Cubs Game Post 6/25

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Lineups

Braves

2. Dansby Swanson (R) SS
3. Freddie Freeman (L) 1B
4. Josh Donaldson (R) 3B
5. Nick Markakis (L) RF
6. Austin Riley (R) LF
7. Brian McCann (L) C
8. Ozzie Albies (S) 2B
9. Max Fried (L) P
Cubs
1. Kyle Schwarber (L) LF
2. Kris Bryant (R) RF
3. Anthony Rizzo (L) 1B
4. Javier Baez (R) SS
6. David Bote (R) 3B
7. Addison Russell (R) 2B
Bullpen Usage
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Lineups and Bullpen Usage via Baseball Press.

Opposing pitcher

Scouting Reports from Brooks Baseball.

Max FriedMax Fried has thrown 2,531 pitches that have been tracked by the PITCHf/x system between 2017 and 2019, including pitches thrown in the MLB Regular Season, the MLB Postseason, Spring Training and Fall/Winter Ball. In 2019, he has relied primarily on his Fourseam Fastball (94mph) and Curve (75mph), also mixing in a Slider (84mph). He also rarely throws a Change (85mph).

His fourseam fastball is a real worm killer that generates an extreme number of groundballs compared to other pitchers’ fourseamers, is straight as an arrow, has some natural sinking action and has well above average velo. His curve has an exceptional bite, results in somewhat more groundballs compared to other pitchers’ curves and has slight glove-side movement. His slider sweeps across the zone, results in somewhat more groundballs compared to other pitchers’ sliders and has some two-plane movement. His change is an extreme flyball pitch compared to other pitchers’ changeups, is much firmer than usual, has slight cut action and has some natural sink to it.

Sean’s Note: After a great start to the season Fried has come back to Earth in his first full year in the majors. His control has improved but his strikeouts are also way down. A high batting average on balls in play indicates he may have had some bad luck. Right handed hitters have 10 of the 11 homers hit against the big left hander. He threw six one-hit innings against the Cubs this April in a win.

Final Thoughts: Tempers definitely flared during the Cubs 8-3 win on Monday night. Tyler Flowers isn’t playing, but Willson Contreras is so keep an eye on that. Adbert Alzolay makes his first career start after an excellent debut relief appearance.

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  • I'm going out tonight and won't be able to see the game. Hopefully, Willson is still fired up (bat, not mouth) and the Cubs take another one.

  • In reply to Cliff1969:

    Agreed. Love his energy when it focuses on the cubs and not when it focuses on other team.

  • Although Fried beat the Cubs earlier this year he's been fairly bad for a while now, in his last 6 starts he's got a 5.85 ERA, 4.55 FIP, 1.67 WHIP opponents have a .849 OPS against during that span. I get the righty lineup but I'm not filled with confidence when both Almora and Russell are playing but maybe one will surprise me. We should be able to hit this guy and hopefully the Braves don't have enough scouting on Alzolay yet to find too many holes. I'm still pretty giddy from seeing him last week and can't wait to see him pitch again tonight. Go Adbert! Go Cubs!

  • In reply to TC154:

    Almora, Bote, Russell and Heyward have much better stats against RHPs than LHPs. We need someone who can hit LHPs.

  • In reply to TC154:

    Maybe the lineup is to field the best defense but I’m guessing it’s the RH lineup Joe uses against lefties.

  • In reply to TC154:

    I believe Fried has 2 starts against the Cubs. He mowed us down in both. I look at this game as a rest day for Heyward to keep him fresh. I'd like to see Bryant, Rizzo and Javy get a day off in the next 5 days.

  • Not sure I like Heyward not playing tonight. He is 8 for 12 the last 3 games. I know Fried is a lefty, but still.

  • A quick but potent deluge just blew through Wrigley, with dime-sized hail. Maybe Mother Nature is trying to turn down the temperature on the heat building up in this budding rivalry.

    Flowers is a jackass, even former teammates admit as much, and Teheran fell apart. That's the mark of a seasoned team vs. an up-and-comer. Whatever works to give us an edge, but I am tired of our guys getting plunked. We don't retaliate, as an organizational mindset, but it gets old watching guys pitch high and inside that don't have the control to do so safely.

    Adbert! I was on the twitters discussing the correct pronunciation of his name and got called a racist because I referenced how Taylor Davis says it. Not everywhere is as respectful as Cubs Den. I blew the bum off.

