Cubs Game Post 6/27

Jun 26, 2019; Chicago, IL, USA; Atlanta Braves second baseman Ozzie Albies (1) forces out Chicago Cubs center fielder Albert Almora Jr. (5) at second base in the first inning at Wrigley Field. Mandatory Credit: Matt Marton-USA TODAY Sports

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Thursday: 1:20 PM CT on NBC Sports Chicago/670AM

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. Ozzie Albies (S) 2B
8. Tyler Flowers (R) C
9. Bryse Wilson (R) P

Cubs

1. Kyle Schwarber (L) LF
2. Kris Bryant (R) 3B
3. Anthony Rizzo (L) 1B
4. Javier Baez (R) SS
5. Jason Heyward (L) CF
7. Carlos Gonzalez (L) RF
8. Daniel Descalso (L) 2B

Bullpen Usage

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Lineups and Bullpen Usage via Baseball Press.

Opposing pitcher

Scouting Reports from Brooks Baseball.

Bryse Wilson: Bryse Wilson has thrown 221 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 (93mph) and Change (85mph), also mixing in a Slider (81mph).

His fourseam fastball generates a high number of swings & misses compared to other pitchers’ fourseamers and has essentially average velo. His change has an obvious armside fade, dives down out of the zone, generates more whiffs/swing compared to other pitchers’ changeups and results in somewhat more flyballs compared to other pitchers’ changeups. His slider is basically never swung at and missed compared to other pitchers’ sliders, has exceptional depth, is an extreme flyball pitch compared to other pitchers’ sliders and has below average velo.

Sean’s Note: Wilson has pitched 11.1 innings in the majors the last two seasons. They have not gone well, with nine runs allowed and ten walks. The hard-throwing 21 year old has a 3.49 ERA in AAA this year. He gives up more line drives and fly balls than grounders.

Final Thoughts: Craig Kimbrel has arrived, Tony Barnette was shipped to AAA to make room. Carlos González and Daniel Descalso get starts in what is a very weak bottom of the Cubs order. Tyler Chatwood gets another spot start, but wont have Adbert Alzolay to back him up.

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  • Yes the Cubs look a bit flat over the past couple of weeks, but no the sky is not falling either.

    They are going through a particularly brutal stretch of games here. At Colorado while the Rockies are on an 8-game winning streak at home. At LAD while the Dodgers were on a 9(?) game home winning streak. Home against the Braves while they are easily playing their best baseball all year.

    No, they haven't played well against these teams, and the sinking Mets played them on par. And at least one of the garbage-level threesome of Russell, Descalso, Gonzalez has to either go or step up as a major leaguer (Almora is not far ahead of them, either).

    This isn't a bad team, but they could use a spark.

  • In reply to HefCA:

    A fire under their @zz might spark 'em!

  • In reply to Cliff1969:

    The season is so long, and other than last year, this team plays better baseball after the ASB for whatever reason. I'm not even worried about Yu. He needs to pitch better, but I have a feeling that he will. The rotation is sound, BP is good. The offense is solid even if there is one too many Neifi Perez's getting too much playing time.

  • In reply to HefCA:

    They need a bat. Every regular of the top 6 had a wRC+ of better than 108 in June except for Baez who was at 100 and yet the offense struggled mightily. That screams deficiency at the bottom of the order. I don't know, maybe that guy is Robel Garcia but I still think the answer is currently playing for someone else.

  • In reply to TC154:

    Most of what you say is correct but your statement "That screams deficiency at the bottom of the order" is a little misleading. First of all there are too many strikeouts and double plays plus terrible baserunning throughout the Cubs lineup and our top 4 batters are not doing so good either.

    Rizzo last 7: .190 .320 .238
    last 15 .204 .316 .367

    Schwarber last 7: .167 .231 .208
    last 15: .200 .224 .418

  • In reply to clarkAddson:

    7 games is a really small sample size. I was looking at the month of June. Anything else is just cherry picking, although full disclosure I’m tempted to do the same thing from time to time. Agreed on the baserunning though.

  • In reply to TC154:

    How is your health?

  • In reply to TC154:

    I included the last 15 games also. Its hard to pin point what is wrong with this team but it isn't just one or two players. It is the whole team. Even though KB's stats are not so bad lately, he is terrible with RISP as is most of the team and Baez has too many strikeouts. Personally, I like most all our players but they just aren't producing.

  • In reply to TC154:

    Probably do. I'd like to see Garcia given a chance. He'll probably play more OF to get used to that before they bring him up, but the earlier the better as far as I'm concerned.
    It's tough for the younger guys to play well when given only sporadic playing time. Look at Zagunis, he was awful for the Cubs, yet is raking at AAA now that he is a starter again.
    Perhaps Robel can adjust to the part-time role better.

