Cubs Game Post 9/3


Series preview is here.


Tuesday: 7:05 PM CT on NBC Sports Chicago/670AM



1. Mallex Smith (L) RF
2. Dylan Moore (R) SS
3. Austin Nola (R) 1B
4. Kyle Seager (L) 3B
5. Tom Murphy (R) C
6. Ryan Court (R) LF
7. Dee Gordon (L) 2B
8. Braden Bishop (R) CF


1. Ben Zobrist (S) 2B
2. Kyle Schwarber (L) LF
4. Anthony Rizzo (L) 1B
6. Ian Happ (S) 3B
7. Jason Heyward (L) CF
8. Addison Russell (R) SS
9. Jon Lester (L) P
Bullpen Usage

Lineups and Bullpen Usage via Baseball Press.

Opposing pitcher

Scouting Reports from Brooks Baseball.

Felix Hernández: Felix Hernandez has thrown 37,503 pitches that have been tracked by the PITCHf/x system between 2007 and 2019, including pitches thrown in the MLB Regular Season, the MLB Postseason, The World Baseball Classic and Spring Training. In 2019, he has relied primarily on his Curve (80mph) and Sinker (90mph), also mixing in a Change (85mph), Fourseam Fastball (91mph) and Slider (84mph). He also rarely throws a Cutter (86mph).

His curve generates a very high amount of groundballs compared to other pitchers’ curves. His sinker results in somewhat more flyballs compared to other pitchers’ sinkers and has slightly below average velo. His change dives down out of the zone, generates a very high amount of groundballs compared to other pitchers’ changeups and is slightly firmer than usual. His fourseam fastball has some natural sinking action, has slightly below average velo and has slightly less natural movement than typical. His slider is an extreme flyball pitch compared to other pitchers’ sliders. His cutter has heavy sink, is basically never swung at and missed compared to other pitchers’ cutters, is an extreme flyball pitch compared to other pitchers’ cutters and has slightly below average velo.

Sean’s Note: King Felix is just a shell of himself at this point, injuries have limited him to just 49 innings in 2019. He has a 6.02 ERA in that time, including a pretty ugly 12 homers (21% FB/HR). He doesn’t strike out many hitters anymore and he gets hit well by left handed and right handed batters. The Cubs scored four runs on him in six innings on April 30.

Final Thoughts: The Cubs got a big boost Tuesday with the return of Willson Contreras and Ben Zobrist. Contreras has been out just over a month with a hamstring injury, while Zobrist went on leave for personal reasons after his divorce. It remains unclear what to expect especially from Ben, but it couldn’t hurt a struggling lineup. Jon Lester was good in his last start, hopefully can turn it on down the stretch.

Update: Kris Bryant is a late scratch with his recurring knee pain, so Ian Happ is now at third base.


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  • Bryant scratched due to knee soreness.

  • In reply to stix:

    He should be sitting due to non hitting. Hey, that rhymes.

  • In reply to clarkAddson:

    I've mentioned many times that I'm a baseball nerd. I spent countless hours as a kid reading the backs of baseball cards and now on internet sites like fangraphs and Baseball Reference. I'll drool over the stats of the all-time greats: Babe Ruth, Ted Williams, Frank Robinson, Nolan Ryan. One thing they nearly all have in common is a couple down years. These were the best players in baseball history. It isn't that they just sucked for a couple years, it's that they were hurt.

    I'm certainly not putting Bryant on that level just yet, but this is the second year in a row of being scorching hot and then having his production derailed by a nagging injury. Playing baseball at this level is extremely difficult, and playing it while injured is nearly impossible.

    These nagging injuries are a concern of their own. We've all seen talented players not realize their full potential because their bodies broke down. I expressed this very concern about KB's shoulder injury last season.

    This comment isn't directed at anyone in particular, just a reminder that these players are human. If they aren't producing up to their talent levels, it probably isn't because they are overrated or just plain suck. They are probably injured, and doing the best they can. We just don't hear about it.

  • In reply to BarleyPop:

    I agree 100% but if the player is hurting then why is he playing? Whether he is hurt or not, if he is in a slump then he should sit a few games and get someone in there that can help. I will say it again... this is a team sport and it should be managed in favor of the team and NOT the individuals.

  • In reply to clarkAddson:

    I assume they figure KB at 65% is better than any other option we have. It is a team sport, and he's taking one for the team.

    From what I hear they have tried resting the knee. He injured it I think in Cincy in June, but the off days just aren't working. He'll play through it this year, and hopefully an offseason of treatment in one form or another will work.

  • In reply to BarleyPop:

    Who is doing the figuring? Have you seen KB's stats for the last 15 days, or even the last 30 days? The Cubs DFAed Bote who has been out-hitting KB the past month by a lot. The statement "they figure KB at 65% is better than any other option we have" is complete BS! And whoever thinks this way in management ought to be fired. No wonder why we are doing so bad this past month.

