Cubs Game Post 7/3

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Lineups

Cubs

1. Kyle Schwarber (L) LF
2. Javier Baez (R) SS
3. Anthony Rizzo (L) 1B
6. David Bote (R) 3B
7. Addison Russell (R) 2B
9. Yu Darvish (R) P
Pirates
1. Adam Frazier (L) 2B
2. Corey Dickerson (L) LF
3. Starling Marte (R) CF
4. Josh Bell (S) 1B
5. Melky Cabrera (S) RF
6. Colin Moran (L) 3B
7. Kevin Newman (R) SS
9. Chris Archer (R) P
Bullpen Usage
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Lineups and Bullpen Usage via Baseball Press.

Opposing pitcher

Scouting Reports from Brooks Baseball.

Chris Archer: Chris Archer has thrown 19,801 pitches that have been tracked by the PITCHf/x system between 2012 and 2019, including pitches thrown in the MLB Regular Season, the MLB Postseason and The World Baseball Classic. In 2019, he has relied primarily on his Fourseam Fastball (94mph) and Slider (89mph), also mixing in a Change using a Circle Change grip (88mph) and Sinker (94mph). He also rarely throws a Curve (82mph).

His fourseam fastball has essentially average velo. His slider is thrown extremely hard, generates more whiffs/swing compared to other pitchers’ sliders and results in somewhat more flyballs compared to other pitchers’ sliders. His change is much firmer than usual. His sinker has surprisingly little armside run, has well above average velo, has little sinking action compared to a true sinker and results in somewhat more flyballs compared to other pitchers’ sinkers. His curve (take this with a grain of salt because he’s only thrown 19 of them in 2019) generates more whiffs/swing compared to other pitchers’ curves, is much harder than usual, results in more flyballs compared to other pitchers’ curves and has primarily 12-6 movement.

Sean’s Note: Archer has been dreadful this season for the Pirates. He has a 5.50 ERA in 73.1 innings pitched. His strike out rate is the same, but his walk rate is up. The big problem has been the home run ball, he has allowed 18 this season. He gave up 19 in 148 innings in 2018.

Final Thoughts: The Cubs continue to look like hot garbage. Robel Garcia finally got called up today as Dillon Maples goes back to Iowa. The switch-hitting Garcia has displayed tremendous power at AAA, although strikeouts are an issue. Kris Bryant sits after a four punch out night. Willson Contreras is in right field, his first start in the outfield this season. The Cubs could really use a good start from Yu Darvish.

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  • Man do I hate this lineup. Come on Joe. It is awful. 6-9 appears to be nearly automatic outs. This could be ugly. Maybe Yu will get 3 hits to lead the way.

    Maybe Joe knows Yu will get bombed and then he can wow us with double switches to get the better players in there? LOL!!!

    And as I I say this we probably score 9 tonight.

  • In reply to rbrucato:

    Sometimes the reverse karmic psychology works great in there parts. FWIW, I don’t like this lineup at all either.

  • In reply to Cubber Lang:

    *In these parts

  • I liked the idea of trying Contreras in RF till I saw Heyward and Bryant are out because they are nicked.....or, is it knicked?
    I dunno......let’s win!

  • In reply to Wickdipper:

    I thought they were "Joe'd"

  • Just heard Maddon indicate that the cubs covered the hit and run yesterday with the ss instead of the 2b which cost them a run in the first.

    Defense is still suspect and not focusing. It would be nice to get something fixed and defense would be a place to start. May be difficult with tonight’s line up.

  • Some things NEVER change. Cubs leadoff with 2 strikeouts and a feeble ground ball into the shift.

  • That’ll will scare the Pirates and set the tone for the game. Awesome inning!!!!

  • In reply to rbrucato:

    I know you have another negative comment coming.

  • In reply to WaitTilNextYear:

    How was that negative? That was sarcasm.

  • In reply to rbrucato:

    Ok. Need a sarcasm button

  • Four very entertaining years of baseball after the rebuild including a WS win. This isn't a bad team but......It's obvious something has been missing since Fowler left. A lot of key guys are FA's after '21. Their values will never be higher. I hope the FO is giving it serious thought.

