Game Post 9/12

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Wednesday: 7:05 pm CT on ESPN/ABC-7/670AM

Lineups

Brewers

3. Lorenzo Cain (R) CF
4. Travis Shaw (L) 2B
5. Mike Moustakas (L) 3B
6. Hernan Perez (R) SS
7. Eric Thames (L) 1B
8. Manny Pina (R) C
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) 3B
9. Addison Russell (R) SS
Bullpen Usage
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Lineups and Bullpen Usage via Baseball Press.

Opposing pitcher

Scouting Report from Brooks Baseball.

Chase AndersonChase Anderson has thrown 11,888 pitches that have been tracked by the PITCHf/x system between 2013 and 2018, including pitches thrown in the MLB Regular Season and Spring Training. In 2018, he has relied primarily on his Fourseam Fastball (93mph), also mixing in a Change using a Circle Change grip (83mph), Curve (77mph), Sinker(92mph) and Cutter (89mph).

His fourseam fastball has essentially average velo and results in somewhat more flyballs compared to other pitchers' fourseamers. His change has an obvious armside fade and has a lot of backspin. His curve has a sharp downward bite. His sinker has little sinking action compared to a true sinker and results in somewhat more flyballs compared to other pitchers' sinkers. His cutter has good "rise", results in somewhat more flyballs compared to other pitchers' cutters and has strong cutting action.

Sean's Note: Anderson has struggled more in 2018 than his excellent 2017 campaign. He is an extreme fly ball pitcher and it leads to a lot of home runs, he has given up 29 of them in 150 innings. Right handers actually hit him for a higher average than lefties. Anderson shut down the Cubs in April allowing just one run in seven innings.

Final Thoughts: The Cubs rode a huge effort from Jose Quintana to a shutout win over the Brewers. The offense continued to struggle, Victor Caratini got two of the team's three hits. Three deeply struggling players Addison Russell, Albert Almora, and Willson Contreras are back in the lineup. If one of them could start swinging a hot bat it would really help. Kyle Hendricks has been very good of late and the Cubs need more of that tonight.

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  • Hurricane Florence steered south so the game in dc is on Tomorrow smdh

    But davey Martinez may be doing his old team a favor,because joe ross is gonna start. instead of Scherzer who will get pushed back a day and start Friday vs the Braves.

  • Yu Darvish underwent an arthroscopic debridement of his right elbow today. Cubs think he should still be ready for 2019.

  • In reply to 2016 Cubs:

    Seems like they could have done this procedure three months ago, instead of all the screwing around "resting" his arm. I hope they're right about getting him back.

  • In reply to Cliff1969:

    I don't think they knew what was wrong 3 months ago.

  • In reply to John57:

    I don't think they know any more now than they did three months ago. The scar tissue they cut from his elbow didn't just sprout up overnight. More likely there was misdiagnosis and/or lack of cooperation with recommended treatment options.

  • Morrow had another good bullpen today, sim game next step could be back by the end of next week

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    One of our guys need to start hitting. We have the better defense but Milw can hit and run, and their CF is as good as ours. To win this one would be a huge hit to Milw's confidence and to ours.

  • In reply to Jonathan Friedman:

    You could say that about several of the guys, but even one would be helpful.

  • Bryant still doesn’t look right and his hand seems to come off the bat just as much as it always did.
    16 left for St Lou and Milwaukee
    18 left for the Cubs.....

    Would be huge to send them out 3 games down......

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    In reply to Wickdipper:

    If you look at the positive side, Bryant looks(and is) way better than Contreras right now. Both offensively and defensively. Hendricks is going to get quite a few bad calls tonight from Willy stabbing at the ball. Caratini's been hot, I would've started him.

  • In reply to Wrigley0923:

    Did you look at the chart for the matchup? Maybe Carantini could've stared at 1B even.......

  • In reply to Wickdipper:

    They said Bryant would not be 100% the rest of the yr.

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    Now is the time for Javy to step up. In September he has a line of
    .270/.308/.432 with an OPS of .740. In the 3 months before his OPS was over .900. He's taken a few good walks lately, but if he can revert to what he's been doing almost all year it would mean all the difference to the Cubs.

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    In reply to Jonathan Friedman:

    Javy needs some rest imo. Kinda hard to do with the schedule the past month. It would be nice to see him finally surpass the 100 RBI & 30 HR mark soon.

