Dodgers @ Cubs: Kershaw vs Hendricks (Game 168; NLCS Game 2)

Dodgers 1, Cubs 0
W: Kershaw (2-0); L: Hendricks (0-1); S: Jansen (3)
Series tied 1-1

LAD (0-1): LHP Clayton Kershaw (1-0, 5.84)
CHC (1-0): RHP Kyle Hendricks (0-0, 4.91)
First pitch: 7:00pmCST

Hendricks gave up 2 ER in 3.2 innings for a no-decision in Game Two of the NLDS against the Giants, which the Cubs went on to win 5-2. He beat the Dodgers at Wrigley on June 2, holding them to 2 ER through 8 innings. Overall, they are 8-41 (.195) against him. Turner is 2-7 with a HR. Hendricks was 9-2 with a crisp 1.32 ERA at Wrigley this year.

Kershaw had two starts (giving up 3 ERs in 5 innings and 5 ERs in 6.2 innings) and one two-out save (in the elimination game) against the Nationals in the NLDS. But don’t let the ERA fool you. He pitched Game Four on short rest and came in on his throw day for Game Five, and some of those runs can be tagged on the shoddy LA bullpen. He was 4-3 with a 2.31 on the road this year, and the Cubs were lucky enough to miss him, helped in part by the fact that he missed 11 starts with a back issue. For their careers, the Cubs are 32-133 (.241) against him. Fowler is 18-44 (.409)--atta boy, Dex!

Monday is (mercifully) a day off, then we have Arrieta vs. Rich Hill (who bears some resemblance to the former Cubs pitcher of the same name) on Tuesday in LA.

Go Cubs!


Thanks again to CT Steve and all ya'll for your continued opining. For those of you not at the game last night, I was wondering if the zone was erratic? Granted I was on the 1st Base side, but several pitches located as strikes by Maeda looked the same and called balls for Lester. What did the "box" show? Re RIZZO, he at least made contact on a few pitches last night - so that is something. But, so far in two Playoff years, he looks terrible and the opposing pitchers make him look foolish. Reminded me of the Hawk looking MVP, and disappearing in the Cubs '89 run. Billy B is spot on with Russell. Let's hope he can continue to make spectacular plays and error-free baseball for the rest of this run. He is completely overmatched at the plate. He and Riz are just gonna have to get out of this on their own. Now.

E-Man -- I was 5 rows in the upper deck between home and first. Same issues with the home plate ump -- seemed very inconsistent, although you can't really tell from where I was sitting. Lester seemed shocked when he was issued his second walk -- he assumed the pitch was a strike and stood at home until the ump told him to go to first.

Dexter Fowler CF, Kris Bryant 3B, Anthony Rizzo 1B, Ben Zobrist LF, Addison Russell SS, Javier Baez 2B, Contreras C, Heyward RF, Hendricks P LAD doesn't handle the changeup well. this game could be fun.

Heyward bats 8th--to remind Roberts that maybe the IBB was not such a great idea.

I'm very happy for E-man and Billybucks to see a game like yesterday's. For me, that would be a lifetime achievement thing.

I will always remember the sound of the ball leaving Miggy's bat, high-fiving everyone around me and hugging my son, both of us laughing like idiots. Simply awesome.

That's awesome. If MLB ever goes to aluminum bats, I'm going to put my head in an oven.

It was remarkable O&B. Regardless of the outcome this season, last night was absolutely the same game the team would have lost in 2003, 2007, or 2008 over and over. The place exploded after the Montero HR. I am so not used to these things going our team's way. It is not what I have ever seen before. Thanks Tom Ricketts. Thanks Theo.


Okay guys. I just stumbled into tickets for tonight. LEAVE NO DOUBT!

Wow! Good for you! Wear comfy shoes and expect to stand most of the game!

Enjoy it, Brick! Clark Street is basically a huge block party before and after the game. Amazing environment.

Just win the non-Kershaw games and we're in good shape. Great job by Hendricks & the pen.

Yeah, the pitching and D kept the Cubs in this game despite the offense not being able to do anything with Kershaw or Jansen. If Rizzo could keep his fair or Baez could've gotten just a bit more of his flyout, we'd have been looking at a bullpen battle. As losses go, this one wasn't too demoralizing.

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  • crunch 1 day 1 hour ago (view)

    MLB is very much swinging their power over minor league teams around.


