Game Post 5/25


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Saturday: 1:20 PM CT on MLB Network/ABC-7/670AM



1. Nick Senzel (R) CF
2. Joey Votto (L) 1B
3. Eugenio Suarez (R) 3B
4. Jesse Winker (L) LF
5. Yasiel Puig (R) RF
6. Derek Dietrich (L) 2B
7. Jose Iglesias (R) SS
9. Tyler Mahle (R) P
1. Kyle Schwarber (L) LF
2. Kris Bryant (R) 3B
3. Anthony Rizzo (L) 1B
4. Javier Baez (R) SS
5. Jason Heyward (L) RF
8. Addison Russell (R) 2B
9. Yu Darvish (R) P
Bullpen Usage

Lineups and Bullpen Usage via Baseball Press.

Opposing pitcher

Scouting Reports from Brooks Baseball.

Tyler Mahle: Tyler Mahle has thrown 3,321 pitches that have been tracked by the PITCHf/x system between 2017 and 2019, including pitches thrown in the MLB Regular Season and Spring Training. In 2019, he has relied primarily on his Fourseam Fastball (93mph) and Curve (80mph), also mixing in a Change (87mph). He also rarely throws a Cutter (90mph).

His fourseam fastball generates more whiffs/swing compared to other pitchers’ fourseamers, has some natural sinking action, has essentially average velo and has slight armside run. His curve is slightly harder than usual. His change is much firmer than usual, results in many more groundballs compared to other pitchers’ changeups, has slight cut action and has some natural sink to it. His cutter is basically never swung at and missed compared to other pitchers’ cutters, is an extreme flyball pitch compared to other pitchers’ cutters, has little cutting action and has slightly above average velo.

Sean’s Note: After a bad year his first full season in the majors, Mahle has been excellent in 2019 with a 3.51 ERA (3.45 FIP). His strikeouts are significantly up and his walks are significantly down. He is more of a fly ball pitcher with just a 42% ground ball rate. He is a bit of a Jekyll and Hyde pitcher this year, 17 of his 20 runs were allowed in four games. Left handed batters are much better against him than right handers.

Final Thoughts: The Cubs bullpen gave up another game late Friday, in a pattern that is becoming all too familiar. The Front Office called up the diminutive lefty Tim Collins and sent Mark Zagunis to Iowa. That leaves Chicago with nine arms in the bullpen and just three bench players. It would be nice if Yu Darvish could go deep in the game today, he has thrown better of late. Willson Contreras gets a second consecutive day off, while I hate losing his bat the extra rest will pay off later in the season.


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  • Lets all take a step back, cool off, relax and then begin to look at the overall picture instead off every little detail.

    First of all, we are in first place of our division after playing approximately 30% of the total games to play this year. Actually, this is quite good so far. After all, at the start of the season, how many of us thought that we would be in first place of our division? Instead, how many of us were worried that we may be behind in the standings below Milwaukee and the Cardinals, especially after looking at all the acquisitions of the previous off season?

    OK, now lets start all over and begin to analyze the current season up 'til now. Try not to dwell on any one detail or player. Instead, lets look at the overall problems that seem to keep popping up and then concentrate on the one glaring problem we think needs the most attention. I think we would most all agree it would be our relief pitching at this particular time.

    OK, now lets try to determine what is the one biggest problem our relievers have. Is it walks, HRs, hits in the late innings, etc.? Actually I think that all 3 of these are a big problem however, the one problem, above all, is the WALKS given. It seems all our relievers are, or have been giving up 2 many walks especially when compared with most other clubs.

    If I am right, this must be a TEAM problem instead of just an individual problem since most of our relievers have or has had this problem. What could be causing this? I believe our pitchers are trying too hard to hit certain spots (nibbling) as opposed to just letting loose and just try to throw strikes and trust more in our defense. Remember Javy asking a pitcher "why don't you trust us?" I am sure that some of you are now thinking: what about throwing the "cookie" right down the middle of the plate (or to the batter's sweet spot). But we already have that problem don't we? However, if we cut down the walks we would also cut down the runs given up and just might win a few more of those "blown saves". After walking a batter, the pitcher probably tries even harder not to give up the HR/hit thereby giving up another walk, hit or even a HR.

  • In reply to clarkAddson:

    Just for the stats guys, cubs had two blown saves yesterday and only lost one game.

  • Just curious what is cubs record since Addi has been recalled up?

  • In reply to WaitTilNextYear:

    8-6 in games he’s appeared as starter or replacement.

  • Interesting that both teams have gotten 3 hits and 1 HR each, yet the Reds have a 2-1 lead. Oh yeah, it's that timely walk that Dietrich accepted when Yu either was incapable of, or just didn't want to throw strikes. Dietrich being only a .240 hitter did his team a favor by not trying to hit pitches out of the zone that most likely turns into an out. His team was rewarded with an extra run all thanks to not necessitating trying for a hit instead of the walk.

