Cubs Game Post 7/7


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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
8. Robel Garcia (S) 2B
White Sox
1. Leury Garcia (S) SS
2. Yoan Moncada (S) 3B
3. Jose Abreu (R) 1B
4. James McCann (R) C
5. Jon Jay (L) RF
6. Eloy Jimenez (R) LF
7. Yolmer Sanchez (S) 2B
8. Charlie Tilson (L) CF
9. Zack Collins (L) DH
P. Ivan Nova (R)
Bullpen Usage

Lineups and Bullpen Usage via Baseball Press.

Opposing pitcher

Scouting Reports from Brooks Baseball.

Iván Nova: Ivan Nova has thrown 18,876 pitches that have been tracked by the PITCHf/x system between 2010 and 2019, including pitches thrown in the MLB Regular Season, the MLB Postseason and Spring Training. In 2019, he has relied primarily on his Sinker (93mph), also mixing in a Curve (80mph), Change (87mph), Fourseam Fastball (93mph) and Slider (87mph).

His sinker results in many more groundballs compared to other pitchers’ sinkers, has slight armside run and has some natural sinking action. His curve has primarily 12-6 movement, results in more flyballs compared to other pitchers’ curves and is slightly harder than usual. His change has an obvious armside fade, generates fewer whiffs/swing compared to other pitchers’ changeups and is much firmer than usual. His fourseam fastball has heavy sinking action, has essentially average velo, results in somewhat more flyballs compared to other pitchers’ fourseamers and has slight armside run. His slider has much less depth than expected, has primarily 12-6 movement and results in somewhat more flyballs compared to other pitchers’ sliders.

Sean’s Note: I could tell you Nova is one of the worst starters in the American League this year, he is. Or that he gives up a ton of line drives and has an incredibly low strike out rate, he does. That of course doesn’t matter, because he owns the Cubs. Again in June he held them to one run in six innings. I really can’t tell you why, it just is the way it is.

Final Thoughts: The Cubs rode a big 5th inning to a win on Saturday night. Robel Garcia starts at second after drawing two walks off of Lucas Giolito. Kyle Hendricks makes his second start since coming off the Injured List, his first outing was ended early by rain. Willson Contreras gets to be the designated hitter while Victor Caratini catches.


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    Another 2 strike hit by Javy. I remember when 2 strikes might as well have been 3 because he was almost always flailing away at outside pitchers. He is so much more disciplined, although I know he has more SO than any other NL player.

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    Again, a lead-off double and then not moving him over. Those little things add up and not in a good way.

  • Get a runner in scoring position and Schwarber turns into Descalso.

  • When is Joe going to move Schwarber out of the leadoff spot? Please don't ask me who would replace him because anyone would be better (except maybe Descalso). How about leading off with Bryant or Jhey?

    Prior to today's game, Add Hits (69) + BBs (43) for Schwarber = 112 with 98 Strikeouts. That is almost 1 strikeout to every 2 ABs. As leadoff, he gets more bats than anyone.

  • In reply to clarkAddson:

    If I remember correctly Jhey said it messes too much with him if he batted leadoff. Bryant is more valuable as a 2-4 hitter. Cubs don’t have a true lead off guy. The 1 I was hoping for was Almora.

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    Again, hard hit balls and men in scoring position and nothing! If Willson does his job we might be leading. We’re outplaying them but with not taking advantage we’re keeping them in the game. We could very well lose this because we haven’t plated smart baseball. Kyle has been good, not great.
    The Sox bunt, why can’t we? Joe also has to manage a better game. The first couple of times with a man on 2nd he had them swing away, but with no outs and a man on second sometimes you have to give up an out to get him to 3rd.

  • In reply to Jonathan Friedman:

    Bunts make me stabby, I'm just not a fan even though the real good ones do work. I just hate taking the bat out of a hitter's hands.

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    In reply to TC154:

    You don't unless they continually fail to move the runner over, than you change your strategy. Continue to keep doing the same thing over and over just proves you're a slow learner....

  • Like I said, anyone but Schwarber. Why do you think Bryant is more valuable at 2-4. He has been having trouble driving in RISP including today again. I agree with you that Almora would be better but Joe plays him only part-time. Maybe share leadoff with Jhey. What about Rizzo?

    Leading off the game with a strikeout doesn't help much and striking out 1 of 2 ABs certainly is not someone you want to bat the most.

  • In reply to clarkAddson:

    I personally like his ability to go gap to gap with doubles. I like that he can hit Hr too. Yes he has struggled with RISP but who hasn’t. If Schwarber or who ever could set the table consistently then that be helpful.

  • In reply to WaitTilNextYear:

    Going gap to gap with doubles would be ideal for a leadoff man. Don't forget, you only leadoff once in every game. After that, you bat whenever your turn comes up. For that reason, Jhey saying it messes too much with him if he batted leadoff is pure baloney. My gripe is it is time to do what is best for the team, not what is best for the individual. If someone needs to be sent down to the minors to learn how to be a MLB player, then send him down and get someone to take his play that will perform as needed. KB is doing fine batting 3rd but the majority of his HRs are solo HRs anyway. He's got 17 HRs and only 44 RBIs. What would be best for the team?

