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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  • First.Pitch.120 6 hours 12 min ago (view)

    I did 3/4 of a PhD in Ames, IA... no need to apologize. That's time that can jade anybody. The best parts of my years there were 1) Cubs on local AM radio (pre cell network streaming) so I could listen to them on a run, and 2) being able to go see the I-cubs whenever I wanted. Was at a game there on July 4, 2007 & I saw a guy sitting 1 section over, a couple rows up and I thought "that looks like Barack Obama". Turns out it was the whole Obama family... Gotta love IA in a pre-caucus year. 


  • Mike Wellman 9 hours 17 min ago (view)

    Magic # = 7 after Colin Rea labors to 13th win vs. baby Brewers (at expense of Jimmy Nelson) & Memphis loses. No sign of Zobrist. Almora runs hitting streak to 2 games. Jim Adduci = a pro’s pro; guy’s a ball player by trade...


  • crunch 17 hours 50 min ago (view)

    paul dejong (STL) took out the M in  the "BIG MAC LAND" sign @STL with a big HR...lights went out on the letter and everything.  epic-ish.


  • crunch 17 hours 57 min ago (view)

    i know bote will be back in a couple weeks, but dude has been hitting damn well since mid-july after having a big june/july slump.


  • Eric S 18 hours 2 min ago (view)

    David Bote sent down to Iowa today prior to Cishek’s activation off the IL tomorrow — nice of the Cubs do their part to help the I-Cubs down the stretch


  • Cubster 18 hours 54 min ago (view)

    And the Brewers are being no hit by Hudson thru 6.


  • crunch 20 hours 6 min ago (view)

    never really considered how that might be cool for people used to seeing those midwest fields as an everyday occurance.  in the south-east US you rarely see the vastly massive acerage of farm-against-farm-against-farm-etc...

    also, i spent a good amount of time out in corn fields in ames, iowa in my last job.  everyone wanted to go work the research fields in hawaii, but we always ended up in iowa.


  • Sonicwind75 21 hours 43 min ago (view)

    Hey, I'm pretty excited about the Field of Dreams game.  I grew up on a farm in middle of nowhere Iowa and my brother and I spent a lot of time trying to hit baseballs into a corn field.  I'm seriously considering coming back next summer from Texas to go to that game if prices aren't super stupid expensive.  Added bonus, I won't have to listen to A-Rod and Mendoza ignorantly discussing corn and no, you don't eat field corn like you would sweet corn. 


  • Dolorous Jon Lester 1 day 9 hours ago (view)

    That is truly staggering. Shame on the rest of the Central that we are only one loss behind the pissboys, we should have been buried by now with that kind of stat.


  • crunch 1 day 17 hours 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 day 18 hours 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 day 18 hours ago (view)

    welcome back kimbrel.

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


  • crunch 1 day 18 hours ago (view)

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


  • crunch 1 day 19 hours ago (view)

    woo, a good cubs away game.


  • crunch 1 day 21 hours ago (view)

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


  • crunch 1 day 23 hours 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.