Wild Card Game Post

May 1, 2018; Chicago, IL, USA; Chicago Cubs first baseman Anthony Rizzo (44) celebrates as he rounds the bases past Colorado Rockies third baseman Nolan Arenado (28) after hitting a home run during the first inning at Wrigley Field. Mandatory Credit: Jim Young-USA TODAY Sports

Mandatory Credit: Jim Young-USA TODAY Sports

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Lineups

Rockies

2. DJ LeMahieu (R) 2B
3. Nolan Arenado (R) 3B
4. Trevor Story (R) SS
5. Matt Holliday (R) LF
6. Ian Desmond (R) 1B
7. David Dahl (L) RF
9. Kyle Freeland (L) P

Cubs

1. Ben Zobrist (S) RF
2. Kris Bryant (R) LF
3. Anthony Rizzo (L) 1B
4. Javier Baez (R) SS
6. Daniel Murphy (L) 2B
8. David Bote (R) 3B
9. Jon Lester (L) P

Bullpen Usage

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Note: Playoff rosters are back to 25 men so some of these bullpen arms aren't available. Here is a link to the playoff rosters for both teams. Cubs and Rockies

Lineups and Bullpen Usage via Baseball Press.

Opposing pitcher

Scouting Report from Brooks Baseball.

Kyle FreelandKyle Freeland has thrown 6,112 pitches that have been tracked by the PITCHf/x system between 2016 and 2018, including pitches thrown in the MLB Regular Season and Spring Training. In 2018, he has relied primarily on his Fourseam Fastball (93mph) and Cutter (87mph), also mixing in a Change (86mph), Sinker (91mph) and Slider (82mph).

His fourseam fastball has less armside movement than typical, has some natural sinking action, results in somewhat more groundballs compared to other pitchers' fourseamers and has slightly above average velo. His cutter generates an extremely high number of swings & misses compared to other pitchers' cutters, has extreme cut action and has some natural sink. His change is much firmer than usual, results in many more groundballs compared to other pitchers' changeups, has slight cut action and has some natural sink to it. His sinker has less armside run than typical, results in somewhat more groundballs compared to other pitchers' sinkers and has some natural sinking action. His slider results in somewhat more flyballs compared to other pitchers' sliders.

Sean's Note: Freeland has had an excellent 2018 season for the Rockies, a sub 3.00 ERA is good for any pitcher, let alone, one who plays half his games at Coors Field. His groundball is down from last year but is still above average. Strike out and walk rates are about at league average. He is very hard on left handed hitters holding them to a .179 batting average. The Cubs scored three runs against him in a win at Wrigley Field in early May.

Final Thoughts: The Cubs are going with a right-handed heavy lineup against Freeland. One head scratching move is starting Daniel Murphy at second base. Murphy has had a horrible year against left handed starters hitting just .238. Combined with Freeland's .179 average against lefties, it's a bad match up and defensively a huge liability. Putting Jason Heyward in center and Ben Zobrist at second is a sideways move offensively and much better move defensively. The Cubs are counting on Jon Lester in another big playoff game. Anything can happen, but there is no one I would trust more in an elimination game than Lester. Carl Edwards isn't on the playoff roster so he won't be available, but Pedro Strop is active and available tonight. Not much more to say, let the crippling tension of playoff baseball begin!

Come on Cubs let's do this!!!

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  • Have to hope the bats come out of hibernation. Lester will likely be at his postseason dominant best. With a little support .......

  • Dont expect Lester to win the game. We need somebody to step up and get some hits when they count. We

  • In reply to JayPea:

    Exactly right. The Cubs can't expect to score a run and have Lester pitch a complete game shutout for the win. They need to get it done at the plate.

  • Thanks Sean for always getting these ready for us......hope you still have about 10 more left to do

  • It's a coin toss at best. Lester needs to go at least 7, preferably 8, cause other than Chavez, I have no confidence in anyone in the bullpen --except for Hamels.

    I saw that Hamels is supposedly available to pitch today. But he threw 104 pitches on Saturday. Would today be his normal bullpen side session? And how much do they throw in those sessions? 30 pitches? 40? How may can we reasonably expect or count on?

  • In reply to TTP:

    Unfortunately, Maddon has proven that it doesn't matter how well the starter is pitching (see Q's last start) in the playoffs and will only them 5 or 6 innings. With THIS bullpen, it is a recipe for disaster. This team is going to have to score runs to win this game.

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    I heard that the Cubs will now have come to the park in 42 of the last 43 games. How tired are they or does the post season adrenaline take it’s place? Murphy has me worried because of his defense and I like Bote playing because of his defense.
    The Cubs can win even if Lester isn’t that good in the 1st because then he settles down and pitches his usual 6.
    Go Cubs!

  • In reply to Jonathan Friedman:

    They're tired. Suck it up and win anyway.

