Cubs Game Post 8/11


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Sunday: 12:10 PM CT on NBC Sports Chicago/670AM



1. Jason Heyward (L) CF
3. Kris Bryant (R) 3B
4. Anthony Rizzo (L) 1B
5. Javier Baez (R) SS
6. Kyle Schwarber (L) LF
7. Ian Happ (S) 2B
9. Jon Lester (L) P
1. Nick Senzel (R) CF
2. Joey Votto (L) 1B
3. Eugenio Suarez (R) 3B
5. Jose Peraza (R) SS
6. Phillip Ervin (R) LF
7. Kyle Farmer (R) 2B
9. Luis Castillo (R) P
Bullpen Usage

Lineups and Bullpen Usage via Baseball Press.

Opposing pitcher

Scouting Reports from Brooks Baseball.

Luis Castillo: Luis Castillo has thrown 6,447 pitches that have been tracked by the PITCHf/x system between 2017 and 2019, including pitches thrown in the MLB Regular Season and Spring Training. In 2019, he has relied primarily on his Change (87mph) and Fourseam Fastball (96mph), also mixing in a Sinker (97mph) and Slider (86mph).

His change generates an extremely high number of swings & misses compared to other pitchers' changeups, dives down out of the zone, is much firmer than usual and has slight armside fade. His fourseam fastball generates an extremely high number of swings & misses compared to other pitchers' fourseamers, has heavy sinking action, has well above average velo and has slight armside run. His sinker is a real worm killer that generates an extreme number of groundballs compared to other pitchers' sinkers, is thrown at a speed that's borderline unfair, has an obvious tail and has some natural sinking action. His slider generates an extremely high number of swings & misses compared to other pitchers' sliders, has primarily 12-6 movement and has some two-plane movement.

Sean's Note: Like Gray, Castillo generates tons of strikeouts and ground balls. His ERA is a sparkling 2.63 and his change up is a devastating pitch. In 18.1 innings pitched against Chicago he has allowed six runs.

Final Thoughts: Well Saturday's game was a thing that happened. The less said about that disaster the better. The Cubs return to a more typical lineup, with Jason Heyward leading off. Nicholas Castellanos had his first game without a hit for his new team. A good start from Jon Lester is badly needed at this point. Especially after two pretty rough outings.


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    This is a big game for the Cubs. Not September nerves, but since we've lost the last 2 it would be good to even the series. The lineup is the one we've won with since Aug 1 so maybe that will help.
    Yesterday Gray was good and he had 2 Bags flailing at the away slider. He does make us go too.
    Let's win today Go Cubs!

  • Castillo looks really good so far.

  • With Angel Hernandez calling balls and strikes today, somebody will be ejected.

  • Castillo is really good.
    That was a really tough play for Rizzo at first, but one he normally makes. I’m sure Lester is mad at himself for walking Senzel with 2 outs & nobody on, but if Riz makes that play, we are still even 0-0

  • Let's get some runs!

  • There we go... need another hit!

  • That top of the 6th is an example of why the Cubs struggle on the road. 3 balls that would've been HRs and 4 runs at Wrigley. Instead, just 1 run in cincy. The team is built for homer domes

  • In reply to DarBar15:

    Easy fix. Serve one more biscuit in the pre-game meal on the road. Done.

  • In reply to BarleyPop:

    You're just stealing all of Harry's lines today...

    Let's keeping chipping away at this one... we got this.

  • In reply to Cubber Lang:

    Feeling nostalgic and drinking Budweiser...

  • In reply to BarleyPop:

    Doubly approve!

  • In reply to DarBar15:

    Cincy is more of a HR park than Wrigley.

  • In reply to stix:

    In spots I suppose

  • Isn't Farmer supposed to be a catcher?

    Nice break by Happ. We need to knock Castillo out, he's about done and due up first, so he is done.

    We'll get to their pen, and our M*A*S*H unit will hold up. C'mon, Nicky 2bags!

    Go Cubs!

