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.
KingKongvsGodzilla 7 hours 29 min ago (view)
AZPhil, thank you for these updates! It's a nice little pick me up during this dumb year. If you have anything to say on Yohendrick Pinango, Joel Machado, Rafael Morel, or Richard Gallardo, I would love to hear it! Thanks again!
crunch 16 hours 58 min ago (view)
jim hickey new nats pitching coach.
bradsbeard 1 day 11 hours ago (view)
Several non-prospects ate up spots as well. Ultimately wish they had given a few more Rivas types a shot there.
tim815 1 day 12 hours ago (view)
Only 60 spots in SB. Others benefited more from the time.
crunch 1 day 15 hours ago (view)
not phil, but i think everyone is holding off on his potential ceiling until he gains enough weight to not look like someone you want to buy a sandwich every time you see him.
big upside if his skills can strengthen as he builds his body.
too early for a solid comp, but i wouldn't feel uncomfortable throwing ian happ's name around (bit better arm than happ, though).
bradsbeard 1 day 16 hours ago (view)
Me too. Thought it was weird he wasn't in South Bend at all.
Dolorous Jon Lester 1 day 21 hours ago (view)
I am very, very intrigued by Rivas. If the DH is unfortunately here to stay, he's a prime candidate for that and give Rizzo a day off 1B here and there. If no DH, hopefully he is a passable OF. Big believer in his hitting ability
Hagsag 2 days 23 min ago (view)
Phil, do you think Chris Morel is the real deal?
tim815 2 days 13 hours ago (view)
Blue and Red DSL instructs rosters. No Brayan Altuve.
crunch 2 days 16 hours ago (view)
yup, they're gonna try. starts in about a month.
Hagsag 2 days 23 hours ago (view)
Has it been announced whether there will be a DR winter league this winter?
tim815 3 days 5 hours ago (view)
That's as good of news as we'll get for awhile.
Arizona Phil 3 days 8 hours ago (view)
TIM: If nothing else, signing a boatload of IFA (35) in the 2019-20 ISP is a pretty good indicator that the Cubs fully intend to run two DSL teams into the forseeable future.
tim815 3 days 8 hours ago (view)
Of the 11 new guys, I'm leaning on Marino Sandy and Jerry Torres to be the most likely to reach full-season ball or get traded
Arizona Phil 3 days 10 hours ago (view)
OF Ian Miller (outrighted to the minors on 9/3) elected free-agency just prior to the 10/15 deadline, and the Cubs have signed RHRP Juan Gamez (who they released on 9/9) to a 2021 minor league contract.
bigsky33 4 days 15 hours ago (view)
Phil, were you watching from outside the stadium?