Game Post 9/4


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2. Javier Baez (R) 2B
3. Anthony Rizzo (L) 1B
4. Kris Bryant (R) LF
5. David Bote (R) 3B
6. Ben Zobrist (S) RF
9. Addison Russell (R) SS
1. Lorenzo Cain (R) CF
3. Jesus Aguilar (R) 1B
4. Ryan Braun (R) LF
5. Hernan Perez (R) 2B
6. Travis Shaw (L) 3B
7. Erik Kratz (R) C
8. Orlando Arcia (R) SS
9. Wade Miley (L) P
Bullpen Usage

Lineups and Bullpen Usage via Baseball Press.

Opposing pitcher

Scouting Report from Brooks Baseball.

Wade MileyWade Miley has thrown 20,296 pitches that have been tracked by the PITCHf/x system between 2011 and 2018, including pitches thrown in the MLB Regular Season, the MLB Postseason and Spring Training. In 2018, he has relied primarily on his Cutter (88mph), also mixing in a Change using a Circle Change grip (83mph), Curve (76mph), Fourseam Fastball (92mph) and Sinker (91mph). He also rarely throws a Slider (80mph).

His cutter has well above average velo, results in somewhat more groundballs compared to other pitchers' cutters and has strong cutting action. His change is a real worm killer that generates an extreme number of groundballs compared to other pitchers' changeups. His curve generates a very high amount of groundballs compared to other pitchers' curves, generates fewer whiffs/swing compared to other pitchers' curves and has a sharp downward bite. His fourseam fastball generates an extremely high number of swings & misses compared to other pitchers' fourseamers, has much less armside movement than typical and has essentially average velo. His sinker generates an extremely high number of swings & misses compared to other pitchers' sinkers, has surprisingly little armside run, results in many more groundballs compared to other pitchers' sinkers and has little sinking action compared to a true sinker. His slider has exceptional depth.

Sean's Note: Miley has been very good since returning from injury in July. He has a 2.18 ERA in 11 starts. He generates a lot of grounders and doesn't strike out many hitters so he relies on his defense. He has dramatically reduced his homer rate, he has allowed 3 in 2018 after giving up 25 of them last year in Baltimore. Lefties have actually hit him for a higher average than righties despite Miley being a left hander.

Final Thoughts: The Cubs dropped a tough game on Monday afternoon in Milwaukee. It felt like a game Chicago could have won if they properly executed. Joe Maddon is going with a heavily right handed lineup against Wade Miley. Which is interesting, with Miley's reverse splits. Anthony Rizzo is the only left handed hitter in the lineup. Mike Montgomery makes his second start off the DL. He started out well against Atlanta before fading at the end.


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    The Cubs need this game to make a statement—not that it’s vital but by coming close yesterday and then winning tonight would make a big dent in their hopes.
    I hope by batting 5th Bote can adjust to what the pitchers have done to him lately. When he hits it he hits it hard but now he’s rarely making contact and that has to change.
    Let’s score first tonight!!

  • Thanks Sean, like you mentioned in your article, left handers have a better ERA, Average, walk rate against Miley; about the only thing righties do better against Miley is hit home runs.
    Am I missing something that would cause us to go against the numbers, and use a (basically) all right handed lineup?

  • In reply to Treebeard:

    I don't think it is you that is missing something.

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    In reply to Treebeard:

    I was thinking that same thing a few hrs ago when I saw the lineup.

    Then I started thinking and I guess Murphy could use a day off, but I think the Schwarbenator a start, but w Heyward hurt and Happ, Zobrist, Caratini all switch hitters, Joe can't put too many lefties.

    Murphy n Schwarbenator should prob get days off vs lefties so its not alarming, and LaStella has not produced as a starter so maybe this is his best lineup based on circumstances and schedule.

  • In reply to Jim Odirakallumkal:

    The one thing that's tough now that (thank God) just about everyone's healthy (except Heyward?), and with the addition of Murphy, there's 12, or 13, or 14 guys that could easily start; if we'd like Happ or Schwarber in there, who do they replace, Bote? And he's prayerfully due like Jonathan Friedman and 2016 Cubs both said, definitely tough choices for Joe.......

  • Bote hitting 5th? Here is Bote's slash line his last 57 plate appearances .113/.158/.302. wOBA .196 and wRC+ 16. Well, I guess that means he's due.

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    Thanks Sean have no problem with lineup. Every time Braun comes up I get mad.

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    You're not alone! We know that he gets booed every time he comes up to bat, but Milw and Chicago are rivals, I wonder if he gets the same reception in other cities. Anyone who lives outside Chicago can answer that.

