Cubs Game Post 7/21

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Lineups

Padres

2. Manuel Margot (R) CF
3. Manny Machado (R) 3B
4. Eric Hosmer (L) 1B
5. Hunter Renfroe (R) RF
7. Wil Myers (R) LF
8. Luis Urias (R) 2B
Cubs
1. Kyle Schwarber (L) LF
2. Javier Baez (R) SS
3. Kris Bryant (R) 3B
4. Anthony Rizzo (L) 1B
5. Robel Garcia (S) 2B
6. Jason Heyward (L) RF
Bullpen Usage
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Lineups and Bullpen Usage via Baseball Press.

Opposing pitcher

Scouting Reports from Brooks Baseball.

Adrian Morejon: The Padres made a last minute change and called up 20 year old Morejon to make his major league debut. The hard throwing left handed pitcher defected from Cuba in 2015 and got a big contract from San Diego. He can hit 97 on the radar gun and used his sinker to generate a 50% ground ball rate in AA. His best secondary pitch is a hard curve ball sitting at about 82 miles an hour. He also has a less polished change up he will use sometimes.

Sean's Note: Kyle Schwarber returns to lineup after a few days off. Javy Báez caught fire this series with two huge home runs the last two games. Robel Garcia starts at second after Addison Russell's disastrous effort on Saturday. Kyle Hendricks pitched well in his last start as he continues to build up strength from his stint on the Injured List.

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  • 15 degrees cooler at Wrigley, but with that comes a 10-15 MPH wind blowing in from left. I know that will make the pitchers happy on both fronts.

    The big guns in the pen may be unavailable today, though Ryan has been very good lately and Edwards has been great when healthy. But rather than putting pressure on either one, let's just take a big lead into the late innings and chill on out to SF.

    Go Cubs!

  • What's delaying the start of the game?

  • In reply to Treebeard:

    A small rain shower blew over. Radar looks clear after this. Tarp just came off the field.

  • In reply to BarleyPop:

    Awesome, thanks BP; God-willing the wind will shift now that the storm's blown over?

  • In reply to Treebeard:

    The wind is shifting around. We have a cold front colliding with that oppressive heat, which always makes things volatile.

    It was a small shower over Wrigley, but I'm about to get hammered hard in NW Indiana. Looks like I have to sit in front of the TV and watch the game.

  • In reply to BarleyPop:

    Could be worse............

  • 1:50 start time expected.

  • In reply to stix:

    You must be able to read minds...

  • Anyone know if they are gonna get today's game in? I don't want rainouts and makeups cluttering up their schedule in August and September with very few days off already.

  • Looks like Maddon thinks Schwarber has cooled off enough now after hitting homers in 3 straight games. So he gets the start.

  • In reply to 2016 Cubs:

    You read my mind on that one, and his last at bat was a game winning, walk off homerun............

  • In reply to Treebeard:

    What constitutes a walk off anyway? It seems that every game winning at bat is called a walk off.......

  • A couple brief notes while they roll up the tarp:

    Willson is progressing well and could be available for the season finale in SF, though I wouldn't mind a little caution and giving him that game and the following off-day before returning to action for the Brewers series.

    Hamels threw another successful bullpen session and feels fine afterwards. The next step is a brief rehab assignment and those details are being worked out now.

    Morrow is now throwing live batting practice at near full-strengh. No setbacks that I've seen. That would be a huge addition to the pen when rosters expand in September. Fingers crossed.

    And, of course, congratulations Lee Smith.

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    This pitcher for SD is Morehon, Theo thought he had him locked up for the cubs and SD came in and raised the ante and Theo backed off, was thought that he was the cubs to lose and they did.Was considered one of top prospects coming out of Cuba I think...

  • Major league debut for the pitcher and instead of seeing what he has or making him throw strikes, Schwarber immediately swings and pops out. Not a lead off hitter and I question his baseball intelligence. Also, cubs are after Castellanos (OF) from Detroit.

  • In reply to Squareburgers:

    I agree on Schwarber. I didnt get that first pitch swinging. Rizzo would probably the best lead off hitter. But I like him at #4. How about Robel Garcia to lead off? He is fast, sees a lot of pitches and a switch-hitter. His only downfall is strike out rate.

