Game Post 6/24


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2. Jason Heyward (L) RF
3. Javier Baez (R) 2B
4. Anthony Rizzo (L) 1B
6. Kyle Schwarber (L) LF
7. Ian Happ (S) 3B
8. Addison Russell (R) SS
1. Scott Schebler (L) RF
3. Joey Votto (L) 1B
4. Eugenio Suarez (R) 3B
5. Scooter Gennett (L) 2B
6. Adam Duvall (R) LF
7. Jose Peraza (R) SS
8. Sal Romano (L) P
9. Billy Hamilton (S) CF
Bullpen Usage

via Baseball Press.

Opposing pitcher

Scouting Report from Brooks Baseball.

Sal RomanoSal Romano has thrown 2,744 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 Fourseam Fastball (95mph), Slider (87mph) and Sinker (95mph), also mixing in a Change (88mph). He also rarely throws a Cutter (90mph).

His fourseam fastball has heavy sinking action, is basically never swung at and missed compared to other pitchers' fourseamers, has an obvious tail and has slightly above average velo. His slider results in many more groundballs compared to other pitchers' sliders, has primarily 12-6 movement and has some two-plane movement. His sinkerhas well above average velo, has less armside run than typical and has little sinking action compared to a true sinker. His change generates fewer whiffs/swing compared to other pitchers' changeups, is much firmer than usual and results in many more groundballs compared to other pitchers' changeups. His cutter (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' cutters, is an extreme flyball pitch compared to other pitchers' cutters, has slightly above average velo, has some natural sink and has strong cutting action.

Sean's Note: Romano has a bit more ground ball tendencies than his Reds teammates, he still allows an above average home run rate. The Cubs smoked Sal in May, scoring seven runs off of him in a 10-0 win.

Sean's Note: A lot of news happened this morning for the Cubs. First, Kris Bryant has a shoulder injury and won't play for a second consecutive game. Chicago says they won't put him on the disabled list, but aren't sure if he will play tomorrow. Tyler Chatwood's wife has gone into labor so Mike Montgomery moves up a day to start Sunday. Monday will need another starter since Lester won't move forward from Tuesday. Rob Zastryzny and Luke Farrell have been sent to Iowa and Cory Mazzoni and Justin Hancock are back up. Ian Happ gets a start at third for Bryant, so that should be interesting.

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  • Coming into today's game Almora is batting .339 and that's against both RHPs and LHPs. Why would we bat anyone else at leadoff?

  • In reply to clarkAddson:

    I don't think so. Might want to check your stats again.

  • In reply to 2016 Cubs:

    Tell that to Len the Cubs announcer. That is what he stated today.

  • In reply to clarkAddson:

    Could he have meant only from the leadoff position? That may be it or may be he just made a mistake.....pretty sure everyone knows AA has never been that high.

  • In reply to Wickdipper:

    Sorry, I failed to mention that. You are correct. That is what he is batting at leadoff. That is why I said "Why would we bat anyone else at leadoff?"

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    Maybe .319. Not bad

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    It was a good send buy that was a situation where AA should have been told to slide away from the catcher. He would have been safe.

  • In reply to Jonathan Friedman:

    You have Rizzo up next??? Not sure a very good send. Was kind of awkward play at the end.

  • In reply to WaitTilNextYear:

    Rizzo hasn't gotten a hit this whole series. Besides, it took 2 good throws to get him.

  • In reply to clarkAddson:

    Not really. 2nd throw wasn’t a good throw and still got him. Gotta believe your 3 hitter is due. You better be 100% sure. Outfielder cut ball off from reaching the wall. Wasn’t best send.

  • In reply to Jonathan Friedman:

    I'm listening on the radio. Did anyone notice if Rizzo was in position to guide Almora at the plate? I hope so, because I despise those types of mental mistakes.

  • In reply to BarleyPop:

    Rizzo actually did try to tell AA to get down. For whatever reason AA didn’t. If it was too late or he didn’t see Rizzo. AA was kind of awkward trying to score.

  • He was... but it looked like a late signal to me. Almora couldn't really adjust much at that point to me.

  • Lol @ mike montgomery being a better left handed starter than quintana.

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    In reply to bolla:

    He might even be a better right handed starter then Farrell too !

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    3 hits and a solo shot for his 3rd bomb of the season for Almora.

    Why Joe just won't park him in the leadoff spot for 45 of the next 50 games and see what happens. I don't know why Joe seems to always want the media ( plus us knucklehead at home media) to always be talking about him. Does he have some emotional problem or something where he has to fool w the lineup every day?

  • In reply to Jim Odirakallumkal:

    Amen. Its not like he doesn't have others to sit out since he doesn't want to wear anyone out (and that includes Bryzzo especially when they are in a slump).

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    Poor Monty. Ump missed a curve right down the middle of the strike zone ( poor frame too but he still shouldn't of missed it)

    2 pitches later and 2nd and 3rd none out when it should be 1 out runner on 1st.

    Didn't the reds get enough breaks in the 1st 3 games?


  • This is just ugly. Strop doesn’t look comfortable on the mound at all. This Cubs bullpen has been hot garbage lately.

  • Maddon takes Monty out after pitching 7 innings and giving up 3 hits but leaves Strop in after giving up 3 hits including a walk and a homerun. Is Maddon going to throw in the white flag again?

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    In reply to clarkAddson:

    Esp considering only 1 of the 3 hits was hit hard and that person (Duvall) should have been K'd as ump missed a pitch right down the middle

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    In reply to clarkAddson:

    You keep forgetting he's infallible

  • NOW Maddon takes him out!

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    Maybe this is what this team needs. If getting swept by the pathetic Reds doesn't galvanize and fire up this heckyl n Jeckyl squad, nothing other then some roster changes will.

  • I have been a CUBs fan for 65 years and I am about ready to pick a different team to root for. If it ain't the players losing the game, its the Manager. It is definitely hard to watch.The Cubs have a talented team but too many times they play like a minor league team.

  • In reply to clarkAddson:

    If I were you I would pick the Yankees. I think they will be good for awhile. I hope that helps.

  • Thanks but I hate the Yankees.

  • In reply to clarkAddson:

    Perhaps you could become a Rangers fan? They need a few. And there is a city called Addison so you wouldn’t have to change your posting name as you spelled it pretty close to that.

  • How to lose a game up by 5 with 9 outs to go.

    This episode brought to you by the 2018 Chicago Cubs.

    Pathetic series. This 4 game sweep at the hands of the lowly Reds will make Sept really interesting. You can’t make up loses. We will be in a dog fight to win the division now. I had us winning by 6-8 games.

  • In reply to rbrucato:

    They’ll still win by 6-8 games......Cincy played hard and played well, we shouldn’t have just assumed they would roll over. Maybe this is what this team needed and I think the real test to gauge them comes now in LA. Look for them to play well and I think Lester is up next and he knows the importance of picking up the staff as a whole and going deep into the game. St Louis helped with Milwaukee so all things considered it could have actually been worse.
    I do wish Maddon would leave Almora alone....he’s playing loose, fast and doesn’t look a bit worn down like Bryant and Conteras.
    Lonnnnnnnnng season.....

  • This loss is on Maddon! He kept Strop in way too long even after it was obvious Strop didn't have it today.

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