Game Post 8/12


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Sunday: 7:08 pm CT on ESPN/670AM



1. Trea Turner (R) SS
2. Juan Soto (L) LF
3. Bryce Harper (L) RF
4. Ryan Zimmerman (R) 1B
5. Daniel Murphy (L) 2B
6. Mark Reynolds (R) 3B
8. Matt Wieters (S) C
9. Max Scherzer (R) P
1. Anthony Rizzo (L) 1B
2. Javier Baez (R) 3B
3. Ben Zobrist (S) 2B
4. Jason Heyward (L) RF
6. Kyle Schwarber (L) LF
8. Cole Hamels (L) P
9. Addison Russell (R) SS
Bullpen Usage

Lineups and Bullpen Usage via Baseball Press.

Opposing pitcher

Scouting Report from Brooks Baseball.

Max ScherzerIn 2018, he has relied primarily on his Fourseam Fastball (95mph), also mixing in a Change (84mph), Slider (86mph), Cutter (89mph) and Curve (79mph).
His fourseam fastball generates an extremely high number of swings & misses compared to other pitchers' fourseamers, has some natural sinking action, has slight armside run and has slightly above average velo. His change dives down out of the zone and has slight armside fade. His slider generates a high number of swings & misses compared to other pitchers' sliders and results in somewhat more flyballs compared to other pitchers' sliders. His cutter is an extreme flyball pitch compared to other pitchers' cutters and has some natural sink. His curve generates fewer whiffs/swing compared to other pitchers' curves and has little depth. 
Sam's Note: Not like you need to know much more. Only Jacob deGrom has been better. Scherzer is matching his career-high strikeout rate from last year, is walking hitters slightly less, and barely anyone can hit him hard. deGrom is going to take his Cy Young, but he's going to take it not have Scherzer give it to him. Scherzer is replacing his slider with more of a cutter this year, which is also nasty. Good luck. Maybe get the first two of this series would be a good idea.
Final Thoughts: The Cubs got smoked on Saturday, but it only counts as one. Max Scherzer is as tough as ever so scoring will be at a premium tonight. Cole Hamels has only allowed one run in his first two Cubs starts. I'm not crazy about the struggling Albert Almora hitting 5th against Scherzer. Perhaps I'll be proven wrong.



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    Turner is leading off tonight and that means he’ll be running if he gets on.
    The two toughest bulldog pitchers in the game are Verlander and Scherzer and we’re facing one of them. We have to be patient and hit the mistakes. At least Milw lost today so we could go 3 up.

  • A couple notes on the walking wounded: Darvish was expected to throw a simulated game today but that has been pushed back until Tuesday. I haven't seen any explanation, good or bad, so the soap opera continues... Smyly has had to slow the pace of his rehab and says his body isn't recuperating in between throwing sessions as quickly as he would like. There have been no reports of a setback or pain that I've heard, but I have noticed the very subtle hints of 2019 rather than September 2018. That was the expectation when we signed him, but the optimistic reports that began around June were encouraging. Anything he can contribute this year would be a bonus, and a very welcome one. Let's hope they both do well.

    I suppose this lineup is about the best offensive/defensive combo we can throw at Scherzer. He has failed to go a full 6 IP only once this year, so we're going to have to have to stay in the game and hope to get a good outing from Hamels. I think he's up to the task. This game may very well be won with our sterling defense and taking advantage of the Nats' miscues.

    Go Cubs!

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    Coke has to throw strikes, especially because the ump is squeezing the pitchers.

  • After our top 3, our line up doesn’t scare anyone.

  • That called first pitch strike against Heyward, was a first pitch ball in the at bat where Zimmerman walked; is it time for robo ump?

  • One more biscuit for breakfast, Ben.

  • In reply to BarleyPop:

    Good at bat. He made Scherzer throw lots pitches and almost hit it out.

  • Hamels pitching good

  • In reply to bolla:

    NLDS Game 1 SP?

