Cubs @ Diamondbacks: Hendricks vs Corbin (Game 150) 

CHC (87-62): RHP Kyle Hendricks (11-11, 3.71) 
AZ (78-72): LHP Patrick Corbin (11-5, 3.05) 
First pitch: 8:40pmCST 

Hendricks lost to Brewers on Wednesday (5 IP, 2 ER). He gave up 3 ER in 5 innings and lost to the Brewers at Wrigley on July 24. Overall, the D’backs are 14-61 against him. Souza is 2-2.

Corbin, who beat the Cubs on July 23 (7 IP, 1 ER), gave up 3 ER in 6.1 for a no-decision in Colorado his last time out. For their careers, these Cubs are 24-85 (.282). Happ is 3-7 with a HR.

Arizona is 4 games out of a Wild Card spot, unfortunately.

Montgomery and TBD tomorrow at the same time.

Go Cubs! 


Almora CF, Bryant LF, Rizzo 1B, Baez 2B, Zobrist RF, Contreras C, Bote 3B, Hendricks P, Russell SS

contreras sure as hell didn't repeat his watching party on a catch at the wall in this game...he was half way to 2nd when it was snagged and hauling ass.

wow.  runs...and a multiple-run lead.

baez #32

also, ARZ is still very much cubs territory.  this might as well be a home game if you only focus on the fans.

Dan Vogel-bomb! Grand slam for M’s in a 4-1 win. 2nd HR in two nights. He’s only had 72 at bats this season though. Still glad to see some success for him.

he destroyed spring training pitching and got sent to AAA as a reward.

started out a little slow there, but got on track rather quickly and ended strong.

len gets one of his music picks in coming back from the break...plays some meat puppets...

JD totally called that KB was going to homer - very good stuff!

IIRC, I believe that was KB's first homer to right field this year. 

JD’s had a good night. Earlier, when Len mentioned that Yelich had hit for the cycle and he had also hit for the cycle against the Reds about a month ago...JD says, “the bi-cycle.” I love their broadcast because of stuff like that.

I think JD is great -- good analyst and genuinely funny.

i miss the chemistry of len/bob.  JD misses so many things len sets up for him...stuff bob used to knock out of the park.

i don't hate JD, but i think i'd like him more if i never experienced len/bob.

Len and Bob were clearly good friends and had great chemistry -- but I thought Brenley's analysis was pretty Joe Morgan-esque, and I never thought he was he really funny, he was just old-school baseball funny. "When I played, they said I ran like I was angry at the ground HAHAHAHA!"  I find JD to be a much more insightful analyst and a truly funny guy.  But, tastes differ.

I concur with billybucks here.  Sometimes JD makes jokes that take me a minute or two but then it just put me in stitches.  Also agree with his skills as an analyst.

Bob was got super boring by his last couple years. JD is so much smarter about baseball. I third billybucks.

Willy learned his lesson. Let's move on please.

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  • JustSayin' 1 day 9 hours ago (view)

     I hear you but welcome to the world of Theo.  The team is always a step or two away from the World Series in his mind, whether that is true or not.  Therefore, the thing to do on the margin is to trade top prospects or younger guys on the roster for that missing puzzle piece, not build for the future.  I had a front-row seat for this as a Red Sox fan.  If Pedro Martinez doesn't insist the Red Sox sign David Ortiz for table scraps and Chris Bryant isn't the no-brainer second pick in the draft, we'd all be wondering what happened to that Theo guy who was in the Red S


  • Cubster 1 day 10 hours ago (view)

    Shogo Akiyama is a lefty bat, career BA at.301 w/ Seibu Lions.  Recent OBPs: .419, .385, .398, .403 and .392. HR 20-15 in last 3 seasons Stolen bases, 12 in 2019, 18 in best season (2016). Defense supposedly plus-plus, 7-10 assists (10 in 2016). Clearly a leadoff hitter.


  • crunch 2 days 3 hours ago (view)

    christian yelich committed internet homicide on yu darvish...


