Game Post 9/28

CHICAGO, IL - JULY 21: Javier Baez #9 of the Chicago Cubs hits an RBI double during the seventh inning against the St. Louis Cardinals during game one of a doubleheader on July 21, 2018 at Wrigley Field in Chicago, Illinois. (Photo by David Banks/Getty Images)

(Photo by David Banks/Getty Images)


Friday: 1:20 pm CT on ESPN/ABC-7/670AM



1. Matt Carpenter (L) 1B
2. Jose Martinez (R) RF
3. Paul DeJong (R) SS
4. Marcell Ozuna (R) LF
5. Jedd Gyorko (R) 3B
6. Yadier Molina (R) C
7. Kolten Wong (L) 2B
8. Harrison Bader (R) CF


1. Daniel Murphy (L) 2B
2. Ben Zobrist (S) RF
3. Anthony Rizzo (L) 1B
4. Javier Baez (R) SS
5. Jason Heyward (L) CF
6. Kris Bryant (R) LF
9. David Bote (R) 3B

Bullpen Usage



Lineups and Bullpen Usage via Baseball Press.

Opposing pitcher

Scouting Report from Brooks Baseball.

Adam WainwrightAdam Wainwright has thrown 27,474 pitches that have been tracked by the PITCHf/x system between 2007 and 2018, including pitches thrown in the MLB Regular Season and the MLB Postseason. In 2018, he has relied primarily on his Curve (74mph), Sinker (90mph) and Cutter (84mph), also mixing in a Fourseam Fastball (90mph). He also rarely throws a Change (81mph).

His curve has sweeping glove-side movement, has below average velo and has a sharp downward bite. His sinker results in somewhat more groundballs compared to other pitchers' sinkers and has slightly below average velo. His cutter comes in below hitting speed, has sweeping cut action and has some natural sink. His fourseam fastball has below average velo, has some natural sinking action, results in somewhat more flyballs compared to other pitchers' fourseamers and has slightly less natural movement than typical. His change generates fewer whiffs/swing compared to other pitchers' changeups, results in more flyballs compared to other pitchers' changeups, has slight armside fade, has slightly below average velo and has some natural sink to it.

Sean's Note: Wainwright has only made seven starts, pitching 35 innings in 2018 due to injury. His walk rate is high and he generates 50% ground balls. Right handed hitters fared better against the righty this year. Wainwright held the Cubs to no runs in five innings in April.

Final Thoughts: After a huge win on Thursday the Cubs head into the final games of the year. The Cardinals are a game behind the Dodgers for the final wild-card spot, so they need to win badly. Kris Bryant is back in the lineup after getting hit in the wrist against the Pirates. The Cubs magic number is down to just three games, with the Brewers playing the lowly Tigers the margin for error is small. Kyle Hendricks has pitched well of late and needs to keep that going today.


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  • What situation would people want to happen? Regardless the Cubs win the division.

    Would they rather have the Dodgers play the Brewers in the WC or would they rather have the Brewers play the Cardinals?

  • In reply to WaitTilNextYear:

    Would rather have the Brewers against the Cardinals....It should be easier to beat either one in a 5 game series.....I don’t want the Dodgers in a 5 gamer....

  • Here we go...

    As much as I want to think of the satisfaction of ending the DirtyBirds' season in front of the faithful at the friendly confines, I remind myself of our plight. I love the Cubs more than I hate them. Let's win for our sake and sanity.

    I see Heyward in CF again today. I thought "Hmmm" a couple days ago when he started there with Happ in RF. That was an unusual alignment, and I figured Joe was doing that to get Heyward more comfortable in CF, with an eye towards getting Zo's bat in RF for the postseason. That's how they line up today.

    I pity the fool who needs any kind of pep talk to get up for this series. This is what we play for.

    Go Cubs!

  • In reply to BarleyPop:

    Yes, this is as good as it gets. Echoing Joe, the playoffs have already begun. I already have sweaty palms, LOL!

    It will be interesting to see which players (on either side) step up in this series. Methinks that will not be forgotten anytime soon.

    Haang On Sloopy
    Sloopy Hang On!

  • In reply to HefCA:

    I think we'll see an unsung hero with a game-winning performance out of the pen, out of necessity and attrition more than any thing else. Maples? I'd joke that Chatwood and Duensing are well-rested, but let's not go there.

    Some bullpen notes: Strop is progressing more quickly than envisioned, and there are whispers he could make an appearance tomorrow.

    Edwards Jr. is in high spirits today, cruising into the clubhouse on his mini-scooter to the delight of his teammates. Hickey said in his pre-game interview that Carl went to a sidestep early last night and that seems to really help his mechanics. Glad to see him happy and hopefully confident. We NEED Good Carl.

    Hickey was asked about the availability of Chavez today. Hickey said he hadn't talked to him, but didn't have to. He said Chavez will approach him and say he is ready to go. Love that attitude!

  • In reply to BarleyPop:

    Carl went to a "slide-step". Big difference.

  • In reply to BarleyPop:

    Chavez quickly became my favorite reliever very shortly after he was acquired. I am open to resigning him. And let's make sure both Chatwood and Duensing are well rested for 2019.

  • How's that for an uneventful 1st inning from Hendricks? That's been his Achilles all season.

  • Kolton Klank ty :)

  • Hendricks looks almost unhittable.


