Cubs Game Post 9/22

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Series preview is here.

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Tuesday: 6:05 PM CT on Marquee/670AM

Lineups

Cubs

1. Ian Happ (S) CF
3. Anthony Rizzo (L) 1B
4. Javier Baez (R) SS
5. Kyle Schwarber (L) LF
6. David Bote (R) 3B
7. Cameron Maybin (R) RF
8. Jose Martinez (R) DH
9. Nico Hoerner (R) 2B
Pirates
1. Bryan Reynolds (S) CF
2. Ke'Bryan Hayes (R) 3B
3. Jose Osuna (R) 1B
4. Josh Bell (S) DH
6. Gregory Polanco (L) RF
7. Erik Gonzalez (R) SS
8. Adam Frazier (L) 2B
9. Jared Oliva (R) LF
Starting Pitcher Matchup
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Via mlb.com

Bullpen Usage

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Kris Bryant is out with oblique tightness. Steven Brault has been very good as a starter. José Quintana is back and look for Adbert Alzolay to piggyback his start.

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  • Rex Brothers to South Bend to clear roster space for Q.

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    Martinez isn't exactly quiet in the batter's box. I think it's a plus that he made contact with the ball.
    The Cubs are going to have to manufacture some runs tonight. I liked that Happ tried to steal 2nd or maybe it was a run and hit, but we are just not hitting. I'd like to see Maybin take off.

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    Alzolay has terrific stuff. He only needs to control it--now, that's true of a lot of pitchers, but his stuff is special.

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    This putrid offense is getting old.

  • Amen

  • I’ll bet my sweet ass that if the Cubs get beyond the first playoff bracket - This forum will be hopping like it was a real baseball season in October.

    Of course many people have rejected my sweet ass projections about the Cubs and to be honest with you all I’ll be the first one to eat my own ass if I am wrong.

    I’ll even post the video here.

  • In reply to Skidoorunner:

    I just can’t get on board with that. Our offense is tragically bad. Now that Darvish and Hendricks stink—they give up 1 or 2 Runs/Game versus Shutouts—this team is painful to watch.

    I am searching for a reason to believe and there simply isn’t one. With that said, I do hope you are correct.

  • In reply to rbrucato:

    It's not easy to be optimistic, but we have seen this core get hot at the plate before. Generally speaking, teams do not turn things around at will. I'd like to see them them start to hit with authority before the playoffs start.

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    California Cubbie Fan ! I remember pitching a game against a pitcher who had beat us before with his 100 mph fast ball ! Our manager had a team meeting before the game and told us the first inning we were all going to BUNT ONLY BUNT !!! Any body swung at a pitch he was out of the game !!! You know we scored 2 runs in the first inning with out getting the ball out of the infield . the 3rd baseman was in tears we won the game .. with the shift . and our cubbies priority of hitting a homer or nothing ! Hitting opo or dropping a bunt that way you would see the shift disappear . and the 200 - batting averages go up and win more games .

  • In reply to Ronald Dietzler:

    What?

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    In reply to Ronald Dietzler:

    Come again?

  • Cubs lose. MIL, StL and ATL all win. But Cubs clinch a playoff berth anyway! Two reasons: CIN lost, and the Cubs hold the tiebreaker over CIN. The other is that PHI, one of the closet chasers for the WC, lost both ends of a DH. While I was aware of PHI in the WC chase, I didn’t check their schedule close enough to see ithat they had a DH. The challenges of a Countdown in 2020. Sorry, everyone!

    The other Numbers:
    Clinch the division: 4.
    Clinch the nr 2 seed: 7.

    Since the Cubs lost and ATL beat MIA, ATL is right now a game ahead of the Cubs and owns the tiebreaker. ATL’s Magic Number for clinching the 2nd seed is 4 (number of ATL wins and Cubs losses.)

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