Cubs Game Post 8/24


Series preview is here.


Saturday: 1:20 PM CT on MLB Network/NBC Sports Chicago/670AM



1. Trea Turner (R) SS
2. Adam Eaton (L) RF
3. Anthony Rendon (R) 3B
4. Juan Soto (L) LF
5. Howie Kendrick (R) 1B
6. Brian Dozier (R) 2B
7. Victor Robles (R) CF
8. Yan Gomes (R) C
9. Joe Ross (R) P
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
8. Tony Kemp (L) 2B
9. Jose Quintana (R) P
Bullpen Usage

Lineups and Bullpen Usage via Baseball Press.

Opposing pitcher

Scouting Reports from Brooks Baseball.

Joe Ross: Joe Ross has thrown 5,191 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 and Spring Training. In 2019, he has relied primarily on his Sinker (94mph), Fourseam Fastball (94mph) and Slider (88mph), also mixing in a Curve (81mph) and Change (88mph).

His sinker generates a high number of swings & misses compared to other pitchers' sinkers and has slightly above average velo. His fourseam fastball has some natural sinking action, results in somewhat more flyballs compared to other pitchers' fourseamers and has slightly above average velo. His slider is thrown extremely hard, has less than expected depth and has primarily 12-6 movement. His curve generates an extremely high number of swings & misses compared to other pitchers' curves, has primarily 12-6 movement, has little depth, is slightly harder than usual and results in somewhat more flyballs compared to other pitchers' curves. His change generates fewer whiffs/swing compared to other pitchers' changeups, is much firmer than usual and has slight armside fade.

Sean's Note: Ross hasn't pitched much in 2019 just 46 innings of work. He has struggled to a 5.48 ERA with a very high walk rate. Home runs have been limited to just six and he has a decent ground ball rate. His ERA as a starter in ten, that's right ten runs lower than his reliever ERA. Left handed hitters have a dramatically higher average against him.

Final Thoughts: The Cubs offense has struggled the last two games, but the lineup is the same as yesterday. José Quintana has the tough task of shutting down the terrific Nats lineup. The Player's Weekend uniforms are just awful and I just wanted to be on record with that.

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  • LOL Kemp starting again.

  • In reply to 2016 Cubs:

    Saw that............maybe Joe's seeing something in BP?

  • In reply to Treebeard:

    What's BP?

  • In reply to 2016 Cubs:

    Burping Practice...

  • In reply to 2016 Cubs:

    Batting practice.......

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    Three weak ground balls. First pitch swinging double play ball. Wake up guys!

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    In reply to John Winter:

    Six ground balls. I think they let the “season defining win” go to their heads.

  • I don’t think I’ve ever seen Rizzo play this badly on defense. 2 physical errors and now a mental error on Eaton’s grounder

  • Too bad Rizzo tried to play second base on Eaton’s hit. Probably get Eaton if Rizzo let Kemp field the grounder and Rizzo plays first.

  • In reply to stix:

    Yes. This is a 1-0 game without Rizzo’s physical error in the 1st and that mental error

  • In reply to Cubpack:

    Agree on the score but Kemp would have caught the throw in the first if he were watching the ball. Not very good from Kemp lucky the ball didn’t bean him.

  • To Washington’s credit.....they are playing hard nose push the envelope baseball, we look flat.

  • Maddon's really got this team fired up.

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    We hit the ball and it goes right to an infielder for an easy DP. They hit the ball and it gets through. I know this probably evens out during the year but it's so frustrating, and then you add in the errors and it's hard to come back when you're losing immediately. This is beginning to look like a road game and that ain't good news.

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    In reply to Jonathan Friedman:

    And Strasburg’s waiting tomorrow.

  • Cubs might have to call up Descalso to give Kemp a breather.

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    Any contact in those two abs would have scored a run.

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    The electronic strike zone can't get here fast enough. Garbage zone that half the inning!

  • In reply to Scott Tomkiewicz:

    They need to at least make called strike 3's reviewable............

  • In reply to Treebeard:

    Never thought of that but I like it. Would ball 4s be reviewable then too?

  • Once again today's home plate umpire is proving that: a players batting eye can only be as GOOD AS, how BAD the umpires eye, is.
    This is another example of why there is no reason to not have technology do the job.

  • Has anyone else noticed that Nicky2Bags and Lucroy doesn't seem to be caught up in that Launch Angle Crap or is it just me??? It's nice to see a Cub hitter make contact with the ball.

  • In reply to clarkAddson:

    They have to see that and make a change. Been going on all year. Just poor baseball that is very hard to watch.

