Cubs Game Post 7/16


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Tuesday: 7:05 PM CT on WGN/670AM



1. Jesse Winker (L) LF
2. Joey Votto (L) 1B
3. Eugenio Suarez (R) 3B
4. Yasiel Puig (R) RF
5. Derek Dietrich (L) 2B
6. Nick Senzel (R) CF
7. Jose Peraza (R) SS
8. Kyle Farmer (R) C
1. Kyle Schwarber (L) LF
2. Javier Baez (R) SS
3. Kris Bryant (R) 3B
4. Anthony Rizzo (L) 1B
5. Robel Garcia (S) 2B
6. Jason Heyward (L) RF
9. Alec Mills (R) P
Bullpen Usage

Lineups and Bullpen Usage via Baseball Press.

Opposing pitcher

Scouting Reports from Brooks Baseball.

Anthony DeSclafani: Anthony DeSclafani has thrown 8,669 pitches that have been tracked by the PITCHf/x system between 2014 and 2019, including pitches thrown in the MLB Regular Season, Spring Training and Fall/Winter Ball. In 2019, he has relied primarily on his Fourseam Fastball (95mph) and Slider (90mph), also mixing in a Curve (84mph) and Sinker (95mph). He also rarely throws a Change (89mph).

His fourseam fastball generates a high number of swings & misses compared to other pitchers’ fourseamers, results in somewhat more flyballs compared to other pitchers’ fourseamers and has slightly above average velo. His slider is thrown extremely hard, has much less depth than expected and results in somewhat more flyballs compared to other pitchers’ sliders. His curve is thrown extremely hard, has little depth and has primarily 12-6 movement. His sinker generates more whiffs/swing compared to other pitchers’ sinkers and has well above average velo. His change is thrown extremely hard and is a real worm killer that generates an extreme number of groundballs compared to other pitchers’ changeups.

Sean’s Note: DeSclafani has pitched 9.2 innings against the Cubs and allowed three runs. He gives up a lot of homers, especially to lefties.

Final Thoughts: With Willson Contreras on the Injured List, the Cubs traded Mike Montgomery to the Royals for catcher Martin Maldonado. Alec Mills makes his first start in the majors this year in Cole Hamels spot in the rotation. Robel Garcia has been moved up to the 5th in the batting order as the Cubs try to take advantage of his power.


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  • Maybe Alec Mills can hit and provide some form of offense from our bottom 3. I think Maldonado is a great pairing for Mills though.

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    Theo didn't wait to get Maldonado in. We shouldn't have lost yesterday but that was just a blip in the 2nd half. We've won 3 of 4 and let's continue that winning approach.

  • Do remember Mills pitching one great game up he can....and it is time for Javy to start being good Javy again....

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    That’s why we need Albert A in CF.

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    Maybe it’s time to start walking Suárez, lol?

  • I thought the game started at 7:05, but all I see is the reds hitting practice.

  • NEXT.

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    Did we bring someone in to take Montgomery’s place in the bullpen?
    We’re going to need someone soon.

  • In reply to Jonathan Friedman:

    No they didn't. Maldonado for Montgomery and Mills for Contreras.

  • I don’t know if this was a front office call or maddons call but why in the world would we start mills. That guy isn’t a major leaguer he’s a AAAA pitcher at best. I know he was hot recently but even in AAA he’s somewhat inconsistent. Alzolay Or chatwood are flat out better, I don’t care if alzolay isn’t in great form. Easy for me to say in retrospect but I think none of us felt very good about mills starting

  • In reply to kkhiavi:

    It would be a front office call. Major league managers are not paying any attention to what’s going on in the minors, nor should they

  • In reply to Cubpack:

    Yeah I don’t know if this is supposed to reward the guys who handle their work right in the minors. But this team is in a competitive playoff race and we don’t have time to be starting journeyman pitchers. I know I’m talking after the facts but you hate to see this game get out of hand before it starts when facing a beatable pitcher like DeSclafani

  • In reply to kkhiavi:

    But Mills is one of your depth starters and he’s been pitching the best of those guys over the past month. Alzolay would have been on short rest so it was either Mills or Chatwood. Based off that I’d say Mills was the right call. But based off the 1st inning, maybe they should have gone with Chatwood

  • In reply to Cubpack:

    I get what you’re saying on alzolay but if they wanted him to start they could’ve realigned his start. I think they’re just worried that his control is suddenly off. I hope mills turns this around and proves me wrong, but I also easily would’ve chosen chatwood over mills as well. At least García gave them a chance that’s why I was so disappointed about the early runs. Cubs can get to DeSclafani but they need to slow down the reds 1st

  • In reply to kkhiavi:

    For the same reason David Bote plays. Another AAAA player who doesn't hit well but hit some memorable HR's (similar to Schwarber) so he is beloved. Meanwhile he singlehandedly lost the game for them yesterday. Too many fringe players on this team to keep up with the Dodgers, Braves, etc.

