Cubs Game Post 9/28

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Lineups

Cubs

1. Tony Kemp (L) RF
2. Nico Hoerner (R) 2B
3. Kyle Schwarber (L) LF
4. Ian Happ (S) CF
6. Victor Caratini (S) 1B
7. Addison Russell (R) SS
8. David Bote (R) 3B
9. Cole Hamels (L) 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
Bullpen Usage
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Lineups and Bullpen Usage via Baseball Press.

Opposing pitcher

Scouting Reports from Brooks Baseball.

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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  • Not much to root for, eh, except to screw the DirtyBirds? I suppose that's motivation enough. I do like seeing Nico at 2B and closer to the top of the order.

    Go Cubs!

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    This looks like a lineup from "before" where we used to compare it to what we have today.
    Is this year the Cubs as they are--a .500 team or just a one off? If a .500 team then start again, trade Lester and Schwarber and maybe KB and let Hamels go and maybe trade Q. Go backwards for a year, this team is still young enough to do that, and come back in 2021 younger and more talented.

  • In reply to Jonathan Friedman:

    Definitely feels like a 2013-14 lineup.

    Maybe Hamels can toss a late season no hitter like he did against the Cubs as they contended for the division in 2015.

  • In reply to JohnCC:

    This line up is a lot better then that lineup.

  • In reply to WaitTilNextYear:

    LOL

  • In reply to WaitTilNextYear:

    What lineup is better than which? 2014 Cubs vs tonight? Or 2015 Cubs vs 2019 Cards? Or...?

  • In reply to JohnCC:

    Cubs tonight line up vs cubs 2013 or 2014 line up.

  • To borrow a phrase from Hawk Harrelson: "He gone!".

    Word is coming out that Maddon and Theo are meeting after tonight's game to discuss Joe's future with the team. I can only assume it is to offer clarity and give Maddon a farewell game. Official announcement will come Sunday.

  • In reply to BarleyPop:

    I have a hard time believing that decisions have not already been made and they're meeting to discuss details.

  • In reply to Cliff1969:

    They know, for sure. They just didn't want to make it public, for no other reason than the players don't have to deal with the questions every day. But the timing gives it away. No reason to hold a late-night meeting before the last game of the season to agree to an extension. This is just to make it official, and let Joe have a final goodbye with his guys.

  • In reply to Cliff1969:

    I am surprised they would announce they are meeting about it? Seems like that would take focus off these last 2 games

  • In reply to WaitTilNextYear:

    They didn't announce the meeting tonight. Just, we know.

  • In reply to BarleyPop:

    Why even do that????

  • In reply to WaitTilNextYear:

    Good question. My guess would be just from a PR standpoint. It's an open secret he won't be back, but no one wants the distraction. I guess this "meeting" puts a time stamp on it, when the decision was made?

  • In reply to BarleyPop:

    Digging deeper, this sets the stage for an announcement prior to tomorrow's game. A chance for Joe to say goodbye, and fans to do the same. That's my guess as to why this news is "leaking".

  • In reply to WaitTilNextYear:

    Joe brought it up during his pregame to reporters. Joe’s going to joe. It’s his last night at the helm. Good riddance.

  • In reply to Oldno7:

    Joe has never been rude or throw other under the bus. And certainly never make it about himself. I wouldn’t be surprised if Joe just isn’t interested in it.

  • In reply to Oldno7:

    Be careful what you wish for. Maddon is easily the best manager in any of our lifetimes. I’m hopeful whoever gets the job can come close to what Joe has done

  • In reply to Cubpack:

    Maddon should have been fired after game 7 2016. Was allowed to continue 2017 where his “skills” got the cubs ousted in nlcs by dodgers. Was allowed to continue even after losing 5 game division lead in September last year and eventually losing game 163 and the wild card game. That takes us to this year where the cubs lose 9 in a row in crunch time to miss out on playoffs completely. So as one can see it has been 3 years of decline and he needed to go.

