Game Post 9/19


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Wednesday: 8:40 pm CT on NBC Sports Chicago/670AM



2. Kris Bryant (R) LF
3. Anthony Rizzo (L) 1B
4. Javier Baez (R) 2B
5. Ben Zobrist (S) RF
7. David Bote (R) 3B
8. Cole Hamels (L) P
9. Addison Russell (R) SS
1. Jon Jay (L) RF
2. Ildemaro Vargas (S) 3B
3. Ketel Marte (S) 2B
6. Nick Ahmed (R) SS
7. Chris Owings (R) CF
8. Jeff Mathis (R) C
9. Robbie Ray (L) P
Bullpen Usage

Lineups and Bullpen Usage via Baseball Press.

Opposing pitcher

Scouting Report from Brooks Baseball.

Robbie Ray: Robbie Ray has thrown 11,184 pitches that have been tracked by the PITCHf/x system between 2014 and 2018, including pitches thrown in the MLB Regular Season, the MLB Postseason and Spring Training. In 2018, he has relied primarily on his Fourseam Fastball (94mph), Slider (85mph) and Curve (83mph). He also rarely throws a Sinker (94mph).

His fourseam fastball has well above average velo. His slider generates more whiffs/swing compared to other pitchers' sliders, has less than expected depth and has primarily 12-6 movement. His curve is thrown extremely hard, generates a high number of swings & misses compared to other pitchers' curves, has little depth and has primarily 12-6 movement. His sinker (take this with a grain of salt because he's only thrown 11 of them in 2018) generates a high number of swings & misses compared to other pitchers' sinkers, is an extreme flyball pitch compared to other pitchers' sinkers, has surprisingly little armside run, has well above average velo and has little sinking action compared to a true sinker. 

Sean's Note: Ray got off to a really rough start in 2018, but has pitched better of late. With only a 39% ground ball rate he is a fly ball pitcher. His strike out rate is a whopping 30%, a total of 142 in just 108 innings pitched this season. Ray shut down the Cubs in July giving up just one run in seven innings.

Final Thoughts: Anthony Rizzo is the only left handed hitter in the lineup against the lefty Ray. Willson Contreras is starting to really square up some balls of late, so a break out may be near. Cole Hamels didn't have his best stuff against the Reds, yet he still limited the damage to just two runs.


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  • Diamondbacks not putting together a great line up.

    Why wasn’t this game played at 3 for getaway day?

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    In reply to WaitTilNextYear:

    Prob $$ has something to do w it.

    Kids back in school so prob more night games the better esp when one of their top draws are in town.

    Did you listen to that crowd the last 2 nights? I swear it felt like we were in Wrigley North. Maybe we should start calling it Desert Wrigley ?

  • In reply to Jim Odirakallumkal:

    No!!!!! Game was on wgn the last 2 nights. Looking forward to it tonight.

  • In reply to WaitTilNextYear:

    Day game in Phx in Sep? I keed. I keed.
    Agreed, makes no sense.
    Dbacks lineup is 2nd string except for R. Ray.
    Brewers up handily
    Need to generate our own decrease to Norway’s majik number countdown.

  • In reply to Third Generation:

    Seems as if the JV is making mince meat of ol king cole

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    Wrigley west?

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    7-0 Brewers......... Matt Harvey devoured by that lineup, what a funny game.

    Lame ole Brew Crew bullpen dancing around after a HR. Wonder where they got that from? Posers, how can you respect that?

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    This is going to be a good test for. Ray is the type of pitcher that usually gives us trouble.

    If we blast him, I will starting thinking about jumping on the "offense is back bandwagon"

  • Would love to see the offense keep rolling, but Ray has been good. Deadly vs. lefties and not much worse against righties. Hopefully we knock him out early and earn that sweep, and enjoy a well-deserved break tomorrow.

