Game Post 4/17


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Wednesday: 6:10 PM CT on NBC Sports Chicago/670AM



1. Ben Zobrist (S) RF
2. Kris Bryant (R) 3B
3. Anthony Rizzo (L) 1B
4. Javier Baez (R) SS
5. Jason Heyward (L) CF
7. Daniel Descalso (L) 2B
8. Kyle Schwarber (L) LF
9. Cole Hamels (L) P
1. Isaac Galloway (R) CF
2. Martin Prado (R) 1B
3. Brian Anderson (R) 3B
4. Jorge Alfaro (R) C
5. Starlin Castro (R) 2B
6. Miguel Rojas (R) SS
7. Austin Dean (R) LF
8. Rosell Herrera (S) RF
Bullpen Usage

Lineups and Bullpen Usage via Baseball Press.

Opposing pitcher

Scouting Reports from Brooks Baseball.

Sandy Alcantara: Sandy Alcantara has thrown 1,020 pitches that have been tracked by the PITCHf/x system between 2017 and 2019, including pitches thrown in the MLB Regular Season and Fall/Winter Ball. In 2019, he has relied primarily on his Fourseam Fastball (96mph), Slider (86mph) and Sinker (95mph), also mixing in a Change (88mph) and Curve (83mph).

His fourseam fastball has some natural sinking action and has well above average velo. His slider is a real worm killer that generates an extreme number of groundballs compared to other pitchers' sliders and has some two-plane movement. His sinker generates an extremely high number of swings & misses compared to other pitchers' sinkers, is a real worm killer that generates an extreme number of groundballs compared to other pitchers' sinkers, has well above average velo and has slight armside run. His change is thrown extremely hard, generates fewer whiffs/swing compared to other pitchers' changeups, results in more flyballs compared to other pitchers' changeups, has slight armside fade and has some natural sink to it. His curve generates an extremely high number of swings & misses compared to other pitchers' curves, has primarily 12-6 movement, is much harder than usual, results in more flyballs compared to other pitchers' curves and has little depth.

Sean's Note: Alcantara was the big piece from the Cardinals in the Marcell Ozuna trade before the 2018 season. He got his feet wet in 34 innings at the major league level last year. Despite throwing hard, he has never been a big strike out pitcher in the minors. He gets a lot of grounders from his two-seamer. His best secondary pitch is his curve ball which creates most of his strike outs.

Final Thoughts: Cole Hamels looks for his third consecutive quality start on Wednesday. Darvish and Quintana were good the first two wins in the series, a similar effort would make a sweep highly possible. Kyle Schwarber returns to the lineup after getting two games off. Javy Baez has been getting on base a ton the last three games.


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  • I like Schwarber batting 8th. It takes some of the pressure off of him plus he has a good enough eye that if the other pitcher is trying to pitch around him he will take a walk. Hopefully he can turn his batting around.

  • We need this game. Miami is a bad team, and we need to beat bad teams. We've dug a bit of a hole in the divisional standings, and this series is a bit of a gimme on the way out. Seal the deal. Urgency, and all.

    More than anything, maybe, is I can't stand Meatloaf. When I cook meatloaf, it tastes pretty good, but when I listen to Meatloaf, my IQ drops. Please, no Meatloaf.

    Go, Cubs!

  • In reply to BarleyPop:

    2 outta 3 ain’t bad.........

    But, I want a sweep too...... churazz :)

  • In reply to Wickdipper:

    Just had to go there, didn't you? Maybe your ancient ass remembers this one:

    "Well you can tell by the way I use my walk,
    I'm a woman's man, no time to talk."

    I can picture Wick with his shirt unbuttoned down to his navel, acting a fool on Seminole dance floor.

    Stayin' Alive. That's what this sweep will do.

    Go Cubs!

  • In reply to BarleyPop:

    Ohhhhhh no no no lol! Never did the disco thing.....was already a grown up by then. Hahhaahhaaa......
    Would you believe we skipped out on Holtzman’s no hitter in the 5th inning to go down to Old Town so I could score a paisley shirt?
    True story.....will never live it down.....never looked at the scoreboard.....

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    We do need this game. This is what Theo and Joe were talking about at the end of last season--the games that we need to win now that we may need in Sept and Oct.
    Our pitchers have been great and need to continue tonight. Lead early and often.
    Go Cubs!

  • Carl edwards to the dl he slipped on some of stairs and scraped his pitching hand bracing himself.

  • Ednel. Javier. Baez.

  • In reply to BarleyPop:

    500th career hit barley. Say what people want about RBI’s being a somewhat out dated statistic but I trust javy as much as anyone in those spots. It’s no accident he just keeps on collecting those rbis and that’s with an ice cold bryzzo

  • In reply to BarleyPop:

    You know what El Mago means?

    I do, but what Javy means to me, and much more importantly what he means to his teammates, is team W's. Everyone I've ever contacted says Javy is the most supportive teammate they've ever had, embodying the old cliche of making everyone around him better. Javy wants to win baseball games, and he often does by himself.

    Have I ever mentioned that I have a deep, and possibly unhealthy, love of El Mago? Dude is good.

  • Baez !!!!! when he goes the cubs go, I love it.