  • In reply to Cliff1969:

    The physiology of fatigued is not as simple as mind over matter.

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    In reply to Jonathan Friedman:

    Well if the Cubs win Saturday ( or any other game the lost during the last week or so), they earn M-T-W off. Fine, they win yesterday, they earn T-W off.

    Yea, I know they are tired, but it was all in front of them to earn that extra rest. Now we have to channel our inner Cardinal/Giants ( past WC teams that won it all) who had to battle to the last day to get into the postseason and then ran w it. Giants on the arm of Bumgarner and some timely hitting and the Cards on I guess jort fans, voodoo magic, and a lil espionage.

    It all starts w a big team effort tonight. Last year the Rockies pitching staff got killed in this WC game, lets hope for more of the same.

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    Lester and the BP are the last thing I'm worried about tonight. I'm worried the offense is going to drop a big fat goose egg. They need to put up atleast 4-5 runs to win this game.

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    I like the lineup. Now its just up to the guys to produce. Maybe I bat Almora leadoff and Zobrist behind Javy, but it doesn't matter. Everyone is going to have to grind and somebody who hasn't gotten a big hit a little awhile is going to have to be the hero tonight.

    I am not scared of Freeland, but I am damn scared of that Rockies lineup............ Arguably the hottest hitter in baseball nobody's heard of, David Dahl is hitting 7th! That's how deep their lineup is. Blackmon hits lefties good for a lefty too so no real neutralizing factor there.

    There is a reason the Rockies are the best hitting team in baseball vs LH pitching. All though if anyone can slow them down, its big Jon Lester.

    Lets give him some early support and see what happens........ Go CUBS Go !

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    I'm more concerned with Merlot Maddon managing another game like an idiot.

  • In reply to Daniel Treadwell:

    lol

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    In reply to Daniel Treadwell:

    Lmfao. He's managed them to 4 90+ win seasons, 2 NLCS"s, and the most historic WS championship ever, yet he's an idiot? You need to go look in a mirror and 5hen you'll see who the real idiot is. SMDH at your idiotic post.

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    Not 1 "Expert" at MLB in there most recent article has the Cubs advancing past the Brewers in the NLDS. A few even have us losing to the Rock Pile tonight.

    Well we are now the underdogs........ I know our boys prefer to be the hunters not the hunted, so like Kevin Millar said to that down 3-0 Redsox team in 04'........ "Cowboy up"

    Whose going to set the tone early. Lester? Cubs Bats? Rockies bats?

  • Nothin funnier than ryan dumpster on mlb network telling cubs fans don’t panic. I was watching like man shut....up.

    Dude walked 7 batters and gave up a grand slam in game 1 of the nlds and looked overwhelmed and the series was an avalanche after that.

    Y’all think I hate Quintana and Justin Wilson? neither compared to the hatred I had for dumpster. He sucked but got Edwards or Hendricks I can’t remember

    Anyway hope the cubs win but don’t feel confident to be honest

  • In reply to bolla:

    Can we minimize the hate and just stick to baseball tonight?

  • In reply to wthomson:

    By talking about an old player is "hate"? this site gets annoying with his nonsense.

  • In reply to bolla:

    bolla quote: "Y’all think I hate Quintana and Justin Wilson? neither compared to the hatred I had for dumpster."

  • TV pundits all have us losing! Lets dig deep and pull out a victory. I still like us advancing!

  • Let's roll...

    Beautiful night at Wrigley. Low 60's, gentle breeze in from right. I'm glad for these conditions. Freeland's peripherals aren't great. He doesn't K people at crazy rate, and he walks his share. That's from not giving in. But he will finish top-5 in the Cy Young voting, maybe 4th. He does that by limiting hard contact and long balls. I don't want to get into a slug-fest with the Rockies tonight, but a few bombs from our side certainly wouldn't hurt my feelings.

    We got Big Jon. I've been searching the twitters today for his Wild-card smack-talk. "Whatever helps you keep your hopes alive, just know, it doesn't matter." I haven't found it, but I feel that confidence. We have Hamels to pitch if need be. I don't want the need to be. Don't get me wrong, there is no tomorrow without a W. Throw him to win the game. I just hope it doesn't come to that.

    I'm not a superstitious person, but I do recall being on a Dylan kick during that magical 2016 run. The postseason just can't be the same without the Cubs. Fans want something new. The national media are moving on to the next big thing. But, familiarity:

    "And later on, when the crowd thinned out,
    I was just about to do the same.
    She was standing there, in the back of my chair.
    Said to me, "Don't I know your name?"

    Go ******** Cubs!

    P.S. Jonathan, I really, really hope I have a question to ask you in a few hours.

