Lineup Post/Game Thread 8/19

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Saturday: 1:20 pm CT MLB Network/ABC-7/670AM



1.  Jon Jay (CF)

2. Kyle Schwarber (LF)

3. Kris Bryant (3B)

4. Anthony Rizzo (1B)

5. Ian Happ (2B)

6. Alex Avila (C)

7. Jason Heyward (RF)

8. Javier Baez (SS)

9. Jose Quintana (P)

Blue Jays
1. Jose Bautista (RF)

2. Josh Donaldson (3B)

3. Justin Smoak (1B)

4. Steve Pearce (LF)

5. Kevin Pillar (CF)

6. Darwin Barney (SS)

7. Raffy Lopez (C)

8. Rob Refsnyder (2B)

9. Nick Tepesch (P)

Bullpen Usage:



via Baseball Press.

Opposing pitchers:

Scouting Reports from Brooks Baseball.

Nick Tepesch: His fourseam fastball has below average velo, has less armside movement than typical, has some natural sinking action and results in somewhat more flyballs compared to other pitchers' fourseamers. His sinker generates a very high amount of groundballs compared to other pitchers' sinkers, has less armside run than typical, has slightly below average velo and has some natural sinking action. His slider is basically never swung at and missed compared to other pitchers' sliders, is an extreme flyball pitch compared to other pitchers' sliders, has less than expected depth and has primarily 12-6 movement. His curve is basically never swung at and missed compared to other pitchers' curves, results in more flyballs compared to other pitchers' curves, has a sharp downward bite and has primarily 12-6 movement. His change (take this with a grain of salt because he's only thrown 5 of them in 2017) is basically never swung at and missed compared to other pitchers' changeups, results in more flyballs compared to other pitchers' changeups and is slightly firmer than usual.

Sean's Note: Tepesch has made only three MLB starts in 2017, his last start was 6.1 innings of one run ball in a win over Tampa. The other two, 12 runs allowed in 6 innings, although 6 runs were unearned. He gives up a high fly ball rate (47.9%) and five homers in that small sample of 12.1 innings.

Final Thoughts:

Jon Jay and Kyle Schwarber are at the top of the lineup again on Saturday. With the bullpen issues of late don't be surprised to see call-ups Felix Pena and Rob Zastryzny get a look today. Javy Baez dominated the last two innings of Friday's win, he is hitting over .300 in the second-half.


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  • I like our chances, of course, I'm always hopelessly optimistic.

  • So are they going to send Caratini down? Hmmm, Is Rivera that much better defensively? Can't say as I like this move.

  • In reply to Oneear:

    If Caritini is sent down he will return 9/1. There is something to said about vets in general (Jay, Davis,&Lavkey) especially at backup catcher. Welcome to Wrigley!

  • In reply to Oneear:

    44slug answered that. I've said before if this was a young staff that Caratini had worked with in the minors it would be different, but this is a veteran staff. Caratini will go down, catch every day, and be back in September.

    Rosemary asked in the previous post why Brooks was DFA'd rather than Mills placed on the 60-day DL. I don't have an answer on Mills, but the FO must have a reason. Brooks hasn't clicked since being acquired, and is basically a warm body holding a spot in Iowa's rotation with little upside. It's very possible he clears waivers and returns to Iowa. If a team claims him, they would have to add him to their 40-man roster. He is Rule 5 eligible, but I doubt he gets chosen, as that team would have to keep him on their 25-man roster for 2018 or offer him back. Rivera is a quality veteran back-up who is a FA after this year. We simply added him and may very well retain Brooks, without Brooks taking up a 40-man roster slot.

    Finally, what a beautiful day for baseball! Slight breeze blowing in, shouldn't be much of a factor. I think we light up Tepesch with the lefty-laden lineup. Only righties are Bryant and Baez, who have both been on fire since the break. Quintana goes 6+, Cubs win 8-3.

    Go Cubs!

  • In reply to BarleyPop:

    We've been thin on RH bats off the bench, so the fact that he hits well against LHP makes me like the move. Caratini has hit very well since his second recall. Hate to see him lose starts even if its just for the next two weeks. Does Wilson (he's been terrible so far) have options? If he does, he should go down in search of the strike zone.

  • In reply to TTP:

    Wilson does have options, but just a week ago accrued the five years service time necessary to refuse an assignment. His control issues since coming over have been maddening, but he has the track record to work it out at Wrigley. Maddon will probably build his confidence in lower-leverage situations, and I think he'll be fine and a huge weapon in the playoffs.

    El Mago! Cubs up 3-2.

  • In reply to TTP:

    Think a better move would be to send one of the dancing relievers down and keep Caratini up as a bat off the bench and a fill in at1B.

  • In reply to Oneear:

    I agree I like the pickup but I don't like that it's at caratinis expense. Even before yesterday's game I've been really impressed with his swing from both sides and he looks rock solid behind the plate too. The teams 6-1 when he starts so with the minor league season almost over I don't see how playing Rivera over this team helps the big club at all. I like Rivera as an extra C not as a replacement for a guy whose game seems to be beginning to take off

  • In reply to kkhiavi:

    Over caratini*

  • So tired of watching Hayward ground out to the right side.

