NL Central Tiebreaker Game Post

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Monday: 12:05 pm CT on ESPN/670AM

Lineups

Brewers

1. Lorenzo Cain (R) CF
3. Ryan Braun (R) LF
4. Jesus Aguilar (R) 1B
5. Jonathan Schoop (R) 2B
6. Mike Moustakas (L) 3B
7. Erik Kratz (R) C
8. Orlando Arcia (R) SS
Cubs
1. Daniel Murphy (L) 2B
2. Ben Zobrist (S) RF
3. Javier Baez (R) SS
4. Anthony Rizzo (L) 1B
5. Kris Bryant (R) 3B
6. Kyle Schwarber (L) LF
7. Jason Heyward (L) CF
8. Jose Quintana (R) P
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 19,835 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 is basically never swung at and missed compared to other pitchers' splitters and is slightly firmer than usual. 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, results in more flyballs compared to other pitchers' curves, has little depth, 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: This will be the fifth time that Chacin has faced the Cubs this season. And he has owned them so far, allowing just 4 runs in 22.2 innings pitched in four starts. Left handers hit him significantly better than do right handers. He has a low batting average on ball in play of .256, which indicates some good luck. He has allowed a lot of hard contact, higher than his last two seasons.

Final Thoughts: So it all comes down to this for the NL Central, Cubs and Brewers one game to get a division champion. This isn't an elimination game, the loser will play in Tuesday's Wild Card. That creates an interesting dynamic, if either team falls behind early they may decide to save their bullpens for the must win game on Tuesday. The Cubs are using the same starting eight as yesterday, although the lineup has been shuffled. Jose Quintana has had good success against the Brewers, although he did have a rough game in August at Wrigley against Milwaukee.  With Chacin's success against right handers, look for the lefty hitters to have the best swings on him. Today's game is a regular season game and 40-man rosters are still in effect. Not much more to say here, this is a big game and try not to let Christian Yelich beat you.

 

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  • All things being equal, Q would be my first choice among all of the staff for this game. If he is on, he is unbeatable. If not, we will find out pretty quickly.

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    In reply to wthomson:

    Hopefully he's dominating today or Joe's going to pull him after 2 times through the brewers lineup. Teams hit a .933 ops the 3rd time through against him. I know Yelich is on a whole different level after the ASB, but I'm sick of hearing about him. Q owns him. Braun is who we should worry about, he owns Q.

    I'm more worried about our offense showing up today. Especially Schwarber. I think he's going to be the x factor in the lineup today. Postseason Kyle would be a nice sight today.

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    Let's win and get a few days off. This has a playoff feel to it and I'm glad the game is here. The most important Q to do is to keep away from walks--especially to Cain and Yelich. If he has only 1 or 2 walks we should win. We have a balanced lineup, KB has been squaring up on the ball, Rizzo is hot, Willson needs to be and Zo is Zo.
    Big time game, big reason we traded for Q. He knows what he has to do and he's good against Milw.
    Go Cubs!!

  • It’s game on. Let’s go Cubs.

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    In reply to Milk Stout:

    Just popped an ice cold beer. I'm ready.

  • In reply to Wrigley0923:

    Same here. An ice cold Paulaner Oktoberfest.

  • They're talking about possibly using starters as relievers in this game. If so, who would you pick for tomorrow vs. this game?

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    Q left that pitch a little over the plate,and Yelich got a little lucky

    Too bad Braun is going to walk or DP right here

  • In reply to Jim Odirakallumkal:

    Why don't you just go ahead and predict the entire game? (;-0)

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    In reply to Jim Odirakallumkal:

    Nice call on the DP. Q looks sharp. Soft contact.

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    Need KB, Heyward, and the Schwarbenator need to be who we thought they were !

    Tough ABs, big hits in big spots

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    Anyone know if Len and JD are doing the game on some channel or do we just have Eduardo Perez, Buster Olney , ect ?

  • In reply to Jim Odirakallumkal:

    I checked & couldn’t find another channel.

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    In reply to Milk Stout:

    Yea, I did the same. Oh well. Some crazy fishing show on the channel I expected it to be on.

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    In reply to Jim Odirakallumkal:

    Just ESPN. MLBTV not showing it. Actually, it won't let me sign in. It keeps saying ERROR.

