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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  • crunch 16 hours 20 min ago (view)

    cubs trade for travis lakins for a PTBNL or cash considerations from the rsox.


  • Charlie 20 hours 59 min ago (view)

    I mean, the "overrated" criticism is always more about other people deserving of the honor being snubbed or put through more rigamarole. Jeter was definitely a great player for a long time. I just want people to remember that guys like Scott Rolen are not 60% less deserving, as the current voting system seems to indicate.


  • crunch 1 day 4 hours ago (view)

    speaking of the HOF...

    schilling had a nice bump in his 8th eligable year going from 60.9% to 70.0%.  he's probably gonna get in next year...and if not for his abrasive personality and questionable interests outside of baseball he would probably already be in.  he's good enough to be there based on performance alone.

    fellow 8th year guys bonds and clemens held steady, going up around 1% point to 60%-ish range.  they may or may not get some love entering their 9th or 10th years.


  • crunch 1 day 9 hours ago (view)

    m.ozuna signs with the braves 1/18m.

    he was expected to sign for similar pay over a number of years.  the cards must be "wtf?" about him walking away from the 17.8m qualifying offer, though.  at least they get a draft pick out of it.


  • crunch 1 day 9 hours ago (view)

    5x gold glove...and earned 0 of them.

    whatever.  hell of a hitter, and he played SS "good enough" to not embarass himself or the team.

    but yeah, overrated even if he's a no-doubt 1st ballot hall of famer...which seems like an odd thing to say even if it's true (at least in the eyes of many).


  • Charlie 1 day 9 hours ago (view)

    That's a significant boost for being the face of the Yankees. Expected, but in retrospect he wasn't that much better than plenty of people who didn't have full support for the hall (Santo comes to mind).

    *Tries to start an "over-rated" chant.*


  • crunch 1 day 13 hours ago (view)

    d.jeter and l.walker (10th and final year on ballot, 76.6%) are going to the HOF.

    jeter got 99.75% of the vote...highest for a position player (griffey jr 99.32% 2016).  m.rivera got 100% last year.

    larry walker decided to dress up for his first post-election interview.  class act.


  • crunch 1 day 16 hours ago (view)

    nice.  i love seeing the undrafted who still try to make a career get a shot.

    it seems he's somewhat recently hit 97mph on his fastball which helped attract some interest.

    good luck to the dude.


  • Arizona Phil 1 day 17 hours ago (view)

    The Cubs have released eight players from their Dominican Academy: RHRP Donato Auguste, RHRP Marco Encarnacion, RHRP Rodrigo Garcia, RHRP Francisco Gracia, LHRP Anderson Parra, RHRP Willians Vasquez, 1B Jeinser Brete, and OF Kevin Miranda.  


  • Arizona Phil 1 day 17 hours ago (view)

    Rex Brothers has one minor league option left and Article XX-D status (so he can elect free-agency if outrighted) if he were to be added to the Cubs MLB 40-man roster at some point in 2020. 


  • Arizona Phil 1 day 17 hours ago (view)

    RHSP Max Bain (contract acquired by Cubs from Utica Unicorns of USPBL last week) minor league UPC has not yet been filed with MLB. 


  • Arizona Phil 1 day 17 hours ago (view)

    The Josh Phegley, Bryan Brickhouse, Rex Brothers, Juan Gamez, and Caleb Simpson minor league contracts have been filed with MLB, but the Tyler Olson and Jason Adam contracts are still pending.  


  • Arizona Phil 1 day 19 hours ago (view)

    The Cubs have signed LHRP Rex Brothers (ex COL, ex-ATL), RHRP Bryan Brickhouse, RHRP Juan Gamez (pitched in Mexican League in 2019), and RHRP Caleb Simpson to minor l;eague contracts, and Brothers is the only one of the four likely receive an NRI to Cubs MLB Spring Training. 


  • crunch 2 days 10 hours ago (view)


    ""There’s a lot of disrespect from people there that I don’t want to be a part of," Arenado said. "You can quote that." Arenado added, "You ask what I thought of Jeff’s quotes and I say I don’t care what people say around there. There is a lot of disrespect."

    The third baseman didn't want to elaborate on what he felt was disrespectful, but clearing the relationship between Arenado and the front office needs to be repaired."


  • crunch 2 days 12 hours ago (view)

    some good news...or bad news depending on how you feel about it...for the k.bryant trade market...

    "Rockies general manager Jeff Bridich on Monday indicated that Nolan Arenado will not be dealt prior to spring training and trade talks involving the third baseman are off for now."

    now MLB and crew need to decide whether bryant has an extra year of club control or not...still waiting...

    rangers, braves, and nats are supposedly looking at 3rd base upgrades.  cards are, too, but bryant to the cards would be a mutiny level trade decision.


  • crunch 2 days 18 hours ago (view)

    "Ben Nicholson-Smith of reports that the Marlins, Cubs, Rangers, and Brewers are "believed to be among the teams with some interest" in free agent reliever Pedro Strop.

    Nicholson-Smith on Sunday that Strop had three offers in-hand (two from NL clubs and one from an AL club) and will likely make his decision soon."