Game Post 6/13

Oct 19, 2016; Los Angeles, CA, USA; Chicago Cubs relief pitcher Mike Montgomery in the 5th inning during game four of the 2016 NLCS playoff baseball series against the Los Angeles Dodgers at Dodger Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Gary A. Vasquez-USA TODAY Sports

 Gary A. Vasquez-USA TODAY Sports

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Wednesday: 1:10 pm CT on WGN/670AM

Lineups

Cubs

1. Ben Zobrist (S) 2B
2. Jason Heyward (L) RF
3. Tommy La Stella (L) 3B
4. Anthony Rizzo (L) 1B
5. Ian Happ (S) CF
6. Kyle Schwarber (L) LF
7. Javier Baez (R) SS
8. Chris Gimenez (R) C
Brewers
1. Lorenzo Cain (R) CF
3. Ryan Braun (R) LF
4. Jesus Aguilar (R) 1B
5. Travis Shaw (L) 3B
6. Hernan Perez (R) 2B
7. Erik Kratz (R) C
8. Orlando Arcia (R) SS
Bullpen Usage
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Opposing pitcher

Scouting Report from Brooks Baseball.

Jhoulys ChacinJhoulys Chacin has thrown 18,069 pitches that have been tracked by the PITCHf/x system between 2009 and 2018, including pitches thrown in the MLB Regular Season, The World Baseball Classic and Spring Training. In 2018, he has relied primarily on his Slider (79mph), Sinker (90mph) and Fourseam Fastball (91mph), also mixing in a Change(83mph). He also rarely throws a Curve (76mph) and Cutter(88mph).

His slider comes in below hitting speed, sweeps across the zone and results in somewhat more flyballs compared to other pitchers' sliders. His sinker has slight armside run, has slightly below average velo and has some natural sinking action. His fourseam fastball has some natural sinking action and has slightly below average velo. His change has slight cut action and results in somewhat more groundballs compared to other pitchers' changeups. His curve is basically never swung at and missed compared to other pitchers' curves, has little depth, results in somewhat more flyballs compared to other pitchers' curves, has slight glove-side movement and has slightly below average velo. His cutter (take this with a grain of salt because he's only thrown 3 of them in 2018) is basically never swung at and missed compared to other pitchers' cutters, is an extreme flyball pitch compared to other pitchers' cutters, has some natural sink and has strong cutting action.

Sean's Note: Chacin has bounced around, but has found a home in Milwaukee this season. He has had some element of luck with his 3.58 ERA. He is allowing hard contact on 40% of balls put in play against him, combined with a low batting average on balls in play is a red flag. Hopefully, that luck changes against the Cubs Wednesday.

Final Thoughts: Kris Bryant mired in an 0-15 slump is getting the day off Wednesday. Tommy La Stella starts at third in his place, while Ian Happ gets his first start of the series in center. Mike Montgomery has been excellent as a starter since entering the rotation. After a lifeless effort on Tuesday the Cubs can still take the series and first-place with a win today.

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  • A sickly line up. I don’t mind days off or giving guys a day off. Just wish he wouldn’t do them on the same day. Tommy hitting 3rd. Hope joe is right.

    Maybe we have clean game behind the plate so we don’t have to read the whiners about the zone.

  • In reply to WaitTilNextYear:

    Good hit tommy.

  • Hopefully we can put "Pickle-gate" behind us. We need to win today.

    With all the RH hitters sitting on the bench, we need CubberLange to swoop in with something like "I pity the fool who tries to bring a LH reliever late in this game".

    Go Cubs!

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    For those of you not watching, Len just mentioned that we didn't get an extra base hit yesterday breaking of streak of 96 games with one.That's a club record. I can't find the ML record but I'm looking.
    That's a great save by Monty to get out of the inning.

  • In reply to Jonathan Friedman:

    Looked like Cain was ticked with Bruan for lack of hustle to 1st.

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    In reply to WaitTilNextYear:

    One more reason not to like Braun.

  • In reply to Jonathan Friedman:

    Husnaa mentioned that streak in her recap last night, BTW.

