Game Post 9/25

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Tuesday: 7:05 pm CT on MLB Network/WGN/670AM

Lineups

Pirates

1. Adam Frazier (L) 2B
2. Starling Marte (R) CF
3. Josh Bell (S) 1B
5. Corey Dickerson (L) LF
6. Jose Osuna (R) 3B
7. Pablo Reyes (R) RF
8. Kevin Newman (R) SS
9. Chris Archer (R) P
Cubs
1. Daniel Murphy (L) 2B
2. Ben Zobrist (S) RF
3. Anthony Rizzo (L) 1B
4. Javier Baez (R) SS
5. Kyle Schwarber (L) LF
6. Kris Bryant (R) 3B
7. Jason Heyward (L) CF
Bullpen Usage
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Lineups and Bullpen Usage via Baseball Press.

Opposing pitchers

Scouting Reports from Brooks Baseball.

Chris ArcherChris Archer has thrown 18,421 pitches that have been tracked by the PITCHf/x system between 2012 and 2018, including pitches thrown in the MLB Regular Season, the MLB Postseason and The World Baseball Classic. In 2018, he has relied primarily on his Slider (89mph) and Fourseam Fastball (95mph), also mixing in a Change using a Circle Change grip (88mph) and Sinker (95mph). He also rarely throws a Curve(82mph).

His slider is thrown extremely hard, results in somewhat more groundballs compared to other pitchers' sliders and has some two-plane movement. His fourseam fastball has slightly above average velo, has slightly less natural movement than typical and has some added backspin. His change is much firmer than usual. His sinker has well above average velo, has less armside run than typical and has little sinking action compared to a true sinker. His curve generates fewer whiffs/swing compared to other pitchers' curves, is much harder than usual, results in more flyballs compared to other pitchers' curves and has primarily 12-6 movement.

Sean's Note: Archer has been disappointing since the Pirates acquired him in a July trade with Tampa. He still strikes out an above average number of hitters but he gives up 40% hard contact. So when the ball is put in play, it is getting hit hard. A high BABIP and only stranding 71% of runners might make his numbers look worse than they should be.

Final Thoughts: Monday marked the fifth straight game the Pirates held the Cubs to only one run. Joe Maddon is batting the pitcher in the nine hole for the first time in a while. The lineup is other wise identical other than Willson Contreras. Mike Montgomery had his best start of the season in Arizona thanks to increased changeup use. The weather is shaky tonight, so expect some delays.

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  • I would like to say thank you, Sean, and all the other staff here for for your efforts. I don't say that nearly as often as I eagerly expect the next offering. I know the incredible financial windfall ya'll receive from the success of this site puts you out of touch with us mortal and lowly Cubs fans, but we do appreciate it. Seriously, thank you. You bring me and many others much joy and stimulation, and that is priceless.

    On a related note, as I mentioned earlier, I've noticed Norway is in high demand when that magic number shrinks. Not so much when we lose. I'm looking forward to a fun-filled recap tonight begging for Norway's post. We appreciate it, Norway, even if you still haven't answered that Clinton-esqe question: abacus or sliderule?

    We win tonight. With my record of game predictions this year, that's all I got.

    Go Cubs!

  • In reply to BarleyPop:

    Your a lucky guy, only person that doesn't get political innuendo deleted. Use that 5 minutes on kav anaugh.

  • In reply to cubbustible:

    I'm trying my best to sort this mess out as I finally have a few spare moments today. I have slacked in stepping in throughout the year in this area, and we really are start to stray so far from what this community was. I deleted precisely two comments and each included a very direct/specific political comment. I don't think mere mention of concepts (e.g. there are religious people and occasionally expressions of faith shouldn't be expressly forbidden) is enough to trigger something being deleted, but the reason John banned those topics from serious discussion here is because the medium prevents serious discussions from occuring. Instead it devolves quickly into what a lot of the comments here have looked like last night and today.

  • In reply to Mike Banghart:

    ^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^5’s Dabs

  • B.POP,
    I HOPE YOU'RE RIGHT AFTER LAST NIGHT'S STINKER. AFTER WATCHING LAST NIGHT'S GAME IT REMINDED ME OF CARLOS MARMOL COMING IN THE 9TH.
    C'MON CUBS , KICK SOME BUCS BUTT !