    I was driving home from work, cranking this tune. I can't hear it any more without thinking of papa bear, and anyone who's been here from the beginning will get the reference. These lines could be a nod to the growing animosity between these two teams, but it's not. This is for John:

    "Boy, you've been a naughty girl,
    You let your knickers down."

    Go Cubs!

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    Oppo field HR by Javy tonight. Put it in the box score now.

  • In reply to Wrigley0923:

    Nah, he banks one off the jumbotron, IMO. I started to mention this last night but didn't. I have a feeling Javy will be the first player ever to crank a ball off the CF scoreboard. No one has ever done that, though Clemente came closest. That's just how Javy rolls.

  • In reply to BarleyPop:

    Sam Snead hit a 7 iron over the scoreboard in 1951, I believe.

  • In reply to stix:

    Yes. But my brothers and I would sneak into the "big boy" fields when we were 10 and 8, with fences at 325'. We would pitch golf balls and swing aluminum bats, and I'd crank them I over the lights.

    That don't count. :)

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    Alzolay- 5.2 IP 6 hits 2 ER

  • Not a good start.

  • My goodness already the 12th leadoff home run of the season for Acuña. Still liked the way adbert attacked that kid is just really good, and he’s just a really tough out right now

  • Statcast must be broken. Said that was a 369ft HR.

  • In reply to stix:

    Well that sucked.

  • In reply to BarleyPop:

    I'm listening on the radio, so I get the bad news 30 seconds before the rest of you watching on TV.

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    In reply to BarleyPop:

    Yeah, they seem to run into so many outs. Especially bad with the pitcher up.

  • In reply to stix:

    It wasn't Statcast, but I saw an estimated distance last night of 369 and 1/2 feet, maybe on Heyward's dinger. I've never seen one broken down to the 1/2 foot. I'm guessing it just caught the basket above the "369" marker.

  • #$&)/“#$&$#!!!

  • In reply to Wickdipper:

    $**# +_;@.

  • Gotta be one of the sloppier baserunning home stands I’ve seen in a while. The cubs just seem to be unable to hit lefties throughout the lineup. 3 walks and they still can’t get the run in. They have to figure out lefties if I’m a playoff team that’s how I’d line up my starters against this cubs lineup

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    The good—we’re taking walks. The bad—our continued bad baserunning, the ugly-David Bote’s AB in not getting the bat on the ball.
    It did look like Willson got his hand in before the tag at third. I’m again impressed with Adbert. He gave up a first pitch HR but he looks composed and confident out there. Still a very sss but very encouraging.

  • In reply to Jonathan Friedman:

    I think he got in with his right hand but looked as if he overslid and was tagged before his LH got the base.

  • In reply to Jonathan Friedman:

    Cubs win 8-3. Javy, Javy, Javy. Alzolay and Javy get the reservations again tonight, but this time Javy is present for the entree.

    Just sayin'.

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    In reply to BarleyPop:

    This is fun isn’t it? I love seeing young talent come up and perform.

  • In reply to BarleyPop:

    If Javy keeps running off of third he’ll be presenting the entree not enjoying it.

  • In reply to BarleyPop:

    we are officially doomed. Too specific of a prediction BP!!

  • In reply to TexasCubsFan:

    You're right in that I think Alzolay is done. Maybe Javy bails me out.

  • I love watching Alzolay pitch. He has no fear attacking the zone on really good hitters, and he does it methodically like it’s no big deal.

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    It’s too bad Riz couldn’t just hit it toward 3rd. There was no one close. C’mon Willson!

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    Thank you Willson.

  • Off topic in a game thread but supplemental pick Cole roederer with a 4-4 game with two 2B, a single, a 2 run home run and 3 RBIs. I admit even though I knew the cubs promoted him to south bend aggressively at 19, I had some concern bc he pretty much started out as badly as I could’ve envisioned. His started so poorly that it’s been a battle to get his numbers up, but he’s quietly been playing well recently. His OPS is now over .700 and increasing. Hopefully we see him finish strong as it would be huge if he figures things out given the promising starts for hoerner and Brennan Davis

  • This ump flat out stinks. Giving the braves strikes like on that bote strike 2 last inning and then adbert can’t buy a borderline pitch. Automated zone please

  • In reply to kkhiavi:

    Yeah, the kid got squeezed and got rattled. Hate to see it.

  • In reply to kkhiavi:

    Must be the framing.

  • unfortunately Monty is in to give up a run 2 of every 3 times he comes in with runners on base.

  • In reply to stix:

    I don’t get this move at all.......