  • In reply to clarkAddson:

    The first game against the Brewers a few days ago had Heyward, KB and Rizzo on the bench and managed to score 7 runs. If KB is taking one for the team and producing, that's one thing but when he becomes an auto out most at bats, that isn't taking one for the team.

  • In reply to clarkAddson:

    They DFA’d Bote? Are you sure? They just gave him 15 mil over 5 years?

  • In reply to Wickdipper:

    Option not DFA. Back by the 10 th. Unless someone else goes to IL before the 10th..

  • In reply to Wickdipper:

    Sorry, my bad (he was optioned) but my point still remains.

  • In reply to Wickdipper:

    Oops.....thank you stix and clark is who I meant reply to

  • In reply to clarkAddson:

    Just to put Jonathan's conspiracy theory to rest, I am not secretly Theo and I do not make these decisions. I don't know if we'd be better or worse off if I did, but probably worse.

    Bote wasn't DFA'd, he was optioned, but I'm sure that was an honest mistake. That was a move I was not impressed with, as the FO should have had a better plan. I understand the logistics, but we had plenty of warning. Bad move, and I'm hoping someone gets reprimanded for that blunder.

    Bryant is one of the elite players in baseball. When he can play, he plays. Players also slump, even when healthy, so it's a balancing act of "is this baseball" or "can he not physically perform"? I trust the guys who have spent their entire lives in the game and have risen to the top of this profession to make those decisions.

    They are not infallible, of course, as I just pointed out. But I have to believe that KB playing with what he can offer gives us a better chance to win ballgames than the next best option, or at least that is the majority opinion. They could be wrong.

  • In reply to BarleyPop:

    Ahhh ok.....thanks for clarification ^^^^^^^^^5..

  • In reply to BarleyPop:

    I am not arguing with you and what you said. I am just saying when we are all looking for reasons why Our Cubs offense and defense went south, it stands to reason that to continue playing someone when they are hurt is bad management. It doesn't help the team nor does it help the player. Does Joe realize when these guys are hurt and if not, why not?

  • In reply to BarleyPop:

    Who is included in the "majority opinion"... women who love KB's eyes, children who got his signature or baseball card? I think KB is a great asset for the Cubs but not when he is performing like he has been. He has been batting second and third in our lineup meaning he gets more at bats than most and as a result making more outs. He needs a rest.

  • In reply to BarleyPop:

    I hear you, clarkAddson. I wish things were that black and white, but they're not. There's a lot of grey throughout a baseball season.

  • Skies are clearing after a dreary day in Chicago. Stiff breeze blowing out to RF, easing up as the night goes on.

    Lots of news swirling around. Bryant was a late scratch with right knee soreness, and no substitute announced yet. Word is trickling out that he has been playing on this bum knee for a while now and it has really affected his performance. He's had some days off but it hasn't seemed to help. My guess is this is what it is until the offseason.

    Willson is back up, earlier than anticipated, and Holland was activated as well. I just watched some video of Willson and he said this hamstring injury wasn't as severe as the last one and this recovery was much easier. Hopefully he goes on a tear, but not his hammy.

    Darvish is playing catch in the outfield, so that eases my mind a little bit. There's just so much mystery and possibly lack of trust between him and the Cubs' medical staff I never know what to believe.

    B-b-b- Benny!

    Our hitters give King Felix a royal beat down and the DirtyBirds lose a game.

    Go Cubs!

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    In reply to BarleyPop:

    BP, you see so much. Can you see Darvish playing catch in the outfield? Are you sure you're not Theo and just enjoying posting here?
    Whatever, I value your knowledge and perceptions, and most of the lyrics too!

  • In reply to Jonathan Friedman:

    Don't blow my cover, dude.

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    In reply to BarleyPop:

    I won't. You say you have gone over all the stats of the greats and I do the same. I still do.
    One interesting fact that I've find out is that no one that I can find who's played at least 10 years has hit over .300 every year he played. The closest is Tony Gwynn. He hit .289 his first year over 54 games and then hit .300 for the next 19. If someone can find anyone who did it I'd be grateful.
    I didn't get to see some of the old time players, but Musial and Wade Boggs and Rod Carew--anyone who was playing from the mid 50's on. What a thrill it was.

  • In reply to Jonathan Friedman:

    Without looking, Ty Cobb?

  • In reply to BarleyPop:

    Now that I re-read your question, I thought you said 10 years in a row. You're asking EVERY year they played. That is a tall order. I don't know.

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    In reply to BarleyPop:

    The first year he hit .240, then 23 straight years of .300 and above. Not Rogers Hornsby either.

  • In reply to BarleyPop:

    Reporters tweeting that Yu and Graveman throwing in the OF today.

