Talkin’ Cubs Live – Cubs vs. Padres – 07/22/14

Game Ninety-Eight – Cubs (40-57) vs. Padres (43-55)

  • Game Time – 7:05pm CDT
  • Coverage – TV: Comcast SportsNet Plus – Radio: 720 WGN, XM Radio Channels 186, 844
  • Location – Wrigley Field, Chicago

Kyle Hendricks (0-0, 6.00/1.33/4.98) vs. Eric Stults (3-11, 4.98/1.44/5.23)

The Cubs open a 10-game homestand tonight with the first of three against the Padres. The Cardinals return to Wrigley for a three-game set over the week and the home stint ends on July 31 with the last of four against the Rockies.

The Cubs look to end a five-game losing skid behind Kyle Hendricks. Hendricks is making his second big league start in his debut at Wrigley Field. The Cubs have played much better at home this season (20-22 at Wrigley Field) than on the road while the Padres have struggled outside of PETCO Park (17-29). The Cubs split the four-games with the Friars in San Diego in May.

Kyle Hendricks and Tsuyoshi Wada get the ball for the first two games of the series. Like Hendricks, Wada is making his second big league start and will make his Wrigley Field debut Wednesday night. After tonight’s matchup of Hendricks and lefty Eric Stults, Wada is scheduled to face Ian Kennedy with the series wrapping Thursday under the lights with Edwin Jackson taking on Tyson Ross.

The Cubs will honor the decade of the 1970s during this 10-game homestand. And Throwback Sunday, against the Cardinals, will feature the popular road jerseys from the ’78 season.

The homestand all starts with the Wrigley Field debut of Kyle Hendricks …

Kyle Hendricks makes his second start in the majors tonight. Hendricks dealt with nerves and a tight strike zone in his big league debut in Cincinnati on July 10. Hendricks gave up three runs in the first inning after walking the first two batters he faced. Hendricks settled down after the first and ended up completing six innings. Hendricks allowed four runs on five hits with three walks and seven strikeouts. Hendricks made only one mistake after the first and Ryan Ludwick hit it out of the park. Hendricks ended his debut on a positive note when he told Rick Renteria how he was going to strikeout pinch-hitter Jay Bruce and was left in to face him. Hendricks executed his game plan and struck out Bruce to end the frame.

PrintHendricks pitched two scoreless innings in the Triple-A All-Star Game last Wednesday in his only game action since the Cubs optioned him down to Iowa after the start against the Reds.

Kyle Hendricks makes his first start against the Padres tonight and no one on San Diego’s active roster has faced Hendricks in a regular season game.

Eric Stults tossed seven innings of shutout ball against the Giants two starts ago and is coming off a Coors Field outing in his last game prior to the break. Stults lasted five innings and gave up three runs on five hits with no walks and five strikeouts to the Rockies. Stults is 1-0 in his last two appearances with a 2.25 ERA and a 0.92 WHIP.

Like many pitchers on San Diego’s staff, Stults’ numbers look better at home than on the road. Outside of PETCO this year, Stults is 0-7 in 10 starts with a 5.44 ERA and a 1.50 WHIP. Stults faces the Cubs for the second time on the season tonight.

The Cubs beat Stults and the Padres in San Diego on May 22. Stults allowed five runs on six hits with no walks and four strikeouts in 4 2/3 innings. For his career, Eric Stults is 1-5 in seven starts against the Cubs with a 5.15 ERA and a 1.53 WHIP. At Wrigley Field, Stults is 0-3 in four starts with a 5.75 ERA and a 1.72 WHIP.

Cubs Career Numbers against Eric Stults

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  • http://chicagocubsonline.com/ Neil

    Tonight’s lineup:

    Bonifacio 2B
    Alcantara CF
    Rizzo 1B
    Castro SS
    Ruggiano RF
    Castillo C
    Lake LF
    Olt 3B
    Hendricks P

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  • http://theboardridersuite.wordpress.com/ Theboardrider

    Let’s go Cubs! Really hope Hendricks goes out and pitches a solid 6 or 7. Will watch his K totals. Despite his lack of heat, he throws that changeup as a pretty effective out pitch. 7.71/9 lifetime minors average.

    • http://theboardridersuite.wordpress.com/ Theboardrider

      Clemens lifetime K/9 in MLB was 8.6, Maddux was 6.1. Not saying Hendricks is going to be all world. But I think his average is pleasantly surprising.

