Game? Post 4/14

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Saturday: 1:20 pm CT on NBC Sports Chicago/670AM



1. Ozzie Albies (S) 2B
2. Dansby Swanson (R) SS
3. Freddie Freeman (L) 1B
4. Kurt Suzuki (R) C
5. Nick Markakis (L) RF
6. Lane Adams (R) C LF
7. Charlie Culberson (R) SS
8. Peter Bourjos (R) CF
9. Sean Newcomb (L) P



1. Ian Happ (S) LF
2. Albert Almora Jr. (R) CF
3. Kris Bryant (R) 3B
5. Ben Zobrist (S) 1B
6. Javier Baez (R) 2B
7. Addison Russell (R) SS
8. Jason Heyward (L) RF
9. Jose Quintana (R) P

Bullpen Usage

via Baseball Press.

Opposing pitchers

Scouting Reports from Brooks Baseball.

Sean Newcomb: Sean Newcomb has thrown 2,032 pitches that have been tracked by the PITCHf/x system between 2015 and 2018, all of them occuring in the MLB Regular Season. In 2018, he has relied primarily on his Fourseam Fastball (94mph), Change (88mph) and Curve (78mph). He also rarely throws a Slider (80mph).

His fourseam fastball generates an extremely high number of swings & misses compared to other pitchers' fourseamers, has less armside movement than typical, results in somewhat more flyballs compared to other pitchers' fourseamers and has slightly above average velo. His change is thrown extremely hard, is a real worm killer that generates an extreme number of groundballs compared to other pitchers' changeups, generates more whiffs/swing compared to other pitchers' changeups and has slight cut action. His curve has an exceptional bite, is an extreme flyball pitch compared to other pitchers' curves and has slight glove-side movement. His slider (take this with a grain of salt because he's only thrown 1 of them in 2018) is basically never swung at and missed compared to other pitchers' sliders, sweeps across the zone, has exceptional depth and results in more flyballs compared to other pitchers' sliders.

Sean's Note: The big lefty Newcomb made his MLB debut last season. The Cubs faced him twice, having much better success against him the second time in Atlanta. Javy Baez and Willson Contreras took him deep in that game, which is not surprising since right handers have hit him for much more power than lefties.


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  • Lovely day for a ball game ... Let's play 2.

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    But Eloy Jimenez is injured and hasn't played yet this season so it's cool.

  • So glad we have one of the best rotations in baseball.

  • the braves do EVERYTHING the cubs don't do with runners on wow.

  • To put things in perspective the astros gave up considerably less for gerrit cole than the cubs gave up for quintana. Cole has been dominant quintana hasn't. But the apologists said quintana whip and era is below league average or somethin blah,blah,blah. So i guess that's supposed to mean something

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    In reply to bolla:

    They also gave up less for Verlander -- though admittedly Verlander comes with a more burdensome contract.

  • In reply to Mike Moody:

    If Houston got cole for 3 and a half year control, do you think they get him so “cheaply” from the Pirates versus the one yr control they have over Cole now?

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    In reply to stix:

    Yeah sure. But how much control do you want over the guy who started today?

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    In reply to stix:

    And it's two years of control left on Cole. So one less than the Cubs on Quintana.

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    In reply to bolla:

    To put things in perspectives the season’s only two weeks old.

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    In reply to John Winter:

    Fair enough but Quintana has been doing this since the trade. So how much time has to pass before it's okay to question what the Cubs really got back in the deal? Legitimate question, not snark.

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    In reply to Mike Moody:

    He was comparing to Cole. Q pitched well down the stretch last year after a bumpy start with the Cubs. And weren’t you the one who said you weren’t judging the trade based on what they do going forward?

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    In reply to John Winter:

    I said it's unfair to judge the value of the trade on what the minor leaguers do going forward -- their value is expected value. For major leaguers, you're getting "now" value. If you're wrong on that value, you deserve to be judged on that.

    Given that this is exactly what I thought he would do, I think it's entirely fair to judge based on this performance.

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    In reply to Mike Moody:

    Your first comment on this thread was a direct comparison to Eloy, so you are bringing his performance into it. But you make a valid point. That’s why I said it’s early. I followed Q a lot with the Sox, so I’m confident he and Darvish will prove worthwhile.

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    In reply to John Winter:

    Yeah, that was a little too much snark born of frustration. The point I made badly: if he keeps pitching like today, it was a bad trade regardless of any arguments about whether Jimenez will be an elite major league OF or not.

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    In reply to John Winter:

    Point I was making badly

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    In reply to Mike Moody:

    Believe me, I understand. I feel it too, and it colored my comments too. I actually thought it was really interesting when you clarified your position on the trade and what you were basing it on.

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    In reply to Mike Moody:

    It's remarkable how much better people feel after a 8 run comeback isn't it? Good conversation in spite of the frustration, I thought.

  • In reply to John Winter:

    Cole has allowed 3 earned runs with 36 strikeouts in 3 starts. Take away quintana starts vs the brewers and his numbers aren't impressive AT ALL lol.

  • In reply to bolla:

    But they are impressive if II take away today’s start and the 5th inning vs MIA.

    You don’t need to pass his stats to prove a point. Dude is sporting a 7 ERA after 3 starts. No bueno.

  • In reply to rbrucato:

    I was talking about since quintana was acquired.

