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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  • bradsbeard 13 hours 32 min ago (view)

    Angels also make sense as a destination for Kris Bryant. 

     

  • azbobbop 1 day 6 hours ago (view)

    I wonder if Maddon will take any of the coaches with him.

     

  • Arizona Phil 1 day 8 hours ago (view)

    I doubt that Maddon would have taken the job if the Angels aren't fully prepared to sign one or maybe even two FA TOR SP (like Gerrit Cole and/or Stephen Strasburg if he opts out). 

    When you have the best player in MLB and now the highest-paid manager, not making the playoffs again in 2020 just can't be acceptable. 

     

  • crunch 1 day 16 hours ago (view)

    HOU/NYY postponed.

     

  • crunch 1 day 20 hours ago (view)

    as expected, joe maddon to be the new manager of the angels.

    btw, it is unlikely tonight's HOU @ NYY (10/16) will happen because of rain that's going to start 3-4 hours before game time and carry well into the night.

     

  • crunch 2 days 8 hours ago (view)

    world series will be played in DC for the first time since 1933.  neat.

     

  • crunch 2 days 10 hours ago (view)

    and it's only getting worse...i mean, better.

    7 runs to pad out the 1st.

     

  • Craig A. 2 days 10 hours ago (view)

    Oof. Hudson leaves the game after giving up five runs on singles and doubles and only getting one out. 

     

  • Arizona Phil 2 days 14 hours ago (view)

    The thing about Kris Bryant is that he would probably be traded only to a club that feels that it under-achieved in 2019 and where the owner is exerting pressure from the top and who therefore will over-pay for two years of Kris Bryant. 

     

  • Charlie 2 days 19 hours ago (view)

    Yeah, it seems like I lean more toward overvaluing Bryant than most commenters here. Also, I completely stopped following prospect lists once the Cubs were good again, so I'm out of the loop on Pache especially. I had imagined that the Cubs would be looking more for immediate major league value rather than a projectable prospect, but I guess if you really like Pache you don't mind waiting a couple years.

     

  • K Dub 3 days 2 hours ago (view)

    PHIL: Excellent breakdown, Phil. Thanks. 

    I'm sure you heard. QO value was set at $17.8 million the day after you made your post.

     

  • K Dub 3 days 2 hours ago (view)

    Pache, Wright, Muller and Riley feels light to you, Charlie? I respect your opinion, but I would jump at it. I highly doubt the Braves would do it, though. Were talking 2 years of Bryant at what could be 18 million and 28-30 million in his last year of arbitration. 

    The Cubs would be hurting their chances next year and building for 2021 in a deal like that, but that's rebuilding/retooling in one fell swoop. 

     

  • Arizona Phil 5 days 6 hours ago (view)

    CHARLIE: Austin Riley is actually a third-baseman but he had to play LF for the Braves in 2019 because he was blocked by Josh Donaldson, and Cristian Pache is considered to be the best defensive centerfielder in the minors and his bat has improved enough over the past year or two to where he is now rated in or just outside the top ten overall prospects in MLB.

    So a package that includes Riley and Pache and one of the Braves young MLB or MLB-ready SP would probably be more than enough to get the Cubs to bite.

     

  • Dolorous Jon Lester 5 days 9 hours ago (view)

    Max Fried or Bryse Wilson

     

  • crunch 5 days 9 hours ago (view)

    https://www.espn.com/espn/otl/story/_/id/27828247/...

    t.skaggs story keeps getting deeper.

    allegations the team knew about skagg's drug abuse (also his family).  teams are required to report this to MLB.

     

  • Charlie 5 days 12 hours ago (view)

    Except for the headline, the linked post reads more like a trade hypothetical than a trade rumor. I like the idea of looking at this package as a discussion point for expected return for Bryant. I would say it feels a little light to me. It's deep, with two decent outfield prospects with upside and two OK pitching prospects. But Riley doesn't help the team solve the CF problem right now, so he's either redundant to Bote or sort of a Schwarber replacement. Muller's inflated BB% at AA this year worries me a bit too.