  • Gimenez better bring something to make up for his defense today...

  • In reply to Cliff1969:

    Think it's clear from evaluting caratini as well that we're going to need to be in the market for an extra catcher as a depth piece like rene rivera I'm just don't think caratini/Giminez would be an acceptable catching tandem if contreras got hurt.

  • In reply to kkhiavi:

    We have bigger needs then a back up catcher.

  • In reply to WaitTilNextYear:

    Of course a backups not going to be our biggest move but doubt it costs much as shown by how cheap we were able to get Avila and Rene Rivera whom I both think are much better options then caratini and giminez. We'd be in big trouble if contreras got hurt is the point here and we need to address that depth issue.

  • In reply to kkhiavi:

    Good point but if Rizzo got hurt we would be in trouble at 1b.

  • In reply to WaitTilNextYear:

    I place a lot more priority in having depth at catcher it's an injury prone position and if rizzo got hurt a lot of our guys could cover 1st but obviously you can say if this guy or this guy got hurt then we'd be screwed. Theo has gone out of his way to backup the catcher position in particular in the past and I think it's necessary again this season.

  • In reply to kkhiavi:

    I agree they are more prone to get hurt. Yes Theo has built some depth in other spots but not in the catchers spot. We have had a list of mediocre back up catchers. Ross obviously was a good one. Don’t agree we could absorb Rizzo as easy as you sound. Nobody is a true 1b.

  • In reply to kkhiavi:

    . Avila's slash line 120/.243/.185. No thanks. I'd rather have Caratini then Caratini, Giminez or Rivera.

  • In reply to 2016 Cubs:

    oops I'd rather have Caratini then Avila, Giminez or Rivera.

  • In reply to 2016 Cubs:

    Not me. I'd rather have a lock down defensive guy. Hitting is unnecessary in a backup catcher.

  • In reply to TC154:

    Well, I guess we will just have to disagree.

  • In reply to 2016 Cubs:

    Didn't mean get avila this year he plays for a contending team anyways who knows if he's even on the market but think that catching tandem or avila/rivera played a big part of our run last year we didn't even miss a beat with contreras out because of those 2 mainly and I'd like to see us pursue a good defensive veteran minded catcher who can throw, present pitches, handle a pitching staff and lobby for strikes from the umpire like ross, avila, and rivera showed they were capable of. Really don't see why you'd rather have caratini I thought the rivera/avila tandem was really good remember we won a ton of games after contreras got hurt those ended up being 2 pivotal moves for us in retrospect. It would also be nice if we can get a defensive minded catcher that isn't a complete liability at the plate like Giminez

    I respect your opinion 2016 but I flat out disagree on Caratini. I don't like him in the role of backup catcher especially given that we already have another young and inexperienced catcher in contreras I think we can use a veteran/defensive presence in the locker room and when we're planning our pitchers plan of attack for a given ballgame. It goes far beyond that though I like a backup catcher who can step in and give you good defense/game management and while Caratini is an okay prospect he's a flat out poor catcher at this time. He's inexperienced, doesn't really manage a game well or present pitches well, he can't throw, he's not a great athlete and I just don't feel comfortable with him behind the plate for one game much less an extended sample size. I think he's more well suited for a rebuilding team that can be patient with his flaws and give him plenty of playing time to develop his defense and allow him to adjust to major league pitching. The problem is he's a poor/below average defender working to get to average but we just don't have the time or the at bats to develop him properly with contreras playing everyday. And like I said before I'd like a better defender/game manager as my backup catcher and it would be nice if that type of player can not be a complete liability at the plate like chris giminez. I think caratini still has hope for his major league career but don't think he's well suited to be a backup catcher at this time and I think he needs to go to a place where they can be patient with his development and actually give him the AB's that we can't. I just don't think he can handle playing catcher every day at this timing.

  • In reply to kkhiavi:

    Additionally while this isn't important to me because I value what my backup catcher does behind the plate moreso than offensively but it's clear that caratini needs development with his offense as well in order to hit major league pitching. I for one think he has good offensive potential for a catcher but I just don't think he's a good enough hitter presently to make up for his defensive issues. Imagine Caratini trying to catch jon lester or darvish it would be like that washington game last season where they stole 10 bases on montero/arrieta

  • In reply to WaitTilNextYear:

    So we only get one mid year Christmas present?

