Cubs Game Post 7/28

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Lineups

Cubs

1. Robel Garcia (S) 2B
3. Kris Bryant (R) 3B
4. Anthony Rizzo (L) 1B
5. Javier Baez (R) SS
6. Jason Heyward (L) RF
7. Ian Happ (S) CF
8. Kyle Schwarber (L) LF
9. Jose Quintana (R) P
Brewers
1. Lorenzo Cain (R) CF
3. Ryan Braun (R) LF
4. Keston Hiura (R) 2B
6. Jesus Aguilar (R) 1B
7. Orlando Arcia (R) SS
8. Tyler Saladino (R) 3B
9. Zach Davies (R) P
Bullpen Usage
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Lineups and Bullpen Usage via Baseball Press.

Opposing pitcher

Scouting Reports from Brooks Baseball.

Zach Davies: Zach Davies has thrown 9,276 pitches that have been tracked by the PITCHf/x system between 2014 and 2019, including pitches thrown in the MLB Regular Season, the MLB Postseason, Spring Training and Fall/Winter Ball. In 2019, he has relied primarily on his Sinker (89mph) and Change (80mph), also mixing in a Cutter (87mph). He also rarely throws a Curve (76mph) and Slider (81mph).

His sinker has below average velo, has little sinking action compared to a true sinker, results in somewhat more flyballs compared to other pitchers' sinkers and has slight armside run. His change has below average velo and has slight armside fade. His cutter is basically never swung at and missed compared to other pitchers' cutters, has surprisingly little cutting action, has good "rise" and has slightly below average velo. His curve is basically never swung at and missed compared to other pitchers' curves and has slightly below average velo. His slider (take this with a grain of salt because he's only thrown 16 of them in 2019) is basically never swung at and missed compared to other pitchers' sliders, is an extreme flyball pitch compared to other pitchers' sliders, has below average velo and has some two-plane movement.

Sean's Note: Davies was derailed by injuries in 2018 and made just 13 starts with a 4.77 ERA. He has been the ace of the staff for Milwaukee in 2019. He has a 3.17 ERA with a 8-3 record in 21 starts. As with Kyle Hendricks, he leans heavily on his elite change up. He doesn't strike out many hitters so weak contact is his best weapon.

Final Thoughts: The Cubs took another brutal loss last night, this time Steve Cishek and Craig Kimbrel helped give it up. Joe Maddon is rolling out the same lineup that scored just three runs in ten innings. Ian Happ is looking for his first hit in 2019 and starts again in center. José Quintana looks to play stopper and perhaps get some run support for a change.

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  • I just posted a couple comments in last night's game recap, but they bear repeating here: Russell was scheduled to make his first start in Iowa today, but was scratched just before game time. The Blue Jay's just began their afternoon game, and Sogard was an even later scratch. 2 + 2 = ?.

    I mentioned yesterday not to expect much outside reinforcement due to financial constraints without some creativity. One way to be creative would be to clear some salary. This could be nothing but I'm keeping my eyes on it. This could make sense.

  • In reply to BarleyPop:

    Sogard to the Giants.

  • In reply to BarleyPop:

    Wow. Four weeks ago they were sure sellers. Now: buyers.

  • In reply to Cubs09:

    A hot streak in a big market has a way of doing that.

  • In reply to BarleyPop:

    I'm seeing mixed reports on Twitter. I also saw that Addison Russell was scratched. Might mean nothing...

  • In reply to BarleyPop:

    Just saw it’s to the Rays

  • In reply to stix:

    I saw Rosenthal report the Giants in a tweet and it burst my bubble so I quit checking.

  • In reply to BarleyPop:

    That's not Rosenthal, but some f'off with a fake account. :)

  • In reply to Cubs09:

    I know better, and I wasn't trying to break news, just voicing my disappointment when I saw it wasn't the Cubs with Russell being a late scratch. It all made sense. And as stix said, Russell couldn't play because he forgot his glove or something.