  • What can you say about Aristides Aquino that hasn't already been said? The Reds think he is going to be a superstar. And yet, he toiled in the lowest minors in the DSL and was horrible for 2 years when he was 17 and 18, then put up decent, but not outstanding numbers when he was 19 and 20. He kept moving up to the higher leagues and continued to improve for 9 years SLOWLY. Finally, in triple A this year, he exploded and was recently brought up to the majors. He hit a HR against the Cubs that was the hardest hit ball in the majors this year with an exit velocity of over 118 mph. and the hardest hit by a Reds player since Statcast started keeping records. On fielding Rizzo's single to right field the other day, Aquino threw it to the 2nd baseman at a velocity of over 101 mph. Here's more of his incredible story:

  • In reply to shalin:

    Don’t know who you are preachin’ too......

  • Time for KB to silence the "un-clutch" critics.

  • In reply to BarleyPop:

    KB said Who’s your daddy now???!!!!! Nice call, BP!!!

  • In reply to BarleyPop:

    He won't do nothin'.
    OTOH, never mind.

  • KB!! 3-R HR from behind...CLUTCH moment.

  • Bryant doesn’t get clutch hits.

  • KB!!! I just wish he could hit in the clutch

  • Take that weak ass non-clutch take and shove it!!!!

    Way to go KB!!!!!

  • In reply to rbrucato:

    That’s awesome for KB. Hopefully it shuts up the non clutch fans for a little while at least

  • Nice timely hitting. May get the split yet, BP.

  • In reply to IVYADDICT:

    We have to. I predicted it a week ago, so we have to, right?

    I'm just dreading the rest of my prediction on our trip through Pennsylvania. I'll gladly eat crow on that one.

  • In reply to BarleyPop:

    Please, no more written form!!! We love ya', but your predictions seems to put some voodoo on the team.

  • In reply to TexasCubsFan:

    I predicted a sweep of the Crew and the A's, a split in Cincy, and the wheels falling off in Pennsylvania. I'm off by one game, and really do hope my wheels fall off over the next week.

  • How ya like that one Lil Thommy?

  • In reply to Wickdipper:

    I sure hope lil THommy goes home and tells daddy dearest about the game lol.
    And I hope stix and sqburgers saw the HR by their whipping boy.

  • In reply to cubbustible:

    Yep every three yrs he hits one in Cincy. Good to see.

  • In reply to stix:

    It must be frustrating when success interferes with your hope for failure. I enjoy the moment.

    Go KB, and Go Cubs!

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    In reply to Wickdipper:

    All kind of references today.

  • Great to see all the support for kris Bryant after a huge homer. If some are gonna bash him every time he doesn’t hit in clutch spots you gotta give him props for changing the momentum of this game. I understand we’d like him to hit more in rbi spots, but the guys OPS and OBP speak for themselves were lucky he’s a part of this core. Im still nervous with this whole pen practically out, plus Phelps has been used already. Hope this pen is up to the task

  • In reply to kkhiavi:

    Does Wick go 2 innings today? Tough call.

  • In reply to kkhiavi:

    Honestly I'm liking our bullpen with the kids playing. They bring more heat/swing and miss into the equation. And they all seem to have some ice in their veins.

    And Happer keeps hitting.

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    These last three innings are high leverage. We’ll see what kind of mentality our pitchers have. Wick is looking pretty good so far. Let’s have a clean inning Rowan.

  • In reply to Jonathan Friedman:

    You mentioned earlier that this was a big game, and you are right. I have been very anxious to see how they'd respond today. Would they play tight, dwelling on the road woes, or fight? I'm not surprised we are fighting. #We(almost)Never quit

    This ain't over, but with that shot by Happ it's closer! I love when good things happen while you're typing.

    Gonna need a big table tonight.

  • In reply to BarleyPop:

    Let’s hope there’s some relief pitchers @ the table.

  • In reply to stix:

    There already have been, but we need more.

  • In reply to BarleyPop:

    The way they are playing today is exactly what I need to see from this team. I didn't really have high hopes for today with Castillo on the mound. He's a darn good pitcher. But I like the way they grinded back into this game. We're not out of the woods yet. We still have to close this one out, which isn't easy with the Reds offense.

    If we win today, we can be right on track to prove we can win on the road. I'm gonna stay greedy and say we need to take 2 of 3 from the Phillies and then sweep the Buccos and their dirty pitching style.

