Game Post 9/2


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Sunday: 12:35 pm CT on TBS/WGN/670AM



1. Daniel Murphy (L) 2B
2. Javier Baez (R) SS
3. Anthony Rizzo (L) 1B
4. Kris Bryant (R) RF
5. Kyle Schwarber (L) LF
7. Ian Happ (S) CF
8. Jon Lester (L) P
9. David Bote (R) 3B


1. Roman Quinn (S) CF
2. Rhys Hoskins (R) LF
3. Jose Bautista (R) RF
4. Carlos Santana (S) 1B
6. Scott Kingery (R) SS
7. Pedro Florimon (S) 2B
8. Jorge Alfaro (R) C
9. Aaron Nola (R) P
Bullpen Usage
Lineups and Bullpen Usage via Baseball Press.

Opposing pitcher

Scouting Report from Brooks Baseball.

Aaron NolaAaron Nola has thrown 8,312 pitches that have been tracked by the PITCHf/x system between 2015 and 2018, including pitches thrown in the MLB Regular Season and Spring Training. In 2018, he has relied primarily on his Fourseam Fastball (93mph), Curve (78mph) and Change(85mph), also mixing in a Sinker (92mph).

His fourseam fastball has some natural sinking action, has essentially average velo and has slight armside run. His curve has sweeping glove-side movement, generates more whiffs/swing compared to other pitchers' curves and has a sharp downward bite. His change is a real worm killer that generates an extreme number of groundballs compared to other pitchers' changeups, dives down out of the zone, is slightly firmer than usual and has slight armside fade. His sinker has slight armside run and has some natural sinking action.

Sean's Note: Nola could be the Cy Young winner in the National League. He generates a ton of ground balls at a 50% percent rate. His 2.10 ERA trails only Jacob deGrom in all of baseball. His strike out to walk ratio is an excellent 3.77. The Cubs scored three runs on Nola in six innings in the first series between the teams.

Final Thoughts: Kris Bryant starts in right field in his second game back from injury. With the emergence of David Bote as a competent third baseman and the Jason Heyward injury Bryant may get a few games in the outfield. Jon Lester has pitched well after a horrible stretch post All-Star break. With the very talented Aaron Nola opposing him, Jon will need to pitch well Sunday.


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  • Lucky to get out of the 1st tied.

  • Let’s hope he settles down

  • 30 hr's 100 rbi's for javier baez. Not bad for someone who "makes too many outs" .

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    Go Javy Go!! After almost hitting one to RF he hits the next pitch to deep LC. He is a joy to watch.
    One more thing—the last inning Bote fielded a grounder to his left right in front of Javy—that takes a lot of confidence for anyone to do that let alone a rookie. Bote’s had his problems at bat but his fielding remains elite.

  • In reply to Jonathan Friedman:

    Bode's going to get better at the plate .

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    I remember many years where I hoped the Cubs would get to 81 wins to assure them a .500 season—and many years they couldn’t. If they win today it will be #81 with 26 games remaining. Good times now.

  • Ughhh Lead off triple by happ and he's stranded at 3rd.

  • I don't even trust kintzler to handle mop up duty God decision using him in that role because with the way he's going I don't see how you can ever justify using him in a big spot. I trust de la Rosa more amongst our bullpen additions and he was supposed to be the waiver claim

  • In reply to kkhiavi:

    *good decision

  • What an impressive statement performance here today. I thought Nola pitched brilliantly yet this Cubs offense still got to him this group with Murphy is death to RHPs. Add Nola to the list of aces the Cubs have beaten this week along with Thor, Degrom, and mike F from the braves. Great to see and I think it's clear that our lineup is playoff ready vs RHPs now we just need to figure out lefties because we may face a lot of them versus the Dodgers

  • In reply to kkhiavi:

    Cubs won all those games but I know for sure deGrom didn’t get an L. Not sure about the others

  • In reply to stix:

    They still won games against some real good pitchers starting the games. They weren’t beating AAAA pitchers. It was an encouraging stretch.

