Reds @ Cubs: Lorenzen vs. Hendricks (Game 130)

The Cubs complete the most awesomest 2-4 road trip ever!

Jake has had no-hit stuff all season, so it was just a matter of time. The onesie press conference was also a thing of beauty. Now we return to Wrigley and hope the bats come to life.

CIN (53-76): RHP Michael Lorenzen (3-8, 5.46)
CHC (74-55): RHP Kyle Hendricks (6-6, 4.11)
First pitch: 7:05pm

Hendricks had a big assignment in San Francisco: pitch the game that didn’t include Jake Arrieta or Madison Bumgarner. It was one of the make-or-break games for the West Coast swing. Instead, he gave up 2 runs early and 4 ER runs total over his 6 innings and lost to Jake Peavy.

Hendricks is 0-1 with a 4.91 in his two starts against the Reds this year but 2-2 with a 3.55 overall at home. The Reds are 17-61 (.279) against him. Votto is 2-4 with 2 HRs.

Holmberg was originally scheduled but was demoted instead, and Lorenzen was called up. Lorenzen last started on August 11, when he gave up 7 ER in 1.1 innings in San Diego, which earned his demotion. He’s 2-4 with a 6.21 on the road and 0-1 with an 8.68 in his two starts against the Cubs this year.

A date with Lorenzen looks like the perfect welcome home for some sleepy bats. The Cubs are 12-33 against him. Russell is 3-4. Fowler is 3-5 with a HR.

The Cubs are 9-4 against the Reds. DeScalfani vs. Haren and Iglesias vs. Hammel will complete the set.

Go Cubs!


Next year Hendricks will be the #5 after the team signs another FA. Or, a #6, perhaps. Have to see how much they shell out after they extend The Jake!

Twitter was crazy last night with Arrieta's performance. Meanwhile, Scott Boras was all over his adding machine.

In Hendricks' defense, Bryant fielded a routine grounder and threw late to second for a force. The two runners scored subsequently after two out. The runs were earned, but not really.

good news: jake's no-hitter means free pizza bad news: dominos pizza

First post in 6 years or so. Lots of familiar names still around, nice. Was at last night's no-hitter, truly a memory for a life time. After the HR, Cubs had 12 hits and 0 runs. That's pretty hard to do. 2-4 road trip is OK, only losing 1 game to the Giants on that trip is ok, but getting schooled by good pitchers is a problem come the playoffs so can't just write that off. We've got plenty of games left against top notch pitching with STL and Pit. SF has basically a 25 game stretch against teams at or below .500 after this Dodgers series. Our 5+ game lead can disappear in a hurry if we don't take care of business against Cincy/Milwaukee/Philly. The less discussed saving grace is, even if SF gets extraordinarily hot over the last month, if the Dodgers cool off we are still in the playoffs.

A growing concern with Soler out is our vulnerability to LHP, and not just MadBum and Kershaw. - Schwarber has K'd on 50% of his AB vs. LHP. - Although he was good yesterday, Miggy seems to struggle vs. LHP as well (too lazy to look it up). - Denorfia isn't an impact bat. EDIT: Given that the Reds starter is RHP, the Javy thing can wait a day. Maybe Javy can be part of the solution -- too bad they couldn't find a way to bring him up a day early to face tonight's LHP.

Welcome back!

bryant in RF, lastella at 3rd, castro at 2nd.

Austin Jackson to Cubs per Muskat. PTBN.

wonder what that cost...

PTBN and/or international slot. Having a good rebound defensive season, hitting well right now. But not a high-value target, M's presumably get $1M+ salary relief, hopefully nothing significant lost.

international slot and loot relief for SEA confirmed.

Goodnight my sweet prince "To make room for Jackson on the 40-man roster, INF Mike Olt has been designated for assignment" gotta think someone would want in on olt, though.

hey look, a castro error. sigh.

