Cubs @ Cardinals Series Preview: (9/27-9/29)

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The Cubs enter the final series of the year with nothing to play for. They are mired in a nine-game losing streak as they head to St. Louis to battle the Cardinals. The Cards need to win this weekend to take the division from the surging Brewers.

Playing the role of spoiler is not something Chicago was expecting to do at the start of 2019. Several key players have been shut down with injuries, so it's a undermanned squad taking the field at Busch Stadium.

Joe Maddon will likely be moving on after a very successful five-year run on the North Side. Several players will be moving on as well with Theo Epstein hinting at big changes this off-season. Perhaps they can cause problems for St. Louis, but I wouldn't hold my breath.

Watch/Listen

Friday: 7:15 PM CT on ESPN2/WGN/670AM

Saturday: 6:15 PM CT on FOX/670AM

Sunday: 2:15 PM CT on ABC-7/670AM

Lineups

Cubs

1. Tony Kemp (L) CF
3. Ben Zobrist (S) 2B
4. Kyle Schwarber (L) LF
6. Ian Happ (S) 3B
7. Victor Caratini (S) 1B
8. Nico Hoerner (R) SS
9. Alec Mills (R) P
Cardinals
1. Dexter Fowler (S) RF
2. Tommy Edman (S) 2B
4. Marcell Ozuna (R) LF
5. Yadier Molina (R) C
6. Matt Carpenter (L) 3B
7. Paul DeJong (R) SS
8. Harrison Bader (R) CF
9. Dakota Hudson (R) P
Bullpen Usage
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Lineups and Bullpen Usage via Baseball Press.

Opposing pitchers

Scouting Reports from Brooks Baseball.

Dakota Hudson: Dakota Hudson has thrown 3,181 pitches that have been tracked by the PITCHf/x system between 2018 and 2019, all of them occuring in the MLB Regular Season. In 2019, he has relied primarily on his Sinker (94mph) and Cutter (88mph), also mixing in a Fourseam Fastball (94mph) and Slider (82mph). He also rarely throws a Change (88mph).

His sinker generates a very high amount of groundballs compared to other pitchers' sinkers, has less armside run than typical, has slightly above average velo and has some natural sinking action. His cutter generates an extremely high number of swings & misses compared to other pitchers' cutters and has heavy sink. His fourseam fastball has heavy sinking action, is a real worm killer that generates an extreme number of groundballs compared to other pitchers' fourseamers, has slightly above average velo and has slightly less natural movement than typical. His slider has exceptional depth and has short glove-side cut. His change is thrown extremely hard and results in more flyballs compared to other pitchers' changeups.

Adam Wainwright: Adam Wainwright has thrown 30,345 pitches that have been tracked by the PITCHf/x system between 2007 and 2019, including pitches thrown in the MLB Regular Season, the MLB Postseason and Spring Training. In 2019, he has relied primarily on his Curve (75mph), Sinker (90mph) and Cutter (85mph), also mixing in a Fourseam Fastball (90mph). He also rarely throws a Change (84mph) and Slow Curve (64mph).

His curve has sweeping glove-side movement, has a sharp downward bite, results in somewhat more groundballs compared to other pitchers' curves and has slightly below average velo. His sinker has less armside run than typical and has slightly below average velo. His cutter has extreme cut action, has below average velo and has some natural sink. His fourseam fastball has much less armside movement than typical, has below average velo, has some natural sinking action and results in somewhat more flyballs compared to other pitchers' fourseamers. His change results in more flyballs compared to other pitchers' changeups and has slight armside fade. His slow curve is a real yakker that's separated from his other curveball due to its big drop and slow speed.

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  • Castellanos out with groin issue. Almora n.

  • In reply to stix:

    Was he dealing with that yesterday, and that's why he's been out of the lineup?

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    Well that sucks, I was hoping he'd hit that 59th and 60th!

  • In reply to Scott Tomkiewicz:

    Yeah, me too.

  • "The killer awoke before dawn,
    he put his boots on.
    He took a face from the ancient gallery
    And he walked on down the hall.
    He went into the room where his sister lived, and...then he,
    Paid a visit to his brother, and then he,
    He walked on down the hall.. and..
    And he came to a door...and he looked inside.
    "Father?"
    "Yes, son."
    "I want to kill you."
    "Mother, I want to..."

    The End. Thank you for making me a Cubs fan, WGN.

  • Pretty cool to see all these replays of games past from WGN. Brings back a lot of memories.

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    Well, I’m glad to see the Cubs haven’t laid down to the Cardinals. This is the definition of pride. This is a big one for StL—Milw is losing 11-2 in the 7th so they want to win to get up by them by 2.
    Seeing all the WGN clips brings back so many memories. Just now they showed Billy Williams hit a walk off HR
    (I don’t think they called it that then) off Bob Gibson in the 10th. That’s when pitchers pitched until the game was over.
    I probably started watching WGN in the mid 1950’s after school when my mother was watching. The players I’ve seen...

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    WGN should have one inning where they broadcast like they used to—no pitchcast, no graphic of the score, pitches, men on base, etc. People could look at their phones but at least for 1 inn we would see it as it was for 50 years. One inning would be enough though.

  • Cubs Win! Hey, Hey... Fly the Dubya...

    I'm happy to see we beat the Birds in St. Lou, but I didn't watch or listen to a single out. Just don't care enough. It feels so unsatisfying.

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