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Cubs Insider: Kyle Hendricks Baffles Diamondbacks with Filthy Change, Wicked Curve
Kyle Hendricks was masterful Friday afternoon, shutting the Diamondbacks out on three hits and notching 11 strikeouts over seven innings. Most of those K's came on the change as Hendricks floated his offspeed offering up to the plate to tumble away from bats.
Out of the eight total whiffs Hendricks got on the change, five resulted in a visiting hitter taking a seat. One of his two called strikes on the change had the same result. Just nasty.
10 Kyle Hendricks Changeups (all swinging/looking strikes) from today in 15 Seconds. pic.twitter.com/XvZ3AQPgRf
-- Rob Friedman (@PitchingNinja) April 19, 2019
Kyle Hendricks, Disgusting Back-to-Back Changeups, Overlayed.
Advanced Placement. #EverybodyIn https://t.co/dLAXZBFn9J
Cubs Insider: Watch: Kris Bryant Hits Pop Fly that Turns into Little League Double
Both my boys are in little league and even when it's not windy a pop fly can play havoc. Well, it is windy today at Wrigley Field and sometimes that catches the opposing team off guard.
Kris Bryant hit a double on the scorecard but the scorecard doesn't have pictures or, in this case, video. If it did, well, let's just say Bryant's hit would be much more entertaining.
Forgot to mention it's a little windy today. #EverybodyIn pic.twitter.com/IuLrUNKwaf
-- Chicago Cubs (@Cubs) April 19, 2019
Cubs win!Final: #Cubs 5, D-backs 1. #EverybodyIn https://t.co/Sr9o508aSL
Triple trouble! #EverybodyIn https://t.co/ImKiuZZsAh
Forgot to mention its a little windy today. #EverybodyIn https://t.co/IuLrUNKwaf
Contreras to Bez to dugout. #EverybodyIn https://t.co/NXMmz0QpVe
Cubs Insider: Cubs Leading MLB in Oppo Slugging, Absolutely Mashing with Two Strikes
While no one's willing to say definitively that the Cubs are "fixed," especially not with with three of their most important hitters yet to break loose, there are some very positive signs in the early going. One of those is the damage they're doing to the opposite field, which was a real point of emphasis heading into the season.
"[I]n an ideal world, what we're trying to do to sort of finish the development of our hitters is -- especially with runners in scoring position when you're facing the best pitchers -- to take what the pitcher gives you, use the whole field, have great situational and professional at-bats," Theo Epstein explained during his end-of-season presser.
Cubs Insider: Chicago Cubs Lineup (4/19/19): Descalso Leads Off, Bryant in RF, Hendricks Takes Mound
Daniel Descalso has been a better addition than even the optimists believed, and he'll be leading off again at second base. Kris Bryant is in a corner outfield spot for the third time in four games, perhaps foreshadowing a future that includes Addison Russell at short. Anthony Rizzo is at first and Javy Baez at short to complete the top of the order.
Willson Contreras will be catching, which has been the case ever since Victor Caratini was lost to a broken left hamate. That will have to change here soon, as the Cubs will need to let Taylor Davis start if only to rest WillCo.
Fansided: Chicago Cubs: Getting to know Tennessee Smokies broadcaster Mick Gillispie
For more than a decade, Mick Gillispie has graced the airwaves in Tennessee, calling games for the Tennessee Smokies. This club has seen countless stars come and go in that time - even several current Chicago Cubs standouts.
When you tune in to a Smokies broadcast, two things really stand out: his passion and knowledge for the game of baseball. In 2017, that combination helped Gillispie earn Ballpark Digest's Minor League Broadcaster of the Year.
This week I was able to talk with Mick Gillispie about his experiences working in Minor League Baseball for the Chicago Cubs' Double-A affiliate, Tennessee Smokies.
This place. #EverybodyIn https://t.co/bQnR2hPDUk
CSN Chicago: Sports Talk Live Podcast: Have the Cubs turned the corner?
Hub Arkush, David Schuster and Mark Grote join Kap on the panel.
0:00- The Cubs sweep the Marlins and have won 7 of their last 10. Have they finally turned the corner?
8:00- The White Sox keep playing but the controversy surrounding Tim Anderson's bat-flip-heard-round-the-world continues. Does baseball need to lighten up or does Anderson deserve some blame?
14:30- The guys remember Chet Coppock. The "Godfather of Sports Talk Radio" died at the age of 70.
18:00- Carlos Zambrano drops by the studio. He talks to Kap about his comeback with the Chicago Dogs, his thoughts on the Cubs winning it all and his hopes to once again pitch in the majors.
Cubs Insider: Chicago Cubs Prospect Profile: DJ Artis, On-Base Artist
If you just looked at batting average, you might wonder why South Bend Cubs manager Buddy Bailey keeps penciling freshly-minted 22-year-old DJ Artis into the leadoff spot for the South Bend Cubs. Though he's up to .257 as of post time, his average was 30 points lower less than a week ago. But Artis is an on-base machine with a .449 OBP and a 147 wRC+ that says he's 47% better than average a producing runs.
As such, the left-handed hitting outfielder has been a spark plug at the top of South Bend's lineup to begin the 2019 campaign.
Chicago Cubs Online: Cubs Host Diamondbacks and Dodgers During Second Homestand
The kick off the second homestand of the season with visits from National League West opponents the Arizona Diamondbacks (April 19-21) and the Los Angeles Dodgers (April 23-25).
On Tuesday, April 23, fans will be transported to Westeros during Game of Thrones(r) Night at Wrigley Field. In celebration of the final season of the Emmy(r)- and Golden Globe(r)-winning series, fans will have the opportunity to interact with characters from the show and take photos with the Iron Throne during pregame festivities and throughout the game at Gallagher Way. Tickets for the game are available by visiting www.