Game Post 9/20


Normally I would have a series preview here, but the Addison Russell situation has made that feel hollow. Myles Phelps posted an article about Russell being placed on administrative leave. I encourage everyone to read it.

I tend to leave my opinion to my twitter feed. I will make a brief exception in this case. I feel Addison Russell should no longer be a member of the Cubs. I truly hope he has played his last game as a member of the team. Domestic violence is a serious problem in America and should not be tolerated, ever. Anyway, I will give a bare bones preview for the game today.


Friday: 3:10 pm CT on MLB Network/WGN/NBC Sports Chicago/670AM



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
6. Jason Heyward (L) RF
8. Kyle Schwarber (L) DH
White Sox
1. Tim Anderson (R) SS
2. Jose Rondon (R) 3B
3. Avisail Garcia (R) RF
4. Matt Davidson (R) 1B
6. Kevan Smith (R) DH
7. Yoan Moncada (S) 2B
8. Ryan LaMarre (R) LF
9. Adam Engel (R) CF
Bullpen Usage

Lineups and Bullpen Usage via Baseball Press.

Opposing pitcher

Scouting Report from Brooks Baseball.

Reynaldo LopezReynaldo Lopez has thrown 4,628 pitches that have been tracked by the PITCHf/x system between 2016 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 (96mph), also mixing in a Slider (84mph), Change (84mph) and Curve (76mph). He also rarely throws a Cutter (86mph) and Sinker (94mph).

His fourseam fastball has well above average velo. His slider is a prototypical pitch with few remarkable qualities. His change is a prototypical pitch with few remarkable qualities. His curve is basically never swung at and missed compared to other pitchers' curves, results in more flyballs compared to other pitchers' curves, has little depth, has primarily 12-6 movement and has slightly below average velo. His cutter generates an extremely high number of swings & misses compared to other pitchers' cutters, has extreme cut action, results in more flyballs compared to other pitchers' cutters, has slightly below average velo and has some natural sink. His sinker (take this with a grain of salt because he's only thrown 11 of them in 2018) is basically never swung at and missed compared to other pitchers' sinkers, results in more flyballs compared to other pitchers' sinkers, has well above average velo and has less armside run than typical.


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    I hope the Cubs win, but I just feel so empty (or hollow, as you said) and yecch. This is surely going out all the time in all sorts of businesses, but it's so public and raw now it's hard to move on. I wish only the best for his ex-wife Melisa.

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    In reply to Jonathan Friedman:

    Wow you don’t know the facts yet. Suck it and enjoy the game.

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    In reply to Myles Phelps:

    No disrespect suck it up and enjoy the game. Not as bad as a rush to. Judgement by a certain writer

  • I always respect my elders, say "yes sir" and "no ma'am", but you are way out of line. I do believe you were just told to tighten up, and you laughed in their face. That's not cool. If you would like to continue participating in this community I would advise that you show some respect. It's not my call but, damn, that was as blatant a warning as I recall and you pooped on it.

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    In reply to BarleyPop:

    lol Suck it up and enjoy the game is not disrespectful. Much much more disrespectful things written on here some by you. I think I got the warning because of my criticism of the RUSSELL article.

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  • No offense man but I get your perspective that Russell should be innocent until proven guilty and that his ex wouldn't be the 1st divorcee to scam the system but there is a very strong possibility she's telling the truth also hurting her husbands net worth could in theory hurt her income we just don't have the facts at this time. I respect your opinion and try to look at things from both perspectives but it's best just to drop this subject these types of sports conversations about domestic abuse always get heated and you're either on one side or the other there's no in between for many people. Best to just agree to disagree because there's always gonna be people on both sides of these issues

  • In reply to kkhiavi:

    I am not taking sides. I do believe in our system of innocent until proven guilty where the accused and accuser get their time in court.

    I am not certain her actions affect her future income potential. I do not know what state their divorce was finalized. However, there are a few items that would be considered.
    1. If there was a pre-nuptial agreement, the terms of the divorce would be pre-determined. Child custody and support would likely have been pre-determined.
    2. I will assume the his lawyer was better than her lawyer. If the lawyer wasn't better, Russell should have fired his player agency.
    3. If there was physical, mental and/or emotional abuse in the marriage, that would have been admitted during the divorce proceedings. It would have had an impact on distribution of current assets absent of a pre-nup.
    4. Due to the length of their marriage, assets split would likely only be modest, similar to a 50/50 split in a community property state, at most. In longer term marriages where one spouse raises a family and does not complete higher learning, enter or stay in the work place, etc., additional assets may be included to off set lost income and future earning potential. That is not normally the case in 2 year marriages where both parties are younger than 24 years old when divorced.
    5. Child support is set as a fixed number. There may be an escalator based upon future earnings but it doesn't lessen or disappear if he were to lose his earnings in his profession. He would need to return to court and petition for a reduction in child support. That doesn't happen too often.
    6. This may be the first step in having him face a civil suit in another state or same state as the divorce.

