Game Post 7/10


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2. Jason Heyward (L) RF
3. Javier Baez (R) 2B
5. Addison Russell (R) SS
6. David Bote (R) 3B
7. Ian Happ (S) LF
8. Victor Caratini (S) 1B
9. Jose Quintana (R) P


2. Brandon Belt (L) 1B
4. Nick Hundley (R) C
6. Hunter Pence (R) LF
7. Chase d'Arnaud (R) 2B
8. Pablo Sandoval (S) 3B
9. Derek Holland (S) P

Bullpen Usage



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Opposing pitchers

Scouting Reports from Brooks Baseball.

Derek Holland: Derek Holland has thrown 21,137 pitches that have been tracked by the PITCHf/x system between 2009 and 2018, including pitches thrown in the MLB Regular Season, the MLB Postseason and Spring Training. In 2018, he has relied primarily on his Fourseam Fastball (92mph) and Curve using a Knuckle Curve grip (80mph), also mixing in a Sinker(92mph), Slider (82mph) and Change (84mph).

His fourseam fastball has essentially average velo and has slight armside run. His curve has very little depth, has primarily 12-6 movement, is much harder than usual and results in somewhat more flyballs compared to other pitchers' curves. His sinker has slight armside run and has slightly above average velo. His slider has primarily 12-6 movement, has less than expected depth and results in somewhat more flyballs compared to other pitchers' sliders. His change is basically never swung at and missed compared to other pitchers' changeups, results in more flyballs compared to other pitchers' changeups, has a lot of backspin and is slightly firmer than usual.

Sean's Note: Holland gets the spot start and Johnny Cueto is moved back a day. Holland allowed 3 runs, 2 earned, against the Cubs at Wrigley Field in May. He is very tough on left handers much like Andrew Suarez. Left handers have no home runs off of him while right handers have 13.

Final Thoughts: Struggling Anthony Rizzo gets the day off against the tough lefty Holland. The Cubs lost Monday, despite a terrific effort from Kyle Hendricks. The offense ground to a halt against Andrew Suarez, it had been red-hot especially during the recent homestand. Jose Quintana could use more help than the Professor got last night, although he has pitched better recently.


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  • Bryant started at DH and hitting 2nd earlier today in Tennessee. He struck out and flied out and was pulled after 2 AB's. This tells me one if two things: he was hurt, which, just no. I find it highly more probable that he wanted to jump on a plane to SF ASAP. What happens if/when he starts tomorrow? Bote down? Rizzo to the DL? We'll find out soon enough.

    That was a tough loss last night, but Hendricks shined. A performance anything like that from Quintana tonight will ease a lot of minds going into the second half.

    Hopefully the silent bats were the result of the time difference, delayed flight, and heavy hearts.

    Go Cubs!

  • In reply to BarleyPop:

    Kris Bryant flying out to SF. That's good news.

  • In reply to 2016 Cubs:

    Thank God.......

  • In reply to BarleyPop:

    I would guess Bote is sent down once Bryant is activated.
    I don't think anything is wrong with Rizzo.

  • In reply to WaitUntilNextYear:

    Only in a 100+ AB slump without HR. That’s what KB said when he wasn’t hitting HR(i’m Ok-oh my shoulder hurts) let’s hope Rizzo’s back or something else physical is not bothering him.

  • Why no Schwarber today? I'm also disappointed he didn't play yesterday, with the wind blowing 17 mph out to CF............

  • In reply to Treebeard:

    The SP's, Suarez and Holland, are far tougher on LHH's. He could PH tonight, and he will start tomorrow vs. Cueto.

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    We would have heard if KB was hurt so I look forward to seeing him soon. Maybe Joe will want to get him in and we’ll see him tomorrow afternoon.
    Let’s win big tonight and maybe even see Norwood get his ML debut.

  • In reply to Jonathan Friedman:

    He's on his way to SF, and Mark Gonzalez reports Maddon said he could start tomorrow. I say it's a no-brainer he starts tomorrow.

    The roster move will be interesting. It's either Bote down or someone to the DL. I could see Rizzo to the DL. Even if it's nothing serious the timing is right for a long break. With the off-day Thursday and the All-Star break (and him being out tonight it could be back-dated), he could only miss 5 games on the 10-day DL. If his back, or anything else, is bothering him this might not be a bad idea, and preferable to potentially playing games with a short(er) bench.

  • In reply to BarleyPop:

    I don't think Rizzo is going on the DL if he is not hurt. There is no information out there that his back is hurt. Only speculation from a few fans.