  • In reply to Jim Odirakallumkal:

    Yammer, yammer, yammer. These guys are brutal.

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    I just can't imagine how this Chacin can keep this Houdini act up.

    If he doesn't get hit today, he will get crushed this post season by someone. You just don't all of a sudden become a TOR arm after yrs of mediocracy. ( unless your Jake Arrieta, but there were other factors too)

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    This is going to be a big inning for Q. Adrenalin from 1st inning probably gone........ If he puts up another ZERO or 1-2-3.......

    We are going to be in good shape

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    In reply to Jim Odirakallumkal:

    Keep calling the game. You may be the x factor.

  • 16 pitches over 2 innings for Q!

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    In reply to Wickdipper:

    Yup, now we need to get our 1st base runner and see how Chacin pitches from the stretch

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    I think Rizzo should have let that ball roll. Worse case it hits the bag but prob goes foul. Then again he prob knows his field.

    Just w 1 out, I take the out, but w 0 outs, and cain n yelich coming. I don't like it

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    Dont pitch to Yelich.....dont let him get any RBIS

  • In reply to Jim Odirakallumkal:

    With a base open what idiotic strategy that's literally a no brainer to walk the guy with how locked in he is. Unreal for all the talk that the brewers rotation would be their downfall they sure consistently shut our offense down. Hate to say it but it seems their coaching staff has our number when it comes to game planning their pitchers always overperform against us going back to previous years

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    In reply to kkhiavi:

    SHHHHH,........ quiet.......the next mistake or bad decision Infallible Joe makes will be his first........

    Stay tuned.

  • In reply to kkhiavi:

    Disagree--put two runners on in front of Braun?

  • In reply to wthomson:

    I get you're perspective but this isn't the Braun of 10 years ago he's a replacement level player right now and Yelich is on one of the most torrid stretches that I've seen from any player ever. It's a no brainer Yelich essentially doesn't even make outs lately. Braun has below an .800 OPS he's no longer a high end hitter big downgrade not surprised Yelich came through and Braun didn't a number of us said pregame that we wouldn't pitch to Yelich in any big spots especially with a base open

  • In reply to kkhiavi:

    Braun destroys Q but maybe Yelich could destroy the world. If he walks Yelich and Brun hits a three run hr then what would your thoughts be?

  • In reply to stix:

    There's always an If in every situation but the numbers say that Yelich is a significantly better contact hitter, slugger, run producer you name it look at his 2nd half splits it's really not very complicated. Yelich is a significantly better hitter than Braun cubs fans just fear Braun because of past production and nothing that he's done lately. He's merely just a decent power hitter now not much else

  • In reply to stix:

    And with all that being said way to go Tony Rizz!!!!!!!

  • In reply to kkhiavi:

    Didn’t Braun get two hrs n one game this yr vs Q?

  • In reply to stix:

    And aside from that game he hasn't had that much success. Is this even a question Yelich has almost double the home runs of Braun, he hits for like 90 points higher average and has a way better approach. I respect Braun but he's not even close to Yelich and like I said you may not be aware of this but Yelich may as well be Barry bonds right now he doesn't get out almost ever these days

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    In reply to wthomson:

    Agree 100%.

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    In reply to kkhiavi:

    I agree, but you also have to take into consideration that Braun hits Q pretty damn good. And Aguilar is after Braun. Both have better #'s against Q than Yelich.
    Q has looked great, our offense needs to get a damn hit. Anything, I'll take it.

  • In reply to Wrigley0923:

    That's joe's perspective too I'm sure and it's not an outrageous decision I admit when taken into context but Yelich is on a historic stretch I thought they were gonna intentionally walk him not surprised the result worked in their favor

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    In reply to kkhiavi:

    The problem is, Q can't give him anything that good to hit.

    Do the pitch around, maybe make him try to get himself out on Q's pitch.

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    Well by contrary belief, we were not going to win a 1-0 game

    Lets get Braun and lets wrestle that momentum back hitters

  • Cubs Young pitching against us or what...? 2nd time thru hopefully is better.

  • In reply to Milk Stout:

    Cy Young

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    Can we please get a hit? The offense needs to wake up this inning.

  • Now that's the shit that pisses me off about Javy... Take that ball 4 pitch and give Rizzo a chance to knock you in. Damnit!

  • Javy just took the bat out of Rizzo's hands... Thanks Javy.

