Game Post 9/5

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Series preview is here.

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Wednesday: 7:10 pm CT on WGN/670AM

Lineups

Cubs

1. Daniel Murphy (L) 2B
2. Javier Baez (R) SS
3. Anthony Rizzo (L) 1B
4. Ben Zobrist (S) RF
5. Kris Bryant (R) 3B
6. Kyle Schwarber (L) LF
8. Jose Quintana (R) P
9. Ian Happ (S) CF
Brewers
1. Lorenzo Cain (R) CF
2. Hernan Perez (R) RF
3. Jesus Aguilar (R) 1B
4. Ryan Braun (R) LF
5. Jonathan Schoop (R) 2B
6. Mike Moustakas (L) 3B
7. Erik Kratz (R) C
8. Orlando Arcia (R) SS
Bullpen Usage
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Lineups and Bullpen Usage via Baseball Press.

Opposing pitcher

Scouting Report from Brooks Baseball.

Jhoulys Chacin: Jhoulys Chacin has thrown 19,475 pitches that have been tracked by the PITCHf/x system between 2009 and 2018, including pitches thrown in the MLB Regular Season, The World Baseball Classic and Spring Training. In 2018, he has relied primarily on his Slider (80mph) and Sinker (91mph), also mixing in a Fourseam Fastball (91mph). He also rarely throws a Splitter (87mph), Change (83mph), Curve (76mph) and Cutter (87mph).

His slider comes in below hitting speed and sweeps across the zone. His sinker has slightly below average velo and has some natural sinking action. His fourseam fastball has some natural sinking action and has slightly below average velo. His splitter generates fewer whiffs/swing compared to other pitchers' splitters, is slightly firmer than usual and results in somewhat more flyballs compared to other pitchers' splitters. His change has slight cut action and results in somewhat more groundballs compared to other pitchers' changeups. His curve is basically never swung at and missed compared to other pitchers' curves, has little depth, results in somewhat more flyballs compared to other pitchers' curves, has slight glove-side movement and has slightly below average velo. His cutter (take this with a grain of salt because he's only thrown 4 of them in 2018) is basically never swung at and missed compared to other pitchers' cutters, is an extreme flyball pitch compared to other pitchers' cutters, has slightly below average velo and has strong cutting action.

Sean's Note: Chacin is yet another pitcher with a strikeout rate below league average. If it feels like the Cubs have been dominated by him this year it's because they have. He has held Chicago to no runs and only 7 hits in 13 innings this season. Left handed hitters fare much better against Chacin than right handers do.

Final Thoughts: The Cubs are on the verge of doing the one thing they needed to avoid this series. That is getting swept by the Brewers. This result would hardly end the season, but it would give life to a Milwaukee team that could've been knocked out of the race. Tuesday's game might have been the Cubs worst game of the season. They need to tighten it up Wednesday. It won't be easy against Chacin who has baffled the Northsiders this season. Jose Quintana will have to be on his game to keep the Cubs in the game early.

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  • I hope the Cubs aren't pressing so hard tonight that they ruin their own chances of winning. It would be nice to at least avoid the sweep...

  • Cliff,
    If anyone can get them back on track, it will be Joe Maddon.

    BOYCOTT NIKE !

  • In reply to ronvet69:

    Boycott Nike for what?

  • In reply to bolla:

    Signing Kapernick.

  • In reply to ronvet69:

    What’s wrong with that?

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    In reply to bolla:

    You play dumb well. Maybe it isn’t playing

  • So you’re calling me dumb? Lol

    Or maybe I genuinely want to know His reasoning. Colin karpernick hasn’t done anything wrong. So I wanted to know why he said boycott nike

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    In reply to bolla:

    Not only stupid but obnoxious. Lol. Hehe

  • Honestly this type of political sports talk isn't a good topic to have on a baseball forum John always jumped over these types of conversations because they tend to get heated and disrespectful. Best just to agree to disagree

  • In reply to bolla:

    Nike doesn’t need a third to fourth string quarterback

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    In reply to stix:

    True but this guy needs to be called out

  • In reply to bolla:

    If you were a Veteran you would understand. I'm sorry I brought it up.

