Game Post 8/14

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Lineups

Brewers (7-10)

1. Eric Sogard (L) 3B
2. Keston Hiura (R) 2B
4. Avisail Garcia (R) CF
5. Justin Smoak (S) 1B
6. Ben Gamel (L) RF
7. Manny Pina (R) C
8. Brock Holt (L) LF
9. Luis Urias (R) SS
Cubs (13-3)
1. Ian Happ (S) CF
2. Anthony Rizzo (L) 1B
3. Javier Baez (R) SS
4. Kyle Schwarber (L) LF
6. Jason Heyward (L) RF
7. David Bote (R) 3B
8. Jason Kipnis (L) DH
9. Nico Hoerner (R) 2B
P. Alec Mills (R)
Starting Pitcher Matchup
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Via mlb.com
Bullpen Usage
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Lineup and bullpen info from Baseball Press
Final Thoughts: Kris Bryant is out again with left wrist discomfort. Nico Hoerner and Jason Kipnis are both in the lineup Friday. Woodruff is the Brewers best starter, while Chatwood looks to rebound from a beat-down in KC.
Update: Tyler Chatwood is a late scratch with back stiffness, Alec Mills gets the start.

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  • I wanna see the Cubs jump out early and Chatwood cruise and give us 8IP. Have a big lead and let Kimbrel go out and pitch the 9th and miss some bats.

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    2 of the 3 starts Chatwood has started have been quality ones. Let's see if he can continue--all pro athletes are competitors and looking at the other starters have to make him want to equal those.
    Go Cubs!!

  • Chatwood scratched due to back pain. Mills going tonight instead.

  • In reply to Missed Signal:

    Oops, didn't see the update in the article. Comment redundant. Sorry.

  • I think that Ross preferred to separate the two power pitchers with a soft toss specialist anyway.

  • Hopefully nothing major with Chatwood. Quintana is still a ways off, scheduled for 4 simulated innings Sunday in South Bend. Remember, this isn't a mid-season injury where he just bounces back when healthy. Quintana is still in "Spring Training". We may be playing a LOT of games if the DirtyBirds can stay clean, so expect to see Rea and possibly some roster moves to cover the load.

    Woodruff, I suppose, is the Brewers ace, but I think he went about 90 pitches in only 4 innings his last outing. For all the things we salivate over on the Cubs hot start, the patient AB's may be getting overlooked. I don't have the numbers now, but Happ and Rizzo saw something like 80 pitches in their combined AB's last night. Reminds me of another season when we knocked the opposing starters out early.

    Mills keeps us in the game with 6 strong IP, 2 ER, another quality start. Kipnis stays hot, Nico hits a ball hard, in the air, that does some damage, and Happ drives in 4 runs. Javy hits at least one bomb. Jeffress struts.

    Cubs win, 7-4.

    Go Cubs!

  • Anyone watching the game on the MLB Network? The we’re interviewing Cubs #1 pick Ed Howard (SS) just as Javy made that amazing play in the hole. That was cool.

  • In reply to Cubs09:

    I'm outside, listening to Pat and Ron. That would be a cool present/future moment. Most seem to think Howard can stick at SS. Javy may have something to say about that.

    I might have shortchanged Mills on his line. Perfect through 4. Unfortunately, Woodruff is too, and very efficient.

    As I type, Rizzo breaks that up. Now would be a nice time for a Javy-bomb.

  • No bomb, but this is a tight game. One run could win it. Watch Javy on the bases.

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    I’m getting very tired of seeing balls several inches outside the strike zone called strikes. I’ve always disliked it but with every game meaning 2.5 times as much it really makes a difference.
    There are so many changes to accommodate the short season—man on 2nd in extra innings, 7 inn double headers, then why not try the robo umps to get it right?

  • Great at bat by Kipnis.

  • In reply to 44slug:

    And Nico.

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    And now Happ.

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    Too bad Kavy can’t lay off out of the zone. He’s not hitting enough to justify his lack of plate discipline.

