Game Post 4/16


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Tuesday: 6:10 PM CT on NBC Sports Chicago/670AM



1. Daniel Descalso (L) 2B
2. Kris Bryant (R) LF
3. Anthony Rizzo (L) 1B
4. Javier Baez (R) SS
5. Jason Heyward (L) RF
7. David Bote (R) 3B
9. Jose Quintana (R) P
1. Miguel Rojas (R) SS
2. Brian Anderson (R) 3B
3. Starlin Castro (R) 2B
4. Jorge Alfaro (R) C
5. Martin Prado (R) 1B
6. Isaac Galloway (R) RF
7. Austin Dean (R) LF
8. Lewis Brinson (R) CF
9. Pablo Lopez (L) P
Bullpen Usage

Lineups and Bullpen Usage via Baseball Press.

Opposing pitcher

Scouting Reports from Brooks Baseball.

Pablo Lopez: Pablo Lopez has thrown 1,210 pitches that have been tracked by the PITCHf/x system between 2018 and 2019, all of them occuring in the MLB Regular Season. In 2019, he has relied primarily on his Fourseam Fastball (95mph), Curve (81mph) and Change (86mph), also mixing in a Sinker (93mph).

His fourseam fastball has heavy sinking action, generates more whiffs/swing compared to other pitchers’ fourseamers, has slight armside run and has slightly above average velo. His curve has very little depth, results in more flyballs compared to other pitchers’ curves and is slightly harder than usual. His change has an obvious armside fade, dives down out of the zone, generates a very high amount of groundballs compared to other pitchers’ changeups, generates more whiffs/swing compared to other pitchers’ changeups and is slightly firmer than usual. His sinker is basically never swung at and missed compared to other pitchers’ sinkers, results in many more groundballs compared to other pitchers’ sinkers, has slight armside run, has slightly above average velo and has some natural sinking action.

Sean’s Note: Lopez got 58 innings at the major league level in 2018. He generates a ton of ground balls with his sinker. He has gotten beaten up early in 2019, allowing 11 runs in 15 innings pitched. He throws hard and pitched to contact in 2018 with low strike out and walk rates.

Final Thoughts: Jose Quintana is back at it after an excellent effort his last start. Kyle Schwarber sits for a second straight game amidst his slump. Daniel Descalso gets another look in the leadoff spot as Ben Zobrist gets a day off. Kris Bryant had a double and reached base twice via hit by pitch Monday.



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  • Do HBP's count towards OBP?

  • In reply to Treebeard:

    Yes. Reaching base in any manner other than error helps your OBP. I've always felt reaching via error should also count because some players with their speed and aggressive base running seem to cause more errors. But...I've been overruled by the baseball authorities on that.

  • In reply to Cubpack:

    Thanks, you also answered my next question; and I totally agree with you on errors counting. I'm surprised they don't, as OBP is a way to judge a players ability to get on base, which should mean in any way; if the score keeper rules it an error, it would then count towards the OBP, not hit totals and therefore BA.......

  • I just wrote even before reading this that I thought Bryant clearly made some positive adjustments to his swing last night. Well looks like there’s proof now attaching a link detailing some of his swing issues and adjustments

  • In reply to kkhiavi:

    Thanks for that link. I love that you provide these. Hopefully that swing path adjustment results in the Kris Bryant from '15-'17. That would make this team so much better

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    In reply to kkhiavi:

    I've got my own Cubs Insider piece in the hopper about Willson's new approach this season. Not sure if it will be out today or tomorrow.

  • In reply to Sean Holland:

    Thanks Sean looking forward to reading it. Just watching his swing we’re seeing a lot more line drives and balls in the air m. Great to see after watching him constantly roll over everything last season

  • Another night, another poor hitter leading off. I'm not supposed to use batting average so I can say, no matter what acronymic (made that word up) stat you want to use, Descalso is not a good hitter, yet he is leading off. Joe's voodoo at work again.

    Q will need to be on his game tonight because I don't see the Cubs scoring more than a few runs against this kid who has electric stuff. That being said, I feel good about their chances to win tonight's game.

  • In reply to INSaluki:

    I absolutely hate Descalso in the leadoff spot Saluki. He doesn’t seem to embrace hitting there either he’s been way more effective in the 6-7 spots where he’s comfortable. It’s very simple no reason to overcomplicate this. Zobrist, Rizzo, and maybe occasionally Almora in the right matchups should lead off against righties in that order. Almora, Contreras, Zobrist and sometimes javy against lefties. That basically comprises of the entire cubs roster that appears to actually embrace hitting leadoff and aren’t scared off by the spot in the batting order. Although Almora better start hitting I admit if he’s to remain in the leadoff spot he hasn’t been hitting since the 1st half of last year

  • In reply to kkhiavi:

    With KB having lost his power stroke, at least for now, I would like to see him in the lead off spot myself.

  • In reply to INSaluki:

    Not a bad idea especially against lefties witjna struggling Almora. I think I’ve heard though Bryant doesn’t generally prefer or embrace hitting leadoff. I know when I played in high school I never wanted to hit leadoff I liked to get a sense of what the pitcher had going for him. Most hitters I think like to see a few pitches 1st

  • In reply to kkhiavi:

    Doesn’t seem to impact KB what the pitcher has. He can’t hit batting second. Maybe they need to move Rizzo back to leadoff. He’s the worst average hitter on the team through 15 games.

