Game Post 8/19

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Lineups

Cardinals

1. Kolten Wong (L) 2B
2. Tommy Edman (S) SS
4. Matt Carpenter (L) 1B
5. Brad Miller (L) 3B
6. Tyler O'Neill (R) LF
7. Dexter Fowler (S) RF
8. Dylan Carlson (S) CF
9. Matt Wieters (S) C
Cubs
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. Jason Kipnis (L) 2B
8. Victor Caratini (S) DH
9. Nico Hoerner (R) 3B
P. Alec Mills (R)
Starting Pitcher Matchup
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Via mlb.com

Bullpen Usage

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Lineups and Bullpen Usage via Baseball Press.

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  • If Javy was playing catcher today, this could still be a 4-1 game. Willson needs to let the ball travel deeper before catching it on plays at the plate. I don't even know why I'm still watching this... glutton for punishment, I guess.

  • In reply to Cubber Lang:

    Javy is a great tagger but his batting now is below the Mendoza line. Joining Bryant in that august group. Amazing cubs are where they’re at given the robust hitting from two of there expected stars.

  • In reply to stix:

    Give it up stix!

  • In reply to 44slug:

    I have. Javy is killing my fantasy team. If I would have known this I would have selected the janitor to clean up.

  • In reply to stix:

    I get it. I am, and I assume that we all are, disappointed with his struggles, especially when it looked as if he had turned the corner. We know it's in him because we have seen it. KB too!

  • In reply to 44slug:

    Don’t disagree. Earlier in the year he was at least attempting to hit some up the middle or even right center. Now everything is swing and miss or try to pull. This is classic Javy.

  • In reply to stix:

    Move him down the lineup, Rossy. Jeez.

  • In reply to Cubs09:

    In more inclined to leave him between the big lefty sluggers. His profile tells me Javy should excel there. If he is unable to turn things around a change will be prudent.

  • In reply to Cubs09:

    Just take some pressure off the poor guy. Flip him and Contreras, at the very least.

  • Glad I'm not watching this first game, just check the box score occasionally. So, Ross said it yesterday, basically swing for the fences boys! I absolutely despise this strategy and watching this type of baseball. I've made this comparison before but it's just like Houston Rockets basketball and their "moneyball" strategy. Chuck more 3s = try to hit more home runs. And just like the rockets, this does not work deep in the playoffs. I can't stand it and this is where I will vent.

  • In reply to DarBar15:

    Me too. Gave up after 1/2 an inning. I am tired of Carpenter crushing us. He hits .225 with a .350 SLG and then goes Babe Ruth against us.

  • Other then Happ, we are struggling to put the ball in play with any authority right now. Putting a lot of pressure on the pitchers!

  • In reply to Ringer:

    Schwarber almost knocked the pitcher’s head off and Rizzo hit two rockets in game one and got two outs. Generally Baez Contreras and KB when he gets back need to start hitting.

  • 5-1-1 in series this year. Apparently Kimbrel needs a beard.

  • In reply to Cubs09:

    He really does just look a lot more intimidating with the beard. I’m all for bringing it back. His ERA is still crap but I haven’t given up on the guy still being a contributing member of this bullpen. The stuff is still pretty darn good. If he can get into a rhythm with his mechanics I don’t see any reason why he’s not salvageable. It’s not as if the quality of his stuffs fallen off a cliff, despite his velocity not being quite what it was.

  • Good win! Three of five with several guys struggling at the plate is commendable. Caratini and Bote (again) with key hits. Good couple stories on the mound as well.

  • Alzolay sure looked like a guy that could help the big club today, although his biggest obstacles are health and consistency. I personally don’t believe though that the cubs left him in south bend because he isn’t ready to contribute. This is his final option year and he’s coming off an injury. I think they also hope to see him as a starter , and not as a reliever. My guess is they wanted him to get some innings down there as a starter, in order to work on his changeup and command. I personally question whether you can send him back down with the way he threw today.