  • In reply to BarleyPop:

    Or wc game pitcher lol. If lester doesn't get it together definitely

  • In reply to bolla:

    Knock on wood no late runs allowed but win or lose this game hamels has been incredibly impressive tonight against a resurgent nats lineup

  • In reply to kkhiavi:

    Yes indeed.I had this feeling hamels would be reinvigorated on the cubs, he was genuinely excited about getting traded here. Hope he doesn't have to take the loss tonight but scherzer is mowing them down.

    But yea it's an impressive performance regardless especially after yesterday

  • Hamels is pitching as just good as Scherzer. In fact Hamels has given up only 1 hit and Scherzer has given up 2 to the Cubs.


  • Into the pen... we got this.

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    Our bullpen is better than rhere’s. We’ve got to show situational hitting though. Addy didn’t want to hit behind Tommy he just wanted to hit it as hard as he could. Rizzo tried, now up to Javy.

  • #**$+π*#, but, We Never Quit!

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    As much as that last call helped us I don’t like the bad calls. We use a replay to see if Javy was out and it was sooooo close but it took time and MLB wants to get it right, so why not with balls and strikes? These calls change ball games and we all want it right. MLB and the players union have got to get together to change this.

  • In reply to Jonathan Friedman:

    Amen, Brother Jonathan!

  • Sorry, Javy, no chants of MVP.

    D Bote! D Bote! D Bote!

  • BOTE!!!!!!!

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    Wow wow wow MVBote!!
    Never Assume!!

  • In reply to Jonathan Friedman:

    Does two batters getting plunked count as "situational hitting"?

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    In reply to BarleyPop:

    Maybe situational pitching. I wonder how Max is feeling right now?

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    In reply to BarleyPop:

    Sure, why not?

  • Wow just wow

  • We all owe it to Greg Simmons for coming in here and telling us the Cubs will lose. Every time he decides to post here, the Cubs win!

  • In reply to Cubber Lang:

    Thanks, Greg! :o)

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    In reply to Cubber Lang:

    Glad everyone is finally catching on. I been throwing down wagers everytime he posts. Sometimes I miss his posts or he posts during games, but he still a money Mush of all mushes. Please don't chase him away

  • David Bote...what can I say, maybe he really is Ziggy Stardust.

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    Do we still need to pump the brakes on Bote?

  • In reply to John Winter:

    Earlier this year I said there's no way Bote will be on the post season roster.... I was very wrong.

  • In reply to Cubber Lang:

    For what it's worth, I thought he's a good player, but in the small sample size, wasn't sure if it was enough for post season consideration. I was wrong...

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    In reply to Cubber Lang:

    Yeah, I’m actually kind of kidding, but he continues to impress.

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    In reply to Cubber Lang:

    They said they worked on his swing as he was always hitting the ball hard throughout his minor league career, but always hitting it on the ground. So they raised his swing path and now he's hitting line drives and fly balls and we all see the results.

    This is basically ( in simplest form as Its way more complex then I just posted) what they did to Justin Turners swing before his breakout. He was about to be bounced from the league, so he figured he had nothing to to lose by altering his swing path.

    Got to give those guys credit for be willing to change. You know they were the best players around from when they 1st picked up a bat which got them drafted and all the way to the show so deciding to alter your swing had to be tough. Big ups to both.

    In Bote we trust !

  • Bote is a KEEPER !!!!!

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    Maybe I’m still feeling the love for DB, but who do you want batting in that situation right now? Bote for me.

  • .....any kid that’s ever played the game....there it is....the dream.

    It’s over. There is your season turning point!


  • Watching the replay, Bote is going absolutely crazy as he rounds the bases...of course, I'm biased in this case but scenes like that are baseball at its best to me.

  • In reply to JTWilson:

    Bote has been through a lot, and nearly gave up baseball a couple years ago because he thought he wasn't being fair to his young wife. It is so awesome to see dreams come true.

  • For now Bote at 3b, Baez at SS and Zo at 2nd.

  • In reply to WaitTilNextYear:

    Not opposed to that at all. Zobrist will still need regular rest though.

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    In reply to Cubber Lang:

    Zobrist needs to be on the field as much as possible. When we clinch or have a large lead, he can start resting twice a week or so, but as of now, keep the rest to off days and a game here or there when needed.

    He's one of the only ones who seems to be putting up professional at bats every day

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