  • Charlie 2 days 7 hours ago (view)

    Little in the offseason could make me happier than the Cubs finding ways to retain the good MLB players who came up with them while remaining competitive. This Javy extension talk makes me much happier as a fan than the Bryant and Contreras trade talk.


  • crunch 2 days 7 hours ago (view)

    "Javy Baez. The two-time All-Star shortstop and 2018 MVP runner-up already has begun negotiations on a potential long-term extension with the Cubs, according to sources."

    also, some talk of being linked to shogo akiyama (CF, Japan, 32yo in April)


  • crunch 3 days 4 hours ago (view)

    j.odorizzi accepted his qualifying offer (17.8m) from did j.abreu (CWS)....everyone else is gonna play the FA market.

    w.smith (SF) immediately signed with the braves for 3/39 (13m team option/1m buyout on the backend).  braves lose a 2nd round pick...which they'll probably get back when someone signs j.donaldson.


  • crunch 4 days 4 hours ago (view)


    it's not like i think he's something special, but if he had 5mph more on his stuff he'd probably be a top prospect in the system combined with his command/control.  he's got highly repeatable junk and he's still young enough there might be a little more velocity to discover.


  • Arizona Phil 4 days 7 hours ago (view)

    CRUNCH: As long as Carrera is placed on the AAA Iowa reserve list on 11/20 he should be safe from selection, and I would say he is in fact close to a lock to be placed on the Iowa roster.

    Presuming he is on the Iowa reserve list going into the Rule 5 Draft, I doubt very much that he would get selected in the Major League Phase because he hasn't pitched above Lo-A. 


  • crunch 4 days 7 hours ago (view)

    nice info...

    i'm low-key keeping an eye on faustino carrera if he's not protected...which he may not be protected.

    he throws junk, but he throws it well, and with great control.


  • Arizona Phil 4 days 8 hours ago (view)

    I've talked to Player Development people over the past many years about the Rule 5 Draft and how an organization goes about deciding whether to protect or not protect a player from selection. 

    STEP 1: How many of your Rule 5 Draft-eligible players are actually legit candidates to get selected in the Major League Phase?. Usually there a dozen or more who could conceivably/realisticaly get selected. You need to identify them and then carefully evaluate them. 
    EXAMPLES: See my lists above. 


  • crunch 4 days 10 hours ago (view)

    "There are no untouchables," Epstein said.

    In truth, the Cubs boss has said the same every year, but it certainly sounds like he means it this time. "We're in the 'information collecting' stages of the process," one general manager put it on Tuesday.


  • Dolorous Jon Lester 5 days 13 hours ago (view)

    I think, in relation to the higher profile guys like Javy or Contreras, they're trying to put some pressure on to sign extensions.

    That said I do think they're listening on everyone with the only name I haven't seen being Rizzo.


  • crunch 6 days 5 hours ago (view)

    i wonder where the cubs will go with things.

    there's a lot pointing to the cubs being expected to listen to offers on almost anyone.  as it is, on paper, the cubs could roll right into 2020 with no changes whatsoever and still field a very competitive team.  the whole "shakeup" thing seems to be a very hot topic from a variety of sources, though.

    bryant, contreras, schwarber have all been linked to "cubs may be listening" rumors...probably listening to anything on happ, bote, almora, russell, too...


  • Hagsag 6 days 5 hours ago (view)

    Even the Cubs should be able to out bid the Marlins!


  • crunch 6 days 5 hours ago (view)

    "According to Joe Frisaro of, the Marlins are "believed" to have interest in free agent outfielder Nicholas Castellanos."

    by interest, i assume they mean they'd like to have some baseball rookie cards or his or maybe a hug from him.  i can't imagine they actually want to spend money on someone they could use to make their team better because that makes no sense.


  • Arizona Phil 6 days 22 hours ago (view)

    Prior to joining the Cubs in 2012 Scott Harris was Director of Baseball Operations in the MLB office, which means he received, reviewed, and approved all major league and minor league contracts and transactions, as well as providing MLB clubs with schedules, rules updates, and draft information.