Cubs vs/@ Braves: Series Preview (5/14-17)

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After playing well against the White Sox and Marlins the Cubs begin an unusual four-game series against the Atlanta Braves. The teams play a make up game for an April rain out Monday afternoon at Wrigley Field. Then they head to Atlanta for three more at Sun Trust Park.

The Braves sit at 24-15 in first place in the National League East. Young players Ozzie Albies, Dansby Swanson, and super prospect Ronald Acuna are leading Atlanta to a surprising start. Veterans Freddy Freeman and Nick Markakis are also having good years. The pitching has been solid too with a staff ERA of 3.55. The Braves look like the real deal so far in 2018.

The Cubs offense was able to kick into gear against the weak pitching Marlins and White Sox. The Braves pitching is significantly better so it will be interesting what the bats can do. Yu Darvish returns from the flu to pitch on Tuesday. Chicago has been streaky of late winning five, losing five, and winning five. After Sunday's loss it would be nice to see a good series against Atlanta.

Watch/Listen

Monday: 1:20 pm CT on WGN/MLB Network/670AM

Tuesday: 6:35 pm CT on NBC Sports Chicago/670AM

Wednesday: 6:35 pm CT on WGN/670AM

Thursday: 6:35 pm CT on WGN/MLB Network/670AM

Lineups

Braves

1. Ozzie Albies (S) 2B
3. Freddie Freeman (L) 1B
4. Nick Markakis (L) RF
5. Tyler Flowers (R) C
6. Ender Inciarte (L) CF
7. Jose Bautista (R) 3B
9. Julio Teheran (R) P

Cubs

1. Tommy La Stella (L) 2B
2. Kris Bryant (R) 3B
3. Anthony Rizzo (L) 1B
4. Ben Zobrist (S) RF
5. Javier Baez (R) SS
7. Kyle Schwarber (L) LF
9. Jose Quintana (R) P

Bullpen Usage

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Opposing pitchers

Scouting Reports from Brooks Baseball.

Julio Teheran: Julio Teheran has thrown 16,307 pitches that have been tracked by the PITCHf/x system between 2010 and 2018, including pitches thrown in the MLB Regular Season, the MLB Postseason and The World Baseball Classic. In 2018, he has relied primarily on his Fourseam Fastball(90mph), Sinker using a Two-seam Fastball grip (90mph) and Slider(80mph), also mixing in a Change (82mph). He also rarely throws a Curve(72mph).

His fourseam fastball results in more flyballs compared to other pitchers' fourseamers, has some natural sinking action, has slightly below average velo and has slightly less natural movement than typical. His sinkergenerates an extremely high number of swings & misses compared to other pitchers' sinkers, results in more flyballs compared to other pitchers' sinkers, has slight armside run, has slightly below average velo and has some natural sinking action. His slider comes in below hitting speed, is an extreme flyball pitch compared to other pitchers' sliders, generates more whiffs/swing compared to other pitchers' sliders, has short glove-side cut and has some two-plane movement. His change generates a high number of swings & misses compared to other pitchers' changeups, results in somewhat more flyballs compared to other pitchers' changeups, has slight armside fade and has slightly below average velo. His curve (take this with a grain of salt because he's only thrown 11 of them in 2018) comes in below hitting speed, generates an extremely high number of swings & misses compared to other pitchers' curves, has sweeping glove-side movement and results in more flyballs compared to other pitchers' curves.

Sean's Note: After a slow start Teheran has settled down with a 3.14 ERA. He hasn't allowed a homer or even an earned run in May. Hitters have a .213 average against him in 2018.

Mike FoltynewiczMike Foltynewicz has thrown 7,509 pitches that have been tracked by the PITCHf/x system between 2013 and 2018, including pitches thrown in the MLB Regular Season and Spring Training. In 2018, he has relied primarily on his Fourseam Fastball (97mph) and Slider (86mph), also mixing in a Sinker (97mph), Change (89mph) and Curve (80mph).

His fourseam fastball is blazing fast, results in somewhat more flyballs compared to other pitchers' fourseamers and has slightly less natural movement than typical. His slider has some two-plane movement. His sinker is thrown at a speed that's borderline unfair, generates a very high amount of groundballs compared to other pitchers' sinkers, has little sinking action compared to a true sinker and has slight armside run. His change is thrown extremely hard, generates more whiffs/swing compared to other pitchers' changeups, results in somewhat more groundballs compared to other pitchers' changeups and has slight armside fade. His curve results in more flyballs compared to other pitchers' curves, has little depth, is slightly harder than usual and has primarily 12-6 movement.