    KB has a big night, as he gets closer to saying "to heck with my shoulder, I'll deal with it in the offseason" and maintains his natural swing. One bomb? Two? Javy continues his march towards the MVP and does something tonight we've never seen before, which is exciting because we've seen El Mago do almost everything. Break out the brooms.

    Go Cubs!

  • In reply to BarleyPop:

    Think he will need to hit a fair ball instead of k every AB to get those bombs.

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    Javy's going to win the RBI title unless Aguilar just goes insane the next week or so.

    Story was the guy I was scared of, but he's out for the season.

    I know the "new skool" doesn't value the RBI stat, but I sure do think its a good ( not the best) measure of a ball player.

    I don't know if its possible, but I hope Javy can find a way to get 3 more doubles and 9 more steals. That will give him 40 doubles and a 30-30 season along w leading the league in RBI's and hitting around .300 ( or better to help that "low" OBP factor)

    One thing thats going in Javy's favor that I didn't consider yesterday is Cain will steal some votes from Yelich whereas Javy doesn't have any Cubs to steal votes from him.

  • In reply to Jim Odirakallumkal:

    Aguilar got 4 rbi today

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    In reply to stix:

    Yea and Javy still 4 ahead of him( going into tonight) w a couple games in hand too.

  • In reply to Jim Odirakallumkal:

    He has 103. I don’t think he has to go wild to catch Javy over nine games. Hope he doesn’t catch him but “ insane” is a little too strong isn’t it.?

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    In reply to stix:

    Your right, but your taking things a little too literal and serious.

    If our biggest problems is having to watch ( or those who police them) our words for slight exaggerations due to excitement on this a blog then life is good.

    Either way, I am sorry and will be more careful next time.

  • In reply to Jim Odirakallumkal:

    In no way do I want to see Javy attempt to get the 30 steals. His pace really tailed off by midseason, and he's mostly made outs trying to steal in the last couple months. He should get the 40 doubles though.

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    Torrey Luvello is a genius !

  • So Hamels the Cub is human after all. No worries, we got this.

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    In reply to BarleyPop:

    Human? I think not. He's just not immune to the BP curse............yet

    Give him some time, he will get there.

  • In reply to Jim Odirakallumkal:

    The BP curse? Am I so bad I get a moniker now? Maybe... :).

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    Poor Whitesox. I just flipped over to that game. Dylan Covey out pitched Carrasco with a nice 2H 6 shut out innings in Cleveland.

    Then the whitesox bullpen just fell apart in the bottom of the 9th. HBP, shoddy D, infield hits then a grand slam !

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    In reply to Jim Odirakallumkal:

    Some don't respect the Tribe's record but you play to the level of your competition some times. Their but their run differential is solid at +154 ( Cubs are +111 ). I would not bet against them getting to the world series.

    Kluber, Carrasco, and Bauer can match up w anyones rotation. The bullpen has some good veteran pieces. Then you have and offense of Lindor, Brantley, Ramirez, EE, and Donaldson all w playoff experience and its a deadly bunch.

  • In reply to Jim Odirakallumkal:

    Tribe division is 120 below .500 should be easy to pound on them

  • In reply to Jim Odirakallumkal:

    I don't discount them at all. In fact, they are the team I've picked for us to beat in the WS. Options and depth get you through a 162-game season, but when it counts it's all about the concentrated talent at the top. That rotation is tough and could carry them, and Lindor and Ramirez alone can beat a lot of teams.

    I watched some of that game earlier, and as much as I know about Hand's numbers, I'm ashamed to admit I really haven't watched him pitch all that much. Dude's got a funky delivery. I wouldn't think that would be sustainable with the way he leads with his arm and shoulder and drags the rest of his core and legs behind him. But it works for him.

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    In reply to BarleyPop:

    I know your taking them serious and remember your prediction for awhile back. They have everything you need to be dangerous in the post season; dangerous hitters w power from both sides of the plate, a couple of horses at the top of the rotation, a deep bullpen w a good mix of R and L options along w a battle tested smart manager.

