Game Post 9/8


Series preview is here.


Saturday: Game 1: 2:05 pm CT on NBC Sports Chicago/670AM

Game 2:  6:05 pm CT on MLB Network/WGN/670AM



1. Daniel Murphy (L) 2B
2. Tommy La Stella (L) 3B
3. Anthony Rizzo (L) 1B
4. Ben Zobrist (S) RF
7. Addison Russell (R) SS
8. Jaime Garcia (L) P
9. Ian Happ (S) LF
Game 2
2. Kris Bryant (R) 3B
3. Anthony Rizzo (L) 1B
4. David Bote (R) SS
5. Kyle Schwarber (L) LF
6. Javier Baez (R) 2B
8. Cole Hamels (L) P
9. Ian Happ (S) RF
1. Trea Turner (R) SS
2. Anthony Rendon (R) 3B
3. Bryce Harper (L) RF
4. Mark Reynolds (R) 1B
5. Juan Soto (L) LF
6. Victor Robles (R) CF
7. Matt Wieters (S) C
8. Adrian Sanchez (R) 2B
9. Max Scherzer (R) P
Game 2
1. Trea Turner (R) SS
2. Anthony Rendon (R) 3B
3. Bryce Harper (L) RF
4. Ryan Zimmerman (R) 1B
5. Victor Robles (R) LF
6. Adrian Sanchez (R) 2B
Bullpen Usage

Lineups and Bullpen Usage via Baseball Press.

Opposing pitchers

Scouting Reports from Brooks Baseball.

Max ScherzerMax Scherzer has thrown 35,339 pitches that have been tracked by the PITCHf/x system between 2008 and 2018, including pitches thrown in the MLB Regular Season, the MLB Postseason and Spring Training. In 2018, he has relied primarily on his Fourseam Fastball(95mph), also mixing in a Slider (86mph), Change (85mph), Cutter (89mph) and Curve (79mph).

His fourseam fastball generates an extremely high number of swings & misses compared to other pitchers' fourseamers, has some natural sinking action, has slight armside run and has slightly above average velo. His slider generates a high number of swings & misses compared to other pitchers' sliders and results in somewhat more flyballs compared to other pitchers' sliders. His change dives down out of the zone and has slight armside fade. His cutter is an extreme flyball pitch compared to other pitchers' cutters and has some natural sink. His curve generates fewer whiffs/swing compared to other pitchers' curves, has little depth and results in somewhat more flyballs compared to other pitchers' curves.

Sean's Note: The Nats ace is still at his snarling, growling, dominating best. He is striking out an astronomical 34% of batters, a full 12% higher than league average. He doesn't really generate a lot of ground balls but it doesn't seem to matter. Scherzer absolutely dominated the Cubs last month in seven shutout innings.

Jefry RodriguezJefry Rodriguez has thrown 696 pitches that have been tracked by the PITCHf/x system in 2018, all of them occuring in the MLB Regular Season. In 2018, he has relied primarily on his Fourseam Fastball (96mph), Curve (81mph) and Sinker (96mph), also mixing in a Change (90mph).

His fourseam fastball has well above average velo. His curve generates more whiffs/swing compared to other pitchers' curves, has little depth, is slightly harder than usual and has primarily 12-6 movement. His sinker is blazing fast and results in somewhat more flyballs compared to other pitchers' sinkers. His change is thrown extremely hard and generates fewer whiffs/swing compared to other pitchers' changeups.

Sean's Note: Rodriguez has started seven games for the Nationals in 2018. He walks a lot of hitters (14%) but doesn't strike out many at all. He has had some good starts and a couple of real ugly ones. He is a fly ball pitcher so homers are a possibility. Left handed hitters hit him a ton a .319 average on the year.

Final Thoughts: After the debacle last night with the two inning game that wasn't, the Cubs are starting Jamie Garcia in game one of the twin bill. They aren't running out the most loaded lineup against Max Scherzer. The Nats have yet to name a starter for game 2 so the Northsiders may be looking to save their bullets for that contest. Also there is more rain in the forecast, so who knows what happens today.

Filed under: Game preview, Lineup

Tags: Jamie Garcia


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  • So they don't resume last night's game? What's the rule on that?

  • In reply to Oneear:

    Nothing from yesterday ever happened other than the cubs lost Lester for this series. Three games in two days to go when the rain stops. Supposed to rain all day Sunday.

  • In reply to stix:

    And that's OK ! Jon starts Monday against the Brewers @ Wrigley !

  • It seems to me we already conceded the first game by the looks of the lineup. An unknown pitcher with our weakest lineup. Baez, KB, Schwarber, Bote are all sitting out. I understand this is a double header but couldn't we at least split these 4 position players up instead of sitting them all at once?

  • In reply to clarkAddson:

    Baez is 0 for 8 against Scherzer. Bote will be the PH extraordinaire like the last time Scherzer pitched. KB, Baez & Bote are all RH. Not sure of Kyles #s against Scherzer but the OF defense could be why they’re playing the other guys, plus the 2 corner guys can switch hit. It makes sense.

