Game Post 4/3

The Cubs are back in action and results of game one were not great. Chicago’s pitching staff walked a whopping 11 batters while collecting just 3 hits of their own. The Cubs are hoping warmer weather and the return of Jake Arrieta will make Saturday a better day at Wrigley.

Watch/Listen

Saturday: 1:20 PM CT on Marquee/670AM

Lineups

Pirates

1. Adam Frazier (L) 2B

2. Ke’Bryan Hayes (R) 3B

3. Bryan Reynolds (S) LF

4. Colin Moran (L) 1B

5. Kevin Newman (R) SS

6. Gregory Polanco (L) RF

7. Jacob Stallings (R) C

8. Dustin Fowler (L) CF

9. Tyler Anderson (L) P

Cubs

1. Willson Contreras (R) C

2. Kris Bryant (R) 3B

3. Anthony Rizzo (L) 1B

4. Javier Baez (R) SS

5. Joc Pederson (L) LF

6. Jake Marisnick (R) CF

7. Jason Heyward (L) RF

8. David Bote (R) 2B

9. Jake Arrieta (R) P

via Baseball Press  

Starting Pitchers

Via mlb.com

Game Notes

  • Arrieta was 68-31 his first stint in a Cubs uniform and looks to be healthy.
  • The Cubs will need their big right handed bats to show up against the lefty Anderson.
  • Ian Happ surprisingly on the bench with Jake Marisnick in center.

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    Javy has looked good and KB just hit his 1st. Actually Jake has looked better than he did the first inning. His cutter or slider still bites a lot.
    I wish more fans in the stands would wear masks though. I thought it was a condition of being there. Not a political statement but it helps stop the spread.
    When the Cubs win this they'll be 1-1 which is a lot better than 0-2.
    Go Cubs!!

  • In reply to Jonathan Friedman:

    What's ridiculous is anyone needs to qualify a mask comment with that.

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    In reply to Cubmitted:

    Thank you.

  • In reply to Cubmitted:

    Amen to that!

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    Why anyone would throw a ball in the zone to Javy is beyond me-keep doing it though.

  • First win. Jake looked ok. Javy had his moments. I didn't see enough to convince me this is a good team.

  • It's still fun to watch Jake pitch. He knows how to pitch. It I'd also really good to see Bryant and Baez coming through. Javy had a great all around game. Kris and JHey unloaded. Bullpen dominated. Now that's more like it.

  • In reply to 44slug:

    Arrieta, Bryant, Baez, Heyward: that was fun!

  • Yes it's April. Yes it's only 2 games. And yes it's the Pirates. But.....On consecutive days the Cubs have plated runners from 3rd with less than 2 outs via productive outs.

    To my eye those AB's looked like the solid situational hitting the Cubs have lacked for years. I hope it's a philosophical change we see more of. Sac fly to RF as opposed to a grounder to SS is a thing of beauty.

  • In reply to Cubmitted:

    Good point, fans tent to underestimate a second division team like the Pirates. There isn't so much difference in the strong and weak in baseball. A lesser squad can come into your ballpark and sweep a series at any given time.

  • In reply to 44slug:

    Without a doubt. Even marginal pitching staffs have a hot streak or 2 during a season. Catch them at the wrong time???

    I've just grown frustrated with the Cubs situational hitting over the years. Not a clue if the numbers bear it out but I recall Keith Moreland being a guy you could count on with a runner at 3rd and less than 2 outs.

    Most games are decided by a run or 2. And leaving runners at 3rd with less than 2 outs comes back to bite you more often than not.

    Bote was given a Goat rating yesterday on BCB. I say not. His SF gave them the lead. Their first of the year. To date 44.4% of their run have come on productive outs.

    They aren't highlight reel material but they win plenty of games over the course of a season.

  • No Kimbrel bashing today!

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    When can we have “robo umps?” Already I’ve seen so many missed calls that I’m upset. Baseball allows replays for a microsecond at a base and yet lets obvious mistakes go by.

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    I don’t understand why the low barriers along the lines aren’t padded. The walls are. These are brick. KB (or anyone else) can get seriously injured running into them, and they’re so low a fielder can’t break himself with his hands.

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    Two observations: KB has made 2 bad throws to first. He might be the reason Rizzo’s won three GG.
    RISP. Not driven in today. If the Cubs lose it’s not the pitching but the hitting that failed.