  • In reply to BarleyPop:

    Barley, I love the conditions, but the Cubs themselves have admitted they don't hit well in cool/cold weather. I've commented for two straight years when fans and players alike kept telling us to wait for warmer weather, that it isn't warm during the playoffs. If this team is built for warm weather, they're in the wrong city !!!! That being said, I hope the Cubs don't use the cool weather as an excuse and their bats wake up !!!! Believe it or not, I have a good feeling about the first 2 series !!!!!!!

  • The Rockies have momentum. The Cubs are exhausted. The Rockies have far better hitters. The Cubs can’t get to first base. The Cubs have the worst fielding second baseman in baseball. The Rockies have exCub, former AllStar LeMahieu.
    But the Cubs are survivors. Cancer Survivors, Anthony Rizzo and Jon Lester will not let them lose tonight.
    They might not beat the Brewers but tonight with Joe Maddon’s crazy magic moves, THEY WIN.

  • In reply to Swarf:

    That comment was a roller-coaster ride. Probably like tonight's game. But I like the finish!

  • If the Cubs win tonight, they WILL beat the Brewers in a 5 game series !!!

  • In reply to INSaluki:

    A ten ton IF !

  • I see the logic of starting Murphy tonite. Look who else is starting. The only other option is Happ instead. He’s not a bad play but Murph has some pretty good playoff bonafides.

    The O is stepping up tonite. Count on it. Then off to Wrigley Norrh to wreak havoc up there. Go Cubbies!

  • I’ll make my prediction now. Cubs in one.

  • BTW......I've done MY part. I'm wearing my the lucky pink breast cancer shirt that just killed it in 2016, have the playoff beard started and will not post during the game. I know it's little things, but it's what I know I can do to help.

    Go Cubs !!!! Hoping as much as I can hope that this team wins a game for us tonight.

    Peace out.............

  • In reply to INSaluki:

    Nice! I’m in NYC at an Irish pub. That has good luck charm written all over it.

  • In reply to HefCA:

    Of course I’m sitting next to a Rockies fan. LOL!

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    I mentioned earlier that I hoped Gore would be on the PO roster and he is. We don't have many difference makers on our club and he is one. Of course, for him to be one the game has to be close and I don't hope that. But if he gets on I don't want him bunted over, let him try and steal. On second, he could steal 3rd. What about him and Javy on 1st and 3rd, I can see a steal of home like Javy did earlier in the year.
    BP, I do hope you have a question for me.
    Norway, I hope you have a countdown number for us.
    Let's Go Cubs!!

  • Let's go Cubbies! ...whipsers in Javy's ear "you go, we go."

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    Nice work Wayne M !

    Lets go Cubs !!

    Just have to start off this game strong.

    Cubs figure out a way to steal this one.

    Cubs jump out to an early lead and hold on for dear life.

  • All the makings of a Lester 9 run outing.

  • In reply to Stubbs:

    C'mon, Stubs.

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    Rockies attacking Lester and the Cubs the way I would........ Take as many pitches as possible and get into that cubs "soft" "tired" bullpen

    Hope he can buckle down and get DJ

  • That run might be all it takes.

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    In reply to Stubbs:

    Greg Simmons? Is that you? Where have you been? We missed you this weekend.

    Just kidding.

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    Well we knew we wouldnt win this game 1-0

    It was always going to be about our offense tonight

    Walk the LH leadoff man, you can't expect good things to happen afterwards

  • Looks like the ump wants to be a player tonight, unfortunately.

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    How many games have the Cubs given up a run in the 1st inning? I don't know if we can find out, but it's been many. Then how many games have they come back and won the game?
    I don't know the answer, but I'm tired of having to come back and take the lead so many times. The Cubs are probably tired of doing it too.
    This is like the last game Lester pitched--a bad first inning, a lot of pitches and yet he got through 6.

  • Nice recovery Jon. With help from the ump.

  • Rox apparently 55-16 when scoring first. So you’re saying there’s a chance...

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    Come on KB....... this is the swing AB for this 1st inning IMO

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    Jeez.......Fastball right down the middle

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    That Fizzled ultra fast

  • not.... going...well

  • In reply to Oneear:

    It... ain't... over

    we... never... quit

  • If the Cubs continue to swing for the fence instead of going with the pitch we will probably get the same old results. The Coaches need to start coaching and speak up.

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    Swings like ALmora and Zobrist took, if the rest follow suit......we will score off this guy

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    Maybe lefties are a lil scared of digging in vs Freeland as Rizzo and Murphy both went up hacking.......

    Maybe just coincidence they both swung at 1st pitch.

  • In reply to Jim Odirakallumkal:

    I really doubt that any MLB hitters "are a lil scared of digging in vs" anybody. I have a close friend and former MLB hitter (70's & 80's) that says that hitters "stay in" even when they "knew" they were going to get hit.