  • In reply to Wrigley0923:

    All of the Cubbies need a day off. MLB is screwing the Cubs making them going on the road after a night game.
    The Cubs overpaid for pitchers but didn't pony up to acquire Christian Yellich. Bad mistake letting Yellich go to the Brewers.

  • In reply to ronvet69:

    Yelich acquired by trade, no ammo a n minors for the cubs to win that trade

  • In reply to ronvet69:

    How is MLB screwing the cubs??

  • In reply to WaitTilNextYear:

    Because the Cubs asked MLB to move the game to the end of the season but MLB refused. Way too many games in a row that were scheduled.

  • In reply to ronvet69:

    Braves was a make up game from early. Nats was obviously just happened. That took 2 off days away. You can’t expect mlb to honor that request for 1 team. Mlb doesn’t want to push the playoffs back. If there happens to be a tie then you have to play that tie breaker. Then play wild card game and finally start the 2nd round. I’d rather see cubs play in philly or Pittsburgh.

  • Now there’s somethin ya don’t see everyday......

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    We’re playing like Milw, giving up hard hits and errors.

  • In reply to Jonathan Friedman:

    They’re hitting Nelson hard too.....let’s see.....

  • In reply to Wickdipper:

    Nelson?

  • In reply to 2016 Cubs:

    Anderson.....my bad

  • Granderson would have been a cheap pickup for us. Lots better than running Almora and Happ out there.

  • In reply to TheSarge#36:

    Happ looks lost at the plate. Watching a ball go down the middle of the plate last night for strike three. Wiillson's in a bad slump also.

  • In reply to ronvet69:

    This whole teams in a slump. Has been most of the year.

  • In reply to TheSarge#36:

    Inconsistent hard to be in a slump when you lead the league in hitting and runs scored.

  • The Cubs seem to rely on Murphy doing well in the lead off. It kind of reminds me of Fowler "you go, we go". Murphy has struggled for about a week (or so) and not surprisingly, so has the team. Too many others are struggling offensively (Russell, Schwarber, Almora, Happ, Bryant, Contreras), you can't have one of the best pure hitters in the league struggle and not expect to feel it throughout the lineup.

    With that said, I expect Murphy to get back to normal again very soon and the Cubs will go on a run here soon. Just not sure if it's going to be tonight.

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    Murphy had struggled and it’s shown in our run production. When he first got here ge was getting 2 hits a game and that’s not happening now. Addy does not look confident at the plate now—certainly not the Russell who hit a GS in the WS. Maybe going the other way will help him. At least Anderson is throwing a lot of pitches although it’s Sept and they have a loaded, if not great, bullpen. Hendricks looks locked in now—1 run is not going to win this game.
    Oh, and Thames is no Rizzo in fielding foul balls.

  • Anyone else aware of Milwaukee’s schedule down the stretch? It’s little league teams.

  • In reply to Squareburgers:

    Yep vs. Pirates who swept them 5 games preASB. Tigers who beat the cards 2-3 . 3 vs cards.still have to win all the teams are capable and they play the reds who just took 3-4 from the dodgers.

  • In reply to Squareburgers:

    I thought cubs had easiest record from all star break to end of season?

  • Where's Schwarber? Might have been time to give Murphy some rest............

  • In reply to Treebeard:

    Bad back !

  • In reply to ronvet69:

    Shoot, totally forgot.......

  • Can anyone honestly say that this club comes close to resembling a championship team .

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    In reply to TheSarge#36:

    Sarge, I don't have the confidence in this team that I did in 2016, yet how many times have we come from behind to win, over 40 I believe. Sometimes I think we're an old team, especially when I look at Atlanta, but then we don't have a starter on the field over 30.
    There goes Almora with a GG play, and now Baez throws one away. That's this season.

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    This offense is lifeless. I want to say the Brewers starters are all Cy Young contenders but they are a pish posh band aided together cast of re-treads and guys close to be outing of the league......

    We have to give credit to their pitching coach for getting his starters to perform well above their skill level and history.

    Too bad our pitching coach has some how made our pitchers worse. Is that even possible? Just has to be a coincidence right?

  • In reply to Jim Odirakallumkal:

    Our offense must be contagious because Murphy is infected now.

