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Title: Today's Game 2018
Post by: Dave23 on February 23, 2018, 03:15:43 pm
Are you in?
Title: Re: Today's Game 2018
Post by: mO on February 23, 2018, 03:48:52 pm
...guess not...
Title: Re: Today's Game 2018
Post by: mO on February 23, 2018, 03:49:59 pm
3AM!!!
Title: Re: Today's Game 2018
Post by: craig on February 23, 2018, 05:15:08 pm
Cubs lose, 2-1.  Fun to have a box score again! 
Title: Re: Today's Game 2018
Post by: Robb on February 23, 2018, 05:38:19 pm
Cubs only score 1 run and lose to the Brewers. Time to panic yet?
Title: Re: Today's Game 2018
Post by: Bennett on February 24, 2018, 09:08:54 am
(https://pbs.twimg.com/media/DWzoi6fU0AQ-6Fl.jpg:small)
Title: Re: Today's Game 2018
Post by: Bennett on February 24, 2018, 05:53:42 pm
https://youtu.be/FyEufeYQmS8
Title: Re: Today's Game 2018
Post by: guest61 on February 24, 2018, 06:42:11 pm
Rizzo went deep.
Title: Re: Today's Game 2018
Post by: JeffH on February 24, 2018, 06:49:19 pm
Willy, too.
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Post by: Ron on February 24, 2018, 10:05:55 pm
Javy off to an early start with his defensive wizardry.

https://www.mlb.com/cubs/video/baezs-two-great-defensive-plays/c-1877023883?tid=26663958
Title: Re: Today's Game 2018
Post by: craig on February 24, 2018, 10:50:20 pm
I listened to last half.  Got to here Mills, Maples, Underwood, and De la Cruz all pitch.  Mills and De la Cruz were both guys I was really interested in entering last year; then they missed so much that I kinda forgot about them.  Glad both were healthy enough to come out pitching. 

Radio notes:  Maples hit 97, good stuff, but was wild and walked a guy. 

Mills, who's obviously not a fast stuff guy and depends on location, walked first guy on 4 pitches, missing badly on all before settling.  Last year coming in, he was a guy with a shot to emerge as their #6 starter, and that never got close to being true.  But perhaps he'll settle in and be available for that role, an alternative to Tsen, this year? 

Underwood was 93-94, whiffed first guy on 3 pitches and finished his 1-2-3 inning in about 6 pitches, all strikes. 

De la Cruz had an easy inning, they said he was 93 and looked really good, although after getting ahead on one guy 0-2 he nibbled off the edge and walked im.  They said he worked really, really fast. 

It would be super cool if De la Cruz stayed healthy all year, and had a big breakout year.  The Callis and BA scouting reports suggest he projects as a fairly decent-control strike-thrower, and has good stuff.  If he stayed healthy and had a breakout season, would be fun to have Alzolay thriving in AAA and De la Cruz looking really good in AA during the second half.   
Title: Re: Today's Game 2018
Post by: CUBluejays on February 24, 2018, 11:13:59 pm
Thanks Craig.

I still have hope that Underwood could at least be a relief guy.
Title: Re: Today's Game 2018
Post by: davep on February 25, 2018, 09:23:11 am
Both of those plays by Baez were plays that not in one hundred second basemen could accomplish, except perhaps in a one-in-a-lifetime feat.  The amazing thing about Baez is that he does it on a fairly regular basis.
Title: Re: Today's Game 2018
Post by: Jes Beard on February 25, 2018, 10:31:06 am
Both of those plays by Baez were plays that not in one hundred second basemen could accomplish, except perhaps in a one-in-a-lifetime feat.  The amazing thing about Baez is that he does it on a fairly regular basis.

Were both of those in the same game?  Giving two outs to a pitcher in one game and preventing two baserunners is huge.
Title: Re: Today's Game 2018
Post by: JeffH on February 25, 2018, 10:53:22 am
Same game.
Title: Re: Today's Game 2018
Post by: Jes Beard on February 25, 2018, 11:34:34 am
Same game.

If Baez ever reaches the kind of offensive potential many hope for him (.290/.350/.500 -- regular OPS of .850-.900), the guy should be a HOF lock.  His glove is absolutely amazing.  It would be nice to see the Cubs lock him in long-term soon.
Title: Re: Today's Game 2018
Post by: Robb on February 25, 2018, 02:13:49 pm
Is the game on TV today. The schedule says Cub's.com but I can't find it.
Title: Re: Today's Game 2018
Post by: davep on February 25, 2018, 02:17:51 pm
The weight loss is really paying off for Schwarber.  He already leads the team in stolen bases.

As I just wrote that, he just stole stole third base, for his second stolen base of the inning.
Title: Re: Today's Game 2018
Post by: Playtwo on February 25, 2018, 03:08:21 pm
Maybe a precursor of him leading off vs. RHP?
Title: Re: Today's Game 2018
Post by: CUBluejays on February 25, 2018, 03:23:37 pm
I thought they were just running on Posey, but he was actually pretty good last year throwing out runners. 
Title: Re: Today's Game 2018
Post by: davep on February 25, 2018, 04:35:53 pm
Interesting comments by Coomer concerning Carcer Burks.  He said that he was the best defensive minor league left fielder that he has ever seen.

I have no idea if Coomer is a good judge of minor league talent, nor if he has seen a lot of minor league players.
Title: Re: Today's Game 2018
Post by: CUBluejays on February 25, 2018, 04:41:39 pm
Burks made the KATO top 100 prospects on Fangraphs and it has a defensive metrics are included to come up with WAR calculations.  So I guess I could buy it.
Title: Re: Today's Game 2018
Post by: Chris27 on February 25, 2018, 05:40:05 pm
https://twitter.com/ProTVSports/status/967860407737004032
Title: Re: Today's Game 2018
Post by: Deeg on February 25, 2018, 05:56:38 pm
Schwarber looks like he'll have to run around in the shower to get wet.
Title: Re: Today's Game 2018
Post by: dogstoothe on February 26, 2018, 12:55:29 am
Ha!  Or stand up twice to make a shadow.
Title: Re: Today's Game 2018
Post by: CUBluejays on February 27, 2018, 02:29:54 pm
Happ with his HR to leadoff.

Lester was throwing in the high 80's.
Title: Re: Today's Game 2018
Post by: Deeg on February 27, 2018, 02:49:36 pm
Happ hitting leadoff and playing CF against most RHP is not an unlikely scenario.
Title: Re: Today's Game 2018
Post by: brjones on February 27, 2018, 02:52:37 pm
That's Happ's second leadoff homer in 3 games so far.
Title: Re: Today's Game 2018
Post by: brjones on February 27, 2018, 03:05:16 pm
Happ with a double to lead off the second inning according to Twitter. If he came into the spring as the most likely leadoff hitter, he hasn't done anything to discourage that through his first three games.
Title: Re: Today's Game 2018
Post by: CurtOne on February 27, 2018, 03:07:54 pm
At least he's not walking and jamming up the bases.
Title: Re: Today's Game 2018
Post by: Deeg on February 27, 2018, 03:11:05 pm
Schwarber and Happ being 2/3 of your outfield is a little scary, though maybe Kyle will take a step forward defensively this season.
Title: Re: Today's Game 2018
Post by: CurtOne on February 27, 2018, 03:12:13 pm
I thought we got Darvish because you told Theo that outfield defense wouldn't be an issue.
Title: Re: Today's Game 2018
Post by: Deeg on February 27, 2018, 03:19:39 pm
I never made any such claims.  I just told them Baez was going to be the everyday SS.
Title: Re: Today's Game 2018
Post by: davep on February 27, 2018, 03:37:25 pm
At least he's not walking and jamming up the bases.

Do you know NOTHING at all about baseball?  The correct term is "clogging the bases".
Title: Re: Today's Game 2018
Post by: guest61 on February 27, 2018, 03:42:55 pm
I like Ian Happ.
Title: Re: Today's Game 2018
Post by: CurtOne on February 27, 2018, 03:44:55 pm
"Clogging"  That's right.  I knew "jamming" didn't look right.   I should have checked with you since you're so much older and smarter.
Title: Re: Today's Game 2018
Post by: Bennett on February 27, 2018, 04:10:57 pm
https://youtu.be/d3-tidM3Q3U
Title: Re: Today's Game 2018
Post by: davep on February 27, 2018, 09:45:56 pm
"Clogging"  That's right.  I knew "jamming" didn't look right.   I should have checked with you since you're so much older and smarter.

Talk about  a mixed compliment.  You can not set the bar higher than older than you, and can not set the bar lower than smarter than you.
Title: Re: Today's Game 2018
Post by: CurtOne on February 27, 2018, 10:07:16 pm
Talk about  a mixed compliment.  You can not set the bar higher than older than you, and can not set the bar lower than smarter than you.
Crap.  He figured it out.  Pretty good for a senile old goat.
Title: Re: Today's Game 2018
Post by: davep on February 28, 2018, 11:23:41 am
I prefer senile young bull.
Title: Re: Today's Game 2018
Post by: davep on February 28, 2018, 11:24:10 am
But I suppose, so would my wife.
Title: Re: Today's Game 2018
Post by: BearHit on February 28, 2018, 12:43:23 pm
Can confirm
Title: Re: Today's Game 2018
Post by: Robb on February 28, 2018, 01:14:08 pm
Bearhit is Dave's wife?
Title: Re: Today's Game 2018
Post by: craig on February 28, 2018, 04:23:23 pm
Only spring training, but it's still fun. 
Butler two perfect innings with a couple of K's. 
Wilson a perfect inning.  I think 5 pitches, all strikes, one K. 
Edwards about the same? 

Grimm pitched an inning.... and gave up a HR!  :)
Montgomery a couple of hits. 

Yesterday Maples 2 hits, 2 walks, 2 runs. 

Obviously it's early and doesn't mean anything.  But I imagine throwing strikes and getting outs can't be bad psychology for Wilson and Edwards. 
Title: Re: Today's Game 2018
Post by: Bennett on February 28, 2018, 04:44:20 pm
Obviously it's early and doesn't mean anything.  But I imagine throwing strikes and getting outs can't be bad psychology for Wilson and Edwards. 


Cubs beat the Athletics 7-5 today and are now 4-1-1.

Obviously it's early and doesn't mean anything.  But I imagine winning games can't be bad psychology for the team.
Title: Re: Today's Game 2018
Post by: craig on February 28, 2018, 05:05:47 pm
:)
Title: Re: Today's Game 2018
Post by: Robb on February 28, 2018, 05:10:41 pm
And the Brewers are losing. This was a very important step forward in securing the spring championship.
Title: Re: Today's Game 2018
Post by: wmljohn on March 01, 2018, 07:01:45 am
We're going to win it all!
Title: Re: Today's Game 2018
Post by: brjones on March 01, 2018, 02:52:06 pm
Another homer for Happ, that's 3 in 9 AB so far this spring.
Title: Re: Today's Game 2018
Post by: Bennett on March 01, 2018, 03:16:55 pm
https://youtu.be/rMze7Clshs0
Title: Re: Today's Game 2018
Post by: guest61 on March 01, 2018, 05:12:05 pm
Rickey Henderson...
Title: Re: Today's Game 2018
Post by: craig on March 01, 2018, 05:15:33 pm
https://www.mlb.com/gameday/rockies-vs-cubs/2018/03/01/533891#game_state=final,game_tab=box,game=533891

Cubs carry shutout into the 9th, but give up 2 and settle for 2-2 tie.  Cubs wth only 4 hits. 

Alex Mills with a good start, 3 K's and one walk in two hitless innings.  Simmons and Duensing each with 2-K perfect innings. 

I'd really like to see Mills emerge as a servicable guy. 

Simmons would be a great story too, so fun to see some nice box-score lines for those two guys. 
Title: Re: Today's Game 2018
Post by: Deeg on March 01, 2018, 05:55:10 pm
Always nice to see Happ do something from the right side.  He wasn't terrible against LHP last season so maybe there's some upside there, despite his mediocre minor league numbers against lefties.
Title: Re: Today's Game 2018
Post by: Bennett on March 02, 2018, 01:34:23 pm
Ian Happ not in a fairly strong lineup

(https://pbs.twimg.com/media/DXStEBXU8AEOf8r.jpg:small)
Title: Re: Today's Game 2018
Post by: craig on March 02, 2018, 04:11:43 pm
Ohtani with 8 K's showing high-90's today. 
Title: Re: Today's Game 2018
Post by: Deeg on March 02, 2018, 04:31:42 pm
8 outs, 8 Ks
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Post by: CurtOne on March 02, 2018, 04:37:53 pm
Ball hog!  Give the rest of the team a chance to play, Shohei!
Title: Re: Today's Game 2018
Post by: Bennett on March 02, 2018, 05:36:38 pm

Today's highlight

https://youtu.be/zm6hczUuNoo
Title: Re: Today's Game 2018
Post by: DelMarFan on March 02, 2018, 07:22:48 pm
Strikeouts are fascist.
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Post by: JeffH on March 02, 2018, 07:24:13 pm
Yo Yo Ma
Title: Re: Today's Game 2018
Post by: craig on March 04, 2018, 04:03:54 pm
Lester gets 50 pitches in to pitch into the 3rd, walked a couple, HR, three hits.  still has yips: knocked down a hard-hit ball, and tried to throw fairly decisively to first, but spiked it maybe half of the distance from the mound to first for an error.

On the TV part in spring training, they don't seem to show velocity readings, even though in the live mlb game-day gamecast (?) they do. 

Q:  Is there a way within the mlb.com gameday to go back and get full, pitch-by-pitch-with-velocity for an earlier inning?  I rewound and watched a couple of Lester batters, and was curious where his fastball was at.  I'd guess probably upper 80's again, but my eyeball guessing is terrible, so it wouldn't shock if he was touching 90 or faster.  I was just curious if there was a way for us as fans to go back and get the list velocities somewhere. 
Title: Re: Today's Game 2018
Post by: craig on March 04, 2018, 04:08:59 pm
I did watch a couple of pitches by Shae Simmons to K his last batter, and to see the gamecast listings.  He had several fastballs in the 94.7, 95.6, and 96.3 type range.  Looked pretty good, speed-wise.  His breaking ball looked sharp and hard to hit, like it will K guys if they chase; but also looked kind of reminiscent of Grimm and Strop and Rondon, that the couple I saw looked like they broke well outside the strikezone, chase pitches but not sure he can throw one for a strike if hitters lay off. 
Title: Re: Today's Game 2018
Post by: Deeg on March 04, 2018, 07:04:11 pm
Simmons intrigues me.  He could be a factor at some point this season.
Title: Re: Today's Game 2018
Post by: craig on March 04, 2018, 10:49:09 pm
Yes, based on today's inning I agree.  For now he appears to be healthy.  A chance the healthy version could recapture the prospect he was before getting hurt. 

He's got good velocity, as do Grimm and Maples and Rondon.   Will his control be better?  Hoping. 
Title: Re: Today's Game 2018
Post by: craig on March 05, 2018, 09:22:42 am
Lester ... still has yips: knocked down a hard-hit ball, and tried to throw fairly decisively to first, but spiked it maybe half of the distance from the mound to first for an error. ...

Apparently Lester spiking his throw into the ground is only partly yips, it's apparently his new plan.  To try to spike the ball into the ground and hope it can bounce/roll over and beat some runners. 

https://baseball.realgm.com/wiretap/48471/Jon-Lester-Using-Jordan-To-Pippen-Bounce-On-Throws-To-First

I can see a certain logic to that.  But the inability to have any clue where you'r going to throw it would still seem to impact, as on the play yesterday.  It was way off line, and it hit the ground, maybe half the distance to first.  But I can see the logic of intending to throw low; theoretically less of the two-base flying-it-over-the-head errors.  Rizzo should be able to keep most of the wild spikes in front of him and hold them to one-base losses instead of two.  And maybe by just letting it fly, sometimes it will bounce over in time within range of first to get an out. 

Who knows, perhaps by just letting it rip and throwing it into the grass, he'll start to "un-yip", and will start to get some over on one-bounce-on-the-grass for a while, then maybe he'll be even able to get it to the dirt, or in time actually get some in-flight to first? 

I assume the underhand will still be the way to go on 1st-base-side balls.  Not sure the spike would be usable as a pickoff throw.
Title: Re: Today's Game 2018
Post by: CUBluejays on March 05, 2018, 12:04:28 pm
He was doing that last year too.  Rizzo told him to try it.
Title: Re: Today's Game 2018
Post by: Deeg on March 05, 2018, 12:14:05 pm
It sounds funny to say about a guy with Darvish's track record, but it really seems to me that if someone (Hickey) could figure out the magic formula, he could be an order of magnitude better.  The guy is like a video game pitcher - he can pretty much make the ball do whatever he wants it to.  The trick is figuring out just how much of his arsenal he needs to use for maximum effectiveness.  He's not the easiest personality to deal with in that sense - very smart, very passionate in his views on pitching, stubborn, and (for lack of a better word) mischievous in his approach on the mound.
Title: Re: Today's Game 2018
Post by: brjones on March 05, 2018, 03:22:50 pm
Happ with a double and a homer through three ABs today in the leadoff spot. He's got the first shot at that job unless he gets hurt or crashes for the rest of the spring.
Title: Re: Today's Game 2018
Post by: Deeg on March 05, 2018, 03:26:06 pm
When you consider Happ did a lot of what he did last year as a 22 year-old, it's surprising he doesn't get more hype.
Title: Re: Today's Game 2018
Post by: brjones on March 05, 2018, 03:49:46 pm
Just cut the K rate from 31.2% last year to about 25%-26% this year.
Title: Re: Today's Game 2018
Post by: brjones on March 05, 2018, 03:50:22 pm
Happ singles in his third AB.
Title: Re: Today's Game 2018
Post by: craig on March 05, 2018, 04:00:13 pm
Almora is hitless thus far in camp.  It would be pretty cool to have a good young switch-hitting leadoff man with power who plays center.
Title: Re: Today's Game 2018
Post by: Bennett on March 05, 2018, 04:04:19 pm
https://youtu.be/RgZe1gVJK0U
Title: Re: Today's Game 2018
Post by: Bennett on March 05, 2018, 04:04:33 pm
https://youtu.be/olVWXayF044
Title: Re: Today's Game 2018
Post by: Bennett on March 05, 2018, 04:18:40 pm
https://youtu.be/dPJuJ1lNGV4
Title: Re: Today's Game 2018
Post by: brjones on March 05, 2018, 05:45:38 pm
Both those balls off Happ's bat had a great sound.
Title: Re: Today's Game 2018
Post by: guest61 on March 05, 2018, 05:49:19 pm
Who knew all along that we already had a good leadoff man?

I knew it would be ideal if Happ could be but I wasnt sure his game was suited for it.
Title: Re: Today's Game 2018
Post by: Ron on March 05, 2018, 06:08:06 pm
It may be a tad premature to anoint Happ just yet.
Title: Re: Today's Game 2018
Post by: wmljohn on March 05, 2018, 07:37:03 pm
Gary Scott > Ian Happ
Title: Re: Today's Game 2018
Post by: Jes Beard on March 05, 2018, 08:26:49 pm
Almora is hitless thus far in camp.  It would be pretty cool to have a good young switch-hitting leadoff man with power who plays center.

It also would be pretty cool to have one who can actually play center.
Title: Re: Today's Game 2018
Post by: Deeg on March 06, 2018, 02:29:00 pm
That was quite a wild ride in the first for Yu.
Title: Re: Today's Game 2018
Post by: vander-built on March 06, 2018, 04:22:57 pm
Heyward seems to be even worse. Guy is going to be an expensive fourth outfielder.
Title: Re: Today's Game 2018
Post by: craig on March 06, 2018, 04:29:32 pm
Almora gets his first hit of camp, HR.
Title: Re: Today's Game 2018
Post by: Deeg on March 06, 2018, 10:48:59 pm
Heyward seems to be even worse. Guy is going to be an expensive fourth outfielder.

Who's the third?

Unless Zobrist rebounds more than he probably will, it's hard to imagine Heyward won't get most of the starts against RHP.  Even if Happ and Schwarber are basically everyday players, I doubt Almora starts ahead of Heyward against a lot of righties.
Title: Re: Today's Game 2018
Post by: guest61 on March 07, 2018, 02:13:33 am
Carl Crawford...uh...I mean Jason Heyward plays against right handers for sure and Im his biggest hater.
Title: Re: Today's Game 2018
Post by: craig on March 07, 2018, 08:09:26 am
Who knows?  Maybe Heyward will hang in their over .250 average and a little north of .700 OPS, and will continue to play.  The computer projection on baseball ref has him hitting him .257 with .717 OPS. 

But computer projections have struggled with Heyward.  And Vander's comment was that Heyward looks even worse. 

This is baseball, so I think it's at least hypothetically **possible** that instead of the .250-Heyward, that we'll get something more like the playoff version, where he's a career .153 hitter (.458 OPS).  Built largely on his St. Louis season; with Cubs he's a .108 hitter.   His early spring (0.077) looks in keeping. 

I hope not, but probably have to acknowledge the *possibility* that he's going to be even worse than last year, and that he'll meritocracy his way to more bench time.  Who knows?   
Title: Re: Today's Game 2018
Post by: davep on March 07, 2018, 06:19:00 pm
Who's the third?

Unless Zobrist rebounds more than he probably will, it's hard to imagine Heyward won't get most of the starts against RHP.  Even if Happ and Schwarber are basically everyday players, I doubt Almora starts ahead of Heyward against a lot of righties.

Unless Heyward makes substantial improvement offensively, I would certainly take Almora in center over Heyward in center against all but the very best right handed pitchers.
Title: Re: Today's Game 2018
Post by: mO on March 07, 2018, 07:01:26 pm
Cubs live on MLBN tonight...
Title: Re: Today's Game 2018
Post by: Dave23 on March 07, 2018, 07:02:03 pm
What would make anyone think that Heyward would have more success against the very best RHP’s?
Title: Re: Today's Game 2018
Post by: Bennett on March 07, 2018, 07:09:30 pm
Ian Happ hit by a pitch to lead off the Cubs at Indians.  Len and JD are on the MLB Network and WGN local.
Title: Re: Today's Game 2018
Post by: CUBluejays on March 07, 2018, 07:12:39 pm
Lindor is good at baseball.
Title: Re: Today's Game 2018
Post by: CUBluejays on March 07, 2018, 07:53:15 pm
Do you think Bauer has nightmares about facing the Cubs?
Title: Re: Today's Game 2018
Post by: guest61 on March 07, 2018, 08:02:03 pm
No more than Heyward does about fastballs.
Title: Re: Today's Game 2018
Post by: CUBluejays on March 07, 2018, 08:23:17 pm
Almora just crushed a 3 run HR off of Bauer.
Title: Re: Today's Game 2018
Post by: ben on March 07, 2018, 08:24:01 pm
Wow!  Almora CRUSHED that fastball from Trevor Bauer!
Title: Re: Today's Game 2018
Post by: ben on March 07, 2018, 08:25:18 pm
Well said, CubBlueJay..."crushed" indeed!  Jerked that fastball WAY out to left!
Title: Re: Today's Game 2018
Post by: vander-built on March 07, 2018, 08:30:24 pm
I think schwarber almora happ from left to right is our best of.
Title: Re: Today's Game 2018
Post by: CUBluejays on March 07, 2018, 08:34:43 pm
I used to have my login as my last name and then I lost the password and had to come up with a new login, being in college at the time I thought Creighton University Bluejays would work well, and I shortened it to CUBluejays.  Never once did I realize that the first 3 letters spelled CUB or people would think it was a mash up of Cubs and Blue Jays.  I wish I was that creative.....
Title: Re: Today's Game 2018
Post by: CUBluejays on March 07, 2018, 08:37:55 pm
Simmons leaves with the trainer.
Title: Re: Today's Game 2018
Post by: Deeg on March 07, 2018, 08:38:52 pm
Heyward is going .280/350/420 or thereabouts this year.  You heard it here first.
Title: Re: Today's Game 2018
Post by: Ron on March 07, 2018, 08:43:42 pm
Heyward is going .280/350/420 or thereabouts this year.  You heard it here first.

I sure hope you are right. I like him a lot and would love it if he could get his stroke back.
Title: Re: Today's Game 2018
Post by: CUBluejays on March 07, 2018, 09:35:57 pm
Maples 3K, 11 pitches.
Title: Re: Today's Game 2018
Post by: Robb on March 07, 2018, 09:37:29 pm
That was filthy. If Maples can look like that even half the time, he could be the answer at closer for years to come. Wow
Title: Re: Today's Game 2018
Post by: grrrrlacher on March 07, 2018, 10:18:04 pm
I sure hope you are right. I like him a lot and would love it if he could get his stroke back.

And opt out of his contract.
Title: Re: Today's Game 2018
Post by: brjones on March 07, 2018, 10:19:16 pm
I had forgotten that Jeff Beliveau existed, but he's pitching the 9th inning for Cleveland.
Title: Re: Today's Game 2018
Post by: Chris27 on March 07, 2018, 11:00:06 pm
That burly lefty Baldonado had some nasty stuff in the 9th.
Title: Re: Today's Game 2018
Post by: Chris27 on March 07, 2018, 11:02:47 pm
https://twitter.com/realcubsinsider/status/971605938531520512
Title: Re: Today's Game 2018
Post by: craig on March 07, 2018, 11:04:36 pm
Maples 3K, 11 pitches.

Nice.  Maples and strikes would be a super friendly combination.  Hope that becomes more frequent.
Title: Re: Today's Game 2018
Post by: craig on March 07, 2018, 11:13:23 pm
That burly lefty Baldonado had some nasty stuff in the 9th.

Thanks, that's interesting.  He's only just turned 25, and until hitting the PCL where all pitchers get ugly numbers, he hasn't been consistently bad.  Being mostly a reliever he's only pitched 354 pro innings, and being from Panama which isn't necessarily a baseball hotbed, wouldn't surprise if he was relatively inexperienced prior to going pro.  I wonder if a guy like that might still have a chance to gain additional consistency with his control, and create a niche as a lefty big-league reliever at some point?  Probably wild is wild, though.  But worth tracking at Iowa, might end up a better yo-yo candidate that Florio and Frankoff...
Title: Re: Today's Game 2018
Post by: CUBluejays on March 07, 2018, 11:18:21 pm
The Mets AAA is in Vegas and it is a hitters paradise. Noah Syndergaard had a 4+ ERA his first season in Vegas.
Title: Re: Today's Game 2018
Post by: craig on March 07, 2018, 11:23:51 pm
Exactly. 

Still, if you look at his stats and compare innings to walks, it's usually around a 2:1 ratio, often with the walks a little bit higher.  Control has not really been a thing, much less command.   

Which might mean he'd fit right into the Cubs bullpen!!!  :)
Title: Re: Today's Game 2018
Post by: guest61 on March 08, 2018, 02:22:43 am
Simmons was pointing to his shoulder in the dugout.
Title: Re: Today's Game 2018
Post by: craig on March 08, 2018, 01:55:41 pm
That burly lefty Baldonado had some nasty stuff in the 9th.

I went back and watched that inning.  Yeah, he looked really interesting.  Mid-90's fastball, at least; and for that inning all of his fastballs were around the plate.  Wonder how he splits?  Could use a power LHP specialist. 
Title: Re: Today's Game 2018
Post by: davep on March 08, 2018, 02:06:47 pm
What would make anyone think that Heyward would have more success against the very best RHP’s?

H wouldn't.  But I hate to have a young kid totally overmatched.  Confidence can be a precarious thing.
Title: Re: Today's Game 2018
Post by: mO on March 08, 2018, 03:09:38 pm
Javier Baez left Thursday's Cactus League game against the Padres with an apparent hamstring injury.

Baez pulled up lame on a double into the left-center field gap in the bottom of the second inning. The timing isn't great here, as hamstring strains can sometimes take 3-4 weeks to recover from and Opening Day is exactly three weeks away. There should be an update about the severity of the injury by Thursday evening.
Title: Re: Today's Game 2018
Post by: Deeg on March 08, 2018, 03:18:59 pm
Guess Zobrist better dust off his 2B glove, assuming he's healthy enough to play.
Title: Re: Today's Game 2018
Post by: Bennett on March 08, 2018, 04:29:34 pm
@MDGonzales  6m6 minutes ago

Javy said he’s “100 percent,” just needs to hydrate, will get scheduled day off Friday
Title: Re: Today's Game 2018
Post by: Bennett on March 08, 2018, 04:33:42 pm

The double Javy pulled into 2B a little slowly

https://youtu.be/qJxoqxEpV7k
Title: Re: Today's Game 2018
Post by: Playtwo on March 08, 2018, 04:50:44 pm
Javy says he is fine.
Title: Re: Today's Game 2018
Post by: DelMarFan on March 08, 2018, 06:54:19 pm
Javy always seems to react dramatically to injuries that don't amount to anything.  Not saying he's hamming it up or anything--just that many times I've seen him down and thought "Oh, ****, he's really hurt" only to see him pop back up and keep playing.
Title: Re: Today's Game 2018
Post by: JR on March 08, 2018, 07:24:18 pm

Javy always seems to react dramatically to injuries that don't amount to anything.  Not saying he's hamming it up or anything--just that many times I've seen him down and thought "Oh, ****, he's really hurt" only to see him pop back up and keep playing.