  • In reply to Cubpack:

    Yeah, right. Fire the guy who managed the team that just broke a 108 year drought. Your funny. Stick to being a comedian. I don’t see a GM role in your future

  • In reply to Cubpack:

    Boston fired their gm Dave dombrowski less than one year after World Series run. That is no joke, just a fact. [mic drop]

  • In reply to Cubpack:

    Yes. The year after.
    You said he should have been fired right after game 7. (You can pick it back up)

  • Schwarber is going to make it hard for the Cubs to want to trade him.

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    In reply to 2016 Cubs:

    This is the exact time to trade him. Remember earlier in the season when no one wanted him? Also, he has 38 HR in a season where the ball is juiced. There’s no doubt he is strong with a very quick bat (Theo loves drafting hitters with a plus quick swing) and maybe MLB will change the ball this winter so it isn’t so easy to hit HR.
    I’m looking for us to get more talent the quickest way and this is one way.

  • In reply to Jonathan Friedman:

    I get what you are saying. But, if he is starting to figure it out at the plate he can be a very nice middle of the order bat. He has all improved on defense. Not sure I would want to trade him.

  • In reply to Jonathan Friedman:

    I don’t disagree with you too often Jonathan, but I’m really starting to think Schwarber is a guy they need to keep. I guess it all depends on what they can get for him, but it seems he’s finally becoming that hitter we all dreamed about. And if you trade him, who replaces him?

  • In reply to Cubpack:

    I personally think you’re being a prisoner of the moment, if I’m the cubs then I’m trading Schwarber and abbot for Mookie betts

    The Red Sox need to shed payroll all the reports say they will most likely trade betts.

    Schwarber is not good , move on while he has value. Betts gives you a lead off hitter,contact machine,high on base % and great defense! Then trade Bryant for pitching, preferably to the padres for one of their stud pitching prospects. Re-sign Castellanos and put him at 3b

    The cubs need more pro ab’s and contact hitters,Báez should be the only player who can stay that k’s a lot

  • In reply to bolla:

    There was good reason that Detroit moved Castellanos off 3rd, to the OF.
    You'd be the first one to complain about his defense at third.
    I'm all for resigning Nick C., but not to play third base.

  • In reply to cubbustible:

    Ok that’s perfectly fine then put Happ at 3b and Castellanos in lf

  • In reply to bolla:

    Getting someone like Betts would be awesome. Problem is you only have him for 1 year. If you can’t re-sign him and Schwarber continues to hit the way he has been for the next 3 years, most of us, probably including you, would be complaining about how bad that trade was

  • In reply to Cubpack:

    Yes but betts gets one year of the cubs experience and the cubs will have much more flexibility after 2020 with lester,chatwood,quintana contracts coming off the books.The marquee money should be kickin in by then too , basically my point is the cubs can sign him if they want.

  • In reply to Jonathan Friedman:

    Yes indeed I absolutely agree , Schwarber is a dh move him to the al thanks for the monster hr’s And community work

    He’s just a worse version of Adam Dunn without the on base % & hr’s time to move on

  • In reply to 2016 Cubs:

    Line up is good enough to win it all. Cubs just need a couple up grades.

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    A perfect example of this year. 2 outs a a pop up down the line and Russell gets to...2nd base. Why isn’t he on third? Or even running hard makes the LF throw home and Hamels maybe goes to 2nd. I’m so tired of half hearted efforts. I think as much as Joe has enjoyed managing this team he won’t be sorry to leave this year behind him.

  • In reply to Jonathan Friedman:

    I think Javy's replacement must have missed a sign, or not been able to decipher a sign, or, heck, who needs a sign? 2 outs, ball in play, run hard on contact. Baseball 101.

    I'm not going to miss him.

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    Lou Boudreau wanted to have any player who came on to the playing field like just happened be fined or benched just like the NBA. There’s no reason everyone needs to rush the field.

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    I don’t mean to monopolize tonight but I just noticed the Jorge Soler hit 2 HR today. He has 47 and will probably lead the American League. Good for him.