  • You are correct but it would NOT have mattered without the HR.

  • In reply to clarkAddson:

    That is also correct. But the HR could've happened without the walk and the score is 1-1. So the walk weighted the home run twice it's value. I'm glad we see eye to eye on that.

  • In reply to Cubber Lang:

    Russel just hit a HR without a walk but the hit "weighted" the HR twice its value just like the walk. In these 2 instances, we have 2 HRs, 1 walk and 1 hit. Seems to me the HRs are the reason for the higher weighted value of each instance. GO CUBS.

  • I’m so sick of hearing JHay scream after he grounds out to the second basemen. Here’s a thought, learn how to hit.

  • In reply to TheSarge#36:

    He must have heard you.

  • In reply to TheSarge#36:

    There you go Sarge. Seems maybe Heyward heard you. He just hit a HR. LOL

  • Wow... Look who hit the HRs this game so far (Russell, Almora and Heyward). Our power hitters are KB, Rizzo, Baez, Contreras and Schwarber. Altogether that's 8 position players currently hitting HRs regularly. That is really impressive. How many clubs can claim the same?

  • In reply to clarkAddson:

    Houston, Minnesota, Yankees, Dodgers.....

  • In reply to Wickdipper:

    Our 8 guys can all play at the same time. Can you say the same thing about those teams? What about the National League?

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    Well, Darvish has now thrown a pitch in the 7th inning!

  • Darvish out for the 8th. I guess that shows how much faith Maddon has in the bullpen.

    Tie game now.

  • In reply to 2016 Cubs:

    Weren’t you commenting about pulling the starting pitcher too early in games. Guess that didn’t happen today.

  • In reply to stix:

    Did I say anything about leaving Darvish in to long? Don't think so.

  • In reply to 2016 Cubs:

    No you didn’t . So Joe must be getting better on handling his starters.

  • In reply to stix:

    I definitely like that Maddon left Darvish in a little longer than usual, just didn't work out this time............

  • 7+ innings 6 runs 12 hits and Len and JD are praising Darvish. That's how bad Darvish is.

  • In reply to 2016 Cubs:

    Oh wait, probably going to be 7 runs with Ryan pitching.

  • In reply to 2016 Cubs:

    Len and JD are paid to praise the players. No matter how bad a hitter is, they'll say they've been looking better as of late. While I do think they are the best announcers in baseball, I don't put much stock into what they say about a hitter or pitchers performance.

  • In reply to INSaluki:

    Yes, that's true they do work for the Cubs. I do enjoy listening to them both also.

  • It's too bad $$ is such a determining factor in baseball. Darvish throws yet ANOTHER stinker today, while Chatwood continues to impress me. Darvish ERA now up to 5.40.

    Another frustrating game against a team the Cubs should beat. Next week they face Houston and Saint Louis, things are not trending in the direction we'd like the last couple of weeks.

  • For those of you interested in K. Herrera for the relief staff. He now carries an ERA of almost 7. At one time I thought most thought he was one of those Theo let get away and only cost 10M per yr.

  • For those of you interested in K. Herrera for the relief staff. He now Has ERA of almost 7. Guess Theo ducked a turkey there.

  • "Ahhhhh...

    Wham, Bam, thank you ma'am!"

  • Does anyone want to leave Maples in to start the 9th?

  • In reply to stix:

    I was just going to ask that. And if you do, how many walks before you pull him. But if Cishek and Brach are both down, who do you go with? CJ?
    Glad I’m not managing

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    Cubs go out in front, lose lead regain it late—I’ve read this book last night. I hope that was a different on from today.
    Now will Chatwood come out to finish this? I’d feel better with a 4 or 5 run lead.

  • In reply to Jonathan Friedman:

    Another blown save that doesn’t lead to a loss. That’s three blown saves in two days that leads to only one loss.

  • Big at bat for Schwarber. I feel a little better with a 2 run lead

  • In reply to Cubpack:

    Good to see Schwarber getting his share of sac flies recently in general with runners on 3rd. It’s an aspect of his resume where’s he had his struggles, and I really like how he’s swung the bat in general since he’s been in the leadoff spot.

  • Walking KB to get to Rizzo.

    Here's your insurance runs, Jonathan.

  • In reply to BarleyPop:

    Well, at least we have Javy Time, if necessary.

  • Okay, I was just praising Chatwood but he threw a starters amount of pitches just 2 days ago against PHI. Why is he in there today ??

  • I have a STRONG feeling this is not going to end well my friends.

  • In reply to INSaluki:

    "Don't worry...
    Be happy."

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    In reply to BarleyPop:


  • This is a defining moment for Chatwood. One way or another, he's improving his status on this staff, whether in the rotation or his role in the pen.

    And there we go!

