Game Post 4/25

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Wednesday: 6:10 pm CT on NBC Sports Chicago/ESPN/670AM



  1. Albert Almora Jr. (R) CF
  2. Javier Baez (R) 2B
  3. Anthony Rizzo (L) 1B
  4. Willson Contreras (R) C
  5. Tommy La Stella (L) 3B
  6. Kyle Schwarber (L) DH
  7. Addison Russell (R) SS
  8. Jason Heyward (L) RF
  9. Ian Happ (S) LF
  10. Jon Lester (L) P


  1. Francisco Lindor (S) SS
  2. Jason Kipnis (L) 2B
  3. Jose Ramirez (S) 3B
  4. Edwin Encarnacion (R) DH
  5. Michael Brantley (L) LF
  6. Yan Gomes (R) C
  7. Yonder Alonso (L) 1B
  8. Brandon Guyer (R) RF
  9. Rajai Davis (S) CF
  10. Trevor Bauer (R) P

Bullpen Usage

via Baseball Press.

Opposing pitchers

Scouting Reports from Brooks Baseball.

Trevor Bauer:Trevor Bauer has thrown 13,404 pitches that have been tracked by the PITCHf/x system between 2012 and 2018, including pitches thrown in the MLB Regular Season, the MLB Postseason and Spring Training. In 2018, he has relied primarily on his Fourseam Fastball (94mph) and Curve (79mph), also mixing in a Slider (83mph) and Change(88mph). He also rarely throws a Sinker (94mph) and Cutter (89mph).

His fourseam fastball results in more flyballs compared to other pitchers' fourseamers and has slightly above average velo. His curve has an exceptional bite and is a real worm killer that generates an extreme number of groundballs compared to other pitchers' curves. His slider sweeps across the zone, has exceptional depth and results in many more groundballs compared to other pitchers' sliders. His change has an obvious armside fade, is much firmer than usual, results in somewhat more groundballs compared to other pitchers' changeups and has some natural sink to it. His sinker (take this with a grain of salt because he's only thrown 19 of them in 2018) has well above average velo, results in somewhat more groundballs compared to other pitchers' sinkers and has slight armside run. His cutter (take this with a grain of salt because he's only thrown 4 of them in 2018) has heavy sink, is basically never swung at and missed compared to other pitchers' cutters, is an extreme flyball pitch compared to other pitchers' cutters and has strong cutting action.

Mike's Thoughts: I don't want to drone on here about game 5 loser Trevor Bauer. He has always been a well thought of pitcher with quirky beliefs that extend to everything including how a pitcher prepares for a start. It is difficult to place a finger on why this year the pieces have seem to come together. His walk and strikeout rates are not actually at career best, but for once he is outpitching his "peripherals" suggesting that perhaps the deep Cleveland staff might have another front line pitcher.

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Tags: Cleveland, Cubs, jon Lester, Trevor Bauer


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    Glad that we have the same two leading off. Both Schwarbs and JHey have been great offensively. I think we're in a rhythm now and as well as Tommy has been playing I'd like to see KB out there--but no need to rush him. Let's win another!
    Go Cubs!!

  • no KB tonight again.. hmmm

  • In reply to CubfanInUT:

    From what I gather, it's still precautionary. He'll be examined by team doctors in Chicago tomorrow, and Maddon said a "best-case" result is him starting Thursday. It is unnerving, for sure. Head injuries can take some time to reveal themselves, and then there is the mental aspect to getting back in the box. Hopefully all goes well, obviously.

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    KB out is a little scary. Mainly because they said he passed all tests and is feeling fine. Hope to see him in the lineup tomorrow. If not, he's going to the 10 day DL.

    On to today's game. I do not expect the Cubs O to beat up Bauer like they have been on this recent run. We are going to have to find a way to win this game 4-2.....3-2.....4-3. I think Jon and the pen is up to the challenge !!

    We will be missing KB today, but we have enough to win. Schwarbenator will stay hot

  • In reply to Jim Odirakallumkal:

    Wonder if it is mental thing as well??? I remembered when Sammy got popped in the head vs pirates on Easter Sunday. Seemed like it took awhile to get back in a groove.