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    Let's wait for a while for comparisons. It doesn't look good now, but let's see what we have at the end of the year. Wash is 6-8 and LA is 4-8. Do we really think they'll be under .500 at the end of the year?
    Again, I'm disappointed in the ball/strike calling. I was listening on the radio in the 1st inn but it sounds like the Cubs definitely got bad calls. MLB has got to do something about that.

  • In reply to Jonathan Friedman:

    Quintana got hosed on one call I think it was to albies it right on the in side corner albies hit a hr the next pitch . The ump called that same call a strike to happ

    The rest of his pitches haven't been that close imo

  • In reply to Jonathan Friedman:

    Yes. There it is. The blame the ump comment. It is a great streak we have going.

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    The trade was terrible. I hated it at the time and hate it more every time Quintana pitches. He is a career .500 pitcher and if anything he is getting worse. He has no out pitch and has real trouble putting hitters away. Jiminez will be a complete hitter, something the Cubs do not currently possess, when he finally makes it to the majors. The worst part of the trade is that we will get to watch Jiminez excel for years.

    I was extremely disappointed in Theo and Jed's offseason offensively. They brought back the exact same flawed lineup that they had last year. All sluggers no hitters. No leadoff man, which is very important, contrary to the crap that they have been feeding us for over a year now. The offense hasn't jelled since they lost Fowler. I expect that they will not go very long without making some moves to improve this offense. BTW... Addison Russell is the next Barry Larkin. Give me a break!

  • Quintana just walked the Pitcher and now maddon is pullling him in the 3rd smh. Please do not bring justin wilson in this game today or 'm gonna lose it

  • 70 pitches. Not even 3 innings.

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  • Man albies that kid can play. He is a nuisance if I ever seen one

  • I know it's early, but it's hard to keep perspective when your team is playing so poorly.

  • In reply to CubsFanInNorway:

    Best comment. 99% of Cubs fans most likely feel this way.

  • I know that we are not this bad. I'm just chalking this one up as baseball.

  • In reply to 44slug:

    Your 1st sentence is spot on. It’s not even tax filing deadline yet. I’m with Rbrucato on waiting until end of May to make more firm judgements with this team.

    That said, yes, we can call bad baseball what it is... bad baseball. And still love our team...

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    Quintana and Heyward are proof that the WAR stay is a worthless stat created by a geek that never played this Damn game.

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    In reply to Greg Simmons:

    It IS possible for a stat to be simultaneously worthwhile and problematic.

    Also: Heyward's WAR since joining the Cubs is relatively low so that kind of undercuts your theory.

  • In reply to Greg Simmons:

    Right up the with launch angle and exit velocity.

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    In reply to WaitTilNextYear:

    So according to exit velocity and launch angle Dave Kingman was a better hitter than Billy Williams? Another totally worthless stat if you're unable to make contact. I'm sure that Ian Happ still has the same exit velocity and launch angle that he had last year but it doesn't matter if he's only making contact about 20% of the time he attempts to swing the bat.

  • Let's go it aint over til it's over

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    In reply to bolla:

    Willy could become a folk hero with one swing of the bat.

  • In reply to Mike Moody:

    I'll take it kept the line moving.

  • Let's Go!!!!!!!!!

  • El Mago!

  • Baez!!!!!!!!

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    Granted the outcome was amazing. But Javy just put up an extremely mature at bat in the ultimate high leverage situation. Even if that had ended with a strikeout there was a big positive there.

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    My comment got swallowed. Shorter version: great AB by Javy.

  • Wow what a comeback

  • Hah, gotta be the first to say it. I wasn't sweating this one at all. I knew they'd pull it out.

  • So I turned the channel when it was 10-2.
    Something told me I needed to turn the game back on.

    I was rewarded with one of the most horrific examples of "pitching" that I have ever seen.

  • In reply to hoffpauir6:

    Holy crap, somehow it managed to get even worse!!
    9 runs on 3 hits!

  • In reply to hoffpauir6:

    I was actually feeling bad for the Braves towards the end of the inning.

  • In reply to BarleyPop:

    I had Little League flashbacks with the walk-a-rama and all of the wild throws.

  • In reply to hoffpauir6:

    And one of those hits was a 45 ft swinging bunt. Braves pitched almost as bad as Q.

  • This is amazing to watch. What a meltdown by atlanta wow

  • Absolutely amazing comeback wow. That was crazy ,please let this spark the cubs

  • WPA chart for this one ought to be fun.

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    In reply to hoffpauir6:

    I'm looking at it. It's every bit as glorious as you think it will be.

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    I can't believe I turned it off at 10-2, I just turned it on and Joe is talking about a Cubs comeback! Wow.

  • Lol the braves looked like the bad news bears on that wild pitch they were throwing the ball all over the place. I can't believe the cubs came back what a game

  • I watched every pitch. At one point I thought to myself, that I needed to 'get a life' if I didn't have anything better to do.

  • Nothing to say except “Fly the W!”

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    That's what I call snatching victory from the jaws of defeat. I too gave up on the game when it was 10-2. I came in on the comeback when it was 10-7. I had to follow it on gameday since there was no TV coverage in my area. It kind of reminds me of the comeback in the movie Fever Pitch, when Ben(Jimmy Fallon) misses a Red Sox comeback win against the Yankees, after agreeing to go to a party with his girlfriend Lindsey.(Drew Barrymore)

  • So THAT'S what it felt like for an opposing teams fan whenever Justin Wilson pitched for the Cubs last year.

  • In reply to 2Toes:

    And today he is the winning pitcher. :-)

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