  • It is a bad bad deal. He will get his in the end. But I for one will not let Addi tarnish the other good people associated with baseball and cubs.

    Even tho the sox are in the same city as the cubs, I know nothing about them. I do not know who is having a good year for them.

  • Baseball! Go Murphy! Go Cubs!

  • I was hoping quintana didn't face the white sox

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    Q is not looking good, and every ball hit is in a gap. Another one to RF. Three runs are not going to win this game though.

  • bloop, bloop, BOOM, bloop, bloop

  • In reply to Kramerica20:

    I wish he could go bloop bloop boom bloop bloop. Don’t forget there was almost another boom in there

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  • Better hope lopez doesn't settle in, or the cubs are in trouble.He's been real good lately. Lopez is one of the white sox young pitchers that I like.They have several good young pitchers.

  • In reply to bolla:

    Honestly not even talking Q I'm disappointed by his overall start against this minor league lineup but I'm not a fan of Lopez personally. I've watched him plenty and I think people see him initially with that big fastball of his and think he's a young stud. I'm not in agreement personally I just think he doesn't miss bats for a guy with his stuff and that's not an accident to me because he doesn't have an out pitch if I were a player I'd just sit on the fastball with 2 strikes because that's basically his only outpitch and teams that know him figure that out quickly. His ERA maybe 4 but his xFIP is an atrocious 5.27 this guy has regression written all over him. Very disappointed by the cubs today I think this is one of the poorer games they've played all season on both sides of the field. How many times are you gonna let this guy throw his fastball by you with 2 strikes before you realize that he has nothing else to strike you out with just awful preparation and execution by the team.

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    In reply to kkhiavi:

    Very good points. You would think a well coached, managed, veteran team would be all over that.

    I am no Q apologist, but he didn't pitch that bad. The wind is blowing out, but yea he should never allow this mickey mouse lineup to get 5 hits in a row off of him esp a 3 run homer to a guy w very little pop.

  • In reply to Jim Odirakallumkal:

    I like Lopez too he's got the fastball to play in the rotation or the bullpen but right now the guy just doesn't strike many guys out or get many swings and misses with his breaking stuff. The teams that have had success against him are the ones that he couldn't put away with 2 strikes because everyone knows he loves to utilize that big fastball in all counts and as his out pitch. Extremely disappointed in the cubs preparation for this game it's almost as if they didn't read the scouting report on Lopez but kudos to him for having good command today

  • In reply to kkhiavi:

    wow, I think giolito and rodon are the white sox pitchers that are overrated and lopez has some good stuff.We'll see in the next few years.Lopez has been lights out the last month

  • In reply to bolla:

    Yeah I'm the opposite gioloto to me isn't even worth discussing his value is real low but I like Rodon most. Think he's got 2 plus to plus plus pitches with that fastball and slider. His makeup is outstanding and it's weird because his FIP also isn't great but his walks are down this year evict was his biggest question mark but his strikeouts are oddly down this year and that's odd because rodons always had good K rates. But for me from an evaluators standpoint I like lopez fastball that's why he stands out immediately and that pitch should give him a decent floor of course I'd take him in the Cubs system not saying he stinks by any means but as of now I don't respect his secondaries and I just think it's very difficult to be a good major league starter without a 2nd out pitch and the FIP isn't encouraging on Lopez at all plus his minor league numbers aren't even very good this guys results just haven't been in line with his stuff or his velocity. Honestly I don't mean to come off as a sox hater but for the most part all of their major league young players give plenty of reason for skepticism unfortunately I think Eloy is gonna be by far the best player to come out of that rebuild

  • In reply to kkhiavi:

    I have a co worker who is one of those white sox fans who "hates" the cubs yet watches all their games and keeps up with everything about the cubs and I tell him all the time a lot of the white sox prospects suck. Eloy is the ONLY one(position players) with superstar potential.Not impressed with several of their prospects.I like lopez ,cease and kopech as far as their pitchers.

