Game Post 9/23



Sunday: 1:10 pm CT on MLB Network/ABC-7/670AM



1. Daniel Murphy (L) DH
2. Ben Zobrist (S) 2B
3. Javier Baez (R) SS
4. Anthony Rizzo (L) 1B
6. David Bote (R) 3B
8. Kyle Schwarber (L) LF
9. Ian Happ (S) RF
White Sox
1. Yoan Moncada (S) 2B
2. Yolmer Sanchez (S) 3B
3. Daniel Palka (L) RF
4. Matt Davidson (R) 1B
5. Omar Narvaez (L) DH
7. Leury Garcia (S) LF
8. Tim Anderson (R) SS
9. Adam Engel (R) CF
P. Carlos Rodon (L)
Bullpen Usage

Lineups and Bullpen Usage via Baseball Press.

Opposing pitcher

Scouting Report from Brooks Baseball.

Carlos RodonCarlos Rodon has thrown 8,218 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) and Slider (86mph), also mixing in a Change (85mph) and Sinker (94mph).

His fourseam fastball results in somewhat more flyballs compared to other pitchers' fourseamers, has slightly above average velo and has slightly less natural movement than typical. His slider results in many more groundballs compared to other pitchers' sliders, has short glove-side cut, is much harder than usual and has some two-plane movement. His change is much firmer than usual, results in somewhat more groundballs compared to other pitchers' changeups and has some natural sink to it. His sinkerhas well above average velo, has less armside run than typical and results in somewhat more flyballs compared to other pitchers' sinkers.

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  • No Bryant today... “Shoulder fatigue”.

  • In reply to Milk Stout:

    This is fine.

    (This is hopefully fine)

  • In reply to Mike Banghart:

    I hope so. We can use him healthy.

  • In reply to Milk Stout:

    After watching Kris these last few games, I'm convinced he's having trouble seeing the ball at the plate.

  • Addison Russell’s current gf made a statement saying he’s the greatest boyfriend in the world ,and She’s never seen the abusive side his ex wife detailed. She also threw a shot at Russell’s ex wife calling her bitter and looking for revenge because Russell didn’t want her anymore.

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    In reply to bolla:

    Are you surprised?

  • In reply to bolla:

    His GF had better be right, if this statement is a smokescreen, you will probably never see Addison in a Cub uniform again.

  • In reply to ronvet69:

    What are we in 3rd grade? His gf is making statements sticking up for him? Really? How embarrassing.

  • Brewers up 4-0

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    So we have to win this game. I thought Javy might do it, but now we need a few more to start this game. The Brewers are not going to give this division to us.

  • They put up split screen of Baez and Yelich. Very interesting. Yelich has edge in BA and Javy has edge in RBI. Stolen bases and Hr are even. Javy plays multiple positions. Yelich is getting his team to playoff for first time since????? Gonna be close.

  • In reply to WaitTilNextYear:

    Yes it is. Yelich has been on fire the second half and has a strong case.

  • In reply to BarleyPop:

    The biggest issue for Javy’s case is so much of what makes him great are the instincts which you have to watch to appreciate. Also things like how disruptive he is on the basepaths. You have to watch to see those things and most of these voters are reading stats and watching clips, not games.

  • In reply to TC154:

    Very true. The voting is skewed heavily to offensive numbers, and even more so advanced numbers recently. Looking strictly at those he doesn't win. But so much of his value is immeasurable and, as you say, needs to be seen and followed. His versatility up the middle is unmatched. Russell has a sore shoulder? No problem, put Javy at SS. Lester on the mound against a speedy lineup that may bunt? Put Javy at 3B to neutralize that threat. Bad pitching matchups for anyone? No problem, put Javy wherever to maximize the rest of the lineup. No other candidate has that ability to help his team unit win baseball games. When measuring value, most VALUABLE to team wins, there is no argument, IMO, but those numbers aren't listed on fangraphs or baseballreference. You have to watch and follow.

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    In reply to WaitTilNextYear:

    Go to baseball reference and look at the leaders in the "nerd" stats. If there are a lot of new skoool voters, then Javy is in trouble. Old skool O.G Gangsta's then I like Javy's chances.

    The way I handicap it though as painful as it is to say......If the Brewers make the playoffs, I would be stunned to see Yelich not win the MVP>

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    Yelich hit another HR today. BrewCrew up 6-0.

  • Javy up again with two on. Let's try this again...

  • I group up in Chicagoland area. I can never get myself to call it guaranteed rate stadium. Will always be comiskey park to this cub fan.

  • In reply to WaitTilNextYear:

    Agree, same here.
    I have never been to the new one.....don’t ever plan on it either.

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    In reply to Wickdipper:

    To paraphrase a scene in "Love Actually," Never been there, never will.

  • In reply to WaitTilNextYear:

    As an exChicago resident, I totally agree. My wife and I both agreed the Sox broadcast was terrible. We switched to the northside broadcast on MLB. Much talk about non baseball and not enough content about the game going on at the time. The White Sox owners should kiss the Cubs for bringing in an extra 20,000 people per game.

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    In a world of crazy stats and wild numbers and thing that make you go HMMMMMMMMM....... Wade Miley owns an ERA under 2 ......

    What kinda bizzaro world are we living in?

  • In reply to Jim Odirakallumkal:

    The guy has actually been surprisingly solid

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    In reply to Wickdipper:

    Yea but he's Wade Miley. Do you know who he is? You have been following his career outside of his short Brewers tenure?