  • Good fundamentals, moving the baseball...if I hadn't known any better I'd think this brewers group was the more experienced team

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    Rizzo! There we go. Hopefully that's the spark.

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    Praise the ____ !!!!

    New game boys.......momentum on the side of the good guys and the crowd is really into it now!

    Lets go, lets get some more runs!

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    Now you pitch to Yelich leading off an inning. Keep it down and in.

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    Go after him Q.....do not walk him

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    OMG. This pen has to get 12 outs?

    Joe Joe Joe

  • In reply to Jim Odirakallumkal:

    I'm baffled by this decison making does Joe not realize that our starting pitchers are way better options then our depleted pen at this point. People are gonna hate me for all the maddon criticizing but I really don't like how he's strategized this game. Even if Chavez gets out of this the brewers have had a ton of success against the cubs bullpen

  • In reply to kkhiavi:

    Good job by Chavez but he's our most reliable reliever these days I hope the rest of these guys can step up and perform against a good team. If our offense would add some runs too that can make everyone's life a lot easier

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    In reply to kkhiavi:

    FWIW, hitters post a .933 ops his 3rd time through the order. Unless you want Joe to throw a SP in there. But that would be even worse. If we lose today, tomorrow is do or die. Save the SP's to piggyback tomorrow. Smart call by Joe imo.

  • In reply to Wrigley0923:

    Sorry but Q has been better since the 1st half at pitching deep into games. It's a no brainer Joe has to be aware that your bullpen isn't that good anymore without your 2 best relievers. Anyone with a brain knows that asking our bullpen to get 12+ outs and go toe to toe with this brewers pen is a recipe for disaster we're in a position as a team where we need to squeeze out every inning we can get from our starters so we can rely on our few reliable relievers that are still healthy. I hate to say it but a lot of us called out this poor game management before this even happened and I think we'd be in position to win this game if Joe was a better in game tactician when it comes to his pitching change decisions

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    In reply to kkhiavi:

    I have no prob w Chavez, I just don't know how you can expect this pen to get 12 outs. Lot of pressure.

    Its one thing if we have a shutdown closer for the 9th and you can subtract those 3 outs and we just need 9.

  • In reply to Jim Odirakallumkal:

    my perspective exactly if we had morrow and strop then the decision makes much more sense but now that we've used our one reliable reliever of late I think you're asking for a lot to ask our pen to go toe to toe with hader and the brewers pen. Quintana was throwing the ball well, had a low pitch count, and could've easily had a shutout. I believe you never want to take your starting pitcher out if it's doing the other team a favor and I think the brewers are giddy to face the likes of Justin wilson and edwards over a locked in Q

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    In reply to kkhiavi:

    Oh how I hope our offense can break thru and get us a lead.

    Battle of bullpens, ( yes our #'s are good in the 2nd H) but advantage has to be Brewers in that case.

    We are going to see Hader soon too. Oh I wonder what would have happened if Contreras got the bunt down

  • In reply to Jim Odirakallumkal:

    It's disappointing Jim that me and you have the foresight to see why taking any of our starting pitchers out early when they're dealing and with a short handed bullpen is a bad idea and Joe stubbornly continues to stick with his philosophy of pulling his starters at the 1st sign of trouble. It's as if he wants to prove that his pitching change management from 2016 was sound from a logic standpoint

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    In reply to kkhiavi:

    Its pretty simple........if you have a weak or tired pen, you lean on your starters and vice a versa.

  • In reply to Jim Odirakallumkal:

    To tell you both the truth, it doesn't matter didly about pitching changes. It's about the offense doing what it has done the whole second half. Lots of batters trying to be heroes. Q would have given up another run by now too and we still wouldn't of scored. I would rather have Justin Wilson get the L as opposed to Q anyway.

  • In reply to KJRyno:

    I disagree I think Q had a good shot at giving us about 7 innings then I was thinking go to Jesse Chavez. When you take out Q early you end up in this situation of not having a go to guy after Chavez to pitch that 8th inning. You're right though we're not gonna go anywhere anyways if the offense plays like this but playoff teams need to be able to win tight games like this as we showed in game 1 against the giants in the 2016 NLDS and as the dodgers showed us last season when they won all those bullpen battles in tight games in the NLCS.