  • In reply to stix:

    It wasn't one of Javy' s better at bats.

  • In reply to 44slug:

    Time for atonement. Stay in the zone.

  • In reply to stix:

    Guess not . Hat trick.

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    Woodruff is a very good pitcher but he was drafted in the 11th round in 2014. That’s where scouting helps and it doesn’t necessarily take a first or second round pick to get a 99 mph FB pitcher.
    Of course, he was awfully good for 4 innings but on the 5th the Cubs had the patience and eyes to wait him out.
    C’mon Javy.

  • I'm not worried, we got this. Mills lost it for a few batters but got it back. It happens. There were times earlier this season I wouldn't feel comfortable without at least a 4-run lead going into the later innings, but that anxiety has subsided as the pen has come together.

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    I wasn’t really a fan of going to Phegley with the bases loaded. I’ve never liked downgrading the hitter just for the sake of righty/lefty. At least I would have used Caratini.

  • In reply to John Winter:

    I agree I think David Ross game management has been better then maddon when it comes to sticking with his starters when they’re on top of their game. But I thought it wasn’t the best matchup for Phegley, as Hader isn’t your average lefty with all the spin on his stuff. Phegley also hasn’t been getting regular ABs so not exactly an easy guy to be matched up with. Definitely not my favorite move that Ross has made, and I said that as I was watching the end of that game. The team did have their chances to get this win though, and at the end of the day didn’t come through when it mattered. It’s always a tough proposition when you’re trailing Milwaukee late in the game. Either way I don’t want to sound like I’m taking a shot at David Ross, as I’m pretty happy with how he’s been managing thus far. I don’t feel like he’s a rookie manager when I follow this team.

  • In reply to kkhiavi:

    Yes, Cubs have been playing good baseball, just could not quite get it done tonight. Heyward has been a hot hitter, I thought Ross might just let him hit there, Brewers pen didn't give us much to hit.

  • In reply to 44slug:

    Talking about earlier not the ninth.

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    Heyward also did have a game winning hit off Hader in Milwaukee if I recall in the past. Either way Souza took a walk. Phegley hit for Kipnis which wasn’t my favorite option, as he hasn’t even been getting regular ABs. My guess is David Ross wanted a patient hitter with the way Hader was walking guys. I’m not used to watching the cubs lose these days. This one stings also because we don’t have an ideal pitching matchup tomorrow either. I know Quintana isn’t gonna be some savior, but it’s about time for him to make his comeback. I came into this season a bit concerned about the back end of the rotation, especially after Quintana’s injury. Mills and chatwood started great and mills pitched better then his line tonight. But I’d still want both of them to be my 5th starter at best over a long season

  • In reply to kkhiavi:

    I focus on the top 3 starters in the rotation in long season, short season, or playoff series. Big market Cubs should have 3 studs starters to build around most seasons.

    Back end of the rotation this season other then spending too much money on it- looks pretty good- Chatwood, & Quintana. Then Mills, Rea, and some of the prospects for additional depth. It is strange to look at Mills, 2019 AAA 5.11 ERA, and then see him pitch this year.

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    Brutal to have the last two hitters go down looking.

  • Frustrating loss knowing that the cubs are going to have to most likely use a spot starter tomorrow afternoon. I’ll choose to look on the bright side by noting that kimbrel at least made some progress.

    I keep hearing fans say they’d prefer mills or chatwood to Quintana as a starter. I’m happy those guys gave us 4 wins but I don’t see them being a better option then Q long term. I know some fans aren’t fond of Q, because of what they traded to acquire him. I still think he’s easily the 4th best starter and fully expect him to get his spot back as long as that hand injury doesn’t sabotage his game. My only concern is how this short season and the lack of a spring training may affect the form that Quintana is in.

  • Need to put the ball in play more often. We had our chances. Need to get Contreras and Baez hitting again! Javy, please look to center and right and stop trying to pull everything.

  • In reply to Ringer:

    Agree, Cubs were one 'put the ball in play' short last night. I want KB back.

