Cubs Game Post 8/14


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Wednesday: 6:05 PM CT on ESPN/NBC Sports Chicago/670AM



1. Tony Kemp (L) 2B
3. Kris Bryant (R) 3B
4. Anthony Rizzo (L) 1B
5. Javier Baez (R) SS
6. Kyle Schwarber (L) LF
7. Ian Happ (S) CF
9. Cole Hamels (L) P
1. Rhys Hoskins (R) 1B
2. J.T. Realmuto (R) C
3. Bryce Harper (L) RF
4. Jean Segura (R) SS
5. Scott Kingery (R) 3B
6. Roman Quinn (S) CF
7. Cesar Hernandez (S) 2B
8. Adam Haseley (L) LF
9. Aaron Nola (R) P
Bullpen Usage

Lineups and Bullpen Usage via Baseball Press.

Opposing pitcher

Scouting Reports from Brooks Baseball.

Aaron Nola: Aaron Nola has thrown 11,316 pitches that have been tracked by the PITCHf/x system between 2015 and 2019, including pitches thrown in the MLB Regular Season and Spring Training. In 2019, he has relied primarily on his Curve (79mph) and Fourseam Fastball (93mph), also mixing in a Change (86mph) and Sinker (93mph).

His curve has sweeping glove-side movement and has a sharp downward bite. His fourseam fastball has some natural sinking action, has essentially average velo and has slight armside run. His change results in many more groundballs compared to other pitchers' changeups, is slightly firmer than usual, has slight armside fade and has some natural sink to it. His sinker has slight armside run and has some natural sinking action.

Sean's Note: Nola is the ace of the staff for Philadelphia with a 3.67 ERA and a 10-3 record. He still strikes out plenty of hitters (26.5%), although his walk rate ticked up to 9.4% after being 7% last season. Like all pitchers in 2019 his homer rate has spiked with 20 in just 147.1 innings, he allowed only 17 in 212.2 innings last year. The Cubs scored three runs on him in 5.1 innings in May.

Final Thoughts: The Cubs could generate very little offense on Tuesday night. Nicholas Castellanos had the only significant swing all game. It wasted José Quintana's outstanding 14 strikeout performance. The task will not get any easier against the Phillies ace. Cole Hamels did not pitch well in Cincinnati, they need a better effort from him Wednesday.

Update: Jason Heyward was a late scratch with left knee inflammation. Tony Kemp moves into the leadoff spot and will play second, while Ian Happ moves to center field.


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  • This was always going to be a tough match up. Javy has really been improving is pitch selection of late. That's just another positive for this team, which I believe is about ready to break out. Go Cubbies!

  • Curious why Maddon didn’t bat Rizzo lead off today. 2 HR in his last 199 AB is more of a leadoff hitter not cleanup hitter.

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    Milwaukee scored 3 in the 8th to win today. Let's win and keep them back. The Cubs have got to turn this road record around and it will only take a few wins in a row to do it.
    Go Cubs!!

  • Good news and bad news in Cubsland, and some of the head-scratching variety, but mostly good.

    Kimbrel, Cishek, and Kintzler are all suffering minor ailments with no setbacks and should all return very soon. How's that for a boost to the pen?

    J-Hey said he felt some discomfort in his knee in the middle of last night, and has no idea where it came from. He practiced and took BP and said it felt good, but the decision was made to be cautious. I think this is truly day-to-day.

    No news, really, on Morrow. He's throwing in AZ and he feels confident he could be back in a couple more weeks, but I don't know. His return would be gravy.

    Addison Russell was surprised he was demoted, and says he is learning how to run bases, things like awareness and picking up signals from the third base coach, things like that. I leave that there, though that does remind me of sort of a metaphor. We've all seen players skate by on talent and not develop their true ceiling. I've long had a saying for wealthy people who waste money to cover for incompetence: "They have more dollars than sense."

    That was actually an unplanned segue into my last thought. Dylan brought us a Championship in 2016, and the song title "Subterranean Homesick Blues" is continuing to be too true this season. I'll stick with it, it will all get better soon. We have to win on the road sometime, right?

    "A man in a coon-skin cap
    In a pig pen,
    Wants eleven dollar bills
    You only got ten."

    Go Cubs!

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    So BA ranks our system 29th. This is after the trade deadline so it didn't surprise me since we didn't receive any prospect but traded 2 of ours. We are only ahead of Milwaukee. I have a feeling that next year at this time we will be in the middle of the pack when Marquez and Jensen and Patterson and Davis has shown how good he can be. I do think we are going to trade someone we might not want to and get prospects back. I'd rather have a good ML team than a highly ranked Minor L team; prosepcts are just that until they prove themselves.
    This team needs a spark and Cole needs to pitch well tonight.
    We know the window is slowly closing and I'll just quote one of my favorite to tell us to do it now and not later.
    I'd say get it while you can, yeah!
    Hey, hey, get it while you can,
    Thank you Janis.

  • In reply to Jonathan Friedman:

    If we don't play at least 500 on the road there will be no post season period. Then the time to make coaching decisions as well as the roster for this year seems to be a total loss.

  • Aaron Nola drafted after Schwarber, hmm?