I think it just goes to show he has a lot of that Cardinal Cub Grit in him.
Title: Re: Today's Game 2018
Post by: davep on March 08, 2018, 09:01:56 pm
You spelled --it wrong again.
Title: Re: Today's Game 2018
Post by: mO on March 09, 2018, 02:08:17 pm
Baez's hamstring 'still bothering him a bit'

Cubs manager Joe Maddon said Friday that Javier Baez's left hamstring is "still bothering him a bit."

"It's still there, it's still bothering him a bit," Maddon said. "We're trying to figure out exactly what's going on." Baez said he was merely dealing with a cramp when he was pulled from Thursday's game, but it appears it may be more serious than that. He's been ruled out of game action through at least Saturday. We could know more about his status later this weekend.
Title: Re: Today's Game 2018
Post by: Bennett on March 09, 2018, 02:32:21 pm
Lester gets through the first two innings on 15 pitches total.
Title: Re: Today's Game 2018
Post by: Chris27 on March 09, 2018, 03:07:25 pm
Don't think the weight loss has hurt his power...

https://twitter.com/kg_holler/status/972214794039320576
Title: Re: Today's Game 2018
Post by: grrrrlacher on March 09, 2018, 03:10:54 pm
Don't think the weight loss has hurt his power...

https://twitter.com/kg_holler/status/972214794039320576

Well that was only 8 rows deep.  He would have put that 20 rows deep last year.  What a disappointment.
Title: Re: Today's Game 2018
Post by: Deeg on March 09, 2018, 03:12:21 pm
Time to leave park: 0.2 seconds.

Well, maybe not - but it was quick.  Hard not to feel a sense of optimism about Kyle this season.
Title: Re: Today's Game 2018
Post by: Chris27 on March 09, 2018, 03:16:48 pm
Almora piling up the extra-base hits. Heyward even smoked a double.

https://twitter.com/kg_holler/status/972204756864262145

Title: Re: Today's Game 2018
Post by: Chris27 on March 09, 2018, 03:20:54 pm
David Bote impressed in the AFL. He sure takes one wicked cut:

https://twitter.com/kg_holler/status/972219949417672704
Title: Re: Today's Game 2018
Post by: guest61 on March 09, 2018, 06:24:49 pm
Bote could be useful.

He does take a healthy cut.
Title: Re: Today's Game 2018
Post by: Bennett on March 09, 2018, 06:26:09 pm
Bote could be useful.

He does take a healthy cut.
His swing reminds me of Glen Allen Hill
Title: Re: Today's Game 2018
Post by: brjones on March 09, 2018, 08:26:24 pm
I know Spring Training results mean nothing. And it's still early enough that the team on the field doesn't really resemble the regular season team at least half the time. But the Cubs are really dominating Spring Training. They're 11-2 with a +33 run differential. Hopefully this is a sign of things to come in the regular season.
Title: Re: Today's Game 2018
Post by: Playtwo on March 09, 2018, 08:52:02 pm
A lot of the damage has been done by the minor leaguers.
Title: Re: Today's Game 2018
Post by: davep on March 10, 2018, 02:13:54 pm
A lot of the damage has been done by the minor leaguers.

And they aren't even good enough to make the team.
Title: Re: Today's Game 2018
Post by: dallen7908 on March 10, 2018, 02:59:50 pm
The BA Prospect Handbook states that Bote profiles as a utility man in the Yangervis Solarte mode; Solarte has played 320 games at 3B, 140 games at 2B, 36 at SS, 38 at 1B, and 7 at LF during his major league career.

Bote is interesting because he puts up underwhelming numbers, does not wow Scouts, and yet gets written up by them as a potential major leaguer.  There is something intangible to like there beyond the fact that he has the "makeup and savvy" of a future major leaguer.
Title: Re: Today's Game 2018
Post by: Chris27 on March 10, 2018, 03:09:21 pm
Caratini one of the few Cubs with contact so far:

https://twitter.com/MLBPipeline/status/972578023231799296
Title: Re: Today's Game 2018
Post by: Chris27 on March 10, 2018, 03:10:57 pm
Hendricks has thrown 29 pitches, 28 for strikes so far.
Title: Re: Today's Game 2018
Post by: Chris27 on March 10, 2018, 03:14:02 pm
https://twitter.com/Cubs_Live/status/972574063162994688
Title: Re: Today's Game 2018
Post by: Ray on March 10, 2018, 03:25:50 pm
Hendricks is awesome.  I fully expect him to be the cubs best pitcher this year.
Title: Re: Today's Game 2018
Post by: Jes Beard on March 10, 2018, 07:36:36 pm
Hendricks has thrown 29 pitches, 28 for strikes so far.


Yeah.... but what did he register on the radar gun?
Title: Re: Today's Game 2018
Post by: davep on March 10, 2018, 08:41:24 pm
106 mph.  But some suspect that it may be a fast gun.
Title: Re: Today's Game 2018
Post by: brjones on March 10, 2018, 09:04:36 pm
Hendricks is awesome.  I fully expect him to be the cubs best pitcher this year.

I agree, Hendricks is awesome. And yet, I'm only expecting him to be the Cubs' third best pitcher this year behind Quintana and Darvish. The Cubs' pitching should be really good.
Title: Re: Today's Game 2018
Post by: guest61 on March 10, 2018, 09:54:39 pm
I say he's #4.
Title: Re: Today's Game 2018
Post by: CUBluejays on March 10, 2018, 09:57:52 pm
DJ Wilson is short, but the has tree trunks for legs.
Title: Re: Today's Game 2018
Post by: craig on March 10, 2018, 10:57:02 pm
I watched the 9th inning.  On back-to-back batters, Wilson made the two worst outfield throws I have ever seen. Missed home plate by about 40 feet on both of them.
Title: Re: Today's Game 2018
Post by: davep on March 11, 2018, 02:59:10 pm
Earlier in the game, Wilson had a great at bat, finally getting a single to right.  He was followed by Pieters, who had an outstanding at bat, fouling off strikes and taking close pitches for balls, and finally hitting a line drive double to right.  He was quite impressive considering that he is a converted pitcher.
Title: Re: Today's Game 2018
Post by: Chris27 on March 11, 2018, 03:56:42 pm
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Hh2jmnBQfeo
Title: Re: Today's Game 2018
Post by: Chris27 on March 11, 2018, 04:09:11 pm
Is there a 10-hole for Heyward?
Title: Re: Today's Game 2018
Post by: guest61 on March 11, 2018, 04:24:29 pm
Or a release hole?
Title: Re: Today's Game 2018
Post by: Chris27 on March 13, 2018, 03:29:26 pm
Strong 1st for Montgomery. Almost all strikes, three called to Wil Myers including a nasty breaking ball for the K.
Title: Re: Today's Game 2018
Post by: Chris27 on March 13, 2018, 03:47:03 pm
Almora creams an RBI double. A bit more elevation and that was gone. His second hit.
Title: Re: Today's Game 2018
Post by: Chris27 on March 13, 2018, 03:53:27 pm
Contreras hits one about 420 off the batter's eye in center.

4-0
Title: Re: Today's Game 2018
Post by: Chris27 on March 13, 2018, 03:54:33 pm
https://twitter.com/kg_holler/status/973663249823617024
Title: Re: Today's Game 2018
Post by: brjones on March 13, 2018, 09:10:28 pm
I just pulled up the night game on MLB.com.  First thing I noticed--it's weird to see McCutchen in a non-Pirates lineup.
Title: Re: Today's Game 2018
Post by: brjones on March 13, 2018, 09:16:14 pm
Happ homers off Bumgarner to start the game for the Cubs. That's his 5th homer this spring, and 3rd hitting from the right side. He couldn't have done any more to earn the leadoff spot so far this spring.
Title: Re: Today's Game 2018
Post by: brjones on March 13, 2018, 09:21:05 pm
Happ is now at .417/.500/1.208 for the spring.
Title: Re: Today's Game 2018
Post by: JR on March 13, 2018, 09:32:03 pm
Someone needs to tell him to save it for the season!
Title: Re: Today's Game 2018
Post by: brjones on March 13, 2018, 09:46:45 pm
Chatwood has 7 strikeouts through 3 innings. Not bad. If he can just stay healthy...
Title: Re: Today's Game 2018
Post by: craig on March 13, 2018, 10:06:36 pm
Chatwood hitting 93-94 a number of times. 

I've got kind of a Matt Clement sense with him.  Excellent stuff, perhaps inconsistent control.  Might look really good some days, might be too wild on others. 

It's kind of interesting to speculate whether a guy like Clement might have benefitted from modern-day technology.  Could the kind of pitch-sequencing and pitch-distribution analysis that Borzello and Hottovy do have helped him?  Could all the video have helped to analyze is delivery, and get a little more consistency? 
Title: Re: Today's Game 2018
Post by: Dave23 on March 13, 2018, 10:16:46 pm
Two things...

1) Colorado’s infield defense is terrible? Really? In what bizarro world?

2) Chatwood reminds me quite a bit of Matt Clement. I was a big Clement fan.
Title: Re: Today's Game 2018
Post by: Deeg on March 13, 2018, 10:24:11 pm
Chatwood's splits are not a mirage - he was a very good pitcher away from Coors.  If he can stay healthy he's going to pitch more like a #2-3 than a #4-5.
Title: Re: Today's Game 2018
Post by: Deeg on March 13, 2018, 10:26:51 pm
5-1-0-0-2-9 for Chatwood.
Title: Re: Today's Game 2018
Post by: brjones on March 13, 2018, 10:27:05 pm
Chatwood is probably done for tonight. Final line: 5 IP, 1 H, 0 R, 2 BB, 9 K. That's pretty good.
Title: Re: Today's Game 2018
Post by: Deeg on March 13, 2018, 10:29:03 pm
0.82 for Arizona.
Title: Re: Today's Game 2018
Post by: Ron on March 13, 2018, 11:27:51 pm
5-1-0-0-2-9 for Chatwood.

Have any other Cub pitchers gone 5 innings this spring?
Title: Re: Today's Game 2018
Post by: Bennett on March 14, 2018, 12:17:05 am
Have any other Cub pitchers gone 5 innings this spring?
Jon Lester went five scoreless innings against the Angels last Friday.
Title: Re: Today's Game 2018
Post by: Ron on March 14, 2018, 12:17:41 am
Jon Lester went five scoreless innings against the Angels last Friday.

Thanks.
Title: Re: Today's Game 2018
Post by: craig on March 14, 2018, 04:53:04 pm
Lester pitched minor-league game today.

89 pitches, 6K/1BB, scattered 8 hits and 4 earned runs over 5.1 innings. 
Title: Re: Today's Game 2018
Post by: Chris27 on March 14, 2018, 11:02:10 pm
If Maples had any chance to make the team he's kinda blowing it.
Title: Re: Today's Game 2018
Post by: Deeg on March 15, 2018, 03:50:02 pm
Heyward hits a home run, nobody posts...
Title: Re: Today's Game 2018
Post by: guest61 on March 15, 2018, 04:13:24 pm
Nobody's watching.
Title: Re: Today's Game 2018
Post by: Robb on March 15, 2018, 04:13:52 pm
Heyward hits about 1 or 2 dingers per month so this is just par for the course. Hard to get excited about.
Title: Re: Today's Game 2018
Post by: Robb on March 15, 2018, 04:15:17 pm
With his homer Heyward is hitting a robust .185 this spring. Obviously those changes to his swing have had an effect.
Title: Re: Today's Game 2018
Post by: Deeg on March 15, 2018, 04:44:15 pm
Damned if he does...
Title: Re: Today's Game 2018
Post by: Robb on March 15, 2018, 05:00:57 pm
After 2 years of his anemic production, forgive me if I don't get excited about him raising his average to .185. More important than the stats, he looks the same up there. Rolling over on most everything and grounding to 2nd base half his at bats. The other at bats mostly result in weak pop ups. Some of our pitchers run into one once in a while too.
Title: Re: Today's Game 2018
Post by: Chris27 on March 15, 2018, 05:05:04 pm
Hendricks: 6-3-1-1-0-7
Title: Re: Today's Game 2018
Post by: dogstoothe on March 16, 2018, 02:34:29 am
What does the fourth digit in the above sequence after Hendricks stand for?
Title: Re: Today's Game 2018
Post by: guest61 on March 16, 2018, 02:56:16 am
Earned runs.
Title: Re: Today's Game 2018
Post by: Chris27 on March 16, 2018, 04:22:12 pm
https://twitter.com/NBCSChicago/status/974756178419855361
Title: Re: Today's Game 2018
Post by: craig on March 16, 2018, 04:40:46 pm
Darvish got a hit. 
Title: Re: Today's Game 2018
Post by: Playtwo on March 16, 2018, 06:59:40 pm
Hancock pitched well again today.  I imagine he's in the running for a bullpen spot.
Title: Re: Today's Game 2018
Post by: dogstoothe on March 17, 2018, 02:08:15 am
Thanks Dusty.  So it's innings pitched -- hits -- runs -- earned runs -- walks -- strikeouts
Title: Re: Today's Game 2018
Post by: guest61 on March 17, 2018, 03:00:22 am
Yes sir.
Title: Re: Today's Game 2018
Post by: Deeg on March 17, 2018, 09:05:49 am
So apparently Yu hit 98 on the gun yesterday, though he swears it must be broken.
Title: Re: Today's Game 2018
Post by: Bennett on March 17, 2018, 11:33:33 am
(https://pbs.twimg.com/media/DYffr_-X4AAqlii.jpg:small)

They're available for only $39.99 but shipping is free!
Title: Re: Today's Game 2018
Post by: craig on March 17, 2018, 02:23:46 pm
Baez is scheduled to play today.
Title: Re: Today's Game 2018
Post by: guest61 on March 17, 2018, 07:23:52 pm
Those hats are ugly.
Title: Re: Today's Game 2018
Post by: Playtwo on March 17, 2018, 07:51:45 pm
Fantastic outing by Quintana.
Title: Re: Today's Game 2018
Post by: brjones on March 17, 2018, 07:53:12 pm
Top 3 Cy Young finish this year for Quintana. That's my bold prediction.
Title: Re: Today's Game 2018
Post by: craig on March 17, 2018, 10:40:22 pm
Butler's line won't look good; gave up 3 baserunners in the 4th and then reliever gave up grand slam.  But allowed only two baserunners during first three shutout innings.  I'd think that would score as a plus in his bid to make the roster as a reliever who can pitch 2-3 innings.  Good for him. 
Title: Re: Today's Game 2018
Post by: Chris27 on March 17, 2018, 11:15:27 pm
Double and a triple for Schwarber.

OPS nearing 1.200 for the spring.
Title: Re: Today's Game 2018
Post by: Robb on March 17, 2018, 11:25:54 pm
I was at the game in Vegas today. Quintana's outing was all the more impressive because the wind was howling out to center.
Title: Re: Today's Game 2018
Post by: craig on March 18, 2018, 07:57:37 am
Az Phil, on Butler/Wilson/Farrell game: 

".Justin Wilson was excellent today, pitching with confidence and combining a 96-97 MPH FB and a hard slider to produce an easy 1-2-3 inning. And --  HE THREW STRIKES!

Eddie Butler pitched very well for the first three innings today. He worked fast, didn't nibble, and all of his pitches were working for him (he deftly mixed a 92-94 FB, an 86-89 CT/SL, and a decent slow breaking ball). But then after he walked the second batter in the top of the 4th, it's like he just fell apart. He made an errant pick-off throw to 1st base that went 15 rows into the stands, then he walked the next guy, then he paid no attention when the runners at 1st and 2nd got great jumps and pulled off a double steal, and then he issued another walk to load the bases. It was like he was two different pitchers.

So I'm not sure what this all means for Butler going forward. Obviously he is not competing for a job in the Cubs starting rotation so how he performed in his 4th inning of work today probably doesn't matter much, because he was very good for the first three innings. And since he is out of minor league options, I would think the Cubs will probably just keep him on the 25-man roster and see how he performs in a multi-inning role out of the bullpen over the first month or so and then re-evaluate his spot on the roster.

RHP Luke Farrell worked the final three innings for the Cubs (he's getting stretched-out to be a SP at Iowa), and he racked up seven strikeouts. Farrell "pitches backwards," meaning he uses his 90-91 MPH FB to set up his plus-CV and CH, and he depends on plus-command to make it work. He had plus-command today."
Title: Re: Today's Game 2018
Post by: Playtwo on March 18, 2018, 11:04:27 am
Hannemann could easily have had 3 HRs yesterday.  In addition to his HR to LF, his two doubles were a shot way up on the CF wall and a blast to RF that hit the distance sign marker above the fence (probably should have been a ground rule HR).
Title: Re: Today's Game 2018
Post by: Chris27 on March 18, 2018, 05:26:04 pm
Chatwood clobbered by Jorge Soler today.
Title: Re: Today's Game 2018
Post by: Chris27 on March 18, 2018, 05:27:46 pm
Contreras did this to Danny Duffy:

https://twitter.com/Cubs/status/975488611637518337
Title: Re: Today's Game 2018
Post by: Chris27 on March 18, 2018, 05:31:15 pm
Schwarber: 1-1, 2 BB, and a steal

OPS probably near 1.300
Title: Re: Today's Game 2018
Post by: Chris27 on March 18, 2018, 05:33:05 pm
Wilson can't record an out. Three hits including a 3-run homer, and a walk.
Title: Re: Today's Game 2018
Post by: craig on March 19, 2018, 10:14:07 pm
Lester scatters 9 hits and 3 runs over 6 innings.  I listened to several of the latter innings while doing other stuff, so wasn't paying super close attention.  But seemed to give up several deep running-catch-at-the-wall outs and a rocket DP. 
Title: Re: Today's Game 2018
Post by: vander-built on March 19, 2018, 10:17:29 pm
When I checked the box score earlier it seemed like he was cruising through the first three.
Title: Re: Today's Game 2018
Post by: Chris27 on March 19, 2018, 11:07:03 pm
Schwarber 1-2 with a walk and lineout DP.
Title: Re: Today's Game 2018
Post by: Bennett on March 20, 2018, 12:28:25 pm
@MDGonzales   12m12 minutes ago

Kyle Hendricks scratched from today's minor league game start due to strep throat. will play catch, perhaps throw bullpen.
Title: Re: Today's Game 2018
Post by: Chris27 on March 21, 2018, 01:57:58 pm
Probably just about the exact regular season lineup today:

(https://pbs.twimg.com/media/DY1OLfZU0AAmt0E.jpg)
Title: Re: Today's Game 2018
Post by: brjones on March 21, 2018, 02:03:51 pm
Yeah, sub Russell for Zobrist or Baez, and I think that's the opening day lineup barring injury.
Title: Re: Today's Game 2018
Post by: JeffH on March 21, 2018, 02:25:22 pm
Cubs declining to use the DH.
Title: Re: Today's Game 2018
Post by: ben on March 21, 2018, 03:28:28 pm
What a tremendous, strong, accurate throw by Baez (playing SS) to nail Joey Gallo at the plate in the 1st inning!

Darvish struggling a bit in the 1st, as he normally does, but Cubs lead 1-0 after one.

Cubs-Rangers on MLB Network.
Title: Re: Today's Game 2018
Post by: ben on March 21, 2018, 03:39:21 pm
In top of the 2nd with Baez on and two out, Happ bunts for a single and Bryant then mashes a 3-run bomb on a 2-2 count vs Matt Moore.

4-0 Cubs.
Title: Re: Today's Game 2018
Post by: Chris27 on March 21, 2018, 03:42:08 pm
Schwarber drove in the first run after getting down 0-2 to Moore with the bases loaded before drilling a rope to the warning track in center for a sac fly.
Title: Re: Today's Game 2018
Post by: ben on March 21, 2018, 03:56:19 pm
Then, in the 3rd, Schwarber goes with the pitch and drills one over the LF's head and into the bullpen.  5-0, Cubs.
Title: Re: Today's Game 2018
Post by: Chris27 on March 21, 2018, 03:57:20 pm
Schwarber go boom.

Rocket out to LC after the 400ft liner to the wall his first time up.
Title: Re: Today's Game 2018
Post by: Chris27 on March 21, 2018, 03:58:14 pm
https://twitter.com/kg_holler/status/976563137280430080
Title: Re: Today's Game 2018
Post by: Chris27 on March 21, 2018, 04:08:51 pm
Quote
.400/.490/.825 in 49 plate appearances for Kyle Schwarber this spring through his first 2 PA today.

https://twitter.com/ckamka/status/976565950257377280
Title: Re: Today's Game 2018
Post by: Chris27 on March 21, 2018, 04:19:00 pm
That last half inning presented the big problem with Baez hitting 8th. Cubs had 2nd/3rd, nobody out after Heyward roped a double to right (really). Baez K'd after flailing at junk. Darvish would K and Happ popped up.
Title: Re: Today's Game 2018
Post by: Dave23 on March 21, 2018, 04:20:55 pm
Agreed...Baez should never hit 8th...
Title: Re: Today's Game 2018
Post by: Chris27 on March 21, 2018, 04:27:43 pm
Schwarber hit into a double play his 3rd AB but it took an incredible pick at 2nd and quick throw to barely get him.
Title: Re: Today's Game 2018
Post by: Ron on March 21, 2018, 04:36:52 pm
I am beginning to be optimistic about how Kyle Schwarber is going to do this season (at least at the plate).
Title: Re: Today's Game 2018
Post by: Chris27 on March 21, 2018, 05:12:18 pm
I don't know who this home plate ump is but he just called two balls strikes on Schwarber in the same at-bat.
Title: Re: Today's Game 2018
Post by: Chris27 on March 21, 2018, 05:19:12 pm
Darvish:  6-3-1-1-0-7
Title: Re: Today's Game 2018
Post by: craig on March 21, 2018, 05:47:02 pm
I am beginning to be optimistic about how Kyle Schwarber is going to do this season (at least at the plate).

Schwarber has been looking really, really good. 
Title: Re: Today's Game 2018
Post by: JR on March 21, 2018, 05:53:42 pm
Schwarber has been looking really, really good. 

He definitely put in his work this offseason to get into better shape.  Looks like it's paying some dividends.
Title: Re: Today's Game 2018
Post by: Deeg on March 21, 2018, 06:21:53 pm
Hard not to be crazy optimistic about Schwarber this season.  It's just spring, though.
Title: Re: Today's Game 2018
Post by: Deeg on March 21, 2018, 06:32:01 pm
Agreed...Baez should never hit 8th...

The issue is, with this lineup - who should?  It's a nice problem to have, but still a problem.  I'm inclined to agree that being the sort of hitter he is, Baez is a poor choice.  I'd be inclined to go Baez 7th, Russell 8th.
Title: Re: Today's Game 2018
Post by: ticohans on March 21, 2018, 06:36:49 pm
For his base running prowess, I might lean Baez 9th. Go Russell, P, Baez and then top of the order.
Title: Re: Today's Game 2018
Post by: brjones on March 21, 2018, 06:40:30 pm
Hard not to be crazy optimistic about Schwarber this season.  It's just spring, though.

Happ, Contreras, and even Russell too. The top 6 in the lineup should be really good if they can come anywhere close to carrying their spring performance into the season.
Title: Re: Today's Game 2018
Post by: Chris27 on March 21, 2018, 07:04:38 pm
Think Madden sees Russell as an RBI guy with big upside. Bet he's gonna hit 6th behind Schwarber against RHP.
Title: Re: Today's Game 2018
Post by: Deeg on March 22, 2018, 07:39:50 am
Darvish's stuff is ridiculously good.  It sounds funny to say about a guy who's almost won a couple of Cy Youngs, but he's barely scratched the surface of what he could become.  And so far this spring he looks unhittable.
Title: Re: Today's Game 2018
Post by: CurtOne on March 22, 2018, 07:41:16 am
We are all holding you personally responsible for all of his successes and failures, Deeg.
Title: Re: Today's Game 2018
Post by: Deeg on March 22, 2018, 07:50:11 am
I'll take that.
Title: Re: Today's Game 2018
Post by: Chris27 on March 22, 2018, 08:15:09 am
https://twitter.com/drewhockridge/status/976795105230127104
Title: Re: Today's Game 2018
Post by: CurtOne on March 22, 2018, 08:19:04 am
Had runners been on, that would have been a balk, right?
Title: Re: Today's Game 2018
Post by: Deeg on March 22, 2018, 08:53:51 am
I sure hope so.
Title: Re: Today's Game 2018
Post by: craig on March 22, 2018, 01:03:44 pm
Darvish's stuff is ridiculously good.  It sounds funny to say about a guy who's almost won a couple of Cy Youngs, but he's barely scratched the surface of what he could become.  And so far this spring he looks unhittable.

Agree, he's been really impressive.  I am very, very glad they added him. 
Title: Re: Today's Game 2018
Post by: dogstoothe on March 23, 2018, 02:42:30 am
That's what I love about reading posts from craig.  It's the way he says it -- not very very glad they added him -- but very, very glad they added him.
Title: Re: Today's Game 2018
Post by: craig on March 23, 2018, 07:46:06 am
Strop pitched 1-2-3 inning. 
Title: Re: Today's Game 2018
Post by: brjones on March 23, 2018, 03:19:41 pm
Another leadoff homer for Happ today.
Title: Re: Today's Game 2018
Post by: Playtwo on March 23, 2018, 05:16:14 pm
Morrow pulled after facing 2 batters in the 7th (infield single and BB).  I'm concerned.
Title: Re: Today's Game 2018
Post by: guest61 on March 23, 2018, 05:21:08 pm
Holland...
Title: Re: Today's Game 2018
Post by: brjones on March 23, 2018, 05:31:16 pm
Twitter says the Morrow outing was planned. He pitched in a minor league game yesterday and wanted him to go on back-to-back days. Is sounds like they just wanted to go through the routine of getting ready on a second consecutive day.

He was apparently throwing 97 mph.
Title: Re: Today's Game 2018
Post by: CurtOne on March 23, 2018, 05:36:47 pm
97 and wild
Title: Re: Today's Game 2018
Post by: Playtwo on March 23, 2018, 06:04:12 pm
Hancock with two scoreless, hitless innings to finish off today's win.  He deserves consideration for a spot in the pen to start the season.
Title: Re: Today's Game 2018
Post by: davep on March 24, 2018, 12:20:42 pm
If they feel that Butler has any chance at all, I would like to give the last spot to him, at least until he proves he isn't worth the investment.
Title: Re: Today's Game 2018
Post by: davep on March 24, 2018, 08:44:05 pm
Happ hits a first inning leadoff home run against Felix Hernandez of San Diego.  Hitting left handed, he hit it over the left field wall.
Title: Re: Today's Game 2018
Post by: brjones on March 24, 2018, 08:46:56 pm
Happ is good.
Title: Re: Today's Game 2018
Post by: davep on March 24, 2018, 09:04:08 pm
Happ just did something I don't think I have ever seen before.  With a runner on third base, there was a line drive to shallow center field that Happ came in and caught chest high.  He then threw the ball to home plate, but followed through on his throw so far that he actually did a forward summersalt while completing the throw.  The throw came in to the catcher on the fly but was just too late go get Dee Gordon.

Then, in the same inning, he dove for a line drive in right center, catching it an inch above the ground while completely extended.  All in all, an impressive first inning for Happ.
Title: Re: Today's Game 2018
Post by: davep on March 24, 2018, 09:19:54 pm
Watching Jean Segura play for San Diego makes me thing of the time he became the only player in major league history to steal first base.  And he almost stole second base twice in the same inning, even though having only one plate appearance in the inning.
Title: Re: Today's Game 2018
Post by: brjones on March 24, 2018, 09:19:56 pm
Bryant singles off Gray with 1 out in the first inning. Appel is still out of baseball.

Gray picks Bryant off.
Title: Re: Today's Game 2018
Post by: brjones on March 24, 2018, 10:41:21 pm
Strop looked dominant. You'd never know he was hurt for most of spring training.
Title: Re: Today's Game 2018
Post by: craig on March 24, 2018, 10:58:27 pm
Butler does OK, 2 runs in first, but 5-4-2-2-1-1.  Montgomery also did fine, 4-2-0-0-2-2. 

Those guys aren't K-guys, but if they throw strikes and keep the ball down and in the park, they can fill in some innings without needing to K a ton of guys.  Low K's with low walks and low-HR can be OK, I think.
Title: Re: Today's Game 2018
Post by: Dave23 on March 24, 2018, 11:03:18 pm
I can tell already that I’m going to get really sick and tired of watching Heyward put shitty swings on cookie pitches all season long.
Title: Re: Today's Game 2018
Post by: CUBluejays on March 24, 2018, 11:14:43 pm
I wouldn't be shocked to see Schwarber, Almora and Happ are playing in the OF most of the time by May.
Title: Re: Today's Game 2018
Post by: guest61 on March 24, 2018, 11:18:50 pm
I expect that they will.
Title: Re: Today's Game 2018
Post by: Chris27 on March 25, 2018, 03:28:03 pm
Hendricks: 4-1-0-0-2-2
Title: Re: Today's Game 2018
Post by: chgojhawk on March 25, 2018, 08:01:34 pm
I wouldn't be shocked to see Schwarber, Almora and Happ are playing in the OF most of the time by May.

