Game Post 9/18

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Tuesday: 8:40 pm CT on WGN/670AM

Lineups

Cubs

1. Daniel Murphy (L) 2B
2. Kris Bryant (R) 3B
3. Anthony Rizzo (L) 1B
4. Javier Baez (R) SS
5. Ben Zobrist (S) LF
7. Jason Heyward (L) RF
9. Ian Happ (S) CF
Diamondbacks
1. A.J. Pollock (R) CF
2. Eduardo Escobar (S) 3B
4. David Peralta (L) LF
6. Nick Ahmed (R) SS
7. Ketel Marte (S) 2B
8. Jeff Mathis (R) C
9. Matt Andriese (R) P
Bullpen Usage
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Lineups and Bullpen Usage via Baseball Press.

Opposing pitcher

Scouting Report from Brooks Baseball.

Matt AndrieseMatt Andriese has thrown 5,748 pitches that have been tracked by the PITCHf/x system between 2015 and 2018, all of them occuring in the MLB Regular Season. In 2018, he has relied primarily on his Fourseam Fastball (93mph) and Change (87mph), also mixing in a Curve (81mph). He also rarely throws a Cutter (87mph).
His fourseam fastball has essentially average velo. His change has surprising cut action, dives down out of the zone, is slightly firmer than usual 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, results in many more groundballs compared to other pitchers' curves, has a sharp downward bite, is slightly harder than usual and has primarily 12-6 movement. His cutter generates an extremely high number of swings & misses compared to other pitchers' cutters, has heavy sink, has little cutting action, results in somewhat more flyballs compared to other pitchers' cutters and has slightly below average velo.
Sean's Note: Andriese, acquired from the Rays in July, has been a reliever all season making only two starts. He has a high home run rate nearly 20%, despite also getting a lot of ground ball outs. Right handers do significantly more damage to him than lefties.
Final Thoughts: Kyle Hendricks was great Monday, pitching the Cubs to an easy win. The D-Backs are going with a bullpen day after losing Clay Buchholz to an injury. Mike Montgomery has been limited since returning from the DL so the bullpens will likely be heavily involved on both sides. Kris Bryant hit his first home since July 20 and is hitting the ball better overall.

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  • Any word on Schwarber?

  • In reply to 2Toes:

    I read somewhere recently that he was staying in chicago for more treatment for his back. But it sounds like he’ll be activated for the White Sox series and be the DH.

  • Wow, that whole long debate re Javy/Kris was great. But long. I've been saying for years that Bryant needs to be in the OF, so let me summarize the discussion:

    Bryant OF, Baez, 3B, Hoerner 2B, and the Cubs are world beaters.

  • In reply to markw:

    I'm just now reading it myself. Sorry to comment and run, but... life. I even saw being called a troll for bringing up the topic. I thought it was very interesting and enjoyed the discussion. It shows the difference among fans in offense vs. defense, WOW vs. steady, and metrics vs. the "eye test". And I fully agree with the majority opinion: I'm glad they're both on my team.

  • In reply to BarleyPop:

    I found it extremely educational and stimulating.

  • In reply to BarleyPop:

    this is a troll thing to say

  • In reply to Kramerica20:

    I truly don't understand this. How is opening up an incredibly insightful, passionate debate trolling? Did you read that exchange? I know you did, you participated, and I enjoyed your contribution and insight. I am sorry I was not able to be more involved. But I read all sorts of opinions on how different fans value players and talent, and how we enjoy watching and studying the game we all love in different ways. I thought it was an interesting dichotomy of fandom itself, which is what Cubs Den has always been about. That, and knowledge and facts and opinions and respectful debate and joy in watching these incredible ballplayers. Sorry.

  • In reply to BarleyPop:

    I was kidding, Barley. You mentioned being called a troll and i disagreed with the person who called you that.

  • In reply to Kramerica20:

    I kinda figured that, I just needed to get that off my chest. I've never been called a troll before, and it was not so subtly hinted that I just stay in my narrow element of song lyrics and asking for more victories. That's not a bad idea. I think some Black Crows are in order:

    "Find me loose-lipped and laughing,
    Singing songs, ain't got no regrets.
    Oh, yeah, I'm jealous, jealous again..."

