Game Post 9/9


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Sunday: 12:35 pm CT on TBS/670AM



1. Daniel Murphy (L) 2B
2. Kris Bryant (R) LF
3. Anthony Rizzo (L) 1B
4. Ben Zobrist (S) RF
5. Javier Baez (R) 3B
6. Addison Russell (R) SS
1. Victor Robles (R) CF
2. Anthony Rendon (R) 3B
3. Bryce Harper (L) RF
4. Ryan Zimmerman (R) 1B
5. Juan Soto (L) LF
6. Adrian Sanchez (R) 2B
7. Matt Wieters (S) C
8. Wilmer Difo (S) SS
9. Erick Fedde (R) P
Bullpen Usage

Lineups and Bullpen Usage via Baseball Press.

Opposing pitcher

Scouting Report from Brooks Baseball.

Erick FeddeErick Fedde has thrown 905 pitches that have been tracked by the PITCHf/x system between 2017 and 2018, all of them occuring in the MLB Regular Season. In 2018, he has relied primarily on his Sinker(95mph), also mixing in a Cutter (89mph), Splitter (88mph), Fourseam Fastball (94mph), Slider (82mph) and Curve (78mph).

His sinker has well above average velo, has less armside run than typical, results in somewhat more groundballs compared to other pitchers' sinkers and has some natural sinking action. His cutter has heavy sink, generates more whiffs/swing compared to other pitchers' cutters, results in more flyballs compared to other pitchers' cutters and has strong cutting action. His splitter is basically never swung at and missed compared to other pitchers' splitters, is much firmer than usual, has some natural sink to it, results in somewhat more flyballs compared to other pitchers' splitters and has slight armside fade. His fourseam fastball has heavy sinking action, is a real worm killer that generates an extreme number of groundballs compared to other pitchers' fourseamers, is basically never swung at and missed compared to other pitchers' fourseamers, has essentially average velo and has slightly less natural movement than typical. His slidergenerates an extremely high number of swings & misses compared to other pitchers' sliders, has exceptional depth, results in more flyballs compared to other pitchers' sliders and has short glove-side cut. His curve results in somewhat more flyballs compared to other pitchers' curves.

Sean's Note: Fedde has struggled in just 33 innings pitched in the majors in 2018. He is a ground ball pitcher although he has allowed a 25% home run rate in the small sample size. Right handers hit him better than left handed hitters despite Fedde being a righty.

Final Thoughts: The Cubs had a very rough day at the park on Saturday. The doubleheader sweep was the end of a miserable 26 hours of rain delays and postponed games. Guess what? It's raining again today and the game is highly in doubt. Stay tuned for updates.

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  • Wonder how long they wait to call it... 11:30 Eastern?

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    They'll start right before the Bears game tonight.

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    Not good news in Milwaukee n Detroit.

    Johnathan Schoop baby Schoop w a 2 out grand slam off MadBum minutes after Miley and Counsell both get ejected.

  • Today’s game postponed, make up game sept 13th 3:05 pm smh!!!

  • Game just postponed and rescheduled for this Thursday. This is horrible, as it likely means we get Scherzer again.

  • Yea............and where is that hurricane going to be by Thursday?

  • 31days without a day away from the ballpark. Can mlb do that?

  • We have lost our cushion. If the Brewers take 2/3 at Wrigley and cut the lead to 1 game, they will likely be the favorite with a much easier schedule, two extra off days, and the Cubs having to face Scherzer again. The Cubs have to step up and win the Brewer series.

  • At this point in the season, the team needs to stay focused on just the next game.

    I know as fans we can get overwrought and fear the worst, especially given our past struggles, but I like what Maddon has been saying about what goes inside the team dynamic.

    If they play like they are capable and EXECUTE winning will take care of itself.

    They control their destiny and they have the pedigree and experience, so I am keeping my perspective tuned to that outlook.

  • Sinve MIL beat SFG and the Cubs were rained out, the Magic Number for clinching the division remains at 18.

    Bad week for the Countdown, as it was only reduced by 3 this week. I had been thinking about adding a home field countdown, but that seems premature now.