  • In reply to Jonathan Friedman:

    And Eloy hit 31.

  • In reply to WaitTilNextYear:

    And they're both, DH's. Neither are as good defensively as Schwarber.

  • In reply to cubbustible:

    Eloy can play of just as well as Kyle.

  • In reply to WaitTilNextYear:

    Apparently you haven't watched too many Sox games with Eloy in LF.

  • In reply to cubbustible:

    No, I do not watch Sox games.

  • In reply to cubbustible:

    Schwarber improved his defense by leaps and bounds in the second half this season. He's far from just a DH in the here and now.

  • In reply to Jonathan Friedman:

    Why is that good for him? He was a malcontent on the cubs and demanded a trade. Hope he enjoys a decade of losing in KC.

  • I'll say it again. SH's with pop aren't falling out of trees.

  • In reply to Cubmitted:

    They just grow up the ivy.

  • In reply to wthomson:

    :).

  • In reply to Cubmitted:

    Schwarber is not going anywhere.

  • In reply to 44slug:

    Referring to Happ. Though they've both made big strides in the second half this year. Another reason the team's struggles are hard to figure out.

  • Bombs away! Sink the SS DirtyBird!

  • That AB by Descalso may have been the ugliest by any Cub this season. No chance on anything.

  • In reply to BarleyPop:

    I guess that is how a batter with an average of .175 looks. He makes Kemp look like a major leaguer.

  • In reply to 2016 Cubs:

    Never mind LOL

  • Why did joe pull Hamels so early he could of went 1-2 more innings

  • In reply to bolla:

    That was the best he’s pitched in months

  • In reply to bolla:

    A combination of reasons. The Cubs didn't need him to pitch any more for team competitive reasons. They allowed him one more start to show he's healthy for personal reasons heading into free agency. He did that. What if he goes another inning or two and hurts himself, losing out on his last contract? It's a balancing act.

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    In reply to BarleyPop:

    Yep Hamel wanted to pitch a few innings

  • In reply to BarleyPop:

    If cubs or any other team are gonna use this outing as a deciding factor to go after Cole that is ridiculous. The statement what if he gets hurt in the next 2 innings makes no sense.

  • In reply to BarleyPop:

    Gotcha

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    In reply to bolla:

    It was announced before game he was going to go no more than three innings.

  • Oh ok I Didn’t know that

  • Hey.....Milwaukee....
    It’s not like we’re not giving you a chance here.....

  • In reply to Wickdipper:

    Let's go blue!

  • Boston says they are going to reduce payroll to below the first tax threshold. That means they have to dump a lot of salary. Price and Sale earn $32 and $30 million, respectively. Price is immovable. JD Martinez can opt out or take $23.5M. Betts will go $20M in his last arbitration year.

    I can see Schwarber in a Red Sox uniform. He'd crush in Fenway and would love hitting in Yankee Stadium. I wonder what kind of deals could happen between the Cubs and Sox?

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    In reply to JohnCC:

    How about KB for Mookie Betts?

  • In reply to Jonathan Friedman:

    Mookie only has one year of control left and will make more than KB, but not enough more to make it worth it for the Sox. They need to drop a lot of salary.

    But I'd be in favor of that trade, particularly if they could extend Betts.

  • Ughhhhh not chisek

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    The lack of relief pitching is all on Theo.

  • I had a comment an hour ago hat has since disappeared.

    WHY did they pull Hamels after 67 pitches.
    This is his last game as a Cub. I would've rode him 120 pitches.
    Mark my words, this dreck known as the "Cubs Bullpen" is going to blow a 6 run lead.

    Absolutely disgusting.

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    In reply to hoffpauir6:

    See prior comments

  • I said it first, right after Tony Kemp saved us from disaster, but it's gone.
    It's going just like I said it would. Scrub relievers, no lead is safe.

    Almora, that was the worst bunt ever. Man...

