Game Post 7/15


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Sunday: 3:10 pm CT on WGN/670AM



1. Anthony Rizzo (L) 1B
2. Kris Bryant (R) RF
3. Jason Heyward (L) CF
4. Javier Baez (R) 2B
5. Addison Russell (R) SS
6. Ben Zobrist (S) LF
8. David Bote (R) 3B
9. Jon Lester (L) P
1. Manuel Margot (R) CF
2. Wil Myers (R) LF
3. Hunter Renfroe (R) RF
4. Eric Hosmer (L) 1B
6. Jose Pirela (R) 2B
7. Freddy Galvis (S) SS
8. Austin Hedges (R) C
9. Eric Lauer (R) P
Bullpen Usage

via Baseball Press.

Opposing pitcher

Scouting Report from Brooks Baseball.

Eric LauerLauer throws a fastball (91 mph), cutter (87 mph), curve (73 mph), change (83 mph), and slider (81 mph). The fastball and cutter are thrown the most often over 75% of the time. The curve is the primary breaking pitch, changes used sparingly, and sliders almost never thrown. Most of his outs are earned in the air with only a 36% ground ball rate in 2018.

Sean's Note: The rookie left-hander Lauer has made 15 starts in the big leagues. His ERA is at 4.40 with a FIP of 4.60. His strikeout rate is below league average and his walk rate slightly above average. Not surprisingly being a fly ball pitcher he allows a fair amount of homers. Left handed and right handed hitters hit for a high average against Lauer but righties hit for much more power.

Final Thoughts: With Albert Almora away from the team for a family medical issue, Jason Heyward gets the start against the lefty Lauer. David Bote is back up with Almora on leave and gets a look at third Sunday. Javy Baez has dominated this series despite being sick the past couple days. The Cubs have allowed 10 runs to an underwhelming San Diego offense the first two games of the series. Jon Lester looks to end his strong first-half on a high-note. Chicago should be able to score, with a decent start a sweep is very possible.



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    I hope everything works out with Albert’s family. Bote can play a good 3rd and Heyward can certainly fill in playing CF. I am constantly amazed at the depth of this team.

  • David Freise hits a PH game tying triple off Knebel with 2 outs and 2 strikes in the bottom of the 9th...

  • In reply to Cubber Lang:

    Probably about 2 feet short of being a walkout HR.

  • In reply to Cubber Lang:

    walkoff... autocorrect'd

    Now they go to extra innings.

  • In reply to Cubber Lang:

    Brewers blew another save opportunity... Pirates sweep 'em.

  • In reply to Cubber Lang: ‘bout that! Crew has ‘em down 5-3 in the bottom of the 9th and gave it up....went ahead in the 10th and then the Pirates walked it off.....
    Much wailing and knashing of teeth in both Cheddarville and Archland....

  • In reply to Wickdipper:

    Good stuff...
    Brewers circling the drain and the process that the Cubs started in 2015 coming to ahead.

  • In reply to Cubber Lang:

    Just a week ago it seemed like Milwaukee was never going to lose again and then they go on a 6 game (at least) skid..that's baseball.

  • In reply to JTWilson:

    I know! Right when I accepted the fact that the Brewers were a good team and we’d have to take them seriously and play even better to pass them... then they go and do this. I really don’t expect them to go away, but I won’t be upset if they did.

  • In reply to Cubber Lang:

    Huge series sweep by the pirates what a damaging week for Milwaukee. My close friend that's a die hard brewer fan thinks that the team is very fatigued right now and that the all star break is coming at the perfect timing. He likes Counsell but he thinks that Counsell hasn't done a great job of resting his players compared to Joe Maddon

  • Albert is my guy. This team has 10 top hitters with a switch hitting back up catcher and a professional pinch hitter.
    They are fun to watch.

    How about Contreras to Baez how much fun are they i cant ever remember two Cubs that are more fun.
    And i am old enough to remember jose cardenal.

  • In reply to bleachercreature:

    I remember Moe Drabowski and George Altman so I’m just gonna shut up...

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    In reply to Wickdipper:

    The Reuschel brothers and Jim Hickman.

  • In reply to Jonathan Friedman:

    Yep, Rick and Paul proved you dont have to be fit to be a major leaguer.

  • In reply to bleachercreature:

    Anybody beat Phil Cavaretta, Hank Sauer, Eddie Waitkus, Frankie Baumholtz, Roy Smalley, Dee Fondy, Hal Jeffcoat, Warren Hacker, Bob Rush & Andy Pafko

  • In reply to wthomson:

    I'll see you the Cubs 1908 IF of Steinfeldt - Tinker - Evers - Chance. . And raise you ....

    Just kidding.

  • In reply to wthomson:

    That’s just about my time period. Started with Sauer didn’t make it back to Caveretta. Used to live about a mile from Pafko. Guess that makes me old.

  • In reply to stix:

    I aspire to see that much Cubs history. The other day in SF the Giants were giving out 60th anniversary stuff. 60 years since moving out of NY but the lady in the box office was confusing it with 60th anniversary of the Giants. I told her the Cubs started in 1876. Then I realized just how much of those years I had witnessed. As a kid I’d listen to Jack Brickhouse describe old players and strange plays from his years. Now I’m doing it.

  • In reply to wthomson:

    Wow.....nope.....I came into it in the late 50’s

  • In reply to Jonathan Friedman:

    I’ll see your Reuschels and Hickman and raise you with my Dick Bertell and Ellis Burks.

  • In reply to Jonathan Friedman:

    The filter ate my response to you earlier obviously because of Bertell’s first name....