  • In reply to stix:

    Yes, that was a sight for sore eyes. 448 very happy feet!

  • Welcome back KB !!!

  • In reply to clarkAddson:

    Would love to see him get hot....I think the whole dayam dugout would follow suit...

  • In reply to KJRyno:

    I agree 100%. This is the Cubs Team we all know and love and KB could be just the spark we've been missing.

  • Let's get those runs back.

  • Kyle Hendricks what a performance on such a dreary

  • King Hendricks.

  • In reply to BarleyPop:

    I don't know if you saw my response the other day after I said the Cubs would not win this division...

    They're proving me wrong. They've got 2 tough ones this weekend while MIL has a cupcake of a series, so it could still go sideways, but I spoke too soon. First time I've confidently proclaimed anything negative regarding the Cubs in years, and I'm glad to eat crow there. Hope they sweep their way into the division series.

  • In reply to Kramerica20:

    I did. You said you re-read your comments and were surprised yourself. But you're right, it still ain't over. All we can say is... Go Cubs!

  • In reply to BarleyPop:

    Indeed. No panic, no quit in this team. Very impressive.

  • In reply to Kramerica20:

    There was plenty of panic with the posters / fans

  • In reply to WaitUntilNextYear:

    Sure, for good reason. To be honest, I looked at their second half numbers and their September numbers and drew the conclusion that they were lucky to be in this spot, and that hey're just a good/not great team. Had them confidently in the WC game 3 days ago.
    They bounced back from a devastating 8th/9th on Wednesday against PIT, and beat a stud in Trevor Williams last night. Their destiny is in their own hands, which is all you can ask for. If I had to bet, I'd say they're playing Monday night against the Brewers (and that they win it), but I've been wrong before (recently, heh). Maybe Zimmerman finds some old-form magic tonight and the Cubs can think about putting this thing on ice tomorrow.

  • In reply to Kramerica20:

    Sorry about being an ass in our interaction the other day about the 3 possible outcomes, Bro... I was kinda freaking that day. Did. Not. Like. That.

  • In reply to Cubber Lang:

    No worries, my man. No need to apologize. I think we were all freaking out a bit.

  • In reply to Kramerica20:

    Whether we win the division or not I'm proud to see this team elevate its play when they have to. This wasn't an easy home stretch sure it's nice that we've been in Chicago for a while but facing Tailon, Trevor Williams, Archer, Nova, Wainwright and over the next 2 days Mikolas and Flaherty is a difficult stretch for any team and you better bring your A game if you wanted to win 5/6 out of 7. As long as we get 2/3 this series I'm pretty satisfied with the team we can't control if Milwaukee decides they never want to lose again. We're sitting here in the 1st seed of the NL and we've been in this spot for most of the season even with all the adversity we faced. For me it's very encouraging to see that the team is once again showing that they're capable of elevating their game once the stakes are at their highest and I feel a lot better about playing a wild card game or a divisional tie breaker game then I did a few days ago. And kudos to Kyle Hendricks once again he was in about as bad of a slump as I've seen from him for a while and while I never lost faith in him for a second I think cubs nation was worried for a while. Once again showing he's a big game pitcher and I think he's throwing the ball as well as anyone in this rotation right now.

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    I like that--King Hendricks, well said.
    These are the Cubs we love, Hendricks pitching well and the Cubs scoring runs.
    Watch the scoreboard now Milw.

  • I cannot believe Contreras has morphed into Russell. What a terrible player he isn’t right now. I couldn’t believe it when I looked at the stats and his SLG was sub .389. Wow!!!! He needs to bat 9th.

  • Is Hicks walking LaStella to face Bote with the bases loaded?

  • In reply to BarleyPop:

    Bote caught 2 big breaks.

  • In reply to WaitTilNextYear:

    He did. But regardless the reason, I always savor a DirtyBird hissy-fit.

  • In reply to BarleyPop:

    Very true

  • Something all our Wisconsin friends can relate to:


  • W.

  • Great win, Cubs. Split the next 2 and you guarantee yourself a game 163 at home on Monday. Win them both, we could all watch Walker Buehler bounce Milwaukee on Tuesday.

  • In reply to Kramerica20:

    Hopefully, Detroit will help out with a W or even two.

  • In reply to Cliff1969:

    Don't sleep on Zimmerman. He stinks, but he wakes up with the occasional great game every now and again.

  • In reply to Cliff1969:

    I think either milwaukee loses tonight or their sweeping. I'd be thrilled if the tigers even won 1/3 that team is horrible which maybe an understatement stinks that brewers get to play them with the stakes so high that team is basically tanking at this point.

  • In reply to kkhiavi:

    Didn’t tigers get at least 2/3 from Cards.

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    Got to pray n hope the Brew crew drank too much Brew and partied too hard the last 2 nights and are hungover today.

    Tigers need to jump out to an early lead to have the best chance to steal a game.

    Too bad Miguel Cabrera and Victor Martinez wont be around to help.

  • We got the typical red bird defense today. That needs to stick around this weekend. Ours was not good at all today. Let’s go Cole!

  • Although our overall numbers haven’t been good keep in mind the Cubs have still won 10 out of their last gotta say they stepped up....
    Rigor mortis has set in on the dirtybirds.....the lid can get closed tonight....breaks my blue heart.....

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