Game Post 6/17


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Sunday: 6:05 PM CT on ESPN/670AM



1. Javier Baez (R) SS
2. Kris Bryant (R) LF
3. Anthony Rizzo (L) 1B
5. David Bote (R) 3B
7. Jason Heyward (L) RF
8. Jose Quintana (R) P
9. Addison Russell (R) 2B
2. Justin Turner (R) 3B
3. David Freese (R) 1B
4. Cody Bellinger (L) RF
5. Chris Taylor (R) SS
6. Max Muncy (L) 2B
8. Kyle Garlick (R) LF
9. Hyun-Jin Ryu (R) P
Bullpen Usage

Lineups and Bullpen Usage via Baseball Press.

Opposing pitcher

Scouting Reports from Brooks Baseball.

Hyun-Jin Ryu: Hyun-jin Ryu has thrown 10,643 pitches that have been tracked by the PITCHf/x system between 2009 and 2019, including pitches thrown in the MLB Regular Season, the MLB Postseason, The World Baseball Classic and Spring Training. In 2019, he has relied primarily on his Fourseam Fastball (91mph), Change (80mph) and Cutter (87mph), also mixing in a Sinker (91mph) and Curve (73mph). He also rarely throws a Slider (83mph) and Slow Curve (65mph).

His fourseam fastball has some natural sinking action and has essentially average velo. His change generates a very high amount of groundballs compared to other pitchers’ changeups, has slightly below average velo and has some natural sink to it. His cutter generates more whiffs/swing compared to other pitchers’ cutters, results in somewhat more groundballs compared to other pitchers’ cutters, has slightly above average velo, has some natural sink and has strong cutting action. His sinker results in somewhat more groundballs compared to other pitchers’ sinkers. His curve has sweeping glove-side movement, has below average velo, has a sharp downward bite and results in somewhat more flyballs compared to other pitchers’ curves. His slider generates an extremely high number of swings & misses compared to other pitchers’ sliders, results in more flyballs compared to other pitchers’ sliders and has some two-plane movement. His slow curve is a real yakker that’s separated from his other curveball due to its big drop and slow speed.

Sean’s Note: After being sidelined with shoulder injuries for part of 2018, Ryu is dominating in 2019. His 1.36 ERA is the best for any starter in baseball. He has walked five hitters in 86 innings, a 1.4% walk rate. The fact he has stranded 97% of base runners means some regression is likely, but he has still been awesome. For some context, in 58.2 innings in May and June the Korean native has allowed a grand total of 4 runs.

Sean’s Note: Happy Father’s Day to all the dads out there. I for some reason had yesterday’s game listed at 9:10 when it was actually at 8:10. I’m really certain I have the time right today, I triple checked. The Cubs got a huge dramatic win Saturday thanks to Anthony Rizzo‘s 9th inning homer. Joe Maddon is shaking up his lineup with Javy Báez hitting leadoff and David Bote in the five-hole. It won’t be easy against the smoking hot Hyun-Jin Ryu.


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  • Always appreciate the great job on the game posts, but either you're WAY ahead of me or your date is one day ahead.

  • Interesting lineup. I like Bryant in LF much more than in RF, but I have no rational explanation for that preference... Joe's got Javy leading off, maybe to get him thinking more about contact and OBP? It Bote really hitting .278 with a .845 OPS? I keep thinking SSS, but I'm beginning to really like his contract extension. I hope Quintana has a nice bounce-back game at sea-level, where his breaking pitches might work. Another ESPN game tonight, maybe it'll be on MLB TV so I won't have to listen to Alex Rodriguez.

  • In reply to Cliff1969:

    It’s on MLB.TV but they’re carrying the ESPN feed. Sorry!

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    Maybe Joe thinks Javy will concentrate a bit more than he has been.
    Both these lineups are so long and strong. I'm looking for Q to have some problems but he's got a great defense behind him and the Cubs have to be thrilled about yesterday. It would be a fitting end to the road trip by winning and showing everyone not to count us out.

  • In reply to Jonathan Friedman:

    Q needs the offense to show up. I believe he’s only gotten a total of 6/7 runs of support in his last 6 starts while he’s been in the game.

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    In reply to stix:

    He does, but also needs to throw strikes. That first inning the balls weren’t even close enough to temp them to swing. They hit enough without giving them extra runners to hit in.

  • In reply to Jonathan Friedman:

    That’s my biggest concern with Q lately too. He just seems to lose his command for longer stretches with the cubs then he has at any other point of his career. He doesn’t have the type of stuff also to get away with these stretches where his command lets him down. In general other then a few months I’ve simply never seen the top flight command and execution that ive seen from his white Sox days. Hope he goes on a hot stretch he hasn’t seemed to be in good form recently

  • In reply to Jonathan Friedman:

    Not even just in terms of walks too jist with overall command and execution

  • In reply to kkhiavi:

    Doesn't matter much if the Cubs offense can't score any runs.