I have that on pretty good authority!!  A very short leash for Zo and JHey this year.
Title: Re: Today's Game 2018
Post by: craig on March 25, 2018, 08:49:34 pm
Think Baez is an important component there.  I Baez hit well enough to start every day, and likewise Happ and Schwarber,  then you'd basically have Heyward, Zobrist, and Almora competing for starts at the 3rd outfield spot.
Hopefully one would step up.  Almora should be fine at least versus LH. 

If none of the three can hit RHP this year, you could also then turn to LaStella, with Bryant in outfield.
Title: Re: Today's Game 2018
Post by: craig on March 25, 2018, 08:50:53 pm
Zobrist got two hits and a walk today. 
Title: Re: Today's Game 2018
Post by: ticohans on March 26, 2018, 08:13:48 am
I have that on pretty good authority!!  A very short leash for Zo and JHey this year.

chgoj, always appreciate any information you’re able to provide from your source.
Title: Re: Today's Game 2018
Post by: Chris27 on March 26, 2018, 05:35:44 pm
Schwarber and Caratini with b2b hits, both move up a base on the throw. Always good to have speedsters.
Title: Re: Today's Game 2018
Post by: brjones on March 26, 2018, 05:41:17 pm
I wouldn't be shocked to see Schwarber, Almora and Happ are playing in the OF most of the time by May.

With Caratini on the roster and needing playing time, I wouldn’t be surprised to see Contreras getting a game a week in the outfield too. The bat is too valuable to bench 2-3 times a week so that Caratini can get enough playing time.
Title: Re: Today's Game 2018
Post by: Playtwo on March 26, 2018, 05:44:21 pm
I'd give Contreras 5 starts/week.  Between 2 starts/week and pinch hitting, that would be enough ABs for Caratini.  And there would be no need to play Contreras in the OF.
Title: Re: Today's Game 2018
Post by: Deeg on March 26, 2018, 06:03:25 pm
Caratini also gives you another lefty bat against the really tough RHP.
Title: Re: Today's Game 2018
Post by: Chris27 on March 26, 2018, 06:23:57 pm
https://twitter.com/realcubsinsider/status/978400612189483008
Title: Re: Today's Game 2018
Post by: craig on March 26, 2018, 07:24:33 pm
I'd think Caratini should start at least once per week.  Contreras is hyper and wants to play every day, but need to protect him for October.  Once a week may be fine when Contreras is 100%, as is presumably true now.  But it's a long season and catchers get pounded.  The usage can change when he's variably banged up or tired. 

I like having a backup who's a competitive hitter, makes it easier to keep things going without starter, and also makes it easier to rest starter when he could use some. 

Obviously Darvish and Lester can't limit base-stealers, so need Contreras catching all of there starts.  Maybe Caratini should just be personal catcher for Q, or maybe Hendricks? 
Title: Re: Today's Game 2018
Post by: CUBluejays on March 26, 2018, 07:31:11 pm
I think Hendricks is an easy guy to learn to catch at the MLB level with.
Title: Re: Today's Game 2018
Post by: chgojhawk on March 26, 2018, 07:55:32 pm
chgoj, always appreciate any information you’re able to provide from your source.

A handful of tidbits.....as mentioned, there will be a short leash with JHey and Zo.  If they aren't hitting by mid May they will be sitting.
Wade Davis almost pulled a Dexter Fowler and came back.  It was totally unexpected as the expectation was that Davis would leave after his 1 season as a Cub.  He and his wife loved it here.
Jake was a distant 3rd behind Darvish and Cobb.  Was surprised to hear that he wasn't all that well liked by teammates.  I hadn't heard that previously.
Team really thinks Chili Davis will make a difference for the team. 
Team is building a world class rehab facility at Wrigley.  The hope is that by doing so they will get a leg up on the Tyson Ross' and Drew Smyly's of baseball.

Title: Re: Today's Game 2018
Post by: chgojhawk on March 27, 2018, 12:15:02 pm
A little more that I will share...Lester is NOT taking it easy this spring.  His velo is down and not likely coming back.  The hope is that he can still get outs despite the lower gun readings.  With that said, the team is pretty giddy about the potential of Chatwood.  Lester may be #5 by the end of the year. 
Title: Re: Today's Game 2018
Post by: craig on March 27, 2018, 12:34:31 pm
Thanks, jhawk. 

Tangent, Az Phil was at Lester's last outing, over the weekend, a late-morning thing against minor leaguers.  Said he gave up a couple of HR's, and maxed at 89.  May be that with a morning outing for his last round prior to real season, that perhaps he *was* relaxing then?  We'll see. 
Title: Re: Today's Game 2018
Post by: Deeg on March 27, 2018, 05:50:48 pm
Obviously three straight NLCS and a WS title speak for themselves, but the Cubs sure owe a lot of money to Jon Lester and Jason Heyward...
Title: Re: Today's Game 2018
Post by: davep on March 27, 2018, 09:52:40 pm
And in spite of that, they signed Darvish to a major contract.  This organization is certainly not cheap.
Title: Re: Today's Game 2018
Post by: Deeg on March 29, 2018, 07:43:44 am
Joe going with the old L-R-L-R stagger for opening day.
Title: Re: Today's Game 2018
Post by: Playtwo on March 29, 2018, 08:10:18 am
http://www.nbcsports.com/chicago/cubs/glanville-undeniable-romance-opening-day-santo-grace-sandberg-caray-williams-jenkins

Nice article by Glanville on the meaning of opening day.

Title: Re: Today's Game 2018
Post by: brjones on March 29, 2018, 08:48:36 am
(https://pbs.twimg.com/media/DZdYB_1WkAAWWW1.jpg:small)
Title: Re: Today's Game 2018
Post by: Bennett on March 29, 2018, 11:43:49 am
What a Start!
Title: Re: Today's Game 2018
Post by: Dave23 on March 29, 2018, 11:44:00 am
HAPP!
Title: Re: Today's Game 2018
Post by: guest61 on March 29, 2018, 11:44:12 am
Yes sir.
Title: Re: Today's Game 2018
Post by: Bennett on March 29, 2018, 11:44:48 am
Nice prediction by JD
Title: Re: Today's Game 2018
Post by: Bennett on March 29, 2018, 11:54:44 am
https://youtu.be/bUWEFeDTPVo
Title: Re: Today's Game 2018
Post by: brjones on March 29, 2018, 11:59:54 am
Jason Heyward is tied for the MLB lead in RBI and OBP.
Title: Re: Today's Game 2018
Post by: grrrrlacher on March 29, 2018, 12:07:32 pm
Ok I may be out of luck since I switched to HULU live from DirecTV.  Its blocking the ESPN feed here in Indy and I don't get WGN now.  I hate that Indy is in Chicago's blackout area - it doesn't make any sense.
Title: Re: Today's Game 2018
Post by: JR on March 29, 2018, 12:18:07 pm
Season's off to a nice start!
Title: Re: Today's Game 2018
Post by: EightyTwo on March 29, 2018, 12:21:28 pm
Rizzo!!
Title: Re: Today's Game 2018
Post by: wmljohn on March 29, 2018, 12:29:33 pm
I want to up my season prediction to 161 wins.
Title: Re: Today's Game 2018
Post by: method on March 29, 2018, 12:34:11 pm
its the marlins....
Title: Re: Today's Game 2018
Post by: JR on March 29, 2018, 12:38:02 pm
Too soon to get excited about Heyward turning a corner?
Title: Re: Today's Game 2018
Post by: wmljohn on March 29, 2018, 12:39:14 pm
Even Heyward trying to make the All Star team this year.  :)

Title: Re: Today's Game 2018
Post by: brjones on March 29, 2018, 12:50:06 pm
It doesn't look like losing weight has helped Schwarber in the field so far.
Title: Re: Today's Game 2018
Post by: mO on March 29, 2018, 12:50:32 pm
nope
Title: Re: Today's Game 2018
Post by: brjones on March 29, 2018, 12:52:05 pm
Dumb time to play the infield in.
Title: Re: Today's Game 2018
Post by: wmljohn on March 29, 2018, 12:53:09 pm
I want to update my season prediction to 10 - 152
Title: Re: Today's Game 2018
Post by: Bennett on March 29, 2018, 01:00:27 pm
Jon Lester thru 3 - 29 balls, 36 strikes
Title: Re: Today's Game 2018
Post by: Bennett on March 29, 2018, 01:02:13 pm
https://youtu.be/_jljcS4AesM
Title: Re: Today's Game 2018
Post by: brjones on March 29, 2018, 01:32:03 pm
This has been a fairly sloppy game so far for the Cubs.
Title: Re: Today's Game 2018
Post by: Robb on March 29, 2018, 01:34:42 pm
Big k by Cishek there.
Title: Re: Today's Game 2018
Post by: craig on March 29, 2018, 01:39:03 pm
Cishek, pitches out of two difficult jams. Nice debut for the man. 

It's nice having the mound-visit limit.  Willson would have otherwise been walking out there 15 times during these last two innings. 
Title: Re: Today's Game 2018
Post by: Robb on March 29, 2018, 01:47:25 pm
Guererro k's the side and made three top 3 in the order look foolish doing so.
Title: Re: Today's Game 2018
Post by: JR on March 29, 2018, 01:48:01 pm
I wonder who’s going to pick him up in the fantasy league.
Title: Re: Today's Game 2018
Post by: Robb on March 29, 2018, 01:49:47 pm
Shouldn't take long.
Title: Re: Today's Game 2018
Post by: CurtOne on March 29, 2018, 01:52:58 pm
He was on my scout team.
Title: Re: Today's Game 2018
Post by: craig on March 29, 2018, 01:55:23 pm
Lets get some runs. 
Title: Re: Today's Game 2018
Post by: craig on March 29, 2018, 02:02:57 pm
Schwarber!  HR, insurance run.  Three solo homers on the day for the Cubs. 
Title: Re: Today's Game 2018
Post by: JR on March 29, 2018, 02:03:52 pm
Nice to see Happ and Schwarber showing up big right off the bat.

Those are two big players for us if we're going to have a truly great season.
Title: Re: Today's Game 2018
Post by: Ron on March 29, 2018, 02:15:05 pm
To the extent that Chili Davis' strength is the mental aspect of hitting, I think Javy Baez will probably present his biggest challenge.
Title: Re: Today's Game 2018
Post by: brjones on March 29, 2018, 02:18:28 pm
Nice 2 out double by La Stella. 8-4 Cubs.
Title: Re: Today's Game 2018
Post by: craig on March 29, 2018, 02:19:00 pm
La Stella!  Clutch 2-out 2-run double. 
Title: Re: Today's Game 2018
Post by: brjones on March 29, 2018, 02:27:55 pm
Interesting that Happ is staying in CF even though Almora came in as a defensive replacement.
Title: Re: Today's Game 2018
Post by: Dave23 on March 29, 2018, 02:28:14 pm
3AM bitches!
Title: Re: Today's Game 2018
Post by: Playtwo on March 29, 2018, 02:29:15 pm
Discouraging to see Lester unable to challenge hitters even with a big lead.
Title: Re: Today's Game 2018
Post by: Playtwo on March 29, 2018, 02:30:19 pm
What a gun Javy has.
Title: Re: Today's Game 2018
Post by: davep on March 29, 2018, 02:43:34 pm
And that was one of the quickest turns of a double play that you will ever see.
Title: Re: Today's Game 2018
Post by: Playtwo on March 29, 2018, 02:48:10 pm
Wilson with a clean 8th.  That's nice to see.
Title: Re: Today's Game 2018
Post by: Playtwo on March 29, 2018, 02:51:00 pm
CJ to pitch the 9th?
Title: Re: Today's Game 2018
Post by: Playtwo on March 29, 2018, 02:58:54 pm
Montgomery pitching in the 9th for some reason.
Title: Re: Today's Game 2018
Post by: CurtOne on March 29, 2018, 03:00:15 pm
Showcasing?
Title: Re: Today's Game 2018
Post by: brjones on March 29, 2018, 03:01:35 pm
Cubs win.
Title: Re: Today's Game 2018
Post by: Playtwo on March 29, 2018, 03:01:55 pm
Cishek gets the win.  Nice way to start the year.
Title: Re: Today's Game 2018
Post by: JeffH on March 29, 2018, 03:49:02 pm
I hope Montgomery pitching the 9th with a four run lead is the start of a trend of not treating such games like a key postseason game.
Title: Re: Today's Game 2018
Post by: craig on March 29, 2018, 03:50:59 pm
Think it was nice to have a lot of relievers get off to a good start and get some season-debut nerves out of the way.
Title: Re: Today's Game 2018
Post by: Playtwo on March 29, 2018, 04:05:36 pm
I expected CJ in the 9th.  A pseudo save situation.
Title: Re: Today's Game 2018
Post by: davep on March 29, 2018, 04:11:13 pm
Wilson looked good, especially his command.  I think he can be an outstanding asset to this team.
Title: Re: Today's Game 2018
Post by: Playtwo on March 29, 2018, 04:13:02 pm
At this rate, Lester will need a lot of starts to make 200 innings!
Title: Re: Today's Game 2018
Post by: craig on March 29, 2018, 04:13:37 pm
How was Lester's velocity?
Title: Re: Today's Game 2018
Post by: davep on March 29, 2018, 04:13:57 pm
Especially if he is treated like the fifth starter.
Title: Re: Today's Game 2018
Post by: Playtwo on March 29, 2018, 04:19:18 pm
craig, I didn't notice gun readings for Lester.
Title: Re: Today's Game 2018
Post by: Robb on March 29, 2018, 04:23:09 pm
The fastest pitch I saw was 91 mph
Title: Re: Today's Game 2018
Post by: Chris27 on March 29, 2018, 05:06:57 pm
How was Lester's velocity?

Upper 80's mostly.
Title: Re: Today's Game 2018
Post by: CurtOne on March 29, 2018, 05:19:56 pm
I appreciate the positive and steady pxp today
Title: Re: Today's Game 2018
Post by: Ron on March 29, 2018, 06:13:42 pm
I was unable to watch most of the game today. I'm curious what was involved in Schwarber's error.

The bullpen was obviously as impressive as Lester wasn't.  The predictions that Lester is likely to end up being the #4 (or maybe #5) member of the rotation were not diminished today.

I was impressed that Happ had yet another leadoff HR.  Not so much by his three strikeouts though. I really hope he's not going to be an all or nothing guy.
Title: Re: Today's Game 2018
Post by: Deeg on March 29, 2018, 06:24:15 pm
Lester is a big worry, really.  He and the bullpen are my two biggest.  We have enough if we stay healthy for the rotation to be OK if Lester is now a 5th starter, but that's a big dropoff if it happens.

Still - a win's a win.
Title: Re: Today's Game 2018
Post by: guest61 on March 29, 2018, 06:25:12 pm
Lester's defense killed him.

He wasnt horrible.

He wasnt good either.

Title: Re: Today's Game 2018
Post by: Deeg on March 29, 2018, 06:45:56 pm
Nice edit.
Title: Re: Today's Game 2018
Post by: guest61 on March 29, 2018, 07:16:19 pm
Lol

You got me.
Title: Re: Today's Game 2018
Post by: CUBluejays on March 29, 2018, 08:36:15 pm
ADP Boy

@CTowersCBS
 WAY TOO EARLY ANALYSIS: Jon Lester averaged 90.2 mph with his fastball. Was at 91.7 last year, and that was down from the previous year.
Danny Parkins

@DannyParkins
 With the help of @shane_riordan it looks like Jon Lester topped out at 91.6 MPH today. That's suboptimal.
Title: Re: Today's Game 2018
Post by: DelMarFan on March 29, 2018, 08:39:49 pm
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I hope Montgomery pitching the 9th with a four run lead is the start of a trend of not treating such games like a key postseason game.

Agree.  I was pretty surprised.  Like P2, I was expecting Edwards.
Title: Re: Today's Game 2018
Post by: brjones on March 29, 2018, 11:02:02 pm
WAY TOO EARLY ANALYSIS: Jon Lester averaged 90.2 mph with his fastball. Was at 91.7 last year, and that was down from the previous year.

For the first start of the year, that's probably not that bad. Pitchers are usually down a little in the first month of the season...if he's down 1.5 mph now, that probably improves to a non-alarming drop later in a bigger sample.
Title: Re: Today's Game 2018
Post by: Chris27 on March 29, 2018, 11:11:40 pm
Are we sure pitchers' velocity is down the first month of the season as a general rule?
Title: Re: Today's Game 2018
Post by: brjones on March 29, 2018, 11:19:21 pm
This may be dated, but it's a graph from a BP article from 2011 (based on the 2008-10 seasons).

(https://legacy.baseballprospectus.com/u/images/fastball_speed_delta_by_date.jpg)

Fastball speed for an average major-league pitcher starts at its lowest point in early April, rises by about 1.0-1.5 mph to a peak in the month of July, and declines gradually thereafter. These trends apply similarly to starting pitchers and relief pitchers. However, the fastball speed curve looks suspiciously like a graph of temperature.

https://www.baseballprospectus.com/news/article/13380/spinning-yarn-do-spring-speeds-matter/
Title: Re: Today's Game 2018
Post by: CUBluejays on March 29, 2018, 11:31:35 pm
In 2017 Lester started at 90.08 and ended in playoffs at 92.6. That doesn’t guarantee his velocity will rebound this year though.  You’d like to see him at 91 something by April.  He’s likely going to lose some velocity this year and he needs to adjust to pitching at lower velocities. It might take him a bit, but he’s got the secondaries and usually good enough command to make it work.

Title: Re: Today's Game 2018
Post by: guest61 on March 30, 2018, 02:52:26 am
You all hate on Lester too much.

Ill take him over Hendricks any day of the week.
Title: Re: Today's Game 2018
Post by: DelMarFan on March 30, 2018, 03:08:29 am
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Ill take him over Hendricks any day of the week.

Nope.
Title: Re: Today's Game 2018
Post by: craig on March 30, 2018, 08:32:15 am
Thanks, br, that graph was quite interesting.  Hadn't realized the low-April was such a thing.  That September is down is not surprising, given a lot of guys are tired and pitching on fumes then.

Not sure Lester getting it up to 92 in playoffs is that meaningful?  Very small sample, plus pitching on adrenalin,  plus he'd been kinda given a month of rest, then another lengthy rest prior to is Washington start, right?  Not like he was sustaining 92 mph over a month of 5-day-rotation starts or anything...

But, hopefully he'll pick it up some and give a lot of good starts over the season.  And hopefully Chatwood and the other four will pitch really well, so that Lester can pitch well but still be viewed as the #5 starter.   

Title: Re: Today's Game 2018
Post by: brjones on March 30, 2018, 09:15:00 am
One key point with that graph—the correlation with temperature looks almost exactly the same—velocity rises as temperature increases.  So it’s not 100% clear what the main contributing factor is between temperature and working more (or if it’s some combination of both). If it’s really mainly a factor of temperature, the velocity yesterday is less encouraging since it was a nice day in Miami.
Title: Re: Today's Game 2018
Post by: craig on March 30, 2018, 10:55:44 am
I know nothing, but my guess is the temp correlation is correlation, but not with a cause-effect relationship.  May be wrong; certainly it would seem easier to get really loose when it's warm, and perhaps there is some finesse in the velocity-measuring technology that is impacted by temperature?  Beats me. 

But I'd kinda guess in early spring guys are kinda building themselves up; and that by late season everybody is dinged and tired and sore, and some having less adrenalin and urgency to go all-out if their team is kinda grinding out the season?

Beats me.  The good news, I guess, is that Lester was faster yesterday than he'd been in any of his outings in Mesa.
Title: Re: Today's Game 2018
Post by: craig on March 30, 2018, 11:19:28 am
Q on Schwarber's defense:  he misjudged and overran the single, running past it so that it could go for a triple or whatever. 

But on the other triple, where he klutzed into the wall: would a decent left fielder or a guy positioned correctly have had a chance to catch it?  Or did his clumsiness on that one really make no difference? Or at most only klutzed a double into a triple, rather than actually costing an out? 
Title: Re: Today's Game 2018
Post by: CurtOne on March 30, 2018, 11:25:53 am
I know nothing, but my guess is the temp correlation is correlation, but not with a cause-effect relationship.  May be wrong; certainly it would seem easier to get really loose when it's warm, and perhaps there is some finesse in the velocity-measuring technology that is impacted by temperature?  Beats me. 

But I'd kinda guess in early spring guys are kinda building themselves up; and that by late season everybody is dinged and tired and sore, and some having less adrenalin and urgency to go all-out if their team is kinda grinding out the season?

Beats me.  The good news, I guess, is that Lester was faster yesterday than he'd been in any of his outings in Mesa.
In the WS, pitchers were complaining the ball were slippery.  During the season, wouldn't slipperiness, height of seams, humidifered balls, rain wet balls, etc. all effect velocity during the year?
Title: Re: Today's Game 2018
Post by: brs2 on March 30, 2018, 11:38:27 am
Q on Schwarber's defense:  he misjudged and overran the single, running past it so that it could go for a triple or whatever. 

But on the other triple, where he klutzed into the wall: would a decent left fielder or a guy positioned correctly have had a chance to catch it?  Or did his clumsiness on that one really make no difference? Or at most only klutzed a double into a triple, rather than actually costing an out? 

I think it was catchable with a better route.
Title: Re: Today's Game 2018
Post by: craig on March 30, 2018, 11:54:33 am
Thanks, brs2.

By the way, welcome to the board.  I look forward to more posts. :)
Title: Re: Today's Game 2018
Post by: Bennett on March 30, 2018, 01:30:56 pm
(https://pbs.twimg.com/media/DZjnAAJWkAAwBuO.jpg:small)
Title: Re: Today's Game 2018
Post by: CurtOne on March 30, 2018, 01:46:21 pm
I predict a no hitter for Hendricks today.
Title: Re: Today's Game 2018
Post by: CurtOne on March 30, 2018, 01:46:54 pm
If I'm wrong, no one will remember.  If I'm right, I will be king of the board!
Title: Re: Today's Game 2018
Post by: Bennett on March 30, 2018, 01:55:24 pm
There's a decent chance the anemic Marlins lineup will be no-hit at some time during the season.
Title: Re: Today's Game 2018
Post by: DelMarFan on March 30, 2018, 02:08:06 pm
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But on the other triple, where he klutzed into the wall: would a decent left fielder or a guy positioned correctly have had a chance to catch it?  Or did his clumsiness on that one really make no difference? Or at most only klutzed a double into a triple, rather than actually costing an out?

It was very catchable.  I'm hoping it was opening day jitters and not a sign of how awful his defense is going to be.  Previously I assessed his defense as "passable" or maybe "below average" but not Holliday or Adam Dunn or Glenallen Hill bad.  Yesterday was bad.
Title: Re: Today's Game 2018
Post by: CurtOne on March 30, 2018, 02:26:40 pm
Alex Gordon was horrible in the outfield when he was first moved.  He worked hard and became recognized as a decent oufielder.  I think Kyle has the same make up.
Title: Re: Today's Game 2018
Post by: JeffH on March 30, 2018, 05:32:43 pm
Curt, Gordon is a five time Gold Glove award winner.
Title: Re: Today's Game 2018
Post by: JeffH on March 30, 2018, 05:34:16 pm
Interesting that Schwarber is the surviving outfielder versus LHP, at least so far.  I had wondered whether Joe might leave Happ in CF with Almora in RF and Zobrist in LF.
Title: Re: Today's Game 2018
Post by: JR on March 30, 2018, 05:42:58 pm
Maybe spring should be discounted, but I'd be putting Happ in the lineup every single day until he started slowing down.  At the very least, not much of a reward for hitting the first pitch of the season for a home run.
Title: Re: Today's Game 2018
Post by: JeffH on March 30, 2018, 05:50:23 pm
Fun fact:  Ian Happ hit 33 home runs in 227 minor league games.  He's hit 25 home runs in 116 major league games.

As Theo likes to say, player development is not linear.
Title: Re: Today's Game 2018
Post by: CUBluejays on March 30, 2018, 06:00:50 pm
The Cubs like Schwarber's chances against former Rule 5 pick Caleb Smith's change up is the reason he is getting the start.
Title: Re: Today's Game 2018
Post by: CurtOne on March 30, 2018, 06:04:53 pm
Curt, Gordon is a five time Gold Glove award winner.
Yes, that was my point.  At first, he was horrible.  He made himself a Gold Glove.
Title: Re: Today's Game 2018
Post by: Robb on March 30, 2018, 06:14:58 pm
Is Hunter Wendelstedt drunk?
Title: Re: Today's Game 2018
Post by: Robb on March 30, 2018, 06:22:25 pm
I guess in fairness, it does look like WGN's box is a little low.
Title: Re: Today's Game 2018
Post by: Playtwo on March 30, 2018, 06:23:03 pm
The box isn't even close.
Title: Re: Today's Game 2018
Post by: Deeg on March 30, 2018, 06:48:14 pm
Alex Gordon's defensive metrics were very good in the OF as soon as he started playing there regularly.
Title: Re: Today's Game 2018
Post by: Playtwo on March 30, 2018, 06:56:15 pm
Bryant with a bomb.  The Cubs are not showing any signs of reducing their K rate, though.
Title: Re: Today's Game 2018
Post by: Bennett on March 30, 2018, 07:01:50 pm
The box isn't even close.
Len just said they are having some calibration issues with PitchTrax and will have it back up soon.
Title: Re: Today's Game 2018
Post by: Deeg on March 30, 2018, 07:03:33 pm
Hendricks was having some issues with walks early last season, too.

How's his velocity?
Title: Re: Today's Game 2018
Post by: Playtwo on March 30, 2018, 07:03:54 pm
Walk by Hendricks comes back to bite him.
Title: Re: Today's Game 2018
Post by: Playtwo on March 30, 2018, 07:05:21 pm
Fast ball around 87.
Title: Re: Today's Game 2018
Post by: Playtwo on March 30, 2018, 07:40:11 pm
I'm afraid there will be a lot of days like this.  Where the offense can't get going against a mediocre starter.  I hope they prove me wrong.
Title: Re: Today's Game 2018
Post by: Playtwo on March 30, 2018, 07:45:29 pm
Contreras looks mystified by Caleb Smith.
Title: Re: Today's Game 2018
Post by: CUBluejays on March 30, 2018, 08:29:44 pm
Smith was throwing 93 with movement.  I think you might be under estimating him.
Title: Re: Today's Game 2018
Post by: Robb on March 30, 2018, 08:34:00 pm
My feed is suddenly having problems.
Title: Re: Today's Game 2018
Post by: CUBluejays on March 30, 2018, 08:55:52 pm
Home plate ump squeezed Edwards that inning.
Title: Re: Today's Game 2018
Post by: JR on March 30, 2018, 08:57:26 pm
Edwards is pumped!  I feel sorry for that glove he just threw against the dugout wall.
Title: Re: Today's Game 2018
Post by: Playtwo on March 30, 2018, 09:00:56 pm
Home plate ump has been awful tonight.  Nobody knows what a strike is.
Title: Re: Today's Game 2018
Post by: Playtwo on March 30, 2018, 09:01:48 pm
I'll be shocked if the Cubs win tonight.
Title: Re: Today's Game 2018
Post by: Chris27 on March 30, 2018, 09:07:22 pm
Bryant with a chance to win the game in the 9th.
Title: Re: Today's Game 2018
Post by: Chris27 on March 30, 2018, 09:07:59 pm
And he gets hit by a pitch.
Title: Re: Today's Game 2018
Post by: JR on March 30, 2018, 09:10:44 pm
Past Justin Bour in the lineup, I don't think I had ever heard of any single one of these players in the Marlins lineup right now until tonight.
Title: Re: Today's Game 2018
Post by: Deeg on March 30, 2018, 09:18:38 pm
Are we doing this whole “can’t use the closer without a lead” silliness again?
Title: Re: Today's Game 2018
Post by: Playtwo on March 30, 2018, 09:20:18 pm
This offense does not look elite tonight.
Title: Re: Today's Game 2018
Post by: davep on March 30, 2018, 09:35:29 pm
Butler come in and strikes out the batter on three swinging strikes.
Title: Re: Today's Game 2018
Post by: Playtwo on March 30, 2018, 09:41:38 pm
Chili seeing the magnitude of the job ahead.
Title: Re: Today's Game 2018
Post by: craig on March 30, 2018, 09:43:43 pm
Looks like Baez has expanded is strike zone.
Title: Re: Today's Game 2018
Post by: JR on March 30, 2018, 10:03:11 pm
Really nice job by Butler tonight.
Title: Re: Today's Game 2018
Post by: Robb on March 30, 2018, 10:06:08 pm
Who invited last year's offense to this game?
Title: Re: Today's Game 2018
Post by: PRCubFan on March 30, 2018, 10:10:41 pm
Only 17 Ks for the offense tonight.  With the 10 yesterday, I'm pretty sure the Cubs are leading the league in striking out.
Title: Re: Today's Game 2018
Post by: Playtwo on March 30, 2018, 10:12:16 pm
The Cubs are making Garcia look like Cy Young.
Title: Re: Today's Game 2018
Post by: Robb on March 30, 2018, 10:13:38 pm
Butler had the hardest hit ball in the last 9 innings there.
Title: Re: Today's Game 2018
Post by: davep on March 30, 2018, 10:21:14 pm
Butler is earning his year's salary tonight.  His command has been excellent.
Title: Re: Today's Game 2018
Post by: JR on March 30, 2018, 10:21:32 pm
At least Butler's matching zeroes with Cy Garcia.
Title: Re: Today's Game 2018
Post by: davep on March 30, 2018, 10:22:11 pm
Baez makes outstanding tags so often that they are starting to go without remark by fans.
Title: Re: Today's Game 2018
Post by: JR on March 30, 2018, 10:23:14 pm
Baez makes outstanding tags so often that they are starting to go without remark by fans.