  • In reply to bleachercreature:

    I agree. I remember we had another player with a high strikeout rate and luckily we stuck with him. Maybe Javy can help Garcia like Manny helped Javy. Give Garcia a chance at leadoff now. He can not be any worse than what has been happening.

  • In reply to clarkAddson:

    Could we pump the brakes on Garcia? I like the kid too but let’s seethe league adjust to him once before we decide he’s an MLB player. The Cubs are giving him every opportunity to do that but why addthe added challenge of leadoff? Let’s see who he is first

  • In reply to TC154:

    With all due respect, what makes you think leadoff is any more of a challenge than anywhere else for a rookie? All I said was let's give him a chance at leadoff. What we have been doing has not been working. besides, why not use him NOW before the league adjusts as you say?

  • In reply to clarkAddson:

    I think leadoff is much like a closer in that it takes a mindset. I think this kid is just learning right now. We have no idea what he is. The leadoff hitter is either not on the team right now or ultimately Bryant or Heyward IMHO.

  • In reply to TC154:

    Sorry, I disagree. The Cubs brought him up to MLB to see what they have, not to wait until the opposing teams see what he is. Besides, you only leadoff the game one time per game with NOONE on base for him to worry about how to advance the runner.

  • In reply to TC154:

    I really like Garcia. With that said, I was pretty excited about Junior Lake too :)

  • In reply to Cubs09:

    Were you excited about KB, Javy and/or Contreras also?

  • In reply to clarkAddson:

    Oh yeah. And Soler, Schwarber, Happ, Almora.

  • In reply to Cubs09:

    "Well, he went down to dinner in his Sunday best.
    Excitable boy, they all said.
    And he rubbed the pot roast all over his chest.
    Excitable boy, they all said.
    Well, he's just an excitable boy."

  • In reply to Cubs09:

    I like Garcia too, I'm being cautious in my optimism and I don't want to see them put too much on his plate.

  • Little things I notice that don't show up in the box score or metrics: since this is Morejon's debut, the Cubs don't have video and advanced scouting on him the way they do other pitchers. Baez smoked a liner to left-center, then studied the AB's by KB and Rizzo. Rizzo knocked him in, and Javy went straight to Robel in the on-deck circle and began giving advice on what and where Morejon was throwing.

    I love having that extra coach on the field.

  • In reply to BarleyPop:

    I saw that too. I think Javy told him to stay off the high cheese.

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    In reply to bleachercreature:

    I saw the same thing. Javy seems to be taking a leadership role now. He's becoming the complete ballplayer, not just in the field but in the clubhouse too.

  • Hendricks with 60 pitches thru 4, which is pretty good, but the 2 Padres pitchers at 41?!?

  • I smell a meatball here to Schwarber.

    I just typed that and he got it, but yanked it foul.

    Thank you. May I have another?

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    Maldonado just cannot hit, AT ALL, Pretty much an out every time he is up.

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    Kind of amazing that only two Cub pitchers are in the Hall of Fame. Is that accurate?

  • In reply to John Nesbit:

    Basically, yes, but I think the specific was only two pitchers with a Cubs hat on their plaque, Jenkins and Smith. Maddux was a Cub but decided not to affiliate with the Cubs or Braves. There have been other HOF pitchers playing for the team over the years, but there is definitely a shortage of all-time great pitchers that called Wrigley home.

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    In reply to John Nesbit:

    I know that Three-Finger Brown is in along with Fergie and Maddux. I’d have to look for more.

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    In reply to Jonathan Friedman:

    Oh ya, Lee Smith too.

  • In reply to John Nesbit:

    Believe you are right...

  • In reply to Wickdipper:

    I dunno....how do they figure that? On what team that pitcher chooses? Smith...Sutter...Jenkins...Brown....Maddox? What hat they wear?

  • In reply to Wickdipper:

    It's the player's choice. Maddux is a classic example. He was a Cub through-and-through, but had his HOF run of greatness with the Braves, so he just chose no affiliation on his plaque.

  • In reply to BarleyPop:

    I'm pretty sure it's not the player's choice anymore. I think they can recommend but the HoF reserves the final decision. It was guys like Maddux choosing no affiliation that made them change the rules.

  • In reply to TC154:

    I think you're right. I wonder what the criteria is? Using Smith as an example, why the Cubs over the DirtyBirds?

  • In reply to TC154:

    Didn't Andre Dawson want to go in the Hall as a Cub and the Hall would not let him.