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    In reply to kkhiavi:

    I agree w that. Lets just say Q gives us 6. Chavez gives us 7 and 8. Who knows what happens next?

    I do agree w you KJ Ryno. Its all about this offense not scoring runs or making something happen when they have a chance.

  • In reply to Jim Odirakallumkal:

    In addition when your starting pitchers have been as good as any rotation in baseball lately and you have a bullpen without your 2 best relievers you lean on your starters in these playoff games. Our recipe for winning is getting 7+innings from our starters then leaning on our best few remaining relievers to get the last 6 outs. Asking our relievers in this current state to go 4+ innings and hold a tie let's get real we're gonna lose that battle most of the time against playoff caliber teams.

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    In reply to kkhiavi:

    LOL. We are going to lose that battle more often then not against bad teams.

    This is not the 2014-2015 Royals bullpen when you just get 5 from the starter and turn it over. Most of our resources ( $$) is invested in those starters, so let win or lose the game for us.

  • In reply to Jim Odirakallumkal:

    Great post this post puts into context what I mean about considering your teams strengths. Time and time again especially in the playoffs our bullpen has let us down and we've mainly had to rely on our top 1-2 relievers I don't care what the team ERA says about our pen this season this group is decent but not that great especially against playoff caliber teams. The teams strengths are in their starting pitching and Maddon manages this team as if he has the royals/brewers average to decent starting pitching and he also acts like he has their elite bullpens as well it seems. I think you have to adapt to the makeup and talent of your roster and Maddon has refused to do that time and time again. Same thing last season against the dodgers we were in a bunch of close games late in games 1-3 and Maddon repeatedly pulled his starters too early in favor of his pen and we obviously lost the battle of the bullpens in every single one of those matchups given our far inferior bullpens in both matchups. Maddon as great as he is in certain aspects of managing just refuses to adapt and it's starting to get annoying when is he gonna learn to trust your starters over your relievers in these big games it's starting to get ridiculous how often he needs to get burned before he realizes that the problem is in his pitching change strategies it's as simple as that.

    The offense disappointed too no question this game is as much on them as anyone but at the same time this is the playoffs runs are at a premium and the good teams find ways to win low scoring games like this in the spotlight as we did against the giants in the 2016 NLDS and as the dodgers did to us last year when they generally struggled to hit our starters and beat up on our pen late in games. The brewers like us weren't scoring too most of this game and the dodgers weren't scoring the 1st few games last year in the NLCS but they won late because we couldn't win the battle of the pens. When your bullpen has shown that they can't shut down playoff caliber offenses you need to ride your starters. Most of us have realized that we can't rely on our pen in these big games a long time ago but Maddon just stubbornly refuses to change his ways. You'd think losing your 2 best relievers would've knocked some sense into him to ride his starters.

  • TV on, sound off with radio on. Can’t listen to ESPN announcers. Apparently ESPN can find very few Cub fans. They’re showing Brewer fans constantly. Just had to vent. Go Cubs.

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    In reply to 1945AD:

    ESPN radio is also about 5 seconds behind Cubs radio. I don't know how it's synced to TV.

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    time to manufacture a run now w a leadoff walk

    Lets go boys !

  • In reply to Jim Odirakallumkal:

    Nope... Trying to pull a low outside slider instead of bunting the runner over. Cub hitters & Maddon are so predictable right now. Now Murph is up w/nobody on & 2 gone.

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    In reply to Milk Stout:

    If Joe was managing the Rays, I am 99% sure he bunts w a tie game at home after a leadoff walk. Got to give the TOO a chance to break the tie

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    Dang it. Keep try to pull those down and away sliders.

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    In reply to Nick Johnson:

    Contreras knew that slider was coming. He just couldn't lay off.

  • Ok Javy........if there was EVER a time.......

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    I don't blame Javy on striking out swinging. Thats him, but on 3-1. He can't swing at that pitch. It has to be in 1 spot ( a damage spot) or take your walk or wait for 3-2 if he gets the call on a pitchers pitch

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    He also swung on a strike, so he had to swing. On the pitch before he did try to go the other way and that was the pitch to do it. I understand what you're saying though. Every millimeter of a pitch is important.

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    Going to see Cain and Yelich here.

    Huge Huge inning here.

    I can't stop pacing

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    Great 0-2 pitch.

