Cubs Game Post 9/21

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Series preview is here.

Watch/Listen

Saturday: 1:20 PM CT on MLB Network/WGN/670AM

Lineups

Cardinals

1. Dexter Fowler (S) RF
2. Tommy Edman (S) 2B
4. Marcell Ozuna (R) LF
5. Yadier Molina (R) C
6. Paul DeJong (R) SS
7. Matt Carpenter (L) 3B
8. Harrison Bader (R) CF
9. Dakota Hudson (R) P
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.

Dakota Hudson: Dakota Hudson has thrown 3,119 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, has heavy sink and has strong cutting action. 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.

Sean's Note: Hudson is an extreme ground ball pitcher with 57% of his contact on the ground. He doesn't strike out many hitters and his walk rate is above average at 10.7%. His FIP of 4.99 is way higher than his 3.54 ERA, so he has been very lucky. Left handed hitters fare better against Hudson than right handed batters.

Final Thoughts: Just win please, I'm begging you.

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  • I hope joe stops panicking today with all his pitching changes and switches yesterday. He burned thru the whole roster by the 6th inning yesterday. I wonder what rossy would have done.

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    The Cubs are slowly imploding before our eyes. A wild pitch today, several walks too. Yesterday Willson dropped a foul ball behind the plate admittedly a tough play, but we've seen him make those before. Kind of like if something can go wrong it will. In 2016, they made the other teams do that. They didn't beat themselves very often.

  • Cubs must win or it is over.

    More importantly, I have a jersey bet with Cardinal fan that I've won a bunch of beer off of the last few years. I need a couple of wins.

  • another stellar at bat by KB

  • Nico...

  • And another prime at bat by KB

  • Tony Kemp

  • With $28/M due the next two years, Kimbrel will be in the pen next year. Along with him, likely will be RH's Wick, Phelps and Chatty. LH's Ryan, Wieck and Hultzen.
    Norwood, Maples, Meekes likely to ride the Iowa shuttle.
    I'm ok with that pen group. It shouldn't need much tinkering unless Chatty is in the mix for 5th starter.

  • In reply to cubbustible:

    Whether we like Kimbrel there, or not. Ouch!!!

  • Really?

    And again, really?

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    That’s the ball.
    We paid $43M to see him give up HRs.
    Another!!
    Kimbrel has got to be feeling awful, maybe as bad as the rest of us.

  • I think I am beginning to see why the Red Sox didn't resign Kimbrel.

  • In reply to 2016 Cubs:

    That’s why a few of us said he wouldn’t be the savior everyone said the Cubs needed.

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    Kimbrel needs to learn that he can no longer throw them past batters and use the zone in his favor....3 fastballs in the middle of the plate....3hrs! Sigh!

  • In reply to Scott Tomkiewicz:

    Was anyone else thinking: "this is the time to put Kimbrel in", besides Joe?

  • In reply to Scott Tomkiewicz:

    The first homer was out of the zone. It was very high. I must of missed the 3rd homer.

  • In reply to 2016 Cubs:

    That must have been the one in the 10th inning Thursday.

  • In reply to stix:

    Yeah, maybe.

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    In reply to 2016 Cubs:

    Sorry, yes Carpenter's.

  • In reply to Scott Tomkiewicz:

    OK got it, thanks.

  • In reply to stix:

    Last thee times out since the injury. 7 outs, 6 runs, 4 HR. Morrow might have been better pitching left handed:):):)

  • In reply to stix:

    Morrow would have gotten hurt putting is glove on his right hand.

  • Absolutely disgusting! Kimbrel needs to be sent to Cubs pitching lab in Mesa. This pains me to no end! What I do not understand this is 2 years in a row the our competition has gotten unbelievably hot & we have stone cold! If I were a conspiracy person I would think there is some wrong going on! I still believe the opponents advance scouts do a better job in preparing their team when they face the Cubs. We are too predictable! How many time over the past 10 games when the opponent hits the ball up the middle, they go for base hits. When we do it they are outs! Defensive positioning! I though ‘69 & ‘84 were bad! These past two hears have been extremely painful. The blame starts with Rickets & goes down to each player! They have all shared in the misery of the past two years!

  • In reply to Cubs1935:

    What did the Ricketts do?

  • Who cares how Kimbrel feels! He needs to be shut down!

  • In reply to Cubs1935:

    I thought he was. You couldn’t do worse.

  • On the bright side, it's going to be very satisfying walking this off against Martinez.

  • Oh well. Reset begins next Sunday.

  • Kimbriel , another salary the cubs don’t need.
    Thanks Theo. May we have another. Go back to Boston and spend their money. Disgusting.

  • Well, that sucks. Kimbrel hasn't been right all of his half of a season. It was a lot to ask of him to begin the season in August and expect dominance. He pushed too hard to get to the struggling Cubs only to then struggle and fight through injuries. It sucks. He's not cooked like Cishek and Strop. His velocity was getting back up to the 97 range, he just didn't have enough time, the fastball was flat, the curve misses. He'll be fine ... next year ... ugh.

  • In reply to JohnCC:

    Yea.....but....what was he doing in April and May? He should have been mlb ready to go no matter who he signed with.....

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    Words I haven’t said in years—a higher draft pick.

  • In reply to Jonathan Friedman:

    A total wake up call for the front office. This team needs help, and big help isn't coming from the minors for 2020.

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