Results tagged ‘ Kyle Hendricks ’

9/26 Extra bases

* Javier Baez went 4-for-41 with 20 strikeouts on the Cubs’ final homestand, and leads the Major Leagues in strikeouts this month. And Theo Epstein isn’t that surprised.

“It’s gone very much as expected,” Epstein said Friday of Baez’s first two months in the big leagues.

“His confidence is high,” Cubs manager Rick Renteria said of Baez. “Just like everyone, he understands he needs to make adjustments and knows he needs to do better.”

Renteria is quick to remind everyone that Baez is just 21 years old. Epstein said Baez is aware of what he needs to do, adding that sometimes it just takes an offseason to make those adjustments. Anthony Rizzo and Starlin Castro both did that after struggling in 2013; both had All-Star seasons this year. What’s encouraging, Epstein said, is that Baez is open to making adjustments.

“It’s like getting comfortable in the big leagues — you can’t just tell someone, ‘Get comfortable,'” Epstein said. “He readily admits he’ll be more comfortable in the big leagues than he is now. Sometimes you have to just experience it for yourself and the light goes on with one swing or one video session or one offseason when you can take a deep breath and come back differently.”

* Asked if Renteria will return to manage in 2015, Epstein said “absolutely.” However, there could be changes with the coaching staff. Epstein and Renteria said they expected to announce something Tuesday.

* Jacob Turner will start Sunday in place of rookie right-hander Kyle Hendricks, who is being shut down after reaching 183 innings. Hendricks totaled 102 2/3 innings in 17 starts at Triple-A Iowa, and 80 1/3 innings in 13 starts with the Cubs.

* Edwin Jackson has accepted the late season switch to the bullpen but Epstein said Friday the right-hander needs to come into next year and show he can be counted on. This year is the second year of Jackson’s four-year, $52 million deal, and it hasn’t gone that well. He led the National League in losses last season with 18, and is third this year.

“I think Edwin’s aware that he needs to turn his Cubs career around and work hard and show better form that he’s someone who can be counted on,” Epstein said Friday. “I think the default position is that given the competition we’re going to have, guys will have to need to pitch well to have a spot.”

— Carrie Muskat

9/23 Cubs lineup

Kyle Hendricks makes his next to last start on Tuesday night for the Cubs in the next to last game at Wrigley Field. The right-hander is 0-1 in two starts against the Cardinals, although he deserved better in his July 27 outing when he held them to one run on seven hits over 6 1/3 innings. The Cubs lost, 1-0. Hendricks is scheduled to start the season finale Sunday in Milwaukee.

Here’s the lineup:

Alcantara CF
Baez SS
Rizzo 1B
Soler RF
Valbuena 3B
Castillo C
Valaika 2B
Szczur LF
Hendricks P

9/22 Hendricks says hello


Here’s another photo from Kyle Hendricks’ visit Monday with patients at Advocate Condell Medical Center in Libertyville. He signed autographs, took photos, handed out hats, Wrigley Field tumblers and Cubs blankets. The day care children presented Hendricks with a story they wrote and illustrated about him.

9/22 Good guy


Cubs pitcher Kyle Hendricks took time Monday to visit patients at Advocate Condell Medical Center in Libertyville. He signed autographs, took photos, handed out hats, Wrigley Field tumblers and Cubs blankets. The day care children presented Hendricks with a story they wrote and illustrated about him.

9/21 Extra bases

* Jorge Soler did not start Sunday, but that was part of the Cubs’ plan to help the rookie outfielder stay healthy in his return from leg injuries. Soler was pulled from Saturday’s game after five innings because rain had made the playing field slippery and the Cubs didn’t want to risk injury.

“The guys were talking about how it was getting a little softer,” Cubs manager Rick Renteria said Sunday about the outfield. “For us, it was the right thing to do at that time [to pull Soler]. We have three [games] more against St. Louis, then a day off Thursday, and three more in Milwaukee, and he’ll finish off playing.”

Soler has played four, five days in a row, then gotten a breather in his comeback. He began the season with Double-A Tennessee, but suffered a leg injury after his first hit in his first game April 3. He went on the disabled list and returned in May, but needed to go on the DL again. After rehabbing in Mesa, he rejoined the Smokies in July, and batted .463 in 15 games before he was promoted to Triple-A.

* Renteria and GM Jed Hoyer are conducting exit interviews with players, and the discussion has turned to what the Cubs need for 2015. What’s on Renteria’s wish list?

“What we’d really like is to have a bunch of really good baserunners,” Renteria said Sunday. “One of the things we’re talking about is going into Spring Training and get some skill work done and a better of sense what we need to add.”

Isn’t base running instinctual?

“I’ve always thought that instincts are learned,” Renteria said. “If you take advantage of experiences, it teaches you something.”

* The Cubs have yet to finalize the rotation for the last series of the regular season next weekend in Milwaukee. Kyle Hendricks will start the season finale on Sept. 28. One of the options is to have Eric Jokisch start a game. He was 9-10 with a 3.58 ERA in 26 starts at Triple-A Iowa this season.

Looking ahead, the rotation for the three-game series against the Cardinals will be:

Monday: Travis Wood vs Adam Wainwright
Tuesday: Kyle Hendricks vs Shelby Miller
Wednesday: Jake Arrieta vs John Lackey

Wood and Arrieta will be making their final starts of the season.

— Carrie Muskat

9/20 Extra bases

* The Cubs have set the rotation for the upcoming series against the Cardinals, which opens Monday at Wrigley Field, and is the last home series of the season. Travis Wood will start Monday night in what will be his last start of this year. He’ll be followed by Kyle Hendricks on Tuesday and Jake Arrieta on Wednesday. Hendricks also will start the season finale Sept. 28 at Milwaukee. No word from Cubs camp about whether Edwin Jackson will make another start.

