Cubs Game Post 6/29


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Saturday: 3:10 PM CT on ABC-7/670AM



1. Kyle Schwarber (L) LF
2. Kris Bryant (R) 3B
3. Anthony Rizzo (L) 1B
4. Javier Baez (R) SS
6. Jason Heyward (L) RF
7. Addison Russell (R) 2B
9. Jose Quintana (R) P
1. Nick Senzel (R) CF
2. Joey Votto (L) 1B
3. Eugenio Suarez (R) 3B
4. Yasiel Puig (R) RF
5. Jose Iglesias (R) SS
6. Scooter Gennett (L) 2B
7. Phillip Ervin (R) LF
8. Luis Castillo (R) P
9. Curt Casali (R) C
Bullpen Usage

Lineups and Bullpen Usage via Baseball Press.

Opposing pitcher

Scouting Reports from Brooks Baseball.

Luis CastilloLuis Castillo has thrown 5,741 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 (97mph) and Change (88mph), also mixing in a Sinker (97mph) and Slider (86mph).

His fourseam fastball generates an extremely high number of swings & misses compared to other pitchers’ fourseamers, has heavy sinking action, has well above average velo, results in somewhat more flyballs compared to other pitchers’ fourseamers and has slight armside run. His change generates an extremely high number of swings & misses compared to other pitchers’ changeups, dives down out of the zone, is much firmer than usual and has slight armside fade. His sinker is thrown at a speed that’s borderline unfair, has an obvious tail, generates a very high amount of groundballs compared to other pitchers’ sinkers, generates more whiffs/swing compared to other pitchers’ sinkers and has some natural sinking action. His slider generates more whiffs/swing compared to other pitchers’ sliders, has primarily 12-6 movement and has some two-plane movement.

Sean’s Note: Castillo is still having a great year, although some regression has hit his numbers. His strikeout total is way up, but so is his walk rate at a whopping 13%. Like Gray, he is getting 55% of contact on the ground, thus the double play is his friend. He allowed two runs against the Cubs at rainy Great American Ballpark in May.

Final Thoughts: Friday’s game was not good, especially the oblique strain that has landed Cole Hamels on the injured list. Dillon Maples and Rowan Wick are up to bolster the bullpen. The Cubs also released Carlos González, it was worth a shot, but the former Rockies star had nothing left in the tank.


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  • Javy to be rested Sunday.

  • Stuck with snotnose Thommy for the second day in a row :(

  • In reply to Wickdipper:

    Hopefully he can relive one of my favorite quotes “enough already”.

  • In reply to Oldno7:

    That would be nice yes!

  • Heyward seems to be the only big boy in the lineup these days. Never thought I'd say that...

  • In reply to ItFinallyHappened:

    Why not move him to 2 or 3 in line up while he is hot????

  • In reply to WaitTilNextYear:

    Because BRYZZO is hot they have a total of 1 HR in the last 13 games, don’t want to break up a hot streak by BRYZZO. :) :)

  • In reply to stix:


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    WE are never trading JHey!! I know, a sss, but he saved a run in the 1st and hit a HR in the 2nd.
    I loved TC's post last blog (or whatever we call these things.) I don't know if the answer is in-house, but sometimes we continue with
    "names" and not productivity. We have plenty of names on the roster but how productive are they. I love Albert A and his defense, but would I trade a very good defensive player with average offensive for someone with a little less defense and no offense? Actually, no. We won in 2016 with a very good offense but a rare defense. How do we achieve that again? Did everyone have a career year? We are all down this year--even Javy, who is a great SS has 9 errors. Iglesias, in the last inning made an outstanding play at SS. There are a number of terrific defense players in MLB and see very many unless you look at plays of the day.
    I guess what I'm saying is that this team has the talent, or did at one time, and the FO has to decide if it was a one off or we're just in a rut, although the offensive rut has lasted almost a year now.

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    Watching this team now is like watching the Bears the last few years. A long pass play downed at the 1 yd line and I know we’re not going to push it in for a TD. A HR is a guaranteed run, a double not so much, a triple, maybe. We can’t keep giving away these opportunities.

  • Damn. Iglesias can fly. He just hit a sharp grounder straight at Javy, who unleashed a 90+ MPH rope to Rizzo, and it was a close play.

    We need one of those.

  • Routine 1-6-3 put-out.

  • We've been complaining about the bottom of the order. This ain't pretty, we aren't hitting him hard, but we need to capitalize. C'mon Schwarber!

  • In reply to BarleyPop:

    Of course.

