Game Post 6/19

Chicago White Sox's Eloy Jimenez (74) celebrates at home plate after hitting a two-run home run while Chicago Cubs catcher Victor Caratini left, looks on during the ninth inning of a baseball game Tuesday, June 18, 2019, at Wrigley Field in Chicago. White Sox won 3-1. (AP Photo/Paul Beaty)

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Wednesday: 7:05 PM CT on ABC-7/670AM


White Sox

1. Leury Garcia (S) CF
2. Tim Anderson (R) SS
3. Jose Abreu (R) 1B
4. James McCann (R) C
5. Eloy Jimenez (R) LF
6. Yoan Moncada (S) 3B
7. Ryan Cordell (R) RF
8. Yolmer Sanchez (S) 2B
9. Lucas Giolito (R) P
1. Kyle Schwarber (L) LF
2. Kris Bryant (R) 3B
3. Anthony Rizzo (L) 1B
4. Javier Baez (R) SS
6. Jason Heyward (L) RF
7. David Bote (R) 2B
8. Jon Lester (L) P
Bullpen Usage

Lineups and Bullpen Usage via Baseball Press.

Opposing pitcher

Scouting Reports from Brooks Baseball.

Lucas Giolito: Lucas Giolito has thrown 5,409 pitches that have been tracked by the PITCHf/x system between 2014 and 2019, including pitches thrown in the MLB Regular Season and Spring Training. In 2019, he has relied primarily on his Fourseam Fastball (95mph) and Change (83mph), also mixing in a Slider (85mph) and Curve (80mph).

His fourseam fastball generates more whiffs/swing compared to other pitchers' fourseamers, results in somewhat more groundballs compared to other pitchers' fourseamers, has slightly above average velo and has some added backspin. His change generates more whiffs/swing compared to other pitchers' changeups and has a lot of backspin. His slider generates a high number of swings & misses compared to other pitchers' sliders, is an extreme flyball pitch compared to other pitchers' sliders and has less than expected depth. His curve has an exceptional bite, is basically never swung at and missed compared to other pitchers' curves, has primarily 12-6 movement and results in somewhat more groundballs compared to other pitchers' curves.

Sean's Note: Giolito struggled to an ERA over six his rookie year. This year could not be more different for the former top Nationals prospect. 95 strikeouts in 81 innings translate to 30% K rate in 2019. He has allowed just five homers all season long. In his last eight starts, he has surrendered a grand total of six runs.

Final Thoughts: Iván Nova continued to be good against the Cubs Tuesday. A great Cole Hamels start went for naught in a 3-1 Sox win. Lucas Giolito is the last thing a cold offense needs to see. David Bote and Albert Almora get a look Wednesday. Jon Lester needs to avoid the big inning after struggles the last two starts.


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  • Make Gio work, make him throw strikes and get his pitch count up.

  • I like the lineup, except for the fact that I might have liked to see Bote and Almora Jr. swapped in the batting order............

  • In reply to Treebeard:

    Brewers swept by SD . Is the game n or will it be rained out?

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    Well, yesterday we hit the first pitch out and lost, maybe the opposite will happen.

  • In reply to Jonathan Friedman:

    Very prophetic there............

  • Time to hope for a rain out. Bad Lester appears to still be with us.

  • In reply to stix:

    Let’s put a hold on the rainout for now.

  • BEWARE: Cincinnati is sneaking up on everybody in the Central Division.

  • Whomever said that this team was a 79-win team... was being too generous. I dont think this team makes it to 70. I would say just give up and have a fire sale but who would want these pathetic wastes of humanity.

  • In reply to ChibiDannimon:

    The Sox are improving......they will be over 70 wins this year Cinnabunn, be patient.

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    This is where KB needed to get. contact on the ball. Moving Schwarber to 3rd opens up so many possibilities. Now Javy needs to get a hit.

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    It’s Easter—bring out the HAM!

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    I wish that Willson had run right out of the box though—it was hit hard but could easily have hit off the basket or the wall and he’d be at 1st.

  • Baseball is a weird game. I expected them to light up Nova and be shutout by Giolito. I fully expected these 2 games to be a split. Guess it won’t matter the order if we win this one

  • Sox know Bryant weakness. High heat, he can’t catch up to it. 2ks already.

  • Will the cubs ever score more than 1 run per game without it being on a HR? Where has small ball gone?

  • In reply to stix:

    So far 20 ABs total and the top 2 batters have 5 strikeouts. Why do we want them to bat more than anyone else? Like you said, Where has small ball gone? BTW, Almora on second base with only 1 out and the top of the order strikes out.

  • In reply to clarkAddson:

    Its a good thing Contreras is having such a good night.

  • In reply to stix:

    Statistically small ball isn’t the best of bets. It sacrifices out to advance the runners and depends on BA over OBP. It’s much more efficient to get guys on base and rely on the HR and extra base hits to get guys home. You see some teams use it more than others but as game strategy it’s understandably gone out of favor. Baseball is a cyclical game though and I wouldn’t be surprised to see a team add some statistical tweaks and use it to expose inefficiencies at some point.

  • In reply to TC154:

    I understand what you are saying but why do you think small ball is an out? Everything other than a HR is small ball including a double or triple. Unfortunately, strikeouts accompany HR hitters more than small ball hitters.

    You say: "It’s much more efficient to get guys on base and rely on the HR and extra base hits to get guys home." Getting guys on base is small ball. Considering the top sluggers may get 50 Hrs or maybe 60 this year but out of a total of over 600 ABs, I wouldn't consider that to be very efficient.