Sean's Note: The hard throwing Foltynewicz has had a very good season so far. He is primarily a fly ball pitcher and his strike out rate has taken a huge jump in 2018.

Brandon McCarthyBrandon McCarthy has thrown 15,773 pitches that have been tracked by the PITCHf/x system between 2007 and 2018, including pitches thrown in the MLB Regular Season, the MLB Postseason and Spring Training. In 2018, he has relied primarily on his Sinker (93mph), Cutter (91mph) and Curve (81mph), also mixing in a Slider (87mph). He also rarely throws a Fourseam Fastball (92mph).

His sinker generates a very high amount of groundballs compared to other pitchers' sinkers. His cutter has well above average velo, has good "rise", has little cutting action and results in somewhat more groundballs compared to other pitchers' cutters. His curve generates fewer whiffs/swing compared to other pitchers' curves, is slightly harder than usual and has slight glove-side movement. His slider generates fewer whiffs/swing compared to other pitchers' sliders, results in more flyballs compared to other pitchers' sliders, is much harder than usual and has some two-plane movement. His fourseam fastball (take this with a grain of salt because he's only thrown 17 of them in 2018) is basically never swung at and missed compared to other pitchers' fourseamers, is an extreme flyball pitch compared to other pitchers' fourseamers, has some natural sinking action and has essentially average velo.

Sean's Note: As per usual McCarthy has generated a ton of ground balls this season. Over 50% of balls put in play against him have been on the ground. He has struggled overall with 5.58 ERA.

Mike SorokaMike Soroka has thrown 267 pitches that have been tracked by the PITCHf/x system between 2017 and 2018, all of them occuring in the MLB Regular Season. In 2018, he has relied primarily on his Sinker (94mph), Fourseam Fastball (93mph) and Slider (86mph), also mixing in a Change (83mph).

His sinker generates an extremely high number of swings & misses compared to other pitchers' sinkers, results in many more groundballs compared to other pitchers' sinkers, has slightly above average velo and has some natural sinking action. His fourseam fastball has heavy sinking action, has much less armside movement than typical, generates more whiffs/swing compared to other pitchers' fourseamers, has essentially average velo and results in somewhat more flyballs compared to other pitchers' fourseamers. His slider is a real worm killer that generates an extreme number of groundballs compared to other pitchers' sliders, has exceptional depth and has short glove-side cut. His change (take this with a grain of salt because he's only thrown 14 of them in 2018) generates an extremely high number of swings & misses compared to other pitchers' changeups, results in more flyballs compared to other pitchers' changeups and has a lot of backspin.

Sean's Note: Soroka has only made three big league starts, but has only allowed six runs in those starts. Right handers have hit better against the righty than lefties have so far in 2018.

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  • For the fans saying Almoras not playing enough he's in today against Teheran should be a nice test for him. Good for Maddon realizing Almora gives us the best shot to win now even against righties with a struggling happ while at the same time showing a lot of confidence in happ and finding ways to get him ABs. I know Maddon gets a lot of scrutiny for his lineups and his in game decisions but contrary to a lot of fans I think he's handling this platoon situation really well and I'm glad we have a manager that sees the big picture and understands the need to balance short term results with getting a potential weapon on track. He gets how much happ can help the team with his power from the left side when he's going right and he's going to back him up and let him know that his manager has confidence in him to get things going at the plate

  • In reply to kkhiavi:

    Keep in mind that Happ hit the gapper yesterday and isn't playing today...

    Big K for Q, now if he can get the last out here.

  • Lol quintana, this guy

  • Lucky to get out of that down just one.

  • How does the ump call that a strike on rizzo? The catcher had to reach and pull the ball back that was terrible. That was not a strike

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    In reply to bolla:

    I am not able to watch the game but I would guess that he said something sounding roughly like "AAIIIIIIIEEEEEEEEEEE" and had a hand/arm gesture of some kind. That is how most umpires call strikes.

  • Boy I was worried that some of the bad habits I saw during the past 2 white sox games would carry into this series. Ugly start to say the least.

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    I'd like to see the pitcher bat 8th again. We had success then and then we'd have a chance to have another man on in front of KB batting 2nd.