  • In reply to clarkAddson:

    That’s a separate issue I’m not referring to this game as much as what I’m seeing overall lately. But I completely agree I’ve been saying I think the cubs need another bat somewhere maybe OF/2B. This series in general they’ve gotten essentially nothing from their depth pieces at the bottom of the order. The dodgers core stars aren’t outperforming the cubs core even with javys struggles. It’s the depth pieces like verdugo, Freese, Muncy, etc that are outperforming the cubs depth pieces

  • In reply to kkhiavi:

    The first game of the series the Dodgers core out-performed the Cubs core by a "ton". This whole series, the Cubs have not scored more than 3 runs. It doesn't matter whose batters are beating who but if our "core" doesn't start hitting better then we may as well forget the playoffs.

  • In reply to clarkAddson:

    Cubs 6-9 hitters excluding the pitchers spot went 1-12 game 1 while the middle of the order produced all of the offense, 1-11 game 2 where Bryzzo provided all the offense, and the 5-9 spots with heyward in the 5 hole was 1-14 game 3 while again providing zero offense. The middle of the order is doing their jobs for the most part. The bottom half of the positional talent has disappeared all too often against better teams, and they’re clearly having a tough go of it this series

  • You are changing the essence of what I said. I said: "The first game of the series the Dodgers core out-performed the Cubs core by a "ton" in answer to what you said: "The dodgers core stars aren’t outperforming the cubs core even with javys struggles."

    I then said: "This whole series, the Cubs have not scored more than 3 runs. It doesn't matter whose batters are beating who but if our "core" doesn't start hitting better then we may as well forget the playoffs."

    You seem to want to argue about what part of the Cubs order is doing the best/worst. Since the Cubs have only scored 3 or less runs in the last 3 games, the whole batting order needs to do better.

  • In reply to clarkAddson:

    Ok Clark lets ignore what the numbers and statistics say and make excuses for the bottom of the order. The top 5 hitters produced 3 runs off one of the best pitchers Of this generation. That 1st game was mainly on Jon Lester, but the point is the bottom of the order going quiet again against playoff competition. Sorry but we’re gonna have to agree to disagree im not trying to clear up every point where we have a disconnect. The point is this offense can use more depth overall

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    Javy saw immediately that the ball was going to drop in and it did—but not by very much. That’s the extra that he brings to base running that makes him the best in baseball. Now we have to take advantage of it.

  • What great baseball this has been the last two days!

  • In reply to TC154:

    It is but it’s not good for the fans nerves.

  • In reply to stix:

    Maybe not but I’ll take these kind of games every day. Well, almost every day.

  • Did you read what I actually said (twice)? I never said what part of the batting order is doing better. That's your argument, not mine.

    I said (for the 3rd time): "the whole batting order needs to do better." You are saying: "The point is this offense can use more depth overall." It seems to me we are agreeing on that part. These are quotes. Go back and reread them if you don't believe me instead of arguing about what you think I said.

  • In reply to clarkAddson:

    See what I’m saying that inning. Just too many soft hitting defensive 1st guys grouped together. Almora is doing well at least but he’s generally gonna be in the lineup against LHP. But it’s just hard to get runs in with generally inconsistent hitters grouped together. Heyward always seems to slump mightily against LA too. It would be nice to have another offensive weapon to attack pitchers when the offense is struggling

  • In reply to clarkAddson:

    It would be nice to have another OF for example that can spell heyward against a tough lefty like this. Or just another hitter simply to protect the lineup in case guys go into the playoffs cold and struggling. Depth guys are going to have to contribute more offensively if this team wants to win titles.

  • This official scorer sure is keeping Dodger ERA’s low.

  • Well, now not so fun. Let’s hope Kintzler pitches his arse off.

  • This foul call proves these Umps are seeing things.

  • Well either it’s good fortune or maybe Joe didn’t overmanage the sixth. Good escape but the last three innings are going to be rough.

  • Great work from Kintzler, fantastic move from Maddon going to the lefty against Pederson.

  • Great job by Kintzler & Collins. And that’s what I love about the NL with no DH. Dodgers have bases loaded 1 out with Ryu coming up. He’s thrown 6 great innings, but you need to score to win, so do you pinch hit for him? I probably let him hit like Roberts did, but still a tough decision

  • Why is Russell still on this team

  • In reply to TheSarge#36:

    I hope it isn't to raise his value because that sure ain't happening.