  • In reply to BarleyPop:

    Russell not dropped because of trade. His equipment didn’t arrive.:):) sounds like Russell.

  • In reply to stix:

    This guy is completely unprofessional in a baseball sense and a life sense.

    I can hardly wait until this chapter is over.

  • In reply to stix:

    I don't know the circumstances, and I want to say I'm not bashing on him, but I kinda am. Russell is playing for his professional life. I understand he has 72 hours to report, and he used all of it. Maybe there's more to the story, I truly don't know and it could all be innocent. How does your equipment take more than 3 days to make it from Chicago to Des Moines when you have professional help all around you? Snail mail makes that all the time.

    Russell needs to get it together for his career's stake. He can make tens of millions in this game, and I don't believe he has many other marketable talents. As much as I don't like the guy, I would advise him to seize the moment. This is to good of an opportunity to pass up.

  • In reply to BarleyPop:

    You’re right but maybe he’s down in the dumps and not thinking clearly.

  • In reply to stix:

    That's a possibility. He's within his rights to take 72 hours. It could even be something the Cubs had him doing. I don't know. It's just a bad look for a guy who should be fighting for his baseball life.

  • In reply to BarleyPop:

    I suspect Russell will end up in Japan where he will play for 5-6 years if he doesn’t screw up there. He’ll be back and cop to being immature blah blah blah.

  • In reply to IVYADDICT:

    That is a solid prediction. Russell the baseball name and baseball freak show. I don't know what else he would do to support himself and the ever-growing products of his loins.

    But be careful. Japan has it's own temptations.

  • In reply to BarleyPop:

    Russell has been playing for his career since his suspension. The Cubs gifted him a contract last offseason! I assume the Cubs were hoping he would turn his career/life around. He is talented, but why would another team take a chance on him- league minimum deal is his future if the Cubs don't resign him?

  • 6 up, 6 down in the 1st. So basically an 8 inning game. For our sake, I wish we could replay the 1st and eliminate the 8th. I'd like our chances a little more.

    Javy and J-Hey back-to-back knocks. Come on Happ!

  • That works.

  • In reply to Cubmitted:

    My bratwurst just started to taste better :)

  • In reply to Wickdipper:

    Brats? When in Rome?

    I am consuming a few cold ones in honor of the Brew Crew. I needed a good excuse.

  • In reply to BarleyPop:

    ????.....they taste pretty good in Jacksonville......
    No Old Style though.....

  • Schwarber!

    I am watching in my basement on the same barstool I've knocked myself out on a couple times. I remembered that when I leap off the bottom rung of said stool my vertical leap surpasses the available distance between my skull and the floor joists. I made it this time.

    Go Cubs!

  • Len with a great call, “SCHWARBER!!!! Grand slam!!!! 4 nothing!!!

    And then the ball finally landed 473 feet away.

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    I did see that Lester asked to be taken out yesterday so for all of us criticizing Joe it was not his decision.
    Now that we have 4 runs instead of 2 maybe we'll win. I know that Schwarber is a LH power hitter but he does slump and if we could get some good prospects it might be worth looking at, or even a ML player.

  • In reply to Jonathan Friedman:

    I agree I was eager to hear if there were issues with Lester bc he’s a tough guy. On last nights call joe had his hands tied with no kintzler or Kyle Ryan available as well. As far as I’m concerned no further explanation is needed for last nights moves. Lester said one of those rare nights he asked to be taken out

  • Good to have the lead. One (of many) problems this series. Not a single run scored other than via the long ball.

  • Bam Bam. Kyle just needed one more AB last night.

  • Look at that fire hydrant with alligator arms hitting dingers!

  • Wow Schwarbs!

  • Still no runs without a HR sinceTuesday. Glad to have 7 . Might be able to use lower end of the BP today.

  • Javy took a walk, and his team scored a run because of it.

