Cubs @ Phillies: Hendricks vs Lively (Game 128)

CHC (68-59): RHP Kyle Hendricks (4-4, 3.52)
PHI (47-80): RHP Ben Lively (1-4, 3.70)
First pitch: 6:05pmCST

Hendricks’ winless streak continued on Sunday, with a no-decision against the Blue Jays (6 IP, 3 ER, 6 K, 2 BB). He’s 2-2 with a 3.46 on the road this year. Overall, the Phillies are 7-38 (.184) against him. Galvis is 3-6.

The rookie Lively had a no-decision in San Francisco his last time out, giving up 2 ER over 6 innings. He’s 1-1 with a 3.18 at home this year. None of the Cubs have faced him.

It’s Lackey (10-9) and Nola (9-9) tomorrow at 12:35pmCST to wrap up the road trip.

Go Cubs!


a'ite...i think im done with player's weekend.

"La Stella." My picture of why he may not be completely in love with professional baseball fills in a bit.

he's a bit of an oddball considering that while baseball may not be a top priority in his overall scope of life, he still stays in baseball shape and ready to play. it's not like he's an underachiever simply cruising on natural ability (sup, ian stewart). even before he was a cub, he was a bit notorious for being aloof and even leaving without permission when private life stuff popped up. it's not some euphemism for drugs or other "bad" issues, it's that his life outside the game and the people in it seem to be really important to him. he doesn't seem to respond well to being backed into a corner and he seems more than willing to bail on that kind of stuff, even if it costs him money. i think he's pretty confident that 40K a year or 400K a year, his wish to feel content at what he's doing overrides any $$ amount.

LaStella might be a little weird, but the dude can hit.

Crunch's assessment seems spot-on from what I've read.  I've known the type in other professions. Hell, I'm trying to be that type, in my own profession.  To me as a fan, he's a breath of fresh air. 

What I don't quite get and wonder if anyone wants to take a crack at answering:  Given all we hear about (and see of) his amazing hit tool and his ability to hit for a high average in his sleep, why isn't he thought of around the game as a possible every-day option at 2nd or 3rd? Defense that bad, or he's a victim of type-cast as this generation's prototypical pinch-hitter?


I very much support prioritizing personal happiness over careerism. But I aso wonder what it says about you when you have an opportunity to have some fraternal goofiness and you just stick with your last name. Could've gone with 3 AM or whatever Maddon calls him! That said, all but 3 or 4 of the nicknames are boring as heck.

Well then next season TCR needs to follow MLB's lead and have everyone change their commenting name to their Little League or American Legion nickname for player's weekend.

yeah, la stella and lester (no surprise there) didn't seem to want to take part in the fun with the names. i don't even think they did the "decorative cleats" thing, either, but im not sure. cj "carls jr" edwards won the shoe game, imo.

I'm in Philly tonight, seeing the game as part of my brother's bachelor party. Wish me good vibes for the Cubs and also for me not to get a battery thrown at me.

Dude - you need to step up your game with the HR.

Awesome - looks like a good night there and I'm sure y'all will have a great time. If you get a chance, take a walk to the Cubs dugout and beg/plead with Joe to put Hoskins on base when the situation presents itself - just like it was in the first inning. Thanks much!

rizz-oh! cubs with a 2 run lead. #29!

That was HR #5 in August for Big Rizz. So far, he's hit six HRs every month this season - look for another in the next few days.

make that #6. bryant and rizzo back to back.

Screw the streak - let's go for 12 this month.

Also, Cubs are due to win a game when a player hits two homers in it. Seem to recall Willson doing it twice within a week and Happ last week, all for naught.

Rizzo is fascinating -- he is a very hot/cold hitter, but his numbers over time are remarkably consistent. Over the last 3 years his OBP has been: .386, .387, 385. HRs have been: 32, 31, 32. Now, this year -- 6 HR each month. Baseball, man -- it's the best.

for some reason i really like the whole corny as hell "wave to the dugout" thing that happens when a runner gets on base for the cubs. shooting fake arrows into the air is so 2012. finger guns is for amateurs.

la stella with 2 HR tonight maybe he'll get more than 200 PA next year.

zobrist HR. scale that la stella 2018 down to "maybe he'll get more than 150 PA next year."

I'm liking our chances in this one. You're welcome, y'all.

Dear CT STEVE and BRICK: Thank you for the good work tonight. Please stay there, overnight. Go again tomorrow.

Yeah, I shoulda stayed another day.

AZ Phil, who are you guessing that the Cubs will add after Sept.1? Thanks.

HAGSAG: The four players on the Cubs 10-day DL will be reinstated (Lester, Russell, and Grimm probably on 9/1 or soon thereafter, and Contreras later), and Victor Caratini (3rd catcher) and Rob Zastryzny (stretched-out as a starter) are virtual locks to get called-up. 

The other potential call-ups are probably still TBD, but IF-OF Mike Freeman (signed to a minor league contract by the Cubs less than 24 hours after he elected free-agency after being outrighted to the minors by the Dodgers) would seem to be a likely September addition, because he can play anywhere in the INF and OF and he is a high-percentage base-stealer. I doubt that Freeman would have signed with the Cubs so quickly after becoming a FA if the Cubs did not give him a virtual guarantee that he would be called-up to Chicago in September. 

I think the Cubs would like to call-up Eddie Butler as an extra starting pitcher, but he's been on the DL at Iowa for a while now and I don't know if he can get back into starting pitching shape before the minor league season is over. Otherwise he will probably be assigned to Advanced Instructs in Mesa and get reps there in case he's needed in the post-season. If Butler is unable to pitch (as a starting pitcher) in September, the Cubs might call-up RHSP Seth Frankoff from Iowa instead, since Frankoff is stretched-out as a starter. But Frankoff's slot on the 40-man roster might be needed for somebody else.  