  • I know we had an incredible starting pitcher performance most of 2016 but if you look at the comparable numbers between the years it is almost night and day now between runs allowed by the staff and bad defense. Then we will also wind up with 4 guys hitting 30 or so homeruns yet nobody reaches 100 rbi’s. The 2016 run differential was over 250...unlikely they see 100 this year.
    Yet, they are still in if there is a pulse, there is still a chance.
    Tonight is a game that should be a win....should. Get it done men.

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    That was the 38 year old reflexes to try and tag the runner. I wonder if Javy would have got him.
    I am worried about Lester. Not just tonight but going forward. I know he's about as mentally tough as any pitcher in baseball, but can we depend on him when it counts--like tonight, although this isn't one for getting into the playoffs or staying there but it's pretty important. All these games are.

  • In reply to Jonathan Friedman:

    You worry about Big D Jon? You shouldn't, but I do too. Father Time defeats everyone, but not yet.

  • In reply to Jonathan Friedman:

    Javy wouldn’t have taken that throw. That’s Russell’s play as 2b, isn’t it?

  • I'm outside. No Pat tonight. Bummer.

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    Well, Willson didn’t strain his hammy running that one out, did he? He is definitely going to help us.

  • In reply to Jonathan Friedman:

    His jog looked tentative. Hopefully if he has to run hard he doesn’t reinsure the hammy.

  • Smith thinks you just run on Lester. I think you ought to know how to play baseball. I love it.

  • 2 FRESH players in our batting lineup and both contributing. :)

  • In reply to clarkAddson:

    so you do think a walk and a run is contributing.

  • In reply to KJRyno:

    A whole lot more than a strikeout and no run. How about you?

  • In reply to KJRyno:

    I also think a leadoff bunt single and a 3 run homerun is also contributing. However, I can't believe someone would ask a silly question like that. What's your point?

  • In reply to clarkAddson:

    Just glad we can agree on something. I have been saying all year the KB contributes as much as anyone on the team because he leads the team in both walks and runs scored even if he hasn't hit like we have seen in the past. I like walks. I like runs.

  • In reply to KJRyno:

    So do I. KB says himself that he has sore knees and he hasn't been walking or scoring runs lately so why has he continued to play? It is not helping him nor the team. As bad as the Cubs offense has been, no one on this team is too good to not sit the bench for rest or especially when he is hurting.

  • In reply to clarkAddson:

    he walked and scored the winning run yesterday. With all the other guys that were hurt, we needed him to play. Nice that he gets a night off before the off day, but a seventy five percent KB is better than anyone we can put over there on an everyday basis.

  • In reply to KJRyno:

    What constitutes 75%. He’s hitting less than .200 since Aug 15, I believe.

  • In reply to KJRyno:

    That's great he scored one run out of the 5 total after a BB and then he struckout twice. I do not want to argue with you because we both seem to think KB is a good player but he is NOT better than anyone else on the team at 75% and the Cubs offense is proof of that since he has been playing most of the games.

    He sat out the first game against the Brewers and we scored some runs and won. He played the following 2 games against the Brewers and we were shutout both games. He sat out tonight and we have scored 6 runs so far.

    He said he is hurting so he should be sitting out or would you rather see him hurt himself even more and miss the playoffs, that is, if the Cubs make it.

  • Timing? I think Willson has some timing.

  • Big, Big Jon.

  • Flaherty leaves after 8 with a 1-0 lead. Giants one hit so far. Cards on verge of another victory.

    Cubs need to win .

  • In reply to stix:

    Cards win.

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    It’s a pleasure to watch Zo batting. As Joe said, he’s a professional hitter, and I’ll add ball player too.
    Nicky 4Bags!! Yes!!

  • We call him Nick at Nite.

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    In reply to Cubmitted:

    Good one.

  • Nationals win n 7 run 9th inning rally to defeat Mets.

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    In reply to stix:

    I’m getting tired of 9th inning comebacks by the teams we’re chasing.

  • Nice at bat for Descalso, Weak grounder to the pull in 3rd baseman. I have to give Descalso credit though. He took his cough cough injured ankle and went on the IL then went to Iowa for rehab and never complained. He is the team player as advertised. Just can't hit a lick.

  • Did zo really not change his walkup song or was that just what NBC Chicago put behind that little recap of his night?

  • In reply to DarBar15:

    Song is still from his soon to be divorced spouse.

  • In reply to stix:

    they are actually trying to reconcile

  • In reply to KJRyno:

    Hope they can if it can be lasting.

  • In reply to KJRyno:

    Hadn't heard that. Thanks.

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    To me it seems like Addy’s throws to first are stronger—more on a line as opposed to the little hump he used to have.

  • This was a win, but let’s not fool ourselves, Seattle is a minor league team right now.

  • In reply to Squareburgers:

    Since St Louis only was 2-1 vs Mariners how does that make the cards feel?

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