They just showed the replay, and I just realized that yes, I am taking those for granted.
Title: Re: Today's Game 2018
Post by: Dave23 on March 30, 2018, 10:36:13 pm
Cubs must have known I had to wake up at 4 this morning...sheesh...
Title: Re: Today's Game 2018
Post by: craig on March 30, 2018, 10:37:36 pm
Butler's velocity isn't as high here in his 5th inning.  But back in is 2nd or 3rd inning, I saw a 96.5 and about four other 4-seamers that were in the 94+ range. 

Wonder if letting it rip in relief won't be really good for him. 
Title: Re: Today's Game 2018
Post by: CurtOne on March 30, 2018, 10:37:39 pm
They may still be playing at 4 in the morning.
Title: Re: Today's Game 2018
Post by: JR on March 30, 2018, 10:40:08 pm
Leadoff walk to Carantini!
Title: Re: Today's Game 2018
Post by: JR on March 30, 2018, 10:41:15 pm
We might finally be figuring Garcia out.  Bryant with a hit!
Title: Re: Today's Game 2018
Post by: Playtwo on March 30, 2018, 10:46:18 pm
Cubs fail to score with runners the bases loaded and 1 out.  Heyward hit the ball well, but it went for a 3-2 DP.
Title: Re: Today's Game 2018
Post by: JR on March 30, 2018, 10:46:30 pm
Heyward hit it right on the button but lines into a DP.  Tough break.
Title: Re: Today's Game 2018
Post by: ticohans on March 30, 2018, 10:51:45 pm
Yeah, good contact by J-Hey, but it would have been nice for him to put it in the air.

Also, Caratini ran into the out. With the ball on the ground towards first, he could have waited to see if it gets by 1B.

Tremendous outing by Butler. Wow.
Title: Re: Today's Game 2018
Post by: PRCubFan on March 30, 2018, 10:57:12 pm
Bases were loaded so once the other runners went Caratini almost had to go home or the other runner had to go back after the force out at first.

Wonder who hits now to led off the inning.  Butler hits for himself.  I can't imagine he will go another inning though. 

Title: Re: Today's Game 2018
Post by: JR on March 30, 2018, 10:58:47 pm
Butler's been the player of the game so far for the Cubs.
Title: Re: Today's Game 2018
Post by: vander-built on March 30, 2018, 10:59:49 pm
This game may never end.
Title: Re: Today's Game 2018
Post by: ticohans on March 30, 2018, 11:00:32 pm
Bases were loaded so once the other runners went Caratini almost had to go home or the other runner had to go back after the force out at first.

Wonder who hits now to led off the inning.  Butler hits for himself.  I can't imagine he will go another inning though. 



Good call, pr
Title: Re: Today's Game 2018
Post by: JR on March 30, 2018, 11:01:20 pm
Two on and no out!
Title: Re: Today's Game 2018
Post by: CurtOne on March 30, 2018, 11:01:59 pm
Butler knows he's out of this game if he scores, right?
Title: Re: Today's Game 2018
Post by: Playtwo on March 30, 2018, 11:03:05 pm
Baez bunts into an FC with runners at 1st and 2nd, nobody outs.  Better than a DP, I guess.
Title: Re: Today's Game 2018
Post by: Playtwo on March 30, 2018, 11:04:49 pm
Happ K's.
Title: Re: Today's Game 2018
Post by: Playtwo on March 30, 2018, 11:06:02 pm
Caratini with a chance to be a hero.
Title: Re: Today's Game 2018
Post by: Playtwo on March 30, 2018, 11:06:58 pm
But instead he K's.  Fits right in.
Title: Re: Today's Game 2018
Post by: JR on March 30, 2018, 11:07:42 pm
This game might very well go all night.
Title: Re: Today's Game 2018
Post by: CurtOne on March 30, 2018, 11:08:10 pm
Situational hitting is still not our strong suit.  Hopefully Chili can improve that.
Title: Re: Today's Game 2018
Post by: vander-built on March 30, 2018, 11:08:12 pm
Bring back Mallee?
Title: Re: Today's Game 2018
Post by: JR on March 30, 2018, 11:11:22 pm
Bring back Jeff Pentland?
Title: Re: Today's Game 2018
Post by: CurtOne on March 30, 2018, 11:12:24 pm
heh...Dave has to wirque.   Retirement is wonderful, Dave.   heh
Title: Re: Today's Game 2018
Post by: PRCubFan on March 30, 2018, 11:12:31 pm
No matter what happens, Butler is the MVP tonight.  He has saved the pen with this outing and took a walk to add to it.  He deserves the win.  Come on KB.
Title: Re: Today's Game 2018
Post by: JR on March 30, 2018, 11:14:11 pm
When Harry used to sing the 7th inning stretch in extras, did he do it in the 14th or the 17th innings? 
Title: Re: Today's Game 2018
Post by: JR on March 30, 2018, 11:19:43 pm
I'm just going to pretend he did it in the 17th inning.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=HNwVRdg-1nc
Title: Re: Today's Game 2018
Post by: JR on March 30, 2018, 11:22:56 pm
Butler keeps mowing them down.
Title: Re: Today's Game 2018
Post by: Chris27 on March 30, 2018, 11:24:37 pm
Butler's thrown more pitches than Hendricks.
Title: Re: Today's Game 2018
Post by: Playtwo on March 30, 2018, 11:25:07 pm
Winning run at 2B with 2 outs for the Fish.
Title: Re: Today's Game 2018
Post by: Playtwo on March 30, 2018, 11:25:48 pm
Butler at 90 pitches.
Title: Re: Today's Game 2018
Post by: Playtwo on March 30, 2018, 11:26:24 pm
Morrow coming in.
Title: Re: Today's Game 2018
Post by: JR on March 30, 2018, 11:26:53 pm
Well deserved ovation from the visiting crowd for Butler.
Title: Re: Today's Game 2018
Post by: vander-built on March 30, 2018, 11:29:54 pm
These guys suck.
Title: Re: Today's Game 2018
Post by: Playtwo on March 30, 2018, 11:29:58 pm
Cubs lose.  Well deserved.
Title: Re: Today's Game 2018
Post by: JR on March 30, 2018, 11:30:00 pm
Well so much for that one . . .
Title: Re: Today's Game 2018
Post by: JR on March 30, 2018, 11:31:04 pm
Cubs lose.  Well deserved.

Except for Butler.  Really tough L for him.
Title: Re: Today's Game 2018
Post by: Chris27 on March 30, 2018, 11:33:07 pm
Cubs 0-11 w/ RISP.

2-22 through two games.
Title: Re: Today's Game 2018
Post by: Robb on March 30, 2018, 11:39:05 pm
The Marlins bullpen pitched 13 scoreless innings tonight. This from a team that is trying to tank. Pressure is all on the Cubs now to win the next 2. Have to win this series. Not for the standings, but for the good vibes you want at the start of the season.
Title: Re: Today's Game 2018
Post by: craig on March 31, 2018, 08:30:19 am
Happ 6K/9AB. 
Zobrist making good contact.  He's been one of the Q's:  were his bad numbers last year age, and he'll be as bad or maybe worse?  Or were they health-related and reversible.  If he could be able to give professional AB's and hit the ball hard regularly, that could help. 

Bryant has looked really locked in. 

But 18K game, it is what it is. 
Title: Re: Today's Game 2018
Post by: CUBluejays on March 31, 2018, 08:36:53 am
Cubs lead the majors in K’s with 30, but they are 9th in the majors in K%.   

Zobrist looks like the wrist might have been a big issue for him last year, I’m not sure how he’ll hold up but giving him playing time in RF and leading off could be a nice jump start.
Title: Re: Today's Game 2018
Post by: Tuffy on March 31, 2018, 09:09:02 am
Cubs lead the majors in K’s with 30, but they are 9th in the majors in K%. 

They've basically played three games' worth of at bats, so I'm not bothered.
Title: Re: Today's Game 2018
Post by: Dave23 on March 31, 2018, 09:21:10 am
Work is overrated. I had to leave Memphis at 4 to be in Springfield for a 10AM first pitch...
Title: Re: Today's Game 2018
Post by: CurtOne on March 31, 2018, 10:37:26 am
Ah, Dave, it's raining.
Title: Re: Today's Game 2018
Post by: Playtwo on March 31, 2018, 12:01:24 pm
It hard to believe how unfair and poor last night's plate umpire was:

http://www.brooksbaseball.net/pfxVB/zoneTrack.php?month=3&day=30&year=2018&game=gid_2018_03_30_chnmlb_miamlb_1/&prevDate=0330
Title: Re: Today's Game 2018
Post by: Bennett on March 31, 2018, 02:06:49 pm
(https://pbs.twimg.com/media/DZo5Pf0XcAE_TYd.jpg:small)
Title: Re: Today's Game 2018
Post by: Robb on March 31, 2018, 04:12:13 pm
I'm starting to see posts with nothing in them. Anybody else? Bennett's post is one of these.
Title: Re: Today's Game 2018
Post by: vander-built on March 31, 2018, 04:41:47 pm
Despaigne starting after getting the win last night?
Title: Re: Today's Game 2018
Post by: Ray on March 31, 2018, 04:42:17 pm
His is a picture of line ups.  Your browser may be on data saver and not loading pics?
Title: Re: Today's Game 2018
Post by: Bennett on March 31, 2018, 04:49:36 pm
Ordinarily Willson Contreras would get the night off after the long game last night.   It must be because he's reported to have developed a great rapport with Yu Darvish.
Title: Re: Today's Game 2018
Post by: CurtOne on March 31, 2018, 05:08:30 pm
Didn't both Contreras and Caratini catch a lot of innings last night?
Title: Re: Today's Game 2018
Post by: CUBluejays on March 31, 2018, 05:10:37 pm
yes
Title: Re: Today's Game 2018
Post by: craig on March 31, 2018, 05:34:37 pm
Yarvish is awful at holding baserunners and reducing the base-stealing game.  I'm assuming the next worst to Lester in baseball, and statistically maybe seemingly worse?  I thought I read something like 53-straight successful steals against him; or maybe it was only one CS in last 53 attempts, or something like that. 

So, with Yarvish and Lester both being horrific in that aspect, I'm sure that Maddon is going to totally tie Contreras to all of their starts.  (This is why the Giminez thing wasn't that perfect a match.) 

Q is great with base-stealers, so Caratini might be a regular match with him, in time? 
Title: Re: Today's Game 2018
Post by: Deeg on March 31, 2018, 07:05:57 pm
Schwarbs could go for 50 dings this year.
Title: Re: Today's Game 2018
Post by: craig on March 31, 2018, 07:31:08 pm
Contreras does his thing!  Throws out Brian Anderson running on a 3-2-pitch strikeout to end the 4th.  2-2 after 4.  Darvish is at 74 pitches through 4, I just checked in at 4th inning, and he's gone to 3-2 on all the hitters this inning. 

Lets get some runs.  Morrow was giving up hard contact in his few camp appearances, so I'd like to have some lead when he comes in.  I assume they'll try to stretch Darvish through the 5th, given the wear on the pen the last two days.  But I can't imagine his pitch count can allow him to go very far into the 90's and beyond. 
Title: Re: Today's Game 2018
Post by: Chris27 on March 31, 2018, 07:34:24 pm
Contreras does his thing!  Throws out Brian Anderson running on a 3-2-pitch strikeout to end the 4th.  2-2 after 4.  Darvish is at 74 pitches through 4, I just checked in at 4th inning, and he's gone to 3-2 on all the hitters this inning. 

He's also hit two batters. It's like we picked up the Japanese/Iranian Arrieta.
Title: Re: Today's Game 2018
Post by: Chris27 on March 31, 2018, 07:36:40 pm
Two on, two out for Bryant.
Title: Re: Today's Game 2018
Post by: Chris27 on March 31, 2018, 07:38:40 pm
Bryant walks. Bases loaded for Rizzo. Cubs 0-3 w/ RISP at the moment; 2-25 on the year.
Title: Re: Today's Game 2018
Post by: mO on March 31, 2018, 07:42:15 pm
3 run single!!!
Title: Re: Today's Game 2018
Post by: craig on March 31, 2018, 07:42:38 pm
Rizzo!  A 2-out RISP hit for the Cubs.  5-2.
Title: Re: Today's Game 2018
Post by: Chris27 on March 31, 2018, 07:43:09 pm
Rizzo ends the drought.

3-26!
Title: Re: Today's Game 2018
Post by: Chris27 on March 31, 2018, 07:45:39 pm
Meh. 3-27
Title: Re: Today's Game 2018
Post by: Chris27 on March 31, 2018, 07:50:05 pm
Darvish in all kinds of trouble again.
Title: Re: Today's Game 2018
Post by: Chris27 on March 31, 2018, 07:51:42 pm
Hickey to the mound as Darvish can't find the plate with a road map.
Title: Re: Today's Game 2018
Post by: Chris27 on March 31, 2018, 07:52:15 pm
The Marlins have the bases loaded with nobody out.
Title: Re: Today's Game 2018
Post by: Chris27 on March 31, 2018, 07:59:23 pm
It really is like Arrieta never left.

96 pitches with nobody out in the 5th.
Title: Re: Today's Game 2018
Post by: Chris27 on March 31, 2018, 08:03:29 pm
Trainer comes out to look at Darvish again. He got hit on the foot earlier in the inning.
Title: Re: Today's Game 2018
Post by: craig on March 31, 2018, 08:04:05 pm
Darvish over 100 pitches with 1 out in the 4th.  Not sure Hoyer and Theo are loving that, especially with Darvish shaking his elbow. 
Title: Re: Today's Game 2018
Post by: Chris27 on March 31, 2018, 08:05:14 pm
Castro ties it.
Title: Re: Today's Game 2018
Post by: mO on March 31, 2018, 08:05:35 pm
Yarvish sucks
Title: Re: Today's Game 2018
Post by: craig on March 31, 2018, 08:06:19 pm
Castro drives in a couple 5-5, Brinson stops at 2nd, that will be it for Darvish. 

Kind of poor management from Maddon I thought, he should have been out after he walked the second guy.  O well. 
Title: Re: Today's Game 2018
Post by: CurtOne on March 31, 2018, 08:10:40 pm
Yarvish sucks
Deeg takes all responsibility.
Title: Re: Today's Game 2018
Post by: craig on March 31, 2018, 08:16:11 pm
Duensing gets the last two outs with no further damage on a handful of pitches and very little time.  So Darvish won't be able to get a loss. 

Schwarber crushes a leadoff double.   
Title: Re: Today's Game 2018
Post by: Chris27 on March 31, 2018, 08:17:57 pm
1st and 3rd, nobody out.
Title: Re: Today's Game 2018
Post by: craig on March 31, 2018, 08:18:06 pm
Russell was swinging towards right field on first foul ball, then singles to right.  Is that a Chili thing, maybe?  Seemed like a situational attempt by Russell...
Title: Re: Today's Game 2018
Post by: craig on March 31, 2018, 08:23:25 pm
Heyward elevates a deep fly ball to drive in Schwarber.  6-5, Russell to 3rd with one out and LaStella pinch hitting for Duensing. 

Heh, with Heyward I'm surprised he was able to get a runner in from 3rd; with TLS I'll be surprised if he doesn't.
Title: Re: Today's Game 2018
Post by: craig on March 31, 2018, 08:23:58 pm
False, he pops out.  Yuck.
Title: Re: Today's Game 2018
Post by: craig on March 31, 2018, 08:58:16 pm
Edwards runs a long full count on Castro, but eventually gets the K, runner left on 2nd.  6-5 Cubs after 7. 

I wonder if Maddon will bring Edwards back for the 8th, after facing two batters, or switch over to Strop?  Strop and Morrow are presumably the only eligible guys left, don't think he's going to want to pitch Wilson three-days straight this early. 

Would be nice to get some insurance. 
Title: Re: Today's Game 2018
Post by: Robb on March 31, 2018, 09:11:28 pm
Almora especially, but he and Happ need to make contact there.
Title: Re: Today's Game 2018
Post by: Chris27 on March 31, 2018, 09:16:21 pm
Cubs now 4-32 w/ RISP.
Title: Re: Today's Game 2018
Post by: craig on March 31, 2018, 09:26:39 pm
Strop comes in mid-inning, and gives up a couple of hits to tie it up.  6-6 going into the 9th.  Lets go 16 innings, maybe?  :)
Title: Re: Today's Game 2018
Post by: craig on March 31, 2018, 09:30:26 pm
On Almora's AB, gamecast sowed two of the called strikes to be real strikes, and not exactly on the edge or anything. 

Is that how it really was?  Might be a Chili moment, you'd think.  Taking pitches under normal situations makes sense.  But for a contact-oriented guy like Almora, wouldn't you want to be swinging at strikes, or expanding a little bit to make contact? 
Title: Re: Today's Game 2018
Post by: Chris27 on March 31, 2018, 09:42:09 pm
Baez double to start the 10th.
Title: Re: Today's Game 2018
Post by: Chris27 on March 31, 2018, 09:44:00 pm
Russell walks. Two on for Zobrist.
Title: Re: Today's Game 2018
Post by: Chris27 on March 31, 2018, 09:45:10 pm
Zobrist comes through. RBI single. 7-6, still nobody out.
Title: Re: Today's Game 2018
Post by: craig on March 31, 2018, 09:45:22 pm
Zobrist singles in a run.  Nice!
Title: Re: Today's Game 2018
Post by: craig on March 31, 2018, 09:46:43 pm
Almora gets another chance. 
Title: Re: Today's Game 2018
Post by: Chris27 on March 31, 2018, 09:46:58 pm
Heyward hits it back to the pitcher. 1st and 3rd, 1 out.
Title: Re: Today's Game 2018
Post by: Chris27 on March 31, 2018, 09:50:46 pm
Bases loaded again.
Title: Re: Today's Game 2018
Post by: craig on March 31, 2018, 09:54:32 pm
KB! 
Title: Re: Today's Game 2018
Post by: Chris27 on March 31, 2018, 09:54:45 pm
3-run double by Bryant with two outs.

10-6
Title: Re: Today's Game 2018
Post by: Chris27 on March 31, 2018, 10:03:40 pm
Montgomery in again.
Title: Re: Today's Game 2018
Post by: Chris27 on March 31, 2018, 10:08:48 pm
He works around a Baez error and the Cubs take game three.
Title: Re: Today's Game 2018
Post by: Dave23 on March 31, 2018, 10:13:27 pm
Zo with the go-ahead hit in the top of the 10th, and Monty in to close it out...what are the odds that this would actually work?
Title: Re: Today's Game 2018
Post by: craig on March 31, 2018, 10:22:38 pm
Nice game for the offense to win, and another excellent night for the relievers, Cishek stranding a couple of guys he inherited from Darvish. 
Title: Re: Today's Game 2018
Post by: CurtOne on March 31, 2018, 10:31:48 pm
Zo with the go-ahead hit in the top of the 10th, and Monty in to close it out...what are the odds that this would actually work?
Did they play in Springfield today, Dave?
Title: Re: Today's Game 2018
Post by: CurtOne on March 31, 2018, 10:33:13 pm
Nice game for the offense to win, and another excellent night for the relievers, Cishek stranding a couple of guys he inherited from Darvish. 
When we get beat by a dominant pitcher or because the other team is hitting the bejesus out of the ball, I can handle that.   But this squandering scoring opportunities will drive me nuttier.
Title: Re: Today's Game 2018
Post by: Chris27 on April 01, 2018, 12:12:42 am
https://www.mlb.com/cubs/video/statcast-schwarbers-fastest-2b/c-1901951983
Title: Re: Today's Game 2018
Post by: Bennett on April 01, 2018, 09:11:07 am
(https://pbs.twimg.com/media/DZs6yCKXUAAoOvq.jpg:small)
Title: Re: Today's Game 2018
Post by: CurtOne on April 01, 2018, 09:15:22 am
"Oh, Peters is down.  He's hurt!  Looks like Miami will have to play the rest of the game with Peters out."

From the Best of Radio Bloopers, paraphrased. 
Title: Re: Today's Game 2018
Post by: Dave23 on April 01, 2018, 09:20:14 am
Did they play in Springfield today, Dave?
DH’s on Friday and yesterday...skies got dark around the 7th inning of game 2, but no rain...
Title: Re: Today's Game 2018
Post by: CurtOne on April 01, 2018, 09:24:28 am
Rained all day here.  I was feeling bad for you.  Great to hear.  Try the Chesepeake on the north side of town.  You'll need a reservation.
Title: Re: Today's Game 2018
Post by: brjones on April 01, 2018, 12:32:22 pm
It's not ideal that Quintana is going to throw 20+ pitches in the first inning.
Title: Re: Today's Game 2018
Post by: brjones on April 01, 2018, 12:35:20 pm
25 pitches in the first...only a walk allowed, but also no Ks and some hard contact.

Quintana often had trouble in the first inning last year with the Cubs, though. Hopefully he'll settle in now.
Title: Re: Today's Game 2018
Post by: Chris27 on April 01, 2018, 12:36:33 pm
Cubs get more RISP chances in the first but Russell and Schwarber both make hard outs. Schwarber's ball was 106 mph.
Title: Re: Today's Game 2018
Post by: Chris27 on April 01, 2018, 01:00:44 pm
Again two reach but Rizzo and Russell make outs. This lousy RISP hitting can't continue, can it?
Title: Re: Today's Game 2018
Post by: brjones on April 01, 2018, 01:03:56 pm
Cubs are now 1 for 13 in getting a run home in 3rd base, less than 2 outs situations. Even though they still have a chance to win the series, they haven't really played the way you would've liked to see them play against the worst team in baseball.

Did Quintana get a single swing and miss the first time through the lineup? He does not look like he's at his best today.
Title: Re: Today's Game 2018
Post by: Chris27 on April 01, 2018, 01:05:33 pm
Quintana has no swinging strikes in three innings.

Title: Re: Today's Game 2018
Post by: Chris27 on April 01, 2018, 01:07:30 pm
Schwarber doubles with the help of his improved speed.
Title: Re: Today's Game 2018
Post by: Chris27 on April 01, 2018, 01:10:35 pm
Finally got a RISP hit but it didn't score a run.

More chances.
Title: Re: Today's Game 2018
Post by: vander-built on April 01, 2018, 01:11:04 pm
Baez can't bunt
Title: Re: Today's Game 2018
Post by: Chris27 on April 01, 2018, 01:11:41 pm
And another dumb play. Which team is tanking again?
Title: Re: Today's Game 2018
Post by: Chris27 on April 01, 2018, 01:12:59 pm
1-8 w/ RISP, no runs.

Marlins have yet to get a runner to 2nd.
Title: Re: Today's Game 2018
Post by: Chris27 on April 01, 2018, 01:21:08 pm
Quintana's first swinging strikes and strikeout.  He's walked two and thrown 64 pitches.

Peters has allowed six baserunners and thrown 62 pitches.
Title: Re: Today's Game 2018
Post by: Chris27 on April 01, 2018, 01:27:48 pm
Rizzo hit by a pitch on 3-0, Russell doubles.

2nd and 3rd for Schwarber with 2 out.
Title: Re: Today's Game 2018
Post by: Chris27 on April 01, 2018, 01:31:36 pm
Schwarber grounds out on 3-2.

Game should be 5 zip.
Title: Re: Today's Game 2018
Post by: Chris27 on April 01, 2018, 01:37:23 pm
Marlins' second at-bat with a runner in scoring position ends in a hit by the 8th-place batter.

1-0 Miami

Title: Re: Today's Game 2018
Post by: Robb on April 01, 2018, 01:39:54 pm
Send like teams cash in much more often when given the opportunity. Probably just perception, but it is definitely true today.
Title: Re: Today's Game 2018
Post by: Chris27 on April 01, 2018, 01:41:14 pm
And now a 2-out hit makes it 2-0.

Cubs: 1-9, 0 runs

Marlins: 2-3, 2 runs
Title: Re: Today's Game 2018
Post by: brjones on April 01, 2018, 01:42:53 pm
I hope the Cubs snap out of this quickly...in this series, they've looked just like the team from the first half of last year.
Title: Re: Today's Game 2018
Post by: Chris27 on April 01, 2018, 01:43:39 pm
Quintana manages to walk Castro for the second time.

Title: Re: Today's Game 2018
Post by: brjones on April 01, 2018, 01:43:49 pm
Five walks to Castro in this series.
Title: Re: Today's Game 2018
Post by: JR on April 01, 2018, 01:44:17 pm
Five walks to Castro in this series.

That takes some effort.
Title: Re: Today's Game 2018
Post by: JR on April 01, 2018, 01:44:30 pm
Sounds like the home plate umpiring continues to be crappy.
Title: Re: Today's Game 2018
Post by: brjones on April 01, 2018, 01:46:19 pm
You could see it the entire game, Quintana had nothing today. He did all he could for a while, but his offense let him down and now it's a blowout.
Title: Re: Today's Game 2018
Post by: Chris27 on April 01, 2018, 01:46:43 pm
3-run double.

3-4 w/ RISP
Title: Re: Today's Game 2018
Post by: Chris27 on April 01, 2018, 01:50:56 pm
Quintana, Darvish, and Lester all look awful against a AAA lineup. The team can not score if they don't hit home runs. The strikeouts continue to be way too high. Happ is 1-13 with 8 K's. Baez still looks lost.

Outside of Schwarber at the plate, has there been a positive in this series?
Title: Re: Today's Game 2018
Post by: CurtOne on April 01, 2018, 01:51:47 pm
Schwarber grounds out on 3-2.

Game should be 5 zip.
From your fingers to God's ears.
Title: Re: Today's Game 2018
Post by: Playtwo on April 01, 2018, 01:52:34 pm
It's sad to be tired of watching your team after <4 games, but I am.
Title: Re: Today's Game 2018
Post by: CurtOne on April 01, 2018, 01:52:59 pm
The failure to score runs puts pressure on your pitchers.  They start trying to be too fine and to pitch defensively.  They stop being aggressive.
Title: Re: Today's Game 2018
Post by: Chris27 on April 01, 2018, 01:56:21 pm
Cubs respond with a quick 1-2-3 inning.
Title: Re: Today's Game 2018
Post by: Chris27 on April 01, 2018, 02:05:34 pm
A Quintana wild pitch scores another after a pair of two-out hits.
Title: Re: Today's Game 2018
Post by: brjones on April 01, 2018, 02:07:41 pm
Quintana pulled for La Stella to lead off the 7th.