  • In reply to clarkAddson:

    Not really, small ball typically relies on guys hitting their way on base and guys who both hit and walk are fairly rare. Take a look at the top 10 BA in MLB, only 3 have BB rates over 8%. Conversely the top 10 in OBP have 9 of 10 over that mark. Basically walks are easier to come by than hits and outs by strikeout are less damaging statistically than giving up outs on the base paths. Now, there is an argument by some that it makes the game less fun, I’m not in that camp but I get it. It’s like the people who hated watching James Holzhauer on Jeopardy (a baseball stats nerd btw). To me the object is to win so why not take the easiest path statistically get there? Eventually smart people will figure out a way to beat the odds because that’s how baseball has always been, an evolution in some ways and cyclical in others.

  • In reply to TC154:

    I'm sorry TC. I gotta argue with you. An out is an out. How is one out any more damaging than another? As far as the top OBPs having more batters above the 8% mark than the top avg batters, who has the more runs scored and the more RBIs. It is very easy to find some stat to back up any argument.

    Is there a stat that shows how many bases the runners on base advance after a BB compared to how many bases the runners on base advance after a hit? I could go on but I don't want to bore you.

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    In reply to clarkAddson:

    A strike out is much worse than a FO. In the 1st KB struck out—if he had flied to right or even hit a ground ball to the right side Schwarber would have been on 3rd with only 1 out. He could have scored by a number of ways, just so happened that Willson hit a granny.

  • In reply to Jonathan Friedman:

    A strike out is much worse than a fly out with a runner on base only but a strikeout is better than grounding into a double play with a runner on base. So what are you trying to say Jonathan?

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    In reply to clarkAddson:

    That there are good strike outs and bad ones--and the bad ones are when there is a runner in scoring position.

  • In reply to clarkAddson:

    So why are you directing this to me? Sounds like we agree. Maybe you meant to address this to TC?

  • In reply to clarkAddson:

    RBI and runs scored are team stats not individual stats. A strikeout is less damaging than an out on the basepaths IF it’s in service of trying to hit a HR. If you have a guy on 2B and the guy at the plate hits a single you score one run. He hits a HR you score 2. I’m not say8ng you don’t need hitters but go look at the last fiv3 or six years and see how many teams have gone on to the CS and the WS without hitting 199 HR or more. The answer is 2, both Royals in consecutive years and statistically it took a lot of luck for them to do that. Clearly I’m not changing anyone’s mind and you’re not changing mine and that’s ok. To me the object of the game is to win and I’d just as soon see my team take the path with best odds to get there. Despite all this talk of scoring my ideal games are dominated by pitching and have 1-0 and 2-1 outcomes because I find pitching more fun to watch than hitting, but I’m in an extreme minority there.

  • In reply to TC154:

    OK I understand

  • In reply to TC154:

    So get em on , get em over, get em in has gone the way of the dodo? I guess that’s why there are only three true outcomes now.

  • In reply to TC154:

    In the last 3 games, Almora is batting 5 hits in 8 ABs. That is small ball. So far, he has NOT scored a run out of those 5 hits. That's what you get waiting for a HR to drive you in. I don't think that is efficient at all.

  • In reply to TC154:

    5 hrs
    17 strikeouts

    That is fun baseball

  • In reply to stix:

    Hey Stix. Did you see that? Schwarber hit a double driving in Russell from 1st base. Finally, a run scored without a HR.

  • In reply to clarkAddson:

    Too bad it wasn’t RISP. Still not very good with that.

  • In reply to stix:

    Yep, I agree, but its a start.

  • Lester done after 5 can the bullpen hold them forb4 innings?

  • In reply to stix:

    Hope Jon rewards Joes faith in him. In the 6th at over 100 pitches.

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    Did anyone see what Matt Carpenter did the other day? The shift was on and no one was on the 3rd base side so he bunted there and got to 2nd before anyone got to the ball. That's how you beat the shift. Oh, he also hit a HR, probably over the shift.

  • In an era of the live ball, it’s probably a good idea to have a line up of contact hitter, not whiffers.

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    This show how little faith Joe has in the bullpen. He can't call on Chatwood because he's starting tomorrow. Montgomery, Wick? If he can get out of this that will be 3 innings to pitch through.

  • I think Eloy Jiminez is going to be a good MLB player but a HOF player is a big step. So far, in 2 games, he is 2 for 6 with 1 HR. Maybe that is a tiny bit above average but it is in no way extraordinary. So far, the trade for Q, in comparison, is in no way a bad trade.

  • In reply to clarkAddson:

    No one is talking about the pitch he clobbered yesterday. It was a cement mixer that hung in the zone and did nothing. But he will be a good one.

  • So, what are you saying? Sounds like we are saying the same thing with the exception of "No one is talking about the pitch he clobbered yesterday." I wasn't talking about it either.

  • Azolay called up after the game. Rejoice one and all.

  • Tim Collins DFA'd to open a spot for Azolay. I loved Collins hair more than his fastball.

  • In reply to TexasCubsFan:

    He reminded me of jeff Russell

  • kbryant with 3k's and a weak single to left. Add in a mental gaffe on that squibber to him. if anyone needs a day off it is him

  • In reply to Oldno7:

    He had the day off Monday, had three hits Tuesday so he is 4-8 since he had the day off. .500 batting averages suck.

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    In reply to Oldno7:

    OK. I'll bite. You seem to have a lot of bad things to say about different players.

    With that in mind I have an honest question: Who is a CURRENT player that meets your standard? I am not limiting this to the Cubs. I don't care if you mention a player from another team. God knows I have favorite players on other teams as well. I am not demanding that you be a "homer" and limit your interest in baseball to just things that "benefit" the Cubs. Who is a player that you consider to be a good player? And what sorts of traits do you look for in determining that?

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