  • In reply to John Nesbit:

    Greg Maddux

  • Brad Brach in the bullpen. I suddenly feel like a drunken Harry Carey after singing the stretch:

    "Let's get some runs!"

  • No homers few runs. That’s not an offense that goes far.

  • In reply to stix:

    For some reason I read that and my mind instantly registered "No Woman, No Cry."

    I'm weird.

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    that ball Garcia hit is a home run 90 pct,of the time

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    Padres Margot looks exactly like 50 cent,

  • In reply to John Nesbit:

    I think Quintana looks like Mohammed Ali.

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    In reply to BarleyPop:

    lol, he does!!

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    Cubs pitchers in the HOF from the google machine.
    Peter Alexander (1918-1926)
    Rube Waddell (1901)
    Mordecai "Three-Finger" Brown* (1904-1912, 1916)
    Dizzy Dean (1938-1941)
    John Clarkson (1884-1887)
    Burleigh Grimes (1932-1933)
    Robin Roberts (1966)
    Hoyt Wilhelm (1970)
    Ferguson Jenkins* (1966-1973, 1982-1983)
    Dennis Eckersley (1984-1986)
    Bruce Sutter (1976-1980)
    Rich "Goose" Gossage (1988)
    Greg Maddux (2014)

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    In reply to Jonathan Friedman:

    wow,, I am speechless..... wtf are len and JD talking about> Some of those guys HAD to go in with Cub hats didnt they ?

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    In reply to John Nesbit:

    hmmm, looking at that list I take it back.. alot of those guys mainly played for other teams

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    In reply to John Nesbit:

    I didn’t know you were talking about pitchers that went in as Cubs. That really limits the number. Len and JD might be right.

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    In reply to Jonathan Friedman:

    sorry, I wasnt clear.. I think they are right

  • At least we have the guys up to do some damage in the bottom of the 9th. If my dog was still around I'd be getting him ready to go outside.

    Hopefully you get a good example of a "walk-off" victory here shortly, Treebeard.

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    Where’s CJ? I guess Joe really wants to ease him back in very low stress situations.

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    In reply to Jonathan Friedman:

    Well, dadgumnit, there he is!

  • In reply to Jonathan Friedman:

    And here comes the runs. He can’t come in with runners on.

  • In reply to stix:

    Everybody knows this but Maddon.

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    The only thing I see different with Carl Edwards Jr is his beard is more filled in. His velocity is at least 3 or 4 MPH down from before and his body language is not confident. Shoot.

  • I guess Edwards still doesn't like coming into games with men on base.

  • In reply to 2016 Cubs:

    Then he can’t be a relief pitcher in the major leagues

  • In reply to Cubpack:

    Let's stretch him out then............

  • In reply to Treebeard:

    If he can't pitch with guys on base, it's time to look outside of baseball for a new profession.

  • I don’t get how cj can throw strikes easily on rehab assignments and then wets the bed every time he comes up. And when is joe gonna realize that cj can’t handle the pressure of pitching with inherited runners. This isn’t a new thing he badness reaches another level when he comes in with runners on

  • Nice of the arsonists Ryan and Edwards to show up today

  • In reply to rbrucato:

    I predicted Ryan and Edwards in the late innings of a close game today, and tried to put a positive spin on it. It didn't work.

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    In reply to rbrucato:

    ryan was shaky and I know a rh bat was coming up but no way do I bring CJ in there .. no chance

  • Grrrrr.....well?......This one has had a bad vibe since Quantrill looked locked in....

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    In reply to Wickdipper:

    it is baffling to me how rookie pitchers completely own Cub hitters

  • This pains me on so many levels:

    "And all I can do is keep on telling you
    I want you, I need you.
    But there ain't no way I'm ever gonna love you.
    Now don't be sad.
    'Cause two out of three ain't bad."

    I need a shower.

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    In reply to BarleyPop:

    lol

  • In reply to BarleyPop:

    The esteemed Mr. Loaf. Well done. I think. I'm not even pissed. Win tomorrow night for the kid and I'm good.

  • 7-2 homestand but we need to make changes over the next ten days. Edwards, Brach, Russell, Descalso, Almora may all be gone by July 31st.

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    I do not want to trade one of our prospects for a grizzled veteran. We are a good not great team even though we've won 7 of 9. There are times we look great and then today we can't hit at all.

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