Game Post 8/4

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Lineups

Royals

1. Whit Merrifield (R) 2B
2. Jorge Soler (R) RF
3. Ryan O'Hearn (L) 1B
5. Ryan McBroom (R) DH
7. Alex Gordon (L) LF
8. Maikel Franco (R) 3B
9. Bubba Starling (R) CF
Cubs
1. Kris Bryant (R) 3B
2. Anthony Rizzo (L) 1B
3. Javier Baez (R) SS
4. Kyle Schwarber (L) DH
6. Jason Heyward (L) RF
8. Jason Kipnis (L) 2B
9. Ian Happ (S) CF
Bullpen Usage
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Lineups and Bullpen Usage via Baseball Press.

Opposing pitcher

Scouting Reports from Brooks Baseball.

Brady Singer: Brady Singer has thrown 162 pitches that have been tracked by the PITCHf/x system in 2020, all of them occuring in the MLB Regular Season. In 2020, he has relied primarily on his Sinker (94mph) and Slider (84mph), also mixing in a Change (88mph).

His sinker generates an extremely high number of swings & misses compared to other pitchers' sinkers, results in more flyballs compared to other pitchers' sinkers, has less armside run than typical and has slightly above average velo. His slider has exceptional depth and results in many more groundballs compared to other pitchers' sliders. His change is much firmer than usual, results in more flyballs compared to other pitchers' changeups and has slight armside fade.

Sean's note: Singer is currently a top prospect. The 2018 first round pick generates a ton of grounders with his power sinker.

Final Thoughts: Little bit of a lineup change for the Cubs today. Steven Souza Jr. faces a righty and Jason Kipnis is in for Nico Hoerner. Kyle Hendricks was a bit off in his last outing after dominating opening day.

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    A beautiful night for a ball game! Kyle had a hiccup last time out but he doesn't do that very often so I can expect him to revert back to form. I don't see us scoring only 2 runs either, we should revert back to 6 or more runs too.
    Go Cubs!!

  • It seems like Hendricks is a much different pitcher home/road. At home, he has literally been one of the top two starters in the game. On the road, he’s average.

    Ross is getting a lot of credit, mainly for team preparation and professional approach. There have been comments that he seems more easy going than Maddon. In game, I frankly haven’t seen anything concrete. But it sounds like he is tougher outside the lines; holds players to account. No more: “I’m wasn’t ready to start the game.”

  • In reply to Cubs09:

    One of the last things that broke my belief in Soler was a comment from Maddon: "As a coaching staff, we have to do a better job of getting him ready to play every day". That is coach-speak for a lazy player, and a nail in the coffin.
    That was many years ago, but the attitude permeated and became too contagious. Several other players have been let go for the same reason.

    Many pundits claimed that Ross was too close to the players to maintain authority, but those pundits were echoing things they had no clue about. Ross has been a respected figure for decades, and it doesn't surprise me a bit to see guys playing for him.

    There is accountability. Almora may not last much longer, and Ross started Heyward yesterday against a lefty because of the tricky weather conditions at Wrigley and the fact that Souza can't play RF on a calm day. He doesn't play around with the lineup.

    Let's win this game, and put the people out there who give us the best chance to do so.

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    I am tired of seeing all the missed calls by the umps. That pitch to Mondesi was at least 3 inches low and was called a strike. With all the changes this year I wish they had included robo umps or whatever the proper name is. It’s almost every couple of players have bad calls.

  • Nice pair of two run homeruns by Heyward and Kipnis. Both of them left the park in a hurry.

  • El mago graced mlb with his presence on this day in 2014 and hit a dinger! I remember where I was do you?

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    Not sure I feel too good about Kimbrel closing yet.

  • I'm a little iffy on Kimbrel too, but if he can come back to anything close to his past I think the bullpen starts to look a lot better. If Kimbrel can lock down the 9th then everyone else can slide up an inning and with the way the starting pitching is going the Cubs become really hard to beat.
    With that said while I like giving him a chance here I also have someone warming before he throws his first pitch just in case.

  • Hey he got a strikeout. Progress isn’t linear. Just win baby!
    Go Cubs Go

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    In reply to 523WSC:

    You sound like Annie Savoy there.

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    Maybe, maybe one more chance for Kimbrel but no more. There are fewer than 50 games left and we can’t be merciful any more. This FO has been quick to make changes and I don’t see them stopping now.
    That last play was definitely Bote-like and again I see the 2016 defense coming to the fore.
    Another W. Go Cubs!!

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