  • Should have pitched Montgomery tonight and then traded him tomorrow for the back-up catcher. Would have saved the embarrassment of pitching Alex Mills.

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    In reply to HoosierCub76:

    Monty’s been pretty bad this year. I doubt that would have turned out much better.

  • That was special. 2 out nobody on to down 3-0.

    I agree with kkhiavi—he was probably the 3rd or 4th choice.

  • In his last MLB game, Alzolay gave up seven runs in 2.2 innings. I’m guessing they think he still has some development to do.

  • In reply to Cubs09:

    I don't think that is correct the seven runs in 2.2 innings. I see 3 runs in 4.2 innings. I don't see giving up 7 runs any time this year. But, I will say I agree with you that his last 2 starts at Iowa have not been very good probably needs some more development to do.

  • In reply to 2016 Cubs:

    Monday, July 1. Verse the Pirates. He gave up two home runs to Josh Bell and in general got hit very hard.

  • In reply to Cubs09:

    Oh ok, I thought you were talking about his last minor league start. I reread your post and you are correct. Sorry about the confusion on my part.

  • 45 nervous pitches through three innings. Some stellar defense, and a big bomb. We got this.

    Go Cubs!

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    Maybe he was jittery in the first inning, but Maldonado has had to make some very good catches in each of these innings. If we can keep them at 3 there’s no reason we can’t win.
    To criticize the FO for bringing up Mills then we have to praise them for signing and then bringing up Garcia. That’s good scouting.

  • In reply to Jonathan Friedman:

    If mills can give them 1-2 more scoreless innings then he deserves a collective cubs den apology but let’s see if he can keep them
    At 3 1st. Hopefully we can get him a lead

    Agreed on García honestly the way he’s hitting makes up for his defense thus far at least. And even his defense hasn’t been as bad as I thought given his crazy error totals. We’ll see if his success continues but at the very least he’s given this group a short term jolt

  • In reply to kkhiavi:

    Not sure what you mean by a "collective cubs den apology" for Mills pitching tonight. I think you were the only one on this blog that was against it in a written post. I will admit though in the first inning I was thinking the same thing but did not post it LOL.

  • In reply to kkhiavi:

    A collective apology? I wasn't a part of that lynching.

  • In reply to BarleyPop:

    Barley we all respect your opinion and positivity it drives me crazy reading cub fans sell off core player comments whenever the team isn’t playing their best. But some of us aren’t always going to constantly praise the team or individual players when they’re playing below their potential. Gives mills props for settling down but I still don’t see him as a reliable 5 starter in a playoff teams rotation. If I’m the team I go with 4 starters with all the off days coming up. His start isn’t over yet too let’s hope he gets through this inning with no more damage

  • In reply to kkhiavi:

    I get it. In all honesty, I was making fun of myself. Several years ago a new reader introduced themselves, saying they were drawn to the site because we don't insult one another. I made a lame joke about speaking for all of Cubs Den in a futile attempt to insult them. It was actually funny, but John edited out the "I speak for all of Cubs Den" part. I immediately acknowledged what he did, and why he did it. Lesson learned. We all laughed.

    That was the reason for my last comment. A little flashback. Thank you.

  • In reply to BarleyPop:

    Lol yeah I hear ya. I swear too part of my intention was reverse jinxing this ballgame. I have a bit of a history of calling out unheralded minor leaguers only for them to stick it to me. I called out Taylor Davis starting as well that game he got the grand slam vs St. Louis. Guess that’s why theo and joe are in their seats and I’m commenting on cubs den

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    In reply to BarleyPop:

    Barley, I don’t like to correct anyone on this site, but I get very uncomfortable reading the word “lynching.” It has no good connotation. I’d appreciate another word. Thanks.

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    In reply to Jonathan Friedman:

    No problem the gentleman meant nothing hateful.

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    I know. BP is one of the best here.
    When writing BP my finger missed and I almost wrote BO. That wouldn’t have been good.

  • In reply to Jonathan Friedman:

    I can respect that. I guess I was using it in a slang version rather than the literal sense. I see the error I made, and thank you for bringing it to my attention.

  • In reply to Jonathan Friedman:

    Seriously? As probably the only black guy that comes in here I knew exactly where he was coming problem from my crib....

  • In reply to kkhiavi:

    I'm not so sure you should jump to the conclusion that he's our 5th starter for now. When I heard he was getting called up, I figured he's probably up for the day, and then going back down and replaced with a bullpen arm, especially since Montgomery was the bullpen arm off the roster, essentially replaced by Mills, and Maldonado is the replacement for Contreras.

  • In reply to BarleyPop:

    Now I’ll give mills his due though that’s yeomans work holding them 5 more scoreless innings. Offense has to support him we knew we’d need to score today

  • In reply to kkhiavi:

    4 hits not a lot of offense. Fortunately 2 HR.

