Today’s roster move: Here
Also, here's a summary of today's other news:
Lotta #Cubs doings today: SS Addison Russell in concussion protocol and not in lineup tonight. Kris Bryant has cortisone shot in knee and is out tonight. Questionable for tomorrow. No word yet on Javy Baez visit w/specialist for hairline fracture in thumb. More on that later.— Scott Miller (@ScottMillerBbl) September 9, 2019
And now for something completely different.
From 1982-2004, Major League Baseball’s schedule was created by two college professors, a married couple, Henry and Holly Stephenson. They used to lay it out on their kitchen table.
In 2005, MLB chose to computerize this task and the Stephensons were out of a gig.
The schedules haven’t been the same since. In today’s Cubs game notes, they paid tribute to the Hendersons and I present that tribute to you here in its entirety, given the Cubs having to travel from Milwaukee to San Diego to Chicago in the space of five days.
WHERE HAVE YOU GONE, HENRY AND HOLLY STEPHENSON?: The Cubs this week make their fourth and final trip to the West Coast this season, but the second time a California city has been paired up with a trip to Milwaukee … earlier this season, the Cubs began a road trip with three games in San Francisco only to continue it in Milwaukee the very next series.
In 2019, the Cubs right now see their San Diego trip paired with Milwaukee while in 2018, their trip to Los Angeles was paired with Cincinnati … next year, Chicago’s trip to San Diego is paired with Pittsburgh … alas, a nation turns its travel weary eyes to you, Henry and Holly Stephenson.
Here’s more on Henry and Holly Stephenson. From that article:
To make the process increasingly complicated, the league also allowed special requests from individual teams. “New York always had a long list,” Holly laments.
Despite the many challenges the dynamic duo would thrive, holding the position of MLB schedulers for 25 years before the MLB opted for randomization software—a decision that Holly still can’t get behind. “I did kind of resent computers coming in because they’re not artwork. But,” she says with a laugh, “I have no idea how you use advanced combinatorial optimization software to create a schedule.”
To be fair, it is very difficult to schedule 15-team leagues and have everything come out fair for everyone, and that won’t change until expansion comes and we have 16-team leagues. That could be a decade away.
Having said that, the schedules weren’t great from 2005-12, when there was a 16-team A.L. and 14-team N.L. The Stephensons would probably do a better job than the computers are doing now.
If you’re interested in the video that’s blacked out on the link above due to a copyright claim, you can watch it here.
Here are today’s particulars.
Martini... Martini... that name sounds familiar... [VIDEO]
Yep. Same guy. Nick Martini, Crystal Lake native, family full of Cubs fans, claimed two weeks ago on waivers from the A’s by the Padres.
Also of interest tonight:
That means C.B. Bucknor behind the plate tomorrow for Jose Quintana’s start. Beware.
Kyle Hendricks, RHP vs. Cal Quantrill, RHP
Kyle Hendricks was scratched from his start Sunday and pushed back to today, in order for Jon Lester to throw against the Brewers.
Welp. That didn’t work out. Perhaps this will.
Hendricks has not pitched well on the road. You know that, I don’t need to belabor it. He did throw well against the Padres July 21 at Wrigley Field — seven innings, four hits, two runs, five strikeouts. A repeat of that tonight would be helpful. (The Cubs lost that July 21 game, but it wasn’t Hendricks’ fault — bullpen failure.)
Cal Quantrill threw 5x innings in “relief” in that July 21 game, as the Padres used an opener before they got to Quantrill in the third inning. He gave the Cubs just two hits and struck out six.
Since that game, Quantrill has been in the Padres’ rotation, making seven starts. It has not gone well: 5.68 ERA, 1.289 WHIP in 30 innings. Overall this year he has served up 12 home runs in 90⅔ innings, and he got torched for eight runs in each of his last two starts. He has been worse at home (5.05 ERA) than on the road (4.17 ERA).
More of that, please.
Today’s game is on WGN.
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