Game Post 4/6

Well the Cubs won their third game in a row Monday against the Brewers. Trevor Williams impressed his dad, and everyone else at Wrigley, with six strong innings in his Chicago debut. A three homer 4th inning gave the Cubs all they needed on offense. Adbert Alzolay gets the nod Tuesday night to try and win the series.

Watch/Listen

Tuesday: 6:40 PM CT on Marquee/670AM

Lineups

Cubs

1. Ian Happ (S) CF

2. Willson Contreras (R) C

3. Anthony Rizzo (L) 1B

4. Kris Bryant (R) 3B

5. Joc Pederson (L) LF

6. Javier Baez (R) SS

7. Jason Heyward (L) RF

8. David Bote (R) 2B

9. Adbert Alzolay (R) P

Brewers

1. Kolten Wong (L) 2B

2. Daniel Vogelbach (L) 1B

3. Christian Yelich (L) LF

4. Travis Shaw (L) 3B

5. Jackie Bradley Jr. (L) CF

6. Avisail Garcia (R) RF

7. Omar Narvaez (L) C

8. Luis Urias (R) SS

9. Freddy Peralta (R) P

via baseball press

Starting Pitching

via mlb.com

Game Notes

  • Right handed hitters hit for higher average and more power against the righty Peralta.
  • The Cubs are going with their opening day lineup Tuesday.
  • Alec Mills picked up the save Monday to give Craig Kimbrel a day off.
  • I have a feeling Kris Bryant has a big day Tuesday.

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  • 18 hits thru 5 games. 20 by the end the week is certainly a possibility.

  • In reply to Cubmitted:

    Three of those were HR in one inning. I think of the 18 hits 2/3 were XBH. Think that they are 3-2 and you wonder what the game is devolving into. I believe the Brewers are almost just as bad.

  • In reply to stix:

    It's not so much the game devolving as it is the Cubs devolving. And in all fairness the Braves appear to have received a defective batch of bats too.

  • I missed the telecast last night due to provider issues. I had purchased mlb tv package through my Amazon account. After watching all the Spring Training broadcasts and the first week of the regular season, mlb moved the goalposts noting that, I was in the blackout area for Cub package that I had already paid for. Of course, I had made sure that that was not going to be an issue. I live in the heart of Cardinal country. How is it that mlb would allow itself to a part of that kind of bait and switch? Anyway, neither mlb tv nor Amazon prime would reimburse until I threaded to terminate my accounts. Amazon provided the courtesy at that point. Both stated that mlb was responsible. So it was very frustrating. This morning I signed up for dish extra innings package where I get to listen to mostly the Cub opponents broadcasters. My question is does baseball in any way have consideration for its fans? Other than manipulation, I mean.

  • I missed the telecast last night due to provider issues. I had purchased mlb tv package through my Amazon account. After watching all the Spring Training broadcasts and the first week of the regular season, mlb moved the goalposts noting that, I was in the blackout area for Cub package that I had already paid for. Of course, I had made sure that that was not going to be an issue. I live in the heart of Cardinal country. How is it that mlb would allow itself to a part of that kind of bait and switch? Anyway, neither mlb tv nor Amazon prime would reimburse until I threaded to terminate my accounts. Amazon provided the courtesy at that point. Both stated that mlb was responsible. So it was very frustrating. This morning I signed up for dish extra innings package where I get to listen to mostly the Cub opponents broadcasters. My question is does baseball in any way have consideration for its fans? Other than manipulation, I mean.

  • In reply to 44slug:

    Sorry about the double post.

  • Tony Wolters is a really good receiver. I love watching him work behind the plate.

  • As Harry would say: HOLY COW! We just got our second hit in as many games!

    However, 8 strikeouts in 6 innings. Can we beat the 10 strikeouts we got in the previous game? SAME OLD CUBS!!!

  • In reply to clarkAddson:

    Do these guys really think they are going to get any decent offers as Free Agents?

  • In reply to clarkAddson:

    Tuesday's final score, Brewers 4 , KB 0
    C'mon Jed , lower the asking price for KB and its time to move him ! KB'S 9th inning at bat was terrible.

  • In reply to clarkAddson:

    Well, like clockwork. Going into extra innings with 2 hits and 12 strikeouts. I am debating on what to call these guys:

    The Hitless Bums

    The Strikeout Queens

    Now I know why the Cubs let Vogelbach go. He is too good a hitter.

    The Cubs deserve to lose this seriees.

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    Robo umps. I’ve seen so many missed calls. Vader’s pitch to KB was at least 2 inches outside.

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    That’s supposed to be Hader.

  • On the bright side 3 hits is a step in the right direction.

  • In reply to Cubmitted:

    Sorry but direction to what? It certainly isn't too bright.

    Win or lose, I want to enjoy watching a baseball game but these guys take the enjoyment out of it.

    Like the old saying: If you don't like the way things are, then CHANGE THEM. Bring Nico and the minor leaguers up and send these guys down for development.

  • In reply to clarkAddson:

    It's 2 more than yesterday. Granted they needed an extra inning to get #3.

