Game Post 4/27

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Lineup

Cubs

1. Daniel Descalso (L) 2B
2. Kris Bryant (R) RF
3. Anthony Rizzo (L) 1B
4. Javier Baez (R) SS
5. David Bote (R) 3B
6. Jason Heyward (L) CF
7. Taylor Davis (R) C
8. Kyle Schwarber (L) LF
9. Yu Darvish (R) P
Diamondbacks
1. Jarrod Dyson (L) CF
2. Eduardo Escobar (S) 3B
3. David Peralta (L) LF
4. Adam Jones (R) RF
6. Ketel Marte (S) 2B
7. Nick Ahmed (R) SS
9. Zack Godley (R) P
Bullpen Usage
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Lineups and Bullpen Usage via Baseball Press.

Opposing pitcher

Scouting Reports from Brooks Baseball.

Zack Godley: Zack Godley has thrown 8,004 pitches that have been tracked by the PITCHf/x system between 2015 and 2019, including pitches thrown in the MLB Regular Season, the MLB Postseason and Spring Training. In 2019, he has relied primarily on his Curve (81mph) and Sinker (89mph), also mixing in a Cutter (89mph) and Change (82mph).

His curve has primarily 12-6 movement and is slightly harder than usual. His sinker has below average velo, generates more whiffs/swing compared to other pitchers’ sinkers, has less armside run than typical, results in somewhat more flyballs compared to other pitchers’ sinkers and has some natural sinking action. His cutter is an extreme flyball pitch compared to other pitchers’ cutters, has surprisingly little cutting action and has some natural sink. His change dives down out of the zone, generates fewer whiffs/swing compared to other pitchers’ changeups and results in more flyballs compared to other pitchers’ changeups.

Sean’s Note: The former Cub farmhand Godley has struggled mightily so far in 2019. He has allowed 21 runs in 29 innings of work. His strikeout rate is pretty far below league average early on, while his walk rate is up. Left-handers have really teed off on him the first few starts of the season.

Final Thoughts: The Cubs are finally giving Willson Contreras a game off. You hate to lose his bat, but fatigue was a huge problem for Willie late in 2018, so I like this. Javy Báez continues to hit, with his ninth homer last night. Good to see Kris Bryant hit a ball a long way, hopefully that gets him rolling. Yu Darvish is back at it, he needs to get some control on his fastball. It’s been hard to find for the big righty in 2019.

 

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  • I'm hoping to see some balls get HAMmed today.... looking at you, Baez.

  • For those of you that constantly put Almora down for his lackluster batting average, I would like to point out the following: Yesterday he went 4 for 5 including a double against a RHP and just recently even hit a home run, and yet today he is sitting out. I say this not to put anyone down but simply to point out that Almora does not get the same chances as some others to "beef up" his stats when he gets "hot" and this should be taken into account when evaluating him.

  • In reply to clarkAddson:

    I doubt that 5 at bats constitutes a large sample size to determine his “hotness”. I think his 2 extra base hits has something to do with his spot starts. I like what he does in cf but I guess Joe doesn’t value his power stats much especially when Taylor Davis is also in the line up.

  • In reply to stix:

    And how many at bats constitutes a large sample size to determine "hotness"? It certainly constitutes "hotness" a whole lot more than going 0 for 5! What does his "spot starts" possibly have to do with his 2 extra base hits? Maybe we should sit everyone out also, huh? Have you ever played baseball?

  • In reply to clarkAddson:

    You’ll have to ask Joe what he was thinking. I was only speculating.

  • In reply to stix:

    The point I was making is NOT that Joe is doing anything wrong but only to take Almora's part-time playing into account when evaluating him. I believe the more someone plays the better they will be in most cases.

  • I will be so glad when the series is over so I will not have to licten to the D-Backs announcer Steve Berthiaume. Very annoying the way he keeps butchering Contreras name.

