Cubs Game Post 7/23


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Tuesday: 8:45 PM CT ABC-7/670AM



1. Kyle Schwarber (L) LF
2. Javier Baez (R) SS
3. Kris Bryant (R) 3B
4. Anthony Rizzo (L) 1B
6. Jason Heyward (L) RF
7. Robel Garcia (S) 2B
9. Yu Darvish (R) P
1. Brandon Belt (L) 1B
2. Buster Posey (R) C
3. Pablo Sandoval (S) 3B
4. Alex Dickerson (L) LF
7. Kevin Pillar (R) CF
8. Joe Panik (L) 2B
Bullpen Usage

Lineups and Bullpen Usage via Baseball Press.

Opposing pitcher

Scouting Reports from Brooks Baseball.

Madison Bumgarner: Madison Bumgarner has thrown 29,357 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 Spring Training. In 2019, he has relied primarily on his Fourseam Fastball (92mph) and Cutter (87mph), also mixing in a Curve (79mph) and Change (85mph). He also rarely throws a Sinker (89mph).

His fourseam fastball generates more whiffs/swing compared to other pitchers' fourseamers, has essentially average velo, results in somewhat more flyballs compared to other pitchers' fourseamers and has slightly less natural movement than typical. His cutter generates more whiffs/swing compared to other pitchers' cutters, has slightly above average velo, has some natural sink and has strong cutting action. His curve is a real worm killer that generates an extreme number of groundballs compared to other pitchers' curves, has sweeping glove-side movement, has little depth and is slightly harder than usual. His change is basically never swung at and missed compared to other pitchers' changeups, is slightly firmer than usual, results in somewhat more flyballs compared to other pitchers' changeups and has some natural sink to it. His sinker (take this with a grain of salt because he's only thrown 2 of them in 2019) is basically never swung at and missed compared to other pitchers' sinkers, is an extreme flyball pitch compared to other pitchers' sinkers, has surprisingly little armside run, has slightly below average velo and has some natural sinking action.

Sean's Note: Bumgarner has been the subject of frequent trade talk in 2019. His strike out rate (24.3%) is up to the highest it's been since 2016. His walk rate is down too and yet his ERA is up this season. The culprit is the home run ball, he has allowed 17 this season after allowing just 14 all of 2018. He has been red hot of late, surrendering just five runs his last 29 innings.

Final Thoughts: The Cubs blew a winnable game on Monday night. Pedro Strop continued his poor 2019 giving up the lead. It's hard to watch one of the best relievers in Cubs history struggle like this. The North Siders have to shake it off and get a win Tuesday. Addison Russell is out of the lineup again after telling reporters he often doesn't know the signs from the dugout. Yu Darvish has been pitching very well of late, the Cubs are hoping that will continue Tuesday.


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  • Almora in the 5 hole. Finally. Now the offense can start clicking on all cylinders.

  • In reply to Cubmitted:

    Good to see some sarcasm... ;o)

  • In reply to Milk Stout:

    Sarcasm, OK, here it comes, Was Joe Maddon watching the game in the bottom of the 8th or supposedly managing this game. The S.F. Giants would like to thank Joe for the gift last night, leaving Pedro Stroke in the game, until the win was secured for the Giants.
    Addison Russell, it takes him an hour and a half to watch 60 minutes. When o when will the Cub brass cut their losses and trade Addison for whatever they can get for him?

  • In reply to Cubmitted:

    Almora 2/3 vs Baumgartner. 1 HR no one else is batting .200 vs him. Looks to be a tough night. Darvish needs to stay on track like his last two starts.

  • In reply to stix:

    Bumgarner. Not baumgartner.

  • In reply to Cubmitted:

    That's the first thing I noticed. He'll probably get 3 XBH tonight, at least one leaves the ballpark...

  • In reply to Cliff1969:

    It's baseball. Anything can happen. And it will eventually.

  • In reply to Cubmitted:

    Tonight would have been perfect night for Garcia leading off. Also why not Bote and maybe Russell in the lineup as well? Lefties hit .180 righties hit .275 against Baumgartner.

  • In reply to bleachercreature:

    Unless you are Bote and Russell. They aren’t gonna hit .275 off anyone.

  • Sean is right that Bumgarner’s ERA is up this season overall. But his ERA in his past five starts is a measly 1.55.

    Lots of talk out here about how Cubs fans took over the ballpark.

  • Addison Russell admitted to reporters that he doesn't always know the signs? What a gosh darn idiot!!! Theo could pay me the league minimum and I'll learn the damn signs. I won't play as good defense as he does, but I'll treat women with respect and try my hardest in all aspects of the game, even if I totally sucked worse than the worst baseball player ever. Gimme his roster spot!

  • In reply to Cubber Lang:

    Zach Short or Dixon Machado wouldn’t have an issue.

  • In reply to rbrucato:

    I think they are both at minumum 100,000 times better than me. Give one of them the roster spot.

