Cubs vs. Reds: Hendricks vs. Castillo (Game 94)

CHC (50-43): RHP Kyle Hendricks (7-7, 3.49 ERA)
CIN (42-48): RHP Luis Castillo (8-3, 2.29 ERA)
First pitch 7:05pmCDT

Coming off a sweep of the Pirates, the Cubs work to lengthen a 2.5 game lead in the division and a 6.5 gap between themselves and the last place Reds. Kyle Hendricks will make his first post-break start. His last two starts, both following his IL stint for shoulder impingement, have been abbreviated (the first by rain). Last time he was doing fine until former Cubs Jon Jay and Eloy Jimenez teamed up for the old bloop and a blast. Hendricks is 1-0 in two starts against the Reds this year, allowing four earned runs in 14 innings. Votto is 10-24 off of him with three homeruns. Puig is 4-12 with one homer.

Castillo has made one start since his tough-luck loss against the Cubs on June 29, beating Milwaukee (thanks much!) with 7.2 innings of one-hit, no-run work. He struck out nine and it might have been his best start of the season. He's 1-1 against the Cubs in two starts this season, allowing three earned runs in 12.1 innings, with twelve strikeouts and four walks. Heyward took him deep, walked, and reached on  a fielder's choice in that June 29 start. Contreras, Schwarber, and Descalso all have OPS-es over 1.000 against him for their careers.

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schwarber / baez / bryant(RF) / rizzo / caratini / heyward(CF) / russell / bote(3rd) / hendricks

Was there for all three games against Pittsburgh. Hoping their O continues. 

nice.  i would have loved to be able to do a 3-game series and attend them all like many years ago, but i can barely make room for 1 game a season considering the 2 closest parks are 4-6 hours away from NC and ticket prices get new levels of scary every 5 years or so.  i miss those multi-game chill weekend getaways.

we are rich in minor league options no matter where you are in the state, though...so we got that going for us.  easy to get seat, get a beverage, and get some food for $20-$25.

I try to go to a three-game series every year. I have been taking my son for years and began taking two of my grandsons the last four years and plan on bringing all three to a series next year. I was born and raised in the Chicago area and I still have family there (my cousins own the Twin Anchors restaurant in Old Town). 

Yes, the cost is much, but the time with family is truly priceless. Trying to enjoy the time I’ve got left, hoping that the boys have a great time and memories to share for generations 

can't think of a much better way to spend some loot, myself.  sounds awesome.

bote...dude...ow.

also, dude, cishek.

First half Cubs showed up for the top of the seventh - yuck

Been a month since Rizzo hit a dinger. Tonight would be a good time to get off the schnide. 

I bet Hendricks wasn’t envisioning seeing both Rosario and Brach pitching in the 8th after leaving with a 3-2 lead after six.

Brach has inherited 15 runs - some how, some way, 50 of them have scored

Reds reliever Michael Lorenzen reminding Theo that he’s significantly better than both of Theo‘s big offseason acquisitions of Brach and Descalso in both pitching and hitting. Perhaps Brach is the better base runner?

bad D has directly resulted in at least 3 of tonight's reds runs.

Just a putrid game in a lot of respects. Cubs futility against the Reds is highly annoying. 

Cubs 1 for 11 with RISP.  That's a .091 batting average.  Some advanced stats manager will start every inning against Cubs by walking the leadoff batter and balking him to second.  After the shutout others will pick it up.

heyward - 1

bat - 0

Happ starting to make some noise in Iowa with a three hit night, with two homers (now 15 for the season), raising his average to .240 - I don’t think it’s been that high for several months.  I believe he’s had a number of multi-hit games the last couple of weeks to help bump up the average. 

cubs lose, cards move into 2nd in the central.

Per the internet, Cubs have traded for KC catcher Martin Maldonado. 🤷‍♂️ 

Update: trade in exchange for Mike Montgomery

Well that will clear up a spot in the bullpen at a minimum and perhaps kicks Descalso to the curb in the process to clear room on the bench for Maldonado 

Well shit. Willson to the 10 day IL with a strained arch to the right foot (shakes angry fist at Rosario for his wildness at the root of this).  Guess Descalso will get to relax, strike out and eat sunflower seeds on the bench for a while longer. 

pretty much washes out the $$, but i was kinda sick of montgomery.  it's not much of a gamble for KC given that monty has club control years left.

all D with a little pop...better option than t.davis, at least.

hopefully this move isn't because contreras might be DL bound.