    Cubs still ahead og MIL by 3 in the loss column, so there is that. I don’t think I need to comment on the next series. At least that is at home. StL returns home for 3 against PIT.

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    Anyone know why Degrom didn't pitch today? He was supposed to be going for the record of most consecutive games pitched without giving up more than 3 ER.

  • Forfeit the Washington game and stay home, or leave the “A Team” at home and field the AAA team. Can’t beat Scherzer in the middle of 75 games without a true off day (may be a bit exaggeration; I’ve lost count). SVe the bullets for the home stretch.

  • In reply to Stubbs:

    I guess it's silly for us to bemoan the schedule and not having days off. We still want to win, favorable schedule or not. The winner will be determined between the lines and the games will be played. Go Cubs!

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    In reply to 44slug:

    Exactly. The cream rises to the top. If we don't win this division, its because of how this team performed on the field, nothing else.

    We are the deepest, the most talented, best managed and most battle tested.

  • Seems like the Bud Seelig revenge. Current commissioner is his old deputy and we all know Seelig as the old Brewers owner hated the Cubs. They're doing everything they can to keep the Cubs out. Even if the Cubs hold on they'll be so exhausted they can't do well in the play-offs. Sad.

  • Just a few thoughts
    1) The Miami at Pittsburgh game was postponed at 930am ET, four hours before game time because of the SAME weather system. So why did the Cubs have to sit around the visiting clubhouse ALL day instead?

    2) The Marlins - Pirates game will be made up Oct. 1 ONLY if it affects the postseason. Why not reschedule the Cubs - Nationals game the same?

    3) Hurricane Florence will most likely hit THURSDAY somewhere along the East Coast from the Carolinas through Virginia. Not a good day to be flying into Washington D.C. for a baseball game.

    4) The MLB Collective Bargaining Agreement states 20 days is the maximum without a day off. It extends that to 25 to make up a postponement. If the Cubs play Thursday, their stretch of days without a day off will be 30. Surely MLB is not considering 8 hours sitting in a visiting club house a day off. Where is the Players Union when we finally want them?

    5) My understanding was that MLB scheduled more off days this year in order to reduce injuries and allow players to get more rest; in other words, give the fans a chance to see the best players perform their best.

    One would assume that the phone line between Theo and the Commissioner's office has been humming this afternoon ....

  • Who is wilder throwing a ball -- Chatwood or Trubisky? He is one awful QB. Not only can't he read the field and a defense, he can't throw accurate balls to the receviers. That was a bad loss by the Bears.

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    a bad, bad loss. They play one good quarter and then do nothing. It was so disheartening and then we have the slow loss of games from the Cubs. Not a good week for our teams.

  • This isn't a bears blog.

  • In reply to 44slug:

    No, but it is a ChicagoNow Blog

  • I’m kind of nervous about this brewers series

    They have nothing to lose and know they can beat the cubs, and right now the cubs pen is unreliable. If they take 2 out of 3 the cubs are in trouble

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    In reply to bolla:

    I'm sure part of it is from not having a real day off in forever, but they have been inconsistent. Atleast Monty didn't have to start that game. I could be wrong but Thursdays game should be Hamels turn in the rotation. Although the Nats could throw Sherzer on the mound also. I'm nervous about the Milwaukee series too. Hopefully the lineup will gel when we need it most.

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    For the love of god, please put Almora in CF. I'm not a huge fan of him or Happ, but Almora is better all around imo. I never thought I'd say it, but I'm really missing Heyward's bat & glove right now.

  • The only thing I’m going to always question about this year are the 2 throwaway games Maddon allowed to happen against the Mets and then Nationals. Why did he do that? Guess it really doesn’t matter for those teams because they aren’t post season teams anyhow but, jeeeez....
    This was a long ugly weekend playing in those conditions but no excuses. Excuses are just that.....excuses. Strikezones didn’t make them lose 2 out of 3 in DC nor did the weather, OR the schedule.
    Need to stop crying about this schedule stuff too. There is no MLB “conspiracy” against the Cubs.....MLB WANTS the Cubs involved in the’s big money bank for them. MLB didn’t alter the weather patterns this Spring, they actually begin the year earlier.
    It’s just time to man up and play the game. Execute.

