Game Post 8/25


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Saturday: 1:20 pm CT on ABC-7/670AM



1. Scott Schebler (L) RF
2. Jose Peraza (R) SS
3. Scooter Gennett (L) 2B
4. Eugenio Suarez (R) 3B
5. Phillip Ervin (R) CF
7. Curt Casali (R) 1B
8. Dilson Herrera (R) LF
9. Luis Castillo (R) P
1. Daniel Murphy (L) 2B
2. Javier Baez (R) SS
3. Anthony Rizzo (L) 1B
4. Ben Zobrist (S) RF
5. Jason Heyward (L) CF
7. Kyle Schwarber (L) LF
8. Jose Quintana (R) P
9. Ian Happ (S) 3B
Bullpen Usage

Lineups and Bullpen Usage via Baseball Press.

Opposing pitcher

Scouting Report from Brooks Baseball.

Luis Castillo: Luis Castillo has thrown 3,653 pitches that have been tracked by the PITCHf/x system between 2017 and 2018, including pitches thrown in the MLB Regular Season and Spring Training. In 2018, he has relied primarily on his Fourseam Fastball (96mph), Change (86mph) and Sinker (96mph), also mixing in a Slider (83mph).

His fourseam fastball has some natural sinking action, has well above average velo and has slight armside run. His change generates a high number of swings & misses compared to other pitchers' changeups, is slightly firmer than usual, has slight armside fade and has some natural sink to it. His sinker has an obvious tail, is blazing fast and has some natural sinking action. His slider generates more whiffs/swing compared to other pitchers' sliders, results in many more groundballs compared to other pitchers' sliders, has primarily 12-6 movement and has some two-plane movement.

Sean's Note: The Cubs have faced Castillo a lot in 2018, this will be the fourth time they have seen him. They struggled against him in his first start, then did better the last two. Overall he has struggled with a 4.86 ERA, although a 4.33 FIP indicates some bad luck. Lefties hit significantly better against Castillo than do righties.

Final Thoughts: After more heroics from David Bote, the Cubs have now won three straight games. Jose Quintana had a decent start against the Pirates. He has struggled at home in 2018 and consistency has been hard to find. It's good to see Jason Heyward back in the lineup after missing a couple games with an ankle injury. They will need his defense, with Kyle Schwarber, Daniel Murphy, and Ian Happ at third things may get pretty interesting in the field.


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  • Nice that they beat the Harvey yesterday. And no Hamilton in the lineup today. Nice.

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    Lets go Q........Battle and stay at the bottom of the zone

    Prediction......... Runs

    First one to 5 runs today wins !

  • Castillo has given the cubs problems in the past, I hope they can get to him today and score 2-4 runs so he doesn't settle in for 5-6 innings.

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    2 out magic would be nice !

    Come on J Hey

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    I like this lineup. Just wish Almora or Bote was hitting 9th

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    Q--walks are not good. Throw strikes or right on the corners but not in the dirt. We can score against the Reds but I hate to have the bottom of their lineup do damage against us.

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    Nice Play Happ'er

    Saved a run. Love that aggressive D even w favorable offensive conditions ....... early in the game pitcher on deck. I am all for it !

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    Happ w the huge 2 out KNOCK !!

    Nice work by Q to advance the Schwarbenator too


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    Huge knock by the Happ'er

    Big AB by Q to bring in the Schwarbenator!!!

    3-0 cubs

    Daniel Murphy strikes again

  • YES!!

  • alright HAPP! Saved a run and drove in the first run. Go Murphy!

  • Good call on the hit and run with Q. I hope Willy is ok. Murphy!!

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    I know I said it before we picked him up, but how the heck could Daniel Murphy reach the 1st place Cubs on the waiver priority ?

    I am still confused as I was then.

    Was it the 4 million dollars?

  • In reply to Jim Odirakallumkal:

    It really is an unbelievable pickup when you consider its post trade deadline. You're talking about one of the more feared hitters in the league ESP for us cub fans and not only did no team claim him but we only got him for 4 mill and a non top 40 prospect. Twitter Fans love to criticize theo for every move that didn't go right but let's see any of those fans close the hamels and Murphy deals for as little as we gave up

  • In reply to Jim Odirakallumkal: is it possible he got past 25 teams?

  • In reply to Wickdipper:

    I believe he got past 14 teams in the NL, not the total league. I would not call it a great move by Theo. I would call it a no brainer with Bryant hurt and Russell struggling.

  • In reply to 2016 Cubs:

    I don’t know how waivers actually work. He was restricted to just NL teams? Would think an AL team would jump on that bat for DH purposes.

  • In reply to Wickdipper:

    I believe how waivers work is the league the player plays in gets first pick. So the team with the worst record gets first pick then on up to the team with the best in record. Then it goes to the other league. If the player goes unclaimed he can be traded to any team.

  • In reply to 2016 Cubs:

    Ahhhhh ok.....thanks:)

  • In reply to Jim Odirakallumkal:

    Just think that the Brewers chose to trade for schoop over Murphy and they had to give up their 4th best prospect for one additional year of cost control. Murphy would be really scary in that lineup and he doesn't have the no trade clause so it's not like with hamels where he may have possibly vetoed a trade

  • In reply to Jim Odirakallumkal:

    It’s great!

    Brewers have 2 or 3 2b, Cards have Wong. Dodgers Dozier... We got lucky that no contenders needed him. Non contenders didn’t want to pay for him.