  • Today's a new day, and the Cubs players want nothing more than to right the ship and win tonight's game. Essentially, the playoffs have already begun. Every game counts, they know it, and we know it. It's the exact same case for the Cardinals and the Brewers in their final 5 games. While the Pirates know their season is over, they are not gonna lay down, they are going to try and ruin the Cubs season, as that's all they have left to play for, and I respect them for that.

    I like today's lineup, and it's probably a good idea to put the pitcher back in the 9th spot, as we have our best hitters back at 3-4-5 instead 2-3-4. Schwarber's been swinging a pretty good bat lately and he's also done well against the Buccos this season, so I actually like him in the 5 spot tonight. Baez needs to keep getting those good at bats, like he did against the White Sox. If he keeps getting himself into good counts, good things will happen. Especially later in the game if runners are on base for him.

  • In reply to Cubber Lang:

    I hope Kris Bryant snaps out of the funk he's been in lately. Kris hasn't looked like himself these past few games. I still contend he is having trouble seeing the ball at the plate.

  • In reply to ronvet69:

    I've somewhat wondered the same. The only thing that tells me he's seeing the ball okay is that his OBP is still pretty high. He's had a rough year between getting hit in the head and then the lingering shoulder injury. He got off to such a great start this season, even though he wasn't hitting as many HRs, and that all changed right after he got hit (well he did show some good power after he came back from getting hit). Playing this game through injuries is not easy. I think he's just gonna have to battle and do his best to get through this season. The offseason will be a great chance for him to reset, rehab, and work on his goals for the following year. The truth is, even an injury riddled, down season for Bryant is better than we'd get from most average players.

  • In reply to ronvet69:

    I completely agree he is in a funk. I see what you're saying about seeing the ball, and how that may be related to the pitch that hit him in the head. That could be true, mentally as much as physically. It's been a rough year for KB.

    But I think the issues with his "funk" are much more related to his shoulder. He can't swing. I agree he can have value with the solid AB's, baserunning, and every other plus he brings as a complete baseball player. I just hate seeing Cubs fans hoping to see Bryant come out of his "funk" this season. He won't. I hope I'm wrong.

  • In reply to ronvet69:

    I believe Bryant's issues are all related to his shoulder injury. I don't think he will be himself until it is corrected in the offseason.

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    Is it raining by Wrigley? I'm west of Old Orchard and it was before but now I see clear skies to the west. It would be our luck, with so many rainouts this year, to have one more and then play a DH tomorrow or the next day!
    One more thing, I certainly agree with BP that thanks go to all of you writers for providing us with entertaining writing and facts that we wouldn't get in other places. I can't even imagine the time that goes into all the work you do. I forget who the teacher is (maybe more than one) but my wife was one and there wasn't a night that she wasn't doing work at home or even on the weekends when we went to school there were always one or two other teachers working.
    So, grazie mille (1000 thanks in Italian) or to bring Norway in, tusen takk (1000 thanks in Norwegian) and 1000 thanks in English.

  • I'm in L.A. Anybody know when this game is going to start ?

  • In reply to ronvet69:

    Not sure about how long, but they are removing the tarp and preparing the field.

  • In reply to Cubber Lang:

    Thank you ! Sounds good !

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    Already Milw up 2-0 in the 1st.

  • In reply to Jonathan Friedman:

    Not good this was supposed to be a tough series if they sweep Stl with the Tigers looming then we better play really good baseball

  • Tarp off the field and I just heard a beautiful rendition of "The Star-Spangled Banner". Play ball!

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    It sure would be nice to score first tonight. Put the pressure on the other team for a change. Len said Archer has a problem with pitch counts so let him prove it. Take a few pitches and get him emotional.
    If Javy gets to 35 HR and 115 RBI I think he gets the MVP. These last few games will be who does better too—Javy or Yelich or possibly Arenado but Col would have to overtake LA for the leader in the West.

  • 6-0 Milwaukee. They came to play

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    In reply to TheSarge#36:

    They did, did we?

  • In reply to Jonathan Friedman:

    No. Are we choking or just not that good?

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    Schwarber strikes out and their batter hits a HR. This is ridiculous.

  • In reply to Jonathan Friedman:

    Will someone tell Jed & Theo to stop drafting American League players , and admit they made a drafting mistake.
    This is starting to look like 1969 all over again. The Cubs are limping to the finish. Its sick.
    If something is wrong with KB, the Cubs are doing KB and the Cubs a disservice putting him out there.

  • We better start rooting for the Rockies, don’t want to play St. Louis in the wild card if it comes to that.