    ...and Wick keeps showing why he belongs.

  • Votto, the latest victim of Angel.... Nice pitching by Wick. Obviously the plan was to work Votto up in the zone and he got the job done.

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    Ian Happ, second base is ready for you.

  • In reply to Jonathan Friedman:

    ... to step on it as your take your free round trip.

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  • Ian just keeps hitting!! Love it

  • Underwood up in the pen. We've already used Wick and Phelps. Does Underwood go two, if effective, or does Strop get the 9th?

  • In reply to BarleyPop:

    Stick with Wick. Works for me, and I can see a # there. 4 K's on 5 batters. So far...

  • This would be a really impressive win against a tough pitcher. Kudos to them for not giving up. Big props for pushing home those first 2 runs, setting up these HRs for later.

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    I like that Joe let Wick pitch the 8th. There’s a day off tomorrow and he’s been really good. If he can maybe even pitch the 9th. Who comes in if he doesn’t pitch the 9th?

  • In reply to Jonathan Friedman:

    Wick's on FIRE!

  • In reply to cubbustible:

    a cubbustible event?

  • KB to save the day ! OK fans, whose worse at calling a game, Angel Hernandez or C.B.Buckner ! If the Cubs can hold on for a 2-2 split, You would have to consider this a win-win.

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    In reply to ronvet69:

    Don’t forget Country Joe West.

  • In reply to ronvet69:

    Hernandez by far the worst, then west, then c.b.

  • In reply to Milk Stout:

    I almost forgot about Joe West who is a master at changing the momentum of a game by moving the strike zones at will !

  • How about that Rowan Wick!

  • In reply to Wickdipper:

    He’s good. I thought Phelps was decent as well.

  • Pennant fever much?

  • In reply to IVYADDICT:

    I always catch that around the middle of March, and unfortunately it usually goes away when the ivy sprouts green. I'm thankful that this current run is letting me watch the ivy go dormant while we're still playing and my temperature is still high.

  • In reply to BarleyPop:

    Don’t know about you, but I’m definitely edgier these days.

  • Looks like it's Strop.

  • In reply to 2016 Cubs:

    I'm cool with this as long as he's healthy. We need a confident Strop. This will be his last year with the Cubs, and I'd love to see him go out on a high note. He has been one of the best relievers in franchise history.

  • Trying to figure if Alberts hair style, is more Jose Cardinal or Harpo Marx.

  • In reply to cubbustible:

    Definitely Harpo !

  • In reply to cubbustible:

    I actually thought of Cardinal when his hat flew off in the outfield!

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    Off topic but Jorge Soler was 3-3 with 2HR and 5 RBI today. I’m going to need a Jorge-o-meter pretty soon.

  • In reply to Jonathan Friedman:

    Shawon says no.

  • In reply to Jonathan Friedman:

    He was my favorite prospect watch coming up, TBH. I HATED giving him up. But you gotta give to get and Wade Davis was pretty darn good. I am happy for Jorge. He brought one of Len’s greatest calls on a massive HR at STL that seemed to signal things were changing “You better get used to it!!!”

  • In reply to rbrucato:

    Don't forget, the Cubs got a first round pick for Colorado signing Wade Davis !

  • In reply to ronvet69:

    And they got his pitching services, too, which helped get them to the NLCS in 2017.

  • In reply to Jonathan Friedman:

    Edwin Jackson pitched a great game for the Tigers (his 14th team) a couple days ago. Where were the haters then, trying to use his performance as evidence that the Cubs FO really goofed in letting him go? The Cubs have traded away quite a few players and prospects in the past 5 years. Are we doomed to hear about every one who has a good day for the rest of their career? Where's the list of ALL the players that aren't on the Cubs anymore? God forbid Eloy hits a home run on a day Quintana gets chased early...

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    Breathe everyone. just breathe.

  • Ole Bang Bang!

    Big W:)

  • Feels great to hang my W flag again. I love pissing off all of my Brewer fans neighbors

  • In reply to Cubpack:

    Especially after a Brewer loss! I can't believe they lost when Lyles only gives up 1 run in 7 innings at home!

  • No stroke today from Pedro ! Let's get the hell out of Cinci !

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