  • In reply to Wickdipper:

    There's no conspiracy, but MLB bungled every decision they had to make this weekend. Started the game on Friday and played enough to get 1 inning in when radar showed no let-up. So the Cubs wasted Lester. Then allowed that stupid 40 minute Jayson Werth ceremony in the middle of a DH when rain was in the forecast 3 hours away. Now they reschedule a makeup game for Thursday, the Cubs only off day in 3 weeks, during a hurricane, when that game could be scheduled for 10/1 and it may not even matter. That game is not getting played. Now the Cubs have a 30 day stretch of no scheduled days off, including 2 separate one-game road trips. It is absolutely a horrible decision by MLB.

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    Days off shouldn't be a problem. We didn't play on Saturday nor on Monday. That gave us 2 days rest and after playing the next 10 days we still have another day off on the 20th. Our guys have had plenty of rest. After all, Joe has been resting our guys for the Post Season all year. At least now we will see what good it has done.

  • In reply to clarkAddson:

    Not sure what you mean by We didn't play on Saturday nor on Monday? Not sure you got your days correct there.

  • In reply to 2016 Cubs:

    Saturday got rained out and so did Monday.

  • In reply to clarkAddson:

    Oooops, my bad. I should have said Friday and Sunday. I got my days mixed up. Being retired sometimes, its hard to keep track of the days. Another senior moment I guess.

  • In reply to clarkAddson:

    Friday's rainout wasn't a "day off" in any sense. They spent more time at the ballpark than they would have if they had just played the full game, without delays. They returned to the hotel late and had a double-header the next day. Even Sunday's rainout required the team to report and dress and was followed by travel. Just because the games weren't played doesn't mean there was much "rest."

  • In reply to Cliff1969:

    What do you consider "REST"? Complete day off or not playing? When Joe sits a player because of rest, the player still prepares for the game and is still in the dugout during the game. It's no difference than a rainout.

  • In reply to clarkAddson:

    It will help the pitching that they didn't have to use any bullets, and Q and Hendricks get an extra day of rest. So you're right there. But sitting in a visitor's clubhouse for 3 hours hardly constitutes "rest."
    I don't know... All I know is I'd be much less fussy if the bullpen hadn't handed over 2 wins last week.

  • In reply to Kramerica20:

    Yes, I agree with you about handing over 2 wins. In fact, I believe they have done this more than twice this year.

  • In reply to clarkAddson:

    I'm sure they have. Every team does. It's the recency of it that stings though, you know? I can stomach the loss to the Nats the other night because Harper will just do that sometimes. But man, that Edwards meltdown in MIL is going to leave a bad taste until they get the division locked up.

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    In reply to Wickdipper:

    Ding Ding Ding !

  • Morrow threw 25 pitches off the mound in washington yesterday, session was reported as light and not a ramped up bullpen.Today they should know what the next step is based off how he feels.If morrow returns this season he won't be able to pitch in back to back games

  • In reply to bolla:

    I'm having a difficult time caring what Morrow does. He's been pretty much worthless all year. I think the Cubs will be looking for a closer to sign this winter - again.

  • In reply to Cliff1969:

    Hopefully it’s a better choice than Darvish, walkwood and Morrow. Theo went 0 for 3 this offseason..

  • In reply to TheSarge#36:

    Cishek has worked out well.

  • In reply to TheSarge#36:

    That's a little harsh on Morrow. He was excellent before he got hurt and this is an injury he never had before and couldn't be predicted. Injuries are part of the game.

  • In reply to TC154:

    I agree with you, Morrow was excellent when he was healthy this year. I would not call that "pretty much worthless all year".

  • In reply to Cliff1969:

    I wouldn't say all year, he was good in the 1st half he blew one save vs the cards I believe. Unfortunately he's made of glass.Cubs could use another bullpen arm , I get the frustration he's been out 2 months.

    Yea this winter kimbrel,andrew miller(he's very injury prone himself), britton,familia,hererra will all be fa's.All have been closers or high leverage relievers.

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