  • Time to bat kB as a PH he sure has no power left. Rather watch Bote or Happ strike out than KB

  • Yadi with the 3-run bomb.

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    The Cubs need to talk to one another. With 2 strikes Archer is going to throw the slider——Don’t Swing!!

  • C'mon, Cub fans. This ain't supposed to be easy. I love it!

    For decades I longed for this "pressure". Now it's a birthright?

    Go Cubs!

  • In reply to BarleyPop:

    But I wouldn't mind seeing Cervelli sleep with the fishes.

    "Concrete shoes...
    Neckties...
    High voltage!"

  • Have faith people, I know it's frustrating to watch right now but the cubs under maddon are resilient.This isn't the '07 or '08 cubs or past teams that crumbled when they faced adversity.

  • In reply to bolla:

    Your very positive, but time is running out.

  • In reply to ronvet69:

    Lol trust me I know, I'm keeping hope alive until it's over.I remember a game early in the season where the cubs were down 10-2 to the braves and came back & won. They never quit.

  • In reply to ronvet69:

    I know you're a fan. So am I, and all of us. Baseball is hard. I don't understand your statement "time is running out". We're in a fight for a division title. We are in the driver's seat. Time is running out for the teams behind us.

  • In reply to BarleyPop:

    When I said time is running out, I mean there are only so many games left. I love the Cubs and sat thru many games starting in1955.
    It just looks to me that the Cubs aren't playing up to their level.

  • The umpire is squeezing Archer and the Cubs can't take advantage of it. SICK !

  • Want to get the Cub player out? ... Put a runner in scoring position.

  • In reply to 2016 Cubs:

    Groove one right down the middle. They'll take it for a called strike.

  • Another choke at bat with RISP.
    This team is an offensive mess. No way this team can win a playoff series. Archer been getting shelled by every team since the trade till he faces us.

  • In reply to TheSarge#36:

    The way they’re going they’ll be lucky to play the WC .they are hitting .232 for Sept 13th best in the NL.

  • Why does Murphy dive for ground balls? He would never be able to get up and throw the runner out.

  • El Mago!

  • In reply to BarleyPop:

    That’s because he’s backing up the statue playing third base. That should have been an easy grounder to third.KB fielding has been as poor as his hitting. He needs to be on the bench , he’s not much help now.

  • In reply to stix:

    Looks like he’s out for the yr with a wrist injury.

  • In reply to stix:

    Dude, both those statements were so negative, and wrong. To quote Maddon: "I don't vibrate on that frequency."

  • In reply to BarleyPop:

    Truth hurts?

  • In reply to stix:

    The "truth" that Bryant is a statue at 3B and is likely out for the year with a broken wrist? No, that doesn't hurt. What hurts is depressing conversations like these with supposed Cubs fans. I try to be positive. You dwell in negative. To each their own. But any negative outlook in any sector of life has always bugged me, and I have spent my life trying to turn around negativity and bring joy to people's lives. I don't know I can do that with you, in this forum. That hurts.

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    It seems we’ve got no life. Swinging at pitches way out of the zone, no emotion, nothing. I feel like I’m looking at 40 yr olds. This is really bad

  • No energy in the crowd at all.Need to make some plays to get the crowd in the game.

  • Cubs just sent up the white flag with Kintzler coming in.

  • Agree with bolla......hang in there people......

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    Jesus the cubs fans writing here are some of the most negative people I’ve ever heard...time to find another blog site with more positive people. For years the cubs couldn’t sniff 90 wins...Jesus be happy they’ve had a nice season

  • In reply to Scott Buchanan:

    Scott maybe you can hook up with a poster named Tree something and pray together?

  • In reply to 2016 Cubs:

    2016, none of us have had this conversation for awhile, thankfully. I admit we're all a bit testy. I just made a comment I debated making. But what you just said attacked someone personally, unprovoked, and questioned them on a very spiritual level. Can we please refrain from going there? Thank you.

  • In reply to BarleyPop:

    BP, I love ya, and I get what you are saying, 2016’s comments were at best borderline on a personal level. But I am going to take this opportunity to voice an opinion I have had for sometime, but I have never found the «right moment» to express, undoubtably because of my very sporadic reading of comments lately.