    W, baby!

  • In reply to BarleyPop:

    Hey barley I’m out of town this week so I didn’t get a chance to reply to you yesterday until this morning. First off I wasn’t questioning your source on morrow I simply didn’t see any news on him when I googled his name. I didn’t appreciate some of the snarky replies to you on the subject FYI. And as for our small disagreement this week no hard feelings my friend that’s just not how I am unless someone really crosses the line. We talk baseball on a near every day basis many times touching on complex debates, and it’s almost inevitable that we’re gonna disagree at one point or another. I was frustrated that night overall but I’ve moved on that was a great W. I consider you almost like a friend even though we don’t personally know each other, and I respect your insight and have even learned from your past insights. I try not to make things personal this is a cubs community and many have us have talked baseball for years. We’re gomna disagree at one point or another, but I typically agree and see eye to eye with you. I haven’t commented as much these past few days bc I’m on vacation, but have still been following the team on mlb tv. Great W today

    Off topic but how exactly do you know morrow is out. I don’t doubt you’re being truthful at all I just haven’t seen any recent reports. Unfortunate despite all the criticism of that signing, he performed every bit like they hoped

  • In reply to kkhiavi:

    kk, it takes a lot more than that to get me upset. I made a couple comments too. No worries, we're good.

    On the Morrow thing, I've been too busy to verify anything. Apparently Coomer was on the Score (radio) yesterday morning, and I literally saw one tweet saying Coomer said on the radio Morrow had a setback during a soft-toss session. That is the total extent of what I know. I didn't hear it.

    I would like to know, if anyone knows anything. I think tomorrow will be a day of rest (for me), so I'll do some digging.

    Hopefully, Coomer was watching Morrow toss and saw something. The fact it isn't being reported may be that it wasn't as serious as Ron initially thought. That's what I hope, anyway.

  • In reply to BarleyPop:

    Gotcha barley and I consider coomer to be a reliable source now I remember the gripes toward that post. The guy does work for the team after all let’s hope it was just precautionary, and that this isn’t some major setback. I’m the same way too my friend I don’t really take sports debates/disagreements as a reason to hold any grudges. You’ve always been very courteous towards me and I’ve learned from you over the years. I appreciate this community because where else can you talk baseball in a respectful manner, with other die hard cub fans that are as passionate about the game as I am. You’re a big part of this community and I value the discussions that we’ve had for years. Great ballgame and looking forward to what’s looking to be a fun season

  • In reply to kkhiavi:

    Same here.

  • Like I said, a genius move bringing Chatwood in. LOL In all seriousness though, I didn't like the move. He threw over 60 pitches 2 days ago and should have been allowed some rest. That being said, VERY happy with the result. Must win tomorrow with a TOUGH road trip coming up.

  • In reply to INSaluki:

    I like when we can laugh at ourselves.

    Well done.

  • In reply to INSaluki:

    Chatwood has been a starter recently. he should be able to handle more than 60 pitches in a 5 day span.

  • In reply to clarkAddson:

    Yes, (starter/long relief) and even more considering the 60+ pitches he threw on Wednesday, today would be his throwing day “in between starts.”

    lightish load+throwing day=he’s available if necessary.

  • In reply to Cubber Lang:

    Maddon just explained in depth this very thing in his post-game interview on the radio. Very enlightening, and something people should hear. Talked about usage, pitch counts and the stress level of those counts, how some pitchers bounce back better than others and how fans don't know who is feeling good that day (and who isn't). Good stuff. I'll try to find it when it comes out in video and link it.

  • In reply to BarleyPop:

    Thanks BP... Not being in Chicago, I don't get all the awesome post game stuff you locals get.

  • TC time! Great call Jonathan, Chatwood did it. Big win. Fly the W!!!

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    In reply to Cubpack:

    and right now Milw is losing 4-0 in the 5th. Life is good.

  • In reply to Jonathan Friedman:

    I got my whole garden in today while drinking beer and listening to a Cubs game. Life is good.

    A Brewers loss would be gravy.

  • In reply to Jonathan Friedman:

    Yep, and losing to Jake Arrieta

  • In reply to clarkAddson:

    When Jake started against the Cubs earlier this week and took his first at bat and got that nice applause, was anyone else kinda rooting for him to hit a HR in that spot? I'll admit I kinda wanted to see it happen...

    I'll always be a fan of Jake.

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    Wow. Chatwood gives and then takes away.
    Very sss, but Maples looks good, and the hitters look uncertain. This was a very confusing and aggravating and ultimately satisfying win, but it's time for a no-brainer. However, what lead is large enough for me to be unconcerned? I really don't know. Maybe 8 after 8, but we've seen leads disappear, but we almost came back yesterday after being behind by 7.
    This is going to be a long season, but I really feel that there is so much talent on this team that we won't have any more long losing streaks and more long winning ones.
    Go Cubs!!

