Cubs @ Diamondbacks: Hendricks vs. Ray (Game 24)

CHC (12-11): RHP Kyle Hendricks (1-3, 3.54 ERA)
ARZ (15-11): LHP Robbie Ray (0-1, 3.95 ERA)
First pitch 8:40pmCDT

It's a rematch, following the Cubs 2-1 series win at Wrigley this past weekend. Hendricks got his first win in that series, going 7 IP with 11 strikeouts and generally looking like he'd figured some things out. He allowed only 5 baserunners an was backed by the Cubs offense for 5 runs to beat Merrill Kelly.

Robbie Ray pitched a shortly thereafter but was out-dueled by Tyler Chatwood(!). Ray held the Cubs to 1 run in 6 innings on 4 hits and a 1 walk. The Cubs squeaked out the win thanks to Baez's aggressive baserunning and David Bote's 9th-inning magic.

The Cubs' offense couldn't back a solid pitching performance yesterday. Arizona is reputed not to be the bandbox that it once was, but the Cubs offense has OPS-ed .851 on the road compared to .711 at home. On the other hand, Cubs' pitching clearly has preferred home cooking. They've been top 3 at home by most measures and in the bottom 3rd on the road. I propose that position players steal some hotel soaps and towels and that the pitchers bring their familiar toilet seats on the road. It can't hurt.

It will be Darvish vs. Godley on Saturday and Quintana vs. Weaver for the Sunday matinee.


LHRP Randy Rosario has been optioned to AAA Iowa, which means one of the rehabbing pitchers (Montgomery, Cedeno, or Barnette) will likely be reinstated from the IL prior to tonight's game in Phoenix. 

Cubs have recalled RHRP Dillon Maples from AAA Iowa (he replaces Randy Rosario on the 25). 

AZ Phil and Mrs. AZ Phil will be at tonight's Cubs - D'backs game at Chase Field. Please feel free to stop by and say hello. We will be the ones wearing Cubs hats.  

It's not an Extended Spring Training game, but I guess it will have to do. 

I saw you. You look kind of like Robert Redford before he aged.


zag finally gets another start.  nice.

watching the TOR broadcast waiting for the late game...they are vlad jr crazy tonight.  he picked up a lazy foul ball grounder in very ordinary manner in the top 2nd for his 1st "play" of the game and got a cheer/ovation.  his 1st AB coming up soon...

HUGE full-park standing O as he walks to the plate.  vlad sr is bursting with pride.  "vladdy" chant going big...

...and he grounds out...and gets a standing O.

if he hits a homer tonight the rogers center might collapse.

damn...2nd AB he missed a homer by a few feet on a leaping catch in LF.  he got crazy lift on that considering he hit it pulled off the end of the bat.  that 80 hit tool with power could be scary stuff when he matures.

d.maples walks 2 guys to lead off the inning, then Ks 3 in a row...that is peak dylan maples.

welcome back discount bin carlos marmol.

Dillon Maples is unhittable

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  • crunch 2 hours 32 min ago (view)

    "Yu Darvish threw his new pitch, a two-seam/splitter hybrid, during his first intrasquad game appearance on Saturday.

    Darvish, who already had 10 different pitch variations in his arsenal, is calling this new pitch "The Supreme.""


  • crunch 3 hours 28 min ago (view)

    "I've been thinking about it and been thinking about it before we put out that statement," (Terry) Francona said. "I know in the past, when I've been asked about, whether it's our name or the Chief Wahoo, I think I would usually answer and say I know that we're never trying to be disrespectful. And I still feel that way, but I don't think that's a good enough answer today. I think it's time to move forward. It's a very difficult subject. It's also delicate," he said.


  • Cubster 8 hours 18 min ago (view)

    Two White Sox test positive for Covid. Not yet disclosed who they are. Reminder that the Cubs are going to be scheduled to play the WSox for 6 games.


  • Jackstraw 20 hours 10 min ago (view)

    Don't let short-term market fluctuations diminsh your enthusiasm for a great long-term investment.


  • crunch 22 hours 21 min ago (view)

    freddy freeman + aaron nola are also positive star players.

    the scary thing is freeman tested negative on tuesday.  by thursday he was sick and tested positive shortly afterwards.  some may question the strength of the MLB test if they were the ones who gave freeman's initial negative...


  • Cubster 23 hours 14 min ago (view)

    COVID positive: LeMahieu NYY; Sano MIN; S Perez KC.


  • crunch 1 day 1 hour ago (view)

    phillies now have 7 down with covid...freddy freeman (ATL) has symptomatic covid with fever/chills/aches for the past 3 days...some players on multiple teams are still awaiting initial test results so they can join spring training 2.0 with their teams...

    also, this photo of pablo sandoval (SF) taking grounders at 3rd...


  • Cubster 1 day 1 hour ago (view)

    Wittenmeyer tweet: Hendricks and Darvish combine for 4 Ks in a pair of scoreless half-innings.

    Press box wag: "Cubs hitting sucks this year"


  • crunch 1 day 3 hours ago (view)

    2020 schedule to be announced monday (tentative).


  • crunch 1 day 3 hours ago (view)

    d.price (LAD) to sit out the season.

    LAD isn't going to get d.price at all in 2020 and they got m.betts for 60-ish games until he's a FA.  ow.  that duo cost them jeter downs, alex verdugo, and connor wong.


  • Dolorous Jon Lester 1 day 10 hours ago (view)

    I acquired Trout over the winter in a keeper league. Not feeling too great about that either.


  • Hagsag 1 day 13 hours ago (view)

    Andrew Cashner still hasn't signed with anyone. Could be useful.


  • crunch 1 day 21 hours ago (view)

    the cleveland indians have released a statement that they are open for dialogue about the future of the team's name.

    twitter is all over it and seems to be all about going back to "cleveland spiders", an unrelated dead MLB team lineage in cleveland from the 1800s (some guy named cy young played for them).


  • crunch 2 days 1 hour ago (view)

    Q coming back in 4-6 weeks will be like a mid-season trade!  sigh...

    but yeah, they should be good in-house with expanded rosters unless they get slammed by IL stuff.


  • crunch 2 days 1 hour ago (view)

    MLB has confirmed 38 positives (players/coaches/personel/etc) so far.


  • Arizona Phil 2 days 2 hours ago (view)

    With 17 pitchers likely on the 30-man MLB Active List roster for the first two weeks and then probably 15 pitchers on the 28-man Active List for the next two weeks after that, the Cubs should be able to "bullpen" games quite a bit for the first month. They won't really need five starters.