  • In reply to mwillie:

    He had definitely had made changes to his swing and they were a vast improvement earlier in the season, but it does seem that he has been struggling in the last few weeks.

  • In reply to mwillie:

    Yeah, but after watching JHey and Bautista play right field today, I am glad we have the one we have out there.

  • In reply to KJRyno:

    And after watching how they handle themselves personally, professionally, and as a teammate for the last several years, I don't think there is any doubt who I want on my team.

  • In reply to mwillie:

    Coomer supposedly said that he's noticed that Heyward was again starting with his hands lower. Seems to think he should bring them up a bit and that sounds like it will stop some of the weak, right side ground balls.

  • Baez with another go ahead rbi.Excellent ab his plate discipline is steadily improving.Got hosed by the worst ump ever joe west too

  • Bryant has made 2 terrible throws to 1st and the 2nd one cost the cubs a run.

  • In reply to bolla:

    Meh, most third basemen might not have got a glove on it once it hit the bag and it would have been a double anyway. What cost us a run was the fact that Hector missed his target by two feet on the last pitch to Pillar. Letting Hector face Morales was Russian Roulette with only one empty chamber. Thank God that chamber landed in the ready spot.

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    Baez is getting better and better at the plate and I've noticed that in the field he seems to have slowed down (that's a good thing) and make sure the ball is in the glove. Of course, that play yesterday was one of the top plays of the year and shows what we all know what he can do, but right now it's to just make sure all the regular plays are made.
    Here we go again! Ok, let's score a few in the 8th and win it.

  • Hector "Justin" Rondon almost blows it again! He's gotta be a non-tender this offseason. He isn't worth 8 mill.

  • Driving to work this morning and the guys on the score were talking about Wade Davis and being 25 for 25, I said then Cmon don't jinx him as they went on and on about it.....

  • So, what's the verdict on Baez on SS? Versus Russell? I don't actually watch many games, so I'm interested in opinions of those who do.

  • In reply to markw:

    Russell is more solid/steady.Baez has 10 errors in 343 innings at ss.Russell has 11 in 700 something innings at ss.Baez has more range and a much stronger arm.Russell will make the routine plays that baez sometimes struggles with.I think baez is better at 3b or 2b.

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    I like Javy at SS a lot, as long as he makes the routine plays regularly. If Russell switched to 2nd his arm wouldn't be an issue because there are times it is at SS.
    btw, post AS Javy's slash line is .308/.345/644. That's AS level.

  • In reply to Jonathan Friedman:

    Wow! The .345 is an eye opener! Javy seems like the kinda guy who really feeds off success.

  • In reply to Jonathan Friedman:

    Couple that slash line with the defense up the middle, baserunning, and on-field leadership, and that is MVP level. SSS, of course, but he continues to make adjustments and play more consistently. He will put it all together, and it will be glorious to behold.

    I've watched, played, and been around a lot of baseball. Javier Baez may be the most physically and mentally gifted player I've ever seen, which is why I've always been so high on him.

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    In reply to BarleyPop:

    He's still so young. It looks like the game is slowing down for him and you can see that in his at bats. Look at that single up the middle. That's smart hitting, and his fielding is off the charts. You're right, he will be in the MVP discussion in the years to come.

  • In reply to Jonathan Friedman:

    Javy is a young, streaky player, but I can't help but wonder if knowing he is in the lineup every day, at a set position, is having a positive effect on his focus and improved play.

  • In reply to BarleyPop:

    I definitely think the consistent play at one position has helped Javy. He hasn't had many days off since the ASB. He's been so good lately. If possible, he's becoming even more my favorite.

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    Two consecutive 1 out spectacular plays in the 9th. This wasn't as flashy but still amazingly good. Don't know many other players who make that one throw.
    And Bryant's errors were both tough plays, especially the one off the base, which actually helps to show has silly Baez's play was

  • Yankees remove Aroldis Chapman from closer role after four straight ugly outings. Sure glad the Cubs didn't try to sign him.

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    In reply to 2016 Cubs:

    Look at his stats this year compared to last year. Not even close to what he was.

  • In reply to Jonathan Friedman:

    Looks like all the over work last season is partially the cause. Hope Joe doesn't ruin Davis also.

  • In reply to willycat:

    even if it gets us another World Series? My guess is that you would have done exactly what Joe did with Chapman last year if you were in the dugout. He was the horse that we went out and got. You most certainly USE HIM!

  • In reply to 2016 Cubs:

    Maybe the Cubs can get him back, off waivers.

  • In reply to willycat:

    He'd rather not probably.

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    Pittsburgh just beat StL 6-4.

  • On the Mlb network ticker it said javier baez has hit safely in 15 out of the last 17 games and has 19 rbi's in that span.

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