  • In reply to ronvet69:

    I am a Veteran. I'm also a Cubs Denizen who appreciates the non-political atmosphere we have here. I'd sure like to keep it that way.

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    In reply to Cliff1969:

    True 100 per cent but being scarcastic to people is as bad as bein political

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    cards up 3-0 already

  • Bruce Levine just tweeted that maddon said the cubs would be lucky to get Morrow back at full strength this season. He has a right arm bone bruise

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    In reply to bolla:

    Now I know why so many people hated this signing. Personally I liked him as a set up man, and hoped we got a real durable arm for the closer role.

    The money is not mine and the Cubs make so much money they should never complain about going over the tax or luxury tax money unless they plan on lowering tickets and merchandise so I don't care that they gave Morrow more money and yrs then they should have if it was my team.

    Having no closer and no "real" Loogy is going to hurt us in the playoffs.

    Lets pray Morrow can give us 12-15 more innings this yr.

  • In reply to Jim Odirakallumkal:

    Jim.........I believe we place too much importance on the role of the closer in the playoffs. All we need to look at is the Astros from last year. They did not have a dependable closer. In fact, Giles was a train wreck, getting worse in each series. They put players in roles where they succeeded. Moved a starter to long middle relief. Moved a middle relief guy to close. A guy out of options pitches over 3 innings in game 3 for a save. While I'd feel more comfortable with a top flight closer, I'll take my chances with the depth of our pitching staff to mix and match, game by game.

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    In reply to TexasCubsFan:

    Yes Giles was a bum and was hit or miss when brought in, but the rest of that pen was solid. They brought in reinforcements from the minors as well as at the deadline.

    Besides Strop, Cishek ( who could be overworked), and CJ when he's on do you feel comfortable in multiple close games over a 3 week stretch?

    Most likely thats 9 outs needed to get every night. With that lights out closer you take that # and subtract it by a minimum 3 and then everything else works out a little better as you can mix n match when you only need to get 4-6 outs to get to your closer.

    Do you understand what I mean?

    This pen is not only missing a closer, its missing a LOOGY, as well as well as LH who misses bats. ( Wilson maybe can be that guy? )

    Add in the fact we don't have an Ace who can give us 7+ innings almost every time out which means more stress to an incomplete pen.

  • In reply to bolla:

    Bone bruise? He's had enough time to recuperate from a total decapitation!

  • In reply to Cliff1969:

    «I’ve cut off your arm!»
    «‘Tis but a scratch»

  • In reply to Cliff1969:

    It's not simply a bone bruise unfortunately originally they diagnosed the injury in the throwing arm bicep/elbow region. My guess is like with Darvish the main issue is that this is an elbow related injury and elbow pain/discomfort tends to linger and heal slowly. I hope he can make a last minute comeback but I'm not optimistic throwing arm injuries can be tricky

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    Following game it seems Harper really loafed on a play again

  • Hopefully Quintana gives the cubs a strong start and shuts the brewers down like last season and gets some strong run support

    Better chance a pig will fly outside my window but I can hope

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    In reply to bolla:

    Does the pig have a mustache ? or at least a rain coat on?

  • In reply to bolla:

    You're being a little hard on Quintana. In his last 5 starts he has a 3.58 ERA with a 1.18 WHIP. In his last 3 starts his ERA is 2.55 with a 1.13 WHIP. More importantly his command has been way better lately. Quintana has been a very good pitcher for a very long time. His struggles this year have been more outlier than who he is.

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    I just turned to WGN to watch the game and the shot of the field was looking down and the batter’s boxes were big enough to look like Harry’s glasses with the plate as his nose.
    Now I’m confident we’re going to win.
    Thanks Harry and Go Cubs!!