  • In reply to Cubber Lang:

    In general despite my defense of javy one big area I’d like to see him improve is on those 3-2 counts. Sometimes it feels like he’s at least semi willing to take pitches until the count goes to 3-2, and I think teams are throwing him a lot of junk in those counts. Hopefully this gives him some positive reinforcement that just accepting your walk does have value sometimes

  • In reply to kkhiavi:

    The truth is Javy RARELY ever gets more than 2 good pitches to swing at in an AB. It's usually only 1. So if he's actually already seen 2 pitches in the zone, he might as well keep the bat on the shoulder.

  • In reply to Cubber Lang:

    And Javy hit a ball, and his team scored a run because of it.

  • In reply to BarleyPop:

    Yes, exactly. Thanks for further proving a point BP! There are more than one way to score runs. But it would be foolish to not take advantage of the various ways.

  • Beautiful piece of hitting by Kyle that’s the type of opposite field hitting he’s capable of, but hasn’t always shown consistently in tough stretches. The Kyle Schwarber game thus far today

  • I remember Dave Kingman hitting a check-swing HR, and I think another broken-bat bomb. That shot by Schwarber was Kingman-esque.

  • In reply to BarleyPop:

    King Kong is second in mlb history for 3 homer games. Would love to see Schwarber get one today!

  • In reply to Oldno7:

    Kingman routinely pelted the buildings across Waveland with rockets. Can you imagine what he would do with today's juiced baseball?

  • So when guys take walks, put the ball in play, and don't K then the team can score some runs. Who woulda thought?

  • In reply to JohnCC:

    It's amazing... just let the next guy do it. Nobody has to put the team on their shoulders.

  • In reply to Cubber Lang:

    I read all of last night's recap comments this morning, but didn't have time to respond. Lots of comments on Javy's aggressive offensive approach, and I can't disagree. I do have some thoughts I'll share soon on how I think he will improve this offseason, and some ideas of why I think so.

    I don't like to get into these deep discussions during a game, just enjoy the game.

    Keep going, Cubs!

  • In reply to JohnCC:

    Still need HR to score. Would be nice if they could score without the benefit of HR.

  • In reply to stix:

    And another. But it's pretty silly to complain about home runs with men on base. The juiced ball has a lot to do with it, that Caratini bomb was probably a double off the wall. I can bemoan guys hitting the ball hard.

  • This is why Schwarber should never lead off again.

  • Wow... 2 for 2 (2 Hrs) for Schwarber. Go Bam Bam. He deserves all the cheers he is getting from the crowd. However, what should not go overlooked are the players in front of him that got on base. If not for them, Bam Bam would only have 2 RBIs instead of 7.

    Baez on base 2 per 2 ABs, Heyward on base 1 per 2 ABs and Happ on base 2 per 2 ABs. This is how our offense should be performing.

  • In reply to clarkAddson:

    But can Bam Bam rub off on ol' Bang Bang? That is the question.

  • OF help on a budget. Jon Jay, Hunter Pence. What say you?

  • In reply to Cubmitted:

    Pence would be interesting. Any idea what might be required to get him?

  • In reply to stix:

    I wouldn't think much at his age. He's on a $2 mil one year FA in '20.

  • In reply to Cubmitted:

    Hunter Pence has been used almost exclusively as a DH this year. He is no longer the good-very good defensive outfielder. He is a bat only option at this point.

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    is 7 enough?

  • In reply to Jonathan Friedman:

    Never know. Cubs seem to make games interesting.

  • Sogard to the Rays.

  • In reply to Cubber Lang:

    As being reported now, it's Sogard for 2 players to be named later. I'm pretty sure that would mean Russell, or maybe a Happ, just wouldn't have even been enough. That's not surprising... Maybe we can still get Mike Trout for Russell, Happ, and Schwarber though.

  • In reply to Cubber Lang:

    You're slow. :)

  • In reply to BarleyPop:

    Haha... yeah. I never claimed to be fast...

    I just saw that because as I quickly scanned down the comments I remembered seeing Sogard to Giants. So when I just checked MLBTR right now I noticed it was the Rays.

  • In reply to Cubber Lang:

    *said that* not saw

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    We should have walked Yelich.