    Moncada shows flashes but he's been a disappointment especially with the hype he had a few years ago.Tim anderson is awful

  • In reply to bolla:

    Agreed 100% I think moncada is gonna be fine but I think he's shaping into more of a .250 20 home run guy certainly not good enough for sale. Kopech has an elite arm highest upside arm in the system but I've heard he has some character questions regarding his maturity. Not a guy whose considered to have outstanding makeup so he definitely has upside no doubt but I'm personally a big believer that the best players have talent and character and TJS right off the bat not the best start to your ML career. Eloy and cease are gonna be studs they're talented and have great makeup I love those guys and I like nick madrigal the guy they just drafted. But no question most of their prospects have a lot of warts and it's clear that their organization has issues with player development in the minors that's why their draft picks have kinda struggled. Reminds me of the Cubs with hendry in that regard I don't for a minute underestimate what theo did to improve our minor league coaching and development of players

  • In reply to kkhiavi:

    Yea I was trying to remember who was the last white sox position player they drafted and developed into an all star. I think it was frank thomas,I hope not lol. I don't even hate the white sox.I just hate their obnoxious fans.I use to watch them when they had lance johnson,tim raines,blackjack mcdowell,wilson alvarez,alex fernandez etc

  • In reply to bolla:

    And I guess what I'm getting at is I think white sox fans overrate a guys that's a decent to solid prospect but certainly not a potential 2/3 starter in my eyes I think he's a BOR starter at best for a 1st division team which you take but he's not as good as the Cubs made him look today

  • In reply to bolla:

    And when I say I don't like Lopez that's not to say I dislike him really just moreso that white sox fans overvalue him because of his big fastball and think he's a potential 2-3 starter he's really not

  • In reply to kkhiavi:

    He has pitched well lately. Has a fastball you can’t teach.

  • In reply to WaitTilNextYear:

    He's a legit major League pitcher no doubt but you're gonna get exposed in the bigs if that's you're only pitch. We'll see what happens but 5.27 FIP is very discouraging he's no potential 2-3 starter like sox fans act like he is

  • Cubs get 5 outs in the 4th, do nothing with them. Continue to be useless with RISP.

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    Team is too inconsistent with their hitting.

  • Wow, gotta love 0-2 XBH to guys you've never heard of before.

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    Here we go again. Cubs aren’t looking like they got a day off—or maybe they lost their rhythm. That should have been an out at 2nd too.

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    Anyone going to be shocked if we lose this game? I can't imagine playing a game under these circumstances...... they get their 1st day off in what seems like forever and then they have to deal w these questions about a teammate.

    Then to add insult to injury the sox jump out on them early.

    I hope we can regroup and take the next 2.

    This is the world series for the little brothers to the south

  • In reply to Jim Odirakallumkal:

    Still a chance vs the white sox bullpen.I'm not surprised at all, I bet a co worker 50 bucks that lopez would out pitch quintana.

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    For whatever reason it seems like KB cannot bare hand a ball and throw to 1st. He’s missed that play a number of times.

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    In reply to Jonathan Friedman:

    Maybe he has small hands for a 6'5 fella

  • I always thought the Q trade was one sided but after seeing it on the screen today on tv I am appalled. Not only did the White Sox get a perennial All Star in Jimenez (IMO) but they also get Dylan Cease who will be better than Q. Might go down as one of the worst trades in Cubs history !!!!!!!!!!

  • In reply to INSaluki:

    When I first heard of the trade, I couldn't believe it. We was robbed, period, end of sentence.

  • I'll be happy when Murphy stops striking out. He's never K'd this much.

  • Which team is 26 games over .500 and which team is 32 games under.500? We all keep worrying about the Cubs pitching but we had better start hitting or the pitching isn't going to help.

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    Maples can throw 98 but ML hitters can hit it. Straight velocity doesn't faze these players--give me someone with a plus CB or breaking pitch and we'll win with that.

  • In reply to Jonathan Friedman:

    Guess Maples isn’t happy unless he has double numbers on both sides of his decimal point.....

  • In reply to Jonathan Friedman:

    The Hr was on a slider. Until he can locate a FB they will bang the hanger.

  • What an embarrassing game, now I gotta deal with these annoying insecure white sox fans acting like they won the championship, this is their world series every single year.At least I won 50 bucks

    hope the brewers lose tonight

  • In reply to bolla:

    Hopefully the players are embarrassed and play like a playoff contender tomorrow.