    I would like to see all religious references on this forum go the same way as political references, i.e., banned. As with politics, not everyone has the same spiritual beliefs, and I believe that some might have issues with commentators who wear their religion on their sleeves. I recognize that this may very well be a minority opinion, likely colored by a combination of my own spiritual beliefs and my years of living in very secular Europe. As well, I wonder if it is simply not socially acceptable in today’s USA to criticize overt display of religious belief, particularly if it happens to be Christian belief.

    This is all I am going to say on this subject. I will not respond to any comments, I will not be engaged in a debate on this subject in this forum. This forum in my opinion should only be about baseball and our favorite team, the Chicago Cubs, and long-winded arguments about religion, as with politics, have no place here.

    Thanks for letting me get this off my chest. Go, Cubs!

  • In reply to CubsFanInNorway:

    Thanks for the love, Norway, and it is certainly reciprocated. I'm surprised you responded to me in this exchange, but you did. I read your opinion and respect your beliefs, as we all should with each other. You said you don't want to make this an issue and won't respond, and I agree on the subject you described. But I think you misunderstood my admonishment of 2016 Cubs, so please allow me to explain.

    I took no stance one way or another about the religious aspect. That point honestly didn't even cross my mind. I'm not religious myself, but people who are don't bother me. It was the fact that 2016 took a shot at Scott and even worse "Tree something and pray together". Again, the religious aspect was of no concern to me. It was the unprovoked personal attacks that had no point except to be unprovoked, personal attacks. I thought those had no place here, regardless of anyone's beliefs. I simply called out 2016 for an unprovoked, personal attack that came out of the blue with no context to any constructive dialogue.

    I will also say this, Norway. I was not offended by the religious connotation. I was offended by the crude and uncalled for comment. I may or may not agree with the perceived cause of that disrespectful comment, I am offended by the disrespectful and uncalled for comment. I won't get too deep into this topic, either, out of respect to this site and the wonderful community here. I am not a religious man, but I am not offended by the mere mention of someone else's beliefs. I am a straight male, but I am not offended by the mere mention of homosexuality. I am a proud American, but I am not offended by the mere mention of other forms of government or cultures.

    I am offended by people who are too easily offended. By people who will say they will not tolerate hearing something they do not believe in. By denouncing another point of view, and then saying that is the end of the discussion, there will be no more debate. That may seem harsh, and it is, but I don't want to go on about it any longer, either.

    Love you, Norway. No hard feelings. I hold none on my end. I hope this brief discussion was helpful for both sides.

    To refresh, 2016 made an unprovoked personal attack that I asked him politely to please not do, and even ended with thank you. That's what I do.

  • In reply to BarleyPop:

    BP, just for the record, I didn’t misunderstand your comment to 2016. In fact, I supported it, or I at least tried to.

    My response was not meant to be directly to you, but rather the community. Sorry that it came off that way. I saw an opportunity to express something I have been thinking long and hard about, and I took it. Some commentators are very in-your-face about their religious beliefs, and I simply think that that has as little place on this wonderful site as in-your-face political beliefs.

    As far as I am concerned, we’re all good, BP. Sorry again that my comment was considered personal rather than communal.

  • In reply to CubsFanInNorway:

    BTW, Go, Cubs! May we please have some runs and a W tonite, please?

  • In reply to CubsFanInNorway:

    It's all good, Norway. I just re-read the whole exchange and kind of saw it in a different light. I see you may have responded to me out of familiarity and respect. That's the problem with purely written words: you can't see the feelings behind them. I'm sorry if my response came off as too personal. It was not meant to.

    I agree there are topics that should be avoided to maintain civility, and I think as a group we do a pretty good job. Politics is one. But I don't believe in banning any reference to something we may not agree with when millions of other people do. That's a slippery slope, and that is the idea that got a little under my skin. I've read over a thousand author posts and tens of thousands of comments here at Cubs Den, and literally recall far less than 1% that made any religious reference. Even those were just a passing "Thank God" or something along those lines, and absolutely never saw anyone pushing a belief or admonishing someone else for their lack thereof, until now. I know people hold different beliefs and hope they don't push them on others. It's the outright banning of something we may not agree with that bothers me.

    I hope that was a bit more clear. We do need the bats to wake up, and to do so now. This is far to close for comfort.

    Go Cubs!

  • In reply to BarleyPop:

    My post was not an unprovoked personal attack. I was just stating that this is not the place for someones religious belief to be posted. I think you are out of line for attacking me! But, I am glad i gave you the opportunity to post your feelings on homosexuality and your religious belief. Maybe you can take this time to tell us about your political views.

