Game Post 9/29

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Saturday: 12:05 pm CT on FOX/670AM

Lineups

Cardinals

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

Cubs

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) 3B
7. Ian Happ (S) LF
9. Cole Hamels (L) P

Bullpen Usage

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Lineups and Bullpen Usage via Baseball Press.

Opposing pitcher

Scouting Report from Brooks Baseball.

Miles MikolasMiles Mikolas has thrown 4,652 pitches that have been tracked by the PITCHf/x system between 2011 and 2018, including pitches thrown in the MLB Regular Season, Spring Training and Fall/Winter Ball. In 2018, he has relied primarily on his Fourseam Fastball (95mph), Slider (89mph), Sinker (94mph) and Curve (79mph). He also rarely throws a Change (89mph).

His fourseam fastball has less armside movement than typical, has some natural sinking action, results in somewhat more groundballs compared to other pitchers' fourseamers and has slightly above average velo. His slider is thrown extremely hard and results in somewhat more groundballs compared to other pitchers' sliders. His sinker has less armside run than typical and has slightly above average velo. His curve has an exceptional bite. His change is thrown extremely hard and has slight armside fade.

Sean's Note: Mikolas has had an excellent year with a 2.94 ERA in 31 starts. He has walked just 29 batters this season a 3.7 percent rate. His homer rate is below average as is his strike out rate. Left handed batters hit .282 against him while righties hit only .195. The Cubs have scored just four runs in 18 innings against Mikolas in 2018.

Final Thoughts: The Brewers won last night, so the Cubs remain just a game up in the standings. Kyle Hendricks pitched very well, Cole Hamels will need a similar performance. If he wants to hit a homer again, like he did in his last start, that would be ok as well. The Cubs are going with a left handed heavy lineup against Mikolas who is much better against right handed hitters. This is a huge game for Chicago, for St. Louis they literally have to win to not get eliminated from postseason contention.    

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  • Please?

    Go Cubs!

  • Awdamnnooooo.....JoedamnBuck?... as if it couldn’t get any wor....

    That’s ok.....will just make it that more gratifying....

  • Whewww no.....nevermind

  • Gosh I love this DirtyBird D!

  • Lol..........we got Javy Baez! (And you guys don’t)

  • Hope the Cubs remember that Ozuna CANNOT throw!

  • The positioning of the centerfield camera is maddening (pun intended) with the fox broadcasts. Every pitch looks like a strike!

  • Friggen Caratini!!!! Damn back up Catcher gonna cost us runs.

    Hamels does not have enough of a difference on his change. Coming in at 86. That is why DeJong was able to hit it off the end of his bat.

  • In reply to rbrucato:

    Good observation. I commented during Hamels' last start to keep an eye on the radar gun, because his velocity is critically important to his success. I did some digging, and during his last two starts there wasn't a dip in max FB velocity, but I did notice his off-speed stuff was thrown harder. As you said, not enough variation to be deceptive. That's what makes Hendricks so effective even though he barely tops out at 90.

  • That could've gotten real ugly. Way to go Cole.

  • The ENTIRE season counts....each game but I think most would agree that these last 6 games, including today, have been critical. Javy has had a GREAT season, so much that several have been poking shots at us that suggested (YEARS AGO) that Javy be used as trade bait for a TOR pitcher. But in this last week, when it has COUNTED you have Yellich killing it and Javy has reverted back to his low OBP, high KO self. When it matters most, he has not come through. That being said, we have a little over a game left in the season. If he can come through and help this team with either or both games, to avoid a play in game, then he will have my vote and confidence going forward.

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    In reply to INSaluki:

    Maybe Baez will be killing it in the postseason and Yelich will come back down to Earth. Baez has postseason experience, Yelich has zero. Hopefully that's what happens.

  • In reply to Wrigley0923:

    It is possible. I can't begin to tell you how much I hope you're right.

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    I'm surprised Joe let Hamels pitch the 7th, although it's the bottom of the order. I really hope 70's stashe Mikolas gets his 1st road loss today. Please Cubs win.

  • I'm nervous man, don't like the feel of this game .Mikolas might can go all 9.He's shut the cubs down in every start, 2 earned runs is the most he cubs ever scored vs him.

  • In reply to bolla:

    ignore the errors in the post.I'm nervous lol

  • Off topic: I'd like to congratulate Chris Davis of the Orioles. They shut him down for the weekend. He finishes with a .168 batting average. The lowest in the history of the MLB with at least 502 at bats. His 7 year $161M contract may also be the worst in MLB history.

