Game Post 5/18


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Saturday: 6:15 PM CT on FOX/670AM



1. Kyle Schwarber (L) LF
2. Kris Bryant (R) RF
3. Anthony Rizzo (L) 1B
4. Javier Baez (R) SS
6. Jason Heyward (L) CF
7. Addison Russell (R) 2B
8. David Bote (R) 3B
9. Jon Lester (L) P
1. Trea Turner (R) SS
2. Adam Eaton (L) RF
3. Anthony Rendon (R) 3B
4. Howie Kendrick (R) 1B
5. Juan Soto (L) LF
6. Brian Dozier (R) 2B
7. Yan Gomes (R) C
Bullpen Usage
Lineups and Bullpen Usage via Baseball Press.

Opposing pitcher

Scouting Reports from Brooks Baseball.

Stephen Strasburg: Stephen Strasburg has thrown 20,683 pitches that have been tracked by the PITCHf/x system between 2009 and 2019, including pitches thrown in the MLB Regular Season, the MLB Postseason and Fall/Winter Ball. In 2019, he has relied primarily on his Fourseam Fastball (94mph) and Curve (81mph), also mixing in a Change (88mph) and Sinker using a Two-seam Fastball grip (94mph). He also rarely throws a Slider (88mph).

His fourseam fastball generates a high number of swings & misses compared to other pitchers' fourseamers, has some natural sinking action and has essentially average velo. His curve generates an extremely high number of swings & misses compared to other pitchers' curves, generates a very high amount of groundballs compared to other pitchers' curves, is slightly harder than usual and has slight glove-side movement. His change generates an extremely high number of swings & misses compared to other pitchers' changeups, dives down out of the zone, is much firmer than usual, results in somewhat more groundballs compared to other pitchers' changeups and has slight armside fade. His sinker has slight armside run and has slightly above average velo. His slider is thrown extremely hard and has less than expected depth.

Sean's Note: Strasburg like Scherzer has a big ERA/FIP split: 3.63 ERA versus a 2.74 FIP. His strike out rate is up 4% over his 2018 numbers. His ground ball percentage is way higher than his career average. He is throwing his curve ball way more than he has in the past, so this is a different Strasburg.

Final Thoughts: The Cubs demolished the Nats awful bullpen on Friday, scoring 11 times in three innings. Kris Bryant is red hot and going deep with frequency. Cole Hamels only was able to go five innings, so some length from Jon Lester would be huge.


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  • Happy to see the 1 through 5 lineup spots the same as yesterday. Our 2-5 hitters all on pace to have 40HR/120RBI seasons. How many will actually achieve that?

  • In reply to Cubber Lang:

    I’d guess none. None of them have ever reached any of those totals, have they?

    Ball is hot this year, so Bryant might exceed his career high of 39 HR.

  • In reply to stix:

    That's the thing stix... Juiced ball, plus those warm summer months where the ball is really gonna fly out of Wrigley and other ballparks. I'd think both Javy and KB can do it. Rizzo and Contreras (who will play less games due to needed rest) probably can come close, but either way, I feel like we might just see at least 30/100 from all 4.

  • 7 years ago on this date, my favorite modern day Cub retired after striking out a White Sox player. #34 gave me lots of hope for the Cubs back in '98, and while his career turned into a roller coaster of injuries, I never questioned his toughness, or his desire to win. He was an old-school player that saw the style of this game change quite a bit into a "new school" of thought. He rolled with the punches and did whatever his coaches asked of him. I don't think it truly ever was confirmed, but I do believe it was him that smashed Sammy's juke box. I am grateful for all Kerry Wood did while playing with the Cubs organization. Behind Ron Santo, his is the best autograph I ever got on a baseball during spring training.

    Cheers Kerry Wood... And hopefully our current #34 will make us all, and Kerry, proud today with a dominant performance and a Cubs win!

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    In reply to Cubber Lang:

    Agree with. Great guy great pitcher

  • In reply to Cubber Lang:

    I hear that. I often go to this video if I'm feeling down and want something to lift me up. I remember watching this live, knowing the situation, and then and now, someone's always chopping onions when I watch:

  • In reply to Cubber Lang:

    On a side note, Lester chose #34 to honor Kerry Wood. He called him up after signing his mega-deal to ask Kid K's permission, to show his respect.

    If you've done something in life to earn Jon Lester's respect, you've done something right.

  • In reply to BarleyPop:

    I did not know that about Lester asking Kerry about 34... That's awesome!

    And funny enough, I just watched that video you linked right after I made my post!

  • In reply to Cubber Lang:

    Good call on your end. I wasn't aware this was the anniversary. Thanks.