  • 3 hits?

  • This is what this season is going to look like a lot of one and two run victories, hopefully But no where near good enough to get past the Padres and Dodgers. So what should be the strategy this year?

  • In reply to bleachercreature:

    Gotta play em. Maybe the Cubs can't get past them, maybe they can. Maybe none of the three get there.

  • In reply to 44slug:

    That is the question, are they good enough to win it all or should they sell off these impending free agents and retool for 23. Some tough decisions coming in the next several months.

  • In reply to bleachercreature:

    I guess Jed will have to make that call. So far he seems to be making good decisions. If the guys are in the mix and healthy, I would think that it would difficult to sell off, because of the every season is precious thing.

  • In reply to bleachercreature:

    What is your strategy? Tanking for five years, hoping someone gets desperate and gives up some future lottery tickets for the free agents or just play it out ? With 30 teams trying to eventually win the W/S and no one able to repeat in about 20 years seems like you ride those horses that got the first one. Other than the Giants or Red Sox seems as if multiple championships in a 10 year period is even difficult and I believe most of them didn’t role the roster over.

  • In reply to stix:

    It looks like he said tank for two years, not five. Which is what I would do.

  • In reply to stix:

    If the Cubs keep their players this season, & try to compete, or have a big time mid-season selloff. Both of those choices, doesn't change the fact Cubs have 14 free agents after this season, & massive changes are coming to the 2022 roster no matter what the Cubs do during this season. A Cubs reload/rebuild is coming no matter what the Cubs do with the roster this season.

    Going for it in 2021 might negatively impact the reload/rebuild. Losing players for nothing, doesn't help the Cubs future. Would that lead to a longer time period of blah Cubs baseball?

    If the Cubs want to build through the minors-#1 they actually need to get better at developing prospects they draft and sign. #2 Losing player for nothing doesn't help the Cubs. That is why I would like to see the Cubs be bold, & do a massive selloff this season instead of trying to compete with a team that is around the 15th best in MLB baseball.

    What I personally don't want to see is for the Cubs to get cheap during the rebuild/reload, by not having one of the largest payrolls in all of MLB.

  • In reply to Naujack:

    To my mind, you hit the key point: the Cubs are rebuilding. It is inevitable. It's just whether it starts now or after this season. I watch the Giants, and fans and pundits used to say, "The Giants never rebuild." I would think, "You are rebuilding, you just aren't admitting it." And what they did is what you say in your second paragraph: they kept going for it and negatively impacted the inevitable. They made the rebuild harder and longer and more painful.

    This Cubs season is a bit melancholic for me. It is sad to potentially watch these players for the last time, there is something romantic about them going for it one last time, but it just seems smarter to pull the bandaid off now and hopefully things get better more quickly.

  • As a Fan, it is great to see the Cubs make the Playoffs but It is even more important to see them playing good baseball. So far, I am enjoying watching the games again.

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    I'd like to see the Cubs rebuilding but on the fly like the Blackhawks are doing. They are incorporating young, talented players along with their veterans and I hope the Cubs can do that too. Even their veterans are not that old--Rizzo and Heyward are still only 31. I hope they make the playoffs, and they have a good chance to with everyone they have, but at sometime this year I hope to see Brennan Davis and Marquez up and possibly Amaya too.
    I see that the Cubs just traded Norwood to (who else) the Padres for Darius Valdez, a 25 yr old reliever who has thrown 101 mph. Maybe he has better control than Norwood so we could see him this year too, and a power pitcher too.
    I liked what I saw yesterday in them taking walks and playing good defense. That wins games.
    Go Cubs!!

  • In reply to Jonathan Friedman:

    Top teams win close games. Kimbrel could make a big difference there. Other pen guys as well. The uncertainty of the market is a big problem. The Cubs do not want to overpay for extensions that they would like. Other orgs don't want overpay in prospects. Jed will have money to spend in the free agent market, but will need to be judicious. Caution and patience on all sides is in effect.

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    In reply to 44slug:

    You're so right. If Kimbrel is on, that could make a huge difference this year.

  • In reply to Jonathan Friedman:

    I thought the party line was they weren’t rebuilding but retooling. Not sure what that means if they don’t keep som of the core four.

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