Cubs @ Nationals: Hendricks vs Strasburg (Game 140)

CHC (82-57): RHP Kyle Hendricks (11-10, 3.77)
WAS (69-71): RHP Stephen Strasburg (7-7, 4.09)
First pitch: 6:05pmCST

Hendricks beat the Phillies his last time out (6 IP, 1 ER). He had a no-decision against the Nationals on August 19 (6 IP, 2 ER). Overall they are 21-79 (.266) against him. Eaton is 4-10 with 2 HR.

Strasburg gave up 2 ER in 6 innings for a no-decision against the Brewers on Saturday. For their careers, these Cubs are 31-110 (.282) against him. Heyward is 15-37 with a HR.

Lester and Ross tomorrow at the same time.

Go Cubs!


schwarber has an ouchie in his back and isn't playing...also r.zimmerman has a boo-boo and isn't playing for WAS.

Murphy 2b Baez 3b Rizzo 1b Zobrist rf Bryant lf Almora cf Contreras c Hendricks p Russell ss

Watching Schwarber do his Babe Ruth impression tip-toeing around the bases after his HR last night, it was clear something was wrong.  Hope it's manageable. 

murphy is nice and all, but not having a good place to play him sucks.  baez the 3rd baseman isn't great stuff and murphy the 2nd baseman is average on the best of days.

How many DHs can an NL team play in a given game?

Kyle with 6 Ks, 0 BBs thru 4 innings ... with 3 unearned runs.

Now 4 runs, 1 earned - 3 runs scored with two outs.  Nats not missing the mistakes. 

CHC fans quickly learning why a guy who played for KC for 4 season without a hit was so popular...

The Carl Jr 8th inning, close game experience consistently leaves me queasy - where's my Dramamine?

this game got good.

WAS sucks so hard and has no business doing so...

Chavez strikes out Harper and Soto and notches his third save as a Cub. 

Big W -- gotta win the non-Max games.  Plus, they had to be tired -- supposedly got in very late, and this is their 5th city in 9 days.  On the confidence graph, the Justin Wilson and Carl Edwards lines keep going in opposite directions. 

Bote's clearly bought himself a playoff roster spot with his late-game heroics. But how will they use him, assuming Bryant is healthy?

Also, in whatever AL games are left, do you DH Schwarber or Murphy?

CHARLIE: I would want Murphy to DH because then you can keep his bat in the lineup instead of taking him out of the game in the late innings for defensive purposes. Also, you can field a better defensive infield for the entire game if Murphy is the DH. 

Good thought on not having to swap Murphy out if he DHs. The better defensive infield makes sense to me too. It's hard to believe the Cubs now have a player who is more of a defensive liability than Schwarber, but Murphy sure can hit.

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  • Charlie 3 hours 25 min ago (view)

    Lol at Nico getting nominated for riding the bench a lot.


  • crunch 5 hours 24 min ago (view)

    RF Jason Heyward, SS Javier Baez, 2B Nico Hoerner, 1B Anthony Rizzo, C Willson Contreras, and Ps Kyle Hendricks and Alec Mills gold glove finalists


  • bradsbeard 9 hours 19 min ago (view)

    Thank you, sir! Sounds like a nice get for the Cubs, and a good project for (what's left of) the new development infrastructure. 


  • Arizona Phil 10 hours 8 min ago (view)

    There have been some holes in the AZIL east-side schedule, with one team canceling games last week (although they are back playing this week) and another canceling game this week due to CoViD-19 issue, so the other teams (like the Cubs) are making up some of the "lost" games with intrasquad and in-house "sim" games. 


  • Arizona Phil 11 hours 3 min ago (view)

    BRADSBEARD: From what I have seen of Jacob Wetzel so far (BP, fielding practice, base-running drills, sim games, AZIL games, and yesterday's intasquad game), I would say he looks like a football running back playing baseball in that he has a high motor and plays with a bit of an edge.

    He has a thick body but he also has plus speed (very much like a football running back in that respect), he runs the bases aggressively, makes hard contact, has HR power, a decent arm, maybe can use some work in the outfield as far as tracking balls. 


  • bradsbeard 1 day 25 min ago (view)

    Phil, curious if you've seen enough of Jacob Wetzel to offer an initial scouting report. Just from watching some prep video he looked pretty strong and fairly athletic (HS football player and all). Impressive numbers albeit in community college, but he was a division 1 recruit before that so he's pretty intriguing to me. 


  • KingKongvsGodzilla 2 days 22 hours ago (view)

    AZPhil, thank you for these updates! It's a nice little pick me up during this dumb year. If you have anything to say on Yohendrick Pinango, Joel Machado, Rafael Morel, or Richard Gallardo, I would love to hear it! Thanks again!


  • crunch 3 days 7 hours ago (view)

    jim hickey new nats pitching coach.


  • bradsbeard 4 days 2 hours ago (view)

    Several non-prospects ate up spots as well. Ultimately wish they had given a few more Rivas types a shot there. 


  • tim815 4 days 3 hours ago (view)

    Only 60 spots in SB. Others benefited more from the time.


  • crunch 4 days 6 hours ago (view)

    not phil, but i think everyone is holding off on his potential ceiling until he gains enough weight to not look like someone you want to buy a sandwich every time you see him.

    big upside if his skills can strengthen as he builds his body.

    too early for a solid comp, but i wouldn't feel uncomfortable throwing ian happ's name around (bit better arm than happ, though).


  • bradsbeard 4 days 7 hours ago (view)

    Me too. Thought it was weird he wasn't in South Bend at all. 


  • Dolorous Jon Lester 4 days 12 hours ago (view)

    I am very, very intrigued by Rivas. If the DH is unfortunately here to stay, he's a prime candidate for that and give Rizzo a day off 1B here and there. If no DH, hopefully he is a passable OF. Big believer in his hitting ability


  • Hagsag 4 days 15 hours ago (view)

    Phil, do you think Chris Morel is the real deal?


  • tim815 5 days 4 hours ago (view)

    Blue and Red DSL instructs rosters. No Brayan Altuve.


  • crunch 5 days 7 hours ago (view)

    yup, they're gonna try.  starts in about a month.