Cubs Game Post 7/24

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Wednesday: 2:45 PM CT on MLB Network/NBC Sports Chicago/670AM

Lineups

Cubs

1. Kyle Schwarber (L) LF
2. Javier Baez (R) SS
3. Kris Bryant (R) 3B
4. Anthony Rizzo (L) 1B
6. Jason Heyward (L) RF
7. Robel Garcia (S) 2B
Giants
1. Brandon Belt (L) 1B
2. Austin Slater (R) RF
3. Pablo Sandoval (S) 3B
4. Stephen Vogt (L) C
7. Kevin Pillar (R) CF
8. Donovan Solano (R) 2B
9. Tyler Beede (R) P
Bullpen Usage
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Lineups and Bullpen Usage via Baseball Press.

Opposing pitcher

Scouting Reports from Brooks Baseball.

Tyler Beede: Tyler Beede has thrown 1,372 pitches that have been tracked by the PITCHf/x system between 2015 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 Change (84mph), also mixing in a Curve (80mph). He also rarely throws a Cutter (87mph) and Slider (87mph).

His fourseam fastball has some natural sinking action, has slight armside run and has slightly above average velo. His change generates more whiffs/swing compared to other pitchers’ changeups, results in many more groundballs compared to other pitchers’ changeups, has slight armside fade and has some natural sink to it. His curve has an exceptional bite, generates an extremely high number of swings & misses compared to other pitchers’ curves, results in more flyballs compared to other pitchers’ curves and is slightly harder than usual. His cutter generates an extremely high number of swings & misses compared to other pitchers’ cutters, has heavy sink, is an extreme flyball pitch compared to other pitchers’ cutters, has slightly below average velo and has strong cutting action. His slider has primarily 12-6 movement.

Sean’s Note: Beede in his second year has thrown 59 innings in 2019. His strike out rate is slightly below league average. His home run rate is slightly above the league average. He throws hard in the mid 90’s and gets a fair amount of ground balls. Left handers fare better against him than do righties.

Final Thoughts: Jon Lester is sick and was scratched from his start today. That means Tyler Chatwood gets the spot start in his place. Willson Contreras is back from his foot injury and hitting 5th. To make room for Contreras, the Cubs shipped Addison Russell to AAA Iowa. Russell seemed to finally exhaust Joe Maddon‘s patience with a series of mistake last weekend. He hadn’t started since Saturday, so this move is not unexpected.

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  • I hope they're working with Schwarber to try to stay up the middle more. He would be fine sacrificing a little bit of power to do so. He's better than a .235 hitter

  • In reply to DarBar15:

    His lifetime average is 228.

  • In reply to WaitUntilNextYear:

    I'm talking according to my eyes

  • In reply to DarBar15:

    Schwarber is a bust. A wasted draft pick at number 4 over all. Time to move on from him in the off season.

  • In reply to 2016 Cubs:

    Everybody knows this but the Cub brass refuses to admit their mistake. Kyle is an American League player where he could DH and possibly play 1st base.

  • Interesting. 15 straight fastballs to start the game for Chatwood. Then a nasty slurve on his 16th pitch to strike out Sandoval

  • What’s the better bet?....
    Baez hits 40 or the Cubs win 92.

  • In reply to Wickdipper:

    I’ll take the under on both.

  • It's weird, the worst Almora hits the more playing time gets.

  • In reply to 2016 Cubs:

    Almora finally gets a hit and then is pick off base.

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    In reply to 2016 Cubs:

    I think he got base running tips from Addy before he left.

  • In reply to 2016 Cubs:

    It was a hit and run. So not his fault Chatwood didn't get the bat on the ball.

  • In reply to Cubpack:

    Bad count to call it on

  • In reply to Cubpack:

    Why would you hit and run with a pitcher at bat? Than it's Maddon's fault.

  • In reply to 2016 Cubs:

    Chatwood is a good athlete & seems to handle the bat pretty well, so I don't think it's a bad call. Try to stay out of the double play & create some offense.

  • In reply to Cubpack:

    Well I disagree. Thought it was a bad call. Schwarber was up next and he can't hit with runners in scoring position.

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    In reply to Cubpack:

    No. I get that, but once he was running he should have kept going and then to give up half way and wait to be tagged. Idk, no life in that. Javy wouldn’t have put his hands on his knees and waited to be tagged.

  • You're right but isn't that Joe's way of handling the players that are in a slump?

  • In reply to clarkAddson:

    This was a reply to "2016 Cubs"

  • In reply to clarkAddson:

    How does a hit and run help a batter on first base get out of a slump. A

  • In reply to 2016 Cubs:

    Who was in a slump? The pitcher was hitting .200. The runner might be the one in a slump.

  • In reply to stix:

    What?

  • In reply to 2016 Cubs:

    I meant to reply to your post: "It's weird, the worst Almora hits the more playing time gets"

  • In reply to clarkAddson:

    Almora is 2 for 2 with a HR so far this game against a RHP. Why does Joe keep saying Almora is better against LHPs? Maybe Almora used to be in prior years in the Minors but what about most recently? Does Joe even pay attention to what is happening now or is he so struck on what he use to think about a player? Doesn't this seem odd to anyone else?