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    It seems like every now catches flys with their glove vertical by their cheek. Anyone know why? I remember Willie Mays put his glove by his belt buckle—that seemed riskier than putting both hands up but I never saw him miss one.
    I’m very impressed with how well Schwarber is seeing the ball and being so disciplined. He now wants to get on base and the choice of swinging at something outside the zone for a hit or HR and taking a walk he’s now walking. That’s great to see.

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    Boy I haven't seen Rizzo strike out so much. He really is in a funk

  • In reply to Jim Odirakallumkal:

    Awful. Could have gotten great odds with his April numbers coming in with a sub .600 OPS.

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    Lester pounding the zone. 35 pitches thru 3. Could today be the night we get a 7 inning start ?

  • I have this gut feeling if russell continues to struggle/be inconsistent theo will try to acquire machado at the deadline. Orioles are already out of it.I just think theo gives up WAY too much in trades so hypothetically if would be russell and alzolay or somethin terribly lopsided like that(and theos last 3 trades) but the yankees with, gregerious, torres and andujar may not need machado so the cubs may be able to re-sign him. Also machado and almora are bff's from their child hood

  • In reply to bolla:

    Won’t it take more then that?

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    In reply to WaitTilNextYear:

    I wouldn't even give up that much unless they are certain they can resign him and are willing to go to a 250 + million dollar payroll in the future.

  • In reply to Jim Odirakallumkal:

    Then wouldn’t that be an over pay for short term rental??

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    Come on O......don't let Lester get an L for giving up 2 solo shots

    We had some chances.........Going to be real hard against Miller and Allen who together have allowed ZIP .........yes 0 runs

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    Okay well now 3 solo shots. Lindor's and EE's bombs, Lester was ahead in the count and then grooved one

  • In reply to Jim Odirakallumkal:

    The ball EE hit was off his ankles......

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    These pitchers duel's are tough for us so far this year. Mainly due to our starting pitching and offense don't seem to be clicking together very often

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    Alright boys. Lets cash this leadoff double and put the pressure on the Tribe w out Andrew Miller

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    If Addy doesn't get going by mid May, might have move Javy to Short a few times a week esp when Zorilla comes back.

  • In reply to Jim Odirakallumkal:

    What is this little league Addy? Just took his shi**y at bat to the field. How is he not covering 2B on the bunt. Cost Rizzo an error. He’s gotta get his head into it. Terrible mistake.

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    In reply to rbrucato:

    Hence my point. If he's not a ++ defender at short, its almost pointless to keep starting him although he's been pretty solid w the glove the year. Not outstanding but solid

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    6 pitches........that was a pretty efficient 9th inning

  • Well, shucks.

    Should be nice weather to start a winning streak against the Brewers tomorrow night.

    Go Cubs!

  • I hate to see Lester eat that loss, but the bats just couldn't get going tonight. Hopefully, they'll turn it up against the Brewers.

  • S Maddon would say "Not going to win to many games when you only score one point". ;)

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  • In reply to 2016 Cubs:

    I mentioned that a few days ago. I cringe when I hear it. How can a baseball lifer and probable HOF baseball mind call them "points"?

  • In reply to BarleyPop:

    I know you reminded me that LOL

  • At what point do the Cubs move Javy to SS and play Zo/La Stella at 2B? In almost 1500 career ABs he is hitting .239 with an OBP of .312. Doubt he ever reaches that MVP Barry Larkin level Comp.

    Just putting this out there as this seems to be the player he is.

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    In reply to CubFanStuckInStl:

    Maybe we can trade him back to Beane w a 90's Larkin highlight reel for Marcus Semien ......

  • In reply to Jim Odirakallumkal:

    Can we trade him back for Shark???

  • Ian Happ will be 24 in August 2018
    Happ is (roughly) 3 months younger then
    Almora, who’s three months younger Addison Russell.....
    Addison Russell is one year younger then Javy Baez and Kyle Schwarber.
    Who are both a year younger then Kris Bryant. Who is 4 months younger then Wilson Contreras.
    So, for those of us keeping score at home, Addison Russell is a full 2 years younger the Kris Bryant.
    Kris Bryant and Addison Russell made it to the Show at roughly the same time.
    As the late great John Arguello said, progress is not always linear.

  • Nice work.

  • WTH was that with the bimbette rattling on and on about the draft on the espn feed for the whole half inning while their right fielder drops a fly ball, Heyward crushes a ball with homerun distance that just goes foul and the announcers don’t say a word?

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