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    In reply to Jonathan Friedman:

    I was going to write that before he even came up. Right now he's too hot.

  • In reply to Jonathan Friedman:

    agreed but Joe won't do that.

  • I will say it now. No second guessing. Joe needs to leave Quintana in until he gives up around 5 runs. We do not have any BP left.

  • In reply to clarkAddson:

    They have the day off tomorrow. Some of the BP can be leaned on a little more. I'm gonna assume that Brach lets the 4th and 5th runs in here anyway, so in a way, I guess you're probably right about the 5 runs. The only problem is if Q gives up the 5 himself, there's probably still a couple inherited runners on base for the next pitcher with only a 2 run lead.

  • Effing walks!!!! Damn I hate them.

  • In reply to rbrucato:

    Javy hates 'em too!

  • In reply to Cubber Lang:

    And that's why Javy swings at ball four constantly, making an out instead of standing at first base , helping his team.

  • Are we really gonna put this game in the hands of a cubs pen that Milwaukee has shelled for years? Hope it works out I’d have stuck with Q be tends to settle in after a bad inning

  • In reply to kkhiavi:

    Inning wasn’t over and Braun has 4 HR against him.

  • In reply to kkhiavi:

    Q didn't like that move, but he should have put the fire out. How long do you go with a pitcher who looks like he lost it? 7-0 to 7-2, 7-3 with men on base. Do you wait for them to tie it up?

  • In reply to BarleyPop:

    It’s true it’s not as bad as pulling Hendricks just bc Q was struggling. But he tends to have one bad inning then settle in. I’d have let him face Braun and taken him out if Braun got a hit. I just don’t trust this pen to hold up all of these innings although I hope they prove me wrong. At least Q wasn’t dealing though my biggest peeve is when starters with shutouts like Hendricks are removed prematurely

  • In reply to kkhiavi:

    Before today. Braun’s slash line this year vs Q .600/.600/2400. No guaranty Q retires him.

  • In reply to stix:

    I’m confused where you’re getting your numbers. Braun is bad vs Q 3-19 with a .158 avg. Either way hope caratinis shot spearheads a cubs blowout at this point. Here’s my link on their stats vs Q

    https://www.foxsports.com/mlb/jose-quintana-player-matchups

  • In reply to kkhiavi:

    I went to the cub.mlb website batter vs pitcher.he was 6/31 before this yr. this yr he was 3/5 with 2 HR

  • In reply to BarleyPop:

    My hope though is that the offense takes the game out of the pens hands though

  • In reply to kkhiavi:

    And looks like caratinis answering my prayers. Great work by the Schwarber/happ combo today as well nice to see bottom of the order production in a big game

  • In reply to kkhiavi:

    Amen!

  • I hope Schwarbers 2 homers will trick teams into thinking he is good and we can get some value for him.

  • In reply to Squareburgers:

    The Schwarb can't be traded. He's joined to Theo at the hip ! Seriously, if the Shwarb can continue todays performance, he could very well be the player Theo envisioned when he was drafted. But please, no more leadoff man experiments !

  • Congrads to the Schwarber. One pitch at bat for Willson, Bryant, and Rizzo in the first and second is unacceptable. If that's the hitting coaches philosophy then replace the hitting coach. Not to long ago the Cub hitters were taking 5-6 pitches at bat, running up the pitch counts of the opposing pitchers.
    One of MLB'S writers said having a fast runner leading off was old school. Baloney ! If you find a fast lead off man with an acceptable on base percentage that can disrupt the pitcher, you've struck gold . There aren't many out there or available.

  • In reply to ronvet69:

    I'm wondering what you consider "an acceptable OBP?"

  • In reply to Cubber Lang:

    Anything above a batting average of 223 , hitting 183 with runners in scoring position.

  • In reply to ronvet69:

    So you're saying you want a speedy leadoff hitter with a slash line of .239/.251/.301/.552 as long as he can hit .200 with RISP?

