Cubs Game Post 9/7

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Saturday: 6:10 PM CT on WGN/670AM

Lineups

Cubs

1. Albert Almora Jr. (R) CF
3. Anthony Rizzo (L) 1B
4. Kris Bryant (R) 3B
5. David Bote (R) 2B
6. Kyle Schwarber (L) LF
7. Addison Russell (R) SS
9. Yu Darvish (R) P
Brewers
1. Trent Grisham (L) CF
4. Eric Thames (L) 1B
5. Ben Gamel (L) LF
6. Travis Shaw (L) 3B
8. Orlando Arcia (R) SS
9. Gio Gonzalez (R) P
Bullpen Usage
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Lineups and Bullpen Usage via Baseball Press.

Opposing pitcher

Scouting Reports from Brooks Baseball.

Gio Gonzalez: Gio Gonzalez has thrown 32,673 pitches that have been tracked by the PITCHf/x system between 2008 and 2019, including pitches thrown in the MLB Regular Season, the MLB Postseason, The World Baseball Classic and Spring Training. In 2019, he has relied primarily on his Change (83mph), Fourseam Fastball (90mph) and Sinker (89mph), also mixing in a Curve (76mph).

His change generates more whiffs/swing compared to other pitchers' changeups, results in somewhat more groundballs compared to other pitchers' changeups and has some natural sink to it. His fourseam fastball generates more whiffs/swing compared to other pitchers' fourseamers, results in more flyballs compared to other pitchers' fourseamers and has slightly below average velo. His sinker results in somewhat more flyballs compared to other pitchers' sinkers. His curve has an exceptional bite, results in many more groundballs compared to other pitchers' curves and has slight glove-side movement.

Sean's Note: The Cubs inability to hit Gonzalez continued last Sunday, although he only pitched three innings. Right handed hitters fare much better against him than left handed batters. Walks are a big problem, he walked four in his three innings at Wrigley. Non Cubs hitters scored 13 runs against him in the 13.2 innings pitched before Sunday.

Final Thoughts: It was a very bad effort all around by the Cubs Friday. Despite the fact he has struggled mightily against lefties, Albert Almora is leading off tonight. The overall lineup is significantly weaker than on Thursday. That will put pressure on Yu Darvish, who missed his last start with forearm tightness.

Filed under: Game preview

Tags: Albert Almora, Yu Darvish

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  • If in fact Javy is lost for the season, I will be so very disappointed not just for playoff implications but being deprived of watching the guy play. Can’t take anything or anyone for granted is the only takeaway.

  • In reply to IVYADDICT:

    Yeah, terrible news for everyone.

  • In reply to IVYADDICT:

    Never a good thing but at least it isn’t super serious. He will come from this.

  • Yeah, yeah, yeah.

    We're playing a game. Have you heard that Javy broke his thumb and is probably out for the year, taking our playoff hopes with him?

    I'm going out to work on my truck, drink several beers, and go on a hunt to randomly kick cute, fluffy puppies.

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    In reply to BarleyPop:

    Lmao. I feel the same. I'm still confused why Contreras isn't starting again. Especially with Yu on the bump. Caratini should be starting tomorrow with Hendricks. My reason being that Hendricks has a good pick off move. Maddon is going to make my brain explode with these lineups he's been putting out. Looks like a sixer of Stella and a few vodka cranberries tonight for me.

  • In reply to Wrigley0923:

    I might have went overboard with the kicking puppies part. I shouldn't be that way. I love dogs, I mean really love dogs, I've had them my whole life. Dogs are my life.

    I'll hunt down some cute little kittens instead.

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    In reply to BarleyPop:

    I hear you. I knew you were joking about the dogs. I was laughing about you not watching the game. I might watch an inng or so, but this lineup is even worse than lastnite. It seems like Joe is going all Dusty Baker on us, especially with him insisting on giving Niefi Perez all these starts. I know Baez is out, but st this point I'd rather see Zo at SS. I'd even be happy with Bote at SS.

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    In reply to BarleyPop:

    I figured you were kidding about the dogs. Maddon is starting to look like Dusty Baker to me. All we need is Neifi Perez to come back so Joe can start him every game. I'd rather see Zo or Bote at SS instead of Russell.

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    In reply to Wrigley0923:

    My bad, almost identical posts. Sorry.

  • In reply to Wrigley0923:

    Zo at SS????

  • In reply to Wrigley0923:

    Contreras had been hitting the ball good since he came back. Maddon likes to give a hot player a day off for some reason that only he knows why. All other managers in the history of the game play the hot batter.

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    In reply to 2016 Cubs:

    Completely agree. Read my post above

  • In reply to 2016 Cubs:

    Also, batting Almora at leadoff. Love watching him leg out grounders and double-play balls !!!