  • In reply to Milk Stout:

    I still feel this lineup with the pitcher is about the weakest we could have fielded. What god is switch hitting against Scherzer who can only pitch right-handed? Sitting out maybe 2 of these 4 players would make better sense in my opinion.

  • In reply to clarkAddson:

    Ooops, I meant "what good is switch hitting" above.

    I am only questioning sitting out 4 of our better players in the first game instead of 2 and 2. Also, Bote can pinch hit the second game if needed. In addition, why not play our stronger lineup against Scherzer and our weakest lineup against their weaker pitcher especially if we may not even play the second game.

  • In reply to clarkAddson:

    Because they can bat LHed by being SwH against the right handler... plus it allows Almora to be in CF. The roster is deep... Those guys not playing will be in the 2nd game. And who do you sit then..?

  • In reply to Milk Stout:

    I am not questioning sitting these guys today. I am questioning this first game's lineup. This combo is about as weak as it can get against their ace pitcher.

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    So if we can't play anymore double headers and just play 1 today, how the hell can MLB justify us playing over 30 games in a row. This is ridiculous

  • In reply to Wrigley0923:

    Agreed, however outside of the Arizona trip, the Cubs will be in Chicago most of September.

  • I have no problem sitting baez vs schrerzer his career numbers vs scherzer are bad.That's a power pitching match up that is not favorable for him.He also needs rest

    No issues for the 1st game line up for me.This is a chance to get some rest for the team, the weather is the biggest problem.

  • In reply to bolla:

    Baez does not need rest and the player being hyped for MVP needs to show he can hit against the best in a pennant drive.

  • Tarp is off. 1st pitch scheduled for 4:15

  • Mlb doing the Cubs no favors with this scheduling actually going as far in allowing a game to start and go only one inning only to waste our ace lesters start last night and then didn't start the game late last night and they could've played late allegedly. The game was cancelled against the Cubs wishes due to MLB incorrectly misforcasting rain coming that wasn't coming. Now a double header today in the midst of this absurd stretch of games that you never see teams have to play this late in the season this isn't a part of the game in my eyes it's an unfortunate disadvantage that could have playoff implications. I hate to be that conspiracy theorist but it's hard for me not to think that MLB may not have some agenda of costing the Cubs a few wins by scheduling this absurdly long stretch with no off days in an attempt to help the leagues business by keeping the NL central closer and thus adding drama down the stretch in the form of more meaningful late season games. Some will scoff at my theory but from a business standpoint it's not good for baseball having teams clinch the division creating a lot of meaningless games over the last week or 2 of the season

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    In reply to kkhiavi:

    Are there other teams that have had this kind of schedule this year?I don't follow the other teams as closely as the Cubs (obviously) but I haven't read about any.

  • In reply to Jonathan Friedman:

    I believe the most games you're allowed to play is either 23 games in 24 days or 24 games in 25 days. Yes other teams have had stretches like this but MLB intentionally typically only schedules such a stretch in June or July because the all star break gives the players time to recover from such a grueling stretch. To schedule a stretch like this in September with the Cubs unusual early season rainout situation is unprecedented ESP at this time of the year when players are fatigued and every single win or loss has playoff implications. I think we're at a major disadvantage that may cost us multiple games in the standings and while the Cubs are so good that MLB knows that they should be fine either way it's a principle thing for me these unfair disadvantages just can't happen in the heat of a playoff race. If it were me I'd extend the season by 1-2 days to account for makeup games you'd hate to ever see a team lose a playoff spot bc they're at an unfair advantage in scheduling days off

  • In reply to kkhiavi:

    They added 3-4 days off durning the season this year already. It was just a wet spring I think.

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    In reply to kkhiavi:

    Honestly I am glad this stretch is now then in the middle of june/july. We have a lot of extra bodies, so the regulars can get a lot of rest. The real problem is our reinforcements are pretty weak and aren't much help. If you look at the other contenders like for an example the Astros who have made plenty of trades the last yr + have added some potential impact players when rosters expanded and its the same w other teams, not just contenders.

    So if we had 3-4 top 150-200 prospects joining the pen, rotation, or lineup, it wouldn't be so painful.

    Also I am pretty sure if we look back in the history of baseball you can find a few times where teams played this many game in a row.

    It sucks, but the Cubs got their rest early in the season and Joes been resting players all season so they should be relatively healthy.

  • In reply to kkhiavi:

    Whatttttttt? Where is Jimmy Hoffa buried? .......

    Whadda bout Amelia Ea.........nevermind

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    I don’t see they can justify starting the game yesterdday cost us a start by Lester.

  • Sad that we have no better options in our farm system than to start Garcia.

  • In reply to TheSarge#36:

    They do. Apparently they wanted to see what they had in Garcia. He’s a veteran that gets 1st shot over an Underwood or Clifton. They had... Farrell.

    Gonna be a long game...

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    This doesn't look good.

  • Lester starting Monday.