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    In reply to wthomson:

    Not scared to get hit, thats not what I meant at all.....concerned of not seeing the ball well so 1st ball they see well, swing

    Probably shouldn't have said Scared, and like I said prob just a coincidence. Just noted it as all the other Cubs hitters seemed to be working the count and taking pitches.

  • In reply to Jim Odirakallumkal:

    Thanks for the clarification.

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    Wow.........Willy hit that well. That hung up way longer then I thought it would have off the bat.

  • Why was Blackman positioned in right center against a righty? sucks

  • How do i watch the alternate espn feed?

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    In reply to Oneear:

    ESPN 2

  • In reply to Oneear:

    Dumb, Dumber and A-Roid are hard to listen too.

  • In reply to Oneear:

    I gave up. I walked down to the lakeside with Pat and Ron. I can't see, but with the delay, I know what happens before ya'll. :)

  • At least we won’t waste a leadoff hit in the 3rd.

  • What an offensive juggernaut this teams become.

  • Freeland is legit. Haven’t seen him this yet this year. Dude is impressively poised.

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    Lester is doing his job. He's on pace to go 7

    Time for the rest of the team to do theres.

  • oh, much better. couldn't stand A-Rod any longer

  • In reply to Oneear:

    John would approve: single malt making this easier to stomach.

  • KB is obviously nowhere near 100% tonight. A healthy KB would have caught that fly ball in left field.
    Is someone praying for a miracle ?

  • If Black allows Freeland to go the distance this game is over. We have no chance versus him. He dominated us earlier this year and appears to be dominant against us.

  • In reply to rbrucato:

    He is on short rest, but watching the Cubs offense is pathetic. Can the Cubs get a runner to 2nd base ?

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    The Cubs can’t hit on ESPN or ESPN2. What is with this team? Lester is doing his job and doing exactly what we thought he would do.
    This is feeling just like yesterday. They score 1. We’ll tie it. Then, well I don’t want to be pessimistic so maybe flip the script on have us score 3 or 4.

  • In reply to Jonathan Friedman:

    lol

  • It’s getting late early.

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    Well now its time to wake up bats. This is getting silly now.

  • Big Jon through 5.

    I don't know when. I don't know how. But we have to win this game. So I'll just leave this here:

    El Mago.

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    We wont lose this game 1-0.........I promise

  • Freeland's pitch count is scary low.

  • Harper or Machado. Machado or Harper. Please.

  • In reply to Stubbs:

    AND not or

  • no swagger

  • In reply to Oneear:

    Javy has plenty of swagger. Just doesn’t correlate to runs.

  • Stats say freelands 3rd time through the order aren’t favorable for him and the Rockies bullpen era is 4.83 or something like that. Have faith

  • In reply to bolla:

    Rox bullpen is 2.12 on the road since all-star break.

  • In reply to Stubbs:

    It's 4.13 era in the 2nd half I can't find home or away

  • In reply to bolla:

    I haven't lost it.

    Go Cubs!

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    Keep Lester in. I don’t trust our BP.

  • In reply to Jonathan Friedman:

    Agreed!

  • In reply to wthomson:

    Wise man once said, "Don't make any pitching change that makes the other team happy."

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    Exacrlt........I think Lester has as good of a shot of getting a hit as Happ

  • That's It. FIRE MADDON !!!!

  • Joe pulling Lester is not a smart move. If the Cubs couldn't manufacture one run from the 6th on, then so be it !

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    Why try to bunt in front of KB? I get that he wants to stay out of the DP

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    Am I wrong, shouldn’t Happ have been half way and the been on third? Then KB would be on 3rd.
    NUTS’

  • In reply to Jonathan Friedman:

    No. You can’t be half-way on a ball to shallow RF.

  • In reply to Jonathan Friedman:

    Wondering the same thing!

  • In reply to Jonathan Friedman:

    I feel like you're wrong. I looked like to me if Happ had been half way the right fielder would have been close enough to have an easy throw to first for the double play. Didn't see it on tv but if I would guess Happ was probably either real close to first or heading back to first when it was dropped.

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    In reply to Wmp1990:

    Maybe I was just hoping he could have gone to 3rd.

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    Again...... letting the pressure exceed the pleasure........

  • Typical Rizzo. What a lousy season he has had.

  • In reply to rbrucato:

    This is harsh,rizzo has picked it up lately. Just a tough break

  • Moral victories abound. Lester turned it around after the second batter and pitched his butt off. The cubs got a guy to 2nd. Won’t be swept by Milwaukee. Really not a bad night, all things considered.

  • I wonder if the Cubs are going to keep the Chili Davis. Maddon wanted him and he ruined our offense. I’m not keen on our pitching coach either.

  • In reply to Squareburgers:

    I think Theo wanted him otherwise you are right. Maddon wanted the pitching coach.