    /s

  • In reply to LAX2ORD:

    That is Maddon baseball. LOL

  • In reply to Wrigley0923:

    Yu and Caratini are a team. They apparently have fostered a pretty cool friendship and Yu really likes pitching to him. Plus Vic isn't a slouch with the bat.

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    I imagine that Javy could still pinch run and contribute in the dugout also.

  • Another headfirst slide takes down one the cubs best players. Didn’t Bryant hurt his hand/shoulder a few years back too with a headfirst slide?I don’t think he’s ever really recovered. This is a kick in the head. Without el mago cubs chances surely are diminished. Anyhow, Yu gives cubs solid 5 and passes to bullpen. Schwarber continues his dominance and cubs win 6-1.

  • In reply to Oldno7:

    I decided to forego kicking puppies and kittens and am listening to the game. I agree with your post, except that we win 8-2.

    Go Cubs!

  • In reply to Oldno7:

    Makes you wonder whether the benefits of sliding headfirst outweigh the risks. My guess given losing Javy and Bryant in various years that the answer for the cubs is slide feet first or don’t be aggressive with your stars running the bases.

  • In reply to stix:

    To me it’s the Aaron Rowland conundrum. Everyone loved when he ran face first into the wall and made a catch. But then he was sidelined for two weeks. Rather have player available than making one sensational play. I also think Javy has jammed a finger or thumb before this happened.

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    I know it won’t happen but I’d love to see Nico come up to get a taste of the majors. I’m dreaming I know.
    I’m not kicking anything except just kicking back and watching the Cubs and trying to enjoy it.

  • I do not agree one bit that this teams chances of the post season were just ended. Next man up is all...........the guy that went down was basically 0 for August with one good game in September. Castellanos has exceeded that lost production just on his own. Good teams step up, also rans do not.

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    In reply to Wickdipper:

    I’m taking my inspiration from the Cleveland team in 2016 that nearly beat the Cubs.

  • In reply to John Winter:

    In reality of the situation what really is more plausible is Baez returns for the NLCS against the Dodgers and goes all Schwarber on them......seriously......as in Schwarber against Cleveland....

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    In reply to Wickdipper:

    Ha! I thought of that too.

  • In reply to Wickdipper:

    I knew I liked you, for some reason.

  • Old Yu would’ve curled up in a ball there and let runs in. New Yu took command and pitched out of a mini jam.

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    How many tappers back to the pitcher have we hit this year with runners on?

  • In reply to John Winter:

    Too many.

  • I'm listening on the radio. Whenever Darvish gets out of a jam, the crowd yells "Yu".

    I didn't think we were in Wrigley.

  • In reply to BarleyPop:

    You should hear em now!Bam!

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    In reply to BarleyPop:

    From the cheers after Addy’s HR I thought we were in Wrigley.

  • Ban the shift!

  • With Baez out Russell really needs to get going, he is capable of getting hot.

  • In reply to bleachercreature:

    Request granted.Bam!

  • there we go!

  • Javy who?

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    This is the Yu we thought we were signing last year. He’s starting game one of the playoffs.

  • In reply to Jonathan Friedman:

    Honestly it’s hard not to feel down on this years team with the awful back breaking news on javy not to say the team can’t at least still play competitive baseball. But moving forward darvish looks like a guy that is going to be a legit asset to this team moving forward. I’ve preached patience with him even when his stock was at its lowest. Now I feel like he’s just about to finish year 2 mostly healthy, his mechanics are in a good place, and he seems at ease finally in this new organization. He’s locked in with his mechanics and hasn’t looked back since the 2nd half begun. I feel if he can stay healthy moving forward I don’t see why we shouldn’t expect the darvish of old moving forward the stuff is that good when he located.

    Frankly I feel a lot better about his future outlook then Jason heyward. It just feels every time heyward plays well he goes and loses his swing for 1 or more months, and plays flat out awful during his poor stretches. That swing just seems to be high maintenance, and I hope the team and Jason can find a way to keep him more consistent moving forward. At least he’s been better and is starting to hit some home runs this season

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    For those not watching there was a note saying that Yu has thrown first pitch strikes to 16 of 17 batters. Now 16 of 18. That’s a huge advantage.

  • You can see on that last AB by Bryant that he is really hurting. He cannot follow through on his swing because he does t trust his knee. He finished all his swings that inning off balance.

    With Javy out and KB at maybe 50%, not sure where any offense will come from.

  • In reply to IrwinFletcher:

    Why is KB playing hurt and Contreras sitting? When is Joe going to wakeup?

  • In reply to clarkAddson:

    Maddon is 65 years old. He is not going to wake up.

