Cardinals @ Cubs: Wacha vs Hendricks (Game 148)

STL (77-70): RHP Michael Wacha (12-7, 3.99)
CHC (81-66): RHP Kyle Hendricks (6-5, 3.35)
First pitch: 3:05pmCST

Hendricks gave up 3 ER in 6 innings and lost to the Brewers on Sunday. He had a no-decision against the Cardinals in June at Wrigley. Overall, they are 22-92 (.239) against him. Carpenter is 6-20 with a HR.

Wacha reeled off his third straight win on Sunday against the Pirates (8 IP, 0 ER, 7 K, 0 BB). He’s 0-1 with a 9.58 in two games against the Cubs this season. For their careers, they are 38-119 (.319) against him. Rizzo is 15-34 with 3 HR.

Lynn (11-7) and Quintana (10-11) end the series tomorrow at 1:20pmCST.

Go Cubs! 


Wasn't watching but would Martin have scored on Almora's double? what happened there?

Almora's ball was a line shot over the LF head that bounced right back to the LF. No real chance to score.

Great start for Hendricks. In his last inning, he always leaves one ball up that gets hit for a HR. Great return for Addy! Alas, the return of the old Javy at the plate. Huge 2-strike swings with men on 3rd and less than 2 outs.

This is shaping up as a pretty memorable series against the Cards. Would love to put them a good ways back with another win tomorrow.

Agree great start for Hendricks. Most efficient he's been in a long time, maybe all season. Very 2016-ish. Cubs were uniformly hacky against Wacha. Had to have been scouting report. Zobrist 3 pitches total in 3AB? Last time that happened was never. Javy has to be tired, besides being beat up. He has to be on his longest consecutive game streak in the majors. I trust Joe will leverage the day off on Monday to get Javy 2 days off, maybe even start him tomorrow and bring in Addy part way through. I still believe Cubs will drop Contreras' appeal on Monday. Better for him to miss 2 against Tampa than 1 or 2 against Milwaukee and/or Cardinals. No chance MLB goes from 2 games to zero.

Yep -- I think/hope you are spot on regarding the appeal.

Happy to be wrong. Contreras' appeal already heard, suspension reduced to one game, will serve today according to ESPN.

This seems reasonable to me. Even though he didn't mean to, he hit the ump with his mask. They need to protect the umps so a suspension sends a message. That said, he was likely to get Sunday off if all of this hadn't happened so it is just like they increased his fine.

I think his apologizing to the ump in person probably helped.


I hope the ump also apologized to him in person for that completely awful call. I mean, a smaller apology, of course. But still.

I believe today's start pushed Hendricks' career ERA under 3.00. "Only" 579 IP, so he has a ways to go to reach the 1,000 IP qualifying mark for career ERA, but here's the list of active qualifiers with a career ERA under 3.00: - Kershaw 2.35 - Sale 2.98 That's it. MadBum is close at 3.02. I realize Joe tends to keep a pretty short leash Hendricks, so he doesn't pitch the innings of the other guys. Still, it's pretty cool. And, once again -- what is going on with Joe's hair? He's like Benjamin Button.

hendricks is amazing considering the pure ass velocity that comes out of his arm. calling someone a "young maddux" is a bit insane because of how rare it is to find a starter with that kind of stuff, but...well...he's damn close to the low-velocity late-90s-into-00s maddux. i was a bit freaked out to see his already small velocity shrink this year, but it still "works." maddux and hendricks go about getting those results differently with their pitching skills, but seeing low velocity guys carve up batters in a lineup who get 3+ chances a game to get a piece of them is great stuff.

Jamie Moyer won like 250 games or so with softer stuff than most junior college pitchers. It can be done. Throw strikes, hit your spots, mix speeds. And I agree--it's more fun in one sense seeing guys like Kyle succeed than it is someone with obvious killer stuff like Scherzer or Sale. To think Hendricks was the throw-in for the Dempster trade is downright amazing.

Another cool thing about Hendricks -- his pickoff today was his 14th since 2015 - the most in baseball. A tall, lanky righty with a relatively slow motion -- go figure.

He's not slow to first, that's for sure. Someone obviously taught Kyle when he was young that it's all about your footwork for a righty's pickoff move. Watch how quickly he moves his feet.

If only that person could get with Arietta

Lester has a better one. We just haven't seen it.

I don't comp Hendricks to Maddux, but I sure enough comp 88 or 89 MPH throwers in the Cubs system to Hendricks. Blackburn fetched Mike Montgomery.

scary thing is hendricks is bringing it 85-87 this year. the not scary thing is it's still effective. still, you hate to see a guy in his late 20s losing velocity.

MIL loses! cubs up 4 on MIL and 5 on STL.

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