  • Maddon picked both the hitting and pitching coaches

  • Well... that really worked out well. Our best chance to win this game was to hold the Rockies from scoring.

  • Now watch our bullpen.
    Hope im wrong but if this fails fire joe

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    Keep Chavez next year.

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    How many times do you expect freaking Chavez to be perfect ?

    He's got to get tired eventually.

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    What a throw by KB....... thats going to help !

  • In reply to Jim Odirakallumkal:

    Do we get runs from that?

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    What a slide, but I think he over slide ( murphy pushed him)

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    Ok, maybe this can wake us up! Not a bad chance by Desmond though. It had to be a perfect throw. Reminds me of Almora taking 2nd in the 10th inn in 2016. That could have been why we won too.

  • In reply to Jonathan Friedman:

    This is getting a little creepy, Jonathan. I flashed on the same play.

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    In reply to wthomson:

    Great minds...

  • In reply to Jonathan Friedman:

    i think that was a bad base running gamble

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    Cannot believe I am going to write this but Javy looks AWFUL. Granted expectations are way too high on him but he looks like he is terrified up there.

  • In reply to John Nesbit:

    Baez is not terrified

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    In reply to WaitUntilNextYear:

    Bewildered ? Completely over matched? Perplexed? The last guy I want in a clutch situation?? At least in pressure games. Look man I love El Mago. In the regular season the cat is a God. I just knew that if The moment was too big for Javy the rest of the team would follow suit. Which is exactly what happened offensively at least. But he is young. This is a great learning experience for him.

  • In reply to John Nesbit:

    Funny to me that Baez is the guy taking in game criticism and he's the guy that's afraid after pitiful performances from supposedly better players in Bryant and rizzo. If anything Bryant's the one that looked terrified last night one of the worst games I've ever seen from him and I think it had nothing to do with injuries the way he was swinging at junk

  • Brewers are bummed right now. This Rockies offense could really do some damage against that mediocre (against non-Cubs offenses) starting staff.

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    In reply to Stubbs:

    Freeland was good, but he's not going all Bumgarner/Beckett on the NL. He's going to get hit and give up plenty of runs this post season if he gets another shot.

    This was more about our pathetic offense afraid to go w the pitch and take what the pitcher is giving you.

  • Almora stinks. No wonder Maddon has been sitting him on the bench. :-|

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    In reply to clarkAddson:

    I wanted ALmora leading off today, but if 3-4 got on, his 2 hits would have done damage. Cant blame Joe for that

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    We gave fouled an INSANE amount of very hittabke pitches straight back. Thst means we are barely missing and possibly fatigue.

  • In reply to John Nesbit:

    Yes! (?) No? (!).

    Pardon my French and spelling. I'm about to go nuts!

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    Just 1 run please...... I will take what happens next.

    No shut out and No L for Lester

  • That is one thing the new Cardinals manager did he played Wong Bader and O'Neill and just let them play through it.

  • Cubs getting some breaks - now they need to take advantage

  • Cubs have been given their breaks time to take advantage.

  • Send in the CLOWNS: “Javy looks terrified “ , “What a lousy season” Rizzo has had, “fire Maddon”.
    What a crew on this site when things are not going well. This group has won more games than any team in baseball over the PAST FOUR SEASONS! May all of you live long enough to see that happen again. CLOWNS!

  • In reply to captjack:

    Past 4 seasons mean little in how the Team is playing tonight and has this season. CLOWN.

  • In reply to captjack:

    Speaking of CLOWNS. This is NOT the same group that has won all those games Clown!

  • In reply to captjack:

    Here are my nominations for the "Cubs Den Downers" (CDD): bolla, Daniel Treadwell, Stubbs, TheSarge#36, clarkAddson & rbrucato. There's still time for others to make the cut.

    Seriously guys, a bit of positive attitude wouldn't hurt that much. And it sure would help many of us to enjoy the game and the season.

  • In reply to wthomson:

    Leave me out if this, I’m always positive just because I’m not a fan of a couple particular players doesn’t mean I’m not positive, I’m not a blatant homer either.

  • In reply to bolla:

    You don't have to be a homer. You just have to be reasonably rational.

    Here's the test for making the club: If you said any of your comments on the Cub bench during the game, would you get a quick bat upside your noggin. If yes, you're in.

    It's also possible to earn your way out....

  • In reply to wthomson:

    Go look thru the thread I was saying have faith! Even when it looked bleak I wasn’t criticizing players

  • In reply to wthomson:

    I'm a Cubs Fan but I certainly am not enjoying what I have been seeing lately and I have tried hard to be positive despite what has been happening.

  • In reply to clarkAddson:

    Are you enjoying things now?

  • In reply to wthomson:

    Yes I am. See it doesn't take much.