  • In reply to 2016 Cubs:

    Jason Heyward

  • Zo, Rizzo, and Javy up in the bottom of the 9th vs. Mikolas or Martinez. I didn't mention it earlier, jinx and all, but I had a feeling this one would go down to the wire.

    Go Cubs!

  • In reply to BarleyPop:

    Looks like Javy has one final chance, in this game at least, to prove he is MVP worthy.

  • In reply to INSaluki:

    He already has proven he is mvp worthy.Your selective criticism is ridiculous.The cubs were shut down by a pitcher who has shut them down in every match up

  • In reply to bolla:

    No need to attack bud. Keep it civil !!! Javy has been woeful the last week when the games mattered most. That is a fact, not just today. Yellich on the other hand is killing it. Calling it like I see it, and I see it without rose colored glasses.,

  • Wrigley is about to go nuts. I can feel it.

  • In reply to BarleyPop:

    I suppose angry Cub fans cussing at the players may qualify as going nuts.

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    Well, get ready to play Monday.

  • go tigers

  • In reply to BarleyPop:

    Barley, the Tigers have NO CHANCE at beating the Brewers. We all knew the Cubs had to sweep. Now we need to hope the Cubs can pull out a win tomorrow to avoid losing the division.

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    In reply to INSaluki:

    Last night was 6-5. Definitely possible.

  • In reply to John Winter:

    I didn't say the Tiger couldn't keep the games close, I said they couldn't win. And they can't. And they didn't. And they won't

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    Nuts!!

  • In reply to Jonathan Friedman:

    That's not what I yelled, but it was a four-letter word with a "u" in the middle.

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    In reply to BarleyPop:

    Exactly what I said--only about 20 times, then turned to my wife and said "can you guess who won the game?"

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    I am just so disappointed-
    A real chance to win the division at home against a lame duck opponent and they manage one friggin unearned run.

    I understand maintaining an even keel approach as seasons are quite long but really didn't sense any fire whatsoever from the boys today .

    SOME games are bigger than others,, sorry but it's true

    Today being one of those games. There are only so many days you can say " well, we will get them tomorrow."
    Lose a one game moronic wildcard playoff and you will not be able to " get them tomorrow."

    Really sad showing

    Just saw a quote where Tigers manager Gardenhire said " No we don't want to play spoiler..we just want to get as many young guys playing time as possible to get ready for next season.." Cmon dude.. Where is your competitive nature??

    Not sure how well this bodes for the final two games of the brewers tigers series..

  • In reply to John Nesbit:

    Playing young guys who are eager to prove themselves and secure futures on the tigers and in mlb is better than playing vets who mail it in.They will give max effort vets won't care.

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    In reply to bolla:

    word

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    In reply to John Nesbit:

    You can't expect someone to do your job for you. You want to avoid needing some crap team to help you out, then take care of business.

    Gardenhire can say what he wants, but when it was close late, he managed yesterday to win the game, and thats all you can ask. Not his fault his team in overmatched and his RF pulled a Jose Canseco.

  • This Bulls**t offense has me completely fed up. I have never seen a team swing and miss fastballs down the middle. It is just a bad mix of hitters.

    Well, tomorrow is a must-win.

  • Catcher interference then walk+hbp then walk + 2 double plays= loss. This game is cruel.
    Let’s go Monty!

  • In reply to 523WSC:

    Isn't it crazy that he is pitching tomorrow?

  • In reply to 2Toes:

    Kinda wish it is in a meaningless game 162 which if the season went the way we all wanted probably would be a 2 inning start. But as bolla points out it is what it is.

  • Tough loss, I understand why a lot of fans are angry because now the cubs no longer control their destiny.But I didn't think they would sweep the cards.I was hoping they could but realistically didn't expect it.

    Inconsistent offense continues to be this teams biggest problem.So whatever happens, happens. Wc game or one game playoff it is what it is.

  • In reply to bolla:

    Cubs still control their destiny it might take two more wins but if it does they still control their destiny.

