Cubs vs. Pirates: Hendricks vs. Musgrove (Game 86)

CHC (45-40): RHP Kyle Hendricks (7-5, 3.36 ERA)
PIT (40-43): RHP Joe Musgrove (6-7, 4.27 ERA)
First pitch 6:05pmCDT

Kyle Hendricks returns from his IL stint just in time to help the bullpen recover from yesterday's blowout loss. Hendrick's last start was probably his second worst of the season, and the news of his shoulder impingement followed hot on the heels of that loss to the Dodgers. Current Pirates are 35-147 against him with a collective .650 OPS. Polanco, 10-28 with two homeruns, is on the IL for this series. Joe Musgrove is 1-1 vs. the Prof.

Musgrove has built on last year's success with more of the same, getting ground balls and keeping his walks low. His fastball velocity is down a touch this year, but he's been just as effective. As a group, the Cubs are only 15-83 off of him with a .522 OPS. Rizzo is 0-10 and Javy 1-12. Descalso is 3-7. In both his career and this season, lefties have had much better success off of Musgrove.

Comments

Amaya, Almora/Happ, Zagunis & an A pitcher for Merrifield...

I don’t think that’s even close. I think to even get KC’s attention, the dialogue starts with Amaya and Alzolay.

schwarber / bryant / rizzo / baez / contreras / heyward / almora / russell / hendricks

Sweet victory: only one run scored by the Buccos in the first inning. No doubles. No home runs. Progress!

top of the 4th...tarp on the field.

sigh.

DFA the entire pen.

The guy who got the game 7 save looks an awful lot like a DFA candidate these days

Looks like Maddon’s pregame players meeting has straightened the ship.

la stella had to be helped off the field after fouling one off his leg.

that would be some cruel stuff if he couldn't play in the all-star game.

PHIL- Did we ever find out who the 3 PTBNL were in the Drew Smyly trade or did that just become cash or the PTBNL is the PTBNL is the PTBNL

cubbies.4ever: No PTBNLs were named by the six month deadline, so it was an automatic cash substitution ($50,000) for both clubs. 

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  • crunch 1 hour 26 min ago (view)

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

     

  • Eric S 2 hours 12 min ago (view)

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

     

  • Dolorous Jon Lester 3 hours 9 min ago (view)

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

    Who would have thought?

     

  • Jackstraw 3 hours 9 min 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 3 hours 11 min ago (view)

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

     

  • Eric S 3 hours 15 min 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

     

  • crunch 3 hours 16 min ago (view)

    cubs win!  about time.

     

  • Eric S 3 hours 24 min ago (view)

    Cubs have to scratch mightily to get two runs against the mighty second half buccos

     

  • crunch 3 hours 56 min ago (view)

    K, diving catch by happ for an out, HBP to load the bases, ground out

    phew.

    PIT has loaded the bases 3 times in this game.

     

  • crunch 4 hours 5 min ago (view)

    ...and we're doing more 0 out, men on base stuff...

    2 on, 0 outs...up to 103 pitches and lester's day is done.

    bullpen time.  oh. boy.  neat.

    chatwood in.

     

  • crunch 4 hours 17 min ago (view)

    bryant has not forgotten how to hit homers.

    sweeeeeeeet.

     

  • crunch 4 hours 20 min ago (view)

    2 on, 0 out, and also gets out of that.

    btw, bryant has forgotten how to play 3rd base the past 2 innings...da hell...

     

  • crunch 4 hours 34 min ago (view)

    no one scores!  hell yeah.  phew.

     

  • crunch 4 hours 41 min ago (view)

    walking the pitcher to load the bases with 0 outs.

    this cubbery is thicker than the humidity.

     

  • Jackstraw 5 hours 7 min ago (view)

    I knew this was going to be a tough series with the Pirates starting Cy Young last night and Walter Johnson today.  Only weird thing is Cy was sporting a 4.59 ERA going into last night and Johnson came into today with a 4.15.

     

  • crunch 5 hours 26 min ago (view)

    heyward(CF) / cast / bryant / rizzo / baez / russell / happ(LF) / lucroy / lester

    lester and lucroy...