    What a smart pitcher Wilson is

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    This announcer is terrible......1st we got Wilson from Pittsburgh and then next he doesn't let inherited runners to score alluding to Arcia

  • In reply to Jim Odirakallumkal:

    Wilson came from the tigers

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    In reply to stix:

    I know....he said pirates

  • In reply to stix:

    Where's his next stop?

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    No surprise........Joe has overworked Cishek.

    He's got to be dog tired.

    Why didn't Ricketts buy a Hyperbaric Therapy Chamber for Strop and Morrow to heal faster? LOL We could really use them

  • In reply to Jim Odirakallumkal:

    It's getting really irritating Jim how often we have this conversation time and time again scratching our heads at why we went to our bullpen so early. And given the state of our bullpen I just can't fathom how Joe expected them to hold the brewers scoreless for 4+innings in a tie game. Anyone with a brain could've seen this coming a mile away you can't trust most of these guys except Chavez and Cishek although he's wearing out now too from overuse

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    In reply to kkhiavi:

    Its baseball 101. Its so frustrating that tomorrow w some bad luck or run into a hot pitcher, our season could be over.

    The sad thing is, it seemed avoidable.

  • In reply to kkhiavi:

    I agree, but when your pitching staff holds the other team to 3 runs or fewer and you have one of the best hitting lineups in baseball, you win that game. We don't know if Q would have made it through 2-3 more innings without giving up any more runs.

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    Gotta love this bullpen. Chavez is the only one that can get the job done. I new this game was in danger when I seen Wilson up.

  • Huge out by Rosario. They still have to get out of this inning and then score against Hader and/or Jeffers, though. :-(

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    Wev'e got our solo homer and the bullpen has imploded. The freaken collapse of 2018 is a day away from being completed. Our mad scientist again his 5 inning starter experience blow up in his face.

  • In reply to Nick Johnson:

    Agreed. This is cub season in a microcosm. Can't hit. Joe pulls starter too early in favor of tired bullpen. Another game tomorrow added to this relentless stretch of games. If they win one day off and right back at it with rested brewer team. It's been great joe but you are fired

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    We need a leadoff hit, walk, error, HBP, ect........ got to get this weak crowd into it and put a little pressure on Hader and the Brewers

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    Lester vs Freeland tomorow? ( I believe in Walker Buehler)

    Maybe our offense will wake up vs a left hander ( even though he's on fire esp)

    Lester is a beast, but he's started a WC game for the A's in 2014. He didn't have his A stuff, but he battled and the Royals ran ran ran on him and he gave up I believe 7 runs.

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    I can't believe we can hear Brewers fans on tv. That means enough fans were able to come to the game ?

  • We need some magic now

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    If Arcia starts hitting like this w his sub .550 OPS, it may not even matter if we win tomorrow.

    I was looking at the Brewers team #'s last night. I didn't realize they had 3 guys w 30 bombs and along w Thames, Braun, Schoop, and Moose all w plenty of power and 25- 30 hrs seasons under their belts.

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    Bastards celebrating on our field and in our clubhouse.

    Disgusting

    20-7 in Sept and 8 games in a row. This is the type of hot team you don't want to face in the playoffs.

  • In reply to Jim Odirakallumkal:

    Shouldn't have happened, but 3 stinking hits when the division is on the line just doesn't cut it. Brewers deserve it, Cubs don't, plain and simple.

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    In reply to Jim Odirakallumkal:

    Give the Brews credit but thank joe and the saber guys that say take your starter out. The same that say a 3 outcome hitter is better than a "hit collector" ie Starlin Castro. When youre not launching home runs the walks dont matter. If this lineup looks the same next year we'll be in trouble

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    In reply to Nick Johnson:

    With all the construction around Wrigley and all those Huge TV boards, Wrigley is no longer a hitters paradise even when the wind is blowing out. ( seems to be blowing in much more the past few yrs too).

    Therefore you can't have your teams approach to scoring runs by launching homers. You need to put the bat on the ball and hit w RISP at Wrigley now.

  • In reply to Jim Odirakallumkal:

    I hope they make enough noise to piss off some of our players. Win tomorrow and maybe we can pay them back early next week.

  • Didn’t expect the cubs to win so honestly not surprised, the brewers are better and took the division.