  • Nice job, Victor!

  • In reply to Cliff1969:

    Indeed.
    Nobody says anything positive when it happens but complaining about line up/ strike outs and Joe already.

  • In reply to WaitTilNextYear:

    I noticed the player that hit the Homer wasn't one of Joe's starters and out of the other 7 positional players, 4 struck out.

  • In reply to clarkAddson:

    Except for one game , Victor has been catching Darvish since he came off IL . That would seem to be one of the 7 starters when Yu starts.

  • In reply to stix:

    Sure, that makes a lot of sense. However, the point I was making is Joe's regular starters have NOT done anything. That is directed to you and others that keep saying the bottom of the order does nothing.

  • In reply to clarkAddson:

    Sorry I don’t believe I have joined the bottom of the order chorus but you’re accurate there are many who have complained.

  • In reply to clarkAddson:

    But we have the lead.

  • In reply to WaitTilNextYear:

    Yep, that will win most games like all the other games we had the lead.

  • In reply to clarkAddson:

    Hahahahaha. Trying to look at something good.

  • To bad Clemente didn't number 11 instead of 21 on that Baez hit.

  • In reply to 2016 Cubs:

    Lol.....very true! Thought it was out....

  • After mocking Cubber, I am warming to his trade idea, although in the off-season. I would not trade Baez, however, because I don’t think you can replace him. I’d look to move either Contreras (replaced by Caratini) or Bryant (replaced by Bote). Likely big drops in production either way, but still decent. And who knows? Besides, they can’t sign everyone and they will need to acquire players.

    Now you can ridicule me.

  • In reply to Cubs09:

    No ridicule from here. The Cubs can't sign everyone and will look for deals that make the team better. I don't see Bryant replaced by Bote, but by a bat they get for him or someone else they sign as a FA - IF it happens.

  • In reply to Cliff1969:

    I would offer a boatload for Gerritt Cole. I know that much!!!! Hamels and Zobrist money off the books.

  • In reply to Cubs09:

    With this staff Caratini would lead the league in catchers allowing stolen bases. Before today he had allowed an 86% stolen base rate.

  • In reply to Cubs09:

    Ha... I don’t expect many to agree with me, and really don’t blame you and the rest. It’s an asinine idea, but at this point may be best for the future. The only reason I say to do it now, is that there will be more desperate teams due to their current wildcard (or division) standing, hence urgency to do something at the trade deadline, as opposed to the offseason where GMs may use a little more sense without fan desperation playing its part. I really think Baez and Bryant bring the most back (MLB replacements and prospects). Plus Contreras has really been our most consistent hitter and driving in runs with RISP, so I don’t think trading him now is a good idea because then we don’t have a real starting catcher who can impact on offense and defense (at least with his cannon).

    I know if we trade Baez, it would be sickening to watch Russell go out there every day, but if the result is we lose even more games, then our draft pick already gets higher in 2020 instead of picking in the middle of the first round. The other reason I’d be behind trading Baez is because he’s just so inconsistent. Because of his inconsistency, he actually was the lowest Win Probablity Added of our top 7 or 8 players, and that’s rather alarming. If he was replaced with a defense first SS who could at least hit for contact and consistently get on base with less than half the strikeouts, I think it solves a lot of our problems.

    If Bryant was traded too, that would free up another $25M ($15M for Bryant/$10M for Baez) in payroll next year, meaning we can get right into signing a really good free agent (here’s looking at you Anthony Rendon), and still have another $40-50M available for other parts (maybe Gerritt Cole, or other impact pitcher). I think we’d be just as, or more competitive than this team’s been over the last couple years with a couple quick changes, and also adding more prospects too for the upcoming couple years.

  • In reply to Cubber Lang:

    I should add... I really do hope I’m wrong and the current players turn this season around. But if this goes on for 3 more weeks, it needs to happen.

  • I am liking Yu’s aggressiveness tonight.

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    I read that Arizona did something yesterday that has never been done in the live ball era. They were beating LAD in the bottom of the 9th 4-3 with 2 outs and Greg Holland pitching. One walk, then another and another and another and it’s tied and he was replaced and that pitcher walked home the winning run. No team had walked 5 without an out in between one of the walks. So other teams have pitching problems too. I have to give credit to the LA hitters for not chasing pitches out if the zone.

