Game Post 9/15


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Saturday: 3:05 pm CT on NBC Sports Chicago/670AM



1. Billy Hamilton (S) CF
2. Jose Peraza (R) SS
3. Joey Votto (L) 1B
4. Eugenio Suarez (R) 3B
5. Phillip Ervin (R) LF
7. Dilson Herrera (R) 2B
8. Brandon Dixon (R) RF
9. Cody Reed (L) P
2. Kris Bryant (R) RF
3. Javier Baez (R) 2B
4. David Bote (R) 3B
5. Addison Russell (R) SS
7. Victor Caratini (S) 1B
8. Jon Lester (L) P
9. Ian Happ (S) LF
Bullpen Usage

Lineups and Bullpen Usage via Baseball Press.

Opposing pitcher

Scouting Report from Brooks Baseball.

Cody ReedCody Reed has thrown 1,775 pitches that have been tracked by the PITCHf/x system between 2016 and 2018, including pitches thrown in the MLB Regular Season and Spring Training. In 2018, he has relied primarily on his Slider (87mph), Fourseam Fastball (93mph) and Sinker(92mph), also mixing in a Change (87mph).

His slider is thrown extremely hard. His fourseam fastball has heavy sinking action, is a real worm killer that generates an extreme number of groundballs compared to other pitchers' fourseamers, has slightly above average velo and has slightly less natural movement than typical. His sinker has heavy sinking action and has slightly above average velo. His change is thrown extremely hard, dives down out of the zone and is an extreme flyball pitch compared to other pitchers' changeups.

Sean's Note: Reed has only pitched 25.1 innings in 2018 much of it out of the pen. He generates a ton of grounders 56% of balls in play. He has thrown 2.2 scoreless innings against the Cubs this season.

Final Thoughts: The Cubs lineup is not what you would call stacked today. Anthony Rizzo and Ben Zobrist get the day off for rest against the lefty Reed. It would help if struggling hitters could step up, much like Ian Happ did last night. Jon Lester is making the start after leaving with back tightness in his last outing. Hopefully he is feeling good, because every game is huge now.


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  • If the hitters haven’t already, using bats at least a couple of ounces lighter might be helpful. The workload isn’t going to get any easier.
    Off topic, anyone know where Barley may be?

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    In reply to IVYADDICT:

    He hasn't posted in over a week. Alot of posters have been asking the same question.

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    In reply to Wrigley0923:

    All the milk cartons had his silhouette on them but it didn't help.

  • In reply to IVYADDICT:

    "Yeah we tease him a lot,
    Cause we got him on the spot,
    Welcome back...
    Welcome back, welcome back, welcome back."

    Back into civilization and internet service. One of these days I'm gonna install a service tower on top of that mountain.

    Go Cubs!

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    In reply to BarleyPop:

    I (and everyone else) is good happy to hear from you. You have been missed.

  • In reply to BarleyPop:

    Now that you have resurfaced, wanted to recommend St. Paul and the Broken Bones, a band from Alabama.

  • In reply to IVYADDICT:

    Their manager is a friend of ours. Saw them on their first tour. Great band, great guys. Welcome back BP! I’m mostly staying away but had to say hey. Good win today!

  • In reply to BarleyPop:

    Now that you are back. Read thru the comments the past couple days. You’ll get a kick out of it.

  • In reply to BarleyPop:

    Good to see you back barley a number of posters were getting worried nice win today

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    The lineup actually has pretty decent #'s against Reed. I'm pretty sure Rizzo, Zo, or Murphy will get an opportunity to PH or play later in the game if need be. The Cubs should be able to win tonight if Lester is on point. Although the Red's lineup has some pretty good #'s against him also.

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    great try by Bote. He is a ball player. Right now LA is winning 13-4. StL is about done. Now it's time to take out Milw. We can win today, just be patient and take pitches.

  • In reply to Jonathan Friedman:

    He is nice role player.

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    Even I, an infrequent poster/reader has noticed barley's lack of posting...hoping everything is ok!

  • In reply to Scott Tomkiewicz:

    It's all good, except Strop. That hurts. I'm wondering who may step up. Cishek and Chavez make sense, but at this point we really need lightning in a bottle. Maples? We're going to lose because of this, or a legend is about to be created.

  • In reply to BarleyPop:

    Cishek may be toast. He has an 8.1 ERA and 9.0 FIB in his last 10 games. I think Maddon may have burned him out.

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    Almora is one of my favorites, but as a LO man he's got to realize that with John working a lot in the first he's got to take a few pitches to help him out. Let him rest for a bit.

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    In reply to Jonathan Friedman:

    I was thinking that same thing after that 20+ 1st inning. It seems like that, bunting, taking a pitch after a wild pitcher just walked a batter or two is just old school thinking and out w the do do bird.