  • In reply to BarleyPop:

    BP (and others), my sister is getting hitched in Chicago next summer, 3 August, and the Cubs have a 6-game homestand vs MIL and OAK bracketing the weeding (not a misspelling, ha-ha). I would be honored to meet your aquaintance and sport a malt-and-hops beverage of your choice on my bloated Norwegian salary.

  • In reply to Scott Buchanan:

    Sorry Scott, I could take this if the Cubs stink. However they are not playing anywhere near there potential.
    It just looks to me like some players are just going thru the motions.

  • In reply to Scott Buchanan:

    Nope, I'm not "happy they've had a nice season." That's the kool-aid talking. They have a lineup loaded with talent and the opportunity to go deep into the playoffs and they're in the process of blowing it. I've had a lifetime of people rationalizing, "well, geez, they ALMOST finished in third place, just wait 'til next year!" It's a new day.

  • We can add cervelli to the list along with goldschmiddt,arenado,votto and matt carpenter of cubs killers.Lord have mercy this guy is on a mission.

  • As out of control maples can be at times that slider is freakin nasty.

  • I am wondering if Chili Davis survives the off season. Everyone has regressed with the exception of Javy.

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    In reply to IrwinFletcher:

    I don't give credit to Davis for Javy's rise to elite player status. Javy was due to figure it out by himself. His baseball IQ and instincts are off the charts. Imo, he did it without Chili's help.

    Look at Boston after Chili left. Best offense in baseball.

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    They won't admit a mistake that easily. The offense was bad last year and worse this year.

  • Ball 4, 6-0 . Good night Cub fans and God bless !

  • No matter what happens tonight the fact remains this team is still in first place......and that is all that matters until tomorrow....

  • Let's go Schwarber, prove me wrong !!!

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    0.50 BA with runners in scoring position in last 40 AB. That is unbelievably pathetic.

  • In reply to Nick Johnson:

    Actually, that is unbelievably incredible...I think you mean .050 :)

  • It will be an interesting and most likely drama filled conclusion to the 2018 season.

    As we know, the Cubs have been maddeningly inconsistent and the Brewers seem to sense that this could be their year to win the division.

    I think this board acknowledges that our offense has been problematic for awhile now (going back to last season) and with a new hitting coach and the same issue presenting itself this year (especially since the AS break), I think the roster will have to be reshuffled to address the fact the current crew just ain't getting it done.

    The team could still rally but the systematic issues on offense run deep and no amount of coaching can change what is.

    I am still flummoxed by Heyward's inability to hit in a Cub uniform. Moreover, we are still living through the growing pains due to the lost year of development for Schwarber, as a result of the injury.
    Finally, for me, the hardest thing to watch is the huge backward step of Willson Contreras. I believed he would step up this year but he is lost and been a non factor for most of this year.

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    In reply to JK1969:

    Contreras got bit by the Chili Davis effect. He's trying to change the way they naturally swing their bats. They were all doing great at the plate before Chili came to town.

  • In reply to Wrigley0923:

    The hitting coach does not change a players natural swing.
    Davis is getting far too much blame.

  • In reply to JK1969:

    Agree JK. I’ve shared similar comments the last few months.

  • Webster isn't making a very good impression, is he?

  • With all that said, I am taking this season one game at a time.

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    .50 is a great WHIP (whatever that is) but a horrible BA. We need the magician again, or tell the guys to not come in until 5 pm. Give them the day off.

  • In reply to Jonathan Friedman:

    Actually, .50 is an AMAZING BA...I think you might be thinking .050 :) I will take .500 anytime :)

  • As if this night could get any worse, this lame video of Harry. As someone who produces music, video, and general entertainment I beg: please, can we have some originality? Harry sang thousands of times, there is plenty of footage. Quit the corporate, vanilla crap. They even edit out the iconic "Let's get some runs!". That's not Harry, I'm not sure what that is trying to portray. Or maybe I do, and I just don't like it.

  • In reply to BarleyPop:

    Harry is a part of the Cubs 108 years of futility. Leave the statue, retire everything else. His shtick was old even when it was new...

  • It’s up to Quintana to stop the bleeding?!? Oh god

    We’re about to see what these cubs are made of. This is the most adversity they’ve faced this late in the season since joe been the manager.

  • In reply to bolla:

    In the regular season, yes, but there have been multiple playoff games with more adversity.

