Cubs @ Brewers: Series Thread (Games 80-82)

The Cubs will greet the season's midway point in Milwaukee as they take on the division leaders. Seiya Suzuki is set to return from the IL after extended difficulties with a finger injury. See below for daily matchups.

Game 80, Monday, July 4, 3:10 pm central

CHC: LHP Justin Steele (3-5, 4.39 ERA)

MIL: LHP Eric Lauer (6-3, 4.02 ERA)

Game 81, Tuesday, July 5, 7:10 pm central

CHC: RHP Kyle Hendricks (4-6, 4.76 ERA)

MIL: RHP Jason Alexander (2-0, 3.82 ERA)

Game 82, Wednesday, July 6, 1:10 pm central

CHC: RHP Adrian Sampson (0-0, 3.38 ERA)

MIL: RHP Corbin Burnes (7-4, 2.36 ERA)


Keep in mind that beginning in 2022 players can be optioned to the minors a maximum of five times in a season, but because of the delayed start to the 2022 season, optional assignments made prior to May 2nd do not count toward the five max option limit. 

So through July 3rd, A. Espinoza, Kilian, Leiter, Rucker, and Sampson have been optioned twice, and Rivas, Schwindel, and Velazquez have been optioned once. 

Reminds me of the "visits" to the mound rule (except that's mostly meant to speed up the game). It's there but rarely if at all an issue of crossing that limit.

Of course, this is different but Is anyone throughout the majors gotten close to the 5 options limit?

CUBSTER: Nobody close to five options so far this year, but there were some pitchers in MLB last season who were optioned as many as ten or eleven times each, and the MLBPA felt that many up & down trips was excessive. 






Not watching tonight but see that Hendricks lasted 3 innings on 69 pitches and 2 runs. Is he hurt? 

yes, unknown least assumed injury.  no word yet.  his velocity was a bit down and he got a visit from ross for little apparent reason earlier in the game.

nothing obvious (to me) from the mound.

doesn't seem to be a trade situation thing, though some are wondering.

also, woo another suzuki homer.

Pat and Ron commented that his control seemed off but no reason for pulling him was announced. Swarmer was warming up during the second inning, even though Hendricks pitched and completed the third inning. 

Cubs announce Hendricks left the game with right shoulder soreness. 

Kyle Hendricks to 15-day IL, Anderson Espinoza recalled from AA Tennessee. 

oh good, i was hoping someone would get called up that could keep pace with hendricks HR-given-up rate.

winning more than you lose has been nice lately.

another surprisingly good outing from sampson, too.  i know it's been mostly good so far, but i do not trust that dude to not give up tons of homers over the long haul with the amount of stuff he leaves over the plate.

Wow, Cubs victimize Hader twice in the series - and get the win, this time!