  • In reply to HefCA:

    If he is brought up, I'd really like to see him get several starts in a row, at least.

  • In reply to TC154:

    I agree the answer is someone who’s playing on a different MLB team. There aren’t even a lot of great options, especially considering cost-effectiveness though.

    I like the Robel Garcia story, but have concerns with his high strikeout rate (31% between both AA and AAA this season) and his defense (13 errors in about 475 innings at 2nd and 3rd base this season). Relying on him to provide the spark is essentially plugging in another player who has the same problems we need to alleviate. The quality of defensive play will only get worse with him out there, and the strikeouts will go up even more. I do like that the Cubs are putting him in the OF now. Maybe his glove can be hidden out there, but then does that means Schwarber sits? He hasn’t been great the last week, maybe he’s coming out of it with his HR today, but he’s proven he can play at about an .800 OPS which I’m sure is above the MLB average, yet not spectacular considering he’s a corner OF that we really need to get some power and production out of him. I don’t know, maybe Garcia, Heyward, and Schwarber going left to right might be a worthwhile experiment if Robel can hit in the clutch and drive in some runs at the MLB level.

  • Thanks for always getting these out before game time Sean :)

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    Chatwood threw the first 2 pitches in the zone at 96 and 97 and were strikes. The next three were cutters or sliders way outside and then he came in and it was hit hard—but KB grabbed it. He’s got great stuff, just aim for the middle of the plate and strike them out or let your defense help out.
    If he walks 2 or fewer we will win. More, we lose.

  • Terrible execution on the rundown!!!

    How come Kimbrel just gets called up as a reliever and Dallas as a starter has several starts already???

  • Good thing Chatwood has got his good stuff, imagine where the cubs would be if he were walking everyone.

  • In reply to stix:

    So much for the good stuff. Bring in Kimbrel for the last five innings. LOL

  • Looks like a .500 homestand isn't happening.

  • In reply to Cliff1969:

    What you talkin bout willis? Maybe it will, maybe it won't.

  • In reply to KJRyno:

    If they win, it's only because my whining was effective. I should write a book - "Whining to Win."

  • Now this offense is gonna make Bryce Wilson look like the 2nd coming off Nolan Ryan. I know this wasn't the teams ideal pitching matchups but they've got a replacement going to. Atlanta is more of an offensive minded team rather then a dominant pitching staff. Very disappointed in this offenses inability to generate runs here this month.

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    @!@#$ what bugs me about this damn team,,, Because the manual says to , Madden sits our ONLY offensive player worth a damn right now in Contreras the day after he nearly hits for the cycle, kind of . Last week he did the same thing with JHey and the week before with Bryant. It almost seems like Madden has to show how smart he is so he makes moves.. Guys need day games off after night games when you are a catcher, I get it . BUT I really was disappointed not to see Willson in there today.. Caratini seems a little over matched lately.. But what the hell do I know

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    Uh Oh, i am smelling a 12-1 game here .....

  • In reply to John Nesbit:

    There goes the 1 part.

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    In reply to stix:

    luckily i am always wrong Lets go boys!!

  • Can't Contreras play outfield? I know he needs rest days, but I'd rather see him in RF than Gonzalez.

  • In reply to Cliff1969:

    Good call actually

  • Think it’s officially time to abandon chatwood as a replacement starter. The guy has value in the pen but just isn’t efficient enough to start. I’d use alzolay and Montgomery as replacement starters moving forward

  • In reply to kkhiavi:

    I think Montgomery is done also. He's having a bad year.

  • Loos like Walkwood is back.

  • In reply to 2016 Cubs:

    Looks like*

  • In reply to 2016 Cubs:

    I thought that was just the new hip way to say "lose like Walkwood is back."

  • Well we finally got a rally great AB by Rizz. Let’s see if the bottom of this order is even capable of rallying with all of these soft hitting guys

  • In reply to kkhiavi:

    Attaboy jhey now the real question marks are up, but at least they got those 2 runs in

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    In reply to kkhiavi:

    so true.... Descalso looks God awful,,,,,,

  • In reply to kkhiavi:

    They GOTTA get these 2 off the roster....1st & 3rd and no outs and only a WP gets Heyward in......

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    Hey, Nbcsn, Javy’s on 2nd base, not first.

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    Doug Glanville knows what he’s talking about. I like Len and JD a lot but I like hearing DG too and I’d rather have his analysis than DeJesus.

  • Gonzo, Gonezo for today and maybe forever, hopefully.

  • In reply to stix:

    That was the best call the ump made all day......tossing Cargo

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    In reply to WaitTilNextYear:

    Good line Next Year that was funny

  • In reply to WaitTilNextYear:

    Team BA went up 10 points when CarGo got tossed!