  • The Cubs have got to be last in the league in hitting hanging sliders.

  • Contreras costing Q strikes already. I can feel my shoulders tensing watching this dude catch.

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    I love the Murphy signing and he can hit, but he does come at a price. He will cost us runs in the field. In a close game do we want him in to get that clutch hit or get him out to get better defense?

  • In reply to Jonathan Friedman:

    In for the smiles as he rounds the bases after HR

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    In reply to Jonathan Friedman:

    Well he has been a hitting machine. But if ahead should be taken out

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    Why doesn’t the 1st base coach ever give the slide sign? That’s twice in the last 2 games (Almora yesterday and Zo tonight) where it was justified. It makes a huge difference.

  • In reply to Jonathan Friedman:

    Difficult to do as the runner is not looking at the first base coach on an infield grounder.

  • Morrow done for year

  • In reply to Squareburgers:

    This is premature

  • Boy it's frustrating to watch the Brewers and cards get all star caliber years from mikolas and chacin only to watch these 2 outperform most of our pitching acquisitions not named hamels

  • In reply to kkhiavi:

    One of the starters acquired by the cubs pitched 41 innings. Hard not to out pitch him. $500,000 per inning pitcher. The porcelain doll in the bullpen a much better deal $300,000 per inning pitched. I’d say those were great acquisitions for the front office.

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    In reply to kkhiavi:

    That’s not entirely true. Our starters have been very good lately and Hendricks has been great.
    Murphy!! Boy do we need that.
    So our starters have done their job and our bullpen has been great it’s only the last few games has it let us down.
    I’ll bet Javy will try to steal 2nd.

  • In reply to Jonathan Friedman:

    They have been good lately Jon and honestly I think Q is better than chacin or mikolas and I think the stats will show that by 2021 over a long sample size. I'm just venting with our offseason and recent expensive pitching pickups outside of hamels

  • In reply to kkhiavi:

    Ranger fans could be saying the same now about Hamels......what are ya gonna do?

  • We all said pregame Murphy needs to play every day for the most part. That's why folks

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    In reply to kkhiavi:

    Yep you are correct. Now if someone could help. Q pitching a good game

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    If Rizzo was Javy he would have tried to score too!

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    Hope Q goes at least six

  • Why does Happ play CF 10 ft from the warning track for almost every batter?

  • In reply to stix:

    Because he is not a natural center fielder

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    In reply to stix:

    Has a tendency to break in on all balls hit to center. I played center field and broke the tendency by standing with my right leg back. Don’t know why but it work

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    In his last 10 starts Q has let up 5 runs twice, 6 runs once and 2 or 1 or none the rest. If he can get through this inning with just one run we’ll be ok.

  • In reply to Jonathan Friedman:

    Q has pitched pretty well tonight despite all the extra pitches he's had to throw in the fourth.
    Cubbies have got to stop playing kick ball.

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    Has

  • Nothing new but this HPU has a rather unique zone over the plate and low IN the zone for the Crew is a ball outside the zone wherever and close appears to be always a strike for cub hitters.

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    He was safe but they won’t have guts enough to change it

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    He was safe, no doubt. Does anyone know why Yelich isn’t playing? This is a chance to get within 2 games of the Cubs.
    Walks and wild pitches and passed balls. We’ve almost been burned today and was yesterday. We’re our worst enemy. We are winning but have to curtail these giveaways.

  • In reply to Jonathan Friedman:

    This umpire crew is sub-par. As a group they cannot call a consistent ball and strike zone. Q is getting squeezed on borderline pitches. A strike was called on KB that was below his knees. Joe Maddon just shook his head.

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    In reply to ronvet69:

    Pitch 5 to Aguilar was rt in the middle of the bottom of the zone. How the ump missed the call is crazy. I know Willson framed it horribly, but it was still basically rt down the middle.

  • In reply to Jonathan Friedman:

    Yelich is scheduled for a day off. He’s played every game since the ASB.

