Game Post 6/23


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Saturday: 3:10 pm CT on ABC-7/670AM



1. Tommy La Stella (L) 3B
2. Jason Heyward (L) RF
3. Ben Zobrist (S) 2B
4. Anthony Rizzo (L) 1B
6. Kyle Schwarber (L) LF
7. Addison Russell (R) SS
8. Ian Happ (S) CF
9. Luke Farrell (L) P
1. Alex Blandino (R) SS
3. Joey Votto (L) 1B
4. Scooter Gennett (L) 2B
5. Eugenio Suarez (R) 3B
6. Jesse Winker (L) RF
7. Adam Duvall (R) LF
9. Billy Hamilton (S) CF
Bullpen Usage

via Baseball Press.

Opposing pitchers

Scouting Reports from Brooks Baseball.

Anthony DeSclafaniAnthony DeSclafani has thrown 5,770 pitches that have been tracked by the PITCHf/x system between 2014 and 2018, including pitches thrown in the MLB Regular Season, Spring Training and Fall/Winter Ball. In 2018, he has relied primarily on his Slider (88mph), Fourseam Fastball (94mph) and Sinker (94mph), also mixing in a Curve(81mph). He also rarely throws a Change (89mph).

His slider is thrown extremely hard, has less than expected depth and results in somewhat more flyballs compared to other pitchers' sliders. His fourseam fastball results in more flyballs compared to other pitchers' fourseamers and has essentially average velo. His sinker results in more flyballs compared to other pitchers' sinkers and has slightly above average velo. His curve (take this with a grain of salt because he's only thrown 18 of them in 2018) is basically never swung at and missed compared to other pitchers' curves, has little depth, is slightly harder than usual and has primarily 12-6 movement. His change (take this with a grain of salt because he's only thrown 6 of them in 2018) is thrown extremely hard, is basically never swung at and missed compared to other pitchers' changeups, results in more flyballs compared to other pitchers' changeups and has some natural sink to it.

Sean's note: DeSclafani has missed most of the season with injuries, he has made only 3 starts in 2018. His ground ball rate is extremely low, he allows 60% line drives and fly balls. In the cozy dimensions of Great American Ball Park, that could lead to a lot of damage.

Final Thoughts: The struggling Kris Bryant gets the day off with Tommy La Stella getting a nod in the leadoff spot. Luke Farrell gets the spot start after last week's doubleheader. He probably won't go deep in his start so it will be a bullpen game. The Cubs need to score some runs if they want to win. The Reds will score runs, Chicago hasn't kept pace the first two games of the series.


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  • I really love this AA play a game and then sit a game. Really helps his development. I see joe got a little cranky with reporters. “They all have to play”. Wow. Really joe?????

  • In reply to WaitTilNextYear:

    How can you sit Happ's .220 average 40%+K rate on the bench for Almora. Joe's got a hunch on this.

  • In reply to 2016 Cubs:

    Hahahaha. Good point. Farrell won’t be around long enough to strike out 4 times.

  • In reply to 2016 Cubs:

    Did you catch Justin Wilson telling Rizzo to shut up?

  • In reply to WaitTilNextYear:

    I did catch that. Farrell might not be around long enough to get one at bat.

  • In reply to 2016 Cubs:

    Well, almost 40% K rate.

  • In reply to 2016 Cubs:

    Guess it was a good hunch 2 hits and 2 walks. Happ wasn’t the problem today, it was everybody but Zobrist fault. Pitching didn’t help much. Worst pitching staff in NL and cubs manage 8 hits in last 2 days.

  • In reply to stix:

    Yea, nice day for Happ. Maddon usually does have good hunches.

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    Yeah, this isn't little league. Guess we can watch Happ and the pitcher strike out back-to-back 3 or 4 times today.

  • willie finally goes deep!!

  • In reply to bolla:

    His first HR this season vs. an NL team. Wow.

  • In reply to BarleyPop:

    He’s flown under the radar with his pathetic bat this year. Mid-June and he has 5 HR as “protection” behind Rizzo.

    He needs to get White Hot for the next 8 weeks. It’s time.

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    Hey we scored a run. Surely we have someone better than Luke Ferrell in our organization. If not sad

  • Another walk and another run scored against. Jeez!!!

