Game Post 6/22


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Friday: 6:10 pm CT on WGN/670AM



1. Kris Bryant (R) 3B
2. Jason Heyward (L) RF
3. Ben Zobrist (S) 2B
4. Anthony Rizzo (L) 1B
5. Javier Baez (R) SS
6. Kyle Schwarber (L) LF
8. Chris Gimenez (R) C
9. Jose Quintana (R) P
1. Jose Peraza (R) SS
2. Alex Blandino (R) 2B
3. Joey Votto (L) 1B
4. Eugenio Suarez (R) 3B
5. Adam Duvall (R) LF
6. Jesse Winker (L) RF
7. Curt Casali (R) C
8. Luis Castillo (R) P
9. Billy Hamilton (S) CF
Bullpen Usage

Opposing pitcher

Scouting Report from Brooks Baseball.

Luis CastilloLuis Castillo has thrown 2,793 pitches that have been tracked by the PITCHf/x system between 2017 and 2018, including pitches thrown in the MLB Regular Season and Spring Training. In 2018, he has relied primarily on his Fourseam Fastball (96mph), Change (86mph) and Sinker (96mph), also mixing in a Slider (83mph).

His fourseam fastball has some natural sinking action, has well above average velo, results in somewhat more flyballs compared to other pitchers' fourseamers and has slight armside run. His change generates an extremely high number of swings & misses compared to other pitchers' changeups, dives down out of the zone, is slightly firmer than usual and has slight armside fade. His sinker has an obvious tail, generates a high number of swings & misses compared to other pitchers' sinkers, is blazing fast and has some natural sinking action. His slider results in many more groundballs compared to other pitchers' sliders, has primarily 12-6 movement and has some two-plane movement.

Sean's Note: Castillo has allowed 17 home runs this season, which helps explain a not very flattering 5.77 ERA. He pitched against the Cubs in May, allowing one run in five innings despite giving up 6 hits and 5 walks. Not a performance one can repeat very often, with so much traffic on the bases.

Sean's Note: The Cubs lost on Thursday after a meltdown in the 6th inning, three Kyle Hendricks walks became a Jesse Winker grand slam. The real culprit was a failure to score against a middling Reds pitching staff. Jason Heyward had four more hits in that game and is firmly entrenched in the two hole. Anthony Rizzo has cooled off since going on a tear in May, getting Anthony hot again will be big for this team. Jose Quintana has been much better of late, now it would be nice if he could start going a bit deeper in games. He has mostly been a 5 or 6 inning pitcher, it would help the strained bullpen if he could give more.


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  • Will the bats wake up tonight ? Cincy ERA is 4.5+, Cubs should be able to score more than 2.

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    In reply to stix:

    Got three so far. Not enough

  • Man quintana sucks at bunting.

  • In reply to bolla:

    Man Quintana sucks at pitching.

  • In reply to TheSarge#36:

    that too

  • Pretty quiet on here. After the last 2 games I figured it be nasty on here. Frustrating nonetheless.

  • In reply to WaitTilNextYear:

    Nobody seems to know what will wake this team out of their mediocre slumber. We thought they were getting it together, but have slipped back to .500 ball over the past few weeks. It's as if there isn't a lot of give-a-rip, will-to-win or whatever it's called. It stinks, and I'm tired of wasting time watching them put forth a half-assed effort to win ballgames. There's way too much talent on this team for the results we're seeing.

  • In reply to Cliff1969:

    That rundown was pathetic.

  • In reply to WaitTilNextYear:

    Yes, following another pathetic rundown a few games ago.

  • I’m at game. 4 hits. 10 strickouts.
    WE Suck. Bryant needs to sit for a week. Starting pitching blows. Justin Wilson sucks. Why is Jiminez in the majors. Can’t hit a lick

  • Bryant and Rizzo seem mentally checked out for some reason. Why would Rizzo swing at the first pitch in the 9th down by 3, not like him. Bryant has to figure out the inside part of the zone, seems totally lost. Hope they are healthy!

  • KB hit the ball once tonite. That was when he hit the first pitch immediately after Quintana bounced out, ran to first and had just entered the dugout. Was that partially the cause of the big inning? Back to baseball 101. Take a pitch or two after the pitcher has run. Geez!

  • In reply to veteran:

    If a pitcher can’t handle a jog for 90 feet and then a snails pace back to the dugout and that effects their pitching then that pitcher is weak. To criticize KB for swinging at 1st pitch cause Q needed to catch his breath is one of the dumbest complaints I have heard. A MVP thought he could drive the ball and get on base then I trust his judgment. These guys are supposed to be top notch athletes and to not handle 90 feet of jogging is going to impact your pitching performance is sad.

  • In reply to WaitTilNextYear:

    It doesn’t impact it. It is a silly thought thrown out there which makes no sense. Starting pitchers are in better shape than anyone on the team as they run and condition daily. Built in excuse I guess.

  • In reply to rbrucato:

    CC Sabathia and Bartolo Colón came into my mind when I read your post.

  • Veteran is completely right. And to call that a dumb comment is a little much. KB and Rizzo need to get their heads together.

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