  • This tyler walkwood clone couldn't get more than one out now enters kintlzer. Yikes this could be a long day

  • I think Scherzer is going to pitch a complete game with under 100 pitches thrown. I also think this is going to get ugly with Duensing and Chatwood following Kintzler.

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    In reply to 2016 Cubs:

    Greg, is that you, lol?

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  • In reply to 2016 Cubs:

    At least it won’t be a no hitter against them. It’s turning out to be a game to get those guys in. They’re already on their 3rd pitcher now w/DeLaRosa in now.

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    The Cubs have to get their minds right. I know it's Scherzer but right now we're only down by 3 and it's very early. Whatever happens in this game we have to come back and win game 2.
    This is still a winnable game so I hope they keep taking pitches and go the other way and that our relief pitchers don't just put in the time but realize that this is a very important game.
    Did both teams get an extra player for today and if so, who is ours?

  • In reply to Jonathan Friedman:

    All teams already have extra guys. The rosters are expanded in September.

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    In reply to 2016 Cubs:

    How could I have not thought that?

  • In reply to Jonathan Friedman:

    LOL. Maybe a senior moment? I know I have mine sometimes.

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    In reply to 2016 Cubs:

    Thanks for the understanding!

  • In reply to Jonathan Friedman:

    They just have to keep it to a 3 run or less deficit, load the bases in the 9th, then bring in Bote... ;o)

  • The cubs are playing sloppy just like the middle game vs the brewers.embarrassingly sloppy too

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    In reply to bolla:

    Yeah, this looks like a throwaway. Hopefully they can win the nightcap behind Hamels and earn a split.

  • Does this really surprise you with this starting lineup? Lots of throwing errors but Maddon made the first throwing error this game by throwing the game with this lineup against Scherzer. Maybe he is just trying to help Davey Martinez look a little better as a Manager.

    Another question I was going to ask yesterday. Didn't anyone including Maddon think the game might be rained out? If so, why not start a relief pitcher and then put in Lester once they saw it could be a complete game.

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    If we don’t have a rain delay it looks like Gore will come up in the 9th. I hope he gets a hit—he’s never had one in a major league game.
    I really hope it stops raining because I don’t want game 2 to be cancelled and have another DH scheduled for tomorrow.

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    His first hit against a future HOF pitcher. The ball did go to the dugout.
    Congratulations to him!

  • Gio Gonzalez already looking like a nice addition for Milwaukee. 5.1 innings 1 run 7 strikeouts 1 walk. Despite the fact that he was added at a late point in the season (aug 31) I feel like he's a higher upside addition then the majority of available starting pitchers in an overall pitching poor market this trading deadline. I'd take him over Harvey if I had to choose Harvey's no longer the dark knight. Gio is still a guy that had a 2.96 era in 201 innings last season. Don't get me wrong that was by far his best season in previous years and By no means is he a TOR starter but he's still a solid veteran addition with playoff experience. Solid MOR starter.

    Hopefully hamels has his A game tonight it's unfortunate we went from having a decisive pitching advantage last night (Lester vs a rehabbing off Tommy John joe Ross) to 0.1 innings from Jaime Garcia. This young nats starter has a pretty good arm

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    In reply to kkhiavi:

    I agree w the fact that Gio is a big help, but not enough for this team to win a title or even win a playoff series.

    They should have traded Kiersten Hura ( however u spell it) and whoever they traded for Moose/Schoop and gotten DeGrom. Thats a difference maker who would have made them a real threat to get to the World Series.

  • Cards rabbit foot running low. Tigers win on walkoff wildpitch

  • The Tigers walked the Cardinals off again..on a wild pitch, of all things. This was after the Cards had tied the game with 2 outs in the ninth..meanwhile, the Giants have gotten to within a run of Milwaukee with 2 in, 2 on, and 2 out in the 8th.

  • This guy gets killed by lefties and Joe has Murphy and Zoe on the bench.

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    Found BotE’s weakness high fast ball

  • Not a new discovery. He shows it every time they pitch him up

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    In reply to stix:

    Yep I didn’t say this time at bar

  • Caratini! The first hit of game 2 for the Cubs is a grand slam!

  • There is a long way to go in this game, but huge two out hit by Caratini. Victor is so low key, but pretty cool bat flip.

  • It took a while but Hickey finally got into Hamels head to walk more batters.

    Does Maddon realize if he wants an intentional walk he can just show 4 fingers from the dugout? No reason to bring Edwards out to do that.

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    This is very depressing. How important now is that slip by Schwarber to hold him to a single?
    Also, whatever problems Bote is having offensively his defense is stellar. He switched the ball from glove to hand in no time and a easy strike to first.

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    Why not have Gore run for Tommy? Then Happ wouldn’t have to try and bunt and give away 2 strikes? Gore would probably end up on 3rd anyway.

  • Once again, just gotta love Happ watching strike three go down the middle of the plate.

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    Well, that's surprising! I still think that if Gore had run for Tommy immediately he could have been at 2nd (or 3rd) with Happ up and no out.
    I still think we need a few more runs. Javy--if you're an MVP now is the time to show it.

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