Do not understand IBB an extra person into scoring position in the 5th inning. 8th or 9th, maybe it makes the 5th, no. Don't care who is batting. So 4th time in the last 5 games Cubs have scored first, only to give up the lead in the next half inning or so?

a.russell 2016 could be a lot of fun...and hopefully not hitting 9th.

Hey Crunch, is Parachat no longer active here?

Hey Block, Kinda died down after the Cubs hibernation I pop in once in awhile w Crunch

Rare Rizzo mistake

Wow. This game making me dizzy. Leads only lasting a matter of pitches, let alone outs. Grimm's ERA jumped 40% in a matter of 5 pitches.


Grimm: Before Today 38.1 IP, 5 ER. Today: 0.0IP, 4 ER

that 8th inning rally stomping by chapman killed my soul.

I wonder if Grimm partied a bit too much on the plane ride home. Bad day.

based on his past 4-5 appearances it seems t.wood isn't in danger of being stretched out to steal d.haren's starter slot. someone please steal d.haren's spot in the rotation...someone...anyone...david ross?

3 walks and Castro's 2nd error of the night, plus Russell sucking again, may mean the Reds won't need Chapman in the 9th. Let's see, Starlin -- you suck at SS, you're a butcher at 2B...ummm....maybe short field? ...Starlin is making errors faster than I can type. Holy cow.

...okay, this 9th is just embarrassing. also, castro with 2 errors in the inning, 3 in the game.

I really, really don't like this trend: Jake pitches, Cubs win; Jake doesn't pitch, Cubs lose.

Well, if nothing else, maybe that will boost Russell's confidence a lot.

Since the start of 2009, the Cubs have had four games where a player commits three errors -- three of them came from Castro.

I've seen enough of Starlin Castro to last me the rest of this season. It really is a shame he never has been able to be consistent at bat or in the field. I have no idea why or care as this is a results oriented business. Theo is going to have to move him this winter even if it's for cents on the dollar. I don't believe he's even going to make the playoff roster.

I'll check back in on a day that Starlin doesn't make three errors. But for now I would say him not making the playoff roster is a stretch. Who do you trust more than Starlin to be a RH backup middle infielder? Herrera has no bat at all, and Baez has been in AAA all season and may be as error prone as Castro and may strike out a giant proportion of the time he's at the plate. I'm also less than convinced that La Stella will step in and be a significant contributor. Starlin is at least a big part of the 2B picture for the remainder of the year. I also just can't get behind trading a 25-year-old for cents on the dollar, especially when there is no one who obviously deserves his roster spot. I think I would only be convinced that would be a good idea if he were somehow bad for the clubhouse.

The next 4 weeks should answer this for us. If Castro starts hitting again and neither Baez or La Stella perform, he'd be on a playoff roster. If not, and one of those other two guys does well, I wouldn't be surprised if he was left off. A key error or mental lapse in a one game playoff would be killer and he is too prone to them.

AZ PHIL- Since your the roster expert, I was trying to read into the "playoff roster" and it says a player must play 1 game for the team before Sep in order to be eligible. So assuming that is correct that would make all these players ineligible correct: Baez, Jokisch, Edwards, Villanueva, and newly acquired Austin Jackson, correct?

Hi cubbies.4ever, we discussed this on here with Phil earlier this summer. You can see the full rules by Phil here:

The new rule simply says that the player must be on the team's 40-man (or DL, etc.) prior to midnight last night. They don't have to play a game. So that's why the transaction for Jackson, with Olt being DFAed had to happen yesterday: Jackson takes the spot on the spot on the 40-man prior to the deadline but actually plays his first game after 8/31.

CUBBIES4EVER: A player does NOT have to play one MLB game prior to September 1st to be eligible to play in the post-season. 

Here is how MLB post-season roster eligibility works:

A club's Active List (25-man roster) must be submitted to the MLB Commissioner prior to the start of each post-season series (LDS, LCS, and World Series).  

