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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  • jdrnym 43 min 1 sec ago (view)

    Brad Brach signs with the Mets for $850K but the Cubs are paying $500K, per Ken Rosenthal.


  • crunch 1 hour 10 min ago (view)

    Yeah, I've made myself familiar with a lot of the changes, but AZP's posts have both added more information and cleared up stuff I didn't fully grasp.  I appreciate the hell out of it.  Thanks Phil, thanks TCR.


  • bradsbeard 2 hours 52 min ago (view)

    Looks like Savant has his breaking pitch classified as a curve while Fangraphs calls it a slider. Suppose by ST he could have made everything over in the pitching lab, so who knows!


  • Arizona Phil 3 hours 9 min ago (view)

    Again, none of these rules (including the one that requires a pitcher to face a minimum of three batters or else record the final out of the inning) have been officially approved.  

    I think one possible caveat that might be added to the three-batter minimum rule would be that the pitcher can be replaced prior to facing three batters or recording the final out of the inning if the other team puts up a pinch-hitter. 


  • Arizona Phil 3 hours 13 min ago (view)

    Ptchers would also be treated differently under the new rules as far as the Injured list and Optional Assignment to the minors is concerned, with pitchers having to spend at least 15 days (up from 10 days) on the Injured List before being eligible to be reinstated and at least 15 days (up from 10 days) on Optional Assignment before being eligible to be recalled (inless the pitcher is being recalled to replace a pitcher on the 26-man roster who has been placed on an MLB inactive list).  


  • Arizona Phil 3 hours 13 min ago (view)

    SONICWIND: As the rule is proposed, prior to the start of each MLB regular season a club must designate all players on its Opening Day 26-man roster as either a "pitcher" or a "position player." A maximum of 13 can be designated as pitchers (14 pitchers max when rosters expand from 26 to 28 beginning on 9/1). 

    For players who come up during the season, the club must designate the player as either a pitcher or a position player when the player is placed on the MLB active list roster. 


  • Arizona Phil 3 hours 26 min ago (view)

    BRADSBEARD: Fangraphs shows the CT as his primary pitch in 2018 with the SL & FB (and an occasional CH) as his secondary pitches, with no CV at all. I guess I'll find out for sure in Spring Training. 


  • Sonicwind75 4 hours 42 min ago (view)

    AZ Phil, thank you as always for the detailed information.  How is the "cannot be a pitcher" part of the rule to be enforced?  With a few two way players and the increasing amount of mop up innings being handled by position players it seems like there could be a gray area there.  What is preventing a team from stashing an athletic relief pitcher as a "5th outfielder" that could be a pinch runner and play a passable OF when needed but could also provide them with extra relief pitcher.  Anytime I hear of a new rule I always think of how Bill Billichek would circumvent it t


  • bradsbeard 4 hours 42 min ago (view)

    AZ Phil, looking around Baseball Savant, it looks like Winkler now primarily throws a low 90s cutter, a 4-seamer that he throws a little harder (but is less effective), a curve and a sinker. The slider and change haven't been a major part of his repertoir the last two years. The cutter has been really effective the last two years but it looks like he lost command/effectiveness of his 4-seemer and curve last year For whatever reason  


  • bradsbeard 8 hours 2 min ago (view)

    They just signed this guy:


  • Hagsag 9 hours 19 min ago (view)

    There seems to be a lot of player movement so far. Too bad the Cubs aren't involved.


  • Arizona Phil 1 day 1 hour ago (view)

    Beginning in 2019, a club must wait a minimum of seven days before it can place a player who was claimed off Outtright Assignment Waivers during the off-season back onto waivers, so because he was claimed off waivers on Wednesday 11/27, yesterday (Wednesday 12/4) was the first day the Cubs could place LHRP C. D. Pelham back onto Outright Assignment Waivers, and so tomorrow (Friday 12/6) is the first day the Cubs can send Pelham outright to the minors (if he was placed back onto waivers yesterday).


  • Arizona Phil 1 day 22 hours ago (view)

    A Competitive Balance draft slot can be traded only during a period of time starting on December 2nd and extending up until two hours prior to the MLB First-Year Player Draft (MLB Rule 4 Draft), so don't be surpised if these draft picks are traded during the off-season.

    Keep in mind that the slot cannot be traded for cash unless it is a financial adjustment made to offset the salary of one or more of the players involved in the trade.


  • Arizona Phil 1 day 22 hours ago (view)

    The active list roster limit changes scheduled to go in effect in 2020 have not yet been officially approved. Same goes for the three-batter minimum (or else record the third out in the inning) for relief pitchers. 


  • Arizona Phil 1 day 22 hours ago (view)

    And then the active list roster limit will expand from 26 to 28 on September 1st (max 14 pitchers in September). 


  • Arizona Phil 1 day 22 hours ago (view)

    The "26th man" who was added for doubleheaders will now be the "27th man" and he can be a pitcher.