  • In reply to Wickdipper:

    AND that is why I am just a spectator. Dodged a bullet there.....

  • In reply to Wickdipper:

    It’s what happens when you don’t have a shut down lefty. You had to pull the kid, he pitched a very good game but was rattled. We got lucky

  • In reply to stix:

    Well that must have been the one good one. Looked shaky doing it.

  • In reply to stix:

    Are we going to see Montgomery go on the IL with a hangnail? Really need someone else in his spot until he can figure it out in a couple of rehab innings............

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    Great job Adbert! Nothing to hold your head down about. Now Monty has to get out of this to preserve your win.

  • In reply to Jonathan Friedman:

    Cub win , not Adberts

  • In reply to Jonathan Friedman:

    Is he in line for the win, he didn't go 5 innings.......

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    In reply to Treebeard:

    No you’re right. He didn’t go 5.
    We’ve been coasting a bit I’d feel much more comfortable with 5 runs. Let’s put a little more pressure on them.

  • Almora Jr. needs to be batting BEFORE the pitcher, not after; one of your more contact oriented/aggressive hitters should be ahead of the pitcher............

  • In reply to Treebeard:

    I don't want to get into the debate of the pitcher batting 8th, with all the numbers of the 9th hitter being a "second lead-off" man, and all that involves. But this is fact. I love Almora Jr, but he is not hitting a lick. I wish it was different, but it isn't. He is not hitting. At all. He is worse than all our pitchers. He needs to hit to play.

  • In reply to BarleyPop:

    Chicken or the egg? How do you hit if you’re not playing?

  • In reply to stix:

    Good question. I have faith the coaching staff has more info than we do, and I trust them. Which basically means Almora shouldn't be playing.

  • In reply to BarleyPop:

    I'm definitely with you, prayerfully Almora Jr. figures it out, he had a hot stretch there for a bit; I'm mainly pointing out that he thrives on contact, but most importantly, I think they'd pitch to him............

  • Monty is awful. Just barely avoided disaster

  • In reply to TC154:

    Why was Montgomery in after getting four outs?!? Just take those 4 outs and don't press it............

  • In reply to Treebeard:

    Who do you bring in? Monty IS the long reliever not a 4 out pitcher.

  • In reply to stix:

    I'll give you that, I just think he needs to earn trust little by little; maybe Brach goes 2? But he's on the fritz too.......it really goes back to not leaving Ryan in for 4 outs yesterday............

  • In reply to Treebeard:

    Brach ended up going 2 anyway, there's obviously no guarantee Brach wouldn't have given up what Montgomery did; but I feel like you have to take Montgomery out after 4 outs.......

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    If Adbert had got the call on that pitch to Schwarber he’d still be pitching—and he had 2 closer to the plate.

  • In reply to Jonathan Friedman:

    Bad framing by Contreras?

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    In reply to stix:

    I don't think so. this ump is very inconsistent.

  • It’s maddening the weak contact that kris Bryant generates. A strikeout, walk , and a dribbler from a supposed power hitter.

  • this home plate ump is the poster child for robo ump. He is aweful.

  • Cole Roederer just tripled to complete the first cycle in South Bend history.

  • In reply to BarleyPop:

    Saw that, awesome that it's the first in history; and his other hit was a double to boot, I wonder what his slugging percentage was for the game?

  • In reply to BarleyPop:

    Wow outstanding accomplishment for that young man. And more importantly I think he’s really starting to figure it out at the plate after a nightmare start. Great to see progression overall his numbers are climbing

  • Alright......let’s come back and get this one......the Crew is getting blasted....

  • In reply to Wickdipper:

    "The Crew is getting blasted". How many ways I could go with that one.

    Let's win.

  • Brad Hand's ERA just doubled.......

  • Live ball era and we stack our roster with a bunch of whiffers. But at least they swing and miss with a great launch angle!

  • In reply to Squareburgers:

    I get your frustration but your point is off, with all due respect. The Cubs are hitting homers at a record pace.

  • In reply to BarleyPop:

    With all due respect, a lot of good it is doing them.

  • In reply to BarleyPop:

    Imagine how many we would have if we didn’t strike out 10 times a game!

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    That was an abysmal display of hitting that inning,, horrible

  • I’m sorry but as good as KB is, these are the types of situational hitting spots where he just has to get better. Whatever it is he struggles with RISP and this is becoming a recurring issue

  • Give that man 300 mill before the yanks give him 400

  • Swinging at 1st pitch sliders, and watching fastballs down the middle?!? We need a middle ground here guys, prayerfully they figure it out.......

