Game Post 9/11

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Tuesday: 7:05 pm CT on MLB Network/WGN/670AM

Lineups

Brewers

1. Lorenzo Cain (R) CF
3. Jesus Aguilar (R) 1B
4. Ryan Braun (R) LF
5. Jonathan Schoop (R) 2B
6. Travis Shaw (L) 3B
7. Erik Kratz (R) C
8. Orlando Arcia (R) SS
Cubs
1. Daniel Murphy (L) 2B
2. Kris Bryant (R) LF
3. Anthony Rizzo (L) 1B
4. Ben Zobrist (S) RF
5. Javier Baez (R) SS
6. Tommy La Stella (L) 3B
8. Jose Quintana (R) P
9. Ian Happ (S) CF
Bullpen Usage
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Lineups and Bullpen Usage via Baseball Press.

Opposing pitcher

Scouting Report from Brooks Baseball.

Jhoulys ChacinJhoulys Chacin has thrown 19,558 pitches that have been tracked by the PITCHf/x system between 2009 and 2018, including pitches thrown in the MLB Regular Season, The World Baseball Classic and Spring Training. In 2018, he has relied primarily on his Slider (80mph) and Sinker (91mph), also mixing in a Fourseam Fastball (91mph). He also rarely throws a Splitter (87mph), Change (83mph), Curve (76mph) and Cutter (87mph).

His slider comes in below hitting speed and sweeps across the zone. His sinker has slight armside run, has slightly below average velo and has some natural sinking action. His fourseam fastball has some natural sinking action and has slightly below average velo. His splitter is basically never swung at and missed compared to other pitchers' splitters, is slightly firmer than usual and results in somewhat more flyballs compared to other pitchers' splitters. His change has slight cut action and results in somewhat more groundballs compared to other pitchers' changeups. His curve is basically never swung at and missed compared to other pitchers' curves, has little depth, results in somewhat more flyballs compared to other pitchers' curves, has slight glove-side movement and has slightly below average velo. His cutter (take this with a grain of salt because he's only thrown 4 of them in 2018) is basically never swung at and missed compared to other pitchers' cutters, is an extreme flyball pitch compared to other pitchers' cutters, has slightly below average velo and has strong cutting action.

Sean's Note: The Cubs finally scored on Chacin last week, touching him up for three runs in 4.2 innings of work. He doesn't rely heavily on his fastball so looking off speed is the right approach against him. He gives up a fair amount of contact and a pretty large percentage (37%) is hard contact.

Final Thoughts: The Cubs have lost five of seven at the worst possible time. The Brewers close win moves them within a single game of first. Addison Russell, Albert Almora, and Willson Contreras are ice cold, so Joe Maddon gave all three the day off. Tommy La Stella and Victor Caratini are in to try and spark the offense, which is an odd thing to say. Desperate times call for desperate measures. Jose Quintana pitched well last time, the Cubs definitely need that today.

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    Should be another short night for Quintana. I predict that out after 3 innings with the cubs losing 7-0. If you walk around the ballpark tonight you will see many cub fans crying in their beers mumbling"We gave up Eloy and Cease for this piece of garbage!"

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    In reply to Greg Simmons:

    Thanks. Hope your right as usual. If so Q will pitch 6+ strong and my pocket will get fatter. You are the greatest mush of all mush's. Wish you just had some integrity or a backbone and showed up after your terrible predictions.

  • In reply to Jim Odirakallumkal:

    Congrats, Jim! Hope you made a bundle! (Although I still can’t quite fathom that you bet on baseball!)

  • In reply to Greg Simmons:

    Next prediction please.. your humor in a way is rather tragic

  • In reply to Greg Simmons:

    Much appreciated Greg I couldn't help but notice that you haven't been around lately and the team has been losing.

  • In reply to Greg Simmons:

    Just for Greg, since he helped us win last night: Quintana in his last 5 starts 1.84 ERA, 2.58 FIP, 1.06 WHIP and opponents are batting .239 against him with a .522 OPS. Can you say some bad things about Kyle please?

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    Last night I think the Crew had at least 5 lead off men get on base. That is unacceptable. If we can hold them off the base we'll be alright and also no walks. Their outfield is good and fast and has power. It might be one of the best in the majors. Getting Cain and Yelich has made all the difference. I would take either one.

