With a heavy heart due to the tragic death of Marlins pitcher Jose Fernandez early this morning, tonight's game will go on.
I wanted to call your attention to this Daily Herald article by Barry Rozner, in which he spoke to Greg Maddux about Kyle Hendricks:
"I like watching him pitch," Maddux said of Hendricks. "I like guys that rely on movement and location. I can relate to him. That's what I had to do.
"I'd rather watch him pitch than some lefty throwing 95 mph."
Hendricks said last week that he's aware of the constant comparisons as he closes in on the major league ERA crown.
"It's humbling and it's nice, but I don't think a lot about it," Hendricks said. "He's one of the greatest of all time and I have a long way to go."
There's more high praise for Hendricks from Maddux in that article, worth a read.
Also, you'll need to keep this handy for tonight's game:
Here are today's particulars.
Fowler CF, Bryant LF, Rizzo 1B, Zobrist 2B, Russell SS, Heyward RF, Baez 3B, Ross C, Lester P
Carpenter 2B, Piscotty RF, Peralta 3B, Moss 1B, Molina C, Gyorko SS, Grichuk CF, J. Martinez LF, C. Martinez P
Jon Lester and Carlos Martinez matched up September 14 in St. Louis. Lester threw eight shutout innings, allowed three hits and a walk, and struck out eight. The Cubs scored four runs off Martinez in six innings, including homers by David Ross and Anthony Rizzo.
The Cubs won the game 7-0. I'll take another one just like it, please.
Lester in September: 0.58 ERA, 0.710 WHIP, .178 opponents BA in four starts, 31 innings.
Martinez in September: 3.75 ERA, 1.583 WHIP, .305 opponents BA in four starts, 24 innings.
Today's game is on ESPN.
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The 2016 Game Thread procedure will be the same as the one used at the end of 2015. Here's how it works.
You'll find the game preview posted separately on the front page, two hours before game time (90 minutes for some early day games following night games).
At the same time, a StoryStream™ containing the preview will also post on the front page. The First Pitch Thread and all the overflow threads will be published in that stream, as well as the recap. The recap will also live on the front page as a separate post, and at the time I write the recap I will rename the stream "Cubs vs. (Team) (Day of Week) Game Threads" so you can go back and find every thread related to that particular game.
You will also be able to find the preview, First Pitch Thread, all the overflow threads and recap in the box marked "Chicago Cubs Game Threads" at the bottom of the front page (you can also find them in this section link). They will also appear in the game's StoryStream™ as noted above.
The First Pitch thread will post at five minutes before game time, then an overflow thread at one hour, two hours and 2:45 after the scheduled game time.
Discuss amongst yourselves.