0-15.

In addition to missing Strasburg, who’s out with a nerve impingement, the Cubs are also not going to see Scherzer, who left Tuesday's game after one inning because of neck spasms. 

Lackey (8-9) against TBD tomorrow at the same time.

Go Cubs!


EJAX PITCHING AGAINST THE CUBS TOMORROW! Do you think we can get one game in this series now?

Scherzer and Strasberg out with ailments and Gio on paternity leave. So naturally Nats sweep the series.

You are pure evil. Don't you dare!

The reverse Dusty chalupa - not much I can do about it.

Russell to DL, Zastryzny up. Thank goodness, we really needed that 9th guy in the 'pen. They had to cover a whole 11 innings over 3 days!

I had really thought that the 16-3 game 3 days ago would do wonders for the team's confidence. The early-inning blues have returned. IT is that much harder to come back against the good teams.

Murphy likes Cubs pitching more than I like him.

Murphy is a good hitter. I'd like to see the Cubs get that sort of production from a third-day bat.

Ground out...Ground out...Ground out...Ground out...K Repeat


cj edwards just keeps getting worse. it's amazing. 2 hits, a walk...0 outs... popout (run scores) and a double play. damage limited.

Not watching the game, but read a tweet his velocity was down yesterday and today too.

You know, I feel the same way - but aren't you "Mr. Sample Size"? Looking at his entire year, he has been damn good (I grudgingly have to admit this). But the last two innings he has pitched he has sucked ass. As you see, Maddon brought him right out there today - And, as BB has reminded that I didn't absorb fully - these last 6 games are not playing the Padres, Brewers, or Orioles. I can see why the D-Backs are 6-7 games better now than the Cubs...And the Nationals are more stacked than them.

im the guy that makes fun of sample size then blows it out of whack with a stupid comparison. that said, i do usually warn on a sample size issue if i know it's a point that would fairly be brought up. ...but cj has been at this for a couple months. really sketchy control issues...deep counts, walks. his whip still looks good, but he's not looking anything like a future closer. i still like the guy, but it's been hard to watch him lose the zone.

The unfortunate truth about the 2017 Cubs is that they can't beat good teams because they aren't as good as those teams. LAD, COL, AZ, WASH - Cubs are 7-14 against them. Throw in NYY and BOS, and the record against quality teams drops to 8-19. The good news is if they can survive the next 8 games (4-4 will do nicely against WAS and 6-game trip to SF and AZ), they will be done with said quality teams and can go back to playing everyone else, against whom they are 17 over, if my math is correct. The hot start post-AS break was nice, but the reality is that this team is in the second tier of the NL. But, it's baseball, and inferior teams beat superior teams all the time, so we'll see.

OK -- "job done" on going 4-4 over their last 8. Since it worked before, I'll try again: 5-2 this week will do nicely.

Well done!

Assigned 4-2 for this week. Hoping for better, but it feels like a 4-2 week to me.

He's on pace for 66 IP. He's never been over 40. Dial him back to the 58-62 range. Even if it means using Zastryzny on occasion, for example.

Cubs remain way too reliant on the Home Run. Bigger issue than our BP.

MIL wins...cubs with a 0.5 game lead. STL lost...4.5 games back.

The Tampa Bay Rays don't seem particularly interested in beating the Brewers this weekend. Shut out yesterday and shut out thru seven innings today.

Finally, two Rays with singles in the 8th but they leave the bases loaded with a Longoria fly out to center ... leaving the bases loaded has been a theme for the Rays the last two days

Rays must still be mad about the Maddon thing -- decided to roll over for the Brewers to screw the Cubs. Back-to-back shutouts. At home. What the hell.

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  • Cubster 36 min ago (view)

    Just sign Rick Reuschel and lets move on


  • crunch 1 hour 18 min ago (view)

    "Buster Olney of ESPN reports that Scott Kazmir will throw for MLB teams this week.

    The 36-year-old Kazmir hasn't thrown in the majors since the 2016 season, but he recently told Marc Topkin of the Tampa Bay Times that he that he hit 90.9 mph with his fastball during a bullpen session."

    someone put another bottle of left-in-the-car warm water under the cubs hot stove and let's get this one done!  woo!



  • crunch 16 hours 19 min ago (view)

    bryce harper ruined that bat dragging thing for everyone after his ejection years ago at the junior college world series.

    also, hurrah for baseball making it's return.


  • JustSayin' 16 hours 24 min ago (view)

    College ball started Saturday.  Umpire egos in D1 baseball are not that much smaller than in the pros, so of course there was a controversy.  In the late innings of a game in the weekend's biggest series (Michigan vs.


  • crunch 2 days 14 hours ago (view)

    the news is mostly based on a Baseball America article from the 11th (behind a paywall) the gist of it is rather legit rumor-wise, though it's still too far in the future to call it a 100% done deal.

    btw, the cubs have been strongly linked to pursuing christian hernandez for quite a while.  the BA writer that wrote the article about the cubs links has been following c.hernandez since he was a 14yo talent and is quite familiar with him.  that signing probably is in the bag.


  • Wrigley Rat 2 days 16 hours ago (view)

    I don't know much about this website, but they are speculating that the Cubs may sign two of the top International Free Agents available during this signing period: Does anyone know if this sounds legit?


  • Arizona Phil 3 days 20 hours ago (view)

    Minnie Minoso was playing in the Mexican League (as a DH) at age 47 and Julio Franco was playing in the Mexican League (as a DH) at age 49, so Mexican League teams clearly do not have a problem with signing older players. 

    And of course the ageless Satchel Paige was still working as a SP in AAA (with the Miami Marlins) into his early 50's (and prior to that he pitched in MLB as late as age 46).  


  • crunch 3 days 21 hours ago (view)

    b.colon has signed to a mexican league team.  woo old dudes.  he turns 47 in may...believed by some to be older.


  • Cubster 4 days 5 hours ago (view)

    Replacing someone like David DeJesus?


  • crunch 4 days 22 hours ago (view)

    mark grace returns to chicago as an analyst/on-air-talent for Marquee.

    he won't be part of the main game calling crew, but will be doing support content during games.


  • Eric S 5 days 2 hours ago (view)

    Increasing levels of smoke concerning a possible Arenado/KB trade

    Get Arenado to agree to push back his opt out a few years or so down the road and this could work out nicely for the Cubs


  • Arizona Phil 5 days 17 hours ago (view)

    Jason Kipnis (like Brandon Morrow) was a post-2019 Article XX-B MLB free-agent who signed a 2020 minor league contract, so he gets a $100K retention bonus and an automatic June 1st player opt-out if he is not released by 12 PM (Eastern) on the 5th day prior to MLB Opening Day or added to an MLB 40-man roster or MLB 60-day IL by 12 PM (Eastern) on MLB Opening Day. 


  • Arizona Phil 5 days 17 hours ago (view)

    The Cubs have signed post-2019 second-contract minor league FA catcher Jordan Procyshen to a 2020 minor league contract and he has been assigned to AA Tennessee.  


  • Dolorous Jon Lester 5 days 19 hours ago (view)

    Q could be subbed in for any of those too


  • crunch 5 days 20 hours ago (view)

    darvish, lester, and mills could combine to give up 100 homers between the 3 of them.


  • Dolorous Jon Lester 5 days 20 hours ago (view)

    I would have liked to give him a shot. I don't see much more out of a Chatwood and Alec Mills competition for the 5th spot.