Game Post 8/12


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Wednesday: 5:10 PM CT on Marquee SN/670AM



1. Kris Bryant (R) LF
2. Anthony Rizzo (L) 1B
3. Javier Baez (R) SS
5. Ian Happ (S) CF
6. Jason Heyward (L) RF
7. David Bote (R) 3B
8. Victor Caratini (S) DH
9. Jason Kipnis (L) 2B
1. Cesar Hernandez (S) 2B
2. Jose Ramirez (S) 3B
4. Carlos Santana (S) 1B
5. Franmil Reyes (R) DH
6. Mike Freeman (L) LF
7. Tyler Naquin (L) RF
8. Sandy Leon (S) C
9. Bradley Zimmer (L) CF
Bullpen Usage

Lineups and Bullpen Usage via Baseball Press.

Opposing pitcher

Scouting Report from Brooks Baseball.

Carlos Carrasco: Carlos Carrasco has thrown 18,692 pitches that have been tracked by the PITCHf/x system between 2007 and 2020, including pitches thrown in the MLB Regular Season, the MLB Postseason and Spring Training. In 2020, he has relied primarily on his Curve (84mph), Fourseam Fastball (93mph) and Change (88mph), also mixing in a Slider (86mph) and Sinker (93mph).

His curve is thrown extremely hard, generates more whiffs/swing compared to other pitchers' curves, has little depth, has primarily 12-6 movement and results in somewhat more flyballs compared to other pitchers' curves. His fourseam fastball has some natural sinking action, has essentially average velo and results in somewhat more groundballs compared to other pitchers' fourseamers. His change is a real worm killer that generates an extreme number of groundballs compared to other pitchers' changeups, has surprising cut action, dives down out of the zone and is much firmer than usual. His slider has exceptional depth, generates a high number of swings & misses compared to other pitchers' sliders and is an extreme flyball pitch compared to other pitchers' sliders. His sinker generates an extremely high number of swings & misses compared to other pitchers' sinkers, is an extreme flyball pitch compared to other pitchers' sinkers, has slight armside run and has some natural sinking action.

Sean's note: Very good to see Carrasco pitching after recovering from cancer last year. He strikes out over a batter an inning and has excellent control. Right and left handed hitters fare basically even against him.

Final Thoughts: Kyle Schwarber was a late scratch with a right knee bruise. Otherwise, the lineup is the same as it was in Tuesday's win. The bottom of the order continues to carry the offensive load.

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    Thanks Sean. I like KB in LF and Bote at 3rd. He's a better fielder than KB, although he did make some great plays the other day. Let's hope that Kyle reverts to his norm and keeps the pitches away and changing speeds and locations and is one of the best pitchers in the NL.

  • Cubs are rolling!

    Off topic, but is anyone following what Tatis is doing this year for San Diego? He’s really a special player. He’s like Joe DiMaggio: breaks in and is a complete player immediately one of the very best players in the league.

  • In reply to Cubs09:

    Haven’t seen that much locally here about Tatis. Just glad the Sox decided he was expendable.

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    In reply to Cubs09:

    Tatis has hit 30 HR in his first 100 games and I think only 5 players have done that. He is becoming one of the better players in the game. I wish we could see more of him.

  • Someone needs to send KB some exlax so he can get going. He has done little if anything for the offense.

  • In reply to stix:

    I really like KB. I think he is a very good player. To me, however, he is a bit of a disappointment. That’s because coming out of the minor leagues I had unrealistic expectations that he would put up numbers like Mickey Mantel. Still good, but yeah.

    How about Rizzo? Man, he is going to be real hard to replace some day. Production and heart and soul.

  • In reply to Cubs09:

    He hasn’t been very good since 2016. Injury prone and soft. Should have been traded before he was found out. Now the cubs will get nothing and he will walk during free agency . I would trade rizzo soon too. Bad back and the other side of 30.

  • In reply to Cubs09:

    Excuse me while I remove foot from mouth. KB!!

  • In reply to stix:

    Maybe all he needed to do was fall on his wrist :)

  • In reply to stix:

    Only works with bases empty. Maybe need to fall on his head with men on base.

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    What will happen next? Carasco has had many on the bases but has only given up one run but the Cubs haven’t taken advantage. As I write this the Cubs have men on 2nd and 3rd no outs. They have to score at least one but more than that. Willson just SO. In a ball in the dirt and slammed his bat down and got tossed.
    That was the Cubs 7th SO. This is where getting contact is so important. They’ve done it this season but today is today. The way Kyle has been pitching 3 runs should do it.

  • In reply to Jonathan Friedman:

    Hang on BP has 3 innings to cover.

  • Contreras gets thrown out of the game for slamming his bat after he struck out? That is a weak call by the home plate umpire.

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    Bote had 2 balls hit the outside and inside corners called balls and Hendricks had a low one called a strike. We really need robo-umps for the integrity of the game.
    Great catch KB! Is he alright?

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    I’ve said it before. If it takes longer than 30 secs the play stands.

  • Well, I’ll say it, I don’t think the bullpen is an issue. Kimbrel or no Kimbrel. I hope he comes around. It would help. But I’m glad Ross isn’t going overboard trying to fit Kimbrel in. Make him earn it.

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