  • In reply to clarkAddson:

    With the current line up. I get your comment about batting leadoff once a game but look who is batting 7,8 and 9. KB wouldn’t have anyone on base anyways. At least hitting 3rd he may have Báez and Kyle on a occasion with a walk on.
    I agree with u on Jhey. Was just remembering what he said.

  • In reply to WaitTilNextYear:

    Caratini, Garcia and Almora are batting 7,8 & 9 and all 3 have 1 hit each out 3 ABs each. Lately the bottom of the order has been batting just as good as the top which isn't saying much.

  • In reply to clarkAddson:

    That is recent but most of first half it is pitcher, Addi, Almora, Descalso. Been rough.

  • I thought Joe was going to change things so what has he changed? It sure was nice to win the last 2 games but are we just going to go back into the same rut without even trying some different things? We have 4 hits in 5 innings between every other batter. This batting order does not work. Why do we continue to bunch up all our sluggers/strikeouts? It would help to have runners on base when we hit HRs.

  • In reply to clarkAddson:

    Moved the line up some. Garcia got called up, and played Wilson in outfield??????? And got himself tossed?

  • In reply to WaitTilNextYear:

    So what are you saying? Now that he made a few changes its OK to go back to the way things were?

  • In reply to clarkAddson:

    Just chill. I was thinking of what had been different. Not saying right or wrong just different.

  • In reply to WaitTilNextYear:

    What is this "just chill" crap? I asked you a simple question after your "silly" response to my legitimate question like a "smarta__"

  • In reply to clarkAddson:

    Just chill means what it means. When you start off with So what are you saying. It means you coming at me. I was just answering your questions. You don’t know the mean for smart a$$. If you want to have conversation then do so otherwise......

  • In reply to WaitTilNextYear:

    Likewise and believe I can recognize a smarta$$ Why did you answer my post about Joe changing things with your smarta$$ response: "Moved the line up some. Garcia got called up, and played Wilson in outfield??????? And got himself tossed?"

  • In reply to clarkAddson:

    You ask about changes. I listed somethings that were added or done different. Wasn’t being rude. Didn’t know that would cause you to become sensitive and defensive toward others.

  • In reply to clarkAddson:

    What lineup and batting order do you want the Cubs to utilize?

    You asked for things to be changed up. In the batting order, KB moved from 2 to 3, Rizzo from 3 to 4, Javy from 4 to 2 and García was inserted in the lineup. That’s changing up half of the position player batting order.

    Jhey’s comments about batting leadoff is not incorrect. As Yogi Berra allegedly said, half of the game is 90% mental. Batting leadoff can mess with the mind. It’s why their are so few good ones.

  • In reply to TexasCubsFan:

    In answer to your response, I do not know but I do know the top of the batting order needs to be changed to spreadout the power hitters along with the strikeouts. I don't feel playing musical chairs is changing up much of anything. Yogi said a lot of things that were funny but not necessarily correct. It seems like the few good ones are all playing for the opposing teams.

  • In reply to clarkAddson:

    You are highly critical of decisions by the team and those who post. Now is your chance to prove your baseball knowledge. “I don’t know” is, well, you know.........I’ll be more tactful than you.

    What is the lineup you want to see and why? Put your knowledge on the line.

  • In reply to TexasCubsFan:

    Let me be a little more tactful just for you. I have stated my lineup ideas plenty of times. Apparently you can't read. I have said that plenty of times also. How's that for knowledge?

  • In reply to clarkAddson:

    I read and comprehend exceptionally well. You have never posted your proposed lineup. You complain that what’s in is not working. So, Clark-Add-Some for the Denizens. What is your winning lineup coming out of the All Star break?

  • In reply to clarkAddson:

    I can tell you can read and comprehend exceptionally well. Like when I responded to your initial post: "In answer to your response, I do not know but I do know the top of the batting order needs to be changed to spreadout the power hitters along with the strikeouts."

    I'm sorry. I wasn't aware that you can't comprehend what you read. I apologize TexasCubsFannie.

  • In reply to WaitTilNextYear:

    And play Descalso less

  • Another baseball oddity. If the Houston Astros do not issue an intentional walk today, AJ Hinch will be the first manager in baseball history whose team has not issued an intentional walk before the All Star Break.

  • García the man with the man with the iron glove. Fortunately it didn’t cost. Two errors in two starts on a record pace.

  • In reply to stix:

    Two HR in two starts also on a record pace.

  • In reply to stix:

    Here's to hoping they can fix the glove at the big league level. Might be footwork. Aramis Ramirez had that problem until the Cubs got him to correct it. Because in the early going that bat looks downright scary in the bottom 3rd of the order. He's making a lot of hard contact.

  • Have we ever beat Nova? Jeez. Guys throws up zero after zero against us.

  • In reply to rbrucato:

    0-4 with like a 7+ era at home. They just can’t beat nova. I was regretfully at the game and javy looked really gimpy running to 1st. I think they may just need to rest him a little more out of necessity

  • In reply to kkhiavi:

    When I said that two weeks ago you bashed me.

  • Pre-Theo-rant vs. White Sox record: 1-1. Post-Theo-rant vs. White Sox record: 1-1. So far, so good.

  • In reply to Cliff1969:

    No regression. That’s good

  • In reply to TexasCubsFan:

    I admire your positivity!

  • Go back to March 20th and tell me the Cubs will be leading their division at the all star break and all I’m going to say is “hell yea”!

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