    And, of course, @+#&# El Mago!

  • In reply to BarleyPop:

    I say keep the songs, the victory requests, the opinions, and the insights all coming, my man.

  • Morrow done for the season... :o(

  • In reply to Milk Stout:

    No surprise

  • In reply to Milk Stout:

    Shocked!!! Who is gonna save the simulated games? At least we been without for awhile.

  • In reply to WaitTilNextYear:

    I hear Kerry Wood & M ark Pryor are available & have their towels in tow...

  • In reply to Milk Stout:

    Hahahahaha

  • Ugh just saw the morrow news.That hurts.Well hopefully edwards,maples,wilson,chisek,chavez can get it done.It's gonna be match ups from here on out and hope strop can return

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    In reply to bolla:

    Bring Underwood up and hope he can be a poor mans RH Josh Hader.

    What do we have to lose?

  • In reply to Jim Odirakallumkal:

    Lol,I read allen webster may be the guy

    'Through 17 innings, he’s pitched to a 2.65 ERA with an outstanding 24-to-3 K/BB ratio, one homer allowed and a ground-ball rate near 60 percent.'

    Hope the offense scores more and we have 9th inning situations like last night.Stress free low/no leverage

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    In reply to bolla:

    Well thats someone. Someone is going to have to completely step up out of nowhere and shock us all. Esp if Pedro isn't able to comeback.

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    In reply to bolla:

    From my memory......I think Allen Webster is a former failed Redsox top prospect so this makes sense.

  • In reply to bolla:

    Don’t think it is that big of a loss. Yes we need a closer but I have forgotten how he looks in a cub uniform. Every since he got hurt putting on pants I lost respect for him.

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    Well thats nice the Glass Morrow ( Shocker considering his injury history) is done for the year and if Strop doesn't come back for the playoffs, our Offense is going to really have pick up the slack. Also, our starters are going to have to keep up this ridiculous run they are on thru the playoffs.

    Sucks that we didn't get a Britton or someone w some closing experience. Theo and Co had to believe their was a possibility that Morrow would not return at all. To not add 1 player w closing experience was kinda irresponsible. Even if they thought Strop could be that guy, the manager didn't as he wouldn't even anoint him "closer" ......

    I hope our bullpen doesn't cost us a Pennant..........

    Please heal fast Pedro ! Get him a hyperbaric chamber to sleep in!

  • In reply to Jim Odirakallumkal:

    Yes.

  • In reply to Jim Odirakallumkal:

    To be fair to theo and co the cubs were in on britton til the last minute, but they don't have the prospects to pull those type of trades off right now.

    they added a pitcher with closing experience. Kintlzer, he just sucks

  • In reply to Jim Odirakallumkal:

    Cishek has closing experience. In fact he had a few decent years doing it.

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    In reply to Milk Stout:

    I am talking about at the deadline. I am very happy w what they tried to go into the season with.

    Sometimes the best laid plans need adjustments mid season for whatever reason ( injury, poor performance, ect)

  • In reply to Jim Odirakallumkal:

    And Brandon Morrow wasn’t really a closer until this year. He did have 10 saves in ‘08, but that’s 10 yrs ago & not the full year as a true closer.

  • In reply to Jim Odirakallumkal:

    Britton has not been very impressive with the Yankees. I get the sentiment, but they did get Chavez and he has been fantastic. Even Garcia and de la Rosa have been fine (wouldn't want them necessarily closing games in October but they'll help down the stretch).

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    In reply to Kramerica20:

    Even if you don't like Britton, there were more closers available. Look how many BP arms the A's got.

    We needed a strike out LOOGY and I even would have been happy w Jonny Venters .

    They must have really believed Morrow was coming back.

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    In reply to Kramerica20:

    I get you don't really like Britton perhaps due to his injuries, but I am not sure I would prefer to have anyone in our pen currently closing games for us in the playoffs over Britton. ( even if he's not the 2016 Britton).

