Cubs @ Giants: Hendricks vs Bumgarner (Game 113)

CHC (59-53): RHP Kyle Hendricks (4-4, 3.81)
SF (45-70): LHP Madison Bumgarner (1-5, 2.88)
First pitch: 2:45pmCST

Hendricks gave up 3 ER in 7 innings and lost to the Nationals on Friday. He beat the Giants at Wrigley in May (7 IP, 2 ER, 5 K, 0 BB). Overall, the Giants are 12-48 (.250) against him. Pence is 2-2.

Bumgarner lost to the D’backs his last time out (7 IP, 2 ER, 7 K, 2 BB). The Cubs are 22-95 (.232) against him. Jay is 6-20.

Tomorrow we rest, then it’s Lackey (9-9) and Corbin (8-11) in Arizona at 8:40pmCST.

Go Cubs!


RHRP Koji Uehara to the 10-day DL with neck stiffness, and Cubs recall RHRP Justin Grimm 

Ugh. Can't they give Pena or Leathersich another shot? Grimm sucks.

they've been stretching out pena in AAA. they were doing it with rosscup before they gave up and traded him. he's gone 2-3ip his last 3 appearances and has been pitching more than 1ip per appearance since mid-july. looks like he's being groomed to either take over for montgomery's role next year or compliment montgomery in the pen next year (and sept+ this year).

I'd love to see that. Multi-inning guys are so useful.

Nicknames on jerseys in a couple weeks. Could be fun...or super lame.

So facing Bumgarner and Bartolo starting for the Twins against the Brewers. Not good. Hopefully Cahill can do the Cubs a solid against the Cards.

and, of course, Bartolo tosses 7 shutout innings as the Twins win their 3rd in a row vs. Brewers. Pirates lose, too. Alas, 5 runs for the Royals are not enough - Cards win again, tied with MIL at 1.5 back.

And Jason Hammel starting for the Royals against the red birds today.

"kyle doesn't hit well with 2 strikes. maybe he won't get to 2 strikes." - len ...schwarber proceeds to go 0-2 K's on a 2-2 count. neat.

Phil, any word on the draft picks who haven't made an appearance yet? I believe all that are left are Estrada, Brady Miller and Braxton Light.

DJL: Braxton Light is at AZL Cubs but he hasn't pitched in a game yet, and Brady Miller and Jeremiah Estrada were here when they signed but I don't know their current whereabouts. Miller is from Oregon so he may be at Eugene, although he hasn't pitched in a game yet.  

Estrada signed after July 1st so he could have been "Signed for Future Service" (signed a 2018 contract), which would mean he could not make his pro debut until post-season Instructs (as happened with Thomas Hatch last year).

The Cubs usually take a conservative approach with pitchers signed after being selected in the June Draft, so inactivity isn't particularly alarming. 

Thanks Phil!

"Span singles on a pop up to second baseman Ian Happ" That sums up this recent skid. (Yes, I know the play in actuality wasn't close to what it was written as)

That, and Happ didn't make the play on Span that Baez makes most times. Ugh. The post AS-break glow is gone.

Wow, just saw that replay. That was bad footwork right there. Should not have been a difficult play.

RIP contreras's right hamstring. awesome. this game is a big bag of mashed up assholes.

....and Contreras to the DL.

I'm sure MVP KB and his 48 RBIs will pick up the slack and carry the team.

so...about that avilia trade. how about that? jon lester, where you at bro? a'ite.

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Viva La 2016.

Just in time. My Playoff invoice.

On the upside, Cubs still have gained 6 games on Mil, 2 on STL, and 2 on Pit since the All-Star break.

Carrie Muskat @CarrieMuskat Reports from San Fran say #Cubs Contreras will have MRI on Thu on right leg. Had to be helped off the field. Expected to go on DL

Sucky part of it was it was an easy groundout that a crappy player wouldn't have run out.

*or baez seriously, dude has just not left the box or left late on a lot more stuff than im used to out of the "respect the 90" cubs.

If it turns out Contreras will miss an extended period of time, the Cubs may look to acquire still another veteran back-up catcher, but this time one with a plus-arm (Avila has just an average arm) who can control baserunners when Jon Lester starts. Possible candidates would be Rene Rivera (NYM) or A. J. Ellis (MIA). Both would be short-term rentals (both are free-agents after the season) and probably wouldn't cost much. 