  • Reverse jinx? Rizzo hasn’t had a homer in over a month.

  • Quality start. Acceptable especially after the first inning.

  • Brand new ballgame.

    We got this.

  • Any unbiased count on how many times robo ump would favor each team? That call on García wasn’t even close.

  • In reply to stix:

    That was bad. I hope it doesn't affect the outcome of this game. It might.

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    I am surprised at how well Mills has pitched. He is really pitching well after that 1st inning. A very good performance. Now the bullpen has to do it’s job.

  • Reds and umpires 3, Cubs 3.

    Go Cubs!

  • Off topic, but just saw the Dodgers drop three runs on the Phillies in the ninth. The Dodgers lead the NL in both runs and ERA. Their +148 run differential is more than double the Braves, #2 in the NL. If I’m Theo, I’m not pushing too many chips forward because the Dodgers are the class of the league...again.

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    In reply to Cubs09:

    At the same time, only 1 team not named the Yankees has gone to three straight World Series in the last 40+ years. So history’s not on their side. I agree I wouldn’t be too aggressive giving up prospects, but I’m also not crowning the Dodgers either.

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    In reply to John Winter:

    And the Phillies just put up 3 in the bottom of the ninth to win.

  • In reply to John Winter:

    Proving your point that anything can happen, Bryce Harper just walked them off.

  • Ol' Bang Bang gets it done.

  • It's Javy Time.

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    Javy being Javy!
    He hasn't stolen a base in a long time, I wonder if his heel is still bothering him.

  • I never do this, but I wouldn't bring Kimbrel in here. I know he was warmed up and ready, but not against the bottom of the Red's order in a tie game when Rizzo just made the last out. I don't have a lot of confidence in our order after him to score runs. I feel this could be a waste of Kimbrel.

    Heyward or Garcia need to walk it off and make me wrong. And I promise not to hate them for doing so.

  • In reply to BarleyPop:

    I was thinking that as well. Joe always goes for it.

  • In reply to BarleyPop:

    I thought the exact same thing, BP. For the exact same reasons. I worked, so who cares now. But the "rule" that says you use your closer in 9th at home in a tie game is the strangest one.

    And then I went outside to do some chores and it all ended well.

  • Garcia can hit.

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    I'll bet Javy would have tried to score when the Reds catcher threw to first base.
    This feels like a game we are going to be very disappointed if we lose--forget that. Schwarbs!!!!!

  • In reply to Jonathan Friedman:

    Almora continues to make poor base running plays. Brain fade?

  • In reply to stix:

    He is thinking too hard, just needs to go play.

  • I still hate basket shots lol

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    We're keeping the basket, sorry DarBar.

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    As Len said, a moon shot, on the 50th anniversary of walking on the moon. A good win.

  • In reply to Jonathan Friedman:

    That's pretty cool, I wonder what it felt like hearing someone landed on the moon the day it happened............

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    In reply to Treebeard:

    I was watching when they landed and then a metal arm extended with a camera that looked back at the ship so when Neil Armstrong made that last leap to the surface we could watch. One of the most extraordinary things ever done and seen.

  • In reply to Treebeard:

    It was an amazing time. Everyone had seen capsules parachuting into the ocean but nobody had seen a spacecraft actually land and take off again. It was even speculated that the surface of the moon was so soft that the lander would sink right in. The special effects on TV at the time were horrible, of course, but the video of Armstrong stepping onto the surface had millions around the world glued to whatever TV they could access.

  • In reply to Treebeard:

    I was going through my grandma's stuff after she moved into an assisted living home. One of the things I found was a letter from my dad written while he was at football camp before his college season began. He wrote about watching the moon landing. It was so interesting to read a letter about it and the awe that came across. Just think how much we've technologically advanced since then. I think the big room of computers that worked with the astronauts in 1969 had the same kind of power as my laptop I'm writing on right now. The mind of humankind is unbelievable!

  • I think TC and I were just saying something about left side power. Big Win! Reds are a good team that plays good baseball. We were just a little better tonight.

  • I'm not ready to trade Almora. He's a pretty solid 4th OF. His defense is awesome and I'm sick of hearing people try to explain away his pure drive to get to the ball, and get the ball. He's as much a magician with the glove as anyone.

  • In reply to JohnCC:

    If this team is going anywhere in the playoffs (or even making them), some kind of change needs to happen. Almora's defense is great, but his OBP isn't. He has little speed and makes too many baserunning mistakes. He's definitely not the biggest problem the Cubs have, but he's certainly a candidate for upgrade.

  • In reply to Cliff1969:

    I expect Albert to get hot. He has good bat on ball skills and has not streaked at the plate yet. He is a natural, who is kind of a 'tweener' in speed and power. He plays hard, but so hard on himself that sometimes it's doesn't show.

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