Definitely was time for Monty and/or Chatwood to move on.

Willy to the IL. 

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  • Dolorous Jon Lester 55 min 40 sec ago (view)

    Meanwhile Theo shoots down any potential of extension talks. I get that it's a crazy time financially in baseball, but it's really gonna suck when all these players leave after 21 and 22.

     

  • Cubster 11 hours 31 min ago (view)

    WSox Michael Kopech has opted out of 2020. I didn't see a disclosed reason yet but he is recovering from TJ S 

     

  • crunch 22 hours 6 min ago (view)

    buster posey (SF) opting out of 2020...recently adopted twin daughters who were born premature.

     

  • Cubster 2 days 1 hour ago (view)

    per Tribune: Kimbrel's OK, just working on his changeup (formerly his fastball).

     

  • Arizona Phil 2 days 14 hours ago (view)

    The Cubs have released RHRP (and their erstwhile closer) Brandon Morrow. There is no indication that they plan to re-sign him to another (different) 2020 minor league contract without the Article XX-B $100K retention bonus provision (as happened with Jason Kipnis last week).  

     

  • crunch 2 days 17 hours ago (view)

    rizzo takes another day off (lower back).  ross says the club is "exercising caution."

    klye ryan is expected to join the team tomorrow after some mysterious holdup.

     

  • Ryno 2 days 18 hours ago (view)

    Has anyone seen Darvish's pitch "The Supreme"?  Isn't it just a sinker?

     

  • Ryno 2 days 18 hours ago (view)

    In other words:  This lineup sucks.

     

  • Arizona Phil 2 days 18 hours ago (view)

    Jason Kipnis was released on June 29th and then he was re-signed to a new (different) 2020 minor league contract that does not require a $100K retention bonus if he is not added to the Cubs MLB Reserve List by 2020 MLB Opening Day (7/23).  

    Brandon Morrow remains on his original 2020 minor league contract which pays him a $100K retention bonus if he is not released by 7/18 or added to the Cubs MLB Reserve List by 7/23. 

     

  • Eric S 2 days 18 hours ago (view)

    There is that re Kimbrel - at worst, just another year on the books.

     July 1st is Bobby Bonilla Day - the day that check is cut and paid annually. 

     

  • Cubster 2 days 18 hours ago (view)

    On the bright side regarding Kimbrel. It doesn't have the lasting bad side as the Mets arrangement with Bobby Bonilla. Unless they want to re-negotiate Kimbrel's terms.

     

  • Eric S 2 days 20 hours ago (view)

    Yep

    Watching the last night's highlight clip was not encouraging either as discussed here:  https://www.bleachernation.com/cubs/2020/07/08/craig-kimbrels-intrasquad-performance-is-a-reminder-of-the-concerns-that-already-existed/

     

  • crunch 3 days 1 hour ago (view)

    i still can't believe this front office paid anyone 16m a year to throw 60-70ip...

     

  • Eric S 3 days 10 hours ago (view)

    Unfortunately, Kimbrel in Cub mid season form as well, giving up a two out, two run oppo homer to Willson. 

    Kimbrel Cub stats which I tried to bury but were dug up again: gave up a career high 9 home runs in only 20 2/3 inning, averaged a career high 9.1 hits allowed per 9 innings and served up a 6.53 ERA for his troubles. And no full spring training build up period again.  Still hopeful he's got something left in the tank this year and next but man, he's got my full attention going into the season

     

  • BobbyD 3 days 10 hours ago (view)

    Hmm. Never thought about it that way. Maybe it is a very stable genius? 

     

  • crunch 3 days 13 hours ago (view)

    maybe he's hoping it'll be bad enough to flip the population odometer over to 0 after humanity is wiped from the planet.  let's give him more time to see if he's right before we get too down on him.