Cubs Game Post 9/6


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1. Ben Zobrist (S) 2B
2. Kyle Schwarber (L) LF
4. Anthony Rizzo (L) 1B
5. Kris Bryant (R) 3B
7. Addison Russell (R) SS
8. Jason Heyward (L) CF
9. Cole Hamels (L) P
1. Lorenzo Cain (R) CF
4. Ryan Braun (R) LF
5. Tyler Austin (R) 1B
6. Hernan Perez (R) 3B
8. Orlando Arcia (R) SS
9. Zach Davies (R) P
Bullpen Usage

Lineups and Bullpen Usage via Baseball Press.

Opposing pitcher

Scouting Reports from Brooks Baseball.

Zach Davies: Zach Davies has thrown 9,674 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” and results in somewhat more flyballs compared to other pitchers’ cutters. His curve is basically never swung at and missed compared to other pitchers’ curves and has slightly below average velo. His slider 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.

Sean’s Note: Davies was having a huge year, but has struggled of late. He doesn’t strike out many hitters and his walk rate is slightly above average. His FIP is a full run above his ERA so he has gotten a lot of help from his defense. He held the Cubs off the board in an abbreviated (4.2 IP) start on Saturday.

Final Thoughts: After failing to get the Brewers bullpen in Chicago, the Cubs crushed them Thursday night. The big blow was Kyle Schwarber‘s massive grand slam off of Drew Pomeranz in the 6th inning. Javy Báez is missing again with his bruised thumb. Addison Russell and Jason Heyward are mired in huge hitting slumps, so the bottom of lineup is weak. Ben Zobrist has been an on base machine since his return to the lineup.


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  • Sean, any idea why Chatwood isn’t included in the bullpen listings? Is Darvish out again or do you think Chatwood was missed?

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    In reply to stix:

    It must be because of his spot start. Darvish threw his side session and it went good. So he will start, once Chatwood makes a relief appearance he will probably be back on the chart. There are so many names on it I didn't even notice.

  • Joe madden starring as William h Macy in The Cooler

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    Am I the only one not impressed with Maddon's lineup? I know Baez has the bum thumb which is understandable. Schwarber in the 2 hole? Why move him when he's been raking in the 6? No Willy? Caratini is good, but they need to win every game they can. I know he needs to ease him back in, but he needs to be in the lineup in a crucial series.

    Or maybe I'm wrong and this lineup puts up some crooked #s tonight.

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    In reply to Wrigley0923:

    I also wondered about Willy since I figure Caratini will catch Darvish tomorrow.

  • In reply to John Winter:

    I think it's better to have Contreras catch Darvish tomorrow to take away the Brewers running game. With Hendricks on Sunday, I bet Contreras gets Sunday off again and Caratini catches Kyle, who can take care of the running game because he has a good pick off move to 1st. So I'm predicting Contreras has today off, plays tomorrow, and then sits again on the day game after night game. Defensively it plays to more strengths of our roster and give Contreras enough rest as he eases back to close to everyday play behind the plate.

  • In reply to Wrigley0923:

    I have a couple suspicions about the weird lineup...

    Contreras just played 2 days in a row coming off a hammy injury with very short rehab time. I know he already looks locked in, but it's probably a good idea to let him get a days rest for his legs. He can still be used in a good PH situation late if needed, but hopefully we're playing screw the closer. My guess is he'll start again tomorrow, and then have Sunday (day game after night game) off. And then he'll probably start playing a little more consistently.

    Schwarber 2nd/KB 5th in lineup: Last night, one of my favorite moments was seeing Schwarbs hit the double to Lorenzo Cain where he got out of the box fast and quickly went into high gear and made a double out of it, with a close play at 2nd. His quick recognition to respect 90 and hustle made it a double. Or he would've either been out at 2nd, or had to settle for a single. With KB's knee injury, I'm not sure we want him running the bases so much. In his last 8 games, he's had 7 hits and 4 walks and scored 6 runs for the Cubs. While he's not hitting well, he's still very productive for the team. I just think his bat is still helpful in the lineup, maybe they just are okay for him to have one less at bat due to being later in the lineup. If we get a big lead, I'd bet he might get pulled and get some rest.

  • In reply to Wrigley0923:

    You are not, sir............

  • Let's go blue!!!!

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    And Russell & Heward are automatic outs. I have more faith in Hamels getting a hit. Rather see Bote at SS even though it's not his position. Atleast Bote has a strong arm unlike Russell.

  • Want the good news first, or the bad news?

    Good news is Darvish feels fine after his bullpen session and is on schedule to start tomorrow. As much as I hate to pin my hopes on him, we may only go as far as he can carry us. I have faith in the rest of the rotation, but I think ace-level Yu may be a necessity to a deep run.