  • In reply to Wickdipper:

    Went to high school with his daughter, Sheri. And Mr. Bertell came to watch all our games. He was an awesome guy.

  • Good start to this one..including J-Hey picking up Bryant with a 2 out 2 RBI single.

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    This almost isn't fair...

  • Watchingthe Futures game on MLB. But listening to Harold Reynolds trying to 'enlighten' the listener, is exactly like Tim McCarver reincarnated.

  • In reply to cubbustible:

    Just a few weeks ago, ESPN analysts were breaking down JHey's swing and declaring it irreparably broken.

  • In reply to cubbustible:

    Harold Reynolds waxing poetic about prospects sounds like torture.

  • In reply to cubbustible:

    I hate watching games on MLB Network. I don't know why they assume that the blather of 3 or 4 goofballs adds anything to the game. Harold Reynolds = nails & chalkboard. Eric Byrnes is a close second.

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    Bases loaded 1 out and JHey and Javy coming up, I don’t think we’ll need those runs but it would have been nice to really put the pressure on them.

  • Was that ball 4 to Asuaje actually a strike? It looks like something that would typically be a strike, at least according to pitchtrax.......

  • Javy can't even make an error when he misplays a ground ball. Still gets a double play. LOL

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    Len and JD are talking about Tony Gwynn. He was one I made a special attempt to see bat. They had mentioned how few times he struck out. He played 20 yrs and in his first year he batted .289. That was the only time he hit under .300! I have never found anyone who's career lasted at least 10 years who NEVER hit below .300. He's the closest. One of the best hitters of all time and I am so happy that I was able to see him play.

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    In reply to Jonathan Friedman:

    as a comparison, Joey Votto, who has one of the best eyes in the majors today, has SO over 1100 times in 12 seasons, Gwynn only 434 times in 20 years.

  • In reply to Jonathan Friedman:

    Gwynn, Brett, and Boggs were all great hitters. It was a different era when strikeouts were not as accepted. Look at Bill Buckner Ks per season. It really makes the strikeout totals posted my Nolan Ryan that more significant.

  • WGN has the worst pitchtrax I have seen. They make the ball the size of a beachball. I like the ones where the box stays over the plate and when the ball crosses the plate it shows where it was and how fast it was going.

  • W!

    A good road trip and a really good month of July so far! Now some time off and then “them” for 5 games.....enjoy the break everyone!

  • We're at the all star break in 1st place in the NL! I think despite the frustrations that we've all had with this team at times in part due to WS expectations you still have to be pleased with what this group has accomplished. We've had some adversity with Darvish, Hendricks, and Q's injuries/inconsistency and we've had to get a lot of big outs using no name minor leaguers such as Rosario, Farrell, Bass, etc. and Bryzzo is off to their worst start collectively as cubs and we're still in 1st. Excited to see what this group can accomplish especially if we can get Darvish healthy in time for the stretch run and we can get some nice reinforcements at the deadline. We're in a wide open NL and I for one am glad that those powerful AL powerhouses like Clev, Hous, NYY, and Bos have to worry about coming out of that gauntlet of a playoff. Overall nice half and here's to a strong 2nd half and hopefully better health for this group.

  • In reply to kkhiavi:

    I agree... so much went wrong with injuries and poor performance, but this team is playing about as competitively as we can hope for. I’ll expect even more in the 2nd half. Despite the injuries, many on the team are still well rested too. And those relief pitchers deserve this break more than anybody else!

    And great job with shorter sentences and more use of punctuation. Much easier to read your posts that way, kkiavi!!

  • In reply to Cubber Lang:


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    It’s almost like the NBA. All the best teams are in the West and they’ll beat each other up while the East doesn’t have that special team. The NL has the Cubs and maybe LA and Arizona but not much else. Each week we have a clearer path to the WS.

  • So far, Bote has been playing like he belongs on the Cubs major league team. He can hit and he seems to be an above average infielder. Maybe they should send LaStella down to get more at bats to keep him producing. He has not been getting very much playing time lately and it shows in his results. Hopefully, we won't lose him and he will be ready when they call him up again. More importantly, Bote will get more big league experience. This way either, or both, will be ready to help the Cubs later on if and when needed.

  • In reply to clarkAddson:

    I’m pretty sure LaStella is out of options, so he would have to pass through waivers to be sent down. That’s not happening

  • In reply to Cubpack:

    OK, well that puts the kabosh on that idea. Thanks

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    In reply to Cubpack:

    TLS does have options (1) per CubReporter. That being said I don't want to see him sent to Iowa. I would rather see Bote sent down. Having a LH batter able to put together a solid PA late in a game is highly valuable.

    As Cubber says below, Bote is a valuable guy to have around and there is a reason he is starting at 3B instead of TLS, but TLS still has a role on the team.

  • In reply to clarkAddson:

    Bote is actually considered a below average defender. His saving grace is his versatility to play multiple positions. But he’s got a little speed to go with his baserunning skills, and with his recently found power, he has just enough skills to offer that I think he can survive on a MLB roster in a part time role. He’s perfect for a club like the Cubs with many stars who are alsobmovong parts. Even if he’s just a little below average at multiple positions, he’s proving to be a solid baseball player, and there’s always room at the bottom of the roster for guys who know how to play the game the way he does. I like him!!

  • In reply to Cubber Lang:

    So far he has impressed me at 3rd base defense and hitting. He sure hasn't looked like a below-average defender. I realize KB has been hurt but I feel he has outplayed KB at 3rd recently but this has been a small sample. You know more about him than I do. Thanks

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