  • In reply to wthomson:

    What an unnecessary comment exact type of thing that causes friction on sites like this. Please keep the personal insults to yourself these guys are entitled to criticize

  • Ahhhhhhh so close

  • Heyward instead of Schwarber?

  • In reply to rbrucato:

    Schwarber is awful with risp and one of the worst hitters with risp in high leverage situations. Heyward has been one of the cubs best hitters with risp this season.

  • In reply to rbrucato:

    yeah, what's that about?

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    In reply to rbrucato:

    Cuz the lefty Rusin was in the pen. Poor Schwarbenator can't hit lefties where Heyward being particularly useless for what he's paid can hit lefties.

    Big money players have to come up w hits occasionally vs just living off defense and a speech.

    Cant blame Joe for that.

    Now if we can keep it close, the schwarbenator can face Wade Davis.

  • Wade Davis?

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    I didn’t see Tommy get on base and thought the inn was over. Turned the channel came back to see Heyward with a 2-2 count and then SO. That pitch was outside but that’s our season, no hitting with RISP. I am so bummed.

  • Unfortunately heyward swung at ball 3 , it would of been a full count and ottavino couldn’t locate his fastball. He could of waited for the slider and either adjust and hit it or hope he got wild. Tough break and I think joe is saving Schwarber for later because of his power

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    In reply to bolla:

    The ball was in the glove when Heyward swung

  • That Heyward swing looked like me in Peewee League when I was just hoping the pitcher would walk me.

  • Lol man he looked safe, cubs gotta cash in on one of these breaks

  • Hell yeah, baby! We deserve a break.

    I said it before, and I'll say it again:

    El Mago.

  • In reply to BarleyPop:

    Called it barley!!!

  • Geez, dodged one there.

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    ESPN 2 is saying how good the Rockies pitching is, so we sign the only one who isn’t good!
    Rizzo gets a hit now but hits into a
    DP last time.

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    Gore did his job

    MVP JAVY.....time for you to get us tied

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    Watch Javy steal 3rd with the throw going into LF and he scores. First pitch too.

  • In reply to Jonathan Friedman:

    He ain't done. We need this game. Watch and learn.

  • JAVY

  • Have faith shame on some of y’all

  • Finally!

  • Javy!!!

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    We better win in 9 because I don’t know who’s playing what anymore.

  • In reply to Jonathan Friedman:

    Who’s on first? Murphy? Bryant? Contreras? LaStella?

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    In reply to seattlecub:

    Murphy......we don't want him playing 2nd anymore

    Plus Murphy is going to come up big in the 9th

  • GO JAVY !!! Putting Gore in to run for Rizzo was a great move by Maddon. Lets keep it going now.

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    Javy looked really scared there

  • Javy sighting!!

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    Told you guys we would not lose this game 1-0

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    If Strop can put up a scoreless frame......we are walking off WD 40

  • I know it would’ve been way too risky, but the place would’ve gone nuts if Javy had stolen home. Even a fake might’ve caused a wild pitch.

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    Murphy was showing how his heart was beating—but he was beating on the wrong side! Maybe it’s beating so hard it felt like it was on the left side.

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    Murphy is going to get it started !!

    The 1st baseman is going to be the hero in 2 diff forms.

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    When we heard that Stropy hurt his hamstring who thought that not only would he be back but back and effective? Wow. Win now our Cubs, the city longs for you.

  • Stropy!

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    We don't need no extra innings........ stupid brewers fans cheering for 20 innings

  • For Murphy to be such a good hitter he chases some really bad pitches at Times. I’ve seen some really bad k’s from him since joining the cubs

  • In reply to bolla:

    The strike three on Murphy was a wicked pitch. It looked like a strike just before it got to the plate.

  • Hamels up in the pen.

  • Jay Hey grounds out like Jaun Pierre.

  • In reply to TheSarge#36:

    Its Juan ! And your right !

  • B.S. call on strike 2 on Schwarber. Nice time for the umpire to expand the strike zone.

  • Q: What costs $184 million but is absolutely worthless when you need it?

    A: Jason Heyward.

  • In reply to BigChi:

    CDD Alert....

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    In reply to BigChi:

    Other then some good D and a good speech, I agree w you

  • Willson looks like he stepped it up a notch tonight ! Go Cubs !

  • Please walk this game off in the 10th , don’t need a 14-16 inning game

  • In reply to bolla:

    Amen, I'm ready to hit the sack.

  • Let's get through this. Top of the order for us, Javy #4.

    And like that, 3 outs! Well done, Cole!

    Somebody get on base. Let Javy walk this off, and Wrigley implode.

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    This is where we need to win it......

    OH was a formal cardinal so we should have some knowledge of him

  • Cubs have had their chances and the pitching has been tremendous once again.

  • Gore should bunt and fly the line

  • In reply to bolla:

    Fly Down the line

  • Take a walk, Gore! Do not swing.