Quintana with just one swing and miss all day, I think. He just didn't have it.
Title: Re: Today's Game 2018
Post by: Chris27 on April 01, 2018, 02:11:42 pm
Leadoff single goes nowhere.
Title: Re: Today's Game 2018
Post by: DelMarFan on April 01, 2018, 04:10:32 pm
The Cubs can't win in Miami.  If it goes like this in Cincinnati, that will be bad.
Title: Re: Today's Game 2018
Post by: Deeg on April 01, 2018, 06:39:23 pm
I don't quite get the commitment some have that Quintana is a TORP.  His stuff just isn't that dominating - obviously he's better than he was today, but his repertoire is really that of a mid-rotation guy.  He's a good pitcher, but I don't think he's elite.
Title: Re: Today's Game 2018
Post by: JeffH on April 01, 2018, 06:41:19 pm
True.  The Cubs don't have a TORP.
Title: Re: Today's Game 2018
Post by: Bennett on April 02, 2018, 09:54:12 am
Cloudy, light winds, temperatures in the mid to upper 40s with little chance of rain in Cincinnati this afternoon.
Title: Re: Today's Game 2018
Post by: Robb on April 02, 2018, 02:59:37 pm
Opening Day line-up today except for Chatwood.
Title: Re: Today's Game 2018
Post by: Chris27 on April 02, 2018, 03:22:42 pm
Two more RISP chances, two more strikeouts. It's really hard to keep doing this.
Title: Re: Today's Game 2018
Post by: brjones on April 02, 2018, 03:28:36 pm
Chatwood can't throw strikes, 2 walks to start the game. Votto up. It's already looking like it's going to be an uphill battle to give the bullpen any rest today.
Title: Re: Today's Game 2018
Post by: Robb on April 02, 2018, 03:30:04 pm
These guys need to cut down on those swings and make some contact. Just inexcusable to have 2 k's there after getting the first 2 guys on against a young pitcher.
Title: Re: Today's Game 2018
Post by: brjones on April 02, 2018, 03:31:34 pm
3 pitch K by Votto, followed by a Gennett single. This could turn ugly early.
Title: Re: Today's Game 2018
Post by: Robb on April 02, 2018, 03:31:47 pm
Bases loaded, the only out a K on Votto of all people. Reds are ready to put up a crooked number here. 
Title: Re: Today's Game 2018
Post by: brjones on April 02, 2018, 03:33:40 pm
Chatwood gets a grounder for a double play.
Title: Re: Today's Game 2018
Post by: Robb on April 02, 2018, 03:37:38 pm
Russell took one right down the middle. 3 K's in a row.
Title: Re: Today's Game 2018
Post by: Robb on April 02, 2018, 03:40:16 pm
Heyward makes it 5
Title: Re: Today's Game 2018
Post by: brjones on April 02, 2018, 03:42:05 pm
Baez with a 2 out triple. But this is NL baseball, so the pitcher hits for some reason.
Title: Re: Today's Game 2018
Post by: brjones on April 02, 2018, 03:42:50 pm
Bring the DH to the NL, please.
Title: Re: Today's Game 2018
Post by: Robb on April 02, 2018, 03:44:18 pm
Baez tripled to break the k streak before Chatwood k's to end the inning.
Title: Re: Today's Game 2018
Post by: craig on April 02, 2018, 03:47:49 pm
Bryant and Baez only guys to be able to get ball into play first time through lineup.  A lot of guys taking a lot of fastballs, it seemed.  Might look different 2nd/3rd time through the lineup. 

Chatwood has kind of a whacky wild delivery.  Not surprising he's always walked so many, and probably isn't going to pitch very deep very often.   
Title: Re: Today's Game 2018
Post by: brjones on April 02, 2018, 03:50:08 pm
Chatwood pitching himself into another jam. He walks Billy Hamilton.
Title: Re: Today's Game 2018
Post by: craig on April 02, 2018, 03:54:30 pm
Chatwood gets a K to get out of 2nd+3rd inning.  His stuff looks VERY good, although he looks to have no control. 

He threw a fastball for a strike to the last batter, then the guy chased on two bad balls. 
Title: Re: Today's Game 2018
Post by: Robb on April 02, 2018, 03:55:39 pm
Two innings. Two flirts with disaster. Two escapes. Chatwood has nice stuff, if he can ever figure out where it's going.
Title: Re: Today's Game 2018
Post by: Robb on April 02, 2018, 03:56:14 pm
Another fastball called third strike looking. The Cubs are going to set a record.
Title: Re: Today's Game 2018
Post by: brjones on April 02, 2018, 03:56:38 pm
Through 7 outs, Mahle has set a new career high in Ks. Granted, this is only his 5th career start...but still, 6 Ks through 7 outs is bad.
Title: Re: Today's Game 2018
Post by: Robb on April 02, 2018, 03:56:52 pm
6 k's for the Cubs through their first 7 outs.
Title: Re: Today's Game 2018
Post by: Robb on April 02, 2018, 03:58:04 pm
Rizzo hit it good but out. Cubs have now gone 12 innings scoreless in a row.
Title: Re: Today's Game 2018
Post by: Playtwo on April 02, 2018, 04:00:05 pm
There are few things more boring than watching the current Cubs batting.
Title: Re: Today's Game 2018
Post by: Robb on April 02, 2018, 04:07:51 pm
What happened to the team in 2015 that constantly put pressure on pitchers? It's like these guys all went to the Dave Kingman school of offense 2 winters ago.
Title: Re: Today's Game 2018
Post by: Dave23 on April 02, 2018, 04:08:44 pm
Chatwood is definitely Clement all over again.

I’m not saying that’s a bad thing...it is what it is...
Title: Re: Today's Game 2018
Post by: Dave23 on April 02, 2018, 04:12:00 pm
Addi unlucky...he crushed that one...
Title: Re: Today's Game 2018
Post by: craig on April 02, 2018, 04:13:13 pm
Yeah, Russell ripped that one. 

Cubs definitely changed approach 2nd time through.  First time, seemed everybody was taking and would take a fastball, sometimes down the middle.  A lot more first-pitch swinging now. 
Title: Re: Today's Game 2018
Post by: Robb on April 02, 2018, 04:15:27 pm
Does Suarez only kill the Cubs? IT seems we can't get this guy out. Oh and Happ played that ball about as poorly as can be done. Should have been a double.
Title: Re: Today's Game 2018
Post by: Robb on April 02, 2018, 04:15:55 pm
Reds score by making contact with a guy at third and less than 2 outs. What a concept!
Title: Re: Today's Game 2018
Post by: Robb on April 02, 2018, 04:17:04 pm
Other than the triple, Chatwood was good that inning.
Title: Re: Today's Game 2018
Post by: brjones on April 02, 2018, 04:21:14 pm
Heyward takes 5 clear balls to start the 5th inning, but the umpire calls 2 of them strikes. Then Heyward flies out to the track in center.
Title: Re: Today's Game 2018
Post by: Playtwo on April 02, 2018, 04:22:55 pm
I didn't think the Cubs had room to regress in putting the ball in play and avoiding the K.  Obviously, I was wrong.
Title: Re: Today's Game 2018
Post by: JR on April 02, 2018, 04:24:04 pm
What happened to the team in 2015 that constantly put pressure on pitchers? It's like these guys all went to the Dave Kingman school of offense 2 winters ago.

We're pretty much in an era where everyone is going to the Dave Kingman school of offense.

It's early.  It'll turn around soon enough.
Title: Re: Today's Game 2018
Post by: CUBluejays on April 02, 2018, 04:31:02 pm
I didn't think the Cubs had room to regress in putting the ball in play and avoiding the K.  Obviously, I was wrong.

Cubs are 14th in K% this year........
Title: Re: Today's Game 2018
Post by: Chris27 on April 02, 2018, 04:32:48 pm
One of these days Theo will go after pitchers who throw strikes.
Title: Re: Today's Game 2018
Post by: Robb on April 02, 2018, 04:33:04 pm
7 straight balls now from Chatwood. And now 8
Title: Re: Today's Game 2018
Post by: craig on April 02, 2018, 04:35:41 pm
Chatwood gets Votto again and gets out of it.  1-0 after 5. 
Title: Re: Today's Game 2018
Post by: Playtwo on April 02, 2018, 04:36:06 pm
Very early returns are not favorable for the new hitting and pitching coaches.
Title: Re: Today's Game 2018
Post by: Chris27 on April 02, 2018, 04:37:33 pm
Happ K's yet again.

1-15 with 10 K's overall.
Title: Re: Today's Game 2018
Post by: Chris27 on April 02, 2018, 04:40:33 pm
A 1-hitter through 6 for Mahle.
Title: Re: Today's Game 2018
Post by: brjones on April 02, 2018, 04:40:58 pm
The Cubs are really lucky they’re not being no hit right now. That Baez triple was definitely catchable.
Title: Re: Today's Game 2018
Post by: method on April 02, 2018, 04:42:01 pm
A 1-hitter through 6 for Mahle.

How does he look... bad umpiring + poor plate dicipline; or is he blowing hitters away and getting them to chase bad pitches?
Title: Re: Today's Game 2018
Post by: CUBluejays on April 02, 2018, 04:42:48 pm
On offense I'd really like to see Almora in CF batting 8th with Zobrist in RF leading off. 

Title: Re: Today's Game 2018
Post by: Dave23 on April 02, 2018, 04:45:47 pm
He’s painting and getting some favorable calls from the great Kerwin Danley...
Title: Re: Today's Game 2018
Post by: Robb on April 02, 2018, 04:46:33 pm
Maybe Chatwood has poor vision. Maybe he can't see the plate.
Title: Re: Today's Game 2018
Post by: Chris27 on April 02, 2018, 04:48:31 pm
Sixth walk followed by a double.
Title: Re: Today's Game 2018
Post by: Robb on April 02, 2018, 04:48:50 pm
Mahle has a nice fastball which he is spotting well at times. There must be some late movement to it because Cubs hitters are swinging right through it. Bryant and Rizzo have actually made pretty good contact every at bat. They have just been hitting them right at guys. Pretty much everyone else other than Baez once has been baffled.
Title: Re: Today's Game 2018
Post by: Robb on April 02, 2018, 04:50:03 pm
Pinch hitter on deck for the Reds so Mahle will be out apparently. Hamilton is up with two on. Crucial for Chatwood to get him.
Title: Re: Today's Game 2018
Post by: CUBluejays on April 02, 2018, 04:51:35 pm
Happ played a double into a triple and an out into a double.  No a great day for him so far.
Title: Re: Today's Game 2018
Post by: Chris27 on April 02, 2018, 04:52:09 pm
Chatwood really walking a tightrope today.
Title: Re: Today's Game 2018
Post by: Dave23 on April 02, 2018, 04:52:35 pm
F’n Danley...that’s been a strike all day!
Title: Re: Today's Game 2018
Post by: Robb on April 02, 2018, 04:52:51 pm
94 and 95 on the last two pitches from Chatwood. He is dialing it up here.
Title: Re: Today's Game 2018
Post by: Robb on April 02, 2018, 04:54:02 pm
Chatwood gets a k to escape again. Can't believe he has only given up one run with all the traffic on base so far.
Title: Re: Today's Game 2018
Post by: Dave23 on April 02, 2018, 04:54:26 pm
His pitch count is surprisingly low for someone who has walked as many batters as he has today.
Title: Re: Today's Game 2018
Post by: CUBluejays on April 02, 2018, 04:54:32 pm
Chatwood with the Cubs first "quality" start of the year.....
Title: Re: Today's Game 2018
Post by: Playtwo on April 02, 2018, 05:02:29 pm
Cubs run into an out as Russell fails to put the ball in play on a hit and run.  Unwatchable baseball.
Title: Re: Today's Game 2018
Post by: Robb on April 02, 2018, 05:03:13 pm
Two shutouts in a row?
Title: Re: Today's Game 2018
Post by: craig on April 02, 2018, 05:07:52 pm
Russell seemed to have an un-adjusted biggish swing on the H+R.  Especially a shame, because count was 2-1, and the pitch was way, way low.  Russell would have probably ended up walking if he'd been allowed to take that pitch, but the call not only got the pitcher a free out but also got the pitcher a free strike. 
Title: Re: Today's Game 2018
Post by: Dave23 on April 02, 2018, 05:13:31 pm
Wilson throws strike three to Votto, but doesn’t get the call on a pitch that Mahle got all day...but comes back to K him anyway...
Title: Re: Today's Game 2018
Post by: Chris27 on April 02, 2018, 05:20:03 pm
Heyward and Baez K, the latter looking distressingly bad in the process.
Title: Re: Today's Game 2018
Post by: Robb on April 02, 2018, 05:21:28 pm
Iglesias is sick, not much chance of a rally in the 9th. Two shutouts in a row. Hopefully the offense will settle in as time moves on but there isn't much to be happy about right now.
Title: Re: Today's Game 2018
Post by: Robb on April 02, 2018, 05:22:10 pm
Looky there, a professional at bat from Zobrist.
Title: Re: Today's Game 2018
Post by: Robb on April 02, 2018, 05:23:04 pm
Got to imagine Bryant won't see the lefty.
Title: Re: Today's Game 2018
Post by: Robb on April 02, 2018, 05:23:35 pm
Iglesias coming in for the 4 out save.
Title: Re: Today's Game 2018
Post by: Chris27 on April 02, 2018, 05:24:43 pm
This will be quick.
Title: Re: Today's Game 2018
Post by: Chris27 on April 02, 2018, 05:27:35 pm
Iglesias must be drunk or something. 4-pitch walk.
Title: Re: Today's Game 2018
Post by: Chris27 on April 02, 2018, 05:30:51 pm
Rizzo K's with the bases loaded.

Title: Re: Today's Game 2018
Post by: vander-built on April 02, 2018, 05:32:10 pm
It seems Rizzo has had some pretty awful starts to the season in his career.
Title: Re: Today's Game 2018
Post by: Chris27 on April 02, 2018, 05:33:00 pm
We've tied a record today anyway.

https://twitter.com/ESPNChiCubs/status/980935634390077440

The team they tied finished with 103 losses.
Title: Re: Today's Game 2018
Post by: Robb on April 02, 2018, 05:33:08 pm
Predictable outcome. Key situation, contact is a must, and yet, the one guy in the line-up who chokes up on the bat still can't make contact.
Title: Re: Today's Game 2018
Post by: Robb on April 02, 2018, 05:44:08 pm
Schwarber with a pathetic swing k's to set the record.
Title: Re: Today's Game 2018
Post by: vander-built on April 02, 2018, 05:45:27 pm
Chili Davis really paying off.
Title: Re: Today's Game 2018
Post by: Playtwo on April 02, 2018, 06:23:13 pm
This is looking a lot like last season so far.
Title: Re: Today's Game 2018
Post by: Tuffy on April 02, 2018, 06:35:41 pm
This is looking a lot like last season so far.

No complaints if we have a second half like last season!
Title: Re: Today's Game 2018
Post by: CUBluejays on April 02, 2018, 06:40:44 pm
I mean last year we only made it to the NLCS. Horrible year.
Title: Re: Today's Game 2018
Post by: Jes Beard on April 02, 2018, 06:55:16 pm
Bring the DH to the NL, please.

Remove the DH from the AL. please.
Title: Re: Today's Game 2018
Post by: Playtwo on April 02, 2018, 06:56:03 pm
Amen.
Title: Re: Today's Game 2018
Post by: Deeg on April 02, 2018, 07:04:58 pm
On the plus side, Chatwood gets his command dialed in and he could be the TORP in the rotation.
Title: Re: Today's Game 2018
Post by: craig on April 02, 2018, 07:51:56 pm
This is looking a lot like last season so far.

Do you think it's hangover? 
Title: Re: Today's Game 2018
Post by: Playtwo on April 02, 2018, 08:01:21 pm
I didn't drink that much.
Title: Re: Today's Game 2018
Post by: JR on April 02, 2018, 09:18:17 pm
I didn’t realize Chatwood was wearing #21.  I guess Sammy still has a ways to go before he and the Cubs can kiss and make up.
Title: Re: Today's Game 2018
Post by: Playtwo on April 03, 2018, 10:25:09 am
Looks like a good chance for rain in Cincinnati tonight.  I'll take a rainout.
Title: Re: Today's Game 2018
Post by: brjones on April 03, 2018, 10:32:59 am
Yeah, the Cubs would benefit from a day off. I'd even be for pushing the make up game off until sometime later in the season instead of making it up on the mutual off day tomorrow.
Title: Re: Today's Game 2018
Post by: Bennett on April 03, 2018, 04:38:00 pm
Looks like a good chance for rain in Cincinnati tonight.  I'll take a rainout.
Heavy thunderstorms are moving through the area now.  It's highly unlikely that the game will start on time.
Title: Re: Today's Game 2018
Post by: CurtOne on April 03, 2018, 04:45:07 pm
Missouri and Southern Illinois are under thunderstorm and tornado warnings, so Cincy can't be much better.
Title: Re: Today's Game 2018
Post by: JR on April 03, 2018, 04:45:41 pm
We're having severe thunderstorm warnings in Nashville tonight too.
Title: Re: Today's Game 2018
Post by: CurtOne on April 03, 2018, 04:47:39 pm
We're having severe thunderstorm warnings in Nashville tonight too.
Nobody gives a rip about you, JR.  Go stand outside with a long steel rod.
Title: Re: Today's Game 2018
Post by: Bennett on April 03, 2018, 05:27:15 pm
There will be a delay but the Reds don't expect it to be very long.

Quote from: ESPN
Cubs star Anthony Rizzo is hitting .130 this season, and the rest of his team isn't doing much better. Chicago has been shut out in its last two games, and managed only one run in a 17-inning loss to Miami over the weekend. Kris Bryant and the Cubs will try to break out the bats in Cincinnati when they face 24-year-old Cody Reed, who's 1-8 in his big league career.

Title: Re: Today's Game 2018
Post by: JR on April 03, 2018, 05:29:08 pm
Well it might not be much longer before he's 2-8 in his career the way we're hitting.
Title: Re: Today's Game 2018
Post by: Bennett on April 03, 2018, 05:46:59 pm
Gordon Wittenmyer  @GDubCub   1m1 minute ago

Reds say forecast shows not enough of a window with another heavy storm moving into area soon, to start game. Next update expected at 6:30
Title: Re: Today's Game 2018
Post by: brjones on April 03, 2018, 05:47:41 pm
This seems like one of those times where they sit around waiting for a window for about 3 hours, then postpone the game anyway.
Title: Re: Today's Game 2018
Post by: Bennett on April 03, 2018, 07:06:12 pm
Postponed.  No makeup date announced.
Title: Re: Today's Game 2018
Post by: brjones on April 03, 2018, 07:07:59 pm
Game finally postponed, and it will not be made up tomorrow.
Title: Re: Today's Game 2018
Post by: Deeg on April 03, 2018, 07:09:57 pm
Good - the pen can use the rest.

Now - everyone stop panicking when it's literally five days into the season.
Title: Re: Today's Game 2018
Post by: brjones on April 03, 2018, 07:18:46 pm
Split double header on May 19.

Hopefully the 2 days off will let them reset and come out strong on Thursday.
Title: Re: Today's Game 2018
Post by: VJ on April 04, 2018, 10:11:52 am
Zo
 (https://twitter.com/FOXSportsOH/status/981303047455309826)
Title: Re: Today's Game 2018
Post by: guest61 on April 04, 2018, 06:23:22 pm
Who does Ben Zobrist think he is?

Like he didnt realize what was happening right behind him.
Title: Re: Today's Game 2018
Post by: JR on April 04, 2018, 06:30:44 pm
Who does Ben Zobrist think he is?

Not very proud of your fellow Tennessean there?
Title: Re: Today's Game 2018
Post by: guest61 on April 04, 2018, 07:00:44 pm
When I saw it last night I thought it was awful dickheadish of him.

His dad stayed at my hotel once.
Title: Re: Today's Game 2018
Post by: guest61 on April 04, 2018, 07:45:32 pm
That's not the first time Ive heard things about Zobrist that werent ideal.

When the World Series trophy was here the Smokies gm said they asked Ben to show up and he said he'd only do it for 100,000 dollars.
Title: Re: Today's Game 2018
Post by: davep on April 04, 2018, 10:50:47 pm
They should have asked me.  I would have been there for 50,000 dollars.
Title: Re: Today's Game 2018
Post by: CurtOne on April 04, 2018, 10:59:28 pm
Not sure I would go to Nashville for $100,000.  Might bump into Dusty and JR.  Bummer.
Title: Re: Today's Game 2018
Post by: JR on April 04, 2018, 11:53:02 pm
That's not the first time Ive heard things about Zobrist that werent ideal.

When the World Series trophy was here the Smokies gm said they asked Ben to show up and he said he'd only do it for 100,000 dollars.

I'm not sure I'd be doing that for free either, but yeah $100K seems like a lot.  Might be one of those agent driven things, who knows?

I've got a friend who's worked out a couple of times with Zobrist during the offseason, and he thought he was a pretty good guy anyway. 
Title: Re: Today's Game 2018
Post by: Tuffy on April 05, 2018, 06:57:14 am
Tweet isn't showing up; what did it say?
Title: Re: Today's Game 2018
Post by: Chris27 on April 05, 2018, 04:19:32 pm
No Heyward or Schwarber against Sutter tonight.
Title: Re: Today's Game 2018
Post by: Deeg on April 05, 2018, 06:08:17 pm
Not sure I see the logic in sitting Schwarber when he's been the best bat in a cold lineup.
Title: Re: Today's Game 2018
Post by: Chris27 on April 05, 2018, 07:20:55 pm
Happ fares no better right-handed.
Title: Re: Today's Game 2018
Post by: Chris27 on April 05, 2018, 07:32:39 pm
Hits by Contreras and Russell put runners at 2nd and 3rd for Baez.
Title: Re: Today's Game 2018
Post by: mO on April 05, 2018, 07:33:55 pm
RISP!!!! El Mago!!!
Title: Re: Today's Game 2018
Post by: brjones on April 05, 2018, 07:34:20 pm
Javy! Cubs finally score a couple of runs.
Title: Re: Today's Game 2018
Post by: brjones on April 05, 2018, 07:35:03 pm
Javy scores from first on a ball that ends up maybe 20 feet behind second base.
Title: Re: Today's Game 2018
Post by: CUBluejays on April 05, 2018, 07:36:21 pm
Javy!!!
Title: Re: Today's Game 2018
Post by: brjones on April 05, 2018, 07:38:26 pm
Ump has a huge outside corner with Zobrist hitting. He has called strikes on two balls.
Title: Re: Today's Game 2018
Post by: mO on April 05, 2018, 07:47:04 pm
Javi started his AB down 0-2.   Layed off some pitches I fully expected him to swing thru to get back to 3-2.  Then put a nice, under control swing on it to line it right back up the middle.  Just the kind of AB you want to see in that situation.
Title: Re: Today's Game 2018
Post by: mO on April 05, 2018, 07:54:54 pm
Contreras single, Almora triple.  4-0
Title: Re: Today's Game 2018
Post by: mO on April 05, 2018, 07:55:20 pm
Both hits taken to right.  More good ABs
Title: Re: Today's Game 2018
Post by: mO on April 05, 2018, 07:56:50 pm
Russell double. 5-0.  All hits with 2 outs.
Title: Re: Today's Game 2018
Post by: Deeg on April 05, 2018, 07:57:42 pm
This Braun thing sounds pretty intense.
Title: Re: Today's Game 2018
Post by: mO on April 05, 2018, 07:58:59 pm
???
Title: Re: Today's Game 2018
Post by: brjones on April 05, 2018, 07:59:17 pm
Russell is looking really good early. He's still just 24, maybe this will be his breakout year.
Title: Re: Today's Game 2018
Post by: davep on April 05, 2018, 08:00:04 pm
What Braun thing is that?
Title: Re: Today's Game 2018
Post by: Deeg on April 05, 2018, 08:04:22 pm
He apparently walked to second and Lester never threw. Then tried it again and Lester threw him out at third.
Title: Re: Today's Game 2018
Post by: brjones on April 05, 2018, 08:13:45 pm
This umpire's strike zone is huge. Happ just walked, but he decided to call ball 4 a strike.
Title: Re: Today's Game 2018
Post by: mO on April 05, 2018, 08:48:44 pm
2nd and 3rd, 2 out chance for Contreras
Title: Re: Today's Game 2018
Post by: mO on April 05, 2018, 08:50:02 pm
Flied out to the track.  Thought he got that one.
Title: Re: Today's Game 2018
Post by: brjones on April 05, 2018, 08:51:23 pm
Yeah, I think Willson was pretty sure he got enough of that one. Ball didn't carry, though.
Title: Re: Today's Game 2018
Post by: brjones on April 05, 2018, 08:55:40 pm
Lester looks like 2016 Lester tonight. He's been really good.
Title: Re: Today's Game 2018
Post by: mO on April 05, 2018, 08:58:00 pm
Braun's on 2nd again...
Title: Re: Today's Game 2018
Post by: mO on April 05, 2018, 09:00:36 pm
Lester is dialed.  91 pitches thru 7?
Title: Re: Today's Game 2018
Post by: brjones on April 05, 2018, 09:02:23 pm
Travis Shaw ejected for arguing strike 3 to end the bottom of the 6th. This umpire's zone has been terrible, but it's been terrible for both sides.
Title: Re: Today's Game 2018
Post by: CUBluejays on April 05, 2018, 09:07:38 pm
Nice AB by Javy.
Title: Re: Today's Game 2018
Post by: mO on April 05, 2018, 09:08:12 pm
3 walks for Baez, 2 intentional.

Lester is done. </ovation>
Title: Re: Today's Game 2018
Post by: brjones on April 05, 2018, 09:08:13 pm
Schwarber hitting for Lester.
Title: Re: Today's Game 2018
Post by: brjones on April 05, 2018, 09:16:31 pm
Edwards looks like he may have lost some weight in the offseason if that's even possible.
Title: Re: Today's Game 2018
Post by: brjones on April 05, 2018, 09:22:58 pm
Edwards Ks the side after allowing a leadoff single.
Title: Re: Today's Game 2018
Post by: brjones on April 05, 2018, 09:34:31 pm
Contreras doubles, he's really locked in tonight. The only out he made was a fly ball to the wall in CF that looked like it was going to go out.
Title: Re: Today's Game 2018
Post by: Chris27 on April 05, 2018, 09:40:07 pm
Contreras seemed ready to strike prior to the game:

https://twitter.com/TonyAndracki23/status/982026276633546752
Title: Re: Today's Game 2018
Post by: brjones on April 05, 2018, 09:42:03 pm
Cishek with a 4 pitch 8th inning.
Title: Re: Today's Game 2018
Post by: brjones on April 05, 2018, 09:47:07 pm
Baez with 3 walks and a HBP tonight. Big night for his OBP.
Title: Re: Today's Game 2018
Post by: mO on April 05, 2018, 09:49:30 pm
Hard hittin' Heyward homers. 8-0
Title: Re: Today's Game 2018
Post by: brjones on April 05, 2018, 09:49:56 pm
Heyward!
Title: Re: Today's Game 2018
Post by: davep on April 05, 2018, 09:50:00 pm
That one had a pretty good exit velocity
Title: Re: Today's Game 2018
Post by: brjones on April 05, 2018, 09:53:17 pm
Knebel just blew out his left knee.
Title: Re: Today's Game 2018
Post by: vander-built on April 05, 2018, 09:54:21 pm
Looked like he was grabbing his groin muscle.
Title: Re: Today's Game 2018
Post by: mO on April 05, 2018, 09:57:56 pm
I'm going hammy.
Title: Re: Today's Game 2018
Post by: davep on April 05, 2018, 10:01:04 pm
Either way, it looks like a substantial recovery period.
Title: Re: Today's Game 2018
Post by: brjones on April 05, 2018, 10:01:17 pm
Whatever he did, he's out for a while.
Title: Re: Today's Game 2018
Post by: brjones on April 05, 2018, 10:03:20 pm
Really great game. Exactly how they needed to respond after the very disappointing first 5 games. Hopefully tonight is the start of a 2016-like run.
Title: Re: Today's Game 2018
Post by: davep on April 05, 2018, 10:04:09 pm
Baez really bumped up his On Base Average today.
Title: Re: Today's Game 2018
Post by: mO on April 05, 2018, 10:05:53 pm
Well played game.


Happy Cubs fan
Title: Re: Today's Game 2018
Post by: Chris27 on April 05, 2018, 10:06:21 pm
Happ with 4 K's though giving him 13 in 20 at-bats.
Title: Re: Today's Game 2018
Post by: Playtwo on April 05, 2018, 10:09:06 pm
I missed your positive comment about tonight's game, Chris.
Title: Re: Today's Game 2018
Post by: craig on April 05, 2018, 10:35:29 pm
Just got home, great to see a decisive winning score, and lots of hits, and a super game by Lester. 

Did Lester have better velocity tonight, or just locating better with similar velocity? 
Title: Re: Today's Game 2018
Post by: Chris27 on April 05, 2018, 10:45:54 pm
Oddly enough, I missed yours as well.
Title: Re: Today's Game 2018
Post by: DelMarFan on April 06, 2018, 12:38:38 am
Quote
Did Lester have better velocity tonight, or just locating better with similar velocity?

I thought Lester's velocity was better.  I saw him several times at 91.   He looked really good, but it was with extra days off.
Title: Re: Today's Game 2018
Post by: Deeg on April 06, 2018, 07:41:56 am
How does Heyward look so far?  Swing any less loopy and awkward?
Title: Re: Today's Game 2018
Post by: craig on April 06, 2018, 07:45:16 am
I thought Lester's velocity was better.  I saw him several times at 91.   He looked really good, but it was with extra days off.

Thanks, del, very helpful.
Title: Re: Today's Game 2018
Post by: Deeg on April 06, 2018, 07:50:46 am
His average velocity jumped from 90.2 to 90.4.  The math is pretty straightforward on that.
Title: Re: Today's Game 2018
Post by: CUBluejays on April 06, 2018, 08:03:48 am
Brooks has him 89.45 in the first game and 91.28 in the second game.