    Bad news, Javy tried taking batting practice again and couldn't do it. He had the x-ray the other day, which was negative, but this could be bad. He is shut down and scheduled for an MRI Saturday. He is likely out for this series. I have further thoughts on this, but don't care to take my mind to those dark places at the moment.

    We'll win again today, extending our road winning streak and setting another high for games over .500 for the season. I wanted to do some inspirational lyrics having to do with the city of Milwaukee, but my mental Rolodex is empty. Has anyone ever written a song about Milwaukee? Must be even more boring than St. Louis.

    Go Cubs!

  • In reply to BarleyPop:

    How about the wreck of the Edmund Fitzgerald? ... it's WI related

  • In reply to stv711:

    Not Milwaukee specific, but that is a great song, and a fascinating story.

  • In reply to BarleyPop:

    Just saw a video with Darvish, I think the first time he has addressed the media since missing his last start (he did, notably, refuse to answer questions over the past week), and it throws a little shade on my "good news".

    Forearm tightness is never good. For a quick anatomy refresher, the forearm bone is connected to the elbow bone. He has been dealing with this for two months now, and kicking butt doing so, and is scheduled to go tomorrow. That made me feel better.

    The interview I just saw concerns me. Arms and elbows and shoulders sometimes get tired from overuse. It happens all the time, Lester has hit that wall the last several years and a little rest takes care of it. Darvish just described an instant sharp pain, even detailing it down to a pitch in the 6th inning against Moran in Pittsburgh on July 3rd.

    I'm a little more concerned about an instant sharp pain than a gradual weakness.

  • In reply to BarleyPop:

    Ask and ye shall receive . One of the greats

    George Jones - Milwaukee Here I Come

    "Which one you want the most them Opry stars or me
    Milwaukee here I come from Nashville, Tennessee....
    Milwaukee is a-where we were before we came here
    Workin' in a brewery making the finest beer"

  • In reply to TC154:

    That's new to me. I just watched it on youtube.

    A little before my time, and a little out of my preferred genre, but I can't complain about a song celebrating getting drunk and road tripping. That is right up my alley.

    Thanks, TC.

  • Nicky 2 bags x2

  • In reply to stix:

    Nicky 2squared?

  • Our staff has been giving up runs right after we score. Kinda ruins momentum.

  • Should be able to hit this guy....let’s get a couple back....

  • I ain't giving up, I never do, but this has to stop.

  • Not fooling no one since coming off the DL. Will need a big game from Darvish tomorrow.

  • In reply to 523WSC:

    We're an OK team with greater possibilities. I think Yu will make or break our postseason. If he's useless, we're done. If he is as good as he has been lately, we can go somewhere.

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    This is starting to feel a bit like the last Brewers series.

  • In reply to John Winter:

    What it feels like is what Kurt Russell did to Billy Bob Thornton in Tombstone....
    Same formula Washington did in their 3 games....

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    In reply to Wickdipper:

    Washington small balled. Brewers are hitting HRs.

  • Pittsburgh just dropped a 6 spot on the Birds.....

  • In reply to Wickdipper:

    And joe counters with a Pedro,strop

  • A Pittsburgh win would certainly help my ailing head. Otherwise:

    "Well I woke up Sunday morning
    With no way to hold my head, that didn't hurt.
    And the beer I had for breakfast wasn't bad
    So I had one more for dessert.
    Then I fumbled in my closet through my clothes
    And found my cleanest dirty shirt.
    Then I washed my face and combed my hair
    And stumbled down the stairs to meet the day."

  • In reply to BarleyPop:

    Got your win

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    At least Philly, Wash and StL lost today.

  • In reply to Jonathan Friedman:

    Dbacks won 2.5 behind cubs

  • In reply to Jonathan Friedman:

    I guess so, but the fact that the cubs lost means they lost a day and didn’t put a dent in the “Magic number.” The fact is we are one day closer to the end of the regular season and the Cardinals magic number actually still got one tick smaller, which is no bueno for the Cubs and us fans. Reality is that’s a huge win for the Cardinals and a loss for the Cubs.

  • What I hate about football. Digesting that loss until at least 9-15.

    What I love about baseball. Next pitch 6:10 pm.

  • It has become exceedingly obvious that Madden part of the problem. His constant lineup and batting order changes don't help. Why is Jason Heyward still in the lineup? Should be brought into the lineup for defence late in game. Swings with a wet newspaper in his hands. As for Madden, he gone!!!

  • In reply to Playball:

    It's Maddon! OK?

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