    But still. Mathematically it's an improvement.

  • In reply to clarkAddson:

    At this point, this is our team. Our championship core apparently peaked early, and I think that they are trying as hard as they can. Magic bullet fixes are rare, if ever. If there was more that could be done, it would have been by now. Missed opportunities are just that. I believe it might be best to just let this team go play. They seem to be caught in some kind of offensive rut, that they cannot break out of in recent years. Pressing makes it worse. I've been trying to not to be too critical, because I find it harder to enjoy the ride. Changes are coming regardless of this year's results.

  • In reply to 44slug:

    Agreed. I'm long over bellyaching about not moving Bryant when he could have brought back a king's ransom. Those ships have long sailed.

    Not to mention it's way too early. Sans the lack of offense there's actually been a lot to like so far. Pitching has been pretty darn good. Kimbrel is looking good. As is their defense. Aggressive on the bases. And I like this bench over a long haul.

    It was also nice to not see them throw in the towel with a plane to catch. It ain't over until it's over. And it's far from over.

  • In reply to Cubmitted:

    You believe in unicorns too? This team and manager stink. Joc’s screaming and flipping his bat after a homer in early April typifies this team. There’s a reason dodgers let him go and has been’s remain on this team. They have no talent!

  • In reply to Oldno7:

    Ease down Ripley. You're just grinding metal.

    Pederson is an upgrade over Schwarber. Give him a chance. He tied the game and brought some life to the dugout.

    They're .500 and not hitting a lick. It's April. This is going to take a while.

    And btw unicorns make fine pets......Though their food is a bit pricey.

  • In reply to Cubmitted:

    When both players were available Nationals signed Schwarber. I personally prefer Schwarber. I like Pederson too for the money he is making.

    The lack of hitting is not a surprise to anyone. Geez, 3 years ago President Theo said offense was broken.

    Cubs need to make some decisions this year. Will the Cubs be able to make some of the harder ones like replacing Heyward in RF even with two years left on his contract if he doesn't hit well this season?

  • Rizzo continues to stand too close to the plate. No wonder why he continues to hit to right field and all the teams know this and play him accordingly. Where's the coaching?

    He needs to adjust and force the opposition to adjust. Simple logic: it seems that If he would back away from the plate, he would be able to hit to center and left more easily. At least try it.

  • In reply to clarkAddson:

    LOL

  • In reply to 2016 Cubs:

    Do you thinks this is funny? I don't. It's a fact!

  • In reply to clarkAddson:

    Yes I did think it was funny, I thought you were joking.

  • In reply to clarkAddson:

    That is not a fact! It is actually the dumbest post you have ever made. And believe me you have made many. Rizzo has been hitting that close to the plate for nearly his entire career. He has been killing it that way for a long time.

  • Wow! Just wow Kimbrel!

  • In reply to 44slug:

    Winkler will be buying dinner.

  • In reply to 44slug:

    No kidding.....Amazing what trimming a beard can do.

  • 11 HITS!!!! 11 !!!! Unicorns on the loose everywhere!!!

    Granted they were fortunate the BB's didn't do them in. But credit where it's due. They dodged 'em.

    Good win. They earned a day off.....

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    Jake looked good and Kimbrel looked great. I like the defense on this team and defense can win games. A good win for the Cubs, and you're right 44--Winkler should be buying dinner for Kimbrel.

  • If and when the Cubs decide to do a player dump, I bet they could get a haul for Kimbrel !
    After struggling for five innings, Jake looked like he found his control in the 6th.

  • Can you imagine what two top of the line hitters would do for this team.

    As far as dumping: kimbrel, arrieta and Williams, could bring quite a haul. Now if we can get Bryant and Pederson going that would bring in quite a bit too.

  • In reply to bleachercreature:

    Short sample , but yes. Arietta and Williams have matured into veterans out there and know how to pitch. Kimbrel is throwing bullets. I'm still a bit leery that he might revert to losing his arm angle, or whatever was the issue. Right now Craig is mowing them down. Cubs might win lots of close games this year. As Cubmitted noted, lots of good things going on so far. Get the bats going and this could be a fun season. Yesterday is gone, Tomorrow is is out of sight, let's win another today.

  • In reply to 44slug:

    Actually, let's win another tomarrow

  • Observation. The Bucs won't be confused as a team with a lineup of sluggers, but they are a pesky bunch at the plate.

  • I'm beginning to think a major sell off and complete rebuild is unlikely. For the sake of debate what if Azolay and Marquez pan out as reliable or better starters? Hendricks is locked in at a reasonable cost thru '24. Then there's Davies, Williams, Arrieta and Mills to choose from. That's a real good start to putting together a solid rotation without breaking the bank. It all starts with pitching.

    Why would they hold a fire sale just as they're finally developing a couple of starters? Based on those 2 being in the rotation by '22 - '23. I can't help but salivate over the prospect of a hard throwing lefty in the mix.

    Obviously they'd miss a healthy a productive Bryant. But at the price Boras is expected to seek sans an in season trade a compensatory draft pick appears to be in the cards.