  • this is like the twilight zone

  • Brian Duensing gives up a grand slam to the pitcher. He has been horrible lately.

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    I thought Maddon puts players in a position to succeed. This is freaken pathetic. I am wasting my time this year watching THIS unmotivated, mismanaged team.

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    Duensing has been terrible. I think last year was a fluke. He needs to go

  • They signed Duensing to a 2 year $7M contract ... oops.

  • How 'bout dem Bears?

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    What has happened? These aren't the dog days of summer, this is only the 2nd day of summer. It's like they just hit a wall or are walking in water. It's painful to watch.

  • In reply to Jonathan Friedman:

    Yanks are about to lose 2 straight to TB and Braves about to do the same thing to Balt. Some times things happen over 162 games

  • Man this one is a turdburger....

  • I like that Hyde coach. Pretty smart move to get booted in this game.

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    In reply to 2016 Cubs:

    Yep. A long tall beer and a nice shower and the buffet. Who was the manager who got upset with his team and threw the buffet against the wall? Maybe Billy Martin

  • Hahahahahahaha!!! Right when I saw that Farrell was coming out of the game with 2 outs, after settling down from the home run he gave up in the first inning; I had a bad feeling. And then it's for a pitcher recently activated from the bereavement list? Forget about it.
    Joe's not managing the players, and keeping ego's in check; Joe's just managing his ego. Winning in spite of your manager, isn't winning baseball; this HAS to change.
    Way to go hobo Joe.......

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    This team has more problems than just Joe right now. Hard to watch

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    So. Following Almoras foul ball by less than a foot in the Cubs last 3 anda half games that makes SEVEN foul balls within a foot that would have accounted for a MINIMUM of 11 runs. I mean , I get that a lot of teams can claim luck like that , but time for some recent baseball Gods luck please??!!

  • In reply to John Nesbit:

    One of the major problems this team has is they aren't hitting consistently so Maddon's answer to that is to sit the player with the best batting average on the team while other players that have not been hitting continue playing. Another problem Joe has is he worries more about the future than he does about the current situation.

  • This team and year are so puzzling World Beaters one game Bottom Feeders the next. The All-Star break can't get here soon enough the way they are closing out the first half. Hopefully everyone can come back and stay healthy in the second half.

  • In reply to CubFanStuckInStl:

    I'm hoping not many guys make the AS team so they can have that break. I've voted for Javy and would love to see him in the HR derby. I don't know if that would be good or bad for him, but it would be fun.

  • In reply to BarleyPop:

    My best guess on all stars. Lester, Morrow and Baez maybe. Javy has a bunch of 2b completion to be a guarantee.

  • Joe throws in the white flag again. Is this good for the young players? Their manager gives up and doesn't think they can come back.

  • So I switched over to the Philly/Nats game, and watched a bigger stronger left handed Starlin Castro flick a ground rule double in the LF gap.

  • What does that even mean?

  • Point being (Juan Soto, by the way), do yourself a favor and watch Mike Trout for a few games. Or Jake Arrieta starts, anything but the Cubs. What it brought home to me was immeasurable, as it relates to The Late Great John Arguello’s Cubs Den.

    I’ve lost track of double plays that are a given on ‘my’ team. That are not even close. Do not let the difference between a .958/938 fielding percentage fool you, the difference is stark.
    The production value, from one team to the next (Philly’s are top notch). Announcers, which is subjective.
    MIKE. TROUT. I’m old enough to have seen Ernie Banks at Wrigley in the twilight of his career. Ya know, the guy who broke baseball in the late fifties, by hitting 40 or more HR’s 4 years in a row, as a shortstop, on his way to 2 MVP’s against the likes of Aaron and Mays. Don’t F’ this up, appreciate the WS we got, that Earnie and 4 HOF’ers never did. Take a step back, and watch someone who OWNS the game, that makes it look easy, to remind you that,
    Baseball is hard

  • This game was a nightmare and tomorrow we have Tyler walkwood pitching yikes!!!!!!

  • In reply to bolla:

    At least you know what to expect. Today was horrible. Watch Chatwood toss a gem.

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