  • In reply to stix:

    Can the ump toss Daniel too

  • In reply to WaitTilNextYear:

    LOL

  • Where was the pitch for those of us at work?

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    In reply to KJRyno:

    both pitches were bordereline.....

  • In reply to KJRyno:

    Low and probably off the inside corner.

  • Nice AB's by Dumb and Dumber.

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    In reply to 2016 Cubs:

    hilarious

  • In reply to 2016 Cubs:

    Hahahahaha

    Chattwood had the best at bat out of the bottom 3.

  • In reply to WaitTilNextYear:

    Chatwood is by far a much better hitter than them 2. And I mean that seriously.

  • In reply to WaitTilNextYear:

    Our pitchers have been all having better ABs than the other bottom order hitters. People complain about the pitchers batting 8th sometimes, but they've come up in that spot and done lots of good lately. Maybe the problem is that the pitcher isn't batting 7th...

  • Lol I know the run scored but man on 3rd no outs and Descalso and cargo still can’t get to a flustered pitcher. I’m usually level headed and give guys a sample size before I judge struggles. But Descalso literally doesn’t get hits at all anymore basically. Looking more and more like they just need to admit their mistake and move on

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    Gonzo and Descalso did what was expected of them there.

  • Why does Joe keep putting Descalso in the lineup?

  • In reply to clarkAddson:

    I'm only guessing, but I think everyone was fooled by Descalso's power surge last year. Even at his career average, he'd be much better than he has played for the Cubs. We could hope he'd come out of it at some point, but it just doesn't seem to be happening.

  • In reply to Cliff1969:

    That is part of my problem with Joe. He seems more interested in making the individual player better at the expense of the team. Another example is Joe playing Almora part time against LHPs when Almora and Bote hit better against RHPs. Why not play Descalso against LHPs since he isn't hitting anyway? Then maybe Almora and Bote will hit better thereby helping the team.

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    In the zone! Glad to see him go Descalso also looks horrible! Trade for someone or bring up the damn kids!

  • Typical Chatwood shutdown inning. Walk, Double Play, Strike out!

  • This just in: Descalso is now hitting .099 since April 25th.

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    That’s what contact can do. Thank you Anthony. Now Javy and others can’t be satisfied with getting back in the game. Don’t try and be heroes, get the bat on the ball like Javy did last time.

  • In reply to Jonathan Friedman:

    Going to sound like I am picking on you Jonathan but I really am not. The "can't be satisfied" with getting back in the game thing. Does anyone think these guys don't want to win? Does anyone think they would ever be satisfied with just getting back into the game. Atta boy JHey. I just don't think these guys would ever be that way. Yeah they have tough stretches, but it has never been about desire to me.

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    In reply to KJRyno:

    KJ, I might have mis-spoke. So many times I’ve seen teams expend so much energy in coming back from big deficits that sometimes they can’t get over that last hurdle and stay in front. I know everyone on that field wants to win and probably more competitive than all of us in Cubs Den—if they didn’t have that drive they wouldn’t be ML ball players.
    You saw how we just gave up one run the top of the 6th. It’s not conscious. I’ve just seen it a lot.

  • In reply to Jonathan Friedman:

    Ok, I get you now. The wording just made me do a double take. It's kind of like the "sense of urgency" thing. I think these times where we struggle the "sense of urgency" makes us want to hit a six run homer because we want it so bad and it hurts overall instead of helping. The team wants to win, the team tries to win. Sometimes it just doesn't happen and people over analyze it.

  • TC has noted this recently but jhey is really quietly having a decent season. Now above an .800 ops. And attaboy victor what a comeback great to see this team battle when many of us chalked this one as a loss

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    Now this is fun... Joe is a genius

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    Lets go new look bullpen! Close this out

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    or not

  • Alright, lining up for Kimbrel in the 9th methinks, if necessary. I know, I'm getting ahead of myself, but it sure looks like a decent possibility.

  • In reply to HefCA:

    How ironic would that be?

  • Did Nesbit just forget to put the second 1 in his predicted score? Inquiring minds want to know.

  • I'm just hoping Brach isn't in there somewhere.....

  • I thought they were going to stop the game and give Descalso the ball.

  • In reply to 2016 Cubs:

    Bahahahhaha......ohhhh if it wasn’t so true......

  • In reply to 2016 Cubs:

    Now, that's funny!

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    In reply to 2016 Cubs:

    so funny

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    Is Kimbrel available today? I don’t think he pitched yesterday. How great would that be!

  • 1st and 3rd nobody out twice today and the cubs manage to score once each time only due to wild pitches.