Of course there is no way to make up for what Contreras contributed to the offense from the catcher position. 

Something else to keep in mind about hamstring injuries is that even after the player returns to action, the player will sometimes aggravate the injury (as happened with Starlin Castro this year), even after the player thinks he's 100%.  

A hamstring strain can be the gift that keeps giving. 

Wow this day is depressing. Giants get the winning run with some good luck (soft contact going for hits) and Contreras likely going to miss time. Very unfortunate to land on the DL when respecting 90. Luckily they traded for Avila. I know that some people will panic over losing 2/3 to a bad team like the Giants, but Blach has pitched well and it doesn't matter if you face a pitcher like Bumgarner if it's the Dodgers or the Phillies. When facing an elite pitcher, throw the team record out the window.

I'm not worried about losing 2/3 to a bad team. That will hapen to anyone (except the Dodgers). I'm worried about losing 6 of 8 and in really ugly fashion in line with the first half of the year. Errors, poor situational hitting, giving up early runs, bullpen explosions, etc.

He probably beats it out if he doesn't get hurt. The play was very close for a player who got hurt when running down the line.

eh...not sure about that one. He was already 2/3rds of the way down the line and momentum carried him through. Maybe closer, but still think he would have been plenty out.

Looking at the ESPN schedule for the Cubs, Lackey vs Bailey next week. Inb4 the final score is Cubs 12, Reds 10.

Well, what did we all really expect? 2015 was a fun and unexpected gift. 2016 was a once-in-a-liftime joy ride. It's 2017. There is an understandable letdown. Everybody -- fans, players, management -- seems a little testy and on edge, like the party has gone on too long and has gotten a little stale. Losing Fowler, Ross and Travis Wood ripped a lot of the leadership and fun out of this team. Even Maddon has noted that this team doesn't seem to be having much fun (winning obviously impacts that). I like Happ's game, but the guy has all the emotion and personality of a fire hydrant. Wrigley is also becoming a less fun, more corporate place. Luxury clubs are being built underground; glassed-in club seats are going to be put in the upper deck behind home plate. The Wrigley feel really took hit when they moved the bullpens to an undisclosed location. It was never going to be the same after last year, but the changes to the ballpark and the personnel have made it a stark, raw change.

I still feel Wrigley will always be wrigley as long as the location stays the same, the walls have Ivy and the centerfield scoreboard remains. Everything else I am willing to give up as long as those dollars are put back into the quality of product. I fully believe those video screens, the hotel, the remodel, are directly and substantially related to the Cubs winning the World Series. Not a coincidence. When the plans got approved, the Ricketts opened their wallets for on field talent. I also think added night games at Wrigley had a huge impact in improved quality.

As I mentioned a couple months ago, for a couple of the reasons you mentioned, plus the pitching at the time, I didn't think the team would make the Playoffs. Typically, a team needs one or two guys to have All Star years. Last year, they had 5-6, plus a battle for league MVP! This year? Well... The Nats and Dodgers are for real. I expect Dusty to lose again, and for the Cubs to be much better next year.

Everybody starts the playoffs 0-0. Cubs the only team with an NL championship (let alone a WS), so they'll be the experienced entry. Maybe they get hot. The downside of the way they've been playing is that they could be fifteen out, but instead they find themselves in first place. It's all (potentially) good.

Yep -- if they can get in, it is conceivable to believe that: 1. Lester, Jake and Q could provide some outstanding starts 2. Rondon, Monty, Strop, CJ (?), Wilson and Davis could throw some quality innings out of the 'pen 3. Bryant, Rizzo, Schwarber, Russell (?) & Baez bats could get hot Of course, none of these things (particularly the bats) have happened on a regular basis so far this year, but the potential is there.

no cubs game today...MIL + STL playing, though. noon EST...still waiting on that contreras MRI/news/etc

Victor Caratini is not in the Iowa Cubs lineup today (Thursday), meaning he was probably called up to the Cubs "Taxi Squad" pending a roster decision on Willson Contreras prior to tomorrow night's game at Arizona. 

A club can recall a player from a minor league Optional Assignment and place the player on its "Taxi Squad" for one day. If the player is not added to his club's MLB Active List by 3 PM (Eastern) the next day or at least three hours prior to the scheduled start of the next day's game (whichever is later), the player must be removed from the Taxi Squad and returned to his minor league assignment.

