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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  • Dolorous Jon Lester 56 min 59 sec ago (view)

    It'll be more over when Kris leaves. Or whenever the same thing happens to another of his clients.

    He isn't wrong though...

     

  • Arizona Phil 1 hour 9 min ago (view)

    Presuming there is no traditional minor league season in 2020, expect an expanded Arizona Fall League (with potentially a new "Florida Fall League" as well) for the best prospects and expanded post-season instructs for other minor leaguers (all TBA). 

     

  • Arizona Phil 1 hour 20 min ago (view)

    My understanding is that the other two Cubs minor leaguers who are to be released are the two post-2019 Article XX-B MLB free-agents who signed 2020 minor league contracts, Brandon Morrow and Jason Kipnis. The Cubs will then supposedly re-sign them to new minor league contracts without the $100K retention bonus and 6/1 opt-out. 

     

  • Arizona Phil 1 hour 24 min ago (view)

    CRUNCH: Agreed. Not counting the "4-A" guys, Oscar de la Cruz is the one legit MLB prospect on the list.  

     

  • crunch 1 hour 29 min ago (view)

    aww...de la cruz had some decent looking spring outings (though late inning spring work isn't exactly challenging).  the years of injuries insanely slowed his progression.  totally wouldn't mind seeing him return in 2021 if the team would still be on his radar after getting cut at a time like this.

     

  • crunch 2 hours 50 min ago (view)

    that whole "kris bryant thing" is over...but it's never going to be over as long as this ownership group and boras is around.

    boras could have focused this on 29 other teams, especially the more vocal ones because the cubs have been mostly silent.

    he chose the cubs.

     

  • Dolorous Jon Lester 8 hours 15 min ago (view)

    Not looking forward to seeing that list. Hate to see it when a guy you've invested any sort of energy in is given up on.

     

  • Cubster 8 hours 26 min ago (view)

    Chi Tribune today. Boras picks, and focused on the Ricketts. 

    Headline writer, fun job: Agent won’t let Cubs get away Scott-free Matt York/AP and Paul Sullivan.

    Boras told his players “the game can not be played without you” and asked them to share the concept with teammates and opposing players when “MLB requests further concessions or deferral of salaries” during negotiations.

     

  • Cubster 8 hours 29 min ago (view)

    The billionaires vs the millionaires. The beauty of the game is not the business of the game. 

     

  • Cubster 9 hours 10 min ago (view)

    Bat-signal seen in the Mesa skyline...AZ Phil, time to don the mask and cape.

     

  • Cubster 9 hours 11 min ago (view)

    per mlbtr, supposedly the Cubs have released 30 minor leaguers although Stewart and Asuaje are the only two names so far.

     

  • crunch 20 hours 7 min ago (view)

    cubs release brock stewart (AAA Rule 5 pick) and carlos asuaje (middle IF'r)...both older AAA/MLB-replacement-part types.

     

  • crunch 1 day 21 min ago (view)

    after dragging their feet, the cubs commit to paying their minor leaguers through june.

    i'm a bit dissapointed they're not going to pay the last 2 months.  yeah, they're not the worst owners (in fact, the "through june" thing is common), but they can do better for their baseball household.

     

  • Cubster 1 day 12 hours ago (view)

    "in normal times..."

    It was the burst of times, it was the worst of times.

     

  • Cubster 1 day 12 hours ago (view)

    "Setting aside how stupid it is for fans to blame players when owners are all so much more..."

    I blame Pete Ricketts

     

  • crunch 1 day 22 hours ago (view)

    i can't believe this kind of stuff is what we're talking about 2 months into the 2020 season...i can't believe a lot of stuff about 2020 outside of the game, too.