  • Heart of the order coming up for Colorado another reason why I was hoping for a walk off in the 10th

  • I like our chances after 10

  • At least the game has been exciting Cubs just don't do anything easy this season.

  • Well hell. Come on, Cole!

    El Mago walks this off.

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    Hamels gets thru this inning.......we have the advantage

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    Chavez and Hamels have been great pickups for the Cubs. Chavez is one of those players who I didn’t think much of when I heard he signed but Theo and the scouting department knows what they’re doing.

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    When we walk it off here...... who pitches game 2 in Milwaukee? Q on shot rest ? Monty ?

    If we won in 10, I would have thought Hamels could have gone, but not now.

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    KB is breathing again— cutting in front of Javy for an easy ground ball?
    C’mon Javy!

  • KB asleep at the wheel, again !

  • In reply to ronvet69:

    CDD alert--remember that Rizz is in the dugout....

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    In reply to wthomson:

    what does CDD mean? CCD I know

  • In reply to Jim Odirakallumkal:

    See above (quite a bit).

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    In reply to wthomson:

    inside joke? I don't get it but figured I asked as I seen it posted twice.

  • In reply to Jim Odirakallumkal:

    (From above) Here are my nominations for the "Cubs Den Downers" (CDD): bolla, Daniel Treadwell, Stubbs, TheSarge#36, clarkAddson & rbrucato. There's still time for others to make the cut.

    Seriously guys, a bit of positive attitude wouldn't hurt that much. And it sure would help many of us to enjoy the game and the season.

    Here's the test for making the club: If you said any of your comments on the Cub bench during the game, would you get a quick bat upside your noggin. If yes, you're in.

    It's also possible to earn your way out....

  • In reply to wthomson:

    Seriously, mind your own comments and don't be criticizing other Denizens for theirs. Turns out their assessment of this team was more realistic than yours.

  • In reply to Cliff1969:

    Agreed I get irritated by negative comments too but people are entitled to criticize this team under achieved I still believe we're a great team but changes need to be made

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    In reply to Jim Odirakallumkal:

    I still don’t get it.

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    In reply to Jonathan Friedman:

    Got it.

  • Great ab baez take those walks

  • Javy, my man, I love you. Please win this game for me. Thank you.

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    Smart smart smart catcher

  • You can bet Javy will be bugging them on base.

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    Willy is all geeked from his walks......hes coming thru here

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    Willy has to do it.......or they taking Hamels out

    OMFG........Wilson is going to be coming in

  • In reply to Jim Odirakallumkal:

    Lol same thing I’m saying,please end this now

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    Gamesmanship............ Get Oh nervous and anxious for waiting

  • Justin Wilson will be the winning pitcher just wait for it.

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    Javy got us 1 more AB but burns Hamels

  • In yet another baseball play that is not sufficiently measurable by numbers, did you just see how Baez extended our season? But I'm not happy, yet.

    Go Cubs!

  • These hotdog announcers continue trying to make something out of nothing.

  • The way they’re over analyzing this wrap up is hilarious, that was actually smart by Baez , it prevented a double play.

  • Is there any other way?

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    I am letting Hamels hit, but I don't have the confidence in Wilson that Maddon does.

  • Hendricks!?

  • Go Wilson. And here comes the professor. Do-or-die baseball. I got Javy on my team.

  • Looking back on it now: it made a lot better sense to let Lester keep pitching until he got into trouble instead of burning all our pitchers in this game. Come to think of it... it made better sense back then also.

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    Looks like everyone is going to be pitching on short rest in the next series ( minimum) when we advance except Monty

  • Here we go. It's over.Who is the hero?

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    Its not ending here........ the gods are going to punish this pathetic offense and make us burn Hendricks too

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    Least Bud Black is wasting all his arms now

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    KB is swinging at more balls in the dirt than Javy now. That has nothing to do with his shoulder but pitch recognition and it’s much worse than he was in 2016 or 2017.

  • In reply to Jonathan Friedman:

    KB has thrown to the wrong base twice in the last week. His play in left field is average at best. When Joe pulled Bote off third base and put Bryant on third it makes the Cubs very shaky at that position. At the plate it looks like KB is just going thru the motions.

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    KB wasnt thinking..... he gave that AB away

  • In reply to Jim Odirakallumkal:

    And quite a few others recently.

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    NUTS NUTS NUTS NUTS!! and I don’t mean nuts!

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    Poor Hendricks....... because of the POS offense........

    Offense if you have anything left, any heart...... we need you right now

    No more games.....

  • Nuts

  • In reply to seattlecub:

    Double nuts.

    Now Javy, just get on....

  • This is getting old. Watch this.

  • Helluva game, helluva season.

    Thanks to all Den writers and all of the other Denizens.

    See you in February.

