Game Post 5/19


Series preview is here.


Sunday: 6:08 PM CT on ESPN/670AM



1. Kyle Schwarber (L) LF
2. Kris Bryant (R) 3B
3. Anthony Rizzo (L) 1B
4. Javier Baez (R) SS
6. Daniel Descalso (L) 2B
7. Jason Heyward (L) RF
1. Trea Turner (R) SS
2. Adam Eaton (L) RF
3. Anthony Rendon (R) 3B
4. Juan Soto (L) LF
5. Kurt Suzuki (R) C
6. Gerardo Parra (L) 1B
7. Brian Dozier (R) 2B
9. Victor Robles (R) CF
Bullpen Usage

Lineups and Bullpen Usage via Baseball Press.

Opposing pitcher

Scouting Reports from Brooks Baseball.

Jeremy Hellickson: Jeremy Hellickson has thrown 20,264 pitches that have been tracked by the PITCHf/x system between 2010 and 2019, including pitches thrown in the MLB Regular Season and the MLB Postseason. In 2019, he has relied primarily on his Sinker (89mph) and Change (80mph), also mixing in a Cutter (86mph) and Curve using a Knuckle Curve grip (74mph). He also rarely throws a Fourseam Fastball (89mph).

His sinker has below average velo, generates fewer whiffs/swing compared to other pitchers' sinkers, results in somewhat more flyballs compared to other pitchers' sinkers and has slight armside run. His change has below average velo, has slight cut action and results in somewhat more flyballs compared to other pitchers' changeups. His cutter generates fewer whiffs/swing compared to other pitchers' cutters, has good "rise", has little cutting action and has slightly below average velo. His curve has below average velo, generates fewer whiffs/swing compared to other pitchers' curves, has a sharp downward bite and has slight glove-side movement. His fourseam fastball generates an extremely high number of swings & misses compared to other pitchers' fourseamers, is an extreme flyball pitch compared to other pitchers' fourseamers, has below average velo and has slight armside run.

Sean's Note: Hellickson has been awful so far in 2019, with a 6.00 ERA in 36 innings. His walk rate is up to 10%, while he strikes out a below average 17%. Homers are a problem, with eight so far this season. Left handers are slugging a staggering .632 against him.

Final Thoughts: Kyle Hendricks has been lights out his last three starts, but it won't be easy with a good Nats lineup. Especially Anthony Rendon, who has killed the Cubs in his career. Chicago got shut down by Stephen Strasburg Saturday. A careful look at the numbers demonstrates Jeremy Hellickson is not as good as Strasburg. Hopefully, the Cubs jump on him early.

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    I like that Albert A is in CF. We can win tonight and Hendricks can show how good he is. Let's jump out early and build on that lead.

  • Time to start another series win streak, and keep alive my Cubs first-place prediction.

    We can beat up on Hellickson, and have our "good pen" lined up tonight.

    Listening to the ESPN booth is painful enough, but tomorrow we get the idiotic Darvish vs. Arrieta narrative. Enjoy.

    Go Cubs!

  • In reply to BarleyPop:

    There IS a Coupe DeVille hidin’ at the bottom of the Cracker Jack box......

  • In reply to BarleyPop:

    Darn you BP, for stealing what I wanted to write, about starting a new series win streak. Hopefully Hendricks will give us a really nice 7 or 8 IP outing...

    Would like to see certain players restart some hitting and on-base streaks again too, as that couldn’t hurt the aforementioned cause.

  • Have noticed Hellickson’s last few outings and man....the guy has been throwing batting practice and 90 mph being tops.....we should have him in serious trouble by the 5th inning.
    Cubs 7 Gnats’s that ^^^^^5?

  • If anyone cares rangers walk off birds with Hicks giving up 2 runs in extras.

  • In reply to stix:


  • Schwarber walks... gold clap.

  • In reply to Cubber Lang:

    Golf clap

  • Bryant walks... more golf claps.

  • In reply to Cubber Lang:

    Cubber, let it go.