  • Good start for quintana, quick 1-2-3 inning.

  • 1 Which Q are we going to see tonight? Jekyll or Hyde?? We will know around the 4th or 5th inning. If he gets past that inning relatively unscathed, then he'll be the good Q and go 7 innings, or more, of very productive baseball.

    2. I FULLY REALIZE this game is just one of the remaining games on the schedule and that this statement sounds incredibly sensationalistic, but I mean it: Whichever teams wins THIS GAME, WILL WIN THE DIVISION. You heard it here first. I honestly believe that.....a total gut feel

    GO CUBS !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  • In reply to INSaluki:

    That prediction and a $1 will get you a cup of coffee at mickeyD

  • In reply to stix:

    What, no tax ? I like your world. : )

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    In reply to INSaluki:

    Well played sir !!!

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    Basically a leadoff double, but w an 0-2 count on Javy vs a fresh AB.....

    If he can get him over at bare minimum, a successful ab

  • GREAT ab by baez, drew another walk didn't chase the buffet of sliders

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    The view from CF is so helpful but once in a while I’d like to see a field view from behind the umpire (actually ideal would be on the top of the umps head so we can see what the batter sees. We say “how can Javy or KB swing at that?” but we aren’t seeing exactly what they see.

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    This ump did LaStella no favors in that AB......Wow

    Huge AB for Carrot here

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    Thank you Chacin !!

    I don't know how the Brewers have a reputation of being a good defensive team, because they have looked like crap this yr in the games vs us.

    Maybe they are a flawless defensive team when not playing us? I dunno, cuz this is ugly

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    WOW Happ. Ball right down the middle and he swing right through it.

    Thank god for that error that brought in run 1 !! Which thus pulling the IF in so we get the 2nd run on what would have been an easy catch if infield was playing normally.

    What could have been a 0-0 game is 2-0. A little early luck for the better team

  • In reply to Jim Odirakallumkal:

    Cubs had same issue when they pulled infield in and Arcia lined a single that Russell probably catches but it dropped for a hit. STD baseball procedure.

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    In reply to stix:

    Of course, but what I am saying is if Chacin doesn't throw the ball into CF, the infield doesn't come in. ( FYI it wasn't in before that)

    A little luck, and your right its standard procedure and they got a lil fortunate on the play your describe.

  • In reply to Jim Odirakallumkal:

    When are the Cubs going to realize that Happ cannot hit major league pitching. It's one thing that Schwarber is a sub .240 hitter, but he'll pop you 25-30 HR's. Happ's average is about the same but with half the HR's. Yet, he SEEMS to play more than Almora. I just don't get it.

  • In reply to INSaluki:

    Check Happ OBP and OPS compared to Almora and you’ll see why Almora is a defensive replacement and should only bat vs lefties.

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    36 pitches thru 3 innings for Q.

    Got to like that. Lets see what happens the 2nd time thru

  • In reply to Jim Odirakallumkal:

    Man did Q get lucky with that pitch called a strike, which was clearly inside. Otherwise, this would have been his not so unusual 4th inning meltdown.

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    Got to start the 4th off by retiring Cain

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    Cain won his battle.......walks Yelich........

    We are in huge trouble. Aguilar is a scary scary dude and due

  • Boy I don't know if it's just me but I hate facing Lorenzo Cain as much as any player in the league this season. He really is wearing out the Cubs this year and I love his competitiveness. He's really changed the complexion of these head to head matchups with the Brewers

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    Big Big Balls by Q right there.

    Got a lil break from the ump on strike 3 to Aguilar and then he did the rest !

    Lets get some more runs!

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    Caratini had a great AB. Chacin throws the ball away and yet Cain makes a terrific catch in CF. If I was a Brewers fan I’d be schizophrenic.
    Q getting out of that inning is huge. Now let’s add a few more.

  • In reply to Jonathan Friedman:

    Time to tack on no doubt

  • In reply to Jonathan Friedman:

    Agreed, Caratini is looking much better at the plate. MLB finally woke up and is not showing pitch trax so you know how bad the umpiring is this year !

