Cubs vs. Angels: Hendricks vs. Stratton (Game 14)

CHC (5-8): RHP Kyle Hendricks (0-2)
LAA (7-7): RHP Chris Stratton (0-1)
First pitch 1:20pmCDT

The Cubs send Kyle Hendricks to the mound for his turn to be good after strong starts from Quintana and Hamels. The righty has lost his first two starts and looked generally out-of-whack. We may see Pujols again; he homered yesterday and Justin Bour is 1-14 against Hendricks. Zack Cozart is 4-12 with a HR against him.

Chris Stratton made 26 starts last year for the Giants, with a 4.43 xFIP and 5.09 ERA. In his first two starts this season, he's struck out only 2 while walking 6 (8.1 IP). The Cubs offense will try to show off their discipline and maybe some more of the power we saw yesterday.

The wind should help left-handed batters today.


Tim Collins looks like a jr. high school student cosplaying as Jake Arrieta.

so close...also, wow ive never seen schwarb so mad.

Not an egregious call by the third base umpire. Schwarbs just feeling the heat of letting his team down again. Willson’s at bat was the killer - strikes two and three swinging at balls out of the strike zone  

Also: Cubs did not deserve to win that game. Bullpen is el stinko (4 walks in an inning, two with the bases loaded - you should lose the game on that alone)

Something to keep in mind regarding the Cubs bulllpen...

Brian Duensing and Tim Collins have Article XIX-A rights (both have accrued at least five years of MLB Service Time) and both accepted minor league assignments prior to MLB Opening Day (Duensing accepted an outright assignment and Collins accepted an optional assignment) and so Duensing and Collins likely signed the waiver explained in the next paragraph:  

A player with Article XIX-A rights can waive his right to refuse an outright assignment or elect free-agency if outrighted, but the waiver cannot be signed more than ten days prior to MLB Opening Day, the player has the right to designate in advance which minor league team to which he can be assigned, and the waiver automatically expires if the player is not outrighted to the minors within 45 days or by the 45th day of the MLB regular season (whichever is later).

As this might pertain to Collins, the 45th day of the MLB regular season is May 11th.  

Sunday's game is postponed due to weather. Cubs miss their chance to seal another series win and Chatwood might be deprived of a start for now. Make-up date tbd.

Monday 8/26 (day game) would seem to be the best common open date, with Cubs home on Sunday and play at NYM on Tuesday, and Angels finish series in HOU on Sunday and begin homestand on Tuesday.  

This would cause Cubs to play 15 days in a row (well within reasonable limit) and Angels have off days the previous Thursday and the next Thursday as well. 

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  • Rob Richardson 13 min 11 sec ago view
  • As long as you're one of the faster gazelles, it's probably ok!

    Charlie 22 min 17 sec ago view
  • "Best comp is a juvenile Thomson's Gazelle on the African savannah."

    It's better to be the cheetah in that scenario.

    VirginiaPhil 41 min 54 sec ago view
  • Thanks, Phil.

    K Dub 4 hours 51 min ago view
  • Hey Phil, I saw where the Cubs recently traded for some additional international pool money. Have they made any recent signings of note?

    azbobbop 11 hours 22 min ago view
  • He had no trouble logging SBs last summer, per the game logs. If he can hit a little bit......... 

    tim815 14 hours 17 min ago view
  • TIM: If you've never seen him, Rochest Cruz is a wiry and - VERY - fast second-baseman who looks like he's about 12 years old.

    He takes a lot of pitches and has a sort of slashing approach at the plate when he does swing (he pulled the 5th inning triple into the RF corner and it could have been an inside-the-park HR if the third base coach hadn't stopped him at 3rd because there was only one out).

    He is a very unusual player. Kind of like Fernando Kelli on uppers. 

    Arizona Phil 14 hours 18 min ago view
  • SONICWIND: If you disregard the affect it would have on club payroll (slight) and the player's minor league option years (substantial) and how it might impact the Cubs MLB 40-man roster later in the season (TBD), the actual best temporary replacement for David Bote for the two or three days he's on Paternity Leave who might enhance their chances to win would probably be Trent Giambrone, but I would be surprised if the Cubs were to add Giambrone to the 25 (and the 40) right now.

    Arizona Phil 15 hours 11 min ago view
  • Rochest Cruuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuz.

    He was fun to follow through the DSL last season.

    tim815 15 hours 46 min ago view
  • I hope the Cubs' financial situation isn't so dire that worrying about saving $25k is going to factor on what player they can call up that would best enhance their chances to win. 

    Sonicwind75 18 hours 34 min ago view
  • Fair call, and educational, as usual.

    We shall see.

    tim815 20 hours 24 min ago view
  • Remember that when a minor league player with no previous MLB 40-man roster time is added to the 40 during the 2019 season, his minor league split salary is fixed at $45,300 for his first season on the 40, so if a player like Machin was to get a brief ride on the 25, it would require placing him on the 40 to do that, and once he is added to the 40 -- even if he is outrighted back to the minors after three days in Chicago -- his 2019 minor league salary would jump from about $18,000 (where it is now ) to $45,300, and I doubt that the Cubs would do that if they can just recall a player (Happ

    Arizona Phil 22 hours 54 min ago view
  • Did Court find a new team?

    Hagsag 1 day 30 min ago view
  • Nice call. The perfect chance for a guy like that.

    tim815 1 day 2 hours ago view
  • Too bad Ryan Court isn’t around anymore. Always wanted him to get at least one day at Wrigley. 

    bradsbeard 1 day 9 hours ago view
  • Morrow to the 60.

    tim815 1 day 11 hours ago view