    I’m suddenly a bit concerned about the back of the rotation. Following the minors I’ve never been the biggest believer in Alec mills, as I’ve questioned the sustainability of his success. I certainly hope chatwoods back injury doesn’t mess with his form also. I’ve seen enough though where I pretty much think Quintana’s getting his rotation spot back, and probably sooner rather then later. Great W today and proud of how the cubs battled. They could’ve easily had a rough series, and kudos to Bote for just being clutch.

  • In reply to kkhiavi:

    Alzolay looked great. If he is in the rotation next season that would help a lot.

  • In reply to Cubs09:

    Maybe he should take Mills or Rea's spot in the rotation until Quintana and/or Chatwood God-willing come back to the rotation? (Anecdote about Chatwood, I'm a Certified Arborist in Arizona; and I just did some work for Chatwood at his house. Not sure if it's his main house, since he obviously wasn't there.......)

  • In reply to kkhiavi:

    Mills is showing potential to be an affordable #5 starter/long reliever with all the different looks he can give hitters, I think the Cubs have to stick with him.

    Alzolay looked good today, he absolutely should get a few more cracks as a starter this year.

    I'm getting little giddy about the back end of the Cubs rotation.
    Quintana, Chatwood, Alzolay, Mills, Rea, Miller, & maybe a few more on the come. None of them give me any confidence in a must win game right now, and maybe they never will because they are back end starters.

    I'm a little more concerned about Lester pitching well all season, than the back end of the rotation. Lester's whip in 2019 was 1.50.

  • In reply to Naujack:

    I’m not sure if I see mills as a long term starter. Nothing he ever did in AAA ever made me feel like he was much more then a spot starter or 5th starter at best. I’m rooting for the kid for sure because he’s one of the few starters that the cubs control past this season. But it’s my personal opinion that Quintana is gonna get his shot to start, given mills and chatwood suddenly starting to look like the question marks many thought they were. From there I think whoever pitches best between alzolay/mills/chatwood should get the #5 spot. I do think we have appropriate replacements at the back end of the rotation. It’s just finding the right mix at 4/5. A part of me just questions whether mills is one of the best 5 starters on this cubs roster with alzolay back, and Quintana nearing his own return.

    I personally think alzolay has the most upside of that group of potential 5s, and he’s also controlled past this season. It’s just that every time he gets my hopes up, then he goes and gets injured. He’s gotta show that he can consistent and available. I think even if mills loses his spot he’s not going back to south bend. At worst I also think he can help this team in long relief. But I admit I didn’t come into this season all that bullish on mills, and he’s probably pitched better then I expected overall.

    I still like Lester’s bulldog mentality and veteran savvy. But I think we may have to accept that he isn’t the top of the rotation starter he used to be. The velocity is down quite a bit from 3-4 years ago, and his FIP is 4.40 and his xFIP is a poor 5.36. Lester’s shown he’s capable of out pitching his peripherals, but my expectations of the guy aren’t what they used to be. He’s still off to a good start and my hope is that he can still be an effective middle of the rotation guy. But it certainly hurts because Lester was so instrumental to this teams past success as a big game ace.

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    After losing 9-3 , to come back a few hours later with a "W" ! Makes me feel good about the team .

  • In reply to Ronald Dietzler:

    That second game was sweet. Clutch hit and a clutch save. I imagine for the players it will be a more peaceful and enjoyable day off. Lots of hard work for them ahead. Go Cubs!!

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    I am starting to feel better about Kimbrel. Last 3 innings (extremely small sample size) he has given up no hits, walked one, hit one and struck out 7!!! I'd love to see Adbert in our bullpen as well and then our bullpen starts to look much better!

  • In reply to Kevin:

    I’m cautiously optimistic as well. David Ross was saying the depth on his breaking ball still isn’t quite where he wants it to be, and he’s still working through stuff. That being said I’m still encouraged by the stuff, and how uncomfortable hitters have looked against him lately. I’m not sure he’s the same guy that he was 5 years ago, but there’s still plenty to work with there. Stuff wise he still has an upper 90s fastball. It should be noted that David Ross hasn’t been matching kimbrel against the opposing teams best hitters lately, but he still passes the eye test for me. If they can even get him back to being 80+ % of the guy that he was, then that’s a huge boost to this pen.

