Game Post 8/22

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Series preview is here.

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Saturday: 7:15 PM CT on Marquee SN/NBC Sports Chicago/670AM

Lineups

White Sox

1. Tim Anderson (R) SS
2. Yoan Moncada (S) 3B
4. Jose Abreu (R) 1B
5. Eloy Jimenez (R) LF
7. Luis Robert (R) CF
8. Nomar Mazara (L) RF
9. Danny Mendick (R) 2B
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. Victor Caratini (S) DH
8. Jason Kipnis (L) 2B
9. David Bote (R) 3B
Starting Pitcher Matchup
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Via mlb.com

Bullpen Usage

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Lineups and Bullpen Usage via Baseball Press.

Final Thoughts: Kyle Hendricks will try to silence a Sox lineup that staged a home run derby Friday. Kris Bryant remains out and the rest of the offense remains flat. Reynaldo López was very good in his only career start against the Cubs in 2018.

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  • KB officially on IL.

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    The Cubs haven’t been very good this year with leadoff doubles, or in this case runner on second with no out. Both Kipnis and Bote took a fastball center at the knees for strike 2 and then chased a slider. I feel like I see that pattern a lot with this group.

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    In reply to John Winter:

    That’s where the swings and misses come into play. Just getting the runner over to 3rd opens up so many possibilities. Right now I have more confidence in the Sox hitters than our hitters.
    Luis Robert is everything he was said to be. He reminds me physically of Jorge Soler, the power is there but he’s much faster and can play CF.

  • In reply to Jonathan Friedman:

    I don’t necessarily disagree. But the Cubs aren’t really a get the runner over to third team. They’re a walk and homer (or double) team. I’m okay with that. I don’t like the stranding a guy a third with less than two outs.

  • Javy needs a vacation! His head is NOT in this game and hasn't been for awhile.

  • There was an interesting article this morning in Baseball Prospectus: https://www.baseballprospectus.com/news/article/61205/moonshot-catchers-are-working-with-the-same-umpires-more-than-ever/. The basic argument goes like this: COVID's restrictions on travel means that repeated catcher-umpire pairings are much more frequent than in the past. And the data show that the more frequent the pairing, the higher likelihood of called strikes. So maybe we need to send our catchers to charm school as well as framing school.
    Yet another argument for Mr Robo-Ump.

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    After a very good start the Cubs are a .500 team. I just don't feel confident about our team, and though we might make the playoffs, and that's what the goal is, a lot of our players have to get much better.
    That said, I know that Theo is looking for BP help, but don't trade for one of our good young prospects. It just isn't worth it. Bring up Marquez or Carraway but don't trade anyone you have confidence in. This isn't 2016 where everything was going our way and the one missing piece was a superior closer. We're not close to that.

  • In reply to Jonathan Friedman:

    Based on theos comments today it seems doubtful that the cubs are gonna add any meaningful pieces. I’d say sign puig and bring up carraway but nobody seems to want puig for whatever reason, which surprises me because there’s a universal DH. I just feel like the cubs need more effective right handed hitters to challenge lefties with Bryant and Souza on the shelf. Theo seemed to imply it’s possible they trade for a lefty specialist type, but I don’t think we’ll see any major moves. It would probably be a low cost addition like the rest of the relievers they added in free agency on 1 year deals. Agreed though Jon this isn’t the year to cash in any real trade chips

  • I wish the Cubs would move Phegley to the taxi squad so Ross would stop pitch hitting him. The gut can't hit.

  • The Cubs are in a funk. They as hard to watch now, as they were fun to watch earlier. They caught the Sox, which are a good team, red hot. We have the second best record in the NL still. We need to score some runs.

  • The Sox batters have a balanced swing under control and go after the ball. The Cubs batters have the same off balance, hard swing no matter where the ball is pitched. Will the Cubs batters ever learn?

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