Cubs Game Post 9/15

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

Lineups

Pirates

1. Kevin Newman (R) 2B
2. Bryan Reynolds (S) CF
3. Pablo Reyes (R) LF
4. Jose Osuna (R) RF
5. Elias Diaz (R) C
6. Colin Moran (L) 1B
7. Cole Tucker (S) SS
8. Erik Gonzalez (R) 3B
Cubs
1. Anthony Rizzo (L) 1B
3. Kris Bryant (R) 3B
4. Kyle Schwarber (L) LF
5. Ben Zobrist (S) 2B
7. Jason Heyward (L) CF
8. Nico Hoerner (R) SS
9. Jose Quintana (R) P
Bullpen Usage
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Lineups and Bullpen Usage via Baseball Press.

Opposing pitcher

Scouting Reports from Brooks Baseball.

Trevor Williams: Trevor Williams has thrown 7,441 pitches that have been tracked by the PITCHf/x system between 2016 and 2019, all of them occuring in the MLB Regular Season. In 2019, he has relied primarily on his Fourseam Fastball (92mph) and Slider (83mph), also mixing in a Sinker (90mph) and Change (84mph). He also rarely throws a Curve (77mph).

His fourseam fastball generates more whiffs/swing compared to other pitchers' fourseamers, has some natural sinking action, has essentially average velo, results in somewhat more flyballs compared to other pitchers' fourseamers and has slightly less natural movement than typical. His slider has short glove-side cut. His sinker has slightly below average velo and has some natural sinking action. His change generates fewer whiffs/swing compared to other pitchers' changeups, results in somewhat more flyballs compared to other pitchers' changeups and has slight armside fade. His curve (take this with a grain of salt because he's only thrown 12 of them in 2019) is basically never swung at and missed compared to other pitchers' curves, has little depth and results in somewhat more flyballs compared to other pitchers' curves.

Sean's Note: Things have gone much worse for Williams this year than in 2018. His 5.21 ERA is two runs higher than his 3.11 mark last season. He still strikes out a below average number of hitters. His homer total is six higher than the previous season in 40 fewer innings. Lefties have shellacked him, hitting .340 for the season. The Cubs have scored 13 runs off of him in just 11 innings pitched this season.

Final Thoughts: The Cubs lineup is basically the same as Saturday's romp. Willson Contreras gets the day off to prevent catching three games in a row. José Quintana struggled last start lasting only three innings.

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  • Congrats to the MWL Champion South Bend Cubs, and to Jon Lester who was just announced as the Cubs' finalist for the 2019 Roberto Clemente Award.

    Sloppy start to the day but clearing for game time. A steady 10 MPH-ish wind blowing straight out could help us put up a 3rd consecutive football score. I expect a bounce-back performance from Q, and we have what's left of the big guns in the pen available if necessary.

    Speaking of big guns in the pen, Kimbrel threw a 20-pitch bullpen session at Wrigley this morning, and everything seems fine. He'll probably pitch some sort of sim game in 2-3 days and then a decision can be made.

    Totally lazy Sunday for me, staying home and watching the game. I've got some 2-inch thick, dry-aged porterhouses to go on the grill after the game. Hopefully I'm out there SWEEPing off the patio waiting on the coals.

    Go Cubs!

  • This. This is Cubs baseball.

  • In reply to Cubber Lang:

    Too bad they are facing a AA pitching staff. Might mean something if the pitching is better. The reds have Gray and Castillo pitching in their series. If the cubs beat them then i’ll conceded the hitting has returned.

  • In reply to stix:

    Oh I know stix. I posted yesterday saying it wouldn't surprise me one bit if we lose the upcoming Reds series. These players need some positivity to build on and hopefully stay relaxed in their approach, so at least I'm gonna celebrate this while they look good. But you can't deny that was a first inning that could've taken place in 2016.

  • In reply to stix:

    Who cares who they are facing. We are trying to win the division. Root for cubs or say nothing.

  • In reply to WaitTilNextYear:

    All hail the 2019 Cubs... BEST. TEAM. EVER. #FollowBlindly #QuestionNothing

  • In reply to Cubber Lang:

    That's the way I've lived my life. #NOT!

  • In reply to BarleyPop:

    BP- I hope you saw that I responded to you yesterday and better understand our miscommunication yesterday.

