Game Post 9/16

Armando L. Sanchez / Chicago Tribune

Armando L. Sanchez / Chicago Tribune

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



1. Scott Schebler (L) RF
2. Jose Peraza (R) SS
3. Joey Votto (L) 1B
4. Eugenio Suarez (R) 3B
5. Scooter Gennett (L) 2B
6. Phillip Ervin (R) LF
8. Luis Castillo (R) P
9. Billy Hamilton (S) CF
1. Anthony Rizzo (L) 1B
2. Ian Happ (S) LF
3. Ben Zobrist (S) RF
4. Daniel Murphy (L) 2B
6. David Bote (R) 3B
7. Addison Russell (R) SS
8. Jose Quintana (R) P
Bullpen Usage

Lineups and Bullpen Usage via Baseball Press.

Opposing pitcher

Scouting Report from Brooks Baseball.

Luis CastilloLuis Castillo has thrown 3,994 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 (87mph) and Sinker (96mph), also mixing in a Slider (84mph).

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 has primarily 12-6 movement, results in somewhat more groundballs compared to other pitchers' sliders and has some two-plane movement.

Sean's Note: This is Castillo's fifth start against the Cubs in 2018. He was effective the first three starts but they got to  him for five runs last time. Home runs are a big problem with 28 allowed this season.

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    Dear Joe,
    Please, please, please don't put in Edwards today, especially if it's a close game. I know he hasn't pitched in 2 games, but I really don't want to have a panic attack watching him pitch.

  • Don’t like how this game is starting, Castillo is cruising.

  • The rooftop seats look empty......what’s up with that?

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    I am going to pull a BP here salute due to his return.......

    Where is my Kyle Schwarber ?
    Where is my Jason Heyward ?
    Where is my KB's power?
    Where has all the Cubs offense gone?

    I will wash the dishes
    While you have a beer
    Where is my John Wayne
    Where is my prairie song
    Where is my happy ending
    Where has all my offense gone

    Where is our HR man
    Where is our shiny gun
    How come our Offense is not fun
    Where has all the cowboys (offense)gone
    Where has all the offense gone
    Yippee yo, yippee yea
    Yippee yo, yippee yea
    Yippee yo, yippee yea
    Yippee yo, yippee yea
    Yippee yo, yippee yea

    Too da na na
    Too da na na
    Where is my joy?
    Where are my runs?
    Where are all my hits?
    Where have all the offense gone?
    Too da na na
    Too da na na

  • Brewers are losing again, cubs need some runs!!!

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    Luis Castillo 9-12 era 4.54.

  • Bote is an automatic out these days. It's tough to watch. His slash line the last 48 AB .114/.167/.205 wOBA .165 wRC+ -4 no homers.

  • We will get this done...

    And it's a good thing the Brewers are 5-10 against the Pirates this year. It's looking like it can become 5-11. Even better that the Brewers have to travel to Pittsburgh one more time this season. The Cubs FO might want to send a nice thank you basket to each member of the Pirates team.

  • Brewers were down 3-0 it’s now 3-2 no outs bottom of the 9th

  • Well at least the Brewers lost.

  • Pirates won!

  • In reply to bolla:

    A Cubs win today really could've been the dagger for the Brewers chances of winning the division.

  • In reply to Cubber Lang:

    Yup, really wanted the win today.

    But the brewers face the reds,pirates and cardinals. I think they’ll lose 3-4 out the 9. They struggle to score themselves

  • In reply to bolla:

    We don’t need to predict what brewers do we have enough issues of are own. Still in a good spot.

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    Honestly the cubs offense right now is not playoff caliber.

  • Maddon was upset about Contreras admiring his non hr like manny Ramirez and not hustling out the box. Said the whole team didn’t like it and it will be addressed.

    And Schwarber will stay in Chicago for more treatment on his back, should be ready for the white sox series. Morrow and heyward could play any day now.

  • In reply to bolla:

    I was yelling RUN!!!!
    He's lucky that he wasn't thrown out at 2nd.

  • I decided to look at some of the blogs of some other teams today. I strongly suggest it if you have time. I just wanted to see what fans think of their teams, managers and front office. The thing that did not surprise me is that there are 30 FO GM's who are idiots, 30 managers who have no clue on how to manage a team and make in game decisions, and 30 teams full of players who don't hustle, are fatigued and my favorite, can't "man up" for a game.

    It seems to me that the fans are in the wrong place. They need to find a way to get to the owners of these teams to convince them that they are better equipped to run, manage and play on their favorite team than the people currently in those roles.

  • In reply to TexasCubsFan:

    Ha... That’s funny Tex!! Sounds about right. I know I can’t do as well as Theo, Jed, Joe, Happ, or even the bat boy.

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    In reply to Cubber Lang:

    So right. We complain, but we're doing that from home. I know that they are so much more qualified than I am (I don't want to presume for any other Denizens) that is easy from here, very hard from where they are. Of course, with so many of the terrible Cubs teams from the past that I've seen I sometimes wonder about that...

  • Chili! Chilli! Chilli! Results count.

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