Game Post 4/28

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Lineups

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
8. Kyle Schwarber (L) LF
9. Jose Quintana (R) P
Diamondbacks
1. Adam Jones (R) RF
2. Ketel Marte (S) CF
3. Eduardo Escobar (S) 3B
4. David Peralta (L) LF
6. Wilmer Flores (R) 2B
7. Nick Ahmed (R) SS
8. Carson Kelly (R) C
9. Luke Weaver (R) P
Bullpen Usage
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Lineups and Bullpen Usage via Baseball Press.

Opposing pitcher

Scouting Reports from Brooks Baseball.

Luke Weaver: Luke Weaver has thrown 4,855 pitches that have been tracked by the PITCHf/x system between 2015 and 2019, including pitches thrown in the MLB Regular Season, Spring Training and Fall/Winter Ball. In 2019, he has relied primarily on his Fourseam Fastball (94mph) and Change (85mph), also mixing in a Cutter (87mph) and Curve (80mph). He also rarely throws a Sinker (93mph).

His fourseam fastball has essentially average velo and results in somewhat more groundballs compared to other pitchers’ fourseamers. His change results in somewhat more groundballs compared to other pitchers’ changeups and has some natural sink to it. His cutter is a real worm killer that generates an extreme number of groundballs compared to other pitchers’ cutters, has slightly below average velo, has some natural sink and has strong cutting action. His curve has primarily 12-6 movement, results in many more groundballs compared to other pitchers’ curves and is slightly harder than usual. His sinker generates an extremely high number of swings & misses compared to other pitchers’ sinkers, has surprisingly little armside run, results in many more groundballs compared to other pitchers’ sinkers, has little sinking action compared to a true sinker and has slightly above average velo.

Sean’s Note: Weaver came from the Cardinals in the Paul Goldschmidt trade and has been good this season with a 3.33 ERA. The Cubs saw him four times in 2018 and scored a total of 15 runs against him. He strikes out a lot of hitters with his tremendous breaking stuff. His ground ball rate is high, 50% through his first five starts in 2019. Lefties fare much better against him than do same-handed righties.

Final Thoughts: Other than the return of Willson Contreras, the Cubs trot out the same lineup as Saturday. David Bote smoked two no-doubt homers in the 9-1 romp. José Quintana has been excellent the last three starts. Kris Bryant and Anthony Rizzo showed a lot of life Saturday, hopefully a trend which will continue.

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    I know Bote only has 63(?) PA's, but looking at all his xbh's & 2 out xbh's with runners on, he's been the best clutch hitter on the team. If he keeps it up, good for us, and good for him. I've been trying to think of a cool nickname(which would include his last name also) for him being so clutch, but nothing comes to mind. Any suggestions?

  • In reply to Wrigley0923:

    When considering how good Bote really is, you should consider "BOTE" (both) offense and defense.

  • In reply to Wrigley0923:

    I like Bote but I don’t think he will be this good thru September. He is a nice guy to have on bench or give guys a break. I am afraid he will get exposed if a every day player. Hope not tho.

  • Let’s get this one and just keep winning series! 6 out of 9 against LA and these guys should get some Chicago respect back....espn had us down to 19 in the rankings 2 weeks ago......smh, rope smokers.

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    Yelich just got pulled for lower back pain. Hopefully it's nothing bad. I want someone to take his MVP fair and square

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    In reply to Wrigley0923:

    Yelich might have the better #'s but Javy is the better all around 6 tool player. Idk about Bellingers defense or tools, but he's the hottest bat in baseball this month.

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    Len just said that originally Bote wasn't in the lineup, but then the veterans came in and said he must be. Joe listened and changed it. That's the problem with a set lineup at the beginning of a series, and for Joe to listen to the vets.
    Bote is our best defensive 3rd baseman and might force Joe to use KB in RF or LF. I still want more of Albert A in CF.
    Let's win this and win the series.
    Go Cubs!!

  • D-Back announcers are just screwin’ with us purposely with the CONEtreras stuff......hmmmm

  • In reply to Wickdipper:

    That play by play guy is a moron for the D-Backs. He is an ESPN flunky.

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    That ball must be as big as a cantaloupe to Bote now. Keep him in now for a long time. He's a plus defender and right now a plus hitter.

  • Wow. Just saw a brand-new article from NBC Sports claiming that several reporters have been told (threatened?) by Cubs' management to tone down the negative coverage of Russell. Not a good look, but neither has the way they've handled this whole situation.

    https://mlb.nbcsports.com/2019/04/28/report-cubs-privately-threatening-writers-who-criticize-addison-russell/

  • In reply to BarleyPop:

    I can care less this type of stuff happens more than people think. One exec tells a reporter to tone things down and the reporter turns it into a story about how that one guy represents the entire organization. Russell is on the team I’m at the point where the guys the most disliked guy on the team anyways, no reason to keep attacking the organization for doing what’s in their best interests like basucally every other sports organization

  • In reply to kkhiavi:

    Agree with you completely K....there isn’t much more than can be said about Russell, everyone knows his deal so what does NBC get by rehashing it? I don’t see him being a Cub too much longer but if that is the case I could also see Theo trying to keep his value as high as possible to then unload him.