Heyward stance looked different to me and a bleacher nation tweet showed the difference.
Title: Re: Today's Game 2018
Post by: Chris27 on April 06, 2018, 08:57:26 am
Has Heyward hit an opposite-field homer as a Cub? Seems he rarely drives the ball to left with any authority.
Title: Re: Today's Game 2018
Post by: ticohans on April 06, 2018, 09:46:39 am
Hey as long as Heyward is among the most disciplined in the game (in-zone vs out-of-zone swing rates) and is producing among the hardest contact in the league, he can hit the ball wherever he wants!

Title: Re: Today's Game 2018
Post by: VJ on April 06, 2018, 10:14:51 am
Heyward's stance and swing last night was a kinda similar to his 1st career at bat.
Title: Re: Today's Game 2018
Post by: Robb on April 06, 2018, 02:57:28 pm
#Cubs lineup vs Brewers: Zobrist RF, Bryant 3B, Rizzo 1B, Contreras C, Schwarber LF, Russell SS, Heyward CF, Baez 2B, Hendricks P.   This could be the main lineup this year if things continue as they are.
Title: Re: Today's Game 2018
Post by: CurtOne on April 06, 2018, 03:39:04 pm
Heh.  Seems to say that Happ was the problem.  I doubt it.
Title: Re: Today's Game 2018
Post by: davep on April 06, 2018, 03:50:59 pm
Happ hasn't been THE problem, but with 14 strikeouts in 22 at bats, he has  certainly been A problem.
Title: Re: Today's Game 2018
Post by: DelMarFan on April 06, 2018, 03:52:22 pm
Maybe not *the* problem, but 14 strikeouts in 22 ABs is *a* problem.  The leadoff the season with a home run thing was cool and all, but it doesn't seem to have done Happ any favors since.
Title: Re: Today's Game 2018
Post by: DelMarFan on April 06, 2018, 03:59:50 pm
Are you kidding me?  I would have gotten mine in first if I hadn't taken the time to use asterisks for emphasis.
Title: Re: Today's Game 2018
Post by: Playtwo on April 06, 2018, 04:09:31 pm
Copy cat.
Title: Re: Today's Game 2018
Post by: CurtOne on April 06, 2018, 04:13:46 pm
How many strikeouts does Happ have?
Title: Re: Today's Game 2018
Post by: mO on April 06, 2018, 04:24:56 pm
If someone could take the time to explain what is not the (THE, *the*, the, the, the) problem and what is a (A, *a*, a, a, a) problem...
Title: Re: Today's Game 2018
Post by: Bennett on April 06, 2018, 05:35:33 pm
CarrieMuskat  35m35 minutes ago
#Cubs Rizzo scratched from the lineup because of tightness in his back

(https://pbs.twimg.com/media/DaIbP1MX0AECiCy.jpg:small)
Title: Re: Today's Game 2018
Post by: mO on April 06, 2018, 07:22:08 pm
Ooh...who had hammy in the Knebel injury pool?



(https://media.makeameme.org/created/THIS-GUY-RIGHT.jpg)
Title: Re: Today's Game 2018
Post by: mO on April 06, 2018, 07:25:15 pm
Russell gets em on the board. 1-0.

Nice AB.  With 2 strikes, cut down swing nets a sharp grounder to right.  Effective.
Title: Re: Today's Game 2018
Post by: mO on April 06, 2018, 07:27:32 pm
Caratini broken bat flare. 2-0.

That was just lucky.
Title: Re: Today's Game 2018
Post by: Chris27 on April 06, 2018, 07:29:22 pm
Caratini broken bat flare. 2-0.

That was just lucky.

Putting the ball in play can lead to luck.
Title: Re: Today's Game 2018
Post by: Chris27 on April 06, 2018, 07:30:48 pm
Heyward back to himself grounds to 2nd.
Title: Re: Today's Game 2018
Post by: mO on April 06, 2018, 08:06:21 pm
Brewers' starter at 76 pitches thru 3.  Lot of grindery at bats.
Title: Re: Today's Game 2018
Post by: craig on April 06, 2018, 08:59:45 pm
Thames ties it up, 2-2 in the 5th.  Drives in the great Hader, who led off the inning with a hit. 
Title: Re: Today's Game 2018
Post by: mO on April 06, 2018, 08:59:49 pm
Hendrick's gave up a 2-run HR to Thames.  2-2.

Cubs offense needed to do more with the Brewers starter.
Title: Re: Today's Game 2018
Post by: mO on April 06, 2018, 09:02:03 pm
Home plate ump seems to have fallen asleep for a couple pitches.

Another 2-run blast. 2-4.
Title: Re: Today's Game 2018
Post by: brjones on April 06, 2018, 09:02:13 pm
Well that turned ugly quickly.
Title: Re: Today's Game 2018
Post by: craig on April 06, 2018, 09:02:16 pm
Shaw hits another homer, 4-2 Brewers. 
Title: Re: Today's Game 2018
Post by: mO on April 06, 2018, 09:02:29 pm
Should have been a K.
Title: Re: Today's Game 2018
Post by: mO on April 06, 2018, 09:03:35 pm
First 2 pitches of the AB were definite strikes.  Bad misses.  Then he swung thru strike 3.  But instead he gets a 2-1 cookie.
Title: Re: Today's Game 2018
Post by: brjones on April 06, 2018, 09:04:04 pm
The strike zone so far in this series has been a joke. MLB really has to start taking steps towards automating it.
Title: Re: Today's Game 2018
Post by: brjones on April 06, 2018, 09:15:55 pm
This umpire is giving the Eric Gregg strike zone to Hader on the 6th inning. He's gotten two pitches way off the outside corner to Russell and Caratini.
Title: Re: Today's Game 2018
Post by: mO on April 06, 2018, 09:16:36 pm
Yup
Title: Re: Today's Game 2018
Post by: brjones on April 06, 2018, 09:19:47 pm
Full count to Caratini, so he should've already walked.

Now he flies out to deep center...except it looks like they're calling a balk.  Russell to second, Caratini still batting.
Title: Re: Today's Game 2018
Post by: mO on April 06, 2018, 09:21:03 pm
My stream froze just as the outfielder caught the ball, when it resumed I couldn't figure out how Russell could be on 2nd and Caratini still batting.
Title: Re: Today's Game 2018
Post by: mO on April 06, 2018, 09:23:37 pm
Hader is done.  Jeffress vs. Baez.
Title: Re: Today's Game 2018
Post by: brjones on April 06, 2018, 09:24:06 pm
Pulling Hader for Jeffress with Baez up and Russell on second with two outs. That seems like a good development for the Cubs.
Title: Re: Today's Game 2018
Post by: Robb on April 06, 2018, 09:26:11 pm
Hader is done for the series. That is the silver lining even if they lose.
Title: Re: Today's Game 2018
Post by: mO on April 06, 2018, 09:27:57 pm
BAEZ!!!!!!  Little league HR!
Title: Re: Today's Game 2018
Post by: mO on April 06, 2018, 09:28:24 pm
I love that guy!
Title: Re: Today's Game 2018
Post by: brjones on April 06, 2018, 09:28:28 pm
BAEZ!!!  RBI triple, error, tie game.
Title: Re: Today's Game 2018
Post by: method on April 06, 2018, 09:28:38 pm
No he is not... he is a starter... he will be back in game 3.
Title: Re: Today's Game 2018
Post by: brjones on April 06, 2018, 09:29:00 pm
Hope he doesn't have a concussion from the ball hitting him in the head.
Title: Re: Today's Game 2018
Post by: Robb on April 06, 2018, 09:29:23 pm
Little league Home run!
Title: Re: Today's Game 2018
Post by: mO on April 06, 2018, 09:34:19 pm
Pulling Hader for Jeffress with Baez up and Russell on second with two outs. That seems like a good development for the Cubs.

Nice call br
Title: Re: Today's Game 2018
Post by: brjones on April 06, 2018, 09:37:49 pm
Duensing comes in throwing balls and walks Sogard in front of the top of the order. Not ideal.
Title: Re: Today's Game 2018
Post by: brjones on April 06, 2018, 09:38:42 pm
And now a Cain double. Second and third, no outs.
Title: Re: Today's Game 2018
Post by: mO on April 06, 2018, 09:39:16 pm
Ugh! Brewers may have 2nd and 3rd, nobody out.

Cubs are challenging.  Looks foul, but not sure if it's conclusive.
Title: Re: Today's Game 2018
Post by: brjones on April 06, 2018, 09:39:22 pm
Challenge. The ball looks foul, not sure there's enough evidence to overturn.
Title: Re: Today's Game 2018
Post by: Robb on April 06, 2018, 09:39:28 pm
Crap.
Title: Re: Today's Game 2018
Post by: mO on April 06, 2018, 09:40:25 pm
Call stands
Title: Re: Today's Game 2018
Post by: mO on April 06, 2018, 09:40:57 pm
THROW FRIGGIN' STRIKES!!!!!
Title: Re: Today's Game 2018
Post by: Playtwo on April 06, 2018, 09:43:03 pm
Our starting pitching has been disappointing so far.
Title: Re: Today's Game 2018
Post by: brjones on April 06, 2018, 09:43:29 pm
That was a foul ball, but yeah, you can't overturn it through the replay rules. Hopefully we're less than a decade from an automated strike zone and automated line calls. Technology exists for both.

Relievers who come in throwing balls to bad hitters are killers.
Title: Re: Today's Game 2018
Post by: brjones on April 06, 2018, 09:48:14 pm
Strop makes Braun look silly.

Now Joe is going to make another pitching change for some reason. I get it...but Strop's stuff plays against anyone. He just embarrassed Braun. Stick with him...no reason to burn three pitchers this inning while opening up the chance that you find another guy who isn't on tonight.
Title: Re: Today's Game 2018
Post by: mO on April 06, 2018, 09:49:49 pm
Wow!
Title: Re: Today's Game 2018
Post by: brjones on April 06, 2018, 09:51:08 pm
Wilson embarrasses Shaw. It worked out, but I still would've saved Wilson for later.

It's only 4 innings, but Wilson looks like he's back to being the Tigers version of Wilson.
Title: Re: Today's Game 2018
Post by: mO on April 06, 2018, 09:51:14 pm
Wilson dotted 3 straight heaters to Shaw.  He never got his bat off his shoulder.

Cubs wriggle out of it.

Let's get some runs!
Title: Re: Today's Game 2018
Post by: Robb on April 06, 2018, 09:51:34 pm
Duensing owes Strop and Wilson dinner tonight.
Title: Re: Today's Game 2018
Post by: mO on April 06, 2018, 10:06:26 pm
Think Wilson has hit his limit.   Walked Aguilar, now 3-0 to Arcia.
Title: Re: Today's Game 2018
Post by: brjones on April 06, 2018, 10:07:10 pm
Aguilar walks with 2 outs. Wilson threw enough strikes to K him, but this umpire's inside corner to RHH is as small as his outside corner is huge. It's like he's moved the strike zone 6 inches towards the LHH batter's box.
Title: Re: Today's Game 2018
Post by: brjones on April 06, 2018, 10:07:49 pm
Four pitch walk to Arcia. Let's throw strikes to Sogard this time.
Title: Re: Today's Game 2018
Post by: mO on April 06, 2018, 10:08:42 pm
Starts off 2-0
Title: Re: Today's Game 2018
Post by: mO on April 06, 2018, 10:08:55 pm
3-0
Title: Re: Today's Game 2018
Post by: brjones on April 06, 2018, 10:09:08 pm
Wilson suddenly looking like 2017 Cubs Wilson instead of 2017 Tigers Wilson.
Title: Re: Today's Game 2018
Post by: mO on April 06, 2018, 10:09:45 pm
3 walks to load the bases with 2 outs.
Title: Re: Today's Game 2018
Post by: Robb on April 06, 2018, 10:10:11 pm
Who invited 2017 Justin Wilson?
Title: Re: Today's Game 2018
Post by: mO on April 06, 2018, 10:10:26 pm
He started struggling at about 20 pitches...
Title: Re: Today's Game 2018
Post by: brjones on April 06, 2018, 10:10:46 pm
Brutal to walk Sogard twice in two innings. He's terrible, just throw your 96 mph fastball right down the middle.
Title: Re: Today's Game 2018
Post by: mO on April 06, 2018, 10:12:22 pm
Cishek vs Cain
Title: Re: Today's Game 2018
Post by: mO on April 06, 2018, 10:14:05 pm
Got him
Title: Re: Today's Game 2018
Post by: brjones on April 06, 2018, 10:14:27 pm
Cishek has been great.

One of these years, the Cubs are going to prioritize relievers who can consistently throw strikes.
Title: Re: Today's Game 2018
Post by: mO on April 06, 2018, 10:16:45 pm
Maybe Wilson's just not a 4 out guy?
Title: Re: Today's Game 2018
Post by: brjones on April 06, 2018, 10:18:09 pm
Edwards warming, so there's a good chance the Cubs will struggle to throw strikes again next inning.
Title: Re: Today's Game 2018
Post by: mO on April 06, 2018, 10:18:22 pm
Fat Albers in for the Brew Crew
Title: Re: Today's Game 2018
Post by: mO on April 06, 2018, 10:18:58 pm
Strike zone moved again.
Title: Re: Today's Game 2018
Post by: Chris27 on April 06, 2018, 10:30:44 pm
Carl fans Braun, and that's always enjoyable.
Title: Re: Today's Game 2018
Post by: Chris27 on April 06, 2018, 10:33:00 pm
Makes Shaw look silly too. Running out of good pen options though.
Title: Re: Today's Game 2018
Post by: brjones on April 06, 2018, 10:34:01 pm
This bullpen is so good when they throw strikes.
Title: Re: Today's Game 2018
Post by: mO on April 06, 2018, 10:35:43 pm
Robbed!
Title: Re: Today's Game 2018
Post by: mO on April 06, 2018, 10:36:37 pm
TLS double!
Title: Re: Today's Game 2018
Post by: mO on April 06, 2018, 10:36:45 pm
Get him in Zo
Title: Re: Today's Game 2018
Post by: brjones on April 06, 2018, 10:37:51 pm
La Stella is such a good pinch hitter.
Title: Re: Today's Game 2018
Post by: Playtwo on April 06, 2018, 10:40:37 pm
Zobrist gives away his AB.
Title: Re: Today's Game 2018
Post by: Chris27 on April 06, 2018, 10:41:05 pm
Big spot for Bryant ::hint, hint::
Title: Re: Today's Game 2018
Post by: Robb on April 06, 2018, 10:41:16 pm
Did Matt Albers eat his trainer?
Title: Re: Today's Game 2018
Post by: Playtwo on April 06, 2018, 10:41:22 pm
I wouldn't pitch to Bryant here.
Title: Re: Today's Game 2018
Post by: mO on April 06, 2018, 10:41:24 pm
3-0 to K for Zo, with RISP....
Title: Re: Today's Game 2018
Post by: mO on April 06, 2018, 10:42:23 pm
Up to Schwarber now
Title: Re: Today's Game 2018
Post by: mO on April 06, 2018, 10:43:47 pm
Fat Albers vs Svelte Schwarber

Baseball is a funny game
Title: Re: Today's Game 2018
Post by: Chris27 on April 06, 2018, 10:45:10 pm
Yuck
Title: Re: Today's Game 2018
Post by: mO on April 06, 2018, 10:45:37 pm
Needed to be all over that first pitch, instead went after the junk.
Title: Re: Today's Game 2018
Post by: Chris27 on April 06, 2018, 10:53:37 pm
Well that was clutch.
Title: Re: Today's Game 2018
Post by: brjones on April 06, 2018, 10:56:36 pm
The first team that goes to all extreme strike throwers in the bullpen is going to dominate baseball.
Title: Re: Today's Game 2018
Post by: brjones on April 06, 2018, 10:59:10 pm
Bad game for the Cubs. Blew some scoring chances early; most of the relievers came in throwing balls and it eventually beat them.
Title: Re: Today's Game 2018
Post by: Bennett on April 07, 2018, 12:29:15 pm
(https://pbs.twimg.com/media/DaMZncAW4AEsLO9.jpg:small)
Title: Re: Today's Game 2018
Post by: Chris27 on April 07, 2018, 03:13:15 pm
Schwarber fans for the fifth straight AB. Becoming a concern.
Title: Re: Today's Game 2018
Post by: Chris27 on April 07, 2018, 03:15:22 pm
In fact, three more K's for Cubs batters in the 1st.

Title: Re: Today's Game 2018
Post by: Chris27 on April 07, 2018, 03:22:58 pm
Happ is now 4-24 with 15 K's.

Next time someone hypes spring training performances.....
Title: Re: Today's Game 2018
Post by: Robb on April 07, 2018, 03:44:48 pm
Happ isn't as good as he was in spring training. But he isn't as bad as he is playing right now either.
Title: Re: Today's Game 2018
Post by: Chris27 on April 07, 2018, 03:48:19 pm
Make that 16 K's in 25 at-bats for Happ.
Title: Re: Today's Game 2018
Post by: Chris27 on April 07, 2018, 03:57:08 pm
No-hitters through 3.

Darvish with just one swing and miss though while Davies has six.
Title: Re: Today's Game 2018
Post by: Chris27 on April 07, 2018, 04:01:01 pm
Bryant gets the first hit of the day.
Title: Re: Today's Game 2018
Post by: Chris27 on April 07, 2018, 04:04:22 pm
Cubs try a hit-and-run. Contreras swings through a pitch in the dirt and Bryant is thrown out. He was actually safe but since the replay system is a farce they decide not to overturn it anyway. Amazing that a simple DVR system can clearly show a play but the geniuses at MLB don't have the technology.
Title: Re: Today's Game 2018
Post by: Chris27 on April 07, 2018, 04:06:06 pm
Cubs have one infield hit and 6 K's against Davies  thus far.
Title: Re: Today's Game 2018
Post by: Chris27 on April 07, 2018, 04:08:48 pm
Thames homers off Darvish.
Title: Re: Today's Game 2018
Post by: ticohans on April 07, 2018, 04:15:07 pm
Darvish looks like a different pitcher after the Thames homer.

All of a sudden he’s in the strike zone a ton more, generating swings and misses unlike earlier in the game, and is working at a quicker pace.
Title: Re: Today's Game 2018
Post by: CUBluejays on April 07, 2018, 04:20:58 pm
Single for Lastella and double for Caratini.
Title: Re: Today's Game 2018
Post by: Chris27 on April 07, 2018, 04:21:49 pm
A Caratini double puts runners at 2nd and 3rd for Heyward.

A patented groundout might score a run.
Title: Re: Today's Game 2018
Post by: brjones on April 07, 2018, 04:22:19 pm
La Stella seems like he should be faster. It took Santana a long time to run down that double, it seems like La Stella should've scored.
Title: Re: Today's Game 2018
Post by: Chris27 on April 07, 2018, 04:24:27 pm
Heyward can't even get his grounder to 2nd this time and LaStella is thrown out at the plate.
Title: Re: Today's Game 2018
Post by: dev on April 07, 2018, 04:26:34 pm
surprising play
Title: Re: Today's Game 2018
Post by: dev on April 07, 2018, 04:29:47 pm
Ha both of these Brewer announcer (brian Anderson and maybe  Bill Schroeder?) both played in the majors...I dont remember them
Title: Re: Today's Game 2018
Post by: dev on April 07, 2018, 04:31:31 pm
Javy with a rare 3-1 count...and an even rarer walk
Title: Re: Today's Game 2018
Post by: Chris27 on April 07, 2018, 04:34:12 pm
Darvish K's of course.

Up to our new strikeout master.
Title: Re: Today's Game 2018
Post by: Chris27 on April 07, 2018, 04:36:03 pm
Happ pops up and the Cubs blow yet another great opportunity. Exhausting watching this team.
Title: Re: Today's Game 2018
Post by: ticohans on April 07, 2018, 04:36:27 pm
Happ absolutely hosed on the strike 1 call, which forces him to defend on an absurdly-inside pitch, resulting in an inning-ending popout.
Title: Re: Today's Game 2018
Post by: brjones on April 07, 2018, 04:38:03 pm
I just don't get the appeal of watching pitchers "hit." At some point, it may have added strategy to the game. But in 2018 with the data and trends we have now, there is virtually never a game situation where the manager has a tough decision about when to pull the pitcher. Letting the pitcher "hit" just means you end up with Darvish taking one of the most critical ABs in the game. Baseball is more interesting with a DH. IMO.
Title: Re: Today's Game 2018
Post by: dev on April 07, 2018, 04:41:50 pm
well...in this case..they would have 'pitched' to javy...and he would have made one of those swings where is helmet flies off and he lands on his knee...
Title: Re: Today's Game 2018
Post by: Robb on April 07, 2018, 04:43:50 pm
And we missed it.
Title: Re: Today's Game 2018
Post by: Chris27 on April 07, 2018, 04:48:01 pm
Bryant homers so no shutout.
Title: Re: Today's Game 2018
Post by: ticohans on April 07, 2018, 04:48:03 pm
KB!
Title: Re: Today's Game 2018
Post by: craig on April 07, 2018, 04:49:00 pm
Bryant kills one.  1-1.  HR's are an efficient way to score. 
Title: Re: Today's Game 2018
Post by: Chris27 on April 07, 2018, 04:59:23 pm
Three straight outs after a Schwarber walk.
Title: Re: Today's Game 2018
Post by: mO on April 07, 2018, 05:03:22 pm
Again with the crummy umpiring.  I get that I'm biased, but it certainly seems that it's mostly going against the Cubs.
Title: Re: Today's Game 2018
Post by: craig on April 07, 2018, 05:09:10 pm
Darvish pitching well.  Gets a couple of full-count outs in the 6th.  On mlb TV, the K-pitch to Braun was 95; the previous pitch, which wasn't close to the strike zone, actually read at 97.  Nice game for him. 
Title: Re: Today's Game 2018
Post by: Chris27 on April 07, 2018, 05:13:23 pm
Darvish was excellent but probably done after 6.
Title: Re: Today's Game 2018
Post by: Chris27 on April 07, 2018, 05:15:10 pm
Almora grounds into a DP. Leadoff walk again goes nowhere.
Title: Re: Today's Game 2018
Post by: craig on April 07, 2018, 05:15:58 pm
Heyward draws a long walk to leadoff.  But two pitches gets out of the inning, Javy pops out and Almora pinch-hits an easy DP.

Darvish will wait some more to get his first win as a Cub. 
Title: Re: Today's Game 2018
Post by: Chris27 on April 07, 2018, 05:18:15 pm
In their 3 wins the Cubs are averaging 8.4 runs per 9.

In their other games they are averaging 1.1 runs per 9.
Title: Re: Today's Game 2018
Post by: craig on April 07, 2018, 05:31:01 pm
Happ K's to lead it off. 
Title: Re: Today's Game 2018
Post by: wmljohn on April 07, 2018, 05:32:30 pm
KB!
Title: Re: Today's Game 2018
Post by: mO on April 07, 2018, 05:36:43 pm
Lefty on left. Can Schwarber produce decent contact?
Title: Re: Today's Game 2018
Post by: wmljohn on April 07, 2018, 05:37:28 pm
Nope
Title: Re: Today's Game 2018
Post by: mO on April 07, 2018, 05:38:24 pm
This offense...
Title: Re: Today's Game 2018
Post by: craig on April 07, 2018, 05:38:43 pm
Infield in, Schwarber with a weak little liner.
Title: Re: Today's Game 2018
Post by: mO on April 07, 2018, 05:39:39 pm
Way to lay off that blue!
Title: Re: Today's Game 2018
Post by: mO on April 07, 2018, 05:40:45 pm
Off speed with some break, but right down the middle and up...please crush that.
Title: Re: Today's Game 2018
Post by: mO on April 07, 2018, 05:43:00 pm
1 out triple goes nowhere. This offense...
Title: Re: Today's Game 2018
Post by: Robb on April 07, 2018, 05:45:00 pm
No Zobrist today? That would have been the perfect time for him.
Title: Re: Today's Game 2018
Post by: Chris27 on April 07, 2018, 05:50:28 pm
Cishek hits Bandy and allows a double to Sogard.

Should be over soon.
Title: Re: Today's Game 2018
Post by: Chris27 on April 07, 2018, 05:51:38 pm
Quote
Small sample sizes of course but coming into the game the Cubs were at 13% getting a runner home from 3rd with less than 2 outs. Easily last in the league. Next to last? Several teams at 33%.

https://twitter.com/ESPNChiCubs/status/982750485898768384
Title: Re: Today's Game 2018
Post by: wmljohn on April 07, 2018, 05:51:56 pm
I bet the brewers can get a run across with runners on 2nd and 3rd with only one out.
Title: Re: Today's Game 2018
Post by: wmljohn on April 07, 2018, 05:53:27 pm
That simple.
Title: Re: Today's Game 2018
Post by: mO on April 07, 2018, 05:53:40 pm
Now Zobrist comes in. Joe, Joe, Joe...
Title: Re: Today's Game 2018
Post by: Chris27 on April 07, 2018, 05:54:11 pm
Bandy runs like a wounded hippo but still easily beats Heyward's 6-bounce throw.
Title: Re: Today's Game 2018
Post by: Robb on April 07, 2018, 05:54:50 pm
That looked so easy. Just hit it in the air to the outfield. Maybe Joe should put on the suicide everytime for a month.
Title: Re: Today's Game 2018
Post by: Chris27 on April 07, 2018, 05:55:35 pm
BTW, Heyward misplayed Sogard's double too.

We "won" the bidding war for him.
Title: Re: Today's Game 2018
Post by: Chris27 on April 07, 2018, 05:57:23 pm
Strop with the clutch strikeout of Thames after the game's been decided.
Title: Re: Today's Game 2018
Post by: mO on April 07, 2018, 05:59:28 pm
Pitch #1: pop up
Title: Re: Today's Game 2018
Post by: mO on April 07, 2018, 06:01:48 pm
Pitch #8: infield single, error
Title: Re: Today's Game 2018
Post by: Chris27 on April 07, 2018, 06:01:54 pm
Infield hit for Caratini gives Heyward a chance for the ending DP.
Title: Re: Today's Game 2018
Post by: mO on April 07, 2018, 06:02:06 pm
RISP 1 out
Title: Re: Today's Game 2018
Post by: wmljohn on April 07, 2018, 06:02:16 pm
Another opportunity they won’t take advantage of.
Title: Re: Today's Game 2018
Post by: Chris27 on April 07, 2018, 06:04:06 pm
Nevermind, the dink at short threw the ball away.

This will give the Cubs opportunities 6-7 with RISP.
Title: Re: Today's Game 2018
Post by: mO on April 07, 2018, 06:04:15 pm
0% chance Heyward comes thru here
Title: Re: Today's Game 2018
Post by: wmljohn on April 07, 2018, 06:05:31 pm
Now they can hit into the double play.
Title: Re: Today's Game 2018
Post by: mO on April 07, 2018, 06:05:33 pm
Pitch #14: BB
Title: Re: Today's Game 2018
Post by: Robb on April 07, 2018, 06:06:03 pm
Good at bat. Baez can be a hero now.
Title: Re: Today's Game 2018
Post by: mO on April 07, 2018, 06:06:28 pm
Need good, under control Baez here
Title: Re: Today's Game 2018
Post by: Chris27 on April 07, 2018, 06:07:06 pm
At least Baez went up there with a calm approach.

Title: Re: Today's Game 2018
Post by: wmljohn on April 07, 2018, 06:08:06 pm
At least the brewers are giving them a chance.
Title: Re: Today's Game 2018
Post by: mO on April 07, 2018, 06:08:08 pm
Pitch #16: E5, bases loaded
Title: Re: Today's Game 2018
Post by: Robb on April 07, 2018, 06:08:12 pm
Crappy defense by Bryan last night cost the Cubs. Would be nice to return the favor.
Title: Re: Today's Game 2018
Post by: Chris27 on April 07, 2018, 06:08:24 pm
Brewers really trying to give this one away. It's the irresistible force against the immovable object.
Title: Re: Today's Game 2018
Post by: wmljohn on April 07, 2018, 06:08:33 pm
Here comes the double play
Title: Re: Today's Game 2018
Post by: craig on April 07, 2018, 06:09:09 pm
Sharp DP-grounder by Baez, but Shaw muffs it.  Right at him, and hit solid so they'd have had lots of time for the DP. 
Title: Re: Today's Game 2018
Post by: wmljohn on April 07, 2018, 06:09:49 pm
Just a fly ball deep to right to tie please.
Title: Re: Today's Game 2018
Post by: wmljohn on April 07, 2018, 06:10:10 pm
Wow.
Title: Re: Today's Game 2018
Post by: craig on April 07, 2018, 06:10:27 pm
Another fielding blunder!  2-2
Title: Re: Today's Game 2018
Post by: mO on April 07, 2018, 06:10:36 pm
Brewers absolutely giving this game away.

