Game Post 8/11

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Saturday: 3:05 pm CT on FS1/ABC-7/670AM

Lineups

Nationals

1. Adam Eaton (L) RF
2. Trea Turner (R) SS
3. Bryce Harper (L) CF
4. Ryan Zimmerman (R) 1B
5. Juan Soto (L) LF
6. Mark Reynolds (R) 3B
7. Daniel Murphy (L) 2B
8. Matt Wieters (S) C
9. Tanner Roark (R) P
Cubs
1. Anthony Rizzo (L) 1B
2. Javier Baez (R) 2B
3. Jason Heyward (L) RF
4. David Bote (R) 3B
6. Kyle Schwarber (L) LF
7. Addison Russell (R) SS
8. Jon Lester (L) P
Bullpen Usage
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Lineups and Bullpen Usage via Baseball Press.

Opposing pitcher

Scouting Report from Brooks Baseball.

Tanner RoarkIn 2018, he has relied primarily on his Sinker using a Two-seam Fastball grip (92mph), also mixing in a Fourseam Fastball (92mph), Curve (75mph), Change (84mph) and Slider (85mph). He also rarely throws a Cutter (90mph).
His sinker has little sinking action compared to a true sinker. His fourseam fastball has essentially average velo and has slightly less natural movement than typical. His curvehas an exceptional bite, has slight glove-side movement and has slightly below average velo. His change has a lot of backspin and has slight armside fade. His slider has less than expected depth and results in somewhat more flyballs compared to other pitchers' sliders. His cutter generates fewer whiffs/swing compared to other pitchers' cutters, has good "rise", results in somewhat more flyballs compared to other pitchers' cutters and has slightly above average velo. 
Sam's NotesBy this point you know the deal with Roark, and the way he mispronounces his last name. He's going to pump fastballs into the zone, and occasionally feature a curve. He doesn't do anything particularly well except get out there every fifth day, which in baseball terms makes him a "gamer." How have the Nats not moved on from this guy yet?
Final Thoughts: Ben Zobrist is resting, so Albert Almora plays and bats 9th. David Bote hits clean up, his defense has been outstanding. The offense has stalled a bit, today is good time for a breakout. Jon Lester has struggled in the second half. A good start Saturday can earn a series win. 

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  • Big start for Lester today. He has not been good since the beginning of July. Many predicted his peripherals suggested his earlier success was due to regress, and that may be the case. I can't put my finger on an exact cause other than obviously giving up more hits, BBs, and HRs. He was placed on the DL last season around this time because of overall fatigue, and a comparison of his pitch velocity shows a similar (although slight) drop entering August. If he isn't effective today it may be time for a blow. A side note on Lester: I'm interested to see how he reacts to the intimidating stares and body language coming from a 19-year-old rookie in the batter's box.

    It would be nice to win today and not have to beat Scherzer to take the series. Javy is going to exploit the fastball/curveball combo of Roark. El Mago has pulled many rabbits out of his hat this year, but the biggest from an offensive standpoint is his aggressiveness early in the count. He is also doing damage to curveballs at historic levels; he absolutely crushes them. I'd hate to be in Roark's shoes.

    Go Cubs!

  • In reply to BarleyPop:

    Might be on a very short leash with MiMo not having pitched since Tuesday. Both tough but this is the more winnable, if the two of them can keep it close through six. I'd also be rooting for Teheran and Newcomb to hold serve so that the lead is no less than where we sit now going into the pair with the Brewers.

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    It would be nice to go ahead for a change although we do pretty well coming from behind. Lester's been bad recently and he has walked far too many--if he can locate in the strike zone and let his defense do the work he can win today. I have a feeling that Javy is going to hit one and steal one to get his first 20/20 season. I like that Lester is hitting 8th too.
    Go Cubs!!

  • In reply to Jonathan Friedman:

    No defense for a 2 run no doubter dinger...

  • Schwarber cracks the shift, Ha Ha! Love it. Now Russell w/a complete duck snort... wee heee

  • It might be time for a phantom injury for Lester and a 2 week dL break. He’s getting hit hard again

    The issue is theres no one to replace him in the rotation at the moment

  • In reply to bolla:

    It might not be such a phantom injury..yikes.

  • In reply to bolla:

    Yeah, they have to shelve Lester. He's not right. He'll fight it, but tought shit, it's best for the team.

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    Right now we don’t have a #1 starter and maybe not a #2. Hamels and Hendricks are the closest but our starting pitchers are going through a tough patch now. The only bright spot are the relievers.
    We need to hit more to counteract our pitching.

  • Well that sucked.

  • Nice to see Chatwood pitch well at least. I know in a very low key game with nothing to lose but at least 3IP no runs but still 2BB.

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