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    In reply to stix:

    Thanks.

  • Naw......he looked out

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    In reply to Wickdipper:

    Not to me

  • Pigs are flying wow

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    Wow! Braun hit that ball as hard as the Schwarbenator hit that HR

    That double was like a bullet !

  • In reply to Jim Odirakallumkal:

    The steroids are working...

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    In reply to Cliff1969:

    Lol true

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    Rendon, Soto, and Zimmerman down 1 run in the bottom of the 9th.

    Would be nice to get that game back we lost yesterday to both clubs.

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    In reply to Jim Odirakallumkal:

    2 on nobody out......Lets go Zimmerman. Anything but a DP

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    In reply to Jim Odirakallumkal:

    Zimmerman takes a called 3rd strike

    Up to Wilmer Difo

    Carlos Martinez pitching for cards and throwing GAS

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    In reply to Jim Odirakallumkal:

    Up to Michael Taylor after Difo fails. Un Clutch Nats, story of their season.

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    2 out nobody on and Joe takes Q out? Did he pull something?

    Why let Counsell empty his left handed bench when Q has handled Cain?

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    In reply to Jim Odirakallumkal:

    Joe trying to put his stamp on a quiet game?

  • In reply to Jim Odirakallumkal:

    Q over 100 pitches, top of order coming up for 4th time, I don’t think it was a bad move. I think if Javy is still at short he throws Cain out & inning is over

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    In reply to Cubpack:

    If there were no outs or runners on, I could see your point.

    I been watching baseball for many many yrs so I don't subscribe to the theory that as soon as a pitcher gets over 100 pitches, his arm is going to fall off or he can no longer get even 1 more out.

  • In reply to Jim Odirakallumkal:

    I don’t necessarily subscribe to that theory either, but Q had lost a few mph on his fastball & Cain is one of their best hitters. Making him face someone new isn’t a bad idea

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    In reply to Cubpack:

    Then why did you bring up just crossing the 100 pitch mark if you don't believe in that theory? If Cain had looked good against Q or even gotten a hit against him tonight, I could see throwing someone else at him.

    Chavez pitches the 8th and then you either give Cishek or Strop ( or even Wilson if your feeling crazy to keep all those lefties on the bench) the 9th in hopefully a non save situation heading into a tough 4 game series in Washington w no days off still.

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    I sure would love to see KB hit a HR right now.

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    Why not pinch run Gore for Zo?

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    Never mind!

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    Trevor Story is Javy Baez hot right now.......

    Just hit his 30th HR, a titanic moonshot, his 2nd of the night and it was over 500 ft !!

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    Like Blackmon last year, Story is going to steal MVP votes away from Arenado.

    #Javy4MVP !!

  • In reply to Jim Odirakallumkal:

    Their stats are almost identical

  • Please let it be sharp strop tonight.

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    In reply to bolla:

    Me too. I am nervous.

    Just have a bad feeling about this esp how Joe set the Brewers up for this 9th

  • In reply to Jim Odirakallumkal:

    4 ball walk to start it off smdh

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    In reply to bolla:

    Need a DP badly, but Yelich doesn't hit into a lot of DPs

    That 4 run lead would have been nice

  • In reply to Jim Odirakallumkal:

    The Cubs should have overpaid to get Yellich and keep him away from the Brewers.

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    In reply to ronvet69:

    Brewers should have overpaid and got DeGrom even if it cost Kiesten Hura. You put Degrom in the front of that rotation, the Brewers become a real legit NL champion.

    In a 7 game series, DeGrom can go all Josh Beckett on you

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    In reply to ronvet69:

    Honestly I would love to have Yelich, but who could we have given up? I am not sure a package headlined by the Schwarbenator or Happ or Russell gets it done.