A player on the Taxi Squad does not count against his club's MLB active roster or the minor league club's active roster, and the player does not accrue MLB Service Time while on the Taxi Squad. The most common reasons to recall a player and place him on the Taxi Squad is when a club is considering whether to place a player on the Disabled List (or other MLB inactive list) but has not yet decided or if a trade is imminent but has not yet been consummated.

Next General Manager meeting agenda: 1. Change taxi squad rules to Kris Bryant Lyft rideshare rules.

Per Taxi squad rules: KB is driving Caratini from the Phoenix airport to the team hotel?

CUBSTER: I could have picked-up Caratini at Sky Harbor this morning after I dropped my wife off at work (I was only a couple of miles from the airport), but the Cubs didn't ask. (They probably have seen me drive and they don't want to risk losing another catcher right now). 

Well he is not driving many of his teamates home on the on the field, so he might as well do it off the field.

With the Cubs in town to play the D'backs, I wonder if Addison Russell might take the opportunity to play a rehab game or two with the AZL Cubs before getting reinstated from the DL on Sunday.

The AZL Cubs play the AZL Diamondbacks at Whirlwind Field (D-1) at Salt River Fields tonight and then they play the AZL Diamondbacks at Sloan Park in Mesa tomorrow night, probably the most convenient minor league rehab assignment possible.

Theo confirmed that Caratini is coming up and Contreras will be placed on the DL. :(

Thinking about Billy's Wrigley's comments, yes things have changed, the Ricketts have completely monitized the brand which they were entitled to after the big-ass risk they took dealing with asshole Zell. But would you rather have the "old" Wrigley and have Gary Bussy playing organ for 9 innings, and during rain delays for 2 hours? Give me a break. I don't know about the "stark, raw change". Change is inevitable. With success, its REALLY inevitable. I am for sure bummed about the bullpens. But, the energy and entertainment value has been increased exponentially in my opinion.

Well, I agree and disagree (obviously). At Fenway, they have so many banners and signs it looks like a NASCAR race, but they didn't change the ballpark itself. To me, the bullpens were part of what made Wrigley Wrigley. Now watching the relievers warm up looks like it's being beamed in from the space station. I doubt moving the bullpens was a huge financial boon for the Ricketts. I'm not against change per se -- I have no issue with the video boards or all the development around the ballpark. But, to me, the bullpens, ivy and old scoreboard were landmarks that made Wrigley a different place.

i miss the pens, too. that "premium" space was doomed, though. foul ground will probably continue shrink in small amounts where they can make it happen.

If Rizzo and Bryant and others step up and get hot, Contreras injury could be blessing in disguise. I think Addison Russell is key though, a lot of clutch hits in 2016 and was heating up prior to landing on the DL. Zobrist not underperforming would be great too.

hot or not, a leg injury to the catcher that makes lester a more complete pitcher isn't something that excites me. at least it's his hamstring rather than his knees. it seems hamstring re-injuries pop up a bit more, but contreras's comfort crouching and mobility out of the crouch is a hell of a compliment to his high velocity arm and busted up knees are huge culprit in harming that ability. hopefully he returns, gets through the rest of the year, and has a nice rest over the offseason. he's a young/healthy dude. i'm not that concerned long term.

I don't understand a catcher getting a hamstring injury, anyway. Don't they stretch their hammies every time they squat? So maybe the recovery will be quick.

my own personal theory is that contreras is a big time astronomy fan and he's faking an injury so he can be in an ideal place to view and photograph the eclipse. what a selfish jerk.

Squatting position is not a hamstring stretch as the knee and hip are both flexed. A hamstring stretch is done with the knee in full extension and hip getting progressive flexion. More or less like touching your toes with knees straight. On the field before games you can see several players helping each other with hamstring stretches. Usually the player getting stretched is lying on his back and the other is gradually pushing the leg towards the head. Here is some eye candy video on how to stretch hamstrings.

Yeah, I forgot my yoga stretches. Hamstring stretch is a straight-legged thing. Thanks for the reminder, Doc.

Reds had a 10-2 lead over the Brewers, but the Brewers scored 7 in the 6th to make it 10-9 after 6. Wow.

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