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    Exactly. We need more urgency.

  • Yea, seriously.This is ridiculous

  • Maybe they are tired from traveling to the Sox Park??

  • In reply to clarkAddson:

    Heard traffic was backed up ???

  • There is abuse going on at the Cubs - Sox game. Something better change quick.

  • There may be a change in the Russell situation (for better or worse)

    Epstein asked him (again) if he did it......Russell (again) says he didn’t. Now what happens? She is going to have to have some sort of proof or witnesses otherwise this will devolve into a he said/she said deal. I hate this....

  • Uh, Oh... GO CUBS! It's not over yet.

  • In reply to clarkAddson:

    I was absolutely shocked Maddon brought in maples given the state of the sox horrible bullpen. Unlike most cub fans I have absolutely zero faith in maples I think he flat out stinks and I'd have no issues releasing him tomorrow. I really felt we were gonna come back if the pitching just kept us within 3-4 runs awful play by Maddon not even considering which bullpen he was going against the sox pen is very vulnerable this year

  • In reply to kkhiavi:

    It seems to me Maddon already threw in the towell by taking Rizzo out.

  • Feels like an anvil got dropped on the cubs today.Just need milwaukee to win to make murphys law complete.

  • I've said it before and I'll say it again, the Q trade may go down as one of the worst trades in the history of this team. Does anyone, I mean ANYONE, truly trust this guy when he goes out on the mound? If he pitches 3 good games in a row, I just 'know' a major clunker is coming. And look what he have here today.

  • In reply to INSaluki:

    I'm with you 100%.I hated this trade since the minute it happened.This will definitely be one of the worst trades the cubs ever made may even pass the brock trade.big time overpay , people say "well eloy hasn't been in the majors yet".So what, were they saying that when kris bryant was shredding the minors? He'll be up eventually and he's crushed every level he's been on.I hated this trade so much man, especially when you look at the cubs current outfielders.

  • In reply to bolla:

    And Eloy frankly is exactly what the team needs to an outfielder that can cover the strike zone I think in his prime he projects as a stud hitter that'll be able to handle stud high end pitchers because like javy Baez he's just so dangerous on pitches within the strike zone he really doesn't give you much margin for error in contrast to a guy like kris Bryant who has various holes where you can pitch to him but his approach is so strong that he has the patience to make the pitcher come to him with pitches in his wheel house. That's not to put KB down that's just to Moreso illustrate what a perfect fit I think Eloy would be for the assembley of this lineup

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    In reply to kkhiavi:

    LOL. Back off a little on Eloy. He's already better then KB? Let him get to the majors, crush it then lets see how he reacts when they have a book on him and adjust to him.

    Trust me, they figure every super prospect out. Then super prospect must adjust and then you see what you have.

    I think he's going to be great too, but the way you guys are talking about him is that he's a Mike Trout/Albert Pujols clone. So if he doesn't win the ROY and MVP next yr, then what?

    The overpay in my opinion was giving the sox Cease ( the 1 pitching prospect we have ) esp when the sox were loaded w pitching prospects, we should have given them more young hitters. Maybe quantity along w Eloy. Silly to give up both.

    Similar to the Chapman trade. Gave up too much too get a couple months. For that haul, we should have got Andrew Miller or Gleyber and some lotto tix only for Chapman. I bet all the prospects the Orioles got for Machado ( an everyday player) won't equal 1 Gleyber Torres.

  • In reply to Jim Odirakallumkal:

    Oh by no means am I saying he's better than KB he's won an MVP hard to say any prospect is expected to reach that upside. They're different players KB has one of the most advanced approaches at the plate of any young player in recent memory and that's a huge factor in what makes him great he has the discipline to wait for his pitch. I think Eloy in his prime is gonna be a tough out because of how well he covers the strike zone I think somewhat like javy he's a dangerous hitter if you throw it over the plate to him while I feel you can get Bryant out if you execute but his discipline and power gives him that special ability to wait for his pitch. I was Moreso saying I think Eloy is a perfect complement to this lineup to help our lineup against lefties and the fact is our outfields production hasn't been as good as we anticipated especially lately we can use an impact bat in the outfield. I actually wouldn't be surprised if Eloy has some growing pains at 1st because his approach isn't as polished as Bryant's so I doubt he's as good as KB his rookie year but I think his upside is awfully high and everything I've learned about him as a player and a person these past few years lead me to believe he's gonna be really good. Remember also he was essentially developed by the Cubs so that's another thing he has going for him when you consider theos history of finding impact hitters

  • In reply to kkhiavi:

    Preach! I dread the day Jimenez gets called up and living in Chicago it will constantly be in my face ugghhhhhh.