  • In reply to Cubber Lang:

    I saw that today. No worries, my friend. It takes a lot more than that to piss me off, and I've done the same thing on more than one occasion.

    You do know Nicky 2bags has a 4% BB rate as a Cub, well below Javy's 6%, right? If only he'd walk more. :)

  • In reply to Cubber Lang:

    Love the sarcasm!!! Several of you are the worse and most negative fans I’ve seen. Cubs scored around 45 runs in a series most in a 3 game series since 1900. The cardinals lose. And we still are crying that we are hitting bad pitching. I am pumped we are 2 games out of the division. You can follow blindly.

  • Annndd, there's the first field goal!

    I hope Hurdle doesn't get crazy with the beanballs if this is another beat-down.

  • What a difference when KB is healthy. He didn't even swing through that ball.

  • In reply to JohnCC:

    Amazing what a cortisone shot can do for some people. He’s been on fire ever since he came back after the shot.

  • In reply to stix:

    KB did something the other day that nobody even talked about. They had 2 outs in the 5th inning, and his hustle to first on his grounder earned him a base hit. I know he just had the shot a couple days ahead of that, but that's an easy play for an injured player to not give it his all. KB's hustle allowed the Cubs to score 7 runs, all with 2 outs. I'll never question KB's drive to be the best he can be and help his team win. This was with a 3 run lead he did that. And it was the first blow in taking that game away from the Pirates, especially with the wind blowing out. And it wasn't about hitting the ball hard. It was all about just making contact, and hustling!

  • Exactly what was in that cortisone shot? I kid.

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    Of course, right as things seem to be rolling, another injury to a key guy. Hopefully Rizz is okay.

  • In reply to John Winter:

    I missed the last 20 mins. What happened?

  • In reply to Cubber Lang:

    Q and Rizzo both fell apart.

  • Oh boy. That was a good camera angle. I've done that exact rollover a couple times, and it's been worse than a break for me. Damn.

  • Come on Joe get off your butt and get someone throwing.

  • My mistake. This is 2019 Cubs baseball.

  • Jose Quintana keeps shrugging off the catchers signs ! How's that working out Jose !
    If the Cub brass keep passing off Kyle Schwarber as a left fielder, I hope the Ricketts family fires Theo and company.

  • With his first inning HR, Kris Bryant now holds the Cubs record for the most home runs in the first five seasons of his MLB career.

    Think about that. The Chicago NL ball club started play in 1876 (as the Chicago White Stockings. Fortunately, they were renamed to the Cubs in 1907). That means that in the 143 year history of the team, Kris Bryant had hit more HRs during his first five seasons than anyone else who ever wore the uniform.

    "Overrated", my a**!

  • In reply to DropThePuck:

    Every player has their ups and downs as far as overrated . Let’s win for the BEST PLAYER ON THIS TEAM. RIZZO

  • In reply to DropThePuck:

    His numbers suffered a bunch as he’s tried to play through injuries in the last 3 yrs. Maybe he would have a better rep if he didn’t try to play through the injuries and suffer statistically.

    Or maybe he would just get the grief in a different way. When he’s healthy , he’s extremely good.

    Not sure how to compare to 1950’s records when there were only 8 teams. Now 15 per leagues is talent diluted?

  • I had a comment eaten. FYI, don't use the word d a m n.

    That was a good camera angle on Rizzo's ankle. I've done that exact rollover a couple times, and it was worse than a break for me. That angle of straining the outer ligaments with the full leverage of the length of your foot is one of the worst sprains to have. I couldn't put any weight at all for two weeks, and a month before the limp was gone to even start to get back to normal.

    Hopefully Rizzo's isn't that bad, and he certainly has better medical care than I did. I had beer and aspirin. But I'm not optimistic.

  • In reply to BarleyPop:

    Thanks to whoever is fishing.

  • No matter how long you've been around baseball, on any given day you can see something you've never seen before. I've never seen a wild appeal throw to score a run.

  • In reply to BarleyPop:

    Yea ole Hurdle has to be thinkin’ his boys are Amazin’.......

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    Fahey Pop, thanks for the weather report! I just got home. I saw the Cubs leading 3-0 and then losing 5-3 and now winning again. They are locked in and the ball must look like a basketball to them. Now keep swinging at only good pitches and our bullpen holds them and we are going to win--now it's 10-6!
    Go Cubs!!