    It will be real interesting to see who the Yanks use as closer if Chappy is hurt to start the playoffs. They have Britton, Robertson, and Betances who all have closing experience.

  • In reply to Jim Odirakallumkal:

    I'd take Wilson, Chavez, or Cishek at this point. Britton is only striking out 6.7 per 9 in NY, with a K/BB of 2.1 and an ERA of 3.54. No thank you.

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    In reply to Kramerica20:

    Well your going to get your wish. I hope your right

  • In reply to Jim Odirakallumkal:

    Ha! I mean, i'd prefer Strop or Morrow. But i'll take those guys over Britton.
    Cishek and Wilson have experience closing as well. If you're talking about playoff experience, Britton hasn't done it in the playoffs. Something about Showalter waiting for a save opportunity... going to Ubaldo in a tie game in extras.... idk,

  • Reds up 3-1!!!

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    In reply to bolla:

    If Reds pitching staff could shut us down for 3 games, they should be able to shut down the Brew Crew at least 1 game rt?

  • In reply to Jim Odirakallumkal:

    Yea hopefully, what's crazy is the brewers own the reds this season(12-5) but struggle with the pirates they're 5-11 vs the pirates.

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    In reply to bolla:

    You are right about that. Reds have been our punching bag as well.

    6 more outs to get for that Red Pen....... Can they do it?

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    In reply to Jim Odirakallumkal:

    3 more outs. Come on Iglesias !

    Wont be easy.......TOO

    Grandy, Yelich and Cain.........

  • In reply to Jim Odirakallumkal:

    Cainleftin third inning.

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    In reply to stix:

    Even better......2 outs.....tying run at the plate !

  • In reply to bolla:

    And STL winning, which i think i want. ATL closest to Cubs for #1 seed.

  • In reply to Kramerica20:

    Yes definitely,I want the cards to stay close to the brewers, epic series coming up for them Monday.

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    In reply to Kramerica20:

    Cards up 3-1 now and threatening for more....... I was so scared the Cards were going to get swept by the Dodgers in that 4 game set and then lay down to the Brewers when they face off.

    Now it seems like that Sunday night game revitalized them and now they are fighting back, and they will be a handful for the Brewers coming up.

    Longer the Cards n Brew stay close, the less n less likely the Cubs don't win the division and grab #1 seed

    Its a beautiful thing

  • In reply to Jim Odirakallumkal:

    Yeah a lot of people were rooting for an LA sweep of the Cards. I get the anti-Cardinal sentiment, but I really don't want to see LA in the playoffs. May not matter because i think they'll pass Colorado in the west anyway.
    I guess rooting for a Marlins matchup in '03 should have taught me not to hope for certain teams to play the Cubs, but what can i say?

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    In reply to Kramerica20:

    I don't want the Dodgers in the playoffs too. Kershaw and Buehler is the scariest top 2 of the Cubs competition. Plus they have such deep deep roster of hitters w so so so much power. They are pretty much always just 1 swing away.

    I knew the Rockies wouldn't be able to hold them off w out a cushion which is why I was hoping for the Cards to at least get a split.

    Yea, I was an idiot and wanted the Cubs to face the marlins in 03' but for different reasons. I was living in So FL so I could go to all the games and could dog all my friends when we beat them down. Boy was that series painful on so many levels.

  • In reply to Jim Odirakallumkal:

    I watched the 8th inning of game 6 the other day (don't ask why). Every time i see it i still think they're going to get out of the inning with the lead.

    I think the Dodgers are the best team in the NL. Top 2 in most hitting and pitching categories and #1 run differential. Want no part of them.

  • My personal choice for closing games now with morrow out for the year. Go with a committee of Justin Wilson (as the fallback closer), cishek and tonight's starter mike Montgomery

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    Murphy w a knock....... seems like its been a minute

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    What an AB by Rizzo to not come up w even a an RBI.......

    Boy was that impressive

    Andriese will be lucky to go 3 innings tonight after that AB

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    MVP!

  • Javy read my comments in the other thread. MVP

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    Javy just being Javy....... just soooo much power to all fields.