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    2 runs scored in 2 games. Can't win like that.

  • Tough loss but most of us saw this coming.I liked how the cubs fought, not only tonight but through all the adversity the whole season.

  • In reply to bolla:

    I appreciate all of your comments and passion. And to the long time Denizens, a good season but disappointing. To the new denizens, keep coming back and commenting.

    Jonathan...I'd like to contact you. I have an awesome pecan pie to send your way.

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    In reply to TexasCubsFan:

    Thanks Texas. I appreciate it. Actually, I have a small one that I was going to celebrate with after a win tonight. I guess I'll have to eat it to ease my disappointment.

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    In reply to TexasCubsFan:

    You can through FB.

  • Let the personnel (and COACHING) moves begin...

  • This team played 164 games this season..and even tonight I had no idea which offense was going to show up. Unfortunately, it was the famine. They gave it their all tonight and it was a fantastic game..but it does seem fitting that it all ended like this.

    We'll see who reports to Mesa in February, but I do think I'm more than ready to take a break from baseball..maybe I can turn this disappointment and shock into some music, if just as therapy. It's like my daughter tells me whenever I'm feeling down; "It'll be okay, Daddy".

  • I mentioned earlier I would try to watch my French. Sorry. This f*cking sucks. Damn it. This F*xking sucks. Damn it.

  • In reply to BarleyPop:

    Was that a Stones tune?

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    BP may I have a hug?

  • I know the offense has been bad, I'm not here to point any of that out. That final inning was one of the worst things i have ever watched. Baez swings and misses at a hanging slider. Almora swings for the downs on 0-2 when he hasn't homered in ages. Bryant too - how do you not know they're pitching around you with Gore on deck? Really, really stupid. None of Bryant, Almora, Baez can put the ball in play?

    And the cherry on top of this whole season... the single dumbest thing i have ever seen on a baseball field... Terrance Gore, leading off an inning, in a 1-run elimination game, gets the green light on 3-2. Guys, i am speechless. If he reaches, it's an automatic leadoff double. Him not having the red light there is borderline fireable. If he takes a fastball right down the middle, not one person blames him. Again... i am speechless that he was allowed to swing. And that he himself, allowed himself to swing.

  • Half this team needs to go. Including Joe

  • In reply to TheSarge#36:

    which 12 or 13 players do you keep?

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    No situational hitting or even game situation. Gore swinging at all, especially on a 3-2 pitch. KB swing for HRs, no one trying to go the other way or just get a base hit. When the shift is on hit the other way, just a soft hit will do it.
    Still, with all the problems and injuries and bad signings (so far) we tied for the best record in the NL, was one pitch, one hit away from winning the NL or tonight.
    Kudos to the Cubs for the season. 4 seasons of 90 + wins and this team never quit. There will be changes but we should cheer this team too.
    Also, thanks to all the writers here and all the work you do and all the time it takes up that we'll never know but do appreciate it.
    I also want to thank all the Denizens for all your comments every day that make this so interesting and your knowledge and humor and experience amazes me.
    Thank you all.

  • In reply to Jonathan Friedman:

    Jonathan........thank you for always being so thoughtful and respectful while providing valuable, measured insight.

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    In reply to TexasCubsFan:

    Thank you too.

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    In reply to Jonathan Friedman:

    Look at how the Rockies hitters didn't try to do too much even though our guys were pitching their a$$ off and making them look bad. They tried to go up the middle and w the pitch.

    The better team won today. In a way I am glad, because I would rather lose like this then go into the next series w all our starters burned and possibly humiliated by the Brewers or even worse have one or more players hurt real bad or TJ for a pitcher.

    If we would have lost to the Brew, Then next yrs excuse would be, "oh we were tired from the WC game and the whole 30 games in 32 days" Just like in 2017 " Oh we were tired from all the parades, parties, interviews, ect"

    Lets hope next year they come back w a more balanced team, have some better luck w health and most importantly come back hungry w that fire we saw in 15-16'.

    I am not saying this team didn't want it or didn't leave it on the field, but IMO it felt a lot different then those 15'-16' teams. Was it those team leaders? Was it my higher expectations? Combo?

  • Tonight's loss was a rough one and it hurts. I think that the whole organization needs to take a hard look in the mirror this offseason to see how we can improve ourselves. We haven't developed any starters within the organization in 7 years, our young hitters regressed this year outside of Baez, and our bullpen crumbled due to overuse and the talented arms struggling with walks. Can we blame a rough September schedule and injuries? Yes, but winiing teams shouldn't make those excuses. I think we have a solid core but we have some tough questions to answers this offseason, and hopefully we come up with the right answers.

  • Need to get David Ross back in that dugout.

  • In reply to berber31:

    I think he'd make a difference, but an alternative might be for the Cubs to sign an experienced backup catcher.

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