  • In reply to Jonathan Friedman:

    Autocorrect working overtime? I saw the "Submitted" entry earlier.

  • Crew just took the lead in the 7th....

  • In reply to Wickdipper:

    ......and........they give it right back

  • For those not watching, x-rays on Rizzo's ankle were negative. They did say there is a strain/sprain. He'll undergo an MRI tomorrow.

    Before you get happy, an ankle sprain is often worse than a break. I'm crossing my fingers but wondering if Willson can play every day with Caratini at 1B. This sucks.

  • In reply to BarleyPop:

    They may have to have Lucroy play 3 or 4 times as to not overdo it with Willson.

  • As we mourn Anthony and Javy, please keep Charlie Culberson in your thoughts. As expected, the Braves announced he has multiple fractures to the orbital bones of his eye. These injuries can be career-threatening and life-changing.

    Best wishes, Charlie.

  • In reply to BarleyPop:

    I was so scared for him as I saw the reply. Damn that was nasty! I still think back to Mike Matheny and watching him take one off the face and not even get knocked off his feet and spitting out his teeth. Having been a Cardinal, I've never liked him one bit, but he sure is tough as nails.

  • In reply to Cubber Lang:

    **replay, not reply

  • Really hoping, for BP's sake that this football score holds up. I'd also accept 17-7.

  • In reply to Cubber Lang:

    Maybe I'm being greedy and should've said 14-7.

  • Bases loaded 2 outs 3-2 count.........Braun.....grand slam

  • In reply to Wickdipper:

    If it holds up, this will put us 2 games out of first. I like it! We need to sweep the Reds and keep the pressure on the Cardinals.

    I'd love to see the Nationals fight hard against the Cards to hold their position for the home field advantage in the wild card game.

    Next man up for the Cubs... same as it ever was.

  • In reply to Wickdipper:

    For just this one second, I don't absolutely despise everything about Ryan Braun.

    OK, that second is over. Now I need a shower. I feel dirty.

  • Yes Braun!!!!

  • Braun baby!!

  • Dang it! I've long said visiting players should not be allowed to hit baseballs onto our streets. F you, Lucroy.

    Oh, wait. He's on our team now. Welcome to Waveland, Mr. Lucroy!

  • In reply to BarleyPop:

    That bomb was worth a Lamborghini, Cubber.

  • In reply to BarleyPop:

    I didn’t get to see the last couple innings. I’ll have to watch that later tonight when I return home. Hopefully Lucroy is just getting jacked up knowing he’s gonna get a little more PT in the next couple weeks. Like I said, next man up!

  • I think the Pirates pitching is kind of bad.
    These are slow pitch softball scores.

  • In reply to hoffpauir6:

    Momentum, my man. Momentum...

  • Other than Rizzo this couldn’t have been a better weekend......and I would be willing to bet we see him for St Louis......albeit perhaps heavily taped and shot up....Cubs Win! Cubs Win!

    WWWW.......

  • W, baby! I'm going out to start fire with some choice porterhouses and a broom.

    They're gonna be good. I might even throw on some of that special Braun seasoning. I work for myself, nobody's testing me.

    Go Cubs!

  • In reply to BarleyPop:

    “4 games up with 15 to go!”

  • In reply to Wickdipper:

    Even with your improvements, I just can't bang my head to Meatloaf.

    I'm so worried about Rizzo I'm just going to bang my head and eat dead cow for the rest of the night. And a few beers, of course.

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    The Bears have a 6-3 lead at half time. I don’t think they’re going to equal what the Cubs have done today.
    So they’ve done what they had to do. Now they have to continue.
    Btw, BP I was referencing Fahey Flynn, a channel 9 weatherman years and years ago.
    Go Cubs!!

  • In reply to Jonathan Friedman:

    I figured it was something like that. I even googled "Fahey" and came up with a bunch of derogatory ethnic slurs. I know you better than that.

    All I can say is that's before my time? You're getting old, Jonathan.

  • In reply to Jonathan Friedman:

    Do you remember WBBM channel 2 weatherman PJ Hoff ? He used to draw cartoons at the end of the weather report. He retired in 1968.

  • In reply to DropThePuck:

    Lol....I do! That was a hoot!
    Fahey Flynn was a great newsman too, was Channel 2’s main man for years then went to Channel 7 when the happy talk stuff started.
    I still long for Night Beat w/Carl Greyson tho.....:)

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