Cubs vs. Mariners: Hendricks vs. Sheffield (Game 137)

CHC (73-63): RHP Kyle Hendricks (9-9, 3.47 ERA)
SEA (58-80): LHP Justus Sheffield (0-1, 7.94 ERA)
First pitch 1:20pmCDT

Kyle Hendricks toes the rubber and may have to tow the lagging Cubs offense toward a home victory in the series opener. He'll need to be sharper than his last start, in which he couldn't get out of the fifth and allowed six earned runs on eight hits including two homeruns. Current Mariners are 9-50 off of him with one extra base hit.

Justus Sheffield is 0-1 in two MLB starts and three total 2019 appearances, having allowed seven walks and fifteen hits in 11.1 innings pitched. The minor league track record suggests he should get grounders but also surrender a fair number of walks.

The Cubs trail the Cards by 3 games following another loss to the Brewers and the Cardinals splitting a double header. The Cards start a four-game set against the Giants.

Comments

r.blakney's zone behind the plate is quite huge.

someone's gonna get tossed today if this zone stays this wide.

baez may miss the entire series (2 game series) with a jammed thumb...boo.

Schwarb-Dog Millionaire with a bases clearing triple against a lefty!

cubs win, cards win...remain 3 games back.

king felix on the mound tomorrow...probably see zobrist back and leading off.

David Phelps made his 30th appearance of the 2019 MLB regular season on Monday which automatically esclates his 2020 club option salary from $1M to $3M, and it will escalate further to $5M if he makes 40 appearances (at least 10 more appearances over the Cubs final 25 regular season games).

Phelps also has an additional $3.25M in potential 2020 performance bonuses tied to appearances and GF on top of the salary, but there is no buy-out if the 2020 club option is declined, so if the 2020 club option gets too steep the Cubs can just decline the 2020 option and walk away from it or else maybe renogotiate the contract (like maybe guarantee the performance bonuses and spead out the money over a couple of seasons). 

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  • crunch 7 min 43 sec ago (view)

    hoerner is a steady glove, but so far he is not much of a "playmaker" with how quickly he can turn a play.

    the mechanics are solid, but they're not quickly fluid.  watching javy will spoil a fan, though.

     

  • crunch 38 min 18 sec ago (view)

    7ip 6h 1bb 13k, 4r/er

    8Ks in a row a cubs team record

     

  • crunch 1 hour 34 min ago (view)

    ...and darvish strikes out f'n everyone as a followup.

    11Ks through 4ip...63 pitches

     

  • crunch 2 hours 42 min ago (view)

    darvish hates the cubs, and america, and puppies, but mostly the cubs.

    16 pitches, man on 1st, 3 runs in, and a visit from the pitching coach.  that's good stuff.

     

  • George Altman 4 hours 44 min ago (view)

    I like that last paragraph a lot, Phil. Then use whatever cash left over in arbitration to fix the bullpen. 

     

  • crunch 4 hours 51 min ago (view)

    c.kimbrel threw a 16-pitch simulated game, he could return by week's end if he doesn't have a setback

     

  • crunch 5 hours 27 min ago (view)

    4 additional charges (as of now, unnamed) have been filed.

     

  • crunch 5 hours 35 min ago (view)

    zobrist / cast / bryant / schwarb / contreras / caratini(1st) / heyward / hoerner / darvish

     

  • Arizona Phil 5 hours 37 min ago (view)

    Betcha the Dodgers are really glad that they didn't trade Gavin Lux for Vazquez at the trade deadline. 

     

  • crunch 5 hours 42 min ago (view)

    28 year old PIT closer felipe vazquez (one of the best in the game for the last 3 years) nabbed for hooking up with a child for the past couple years (age 13-15).

    anything less than a full exoneration pretty much sinks his career unless he wants to run for office in Georgia.

    he's being charged with "one count of computer pornography - solicitation of a child and one count of providing obscene material to minor" (this was all uncovered when the mother of the child discovered text messages)

    later dude.

     

  • Arizona Phil 7 hours 5 min ago (view)

    I strongly believe that there will be some major changes on the Cubs after this season, even if the Cubs somehow win the World Series. There won't be a tear-down/rebuild lke 2012-14, but I can see the Cubs going younger.

     

  • Arizona Phil 7 hours 40 min ago (view)

    I think Jon Lester wil be treated as a much-respected "franchise legend" next season, getting the honor of starting on Opening Day, but then being considered the #3 or #4 starter after that before getting his well-earned $10M "golden parachute" after the season. He won't be disrepected by the club, but his time as the go-to guy at the top of the rotation will be over. (Actually it's already over). 

     

  • Arizona Phil 8 hours 1 min ago (view)

    Keep in mind that Yu Darvish does have an opt-out after this season, so if he and/or his agent think he can get at least 4/$81M (which is what he presently is owed 2020-23) as a post-2019 FA he could opt-out.   

     

  • Arizona Phil 8 hours 28 min ago (view)

    BRADSBEARD: Colin Rea hasn't pitched in almost two weeks so I doubt that the Cubs will call him up (they probably should have assigned him to the AFL to get him back into SP shape, but they didn't). That said, If the Cubs were to call-up Rea right now (and they would really need to do it ASAP for him to be useful as a SP) they could recall Justin Steele and place him on the 60-day IL to open up a spot on the 40 for Rea, so that part really isn't a problem. 

     

  • Charlie 8 hours 41 min ago (view)

    Regarding last night's 9th: Kyle Ryan unwilling or unable to throw his curveball is a little ugly.

     

  • Arizona Phil 8 hours 42 min ago (view)

    SS Zack Short (replacing Nico Hoerner) and RHRP Scott Effross have been added to the AFL Mesa Solar Sox roster.