  • In reply to IrwinFletcher:

    Do you think his knee is also making him swing at pitches far off the plate?

  • In reply to 2016 Cubs:

    Yes, I do.

  • In reply to BarleyPop:

    LOL

  • In reply to IrwinFletcher:

    Should be on the IL then, he’s only hurting the team and his trade value:)

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    Yu only had thrown 72 pitches. I know he had a forearm strain but they were not hitting him at all. Now we’re in a pinch with all these walks.

  • In reply to Jonathan Friedman:

    Only missed one start too I really don’t see why they couldn’t just let him throw 85ish it’s September when are they gonna stop babying starters. Can’t help but think maddon wanted the lefty, but it’s not like darvish had much issue with Milwaukee’s lefties all game

  • Wouldn’t be a darvish start if this team didn’t find a way to get him yet another hard luck no decision. I figure he was on a pitch count but couldn’t maddon leave him in one more inning with only 70 pitches? Our season is on the line and with no kimbrel it was pretty easy to see this coming. Maddon can’t keep babying his players sometimes you’ve gotta do what you have to in order to win these types of tight games.

    Milwaukee looked helpless vs darvish other then yelich for the most part. Tough call for joe when yu is dealing with some discomfort I get that, but how many times is the team gonna do the other team favors by pulling dealing starters? We have to stop protecting these guys at some point it’s September and the cubs season is on the brink here. Gotta try sticking it out with darvish IMO unless he asked to be pulled after missing his last turn. Not like he isn’t still stretched out missing only 1 start I can’t help but think maddon tried to be cute and play matchups with lefties coming up. Darvish sure didn’t seem to have much issue with those lefties all game though lol

  • In reply to kkhiavi:

    Do you really think he is protecting Darvish? KB is playing hurt. Is Maddon protecting him also? He makes his decisions days ahead (per Joe himself) instead of going with the flow.

  • In reply to clarkAddson:

    Honestly I don’t know if he was bagging him or if he just wanted the lefty with 3 lefties coming up. If it was the latter then it’s just another illustration of my long standing criticisms of joe pulling his starters too early when they’re dealing

  • In reply to kkhiavi:

    *babying him

  • If Maddon is the Cubs Manager next year, I will find another team to root for after 66 years of being a Cubs Fan. I am tired of watching this team's ridiculous losses.

  • In reply to clarkAddson:

    If they have the same line up you mean.

  • In reply to Squareburgers:

    NO, I mean if they still have Maddon.

  • In reply to clarkAddson:

    He’s not swinging at sliders outside of the zone. Also, there was only one team in MLB in the last 20 years that had lower contact ratio than this club. One team in 20 years!

  • In reply to Squareburgers:

    You think you have all the answers. Just using this game: Why is KB still playing hurt? Did Contreras get too many hits? Why did he take Darvish out when he did? Why is the Cubs team under performing? Why does he play musical chairs with the Cubs lineup every game? There is no rhyme or reason with a lot of his moves. I am tired of watching these fiascos. I thought he just recently stated he was going to play the players that are producing.

  • In reply to clarkAddson:

    i’m trying to make conversation but I see you can’t control your emotions so I will end this now.

  • In reply to Squareburgers:

    Sorry, but I am emotional, I have sat through this malarkey for 2 straight years now and keep hearing the same defense for Maddon and nothing gets any better. Again, sorry, I am ranting but not at you.

    There are 25 men on the team at all times and only 1 Manager in charge of those 25. Does it make sense to blame everything going wrong with the team all the players and exonerate the guy in charge?

  • In reply to clarkAddson:

    Dave Roberts does the same thing with the Dodgers. He moves guys around all the time in the lineup and positionally. Doesn’t bother them.

    Yu just missed time with a forearm strain. Maybe, just frickin’ MAYBE, the medical staff told the staff that they need to limit Yu’s pitches.

    Willy just spent two weeks on the IL with a Hammy. Maybe, just frickin’ maybe, it is a bit tender or maybe just frickin’ maybe, the medical staff said that they can’t push it too hard.

    There are a lot of reasons for things we fans don’t know about. I will give the manager who has all that information the benefit of the doubt.

  • In reply to clarkAddson:

    Here’s to hoping your rooting for another team next year

  • In reply to clarkAddson:

    Yeah, yeah, maybe just frickin’ maybe KB has sore knees and maybe just frickin’ maybe the Cubs may have a new manager next year and maybe just frickin’ maybe you guys can go with Maddon when I can still root for the Cubs.