  • Take those runs any way they come!!!!

  • That was a special at bat, Albert

    Has anyone looked up his splits since he hit the girl with that foul ball in HOU?

  • In reply to rbrucato:

    Looks like his average has declined slightly but his OPS is down about 100 points.

  • In reply to stix:

    I guess his fall started way before?

  • Seriously, why should he bat any better when every time he does start to hit he is taken out and sitting on the bench?

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    That was so ugly.. It seems as if in those positions less than 2 outs men in scoring position we not only press but dont even come close to hitting the ball.. That was terrible, futile at bat by by AA

  • Surprised it took Darvish 6 outs to give back the lead.

  • In reply to stix:

    I think the lead has to be > than 1 run before he falls apart. After he gives up this lead he gets the next 3 hitters very easily.

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    Yu are not good.

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    This guy is incapable of keeping a lead.. he is so depressing to watch pitch

  • He cannot pitch to LHB. He does not get the ball “in” to them and continually misses over the plate. He is giving up 2-3 HR to LHB seemingly every start

  • I am sorry for my negativity but I really hate strikeouts. They accomplish nothing. If you look at our main starters at the top of our batting order, It is clear to me what Joe likes or he would move the order around.

    If you add strikeouts + BBs together, everyone of them have more strikeouts + BBs than Hits, but as long as they hit some homeruns, they are doing their share. This tells me they want to wait for what they think is a homerun pitch or a base on balls and this results in plenty of strikeouts, but Joe is happy.

  • In reply to clarkAddson:

    Javy doesn’t apply to that. 104 strikeouts and 98 hits.

  • In reply to Cubber Lang:

    Can you read? "If you add strikeouts + BBs together"

  • In reply to clarkAddson:

    I can read and know exactly what you said. But you don’t need to add in his small amount of walks to even get the total greater than his hits. That was my point.

    Your equation is X+Y>Z

    My equation, X > Z Ian more accurate and to the point.

    Technically both are true.

  • In reply to Cubber Lang:

    So it validifies my point which apparently went right over your head. "This tells me they want to wait for what they think is a homerun pitch or a base on balls and this results in plenty of strikeouts, but Joe is happy".

  • That was a GREAT at bat

  • Get ready boys. I sense a brawl next inning or two. I hope Darvish throws one 96 and takes out Bell near his head. That was BS from Archer.

  • In reply to rbrucato:

    Sarcasm too?

  • In reply to WaitTilNextYear:

    No Archer hit Rizzo with a 96 mph fastball in the upper shoulder which would have hit him in the face had he not moved right after Baez’ HR.

  • In reply to rbrucato:

    Guess he didn’t throw at Bell. I don’t like throwing up and in like that to Rizzo. That was bs.

    Rizzo should tell Báez not to admire it for so long. I never get why the retaliation doesn’t happen to the pitcher?

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    love me some Javy

  • ^}^*#*+#+]*^]%*{£!!!!!!

    C’mon!!! Up and in target and he leaves it belt high outer third. He should have dropped the guy to support Rizzo.

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    IN what universe do you throw a 95 mph chest high fastball to the hottest hitter in baseball??WTF is going on here

  • I missed the game earlier can someone tell me if Báez’s off the wall single was due to him thinking it was leaving the park, so he didn’t feel the need to run?

  • In reply to Squareburgers:

    No it was hit so hard that it rebounded to the RF before he had a chance to run.

  • In reply to stix:

    Thanks stix

  • Will they leave Darvish in or will they call the arsonistbsquad to try to protect the lead?

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    Caratini catches with Willson playing LF and then they switch later in the game, or let Caratini catch a few more games. He certainly can hit and we need that now. Bote needs to start hitting again too. He’s all messed up.
    Milw is losing 2-0 in the 8th. Look at the scoreboard now.

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    BP has lyrics, I have poems.
    Roses are red,
    Violets are blue,
    Bote can’t hit it,
    But he sure can pick it!!

