Cubs @ Nationals: Hendricks vs Strasburg (NLDS Game 1)

CHC (0-0): RHP Kyle Hendricks (0-0, —) 
WAS (0-0): RHP Stephen Strasburg (0-0, —)
First pitch: 6:31pmCST (TBS)

Hendricks had a no-decision in St. Louis in his final game of the season last Monday (5 IP, 0 ER, 9 K, 1 BB). He went 1-1 with  2.01 in the final month. He lost in DC on August 4, going 7 innings and giving up 3 ER. On the road this season, he’s 3-2 with a 2.83. Overall, the Nationals are 20-92 (.217) against him. Harper is 4-13 with a HR.

Strasburg beat the Pirates his last time out for his fifth straight win. In 10 starts since the All-star Break, he went 6-1 with 0.86. That’s a paddlin’. The Cubs are 29-113 (.257) against him. Heyward is 15-37 (.405) against him with a HR. 

In other notes, the ALCS is shaping up to be an amazing series—between the two best teams in baseball, who unfortunately can’t play for the championship. 

And special thanks to MLB for making it even more difficult this year for people to watch their product—multiple channels, cable requirements, blackout restrictions, limited camera angles, delays, lame announcers. Well done, you greedy pricks.

Go Cubs!


ROSTER: Pitchers (11): Carl Edwards Jr. Kyle Hendricks Brian Duensing Jon Lester Justin Wilson Mike Montgomery John Lackey Pedro Strop Jake Arrieta Jose Quintana Wade Davis Position Players (14): Tommy La Stella Albert Almora Jr. Ian Happ Javier Baez Kyle Schwarber Alex Avila Kris Bryant Ben Zobrist Jason Heyward Leonys Martin Addison Russell Jon Jay Willson Contreras Anthony Rizzo Wilson was added purely for DMurphy. Good luck with that one, Joe.

PHIL: Please lock up Koji somewhere for us all. Thank you.

Leonys Martin over 12th pitcher Rondon/Uehara?

Also, I'll be in attendance at the game.  33 years ago today (or tomorrow, I forget if it was game 4 or game 5) the Cubs made me cry at my 7th birthday party.

Please don't make me cry on another birthday weekend, Cubs....

Game 4. Steve F. Garvey. I will say no more.


I'm with you on Martin over Rondon. Also, re: playoffs and special occasions, I'm missing this first one for my sister's rehearsal dinner and the second for the wedding. Watch over them, all! And happy b-day (I hope!) Trans!

It's a best-of-five series with the Nats. Dimwit Dusty is sure to cost his team one game they should have won. So in reality, the Cubs have home field advantage and should be favored, amirite?

Zobrist RF Bryant 3B Rizzo 1B Contreras C Schwarber LF Russell SS Heyward CF (corrected) Baez 2B Hendricks P With the Nationals having a number of left handed relief pitchers Almora could play a key roll off the bench.

Heyward batting #7 and playing CF.

Heyward vs. Strasburg Lifetime 37abs, .405 ba, 1.058 OPS


Many of those abs would be in his Atlanta days, several swings changes past.

Heyward's next swing-change project will just be to emulate whatever the fuq he does in those ABs.

Well - let's let it all hang out. Nothing to lose, with facing their pitching plus beast of a lineup.

This is by far the most relaxed I've ever been on the opening of the playoffs. I have no expectations of success this year, and still feel the full buzz from last year. I'm sure my pulse rate will get going once the game starts

My sentiments as well. Really wish Fowler was still out in CF and leading off, with both Zobrist and Jay on the bench, but what can you do. Thought of losing this series to Dusty makes me ill

Same here, on all counts. Enjoy the experience!

Yeah. I'm cool as can be. Totally relaxed AND I WISH THEY'D HURRY THE FUCK UP AND START. AND I CAN'T STAND THE (fill in TV network later because I don't know what channel it's on yet) BROADCAST TEAM. And also HEY BLUE, YOU'RE MISSING A GREAT GAME. PLUS IF I HAVE TO WATCH ONE MORE SPECTRUM CABLE TV AD I'M GOING TO LOSE IT. I FUCKING KNOW DirectTV BAD Spectrum Good. Man, I need more coffee.

Gonzalez in game 2. Scherzer in game 3.

From an earlier interview I heard: Scherzer "the most difficult injury...I've had". Wants to be able to throw 100 pitches. "I PROMISE you. I will be pitching in this series." So, it seems (as it did to the bcast guys) that his start will be predicated on how the series is going, more than setting their rotation today.

