Cubs @ Brewers: Hendricks vs Suter (Game 154)

CHC (86-67): RHP Kyle Hendricks (7-5, 3.22)  
MIL (81-73): LHP Brent Suter (3-2, 3.41) 
First pitch: 12:05pmCST

Hendricks gave up 1 ER in 7.2 innings and beat the Cardinals on Saturday. He’s 1-1 with a 4.91 in four starts against the Brewers this season. Overall, they are 26-131 (.198) against him. Shaw is 3-10 with 2 HR.

Suter, a Chicago native (read: probably a Cubs fan) and Harvard alum (definitely not a White Sox fan), went five scoreless to win in Pittsburgh on Monday. He’s 1-0 with a 4.32, in three games against the Cubs in 2017. For their careers, the Cubs are 10-34 (.294) against him. Almora is 2-4.

Quintana (10-11) and Anderson (11-3) close out the series tomorrow and put the Brewers on hug watch at 1:10pmCST.

Go Cubs! 


Brewer what ifs? Well you can also look at it the other way: the Cubs also left 17 guys on in two days. So, IF you're going there, what IF the Cubs had come through in those spots? Might not have been as close.

The biggest what if on either side has to do with the week after the All-star Break when the standings flipped.

It was not too long ago that the Cubs were always on the wrong side of these what ifs. Glad things have changed.

"and Harvard alum (definitely not a White Sox fan)" lulz.

i love the 10th inning.

...up until now.

my god. can't get lucky all the time, but ow.

Time for a day off for Davis--offense needs to give the pen a decent lead tomorrow. All the pressure is still on the Brewers.

Its like a cruel bizzaro version of The Sandberg Game.

Hate to do it, but you've got to give credit to the Brewers -- Cubs had 'em twice, basically eliminating them from the division race, with their "perfect" closer on the mound, and they came back twice. Crap.

Best regular season series that I can remember with the Cubs.

Who is the last Cubs pitcher to have TWO blown saves in the same game? Anybody?

Don't know, but I'll hazard a couple of guesses: Mel Rojas? Antonio Alfonseca?

Davis only blew one save today. The 10th inning wasn't a save chance.

That was a joke. Serious Tim.

I will go out on a limb and say tomorrow will not be a close game...meaning for either team.

How could it be close for one team but not the other?

Well at least the Pirates have gotten off to a great start and have the Cards down 8-2 in the 3rd inning. Could see the magic number go down another spot even with a Cubs loss today. Can't really fault Davis either. He's been used a lot lately, and hopefully he bounces back and is successful in all his following save opportunities for another month.

The downside to winning 9 of 10 games, many them close...your bullpen is completely used up. I wasn't crazy about Davis going back out for the 10th, but I don't know if Joe really had any other choices -- Edwards, Rondon , Duensing and Monty were not available, and he had already used Strop and Wilson (by the way -- nice job, Justin!). Not sure of Grimm's status, either. So it was either a clearly fatigued Davis, or somebody with virtually no MLB experience. Seemed like a reasonable gamble -- full credit to the Brewers, coming back after 3 straight brutal losses to win a game like that. Very impressive.

Magic number 4, on track to clinch with two wins in St. Louis. So nice.

Rockies lose, also, which is kind of nice -- Cubs 4 better in the L column vs. them.

I am hoping for the clincher in good old St. Louis.

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  • crunch 3 hours 9 min ago (view)

    Chicago Cubs Thumbs Up GIF by NBC Sports Chicago


  • Alexander Dimm 3 hours 35 min ago (view)

    I'm in.  What more do we need, really.  A beer.  A game or two.  The 162 game season can wait until next year (I hope).  Have fun with a micro-mini season.  Let the powers fight over the labor agreements.  They can finish by next spring, right?


  • crunch 3 hours 46 min ago (view)

    2020 quickly shaping up to be the best season ever.


  • Cubster 5 hours 6 min ago (view)

    And a few kegs of beer. Hamberders too.


  • crunch 7 hours 19 min ago (view)

    they should just play a quick weekend tourney where no one actually wins and everyone gets a small participation trophy.

    declare the fans the MVPs and dedicate the series to everyone who has died in the history of humanity.

    ...then a free live-streamed Nickleback concert hosted by 2Pac's hologram


  • Charlie 1 day 12 hours ago (view)

    Lol at worrying about a second wave disrupting revenue.


  • Cubster 1 day 15 hours ago (view)

    IN BRIEF (Tribune, from their mini-sports section):    In a letter, MLB rejects players’ plan for 114 gamesNews services Major League Baseball rejected the players’ proposal for a 114-game schedule in the pandemic-delayed season with no additional salary cuts, telling the union that teams have no reason to think 82 games is possible and now will discuss even fewer.Players made their proposal Sunday, five days after management’s initial economic plan.


  • Cubster 1 day 15 hours ago (view)

    Pete Ricketts causing some backspin on their serve...Chi Tribune, Thursday AM:


  • Arizona Phil 2 days 23 min ago (view)

    Here are the last two Cubs minor league releases from this week (for a final total of 30): 

    Conor Lillis-White, LHP (acquired frrom LAA for Tommy LaStella post-2018 - missed 2019 season with hip flexor injury)

    Alberto Mineo, C-1B (has been quarantined in Italy since he re-signed with Cubs in February) 

    Lillis-White was eligible for selection in the 2020 Rule 5 Draft, and Mineo was eligible to be a minor league 6YFA post-2020 


  • Charlie 2 days 1 hour ago (view)

    Great read from players I came of age watching. Really shows how badly MLB needs to empower their players to speak in real time and not just after retiring.


  • crunch 2 days 2 hours ago (view)

    "A conversation: Retired African American MLB players on race, baseball, America"

    d.glanville, j.rollins, r.howard, d.willis, t.hunter, l.hawkins

    unlocked/free article.


  • Jackstraw 2 days 4 hours ago (view)

    I'm trying to come up with scenarios where saying "The problem I have with you people....." really helps the conversation move forward constructively.  None really jump to mind.


  • crunch 2 days 5 hours ago (view)

    i still want proof that tom ricketts and ted cruz aren't the same person


  • Cubster 2 days 7 hours ago (view)

    Tom's older brother is an ass, even with an embarrassing apology.

    Here is the twitter video from Pastor Jarrod Parker:


  • Cubster 2 days 15 hours ago (view)

    I agree.  Laura is the real deal. I think she was the major influence that showed Tom R. and Crane Kenney how to show a "human side" and deal realistically and in a non-threatening way, with the local Chicago politicians. Kenney was clearly clueless in his initial attempts regarding the neighborhood, the Rooftop owners, and the Wrigley Field rebuild. 


  • Hagsag 2 days 16 hours ago (view)

    I am a Laura Ricketts fan. To hell with the rest of them.