  • In reply to Cubber Lang:

    No, I was being sarcastic ! Those were Schwarbers stats that I quoted. The leadoff man should have better stats than that.

  • In reply to ronvet69:

    I'm sorry. I was totally too dense to pick up on that. But really, what is an acceptable OBP for a leadoff guy with serious base stealing ability?

  • In reply to Cubber Lang:

    Lofton: .352 in 2003
    Fowler: .393 in 2016
    Denier: .356 in 1984

    So i’d say .350 would be nice.

  • In reply to Cubs09:

    The Cubs have a couple of speed burners in the minors . Maybe one will work out. Regardless , the Cubs team speed could use an upgrade.

  • It's a Christmas in July miracle for the Cubs! Brach gets Braun out to get out of the jam.

  • A few years ago Maddon walked Bryce Harper a ridiculous number of times when Harper was in his MVP zone. Maddon just wasn't going to let one of the best hitters in the game to beat him. Why in the world doesn't he do the same to Yelich? He shouldn't be given anything to hit, ever.

  • In reply to JohnCC:

    EXACTLY ! Will someone wake up Joe , 7th inning and later !

  • In reply to JohnCC:

    Probably because Braun was up next not Zimmerman who couldn’t hit his way out of a paper bag that year.

  • Just remarkable. 10 runs all on HR.

  • In reply to stix:

    At least they’re getting men on base but I agree I’d like to see less home run reliance. It felt like in 2016 the pitchers pitch count was regularly outrageously high, and the cubs would constantly work nice deep ABs. Somehow they’ve never been able to regain that form although losing Fowler and zobrist hurts in that regard

  • In reply to stix:

    Yes that's great, but in comes down to all or nothing. Beating the Brewers would be great, but the team needs a better balance getting runners on base and driving them home. This has been the Cubs problem all year.

  • In reply to ronvet69:

    agree said that after Schwarbers second HR and in yesterday’s thread.

  • 6 hits and 10 runs. See what BB can do.

  • I think this Garcia experiment is almost over. He is looking like a guy who just played for the Italian league.

  • In reply to 2016 Cubs:

    I wouldn't give up on Garcia yet. His 8 pitch at bat in the first was good. Some of his plays in S.F. were pretty good.

  • Does anyone remember baseball before instant replay, when all these missed calls stood and altered the outcome of the game? This is dramatically better, and hasn't ruined the game. We need to have something better than flawed human beings calling balls and strikes. Let the baseball players decide baseball games.

    I know we've done this for a century and a half, and some like the "human element", but even I'm not that old-school. To borrow a line from the Six Million Dollar Man: "We have the technology."

  • In reply to BarleyPop:

    This is one of the below average Umpire crews calling balls and strikes.

  • In reply to BarleyPop:

    Preach!

  • Holland is going to have to go a full inning or more, no?

  • In reply to JohnCC:

    Could see a Strop sighting, if the lead holds up.

  • In reply to stix:

    PLEASE STOP, I JUST ATE MY LUNCH ! NO PEDRO STROKE !

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    Len--I was just going to post what Hamels did. For those not watching, he pitched 3 innings and had 3 ER in 59 pitches.

  • In reply to Jonathan Friedman:

    Two HR. Not a sign that he’s ready for the crew next weekend.

  • In reply to stix:

    I think he's coming up. The results don't bother me as much as the 59 pitches, but I think he makes his next start with the big club and is on an 80-ish pitch limit.

    Which will pair very well with our current stable of dominating middle relief arms.

  • Do they keep track of foul balls that are almost homeruns? Be interesting to see who leads the league in that category.......

  • In reply to Treebeard:

    Baez smoked that ball. He just needs to re-calibrate the GPS on his StatCast App.

  • After Javy crushed that high inside fastball foul everybody in the stadium knew the next 0-2 pitch would be a slider way off the plate, except for Javy.

    Seriously though, we hear about how huge Javy's baseball IQ is, he knows he's going to get that garbage pitch. Right? So what is it, psychologically, that he can't take that pitch?

