Cubs vs. Mariners: Hendricks vs. Sheffield (Game 137)

CHC (73-63): RHP Kyle Hendricks (9-9, 3.47 ERA)
SEA (58-80): LHP Justus Sheffield (0-1, 7.94 ERA)
First pitch 1:20pmCDT

Kyle Hendricks toes the rubber and may have to tow the lagging Cubs offense toward a home victory in the series opener. He'll need to be sharper than his last start, in which he couldn't get out of the fifth and allowed six earned runs on eight hits including two homeruns. Current Mariners are 9-50 off of him with one extra base hit.

Justus Sheffield is 0-1 in two MLB starts and three total 2019 appearances, having allowed seven walks and fifteen hits in 11.1 innings pitched. The minor league track record suggests he should get grounders but also surrender a fair number of walks.

The Cubs trail the Cards by 3 games following another loss to the Brewers and the Cardinals splitting a double header. The Cards start a four-game set against the Giants.

Comments

r.blakney's zone behind the plate is quite huge.

someone's gonna get tossed today if this zone stays this wide.

baez may miss the entire series (2 game series) with a jammed thumb...boo.

Schwarb-Dog Millionaire with a bases clearing triple against a lefty!

cubs win, cards win...remain 3 games back.

king felix on the mound tomorrow...probably see zobrist back and leading off.

David Phelps made his 30th appearance of the 2019 MLB regular season on Monday which automatically esclates his 2020 club option salary from $1M to $3M, and it will escalate further to $5M if he makes 40 appearances (at least 10 more appearances over the Cubs final 25 regular season games).

Phelps also has an additional $3.25M in potential 2020 performance bonuses tied to appearances and GF on top of the salary, but there is no buy-out if the 2020 club option is declined, so if the 2020 club option gets too steep the Cubs can just decline the 2020 option and walk away from it or else maybe renogotiate the contract (like maybe guarantee the performance bonuses and spead out the money over a couple of seasons). 

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  • crunch 4 hours 10 min ago (view)

    "Yu Darvish threw his new pitch, a two-seam/splitter hybrid, during his first intrasquad game appearance on Saturday.

    Darvish, who already had 10 different pitch variations in his arsenal, is calling this new pitch "The Supreme.""

     

  • crunch 5 hours 5 min ago (view)

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  • Cubster 9 hours 55 min ago (view)

    Two White Sox test positive for Covid. Not yet disclosed who they are. Reminder that the Cubs are going to be scheduled to play the WSox for 6 games.

     

  • Jackstraw 21 hours 47 min ago (view)

    Don't let short-term market fluctuations diminsh your enthusiasm for a great long-term investment.

     

  • crunch 23 hours 58 min ago (view)

    freddy freeman + aaron nola are also positive star players.

    the scary thing is freeman tested negative on tuesday.  by thursday he was sick and tested positive shortly afterwards.  some may question the strength of the MLB test if they were the ones who gave freeman's initial negative...

     

  • Cubster 1 day 51 min ago (view)

    COVID positive: LeMahieu NYY; Sano MIN; S Perez KC.

     

  • crunch 1 day 2 hours ago (view)

    phillies now have 7 down with covid...freddy freeman (ATL) has symptomatic covid with fever/chills/aches for the past 3 days...some players on multiple teams are still awaiting initial test results so they can join spring training 2.0 with their teams...

    also, this photo of pablo sandoval (SF) taking grounders at 3rd... https://pbs.twimg.com/media/EcHFTylVcAAE5SI?format...

     

  • Cubster 1 day 3 hours ago (view)

    Wittenmeyer tweet: Hendricks and Darvish combine for 4 Ks in a pair of scoreless half-innings.

    Press box wag: "Cubs hitting sucks this year"

     

  • crunch 1 day 4 hours ago (view)

    2020 schedule to be announced monday (tentative).

     

  • crunch 1 day 4 hours ago (view)

    d.price (LAD) to sit out the season.

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  • Dolorous Jon Lester 1 day 12 hours ago (view)

    I acquired Trout over the winter in a keeper league. Not feeling too great about that either.

     

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    Andrew Cashner still hasn't signed with anyone. Could be useful.

     

  • crunch 1 day 23 hours ago (view)

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  • crunch 2 days 3 hours ago (view)

    Q coming back in 4-6 weeks will be like a mid-season trade!  sigh...

    but yeah, they should be good in-house with expanded rosters unless they get slammed by IL stuff.

     

  • crunch 2 days 3 hours ago (view)

    MLB has confirmed 38 positives (players/coaches/personel/etc) so far.

     

  • Arizona Phil 2 days 3 hours ago (view)

    With 17 pitchers likely on the 30-man MLB Active List roster for the first two weeks and then probably 15 pitchers on the 28-man Active List for the next two weeks after that, the Cubs should be able to "bullpen" games quite a bit for the first month. They won't really need five starters.