Game Post 6/20

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Wednesday: 1:20 pm CT on MLB Network/WGN/670AM



1. Chris Taylor (R) SS
3. Justin Turner (R) 3B
4. Matt Kemp (R) LF
5. Logan Forsythe (R) 2B
6. Max Muncy (L) 1B
8. Yasiel Puig (R) RF
1. Kris Bryant (R) 3B
2. Jason Heyward (L) RF
3. Ben Zobrist (S) 2B
4. Anthony Rizzo (L) 1B
6. Kyle Schwarber (L) LF
8. Javier Baez (R) SS
9. Jon Lester (L) P
Bullpen Usage

via Baseball Press.

Opposing pitcher

Scouting Report from Brooks Baseball.

Ross StriplingStripling relies mainly on four different pitches: A four seam fastball (91mph), a slider (87mph), a curveball (80mph), and a changeup (84mph). He throws his fastball about half the time, the slider and curve are both used about 20% of the time, with the change used sparingly on just 10% of pitches.

Sean’s Note: Stripling entered the rotation when injures forced the Dodgers hand. He has been outstanding in a starting role so far, maintaining a sub-2.00 ERA. His strikeout rate is almost 30% which is among the best in the MLB. Add to that a walk rate at just 4.4% it creates a strikeout to walk ratio of 7.09 which is almost unheard of. The high strikeout total might explain the fact he’s stranded 90% of baserunners in 2018.

Brandon Morrow To DL: The Cubs today placed Brandon Morrow on the 10-day disabled list with back stiffness. With Carl Edwards also still out with shoulder discomfort, the Northsiders are getting very thin at the back end of the pen. I would think Pedro Strop might take on the closer role in the meantime. Although despite some fans objections, Justin Wilson will likely get some looks as well.

Final Thoughts: The Cubs lineup looks a lot like it has recently, with Kris Bryant and Jason Heyward on top. Albert Almora gets another start against a tough right-handed starter. Willson Contreras hasn’t hit a homer since early May and struggled with men on base recently. It would be nice if he started heating up, he has been a second-half hitter in his young career. Jon Lester has been the Cubs best starter in 2018, he got a lot of run support his last outing in St. Louis. I don’t think Jonny would complain if that happened again today.

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    How about some early runs boys?

    I am calling for a crooked number in the first couple of frames.

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    Absolutely beautiful hit-and-run by Zobrist. Something you just don't see that much anymore. .I wonder if there are any stats that show how often that has been used year to year,decade to decade.

  • In reply to Greg Simmons:

    Greg I must say this is a rare moment and it's nice to see you not bash the team for a change looks like someone maybe coming around

  • In reply to Greg Simmons:

    MLB Network had a piece on this last night. In the last month, only 30-something hit and runs in all of baseball.

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    I wish Joe would have the pitcher bat eight more often.

  • The look on the face of the 3B umpire on Lester's checked swing was priceless. It seemed to me at least that he didn't have a clue. Bet his mind was wondering. He blew that call and cost us a run.

  • Why was why was Rizzo stealing right there? He's a great player and athlete, and prayerfully he'll continue to round into shape this year; but he runs like I did when I was 12 years old and had size 13 shoes.......and my football coach told me I was going to be playing on the line............

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    In reply to Treebeard:

    He has caught pitchers unawares at times. Didn’t he do that the other day? I must say that his legs were pumping but he wasn’t making up a lot of distance.

  • In reply to Jonathan Friedman:

    He's a professional athlete, but I remember JD calling him a clodhopper............

  • In reply to Treebeard:

    Rizzo stole 10 bases last year, impressive.......

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    Thankfully the Schwarbenator keeps launching homers......unfortunately they seems to be solo shots

  • Defense has been at 2016 levels so far today. More defensive highlights than offensive highlights.

  • Clear the cookie monster please

  • It will interesting to see how each manager uses their bullpen during the last 3 innings. I only see 3-4 possible pitching options for each team. Hopefully, no extra innings.

  • 2 outs in the the 6th Lester 104 pitches, lots of solid contact, outs in the air galore, warning track power today. then walks his second of the inning, 3rd of the day, then makes two quality pitches to SW hitter Grandal to have him pop out to CF, leaving 2 runners on base, 7 overall.
    Here is my bet. Day game after a day nite double header that went one extra. Lester knew this and crafted a here hit my pitch your too tired and what you want to get on the plane home for your off LA. Now Cubs need to score 3 more and put 6 on the board.

  • Kudos to Joe for pushing Lester this start we needed it more than ever. Jim O made a great point about how he thinks that starters shouldn't have an arbitrary pitch count of 100 pitches in games like this where we have an injured and fatigued bullpen and I'm glad that Joe was thinking along the lines of this thinking. I think most of us want our guys to be rested but there will be plenty of starts moving forward to rest Lester we need him right now with the state of our pitching staff to step up.

  • In reply to kkhiavi:

    In addition I really want to stick it to the dodgers and build the confidence within the locker room that we can beat these guys even if we have to rest some of our guys after playing 3 games in the last 2 days and it costs us a game against the reds tomorrow. To me not all wins are created equal a series win over the dodgers is a morale booster to the whole locker room and a series win as opposed to a series win versus the reds.

