Cubs Game Post 8/31

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Saturday: 1:20 PM CT on NBC Sports Chicago/670AM



1. Jason Heyward (L) CF
3. Kris Bryant (R) 3B
4. Anthony Rizzo (L) 1B
5. Javier Baez (R) SS
6. Kyle Schwarber (L) LF
7. Victor Caratini (S) C
8. Addison Russell (R) 2B
9. Cole Hamels (L) P


1. Ben Gamel (L) LF
2. Hernan Perez (R) 2B
3. Christian Yelich (L) RF
4. Yasmani Grandal (S) 1B
5.Manny Pina (R) C
6. Trent Grisham (L) CF
7.  Orlando Arcia (R) SS
8. Travis Shaw (L) 3B
9. Zach Davies(R) P

Bullpen Usage



Lineups and Bullpen Usage via Baseball Press.

Opposing pitchers

Scouting Reports from Brooks Baseball.

Zach Davies: Zach Davies has thrown 9,597 pitches that have been tracked by the PITCHf/x system between 2014 and 2019, including pitches thrown in the MLB Regular Season, the MLB Postseason, Spring Training and Fall/Winter Ball. In 2019, he has relied primarily on his Sinker (89mph) and Change (80mph), also mixing in a Cutter (87mph). He also rarely throws a Curve (76mph) and Slider (81mph).

His sinker has below average velo, has little sinking action compared to a true sinker, results in somewhat more flyballs compared to other pitchers’ sinkers and has slight armside run. His change has below average velo and has slight armside fade. His cutter is basically never swung at and missed compared to other pitchers’ cutters, has surprisingly little cutting action, has good “rise”, results in somewhat more flyballs compared to other pitchers’ cutters and has slightly below average velo. His curve is basically never swung at and missed compared to other pitchers’ curves and has slightly below average velo. His slider (take this with a grain of salt because he’s only thrown 16 of them in 2019) is basically never swung at and missed compared to other pitchers’ sliders, is an extreme flyball pitch compared to other pitchers’ sliders, has below average velo and has some two-plane movement. 

Mike’s Note: The poor man’s Kyle Hendricks has rebounded in 2019 after a disastrous 2018 posting an ERA in the high threes once again. Davies is another starter who frequently confounded Cubs hitters, but this season has seen the Cubs break through against Davies in their last two cracks against the righty with a good change. Davies has surrendered eleven runs in just nine innings of work in those two outings.



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  • I see that Nicky 2(4)bags has 11 HR in August for the Cubs, the most in our history for a player in his first month with the team. Justin Upton holds the all-time record with 12 bombs in his inaugural month with the Braves, so Nicky 8bags today would steal the crown. About a 10 MPH breeze blowing in today, so he'll have to earn them, but he does.

    A flurry of roster moves across baseball today as teams finalize their 40-man rosters before tonight's midnight deadline for postseason eligibility. Waivers galore, and I have been watching to see if we would claim a speed guy, as the waiver deadline was 1PM ET to claim someone who could potentially be added to the roster. I haven't seen any news on that front.

    Rizzo's back, and this is a decent lineup. The Crew are decimated, but I feel no pity. Keep our foot on their throats and end their season. The DirtyBirds are about to play 5 games in the span of about 52 hours, so let's not let off the pedal. We need this division, and we will get it.

    Hamels is a pro, but for some reason I have a bad vibe about him today. I hope I'm wrong, but even if I'm right the pen will save the day.

    Cubs win, 8-2.

    Go Cubs!

  • Listening to Pat and Ron on the radio. They are praising Yelich, and noted his 25 SB's with only 2 CS. As I type this, make that 26. That's all good, he is a great player, I've always liked him as an all-around player, and never saw this level coming.

    But Ron asked "what can't he do in this game?". I'll answer: play GG-caliber SS.

  • In reply to BarleyPop:

    Or lead the league in why Bellinger is in that MVP promo commercial with Yelich......

  • Hamels will score. I don't know how, but he scores.

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    Cubs are on the BABIP dragon’s bad side today.

  • None of my predictions have yet come true today, so how about just scoring one more run than they do?

  • Could Addy be a hero?

  • Once again in a crucial situation, an umpire proves that a players batting eye, can only be as good as 'how BAD the home plate umpires eye', is.

  • In reply to cubbustible:

    Are we able to play the rest of this game under protest? This umpire is horrible, in a year of umpire's being horrible............

  • In reply to Treebeard:

    Wish fans could sign a petition at the parks. Robo Ump, yes or no.
    It'd be interesting.

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    I hope the Reds win tonight, or we could give back all the ground gained in one day.

  • 2-0 Crew going into the 8th. Bad luck all game and Hader warming in the pen.

    No worries. We will win this game.

  • I really hope jhey becomes a late inning defensive replacement once Zobrist comes back. at bats are at a premium and this dude is almost an automatic out.

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    In reply to Oldno7:

    They just need to move him out of leadoff. That’s where he’s struggled. He excelled in the 6 or 7 spot.

  • In reply to John Winter:

    Your correct. Until the move to lead off, he was doing quite well.

  • Hader only needed 12 pitches to get 5 outs. Wish the Cubs would of made him work more so maybe they would not have to face him again tomorrow.

  • Well that sucked.

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    Well, this sets up an important game tomorrow.

  • I guess the secret is to bench Rizzo. He got two hits but cubs got 0 runs. They won 4 in a row w/o him. Everyone must have relaxed that Rizz would save the day.:):)

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