CUBS NOTEBOOK: The Cubs’ offense has sputtered, but the bullpen has gotten its share of criticism.
Four days after pitching nearly four innings of relief in the Cubs’ Game 4 loss to the Nationals, Lester will go back to work against the Dodgers.
Credit Maddon for sticking with his guy for four innings — which, in this stupendously drunk game, was a vital stretch — and Hendricks for surviving.
The Ivy League guy with the economics degree shall lead them. Game 5 is on.
The Cubs’ starters (0.48 ERA) have been the class of the playoff field so far, and Jake Arrieta tries to finish the Nationals in Game 4.
If the Cubs eliminate the Nationals in Game 4, will Hendricks start Game 1 of the NLCS in Los Angeles or will he be bumped for Jon Lester?
Kyle Hendricks now owns two of the Cubs’ 20 most dominant postseason pitching performances.
Many fans arrived shortly after sunrise Monday to soak up the atmosphere around Wrigley Field before the Cubs’ first postseason home game.
Don’t blame Ryan Dempster if he takes a little extra pride in last year’s Cubs championship — as well as the Game 1 victory against the Nationals.
The Cubs took advantage of an error to score twice against a dominant Stephen Strasburg and steal the home-field advantage from the Nationals.
Ryan Dempster used his no-trade rights to nix the Cubs’ first choice when they shopped the veteran in 2012, then OK’d the deal that landed Hendricks.
The Cubs’ rotation against the Nationals in their first-round playoff series: Hendricks, Jon Lester, Jose Quintana and Jake Arrieta.
In five scoreless innings, Lester walked none and struck out seven. Manager Joe Maddon pulled him after 75 pitches.
Kyle Hendricks has the NL’s best ERA since returning from a hand injury July 24 (2.19). His last three starts: 18 2/3 innings, two runs (0.96 ERA).
Last year’s major-league ERA champ has a 2.34 ERA in 12 starts since returning from a hand injury and looks stronger than Game 1 candidate Jon Lester.