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    Man this umpire really squeezed Q in the 1st inning. I don't get why he didn't have the same zone for Teheran? Q was like Houdini to get out of that Bases Loaded jam w out giving up any additional runs. Just a lot of pitches.

    Now in the 2nd inning, the D has let Q down.

  • In reply to Jim Odirakallumkal:

    We're very fortunate to be down 1 run with Q's command being off, the poor defense thus far, and this umps strike zone generally being more favorable to the braves at least through 2 innings. Lets hope that the offense can capitalize on our fortune.

  • I feel like the cubs cannot have another inning on defense like the first 2 or the dams will break the 3rd time.

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    In reply to bolla:

    No doubt about it! How does the saying going? " You can't skin the cat more then 2x?" or " Escaped by the hair on your chinny chin chin" or " Keep taunting the BABIP dragon and he will devour you" ??

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    Q bailed out his D in the 2nd inning, but this is going to be a bullpen game after all the pitches in the first 2 innings.

    Wind is blowing out. Let's go Cubbies. Time to show the world you can beat up and score off good pitchers not just the sh$t Bums.

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    Wow, Len just said that April 7th was the last time Javy drew an unintentional walk for !

    Boy these MLB pitchers are giving Javy soooo many pitches in the zone to hit..........

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    Who said Almora was a singles hitter and couldn't hit RH pitching !!

    Long gone.....2-1 CUB POWER !

  • I don't know what Almora is doing in this game. He can't hit righties! LOL

  • Almora doing damage off a RHP. Nice.

  • Almora!!! great to see the power coming against a tough righty that's the type of AB that's going to earn him more playing time moving forward.

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    Wow. Maybe we need to send Q down to AAA. I was a Q supporter but he can't find the plate and when he does it goes out.

  • In reply to Jonathan Friedman:

    They guy had a 2.01 era the last 3 starts please get a clue here!!!!!

  • In reply to cubbie forever:

    He actually had a 2.01 ERA with a 3.91 FIP in his last 4 starts before this game today and a .0.53 ERA and 3.27 FIP in his last 3 starts.

  • In reply to Jonathan Friedman:

    In addition while his command was off the wind clearly hurt him badly on those home runs I can't believe that Bautista ball got out

  • Where's Eddie Butler when you need a good 7 innings out of your pen?

  • Before Almora's ball lands Q gives back the lead.

  • Anyone else think Culberson is a dork? Whenever I see him all I can think about is his 2-out HR to bring the Dodgers within 1 in the 11th inning of that WS game, and he ran around the bases like he was Joe Carter.

  • In reply to Kramerica20:

    As a certified dork myself, I don't see a resemblemce. He is more likely a rugrat.

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    Offense gives you the lead, and Q can't even hold it for 2 batters.

    We going to get the lead back in the bottom of the frame, and Q better come thru w a shutdown inning after.

  • In reply to Jim Odirakallumkal:

    we already got it.

  • In reply to Jim Odirakallumkal:

    Nice call, Odirakstradamus

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    In reply to Kramerica20:

    BarleyPop isn't the only one who can make predictions................LOL

  • In reply to Jim Odirakallumkal:

    Give Flowers credit for attacking that 3-0 pitch I certainly didn't think a hitter of his caliber would be swinging there he fooled me. Not to defend Q his overall and fastball command have clearly declined with the cubs and I've noticed it even on some of his decent days such as his last start against the marlins. He needs to be more consistent though it's frustrating watching him not pitch to the levels that I saw with the sox for many years. He hasn't been a train wreck but he's not pitching to my expectations of him

  • In reply to kkhiavi:

    Lets also keep in mind that the ball is carrying like crazy today too I don't know if Almora or flowers ball gets out on many of the cold days we saw in april

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    Like we all knew the Cubs would get the lead right back. Now Q needs to give us a shutdown inning and propel us w some momentum !

    Then pile on and then pile on some mo' !

  • Don't want Danny Winkler in the game. Boys played against him and I know his whole family. Hate to have to root against the kid. He is the one that shattered his arm/elbow on a pitch in St. Lou a couple years ago. And came back.

  • Very disappointed in the overall baserunning and defensive gaffes this year it feels like we haven't been playing clean baseball this season. Just yesterday I think Addison Russel's inexusable baserunning gaffe was a turning point in that game and I think rizzos mistake may come back to bite us in a very competitive ballgame thus far.