  • In reply to BarleyPop:

    Yeah I’m done with it. I just couldn’t resist the low hanging fruit... I even liked Javy’s AB there. Can’t complain about a hard hit ball/ solid contact with the bases full, and drives in a run, even with the out. And nice hard (and clean) slide by Rizzo to ensure they don’t turn two.

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    I like the fact that these more mature Cubs hitters are not afraid to take pitches and are willing to take walks. These are the 2016 Cubs with that mentality. Now Javy can do the same. Look for one pitch. Get into the bullpen as soon as possible. We should be able to score at least 3 runs in the first inning.

  • In reply to Jonathan Friedman:

    We couldn’t hit the ball out of the infield and only scored one run. Especially since we didn’t even get a hit, I’ll settle for the one run, but man, there shoulda been more.

  • In reply to Cubber Lang:

    Rendon made a couple of nice plays on hard hit balls.

  • In reply to 2016 Cubs:

    He definitely did. He’s probably the most underrated 3rd basemen in baseball.

  • Someone needs to tell Maddon Descalso is not hitting anymore. No need to play him so often. Maybe play Russell more.

  • In reply to 2016 Cubs:

    Looks like we have the same thoughts on us 2016. Let’s put politics aside Addison is a much more talented player then Bote or Descalso and is swinging the bat a lot better with way better D

  • In reply to kkhiavi:

    I agree. I have no problem with Russell playing more.

  • I’m pretty sure I’m gonna get some backlash saying this but Addison Russell needs to be starting. He’s not only the best option defensively by far, but he’s the best offensive option. Bote is slumping not much of a context hitter and Descalso has looked awful since his injury. We really don’t know when or if zobrist returns. I think addy is unquestionably by far the best option at 2B. He may not be the most popular guy but if he helps the team win then he’s gotta start

  • In reply to kkhiavi:

    Bote not much of a contact hitter*

  • In reply to kkhiavi:

    Shouldn’t be any backlash. Those guys are best in very small doses and their expiration dates have passed. We should cheer for the jersey and he gives us the best chance to win.

  • In reply to rbrucato:

    Agreed rbucato and I know both of us have our reasons for not being too fond of Russell on the field and off the field. But in my opinion he gives the team the best chance to win. I don’t see Descalso or vote and offensive upgrades really, and Russell is easily the best defender. With no zobrist for a while I think he’s starting to emerge as the best option out there his timing seems to be returning as well

  • This is cruel and unusual punishment listening to the 3 stooges do these broadcast 3 weeks in a row.

  • In reply to 2016 Cubs:

    I'm still out in the woods, out of ice with warm beer. But I got Pat and Ron.

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    Two runs is not good enough for the runners we had the first 2 innings even with Hendricks pitching. They have three players who are game changers in Turner, Soto and Rendon. Now I’m sure the Nats are fearing more than 3 of our batters but still, the more runs the better.
    It is a joy to watch him pitch though and even though he’s compared to Mad Dog he doesn’t throw as hard as Maddox did and that makes it more remarkable.

  • RIZZO goes OPPO!!

  • I seriously wonder if Javy should try standing on the plate just like Rizzo does. He’s great at turning on the inside pitches, and it would give him better opportunities to hit the pitches 3-6 inches off the outside corner with lots of power still, and then he’d still be able to hit the pitches more than 6 inches off the plate for those bloop hits and some doubles/triples down the RF line.

  • In reply to Cubber Lang:

    Why change what isn’t broken? He’s in the mvp conversation as are Bryant and Contreras. I don’t believe he’ll ever walk at a 10% clip it’s not who he is. Part of his game is to hit those chase sliders oppo that are left over the plate, but that approach is also gonna lead to chases. At the end of the day he’s one of the most multi dimensional players in baseball. I hope he can get that walk into the 8% range but I’d take this production from our big 4 the rest of their careers

  • In reply to Cubber Lang:

    Javy has 2.6 WAR, KB 2.0, Contreras 1.8. Pretty insane overall numbers at the quarter mark. Basically all of them are on pace for 7+ WAR seasons

  • In reply to kkhiavi:

    Points well taken about not changing. I just think it’d help him learn to lay off more of the further outside pitches and feast on the ones only slightly outside.