    Maybe it's the same with some of us fans. We believe he was the best manager in 2015, and still is, even despite the team gradually going downhill. But some of us will not ever change our opinion.

  • In reply to clarkAddson:

    Career BA vs lefties is slightly better than righties. OBP also better vs lefties. I think this year he’s better vs righties.

  • In reply to stix:

    With all due respect, I covered that in my statement above. I just think it is about time to catch up with some current situations as I would expect from any Cubs manager especially when the team is not performing as it should be.

  • In reply to clarkAddson:

    My turn for due respect. I was agreeing with you but pointing out MLB totals not minor league as you were referencing.

  • Back to HR. Or nothing offense, I guess.

  • If anyone on the Cubs Den has not heard Matthew Trueblood of Baseball Prospectus on Bernstein & McKnight earlier today, it is a must listen. Mr. Trueblood mentions that other teams love trading with the Cubs because these teams feel that the Cubs under-develope their talent and feel they can maximize a players potential better than us. Also, our pitchers are last in baseball in amount of sliders thrown, this year, when baseball has turned into a slider heavy league. I'm paraphrasing all of this, but its a must listen about our player development or lack there of.

  • In reply to Squareburgers:

    If it's true that "other teams love trading with the Cubs because these teams feel that the Cubs under-develop their talent," then there should be multiple examples of players the Cubs have traded away that are doing much better elsewhere, right? I have to wonder what justification Trueblood uses to make such a claim. La Stella?

  • In reply to Cliff1969:

    I'm sure that even if that was true, other teams executives would not be telling people, especially some guy on the web, that.
    So if I go on the web and say other teams love trading with the Cubs because they develop their players so well, will that be any more true than what Trueblood says?

  • In reply to Cubpack:

    And frankly the cubs are easily in the upper tier when it comes to how much homegrown talent they've developed since Theo has been in charge, and Sahadev Sharma did research to support that for the athletic. I'd be interested to listen to this conversation to get more context into these comments because I'm skeptical. I'm a fan that follows minor league writers and analysts, and I don't know Trueblood well. Sounds like radio fan stirring nonsense with no data to support these theories to me.

  • In reply to Cliff1969:

    Vogelbach 24 Hr?

  • In reply to stix:

    25 now.......

  • In reply to Treebeard:

    Catching up to Soler with 27. Another former cub.

  • In reply to stix:

    Soler was traded based off needing a closer and Heyward being on the roster - who was better defensively and a better contact hitter (at the time)

  • In reply to CubfanInUT:

    Soler was also disgruntled and asked to be traded. He just wasn’t regularly getting ABs ABs turned some within the organization off with his work ethic. One of my close friends Cuban guy has a close friendship with Soler and Willson Contreras. There’s behind the scenes issues with the soler trade that the public isn’t aware of

  • In reply to kkhiavi:

    Hector Rondon wasn’t traded but also was disgruntled with his role and wanted off this team for those interested in cubs gossip

  • In reply to kkhiavi:

    Houston used him as an opener last week and he got shellacked

  • In reply to stix:

    Another NON-example of someone "underdeveloped" by the Cubs. Are we going to say that Gleyber Torres was "underdeveloped," too, since he's a major-leaguer now but wasn't with the Cubs?

  • In reply to stix:

    Vogelbomb was still "developing" when the Cubs traded him. We knew exactly what he was, a decent hitting, poor defense 1B or DH with power. Is anyone surprised by his hitting?

  • In reply to Cliff1969:

    Listen to the podcast, I’m paraphrasing just to let everyone know what was discussed.

  • In reply to Squareburgers:

    I'm traveling this week but if I can squeeze it in, I'll give it a listen. Thanks for telling us about it.

  • In reply to Squareburgers:

    Trueblood is truely spilling secrets that GM's are saying.....

    He better be careful, b/c they might stop sharing as much with him when they find out he's telling these things on the radio for everyone to hear.,

  • That may be partially true but then why do they always insist to get our most developed players?

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    In reply to clarkAddson:

    We did alright developing Jake.

  • KB just shook out his shoulder after a grimace on the strikeout and left the game...

  • Any idea what happened to Bryant?

  • In reply to stix:

    Appears Bryant hurt his back on his last AB.

  • In reply to stix:

    Sounds like current update is right knee soreness.

  • In reply to stix:

    Thank goodness

  • In reply to DarBar15:

    Is that the same knee he bruised making that sliding catch?

  • What happened to Chatwood? He was pitching a good game giving up only 4 hits and 1 run in 4 innings.

  • In reply to clarkAddson:

    He hasn't pitched much in the last 3 weeks. He probably was limited to 50 or 60 pitches.

  • In reply to Cubpack:

    Giant TV folks thought he would be at max 70 pitches today.

