The Rundown: Rizzo’s Funk, Hendricks Dealing, Smyly Pitching Sim Games, Harper and Machado Rumors

Anthony Rizzo is in a funk, but Kyle Hendricks may have turned a corner last night. Hendricks would have had a shutout victory if not for two uncharacteristically terrible errors by Rizzo in the 5th inning, the second of which allowed Giants 2B Alen Hanson to score all the way from first on a botched pickoff attempt. Hanson reached first on an error by Rizzo.

The final line for Hendricks was impressive. The righthander allowed just five hits and one walk across 8 1/3 innings with eight punchouts in what was easily his best start of the season.

Unfortunately for the Cubs, the Giants beat them 2-1 in the 11th inning on a walk-off single by Pablo Sandoval. Hendricks definitely deserved a win last night. But the good news is that the Professor, who threw 75 of 109 pitches for strikes, looks to have righted the ship.

However, after going 0-for-5 Monday night, Rizzo is hitting just .148 for the month of July (4-for-27). Don’t be surprised if Joe Maddon gives him a day off Tuesday.

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According to the latest betting lines, the Cubs and Yankees are favored to square off in the 2018 World Series.

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