  • In reply to stix:

    Yea that’s true technically

  • In reply to bolla:

    Obviously id much rather just have won the division today so I could've watched football in peace tomorrow but even in the worst case scenario where we had to play the Dodgers in a wild card game that wouldn't be the end of the world. It's at wrigley and if we were able to win that game you eliminate a major major threat to us and then if we beat the Brewers then we'd have what would be an easier NLCS against the braves and Rockies. This is just my opinion and I could be wrong because these are all playoff teams at the end of the day but I really think it's gonna come down to the Dodgers Cubs and brewers for the NL pennant and it's looking less likely by the day that these teams meet in the NLCS unless the Dodgers catch Colorado soon which is possible and that would be my nightmare scenario if the Dodgers and Brewers won their divisions

  • In reply to bolla:

    And Idk if the dodgers are saving kershaw for that potential game that wouldn't be ideal and I'd hate to face an elimation game before the NLDS but the idea of the Dodgers not being in the field is intriguing to me. I don't see the Rockies as a high end contender and the braves have a bright future but I don't think we're seeing that team at its peak they're not as deep as they will be soon once all those pitching prospects get called up. I'll take our chances against the Brewers in a playoff series I've given them as much credit as anyone but I still think we're perfectly capable of beating them in a playoff series

  • In reply to kkhiavi:

    Kershaw pitched today, he blew both 2 run leads the dodgers had.This dodgers giants game is really good they are going back n forth.

    Why do you like the cubs chances vs the brewers in a series?

    I think if the brewers win the division and have homefield vs the cubs in the nlds that could work in the cubs favor.The cubs can easily take 1 maybe 2 in milwaukee

  • In reply to bolla:

    Honestly bolla my nightmare was facing kershaw in that wild card game so even if we're in that spot I'm glad we avoid him although that's no disrespect to buehler rich hill and those other guys. I think my dream scenario is having the Dodgers eliminated in the wild card game by us or Milwaukee and then facing them in a 5 game series. You know I think Milwaukee is really good and have long said that i think they're the most formidable divisional opponent that we've had to deal with since 2015 but I'd take the Cubs I think our experience would win out and they'll blow one game against us late And I think their starting pitching will have a hard time matching up with our guys. Let's keep in mind that Montgomery has essentially lost every single game he's ever been involved with against Milwaukee. Outside that one good start in June that he still lost he's had a lot of rough outings against this team so it's huge he won't start and I think we beat them in 4-5 if we line up our best 4 starters. I still look at the Brewers as an NL pennant dark horse though so wouldn't be surprised if they made a run but I just need to see it they're still unproven and you just don't know how those guys respond in a big game although I'm sure their vets like Braun moustakas yelich ahd Cain won't be rattled

  • In reply to kkhiavi:

    I think the brewers have a renewed confidence vs the cubs and believe they are better.I didn't like how the cubs looked vs them in that last series at wrigley, especially vs hader they looked completely over matched,we'll see soon enough.

    The thing with me is avoiding kershaw is great but the cubs struggle vs 5th starters with 5+ era's.and buehler or hill are both very good so I'd be just as concerned facing those 2 or ryu.

    That's a good point about montgomery. Hopefully tomorrow is his last start in a cubs uniform for the foreseeable future.I appreciate him filling in this season but prefer him out the pen.

  • In reply to bolla:

    As much as This Brewers team caught my eye a long time ago I'm still in denial bolla bc I'm a cub fan at heart and I generally believe that our guys are gonna elevate their games when the stakes are at their highest. I don't know how the Brewers roster as a whole will handle that spotlight although I think those ex KC guys and Ryan Braun should be themselves these guys have experience in big games. If I'm being honest I see it as a 50/50 series I think the Cubs are capable of winning the series for sure but I'm just worried this Brewers roster is in better form and they kinda remind me of the 2015 Cubs team that was hungry and peaking by the end of the year. And like you I don't like that they're clearly gaining confidence in head to heads with us jist like we started to gain confidence against Stl before knocking those guys out.

    On a side note I was positive the Tigers would blow that lead Boy this team is helpless and yelich may as well be superman right now it makes me sick they have him for 4 more years

  • In reply to bolla:

    And I'm also not afraid to play in Milwaukee it's about as close to a home playoff road game as it gets and I've never liked going to dodger stadium so id rather avoid playing there at all

  • In reply to bolla:

    Like our chances bc I think we've proven we can beat that team. They're peaking but this is baseball one of the few times they'll face us without momtgomery whose been like an automatic win for them and let's see how their starters match up with us in a playoff series. They're a good team but not flawless if the Cubs play their best I think they're perfectly capable of beating any NL team thee teams are all flawed there isn't a juggernaut like the Dodgers last year or the Cubs in 2016

  • In reply to bolla:

    I'd even go as far as to say that the nats team we played and beat last season is far better than any NL team we face this year

  • In reply to kkhiavi:

    I agree with this, I thought the nationals were better than the cubs last season schrezer being inured was a blessing.

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    Cards are going to be eliminated by tomorrow game. They are going to be soooo happy to put us in the WC game.

    To them, thats almost or maybe more meaningful then being in a tie breaker game.