    • http://theboardridersuite.wordpress.com/ Theboardrider

      7 innings of shutout ball for Hendricks! I’m not going to anoint him but it’s pretty good against big league hitters. Even though this isn’t a great lineup.

      Pretty dang good first two starts for Hendricks. Cincinatti isn’t leading the league in hitting but there are current and past all stars in that lineup.

      Don’t think we could hope for more from Hendricks.

      • Bredstik

        Very efficient outing. Should be a nice confidence builder for Hendricks. That was one of those outings that was very enjoyable to watch. I know it’s only been two outings, but he seems to have a very solid makeup.

  • Cubs_8

    “Thinking out loud” on the DFAing of Barney: The clubs has 10 days to trade him. There are 9 days until the N/W deadline. The team opened a roster spot by putting Barney in limbo while they work out a trade. He’ll probably be a throw in to increase our return. This is what people have surmised all along anyway. He’s hit pretty well lately, so putting him on the shelf keeps him from lessening his value over the next week.

    • Bredstik

      I was thinking that myself, that it’s not a coincidence that they waited until less then 10 days until the trade deadline to DFA him. It frees up a roster spot in the short term, so they didn’t have to send down Alcantra to make room for Bonifacio. I still think they’ll be able to trade Barney for something before the deadline.

      I also wonder if they didn’t want to make a move like this right as Barney was taking a paternity leave a week or so back. That also could have played a part in going this route.

      • Tony_H

        It’s almost like these guys do this for a living and are very good at roster management.

        • BigJonLilJon

          Almost!!! lol

        • Tom U

          Hold on Tony. That’s hard to get used to ’round these parts.

          • Tony_H

            LOL! You have had almost 3 years of watching them work to get use to it.

  • No Baseball In Indiana

    Please DFA Len Gasper and his lissssssp.

    • Patrick_Schaefer

      I like Len.

      • No Baseball In Indiana

        Thatsssssssssss fine.

        • No Baseball In Indiana

          I actually have a Gasper audio setting on my TV with the treble turned off.

  • Tony_H

    Patrick Mooney just said that we should see Baez by September and Jorge Soler in September as he is on the 40 man roster and Bryant…no chance.

    All things we have talked about lately.

    • SuzyS

      Why would the Cubs bring up Baez this year…and start his clock running…while exposing his high KO rates to major league pitching…now???
      Baez required an “adjustment period” at the AAA level and I expect the same in the majors. I don’t think the Cubs will risk devaluing Baez at the end of this season.
      Soler, on the other hand, may very well be up in September if he continues current hitting line. With his contract status, there is no advantage to keeping him in the minors.

      • Tony_H

        Baez would likely go back to AAA next year to start the year if they want to gain the extra season.

        But Baez is much more likely to sign an extension and his numbers have gotten better every month. Jed Hoyer was just talking about this (I believe yesterday). Add in his move to 2B and it is looking like he is going to get some time in this year. If they plan to start him next year in the majors, then there is no downside to bringing him up now.

      • http://theboardridersuite.wordpress.com/ Theboardrider

        I’d love to see that. Why not Soler? He seems like a good candidate for a September callup.

        • Tony_H

          She agreed on Soler. I do agree that I am not sold on Baez coming up this year, but the signs seems to point that he will. He was suppose to up back in May or June but got off to a slow start, they have moved him to 2B and by DFAing Barney and Bonifacio likely to be traded, they seem to be clearing 2B for him.

          • http://theboardridersuite.wordpress.com/ Theboardrider

            I meant “why not Soler,” not of a rhetorical question.

            And yes, they do appear to be making space for Baez. Which since he does have adjustment issues sometimes, maybe exposing him this fall will give him things to work on and he can enter spring more prepared than otherwise.

            I’d like to push his clock back. But Bryant is the main guy for that. Baez will command big money but I think they can sign him in the next 18 months to an extended deal if he proves worth it. Other teams will want him but I doubt they will throw money at him like Bryant is likely to have for. If he turns out as he projects he may be one of those guys tht signe a record breaking type contract.

    • Jeffrey Rogers

      I would just as rather let them stick to the plan of making guys succeed at every level before getting to Chicago.

      I think Olt was the sacrificial lamb because they had 3B at AA and AAA

  • Tony_H

    Pretty ironic that Bonifacio botches a double play ball as they were just talking about Barney being DFA’d.

    • Bredstik

      I thought so as well. Glad to see they got the DP on the next play instead and Kendrick still got out of the inning unscathed.