I do think the Cubs will try to acquire another MLB RP before the midnight 8/31 post-season roster eligibility deadline, but if they can't I would think RHRP Pierce Johnson could get recalled just to provide additional RP depth (since he's already on the 40-man roster). Same goes for LHRP Jack Leathersich, although both have had difficulty throwing strikes at AAA. 

The Cubs might also call-up an outfielder, probably Mark Zagunis (if he is ready to play -- he's presently on the DL at iowa) or else Jake Hannemann, but it's possible that the Cubs could call-up John Andreoli (just for September), and then drop him from the 40 after the season.  

Besides Frankoff, the other player presently on the 40 who could get dropped to make room for potential September addition(s) would be RHRP Jose Rosario (who has had a "dead arm" all year). However, since Rosario is on the DL at AA Tennessee, he cannot be placed on Outright Assignment Waivers until he is healthy enough to pitch. So if he is not ready to return to action when the Cubs need his 40-man roster slot, Rosario would have to be either released or else recalled from his Optional Assignment and then placed on the MLB 60-day DL (more-likely released).

Thanks Phil.

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  • Hagsag 1 day 17 hours ago (view)

    Ine of my alltime favorites.


  • Dolorous Jon Lester 2 days 7 hours ago (view)

    He played in the big leagues longer than he played any other level of organized baseball combined.


  • crunch 2 days 7 hours ago (view)

    al kaline has died at age 85.

    from highschool to the majors without touching the minors...22 seasons, all with DET...18x all-star...3000 hit club.


  • Charlie 4 days 6 hours ago (view)

    Currently at a near full-time job that just barely covers my monthly expenses if nothing emerges.

    I make more than that.


  • crunch 4 days 7 hours ago (view)

    "Ken Rosenthal of The Athletic reports that Major League Baseball is considering opening the season in empty spring training parks -- with no fans and all players quarantined.

    The plan would have all teams stationed in one centralized location -- likely Arizona"


  • Arizona Phil 5 days 20 hours ago (view)

    In addition to 40 players signed to 2020 MLB contracts, after releasing 22 minor leaguers this week the Cubs now have 279 players signed to 2020 minor league contracts (plus one minor leaguer on the Restricted List), for a total of 320 players in the organization (181 pitchers, 30 catchers, 60 infielders, and 49 outfielders).   


  • JustSayin' 6 days 5 hours ago (view)

    Years of over-drafting pitching shown here.


  • Dolorous Jon Lester 6 days 7 hours ago (view)

    Some of the players cut I am not too surprised by. Some of them I think are definitely victims of the minor league pay thing and being squeezed out.

    That said, I am very surprised they gave up already on Riley McCauley and Niels Stone.


  • Hagsag 6 days 8 hours ago (view)

    Baseball America is showing a big group of players that have been released.


  • Arizona Phil 6 days 22 hours ago (view)

    The Cubs have released minor league catcher Rafelin Lorenzo. He was selected from the Pittsburgh Pirates in the AAA Phase of the 2018 Rule 5 Draft and spent the 2019 season at South Bend. He was eligible to be a minor league 6YFA post-2020. 


  • JustSayin' 1 week 1 day ago (view)

    The organizations will cut rosters down, as if the full-season teams were breaking camp to start the season, THEN pay the remaining minor leaguers $400/week or whatever.  That's similar to what costs would have normally been but the "one last chance" players who got spring training invitations this year and didn't have an obvious roster spot won't be getting their last chance.


  • crunch 1 week 1 day ago (view)

    "According to Jeff Passan of ESPN, all minor league players will be receiving $400 per week from MLB through at least May 31."

    so that's where that promise landed.  the scary thing is that's still more than some in the low minors make on a weekly basis.


  • crunch 1 week 4 days ago (view)

    "Jeff Passan of ESPN writes that the players and league agreed that the 2020 season won't start until "there are no bans on mass gatherings that limit the ability to play in front of fans, there are no travel restrictions and medical experts determine games will not pose a risk to health of teams and fans." Passan does add that the two sides "will consider the feasibility of playing in empty stadiums" and also at neutral sites.


  • crunch 1 week 4 days ago (view)

    i miss baseball.  it could happen in may happen in late might not happen either way.

    there's so many things getting messed up right now i would get lost making a list.  there's some college guys making a serious "okay, we need to look at that guy" push that's dead.  former cubs draft pick russell smith (2017, LHP highschool) took last season off for injury (TCU college) and returned with a low 90s fastball, impressive control, and a MLB-quality changeup.  his "comeback" was 4 games and done thanks to this current situation...


  • JustSayin' 1 week 4 days ago (view)

    COVID 19 + a short draft + Manfred's obsessive drive to shrink the minor leagues will change baseball forever.  It WAS still America's grass roots sport.  Where I live, from June through August, you could see a quality live game any day of the week, within an hour's drive.  I believe that era is over.  What's going on will have ripple effects, contracting serious college ball, college summer leagues and independent pro ball just as much as the MiLB systems.  With those changes, some of the game's charm will also go.  I've seen a kid from Cape Cod play in the Ca


  • crunch 1 week 5 days ago (view)

    fyi for anyone who bought

    for "some reason" getting a cancel+refund via phone is like pulling teeth, but if you contact them via a webpage contact request many people are getting a cancel+refund confirmation within an hour or 2...