Cubs Game Post 8/10


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Saturday: 6:10 PM CT on WGN/670AM



1. Albert Almora Jr. (R) CF
3. Kris Bryant (R) 3B
4. Anthony Rizzo (L) 1B
5. Javier Baez (R) SS
7. Kyle Schwarber (L) LF
8. David Bote (R) 2B
1. Jesse Winker (L) LF
2. Joey Votto (L) 1B
3. Eugenio Suarez (R) 3B
4. Josh VanMeter (L) 2B
6. Nick Senzel (R) CF
8. Jose Peraza (R) SS
9. Sonny Gray (R) P
Bullpen Usage

Lineups and Bullpen Usage via Baseball Press.

Opposing pitcher

Scouting Reports from Brooks Baseball.

Sonny Gray: Sonny Gray has thrown 16,593 pitches that have been tracked by the PITCHf/x system between 2013 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 (94mph), Curve (82mph) and Slider (85mph), also mixing in a Sinker (93mph). He also rarely throws a Change (90mph), Cutter (92mph) and Slow Curve (75mph).

His fourseam fastball has much less armside movement than typical, has some natural sinking action and has essentially average velo. His curve has sweeping glove-side movement, is much harder than usual and has a sharp downward bite. His slider sweeps across the zone, has exceptional depth and results in somewhat more groundballs compared to other pitchers' sliders. His sinker generates an extremely high number of swings & misses compared to other pitchers' sinkers, has less armside run than typical, results in somewhat more groundballs compared to other pitchers' sinkers and has slightly above average velo. His change is thrown extremely hard and generates fewer whiffs/swing compared to other pitchers' changeups. His cutter is basically never swung at and missed compared to other pitchers' cutters, is blazing fast and is an extreme flyball pitch compared to other pitchers' cutters. His slow curve (take this with a grain of salt because he's only thrown 1 of them in 2019) is a real yakker that's separated from his other curveball due to its big drop and slow speed.

Sean's Note: Gray has been outstanding in 2019 as his change scenery trade has worked wonderfully. His strikeout total is way up to 27% from 22% and his ground ball rate is up to 53%. He has allowed seven runs to the Cubs in 17.1 innings pitched in 2019.

Final Thoughts: Right handed hitters do well against Gray, so the Cubs lineup is right hand heavy. Albert Almora is hitting leadoff despite an on base percentage below .300. Jonathan Lucroy gets his second start behind the plate. Kyle Hendricks has been pitching very well, but has not gotten any run support. The main factor in the Cubs loss Friday was leaving a ton of runners on base. Hopefully they can be more effective in those situations Saturday.

Update: The hits keep coming for the Cubs bullpen. This time Steve Cishek heads to the Injured List with hip inflammation. Dillon Maples is up in his place.


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  • Cishek to the il.

  • In reply to 44slug:

    Hold on tight. Looks as if Strop is the closer. Other than Wick, I’m not sure who else might get the work.

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    In reply to stix:

    Ugh. Not pretty. Hopefully Hendricks can go deep. 7 inng, 2-3 runs should do it if the offense shows up. He just needs to pitch away from Votto. He crushes Kyle.

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    In reply to stix:

    Could be Underwood.

  • In reply to Jonathan Friedman:

    As Joe said “anybody”

  • In reply to 44slug:

    This is pretty much the Iowa bullpen now.

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    Is it a rest day for Heyward? Surprised he's not in with a righty on the bump

  • In reply to Wrigley0923:

    Gray has reverse splits and Heyward has been slowing down in Aug.

  • Are other teams being fooled as badly by the Cincinnati pitchers offspeed stuff? Yesterday, and so far today............

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    Why are they throwing Acquino strikes?

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    What is it about Cincinnati? We won the first game but yesterday and today we're swinging at balls that are a foot outside. We're still not too far behind but the way Gray is pitching that could be enough. If he's so effective with that pitch (slider?) up and away why don't we throw it or are our batters prone to go after it?
    Rizzo gets on base with no outs and he doesn't move. I think Joe's got to put his small ball program on so we can move station to station at least.
    Another out--first Lester and now Hendricks.

  • One pitch one out Almora ! The mumblin fumblin Cubs. The Cubs know Aquinos swings at low outside pitches but continue to throw pitches that he can hit. Don't worry, The Cubs won't need a closer tonight ! How about getting D. Johnson back as a pitching coach ?

