Seeing Red - Reds 6, Cubs 3

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Friday night's game against the Reds, was depressingly similar to the loss on Thursday night. The Cubs jumped ahead, only to see a Cincinnati rally against a tiring starter. Then saw the suddenly competent Reds pen slam the door shut in the late innings.

Jose Quintana was in trouble almost immediately Friday night. Joey Votto and Eugenio Suarez singled with two outs in the 1st to put men on the corners. He escaped that jam, but wasn't so lucky in the 2nd inning. Catcher Curt Casali doubled and pitcher Luis Castillo singled to put men on first and third again. Billy Hamilton, who else, singled home the first run of the game. Q eventually struck out Votto with the bases loaded to escape the jam.

The Cubs could get nothing going off of Castillo the first three innings, while Quintana had quick 3rd and 4th innings. Ben Zobrist got the first Chicago hit on a double in the 4th, moving to third on a Anthony Rizzo ground out. Javy Baez got creative, a two-out bunt single to score Zobrist with the tying run. Kyle Schwarber cares not for primitive bunts, he followed with a homer to dead central to put his team ahead 3-1.

Quintana could not sustain his quality pitching for long, however, and capitulated in the 5th. Jose Peraza singled and stole second base before being singled home by Votto. Suarez continued his excellent season the next at bat with a homer to right-center to give the Reds a 4-3 lead.

The Cubs last scoring chance came in the 6th inning. Zobrist singled and Baez was hit by a pitch putting two on with two outs. Left hander Kyle Crockett replaced Castillo and got Schwarber looking on strikes to end the threat. A single from Adam Duvall just floated far enough to score Votto in the 7th. Peraza stole another base and scored on a single by Alex Blandino in the 8th. David Hernandez and Raisel Iglesias got Chicago in order the final three innings to seal the win.


Source: FanGraphs

Third Time's Not The Charm

 Jose Quintana continues to have a lot of problems when he sees the lineup for the third time in the game. Opposing offenses have hit a staggering .368 against Q in those scenarios, which adds up to an ERA over 11. At this point, it's hard to justify leaving the Colombian lefty in the game when the lineup turns over a third time.

Bryzzo Corporation Having A Down Quarter

Kris Bryant and Anthony Rizzo are truly the engines of the Cubs lineup, when one or both are going good the Chicago offense is unstoppable. Unfortunately, both have been struggling the past two weeks. It shows just how deep this team is that they haven't played that badly with the pair off their game. At some point, trust me it will happen, Tony and Kris will catch fire at the same time and the results will be truly breathtaking.

Random Reference

The Cubs have lost two straight and four of seven against the lowly Reds this season with wins by Luis Castillo, Matt Harvey, and Tyler Mahle. All I can really say is this.

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  • Quintana for Eloy and Cease doesnt look so good these days.

  • Our starters have just been walking too many of the opposition lately. Teams are not chasing.

  • In reply to 44slug:

    Their control of the strike zone is not where they were in 2016. Q needs a new pitch to bring forward when he turns over the lineup.

  • Being at the game last night I was impressed with the way the Reds batters stroked line drives into the gaps. Remember when we used to play like that.? I’m sorry but this cub team is in disarray. We swing at more S.... in the dirt or over our heads than any team in baseball. Kris Bryant almost always check swings or swings on every pitch. 10 Srike outs and I don’t know how many pop flys to the infield.. come on, quit swinging for the fences.. Also this Quintana trade will probably go down in cub history. His secondary pitches suck as does his fastball location. Maybe we need a rebuild cause besides Lester we have zero chance of winning ANY postseason games with these starters. Maddon needs to start kicking some but instead of being there buddies. Needed to vent

  • In reply to TheSarge#36:

    fortunately or unfortunately, the day of managers kicking some arse has passed. It's about finding ways to motivate individual players in the method that they react in a positive manner. Some guys react well to the boot, some recoil and fail more. Because of how WAR is calculated, the trade from a numbers perspective won't be as bad as you think. It just stinks now because we all wanted Quintana to be some combination of Cy Young-Sandy Koufax-Steve Carlton-Randy Johnson-Tom Glavine but instead we have a MLB quality pitcher who is closer to mid level rotation quality than top of the rotation quality.

  • The cubs should of either kept bosio or hired a pitching coach that can teach pitchers not to walk guys & sharpen up their mechanics instead of joe maddon CRONIES.

  • Also the cubs boom or bust offense scares me it's extreme this season compared to prior seasons. The reds starter had a 5.77 era entering last nights start and looked like prime roger clemens until baez bunted home zobrist then schwarber hit the hr. If the cubs make the postseason they will face way better starters/bullpens.

  • Cubs aren’t in a bad position now........but I would also say they aren’t in a good one either. The bullpen has been pretty good but blown some games yet all teams do that too and only Lester and Montgomery have been solid starting. The talent will win the division but I don’t know where it goes from there. The Nats don’t hit, the Dodgers can’t stay healthy and we just don’t ever seem to put it all together. Can’t see any of these beating any of the 3 AL powerhouses....

  • What is the nature of Eddie Butler’s injury? Does anybody know?

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