Kyle Hendricks is finally making his return to the Cubs' starting rotation. Hendricks, last year's ERA champ who's been on the disabled list since June 5 with tendinitis in his right hand, will start Monday's series-opener with the White Sox at Wrigley Field, the first game of this season's Crosstown series. Hendricks' return should provide a big boost to a rotation that struggled to find consistency during the Cubs' sub-.500 first half. Combined with the acquisition of Jose Quintana and the better-of-late pitching of Jon Lester and Jake Arrieta, Hendricks' return should make for a formidable starting five as the Cubs enter what could be a knock-down, drag-out, months-long race for the National
Here are the rest of Friday’s scores and highlights: Cardinals 11, Cubs 4: The Cubs finally dropped their first game following the All-Star break, snapping a six-game win streak in dramatic fashion as the Cardinals took Chicago’s bullpen for a ride in the eighth inning. Carl Edwards Jr. kicked off the rally with a double and three consecutive walks, helping the Cardinals to their first run of the inning with a bases-loaded walk. The Cards’ offense did the rest, taking the series opener after they piled on another eight runs to top the Cubs, 11-4. Phillies 6, Brewers 1: The Brewers aren’t running away with the NL Central anymore, thanks to a skid that was extended to six games on Friday night.
This might be shocking news, but the New York Yankees still are the most-hated team in Major League Baseball. OK, so you’re probably not exactly blown away, but a recent survey by FiveThirtyEight did show that the Yankees’ exciting young core hasn’t done anything for the team’s image. In fact, they were the only club in the survey that wound up with more unfavorable respondents than favorable ones. FiveThirtyEight used SurveyMonkey for the poll, so the results aren’t the most scientific, but they do give some rather interesting insight into the minds of baseball fans. Participants were asked their favorite and least favorite teams overall and also were asked to rate each team as favorable or