Cubs Game Post 8/25

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Sunday: 1:20 PM CT on TBS/WGN/670AM

Lineups

Nationals

1. Trea Turner (R) SS
2. Victor Robles (R) CF
3. Anthony Rendon (R) 3B
4. Juan Soto (L) LF
6. Kurt Suzuki (R) C
7. Brian Dozier (R) 2B
8. Gerardo Parra (L) RF
Cubs
1. Jason Heyward (L) CF
3. Kris Bryant (R) 3B
4. Javier Baez (R) SS
5. Kyle Schwarber (L) LF
7. Addison Russell (R) 2B
8. Ian Happ (S) 1B
9. Cole Hamels (L) P
Bullpen Usage
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Lineups and Bullpen Usage via Baseball Press.

Opposing pitcher

Scouting Reports from Brooks Baseball.

Stephen Strasburg: Stephen Strasburg has thrown 22,427 pitches that have been tracked by the PITCHf/x system between 2009 and 2019, including pitches thrown in the MLB Regular Season, the MLB Postseason and Fall/Winter Ball. In 2019, he has relied primarily on his Fourseam Fastball (94mph) and Curve (81mph), also mixing in a Change (88mph) and Sinker using a Two-seam Fastball grip (94mph). He also rarely throws a Slider (88mph).

His fourseam fastball generates more whiffs/swing compared to other pitchers' fourseamers, has some natural sinking action and has slightly above average velo. His curve generates more whiffs/swing compared to other pitchers' curves, is slightly harder than usual and has slight glove-side movement. His change dives down out of the zone, generates a high number of swings & misses compared to other pitchers' changeups, is much firmer than usual, results in somewhat more groundballs compared to other pitchers' changeups and has slight armside fade. His sinker results in somewhat more groundballs compared to other pitchers' sinkers, has slight armside run and has slightly above average velo. His slider (take this with a grain of salt because he's only thrown 12 of them in 2019) is thrown extremely hard and has less than expected depth.

Sean's Note: Strasburg has been very good again in 2019 with a 15-5 record. He still strikes out a ton of hitters 28.4% of them to be exact. 19 home runs have contributed to his 3.65 ERA this year. His 49.5% ground ball rate is a career high for the big righty. He dominated the Cubs in May, allowing just two runs in eight strong innings of work.

Final Thoughts: Anthony Rizzo is getting a game off due to his sore back. Cole Hamels was a bit better in his last start, he'll need to step it up against the brutal Nats lineup. Ian Happ plays first base, not sure how that will go. Win or lose the Cubs never have to wear those ice cream man uniforms ever again after today.

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  • Bote recalled Holland to IL I believe.

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    Finally a game in which we don't give up a run. That's been our downfall lately and it's good to see that we can do that--although one more biscuit this morning and Soto would have had a HR.

  • In reply to Jonathan Friedman:

    Score early, win often. It's works for everybody.

  • Those uniforms are awful. All white should be reserved for Wimbledon.

  • I wonder how many Cub players can hit the side of a Barn swinging the bat?

  • In the first 4 innings the Cubs struck out 6 times and hit into 1 double play. Go figure, first Cub batter in the 5th inning, another strikeout.

  • In reply to clarkAddson:

    Nicky2Bags can hit but he just hasn't been "Cubberized" yet.

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    Of course Cole gives it right back.

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    In reply to John Winter:

    Well, not really. But good job Phelps getting the DP. Though the way the offense is going, I would have considered playing the infield in and not conceding the lead. Let’s get it back!

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    Now we have a chance to tie or go ahead with the heart of the order. Show them what we can do.
    Strasberg is a little wild, I might start Nicky 4Bags on the next pitch.

  • KB: clutch. Against one of the toughest pitchers in the league.

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    In reply to Cubs09:

    Too bad the next three guys weren’t.

  • In reply to Cubs09:

    7 for his last 37. putting the the team on his back and singlehandedly leading the team to victory.

  • Did I miss the “love” for Russell’s game tying homer? If so, let it officially be recognized , just like the the disgust registered by his off field behavior.
    I am not saying that the categories are at even strength ; but they are the 2 categories the fans can and should separate as meaningful.....at least for this fan.

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    In reply to captjack:

    Agree

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    Well, it’s looking like a sweep.

  • For the past three years the Cubs have not had a legitimate lead off hitter. Maybe seeing Washington's speed guys at the top of their lineup with wake-up Theo.
    And having three starting pitchers who can't hold opposing runners from stealing is terrible.
    Whatever happens this season, the Cubs need to retool their lineup.

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    In reply to ronvet69:

    That’s one reason that I like speed. It can do so much.
    I don’t know how we can get one for next year but let’s get this win first.
    Bad pitch by Kimbrel for ball 4.

  • Magical things happening today. Can the cubs score in the ninth?

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    In reply to stix:

    Hopefully! Because no magic in St. Louis so far.

  • In reply to John Winter:

    I just got home. Let's get some runs!

  • In reply to stix:

    Absolutely! Ian Happ is, uh, ... never mind.

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    Quiet thread today. Let’s walk it off!

  • In reply to John Winter:

    Less negativity!!

  • It's Javy Time.

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    Well, heck.

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    In reply to Jonathan Friedman:

    Beating ourselves again.

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    The division is slipping away...

  • don't you just walk Anthony rendon and take your chances with soto? dude is hitting like .329 I know, how dare joe go against the lefty/righty match up.

  • In reply to Oldno7:

    I was yelling at the the TV “walk him”!

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