  • In reply to kkhiavi:

    Rizzo has not been good in field or on the bases this year. Time for him to tighten it up. Not at all what we are used too.

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    In reply to kkhiavi:

    Good observation. We are taking ourselves out of innings with brain fart running.
    I have a feeling Javy is going to hit one today. Atlanta has a gem in Albies and he’s only 21.

  • In reply to Jonathan Friedman:

    Boy maybe he's done a lot of his damage against us but boy am I terrified when Albies comes to the plate. It's early in his career but special looking talent and it's amazing the power generated from his bat with that small athletic frame.

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    In reply to Jonathan Friedman:

    Wait til Ronald Acuna Jr starts figuring it out. He's going to be a very very special player. They are set and competitive for as long Freeman can keep it up. This is how the Reds were supposed to surround Votto, but didn't.......

  • In reply to kkhiavi:

    Fangraphs' team baserunning metric (whatever is baked into it) has the Cubs as the best baserunning team in baseball by a wide margin. They also have them as the 2nd best defensive team, behind the Diamondbacks and comfortably ahead of the Brewers in 3rd.

  • In reply to Kramerica20:

    Are you saying “ours eyes lie” again? LOL. Thanks for sharing. I’d hate to be a fan of teams below us. Haha!!!

  • In reply to rbrucato:

    I agree that they've made some silly mistakes, especially recently. Again, I'm not quite sure what goes into that metric, but it's hard to see/appreciate things with our eyes like taking an extra base on a single, or scoring from 1B when the typical baserunner would not.

  • In reply to Kramerica20:

    Lol I guess I'm not shocked on the baserunning as that's only been bad recently but I'm very surprised on the defense. Glad to know the stats say we've been fine.

  • In reply to kkhiavi:

    I was surprised on the defense as well.

  • Jeez it's getting hard for me to defend Quintana anymore and it's really hard to see this team making a meaningful run unfortunately unless Q and Darvish are pitching to their potential

  • In reply to kkhiavi:

    That fastball command has really taken a step back

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    Even though technically Q posted a shutdown inning, That was not really my idea of protecting a lead and setting team up to win.

    We need something to flip the momentum. That braves 3 spot felt like a guy punch to the crowd and Teheran physically looks like a confident pitcher now pounding the zone

  • In reply to Jim Odirakallumkal:

    I'm not currently watching the game define technically? Seems he was getting stiffed by the umpire according to what I'm hearing.

  • In reply to kkhiavi:

    Ump or not, he gave up 3 HR among 9 hits in 4.2 innings.

    We need him right.

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    In reply to kkhiavi:

    "technically" because he put up a zero in the top of the 4th after KB gave him the lead back in the 3rd.

    He def was getting squeezed like crazy in the 1st inning and again in the bad inning.

    Now the bullpen is walking people. If we don't do something to wrestle the momentum away in the next inning or so, its going to be near impossible to come back today.

  • In reply to Jim Odirakallumkal:

    Gotcha he still gets an asterisk from me for this start I've defended Q and still believe in his ability but I can't deny it we just can't rely on the guy while he has no clue where that fastball is going. Definitely one of his more disappointing performances as a cub in a game that we really needed him to step up

  • Quintana Sucks!!!! How can anyone make excuses for this bum with a straight face?

    Take the brewers #'s out and he's kyle lohse

  • In reply to bolla:

    Really do you know anything about baseball. Tell me who is perfect every time they pitch get a clue here.

  • In reply to cubbie forever:

    Quintana has a a career high walk rate,career high era,career high fip take out his starts vs the brewers his era is like 9 something and his whip is 2.25.The real question is do YOU know anything about baseball? Like what are you even talking about?

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    In reply to bolla:

    Both of you. Can we start with the understanding that "we all know about baseball." Differing opinions can be fun. It is fodder for conversation. But let's keep things civil here.

  • In reply to Joel Mayer:

    I have no problem with this but the condescending tone is annoying. Quintana has been underwhelming garbage and the #'s back it up.Unless you want to cherry pick his starts vs the offensively inept brewers or the terrible marlins like he did. That's 2 starts vs the braves an actual good team that quintana has struggled mightily.So glad theo gave up eloy AND cease(both thriving in the minors) for this guy. Brilliant trade

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    In reply to bolla:

    I am not disputing your about the merits/demerits of Quintana. My problem is that this discussion is turning into debating whether one another knows anything about baseball. And it was addressed to both of you. I don't intend to single you out. I had to hit reply to one of you. But my first sentence made it clear that I was addressing both people.