      • Tony_H

        As much as I like the defensive shifts, it is still hard to get use to some of the plays that happen. Castro to the right side of 2B fielding it and going back to 2B to turn the double play, hard to get use to seeing. Then again, maybe he will be on that side of the bag at some point.

    • http://theboardridersuite.wordpress.com/ Theboardrider

      And Bonifacio couldn’t scratch a hit in minors and hits first two times up tonight. I guess with proven MLB guys they just need to show health then come back.

  • Tony_H

    Long gone by Rizzo!!!

  • http://chicagocubsonline.com/ Neil

    Rizzo with a big fly, No. 24 on the year, a new career-high

  • No Baseball In Indiana

    Man Olt is lost at the plate.

  • http://chicagocubsonline.com/ Neil

    Excellent play by Castillo

  • http://chicagocubsonline.com/ Neil

    Third double play for the Cubs tonight.

  • http://chicagocubsonline.com/ Neil

    Alcantara with a HR onto Sheffield

  • http://chicagocubsonline.com/ Neil

    Anthony Rizzo goes deep for his second HR of
    the night … Alcantara and Rizzo with back-to-back jacks in the 7th

    • http://theboardridersuite.wordpress.com/ Theboardrider

      He’s dialed in. If he leads the league in HR I’ll be pretty blown away.

      • Bredstik

        I’ll be even more blown away if Alcantara leads the league in HR!

      • John_CC

        I don’t think even you would have predicted 25 HR on July 22! :) and if you had … I can’t imagine the raft of sh#t you would have gotten from the opposite faction!

        Rizzo is our man!

        • http://theboardridersuite.wordpress.com/ Theboardrider

          No, I think I predicted 32 or 33 totals. At this rate 40 isn’t out of the question.

          And he is just dialed in right now. Nobody is fooling or throwing anything past him. He’s takin the pitchers best offerings and depositing them in the stands. Gotta be demoralizing for them.

          Andi realize these aren’t Cy Young candidates we’ve face lately but still. Give credit where it is due. He’s seeing the zone really well.

          • John_CC

            Its really nuts,I have been a big supporter and last year maybe even an apologist. It just wasn’t hard to see, if you looked, at the work he was doing last year. I’m not going to say I saw this kind of season coming this year, but I saw him working on his approach and definitely moving towards this. Rizzo is joy to watch mature, kid is 24 and turning into a true all star 1b man right in front of our eyes.

          • http://theboardridersuite.wordpress.com/ Theboardrider

            Totally! I kept saying. Last year was his first full year in MLB. And he got in slumps but always worked out of them. An e finished the year looking good.

            Then he returns this year an all his weaknesses are strengths. He’s a stud. Hard worker and intelligent player.

            And to think, the Cashner trade was called a “blunder,” on this site less than two months ago. And there are still critics that will tear him apart and compare him to angbody possible to make him look bad. But the fact is tat he’s a bonifide MVP candidate this year. If he keeps up his pace he could pull a 1987 Dawson an win it in an awful team.

          • Bredstik

            It appears that the San Diego media seem to think it was a blunder on their end:

            http://friarsonbase.com/2014/07/22/morning-coffee-mark-whelan-padres-losing-rizzo-cashner-trade/

          • Jeffrey Rogers

            IMO Cashner could be the best closer in baseball or at least as good as any of them if he can’t stay off the DL as a starter.

          • John_CC

            I’ll take a gold glove caliber, 160 games a year middle prefer bat over the best closer ever day.

            And over the “could be” best closer twice every day.

          • Jeffrey Rogers

            Sorry I was not tying to say that the trade was bad for the Cubs. Far from it. Just that Cashner is not an Edwin Jackson. He has plenty of potential.

          • John_CC

            That’s fine, but the trade was potential for potential. Cashner is 28 years old and still potential, Rizzo is 24 and reaching beyond what most fans thought was his potential.

            And sorry as well, not trying to start fights, I have always like Cash, but I can’t say I miss him at all, all things considered.

          • http://theboardridersuite.wordpress.com/ Theboardrider

            Very interesting. Some great points. Exciting to think Rizzo is at least two years away from his “prime.”

          • cc002600

            Really hard to believe anyone could think the Cubs didn’t win this trade going away. I’ve been saying it for 2 years now, while some (i won’t mention any names :-)) have said otherwise. It’s really not even close. Cashner is a nice #4 starter if he could stay off the DL, which he obviously can’t.