  • Ballgame. Cincy has our number. Damn this sucks.

    Time for Acquino to take one in the buttocks. He’s way too comfy against us.

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    Two Lucroy starts.... 2 poor outings by usually good starting pitchers. Correlation or just coincidence.

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    Another HR by Soler tonight. It was right that he left here at the time but look at his stats. From 2014-2018 he hit 38 HR, this year he he’s hit 33. Something is definitely going on throughout baseball, both in the majors and minors. This is making a mockery of baseball.

  • In reply to Jonathan Friedman:

    I dunno his case it was due but, I agree with you that the ball is helping.

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    In reply to Wickdipper:

    How else can we explain it? As I said, in the last 5 years he only hit 38, and he's at 33 now. He didn't play as many games, but every team is breaking HR records. Balls hit at the end of the bat are going out, cracked bat balls are going out. Either everyone is juicing or the ball is or more players are and haven't been caught yet. Except of course we hit into DP.

  • Boy that Aquinos kid is really wearing out this cubs staff. Stop pitching him so aggressively this kid doesn’t have the approach where they should keep attacking him with strikes. They’re practically allowing this no name player take over this series

  • Does anyone on the Cubs staff read the scouting reports on Aquino? Someone needs to be fired.

  • Is it just me or is Almora not catching balls that he ordinarily handles?

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    In reply to 44slug:

    I said the same thing, but we're so used to see him make plus plays that when he doesn't make a play we're surprised. He did have his glove on that ball though.

  • Tommy Hottovy, take a hike !

  • Just think we have Lester our stopper going tomorrow against Iglesias. Looks like bad news tomorrow. Lester said he was the weakest in the rotation.

  • In reply to stix:

    Oops Castillo not Iglesias.

  • Ataboy Cubs, keep pitching to Aquinos ! The Cubs get the award for the worst managing job in the majors !

  • Well that sucked.

  • Gutless pitching to let a guy 9 games into his career dominate you like that. Keep throwing him BP down the middle.

  • In reply to rbrucato:

    Can you hit 96.7 down the middle? Seems to be a bit fast for BP.

  • In reply to stix:

    Yep I sure can. 96 on my hands or on the outside black probably not. But groove them down the middle and ANY hitter can time it up.

    Can you?

  • In reply to rbrucato:

    Lol just couldn't hit the curve ball ay?

  • In reply to DarBar15:

    Funny comment coming from a guy with the handle of Darwin Barney. LOL!!!!

  • On a lighter note, I just realized today is National Baseball Card Day.

    Time passes and technology changes, but the passion never dies. I remember getting replica Babe Ruth cards when I was a kid and staring, mouth agape, at the numbers on the back. Nowadays I go to fangraphs or Baseball Reference and do the same thing with Mike Trout. The medium may be different, but the boyish realization is the same:

    Holy Sh*t!

  • In reply to BarleyPop:

    Always was partial to the Topps ‘62 set myself...

  • In reply to Wickdipper:

    My "splurge" year was 1979 when I was 8 years old. Spent every allowance dollar at the local drugstore on the Topps packs, and even occasionally chewed that cardboard gum. I bought over 2000 cards that year, coming up with "creative" ways to acquire more. There was a bakery next door to the drugstore and I'd occasionally stop in for a donut or milkshake, and then feel guilty an hour later because I could have bought four more packs of cards.

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    In reply to BarleyPop:

    There’s a baseball card show on am1000 from 7-8am on Saturday mornings. I like hearing them talk about the good cards or rookie cards,etc.
    I was a boy in the 50’s and I must have had rookie cards of Mantle and Aaron and Mays and so many others. Of course we liked them but probably also put them in our bike spokes too. Those were great baseball card years.

  • In reply to Jonathan Friedman:

    A lot of people ruined a solid retirement fund in their bicycle spokes. But it sounded cool.:)

  • In reply to BarleyPop:

    I wonder how many kids even know what we're talking about? Baseball cards and bicycle spokes?

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    In reply to BarleyPop:

    good question. It was fun though.

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    Cubs players, up to your rooms without dinner tonight. The diner’s closed.

  • In reply to Jonathan Friedman:

    Schwarber, Bote, Kemp should at least get something. Each had 2 hits tonight.

  • In reply to stix:

    We got smoked, and the Brewers and DirtyBirds both won. Bad night for Cubs fans.

    I suppose those guys could bus the tables and eat the scraps.

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