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    Baaaaaezzzzz! and the Heyward! This is after 2 outs also. Every team goes through a bad stretch and maybe ours was at the start of the season. This is fun!
    Why would anyone throw over the cut off man (although maybe the pitcher was really, but he was pretty deep) when Javy hits to the outfield? That's inviting him to take the extra base.

  • In reply to Jonathan Friedman:

    Let me start by saying heywards started the season pretty well 3 straight years only to regress. But with that being said I can’t recall him ever being in this type of form. Fun to watch this team score without the use of the long ball

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    I know Descalso--Double D--might not keep this up, but let's just take one day at a time. That's also my philosophy of life, but look what he's doing now. We can't ask for much more. My only comment would be for Javy to teach him the swim move--he could have been safe at 3rd if he could have done it.

  • Should I even say anything?

  • In reply to BarleyPop:

    I will.

    Let me see Yelich do that.

  • I was never a big fan of Castro but I’ve felt bad for him for a long time.....guy just seems to get shafted careerwise everywhere he’s wound up....

  • In reply to Wickdipper:

    Castro was a victim of the Cubs rebuild. He was rushed, and he excelled. For a few years, he was all we had.

    I remember J-Hey's first AB off of Big Z. The hype was outrageous. Then Starlin came up and I told all my Braves buddies to hold off on awarding that ROY.

    I will stand by a statement I made years ago: when the debate was whether to trade Javy or Jorge, you can probably guess my response. When we did the whole Castro/Russell/Baez SS love triangle, I stood by my man. Javier Baez needs to be the SS for the Cubs.

    The bold statement that I said at the time was that Javy would end up with more career WAR than Castro and Soler combined. I was laughed off the board for my belief in this glove-first utility player.

    Castro and Soler now combine for 18.5. Javy is at 10.1, and at the cusp of a run of MVP-caliber seasons of at least 5 per.

    Who you got your money on?

  • In reply to BarleyPop:

    Excellent points actually Barley.....
    We caught a great group of prospects, an influx of talent we had never seen before that mostly panned out. Even Alcantara started off good and Hendry was responsible for some of these as well. We do need a couple of minor league pitchers to progress and take that final step, hoping Hatch and Mekkes make it, we’re going to need that help soon.

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    Man Dirty Dan sucks......... When is Addy coming back ??

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    Yes, I know its the Marlins......

    Cole Hamels Dealing

    Q was masterful

    Even Yu came up big.

    This is a great sign and if this is signs of the future, this team is dangerous........very very dangerous

  • In reply to Jim Odirakallumkal:

    He’s only given up 1 hit with 0 walks my goodness that close. Probably for the best I don’t like so see starters over extended this early. Patrick Mooney is looking really stupid in a hurry he wouldn’t shut up all offseason about how stupid the cubs are to pay a 35 year old pitcher $20 million when they’re cash strapped. So what darvish and Q haven’t pitched to their reputations in a cubs uniform let’s release a guy that thrived after he joined the cubs. Honestly I wouldn’t be shocked to see hamels make another app star team he’s just looked locked in from day 1 since he put on a cub uniform

  • In reply to kkhiavi:

    *All star team

  • In reply to kkhiavi:

    I love how these game posts give a mirror to the soul of the commenters. We can all write three drafts of a point we want to make, and then amend it four more times before publication, and make ourselves look smart. That's all good, but I like the raw emotion and sincerity of the real-time comments.

  • In reply to BarleyPop:

    All I have to say back to you barley is ednel Javier Báez lol

  • In reply to Jim Odirakallumkal:

    See if they look the same after the homestand ends versus some major league talent. Hope so.


  • In reply to BarleyPop:


    Anyone have a hand towel?

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    In reply to BarleyPop:

    Barley, you and I have been early supporters of Javy and it’s such a pleasure to see all that talent being used so effectively. Every year he keeps getting better and better, and one of the few players that is a must see in the field, at bat and on the bases. Not only is he a 5 tool player but has that rare tool #6– baseball IQ.
    There are maybe 4 or 5 players that have all those abilities, but truthfully there are better hitters and faster runners but no one in the majors who have his complete skill set. I don’t have kids to tell them about Javy, but I will tell the younger younger generation that I saw him play his entire career with the Cubs from the very beginning. It’s been an honor and a joy.

  • In reply to Jonathan Friedman:

    I'm obviously a fan. I get caught up in the moment, like now. El Mago is a magician.

    Cubber Lang has his doubts. In fairness, everyone has had their doubts. I get mad because every "expert" I read has parroted the same reasons Javy will fail. It's almost entertaining anticipating the next "expert" analysis. Because everyone says what everyone else has said. Dude, how about some original thought? Some original analysis?

    I'm going to write up a deep analysis of my boy, Javier Baez, and try to explain my belief in him and why I think we've only scratched the surface.

    But, hey, W!

  • Rizzo now @.156. If he’s a slow starter why can’t he overwork in spring training rather than using April as extended spring training?

  • Great pitching again! Another W!
    Did what we needed to do......beat the scrubs.....gained ground on the others.....
    Let’s enjoy the day off and get after it again!

  • Cubs are now 2nd in the NL in Run Differential at +18.

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    Rolling, Rolling, Rolling with a winner...

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