    Whoever sent his son out on the field to meet his Dad, that was the greatest "send" in Cubs coaching history.

  • Is this the Cubs new manager in 2020 calling tonights game with Len on FOX?

  • In reply to 2016 Cubs:

    Not if he wants 5M /yr.

  • In reply to stix:

    That's the trend. If Maddon wants to re-up, he'd probably have to take a pay cut. If he wants to stay, great. But he may be at the point in his life where he sees the offers and decides to move on. Who knows?

  • In reply to BarleyPop:

    Assuming he gets an offer. Not sure that happens.

  • In reply to 2016 Cubs:

    I can't believe Joe Maddon wouldn't get managerial offers. You don't think he would?

  • In reply to BarleyPop:

    I was talking an offer from the Cubs not other teams.

  • In reply to 2016 Cubs:

    Not if the Cubs are smart and re-sign Maddon

  • Seventh error this yr by Bote. Leads the team.

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    Who’s announcing with Len tonight?
    Anthony Rendon is a really good ball player—both offensively and defensively.

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    Was that a case of bad framing by Willson in the first pitch? If he left the glove where he caught it it was on the line. By raising the glove it appeared that it was low.
    This is not good.

  • Looks like Lester’s luck has run out tonight, he’s been living on the edge in a few of his prior games.

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    In reply to stix:

    The way Strasburg’s going, this one’s about done.

  • In reply to John Winter:

    42 pitches for 4 innings of work. Might not see the bullpen tonight.

  • In reply to John Winter:

    When he’s commanding all 3 pitches it sometimes truly doesn’t even feel like the opposing team has a chance with his stuff. Surprising this teams fared as poorly as they have. They’ve dealt with heavy injuries but that 1-2 punch in the rotation is as tough as any. Hopefully we can get to this bullpen early but not looking promising.

  • In reply to kkhiavi:

    Corbin as a #3 is o slouch either

  • In reply to stix:

    Yeah honestly there’s some talent on this team even in the lineup. I know Juan Soto’s is having a mild sophomore slump but i think that kids a stud he’s going to be just fine. Rendon is one of the most underrated players in baseball this is a true well rounded baseball player. Bullpen and injuries have killed them. Some may disagree with me but I do kinda feel like davey Martínez hasn’t had this team perform to expectations. He’s certainly hasn’t been as lucky as dusty with his rosters health. But I do know that he’s very unpopular in Washington many question his in game management. Not easy on him though when your middle relief and set up groups are incompetent in that pen though

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    That’s how you score against Strasbourg—passed balls. I would have sent Addy too, but I’ll bet he didn’t get a good jump from 2nd and didn’t run hard to 3rd. But nevertheless I would have sent him.

  • Maddon would have taken Darvish, Quintana and Hendricks before this inning started. Why did he leave Lester in?

  • In reply to clarkAddson:

    Bullpen is empty after yesterday.

  • In reply to stix:

    Why? The Cubs won by 7 runs (14-7)

  • In reply to clarkAddson:

    Look at the availability in the article. I guess he was trying to limit use.

  • In reply to stix:

    Sorry Stix. I already knew the answer to that question. It just shows that Maddon has NO idea on how to manage a pitching staff. He takes out starters when no need to and uses up the bullpen when not needed.

  • Poor call on the first pitch to Schwarber probably expanded to chase two more out of the zone.

  • This game has been played, and therefore managed, as a loss. Heck with that. We can put up crooked numbers. We got this.

    Cubs win, 8-6.

  • Probably won’t matter but nice veteran managing move by joe. Why not try to throw off the relievers mechanics and accuse him of balking. I don’t think this is even completely about complaining I think this is in part trying to throw off Doolittle mentally and mechanically. Why not can’t hurt to try

  • In reply to kkhiavi:

    Joe played game under protest. Any idea what happens if the protest is upheld? Start the inning over ? Or is it a balk and the first time it happened they call a ball?
    Doubt protest will be upheld but the move was similar to Edwards move which the cubs were told he couldn’t use but there was no penalty on the pitch Edwards used it.

  • Wow. Doolittle's delivery? Interesting. I have no visuals. Sounds like a comp to what Carl Jr. was flagged for.

  • Schwarber watches another strike 3 right down the middle with no attempt to swing.

  • Well that sucked.

  • Go Braves!

    3-2 Atlanta in Atlanta, bottom 8th.

  • In reply to BarleyPop:

    Terrible Luke Jackson just isn’t a legitimate closer

  • In reply to kkhiavi:

    Well take extras good decision to walk yelich

  • In reply to kkhiavi:

    Harder allows walkoff HR by Freeman

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