Chicago Cubs News, Rumors, Injuries & Recruiting
Chicago Sun-Times: With Kyle Hendricks on IL (shoulder), Cubs eye prospect Adbert Alzolay for possible debut
LOS ANGELES - An already tough Cubs road trip went from bad to worse on Saturday when the Cubs put right-hander Kyle Hendricks on the 10-day injured list because of what he described as "discomfort" in his right shoulder.
Hendricks said he began noticing something playing catch in the days leading up to Friday night's start, during which the discomfort worsened, and he wasn't able to finish off his pitches normally.
"I just didn't feel quite right and couldn't get extended out really on anything," said Hendricks, who couldn't pitch out of the fifth inning of a 5-3 loss Friday night.
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ESPN.com: Cubs' Hendricks lands on IL day after defeat
The Chicago Cubs placed right-hander Kyle Hendricks on the 10-day injured list Saturday due to right shoulder inflammation.
During Friday's 5-3 loss to the Los Angeles Dodgers, Hendricks (7-5) gave up five runs and six hits in 4 1/3 innings -- his shortest outing since lasting four innings at Milwaukee in his second start of the season.
He struck out one and walked two in losing for the first time since April 26 at Arizona.
"My fastball wasn't quite working, didn't have it down in the zone enough," Hendricks said after the game.
Cubs Insider: Kyle Hendricks to 10-Day IL with Shoulder Inflammation, Rowan Wick Recalled
Well, this is just wonderful news. Kyle Hendricks has been placed on the 10-day injured list with right shoulder inflammation after Friday's loss in Los Angeles. The righty wasn't quite as sharp as he had been over the previous month or so, but he didn't really display any signs of injury. However, you never can be too careful with pitchers.
The Cubs are placing Kyle Hendricks on the 10-day injured list with right shoulder inflammation.
-- Patrick Mooney (@PJ_Mooney) June 15, 2019
In order to fill the roster spot, the Cubs have recalled right-handed pitcher Rowan Wick.
Fansided: Chicago Cubs struggles come down to hitting with RISP
The Chicago Cubs have a potent offense, this we know. Currently, the Cubs have eight players forecasted to hit 20 home runs. Four players already have 15 or more. And the Cubs are fifth in the National League with 359 runs scored. But don't let those numbers fool you. This offense has some holes in it. Overall, they're a solid offensive team. But as of late, it's been 'home run or bust,' and they've busted-mostly on the road.
The loss to the Los Angeles Dodgers last night dropped them to 14-20 in road games.
Bleed Cubbie Blue: Book review: 'The Legendary Harry Caray'
It is hard to imagine what the Chicago Cubs franchise and fanbase would be like today if Harry Caray hadn't been the team's broadcaster for 16 seasons from 1982-98.
That's not an exaggeration. There might not be any single individual who had as much influence on making the Cubs as popular as they are now than Caray.
Don Zminda's new biography of Harry, "The Legendary Harry Caray," not only lays out exactly how important Harry was to the Cubs on WGN, but chronicles the life of a man who really did pull himself up from nothing.
Fansided: Chicago Cubs: Road woes continue with another loss to the Dodgers
It's been a tale of two teams so far this season. When the Chicago Cubs welcome opponents to Wrigley Field, they've looked like a team with real World Series aspirations - a force to be reckoned with in a top-heavy Senior Circuit. Away from the Friendly Confines ... well, things haven't been so friendly.
After Friday's 5-3 loss to the Los Angeles Dodgers, Chicago drops to 14-20 on the road this season. That stands in stark contrast to the club's 24-11 mark at home - and has raised one simple, yet maddeningly difficult question to answer: why have they struggled so much away from the Windy City?
Cubs Insider: Jon Lester Could Generate More Swinging Strikes with Change in Pitch Sequencing
Jon Lester has thrown more changeups over the last two years in order to diversify his already impressive pitch portfolio and compensate for a drop in fastball velocity. But even with a that strong mix and all the expertise flowing from the Cubs' vaunted pitch lab, is Lester sequencing his change properly? Let's look at the data and you can come up with your own interpretations.
About 10% of Lester's pitches since the start of 2018 have been changeups and batters only swing and miss against 10% of those pitches. So that means the 35-year-old only gets about one changeup whiff per game.
VFTB: Statistical Saturday
Advanced statistics are now an integral part of the game. The old school crowd that still believes RBIs are a valid stat to tell if a batter is good or not and that pitcher wins tells a story are shrinking.
Let's discuss an advanced statistic and see if it can be useful to us. Today we'll discuss wRC+ or weighted runs created plus.
wRC+ in it's simplest definition is an offensive score (weighted on-base average) that is compared against all the other players. That is a score of 100 would be league average and 180 (superstar) would be 80% better than league average.
Cubs Insider: Chicago Cubs Score and Recap (6/14/19): Cubs 3, Dodgers 5 -- Same Old Story, Same Old Song and Dance...
Yet again, the Cubs decided to hop on a really good left-handed pitcher early in the game at Dodger Stadium. Yet again, it was all for naught and all they could muster, as three runs in the first three innings were wasted and the Cubs dropped the fourth of five on this road trip 5-3 to the Dodgers. Former Cub Rich Hill (4-1) bested current Cub Kyle Hendricks (7-5) on the mound and at the plate, as Hill got the win and the game-winning RBI in this one.
In the top of the 1st inning, Kris Bryant singled with one out and was immediately brought home when Anthony Rizzo hit a 345 foot home run just out of the reach of Cody Bellinger down the right field line.
ESPN.com: Darvish: Return to Dodger Stadium is 'a big deal'
LOS ANGELES -- Dodger Stadium doesn't provide the best of memories for Chicago Cubs starter Yu Darvish, and he'll try to exorcise more than one demon when he takes the mound there on Saturday night against his old team.
In 2017, Darvish helped the Dodgers get to the World Series before famously melting down over the course of two starts in the best-of-seven affair against the Houston Astros -- including Game 7 when he lasted just 1 2/3 innings while giving up four runs.
"It's a big deal," Darvish said Friday of his return for the first time since Game 7.
Chicago Sun-Times: Jammed up: Cubs road woes continue with 5-3 loss to Dodgers in matchup of NL hopefuls
LOS ANGELES - If the road to the World Series goes through Los Angeles, consider the Cubs stuck in traffic trying to get to October.
Not even their hottest starting pitcher and another quick strike in the first inning were enough to prevent another loss Friday night for the Cubs on a two-city road trip out west - this time 5-3 to the Dodgers.
That's back-to-back losses to the National League-best Dodgers in the four-game series, dropping the Cubs to 1-4 to start the trip through Colorado and Los Angeles - 2-9 in their last 11 road games overall.
Chicago Sun-Times: Cubs' Kris Bryant hitting like its 2016 again -- and like he'll command another extension offer
LOS ANGELES - Player agent Scott Boras was spotted this week at the Cubs' team hotel in Los Angeles, raising an eyebrow or two, if not a question about whether he might be meeting with Cubs management on the trip.
At least not yet.
Boras was just checking with clients.
But one of those clients in particular, former MVP Kris Bryant, might have more to talk about with Boras than most.
The Cubs third baseman is looking increasingly like a candidate for one of those big contract extensions that became more common throughout baseball during spring training than relay drills.
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