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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  • Jackstraw 2 hours 34 min ago (view)

    Thanks, AZ Phil


  • Craig A. 7 hours 19 min ago (view)

    If the cardinals loose and the giants win, the cardinals will have to play and win on Monday to make the playoffs. 


  • crunch 9 hours 47 min ago (view)

    ...and dodger stadium loses power.


  • Charlie 10 hours 54 min ago (view)

    Game 2 somewhat less fun than game 1.


  • crunch 12 hours 5 min ago (view)

    lester goes out with a whimper...7 runs given up in his last start

    5.16era/1.33whip on the year.


  • Arizona Phil 12 hours 6 min ago (view)

    JACKSTRAW: The Cardinals & Tigers will only play the first game of Monday's doubleheader (and it will be a seven-inning game) if what needs to be determined is determined by the result of the first game (the second game will be canceled), but they won't play the games at all (and the Cardinals won't go to Detroit) if everything that is affected by the two missing STL games is settled and resolved by end of MLB play on Sunday. 


  • crunch 13 hours 27 min ago (view)






  • crunch 15 hours 21 min ago (view)

    happ / rizzo / contreras / heyward / bryant / schwarber / baez / kipnis / caratini(DH)

    game 2

    bryant's back, and at 3rd.  neat.


  • Jackstraw 17 hours 6 min ago (view)

    I don't know if the math works out but (at least to me) it raises the possibility that they would play one game on Monday and if that decided what was left that they'd skip game 2.


  • Arizona Phil 21 hours 34 min ago (view)

    The Cardinals have to play the doubleheader on Monday at Detroit if either the games impact who or who does not get into the playoffs, or if the games will determine whether the Cards or Cubs finish 1st in the division and get home field advantage in the Wild Card series.


  • Charlie 22 hours 47 min ago (view)

    Maybe he should stick with it for a while.


  • Hagsag 1 day 2 hours ago (view)

    Cardinals have two games left with Detroit, not the Cubs.


  • blockhead25 1 day 8 hours ago (view)

    Ahh, 2 games against the Tigers, but seems to imply they'd only play those games if it will impact which teams make the playoffs.  If the Cardinals win their last 2, I don't believe the other games could impact which Team makes it.  Why would Detroit have any incentive to win those games?  Well, hope the Cubs won one of the next 2 so it doesn't matter.


  • crunch 1 day 9 hours ago (view)

    yeah, it may be another team.  i just know they have a possible monday double header...unless i got that wrong, too.


  • blockhead25 1 day 9 hours ago (view)

    Cubs?  We played the cards the full 10 slate?

    if Cards make playoffs, I would think they'd want nothing to do with having to play a double header Monday to improve playoff seeding.


  • crunch 1 day 10 hours ago (view)

    the cubs may or may not have to play a doubleheader vs STL on monday depending on the next game or 2...i think