  • In reply to TheSarge#36:

    He won’t be when trade season gets underway. They'll throw him in a deal

  • In reply to TC154:

    I can’t root for him. I would rather lose without him than win with him.

  • Love that a guy we traded our future for can’t go past 5 innings. Just frustrating.
    I’ve never seen a guy throw the bat as much as Addi!!!!

  • Javy is the last guy who ever has the right to be upset about a called third strike... Especially when it’s actually a strike. That’s a hell of a pitch Ryu made. If it was 3 inches low and inside he would’ve swung.

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    Javy, KB and Willson all had balls called strikes. I give the ump credit for not throwing Havy out of the game but maybe that was because he knew he blew it.

  • In reply to Jonathan Friedman:

    It was a strike

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    Was it a strike? Following on ESPN the pitch tracker show it low and really outside

  • I thought it showed it clipped the corner????

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    In reply to WaitTilNextYear:

    Don’t think so. At the time I thought it was the worse called strike I have seen this year

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    In reply to WaitTilNextYear:

    Well, I thought it was wide, but I also thought the ball that was called a foul ball a few innings ago never hit the bat. Willson didn’t argue but it looked like it wasn’t close.
    Schwarber was very good earlier in the season at throwing home or to a base, but lately he’s been way off. Even if Willson had caught it I don’t know he could have tagged him. He’s got to improve his accuracy.

  • Really outside? It was right on the inside corner at the knees!! Not anywhere near outside...

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    In reply to Cubber Lang:

    Pitch tracker showed it low and outside.

  • But the ball wasn’t even outside. I could understand if it was saying it was inside.

  • In reply to Cubber Lang:

    But the thing is it was on the inside corner. So to say it’s outside is to be off by at least 18 inches.

  • Pathetic throw from left. Who’s out there, Bryant?

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    Like I said I was watching the pitch tracker on ESPN Not the tv broadcasr

  • How do you not throw the runner out. That is embarrassing if you are a major league player.

  • In reply to WaitTilNextYear:

    Bryant as usual when it matters.
    CHOKE artist.

  • In reply to TheSarge#36:

    Wow sarge. Yes it was a bad throw, but that happens. You should be very thankful Bryant plays for the team you root for. He’s a top player in the game

  • In reply to Cubpack:

    We’ve had this conversation a hundred times. He is notorious for not being a clutch hitter. He should have made that throw also.

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    In reply to TheSarge#36:

    Wow what a dumb comment

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    In reply to WaitTilNextYear:

    I thought it was Schwarber in LF but you’re right, it was KB. Still, it was a doable throw-he was coming in and he wasn’t that deep.

  • Really good AB by Martin, but a decent throw has Taylor at the plate. I thought he was dead when they sent him & Bryants arm
    And the 3-2 pitch to Taylor easily could have been called strike 3

  • wasn't the catcher blocking the plate without the ball?

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    Well, hell!

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    Baez smoked the ball

  • Verdugo was really playing javy shallow on that line drive. Off the bat I didn’t think he had a prayer but then I look up and he’s already closing in on that shot. Unfortunate loss but I do think it was a high level baseball series. I expect the cubs to be a bit deeper if these 2 teams meet in the postseason

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    In reply to kkhiavi:

    Catarini was the key man in the inning. Too bad he didn’t get the job done

  • Agreed and I think in a perfect world by the end of the year I’d hope to have a deeper collection of bench hitters. Caratini having a great year at the plate but he’s not an ideal pinch hitter in a clutch rbi spot against a pitcher the caliber of Jansen. Hopefully zobrist returns and they add another hitter into the mix somehow to hold the depth guys accountable for their offensive performance

  • In reply to kkhiavi:

    Deeper????? The dodgers have a better line up, Seager is out and when he comes back that makes them better. Dodgers have better starters and bullpen then cubs do. If you are counting on Zobrist to make a difference that won’t happen and I guarantee you caratini will not be hitting as well in September.

  • Tough road trip.....have no idea why but I felt it coming. I’m adding Verdugo to my Peterson list of players who think they are better than they really are and I am acquiring an active dislike for this Dodger team. I get swagger, I understand it but these guys still haven’t won spit yet act as if they have. It will be fun to take them down which I think we will......I really do, adversity has not hit the Dodger pitching staff yet and I see it happening, no matter how they like to manipulate the DL spot.......
    And for PC police I said DL purposely....after watching Dodger fans on tv eating quiche in the stands for 4 nights in a row I’m just generally pissed right now....
    Come home boys......we got ya!

  • In reply to Wickdipper:

    You sound whiny. I’ll just call Arenado!!! Wait til playoffs. They beat us fair and square. You cant get salty because they show emotion when we have Báez and Wilson do it all the time.

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