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    Another bloop hit by Wash. for those not watching, Len said we’ve left 8 on in the last 3 innings. One bloop and it’s 5-4, but this isn’t a “what-if” game. So Frustrating!!

  • In reply to Jonathan Friedman:

    I think 4 or 5 of those left on base were with Schwarber hitting. If Schwarber is on the on deck circle with 2 outs I walk the guy batting then balk him over to second in scoring position. Now you have an automatic out.

  • In reply to Jonathan Friedman:

    Javys double to RF was a 'bloop'. It left runners on 2nd and 3rd with no outs. We didn't score.
    Difference in game is that Wash hitters have put the ball in play once they had opportunities.
    Maybe the boys got a little distracted enjoying the time, at Schwarbs block party last night. Broadstreet Joe says, play hard, party hard. I guess they're entitled.

  • It seems like when we get runners in scoring position with less than 2 outs, its our cue to strike out instead of moving the runners.

  • In reply to clarkAddson:

    I realize the players have to perform but if you can't get the point across to these grown men how to just make contact when the other team is giving you a run, then you're failing to communicate, thus failing to coach, and someone has to go.

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    In reply to DarBar15:

    Absolutely right.

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    In reply to DarBar15:


  • Does anyone really think this core of supposed superstars is worth the money they are going to cost in two years. We can’t win with them now. I’m sorry, when this crap experiment fails in the next two weeks it’s time to start over. Sell some big names and start rebuilding. We will all be White Sox fans in a few years.

  • In reply to TheSarge#36:

    Fan doesn’t mean you only support a winner. That means you’re a band wagon follower.

    Actually they are three years before they cost.

  • In reply to stix:

    Happ is really the only one for me that doesn't do anything special and you could afford to move to try to get another contact guy to play everyday CF.

  • In reply to DarBar15:

    I like almora as a bench guy

  • In reply to stix:

    Been a fan since I watched them with my dad in 1969. So don’t call me a bandwagon follower. You been posting a lot of negativity yourself Styx. Do you really think this team is capable of winning a playoff series let alone another title. This team has been playing like their half asleep for 1.5 years.

  • So far this has been a frustrating game. We have been unable to capitalize on our chances, but Happ got tapped on that third strike and the Nats have gotten just put the ball in play type hits. Infield hits, seeing eye, and bloops.

  • In reply to 44slug:

    That’s what happens when you make contact. Good things will happen. The Cubs definitely need a couple of high contact players especially at leadoff. This team is so flawed and everyone sees it. Where’s the fight in this team? When you are fighting for a playoff spot you must raise your game.

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    I don’t see how we can continue to keep Stropy on the staff anymore. He’s been very good for the Cubs but just doesn’t have it anymore.

  • In reply to Jonathan Friedman:

    I agree but he did eat up an inning to save someone else for tomorrow. Who do you think would make the call to DFA him? Joe, Theo or jointly?

  • In 4.2 innings against the worst bullpen in the NL the Cubs had 1 hit, 2 W, 0 runs, and 9 Ks. Nothing more need be said....

    Oh well, there's always tomorrow. Anybody know who's pitching for the Nats? (;-)

    On another note, the B/S calls were among the worst of the season for both teams. Robo-ump can't come quickly enough.

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    In reply to wthomson:

    Overall, they may be among the worst, but Strickland, Rodney and Hudson actually have low ERAs (though sss in some cases)

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    We need the Robo umps for the integrity of the game. We review almost everything else and I'm seeing games changed because of all the bad calls--there are at least double digit wrong calls a game.
    I heard one suggestion that the manager gets 2 challenges a game on balls and strikes. That's at least a start, just like the NFL has changed the pass interference call after last years' fiasco.

    On another note, we didn't win but Tony Kemp needs to be given his props for his 3 or 4 spectacular defensive plays today. My (Cubs) hat's off to you Mr. Kemp.

  • I would think that managers would challenge only the most egregious calls, but if they don't lose their challenge if correct, it would add an enormous amount of time to the game. And if the judges use the same tracking system as the managers, how could a challenge ever be wrong?

    Just bring in robo-ump, and signal the ump (through buzzers) the correct call, with the ump having power to change strike calls that bounce in front of the plate and still hit the zone. Umps would also have a number of other calls to make, just not strike zone calls.

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    In reply to wthomson:

    My solution to the time problem would be to limit the time to review to one minute. When we’re at home we see a number of replays right away. If it’s so close that they can’t decide then the ruling on the field stands.

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