  • In reply to Wickdipper:

    I also agree. The Cubs are also doing what’s in the best interests of both Russell and his abused wife/family according to the advice of professionals involved. Actually the Cubs were put in a bad spot through no fault of their own (they are damned if they do or damned if they don't). They chose to try to make the situation better for all involved. The people making a big deal out of this now obviously have a vendetta against the Cubs Organization. They brought up Aroldis Chapman but where is Aroldis Chapman now? Is he still playing for the Yankees? Have they ever say anything about how the Yankees have handled the Aroldis Chapman situation? In addition, I understand part of the healing for all concerned is to help all parties to a more positive outlook and the worst thing they could do is allow outside parties to attack negatively when in fact they have no business in the ongoing situation now.

  • In reply to clarkAddson:

    Amazing how on the athletic the cubs are constantly answering questions about their ethics. But when the Yankees trade for Chapman in the 1st place then pay him $90 million not one criticism. Same thing with Roberto osuna now he’s revered in Houston for pitching well despite in my eyes having the most unstable character of all 3 of them

  • In reply to kkhiavi:

    Really good examples of our society in general and the so-called do-gooder media factions in particular.

  • In reply to clarkAddson:

    Agreed on a side note Clark good To see Schwarber starting to break out again

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    In reply to BarleyPop:

    I don’t like the Cubs doing that. That alone brings bad press. Just let it play out.

  • Attaboy KB slowly but surely coming around. Scary to think we haven’t seen the real KB play with this mvp version of javy. Imagine if we get Bryzzo and javy going at the same time

  • In reply to kkhiavi:

    Maybe KB is starting to figure it out or maybe the cubs should trade him to the DB for some pitching.

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    Will Q come inside on someone now?

  • Don’t remember Quintana putting 4 real good outings together in a row since being a Cub but it is looking pretty good now.

  • Take that D-Back announcers lol

  • In reply to Wickdipper:

    My thoughts exactly! If he's going to say it like that, better make him pay!!!

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    Wrigley was looking for a nickname for Bote, how about Bam Bam Bote? He hits them hard!

  • Why is the heck is joe taking Q out??? He’s pitching great you gotta take your hat off to Escobar no reason his performance warrants an early hook. A HUGE reason the team has played better lately is joe finally letting his starters go deeper recently. Smh joe regressing back to his stubborn ways again

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    In reply to kkhiavi:

    Q had only thrown 84 pitches too. It would be different if we had s plus BP but we don’t. Q should have pitched the inning out. Right now the bases are loaded. Not good.

  • In reply to Jonathan Friedman:

    I have a lot of respect for joe keeping everyone composed when we started slow. But he’s an absolutely horrendous pitching change manager maybe one of the worst I’ve seen

  • In reply to Jonathan Friedman:

    We got lucky there but I don’t like the definite momentum turn.

  • Joe is feeling left out (not needed). He has to put his stamp on the game somehow.

  • In reply to clarkAddson:

    Lol and now they may blow the lead with 2 outs while wasting their only reliable middle reliever. The attempt to uphold his mad scientist reputation continues. Guy overmanages more than anyone I’ve seen

  • The Cubs need to put someone in charge of pitching during the game and maybe let Joe go take a nap.

  • In reply to clarkAddson:

    I honestly believe hottovy can handle pitching subs better but we know that’s not happening with a celebrity manager

  • 2 outs nobody on ajd you waste brach. Well I guess we can all look forward to relying on maples and Webster to win this game

  • In reply to kkhiavi:

    Not sure Brach isn’t wasted before he comes in. He walks more than Chatwood.

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    2 on no outs. If we’re a championship caliber team facing a pitcher with no experience we ought to be able to score at least one or more runs. To be determined..

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    Take pitches. Make him throw strikes.

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    Anthony! If it’s not right down the middle take the pitch. This is his 2 ML game. Let him screw up. Now we have to score

  • Seriously?

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    Real clutch hitting by our third and fourth hitters.

  • For all those ripping Joe for pulling Q, if the Cubs lose this one, it’s not on him. Q had just given up a HR & the 2 outs they had that inning were hard hit. They had Walker, a power hitting RH bat coming up. I think bringing in Brach was the right move. The pen has shut them down for 6 innings. We needed Riz or Javy to come through last inning

  • Ump squeezing AZ pitcher

  • In reply to stix:

    Gotta tip the hat to that AZ pitcher

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    Whatever happens this is not on Joe. We’ve had so many opportunities and it’s our players who have not come through. The relievers have been fine. I don’t blame Willson either—it took a perfect return throw to get him and he tried something unexpected. That would have given us a huge lift. We have a team of veterans and can’t get a young inexperienced pitcher to break. Not fun.

  • In reply to Jonathan Friedman:

    Perfect more like not wild. It was a soft throw.

  • Some people might get on Contreras for that attempt, but my gripe is with Zagunis a couple pitches earlier. The ball got away from the C and Willson took third. Zagunis has to advance as well. No way the C throws to 2B on that play, and maybe the following sequence changes.