  • In reply to Cubber Lang:

    Addy was moving around and reacting like he was hungover. Missing signs, my foot.

  • In reply to LAX2ORD:

    I take great pride in forecasting what Javy would become. He is a unicorn, he will be an MVP. I take much less pleasure in knowing what Russell is from his early days here. I knew it and had my worst night ever here on Cubs Den because of him. People didn't want to here it, and I didn't want to say it. But I did and I took the heat. It is time to move on.

  • In reply to BarleyPop:

    Yeah, you were right I was wrong. I thought Russell would be a far superior player to Baez. There were a lot of reasons for it but mostly it was that Russell graded out better on every tool but power. Also the fact that Beane was so effusive in his praise for him both before and after the deal affected my opinion. I didn’t think Javy could hit to make up for his lack of walks. I was wrong on the baseball, but more so I was wrong on the men. I thought Javy would be a selfish player and he’s anything but while Russell had the look and reputation of the good old American boy with the big smile and clean image. Instead Javy is a high character guy and a great teammate while Russell is a terrible human. Not sure how I got it so wrong but kudos to you.

  • In reply to LAX2ORD:

    That was my first thought as well. I get the feeling that he was playing after an All nighter. I also get that feeling with Edwards Jr. Hangovers take your edge and much more.

  • In reply to Cubber Lang:

    I was going to pick a couple of these negative comments to add on to, but you went straight to the point. I don't know what else to say. I am an absolute pariah in the clubhouse for my abuse of those less physically strong than me, I continue to suck on the baseball field, and oh by the way it's basically because I don't care. Signs? You want me to know signs?I might pay more attention if I played more frequently. Why aren't I more loved? That is what I need.

    I want to... anyway.

    Addison Russell needs to be out of this organization, and I see the signs that this is the end. He is gone. Good riddance, you worthless piece of...

    Let's win a ballgame on the road, shall we? We will buy at the deadline, and the Giants hot stretch can't be broken by a single loss tonight, so they aren't changing either. This next week is so crucial with the hard deadline, teams need to look in the mirror with a little more honesty than usual. I think the clubs who pull the trigger first may win in this new environment.

    "Should I stay or should I go now?
    If I go, there will be trouble.
    And if I stay it will be double.
    So come on and let me know.
    Should I stay or should I go?"

    Go Cubs!

  • In reply to BarleyPop:

    I think that Russell has to be gone by the end of the month. Honestly though, I feel like his comments should have been dealt with the same way Montero's comments about Jake were.


    You don't dis teammates in the media. Montero called out Arrieta's fault, Russell disrespected the entire team, coaches, and manager by admitting he hasn't really cared enough about any of them to be fully engaged in the game. Oh, and being a prima donna about it to boot.

    Cut him loose! No one needs that BS around. I wouldn't be surprised at all if Russell were just DFA and Descalso started at 2B that this team would react positively.

  • In reply to JohnCC:

    I agree on cutting loose but not because he missed signs. That isn’t disrespecting your teammates, more about reflection of his baseball skill. You could say the same about LaStella when he refuse to go to AAA or Zo who is ???????

  • In reply to WaitTilNextYear:

    I disagree with the LaStella comp. The guy was hitting and would have been a starter on probably 2/3rds of all the other MLB teams & got sent down because they acquired a light hitting journeyman. I’d be pissed too.

  • In reply to Milk Stout:

    One thing to be pissed but to flat out disobey your boss. And then to just go missing isn’t very professional.

  • In reply to WaitTilNextYear:

    I’m pretty sure they knew he went home. It wasn’t any secret. And that’s not even apples & oranges. It’s more like a 2 feet snowstorm to a drizzle.

    You’re comparing a cut player who wanted to be a part of the 25 man team to a player taking a roster spot, not knowing the signs, abusing a woman & playing lackadaisical baseball. Now the more I think about it, I totally disagree with your comp.

  • In reply to Milk Stout:

    I never defended Addi. I couldn’t stand him in 16. I agree Addi should been gone when everything went down. But cubs kept Chapman around. But the original comment was about releasing him because he didn’t know signs. And I am saying not knowing signs isn’t worse then being a cry baby because he wasn’t on the “25 man roster”. I disagree with you on the comp. tommy was worse in the situation of missing a sign.

  • In reply to WaitTilNextYear:

    It wasn't just missing signs. Russell's words were along the line of he should know the signs better and should be paying better attention to the situation on the field. It was an admission of basically not having his head in the game. And then the part about if he played more maybe he'd be more engaged.

    Zobrist's isn't even a comparable situation.

  • In reply to JohnCC:

    Zobrist is absolutely a worse comparison. At least he isn’t getting paid. Lots of people get divorced but can’t take 3 months off work to fix “himself”.

  • In reply to WaitTilNextYear:

    When you have 20 mil in the bank you can pretty much do whatever you want....

  • In reply to Wickdipper:

    and he should do what he feels like doing.

