Game Post 9/12


Series preview is here.

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1. Ian Happ (S) CF
2. Kris Bryant (R) 1B
4. Kyle Schwarber (L) LF
5. Javier Baez (R) SS
6. David Bote (R) DH
7. Jason Heyward (L) RF
8. Ildemaro Vargas (S) 2B
9. Nico Hoerner (R) 3B
1. Avisail Garcia (R) CF
3. Keston Hiura (R) 2B
4. Jedd Gyorko (R) 1B
6. Ryan Braun (R) RF
7. Orlando Arcia (R) SS
8. Omar Narvaez (L) C
9. Luis Urias (R) 3B
Starting Pitcher Matchup


Bullpen Usage



The Cubs were completely baffled by Brandon Woodruff and wasted a quality outing from Jon Lester Friday. Cameron Maybin and Brett Anderson were scratched before the game. Brent Suter has been a thorn in the Cubs side for years. Kyle Hendricks has been very good his last two starts.

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  • Rizzo, Bryant & Baez. All three are looking for a long term deal, who do we chance it on?

  • In reply to Squareburgers:

    Give Rizzo a 3-5 year deal....let the other 2 kick rocks...

  • In reply to Wickdipper:

    Very much agree. Rizzo is the only one worth keeping around. And he can move over to DH as he ages a little more. We should've traded Javy last year before the deadline. Just think what we could've gotten for him then?

  • In reply to Wickdipper:

    I would trade all three, and if/when they become free agents. See how the the market develops, and decide if you Cubs want to make offers to bring them back.

    Wouldn't Tommy LaStella fit nicely as a super utility LH platoon bat.
    in 2020 has 161 plate appearances- 19BB, and only 8 strikeouts on the season. Cubs needed to add some bats like this, instead of trading one of them for nothing.

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    It's been a long time since the Cubs scored. Let's see what Bote does--and, he doesn't.
    I'll bet I've seen at least half a dozen swings that missed a down and away ball by at least a foot.

  • Not only can’t Bryant hit, he can’t catch a foul ball and costs 2 runs.

  • Bryant gave Braun an extra swing.

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    are we ever going to score?

  • In reply to Jonathan Friedman:

    When you have 5 guys in the order @.208 it’s difficult to score w/o HR. None in the last 5 games.

  • In reply to stix:

    See you hit HR and you score 4 in the ninth.

  • Now to see if Kimbrel is really ready to close.

  • In reply to stix:

    Made it interesting

  • Wow! Just. WOW!! I didn't see that coming.

  • In reply to 44slug:

    That was some major league ball by that Vargas in the 9th inning! Who is that guy?

  • In reply to 44slug:

    Biggest win of the year in a Milwaukee ballpark (aka Wrigley North) where wins have been hard to come by. I can’t recall a time where I’ve seen Hader give up a HR to a lefty who was behind in the count. For all the talk about all of the cubs horrendous free agent signings Jason heyward and Darvish have been 2 of the best players on the roster this year. As disappointed as I was with kimbrel also he still looks like he’s a capable reliever, as the swing and miss stuff is still top notch.

    The real issue to me isn’t simply about a few moves that haven’t gone right. It’s just the overall inconsistency of this cubs core. It just feels like guys haven’t progressed from their rookie years. Cubs used to get bad production at CF/RF. Now they’re getting great production out of both spots. Instead now guys like rizzo, KB, Willson and javy are struggling after they all had decent to very good 2018/19 seasons. Lester also isn’t the stalwart he was. Really when I evaluate this cubs young core I think inconsistency is the word that comes to mind. They just can’t seem to get everyone having good years at the same time. What did Darvish, heyward, or happ have to do with the teams success from 2015-18? Now in 2020 where would they be without these 3?

  • In reply to kkhiavi:

    Couple of things I found about LH hitters and Hader. Rizzo and Heyward got first two LH hits vs Hader this year and Heyward together with Belanger last year are the only lefties to hit an HR vs Hader with two strikes.

  • In reply to kkhiavi:

    I had this one in the loss column. Heyward has had timely hits when his team needed him the most.

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    This was a very surprising win. I said we couldn't sthecore, and we couldn't, but that's how fast baseball can turn around.
    A few years ago we had the best young players in baseball, and now they seem old four years later. I didn't see Happ doing this and I certainly didn't see JHey doing this. But anything can happen this year-end if we've done this well so far without half our lineup then maybe they can live up to their potential and play like we know they can. I have a feeling that that last series against the Sox will be one hell of an ending to the regular season.

  • Cubs win! Both StL and ATL won, so the only Double Dip is for the playoff Number. The new Magic Numbers:

    Clinch a playoff berth: 11.
    Clinch the division: 15.
    Clinch the nr 2 seed: 15.

  • A great comeback, much needed. But for the next generation of cubs hitters (post 2021) I would like to see 2 or 3 hitters that are OBP and low strike out guys.

  • That was a great win against one of my favorite teams to beat. For the weaknesses we have at the plate, we do compete for 9 innings. Lets win the series!

  • In reply to Ringer:

    True, the last win before last night was the Bote/Maybin two out triples one. It wasn't the ninth, but followed a long dry spell. Still, the offense needs pick things up.

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