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    Me too man! I cant stand how he puts his right arm up more or less telling the ump to hold on while i set my would be nice to aee an ump tell him to put his arm down and get the the darn box!

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    Garcia is in the pen tonight also. SSS, but his #'s are good out of the pen. We'll see.

  • That strike 1 call on Baez seemed outside to me, how is the MLB going to try and promote less strikeouts and more walks from hitters, if the umpires are consistently calling a bad game - or let's just say an far from perfect game? It seems hard to convince the hitters to use their batting eye, when a ball is called a strike; Roboump seems like the only solution, or some form of managers challenge on balls and strikes a certain amount per game............

  • In reply to Treebeard:

    Whoa! WHOA!!! That strike three on Montgomery was NOT a strike!!!!!!!

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    What, again? It only cost 1 extra pitch but that was clearly in the strike zone. This has got to be addressed in the off season.

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    Bote’s back! Ok, maybe I’m over-reacting but when Javy or anyone starts going the other way good things happen. Now let’s score him.

  • Prayerfully Contreras will get rolling here offensively, God-willing soon; we could really use 2017 Contreras about now!

  • Bizarre strike zone. Baseballs thrown in the same location have already been called balls and strikes. Great hit from Bote !
    GO CUBS !

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    Come on. Are you kidding me? Why is it always so difficult? Because we make it so. We’re talking about walks, a hit batter and a wild pitch. There not hitting their way in we’re giving it to them.
    Now how about we take a long inning and get some runs but more importantly give Montgomery some time to rest.

  • In reply to Jonathan Friedman:

    Do you think Contreras should have made more of an effort to get in front of that pitch?

  • In reply to Jonathan Friedman:

    Bad time for M M to have a case of the yips. Time for J-HEY to have a team talk !

  • In reply to Jonathan Friedman:

    That’s what are pitchers do. Is nibble. Now, If that’s are new pitching coach I don’t know, but it’s aggravating and has cost us several games.

  • Russell was out of position to make a tag at second base. Maybe he can watch film on Javy.

  • Cubs offense is MIA ... again.

  • In reply to 2016 Cubs:

    3-4 times a week. You can bet on it. And Joe sits Zoe 2 days in a row last week when he’s are hottest hitter.

  • In reply to 2016 Cubs:

    YES!!!! This is my #1 frustration with this team.

    1-16 through 5 innings against Miley. What a joke.

    I still maintain we will see players get moved this off season. Just not good enough or consistent enough.

  • In reply to rbrucato:

    Agee. Win or not to many of the same type of players. Not that they are bad players but we need some young versions of Murphy type hitters.

  • In reply to rbrucato:

    I hope we see a couple of coaches moved, too.

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    We look slow and lacksidasical. Maybe it was the nibbling by Monty but no one shows any life.
    StL is winning 7-4 in the 6th.

  • 2-1 game and Maddon has given up? Puts Kintzler in there.

  • Is it me, or does it seem like the Cubs are just not "seeing" the ball? It's pretty frustrating when the most hit-able pitches of a sequence are taken for called-strikes and then they chase outside the zone.

  • Bryant should have remained in the minors until he has proven he could hit again,, ever since he was beaned he has struggled.

  • How we’ve won as many as we have this year is beyond me but let’s have a beer and hope it continues. They usually score about 5 runs after I bitch about them.

  • Kintzler enters a 1 run game and after one pitch thrown a runner is in scoring position and eventually scored I’m shocked.

  • In reply to bolla:

    I don't feel like he has been very good since he's been here, especially the last few weeks. Not sure why Joe keep running him out there. Probably bc our other good relievers arms are going to fall off before the playoffs.

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    One hit won’t do it.

  • You have to give the Brewers credit. They manufacture runs and don't just rely on the HR. This has been one of the Cubs biggest weaknesses all year with MANY games where they rely on, or have only scored via, the home run. The Cubs are a dangerous offense but the Brewers are more consistent.

    I think both teams are making the playoffs one way or another. I still like the Cubs chances if they match up in the post season.

  • In reply to INSaluki:

    How can you give the Brewers credit ? The Cubs have gift wrapped two runs with bad pitching.

  • Bad time for the Cubs to uncork a stinker. At least its not a Sunday national televised game.
    Terribly inconsistent strike zone. MLB thinks there's nothing wrong with all the bad calls. WHY ?

  • In reply to ronvet69:

    I agree with the bad calls but come on, this one falls squarely on their inability to consistently HIT the ball.

  • In reply to ronvet69:

    Strike zone, come on, get some hits.