  • In reply to JohnCC:

    I've been the biggest Javy fan there is. I've admired Javy the baseball player while everyone was calling him a bust by looking at his K numbers on their computer screens in 2014. No, I said, this dude has packages of talent I've never seen, and he will be an MVP. His baseball IQ is legendary, except for his pitch recognition and plate discipline. Why can't this brilliant baseball mind see what we all do?

    I have theories.

  • In reply to BarleyPop:

    Everyone has room for improvement, just imagine when Javy God-willing gets that plate discipline and pitch recognition............

  • In reply to BarleyPop:

    It seems that you like to nullify peoples critiques of Javy by saying they're just looking at stats on a computer screen... I'm sorry, but that's just not the case with most the Javy detractors. I'm watching the games, as are the others. Especially in 2014, '15, and '16, I watched every minute of every Cubs game. I continued doing that until this year. It's gotten old to see the same crap, and hence why I've watched way less baseball this year than I have in quite some time.

  • In reply to BarleyPop:

    I know you are. I like watching Javy as much as the next guy and I've admitted I was wrong about how I viewed him. But I'd like to hear your theory.

    FWIW I have a baseball on my desk that almost took me out. I was at Hohokam with my family in 2014 watching early ST. I knew about Javy from this blog and another Inused to read that focused on the farm during the dark years. Anyway, we had left batting practice and I walked out to the rental car parked quite a few rows past the LF fence and ball whislted past my ear, grazed my head and ricocheted off the car. It was 450'+ bomb from the young Javy Baez.

  • In reply to JohnCC:

    Cool story. But did you get the ball?

  • In reply to BarleyPop:

    Yeah, I've got the ball!

  • In reply to BarleyPop:

    To try and say it a little more eloquently, your lawyer-like attack on the prosecution, trying to make them invalid because they are computer stats jockeys, does absolutely nothing to absolve Javy (the defendant) from his guilt in poor strike zone recognition, pitch recognition, free swinging, and refusals to take walks. Javy has brought that on himself with his own actions. That's not on me, or anyone else who's been subjected to seeing it over and over with their own eyes, over 600 times.

  • In reply to Cubber Lang:

    Baseball fans see the game through their own, often biased, eyes. Some fans like defense, some like speed or pitching, and, of course, chicks dig the long ball. I like everything about baseball, and consider the entire package.

    I've known some baseball fans, hard-core fans, who would take a snack break every time "their" team played defense. They cared about what the player did in the batter's box, nothing else. The nuances of the game, defense, baserunning, leadership, and inspiring your teammates to be better, let alone directly coaching them to do so, escaped them. They couldn't name the five tools, because they only cared about two of them.

    That is why I get tired of the critique of Javy. It always centers on his lack of plate discipline and refusal to take walks. Well, duh! I'm mad about that too. Tell me something I don't know or a theory on how it might change. I saw a comment today saying Javy is a net loss to this team because of his selfishness, brainless play, and lack of concern for his team and teammates. I called out that comment for the uninformed stupidity it is, and I know that is an outlier.

    We've watched Javy come from a historic bust to a perennial MVP candidate. I predicted it every step of the way. I see that flaw in his game and can't understand why he can't. I think he will this offseason, and I'll try to explain why. I just get bored listening to fans punch holes in a glaring weakness in his game, the ONLY weakness left in his game, without realizing the amazing impact his talent has on the rest of the team. I know you give him credit, Cubber, but too many others don't. Javy has such a HUGE impact on his teammates and winning baseball games, even when he swings at balls a foot out of the zone. I guess some fans don't care for or can't appreciate (or identify) those nuances.

    I want him to fix that one remaining hole. Then he will be Babe Ruth meets Michael Jordan. Until then, I enjoy him winning games and making his teammates better while being less than perfect.

  • In reply to BarleyPop:

    Hard core fans don’t only watch offense. They are only offense fans not hard core. I don’t think they want perfect otherwise they would be all over BRYZZO and Contreras also. I think they would like Javy to get some walks and get his out of the zone swings reduced.