* Welington Castillo, who had to leave Friday’s game with a rib contusion, was available Saturday but the Cubs wanted to give him at least one more day to heal. John Baker got the start.

* On this day in Cubs history, Ernie Banks hit his first career home run in 1953 off St. Louis’ Gerry Staley. Thanks for Christopher Kamka for the post.

9/17 Cubs 3, Reds 1

In his first start against the Reds since his Major League debut in Cincinnati on July 10, Kyle Hendricks notched his eighth quality start in 12 outings this season. The Cubs are 10-2 in those 12 starts. This was his sixth start of at least seven innings and his fourth in which he has allowed one or fewer runs in seven plus innings. Hendricks is 4-1 with a 1.53 ERA (6 ER/35 1/3 IP) in six starts at Wrigley Field.

* Luis Valbuena has hit safely in seven of his last eight games at home, and delivered an RBI single in the eighth.

* Hector Rondon has converted 11 straight save opportunities.

* The Cubs swept the Reds in a three-game set at Wrigley for the first time since July 24-26, 2009. It’s the Cubs third three-game sweep since Aug. 22 (Baltimore and Milwaukee) and their fifth of the season.

* Jorge Soler (0-for-2, 2 BB, R) has collected a run or RBI in 12 of his 15 games. He went hitless for just the second time in his career, but drew two walks for the first time.

* Anthony Rizzo (0-for-2, 2 BB, R) has reached base in nine of his last 10 games and has scored a run in three-consecutive games.

* The Cubs are 38-36 in 74 games at Wrigley Field this season compared to a 29-45 home mark though 74 contests last season.

9/17 Cubs lineup

Kyle Hendricks makes the start Wednesday as the Cubs go for a sweep of their three-game series against the Reds. Anthony Rizzo is back, too. Here’s the lineup:

Coghlan LF
Baez SS
Rizzo 1B
Soler RF
Valbuena 3B
Castillo C
Valaika 2B
Kalish CF
Hendricks P

9/10 Extra bases

* The Cubs current five-game losing streak is one shy of their season-long six-game losing streak, July 5-9. The Cubs are one loss shy of guaranteeing a fifth-straight season below .500, which would be their first five-season stretch of sub .500 baseball since 1978-83. The Cubs also are three wins away from surpassing their win total from all of last season.

* There are 17 games remaining this season, with all but three of the games against teams in contention for the playoffs.

* Kyle Hendricks gets the start Wednesday. He has a 1.60 ERA (10 ER/56 1/3 IP) in nine starts since the All-Star Break, the fourth-best ERA among starting pitchers in all of baseball since the break and trailing only Los Angeles’ Clayton Kershaw (1.56 ERA) among all NL starters. Hendricks earned NL Rookie of the Month honors in August after going 4-0 with a 1.69 ERA in six starts … he is the first Cubs pitcher to ever be named a Rookie of the Month winner.

* Looking ahead to Cubs vs. Pirates this weekend:

Friday: LHP Tsuyoshi Wada (4-2, 2.95) vs. RHP Gerrit Cole (8-5, 3.89)
Saturday: LHP Felix Doubront (1-1, 2.25) vs. LHP Jeff Locke (7-4, 3.60)
Sunday: RHP Jacob Turner (5-9, 5.84) vs. RHP Edinson Volquez (11-7, 3.36)

* Also, Game 1 of the best-of-five Midwest League championship series between Kane County and Lake County will begin Wednesday night. The Cougars are looking to win their second league championship in franchise history (previously done, 2011).

9/3 Cubs 6, Brewers 2

* With a two-run double in the third, Jorge Soler has recorded at least one RBI in six of his first seven big league games (10 total RBI). Soler is the first Cub to hit safely in his first seven career games since Junior Lake, July 19-25, 2013, and is just the second Cub in franchise history to have 10 or more RBI in his first seven career games since Mandy Brooks had 12 from May 30-June 7, 1925. Soler is the first player since Joe Buzas (who played for the Yankees in 1945) to record at least one RBI and/or one extra-base hit in each of his first seven career games.

* Kyle Hendricks earned his fifth straight win, giving up two runs on a career-high nine hits while not walking or striking out a hitter in 5 2/3 innings. This was his third start in which he didn’t issue a walk. He is now 3-1 with a 1.59 ERA in four starts at Wrigley Field. Prior to Wednesday’s game, Hendricks was voted the NL Rookie of the Month for August after going 4-0 with a 1.69 ERA (7 ER/37 1/3 IP).

* Chris Valaika gave the Cubs a 2-1 lead with a second-inning, two-run home run. He’s hit two home runs in his last six games after hitting one in his first 21 contests this season.

* Luis Valbuena is batting .324 (12-for-37) with four home runs and six RBI in his last 10 games, while hitting safely in nine of those contests.

* Logan Watkins extended his hitting streak to four games and posted his third career multi-hit effort.

* Welington Castillo gave the Cubs a 5-1 lead with a RBI double in the third. So far, 14 of his 17 doubles have come at Wrigley.

* Javier Baez snapped a 0-for-13 hitless skid dating to Aug. 30 with a first-inning double to right-center field.

* The Cubs recorded their first home series sweep of at least three games against the Brewers since Aug. 23-25, 2004. The Cubs have now won a season high six-straight home games for the first time since June 29-July 15, 2002, vs. Houston (3-0) and Arizona (3-0).