  • Dervish hasn’t been super great but pitch count is low.

  • Bote should be starting anyway. You can't compare full-time players with part-time players sitting the bench. If Bote was playing full-time, his stats (both offense and defense) would more than likely be better. If nothing else, Tommy LaStella has just proven that.

  • In reply to clarkAddson:

    Speaking of La Stella , he apparently hit a ball off his leg and broke his tibia. I’m guessing he’s gone until late August.

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    In reply to stix:

    It was an ugly hit, and I think the ball was coming in at 95+.

  • In reply to clarkAddson:

    Doesn’t always work. Bote was batting .283 on June 11 and then played almost every game until June 27 and his average dropped to .252.

  • In reply to stix:

    You just gave a SSS and want to argue. Let's look at YTD stats: (AVG .263, OBP .342, OPS .796) Now show me using the YTD stats and tell me I am wrong.

  • Ryan to face LH batter that he can’t get out. Why is Joe bringing him in?

  • In reply to stix:

    Glad I was wrong.

  • In reply to stix:

    I like joe bringing kintzler in I don’t hate Ryan but just don’t trust him enough to use him in setup against their middle of the order guys. Question is now will this pen find a way to get darvish another no decision

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    I think Bote is a much better 3rd baseman than KB. I’ve seen KB come in and try to barehand a ball and sometimes he gets it but a lot he doesn’t. If KB shifts to LF then Schwarber could be traded, but what can he bring now? He has to play and get hot and then at the deadline trade him. Something has to be done.

  • So this is the Robel Garcia that’s caused so much stir on this site lately lol. Just messing with some of y’all I actually like the call up hopefully he gives a bit of a spark. Not like he needs to be savior

  • In reply to kkhiavi:

    I guess we’ll get to see if the arsonist squad can get 6 outs without allowing a run?

  • In reply to stix:

    somehow Strop survived. Can Kimbrel do the same after throwing BP in Monday’s game.

  • In reply to stix:

    Guess not.

  • In reply to kkhiavi:

    Shocked he struck out

  • What happened to respect 90?

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    In reply to WaitTilNextYear:

    Good point. Both Willson and Javy should have been at 2nd tonight. If they’re there it completely changes the AB for the next hitter. Those not so little things are the difference between winning and losing, although I hope that’s not the case tonight.

  • I wonder what Hoosier Daddy thinks about the development of Baez. I don't think he's commented in a couple years. If I remember correctly, he used to umpire games the high school prospect Baez played in eight or so years ago.

  • In reply to David23:

    Maybe Hoosier Daddy DOES comment here.

  • Man killer that they have no defensive replacement for willson

  • I’d have played IF in. Kimbrel gets lots of weak contact didn’t like the conservative play it’s not easy to square up a fly ball on kimbrel. And that’s inexcusable by Russell

  • Dumb play by Russell cost the second run I. The ninth.

  • Awesome game

  • Is Jhey Unavailable?

    What is Addi doing

  • That’s just pathetic overall defense these are the things that are jist seemingly happening almost every single game now. No excuses for the horrible baserunning and defense we’ve seen tonight and frankly this season

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    Nice pitching CK, nice heads up play Addi, nice non flat footed, bobble the ball play Schwarbs- unbelievable

  • In reply to John Nesbit:

    Forgot Contreras not catching the ball.

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    In reply to WaitTilNextYear:

    lol thanks .. put the dropped ball in the other
    game post ..

  • In reply to John Nesbit:

    Hahahahaha

  • You've got to be #+$**@#& kidding me.

    Javy needs to ride the pine tomorrow for not respecting 90. And what the hell was Russell doing? There was a specific call to play the IF defense back and concede the tying run for the out. I don't know if I agree with that call, but that was the call. So he goes home from normal depth. He needs to be shipped out. We need accountability.

    I've advocated for someone to throw a damn fit in the clubhouse and break a bunch of things. Tonight would be a good night.

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    In reply to BarleyPop:

    Really , really, REALLY agree with this post,,,

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    In reply to BarleyPop:

    Agreed, something needs to happen. I don’t exactly know what, but something. No more even keel, just waiting around for things to get better..