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    Kershaw trying to keep the Cards alive for 1 more game.

  • In reply to Jim Odirakallumkal:

    Didn't know kershaw was going today that makes me feel better knowing he won't start a wild card game. I'd love to see the Dodgers beaten in that game I think that really makes the NL playoff field wide open. I just don't see the braves or Rockies on the Dodgers Brewers ahd Cubs levels

  • In reply to kkhiavi:

    I’d rather face Kershaw than Beuhler. He would throw 7 innings with 15 K’s against this pathetic offense.

    We need an epic start from Q and send MIL to the WC game versus LAD.

  • A tigers fan came on cubs reddit and said daniel norris is either hit or miss.He can shut you down for 5 or 6 or get destroyed .The brewers struggle to score with risp just like the cubs.So just gotta have faith

    he also said the young players play hard and to not count the tigers out.He was trying to get cub fans off the ledge

  • Tigers up 1-0 in top of first.

    And the Dodgers have essentially clinched the last playoff spot, as they went up 10-5 in the top of the 9th. Cardinals will be eliminated before tomorrow.

  • I notice when we win we have a quick article about the game. When we lose the game article is delayed.

  • In reply to WaitTilNextYear:

    During all your noticing did you notice the authors are different and have different time availability?

  • In reply to stix:

    And they all work for free and supply us with this content at their own expense? Correct answer, stix. Well done, my friend.

  • Anyone think Yelich isn’t an MVP is crazy. Just hit a 3-2 opposite field two run homer. That’s clutch.

  • Christian Yelich's last 11 plate appearances:

    Three-run homer
    Walk
    Walk
    Walk
    Walk
    Walk
    Two-run homer
    Walk
    Walk
    Walk
    Two-run homer

  • In reply to Cubs09:

    He struck out once last night.

  • Tigers hanging in there!! tie game baby

  • Will the cubs bump Monty ????

  • Mannnnnn castellano almost hit a 3 run hr he just missed it.

  • It's absolutely baffling to me how the tigers who have 96 losses can score 5 runs vs the brewers, get on base vs their bullpen and have scored 10 runs so far in the 1st two games vs a team who has everything to play for.The cubs can't score for nothin with way more talented players.That's the really frustrating part

  • Yelich just hit the go ahead hr, I give up.

  • In reply to bolla:

    That's why I'm not really following this game I'm gonna go crazy rooting for this Tigers team and this is a good day for them too. Javy is my guy but yelich is the MVP this is ridiculous he's practically single handedly willed them to being in a position to tie or win the division. We didn't blow anything I'm not gonna bash the Cubs when they've had the favorable Sept schedule in baseball and if they win the division it's bc they took it they've really played well this month

  • In reply to kkhiavi:

    Nothin else to watch, it's a good game and the tigers have hung with the brewers so far every game has been back n forth.Just hoping the tigers can score more runs in one of these games, detroit executes vs milwaukee better than the cubs do which is mind blowing. Yelich definitely has the mvp wrapped up. Baez being a legit mvp candidate is a great accomplishment regardless.

  • In reply to bolla:

    Agree with all you’re saying. Watched the game and amazed that Detroit hangs and makes it tough on the Crew, though still easy for Yelich. And I think about how the Cubs lost 4 of their last 6 against Milwaukee.

    The only positive I can find in this is if both teams win tomorrow, at least maybe Detroit can cause the Brewers to go to their pen early again tomorrow and the pen could be in a weakened state for game #163 in Chicago. But who am I kidding, I don’t even like our chances up against Flaherty tomorrow. It almost seems easier to rest our guys and be ready for a wildcard game against the Rockies or Dodgers on Tuesday, and hope that those 2 teams have to play the extra game to see who wins the West.

  • In reply to Cubber Lang:

    Yea I don't like the flarherty vs montgomery match up at all.Flarherty has shut the cubs down this season.I got weaver and flarherty confused.Weaver struggles vs the cubs not flarethy. Then the brewers are facing a rookie with 2 career starts and very underwhelming #'s. On paper the match ups don't bode well for the cubs, but that's why they play the games.Like I said yesterday I've already accepted a wc game as real possibility it is what it is,We'll see what happens in about 8 hours.

  • MVP.

  • In reply to TheSarge#36:

    The guy is 2 rbi’s away from the Triple Crown.......jeeezus

  • In reply to Wickdipper:

    No worries. Javy goes 28-33 tomorrow. 62 ribbi's with 14 bombs. Cubs 357, DirtyBirds zip.

    Da Cubs!

  • Brewers in 1st, so we'll see what happens tomorrow

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