Good things happen when you put the bat on the ball...
Title: Re: Today's Game 2018
Post by: Chris27 on April 07, 2018, 06:10:45 pm
Brewers might have money on the Cubs today, not sure.
Title: Re: Today's Game 2018
Post by: wmljohn on April 07, 2018, 06:11:31 pm
Well. At least Happ won’t hit into a double play. Time oh shittyttttgyg
Title: Re: Today's Game 2018
Post by: mO on April 07, 2018, 06:11:34 pm
Happ!!!!!
Title: Re: Today's Game 2018
Post by: craig on April 07, 2018, 06:12:00 pm
Happ bloops a single!  4-2
Title: Re: Today's Game 2018
Post by: wmljohn on April 07, 2018, 06:12:02 pm
Was going to say time for a K but he come through.
Title: Re: Today's Game 2018
Post by: Chris27 on April 07, 2018, 06:12:10 pm
Oh the irony hits full circle. We've gotten a hit with a RISP and taken the lead. ::faints::
Title: Re: Today's Game 2018
Post by: Robb on April 07, 2018, 06:12:16 pm
Holy crap!
Title: Re: Today's Game 2018
Post by: craig on April 07, 2018, 06:12:53 pm
Baez is the only ball that's been hit semi-hard this inning.  Soft contact is the way to go. 
Title: Re: Today's Game 2018
Post by: Robb on April 07, 2018, 06:13:05 pm
Jon Lester pinch hitting.
Title: Re: Today's Game 2018
Post by: mO on April 07, 2018, 06:13:21 pm
Why is Lester taking this AB?
Title: Re: Today's Game 2018
Post by: wmljohn on April 07, 2018, 06:13:28 pm
That’s why Lester is pinch hitting. Soft contact.
Title: Re: Today's Game 2018
Post by: mO on April 07, 2018, 06:13:49 pm
Ah, short bench...
Title: Re: Today's Game 2018
Post by: wmljohn on April 07, 2018, 06:14:06 pm
Big cut there Johnny.
Title: Re: Today's Game 2018
Post by: Robb on April 07, 2018, 06:14:27 pm
Brandon Morrow is apparently still alive and with the Cubs.
Title: Re: Today's Game 2018
Post by: wmljohn on April 07, 2018, 06:14:33 pm
Squeeze
Title: Re: Today's Game 2018
Post by: mO on April 07, 2018, 06:14:37 pm
Nice bunt.  5-2
Title: Re: Today's Game 2018
Post by: craig on April 07, 2018, 06:15:24 pm
Lester puts down a very nice soft-contact bunt.  5-2.
Title: Re: Today's Game 2018
Post by: Robb on April 07, 2018, 06:17:39 pm
Would be nice to get the runners in not knowing what Morrow will have.
Title: Re: Today's Game 2018
Post by: mO on April 07, 2018, 06:18:08 pm
Screw the closer!
Title: Re: Today's Game 2018
Post by: Chris27 on April 07, 2018, 06:18:23 pm
The only ball out of the infield this inning is Happ's flare.
Title: Re: Today's Game 2018
Post by: brjones on April 07, 2018, 06:20:30 pm
The Brewers are a very poor fundamentals team. They're not going to be as good as people think this year.
Title: Re: Today's Game 2018
Post by: Chris27 on April 07, 2018, 06:20:43 pm
Do these two on FS1 normally do Brewers games?
Title: Re: Today's Game 2018
Post by: wmljohn on April 07, 2018, 06:20:48 pm
Looked like the ump wanted to ring willie up but didn’t after he tossed the bat.
Title: Re: Today's Game 2018
Post by: mO on April 07, 2018, 06:22:45 pm
Yeah, I thought that was a K for sure.  Cubs caught a break.
Title: Re: Today's Game 2018
Post by: mO on April 07, 2018, 06:23:21 pm
Morrow gets a S chance.  Braun, Shaw, Santana.  5-2
Title: Re: Today's Game 2018
Post by: wmljohn on April 07, 2018, 06:23:34 pm
Ok. Time for the closer to get the blown save and loss.
Title: Re: Today's Game 2018
Post by: Chris27 on April 07, 2018, 06:24:28 pm
Eight batters, 4 runs, and one ball to the outfield.
Title: Re: Today's Game 2018
Post by: craig on April 07, 2018, 06:24:36 pm
This is going back, but after Caratini reached 2nd, as the tying run, the Brewers were playing hard shift on Heyward, and the pitcher was still pitching nibbling on and off the outside edge.  Heyward took a big swing at the one inside-pull pitch, but most of the pitches were either strikes on the outside edge, or balls off the outside edge.  Would seem worth a shot, when they are giving the left side and pitching outside, and Heyward is so tall and has such reach, that he ought to be able to cut back on his swing and take a B-hack at one of those outside pitches, even one an inch or three outside, and slap it to the left side. 

Kind of amazing when they are almost giving you a hit and maybe the tying run, to be so unable or unwilling to even take a shot the opposite way. 
Title: Re: Today's Game 2018
Post by: mO on April 07, 2018, 06:27:08 pm
K! 98 on the corner.  Looks like Contreras wanted it up though.
Title: Re: Today's Game 2018
Post by: wmljohn on April 07, 2018, 06:27:27 pm
That’s one.
Title: Re: Today's Game 2018
Post by: mO on April 07, 2018, 06:29:14 pm
Shaw singles
Title: Re: Today's Game 2018
Post by: wmljohn on April 07, 2018, 06:29:38 pm
And so it begins.
Title: Re: Today's Game 2018
Post by: mO on April 07, 2018, 06:30:48 pm
Infield pop
Title: Re: Today's Game 2018
Post by: wmljohn on April 07, 2018, 06:30:48 pm
That’s two.
Title: Re: Today's Game 2018
Post by: wmljohn on April 07, 2018, 06:32:36 pm
That’s a ball game.
Title: Re: Today's Game 2018
Post by: mO on April 07, 2018, 06:32:42 pm
K! Cubs win!
Title: Re: Today's Game 2018
Post by: brjones on April 07, 2018, 06:33:03 pm
Morrow looked very sharp for a guy who had made two competitive pitches since the end of Spring Training before today.
Title: Re: Today's Game 2018
Post by: mO on April 07, 2018, 06:33:34 pm
(https://steemitimages.com/DQmT5eEYWczGnkffhphapi5a8omzLwsV4i5BWy29pnHBmRQ/giphy%20(25).gif)
Title: Re: Today's Game 2018
Post by: Robb on April 07, 2018, 06:34:03 pm
Maybe that's the key with Morrow, only let him pitch once every 8 games.
Title: Re: Today's Game 2018
Post by: Playtwo on April 07, 2018, 06:54:08 pm
Morrow is promised to no one.
Title: Re: Today's Game 2018
Post by: Deeg on April 07, 2018, 07:11:14 pm
ROFL.  Reading this board after the fact is truly hilarious.  Anyone would guess the Cubs were 0-8 and a team in disarray.
Title: Re: Today's Game 2018
Post by: Robb on April 07, 2018, 07:14:23 pm
ROFL.  Reading this board after the fact is truly hilarious.  Anyone would guess the Cubs were 0-8 and a team in disarray.
Kind of like hindsight is always 20/20.  If you know the Cubs won then the comments look ridiculous, loving it is a whole different proposition.
Title: Re: Today's Game 2018
Post by: Deeg on April 07, 2018, 08:41:42 pm
Every game is the same, win or lose.  It's as if posters are watching the Hindenburg disaster. 
Title: Re: Today's Game 2018
Post by: Ray on April 07, 2018, 08:57:58 pm
Yeah.  I checked this board in Hendricks first start before I had chance to check score.  I thought Hendricks got bombed.
Title: Re: Today's Game 2018
Post by: mO on April 07, 2018, 09:55:15 pm
Every game is the same, win or lose.  It's as if posters are watching the Hindenburg disaster. 

No, it's as if posters are reacting to the game as it unfolds.
Title: Re: Today's Game 2018
Post by: CurtOne on April 07, 2018, 10:06:40 pm
Could a dirigible score a runner from third?
Title: Re: Today's Game 2018
Post by: Deeg on April 07, 2018, 11:08:35 pm
If it cut down its swing and tried to go the other way.
Title: Re: Today's Game 2018
Post by: Bennett on April 08, 2018, 09:52:50 am
(https://pbs.twimg.com/media/DaRHutvXkAAC88n.jpg:small)
Title: Re: Today's Game 2018
Post by: Chris27 on April 08, 2018, 01:02:00 pm
Wonder if Rizzo's back is worse then they're leading on.
Title: Re: Today's Game 2018
Post by: brjones on April 08, 2018, 01:15:26 pm
Cubs go down on 6 pitches in the first.
Title: Re: Today's Game 2018
Post by: Chris27 on April 08, 2018, 01:24:09 pm
Contreras picks Cain off 1st.
Title: Re: Today's Game 2018
Post by: brjones on April 08, 2018, 01:27:33 pm
Contreras looking good through an inning-plus. Pick off of Cain followed by a leadoff double in the second.
Title: Re: Today's Game 2018
Post by: Chris27 on April 08, 2018, 01:39:57 pm
Leadoff double by Contreras goes nowhere. They must practice failing with runners on base.
Title: Re: Today's Game 2018
Post by: brjones on April 08, 2018, 01:54:21 pm
Rare misplay in RF by Heyward, and Villar is on second base with no outs in the 3rd.
Title: Re: Today's Game 2018
Post by: Chris27 on April 08, 2018, 01:59:40 pm
Rare if you don't count yesterday's misplay which gave Milwaukee the lead in the 8th.
Title: Re: Today's Game 2018
Post by: brjones on April 08, 2018, 02:01:20 pm
Quintana works around it. 41 pitches through 3, so he could go 7 innings today.

Quintana looks sharper today than he did in his first start.
Title: Re: Today's Game 2018
Post by: craig on April 08, 2018, 02:01:26 pm
Quintana pitches out of it.  Both teams lead off with doubles, but fail to advance.  scoreless after 3. 
Title: Re: Today's Game 2018
Post by: brjones on April 08, 2018, 02:02:57 pm
Zobrist! 1-0.
Title: Re: Today's Game 2018
Post by: craig on April 08, 2018, 02:03:23 pm
Zobrist!  HR, Cubs lead 1-0.  Barely snuck inside the foul pole. 

Nice to get the lead. 
Title: Re: Today's Game 2018
Post by: brjones on April 08, 2018, 02:04:43 pm
Contreras HBP. It seems like Cubs batters have been hit a lot so far this year.
Title: Re: Today's Game 2018
Post by: craig on April 08, 2018, 02:13:19 pm
Wow, very slick play by Caratini!  Nice.  Russell made nice play deep in hole, throw to 1st was well offline but Caratini made a super-quick grab and whipped glove behind him to barely tag Braun who was already past him.  Really nifty and quick hands and coordination by Caratini.
Title: Re: Today's Game 2018
Post by: craig on April 08, 2018, 02:18:39 pm
Q K's Perez on full-count with Villar on 2nd.  Nice pitch.  He's at 56 pitches through 4, good efficiency, so pen shouldn't get over-worked today, and Maddon should be able to use who he wants.  Anderson is at only 55 pitches, so Brewers shouldn't need to go to their pen too early either. 
Title: Re: Today's Game 2018
Post by: brjones on April 08, 2018, 02:27:25 pm
Heyward walk, Quintana bunt, and Almora double makes it 2-0.
Title: Re: Today's Game 2018
Post by: craig on April 08, 2018, 02:27:40 pm
Almora!  RISP opposite-field double. 
Title: Re: Today's Game 2018
Post by: Chris27 on April 08, 2018, 02:28:06 pm
I knew Heyward could contribute!
Title: Re: Today's Game 2018
Post by: CurtOne on April 08, 2018, 02:29:54 pm
I knew Heyward could contribute!
****MARKING THE POSITIVE COMMENT!****
Title: Re: Today's Game 2018
Post by: craig on April 08, 2018, 02:33:58 pm
Bryant with a good AB but just missed last pitch, pops it up.  2-0 mid-5.  Took a bunch of pitches for Anderson, he's at 81 pitches now.  So may not be around that much longer. 
Title: Re: Today's Game 2018
Post by: craig on April 08, 2018, 02:39:16 pm
Wow, nice quick 1-2-3 inning for Q.  Nice to follow up a run-scoring inning with a no-drama 1-2-3.  He's at only 69 pitches, so night possibly even pitch into the 7th inning?
Title: Re: Today's Game 2018
Post by: Chris27 on April 08, 2018, 02:39:58 pm
****MARKING THE POSITIVE COMMENT!****

I've got another. The 1-5 w/ RISP today improve their season average!
Title: Re: Today's Game 2018
Post by: craig on April 08, 2018, 02:52:52 pm
Cain singles with one out, Q pitches around Sanata and walks him.
Braun kills one to right, Heyward almost drops it, but holds it.  must have lost it in the lights or something. 
Title: Re: Today's Game 2018
Post by: Chris27 on April 08, 2018, 02:56:19 pm
Big K for Quintana. Hope he gets the 7th. Some runs would be nice too.
Title: Re: Today's Game 2018
Post by: craig on April 08, 2018, 02:56:24 pm
Slow curve, Aguilar chases and K's, still 2-0 after 6.
Title: Re: Today's Game 2018
Post by: craig on April 08, 2018, 03:04:37 pm
Caratini bloops a single into right, Heyward pops to left and SS makes nice diving grab but drops it on hitting the grass.  So Heyward is up over .200! Q is done, Maddon going with La Stella. 

Good move, chance to score a run, use one of our best hitters, and pitcher is a hard fastball guy, so La Stella is a good matchup.
Title: Re: Today's Game 2018
Post by: mO on April 08, 2018, 03:06:23 pm
TLS! 3-0
Title: Re: Today's Game 2018
Post by: craig on April 08, 2018, 03:06:50 pm
La Stella kills a hard rocket to 1st base, right at him but it eats him up.  Run scores, 2nd-3rd one out.  Charge an error, good 1B a ball hit that super hard would have been an easy DP if fielded cleanly.  Nothing soft about that contact.
Title: Re: Today's Game 2018
Post by: craig on April 08, 2018, 03:09:33 pm
Almora fails to score guy from 3rd.  Whiffs on a ball off the plate; fouled off two strikes that seemed pretty hittable. 
Title: Re: Today's Game 2018
Post by: brjones on April 08, 2018, 03:11:27 pm
The Cubs have to start cashing in more of these runners at third with less than two outs.
Title: Re: Today's Game 2018
Post by: craig on April 08, 2018, 03:12:53 pm
Bryant K's on 3 pitches, 3rd strike called, didn't look like a strike to me.  So, I suppose if La Stella's ball is not a hit, that was 3 guys who didn't get a hit with RISP.  Still, huge run to score.  3-0. 

Williams looks very fast and pretty promising for milwaukee. 
Title: Re: Today's Game 2018
Post by: mO on April 08, 2018, 03:17:21 pm
Was consistently spotting 97 low, outside corner to righties.  Pretty tough.
Title: Re: Today's Game 2018
Post by: mO on April 08, 2018, 03:21:47 pm
Wilson dominant.
Title: Re: Today's Game 2018
Post by: craig on April 08, 2018, 03:24:42 pm
Wilson, 1-2-3, two K's. 

I liked that inning a lot.  Last year it seemed the relievers were constantly trying to throw chase breaking balls.  This inning he was mostly throwing fastballs, and was able to get ahead. His 1st K to Pina was on a chase curve, not close to the plate.  But when you're pounding a lot of fastballs, I suspect the chase pitch works a lot better.  Nice inning for Justin, for whom confidence is probably a big issue. 
Title: Re: Today's Game 2018
Post by: mO on April 08, 2018, 03:30:30 pm
1 out triple for Contreras!
Title: Re: Today's Game 2018
Post by: brjones on April 08, 2018, 03:30:54 pm
Contreras 1 out triple, another chance with a runner at third and less than 2 outs.

Schwarber quickly down 0-2...
Title: Re: Today's Game 2018
Post by: mO on April 08, 2018, 03:31:22 pm
Swung thru two pitches up.
Title: Re: Today's Game 2018
Post by: Chris27 on April 08, 2018, 03:32:06 pm
1-9 w/ RISP.
Title: Re: Today's Game 2018
Post by: mO on April 08, 2018, 03:32:07 pm
Strike 3. :(
Title: Re: Today's Game 2018
Post by: brjones on April 08, 2018, 03:32:11 pm
Ugh, another K.

Schwarber got off to a quick start, but he's been bad for several days now.
Title: Re: Today's Game 2018
Post by: Chris27 on April 08, 2018, 03:33:05 pm
Make that 1-10.

But everything is all right. No blimps on fire here.
Title: Re: Today's Game 2018
Post by: mO on April 08, 2018, 03:33:22 pm
Nothin' doin'...
Title: Re: Today's Game 2018
Post by: brjones on April 08, 2018, 03:34:17 pm
What have the Cubs done with runners on third and less than two out so far this year? They have to be among the worst in the lead in that situation.
Title: Re: Today's Game 2018
Post by: mO on April 08, 2018, 03:34:53 pm
Brewers have been working him up in the zone this series.  He's not catching up with anything up there.
Title: Re: Today's Game 2018
Post by: Chris27 on April 08, 2018, 03:35:03 pm
There are no issues with this offense.

(http://i0.kym-cdn.com/entries/icons/facebook/000/004/130/bagdad-bob.jpg)
Title: Re: Today's Game 2018
Post by: Chris27 on April 08, 2018, 03:36:41 pm
What have the Cubs done with runners on third and less than two out so far this year? They have to be among the worst in the lead in that situation.



https://twitter.com/ESPNChiCubs/status/982750485898768384
Title: Re: Today's Game 2018
Post by: Chris27 on April 08, 2018, 03:38:54 pm
Now we know at least one catcher will likely be suspended:

https://twitter.com/OzzieStern/status/983080978833911809
Title: Re: Today's Game 2018
Post by: mO on April 08, 2018, 03:40:01 pm
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Title: Re: Today's Game 2018
Post by: brjones on April 08, 2018, 03:42:10 pm
Is Morrow warming? Are they going to go to him two days in a row?
Title: Re: Today's Game 2018
Post by: mO on April 08, 2018, 03:45:24 pm
Yep, Morrow is in.
Title: Re: Today's Game 2018
Post by: mO on April 08, 2018, 03:53:42 pm
(https://media.giphy.com/media/l2SpNtHdgOA9s1qNy/giphy.gif)
Title: Re: Today's Game 2018
Post by: mO on April 08, 2018, 03:55:07 pm
3-1 series on the road.  Hope the bats can get something going at home.
Title: Re: Today's Game 2018
Post by: Chris27 on April 08, 2018, 03:55:13 pm
85 wins should win this division.
Title: Re: Today's Game 2018
Post by: brjones on April 08, 2018, 03:55:53 pm
Cubs win!

It's only two games, of course...but I think Morrow's raw stuff looks better than Davis looked at any point last year. Davis was very good, but he was wild and was far from his peak.

If Morrow stays healthy, he'll be a better closer than Davis and Holland this year by a pretty wide margin.
Title: Re: Today's Game 2018
Post by: davep on April 08, 2018, 04:04:38 pm
Is Morrow warming? Are they going to go to him two days in a row?

Yes.  They are going to Morrow today.  They also went to Morrow yesterday.  But hopefully, they will not go to Morrow tomorrow.
Title: Re: Today's Game 2018
Post by: davep on April 08, 2018, 04:06:11 pm
I started on a journey about a year ago to a little town called Morrow in the State of Ohio.
I've never been much of a traveler, and I really didn't know that Morrow was the hardest place I'd ever try to go.

So I went down to the station for my ticket and applied for tips regarding Morrow not expecting to beguiled.
Said I, "My friend, I'd like to go to Morrow and return no later than tomorrow for I haven't time to burn."

Said he to me, "Now let me see if I have heard you right. You'd like to go to Morrow and return tomorrow night.
You should have gone to Morrow yesterday and back today for the train that goes to Morrow is a mile upon its way.

If you had gone to Morrow yesterday now don't you see, you could have gone to Morrow and returned today at three
For the train today to Morrow, if the schedule is right, today it goes to Morrow and returns tomorrow night."

Said I, "My friend, it seems to me you're talking through your hat. There is a town named Morrow on the line now tell me that."
"There is," said he, "but take me a quiet little tip. To go from here to Morrow is a fourteen hour trip.

The train today to Morrow leaves today at eight thirty-five. At half-past ten to Morrow is the time it should arrive.
So if from here to Morrow is a fourteen hour jump, can you go today to Morrow and get back today, you chump?"

Said I, "I'd like to go to Morrow so can I go today and get to Morrow by tonight if there is no delay?"
"Well, well," said he to me, "and I've got no more to say. Can't get anywhere tomorrow and get back again today."

Said I, "I guess you know it all but kindly let me say, how can I get to Morrow if I leave this town today?"
Said he, "You cannot go to Morrow any more today 'cause the train that goes to Morrow is a mile upon its way."

I was so disappointed. I was mad enough to swear. The train had gone to Morrow and had left me standing there.
That man was right in telling me that I was a-howling jay. I could not go to Morrow so I guess in town I'll stay.
Title: Re: Today's Game 2018
Post by: Ray on April 08, 2018, 04:35:11 pm
My brain, it is in pain from reading that. 
On the morrow, there will be sorrow under my hat.
Title: Re: Today's Game 2018
Post by: CurtOne on April 08, 2018, 04:42:23 pm
Dirigible.  Dirigible .  It wasn't a blimp.
Title: Re: Today's Game 2018
Post by: Deeg on April 08, 2018, 05:46:35 pm
Nice to have him now, but imagine how different the playoffs might have been last season if this Wilson had shown up.
Title: Re: Today's Game 2018
Post by: Playtwo on April 08, 2018, 06:52:43 pm
Can he hit?
Title: Re: Today's Game 2018
Post by: Deeg on April 08, 2018, 08:12:23 pm
Mock all you want, but our putrid bullpen killed us last year. At the very least we would have won the Nats series in four and not had a wrecked staff going into the Dodger series.
Title: Re: Today's Game 2018
Post by: Robb on April 08, 2018, 08:50:19 pm
Neshek had been a revelation so far as well. Hopefully Joe doesn't over use him.
Title: Re: Today's Game 2018
Post by: JeffH on April 08, 2018, 09:06:33 pm
Cishek.
Title: Re: Today's Game 2018
Post by: craig on April 08, 2018, 09:12:01 pm
Nice one, Dave!  That was really good, I've near heard or read that before.  :) 

yes, Morrow looked really good today.  Much better today than yesterday; seemed he didn't really know where the ball was going yesterday, but today seemed much better control. 

Agree his stuff looks better than Davis.  Davis averaged 94+ last year, but I don't think he often had great confidence in his fastball, and wasn't very willing to challenge with it.  It was kind of a paint pitch; he really wanted to get guys out on his chase breaking balls; and when he had to throw his fastball for strikes with guys sitting fastball, some got hit pretty solid.  Morrow is faster and seems more willing to challenge with the fastball.  May be less likely to nibble to 3-2 so often.  Of course, might be wild enough that he's trying to challenge but still gets to 3-2 a lot, we'll see...  Today with a 3-run lead, he was really willing to challenge.  We'll see if he's more nibbly with a 1-run lead. 

But man, the bullpen sure looks good for now.  With Wilson and Edwards both pitching well; with Morrow; with Cishek looking really good; with Butler looking legit; Strop looks like Strop; Duensing is very professional; for the moment this looks like a really good group. 

Really fun, and I think having quality depth is critical.  If you're willing to use all of them, can use three today and three tomorrow without needing to have guys go back-to-back very often, or back-to-back-to-back like ever. 

Haven't seen much, so my impression may be baloney.  But my impression is that Morrow, CJ, and Wilson are all throwing more aggressively with fastballs, both throwing more and perhaps worrying less about painting and being more willing to aim a little more down-the-middle? 
Title: Re: Today's Game 2018
Post by: Ron on April 09, 2018, 08:00:05 am
I think it's safe to say Opening Day will NOT be today.

I live a mile and half from the ballpark and everything is covered with snow.  Plus, it's supposed to continue to snow for pretty much the rest of this morning.
Title: Re: Today's Game 2018
Post by: Bennett on April 09, 2018, 08:56:55 am
Taken just a few minutes ago

(https://pbs.twimg.com/media/DaWIRbBVwAEXg0P.jpg:small)
Title: Re: Today's Game 2018
Post by: CurtOne on April 09, 2018, 09:25:42 am
PLAY BALL!
Title: Re: Today's Game 2018
Post by: brjones on April 09, 2018, 09:38:32 am
The Cubs have announced the game will be pushed back an hour, but they're planning to play.
Title: Re: Today's Game 2018
Post by: Ron on April 09, 2018, 09:39:21 am
It's still snowing at 9:30.  No sign of it stopping anytime soon.

I remember attending a game many years ago with snow still present in the bleachers.  Spring in Chicago (or what passes for spring).
Title: Re: Today's Game 2018
Post by: Bennett on April 09, 2018, 10:39:19 am
As br posted, note the new game time

(https://pbs.twimg.com/media/DaWYnAVX0AA1-Ry.jpg:small)
Title: Re: Today's Game 2018
Post by: Bennett on April 09, 2018, 10:42:26 am
(https://pbs.twimg.com/media/DaWcy-DXUAIFSNe.jpg:small)
Title: Re: Today's Game 2018
Post by: Ron on April 09, 2018, 11:00:39 am
The snow seems to have ended. But there sure looks like a lot is on the ground where I live, across from Lincoln Park.  During the last hour the snow flakes had gotten larger, and probably wetter.

Hard to see how this is going to melt enough by 2:20. As of now, the predicted temperature for game time is 35, with a high today of 37.  We are supposed to get some sun tomorrow morning, and a high of 45, so I don't know why they are so determined to play the game today.
Title: Re: Today's Game 2018
Post by: brjones on April 09, 2018, 11:05:30 am
Apparently, the Cubs changed their minds:

Mark Gonzales @MDGonzales
Cubs postponed, 1:20 Tuesday
Title: Re: Today's Game 2018
Post by: Ron on April 09, 2018, 11:05:58 am
A wise decision.
Title: Re: Today's Game 2018
Post by: Ron on April 09, 2018, 11:28:53 am
And now it's snowing again.  >:(
Title: Re: Today's Game 2018
Post by: wmljohn on April 09, 2018, 12:10:45 pm
That sucks.  I was off today and ready to watch the home opener on my last day of vacation.  Damn.  I go back to work tomorrow and miss the home opener now.  :(

Title: Re: Today's Game 2018
Post by: davep on April 09, 2018, 12:16:27 pm
Nice one, Dave!  That was really good, I've near heard or read that before.  :) 


An old Kingston Trio song from my misspent youth.
Title: Re: Today's Game 2018
Post by: CurtOne on April 09, 2018, 12:19:38 pm
Dude, you've had a misspent life.
Title: Re: Today's Game 2018
Post by: Jack Birdbath on April 09, 2018, 01:06:09 pm
Living in Chicago is stupid. I need to make a change.
Title: Re: Today's Game 2018
Post by: ticohans on April 09, 2018, 01:19:00 pm
Moved to Seattle a year ago. One of the best decisions I've ever made.
Title: Re: Today's Game 2018
Post by: Robb on April 09, 2018, 01:35:47 pm
I don't miss northern Illinois at all since we moved in 2015. Amazing what living in an expanding economy with mild winter is like.
Title: Re: Today's Game 2018
Post by: CurtOne on April 09, 2018, 01:54:48 pm
Living in Chicago is stupid. I need to make a change.
Moving to Milwaukee?
Title: Re: Today's Game 2018
Post by: Deeg on April 09, 2018, 08:36:51 pm
Put some pants on!

https://twitter.com/javy23baez/status/983518112363393024
Title: Re: Today's Game 2018
Post by: Bennett on April 10, 2018, 09:33:03 am
(https://pbs.twimg.com/media/DabYbInX4AELTKC.jpg:small)
Title: Re: Today's Game 2018
Post by: brjones on April 10, 2018, 01:28:06 pm
Clean 1-2-3 inning for Chatwood in the first. It helps when he throws strikes.
Title: Re: Today's Game 2018
Post by: Dave23 on April 10, 2018, 01:45:14 pm
Well, that sucks...I didn't see any video that showed conclusively that the tag was on Contreras's leg when his toe came off the bag...
Title: Re: Today's Game 2018
Post by: brjones on April 10, 2018, 01:45:49 pm
Cubs score the first run on an RBI single by Schwarber; Contreras is initially called safe at third on the same play but is called out on replay when his foot came off the bag.
Title: Re: Today's Game 2018
Post by: brjones on April 10, 2018, 01:46:26 pm
The standard for "clear and convincing" seems to change from game to game. The Cubs have definitely lost replays that were much more clear than that one.
Title: Re: Today's Game 2018
Post by: Robb on April 10, 2018, 01:51:52 pm
It seems like they have lost every review so far. Probably not but it feels that way.
Title: Re: Today's Game 2018
Post by: Robb on April 10, 2018, 01:52:34 pm
Mlbtv sucks so far today.
Title: Re: Today's Game 2018
Post by: brjones on April 10, 2018, 01:58:24 pm
Bad BABIP luck in the second for Chatwood. The first two hits of the inning were just perfectly placed, especially the swinging bunt.
Title: Re: Today's Game 2018
Post by: Bennett on April 10, 2018, 01:59:22 pm
Pink Hat Guy is MIA.
Title: Re: Today's Game 2018
Post by: brjones on April 10, 2018, 02:06:59 pm
Baez crushed that ball. 423 feet, 107 mph exit velocity. 2-1 Cubs.
Title: Re: Today's Game 2018
Post by: brjones on April 10, 2018, 02:19:23 pm
Chatwood has not been very good since the first inning ended. Tied at 2, runners on second and third with 1 out in the third for the Pirates.
Title: Re: Today's Game 2018
Post by: brjones on April 10, 2018, 02:22:37 pm
4-2 Pirates.