    And yes, having 3 7+ WAR players in the same lineup is impressive. I expect when the summer heat is here and the balls jumping even more out of the park, that all those guys will achieve the 7+ WARs we desire.

  • In reply to Cubber Lang:

    Agree if he improve on laying off the complete garbage slider away, the fastball up, and then the fbs and changeup in too far on the hands then watch out. I think like a Soriano he’s always going to have ABs where he chases garbage, and I doubt he ever walks at a 10% clip. But just keep minimizing those garbage chases which to his credit he has progressed at esp with 2 strikes. That being said he’s on pace for a 10 WAR season which can’t be sustainable lol. If the approach takes more big steps further then we maybe talking about the best all around player in the game

  • Only a sharp groundout but I love that AB by javy. Took a great 2-2 changeup that he would’ve swung at years ago. He waited for his pitch squared it up but Rendon can sure pick it. Never felt like this middle of the order has been more lethal then it is now. I think the big 4 all deserve to be all star starters with the way they’re going

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    In reply to kkhiavi:

    Good point. He hit that ball so hard but Rendon didn’t have to move. Maybe a few inches one way or the other and it’s down the line for a double. If he keeps hitting them that hard he’ll get more hits than not.

  • In reply to kkhiavi:

    If he takes the 3-2 pitch , he walks . pitch was in the same place as ball three.

  • In reply to stix:

    I disagree looked just off the plate but javy crushes that low and in pitch even barely off the plate. Could’ve easily been a double or triple I thought it was a good AB overall

  • In reply to kkhiavi:

    Yeah it wasn’t a bad at bat. I had no problem with him swinging on that pitch either. His ability to hit low and in is why I think crowding the plate could benefit him.

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    Say it ain’t so Javy!

  • Uggh I just threw up in my mouth a little. Hopefully not serious I really don’t want people to learn the hard way how big of a loss javy would be to this ball club

  • In reply to kkhiavi:

    Not good the way he limped jogging off the field after the last out.

  • In reply to Cubber Lang:

    Right before a pivotal 4 game series with the Phillies too. We have the Astris upcoming hope he’s alright but didn’t look too good

  • In reply to kkhiavi:

    A Chuck Norris reference re. Javy:

    "When Chuck Norris does a push-up,
    He doesn't push himself up.
    He pushes the Earth down."

    Javy's fine. He's a bad man.

  • Hope Javy’s alright. That was a ridiculous play he made for playing so far back. Knowing Javy, he’s gonna hit 2 home runs now...

  • Marlins sweep Mets!! Time to get some relief help from the Mets.

  • In reply to stix:

    Edwin Diaz anyone?

  • In reply to kkhiavi:

    Yeah I don’t think Brodie gives up Edwin for nothing short of a king’s ransom. Especially since he’s spent the money to keep their guys around for now. Maybe in a couple more years that changes, but the Mets seems to be more interested in competing just above the middle of the pack rather than a rebuild.

  • In reply to Cubber Lang:

    Yeah that’s the issue they made moves to win now including getting Edwin. He’ll only go for a Kings ransom. I would’ve been interested in familia but boy he isn’t looking like he’s worth all the money he received

  • Runnng out of players today. Hope neither is seriously hurt.

  • Javy being Javy, even at probably 85%

  • In reply to Cubber Lang:

    Not to keep gushing on Javy, which never gets old for me, but this is something very under-reported. We know about Rizzo's balky back, and KB's year-long slump was due to injuries that were well-documented. But I have heard Maddon and other teammates say they've seen Javy play through more pain than anyone they've been around. He just does it every day, with no complaints, so no headlines.

  • This ump has a big strike zone tonight and Hendricks is picking it apart. Living on the edges.