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    Haven’t the Brewers had their lead off man on in every inning? That’s unacceptable.

  • Monty wasn’t great but held to 2 runs in 4 inning. Cubs have to get more then 1 run off Miley.

    Why would you take Rizzo out in the 6th in a double switch?????

  • In reply to WaitTilNextYear:

    I was just going to ask that, prayerfully he's not hurt.......

  • In reply to WaitTilNextYear:

    Rizzo got hurt on a swing in his 2nd AB hopefully not serious I don't think the timing could be worse boy he's been locked in

  • This might be the worst game played by a Cubs team this year. Everyone stinks tonight.

  • The Cubs look like a VERY bad team tonight in all phases of the game. I said going in though, all we needed to win was 1 game. Unfortunately, that makes tomorrow's game a needed win (notice I didn't say "must").

  • No problem if we lose this one Monty wasn't bad but only eating up 4 innings with our pens recent struggles isn't a formula for success esp with the way we can't seem to figure out Derek Johnson and how the brewers pitchers are approaching our hitters. We've gotta start showing more respect to this team rather than always set up our 4-5 starters against them they've won a lot of games that Montgomery has pitched they clearly have his number even though he did pitch well in a start in June against this brewer team but we even lost that game in the late innings. I expected this game to be a loss for some reason even before the game. I think a number of us didn't feel good about Montgomery in a big game like this and on his 2nd start post shoulder injury. He's clearly not in his best form right now but still battled but I figured he wouldn't go deep into the game

  • In reply to kkhiavi:

    Montgomery was Chatwood like. That is bad. Only going 4 innings and giving up 3 walks and a wild pitch.

  • In reply to 2016 Cubs:

    I agree but our offense needs to step it up as well we're making this brewers mediocre starting staff look like the 2015 mets. Overall I was very surprised bringing him back against atlanta only to set him up for this series in milwaukee. Maddon needs to take this brewers team more seriously and start lining up the top of our rotation for these pivotal September head to head matchups why do we always have our 4-5 going against this team. Hopefully Rizzo is okay that's the real story from this game just as he was in his best stretch of the year

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    Not a big surprise after yesterday. The Brewers got a huge gift yesterday and it may have saved their season. (they still have to produce and win games. If we don't give them the game, the cubs would be setting the tone for a potential sweep). The offense was going to have to come up w huge game to wrestle back this momentum. The RH heavy Brewers were going to get some off MiMO.

    I am actually pleasantly surprised MiMo only allowed 2 runs, but if he lasted 5 ( vs 4), we could have still had a chance. Once Kinzler came in, its like waving the white flag.

    Now we are really going to have to win some how tomorrow or this race gets even too tight for my comfort...........

  • Rizzo with a contusion on his right foot.

  • I see Hickey has been working with Maples. He can't throw strike either. He should fit right in.

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    In reply to 2016 Cubs:

    Hickey should win the award for worst pitching coaching of the year. How he can make virtually every pitcher worse then they were last yr, esp command wise.

    I knew getting rid of BOsmosis for a Maddon cronie was going to be a mistake, but not this big of a mistake.

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  • In reply to Jim Odirakallumkal:

    I could not agree with you more. Hockey is awful butbuddy Joe will tell us how great he is, I am sure.

  • In reply to Jim Odirakallumkal:

    I was completely against letting Bosio go last off season. And I took a beating for that. Not everything the cubs do is gonna turn to gold. But firing the pitching coach and hitting coach didn’t fix the issues. With that being said I am not worried!!!! I always tell people which NL team would you rather be? Our roster is the best in the NL and I would trade it for another teams. Would you rather be 3 games up or 3 games back?????

  • Time to get Chatwood up.

  • It's absolutely baffling how the cubs pitchers(starters and bullpen excluding hamels) struggle to throw strikes. I don't understand it, they bring a lot of this on themselves. I remember theo saying after the end of last season the cubs wanted to add pure strike throwers and cut down the walks. This year they are 2nd in mlb in walks allowed. They have to address this again

    I don't know why joe brought maples in that situation the game was still close.Maples is too wild to be in any close games.

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    In reply to bolla:

    A good question. Batters have learned to be patient and take their walks and run our pitch counts up—sound familiar?
    We’ve run through most of our good bullpen arms too. I don’t know who’s starting tomorrow but we could use a good 7 or 8 innings.

  • In reply to Jonathan Friedman:

    And the brewers will have hader available tomorrow. Quintana is the starter

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    In reply to bolla:

    Hader and Jefferies will be good for 8-12 outs combined.

    We will have our work cut out for us tomorrow esp if the offense doesn't explode for a crooked number early.

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