    But I get what you are saying. To me, as pissed as I get about the offense, I am actually enjoying a serious pennant race. I want to see what some of these dudes have inside to grind this out.

  • Hardcore face-plant, and then Javy smiled. I was happy. But I'll call it like I see it: that next play Javy was too full of himself. That is rare, but it needs to be non-existent.

  • We are witnessing the effect of the long unfair number of games without an off day. It looked as though the team might survive with their record as they pushed though, but the grind is now taking its bite off any edge that we might have had.

  • In reply to 44slug:

    I respect your wisdom and insight, 44, but I think that is grasping for straws. We're not hitting. That's all. And we are still in first place.

  • In reply to BarleyPop:

    May you have another?

  • In reply to Oldno7:

    That was cute, and original. No thank you, I'm good.

  • In reply to BarleyPop:

    Maybe, but the lack of hitting could be the result of mental fatigue brought about by the pressure of that no days off grind. Sometimes even an off season isn't enough to get the spark back. Take it from a guy who played as hard as Contreras the fatigue phenomenon will show itself eventually. This team looks tired. I hope I'm wrong and that they have another high energy stretch left.

  • In reply to 44slug:

    Also, the Cubs injuries are of the overuse variety, backs, shoulders, hamstrings and tired arms. Harder to quantify are emotions.

  • With a billion dollars coming in from new TV deal, we can afford Harper AND Machado. That'll cure our offensive woes next year.

    But until then, I still have confidence in this crew. Time and again they've come through when their backs have been up against the wall.

  • In reply to TTP:

    We Never Quit!

  • Folks, call it whatever you like. Brewers are hot and deserve a little credit. But this is a straight choke job. The only thing separating it from 2004 is the WC game.
    6 game lead on 8/28, and 3.5 game lead 4 days ago. Anything can happen in a 1 game playoff, so they aren't dead. But they are not winning this division.

  • In reply to Kramerica20:

    I saw your interaction with TC earlier. You both made strong points. I haven't seen anyone not giving the Brewers credit; in fact we all say they're tough as hell. It's a fight. My only bone to pick with you is you seem to almost enjoy it as if it's a foregone conclusion. I expect that out of many others, but not you. No disrespect, I just didn't see this coming from you.

  • In reply to BarleyPop:

    Re-read my posts... they do come across a little revelrous. I can assure you they are not meant to. I'm as irritated as I've been in years at this team.
    I'm usually as optimistic as any Cubs fan, but that optimism is based in facts. The Cubs have been a force in the NL for 4 years. There was reason for optimism. Right now, the fact is that they have been a mediocre team (good pitching, bad offense) for 3 months. Not sure why that is, but it's true. I see no reason for optimism other than that they'll get to play the WC game, and they absolutely can win there and then do damage in the tournament. But until then, they have to face Nova, Williams, Flaherty, Mikolas, and Gomber. 3 of those are very good, and the other 2 are no joke either. Meanwhile the Brewers get 3 at home against a bottom feeder and they're clicking on all cylinders. I can assure you I don't enjoy this, but at this point I do think the WC game is a foregone conclusion.

  • In reply to Kramerica20:

    A choke job, IMO, would be the Cubs going something 5-17 down the stretch and that is simply not the case. The Brewers have played well for sure.

    You are equating the lead and subsequent loss of that lead as the reasons for a choke. I get that, but do not agree.

  • In reply to rbrucato:

    A 6 game lead with 30 to play and a 3.5 game lead with 10 to play both equate to something like a 95% chance to win the division. And when they had 30 to play, 6 were against the Brewers and they won 2 of them. If they had won just 1 more, this thing is over. The Cubs haven't been terrible in September, but they have been pretty darn mediocre. They had a 19-1 shot of holding onto the division and they've coughed it up.

  • In reply to Kramerica20:

    Haven't coughed it up yet

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    This team can lose 5 in a row, but also can win 5 too. I'm taking it one game at a time and putting today (now yesterday) behind me. Players I've heard have tunnel vision and that's what they need now. They also have to believe in themselves. They are so talented and deep--just play and enjoy the game. One win will make all the difference.
    Go Cubs!! Win today!!

  • Since the game post is not yet up and I have to work, I will give the Countdown here.

    MIL beat StL, COL also won. The Magic Number for the division remains at 5, the Magic Number for clinching a playoff spot is 1.

    COL is now only a half-game back of LAD, just like MIL is back our Cubs. I think we should consider the very real possibility of a Cubs-LAD Wild Card game. Who would have thought that would even be possible, back in March?