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    Welcome back Mr. Kotter. ......

    Cards lose again. At this rate, we may never see our favorite poster again. Need the Cards to start winning so they don't fold vs the Brewers. Other then the Cards, the Brewers schedule is rather easy.....on paper.

    Lets get some runs here......... Lester show this Offense how to get a 2 out KNOCK

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    If Happ was due last night for a big bomb.......Willson is due today for a big bomb !

  • In reply to Jim Odirakallumkal:

    Well it wasn't a big bomb...but I guess he is the hero on offense today...

  • Ten strike outs in nineteen at bats? Ouch! We can't win ballgames like that! When did Reid get that good?

  • In reply to RiJo:

    Well it looks like we can win games like that. Go Cubs.

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    Hamilton put on a mitten on his hand to protect it but it looks big. What’s to keep someone from wearing one a few inches too big to get that extra edge?

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    If it wasn’t Javy getting that hit I think Joe would have been temped to put Gore in we need a run.

  • What an offensive joke this team has become.

  • In reply to TheSarge#36:

    At least Lester did well.

  • In reply to WaitTilNextYear:

    Our pitching has definitely kept us in the race. Just when you think Lester is slipping he comes through. He’s a Stud.

  • Getting hamilton out at 3rd was huge

  • Another win with the offense cold as ice, clutch pitching from everyone

  • Atta boy Jon Jon


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    Was WIllson due or was Willson due ?

    Cody Reed.....10ks out of 15 outs?

    Is he that good ?

    Sun really helped Reed n Lester

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    It hurts to watch this team bat.

  • What a huge win every win is big at this point but you'd hate to lose a game against a starter like Cody Reed who has been rotten as a starter. Kudos to Maddon I had a feeling he was gonna find an off day for a number of our core every day stars that have played basically this entire long stretch so it's good to see maddons long term rest gamble pay off with the team still getting the win without a number of regulars in the lineup I think even though our regulars clearly need rest it would've been a tough pill to swallow losing to a struggling Cody reed in a game we were heavy favorites. I wanted our every day stars to get a day of rest in an easier series like this one before traveling to Arizona for a pivotal series against the dbacks and then we get our long awaited off day.

    The biggest thing to come out of this game besides the win is the brilliant 109 pitch gem by Jon Lester. For those of us that wondered if his back injury would hurt his performance this was great to see and it's good to see him feeling strong enough to give us a deep outing. The cards division chances are finished my condolences to Greg Simmons but the least those guys can do is to actually win a game against this dodger team they're still the team no one wants to play come playoff time

  • Ok , Barley is back... I no longer have to fill in. But I give to you a 3 game winning streak. Don’t mess it up. ;o)

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    In reply to Milk Stout:

    you got it. I'm waiting for BP. Thanks Milk for all you did.

  • Cardinals faded fast, puig has like 3-4 hr's in the last 2 games. They got destroyed today.

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    Come on Cards, you guys have to win at least 1 game.

    We want to keep the Dodgers out of the playoffs. The Dodgers are the only team that scares me even a little bit in a short series.

    Kershaw and Buehler..... we do not want to face them 4x in a 7 game series.

  • In reply to Jim Odirakallumkal:

    I am rather enjoying the Cards crashing and burning. :-)

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    In reply to John57:

    Me too, but I am fairly confident we can beat the Cards in a 5 game or 7 game series. They are weak sauce.

    Brewers have enough push over opponents, we don't need the cards to be one of them.

  • Greg Simmons where are you? Your last prediction was the Cards were going to win the NL pennant. Greg calling Greg where are you?

  • In reply to John57:

    If you see him ask him why the Cards have to win their last 13 just to reach 94 wins.......

  • If we don’t start hitting it might be a one game series.

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    Pit leading 2-1 in the 6th.

  • It’s 3-1 now with a risp

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    Clint hurdle ( well he was tossed but still) pulled Ivan Nova too early. I think he had at least 1 more inning in him.

  • Crew loses

  • Brewers lost!!

  • 2.5 games... I'll take it.

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    A good day for the Cubs!

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    Before the season started Joe thought we might have the best pitching staff in MLB. Well, it took getting Chatwood and Darvish out of the rotation but we’ve got the 5th best in MLB and I think the best starters the last month. A great signing of Hamels and the rest finding themselves.

  • In reply to Jonathan Friedman:

    We signed Cole or traded for him?

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    In reply to WaitTilNextYear:

    We traded Eddie Butler and Rollie Lacy.

  • Does KB have trouble seeing the ball in the daytime ?

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    In reply to ronvet69:

    I think both teams had trouble seeing the ball due to the sun. All in all, KB has been great since his return. Minus the power, he's been getting on base quite often. I'm starting to think Contreras needs glasses. Especially for locating pitches thrown to him.

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