  • I’ve never cared for Marty or ‘Thom’ Brenneman. Always found Marty’s unhinged rants against the Cubs to be childish. And I’ve always considered Thom’s career is credited to being born with a silver spoon being stuck somewhere. But now we Thom also has a foot stuck somewhere too. I found his phoney apology to be more revealing of his character, then even what he said.

  • In reply to cubbustible:

    I don’t condone what he said yet on the other hand, I really don’t give a damn either but with this ultra sensitive cancel culture present now, this will cost him his job......and awwwww Thommy......what a shame. My real question would be what city was he talking about :)

  • In reply to Wickdipper:

    I dont know what he said. But the cancel culture is way out of control.

  • In reply to bleachercreature:

    Way out of control, but this I’m not going to even make an issue out of. My opinion of this tool was formed years ago.

    Hope to see some good baseball out of our men this weekend and am looking forward seeing how much the Sox have improved, it’s been a long time for them. 2 outta 3 ain’t bad! Cubs.

    Givin’ up some Meatloaf for Barley!!!

  • In reply to bleachercreature:

    Yeah I agree with you creature, that last ‘Goodyear’ comment, was way over the top.

  • Still no Quintana? I was way off on that. I figured he would habe picked up some innings in the Cards series.

  • In reply to bleachercreature:

    I think the oversight on your part is that not only is this just now his spring training, but he's gotta be inserted in the "middle" of this season while all the hitters have been playing real ball for a month and have their timing down. That's a little more dangerous to put him back in the rotation and could cost the Cubs a single game that now has much more impact compared to the standard 162 game schedule. If memory serves me, the last I read about him was getting a 4 inning simulated game in South Bend, I think last weekend. So now he should probably be doing another with 5 innings. I'd think once he's worked up to 6 innings, they'll probably bring him up, so maybe by next weekend he might be ready to go. Of course that's all if he's feeling good and throwing the ball well.

    It sure will be nice to have him back in the rotation and a good problem to have too many pitchers who've mostly done well fighting to keep that 5th spot in the rotation. I have a very good feeling they'll even go to a 6-man rotation by the time they start the series with Reds at the end of the month. They will be playing 18 games over a 17 day span with 2 double headers (one against the Reds and another against the Cardinals), and only have 1 day off in that period. So right now having Alzolay looking good in that last start, and Mills and Chatwood wanting to stay in the rotation, this is quite a good problem to have. I'm almost wondering if Chatwood should go to the pen because if he can add a couple extra ticks to his fastball there, he can be really helpful pitching more often in the 7th or 8th innings, or even be a good long man if it's needed.

  • In reply to Cubber Lang:

    I think people are confusing Quintana's situation with a typical mid-season injury rehab. It's not. This is his Spring Training, and it's a slow process. I don't know what to make of this, but he had another sim game today (Friday) and only went 2 innings (28 pitches), which is much shorter than his sim game last Sunday. I'll keep looking for any indication of a potential setback.

    On this topic, Chatwood had a long-toss session today and is tentatively scheduled for a bullpen session Sunday. His IL stint was retroactive, so he can be recalled the moment he is ready.

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    I'm liking Happ more and more and am pleasantly surprised at his defensive ability. I'm beginning to believe in Craig Kimbrel. His velocity is back to where it was and he is getting more and more swings and misses. Finally, Alzolay looked very good, and if he continues to get starts then he can get into a rhythm and be even better.
    We needed that last game. It really made a difference after losing 9-3 to salvage the series. There just aren't that many games to lose and then catch up. We got off to that quick start but since then we have been treading water. We need another 5 out of 6 or 7 of 9 winning streak, and starting tonight, against the Sox, would be extra sweet.
    Go Cubs!!

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