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    In reply to kkhiavi:

    I agree 100% that this is a series that matters ( in the middle of June if they can matter more then the rest). Thats why (IMO) it hurt so much giving away Game 1 as the momentum could have carried us to a sweep. Fortunately our players said "Jose, No way we are not going to be swept" and performed like superstars last night and today !

    Big time performance by everyone and like Kkhavi says, if we lose a game tomorrow or god forbid split the 4 game tilt, so be it. We have another "big" series in LA next week where they will be a little healthier and looking for a little revenge. If we can win that series, the sting of last years playoff defeat should be nullified if/when we face them in October again!

    Great win!

  • In reply to kkhiavi:

    if the simulated game for Darvish went well and he can come off the DL soon, my guess is that Farrell either starts on Saturday or goes down after Friday's game, with Mills or Tseng coming up to start on Saturday. That gives all starters except Chatwood an extra days rest, pitching on Day 6, thus the reason why Lester was allowed to throw 119 pitches today. Then Darvish comes off the DL to pitch in LA.

  • In reply to TexasCubsFan:

    Good point on the extra day of rest Texascubsfan that's good to know because while I think we can at times extend our starters to pitch deeper into games moreso than we have thus far (Q being the main guy I'd allow to pitch deeper into games despite his struggles this year the 3rd time through the batting order), we're only going to go as far as a healthy Lester takes us so the last thing we want is to have a fatigued Lester heading into October. We probably are going to start having to be a little more careful with him moving forward but I really wanted to get this series and it's nice to see Maddon show he's adaptable with his pitch changing philosophies depending on the context of the situation.

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    In reply to TexasCubsFan:

    Seems like the sim game went great as he looked solid and was even smiling ! Lets hope he's 100% healthy tomorrow. Although, I think Darvish will need 1 more sim game and prob 1 rehab start. At least thats what they seem to be projecting.

    If he's okay, I send him to Iowa for 60 pitches or so and take it from there. Although, I am sure they won't do that.

  • 3 a.m. Tommy sighting!

  • Now with that score '18 Cubs go from a 10-22 record when tied to scoring 3 runs or less to 31-7 when they have scored 4 runs or more (4-6, runs 4 & 5), the anomaly goes even more stark when you frame it, 27-1 when they have scored 6 or more runs. They are in the midst of their 10 shutout if they can hold to no score in the next 6 outs.

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    In reply to rnemanich:

    FYI. Most shutouts in baseball. Stunned when I heard that considering we have what ZERO complete games?

  • Cardinals next four series

    at first place brewers, first place Indians, first place Atlanta then first place Diamondbacks.

    May have lost Wacha today. Left with lat strain. Didn't look too comfortable.

  • In reply to KJRyno:

    Don’t wish him any injury s. But that would be to bad for the birds. Already tired of their fans crying about injuries.

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    In reply to KJRyno:

    That Reyes injury really stopped their season IMO. The way he was dominating in the minors on his way up was flat out scary. Then a lat injury that shelves him for another season.

    Adding him was like adding an Ace via trade in early June.

    Even if Holland, Carp ( seems like he's getting hot), and Fowler revert to career norms, they won't have enough to hang around the NL Central.

  • El Mago!

  • In reply to BarleyPop:

    That was a beautiful heads up play. But, I shouldn't be surprised by anything Baez does these days!

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    Javy has been around 2nd base all day today both offensively and defensively.
    I was very happy and surprised to see Lester come out for the 7th inn. Yesterday Verlander threw 120 pitches so why not Lester? I’ve been watching baseball since the 1950’s and never read anything about pitch counts. Somewhere along the line we’ve become obsessed with them.

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    I have never seen us bunt so much or run and hit so much and really try and steal so much.

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    In reply to Jonathan Friedman:

    IMO, thats how you have to play when;

    1. The wind is blowing in at Wrigley
    2. Your playing a good team
    3. Your team is not scoring runs/hitting w RISP
    4. Playing in tight games

    If you want to win. Plus getting practice playing in games/conditions/environment like this can only help come Playoff time !

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    In reply to Jim Odirakallumkal:

    Jim--I'm not criticizing but admiring. I think anyway to score is a good enough. I'm for it.

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    In reply to Jonathan Friedman:

    I know you post wasn't meant negative. I was just giving my opinion on the matter and I agree w you 100%.

    I respect the advances in the game and esp the analytics, but the way baseball has always been played shouldn't be changed completely. Which in my opinion makes this the best game in the world to follow. There is multiple ways to dissect each play, each inning, each game, ect and sometimes many right answers.

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    In reply to Jim Odirakallumkal:

    I also like the fact that Joe is forcing the issue and putting the pressure on the other team to make a perfect play. When that happens we run into an out, but more often than not our runners are safe or they score--or hit a triple down the LF line!

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    In reply to Jonathan Friedman:

    Exactly. I just wish he would do it more often when are team is struggling to hit w RISP instead of just waiting for the numbers to "normalize" I know part of the reason he doesn't is we strike out too much and would be losing runners on the bases. So I can't criticize Joe too much in that regard.

    Our players just have to make a concerted effort to make contract in hit n run situations and even cut down their swings w 2 strikes like Rizzo. Seems like Heyward and Russell are starting to do so..... Lets hope its contagious

  • Javy filled up the box score today. What a game!!!!

    Lester has found his cutter. So nice to see!!!!

    Keep winning 2 of 3 and everything will be ok.

  • SOLID game today and in reality only a pitch away from a sweep.


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