Game Post 9/7

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Friday: 6:05 pm CT on NBC Sports Chicago/670AM

Lineups

Cubs

1. Daniel Murphy (L) 2B
2. Javier Baez (R) SS
3. Anthony Rizzo (L) 1B
4. Kris Bryant (R) RF
5. Kyle Schwarber (L) LF
6. David Bote (R) 3B
8. Jon Lester (L) P
9. Ian Happ (S) CF
Nationals
1. Adam Eaton (L) RF
2. Trea Turner (R) SS
3. Bryce Harper (L) CF
4. Anthony Rendon (R) 3B
5. Ryan Zimmerman (R) 1B
6. Juan Soto (L) LF
7. Adrian Sanchez (R) 2B
9. Joe Ross (R) P
Bullpen Usage
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Lineups and Bullpen Usage via Baseball Press.

Opposing pitcher

Scouting Report from Brooks Baseball.

Joe RossAlthough he has not thrown an MLB pitch in 2018, Joe Ross threw 4,118 pitches that were tracked by the PITCHf/x system between 2014 and 2017, including pitches thrown in the MLB Regular Season, the MLB Postseason and Spring Training. In 2017, he relied primarily on his Sinker (92mph) and Slider (86mph), also mixing in a Change (85mph). He also rarely threw a Curve (81mph).

His sinker results in somewhat more flyballs compared to other pitchers' sinkers. His slider has much less depth than expected, has primarily 12-6 movement and results in somewhat more flyballs compared to other pitchers' sliders. His change generates fewer whiffs/swing compared to other pitchers' changeups. His curve has very little depth, has primarily 12-6 movement, is slightly harder than usual and results in somewhat more flyballs compared to other pitchers' curves.

Sean's Note: Ross got Tommy John surgery in the middle of 2017 and has not pitched this season. He is a fly ball pitcher and got killed by homers in his abbreviated season. Left handers especially hit him well with an average over .300 in 2017.

Final Thoughts: Kris Bryant was originally going to get the start in center field but Ben Zobrist was a late scratch with a stiff neck. Bryant moves to right and hopefully Zo's injury is not a big deal. Ross hasn't pitched this season so he likely won't go deep in the game. Last night's hero David Bote is at third and Javy Baez moves to shortstop. Willson Contreras has been lost at the plate in the second half, if he could ever right the ship it would help down the stretch. Jon Lester got crushed by the Nats in August. Since allowing eight runs in that game he has allowed just four his next four starts. Ryan Zimmerman did most of the damage so expect Jon to pitch him carefully.

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  • Michael Kopeck - probable TJ surgery. Back 2020.
    Funny how things happen in this game. Will be interesting to see if Reinsdork spends money this off season - or goes on the cheap, as he usually does.

  • In reply to cubbustible:

    Feel bad for the kid you never like to see that happen to a young pitcher but just another blow to the the sox farm system. They still have plenty of prospects in their system and I'm sure a number of those players will be successful but their fans overplay how bright their future really is. Theyre not getting much out of any 1st round picks outside of Rodon who also hasn't had a sustained sample of success. I still think they'll have some nice young players in a few years but their minor league top prospects aren't as encouraging as our core players were coming up through the minors outside of jiminez who coincidentally was essentially developed by the Cubs organization

  • In reply to cubbustible:

    Hate to say it but it's one thing to have talented prospects but it's quite another to actually develop these players properly and keep them healthy

  • In reply to kkhiavi:

    And Kopeck's along with Rodons service time clock, keep ticking thru 2019. Keep sharp objects away from Uncle Jerry.

  • In reply to cubbustible:

    That is a huge set back for a player with a substantial talent.

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    Sometimes its better to get the surgery out of the way early in your career. Jose Fernandez had it very young and came back arguably better and throwing harder.

    RIP,.......I can't imagine how good he could have been and if the Marlins would have broke the team up w a real ace to go w the 5 young position players.

  • In reply to Jim Odirakallumkal:

    The surgery is likely a result of a mechanical flaw/breakdown. The guys who throw really hard will have a 2nd or 3rd surgery. I would bet he is late with his arm causingnundo stress on the elbow.

    This sucks for the Sox. Regardless, it just goes to show Theo and Jed’s path is more predicatable in a rebuild. Just can't trust pitching to remain healthy.

  • In reply to cubbustible:

    That's another validation of the Cubs FO strategy of drafting hitters with the high picks.

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    This is why prospects are just prospects until they aren't. Dylan Cease had TJS and look at him now. Shohei Otani the same thing. As much as I hate to see this happen, it does happen. On the bright side, he might come back just as the Sox are getting really good.
    Now we just are waiting for the Cubs game to start.

  • The Tigers just beat the Cardinals on a walk off HR by Jeimer Candelario. The trade is kinda working for us, especially if Justin Wilson continues pitching how he's pitched recently.

  • A few years ago I wrote a guest piece that was about the upcoming TV contract.
    Any news on this front?

  • In reply to SFToby:

    HA HA

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    Cards lose

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    Milw is tied 2-2 in the 7th. StL has to have the worst bullpen in the majors. They’re good 1-8 in position players but when the starters go out the heartburn has to start.

  • MIL beat SFG, while DET beat StL. No change in the Magic Number, but MIL is now the closest pursuer, with StL 6 back in the loss column.

  • Lesters start is wasted, jamie garcia will start game 1, hamels game 2

  • I like the Nats chances in that game 1 matchup, but a surprise would be fun.

  • A silver lining might be that Lester gets a rest due to the short start, saving bullets for the post. Not something that he could have gotten until after the clench.

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