  • In reply to BarleyPop:

    I was at the game today. Javy did something after his walk his 2nd time up that shows his baseball IQ & added value to a team that doesn’t show up on a stat sheet. Hayward hit a two hopper to 1B Aguilar just in front of the bag. Javy ran way inside the line, almost on the grass to make the throw from the right handed Aguilar more difficult & make him throw the ball way inside the bag. Arcia wasn’t able to get any momentum toward 1st because of that & Hayward was able to just beat the throw & keep it from being a DP. It was simple & basic move by Javy, but one I see very few base runners use.

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    I remember watching the Cubs on TV when there was no indication of the score or balls and strikes. We waited for the announcers to give us that. It was probably Jack Brickhouse.
    Joe’s wearing a hoodie today. They showed that Belichek is watching the game so this might be in honor of him.

  • In reply to Jonathan Friedman:

    In regards to your first paragraph, listening on the radio is the same way. I love to be outside and often listen to Pat and Ron while deep in the woods. It helps me to keep my mind sharp, not having those on-screen graphics to cheat off of. You have to know the game and keep up. I enjoy it.

  • In reply to BarleyPop:

    Growing up my dad had a blueberry farm in Michigan. I spent a fair amount of time as a kid out there with my dad, working in a metal building with doors open, hot, handing him tools and always listening to Harry, Milo Hamilton, etc. I still prefer listening over sitting on my ass and watching.

  • How many warning track outs have we had today?

  • Kudos to Happ.....looks much more disciplined....and was screwed twice on ball 4 calls yesterday and today.....

  • In reply to Wickdipper:

    Looked like strike three was on the corner. Much closer than some of the umps calls today.

  • Maybe he gets blown up this next week for all we know. But holland as a reliever seems. Ike an interesting experiment from what I’m seeing. Strong velocity for a lefty still I like what I see lefties look uncomfortable against him. Hopefully they found themselves another diamond in the rough along with the resurgent Kyle Ryan

  • W, baby!

    I have a feeling I know who gets the reservation tonight.

  • The vibe in St Louis this week will be sky high.....

  • In reply to Wickdipper:

    1st place will be up for grabs !

  • As this game edges closer to the “laugher” category; as a MLB package viewer because I live far away I am exposed to the home team’s announcers on all Cubs road games. And almost always I yearn for Len and J D on those occasions.
    I must say, however, that as much as I loathe Counsell, the WLB, and lyin’ Ryan Braun, etc.; the Brewer’s tv broadcast crew on the past 2 games have been objective and entertaining. They are by far the most tolerable non Cub announcers in the NL.
    It makes for a much more enjoyable experience for this long time Cubs fan/ viewer...... not to mention the effect of a 10 - 3 score!
    Bottom of 8.... 7 run lead and 6 outs to go. It’s not over yet, but looking promising. We’ll see.
    I’ve been reading and occasionally posting on this site for awhile now; I started @ 2-3 years before John passed. And I visit here daily. I have been a fervent Cub fan for 70 years, going to my first game at Wrigley as a 6 year old with my dad. And I vividly remember the excitement I felt watching a young September call up named Ernie Banks on WGN in 1954. I have watched thousands of Cub games on television and been to hundreds of games at Wrigley, even sitting in the bleachers with Bill Veeck talkin’ baseball. The point being that I’m no expert , I just have a lot of experience as a fan of this franchise.
    Lately, I find myself amazed at some of the postings I read on this site suggesting drastic changes needing to be made, some suggesting that they are embarrassed regarding the way this team is playing, and so and so on. The negativity seems endless. C’mon!