    The AL playoffs is going to be a war kinda like the West in the NBA. Only difference and its a big difference, the Cubs( or Dodgers) will be no push over in the World Series.

  • Yea, let’s pick him up, he’s been keeping us alive, bring on the cavalry.
    Friggen .190 banjo gets him......grrrrrr

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    2nd time thru the order Offense..... time to start chipping away.......

    Let's go boys !!

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    Cubs have hit some hard ones but their defense has picked everything. Vargas is making some great plays—that last one was Javy-esqe.

  • Hurry up and get ray out the game lol. I can’t take it he’s striking out almost everybody except Russell. He’s getting tired you can see it

    Only a few pitches left, before a chance vs a pen that’s been struggling.

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    In reply to bolla:

    Lucky for that Addy hit or we could be watching history, bad history.

  • I am just a casual observer and would like to hear some other opinions on Contreras. It appears to me that a lot of the time he doesn't keep a very good target because he is moving his glove. He presents the target but as the pitcher is winding up he moves his glove, mostly down then back up.
    I'm wondering if this is leading to his bad pitch framing stats and slow starts for the pitchers. The pitchers are in the groove early and I would thing a disappearing target makes reaching one harder. First inning runs have been an issue for our pitchers and I wonder if this is contributing to it.

  • In reply to Fuzzy59:

    Aren't and think. Sorry for the typos.

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    In reply to Fuzzy59:

    Welcome to the site and thanks for breaking your cherry ( if this was your 1st post)

    I don't know if it has anything to do w the 1st inning problems, but I def think your right that Willson is costing his pitchers a lot of strikes w his poor framing. I don't understand how his framing seems to be worse this year then last year and even his rookie year. Could it be all the Montero/Ross veteran catcher factor? I dunno, but after his rookie year, I thought this guy had a ceiling/potential of being as good as Yadi.

    One thing though is he is still very young and although Yadi was a great defender almost right away, but his offense didn't become consistent until later. Maybe the same will happen w Willy and we just have to be patient.

  • Little concerned about KB. When he is swinging 1 hand is flying off bat and then his throw to 2nd was a 3 hopper. Hope shoulder is still injured.

  • In reply to WaitTilNextYear:

    Finishing his swing with one arm is actually his natural swing. He has tried keeping both hands on the bat to reduce the stress on his shoulder, but during game action he is reverting to his old habits. That may not be a bad thing as long as he doesn't do significant damage. I think he has a partially torn labrum and will need a minor surgical cleanup in the offseason. But it is his left (non-throwing) shoulder.

  • In reply to BarleyPop:

    LOL. You always think the worst of injuries.

  • In reply to BarleyPop:

    It looked like it was coming off super early. Didnt realize it was non throwing arm. Hope he can get thru season and then do what is needed to get 100%

  • In reply to WaitTilNextYear:

    So he was throwing with his left arm? Weird. But his normal swing is to finish one handed.

  • Looks like the Cubs started their day off Early. I'll take winning the road trip though

  • That was Texas hamels tonight wow, just one of those games

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    In reply to bolla:

    Maybe it's the Heat? If thats the case ( instead of the BP curse, just joking) then we need to keep him out of Atlanta and Houston.

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    1 out and his ERA dropped from 9.64 to 9,00 !!

    He's on the move .......

    All kidding aside, Very Nice K by Maples....... I hope he can surprise us all and do for us this year what CJE did for the 16' team.

  • I heard the Bears traded for somebody named Khalil Mack. He's supposed to be pretty good.

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    In reply to BarleyPop:

    I think I heard somewhere he signed an extension too......

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    Welcome to Chicago Allen Webster.

    Don't feel bad, yes it was Jeff Mathis's 1st HR of the season, but he has 47 of them in 14 seasons and roughly 2400 MLB at bats.

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