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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  • Arizona Phil 10 hours 28 min ago (view)

    RHP Kelvin Abreu (April 2019 IFA - Venezuela) had his contract voided and he has been released. He spent his entire pro career (four months) on the Restricted List.  


  • Charlie 14 hours 38 min ago (view)

    I didn't watch the game, but I see that Lester got knocked around despite a significant headwind from CF. That's a rare feat.


  • Arizona Phil 16 hours 11 min ago (view)

    I think it's becoming increasingly likely that the Cubs will not exercise Lester's 2021 $25M option after next season (paying the $10M buy-out instead and direct the remaining $15M elsewhere). The 2021 $25M option automatically vests if Lester throws at least 400 IP over the course of 2019-20, but that isn't going to happen.


  • Arizona Phil 16 hours 32 min ago (view)

    It's the Polar Bear in an Arctic Snowstorm all white uniforms. Burn 'em! Bring back the unis from the Little League Classic. They actually looked sharp.  


  • Eric S 16 hours 36 min ago (view)

    Thru seven innings, Cubs have one hit (by Nick C, of course) - this after somehow winning yesterday’s game with a total of two hits. Clearly it’s time to fire Chili Davis again


  • Eric S 17 hours 24 min ago (view)

    Feel bad for the patrons at Wrigley this afternoon - seeing Strop in the fifth inning is a bad sign. At least the weather is nice


  • JustSayin' 19 hours 14 min ago (view)

    The buzz on Riley Thompson is that he did what many pitchers do, just way too blatantly.  The opposing manager asked the umpire to check Thompson's glove because he was "going there every time" and the ball was "snapping" when it came out of his hand.  It was a ten-day suspension.  That is supposed to cost you two starts but South Bend uses a six-man rotation so Thompson only missed one.  Kudos to Buddy Bailey and the SB staff for navigating Thompson's absence effectively, with a lot of pitchers being asked to change or expand their roles over these two weeks.


  • Arizona Phil 1 day 10 hours ago (view)

    South Bend RHSP Riley Thompson has been reinstated from his suspension. 


  • Arizona Phil 1 day 10 hours ago (view)

    The Cubs have released DSL Cubs #2 RHRPs Keiber Arredondo and Kleiber Carreno (both IFA signed post-2016 DSL season out of Venezuela). 


  • crunch 1 day 16 hours ago (view)

    cubs sweep!


  • Eric S 2 days 9 hours ago (view)

    Woo Hoo!!! Cubs win a crazy one!  KB with another late inning, game winning homer - good stuff!


  • crunch 2 days 9 hours ago (view)

    schwarb set the cubs team record for fastest to 100 by a cub a bit less than a week ago.  bryant would have won a couple MVP awards in a row the past couple years.


  • Eric S 2 days 9 hours ago (view)

    That was a good send by the butterman - great throw by Yaz Jr

    Try as he might, Eddie Vedder can’t find da butterman

    Thanks. I’ll show myself out now


  • Eric S 2 days 10 hours ago (view)

    200th home run of the season by KB probably would have set some kind of record too


  • crunch 2 days 10 hours ago (view)

    the inital graphic was KB #200, but i was like...hold on...

    it was technically true in the loosest sense of the phrase.


  • Eric S 2 days 10 hours ago (view)

    That would have been pretty cool if it had been KB’s 200th home run in less than five full seasons!