          • GaryLeeT

            So no need need for careers to unfold?

          • cc002600

            Cashner has been in the majors about 5 years now, and been on the DL every year. Question: do you see a pattern anywhere here ? and keep in mind, most of time it was due to arm issues. if that isn’t a red flag. I don’t know what is.

          • GaryLeeT

            So pitchers aren’t injured more than position players? You are comparing apples and oranges.

          • John_CC

            Have looked at the stats lately? Why don’t you post Cashner’s career for us all to debate.

          • cc0020600

            that makes no sense. just becuase he is a pitcher, you’re ok with the fact he spends half his tiime on the DL while Rizzo is turning into an absolute stud ?? What is your point ?

          • GaryLeeT

            So the injury frequency to a pitcher is exactly the same as a position player? Sure makes no sense.

          • cc002600

            ok, simple question: who would you rather have ?????? There’s no comparsion

          • GaryLeeT

            What good are individual performances on a last place team? Ask me again when one of them is wearing a WS ring.

          • John_CC

            Lol!

          • cc002600

            LOL. ok. I guess we all know the answer.

          • John_CC

            Gary, ilast year when tex wanted to score the trade a “win” and “lose” I told him and others over and over I wanted to wait till this year was over. After both of them had a full two years before even considering the conversation.

            How long are you going to wait? Till its irrelevant?

          • GaryLeeT

            Until one of them is on a World Series winner.

          • John_CC

            Ha!

          • cc002600

            how many world series did Ernie, Billy and Fergie win ? Did they suck too ? HAve some more sour grapes.

          • GaryLeeT

            Who did I say sucked? I guess it’s invent your own crap night.

          • cc002600

            according to you, individual performances don’t matter unless you win WS. Why do you hate Rizzo ? Leading the league in HR at 24 years old not good enough for you ?

          • GaryLeeT

            Please provide the quote where I said I hated Rizzo.

          • John_CC

            And how bout them Yankees! ;)

          • cc002600

            LOL. exactly. 78 wins !!
            I said it in the winter, and I stick by it.

          • John_CC

            IWhile I was with your argument I did think you were !maybe a little over zealous…you are looking prectient now!

          • cc002600

            That team is a mess. I don’t care how much they can spend. (waste). And it will only get worse.

          • John_CC

            I’m with you man. I love that $200 million mess.

          • GaryLeeT

            I think you 2 need to get a hotel room. One good season does not a HOFer make.

          • http://theboardridersuite.wordpress.com/ Theboardrider

            He’s an MVP candidate this year. All I said.

            Why don’t you want him to be good? What is there not to give him credit for? I don’t get that comment at all from someone supposed to be a fan. Why would you possibly not wanto recognize how well he’s playin and his accomplishments this season? He should probably be your favorite player if your a Cubs fan. If not favorite than top 2 at least. Whats your deal against him? You might ask yourself who you really pull for.

          • GaryLeeT

            I want the Cubs to be good not just fawn over individual players. Sorry, but big seasons from somebody like Rizzo (who doesn’t have near enough RBI’s to be even in the conversation of MVP) on a last place club, brings little joy to somebody who loves the Cubs TEAM, and team sports.

          • http://theboardridersuite.wordpress.com/ Theboardrider

            He can only bring the guys that get in base in. You can try to take away from him all you want though if it makes you feel better.

            This conversation is funny. I had one just like it today with a couple Cardinal fans at work. I can’t standdealing with all the Cardinal fans around here. But comments like yours help prepare me to deal with them.

            I support the Cubs always. And their players are always my favorite. Even in down years. I just only love te Cubs. No room for anything but love for this franchise. Always been that way. I can be constructively critical when appropriate. But as a die hard Cubs fan, I’ll lead the Rizzo for MVP chants.

          • GaryLeeT

            Sorry, but your Cardinal fan friends have every right to be smug. It is, and always will be, about the Championships. As soon as the Cubs win just 1 World Series, I will be more than happy to delve into, and really enjoy all the nuances of professional baseball. But until that time, I am sure some of the long time fans (40+ years) like me, can appreciate the angst that goes along with supporting the laughing stock of MLB for so many decades.

          • http://theboardridersuite.wordpress.com/ Theboardrider

            Gary I think you could really use a hug. Tomorrow, I recommend you walk up to a perfect stranger on the street and throw your arms around them! Maybe even tell them that you hope they have a wonderful day. I think something like that would probably make you feel pretty good.