  • Pitchers can't throw strikes and hitters can't drive in runs from 3rd with less than two outs. Ugly baseball...

  • I'm not joking. I'm serious.

    Joe is bringing in Tyler Chatwood because he's afraid the current pitcher will walk in the winning run.

  • Chatwood is a different pitcher this year. Just threw 97 and 98mph. Future closer?

  • In reply to ItFinallyHappened:

    I was thinking that I can't recall him hitting 98 MPH.

    We're getting at least one run here. Let's see if Chatwood can hold it.

  • In reply to ItFinallyHappened:

    Let’s give it another inning

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    Can I call him Bam Bam before he bats?

  • In reply to Jonathan Friedman:

    I swear I had "Bam Bam Bote!" loaded in my comment box, ready to hit the comment button.

    Sigh.

  • Man, this is like the novacaine wore off an hour ago and he’s still drilling.

  • In reply to Wickdipper:

    So many missed opportunities, but so have they.

    On the bright side, if Chatwood can hold it together, we know he's good for several innings. Their pen is toast.

  • In reply to BarleyPop:

    He velo is impressive.....but, wow, we had them on the ropes SO many times....

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    In reply to BarleyPop:

    This is the Chatwood Theo had in mind when he signed him, although I don’t remember him throwing so hard. Maybe the bullpen has added a few MPH to his FB.
    Chatwood! Can someone please drive him in

  • Hahahhahaa, omg....
    I’ve got nuthin’

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    He could have scored with that throw in but he was just jogging to third. Why?ok, now they’re checking him out.
    Now I’m worried. The way to get us out is to load the bases and then we can’t do diddly.

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    Zooo!! Now, can Chatwood pitch? With a tight hammy (?) can he push off and have control? Maybe we can win this.

  • In reply to Jonathan Friedman:

    I’ll bet he goes on IL

  • In reply to Jonathan Friedman:

    If he’s healthy then once again I don’t what the heck joe was thinking. Why hit him only to pull him chatwood was dealing

  • ....it’s been A Hard Day’s Night.

  • In reply to Wickdipper:

    Unfortunately I don't hear that being sung by a fat lady, just yet...

  • WWWOOOOOOWWWWW!

    All the W's!

  • In reply to BarleyPop:

    Lucky the Wall was 10 further than the fly ball.

  • In reply to stix:

    I honestly had a brain cramp. System overload. When the ball left the bat, I was thinking bad words, and when I saw Zo was going to catch it, I realized we hadn't lost. My mind went to "now what?", thinking ahead to what's next. But it was over.

    Defeat to victory, just like that.

  • Guess we got our money’s worth today.....good thing there is a day off tomorrow...

    W!

  • Kudos to chatwood for bailing Maddon and the cubs out. Huge win in a frustrating game

  • In reply to kkhiavi:

    Bailing Maddon out?? Sorry, but I just don’t understand fans who question every pitching move. Let’s just admit that Maddon & Hottvoy know much more than us & be thankful Zo bailed out all of our hitters who failed with runners in scoring position
    Fly the W! Big win

  • In reply to Cubpack:

    I think it was a mistake taking Q out early he’s been dealing. It put the team in a spot where they had to use 2 top relievers before the 7th was over. It put them in a spot where it became necessary to hold the dbacks using maples, chatwood, ryan and Webster forgive me if I don’t like those odds. Then taking chatwood out to match Kyle Ryan against mostly righties was also baffling and really should’ve cost them the game. But offense didn’t help Maddon much but I think it’s safe to say he was bailed out. I was also screaming at my tv to pull maples after the 2nd walk I’ll give him credit for at least removing maples, but I don’t think it’s ideal to put chatwood in bases loaded. Talk about putting the guy in a position to fail. I respect your opinion but I thought joe had a rough day and if you look through the comments I’m not just saying these things in retrospect. I pride myself in putting my name to a pitching change criticism before the result plays out

  • In reply to kkhiavi:

    I do respect your opinion kk & I saw your comments when Q was pulled. If you look back, I responded to you saying I thought it was a good move because Q had given up the HR to tie the game & both outs that inning were hit hard, one caught at the wall by Schwarber. Walker was coming up, RH hitter & one of their better power hitters. If he leaves Q in there we may have lost 4-3 in 9 innings. Again, as I’ve said many times, we as fans can question almost every move managers make. It’s one of the great things about baseball. I am pretty sure Chatwood was pulled because he was hurt after his double. But again, as fans we need to realize that managers & pitching coaches have much more info to use, and, there’s a reason we are sitting home watching & they are getting paid to make those decisions

  • In reply to Cubpack:

    That said cubpack great win and I’ll give credit to Maddon for staying poised and saying that the team is gonna be fine when cubs nation was panicking over the bad start. There’s much more to managing then pitching changes and I fully understand that

  • In reply to kkhiavi:

    I agree with most of the things you write. And we can agree to disagree on that particular move, but that’s what makes the game great. I’m sure they’re glad they have an off day tomorrow

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