  • In reply to BarleyPop:

    Schwarber can’t even strike out when we need it instead of a DP.

  • In reply to stix:

    Schwarber is who he is at this point. Age 26- many of were expecting David Ortiz but it’s looking like a poor mans Matt Stairs or Nick Swisher.

    He’s a career .182 hitter w/ sub 700 OPS with RISP. Aka the worst clutch hitting starter on the Cubs by far.

    Those majestic 425-ft solo HRs are a beaut though...

  • In reply to LAX2ORD:

    Adam Dunn?

  • In reply to stix:

    Ortiz didn't really breakout until his age 27 season.......

  • In reply to Treebeard:

    That was also the year Ortiz tested positive for PED when MLB first tested the players to see if there was a problem.

  • In reply to 2016 Cubs:

    Ooh, did not know that............

  • Is this the worst hitting team with runners in scoring position ever? Last inning lead off double. This inning bases loaded nobody out and can't score either time.

  • J-Hey putting those long levers to work. Good job kid!!

    I don’t want to post it again but the RISP stats for Schwarber, Almora, and Bryant is vomit worthy. It’s like you’re hoping they leg out a DP... SMDH

  • Rizzo back in one of his cold streaks, can’t seem to keep more than one or two guys on hot streaks at one time.

  • Q pitching well but still nibbling and over 100 pitches in 6 innings.

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    If it’s frustrating for us imagine how Joe and Theo are feeling!
    One hit when it counts. A Schwarber single—he’ll hit one in the 8 th with no one on and we’re losing by 5, but bases loaded. No. The only consolation is that other teams complain about the same thing, but those teams aren’t contending for the playoffs and the WS.

  • In reply to Jonathan Friedman:

    That sounds allot like Bryant too.

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    In reply to Squareburgers:

    I love how you keep downplaying Cubs players lately, but Bryant has quietly been the best hitter(besides Heyward) this month. Ceck out Fangraphs. It'll prove you incorrect.

  • In reply to Wrigley0923:

    Bryant’s done it as a singles hitter. One HR in the last 13 games. He’s not paid the be a singles hitter, although I admit that’s better than an out maker.

  • Kudos to Quintana on an outstanding outing. Unfortunately we’re here sweating out this game because of this offense once again, but I was starting to have some concerns. I think even the front office would admit they hoped for more consistency out of Q, but at least he was a solid asset for this team in the past. The team needs him if they want to survive hamels injury. In general this offense just doesn’t support Quintana and this has been an issue all season. Let’s get him W he’s earned it

  • In reply to kkhiavi:

    Let’s make him look better than he is so we can trade him in July.

  • In reply to Squareburgers:

    This is off the Quintana topic and back on the sell topic. I highly doubt they’re gonna sell championship and playoff tested players for prospects that the cubs don’t know ,and that almost certainly won’t live up to what javy, willson and KB have accomplished. Things don’t look good right now, but I see no reason why this team shouldn’t make the playoffs. Gotta stay healthy though hamels injury maybe a big setback

  • Can't see the forest through the trees? Yesterday's game: Cubs 6 hits total (Heyward, Russell and Almora got 4 of them). So far today in 6 innings: Cubs have 3 hits so far (Heyward, Russell and Almora got all 3 of them). Yet, we like to talk about how bad they are doing.

    SSS you say? For the last month during this slump we are in, how has our TOP 5 of the batting order been doing? Yet, they play every game, every inning. Today, so far, in 6 total innings, they hit into 2 DPs and struck out 4 times with zero hits and 1 BB.

    We need to quit blaming individual players and start looking at the team. Our batting order is NOT working. What does the L, R, L,R batting order really accomplish? How about hitter, slugger, hitter, slugger or even spreading out the players with the most strikeouts? Maybe these ideas won't work but one thing is sure: the L, R, L,R has NOT been working so good.

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    One of Qs better games

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    Len had a good point if you watched the game. He said Q's ERA is scewed because of 3 games. He gave up 21 runs in those 3. He's given up 44 all season. So technically he's been way better than we see him as.

  • In reply to Wrigley0923:

    So when Q is good he’s very good and when he’s not good he’s lousy.

    He’s very frustrating, he’s on my fantasy team and done nothing since the first week of May.

  • I'm hesitant to say anything, but we're winning 1-0. My kind of game. I know many fans like offensive numbers (chicks dig the long ball!) but I prefer the nuances of the game.

    Let's hold this.

  • In reply to BarleyPop:

    I promise not to complain if we win 4-0.

  • Hell yes, J-Hey! This is my kind of baseball!