  • In reply to stix:

    DeGrom didn't get tagged for the loss but the Cubbies won 6 out of 7 from the terrible Mets.

  • St Loses is down 6-3 bottom of 10th. Brews already won today.

  • In reply to Milk Stout:

    StL just lost.

    StL had the bases loaded and no outs, bottom 9, but Lorenzen got out of it. Norris then gave up a 2-run dinger to Suarez and a solo shot to someone named Dixon. Inglesias was very wild and tried to give the runs back, but he managed to save a 6-4 win for CIN in 10.

    I will have an updated Magic Number comment in the game post.

  • I meant game recap post.

  • Even with the Brewers winning every series they have left (2 out of every 3) that puts them only at 93 wins.
    If Cubs go 13-13 they sit at 94.

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    In reply to Wickdipper:

    Every time I read something like that all it takes is a team getting hot and all those projections go right out the window. Look at how hot the Cards were or what we’ve done the last 15 games or so.
    However, they’re looking at the Cubs and wondering if we’re ever going to lose. I’m fine with us by 4 but when it gets lower I begin to worry. If we win tomorrow night that puts us in a great position.

  • In reply to Jonathan Friedman:

    The point I make when I say that is really to calm down the ledge jumpers that are always around when they lose a game. The Cardinals have made an incredible run.....but all it has done for them is pickup 2 games on the Cubs, just goes to show how good the Cubs are and how well they have been too.
    This run by the Cardinals got them back into the WC and they actually have a good chance of being one of the 2 teams for that.
    Another reason why at the end of the month I want to kill ‘em.....dead.
    Ya gotta figure it’s one of the five the Cubs will face first.....Mil, St Lou, AZ, LA or the Rockies.

  • In reply to Wickdipper:

    The Brewers and Cards are both 6 down in the loss column. I hope the Cubbies behind Hamels can bury the Brewers tomorrow.

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    In reply to Wickdipper:

    Basically w the way the Cubs have been playing against the rest of the teams in the NL, the Cards and Brewers each have to win every game each of them have vs the Cubs.

    I just don't see that happening. If the Cubs just win 1 of 3 in every series vs those 2, they would have to pretty much play .750-.800 ball vs the rest of the teams ( somehow including each other which is impossible)

  • In reply to Jim Odirakallumkal:

    Exactly.....they all can’t gain ground when they have to devour themselves.

  • ESPN stated when KB comes back, the Cubs will kick it up another notch. Javy's being more selective at the plate shows his hitting is catching up to All Star defense. Good for him ! When David Bote becomes better at recognizing pitches, he is going to be better at the plate.
    Addison Russell may be traded in the off season.
    Great game today ! Go Cubs !

  • In reply to ronvet69:

    Thanks for sharing.

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    In reply to ronvet69:

    Its amazing what Javy is doing and to some people its not enough. Luckily I have never met one of those people in person.

    I understand some of the writers/experts perhaps not considering him the MVP, but for him not to be considered or in the running is borderline criminal.

    I am sure as we get closer to clinching, the buzz for his candidacy for MVP will increase.

    Freddie Freeman is going to get a big boost( similar to KB in 16') esp if Atlanta wins the Division as nobody expected them to be a contender this yr let alone a division winner. Problem I have giving it to him is because he's a 1B. For a player w little to no defensive value must be heads n shoulders over the others in all the offensive statistics.

    So when you incorporate it all, Javy is the MVP I would be voting for as he helps his team in every single imaginable way you can on a baseball field. ( DO I really need list all the ways he helps the Cubs win?)

    With that being said, It wouldn't be an outrage if he doesn't win. If he just stays at the level he's at now and finishes w 35+ HRs, 110+ RBIs, 30+ SBs, 100+ runs, 45+ doubles, 10+ triples, OPS 900+ w his defense and intangibles, he should be a finalist.

  • In reply to Jim Odirakallumkal:

    100+ runs and 30+ SBs will not be easy to get but he still is having an MVP type year if he doesn't get those two stats.

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