Game 1 Post 7-21

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Saturday Game 1: 12:05 pm CT on WGN/670AM


1. Matt Carpenter (L) 1B
2. Yadier Molina (R) C
3. Paul DeJong (R) SS
4. Marcell Ozuna (R) LF
5. Tommy Pham (R) CF
6. Kolten Wong (L) 2B
7. Dexter Fowler (S) RF
8. Greg Garcia (L) 3B
9. Luke Weaver (R) P
1. Anthony Rizzo (L) 1B
2. Ian Happ (S) CF
3. Jason Heyward (L) RF
4. Ben Zobrist (S) 2B
5. Javier Báez (R) SS
6. Kyle Schwarber (L) LF
7. Victor Caratini (S) C
8. Tommy La Stella (L) 3B
9. Tyler Chatwood (R) P
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  • A successful 1st inning for Chatwood :)

  • Yadi and Rizzo showing off the wheels in the 1st inning. At least we got a run out of the deal.

    I'm hoping Chatwood has a good game, going 6 IP and doing some damage at the plate. Fewer walks than Weaver through the 1st.

    Go Cubs!

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  • In reply to Jonathan Friedman:

    Double-play double-play double-play double-play.


    And there's Javy with RISP.

  • Chatwood is getting very lucky. He just is not fun to watch.

  • In reply to rbrucato:

    Not if you're a Cubs fan... or enjoy the art of pitching... or monitoring your blood pressure and stress levels...

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    Contact is so important and this inning shows that—2 flares and Javy’s beautiful single to right. Since he’s been doing that he’s become an AS.

  • Let’s see some Chavez...

  • Good!! get wilson out I don't care about his era I don't trust him ever

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  • Let's even out this run differential for the series.

  • Familia to the A's

  • In reply to bolla:

    And (eventually) Eovaldi and Britton to the Cubs.

  • In reply to BarleyPop:

    That's what I hope , those 2 players specifically too.

  • In reply to bolla:

    Me too. I’m all in for those two.

  • In reply to bolla:

    Unfortunate we were apparently the other team in the running Britton has a competitive market too

  • In reply to kkhiavi:

    Last night heyman tweeted the cubs have britton at the top of their wish list

  • In reply to bolla:

    I heard about that bolla I hope we can pry him there are a number of teams interested in his services but his addition would really turn our bullpen into a super pen. I love our relievers from the right side but we can't trust duensing right now, montgomery typically hasn't been a left handed specialist plus he maybe traded, and while I like justin Wilson more than you do I agree that I'd like to have someone more reliable from the left side. He provides insurance for morrow in case of injury and like we discussed yesterday we may need to form a super pen with our SP question marks

  • I like how this Chavez dude throws strikes, none of that nibbling stuff

  • In reply to bolla:

    6 up, 6 down, game over..I agree completely.

  • In reply to JTWilson:

    Heyward played with him in Atlanta and Morrow in Toronto. They both rave about him as a teammate and competitor. He kind of follows a pattern for this FO, like the Montgomery deal and to an extent Quintana and Chatwood: the FO strikes early to avoid being pressured into panic transactions. Then the real deals happen.

    One question: can Chavez dance?

  • In reply to BarleyPop:

    I don’t know if he can dance, but he can give up the long ball... Hoping the change of scenery/league keeps the ball in the Park.

  • In reply to Milk Stout:

    He's not a lockdown guy by any means but he's better than the Jesse Chavez we used to beat up on with the Pirates. He figured some things out in his Oakland stint. He's a little like a Right handed Glendon rusch or Montgomery a versatile pitcher who will accept whichever role you give him and a great clubhouse guy. Our defense should benefit him as well

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  • In reply to bolla:

    Give Chavez credit he's not the most talented guy but he's had a long and successful career and he's one of those guys that's seemingly getting better with age. Apparently he really moved his career in the right direction by embracing analytics and I think he can be a low key nice add for us even if he likely won't be our biggest upgrade this deadline. I certainly like him more than duensing or Luke Farrell even.

  • In reply to kkhiavi:

    Not to say that he's some savior hes not even close to a lockdown type of pitcher but he'll go out and typically pitch pretty well out of relief and as a starter. Nice versatile piece

  • I found this team hard to love until the hitter's meeting with Chili Davis. And maybe it wasn't THAT meeting, but it seems like this concept of putting the bat on the ball and moving the line is exactly the sort of offense that put the Kansas City Royals on top of the world for a couple years. It's the ONLY way to beat elite pitching. Of course Zobrist was part of that. He's no longer a bat crying in the wilderness.

  • In reply to wastrel:

    I think Zobrist's bat was fine, it was more like his wrist weeping in the ice water, but good point. We are seeing the effect of Chili Davis. Too many fans think a new coach walks into spring training, lays out a new philosophy, and everyone says "Ah!". It takes time.

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