  • Key inning there for Q. Now to score a couple more runs and allow Q to pitch 7+ innings !!!

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    Bullpen has to step up tonight

  • Time to put Bryant at leadoff...

    Before we wanted some small ball, now we could use some HR ball. Can’t even remember the last dinger.

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    Both Almora and Happ have been disappointing post AS break, but Almora is such a better fielder that he makes up for the batting, and I think he gets more contact also.
    We should see him soon. At least 1 more Q, but 2 would be better. Who do we put in to relieve him? I don't trust CJ, so I'd go with Rosario and then Strop.
    Q is pitching just like Lester. If I just saw the chart my first guess would have been Lester is pitching tonight.

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    Keep Q in there--no hard contact, he's pitching well.

  • In reply to Jonathan Friedman:

    Hindsight aside, I would have left him in as well. Wilson looked good though.

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    In reply to INSaluki:

    That was the Wilson we traded for!

  • Man, I am Murphy's biggest fan (offensively speaking) but this is like the 5th play since he's joined the team where most other 2B would make the play. And this one was critical !!!!

  • In reply to INSaluki:

    Yea his defense is noticeably bad

  • GREAT work by Quintana tonight!

  • Man my heart was pounding when wilson entered, he blew him away.Great job by wilson

  • In reply to bolla:

    Any credit to Q or are you still on his case?

  • In reply to stix:

    Q deserves a lot of credit !!! But as I've said, he is almost as likely to pitch a major stinker as he is a good game. Way too inconsistent and has been for 2 years now. To give up what WILL be a perennial all star in Jimenez for a middle of the rotation, box of chocolates (never know what you're gonna get) pitcher is simply way too much.

  • In reply to INSaluki:

    Don’t think a “will be” a “maybe” and a woulda coulda shoulda wins this game tonight....

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    In reply to INSaluki:

    Plus its way way way too early to say Eloy is going to be a perennial all star.

    You forget Brett Jackson, Josh Vitters, Felix Pie, Bobby Hill, Hee-Sop Choi, Jake Fox? I would like to say Corey Patterson but he at least had an MLB career and better pedigree n tools then Eloy. These are just relatively recent examples off the top of my head.

    Okay and you say, well he's a white sox now, Joe Borchard, Brian Anderson, Josh Fields, Gordon Beckham ROY, Jeremy Reed? I would like to add Tyler Flowers but he's at least made an MLB career

    The book has yet to be written on Eloy.

  • In reply to INSaluki:

    Thank you, this will go down as one of the worst trades in cubs history.

  • In reply to bolla:

    Wilson has looked really great lately. Love to see him pound the upper part of the strike zone with 95mph... not easy to hit that.

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    Tommy should have given Javy a few pitches to try and steal 2nd or at least see what the pitcher is throwing.

  • In reply to Jonathan Friedman:

    Javy is gimpy. Doubt he’s stealing today.

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    In reply to stix:

    I didn't know--thanks.

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    Houdini Caratini--he's magic with the bat tonight!

  • My god, Happ Is pathetic.

  • In reply to TheSarge#36:

    Yeah, he seems lost w/2 strikes especially...

  • That bottom half of the 8th was pathetic. They are really hard to watch lately.

  • Really needed that win. What a play in the ninth by Russell.

  • In reply to seattlecub:

    Amazing. You see Bote’s reaction... mouth agape as he looked back to the Cub bench after the throw got him.

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    In reply to Milk Stout:

    That was priceless. Pro athletes are hard to impress but once in a while someone does something extraordinary and merits that reaction.

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    What a big win!

    Russell at least doesn't take his hitting woes into the field. That was amazing.

    What a big out by Wilson to get out of that jam in the 7th.

    KB showed his power by taking one almost out and yesterday he showed he still has his arm strength w that missile throw from the IVY to 3B. I think the power is coming.........

    Q..... What can you say about that performance ? Our team really needed a huge game, and he couldn't have pitched much better. I know he pitched much better then anyone expected.

    1 last shout out to Chacin for trying to pick Javy out and throwing the ball into CF. Personally I think that may have been the game for us considering we only had what 3 hits?

  • In reply to Jim Odirakallumkal:

    Hoping KB can still make something of his season

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