  • In reply to CubsFanInNorway:

    Aloha Norway- I would never have thought that this supposedly very talented team, our Cubbies would be a wild card team. I am at a lost for words. It is sad watching a team fall apart, have no energy, just go through the motions and they are better than this. If they tried hard, executed well and lost 3-2, well that's baseball. But to just give up, not show up, begs the question why should we fans continue to support them? I know that sounds harsh and I really hope they dig deep and right this ship tomorrow and the next 4 games after that! End the regular season on a high note! Take care now. Mahalo & Go Cubs!

  • In reply to daaboss:

    They are not giving up and just going through the motions

  • I see there's no recap yet. I can't blame them, I wouldn't want to do it either. But I'm in insomnia-mode (I really miss John at these times) and there is big Cubs news.

    Ken Rosenthal at the Athletic has been digging into the Russell story, and it's not good. MLB cannot put someone on administrative leave with just an allegation, they need evidence. And they have it. Russell's ex-wife Melisa is now cooperating with the investigation, as are many eyewitnesses who are corroborating the story. And there is allegedly physical evidence. Rosenthal concludes "all signs point to a suspension". He also notes that Russell and his agent, Scott Boras, broached the topic of appealing the placement on administrative leave, but have decided not to. No player ever placed on administrative leave by MLB under the domestic violence policy has avoided suspension.

    I don't know how to feel about this. I love the Cubs yet secretly fantasize about spending 5 minutes alone with an abuser in a private room with a baseball bat.

    I think this is the end of Addison Russell, Chicago Cubs.

  • In reply to BarleyPop:

    This is exactly why I said wait til the investigation before people start questioning things. It’s over for Addison Russell on the cubs and he adamantly denied doing anything to theo twice.

  • In reply to BarleyPop:

    I actually find it comforting that Melissa is cooperating and there is physical evidence. I hate domestic violence, but I like knowing that a fair process exists to determine the player's fate.

  • In reply to BarleyPop:

    And hopefully BP would do the same.
    Please read previous comments he made. And it's not the first time.

  • In reply to cubbustible:

    I love politics, read it throughout the day, but this is one of the few places I come to get a break from it.

  • In reply to RayA:

    And for the record, I'm an independent. But I call it, like it is.

    And I was wrong on my assessment from years ago, of a preference of Addy to Javy.

  • Yelich is about to take the mvp from baez and the brewers are about to take the central lead from the cubs.

    I don’t like the energy surrounding this team right now they are sleepwalking it seems. Maybe a kick in the butt is what they need or maybe this season is about to end real fast.

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    A right handed power/contact bat should be priority #1 for the Cubs this offensive. We already have good 2 LH power bats in Rizzo & Schwarber.
    Baez has the power & KB has the contact(if healthy).
    Please, please, please, send Chili out the door. He hasn't done squat imo. The only thing he's done is make our offense worse by not letting the players be themselves at the plate.

  • In reply to Wrigley0923:

    Maybe the players are being themselves at the plate and they are not as good as many projected.

  • In reply to WaitUntilNextYear:

    Might be true for a couple. I think it's true for Russell (who won't be back almost certainly) and Almora. I think AA might be a fine 4th OF but will be exposed if he plays too much. Happ is young with 448 PA in MLB. Pretty tough to make a call on him at this point but he can't have a K rate in the mid thirties. The rest of the guys I think are within their range of abilities. Rizzo has had a down year, he'll bounce back and I don't think anyone is overestimating his talent. Bryant has been hurt. Schwarber is an above average run producer at 117 wRC+ but could certainly be more. Will he be? There's a chance. Heyward has to be considered what he is, a league average run producer with great defense. Expecting more at this point is foolish. You can live with taht but not if you don't fix the other issues. So no, I don't we're overestimating abilities in that many cases. You need another contact bat to give you what Murphy can give you, you need an IF and you need a CF. How you shuffle the pieces to accomplish those things is the question.

  • If Heyward would walk away from the remainder of his contract (yeah, right), KB would make a great RFer and the Cubs could talk Machado into playing 3B and Murphy to hang out for another year or two. It is probably ideal to have Murphy/Zobrist handle 2B for one year, Bote back up all the IF positions and make Happ, LaStella and maybe Caratini available in deals.

  • How IS IT POSSIBLE that ANY fan of the Cubs could go in that ballpark and pull a Bartman AGAIN?

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