  • In reply to 2016 Cubs:

    listen*

  • In reply to 2016 Cubs:

    Thank you! I feel he's doing it on purpose, maybe to be funny; but he's just coming off as gratingly annoying.......

  • In reply to 2016 Cubs:

    What, you’re not down with Willson CONEtreras?

  • Darvish has not recorded an out past the 6th inning in a Cubs uniform, and that streak appears safe tonight. Getting out of this jam would be huge.

  • In reply to BarleyPop:

    Thank Yu.

  • In reply to BarleyPop:

    Mission accomplished getting out of the first unscathed . If Yu is such a head case, why didn’t the cubs know that before they signed him?

  • In reply to stix:

    I really don't think they were targeting him. The way the market played out, it just kinda became a "too good to pass up" situation.

    I hate bashing on guys, I really do, but when I see things I call it like I see it. If you're watching on ABC, they had a sound bite from Maddon on his hopes for Darvish's start tonight. I had seen that an hour ago in a tweet from Mark Gonzalez. Maddon said everything a supportive manager is supposed to say, but I've learned "JoeSpeak". I sensed a lot of frustration in his comments.

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    It seems like Yu doesn’t get a rosen bag on the mound but a shovel. Each first inning starts off badly and the Cubs have to dig out every game. I read that Sandy Koufax had command problems until he finally listened and eased up on his delivery. He was a max effort pitcher. When he didn’t try so hard he succeeded. Now Darvish isn’t Koufax, but it seems when he has a nice and easy delivery he’s more successful. Maybe Hottavy is trying to convince him to try that. It’s worth a try.

  • Grrrrrrrr.....El Magoo

  • In reply to Wickdipper:

    El Mago is "human" after all. Obviously, more "SUPER HUMAN" than the rest of us.

  • In reply to Wickdipper:

    "El Magoo". Nice.

    In his defense, he anticipates. He knew Godley has control issues, and saw the path of that pitch. He anticipated, broke, and got beat. It happens.

    Hats off to Murphy on an amazing glove save.

  • In reply to BarleyPop:

    Call it as I see it.....last time I commented about him I said he just made the play of the year.

  • Cubs need to do whatever they can to get Darvish to opt out after this year. He's is Theo's newest biggest bust signing and he has had a few in his career. I posted before and i will repeat it. Move Darvish to the bullpen. Tell him he will never start another game for the Cubs. He is broken.

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    He did the mash, it caught on in a flash
    He did the mash, he did the monster mash
    He did the Bote Bash!

  • In reply to Jonathan Friedman:

    :)

  • How's that, Cubber?

    HAM!

    469 very happy feet.

  • In reply to BarleyPop:

    It was only about 40 feet over my happy head... what a blast that was!

  • In reply to Cubber Lang:

    Dude, need to work on your vertical.

    That was fun. Glad you enjoyed yourself.

  • In reply to BarleyPop:

    Yeah really happy this was the one I get to go to. I've seen the Cubs lose here too many times. Much more enjoyable to watch a stress free laugher here. I feel like every Cubs position player each squared up at least one good ball, but Bote and Rizzo put on the show.

    The bench clearing was uneventful, but something I've never witnessed at a game. I saw no reason for that to escalate. I like that as as soon as the crowd of players came together, Javy puts his arm around a Dbacks player and just hugs him and becomes his buddy. What a good dude!

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    Without the balk he might have had a clean inning. A little jiggle with his legs and we're up 5-0. What a game.

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    Is it wrong for me to say HAM on the last day of Passover?

  • In reply to Jonathan Friedman:

    I think so. In this instance, HAM has nothing to do with swine.

    Just don't explain what it stands for in front of the kids.

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    In reply to BarleyPop:

    in that case---MORE HAM.

  • In reply to BarleyPop:

    I meant I don't think so. My bad.

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    In reply to BarleyPop:

    I'm just having fun. Yu is pitching a shutout and I'm enjoying it. btw, I do eat ham, bacon is just about the best.

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    Yu’s dealing now!