  • tim815 1 day 1 hour ago (view)

    Normally, it's because the minor fee they receive is of more value than they think they will be able to acquire later.


  • JustSayin' 1 day 2 hours ago (view)

    My, the negotiations for a new comprehensive agreement between MLB and MiLB are sounding nasty all of a sudden!  I'd be interested in other takes on this.  It's easy to see the risks on the MiLB side.  I wonder though, if MLB isn't playing with fire as far as the antitrust exemption goes?  In case Trump isn't president in January, 2021, the MLB owners lose a friend.  We've already heard from Sanders and Warren supporting MiLB on this -- which is pretty amazing, considering how many bigger problems this country has -- and one can guess where mayor Pete stands.


  • bradsbeard 1 day 8 hours ago (view)

    I'm also thinking they really didn't anticipate losing two players in the MLB portion of the Rule 5 and wanted to have more flexibility to pick guys, and they maybe figured Carrera had a better shot to go unpicked. It is a little surprising that the talent rich Rays are the ones who grabbed him. 


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

    It's just strange because they had space. maybe they thought no one would have wanted him?


  • bradsbeard 1 day 18 hours ago (view)

    Best I can think is that maybe he was going to be squeezed out of a starting role next year with 2019 draftees and other lower level pitching pushing up into A ball. Doesn't seem like a great reason, but the pitching in the system is getting more crowded each year.


  • crunch 2 days 2 hours ago (view)

    i truly wonder why f.carrera wasn't more of a priority.

    he throws straight up junk, but he's got great control and command over his pitchers.  he's young enough that he could find some more velocity, too.

    i mean, this is a management team that decided to trade for dan haren and kyle hendricks.  they don't have an aversion to slow-tossing starters.


  • Dolorous Jon Lester 2 days 2 hours ago (view)

    Has anyone else noticed James Norwood's picture on the Cubs top 30 prospects page is actually Brandon Kintzler?


  • Arizona Phil 2 days 5 hours ago (view)

    It's always interesting to see how many players each MLB club protects on its AAA affiliate's 38-man reserve list on 11/20.

    I'm not saying it absolutely and necessarily proves what a club thinks of its own prospects, but there are 38 slots available on a AAA reserve list, and if you leave 15 slots open, I think that does say something, especially when you don't lose anybody in either the MLB Phase or in the AAA Phase. (I'm looking at you, Seattle Mariners!) 


  • Arizona Phil 2 days 5 hours ago (view)

    HAGSAG: Instructs starts next month. The pitching lab operates year round, so guys are always coming & going. 


  • Hagsag 2 days 7 hours ago (view)

    Phil, when does the Instructional program begin? Are there pitchers in the pitching lab now?


  • cubbies.4ever 2 days 19 hours ago (view)

    Just to continue my conspiracy theory that Theo has a requirement you have TJS to pitch for the Cubs Trevor Megill had it in 2013.  The Cubs must have a support group for pitchers who have had TJS.


  • Arizona Phil 2 days 20 hours ago (view)

    After losing two players off the Iowa reserve list in the Major League Phase and selecting four players in the AAA Phase, the Iowa reserve list has one slot open, so now would be an excellent time to try and outright C. D. Pelham to AAA.

    Keep in mind that he can't elect free-agency if he's outrighted, and if he is outrighted, he won't be a minor league free-agent until post-2021.

    And if he gets claimed off waivers? No big deal.  


  • Arizona Phil 2 days 21 hours ago (view)

    LHSP Faustino Carrera and 2B Carlos Sepulveda were among the first players signed by the Cubs out of Mexico in 2014-15. The Cubs ended up signing more than two dozen more Mexican players over the next three years. 


  • Arizona Phil 2 days 21 hours ago (view)

    Vimael Machin can play anywhere in the infield & outfield, but he also went through the catcher conversion program at post-2015 Instructs so he can even catch in a pinch, too. He could be a very useful 26th man.

    Machin is bi-lingual (he is from Puerto Rico and went to college at Old Dominion), and was projected by the Cubs as a future coach or manager. He's a savvy & astute baseball guy. 


  • Arizona Phil 2 days 21 hours ago (view)

    BRADSBEARD: Every year the Cubs convert two or three position players to pitcher (it was Galazin, Hughes, and Zardon in 2019), so it's very possible that Suiter will be given a chance to pitch.