  • In reply to bolla:

    Ok genius He was 7 and 3 with a 3.74 era last year for us and has a career 3.59 era. He had a bad game so what You know nothing about baseball bottom line. Teams right now would be screaming for a lefty with those stats all day long. Time to go back to sleep

  • In reply to cubbie forever:

    Yawns nobody cares about these geek stats from LAST year and his career era.This year he sucks

  • In reply to bolla:

    Wow season is not even over yet and what a statement by the a genius!!!!!!!

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    Wow, now Freeman is stealing bases?

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    Braves have 9 hits and 4 walks and 3 HR in 5 innings. We are lucky that they only have 6 runs and we are only down 2 as we have only 3 pathetic hits so far! ( lucky 2 are bombs)

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    It’s been said before but why do runners dive to first? The only reason is to avoid a tag. It actually slows a runner and is a great way to break a finger or wrist. All it takes is someone to hurt themselves to have this conversation all over again.

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    In reply to Jonathan Friedman:

    Because they think they are getting there faster. Any data showing otherwise is usually dismissed as "egghead."

  • Willson with his patented terrible AB. Swings at a 1-0 slider on the outside black, then pops up a fastball in off the plate.

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    In reply to Kramerica20:

    Actually the patent lawyers are still trying to determine which patent takes precedence. Accuracy people! LOL

  • This ump is irritating.His zone is all over the place and ranges inning to inning ab to ab

  • In reply to bolla:

    I have followed today’s game on ESPN and there have been no less than 10 pitches called strikes against Cubs hitters that the game cast K Zone had clearly as balls.

  • In reply to rbrucato:

    Yea he was awful he was calling strikes balls that earlier in the game he did the opposite his zone was erratic. Inciarate was going off on him and stepped way out the box and had to calm himself down after a questionable strike call(it wasn't a strike)

  • I haven't seen the whole game and I personally get irritated at how often fans complain about the strike zone but from what little I saw this home plate ump seems awful and some of my friends who aren't the types to constantly complain about the umps were saying Q was getting hosed all game. I know he gave up a lot of hits and was all over the place but I've seen Kyle Hendricks have bad games that I felt were a direct result of getting squeezed and don't underestimate the impact of getting squeezed when you're a pitcher like Q, Lester, or Hendricks that love to paint the corners

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    In reply to kkhiavi:

    I almost never complain about the umps so you know if I am saying something, it's pretty ridiculous. I am one of the few who doesn't care if we get a robo ump or not. ( prefer not but I def see the positives).

    I look at a game like this and instead of saying " oh we have to have robo k zone" ......instead I believe these bad umps need to be either sent down to the minors to work on their game or laid off.

  • In reply to Jim Odirakallumkal:

    I agree Jim I couldn't watch the whole game but you typically don't complain about umps really so I know it must me legit if you and a number of my friends are complaining about the zone

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    In reply to kkhiavi:

    Plus you almost never hear JD complain about the ump squeezing a Cubs pitcher, and you NEVER hear Len criticize an ump like this in his super polite way of course.

  • When the year started I thought the Cubs had one of the top rotations in baseball and I questioned the bullpen. Would Morrow make a good closer? What about Wilson, would he return to the pitcher the Tigers had? What about Strop and Edwards?.

    The bullpen has been great. The starting rotation has been up and down so far this year. The walk are killers. Getting pitch counts up and the starters are gone by the 5th inning.

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    In reply to 2016 Cubs:

    The bullpen has been great up to now but when all the starters go only 5 innings by Sept we’re going to have a lot of tired arms there.

  • In reply to 2016 Cubs:

    Agreed to me the bullpen and the hitters are mostly where we expected with the exception of Happ and I'm starting to get extremely concerned with our rotation. Lester doesn't throw as hard as he used to which places greater importance on Darvish and Q pitching to the numbers that they've been at their whole careers. It's baffling to me how unsuccessful the team has been lately in transitioning new pitchers into our staff.

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    In reply to 2016 Cubs:

    Right? Usually managers are hoping their pitchers give them 7+ innings which doesn't sound absurd considering our rotation on paper before the season started.