  • In reply to BarleyPop:

    Javy stood in the box and did not hustle twice on long hits off the wall. He might have only gotten a single on the first one anyway, as it was hit so hard and the OF played it perfectly off the right field wall. But the second one was an easy double if he hustles at all. In any case, he failed to Respect 90 twice in one game.

    There appears to be no leadership on the team. Joe appears to have no control over whether the players play hard or smart, he had his one midyear team meeting, and they play three of their worst games of the year.

    With the second highest payroll in MLB, they are now a laughing stock. It could all turn around--it's baseball--but there is absolutely no reason to think it will.

  • In reply to jeffalson:

    David and Kaplan was discussing the Báez lack of running. And it was interesting to listen to them. Kaplan was fired up and claiming he would bench Báez tomorrow and go to the media and say why he didn’t start.
    David just kinda listened and you could tell with body language he didn’t like that idea. Said other ways to do it. Kaplan ask what then. David didn’t have an answer.
    That is the problem with a lot of these professional athletes. How do you discipline them? If joe or any manager benches a guy for this how they supposed to discipline them without causing a bruise ego?????

  • In reply to jeffalson:

    There is no leadership on this team. We are rudderless.

    I'm too mad to get into it now, but Theo was on the radio this morning. He's as pissed as I am, and sees the same things we've been discussing here. He very strongly hinted that there are soon to be major changes. I'll discuss the interview and post a bunch of quotes after I calm down and get drunk.

    I don't mind losing games. It happens. I #+@***# hate giving away victories.

  • Did anyone catch post game live with Kaplan and David?

  • We have all been bringing up every little nit-picking problems the Cubs have and there are plenty of them, but most teams have the same problems throughout the season. However, most teams do not have the supposed talent that we have and THAT is what makes it hurt so much more. To me, when your whole team is under-performing like we are and have been, there is one problem over and above all the rest and that is on the manager. Some of you think I am wrong but if I am, since we still have the main players left from the 2016 WS Championship team and they are still mostly young, why does our team production keep going downhill?

    Joe is a very well liked and easy-going manager that is great for a team of young talented players but it seems like these same young talented players are picking up on Joe's easy-going mannerisms and taking his "chill-out" manner to heart. They want everyone to take it easy because they know they are good and everything will work out like the past years. What they do not realize apparently is that their ever increasing complacency is NOT working out and it had better change real quick because, as they have constantly shown for the past full year, they are having a whole lot of trouble coming from behind. The very things that made Joe a great manager is now and has been working against him.

  • In reply to clarkAddson:

    Yup.

  • In reply to BarleyPop:

    I don't like to "toot my own horn" but I saw this coming last year when Joe and everyone were saying to "chill", etc. Some Denizens even keep saying they know how much I hate Joe. That was never the case. I like Joe as a person and think his positive thinking is something to be admired but there has to be a strict accountability coming from the manager or you will lose the little control you have over these million dollar players. I still think Joe has the power to change this but he has to change his ways first and don't worry about hurting a player's ego, no matter who they are..

  • In reply to clarkAddson:

    The great riddle is how can essentially the same set of position players who were the best defensive team and one of the best base running teams in 2016--now with 3 more years of experience, in their prime years (nobody too old), with much higher salaries, and World Series rings--now be one of the worst defensive and base running teams in baseball? I don't know the full answer, but at least part of it must be the complacency that you discuss. I also think there is a "prima donna" problem--much of our position player core were top draft choices who were always the best players on their minor league, college, and high school teams. They were always the stars, and did not have to learn how to listen to their coaches or deal with adversity. I don't have any data to prove it, but I think Bote has made far fewer mental mistakes (admittedly he has made his share of physical errors) than most of the core, and it may well be because he has had to work hard and listen and focus to get to where he is today.

  • There is an old saying: When you start off successful and at the top, you've got nowhere to go but down. Success breeds high Egos unless you can find a way to keep them in check. I think Joe's problem is he is too nice a guy and cares more about being nice then he does about winning. Just my opinion.

  • Has there been any thought given to playing Bryant at 2B, would that even be a feasible/viable option?

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