  • Well I thought they overworked Cishek but he survived.

  • In reply to stix:

    No, you were right, they are overworking Cishek. Maddon should have never used him yesterday when they were down a couple runs.
    Nobody can burn thru pitchers like our boss man.

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    In reply to cubbustible:

    Who else was there to use? You had to cover 8 innings with a pen that was already short.

  • In reply to John Winter:

    Kintzler hadn’t pitched the last two games. He could have pitched today with at least a days rest.

  • In reply to John Winter:

    Ryan should have been kept in for another inning. Wouldn't needed him to use 'the extra reliever'.
    Maddon sure doesn't seem to think long term, when it comes to relievers - and that becomes a problem by August.

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    In reply to cubbustible:

    I think that’s the first time on here I’ve seen someone ask for Ryan to be in the game, lol. Looking at the chart in the article, Kintzler pitched Wednesday and Thursday. And Ryan threw 23 pitches as it was.

    So, you’re right, there were other options, I just don’t think any of the choices were particularly good, including Cishek.

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    In reply to cubbustible:

    Dusty Baker definitely couldn't. Wood or Prior would have pitched 120+

  • I know this ain't a holiday weekend in the Friendly Confines, but I sense Javy Time.

  • In reply to BarleyPop:

    I just jumped so high I hit my head on a ceiling joist. I need to quit doing that.

  • In reply to BarleyPop:

    LOL Bp. Good call on Javy time we needed that one

  • In reply to BarleyPop:

    Low ceiling or big jump?

  • In reply to stix:

    Both. It's hot in Chicago, so I'm watching in my basement. When I stand on the rung of the stool the framing is 12" over my head. Apparently my vertical is greater than 12".

  • Baez needs to turn his swing down and just settle for a solid base hit here. Don't try to do too much...

  • Or not lol

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    Well he does it again

  • Javy, the real MVP

  • Javy hits the ball so well with power to right without jumping out of his shoes, why can’t he be satisfied with that swing every Time?

  • How didja like that one lil Thommy? Thommy? Thom.....where did ya go?

  • Why not save Strop and use Wick or Maples I n thev8th?

  • Lol classic Puig

  • In reply to kkhiavi:

    JD thinks Strop hit Puig deliberately.

  • In reply to stix:

    That was delicious! Poor li'l Puig got drilled in the butt!

  • In reply to Cliff1969:

    Well, THAT was a poor choice of terminology...

  • In reply to Cliff1969:

    Bahahahahaaa........naw.......I can’t lol

  • In reply to Cliff1969:

    I noticed.

    How 'bout them Bears?

  • In reply to stix:

    He did Puig was barking at him about something. Surprised yas didn’t charge the mound lol

  • In reply to kkhiavi:

    More yelling and posturing than actual intent...

  • In reply to kkhiavi:

    Puig being Puig.

    Side note: if Puig is 250, Rizzo is 270. When Anthony steps into the scrum you see how large a human being he is.

  • In reply to LAX2ORD:

    Willson had him going backwards, too. Hard to tell how much of Puig was for show.

  • In reply to Cliff1969:

    Puig is all show and that's what Strop took offense at.

  • In reply to BarleyPop:

    It was definitely on purpose but hit him in the safest spot.

    Pedro didn’t start chirping until Wilson was in front of him. Not sure any of them wanted to fight

  • In reply to kkhiavi:

    That was interesting. I'm sure we'll talk about it in detail in the recap. That was two strong personalities and one showed up the other. Baseball.

  • In reply to BarleyPop:

    I think JD called it right. Strop starting walking towards Puig as soon as the ball hit. Wonder if Puig said something to Contreras?

  • Oops... Dillon Maples

  • The Cincinnati feed to the video is hysterical. Can't tell if it was a Brennaman or sidekick, but the comment was "You can hit Puig if you like - you better hope he doesn't get there. If he gets to the mound, there's not a pitcher in this league - he'll snap your neck!"
    Can't make this stuff up...

  • In reply to Cliff1969:

    Why is that hysterical?

  • In reply to WaitTilNextYear:

    Because it Puig ever in his life snapped a neck, it was on a chicken. Either the announcers were either totally taken in by the Yasiel shit-show, or they were postulating - just as he was.

  • In reply to WaitTilNextYear:

    My answer got eaten by the filter.

  • In reply to Cliff1969:

    I wouldn’t sell Pedro short, I’ll tell ya......
    Somebody is gonna drop Puig eventually.....I hope it never happens, he’s just young n dumb....but, yes.....I think Strop drilled him.

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