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    In reply to TheSarge#36:

    Makes you really wonder if thats possible...... or maybe Chilli told him Murphy, hey your a 300+ hitter right now, but I can make you a .350+ hitter ! He told murphy to change or alter something and this is the result, he turned him into a pumpkin, LOL !

    Cubs need to get aggressive and get a run or two as we can't wait til the 8th or 9th w Hader and Jefferies looming

  • In reply to Jim Odirakallumkal:

    Especially since the Brewers pitching coach was our minor league pitching coordinator a couple of years ago!

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    9 outs left,......

    I hope we are ready for Hader and Jefferies because thats whats in store.

    We can't hit journeyman garbage can pitchers so maybe we need a challenge of pitchers w NASTee stuff.

  • A strong possibility we’ll be playing the cardinals in a wild card game..
    God help us if we have to live through that.

  • In reply to TheSarge#36:

    The only thing the Cards are better at than the Cubs is: LOSING. Check the records.

  • Almost time for hader to come in and embarrass the cubs hitters again, only can hope he's off tonight.

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    In reply to bolla:

    I am betting that 2 runs will not win this game. Winner will have to score 3 or more.

    So Hader n Jeffereis are in trouble if our pen holds

  • In reply to Jim Odirakallumkal:

    I hope you're right ! Regardless of this game's outcome, the Cubs will still be in 1st place.

  • In reply to Jim Odirakallumkal:

    Lol , hope you’re right

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    No hitter and shut out gone in the Minnesota....... Poor Jake Odorizzi..

    Greg Bird of all players gets the hit.

    Alright Rally time Cubs !!

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    Victor in to catch CJE.

    I can't remember the last time we seen Willson in the OF. Been a loooong time. Or maybe it was like a month or so and my memory is shot.

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    Poor Cishek.......Seems like he has to pitch every game

    Its going to something to keep an eye on, because we need him dominant if we are going to go anywhere in October.

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    this is getting ridiculous. We just can't hit Hader or any pitcher and Granderson is beating us himself. He also had a great catch in RF.
    The game isn't over, but as up as I was yesterday I'm in a fog now. I just feel blah watching this team.

  • I was nervous about this series for a reason.

    That loss on labor day will haunt the cubs that was critical loss.

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    Cain and Yelich are like Dernier and Sandberg although with more power. Both are very good defensively and you don't want to face them any time during the game, but in the first inning they can be dangerous.
    I don't get that feeling with our first couple of batters, even when they get on they can't go from 1st-3rd like Cain and Yelich do.
    And now we go to Washington.

  • In reply to Jonathan Friedman:

    The cubs go from 1st to 3rd on singles more than any team in mlb and it's by a large margin.The problem is the cubs are terrible with risp so it doesn't matter.

    yelich and cain are better than all the cubs outfielders. they produce get on base and play great defense.

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    In reply to bolla:

    Exactly, and the scariest thing is KB has been one of the worst over his career. If he didn't struggle so much w RISP, it would be scary how great his career line would be.

  • We can blame individual players all we want but here are the facts for the last 7 previous games before tonight. Its hard to believe this slump can happen to the whole team all at once. I wonder if the almighty metrics showed this would happen?:

    BA OBP SLG OPS
    3 Caratini, V .500 .500 .900 1.400
    4 Schwarber .333 .600 .333 .933
    5 Zobrist, B .278 .263 .278 .541
    6 Almora Jr., .250 .250 .300 .550
    7 La Stella, .200 .273 .300 .573
    8 Bryant, K .188 .333 .313 .646
    9 Contreras, .182 .357 .273 .630
    10 Baez, J .167 .286 .222 .508
    10 Bote, D .167 .286 .333 .619
    12 Murphy, D .105 .150 .105 .255
    12 Rizzo, A .105 .227 .158 .385
    14 Russell, A .083 .154 .083 .237
    15 Happ, I .000 .154 .000 .154

  • In reply to clarkAddson:

    It's really not hard to believe at all. How often have we seen this team go completely lifeless with the bats over the past couple of years, including in the playoffs. Maddon has had to explain against this narrative many times. The silver lining to a group of streaky hitters is that when they do get hot, the team can go on a stretch of winning. I fully expect that to happen at least once more before the end of the season. Let's hope it's soon and prolonged.

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    In reply to INSaluki:

    Only problem is there isn't much time left in the season.

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