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    In reply to ronvet69:

    So was Trea Turner.

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    In reply to ronvet69:

    And Brady Aiken, Tyler Kolek and Carlos Rodon were picked before him. It’s an inexact science.

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    In reply to John Winter:

    as was Michael Kopech, Matt Chapman (GG winner at 3rd) Michael Conforto, etc. I know it's an exact science and I know also that without Schwarbs we probably don't win the WS.
    Cole is having another tough time. That talk about extending him might be a wee premature.

  • In reply to John Winter:

    Yes, but Schwarber was and still is, an American League player. Theo , what in hell were you thinking !

  • In reply to ronvet69:

    I wish I could go back and draft everyone that slid through after seeing them play at the highest levels for several years. I'd be really cool. I'd pick all the good ones.

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    In reply to BarleyPop:

    I wish we (as with every other team) had all the players we traded away that got away. I'm sure every other team does too--don't you think the White Sox wished they hadn't traded Tatis, Jr for James Shields? That might be a Brock/Broglio one--he already has a WAR of 4.2 and he's only 20.
    This is not good.

  • Well that sucked.

  • The Cubs basically replaced Descalso with Kemp. If they were looking to get Descalso's production they were highly successful. I don't know what is going on with Russell and the Cubs but he is playing very well at Iowa since he went down. He is better than anyone on the 25 man roster. His slash line is .362 .441 .702 OPS 1.143.

  • Batting practice tonight is over when do the cubs bring in a pitcher?

  • Down 4 zip early but with Nola on mound this will be tough climb.

  • Cole two bad outings in a he still hurt?

  • The best part of this game is Comcast dropping the feed three times.

  • I think the Cubs will have a new coaching staff next year and at least 10 new players come opening day 25 man roster.

  • You know...I'm not even mad right now, I'm just really bummed. Even the obvious offensive spark that Castanellos has provided (as I thought he would) didn't seem to inject life into this team (yet). I just hope that they turn it around, on the road, sooner than later.

  • In reply to INSaluki:

    What have they shown us to give us hope that road wins are around the corner?

  • Well, let's get them tomorrow boys.

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    I haven't felt like this in 5 years.

  • The Cubs should be very embarrassed with their play tonight.

  • When you look at the current 25 man roster I can point out 10 players that more than likely will be on team next year. Darvish, Hendricks, Lester, Quintana, Kimbrel, Contreras, Baez, Bryant, Rizzo, Heyward.
    Would love to see Castellanos for I think he is legit but the rest of the roster can be changed.

  • In reply to AzChris:

    Schwarber will be back too ! He's tied to Theo at the hip !

  • The Ricketts want to charge us for this crap next year?

  • Back the truck up ! The Cubs keep bragging about players playing multiple positions. How bout one player playing his position at a higher level ?
    The front office kept bragging about the draft was there Indy 500 ! Maybe they should pump the brakes about that statement.
    And for C----t sake , quit trying to hide players in the outfield, it just doesn't work.

  • In reply to ronvet69:

    Starts with Leadership and Accountability. Joe will be gone and his coaches. Fresh start will be coming and new faces need to replace Russell, Almora, Schwarber, Happ. We have seen enough of them long enough to know what they have to offer.

  • In reply to AzChris:

    But the front office loves these guys. Good luck trading these guys ! Mistakes happen, but the front office refuses to admit their mistakes.

  • How about them Bears?

  • That Charlie Manuel is one heck of a hitting coach. Been there one day and look at the results.

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  • In reply to 2016 Cubs:

    I think The Mets pitching coach and now Phillies Charlie Manuel will start a trend that the old timers know what they are talking about. Wise old grand fathers that young players may actually listen to?

  • Well, I'm not giving up yet on the year. These throw away games happen. I was expecting a close game. In a way, this is easier than a late inning loss.

  • In reply to 44slug:

    This entire year on the road has been throw away. This team is disjointed and only Theo, Jed and Tom can make the fix or fall with them.

  • In reply to 44slug:

    These throwaway games still count in the overall record and further, they also keep adding up to yet another road series loss...

    What’s the saying about doing the same thing and expecting different results? Not only are we witnessing this with the cubs organization, but there seems to be a contingent of cubs fans that stubbornly think the ship will just right itself. They’ve held on to that notion now for almost a year. Crazy....

  • "Turn the page."

    Can we?

  • Fireworks in Philadelphia. That was a bomb.

  • Castellanos isn't giving up any at bats. Good for him.

  • I wonder if any team has had the following split record. A .683 win percentage at home and a .390 win percentage on the road

  • In reply to 2016 Cubs:

    It's all cool, because we have home-field advantage throughout the playoffs.

    *Checks rules, records, and schedules*


  • Good night Cub fans, I have been tortured enough !

  • In reply to ronvet69:

    Goodnight fair-weather fan.

  • 8 hits over 2 games doesn’t get many wins. Shake the lineup up a little.

  • The '87 Twins went 29-52 on the road and won the WS. I'm not betting on it, but I can dream. It has happened.

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    In reply to BarleyPop:

    And they beat the Cards in the WS! Even better!

  • In reply to John Winter:

    Always a bright side to a dim night.

  • Cards break nohitter and shutout in the 7th.

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