    Tigers can score 5 runs back to back vs this team cubs can’t score more than a run. Offense is a joke, also not confident in Lester tomorrow don’t care about vet experience he hasn’t been that good this season

  • In reply to bolla:

    Agreed cubs just don't score off this supposedly weak brewers pitching staff for whatever reason and I hate to say it but Yelich and cain were the difference today as they have been all year give David stearns credit he basically got himself the 2 best players in the NL and he got them without paying an exorbitant price. I believe in this cubs group this is our golden generation team and I appreciate all the winning baseball we've seen lately but it feels like we're progressively losing our hold of control of the NL central. This game was a statement to me that not only are the brewers really good and mentally tough but they maybe transitioning into one of the elite powers of the NL. I generally think the cubs will be elite moving forward too but we're gonna have our hands full and I would no longer be surprised if those guys are just flat out better than we are. Yes we'll in theory be better this year too but what if those guys find a way to get a TOR starter?

  • Have to give credit to the Brewers. To me the Cubs looked exhausted today, not unlike in the 2015 series against the Mets.

    As Scarlett said, "Tomorrow is another day."

  • Is it too early to fire Chili Davis and start trading some players?

  • In reply to Cliff1969:

    It was time to put a rocket underneath some of the players at the time of the All Star Game last season...

    This offense where it succeeds streakily is the top and bottom of the problem.

    It may well he time to rebuild now with a closing window and a lack of guys who can score with RISP.

    Every so often they can turn it on but how many times in the last season and a half have the Cubs faced a young Cy Young... nobodies are neutralising this offense.

  • In reply to Hustlelikereed:

    I don't know if we'll see a "rebuild," but I'd wager there will be some major changes over the winter. I don't think Theo and Jed will tolerate another year of "on-and-offense."

    Yes, I made that up myself...

  • In reply to Cliff1969:

    Who are you trading and what specific player would you trade for?

    The cubs played all but two months with a broken down KB and closer. If they played the entire yr at their normal pace you would probably be happy with the team after all these failures only won 95 games as a bunch of bums.

  • In reply to stix:

    Good point I wouldn't go crazy trading guys if it aint broke don't fix it and these guys are built for perennial success and have shown they can succeed in the playoffs. If it were me though I'd get another middle infielder and address this outfield we rely too much on our infielders and contreras because we just don't have any impact players amongst our OF group something needs to be done it's been 2 straight years of poor OF production relative to contenders

  • The insistence of Maddon pulling starters early blows me away. Not even 60 pitches through 5 innings......I get the not third time through the order thing some but what does that matter when your bullpen is blown up.

  • In reply to Wickdipper:

    The missing offense cost the Cubs this game, not the bullpen.

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    In reply to Cliff1969:

    True, but you still have to manage to your strengths. When your pen is tired and weak, you lean on your starters.

    Then when your offense is not scoring runs, you have to try to manufacture runs. Bunts, hit n runs, sac bunts, steal bases, ect.

    Unfortunately you can't steal 1st base........

    It goes back to what I said in the last couple threads w this bullpen and Joe not trusting/pulling the starters prematurely, this team will only go as far as this Offense takes them.

    We are not going to win many game 1-0 or 2-0 or 2-1 the way this team is playing and being managed.

  • In reply to Jim Odirakallumkal:

    I agree entirely that Q should have gone deeper. That said, he gave up a lot of hard contact and allowed the lead-off hitter to get on base a lot. It's not like he was lights-out. I'm not sure that he would have done any better than the bullpen did if he had pitched two more innings, so I'm not really upset that Joe pulled him. I'm more upset at our "hitters" that, once again, failed to do their jobs. I really have zero confidence that a win tomorrow will result in anything other than delayed disappointment from a team that is making disappointment a habit.

  • Hopefully this pisses Theo and Ricketts off enough to splurge on Harper. Or Machado.

  • In reply to Stubbs:

    But, fire Chili Davis first, before he ruins their hitting...

  • Milwaukee will walk through the NL bracket and has a fair shot at making the WS an actual, you know, series.

  • Brewers may have surpassed Cardinals as arch enemy number one. Let's get another shot at them by winning tomorrow! Need the offense to step up!

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    The sad part is that the Cubs could have made a way better trade offer for Yelich than the Brewers. The FO dropped the ball on that trade and they know it.

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    In all seriousness. If the Cubs win the WC, they still have home field advantage against the Brewers for all 5 games. That's a plus.

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