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    In reply to Treebeard:

    Yeah, it’s getting really tiresome. These are among your best hitters. It can’t keep happening.

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    We've had chances but just couldn't do anything. How many times have we said that before? I know that 30 clubs could say the same thing, but I'm watching the Cubs and I know that the talent is here, it's situational hitting too that has to be addressed.

  • In reply to Jonathan Friedman:

    How are they going to address it when they don't thimnk anything is wrong? They just can't see the forest through the trees.

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    In reply to clarkAddson:

    How do you know they don’t? Maddon’s talked about it.

  • In reply to John Winter:

    Obviously talking about it isn't enough. BTW, when has he really talked about all the strikeouts? Tonight, for example. out of 27 total outs in a game, we had 13 strikeouts. Yep, he has talked about their base running also. Did a lot of good. Just talking about it aint going to get it.

  • LaStella (16) and LeMahieu both led off the game with HRs. Gleyber Torrres also hit one. But we have Descalso. Yep, trust in Theo.

  • In reply to veteran:

    Cubs also have the 2016 World series trophy so you can take Torres off that list. I know it hurts to watch Torres but I do that trade every day of the week ... only if I know we win it all. ;)

  • Give up 3 hits and lose. Need to throw no hitters.

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    In reply to stix:

    Honestly , SO sick of sick of Monty, sick of Russel and CarGo// Time to pull the trigger Theo,, Give the Italian stallion Garcia a call up,,he is one of those magic guys that appear every now and than like a shooting star , I know you love Descalso and we all saw him giving Rizzo the Rossy hug and I am sure he is a decent sort but we need some guys that can perform late in games ,,
    With apologies to the master BP
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    Where have you gone Ben Zobrist as " a nation turns its lonely eyes to you ,,woo, woo, woo...

  • A warm night with the wind blowing out with a live baseball and we strike out 13 times in 27 AB. How are we supposed to take advantage of the live ball era when half of our at bats end out with not putting the ball in play? This is not the kind of team to have in this day and age, contact hitting to take advantage of the live ball is what we need.

  • In reply to Squareburgers:

    Fried was dealing. That curve and slider were tough to hit. Also, it was more like 33 AB's.

  • In reply to 2016 Cubs:

    Nope, I did my research and checked the box before posting. 27.

  • In reply to Squareburgers:

    Your research is flawed. 27 at bats would mean the Cubs sent the minimum batters to the plate for the game. That can't happen if the game goes nine innings and the losing team scores 2 runs. Sorry.

  • In reply to 2016 Cubs:

    There were actually 28 'offical' at bats, walks don't count; add in the double play, and the 2 outs on the basepaths, and I think we're there.......

  • In reply to Treebeard:

    Yeah, I think I thought burgers was saying plate appearances. Oh yeah thanks for the prayers.

  • It will be interesting what the Cubs do on Thursday. I think the Cubs call up Kimbrel. Who goes? Two weeks ago I would of said Ryan or Brach. Both look like they are figuring it out lately. Montgomery has been bad all year.

  • In reply to 2016 Cubs:

    Time for a blister?

  • In reply to Treebeard:

    LOL, I think so good point.

  • Seems like almost every pitcher we face "was dealing". They can't all be Cy Young pitchers but they seem to be against us. It was 13 strikeouts out of a total of 27 outs in a game. In addition, how many stupid outs on the base paths and what about double plays?

  • In reply to clarkAddson:

    It has seemed more often than not, especially when it's a pitcher that just got called up; we need to be giving kids fresh out of AAA a rude awakening, prayerfully we get there sooner, rather than later............

  • This team is LOSING games, NOT getting beat, and something needs to be done. Maddon talks about their problems but nothing is ever done to do better. These problems keep happening over and over.

    And like it or not, some of their problems are bad decisions made by Maddon, himself. Everyone makes mistakes but don't keep making them.

  • They are stuck with what the have unfortunately. What can maddon do... it sucks but it is what it is.
    Btw long time reader and I very much enjoy the den

  • In reply to Crich82:

    Welcome and come back in more often ;)

  • There seems to be a lot of comments along the lines of "Theo needs to DO something." Keep in mind that it's a weird time in the trade cycle. With a deadline coming up in just over a month, teams that may be willing to trade on July 26 are still deciding today whether they are buyers or sellers. Those that have decided to sell have a month to get the best deal they can and won't jump on the first offer. It'll happen. It HAS to happen. But, it might not happen for another month...

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