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Bleed Cubbie Blue Jun 17, 2018
Cubs 6, Cardinals 3: Coming from behind for the 19th time

Cubs 6, Cardinals 3: Coming from behind for the 19th time

Timely hitting and solid relief gave the Cubs their second straight win over the Cardinals. When Kyle Hendricks served up a two-run homer to Marcell Ozuna in the first inning Saturday, you could have been forgiven if you thought (because I had the same thought), “Here we go again.” Hendricks has been susceptible to the home-run ball this year and has, on occasion, had trouble locating. The latter, too, happened in this game. But the Cubs got hits when they needed them, including a pair of home runs, and came from behind to defeat the Cardinals 6-3 Saturday evening, their 19th comeback...
Bleed Cubbie Blue Jun 16, 2018
Chicago Cubs vs. St. Louis Cardinals preview, Saturday 6/16, 7:15 CT

Chicago Cubs vs. St. Louis Cardinals preview, Saturday 6/16, 7:15 CT

The Cubs go for two straight over the Cardinals. Saturday notes: Cubs starter Kyle Hendricks enters tonight’s game with a 4-6 record despite a 3.48 ERA. He is the only qualifying pitcher in the National League with a sub-.500 record despite an ERA below 3.50. Hendricks ranks eighth in the National League with a 1.094 WHIP. Anthony Rizzo has batted .301 (43-for-143) with nine doubles, 10 homers, 37 RBI, a .390 OBP, a .573 SLG and a .963 OPS in his last 39 games since May 1 after starting the season with a .149 average and a .448 OPS in his first 18 contests through April 30. The Cubs...
Bleed Cubbie Blue Jun 12, 2018
2018 Cubs Heroes and Goats: Game 63

2018 Cubs Heroes and Goats: Game 63

Cubs score six runs on Brewers’ normally dominant bullpen to win 7-2 Most close games have that moment. On Sunday, it was Tommy La Stella pinch hitting for Kyle Hendricks in the bottom of the fifth inning. That moment is the point where the discussion for the cycle until the next game (and sometimes beyond) is determined. That point last night was in the eighth inning with Albert Almora Jr. at the plate. He lifted a deep fly ball into the gap. I thought for a moment the ball might get out of the park. Ben Zobrist thought for a moment that it might hit off the wall left of center and was...
Cubbies Crib Jun 11, 2018

Chicago Cubs: Questioning Maddon’s decision to pull Hendricks early Sunday

Should Joe Maddon have removed Kyle Hendricks when he did during the Chicago Cubs’ matchup with the Pittsburgh Pirates Sunday afternoon? I must preface this post by mentioning how I am a big fan of Joe Maddon as manager of the Chicago Cubs. Maddon has received more criticism from Cubs fans than he deserves, especially […] Chicago Cubs: Questioning Maddon’s decision to pull Hendricks early Sunday - Cubbies Crib - Cubbies Crib - A Chicago Cubs Fan Site - News, Blogs, Opinion and More
Cubbies Crib Jun 8, 2018

Chicago Cubs: Kyle Hendricks has a home run problem

Two years removed from a third-place finish in NL Cy Young voting, Chicago Cubs right-hander Kyle Hendricks is struggling to find his groove. Let me begin with a disclaimer. Saying Kyle Hendricks has a home run problem and considering him a liability in the Chicago Cubs starting rotation is not the same thing. Not even […] Chicago Cubs: Kyle Hendricks has a home run problem - Cubbies Crib - Cubbies Crib - A Chicago Cubs Fan Site - News, Blogs, Opinion and More
Bleed Cubbie Blue Jun 6, 2018
2018 Cubs Heroes and Goats: Game 57

2018 Cubs Heroes and Goats: Game 57

The road to the top is rarely a straight line. Alternatively, I could have gone with “baseball isn’t easy.” Regardless, the point is that the first pitching matchup in this series looked to be the most favorable. Alas, Kyle Hendricks was off and Zach Eflin was on. Doesn’t Zach Eflin seem like a guy who should be in teen movies or something? Either way, I’m calling it a tip the cap night and just turning the page. I’d like to also say that the first week in June is far too early to be seriously scoreboard watching. With over 100 games remaining, you take care of your own...
Bleed Cubbie Blue Jun 6, 2018
Phillies 6, Cubs 1: It just wasn’t their night

Phillies 6, Cubs 1: It just wasn’t their night

The Phillies thoroughly dominated the Cubs in the homestand opener. Kyle Hendricks retired the first four hitters he faced Monday night. And Kyle Hendricks also retired the last seven hitters he faced Monday night. It was the time in between those outs that resulted in a 6-1 Cubs loss to the Phillies that ended the Cubs’ four-game winning streak. Hendricks lost command, allowed three walks (at one point throwing a pitch so far out of the zone that Joe Maddon and a trainer came out to the mound) and a home run by Nick Williams that might have hit the video board if the wind hadn’t been...
Phillies show life in series opener with Cubs; win 6-1

Phillies show life in series opener with Cubs; win 6-1

It's difficult to avoid the dramatics when referring to the importance of the Phillies' series at Wrigley Field against a streaking Cubs squad that's one of the National League's elite. Fresh off a disastrous weekend in San Francisco where the offense sputtered to a halt, the Phillies bats came alive Tuesday night and put up five runs on Cubs' hurler Kyle Hendricks en route to an impressive 6-1 victory. It was like pushing the reset button on an old-school Nintendo system; a blink of an eye and you're starting with a fresh slate. The win leaves the window of possibility open for the Phillies...
Bleed Cubbie Blue May 31, 2018
2018 Cubs Heroes and Goats: Game 52

2018 Cubs Heroes and Goats: Game 52

After jumping out to 1-0 lead, Cubs bats go silent in 2-1 loss Cue the Meatloaf. Two out of three ain’t bad. If you’ve watched a lot of baseball, you know that it is hard to sweep a team. Especially a team that is over .500. Oh, it happens plenty during the course of the season. After all, if memory serves, I seem to remember the Cubs sweeping a four game series from one of the best teams in baseball to this point and holding that team to a total of two runs in four games. So it can happen. It probably should have happened last night. Kyle Hendricks did not pitch great, but two runs in...
www.bostonherald.com May 25, 2018
Kyle Hendricks goes 7 strong innings, Cubs beat Giants 6-2

Kyle Hendricks goes 7 strong innings, Cubs beat Giants 6-2

CHICAGO — There isn't much Kyle Hendricks thinks he needs to change. And it's hard to argue when he's in command like this.Hendricks limited San Francisco to one run and two hits over seven innings, Ben Zobrist lined a tiebreaking two-run double in the seventh and the Chicago Cubs beat the Giants 6-2 on Friday.Hendricks (4-3) struck out seven and walked two, helping Cubs open the series on a winning note after a two-game sweep by Cleveland at Wrigley Field."I feel really good," he said. "It's just that constant focus, come in every day. There are a few things that aren't necessarily where...
Bleed Cubbie Blue May 25, 2018
Cubs 6, Giants 2: Flashback Friday

Cubs 6, Giants 2: Flashback Friday

This was how baseball was pitched decades ago. If you closed your eyes Friday afternoon at Wrigley Field during the first few innings, you could feel how it was back in the 1960s or 1970s when pitchers like Fergie Jenkins, Bob Gibson and Juan Marichal (to keep this idea in line with Friday’s opponent) were mowing down hitters and games sped their way along. Kyle Hendricks threw seven outstanding innings and a seventh-inning rally by Cubs hitters led to a 6-2 win over the Giants on the most beautiful weather day we’ve had in Chicago so far this spring. Hendricks was magnificent. He...

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