#Cubs and Hendricks face Padres

Kyle Hendricks will close the Cubs’ series in San Diego on Wednesday. Anthony Rizzo gets a day off. Here’s the lineup:

Fowler CF

Bryant 1B

Zobrist 2B

Soler LF

Russell SS

Heyward RF

Baez 3B

Contreras C

Hendricks P

Cubs starting pitchers are 14-1 with a 1.78 ERA (27 ER/136 2/3 IP) in 21 games in August, totaling 16 quality starts.

Cubs batting since the All-Star break: Bryant .331; Szczur .316; Rizzo .295; Soler .286; Russell .283; Baez, .280, Zobrist .280.

The Dodgers have yet to announce their rotation for the Cubs series. Here are the Cubs starters:

Fri: LHP Mike Montgomery (1-1, 2.77) vs. TBD
Sat: RHP Jason Hammel (13-6, 3.07) vs. TBD
Sun: LHP Jon Lester (14-4, 2.81) vs. TBD



Aloha Folks- This was huge as it made up for the series in Colorado, now the team heads into LA 4-2 on this road-trip. I think sometimes we can take for granted how consistent Hendricks has been this year. He had a couple of moments today but got out of them; he should be 2-0 on this trip. Anyhow, the most runs he has given up the entire year during one of his starts is 4. He like Lincecum of years past sets up his fastballs with an amazing change-up, but his fastball is 4-5mph slower than Tim’s at his highpoint! It’s all in how you present that pitch that will dictate how successful the other pitches will be; part of the art of pitching. I hope Montgomery/Hammel/Lester all have quality starts in LA and hope folks enjoy the day off tomorrow. Gunbatene Cubbies! Mahalo!

Howdy all! Well said Mahalo. This was a great series: excellent starting pitching, solid defense, and good hitting. It was also nice to see the Cubs return to an early strike offense. Getting an early lead instills confidence in the starting pitchers, and puts early pressure on the opposition. Let’s hope the momentum rolls into LA. Take care everyone!

Aloha Jason, the team has to play well as the Dodgers are hot even without Kershaw. In fact I wonder if Maddon might give Heyward some more time off as he went 3-12/.250 in SD, which is has weaker pitching than LA. Fowler is in a mini-slump too, he went 1-12/.083 against the Padres. Take care now. Mahalo!

Speaking of the Dodgers, they are being no-hit by Matt Moore of the Giants as I type. Bottom of seventh. If there is indeed a no-hitter tonight, it will be the first time a Giants` pitcher no-hit the Dodgers since Rube Marquard did so in 1915. Like Moore, Rube was also a southpaw.

Aloha jhosk- Moore missed it by 1 hit! Shucks! Hard to see Duffy playing for the Rays (since you brought up Moore). Matt was playing SS for the Rays today?! I hope the Cubs attack the Dodgers early because they have a pretty good bp, so have to be patient, run up the counts but strike when the opportunity arises. They also have to play very good defense. The Dodgers are playing inspired ball since Kershaw’s departure to the dl, they are making teams pay for their mistakes. Will be interesting to see how Heyward is used, of course he is stellar on defense but does he start all three games or someone else and he comes in later? Take care now. Mahalo!

Yes, k.g., the Dodgers are a hot-hitting team, making what Moore did last night that much more impressive. The Dodgers are 30-19 since June 26, the last time Kershaw pitched. In the seventh, eighth, and ninth innings, Bruce Bochy could be seen in the dugout fidgeting and moving about uncomfortably because his pitcher was in very high-pitch count territory, and this being a man who had Tommy John surgery not all that long ago. Vin Scully commented that no major league pitcher had thrown more than 124 pitches in any game this season, and Matt Moore surpassed that number, of course. I reckon his final pitch count was 133. You know that, had it not been for the potential no-hitter, Moore would have been removed from that game long before he had reached that elevated number.

You had the sense in the ninth that, even many of the Dodgers` fans in the stands, wanted to see Moore achieve the no-hitter. The Dodgers and Phillies traded back-up catchers yesterday. B.J. Ellis is crestfallen over this transaction. Ellis was Kershaw`s personal catcher, much the way Ross is Lester`s. Ellis and Kershaw are also best friends. This is the business side of the game intruding once again. The Dodgers are getting a popular player in return, Carlos “Chooch” Ruiz, with a world of postseason experience. Ruiz`s overall numbers are not impressive, but he has batted .340 (16 for 47) since the All-Star break. Ellis goes from the West Division`s leading team to a rebuilding club,15 games behind the Washington Nationals in that division.

Aloha jhosk- yes that was a tough trade for Ellis. I am sure the the way it was for Warren this past December but seems to be “happy” again as he was reunited with his Yankees. In other news, my ole college is “down-under” playing against my father’s school in their first football game of the season. I must admit, I am not too interested, we still have a baseball season going on! I hope Montgomery builds off of his last start and wouldn’t it be ironic if Cahill came in to relieve him? Take care now. Mahalo!

That`s A.J. Ellis; I got his name wrong earlier. Yes, k.g., speaking of the Yankees, they have a pitcher named Montgomery at AAA, and he`s a good one. Jordan Montgomery is a southpaw like our Mike. Jordan was masterful last night versus Syracuse and the 23 year-old has allowed zero runs in four straight starts. At some point in the future, we expect to see Gleyber Torres and Billy McKinney playing for that same team Jordan Montgomery is pitching for now. Clint Frazier, the principal player the Yankees received from Cleveland in the Miller trade, is there now.

I just figured out your college football reference, k.g. It`s Hawaii versus Cal. {You`ll forgive me for being slow on the uptake. I`m long in the tooth.} I see Baez is not part of tonight`s lineup. It`s another example of why this team is loaded with talent. Javy would be a starter on most MLB teams.

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