  • With RISP:

    Schwarber 176 /277 /333
    Almora 179 /258 /250
    Heyward 180 /377 /260
    Bryant 204 /333/429

    Take a bow fellas...

  • In reply to LAX2ORD:

    For those of us who like to look that info up. Where did you find it?

  • In reply to stix:

    Yahoo sports player profile, under Situational stats

  • In reply to LAX2ORD:

    Thanks

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    In reply to LAX2ORD:

    Heyward has had 2 such hits today, fwiw.

  • Very little mention of Kintzler this year, he’s really turned it around.

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    are we seriously going to see Kimbrell in the ninth? I may pee myself

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    It’s nice to see Strop slotted back in the 8th.

  • Kimbrel warming in the Bullpen for the 9th. Think this site will blow up if he blows the save?

  • In reply to Cliff1969:

    Ok its go time. Kimbrel is the closer, Chatwood never starts again (maybe Darvish too?) and Carlos Gonzalez is designated for assignment today.

  • In reply to Cliff1969:

    Yes

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    Site will blow up if he gets the save

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    In reply to Cliff1969:

    Hush!!

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    In reply to Jonathan Friedman:

    WTNY--I thought you said if he blows a save, not that the site will blow up. I really should learn to read.

  • In reply to Jonathan Friedman:

    Oops...

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    That was pathetic,, we could have just skipped the bottom of the 8th and gone straight to the ninth

  • It's time to get serious we cant afford to play guys like Descalso, Gonzalez, Brach, Chatwood. We have been lucky that everyone in central has been sucky for the last month, we wont be that fortunate for july.

  • In reply to bleachercreature:

    I don't know that there's a choice until closer to the trade deadline. Brach has actually had a couple of decent outings recently.

  • In reply to Cliff1969:

    I say release Gonzalez bring up Garcia. Hold on to Descalso until Zobrist comes back. When Hendricks comes back I assume Adlozay goes down (though I wish he was up for longer). If they go get a lefty and Edward's come back then Brach and Ryan are the odd men out. But I think it's time to get you best players on the 25.

  • In reply to bleachercreature:

    I'd rather have Ryan than Edwards, at least for this season. Ryan is an effective lefty, although not dominant. Edwards still needs to build up confidence. I have no faith that he can work his way out of trouble in a "high leverage" situation. In time, yes. This season, no.

  • In reply to HefCA:

    I see Ryan staying up until they trade for a quality lefty. I would say Edward's replaces Brach and if Edward's cant handle it then let's get Maples up here he has been dominant.

  • Get that table ready Jonathan, party of one, Mr. Kimbrel I believe.

  • In reply to HefCA:

    Probably needs to add Rizzo or some wake up meds. Stood there and watched the last out.

  • In reply to stix:

    At work so wasn't watching the game. How did it end? In the box score it will look like a weak grounder, that's what counts in the end.

  • In reply to HefCA:

    Hard hit behind first base. Backhanded by Rizzo with no Kimbrel , Rizzo had to race Freeman to the base and dove head first to BARELY beat Freeman to the base. Probably will be in a highlight somewhere.

  • In reply to stix:

    Highlight on mlb.cubs webpage in the video replay section.

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    That was awesome ,,, knew it all along :)

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    WOWWWWW. If Rizzo was 6ft tall instead of 6'3" we'd be in trouble.
    But, it's a win.

  • A very Stropish 9th for Kimbrel, but we'll take it! I was glad to see 98 on the speed gun.

  • In reply to Cliff1969:

    I saw a lot of Kimbrel watching Red Sox games. He can be an adventure but gets it done more often than not. This was a good day.

  • In reply to Cliff1969:

    For me the velocity was encouraging. Acuña is a great hitter tip of the cap to him this series overall he really impressed me. Agreed with TCs thoughts on kimbrel as well which is why I like that the cubs won’t be using him multiple innings. Gotta protect the teams 3 year investment

  • This just looks like a different pen when strops doing his thing plus kimbrels presence. Heck of a job by the pen overall this series

  • In reply to kkhiavi:

    Maybe so but Cishek gave up a HR and Kimbrel didn’t make it easy.

  • In reply to stix:

    Hate to be the man with bad tidings but Kimbrel almost never makes it easy. He does get it done a HoF rate though. Just watch your blood pressure.

  • In reply to TC154:

    Thanks for the heads up. You’d think his blood pressure would be up if he does this most of the time.

  • In reply to stix:

    Still arguably the hottest offense in the NL right now. If Cishek is a setup/middle innings guy I'll take it all day. And I thought Kimbrel looked fine Acuna is just locked in at the plate. He tends to get himself in some trouble with walks sometimes anyways, but usually doesn't give up many hits. Overall braves are not your average lineup and the cubs bullpen one month ago may not have been able to hold the lead.

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