  • 7 pitches thrown 6 balls, this is exactly what I’m talking about. Focus not the time for this

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    I just don't understand. Chavez, Cishek and Willson all had very easy parts of innings, not very many pitches--why not have them go longer? As long as they're in rhythm, let them continue!

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    In reply to Jonathan Friedman:

    Chavez looked good to you tonight?

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    In reply to Jim Odirakallumkal:

    Didn't he, or did he give up the HR? Let's strike him from the list.
    Now KB made the right decision to step on 3rd, but again he double clutched and that cost him the out at first.

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    In reply to Jonathan Friedman:

    I agree w you on Cishek and to a degree Wilson as he keeps those 3 lefties on the bench or at least in unfavorable situations.

    Chavez came in w 2 out none on 6-2 game in the bottom of the 7th and quickly made it 6-4

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    That "hitch" or whatever u want to call it in Bryants throw may have been the difference again. WOW

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    In reply to Jim Odirakallumkal:

    Great minds think alike.
    Thank you Stropy.

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    In reply to Jim Odirakallumkal:

    Bote better defensively at third. Concerned about Chris doesn’t look like a power hitter anymore

  • Kris doesn't look like he's in the game . Bad base running on top of it.

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    Way more never racking then it needed to be.

    Great recovery by Strop !

    Huge win Cubbies. Lets go to DC and finish off those Nats

  • Let’s out deep sigh of relief

  • In reply to bolla:

    KB not completing a dp in the 9th. I hope he corrects this hitch. Dubious zone on the walk Strope was charged for. Two balls that were called strikes were now called balls putting Strope behind the eight ball.
    O WELL, CUBS WIN !

  • Boom shakalaka W!

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    Yes. Reading the comments on the cards game people said Harper loafed on a play allowing runs to score. His value sure has gone down

  • HUGE win
    I sure hope BP is ok
    But since he hasn’t asked in a while, I’ll have that drink for him
    Jonathan, may I have another?

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    In reply to Cubpack:

    Yes You May!!

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    Trevor Story said F the world and took the 1st pitch in his 3rd ab 415 ft for his 3rd HR of the night ! Almost 1400 ft of HRs

    Jeez is that guy a playa. He's putting up Tulu like numbers in his 3rd season.

  • Big game tonight. I'm much happier leaving Milwaukee 4 games up than 2. Nice job by Quintana - not great, but he kept his team in the game and didn't allow any big innings.Two more off the magic number, one less game to play. Time to whoop up on some Nats.

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    In reply to Cliff1969:

    Your right, very big game ( if such a thing when your team is in 1st place in early sept) Q pitched very good, borderline great. That 4th inning was not his fault as a bad hop that almost decapitated Bryant changed that inning. He did what a stopper is supposed to do when your offense and team is struggling a little, and thats come up big and he did.

    6 2/3 of 2 run ball. Joe should have let him get 1 more out and it easily could have been 7 innings of 1 run ball.

    I hope the Nats realize their season is over after not taking advantage of a leaky cards pen in b2b nights.

    Lets go get 3 of 4 right Cliff ?

  • In reply to Jim Odirakallumkal:

    Sounds good to me!

  • Another news to swallow for those frustrated by what we gave up in the Chapman trade: Billy McKinney is lighting it up as the leadoff hitter for the Blue Jays.......after being traded by the Yankees for J.A. Happ............

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    In reply to Treebeard:

    I know you don’t feel that way, but for those who do— get over it. We won. No one else is living who saw the Cubs last win the WS. I am more upset by the Q trade, although if he helps us win another that will lessen. I will trade a top prospect to win—the problems come when we don’t win.

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    Nice job of our number 4 starter acting as our stopper last night. 7 baserunners in 6.2 innings pitched. 5 hits and 2 bb. 1 extra base hit, a double to steroid man Braun. How many #4 starters in either league have 12 wins? Can we get over and moved past the fact that we don't have Jimenez and Cease anymore and appreciate what Q gives us when it's his turn to toe the rubber? I'll get off my soapbox now! Lol!

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