  • In reply to 2016 Cubs:

    The back injury is speculation on my part, but it's not just a blind guess. His prolonged slump and lack of power, along with his DL stint earlier this year, points me in that direction. Most importantly it's what I'm seeing. His swing and general movement doesn't look right. I hope I am wrong and it's just a very long slump he comes out of.

    I was also just pointing out the schedule timing and if he needs a rest, now is a good time. We'll find out tomorrow.

  • In reply to BarleyPop:

    If there is a sore back then I agree that would be a perfect time for Rizzo to get some rest and miss as few games as possible. But, we do not know if he is hurt.

  • In reply to BarleyPop:

    I like that idea. I think it would be good for Rizzo to take a physical break and come back 100% fresh and hungry after the break.

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    I like seeing Bote playing. I can see him being a replacement for Happ if he (Happ) were traded--if he was traded for a pitcher.

  • In reply to Jonathan Friedman:

    I like Bote too. He could end up helping in the future or being a nice trade chip.
    But there is no way period, he is a replacement for Happ. Totally different pieces to the puzzle, Happ being a much higher part of the monopoly board.

  • Baez and Schwarber will be in the hr derby. Was personally hoping Baez wouldn’t be in it

  • In reply to bolla:

    I was hoping neither would be in it. It messes up your swing. Ask Bryant and Rizzo.

  • In reply to John57:

    Maybe it will fix Baez’s swing.... :o0

  • In reply to Milk Stout:

    You're a year too late.

  • In reply to BarleyPop:

    And on cue, he missed a tater by a half a buiscuit more for breakfast... :o)

  • In reply to Milk Stout:

    And my first thought was he thinks this is already the HR Derby as he briefly sat and admired his work.

  • Oh my goodness, Holland sucks!!! Please do not let him be the pitcher that shuts down the cubs. He’s looking like randy johnson right now

  • In reply to bolla:

    He doesn't suck tonight. He's dialed in and tossing peas, looks really good and super tough tonight.

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    Q breezes and then all of a sudden he loses it. Usually it’s in the 5 inn. He needs a double play right now because we’re not hitting Holland at all. Good pitch! Now get one more out.
    Good double play combo two.
    Now there’s a Hooter’s hot play of the day! Is everything up for sale now? How about the third or fifth pitch sponsored by the Fifth Third Bank?

  • In reply to Jonathan Friedman:

    Fifth inning/3rd out...?

  • In reply to Jonathan Friedman:

    I listen to a lot if games when I'm away from civilization. I love Pat, but good grief, the commercial plugs! It's his job, I suppose.

    Quintana got through the 5th and looks really good. But so does Holland. Holland will crack before Q.

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    In reply to BarleyPop:

    I'm not blaming Pat--actually I'm watching the game. I feel bad for all the broadcasters.
    Russell just scored on a bad throw to 3rd and 3rd base is sponsored by fifth third bank.

  • In reply to Jonathan Friedman:

    I know, I'm watching too. Just saying if you think this is bad, try the radio broadcast.

    Head's up baserunning by Russell. Nice break when he saw the ball in the dirt.

    That was a painful looking slide Happ layed on home plate.

    Edwards Jr., Strop, Morrow 7, 8, 9? It's been awhile.

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    Great aggressiveness by the Cubs! Even the Schwarber attempted steal took a perfect throw to get him. Go Cubs Go!!

  • CJ IS BACK!!!!!

  • Wow Edwards Jr. looked good!

    Hendricks, Quintana, and our pen back at full strength? KB back and healthy? I'm getting excited!

    What's next, Chatwood?

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    In reply to BarleyPop:

    Whoa big fella, let's just take it one player at a time. Wilson looked good tonight too.

  • In reply to Jonathan Friedman:

    Sorry, that was a stretch. I get too optimistic some times. :)

    Wilson looked good. He has enough time to work himself into higher-leverage situations. I believe.

    Len just mentioned Joe didn't want to bring in Morrow for fear of over-use, so here comes... Steve Cishek!

    And just like that: W!

    Go Cubs!

  • In reply to BarleyPop:

    Yep, we don't want to over-use our closer or his arm might fall off. After all he has pitched a total of 27.2 innings so far.

  • In reply to clarkAddson:

    Meanwhile Cishek is at 65th appearance.

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    In reply to clarkAddson:

    Hes on pace for 60 innings including going all the way thru to the World Series.

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    In reply to Jonathan Friedman:

    Wilson has had a couple bad outings (4ER vs Pirates and 2 ER vs Dodgers...if you consider a 2 ER outing as "bad") but has been solid otherwise.

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    In reply to Joel Mayer:

    sometimes I have a very short memory Joel.

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