    Only signing Harper or Machado & a 2019 World Series win will make me get over this trade.

  • In reply to bolla:

    I know cub fans don't want to hear this and I'm not as low on Q as you guys for the record he still clearly helps this team but I think Eloy is gonna be one of the best players in the game not just pretty good I really believe this guy is a special hitter and as importantly a special persin

  • In reply to kkhiavi:

    I don't know why you believe in quintana. He's been hit or miss, yes he's had some good outings but he's also had some AWFUL outings and struggled vs bad teams like the royals and white sox.I seriously hope quintana helps the cubs win a world series or 2 but man I just have this bad feeling about this trade it won't go away either.I always thought torres and jimenez would be studs they were the # 1-2 ifa's. They're both gone and the dudes the cubs kept aren't that good in comparison.

  • In reply to bolla:

    Believe in him is a strong word were clearly not close to the favorites to win that trade but from an individual standpoint I don't think he's been as bad as some of you guys act like. He beat Scherzer in the playoffs last year and he won those 2 huge matchups against the Brewers ace. He's not doing as well as anyone would like but what we gave up for him is theos problem not Qs and Q still makes us better and I generally feel we always have a good chance to win when he pitches the guys still 2nd on the team in wins this year. Remember this is also an outlier season for him too this has been his worst season of his career basically from a results and peripheral standpoint. If this is what we get every year then the trade is a borderline bust I wouldn't be surprised if this goes down as his worst season as a cub I think he's certainly capable of getting that ERA under 3.5 he's going from the AL to the NL yet somehow declined. While I get sick thinking about what we gave up I still think Q is a nice asset to have for future seasons he's better than anyone we can bring in really at a reasonable cost from the outside and while he may not be having his best year I take Q over say miles mikolas or say chacin any day of the week in a big game even though on paper those guys are having the better seasons. I think we're not gonna win that trade long term but I still think we'll see better seasons from the guy and he's been a lot better in the 2nd half after a few tough 1st half starts

  • In reply to kkhiavi:

    Hope you're right because I seriously get sad about this trade.I feel like the white sox got a better return for quintana than they got for a clearly more dominant pitcher in chris sale.

    By the way if the cubs traded eloy for sale you wouldn't hear a peep from me.Because sale is an Ace and worth that haul.

  • In reply to bolla:

    Obviously hypothetically.I know sale was already traded.I'm saying sale was worth that haul quintana wasn't.

    Then giving up cease on top of that like wtf. What was theo thinking man

  • In reply to bolla:

    That's just what you get when you get desperate and sacrifice the long term for the short term I feel usually the team getting the long term haul tends to win out. And theos a proactive aggressive GM and in some ways the trade did spark a 2nd half run that helped get us into the playoffs but I honestly thought we were gonna sell off our rentals before we made that Q trade last year and was shocked at the deal when it happened but excited at the same time to add a big name needed starter

  • In reply to bolla:

    Honestly bolla in my mind Eloy+cease are easily better than moncada+kopech. I think with that sale trade the white sox made the cardinal mistake of trading for 2 highly talented physical specimens BUT they both have maturity and makeup questions not guys I'd regard with having great makeup which I think is just irresponsible on the white sox part when you're trading the best pitcher in the game. Cease and Eloy are not only stud talents but they have off the charts makeup I feel strongly that they'll get at least as much if not more from the Q trade. I personally believe we're gonna lose the trade no matter what but I at least hope Q can have better seasons so it's not a disaster. I think that's very realistic too I generally trust guys with long term track records but the trade was in all likelihood a mistake but that's not Qs fault let's just hope that he gets better

  • In reply to bolla:

    Unfortunately that's looking like the biggest mistake theos made betting on his draft picks like happ, Almora, schwarber, and long time starters like Addison Russell. These guys all don't look like high upside players anymore and I really don't think any of their trade values are particularly high while Torres and Eloy have good chances in my eyes of being amongst the best young players in the league. I hope our guys improve and of those guys I still like schwarber bc if he can hit .260 in his prime with his power and Obp that's a really good player and he has the playoff track record. But no question about it trading those guys for pennies on the dollar has really hurt this organizations long term outlook

  • Well that sucked.

  • May you have another?

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