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    LA pitched Morrow until he wore out and he did his best with us, but pitching every game of the WS seems too much. He was used as a high school phenom like Kerry Wood who pitched both ends of a DH while in the HS playoffs. There's a limit to what the arm can do.

  • If Baez isn’t the MVP, something is wrong.

  • In reply to Cubs09:

    He is for the cubs. I think Yelich is his primary competition

  • In reply to Cubs09:

    Yellich is getting a lot of press right now. He might be the favorite at this time.

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    Imagine how scary Javy could be if got himself into hitters counts like 2-0 and 3-1 more often?

    He just doesn't seem to ever miss squaring up and punishing a fastball in the zone.

  • In reply to Jim Odirakallumkal:

    Javy hasn't even hit his ceiling yet. As he matures, he will only get better.

  • Wow Montgomery made Goldschmidt look bad there ,very rare to see that

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    13 pitch inn even after a 1 out walk. I will take it.

    Shut down inning........ can we have another??

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    Now if Happ can start using the whole field like Javy....... he can become very dangerous w that natural "pop" in his bat

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    WOW......what an effortless swing my the Murph dog !

    This is the offensive explosion we needed.........god I hope this gets this Offense rolling

  • WoW... Could this be a preview of the Cubs offense from now through October? They would be unbeatable!

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    In reply to clarkAddson:

    God I hope so.

    We really need to start hitting at Wrigley as it looks like we are going to home field throughout the playoffs.

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    Give a guy a day off and he produces big time. That's evident in the last week or so. Maybe play Murphy 2 games in a row and then rest him.
    This team is scary good with the offense producing and the way the starting pitching is night after night. I feel much better now than I did a week ago, and Milw must be thinking what do we have to do? Or to quote Butch Cassidy--Who are those guys? Those guys are your Chicago Cubs.

  • Reds win

  • Iglesisas got em, Brewers lost!!

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    Brew lose......w a little luck......3.5 games after tonight

  • In reply to Jim Odirakallumkal:

    When Javy and Murphy are jacking balls it ain't luck. :)

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    Wow, Len and JD said Pedro's rehab is going better then expected and he could return before the end of the season.

    If he comes back and hasn't lost anything, this could be a blessing in disguise. Got his arm some much needed rest heading into the playoffs where he is going to be needed most nights.

    Now we need to blow some people out w some offense or clinch early and give Cishek at least a week off.

  • The stars are beginning to align Denizens!

    Soon............VERY soon.....

  • In reply to Wickdipper:

    There's no way to compare anything to 2016, it's pointless. That was a magical ride to end the drought. But putting that aside, I like this sort of season, if only to enjoy the pain and uncertainty. So many question marks and having to overcome so much adversity. Nothing has come easily, which makes it feel more deserved. As Capt. John Miller advised Pvt. James Ryan in "Saving Private Ryan": Earn this.

  • Dumbell Contreras didn't learn his lesson. Standing in the batters box watching whether his ball is going fair or foul, he would have beat it out if if he had run when the ball was hit.

  • If the cubs maintain this cushion ,Tonight will be a good night to continue to get the pen rest & put edwards in to get some work.

    It's almost imperative edwards get's it together with morrow done for the year.He's one of the only good strikeout bullpen pitchers left.

  • 9 to 1 Cubs ! hang on and the Cubbies magic number will be down to 8 !
    GO CUBBIES !

  • This ump is calling some garbage, that’s the 3rd strike he’s called against the cubs that wasn’t remotely close. He did it to Bryant, Baez and now Happ. Pitches 5-6 inches wide or above the zone

  • Good job Mike Montgomery!
    Let the nobodies finish this one up....Kintzler,etc.

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    I was just looking at Yahoo Sports for the box score and scrolled down to the pitchers stats and the first line reads: WP--M Montgomery. That's probably true but a little premature.

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    If Bote finds his swing again, and going the other way is a good way to do it, he would be a tremendous addition. HIs defense is terrific and with him at 3rd, Javy at SS, Murphy at 2nd (not every day though) and Rizzo at first we have power and defense at every infield position.

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