Braves @ Cubs: Newcomb vs Hendricks (Game 133)

ATL (59-72): LHP Sean Newcomb (2-7, 4.36) 
CHC (72-60): RHP Kyle Hendricks (5-4, 3.45) 
First pitch: 7:05pmCST

Hendricks got around to finally winning his first game since his return from the DL on Saturday, giving up 2 ER in 7 innings in the 17-2 blowout in Philly. He’s 1-1 with a 2.64 in August. Overall, Atlanta is 14-66 (.212) against him. Kemp is 3-8.

Newcomb had a no-decision against Colorado his last time out, giving up 4 ER in 4.2 innings. He lost to the Cubs in Atlanta in July (5.1 IP, 5 ER, 5 K, 3 BB). He’s 1-6 with a 4.75 at home this season. For their careers, the Cubs are 9-23 (.391) against him. Baez is 3-3 with a HR.

Foltynewicz (10-10) and Lackey (10-10) throw tomorrow at 1:20pmCST.

Go Cubs!


Still upset that these guys will not give me a discount.

"We feel that the Astros playing this weekend will provide a much-needed boost for our city," Houston mayor Sylvester Turner said in a statement. "With all of the difficulties that many of our citizens are facing, the games will provide an opportunity for families to start returning to some aspect of normal life."
What? With shelters as full as they are, if Minute Maid is dry enough to play a ball game, it's dry enough to shelter people who have no home. MLB and Houston mayor sound dreadfully tone-deaf. I'm disappointed in the MLB.

Houston is still bitter over the last time games were moved out of town because of a hurricane during a playoff race.

bar trivia level 100

cubs supposedly still after verlander and the price is supposedly still too high.

That's a shame their GM is that stingy on NOT saving the team's owner a good chunk of money by eating $15-20M and maybe getting a prospect that can rank probably 8th to 12th in their organization, along with Lackey to help them lose games and get a higher draft pick. I'd really like to see the Cubs land Verlander. He can be very effective as a 4 or 5. And if he regresses, in the future, I do think he can be a strength in the bullpen, as he can still throw heat. If he had to just get three outs, I think he'd be hitting 100 on the radar with no problem.

happ in RF...let's quit doing that.

Carl Jr. survives the eighth - whew!

That 2 out 2 strike pitch gave me a heart attack...could have easily ended up a tie game if he didn't get slightly under it.

Dang Brewers didn't get the memo -- won series @COL and @LAD, then knocked Gio Gonzo around tonight. Cards were supposed to face MadBum -- but he missed the game with the "flu". Check Matheny's pockets for empty vials.

Seriously. I'm officially concerned we aren't gaining more ground while we are in an incredibly soft schedule and they are in a brutal stretch. Maybe they are the real deal. Could be an interesting month. As long as we keep beating up on bad teams, all will be fine.

On a more positive note -- Cubs have added 1.5 games to their lead so far this week. 30-15 since the break, which is nice.

Absolutely. Can't complain. Except, it is more fun to whine. 5-5 against the horrid Reds and Phillies 25-10 against the rest.

Training wheels off and Wilson strikes out the side - good stuff!

22 pitches, 3Ks, appearances in back to back nights that were excellent. neat.

Cubs acquire Leonys Martin from Mariners. Why?

Sign all the no-hit, good glove OF-ers! Profit! Obviously, a market inefficiency being brilliantly exploited by Team Theo.

To pinch run, be a defensive replacement late in games (better than Jay in the OF) and play in the meaningless games at the end of the month. Do not know why they did not get Jose Reyes or Erick Aybar to back-up SS this month. I guess they think highly of Mike Freeman. Also FWIW, Harold Reynolds on MLB Tonight was throwing out that maybe Heyward was in their offer for Verlander to even out some money. That could make some sense cause it would have been the only way to add Verlander and stay under the luxury tax and the repeat offender penalty.

Martin is the 2017 version of Quentin Berry.

Harold Reynolds has no clue.


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  • crunch 1 hour 39 min ago (view)

    ...and strop gives up a hit then walks the bases loaded.

    ...and he closes it out with a K.  neat.

    this is the 1st cubs road series win since May 17-19 @WAS.


  • crunch 1 hour 47 min ago (view)

    strop comes in to get the last out, but it has to be some kinda slow-walk back in a game that wasn't a save situation.

    homer, hbp, k, k...looks healthy.


  • crunch 1 hour 55 min ago (view)

    welcome back kimbrel.

    1st pitch goes about 10 miles outside the park by marte.


  • crunch 2 hours 26 min ago (view)

    one takeaway from this game...a slew of cubs players were fans of Hey Arnold! when they were kids.


  • crunch 3 hours 21 min ago (view)

    woo, a good cubs away game.


  • crunch 5 hours 32 min ago (view)

    heyward / cast / bryant / rizzo / baez / schwarb / caratini / kemp(2nd) / Q


  • crunch 6 hours 53 min ago (view)

    so stoked for the williamsport game.

    the increasing amount of off-site games is a bit concerning (middle of nowhere Field of Dreams field, really?), but I love this one.  it's played out great so far and giving the kids playing in the LL series some primo seats (hope this continues) is a great touch.


  • Arizona Phil 8 hours 15 min ago (view)

    Craig Kimbrel reinstated from IL, Duane Underwood Jr optioned to Iowa, Mark Zagunis recalled as the "26th man" for tonight's game (special travel required to get to Williamsport so MLB Comissioner permits 26th man for both clubs). 


  • crunch 1 day 2 hours ago (view)

    at least...


  • Charlie 1 day 3 hours ago (view)

    Lester pitched 35 innings today.


  • crunch 1 day 6 hours ago (view)

    2019...cubs fan...being thankful heyward and chatwood are


  • Eric S 1 day 6 hours ago (view)

    Like having a 5-1 lead going into the ninth?


  • Dolorous Jon Lester 1 day 7 hours ago (view)

    With our vaunted late inning tandem of Tyler Chatwood and Rowan Wick!

    Who would have thought?


  • Jackstraw 1 day 7 hours ago (view)

    Cubs 1-10 with RISP in the series.  Left lots of ducks on the pond.  Could take some of the pressure off the pen.


  • Jackstraw 1 day 7 hours ago (view)

    You could hit your thumb with a hammer.  Or take a big bite of wayyyy too hot pizza.  Just sayin.


  • Eric S 1 day 7 hours ago (view)

    I’m a little surprised and confused that Bote wasn’t in the infield in the ninth? Wth - need that one out boot to complete my day