  • In reply to stix:

    That sounds right. And he was already in the mid 60's. Plus lefthanded hitting Belt and switch hitting Sandoval, who's better from the left side, so bringing in Ryan is the right move.

  • In reply to Cubpack:

    After using up 7 relievers last night and Lester sick today, are you sure that was a good move? I hope so.

  • In reply to clarkAddson:

    Yes. If your emergency starter is only able to throw 60 or 70 pitches, then that answer is pretty obvious.

  • In reply to Cubpack:

    OK if you say so. Hope you are right.

  • In reply to clarkAddson:

    Maybe he wasn't stretched out?

  • In reply to Treebeard:

    Why wouldn't he be stretched out? He has been considered to be a possible starter all year due to injuries and hasn't pitched in relief for awhile.

  • In reply to clarkAddson:

    I don't think Maddon likes to use Chatwood. I think he thinks Strop and Brach are better options.

  • In reply to clarkAddson:

    As in I wasn't sure how long his previous outings were, although I don't see any other reason to not leave him in............

  • Hey Schwarber close your eyes and pretend the bases are empty...

  • In reply to LAX2ORD:

    I thought Schwarber was having a bad year hitting with runner in scoring position. I just looked it up his career batting average is .185, this year it is .183. So he is right at his career numbers. Good for him.

  • In reply to 2016 Cubs:

    2019 Schwarbinator is the 18th worst hitter with RISP w/ a min of 50 PA's, 5th worst hitter with 75 PA's. 2018 he checks in at 5th worst RISP AVG with a min of 100 PA's.

    Troubling...

  • García and the golden glove defense he isn’t known for today.

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    Why? Wick threw 4 pitches and had 18 yesterday and we have a short bullpen. Let him throw one more inning. I don’t care if Strop has a one two three inning we’re off tomorrow.
    Garcia has impressed defensively except for that first game. He’s played much better than we were led to believe.

  • In reply to Jonathan Friedman:

    That seemed a little weird to me as well, especially when they used Brach to pinch hit for him. If you're gonna bat a pitcher, why not the one that's already in the game?

  • In reply to Cliff1969:

    Wouldn’t the pitcher that was currently in the game already have a position he’s batting in, about 3 spots before KB?

  • Ol Bang Bang!

  • I am guessing Kintzler for the 8th. Glad Joe moved Strop back to the 7th & facing the bottom of the order. Good move. Wick is too unpredictable with his control. And he threw a lot of pitches in the pen. He was up in the 3rd inning and again in the 5th before coming in.

  • Almora has to catch that! When your as poor of a hitter as he is, you need to be really good defensively to stay in the majors. He isn't.
    Hopefully Happ can keep improving on his hitting adjustments and provide better offense and defense in CF soon.

  • In reply to Cubpack:

    I kinda wondered the other night about the ball hit over Almora’s head that was just out of his reach. Happ’s got faster wheels. Wonder if he would’ve changed the outlook of Monday night’s game.

  • In reply to Cubber Lang:

    Happ would have caught that ball because he plays on the warning track as his normal positioning and would have had it easily. Problem is he doesn’t play the short flys very well because he plays so deep.

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    It’s good to see the Giants don’t always make that extra hit to score runners.
    Bote isn’t hitting but he is good defensively whereas Albert misjudged that last ball. He jumped high enough but was about a foot off.

  • In reply to Jonathan Friedman:

    If Almora would play on the warning track nothing would get over his head. When the balls start dropping in front of him, I’d guess you’d complain as well. He’s the cubs best defensive CF but doesn’t catch everything nor does any other outfielder. That was not your run of the mill pop up it was a difficult play.

  • In reply to stix:

    Do coaches position the outfielders? Just asking

    I remember seeing games delayed while the bench tried to get a player's attention and then wave them to move, but I haven't seen that in a LONG time.

  • We got Kimbrel.

  • In reply to BarleyPop:

    He made it interesting, but...W!

  • Whew.
    Big win. Gritty performance by Chatwood and the rest of the pen. And the offense did just enough, even after losing Bryzzo

  • In reply to Cubpack:

    Still no runs without HR. They need to start hitting and scoring w/o HR.

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    Kimbrel almost got me! A good and needed win.

  • Whew lol.....
    With Rizzo being tossed too......

  • Brewers won today, but I heard something on the radio that it was a save situation and Hader wasn't in. The little bit of info I caught sounded like something might be wrong with him, but I haven't had a chance to follow up. Would be nice if he wasn't available for our trip to Wrigley North and hosting them at home over the next week.

  • In reply to BarleyPop:

    He pitched 2 innings earlier in a bigger spot today that’s why he didn’t close. He’s not hurt but at least had to eat 2 innings. Both teams have an off day though tomorrow

  • In reply to BarleyPop:

    Hader pitched the 7th and 8th. 5k's 30 pitches.

  • In reply to 2016 Cubs:

    kk, you must of posted while I was typing.

  • In reply to 2016 Cubs:

    Thanks, guys. I just heard a couple sentences on the radio by someone who obviously didn't know what they were talking about.

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