  • In reply to kkhiavi:

    2 hits and a BB tonight, fellas. Man, I hate that...

  • In reply to Cliff1969:

    Lol I’ll give the guy a degree of credit. That being said his successful appearances were generally innings where he didn’t lead off. If you split his numbers he hasn’t been very good when leading off the inning. I admit though he’s swinging the bat really well right now so maybe joe is right

  • In reply to kkhiavi:

    That how it works, though. Right about the time we say something about how bad a player is in a certain situation, they have a good game.

  • If the Delasco is struggling mightily when Russell is able to be activated, would he be a candidate to lose his spot on the 25 man roster?

  • In reply to Treebeard:

    Zagunis most likely I’d guess

  • In reply to Treebeard:

    I don’t believe Descalso status has anything to do with who goes when Russell gets activated. Unless there are injuries Zagunis wins the Iowa lottery.

  • Man.......the dipper is not happy.
    Fox Sports carries all the Ray and Marlin games on local cable channels down here so my MLB package gets blacked out when they play home games.....but..........not tonight! No! They have to put the damn Magic game on no MLB or Cubs.....

    ...please keep me informed Denizens.....

  • On a completely unrelated note, I have a history of absolutely CURSING my first round pick. Just 2 examples, last year I drafted Goldschmidt and he was woeful well into May. I traded him......the next week he went on a tear and was the #1 fantasy player for the time after I traded him. This year I drafted Chris Sale. I did have health concerns, but after he signed the extension, I assumed the Red Sox did their due diligence and that Sale would be his usual outstanding self. Not only is he having the worst year of his career, he has been abysmal. And this is why I would never draft a Cub in the first round.

  • In reply to INSaluki:

    You must be a great “what have you done for me lately” fantasy mgr. if Goldie was so bad who did you get in your trade for him.

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    I know there are Descalso haters out there but he does have an OBP of over .360 and slugging of over .440. He gets on base and has a sense of what to do in the game. He does SO too many times but right now who else is going to lead-off?
    C'mon Willson! With 1 out get the ball in play and score Javy.

  • In reply to Jonathan Friedman:

    Small sample size. His career OBP is around .320. Not good. Now, don't get me wrong, I would normally love a guy with his moxie and leadership in the clubhouse. Unfortunately, the Cubs already have several poor hitting, good clubhouse, guys on the team and I was concerned coming into the season. I will agree, however, that so far this season he has been a nice addition so I'll keep an open mind. I still don't like seeing him lead off.

  • In reply to INSaluki:

    Who meets your qualifications as a VETERAN good clubhouse guy?

  • In reply to stix:

    I didn't mean to imply veteran.

  • In reply to INSaluki:

    I thought he was acquired for his veteran leadership not necessarily for his on base skills (which have been pretty good so far).

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    In reply to stix:

    I know that most players revert to the norm, but right now we have to appreciate what he's doing--Bryzzo are not hitting a bit, so he and Bote and Willson and Javy are carrying us. Q is actually doing much better now too.

  • In reply to stix:

    Exactly !!! And my point was we have enough guys who can't hit already who provide other things like clubhouse presence, defense, etc. But so far he has been hitting so it's easy to look past his career #'s. At the end of the year, he'll revert to the #'s on the back of his card.

  • In reply to INSaluki:

    One thing I’ll say in his defense is he’s improved his hitting since he’s left stl by embracing launch angle into his hitting philosophy. We’ll see how he does moving forward but I think they expect him to beat his career numbers. They feel like they’re missing that veteran glue guy since David Ross and Jon Jay left is what I’ve heard

  • In reply to kkhiavi:

    Exactly. And he was successful using the new stance last year, so there's a good chance he WON'T revert to his career numbers. The Cubs didn't want to spend big money on a place-holder for Nico, and Descalso may be just the thing...

  • In reply to kkhiavi:

    kkhiavi, you said earlier that Bryant has a swing change. It looked the same old swing tonight. Huge upper cut to right field. But, what do i know i am no hitting guru. And you had articles that I read to back up what you saw.

  • In reply to kkhiavi:

    Lol what do I know 2016 he did have one really nice swing on that sharp fly ball into right center just got robbed. Other then that think he just put bad pitches into play

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  • In reply to Jonathan Friedman:

    I was frustrated with the Descalso signing, but only because he was the big move of the offseason. I actually like the fact that the Cubs have a true backup shortstop now, but I suppose that isn't true anymore considering he is playing himself into the starting second base job at this point.

  • Sounds like Quintana threw his second gem in a row......

  • In reply to Wickdipper:

    7 innings, 6 hits, no BB, 7 Ks. Eloy who?

  • In reply to Cliff1969:

    Jimenez... & Dylan Cease. Matt Rose... just a throw in. But this is the Quintana version I thought they were getting when they made the trade. He’s looking really good.

  • In reply to Wickdipper:

    He did what he needed to do against the weakest lineup in baseball. While he got hit hard the last few outs, he was outstanding for most of the game. Very impressive. He faces ARI the next 2 times out so he should continue to have some success.

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