  • Spotted a 5-0 lead it’s amazing to see how much better looks when he simply challenges hitters and throws strikes. He’s given up no runs but overall the process of the outing is shaky. I think until he gets the walks under control then he’s gonna remain inconsistent. That being said you’d think the walks are correctable he’s always had above avg walk rates unlike chatwood

  • In reply to kkhiavi:

    *How much better Yu looks

  • In reply to kkhiavi:

    He's nasty when he's on.

  • In reply to BarleyPop:

    He looks great after he finally listened to my advice and pitched more aggressively, after being spotted a 5-0 lead. Literally just pitch with that aggressiveness all the time the stuff is in the 90+ percentile

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    In reply to kkhiavi:

    Good points. I think you pretty well covered it.

  • El Mago was safe.

  • In reply to BarleyPop:

    Beat the tag but 1st baseman touched the base with his foot before Javy did. So I guess Javy was out.

  • In reply to stix:

    I didn't catch that at first. You are correct.

  • Bote apparently has no concerns about HAM on Passover.

    Thank you. May I have another?

  • In reply to BarleyPop:

    Everyone whose doubted botes upside including me at times may have to re-evaluate that observation. He’s playing like a guy that needs to start outplaying a lot of guys with more pedigree

  • In reply to kkhiavi:

    I won't even pretend to have seen him coming. No one did. But from what I've learned since his arrival, I believe. He's a solid ballplayer, and I think his character will maintain his performance against any serious regression. A classic late-bloomer, and there are legitimate reasons for that.

  • In reply to BarleyPop:

    He has amongst my favorite character in the entire organization barley. Class act, humble but has a confidence and a grit about him

  • In reply to BarleyPop:

    Your comments every two minutes are stale and lame. I thought this was a baseball site

  • In reply to Oldno7:

    Why do you care about his comments so much that you’re gonna insult him for literally no reason. It’s a baseball site so keep things about baseball

  • In reply to kkhiavi:

    Thanks. The next time I see that commenter contribute something worthwhile to this site will be the first.

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    In reply to BarleyPop:

    Too early. It’s not time for Red Auerbach’s cigar yet. Do many get the reference?

  • In reply to Jonathan Friedman:

    Over my head.

  • In reply to Jonathan Friedman:

    Probably mostly those over 60+

  • In reply to stix:

    ...smiled when I saw it

  • Yu's in a groove. I love the pace.

  • Joe giving Yu an at bat to make him feel good. How nice when he takes in out after one batter he faces.

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    Yu is much better when he eases it up there. After 3 balls he just played catch with Davis and got 2 strikes, then he tried harder and it was ball 4, although he could have been called out. Just throw it to Davis Yu.

  • Finally we can end this darvish hasn’t gone 6 innings debacle kudos for letting him pitch. Happy for Yu and it’s about time Yu do something

  • In reply to kkhiavi:

    Just to be clear, he still hasn't recorded an out *past* the sixth inning.

    Loved seeing him settle down and get in a groove. I wouldn't have guessed he would have gotten us through six after watching that first inning. He'll be here for a while. I'm pulling for him. We all see what's in his arm.

  • I think we need a bigger pig.

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    Another old time reference. Bote looks like he could have played for The House of David. They were a team in the early 1900’s who barnstormed across the country and had long hair and beards. ZZ Top would have fit right in.
    As for my Red Auerbach reference. When he coached the Celtics and he knew they were going to win he lit up a cigar—right there, on the bench. Times have changed.

  • In reply to Jonathan Friedman:

    Who was the manager that chain-smoked cigarettes in the dugout? Leland?

    Times have changed.

  • W.

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    Yes you may.
    Rolling, Rolling, Rolling With a winner!

  • Great game for Ziggy Stardust..as for Darvish, I don’t know if this is a turning point for him (I hope it is) but it’s definitely one of his best outings as a Cub.

  • In reply to JTWilson:

    I'm really impressed with the way he recovered. As you say, I hope this is a building block.

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