@dabynsky I just wanted to say good luck. We're all counting on you.
— Sean Atchley (@sampatchley) August 13, 2014
A Note About the WPA Chart
The Fangraphs chart has an explanation of meaning at the top, but wanted to share why I've decided to include it in the recaps. The information provided in a graph form the impact of each outcome on the final game results. The link at the bottom takes you to all the information you would find in box score and more. It might take some getting used to finding the information you want, but it will provide you everything you want to know.
Hendricks Proving Doubters Wrong
Yeah, how dare I consistently believe Kyle Hendricks is the real deal. #Cubs
— Tim Connors (@ConnArtist99) August 13, 2014
I have doubted Kyle Hendricks ability to handle advanced hitters with his, at best, average stuff. I keep waiting for Hendricks to be overmatched by major league hitters, but Hendricks keeps on improving in terms of results. The quick pace and low pitch counts was easy on the eyes. He ran into trouble in the eighth inning, but the bases loaded double play induced by Pedro Strop meant a scoreless outing. I am not sure if Hendricks is more Maddux than Frank Castillo at this point, but it is fun to watch either way.
Javier Baez Watch
I guess I won't have to ask for an alert if Baez homers for the #Cubs. My Twitter feed will light up like a Christmas tree.
— Nick Vlahos (@VlahosNick) August 13, 2014
Javier Baez did not homer, but did made contact in each of his four at bats. The first at bat resulted in a deep drive to center field that was caught with a complete necessary jump by Carlos Gomez. Baez also had a sharp ground ball directly up the middle that resulted in an out due to wise position of Scooter "yes I choose to be called Scooter" Gennett. Javier Baez has been better than expected so far at second base. I wouldn't mind seeing him giving the suddenly gimpy Starlin Castro a day off or two at shortstop. The wait for a Wrigley Field home run is still coming, but don't worry you won't be able to miss it.
Kyle Hendricks managed to generate five whiffs on his changeup. Carlos Gomez swung and missed on a high changeup in the hit by pitch plate appearance. The location appeared to be a spot that should have been crushed, but the swing made Gomez look silly. The closest thing to a wipeout pitch for Hendricks is his Bugs Bunny changeup.
Three Stars of the Game
Third Star- Pedro Strop (0.2 IP, 0 R):
Pedro Strop made three pitches in the game, but the two outs he recorded were in the highest leverage situation of the game. The double play meant the Brewers suffered an incredibly Cubs-like inning by failing to score with bases loaded and one out. The double play also kept the shutout alive.
Second Star- Arismendy Alcantara (2-3, 1 R, 1 RBI, 1 SB):
Alcantara managed to provide the most offensive value for the Cubs. His legs created a run in the third inning by beating out a double play ball. He stole second and was driven in by Ruggiano. Later Alcantara drove in Castro with a single. The only blemish was a close caught stealing in the fourth inning.
First Star- Kyle Hendricks (7.1 IP, 0 R, 6 H, 1 BB, 5 K):
Hendricks was on pace for a Maddux through the first seven innings, but the BABIP dragon struck in the eighth inning with three singles to load the bases. Pedro Strop managed to keep Hendricks outing scoreless to lower his ERA to 1.73 on the year.
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