  • In reply to Wickdipper:

    As long as cubs aren’t paying him I don’t care what Zo is doing.

  • Why would Rizzo see any pitch over the plate with Almora for "protection"?

  • In reply to ItFinallyHappened:

    At least Rizzo won’t strike out when they pitch around him.

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    Bring up Machado. He's got a very good defensive reputation and has a high .OBP in Iowa. Has he played 2nd? I don't know, but his head would be in the game and he'd hit as well as Addy has.

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    In reply to Jonathan Friedman:

    Also, I've been a huge Albert A fan since day 1, but if you look at the ball that got over his head he seemed to take a step in and the ball didn't fall very far from him. We've seen him make plays like that before. If he can't hit he can field--remember all the catches he's made this year.

  • yu's been twirling some gems lately. hopefully he continues sets the tone early tonight. like to see him go 7 or eight and hand it to the red rooster with no middle relievers needed.

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    StL won again. We have to show them that we can be strong and hold our lead. I think it’s going to come down to the two of us. Milw will fade.
    This is going to be fun.

  • Poor tagging technique by caratini on that bang bang play at the plate. Gotta block the plate more not lunge at the baserunners upper body. Just poor technique didn’t read the baserunner didn’t do a good job of blocking the runners path to the plate. Hopefully he learns from it

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    In reply to kkhiavi:

    But the throw was off too and he wasn’t that deep. He was throwing much better earlier in the year.

  • In reply to kkhiavi:

    I think you are wrong the throw was up the 3rd base line. I thought Carantini did what he could with that throw. Schwarber just missed the target by a couple of feet.

  • In reply to 2016 Cubs:

    Fundamentally you want to lunge your body towards the plate rather then at the baserunner. Lunging towards his upper body creates a baserunning lane to the plate just poor technique and reading of the baserunner. It’s a bang bang play and Kyles throw wasn’t perfect for sure, but they’ve gotta have that out

  • In reply to kkhiavi:

    No way.

  • In reply to kkhiavi:

    That throw was way off line. Anywhere close and it was an out. I don't see any fault in Caratini's play on that one.

  • In reply to kkhiavi:

    Can’t block the plate when the throw is five feet wide of the plate. Thus the lunge. Throw was barely from places I’ve seen Javy catch pop ups. Not a good throw. Hopefully he can learn from the play and throw a four seamer not a two seam fade from shallow left.

  • In reply to kkhiavi:

    He was also a little too deep where he made the catch. He’s gotta move up on it more.

  • Bryant 2 for 2 with RISP in the 3 hole.

  • In reply to 2016 Cubs:

    You must have that wrong. He can’t hit with RISP.

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  • In reply to Cubs09:

    Only when he bats second. His RISP is much better from the third spot.

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  • I see hayride is back to his normal self. 3 for his last 20. Thank god for Javy.

  • I like this Yu. 3-0 to Posey and smoked him on two called, a fouled off heavy, 98mph fastball, and swinging cutter. He is pitching with a lot of confidence.

    This is the pitcher Theo, and all the rest of us, expected.

  • In reply to JohnCC:

    Me too. Showing some moxie out there. Oozing confidence , and not just tonight. Been at least 4-5 starts. Go Yu!

  • In reply to Oldno7:

    I’ll shut up now. Jeez.

  • In reply to Oldno7:

    Yeah. Sorry about that.

  • The Giants started winning when they traded for Dickerson.

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    This is where we see how focused Yu can be. A HR, then 3-0 on Yaz, if he gets out of the inning with no more runs scored alright. It’s like a blown save, forget about it and pitch.

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  • In reply to Jonathan Friedman:

    He looked a little rattled.

    We're not done scoring runs yet. He needs to come out strong in the 5th. Stay aggressive and throw strikes.

  • Again the offense has been offensive. Four hits through 6 innings. Amazingly they scored two runs without a HR.

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    Very sss, but I like Wick. He’s got a FB with some movement and he throws it.
    No nibbling. He did what he had too. Bueno—I’m watching the Javy commercial where he’s speaking Spanish.

  • In reply to Jonathan Friedman:

    Oops now with more pressure, he walks the leadoff hitter.

  • When did they make this Collins roster move?

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    This is the inning we score!!
    Go Cubs!!

  • If cubs don’t score, do you bring in Chatwood or Brach? Let’s score and bring in Kimbrel.

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    In reply to stix:

    Where and why has Chatwood disappeared? He should be used more. Don’t get this. Has Joe lost confidence in him? What do we not know?

  • Almost 1 AM and Cishek is giving me a heart attack...

  • Well I don't think we could've drawn that one up in a more terrible way...

  • Another tough loss. I wasn't over the last one yet. Sandoval doesn't even need a strike to crush the ball. Last night was the one that got away.

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    Kinda sums up the year so far, that just as you think the Cubs are putting something together, they turn around and drop three in a row.

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