Cubs vs. Giants: Hendricks vs. Samardzija (Game 127)

CHC (68-58): RHP Kyle Hendricks (8-9, 3.37 ERA)
SF (63-64): RHP Jeff Samardzija (9-9, 3.54 ERA)
First pitch 1:20pmCDT

My heart doesn't believe it, but the Cubs today will try for their fifth win in a row and a sweep of the Giants. Can you believe that game yesterday counted as a win the same as, say, a solidly played 5-2 victory? Baseball is nonsense. Kyle Hendricks takes the mound and his performance should be key to this game, given that five relievers labored in last night's "victory." He last got a no decision against the Pirates on seven innings, one earned run, and only one strikeout. Current Giants are 27-125 off of him with a .556 OPS against him. Belt is 6-16 with the squads only homerun off of the righty.

Jeff Samardzija continues his strange, up-and-down career following an injury-shortened 2018. This year, he's been very effective. He's posted a solid K:BB rate, although his GB% is down a bit from his career average. His velocity is also down a full mile-per-hour compared to his 2018 average and about 4 MPH from his time with the Cubs; he's not the power pitcher we all remember. Last start he pitched 5.1 innings and allowed two earned runs on five hits and two walks. He missed the Cubs in July. Bryant is 4-9 with a homerun off of him. Rizzo is 2-7 with a longball. And Heyward is only 3-16 with six strikeouts, but two of those hits were homers. The streaking Castellanos is 1-12 with four strikeouts.

The Cubs have leapt a half game ahead of the Cardinals, who lost to the Brewers yesterday. The Cards start a 4-game home series against Colorado today, while the Brewers get a day of rest.

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  • JustSayin' 4 hours 29 min ago (view)

    South Bend won seven post-season games.  No team they played won any against them.  So the Midwest League Cubs run the table and win the Championship!  A couple recurring offensive stars, solid defense and lots of strong pitching did the trick.

     

  • crunch 7 hours 20 min ago (view)

    home or away for WAS...they can throw scherzer, strasburg, or corbin at anyone down the stretch and still have an ace for the 1-game wildcard.

    that should play well into their advantage in the last couple weeks as well as the WC playoff.  if the cubs can't luck their way back into 1st it's going to be a hell of a Wild Card if WAS is in no matter who's on top of the WC standings.

     

  • Charlie 7 hours 54 min ago (view)

    Might as well catch the Cards while they're at it ;)

    Last time I can remember the division and the Wild Card race this tight was 2015. Funny how similar and yet how different that situation was!

     

  • crunch 8 hours 53 min ago (view)

    the funny thing is, like early-career randy johnson, batters are extremely uneasy in the box when facing him.  part of that helps lead to weak contact and Ks...it also leads to walks and HBPs, though...

     

  • Craig A. 9 hours 37 min ago (view)

    Cubs better aim for the first wild card. There’ a very slim chance we beat Washington at home. 

     

  • Craig A. 9 hours 39 min ago (view)

    So we keep Maples for intimidation?

     

  • crunch 10 hours 13 min ago (view)

    maples showcasing how he can fall apart from batter to batter...from a sick 3-pitch K to a 2-2 HBP to a 3-1 HBP.

    it's all wild, not retalitory...umps in a bad place since warnings were given based on early HBP's by PIT and maples is tossed.  even PIT doesn't think it was intentional and their dugout is calm.

     

  • crunch 11 hours 3 min ago (view)

    236 homers...franchise record previously set in 2004.

    hoerner puts the team over the top.

     

  • crunch 12 hours 1 min ago (view)

    maddon (whether he's here next season or not) seems to be in no hurry to get him work.  it's actually a bit impressive how we've not heard even a shred of shade about his lack of use from descalso.

    ...but he did see what the organization did to pretty much end tony barnette's career...so there's that.  i think lastella ruined throwing roster movement and player use tantrums for everyone.

     

  • Dolorous Jon Lester 19 hours 46 min ago (view)

    I can’t imagine they go into next season like that. He’s been insanely bad.

     

  • crunch 1 day 1 hour ago (view)

    weeeeeeeeeeeeeeee.

     

  • Eric S 1 day 5 hours ago (view)

    He gets infrequent pinch hitting appearances - and seemingly K’s in each one. 

    I guess Descalso is the back up plan to start at second next season should Hoerner get injured while cliff diving or hit by falling space debris in the off season

     

  • Hagsag 1 day 7 hours ago (view)

    Roller coaster crunch.lol

     

  • crunch 1 day 7 hours ago (view)

    i keep forgetting descalso is back with the cubs.  he's practically been shelved on the pine.

     

  • crunch 1 day 7 hours ago (view)

    https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCjoNZGPQHy_VERs2O...

    South Bend Cubs (YouTube)

     

  • JustSayin' 1 day 8 hours ago (view)

    Our Midwest League Cubs played very entertaining and exciting games the last two nights in South Bend.  Now 6-0 in the post-season, one victory in Clinton, Iowa seals the deal!  If you want to see an imperfect team playing as a unit and getting the most out of what they have, try to find replays of any South Bend Cubs 2019 playoff game so far.  Some Sports Center quality highlights mixed in with stuff you might see at a high school game but about as much heart as you will see on any baseball field.  What the game should be all about.