  • In reply to KJRyno:

    You count a back up catcher as a Christmas present? Yikes. I’d say more of a stocking stuffer then you find 3 days later.

  • In reply to WaitTilNextYear:

    Or a piece of ribbon candy stuck to the underside of a couch cushion - in February.

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    In reply to WaitTilNextYear:

    I’d like a back up catcher who can throw runners out. Defense over offense like Rossy brought us. That worked out pretty well.

  • Orlando Arcia and Hernan Perez are the same guy. Same for Domingo Santana and Jesus Aguilar.

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    Lorenzo Cain was a 17 round draft choice. That’s good scouting.

  • Cubs are in one of those unwatchable offensive funks again. Consistently making outs despite being ahead in the count, and missing fastballs down the plate and tummy-high off-speed stuff.

  • In reply to Kramerica20:

    88 MPH fastball middle-middle to Rizzo, ground out to 1B. He must have been fooled looking for the 86 MPH change up.

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    Shouldn't Addy have tried to take 2nd on that mishandled pitch? Maybe I'm used to Javy being so aware of where the ball is, but Addy just wasn't and we need a runner in scoring position.

  • In reply to Jonathan Friedman:

    Unfortunately Russell isn't the most heads up baserunner.......Montgomery only needing 79 pitches thru 6 innings? Can't wait until we God-willing let him get closer to 100............

  • In reply to Jonathan Friedman:

    Addy's a poor baserunner what do you expect not an area of strength for the kid

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    Javy looks like he twisted something. If he had to come out who plays SS?

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    It looked like Rizzo’s pitch was on the line but I liked that the ump took Rizzo’s rant and Joe’s too and didn’t throw them out. Some would have tossed them a the first word spoken.

  • Second time this year Maddon has done something incredibly stupid and indefensible. Why are you playing musical chairs rotating RP in and out of LF in the 8th if you're going to let Giminez take an AB in a 1-run game in the 9th with Bryant on the bench?
    Unbelieveable

  • In reply to Kramerica20:

    I'm at work and couldn't watch today's game but I was pretty baffled by that letting giminez hit he's really a liability out there at the plate. Pretty disappointing decision by maddon but I'm not going to place blame on him we lost because our offense is slumping and the brewers have the good pitching and defense to take advantage when we're not in our best form that's baseball. I personally expected to lose this series didn't like the form that our offense was in coming into this series nor the pitching matchups despite Montgomery surprising me and pitching another gem. I'll be more concerned if we lose to the cards again despite throwing our 3 best starters at them.

  • In reply to kkhiavi:

    Yeah I agree with all of that. The loss is on the fickle offense, not Maddon. And Bryant's been cold anyway, so who's to say he would have done anything either?
    But Maddon managed the 8th like a surgeon, and then batted the wrong hitter in a paint-by-numbers scenario immediately after. Head scratcher.

  • In reply to Kramerica20:

    Yeah for me it's just baseball our offense is proven to me at the end of the day but they're young and they've shown they're prone to slumps like everyone else. Anthony Rizzo seems to answer a lot of questions by saying "It's just baseball" and I think at times it's just as simple as that. I for one didn't expect us to win this series so it's hard for me to take anything from it. I'd like to see us beat up on the cards though this weekend you don't want those guys to start gaining confidence facing us in these head to head matchups especially facing our 3 best starters.

  • Talk about leaving town with your tail between your legs. We scored 2 freaking runs the whole series take away the extra inning runs on Monday..

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    This team is getting hard to watch lately. Can’t hit and making mental mistakes ie screwedup run down. I guess pinch hitting Bryant would be ok but he can’t hit with runners on and hasn’t hit the hr with nobody on. Wasted a well pitch gain again today Oh well

  • Hmmmmmmm....that Cain IS good

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    In reply to Wickdipper:

    Bah. Humbug

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