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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  • crunch 3 hours 57 min ago (view)

    s.souza 1/1m finalized.

    could be up to 3m after performance and non-IL (injury list) incentives.

    it seems he'll be giving rest to schwarb/heyward vs lefties at a minimum.  it will be interesting to see him play OF this spring to see how much distance he can cover (and on back-to-back days).

     

  • crunch 6 hours 11 min ago (view)

    cubs signing jeremy "smoke 2 joints" jeffress

    1/850K

     

  • Arizona Phil 7 hours 17 min ago (view)

    Cubs minor leaguers in Mesa are wearing the new Nike jerseys, which look the same as the previous Majestic unis (blue Cubs jersey with red names and numbers outlined in white), except for the Nike "swoosh" insignia on the upper right front of the shirt.

     

  • Arizona Phil 7 hours 43 min ago (view)

    The "Under Armour Performamce Center" (UAPC) at the Cubs facility in Mesa in now called the "Chicago Cubs Performance Center" (CCPC). All references to Under Armour have disappeared. 

     

  • Hagsag 15 hours 34 min ago (view)

    It's great to start getting reports from the Instructs. Keep them coming Phil!

     

  • bradsbeard 21 hours 28 min ago (view)

    Since the deal isn't official, I wonder if the Cubs will wait until camp opens to finalize the deal and then put him on the 60 day IL as soon as it's available (assuming it's a major league deal). That doesn't really make sense in light of their luxury tax maneuvering though. If he's gonna miss a third of the season they'd probably only offer a minor league deal I guess. 

     

  • Arizona Phil 1 day 31 min ago (view)

    Cory Abbott, Ben Hecht, Ryan Lawlor, and Brailyn Marquez were in a separate group on Field #3, so they may be prepping for NRIs to MLB Spring Training.   

     

  • Arizona Phil 1 day 31 min ago (view)

    And Max Bain threw (long toss) at Instructs this morning, too. 

     

  • Arizona Phil 1 day 32 min ago (view)

    I can positively confirm that Jerrick Suiter (1B-OF selected by Cubs from Pirates in Minor League Phase of last month';s Rule 5 Draft) is indeed being converted to a RHP. I saw him throw long-toss this morning at Instructs. 

     

  • Arizona Phil 1 day 32 min ago (view)

    The Cubs have purchased the contract of LHP Adam Choplick from Southern Maryland (Atlantic League) and he has been assigned to AA Tennessee.

    Choplick was the 14th round draft pick of the Texas Rangers out of the U. of Oklahoma in 2015, and he was released by the Rangers at the end of Spring Training 2019 (never got higher than AA). 

    I saw Choplick throw (long-toss) at Instructs this morning and he is one huge dude (6'9 250+). 

     

  • crunch 1 day 1 hour ago (view)

    the entire cubs offseason has been "wow, this guy was good 2-3 years ago, but didn't play or sucked in recent past."

    houston finished using their trash can and the cubs are rooting around in it looking for players.

    speaking of...it's taken MLB longer to figure out bryant's service time complaint than the entire astros cheating scandal.

     

  • crunch 1 day 3 hours ago (view)

    "Chicago Cubs selected the contract of LHP Adam Choplick from Southern Maryland Blue Crabs."

    okay.  sure.  congrats and good luck.

    https://www.baseball-reference.com/register/player...

     

  • Charlie 1 day 5 hours ago (view)

    Good for Nick. Good luck to him and the Reds improving his defense. That park should very much play to his offense.

    Interest in Gennett is strange. If you are going to pick up a bench infielder at this point, shouldn't it be someone with SS chops?

     

  • crunch 1 day 7 hours ago (view)

    nick castellanos to the reds, 4/64m...opt out after 1 year.

    meanwhile, on the cubs front...

    "Bruce Levine of 670 The Score reports that the Cubs continue to have interest in free agent Scooter Gennett. "

    wtf...

     

  • Sonicwind75 1 day 11 hours ago (view)

    There seemed to be a least an tacit understanding between ownership and fans during the rebuild that we as fans should support the organization when it was intentionally underspending and tanking. When it was time to be competitive, you know when the greatest core of Cubs players in my lifetime are in their prime, ownership would make the most of that window. That doesn't appear to be the case with the team shedding around $40 million in salary. 

     

  • crunch 1 day 21 hours ago (view)

    in all honesty, the team is spending a healthy amount that i only jokingly complain about...but...it was not just fans talking about the extra perks the new revenue streams and tv contract would open.  it was ownership and front office at points in the past bringing it up.