Cubs vs. Giants: Hendricks vs. Samardzija (Game 127)

CHC (68-58): RHP Kyle Hendricks (8-9, 3.37 ERA)
SF (63-64): RHP Jeff Samardzija (9-9, 3.54 ERA)
First pitch 1:20pmCDT

My heart doesn't believe it, but the Cubs today will try for their fifth win in a row and a sweep of the Giants. Can you believe that game yesterday counted as a win the same as, say, a solidly played 5-2 victory? Baseball is nonsense. Kyle Hendricks takes the mound and his performance should be key to this game, given that five relievers labored in last night's "victory." He last got a no decision against the Pirates on seven innings, one earned run, and only one strikeout. Current Giants are 27-125 off of him with a .556 OPS against him. Belt is 6-16 with the squads only homerun off of the righty.

Jeff Samardzija continues his strange, up-and-down career following an injury-shortened 2018. This year, he's been very effective. He's posted a solid K:BB rate, although his GB% is down a bit from his career average. His velocity is also down a full mile-per-hour compared to his 2018 average and about 4 MPH from his time with the Cubs; he's not the power pitcher we all remember. Last start he pitched 5.1 innings and allowed two earned runs on five hits and two walks. He missed the Cubs in July. Bryant is 4-9 with a homerun off of him. Rizzo is 2-7 with a longball. And Heyward is only 3-16 with six strikeouts, but two of those hits were homers. The streaking Castellanos is 1-12 with four strikeouts.

The Cubs have leapt a half game ahead of the Cardinals, who lost to the Brewers yesterday. The Cards start a 4-game home series against Colorado today, while the Brewers get a day of rest.

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  • Jackstraw 3 hours 16 min ago (view)

    Thanks, AZ Phil

     

  • Craig A. 8 hours 39 sec 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 10 hours 28 min ago (view)

    ...and dodger stadium loses power.

     

  • Charlie 11 hours 35 min ago (view)

    Game 2 somewhat less fun than game 1.

     

  • crunch 12 hours 46 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 47 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 14 hours 9 min ago (view)

    GRAND

    SLAM

    KRIS

    BRYANT

     

  • crunch 16 hours 2 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 48 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 22 hours 16 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 23 hours 28 min ago (view)

    Maybe he should stick with it for a while.

     

  • Hagsag 1 day 3 hours ago (view)

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

     

  • blockhead25 1 day 9 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 10 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 10 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