          • GaryLeeT

            I appreciate the sentiment. Sports in general consumes a VERY small amount of my time, so please trust me when I say that everything in my life is put into a proper perspective. However, when it comes the Cubs, there are no little victories, and only a Cub’s World Series win will do.

          • http://theboardridersuite.wordpress.com/ Theboardrider

            I totally agree there. I could care less about a few more wins in a non playoff season. That’s I guess why fans like you and I understand so much the value of the process the FO is going theough. Were stacking the deck for this franchise and really puttting ourselves in a position to maybe win multiple championships. We wouldn’t have it any other way because were sick of winning 70-80 games and watching the World Series without the Cubs in it.

            But I’m really excited to see some true studs developing in our roster. Guys like Rizzo and Castro will be key cogs in a World Series machine. So for now I’ll get excited behind these individuals and their achievements in preparation of those championships we so deaperately want.

            Glad to hear you aren’t so consumed with this stuff in regular life. I wouldn’t want to run into you if you are in daily lfe as you can appear on here. Boy, you can be venomous as a snake! Glad that just your persona and not the real you.

          • John_CC

            Wow Gary, so you’ll continue to hate on every player that was brought in that is having a great season because the TEAM isn’t having a great season? Good luck with that and god bless us all .

          • GaryLeeT

            “so you’ll continue to hate on every player”
            Really? Where did I “hate” on a player? So you just get to make any leap you want? I guess I will be needing that luck.

          • John_CC

            The way you dismiss other posters opinions of players, and in this case Rizzo who is having a great season, it is easy to see you simply want to hate on someone. Excuse me, maybe it wasn’t Rizzo, so then you were clearly trying to “hate on” or I could crudely say “piss on” Boardriders praise of Rizzo.

            Rizzo is having a GREAT season so far, and you make a snarly comment about “fawning” over a player and you won’t do it till the TEAM is good. Give me a break Gary. You look for absolutely ever single opportunity to piss on anyone’s positive thought about this team down to individual player stats – which in Rizzo’s case are undeniable.

            You are a hater man, co!e to grips with it.

          • GaryLeeT

            The Cubs are in last place for the 4th year in a row, and Rizzo’s numbers just don’t stack up to the other MVP candidates. I know reality is a downer sometimes, so go ahead and shoot the messenger if makes you feel better.

          • GaryLeeT

            “you make a snarly comment about “fawning” over a player”
            Just let that vision in your head play right on out, did you? Please read it again. I said I won’t fawn over individual players, I didn’t say anything about you or anybody else was doing. Geez, you guys and your projections.

          • Tony_H

            But he never starts it :)

          • GaryLeeT

            See below.

          • Tony_H

            Fun to watch many others go back and forth with Gary, maybe it’s not me that gets him down this path over and over.

          • GaryLeeT

            So you go through and up vote any reply to me, then throw out a statement like that, then pretend you are above the fray? Pathetic.

          • Tony_H

            And that bothers you….

            I agree with the posters I up vote. But your normal escalation of comments is the same whether it is me, John, Board, etc. You just can’t stand anyone talking positive.

          • GaryLeeT

            Like the Soler comment I made? Or the sympathetic one about Olt and Lake? What’s sad is me having to take the time to defend these ridiculous straw man arguments. Like when I say championships matter most to me, and someone comes back with “you hate all players”. Or when someone comes through the comment section the next morning and throws out “But he never starts it :)” Sorry, but that is truly pathetic.

          • Tony_H

            Call it whatever you want, that is your right, but it is pretty obvious to see how your conversations will go, no matter who they are with. John CC said it pretty straightforward.

          • GaryLeeT

            I am sure you do agree with John’s comment since he just invented crap I never said, like you do.

          • Tony_H

            LOL!

          • GaryLeeT

            Here is my statement in it’s entirety

            “I want the Cubs to be good not just fawn over individual players. Sorry, but big seasons from somebody like Rizzo (who doesn’t have near enough RBI’s to be even in the conversation of MVP) on a last place club, brings little joy to somebody who loves the Cubs TEAM, and team sports.”

            I clearly started out with “I” and continued to refer to myself throughout. But I do see your point. Saying that Rizzo doesn’t have enough RBI’s and is on a last place team is just such bomb throwing over the top statement. You want commenters that fall all over themselves to agree on everything? BORING! Go to the Cub’s Den comment section then.

          • Tony_H

            You are going to never be happy about the Cubs, if you are waiting until they win the World Series to do so.