1. A player who received a Prohibited Substance Suspension prior to the start of Spring Training, during Spring Training, during the regular season, or during a post-season series (Wild Card, LDS, LCS, or World Series), is ineligible to play in any MLB or minor league post-season game(s) or series in that season, even if the player has completed serving the suspension.  

2. All other players on a club's MLB Reserve List (40-man roster), MLB 60-day DL, and Restricted List (extended Bereavement, Family Medical Emergency, or Paternity Leave ONLY) prior to midnight (Eastern) on August 31st are eligible to be included on a post-season Active List (25-man roster), but a player on an MLB club's Disabled List (7-day, 15-day, or 60-day), Bereavement List, Family Medical Emergency List, or Paternity List is eligible to be included on a post-season Active List only after spending the minimum number of days required to be served by a player on that list. 

3. Any player on the Disqualified List, Ineligible List, or Restricted List (for any reason other than extended Bereavement, Family Medical Emergency, or Paternity Leave) as of midnight August 31st is ineligible to be included on his club's post-season Active List.  

4. A post-season eligible player who is placed on an MLB Disabled List, Bereavement List, Family Medical Emergency List, Paternity List, or Restricted List (extended Bereavement, Family Medical Emergency, or Paternity Leave ONLY) prior to the start of a post-season series can (with the approval of the MLB Commissioner) be replaced on his club's LDS, LCS, or World Series Active List by a player who was on a Reserve List or Disabled List, Bereavement List, Family Medical Emergency List, Paternity List, or Temporarily Inactive List of a minor league affiliate from that organization prior to midnight August 31st. However, the minor league player must be added to his club's MLB Reserve List (40-man roster) before he can be added to the club's post-season Active Roster.

5. A player on a post-season Active List (25-man roster) who is injured or leaves his club on Bereavement, Family Medical Emergency, or Paternity Leave during a post-season series can (with the approval of the MLB Commissioner) be replaced on his club's Active List prior to the conclusion of that series by another eligible player, or by a player who was on a Reserve List or Disabled List, Bereavement List, Family Medical Emergency List, Paternity List, or Temporarily Inactive List of a minor league affiliate from that organization prior to midnight August 31st. A minor league player must be added to his club's MLB Reserve List (40-man roster) before he can be added to the club's post-season Active Roster. 

6. If a player is replaced during a post-season series, a pitcher must replace a pitcher and a position player must replace a position player.

7. If a pitcher or position player is replaced during a post-season series, the pitcher or position player is ineligible to be reinstated to his club's Active List (25-man roster) for the balance of that series and the next series (LCS or World Series).

So, the Cubs automatic post-season roster eligibilty list is: 

* bats or throws left 
# bats both

Jake Arrieta
Dallas Beeler
Carl Edwards Jr
Justin Grimm
Jason Hammel
Dan Haren
Kyle Hendricks
Tommy Hunter
* Eric Jokisch 
* Jon Lester
Yoervis Medina
Jason Motte
Neil Ramirez
* Clayton Richard
Fernando Rodney
Hector Rondon
* Zac Rosscup
Pedro Strop
Jacob Turner
* Tsuyoshi Wada
* Travis Wood

* Miguel Montero
David Ross
* Kyle Schwarber

: 9
# Arismendy Alcantara
Javy Baez
Kris Bryant
Starlin Castro
# Jonathan Herrera 
* Tommy LaStella
* Anthony Rizzo
Addison Russell
Christian Villanueva

* Quintin Berry
* Chris Coghlan
Chris Denorfia
# Dexter Fowler
Austin Jackson
Jorge Soler
Matt Szczur

Quintin Berry is automatically eligible because he was actually added to the 40-man roster prior to midnight  on 8/31, but Trevor Cahill is not automaticaly eligible because he was not added to the 40 until 9/1.   