  • One way to look at it is if Chatwood can close(if) then Strop when he omes back and Cishek can do what they are best at etc.

  • In reply to 44slug:

    Fans gripe about the pen, and rightfully so. It's cost us a few games lately. But dang, the back end is beat up. Everyone is pitching out of their roles. When you lose the back end of your pen, you're going to lose a couple games. No team deals well with that. We've done pretty OK.

    I keep talking about Morrow as a wild-card. I'm starting to believe it might actually be Chatwood.

  • In reply to BarleyPop:

    I'm with you on Chatwood. But then, I called Russell an "automatic out" before today's game, so what do I know?

  • In reply to Cliff1969:

    Good to get your insights again cliff some of us have missed you during your absence

  • In reply to kkhiavi:

    Thanks, kk. I just needed a break.

  • In reply to Cliff1969:

    I’m glad to see you posting too Cliff!

  • In reply to Cliff1969:

    I've taken a few breaks.

    Glad to see you back, Cliff. And I'm still prettier than you.

  • In reply to BarleyPop:

    Even in the offseason I kept insisting that I’m interested in seeing how Chatwood could function out of the pen, and not only in long relief, but somewhere near the back end of the bullpen. He’s got the stuff, especially if he can air it out, but he’s gotta stay near the strike zone. Further, he’s capable of doing that for 6-7 outs if really needed. I even used the word “wildcard” concerning Chatwood for our bullpen. I hope he gets more chances, and builds some serious confidence there. He might even be out closer next year!!

    But if he settles into the closers role and Strop is back soon to be the setup man, then I really like the idea of Maples, Cishek, and Kintzler as the guys used to get out of jams in the middle innings. Then if Morrow can actually come back healthy, that’s quite a pen, and I haven’t even mentioned Montgomery or Edwards. Morrow is a big if, not counting on him one bit....

  • In reply to Cubber Lang:

    Everything you just said. On top of that, we are going to add from outside the organization. That's what this FO does when it sees an opportunity to win. #wearegood.

    Pitchers get hurt throughout the season, so Chatwood probably makes several starts this year. In a perfect world I would like to see him focus on being a back-end bullpen guy for the remainder of this season. Know your role, perfect it, and be a weapon this year. Then transition back into the rotation next year when Hamels is gone.

    That is hard for many pitchers to do. From what I know, I think Chatwood could handle it.

  • Great win for the Cubs today. They play major league teams every day and grind out wins, even after tough loses. Every day they turn the page. This team is good, real good!

    Darvish was not great today, but he did what the cubs needed him to do, and that really made the difference. He limited his walks and didn’t put himself into worse situations and run up his pitch count, which is why he saw action in the 8th inning. He should be proud of how he battled today and helped save the pen, even when not at his best.

  • In reply to Cubber Lang:

    Agreed cubber and TC. It was defintely a bittersweet game for darvish too bad he couldn’t get the W. My top thing is for him to clean up the major control issues that he’s been dealing with. By doing that you’d think that he’ll eat more innings with better results. He still needs to show better command of that FB but in his defense this was one of the Least favorable days to pitch all season, and that showed on both sides. I also think we somewhat have to tip our caps to the reds they’ve played the cubs tough every single game thus far. But like I said cleaning up the walks at the very least allowed him to eat innings, and he probably was shouldn’t have been used the 8th.

    On chatwood I’m in between on whether he should close. Using strop in save spots is a good way to keep him healthy down the stretch. And chatwood is just so effective in the long relieg role. That being said I agree that I trust him as much as anyone in this pen. I certainly think he should be in the closers conversation at the very least. If I’m maddon I go closer by committee using Cishek, strop and chatwood

  • Great win! I actually had one of my rare moments of being pissed at Joe for bringing Yu back in the 8th but all’s well that ends well right? My feeling is that he gave you all he had on a very difficult day to pitch and you squeezed him for the last bit of toothpaste in the tube and there wasn’t any. Ryan, Maples and Chatwood got it done though and this offense is something else. Today was a good day.

  • In reply to TC154:

    W, baby!

  • In reply to TC154:

    First save for Chatwood and first win for Maples yes?

  • In reply to Wickdipper:

    Yes for this year.

  • I can't say for sure but how many games this year are close at the end due to runs being scored in the last 2-3 innings? I don't think it is all our pitchers' and relievers' fault (other than all the walks) because I believe the ball this year seems to be really juiced. I think it is happening throughout the leagues especially with the better teams. There are HR balls flying out all over. I wonder if there is data that can show thats happening more now than before this year.

  • In reply to clarkAddson:

    If what I said above is what is happening then it is no wonder why we are all so frustrated. I will bet there are a lot more fan bases going through these anxiety phases like we are. Just going through today's games that are finished, there have been a lot of runs scored just in the last few innings.

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