    But all I can say is Thank You very much, we will take him!

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    In reply to Milk Stout:

    LOL> Wong is a great defender, but he's hardly a irreplaceable 2nd baseman, but I do get your point.

    D-Backs could have used him as well as the Rock Pile ( 1B). Even the Phillies could use him( maybe not every day but depth and they have $$)

    I really wanted him, but didn't think there were any chance he would get to us. Figured someone would block him.

  • In reply to Jim Odirakallumkal:

    :o) maybe I was Wong about him?

  • In reply to Milk Stout:

    Even when you’re right he’s still always Wong

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    I loved the Murphy signing and it just keeps getting better. He is out Justin Verlander and will get the same results. Thank you Theo!!

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    In reply to Jonathan Friedman:

    At bat, in the field, all he needs now is the swim move on the bases—a triple threat.

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    Where are you BP?
    Yes You May!!

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    In reply to Jonathan Friedman:

    That was for yesterday.

  • I seriously hate watching quintana pitch man.

  • In reply to bolla:

    What else can you say just a frustrating pitcher and frustrating start to his Cubs tenure. Once again the fastball command issues that suddenly seem to crop up whenever we acquire a new pitcher. I know hamels is pitching great but I see that more as a credit to him than any magic that hickey worked considering he turned things around the moment he put on a cub uniform

  • In reply to kkhiavi:

    That ab vs the pitcher was extremely frustrating to watch. Like come on man lock in and throw strikes it's the pitcher.

    Quintana seems to have 1-2 innings a start where he can't throw strikes to save his life and when he does they get hammered and it seems like no one bites on his curve.

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    In reply to bolla:

    Exactly, when he's not spotting the fastball, they spit on the curve similar to what was happening to Hendricks in the beg of the season. He couldn't spot his fastball in the strike zone so hitters didn't swing at his bread n butter change thus making him a much different and in turn hittable pitcher.

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    Zo does his best but a dribbler from RF? Why not have Albert in CF and JHey in RF?

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    In reply to Jonathan Friedman:

    For a 2nd baseman and converted former SS, Zobrist has a pretty below average arm

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    That was sad......a battle of all battles w the opposing pitcher and then to lose it and to a RBI knock

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    I have to be honest and did not like that 3-0 swing n pitch selection from the Schwarbenator, but I am sure glad he swung n missed.

    Big Bomb and we got those 2 runs back and we are the first to 5, and we should win this game as long as my prediction doesn't POP>

  • At least schwarber got the 2 runs back

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    How about a shut down inning Mr. Q

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    Great defense there. Love it

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    This round goes to Javy Mr. Garrett

    3 more outs Q for a QS

  • Baez got his good friend garret again.

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    Javy is realizing that a smooth swing going the other way can still get out. I wish Heyward could get that swing, he is doing better this year but still is herky-jerky.
    I’d love to see Javy have a 30+ HR and 120 RBI season. Since he’s close to 30 now we’ll be seeing him run a lot now. He certainly wants that 30/30 season.

  • Boy, Q has little margin for error. Throws lots of pitches and goes 3-2 on every batter and gets hit if he catches much of the plate. He sure battles tho.

  • In reply to 44slug:

    Wish he went another inning to save more least keep him out there until he allows a runner.

  • Good ab by baez 0-2 and drew a walk didn't chase, very proud

  • In reply to bolla:

    That was a really good at bat.

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    The Reds defense reminds me of the 1962 Mets “defense.”

  • In reply to Jonathan Friedman:

    They’re Amazin’

  • Come on kintzler it was an 8 run lead he's serving up meatballs

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    A question. When can someone come off the DL? What if the Reds are down a run, bases loaded—can they bring Votto off the DL in the middle of the game?
    Is it only in the morning or after a game?

  • In reply to Jonathan Friedman:

    Aflac !!!!

  • In reply to Jonathan Friedman:

    Your choice of words but he can’t come off once the game starts, so it’s either after the game or before the next start

  • Boy I have no trust in kintzler already the guy just doesn't have good stuff, doesn't miss bats and is another command reliant pitcher. And this is yet another new pitcher that is experiencing a decline in fastball command since he's joined the Cubs he's not getting killed by walks but he's falling behind counts in a lot of games and leaving meatballs over the middle of the plate. There just weren't many intriguing relief pitchers available this deadline unfortunately

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    In reply to kkhiavi:

    Even he can't mess up an 8 run lead. If he can get 3 outs w/o giving up too many runs, its a win

  • In reply to Jim Odirakallumkal:

    It's too bad the Pirates suddenly decided they were gonna go all in this deadline I liked keone kela as a trade option but overall there weren't many good relievers available even Zach Britton is struggling with the Yankees I've heard. At this point I trust de la rosa who we got off the waiver wire more than kintzler

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    In reply to kkhiavi:

    Your right, he's not even good enough for walkwoody duty

  • In reply to Jim Odirakallumkal:

    He's a right handed version of Duensing.

  • In reply to 2016 Cubs:

    With a $5M player option for next yr.

  • In reply to stix:

    I did not realize that. That is not good. If he keeps pitching like this he will opt in for sure because nobody is going to pay him that much.

  • Yea I don’t really trust Kintzler, he’s had a few outings where he allows too much traffic for a bullpen pitcher.

    Good win regardless, hope the cards lose tonight

  • Tick tick tick Greg

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