Remember, a club's post-season active list (25-man roster) can be switched (tweaked) prior to each post-season series, so maybe a club exchanges a RH bench bat for a LH bench bat in the LDS because the opponent has a strong RHRP corps, and then adds an extra LHRP in the LCS because the opponent has a lot of dangerous LH hitters, and then in the World Series you might opt to add an extra power bat who can DH.  

Also remember that  a player who was on an organization's minor league reserve list as of midnight 8/31 could be eligible, but ONLY if the player replaces a post-season eligible player who is injured or leaves the club on Bereavement, Family Medical Emergency, or Paternity Leave.  If the player is replaced PRIOR TO the start of a series, any player can be the replacement player (regardless of position), but if the player is replaced DURING a post-season series a pitcher must replace a pitcher and a position player must replace a position player.  

"This is the show. We have certain expectations here. That's why you don't play." --Jake Arrieta on Twitter.


To put a finer point on it, Baez playing second and hitting 7th tonight.

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  • crunch 4 hours 47 min ago (view)

    bryce harper ruined that bat dragging thing for everyone after his ejection years ago at the junior college world series.

    also, hurrah for baseball making it's return.


  • JustSayin' 4 hours 51 min ago (view)

    College ball started Saturday.  Umpire egos in D1 baseball are not that much smaller than in the pros, so of course there was a controversy.  In the late innings of a game in the weekend's biggest series (Michigan vs.


  • crunch 2 days 3 hours ago (view)

    the news is mostly based on a Baseball America article from the 11th (behind a paywall) the gist of it is rather legit rumor-wise, though it's still too far in the future to call it a 100% done deal.

    btw, the cubs have been strongly linked to pursuing christian hernandez for quite a while.  the BA writer that wrote the article about the cubs links has been following c.hernandez since he was a 14yo talent and is quite familiar with him.  that signing probably is in the bag.


  • Wrigley Rat 2 days 5 hours ago (view)

    I don't know much about this website, but they are speculating that the Cubs may sign two of the top International Free Agents available during this signing period: Does anyone know if this sounds legit?


  • Arizona Phil 3 days 9 hours ago (view)

    Minnie Minoso was playing in the Mexican League (as a DH) at age 47 and Julio Franco was playing in the Mexican League (as a DH) at age 49, so Mexican League teams clearly do not have a problem with signing older players. 

    And of course the ageless Satchel Paige was still working as a SP in AAA (with the Miami Marlins) into his early 50's (and prior to that he pitched in MLB as late as age 46).  


  • crunch 3 days 9 hours ago (view)

    b.colon has signed to a mexican league team.  woo old dudes.  he turns 47 in may...believed by some to be older.


  • Cubster 3 days 18 hours ago (view)

    Replacing someone like David DeJesus?


  • crunch 4 days 11 hours ago (view)

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    he won't be part of the main game calling crew, but will be doing support content during games.


  • Eric S 4 days 14 hours ago (view)

    Increasing levels of smoke concerning a possible Arenado/KB trade

    Get Arenado to agree to push back his opt out a few years or so down the road and this could work out nicely for the Cubs


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  • Arizona Phil 5 days 5 hours ago (view)

    The Cubs have signed post-2019 second-contract minor league FA catcher Jordan Procyshen to a 2020 minor league contract and he has been assigned to AA Tennessee.  


  • Dolorous Jon Lester 5 days 7 hours ago (view)

    Q could be subbed in for any of those too


  • crunch 5 days 9 hours ago (view)

    darvish, lester, and mills could combine to give up 100 homers between the 3 of them.


  • Dolorous Jon Lester 5 days 9 hours ago (view)

    I would have liked to give him a shot. I don't see much more out of a Chatwood and Alec Mills competition for the 5th spot.


  • crunch 5 days 11 hours ago (view)

    M's sign him 1/2m


  • crunch 5 days 12 hours ago (view)

    walker throwing for the M's today...hopefully they see something they like and can outbid the cubs.  it should be easy since the cubs seem to be hiring guys with camel cash and canadian tire money.