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.
First.Pitch.120 5 hours 31 min ago (view)
Don't forget the awesome taste of RizzO's !!!
crunch 18 hours 40 min ago (view)
ha. also, this reminds me that Grand Slam cereal existed in the late 90s. it was basically Kix with the marshmallows from Lucky Charms (in baseball items shape). it was actually really good.
Charlie 21 hours 2 min ago (view)
I just love cereal so much
bradsbeard 22 hours 27 min ago (view)
Yeah, both of those guys have some versatility. Could make a nice platoon if it ever came to that.
bradsbeard 22 hours 28 min ago (view)
Rooting for General Mills?
Dolorous Jon Lester 22 hours 46 min ago (view)
I like that they're trying Robel and Giambrone all over the diamond.
Charlie 22 hours 52 min ago (view)
I'll just be here salivating over the possibility of observing a sub-70MPH curve ball. :)
Rooting for Mills in general. Seems like fun as a 5th starter.
crunch 23 hours 55 min ago (view)
dusty baker + adam greenberg piece...
Dolorous Jon Lester 23 hours 59 min ago (view)
Man this Dodger broadcast is garbage.
Sonicwind75 1 day 4 hours ago (view)
Thanks Phil for these breakdowns. Really helpful.
crunch 1 day 15 hours ago (view)
i forgot about these types of update posts...thanks for the breakdowns. they're really useful.
strong agreement on the mess t.olson was throwing. he didn't even look happy with himself out there.
Arizona Phil 1 day 15 hours ago (view)
I know most of you saw the game or will be seeing the game, but for anyone else who might be interested, here are the Cubs pitchers velo readings from Saturday night's game:
NOTES: Nice mix of pitches... Mills obviously comes from the "I'm a pitcher not a thrower" school, all of which means command & control matters a lot and he had both tonight... a legit candidate for the Cubs #5 SP slot...
crunch 1 day 16 hours ago (view)
hell of a 1st game. even the good and bad mean nothing this early in spring, but it was a nice one. i'm not worried about rizzo misplaying a couple balls in the first innings, nor do i think bote is on his way to a batting title. spring is meaningless enough without trying to read into february spring games. it was a fun watch, though.
my biggest regret is not seeing souza chase down any plays in LF while he was in the game. that's something i really would like to see this early in spring.
Dolorous Jon Lester 1 day 17 hours ago (view)
I also hope they edit it for the season. doesn't list pitcher or hitter or pitches thrown.
crunch 1 day 18 hours ago (view)
"i'm feeling right at home." - mark grace