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    That was respecting 90! If Schwarber assumes that’s a double play it would have been. I love the effort in seeing from everyone.
    Another good AB from KB.

  • I miss my SS, and I guess my visions of invincibility were a bit off. And it just cost us.

  • It looked like Javy did not want to come out but Maddon took him out anyway (worried about him getting hurt even more).

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    We’ve still got a 2 run lead. Keep Turner off the bases because he’ll steal a base and throw no strikes to Rendon.
    For those interested, LaStella and didn’t homer but Vogelbach hit his 12th. Congratulations to him.

  • I've blown off a couple tough losses lately. "It happens". I'm not feeling so generous tonight. We need to nail this down.

    We've still got Cishek, but a couple of insurance runs would be nice.

    I can't get ahead of myself. Cishek vs. Rondon. This is big.

  • In reply to BarleyPop:

    Rendon, my phone doesn't know how to spell. Bam! This backup SS isn't too bad, defensively.

  • Just think how good Almora wiil be if only he could hit RHPs.

  • Love ESPN telling their audience that the Nats now need to worry about the speed of Albert Almora. Apparently ESPN doesn’t provide their announcers stats sheets on these players. The guy is career 4 of 7 in SB attempts over 4 years. I don’t think he’s gonna be trying to swipe a base, but what do I know from watching about 140 Cubs games each season?

  • In reply to Cubber Lang:

    Apparently about as much as the expert baseball analyzers at fangraphs who introduce Javier Baez with the bio comment that 2018 was "likely a career year". They look at numbers, and are full of... themselves. They don't, you know, watch or understand baseball.

  • In reply to BarleyPop:

    Yeah good point... have Pat and Ron given any update on Javy? I could’ve missed ESPN’s explanation, but I doubt it’s happened.

  • In reply to Cubber Lang:

    I haven't heard anything, I assume it will be asked post-game.

  • This will be a tense last inning and a half, me thinks...

  • In reply to Cubber Lang:

    I'm cracking another one, not that I need an excuse. Will it go down in celebration, or mourning? This is tight, and I want this one.

  • In reply to BarleyPop:

    I’m thinking celebration, but I still have no idea who’s pitching the bottom of the 9th. An insurance run or 2 sure would be nice.

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    In reply to BarleyPop:

    If you’re cracking one right now I have s feeling that the next one will be the celebration or mourning one.
    C’mon Cubs score a few more herez

  • In reply to Jonathan Friedman:

    I get it, and I resemble that remark. :)

  • K!

  • Looks like walking Brach to close.

  • In reply to stix:

    In a sick way I was kinda hoping it would be Chatwood. But since I didn’t watch yesterday’s game, I checked the boxscore and saw that he won’t be available.

  • If Cishek is batting for himself, I guess he’s at least starting the next inning out.

  • I guess this tells us who's starting the 9th. It sucks our back-end is so injured.

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  • In reply to Cubber Lang:

    You beat me by 7 seconds for the 2. But I got the jump on the 3. Good win by our Cubs today.

    1 series win streak in tact... Ha!

  • In reply to Cubber Lang:

    That brought back memories of the Game 7 thread. I started it at 27 prior to game time. And we all stepped all over each other in anticipation.

  • Well now we need two complete games before Cishek is available again.

  • 3!

    Cishek did that faster than I could type it.

    A big 'ol fat W, baby!

    That felt so good, I'm cracking another one, but you'll have to tune into the recap for the celebration. I'll dig deep.

  • I have been very critical of this bullpen but they did a nice job tonight. Good work Cishek.

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    That was nerve wracking. I’m thinking that pretty soon Ryan will be down and maybe Maples will come up.
    That was a big win. We can take a lead and then hold on, a big test now that will payoff later in the season.

  • It is pretty nice having a big league backup shortstop on the roster. Looks like Joe has found his closer. Cishek has the look of a reliever who thinks that he can close. I thInk Javy was a slight to moderate sprain. Joe didn't want him playing on it any longer with the lead.

  • It’s gonna be a tough week......this was a great one to get.

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