I suspect the Scherzer situation is a mental game as much as anything. The media buzz in the series would be all about how the Nats are impacted by injury and their chances lowered not knowing if Scherzer is going or not. So they put him in game 3, knowing full well they can pull him out at the last minute.

For the first time in all time, Dusty doesn't hit a slap hitter second. Dang.

Swinging at the first pitch in the playoffs never seems like a good game plan. 1 pitch, 1 out let's the pitcher relax pretty darn quickly.

Zo no, Zo no... take a pitch, man.

don't get it.

stras is no-hitting the cubs through also, hendricks is holding WAS down quite well.

so long no-hitter. ...and a cubs lead! error, advance on bunt, bryant double scoring the run.

View from the nosebleeds.... Hendricks is just cruising.  Team seems loose.  Between innings Rizzo rolled the infield practice ball from first thru the legs of the stadium attendant who was facing away from rizzo, in front of cubs dugout.  Rizzo threw up the field goal sign and laughed.

So, um, any doubters as to Hendricks being the ace of the staff at this point? Which yes is sort of a crazy thing to say but the results speak for themselves.

woo! 1-0 in a best of 5. nice.


Though 41 career post-season innings, KH has an ERA of 1.98 and a WHIP of 1.000

86mph of dominance.

87, thank you

The man has a career ERA in the regular season under 3.00. The dude can pitch.

Really solid game of baseball by the Cubs. Really stout work by all 3 pitchers. I thought the home plate ump was very good through seven, then missed a number of pitches in the 8th and 9th. I think Contreras threw the dropped third strike ball in the 9th exactly where he wanted to. No way to throw the ball past Rizzo into the corner if you dot the runner between the numbers.

Hendricks has established himself as a Number One playoff starter. Wow.

I think every team should be looking for a Hendricks. With hitters seeing a steady diet of 95mph+ from starters and 98mph+ from relievers, 89mph with deception, location and movement is a real weapon.

The Cubs draft the s**t out of that type of pitcher. And develop them, as such.

Cubs!!! I hope the gin wears off before the 4 o'clock start tomorrow. I might've had a few.

Heard a comment on mlb radio that last nights game was like watching Nolan Ryan vs Greg Maddux. We all know Mad dog wins those matchups.

jock jones (WAS assistant hitting coach) suspended by WAS for "sharing revenge porn" (lawsuit filed in SD)

If the case is thrown out, don't let Jacque throw it.

Oh, that was fucking brilliant. +100

it is interesting that Dusty surrounds himself with cronies like that. Jacque, Davey Lopes, etc. Surprised "Dick Pole" is not his pitching coach.

Lenny Harris the new hitting coach, because of course. Or Neifi Perez, pick 'em.

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  • crunch 1 hour 3 min 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 hour 11 min 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 hour 19 min ago (view)

    welcome back kimbrel.

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


  • crunch 1 hour 50 min ago (view)

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


  • crunch 2 hours 45 min ago (view)

    woo, a good cubs away game.


  • crunch 4 hours 56 min ago (view)

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


  • crunch 6 hours 17 min 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.


  • Arizona Phil 7 hours 38 min ago (view)

    Craig Kimbrel reinstated from IL, Duane Underwood Jr optioned to Iowa, Mark Zagunis recalled as the "26th man" for tonight's game (special travel required to get to Williamsport so MLB Comissioner permits 26th man for both clubs). 


  • crunch 1 day 1 hour ago (view)

    at least...


  • Charlie 1 day 2 hours ago (view)

    Lester pitched 35 innings today.


  • crunch 1 day 5 hours ago (view)

    2019...cubs fan...being thankful heyward and chatwood are


  • Eric S 1 day 6 hours ago (view)

    Like having a 5-1 lead going into the ninth?


  • Dolorous Jon Lester 1 day 7 hours ago (view)

    With our vaunted late inning tandem of Tyler Chatwood and Rowan Wick!

    Who would have thought?


  • Jackstraw 1 day 7 hours ago (view)

    Cubs 1-10 with RISP in the series.  Left lots of ducks on the pond.  Could take some of the pressure off the pen.


  • Jackstraw 1 day 7 hours ago (view)

    You could hit your thumb with a hammer.  Or take a big bite of wayyyy too hot pizza.  Just sayin.


  • Eric S 1 day 7 hours ago (view)

    I’m a little surprised and confused that Bote wasn’t in the infield in the ninth? Wth - need that one out boot to complete my day