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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  • JustSayin' 4 hours 33 min ago (view)

    I think what your saying applies to all franchises in all big-time team sports.  The virus is asymptomatic in many carriers.  The national positive test % rate is mid/high single digits.  If your pro sports franchise does 3-4 x better than that, it still means some players and coaches will test positive and things will grind to a partial or complete halt.  At least baseball didn't try to "bubble" in AZ and FL, which are looking like two of the worst (and worst-led) states in which to be located at the currrent stage of the pandemic.


  • crunch 5 hours 33 min ago (view)

    rizzo took BP and did some field work today.  also, almora is good to go...he ran into a wall on friday and got a little banged up.


  • Cubster 12 hours 52 min ago (view)

    Aroldis Chapman is now Covid positive with mild symptoms


  • crunch 1 day 1 hour ago (view)

    the COVID-Division should be fun.

    teams from TX, AZ, CA, WA, and CO exclusively playing each other...  CO is all "wtf, really?"


  • Cubster 1 day 2 hours ago (view)

    ...and so it goes (per Roto): Astros general manager James Click wrote in a statement that a member of the staff "was potentially exposed to a COVID-positive individual outside the organization.” The team is working with MLB and team doctors on testing protocol and cleaning before resuming workouts. 

    Does the visiting team bring a Covid positive bio-weapon to the player's parking lot?


  • Charlie 1 day 9 hours ago (view)

    I've been wondering how this would proceed. Since teams will have to figure out how existing contracts will be paid, I thought there was a *chance* they would proceed with free agency as usual and plan for payment under potential shortened seasons would just be figured out in negotiations with the MLBPA. But that was probably an overly optimistic thought.


  • Dolorous Jon Lester 1 day 12 hours ago (view)

    Meanwhile Theo shoots down any potential of extension talks. I get that it's a crazy time financially in baseball, but it's really gonna suck when all these players leave after 21 and 22.


  • Cubster 1 day 22 hours ago (view)

    WSox Michael Kopech has opted out of 2020. I didn't see a disclosed reason yet but he is recovering from TJ S 


  • crunch 2 days 9 hours ago (view)

    buster posey (SF) opting out of 2020...recently adopted twin daughters who were born premature.


  • Cubster 3 days 13 hours ago (view)

    per Tribune: Kimbrel's OK, just working on his changeup (formerly his fastball).


  • Arizona Phil 4 days 1 hour ago (view)

    The Cubs have released RHRP (and their erstwhile closer) Brandon Morrow. There is no indication that they plan to re-sign him to another (different) 2020 minor league contract without the Article XX-B $100K retention bonus provision (as happened with Jason Kipnis last week).  


  • crunch 4 days 5 hours ago (view)

    rizzo takes another day off (lower back).  ross says the club is "exercising caution."

    klye ryan is expected to join the team tomorrow after some mysterious holdup.


  • Ryno 4 days 5 hours ago (view)

    Has anyone seen Darvish's pitch "The Supreme"?  Isn't it just a sinker?


  • Ryno 4 days 5 hours ago (view)

    In other words:  This lineup sucks.


  • Arizona Phil 4 days 6 hours ago (view)

    Jason Kipnis was released on June 29th and then he was re-signed to a new (different) 2020 minor league contract that does not require a $100K retention bonus if he is not added to the Cubs MLB Reserve List by 2020 MLB Opening Day (7/23).  

    Brandon Morrow remains on his original 2020 minor league contract which pays him a $100K retention bonus if he is not released by 7/18 or added to the Cubs MLB Reserve List by 7/23. 


  • Eric S 4 days 6 hours ago (view)

    There is that re Kimbrel - at worst, just another year on the books.

     July 1st is Bobby Bonilla Day - the day that check is cut and paid annually.