    FOR SOME PERSPECTIVE—
    *The Cubs are the winningest team in all of MLB over the past 4 seasons. Those of you who are old enough to remember the 70s, 80s or 90s should reflect upon those Cub memories. Those of you not old enough to remember those decades of mostly futility, you probably need to drink less caffeine and relax.
    *The season is a long one.... there are 50+ games left. A lot can happen. For reference find the films : “Angels in the Outfield” or “Bang the Drum Slowly”. Check them out.
    *The Cubs will be tied for 1st place if they win this game.......a relatively good position for a team not playing good baseball at present. Let’s see what they do over the next 2 months.
    *The organization has more than more than 6 players on the roster with all star experience, a top 10 manager, a HOFer as the decision maker in the FO, a big time spending owner. Do they make mistakes? Of course they do. We all do, with the possible exceptions of some posters . They are professionals who know more about baseball than I do, so I trust them to make good decisions and earn their salaries. I disagree with some of their decisions/ choices and I try to give them the benefit of the doubt, due to the track record and the fact that I have never been in a MLB dugout or management position in my life. I guess they have earned my trust. Once again, no one should be free of some criticism , but on every pitching change or swing and miss on a pitch way out the zone???
    Chill a bit, and enjoy the vagaries of baseball. The season can like a roller coaster ride , as can any single game. We Cub fans are fortunate that we can currently be invested in every game because our team has a shot at the championship.......while we would be wise to remember that this is entertainment and only ONE team will win the last game of the season. Enjoy Denizons.
    This post started as a compliment to the Brewer’s tv crew and morphed into something completely different.Thank goodness for our BP today, a laugher, and an off day tomorrow so I can rest up from my rant. And thank goodness for Cubs Den.

  • In reply to captjack:

    Agree Jack on the Brewer announcers and also for a very well thought out and written post. Last week on my feed inbetween every half inning they ran the same 3 promos for movies now available on blue ray......was a SF game that ran extra innings I think.....anyway.....OVER and OVER....for Mission Impossible and The Mule.....forgot the other movie.....I just started hitting the mute button around the 7th inning.
    Cincy games are annoying as hell with little Thommy too....

  • In reply to captjack:

    Amen Captjack!!!! You have made me want to listen to Billy Joel and have a drink of brown distilled spirits!!!

  • In reply to captjack:

    Thanks captjack. I agree completely with your comments regarding the negativity. We need more of you & your type of opinion in Cub fandom

  • In reply to Cubpack:

    Hallelujah! Let's all be blindly loyal Cubs fans that always trust Father Knows Best! What could we possibly know? For starters the Lee-Ramirez-Soriano version of the Cubs was too right handed and would get snuffed in the playoffs. Multiple times as it turned out.

    After 51 years of loyal fandom I (and many others) can recognize a team that doesn't do the small things well. Get 'em on, get 'em over, get 'em in is as basic as it gets. And it isn't in this team's DNA. They're bad at it. Teams that are bad at that don't go very far in the post season. Because the opponents pitching tends to be real good too.

    Grand slams and 3 run PH dingers are great fun. But no team can rely on those every day and certainly not against the best teams. They scored only 1 run not via the HR all weekend. And that was on a reversed DP.

    To qualify I like KB. That said in a big series he just went 2 for 13 , 2TB, 1W and 6K's. That's a 46% K rate when it mattered. No it doesn't resemble his body of work. That said who's ready to go 7-8 years at $23-25 for him? That's what it's going to take at a minimum. And if so who are you saying goodbye to? Can't keep 'em all. That's just a financial reality.

    There's no one ready in the minors, holes to fill and a stretched payroll. Even with some expiring contracts there are raises to dole out in arbitration and the need for another TOR guy.

    Point being Bryant has the most value with 2 ARB years remaining. The best teams have passed the Cubs. The FO hasn't struck gold (or even silver) with a 4th to 15th round pick over the years to fill any of these holes. Whether it's this week or the off season changes need to be made if they're going to be a legitimate contender moving forward.

    I'm not saying they're a train wreck. But the fact is it's almost August and the Pirates are only division foe they have a winning record against. That should be a wake up call.

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    Those last two posts by capt Jack and CMit were alternately upbeat and happy quickly followed by realistic and sad,, reminds me of my honeymoon night .. Loved both posts !

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