    Now I have to believe Joe is hoping his pitchers can get thru 5 everyday , and he's all warm and giddy if they see the 6th ! Pretty sad, and its a little past that "Oh don't worry about it, its still Early in the season" Its not too early to be worried about the short starts and taxing the bullpen so early. What happens when we get to the dog days?

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    There is no rule about what is or isn’t a check swing. Don’t you think by now MLB would decide and have a precise definition? I think we all see when the wrists turn over or the bat crosses the plate but this is not some rare occurrence, almost every batter has a check swing during an at bat.

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    Braves are a hungry team. They talented, but they are also very hungry and most importantly they don't strike out much considering the amount of youth and power in the lineup ( although they struck out a lot today)

    On a positive note, the Schwarbenator had some really nice ABs and Almora hit a homer off a righty and it was not wind aided.

    I can't wait to see how we respond in Atlanta, because the Braves are going to keep bringing it. They are using us as last NL world champs as a measuring stick to see how good they are and how far .....more like how close they are to competing.............( similar to our 2015 team as we were always bringing it esp when we face a playoff team or a power house team w a rep or what not)

  • Come on almora walk us off!!!!

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    Off topic, but I was just doing some reading, and did you guys know that Giolito has walked 7 earlier this season? Yesterday he walked 7 but only allowed 3 runs, but the other time he walked 7, the opposing team scored 9 and KOd him early.

    Typically you walk an MLB team 7 times in 5 or so innings or less, you get smacked around no matter how good your stuff is. Shows how truly Houdini ask he was yesterday.

  • That was intense, baseball is such a great game

  • Hate Kris Bryant. He's not even good.

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    In reply to Kramerica20:

    Unfortunately the patent for bad PAs is already been awarded. Right? LOL

  • In reply to Joel Mayer:

    Man, Willson's approach is seriously frustrating sometimes. I watched on gameday and it said KB lined out. Was it a hard hit ball?

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    In reply to Kramerica20:

    Don't know about Bryant's hit. I wasn't able to watch the game either. If they say "lined" out that usually means it was hit hard but I don't know if it was a shot into the gap and Acuna made a great running catch or if he lined out right to him.

  • In reply to Kramerica20:

    It was a liner and struck relatively well but it definitely wasn't crushed. He somewhat missed the pitch too it was a 94 mph fastball middle in right in his sweetspot and he hit the ball on a rope directly to where the LF was positioned. It looked like he maybe didn't swing as hard and was just trying to put the ball in play down 0-2 in the count. I like the emphasis on putting the ball in play but the result was a little disappointing in that he didn't square the ball up that well when you look at the context of how that pitch was right where Bryant loves the ball

  • In reply to Kramerica20:

    It does seem like he almost never comes through in those types of clutch high pressure situations with men on base late game with the game on the line. Something he needs to improve on with experience

  • In reply to Kramerica20:

    Funny another clueless fan!!!!

  • Off topic I didn't watch the game really but looking at the homers Q gave up they looked pretty cheap especially the one by Bautista and wind aided. I get that's part of playing at wrigley but the ball was really flying out of the park today and from how much it was carrying I'm a little disappointed our offense couldn't manufacture more offense especially with the unexpected boost almora gave to us against a tough righty. Back on Q, while I'm still disappointed about the results and his overall decline in fastball command this season I still don't think his line was as bad as the box score shows when you consider that he had a pretty tough time getting calls from the home plate umpire and that clear wind aided 3 run home run on what was a pretty decent pitch to Bautista.

  • In reply to kkhiavi:

    Just curious, if you didn't watch the game how do you know the ump was not giving him calls? Or that Bautista's homer came on a "pretty decent pitch? I mean no offense I was just wondering.

  • In reply to 2016 Cubs:

    Sorry for the confusion I saw the home runs on runs on replay and that Bautista home run was sky high in the air and should've been a routine fly out on what was an extreme wind aided home run. As for the strike zone that's just hearing from second hand sources although I did see the 1st inning on my lunch break and I was fuming at the strike zone during that one inning so I assume the many complaints I heard were valid. I heard even Len and JD on multiple occasions politely criticized the consistency of the strike zone as well and they're not ones to bash umpires unless it's obvious.

  • In reply to kkhiavi:

    I'd go as far as to say that a ball at Bautistas exit velocity, launch angle and height wouldn't have been a home run in a single ball park other than wrigley and maybe yankee stadium. It's a testament to his raw power that the ball even got out on that angle even on a wind aided day at the ballpark.

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