  • In reply to 44slug:

    Woodruff and their pen were tough. Truth be told, the Cubs put together a string excellent patient at bats to get three on the board.

  • In reply to 44slug:

    In pregame they said KB was available to PH.
    I thought for sure he was going to get the Phegley AB.
    So, I guess the pregame guys were wrong.

  • In reply to Ringer:

    Yeah I was a little annoyed in Baez’s at bats last night. Looked like he was try to do too much again. It was really confounding in the 5th inning with the bases loaded, especially after watching every previous batter’s approach be all about making the pitcher work and just putting the ball in play and contact up the middle. Schwarber followed with a bad at bat too.

    Also, I had a feeling Bote’s misplay might come back to bite them. If he made that play and got an out, this game would’ve gone into extras. Credit the Brewers bullpen and Yelich for winning them that game.

  • Too many K’s in critical spots. The Brewers bullpen threw 4 and 2/3 innings and struck out 11. Put the ball in play please.

  • Yelich gets paid to beat you bigtime....he earned his check last night.

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    Except for Javy, everyone is very patient today and has taken walks and also hit the ball where it's pitched. I love seeing them go the other way. Well, 2 isn't bad, but we saw enough of leaving the bases loaded last night. At least the approach was good, and I believe Houser is now at 30 pitches. Keep them piling up the pitches and get to their bullpen has worked for us, but they have such a good BP that I might want to keep hitting against Houser.
    Now we just need to get Javy to go the other way and stop trying to hit it to Evanston.

  • In reply to Jonathan Friedman:

    Yeah Javy has been a little off his game the last couple days. He watched a couple good pitches go by him to start his first at bat; a slider up, and then a fastball almost over the heart of the plate. He's been a little too swing happy lately, as evidenced by how he just offered at a pitcher's pitch on the first pitch of his 2nd AB.

    Rizzo having some fun and hitting the ball up the middle, or really oppo. Good hustle by Kipnis. I'm really happy we signed him. I gotta believe he is having a positive impact in the clubhouse too. Last night his great AB in the 5th seemed to ignite the team. And now his hustle results in another run. Gotta get Baez, KB, and Schwarber going!!!

  • In reply to Jonathan Friedman:

    Yeah, he and Bryant are really struggling. It’s hard for me to understand why Bryant is struggling so much, but Baez is what he is. You get a little wistful watching a guy like Tatis and thinking that’s what we were hoping Javy would be. Still, I appreciate Baez so much for what he is, and fully expect him to get super hot at some point.

  • In reply to Cubs09:

    Javy has really looked disinterested to me this year. Now he let’s a hit go through that he could have knocked down. He’s messing my fantasy team up with his lack of offense. Think I saw he was 2-2x this year vs the Brewers.

  • In reply to stix:

    He doesn’t look disinterested to me, but the opposite: he’s pressing. At least at the plate. He’s looked incredible in the field. It’s also a really hard game. I’m pretty confident he’ll get hot.

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    the first time I've missed the fans--no one booed Braun as he came up to bat.

  • I know they are limiting Rea to around 50 pitches, and he's pitched great so far; 35 pitches after 3IP. Hopefully he pitches a very uneventful 4th and 5th innings and maybe there's another pitcher in the BP who can eat 2+ innings afterward.

  • In reply to Cubber Lang:

    So much for that...

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    Walks and 0-2 meatballs are not a good combination for a bullpen. Good job by Sadler limiting the damage though.

  • Let's go Javy! Extra base hit could win this.

  • In reply to Cubber Lang:

    Doh... at least he hustled enough to avoid the double play... if this stands?

  • In reply to Cubber Lang:

    Nice diving stop by Kavy too bad he didn’t do that earlier to stop run #4. Everything else being the same the Cubs would have won 4-3. Kavy not in a good place the last week.

  • In reply to Cubber Lang:

    Too bad he beat it.he would have been on 2nd in the 10th but that probably doesn’t mean much now that the Brewers scored twice.

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    No runs for the last 7 innings of regulation. Not going to win on days like that.

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