    As for the rest of the starting 8 there are a lot of possibilities. It's just not hard to see how they can continue to compete for some years to come.

    And I'll say it again. I really like this bench. Worst case scenario for '21 those guys could bring back useful prospects at the deadline.

    But for now get to the post season. Anything can happen.

  • In reply to Cubmitted:

    Pirates have the #1 pick in the draft. Pirates might lose over 105 games this season? Reds scored 30 runs against Pirates pitching in only 3 games. We all know it is too early, but are the Cubs good or mediocre? What about the Reds, Cardinals, or Brewers will one of those teams surprise and be really good?

    I wonder if the Cubs end up making trades. Will they include money in deals to get better prospects in return, or will the Cubs be more interested in cutting payroll?

    Next years free agent market is much larger than normal. If the Cubs want to spend they should have lots of options.

    I personally think the Cubs front office wants to make trades, and know they need to shake things up. Cubs so far in 2021 look like the same three outcome offensive.

    I agree with you Cubs front office is pretty solid at filling the back end of the rotation, and some of the bullpen on the cheap. Being a large market team, I hope they start spending again on the front of the rotation.

  • In reply to Naujack:

    It does not look as if the planets and stars are aligned so that there will be any extensions with our so called core. However, with the big free agent class and the Cubs with a relatively small number of the roster returning, they might fine some good value out there. In other words, 2022 wouldn't necessaryly be a throw away year either.

  • In reply to 44slug:

    I might be naive, & not understand baseball front offices. I do not see how the large market Cubs are not adding to the major roster each and every off-season. By adding I mean free agents, trades, &/or plan on bringing up prospects.

    The large market Cubs should be adding to the roster each and every off-season. In season deals we all know depends on lots of factors, one big one is team control, Cubs are basically out of team control for the majority of the 2021 roster. that has to weigh heavily on what the front office direction.

    The prior rebuild never had this much potential payroll flexibility, & talent on their last year of team control all at one time.

    I hope they make some great moves, but finding the next Arrieta, Hendrix trades, &/or Darvish signing are tough to do.

  • In reply to Naujack:

    Dodgers and the Yankees didn't have luck spending off their butts. It wasn't until the Bums pared off trying to buy a team, that they won a WS. I don't understand the complaint with the Cubs. They have had one of highest salary structures. I hope they have enough sense to not hand out any 341million contracts to one player. I don't care who it is. Cubs have looked good 'on paper' since the rebuild. It hasn't worked, but that is a different issue. The idea that they are cheap just doesn't hold water. This is different as a transition time year. When I note that 2022 does not have to be non competitive, I am thinking of a strategy similar to replacing Schwarber with free agent Pederson. We will have money to spend, and Jed will need to wise with it. As a fan, I am not going assume that the Cubs cannot win it all this year or next.

  • In reply to 44slug:

    Does anyone think we have to worry about Cubs ownership trying to buy a championship? I'm also not a fan of high price long-term contracts. This ownership group does not seem interested in $200 million dollars, or above type of superstar long term contracts. Are superstar long-term deals even necessary for the Cubs to build an NL central winner?

    Cubs could/should have highest payroll in the Midwest, most seasons. Most years that means going right up to the first penalty limit, but staying under. If things get back to normal. I certainly hope the Cubs have the ability, and desire to have a payroll closer to the first penalty limit, even during reload/rebuild year/s.

    If winning isn't happening this year, Cubs could/should make lots of trades. Then hopefully go get a bunch of players during the off-season, most of the players I think would be on one year deals, or short term deals.

    I agree Cubs need to look for value, but when I say spending, I want Cubs near the $210 million dollar first threshold penalty limit. Not tens of millions of dollars under it after this year.

  • In reply to Naujack:

    I imagine you and Jed are on the same page. This year was an anomaly with the shutdown etc. I think Hoyer and Ricketts are doing what is best for this year and beyond. Right now the core is still here and the fate of the Cubs near future will play with the org reacting depending on the options that are present.

  • It will take at least a month before the Cubs will know whether they will be buyers or sellers. Playing Pittsburg is not an accurate gauge of where this club will wind up.
    Getting a decent outfield was a step in the right direction as well as upgrading the farm system.

  • In reply to ronvet69:

    I agree, I do think if they have players that can be moved unless they are in first place I say do it.

    You can trade two starters and bring in Marquez, Mills, Shelby Miller and a whole slew of young kids. If you trade Kimbrel you have many options (none as good as kimbrel). If you trade bryant then bote to third and hoerner to 2nd, I am ok with all of that.

    You could always bring guys like Arrieta back next year. As i have said before. It will be very hard to get to the world series the next 2 years. So keep bringing in the flippers and let's get ready for 2023

  • I think the Cubs are about a year or two out. Several drafts from Theo were terrible to say the least. Trading two top 30 prospects to acquire Nicolas Castellanos and then not signing him was a real head scratcher. With a new person in charge of drafting, the Cubs are on
    the right track, it will just take time !
    GO CUBS !

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