  • In reply to clarkAddson:

    I feel like the cubs are just awful in close games relative to our division competitors and a lot of it falls on maddons questionable pitching changes esp pulling his starters when they’re on. He’s probably my favorite most charismatic manager in my lifetime true culture builder and players manager, but his game management isn’t very good IMO. I think he’s a good manager but I can’t help but wonder if his value to this organization is diminishing. His main value is his culture building, his communication, the way he gets across his messages to the team, and I wonder overall if his message isn’t resonating with the players the same after 5 years together. Now that the team culture isn’t as strong also his odd game management is more exposed to the fanbase. Hard not to wonder if he’s gonna be here next year it’s very unfortunate but the teams just declined across the board fundamentally, offensively, and pitching wise. A lot of that falls on theo too this mediocre pen is part of the reason they’re bad in close contests. But the lack of progress from the young hitters is frustrating and hard not to feel like he’s gonna be the scapegoat for this teams recent underachievement

  • In reply to clarkAddson:

    We haven't lost. The Cubs medical staff recommended a few days off for Contreras. He's on fire at the plate, but so is his hammy. Push him now and risk the rest of the season. No thanks.

    Zobrist isn't going to play every day.

    Darvish was taken out because of the concern for his elbow. We need him to be healthy.

    I think it was Lackey who had the famous quote to reporters: "You act like this is 162 seasons". We can't go balls to the wall every game.

    This is crunch time, especially now without our leader, but everyone needs to contribute. If they can't, we didn't deserve it anyway.

  • In reply to BarleyPop:

    But it is OK to push KB with his knees? At least Contreras was producing when needed. Let's protect Darvish and Contreras (whether needed or not) and wear KB out complately even though he isn't performing up to this talent.

    Sorry, bu you guys defending Maddon with your "protection" theories have the "wool pulled over your eyes". With all the injuries this year, it is hard to believe he is properly protecting anyone.

  • In reply to clarkAddson:

    I couldn't do that. I've been addicted to the Cubs since I was 7 years old. Been through everything. I'll be a fan even when we aren't winning Championships.

    I'm used to it.

  • In reply to BarleyPop:

    Yeah, me too. But I am a Cubs Fan, just NOT a Maddon Fan anymore. I have had enough.

  • There is the difference. Cubs are unable to score Csstellanos from third with one out while Brewers more and score Yelich from first with two.

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    Every game is so important that our best chance to win would have been with Yu in there. Now maybe he told Joe he couldn’t go out again, but only 72 pitches! Help our bullpen any way we can and if he could have gone one more we might still be winning.

  • In reply to Jonathan Friedman:

    If Ryan could throw strikes to a sub.200 hitter. Cubs would still be winning.

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    Two words—Terrance Gore.

  • In reply to Jonathan Friedman:

    I’m afraid they may use Javy as the designated pinch runner if he can’t hit or field.

  • Looks like Zobrist forgot his spikes. Reminds me of years ago all star games when the unis were mismatched with the spikes.

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    Two more words—Ben Zobrist!!

  • Professional hitter

  • How bout a suicide squeeze. Oh yeah!

  • How about Nicky 4RBI?

  • Well that didn't work. Rizzo gets at least 1 RBI.

  • One of the benefits of listening to the radio is the feed is about 20 seconds ahead of TV. I know what's happening before you do.

    Holy crap, Rizzo just...

  • Good call!

  • Time for Mr. “crutch” to use his bat.

  • In reply to stix:

    Guess OT.

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    All that, and it’s gone in one pitch.

  • Frustrating!

  • I usually save this for a loss, but it fit's here.

    Well that sucked.

  • Should have been the “Wick” brothers. Phelps is basically worthless.

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    In reply to stix:

    Yeah, looked at the bullpen chart in the post, and Rowan’s barely pitched this week.

  • You bring in a LOOGY to walk Yelich.

    OK. Expanded rosters.

    C'mon, Wick.

  • I sent in on of my operatives to steal one biscuit from Thames' breakfast.

    You're welcome.

  • Poop.

  • Bam!

  • Fudge.

  • Come on.....burn Hader OUT.....let’s get to bonus baseball....

  • 3 hits yesterday and 4 today. Offensive monster again.

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    He's an MVP, what can you say?

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    In reply to Jonathan Friedman:

    Walk him

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    In reply to John Winter:

    Only answer I can think of, lol. Not necessarily saying it’s right.

  • In reply to John Winter:

    Can't really see walking him being a worse outcome than what ended up happening.......

  • That’s what happens when you have a star performing at a star level.

  • Next pitch at 1:10.

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    This is like a replay of the last Brewers series.

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    In reply to John Winter:

    But they were asking for it tonight with the lineup Joe put out.

  • LP - A.Russell

  • Boy, Yelich what a ballplayer!! I wish had a player that good.

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