            Don’t mean to break the news to everyone, but even if everything turns out great and we are in the playoffs for 10 years straight, it doesn’t mean we will ever win a World Series. The Braves had a stretch like that and won 1. It sure puts us in a position to win year after year, but if you are not going to ever be happy about the Cubs until that one day they hoist the trophy…now what is the word you call what others post say….

          • GaryLeeT

            Sorry, the Cubs are in a category all by themselves, and can’t be looked at like any other team.

          • GaryLeeT

            So you are just going to ignore the proof I presented that refutes your supposition? Typical.

          • Tony_H

            Typical….pathetic…and I am the one that calls people things…..

            I was busy and just got back. Sorry if it has obviously been bothering you.

            Keep cutting and pasting your own comments, you just called someone else out on cut and pasting comments.

            You are arguing over wording, the theme of your posts is what everyone is talking about.

          • GaryLeeT

            OK, now you are really just in complete fabrication mode.
            ” Have a good day!”

          • Tony_H

            And what did you tell someone over the weekend, something about not grinding on a monkey or something for someone else….I am sure I mixed up the wording a little bit.

          • GaryLeeT

            A lot a bit, but don’t let that stop you. It never has before. Oh, and don’t forget to invent intent, and apply your own inflection too.

  • GaryLeeT

    Poor Mikey O. and Junior. When does giving a player every chance to succeed turn into embarrassing him?

    • Scott McMeekan

      Well said Gary. Olt is wandering in the desert.

    • John_CC

      I’d bet that they have maybe just about 11 days of chances left.

  • http://chicagocubsonline.com/ Neil

    Cubs beat the Padres 6-0 on Tuesday night … Kyle Hendricks: 0R, 5H, 3BB, 5K, 7IP (83 pitches, 55 strikes)

    Rizzo: 2-4, 2 HR; Alcantara: 1-4, HR, BB; Bonifacio: 2-5, 2B, R; Castro:
    1-3, 2B, R, BB; Ruggiano: 2-3, 2RBI, R, SF; Castillo: 2-4, 2B, RBI

    • http://theboardridersuite.wordpress.com/ Theboardrider

      Great all around game. Stellar outing for Hendricks. Just what this staff needed. He and Arietta can push each other.

    • John_CC

      Any thoughts Neil on the low pitch counts? After reading that article you linked earlier re: Renteria and his questionable use of the pen I really wonder…well, have wondered all season. Granted tonight was the 7th, but still, with a young bullpen that is a strength for now, why wear these guys out for no good reason?

      • http://chicagocubsonline.com/ Neil

        I agree with what he did tonight. Hendricks pitched a very good game against a not-so-good Padres team. Get him out of there and don’t let anything go bad for him in the eighth inning. Tonight was the right move.

  • http://chicagocubsonline.com/ Neil

    Cubs say Jorge Soler to be promoted to Iowa (AAA) tomorrow while Albert Almora to move up to Tennessee (AA)

    • GaryLeeT

      Granted, Soler had quite a bit fewer ABs, but his AA stats put Bryant’s to shame.

    • John_CC

      Great news. The motion is finally happening. Soler is Chicago bound, injury not withstanding.

    • DWalker

      iowa is going to be insane, I actually kinda feel sorry for the opposing pitchers with that many threats. So, who gets moved to make room for Soler in the OF? someone on the 40 man?

      • http://chicagocubsonline.com/ Neil

        Lars Anderson is back from the DL and has been playing first base. That move would not surprise me to create a space for Olt. Ryan Kalish could be the odd man out with the promotion of Soler.

  • SirGladiator

    I’ve been saying since the Cubs traded for him that Hendricks is the next Greg Maddux, and it was great to see it tonight, as well as hearing those comparisons to Maddux on the post-game show. This guy is the real deal! Also super awesome to see ANOTHER 2 homer night for Mr Anthony Rizzo, and the thing with Rizzo is, it isn’t just that he’s awesome, we already knew that. I’m especially impressed both with his home run proficiency but also the way he has made such HUGE advances in dominating lefty pitchers. I honestly didn’t expect him to be this good this quick against lefties. It used to be they could bring in a lefty to get him out, now nobody can get him out! This guy’s a perennial all star, and definitely an MVP contender for many years to come! Hendricks shutting ‘em down, Rizzo driving ‘em in, that’s a formula for 10+ years of success!

  • GaryLeeT

    Wow. Are we looking at a 4 hour long 9 inning game between 2 teams that were out of contention from day one?