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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  • Arizona Phil 1 hour 57 min ago (view)

    And if Bryant does win the Service Time grievance his value in a trade this coming off-season will be diminished, because one year of club control until he becomes a free-agent versus two years of control is a significant difference. 


  • Arizona Phil 2 hours 14 min ago (view)

    Q-MAN: It actually wouldn't surprise me if Bryant wins the grievance. 


  • Cubster 3 hours 15 min ago (view)

    ...and our Manager can dance!


  • QuietMan 4 hours 34 min ago (view)

    Still cant get the images of that SNL skit out of my mind.


  • Cubster 6 hours 52 min ago (view)

    This is really sad. A fatal pulmonary embolism is quite rare, older data had about 0.019% incidence (range 0-0.6%, for total knees). DVT without prophylaxis is higher and most people are getting prophylaxis (blood thinners) postop. DVT (leg clots) is a nuisance but not life threatening (unless the clot goes to the lungs). Patients with a history of DVT are at greater risk and there are other risk factors.


  • Cubster 7 hours 10 min ago (view)

    Kaplan also tweets Ross is the new manager and they are working on contract. Tweet reported in mlbtr too.

    "Cubs made their decision late yesterday afternoon and the other candidates have been informed they are indeed out. David Ross is the choice."


  • QuietMan 7 hours 16 min ago (view)

    The Kris Bryant service time grievance is finally being heard by an arbitrator this week according to Kaplan.


  • crunch 1 day 18 hours ago (view)

    j.girardi did a 2nd interview with PHI on Monday and he's supposedly the favorite for the job.


  • bradsbeard 1 day 23 hours ago (view)

    The draft over the ASB and the trade deadline pushed back until August 15th or so would make sense. Otherwise, I don't know how scouting departments are going to handle the draft lead up and the trade deadline running almost simultaneously.  


  • Arizona Phil 1 day 23 hours ago (view)

    One other thing about MLB player development that is very different from NFL, NBA, and NHL player development is that most MLB clubs have upwards of 300 minor league players under contract (not including players on their MLB 40-man roster, the Cubs presently have 301 minor leaguers under contract on nine minor league affiliates).


  • Arizona Phil 1 day 23 hours ago (view)

    JUST SAYIN: MLB is the only one of the four major North American professional sports that holds its draft and signs its draft picks during the season.


  • crunch 2 days 8 hours ago (view)

    umpire eric cooper has died...complications from knee surgery (blood clot)...52 years old


  • crunch 2 days 19 hours ago (view)

    "MLB Network's Jon Heyman reports former player David Ross and Astros bench coach Joe Espada "appear to be the frontrunners" for the Cubs' managerial opening."

    espada's had 2 interviews.  for a guy who's actively at his "other job," having a 2nd interview seems like both sides want to make this work.  SF and PIT are also supposedly interested in espada.


  • JustSayin' 2 days 21 hours ago (view)

     That's a fair description of the benefits of the plan but If I have to choose between "better way" and "owners' greed," I pick the latter.  MLB wants better MiLB facilities, on average, without paying a cent.  They want to deal with the social and legal pressure they are getting for not even paying minor league players minimum wage per real hour worked by having less players.  In addition, the draft is to be moved to late August, so every draftee would lose compensation for the stub year in which they are drafted.  For this reason, I'm not sure your point about col


  • Hagsag 2 days 21 hours ago (view)

    Thanks Mr. Phil.


  • Arizona Phil 2 days 22 hours ago (view)

    HAGSAG: Besides reducing the costs that are associated with operating a minor league club, reducing the number of minor league affiliates would allow MLB organizations to increase the salaries of their remainng minor league players (who would be the organization's most-legit prospects) without having to increase the organization's aggregate minor league payroll.