    He's got below stuff, avg command, no real out pitch...... only thing positive is he's Lefty

  • In reply to Jim Odirakallumkal:

    Lol, I know .....go figure.....look at Wood this year compared to last for LA....

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    I did not like that at bat by Willson. He should have tried to advance the runners and he didn’t. Never tried to go the other way. Two on no out we have to score at least 1 run. They can score runs too so we have to take advantage when we can—especially with a pitcher who has lost his control.

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    In reply to Jonathan Friedman:

    Dont worry be happy Mang.......

    Youtube Bobby McFerrin whenever you feel like the above and the Cubs are winning by 3+

    Yes I know anything can happen, but we have enough close games to fret n get our BP up.

  • In reply to Jonathan Friedman:

    I don't know what's up with Willson. He's been off all year. I think some of that inherent fire can hold him back and needs to be reigned in.

    I don't want to jinx him, but I also hope we're not seeing another Geovanny Soto. Come up and rock and quickly flame out. I recall being suspicious the spring before Geo's ROY season, when he showed up after having "re-made" his physique over the winter. Not Schwarber re-made by losing weight, but re-made by adding 30 lbs. of muscle out if nowhere. I'm not saying that is the case here, just that we've seen young catchers pull the "Flight of Icarus" thing before.

  • In reply to Jonathan Friedman:

    Ever since Willson proclaimed he would be as good as Yadi from the Cardinals, he has sucked big time. He needs to keep his mouth shut and concentrate on baseball.

  • Rodon sucks, look at his start compared to Lopez. Sorry kkhavi I strongly disagree about their trajectories.

  • I might be knit picking at Happ but it seems like a better effort on that fly ball? No dive attempt. You have 2 outs runners are running anyway. We have a 6 run lead. Lay out unless afraid to get hurt????

  • I figured hendricks would be able to shut this weak line up down.Don't know what was up with quintana, still don't trust that guy.

  • So I'm stuck watching the White Sox broadcast because for some reason DTV isn't offering me the opportunity to watch the Cubs broadcast. Hawk has actually been somewhat pleasant to listen to in this game, probably because his team is losing 6-1, but just now, Steve Stone asked Hawk what's he's gonna be doing in the retirement, and Hawk admitted that it just really started to settle in during the 7th inning stretch, and he became silent, and was obviously all choked up... Sure he's annoying as all hell, but I'm happy for him to have had such a good life involved with MLB as long as he has, even while firing Tony LaRussa. But I really can't wait till the game ends, and all the Cubs fans collectively think... HE GONE!

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    I’m probably in the minority but I don’t mind listening to Hawk this series. I do like to hear other broadcasters to hear what they say about the Cubs. Hawk certainly has put a number of expressions on our lexicon.
    I was touched when Stoney asked him about retiring that you mentioned, and I really enjoyed hearing him and A.J. I’d love to have AJ on my team. He’s one of the most knowledgeable players I ever saw.
    However let’s give him a loss to go out on. Hendricks has been almost unhittable.

  • In reply to Jonathan Friedman:

    Yeah, I used to like listening to the Hawk when I was young and living in Chicago (late-80's and 90's). He sure is entertaining. Just kinda wore thin for me. He's not a bad guy. I'm very happy for him. Congrats Hawk... And Go CUBS Go!

  • In reply to Cubber Lang:

    And I love that the White Sox got those throwback jerseys on today! Too bad the Cubs aren't wearing their Cuba jerseys along with them.

  • In reply to Jonathan Friedman:

    Class acts for both the White Sox and Cubs to take the field and salute Hawk Harrelson after the final out.

  • Barring epic collapses by the cubs and cards they will win today.Cards will be 2 behind milwaukee entering a critical 3 games series starting tomorrow.

  • Am I wrong for this thinking? I would like to see brewers sweep the cards...then have Rockies sweep the Phillies!!!

  • In reply to WaitTilNextYear:

    I appreciate the sentiment. The Cardinals losing is always happy day. Still, the Cubs beating them again in the NLDS would be very sweet.

  • In reply to Cubs09:

    I don’t want to face them in post season. Don’t want them to have a chance to knock us out.

  • In reply to WaitTilNextYear:

    That sounds more like White Sox fan sentiment in that they take more joy in seeing the Cubs lose rather than their team winning.

    In your scenario, if the Cubs split the Pirates series, the Cubs would only be up by 1 game to the Brewers. While the Brewers will have a very easy closing series at home against the Tigers (absolutely nothing for them to play for), the Cubs would be up against a Cardinals team that not only leads the head to head matchup (9-7), and is not only fighting for their wildcard opportunity, but further would love nothing more than to sweep the Cubs at Wrigley and cause them to possibly have to play a tiebreaker against either both or one of the Brewers and/or Cardinals, whether it’s to win the division or second wildcard spot. And even if the Cards only won 2 of 3 and got knocked out of the playoffs, it would still possibly leave the Brewers in first and the Cubs as a wildcard.

    I know the Cubs aren’t relying on other teams to lose and are probably looking to win 5 games to close the season and clinch the NL Central and home advantage on their own merit, but we’ve seen too many funny things happen in this game of baseball (just look at how often our offense gets shut out/or a Cubs SP has a clunker of an outing), so be careful what you wish for especially when it’s just nonsense emotional reasons stemming from a rivalry.

  • In reply to Cubber Lang:

    I actually like the Rockies too

  • I remember the last week of the 2004 season and how the cubs lost 6 out 7 home games and choked away a 2.5 wc lead.I want the cardinals to beat the brewers 2 of 3 and the cubs to beat the pirates 3 out 4 or sweep.

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