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    Ok, now the Cubs have to come back and get some of those runs back. Don’t swing on the first pitch, let the pitcher pitch and maybe we can walk a few times and get the bases loaded with no outs.

  • In reply to Jonathan Friedman:

    Seriously, it will take a miracle for them not to lose this game.
    Or 3 or 4 more runs.

    These garbage pitchers will not hold 'em for two more innings.

    The genius that engineered this?
    Gone tomorrow.

  • In reply to hoffpauir6:

    Theo is getting fired?

  • I hope that’s the last ab Almora ever has in a cubs uniform, nice catches last night but it’s time to go

  • Tony Kemp, unlikely savior??

  • In reply to hoffpauir6:

    We need more. No lead is safe.

  • In reply to hoffpauir6:

    Thank you, Nico.
    I will feel good if there's a Schwarbomb.

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    Well, we got 2 on no outs, much to my surprise, but to get a bunt down I would have sent Kyle Hendricks or Jon Lester up there. Of course, they would know it’s a bunt but a good one and it’s 2nd and 3rd and now we could have got 2 runs just now.
    When the Cards had the bases loaded and Bote fielded the ball I felt he should have gone home. I would trade one out for getting that run. Am I wrong?

  • In reply to Jonathan Friedman:

    You weren't wrong, but outs are valuable when you're ahead.
    The problem is that they weren't far enough ahead.

    Now they're three runs ahead.
    Is that enough? Damned if I know.

    Go Pedro.

  • In reply to hoffpauir6:

    I knew they needed more.
    There is no Cub reliever that can be counted on.

  • In reply to Jonathan Friedman:

    I wouldn’t risk Lester or the professor taking one off the knuckle.

  • I have a jersey bet with Cardinal Fan and I do not want to wear that ugly %^$&^ uniform.

    Don't make me do it, Cubs!

  • Utterly ridiculous strop is in this game right now , he can’t be trusted

  • In reply to bolla:

    There are none that can be trusted, bolla.
    I would've rode Hamels till his arm fell off his body and was laying on the ground over by 1st base.

  • In reply to hoffpauir6:

    Lol , I agree

  • In reply to hoffpauir6:

    And the you would have ruined any chance for the Cubs to ever sign a free agent pitcher

  • In reply to Cubpack:

    All it takes to sign a player is money.

  • In reply to hoffpauir6:

    And they are not going to show Hamels the money.
    He is well past his prime and will not command any dollars.

  • In reply to hoffpauir6:

    I didn’t say they’ll re-sign Hamels.
    I just said if you disrespect a veteran pitcher the way way you said you would , it would be really tough to get someone to want to sign with your team

  • In reply to Cubpack:

    You play to win the game.

  • In reply to hoffpauir6:

    Don’t disagree. But not at any expense like those Brewers fans who think Rizzo, Bryant & Javy all should be playing even though the game means nothing to the Cubs.

  • In reply to Cubpack:

    This is a meaningful game.
    Cubs may be out, but screwing over the Cardnals is important.

  • It’s absolutely baffling how hader looks like mo Rivera vs the cubs but vulnerable vs everyone else

  • Cubs luck out, reliever gets a scoreless inning.
    I'm not wearing that ugly ass uniform yet!

    Go Brewers. I want so much pressure on the Cardinals that they choke to death on it.

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    I can’t believe that Yadi didn’t beat us. I never thought we’d win tonight. I didn’t think we’d be in this position either, but look at what StL and Milw have done the last 20-25 games. It’s almost unprecedented, and what we’ve done not only the 2nd half last year but in the last 4 weeks.

  • In reply to Jonathan Friedman:

    Gotta tip of the hat, to their manager.

  • In reply to Jonathan Friedman:

    JMO. Kyle and Ian were pretty impressive in the 3-4 holes tonight. Two guys that have taken a lot of flak. A nice steakhouse seems appropriate.

  • In reply to Cubmitted:

    Speaking for the pescatarians, maybe some scallop pad thai.

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