Butler hasn't pitched since the 17 inning game, it's probably time to get him up.
Title: Re: Today's Game 2018
Post by: Robb on April 10, 2018, 02:25:28 pm
Not a good time for an error, Russell.
Title: Re: Today's Game 2018
Post by: brjones on April 10, 2018, 02:27:09 pm
The Cubs seem to be content to let this one get out of control before they even warm anyone up.
Title: Re: Today's Game 2018
Post by: brjones on April 10, 2018, 02:33:04 pm
10 pitches in the first inning for Chatwood; 60 total over the next two innings.

The Cubs should have a quick hook with him next inning.
Title: Re: Today's Game 2018
Post by: brjones on April 10, 2018, 02:42:19 pm
5-2 on a Marte homer. Chatwood isn't very good today.
Title: Re: Today's Game 2018
Post by: craig on April 10, 2018, 02:54:58 pm
Interesting comment from TV guys: Happ, Schwarber, and BAez were statistically the worst strike-hitters in all of baseball thus far this year, entering today's game.  They made reference to soft contact, but I assume that factor in swing-and-miss as well as soft contact?
Title: Re: Today's Game 2018
Post by: brjones on April 10, 2018, 02:56:28 pm
Contreras leadoff double in the 4th followed by Schwarber K, Russell K, and Heyward pop up.

It's really bad that the middle of the Cubs lineup can't even make consistent contact against Ivan Nova. He ranked 50th out of 58 qualified starters in K/9 last year.
Title: Re: Today's Game 2018
Post by: CUBluejays on April 10, 2018, 03:00:36 pm
Contact Percentage worst to first
Happ 54.7% #1
Schwarber 63.5% #14
Baez 67.2% #21

No Cubs are on the bottom 30 in hard hit percentage.
Title: Re: Today's Game 2018
Post by: brjones on April 10, 2018, 03:12:11 pm
Jesse Rogers @ESPNChiCubs
FYI, Just to update the situational numbers in the early going: Cubs 30th in MLB with man on 3rd less than 2 outs....And now 24th with man on 2nd and no outs. That's in terms of success rate scoring/moving over to 3rd. Has to get better. And will, but how much?
Title: Re: Today's Game 2018
Post by: Chris27 on April 10, 2018, 03:13:41 pm
Once again, the team can't rally because it can not hit with RISP. 1-5 today

And Chatwood probably is what he's been. A #5 starter.
Title: Re: Today's Game 2018
Post by: brjones on April 10, 2018, 03:22:33 pm
Schwarber's average has fallen below .200 again.
Title: Re: Today's Game 2018
Post by: Dave23 on April 10, 2018, 03:26:41 pm
so many swings and misses against total slop...
Title: Re: Today's Game 2018
Post by: Chris27 on April 10, 2018, 03:34:28 pm
I've yet to find one section of this team that impresses.
Title: Re: Today's Game 2018
Post by: brjones on April 10, 2018, 03:35:16 pm
Two outs, nobody on...then Montgomery allows a single, single, and Cervelli homer. 8-2. What a terrible opener. Can't make contact against a contact pitcher; gives up the back-breaking homer to a guy with 23 homers in his 8 year career.
Title: Re: Today's Game 2018
Post by: Robb on April 10, 2018, 03:36:11 pm
8-2, the Pirates are hitting everything the Cubs throw up there. It is such a stark difference compared to the Cubs anemic offense.
Title: Re: Today's Game 2018
Post by: craig on April 10, 2018, 03:41:29 pm
Thanks, blue, interesting, I wonder what it was that Len or Jim said exactly?  (Don't know which of them said it.) 

Are your numbers contact on strikes? 

He was specifically talking about on strikes.  I think a point was that those three have struggled, but it isn't all about chasing for bad balls.  (Although obviously that's a thing for Javy.) 

But Schwarber and Happ, they are quite selective at swinging at strikes, Happ doesn't seem to chase much at all, and Schwarber isn't bad.  Their issue isn't that they swing at lots of bad balls, it's that they struggle to hit the strikes that they do swing at. 
Title: Re: Today's Game 2018
Post by: brjones on April 10, 2018, 03:41:49 pm
8-3 on a Baez homer. Too bad the three guys in front of Baez in the lineup today have been completely helpless against Nova.
Title: Re: Today's Game 2018
Post by: Chris27 on April 10, 2018, 03:50:19 pm
We've got the solo homer thing down anyway.
Title: Re: Today's Game 2018
Post by: brjones on April 10, 2018, 03:51:04 pm
Willson Contreras is the most enjoyable player to watch on this team.
Title: Re: Today's Game 2018
Post by: brjones on April 10, 2018, 04:02:16 pm
Cubs threaten with 2 outs in the 8th, but Russell hacks at two pitches outside and almost in the dirt to start his AB.
Title: Re: Today's Game 2018
Post by: brjones on April 10, 2018, 04:04:09 pm
Russell takes 3 balls, then gets a really fat pitch down the middle, but he can only foul it off.
Title: Re: Today's Game 2018
Post by: brjones on April 10, 2018, 04:07:23 pm
Russell takes a walk. Pretty nice AB after the first two hacks. Bases loaded with 2 outs.

Pirates going to their closer Felipe "Rivero" Vazquez.
Title: Re: Today's Game 2018
Post by: Dave23 on April 10, 2018, 04:08:18 pm
ML debut!
Title: Re: Today's Game 2018
Post by: brjones on April 10, 2018, 04:09:13 pm
Why is Heyward facing the tough lefty here? This seems like the perfect situation for Almora.

Heyward quickly (and predictably) down 0-2.
Title: Re: Today's Game 2018
Post by: JR on April 10, 2018, 04:11:30 pm
Heyward seems to hit a lot more than he should in close late situations when a lefty is on the mound.
Title: Re: Today's Game 2018
Post by: brjones on April 10, 2018, 04:11:53 pm
Heyward 2 run single!  8-5. Wow, now the guy who already has two homers today. Javy will fall down swinging at some point during this AB.
Title: Re: Today's Game 2018
Post by: brjones on April 10, 2018, 04:12:45 pm
Now Baez down 0-2.
Title: Re: Today's Game 2018
Post by: brjones on April 10, 2018, 04:13:37 pm
Javy looked bad against Rivero. (EDIT: I mean Vazquez)

Too bad Montgomery fell apart in the 7th after getting 2 outs.
Title: Re: Today's Game 2018
Post by: brjones on April 10, 2018, 04:24:05 pm
Almora/Happ/Bryant up in the 9th. If two get on, Contreras comes up as the tying run.

Almora hits it hard to LF, but Dickerson catches it.
Title: Re: Today's Game 2018
Post by: brjones on April 10, 2018, 04:26:13 pm
Happ walk.
Title: Re: Today's Game 2018
Post by: Robb on April 10, 2018, 04:26:33 pm
The Pirates 1-8 hitters are all over .800 ops except the guy who got the 3 run home that is the difference in this game. Small sample size and all that but their offense has been what we hoped the Cubs would be.
Title: Re: Today's Game 2018
Post by: brjones on April 10, 2018, 04:29:21 pm
Bryant robbed on a lineout to Mercer, then Zobrist pops out. Contreras left on deck.
Title: Re: Today's Game 2018
Post by: Playtwo on April 11, 2018, 07:33:49 pm
Lester gives up a 3-run HR to Rodriguez in the 2nd.  The Cub offense hasn't been good enough to overcome starts like this.
Title: Re: Today's Game 2018
Post by: CUBluejays on April 11, 2018, 07:34:41 pm
Lester needs to stop grooving fastballs down the middle.
Title: Re: Today's Game 2018
Post by: Playtwo on April 11, 2018, 07:37:01 pm
Starting to look like a game I was at last July right before the All Star break.
Title: Re: Today's Game 2018
Post by: Chris27 on April 11, 2018, 07:38:01 pm
Lester looks something akin to shot.

Luckily, he has a potent offense to dig him out of trouble...
Title: Re: Today's Game 2018
Post by: Playtwo on April 11, 2018, 07:38:41 pm
Pirate hitters are fouling away pitch after pitch, forcing Lester to walk them or give them hittable pitches.  Very impressive.
Title: Re: Today's Game 2018
Post by: Chris27 on April 11, 2018, 07:39:25 pm
Be more impressive if Lester could hit 90 mph.
Title: Re: Today's Game 2018
Post by: Playtwo on April 11, 2018, 07:40:22 pm
Lester at 49 pitches through 2.
Title: Re: Today's Game 2018
Post by: Playtwo on April 11, 2018, 07:40:59 pm
Lester's fastballs were at 92.
Title: Re: Today's Game 2018
Post by: Chris27 on April 11, 2018, 07:43:57 pm
All of them?
Title: Re: Today's Game 2018
Post by: Playtwo on April 11, 2018, 07:46:51 pm
Bases loaded, nobody out for the Cubs in the 2nd.  Baez up.
Title: Re: Today's Game 2018
Post by: Playtwo on April 11, 2018, 07:47:59 pm
WP.  3-1 Pirates.
Title: Re: Today's Game 2018
Post by: Playtwo on April 11, 2018, 07:48:46 pm
I would walk Baez to get to Heyward.
Title: Re: Today's Game 2018
Post by: Playtwo on April 11, 2018, 07:50:04 pm
They tried to walk him, but Baez swung and missed at ball 4.
Title: Re: Today's Game 2018
Post by: Playtwo on April 11, 2018, 07:50:34 pm
3-run HR for Baez.  Should have walked him!
Title: Re: Today's Game 2018
Post by: CUBluejays on April 11, 2018, 07:50:53 pm
Lester looks something akin to shot.

Luckily, he has a potent offense to dig him out of trouble...

Truth
Title: Re: Today's Game 2018
Post by: mO on April 11, 2018, 07:51:21 pm
(https://media.giphy.com/media/DvbEI4LAFaZaw/giphy.gif)
Title: Re: Today's Game 2018
Post by: Chris27 on April 11, 2018, 07:53:29 pm
Truth

Thank god for the bunt single and hit batter.
Title: Re: Today's Game 2018
Post by: CUBluejays on April 11, 2018, 07:58:22 pm
Thank god for the bunt single and hit batter.

Way to find the positives.
Title: Re: Today's Game 2018
Post by: Chris27 on April 11, 2018, 07:58:54 pm
I'm still looking for some!
Title: Re: Today's Game 2018
Post by: Chris27 on April 11, 2018, 08:00:07 pm
Nevermind, I found it.  1-1 w/ RISP 
Title: Re: Today's Game 2018
Post by: Playtwo on April 11, 2018, 08:02:03 pm
Lester walks Bell to start the 3rd.  Lester will be lucky to make it to the 5th inning.
Title: Re: Today's Game 2018
Post by: Playtwo on April 11, 2018, 08:06:16 pm
Freese hits into a 6-4-3 DP to end the Pirate 3rd.  That helps.
Title: Re: Today's Game 2018
Post by: Playtwo on April 11, 2018, 08:09:30 pm
Contreras walks to start the Cub 3rd.
Title: Re: Today's Game 2018
Post by: mO on April 11, 2018, 08:09:48 pm
Cubs need to keep the pressure on this young starter...

Lead off walk by Contreras
Title: Re: Today's Game 2018
Post by: mO on April 11, 2018, 08:10:40 pm
Thought Zo got that one
Title: Re: Today's Game 2018
Post by: Playtwo on April 11, 2018, 08:10:55 pm
Zobrist flies to the wall in left center.
Title: Re: Today's Game 2018
Post by: Playtwo on April 11, 2018, 08:13:13 pm
Russell fouls out.
Title: Re: Today's Game 2018
Post by: Playtwo on April 11, 2018, 08:15:07 pm
Ground rule double keeps Contreras from scoring.  Really bad luck there.
Title: Re: Today's Game 2018
Post by: Dave23 on April 11, 2018, 08:16:00 pm
He could have walked home if that ball had stayed in play...
Title: Re: Today's Game 2018
Post by: Playtwo on April 11, 2018, 08:16:08 pm
How often does a ball bounce over the basket?  Terrible luck.
Title: Re: Today's Game 2018
Post by: mO on April 11, 2018, 08:16:23 pm
Baez IBB

Bases loaded chance for Heyward
Title: Re: Today's Game 2018
Post by: Playtwo on April 11, 2018, 08:18:03 pm
Retired 4-3.
Title: Re: Today's Game 2018
Post by: mO on April 11, 2018, 08:18:17 pm
Guess what happened?  Here's a clue: 2nd baseman was involved...
Title: Re: Today's Game 2018
Post by: Dave23 on April 11, 2018, 08:19:59 pm
How often does a ball hit the outside part of the basket, and still make it into the bleachers?

Also, did Heyward eat Juan Pierre?
Title: Re: Today's Game 2018
Post by: Robb on April 11, 2018, 08:25:37 pm
Why is Lester nibbling against the pitcher?
Title: Re: Today's Game 2018
Post by: Robb on April 11, 2018, 08:26:15 pm
Okay, now I see.
Title: Re: Today's Game 2018
Post by: Playtwo on April 11, 2018, 08:27:10 pm
Lester is through 4 with 82 pitches.  He's good for 1 more inning.
Title: Re: Today's Game 2018
Post by: Chris27 on April 11, 2018, 08:30:26 pm
https://twitter.com/Brad_Binder_/status/984239586518986753
Title: Re: Today's Game 2018
Post by: Playtwo on April 11, 2018, 08:34:52 pm
Cubs retired in order in the 4th.  Still 4-3 Cubs.
Title: Re: Today's Game 2018
Post by: mO on April 11, 2018, 08:43:48 pm
4-4
Title: Re: Today's Game 2018
Post by: mO on April 11, 2018, 08:44:16 pm
Marte double, Cervelli single
Title: Re: Today's Game 2018
Post by: mO on April 11, 2018, 08:46:39 pm
Contreras lead off double

He's fun
Title: Re: Today's Game 2018
Post by: brjones on April 11, 2018, 08:47:35 pm
Cervelli kills the Cubs.

Contreras is so good.
Title: Re: Today's Game 2018
Post by: mO on April 11, 2018, 08:51:49 pm
Well, Russell at least advanced the runner...2 out
Title: Re: Today's Game 2018
Post by: brjones on April 11, 2018, 08:53:13 pm
Contreras' teammates fail to get him in again.
Title: Re: Today's Game 2018
Post by: mO on April 11, 2018, 08:54:26 pm
They should have done a lot more against this pitcher.
Title: Re: Today's Game 2018
Post by: mO on April 11, 2018, 08:55:59 pm
Duensing in
Title: Re: Today's Game 2018
Post by: mO on April 11, 2018, 09:05:13 pm
Uneventful inning for Duensing.

Baez strikes out, but makes 1st on a WP
Title: Re: Today's Game 2018
Post by: mO on April 11, 2018, 09:07:10 pm
Heyward does his thing

Baez stole 3rd!

TLS is up
Title: Re: Today's Game 2018
Post by: mO on April 11, 2018, 09:09:41 pm
FC, Baez scores.  TLS safe at first
Title: Re: Today's Game 2018
Post by: mO on April 11, 2018, 09:10:37 pm
Almora single
Title: Re: Today's Game 2018
Post by: mO on April 11, 2018, 09:13:52 pm
KB double!

6-4
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Post by: davep on April 11, 2018, 09:14:15 pm
There is no one I would rather have on third base in that situation than Baez.  His reaction time is amazing.
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Post by: mO on April 11, 2018, 09:16:02 pm
Red hot Contreras up with runners 2nd and 3rd, 1 out
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Post by: mO on April 11, 2018, 09:18:36 pm
K
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Post by: mO on April 11, 2018, 09:19:16 pm
Zo picks him up.  Single. 8-4
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Post by: Chris27 on April 11, 2018, 09:20:20 pm
Zobrist looking like his old self is a huge addition. Now if others would start to hit.
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Post by: brjones on April 11, 2018, 09:21:26 pm
Willson has not been happy with some of this umpire's calls when he's batting tonight.
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Post by: mO on April 11, 2018, 09:28:32 pm
Clean inning from Strop
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Post by: mO on April 11, 2018, 09:32:18 pm
Lead off double for Caratini
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Post by: mO on April 11, 2018, 09:35:41 pm
Heyward drives him in! 9-4
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Post by: mO on April 11, 2018, 09:36:28 pm
Happ!!!!


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Post by: brjones on April 11, 2018, 09:37:38 pm
Nice to see Happ hit a homer. Maybe that will get him back on track.
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Post by: mO on April 11, 2018, 09:39:39 pm
Almora double.  Save some for the next game!
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Post by: Dave23 on April 11, 2018, 09:40:35 pm
Albert wants more playing time.
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Post by: mO on April 11, 2018, 09:42:14 pm
Neveraskus up in the Pirates pen
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Post by: mO on April 11, 2018, 09:43:08 pm
Another double, KB. 12-4
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Post by: mO on April 11, 2018, 09:46:48 pm
What happens if a team exceeds their mound visits?
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Post by: Chris27 on April 11, 2018, 09:51:03 pm
Caratini can hit.
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Post by: CUBluejays on April 11, 2018, 09:53:58 pm
What happens if a team exceeds their mound visits?

You have to change pitchers I believe.
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Post by: mO on April 11, 2018, 09:59:36 pm
Another 2 homer game for Javi


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Post by: brjones on April 11, 2018, 10:00:23 pm
Baez is locked in to one of his ridiculous streaks. 4 HR in 2 days.
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Post by: mO on April 11, 2018, 10:09:25 pm
(https://media.giphy.com/media/YPDq9MFL6TUpa/giphy.gif)
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Post by: craig on April 11, 2018, 11:34:35 pm
Hits and line drives are more fun to watch than K's and weak contact.  Nice to see Almora having a good game. 
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Post by: Deeg on April 12, 2018, 03:04:04 am
If Chili can be the one to flip the light switch with Javy, he can go from borderline all-star to legit MVP candidate.
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Post by: Deeg on April 12, 2018, 05:17:11 am
Just saw those HRs - both were flat crushed.  Baez' swing looks as dialed in as I've ever seen it.
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Post by: ticohans on April 12, 2018, 06:35:14 am
Very interesting things going on for Javy right now. His walk rate is up a ton, and his K rate is down a ton.

Part of the jump in walk rate is a bunch of IBB’s, and digging further into his swinging stats, his K rate *should* be higher. His swings on pitches outside the zone are down a little, but the overall swing-and-miss rate is still very high.

So his current BB and K rates aren’t sustainable based on his current swing rates. But...

The most significant change of all for Javy is a *huge* spike in fly-ball rate, and a correspondingly *huge* drop in ground ball rate. Last year his GB/FB rate was 1.35. This year is 0.55. His pull rate and hard hit rate have also *massively* jumped. Not sure if Javy has intentionally joined the fly ball revolution or what, but if he keeps up the current FB/pull/hard-hit trends, we’re looking at a +35 HR season from him.
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Post by: CUBluejays on April 12, 2018, 08:37:10 am
Javy has always been streaky and I wonder if the contact percentage might jump up some with his hot streak. His zone swing percentage was up too, but his zone contact percentage was down I wonder if that had something to do with the K% or if it was just a fluke.
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Post by: Bennett on April 12, 2018, 01:39:24 pm
After a Polanco homer in the top of the first, the Cubs catch a break when Kris Bryant takes ball four.  It should have been a strike-em-out throw-em-out DP.
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Post by: Bennett on April 12, 2018, 01:43:57 pm
Zobrist flies out, Schwarber grounds into a force at second, and the inning ends with a fly to right.
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Post by: Chris27 on April 12, 2018, 01:49:01 pm
Happ may be a DH.
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Post by: brjones on April 12, 2018, 02:46:23 pm
Hendricks has been less than sharp today. He's allowed way too many fly balls. Cubs down 2-1 after a Frazier homer leading off the 5th.
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Post by: brjones on April 12, 2018, 03:06:54 pm
Hendricks works around a Bryant error in the 6th. Pretty nice outing for him today on a day when he didn't seem to have his best command.
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Post by: brjones on April 12, 2018, 03:13:36 pm
Cubs used up all their hitting last night I guess. Happ and Schwarber with 2 hits each...and no one else has done anything.
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Post by: brjones on April 12, 2018, 03:18:04 pm
Polanco homers off Wilson with 1 out in the 7th, 3-1. The way this offense is going, that's probably enough.
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Post by: Chris27 on April 12, 2018, 03:18:18 pm
Cubs used up all their hitting last night I guess. Happ and Schwarber with 2 hits each...and no one else has done anything.

Been the story of the year: all or nothing offensive production.
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Post by: brjones on April 12, 2018, 03:19:04 pm
Was the story all year last year too.
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Post by: Chris27 on April 12, 2018, 03:23:56 pm
There are actually five teams worse with RISP from a batting average standpoint. However, four of them have nowhere near the opportunities the Cubs have had. The only one with anything close to the number of at-bats who are worse are the White Sox.
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Post by: brjones on April 12, 2018, 03:25:27 pm
Wilson is wild again. Two walks after two were out.
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Post by: brjones on April 12, 2018, 03:26:10 pm
And now 2-0 to Cervelli.
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Post by: brjones on April 12, 2018, 03:27:21 pm
Cervelli does it again, 6-1. I guess Cervelli is just one of those guys the Cubs don't scout.
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Post by: JR on April 12, 2018, 03:27:35 pm
I think our scouting report on Cervelli needs some updating.
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Post by: brjones on April 12, 2018, 03:29:41 pm
Wilson looked fixed in his first few outings, but he's gone back to what he was last year with the Cubs in 2 of his last 3 games.
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Post by: JR on April 12, 2018, 03:33:06 pm
Cervelli does it again, 6-1. I guess Cervelli is just one of those guys the Cubs don't scout.

Great minds . . . or at least greater minds than CurtOne anyway.
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Post by: brjones on April 12, 2018, 03:39:48 pm
This ump has been awful and inconsistent today.
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Post by: mO on April 12, 2018, 03:46:51 pm
Any idea Wilson's pitch count when he lost it?  2 quick outs then he started walking?
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Post by: brjones on April 12, 2018, 03:52:47 pm
They weren't especially quick outs, and there was a home run by Polanco between the first and second outs. I don't think it had anything to do with his pitch count, he just wasn't good today.
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Post by: brjones on April 12, 2018, 04:21:39 pm
Cubs lose 6-1.

Just like last year...they play a game that gets you a little excited that maybe they're coming around, then they follow it up with a game that is a chore to watch.
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Post by: JR on April 12, 2018, 04:45:23 pm
I don't think Rotoworld was trying be suggestive about anything here regarding Cervelli at all . . .

Quote
Francisco Cervelli - C - Pirates

Francisco Cervelli had a three-run homer and a triple Thursday against the Cubs.

Cervelli, who was once suspended for steroids, has had his power stroke working of late; he's clubbed six homers in 77 at-bats since the beginning of the spring. That's as many as he had in 581 regular-season at-bats between 2016 and 2017.
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Post by: Bennett on April 13, 2018, 09:56:21 am
Good chance of light rain.  Temperature around 50°.

(https://pbs.twimg.com/media/Daq0Y8JXkAEoOne.jpg:small)
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Post by: brjones on April 13, 2018, 12:08:34 pm
Almora scratches because he’s sick, Happ will lead off.

It’s probably a good idea to get Happ back in there today anyway after getting two hits yesterday and hitting a homer the day before.
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Post by: wmljohn on April 13, 2018, 01:28:06 pm
2 out single for Atl.  Game over.
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Post by: CurtOne on April 13, 2018, 01:30:28 pm
2 out single for Atl.  Game over.

That's the spirit!
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Post by: wmljohn on April 13, 2018, 01:33:00 pm
:)
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Post by: wmljohn on April 13, 2018, 01:34:59 pm
What.  Changing the font size doesn't change the emoji size?  That sucks.
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Post by: brjones on April 13, 2018, 01:49:27 pm
Darvish struggling in the first two innings. No runs yet, but also no strikeouts, 3 hits, and 2 walks through 1 2/3 IP.
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Post by: brjones on April 13, 2018, 01:54:20 pm
Darvish works out of it.
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Post by: CUBluejays on April 13, 2018, 01:59:51 pm
QUIT TAKING 86 MPH FASTBALLS THAT ARE STRAIGHT
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Post by: craig on April 13, 2018, 02:00:22 pm
Anibel Sanchez with 4K's through two. 

Sometimes you've just got to tip your cap. 
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Post by: Chris27 on April 13, 2018, 02:00:54 pm
This has been an ugly start. Fortunate not to be behind a couple of runs. Sanchez has 4 K's, Darvish none and loads of baserunners.
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Post by: brjones on April 13, 2018, 02:15:45 pm
Darvish makes the best contact of anyone the first time through the lineup. On a different day, that might get over the outfielders' heads.
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Post by: Chris27 on April 13, 2018, 02:19:40 pm
Cubs load the bases with two outs. I think we know how this ends.
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Post by: Chris27 on April 13, 2018, 02:22:00 pm
Least it didn't end on a strikeout.
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Post by: goblue007 on April 13, 2018, 02:31:28 pm
Willson trying to kill KB. Jiminy Christmas
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Post by: wmljohn on April 13, 2018, 02:32:04 pm
Cubs catch a break there.
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Post by: wmljohn on April 13, 2018, 02:32:38 pm
Don't they teach that in little league?  You have to run in foul territory?
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Post by: brjones on April 13, 2018, 02:37:36 pm
Ozzie Albies is going to be a fun player to watch for a long time. I saw him in person for the first time opening weekend...he's exciting in the field, and seems to know what he's doing at the plate.
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Post by: Chris27 on April 13, 2018, 02:42:49 pm
Ozzie Albies.... seems to know what he's doing at the plate.

Could the Cubs borrow him for a while?
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Post by: brjones on April 13, 2018, 02:52:18 pm
Ugh, balk and wild pitch scores a run. 1-0 Braves.
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Post by: Chris27 on April 13, 2018, 02:53:28 pm
Don't need to hit w/ RISP when the other team gives runs away.
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Post by: brjones on April 13, 2018, 02:58:22 pm
3 run homer for Preston Tucker, 4-0 Braves. And the hitting has looked hopeless today against Sanchez.
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Post by: craig on April 13, 2018, 02:58:56 pm
4-0.
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Post by: brjones on April 13, 2018, 03:00:10 pm
Darvish didn't look sharp all day, and it finally caught up to him.
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Post by: Robb on April 13, 2018, 03:01:23 pm
Not a very good team right now. Hopefully that changes soon.
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Post by: Chris27 on April 13, 2018, 03:01:39 pm
Darvish embodies the team well. Good one start, crap the next.
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Post by: wmljohn on April 13, 2018, 03:02:11 pm
How much are we paying for this crap?  What a bum.
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Post by: brjones on April 13, 2018, 03:03:28 pm
I don't know what game the Braves announcers were watching for the first 4 innings, but they seem to think Darvish was very good today before this inning. He was allowing hits and walks, didn't seem to have very good command, and he was rarely missing bats.
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Post by: Robb on April 13, 2018, 03:04:43 pm
High fastball at 91 mph there. Darvish has clearly lost it but Joe lets him load the bases and go well over 100 pitches before taking him out.
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Post by: brjones on April 13, 2018, 03:13:03 pm
Heyward with the Cubs' hardest hit ball of the day leading off the 5th, but the wind kills it.
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Post by: Playtwo on April 13, 2018, 03:14:02 pm
The offense is the biggest problem.
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Post by: CurtOne on April 13, 2018, 03:16:40 pm
The offense is the biggest problem.
Our pitchers go to the mound knowing they have to be nigh perfect because the offense struggles to sustain a rally.  Blowouts or shutouts is all we muster.
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Post by: Chris27 on April 13, 2018, 03:20:23 pm
Oh, there are plenty of problems to go around.
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Post by: Chris27 on April 13, 2018, 03:22:10 pm
lol

https://twitter.com/MarkPotash/status/984887332468862981
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Post by: CurtOne on April 13, 2018, 03:22:36 pm
HAS JOE MADDON BEEN FIRED YET?

 courtesy of BEERFAN
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Post by: brjones on April 13, 2018, 03:28:36 pm
It's not like this is something new with the offense. It was all last year, including the playoffs. The Cubs really needed to add one more bat over the offseason.

All offseason, people would point out the offense was fine because the Cubs were second in the NL in runs scored (only 2 runs behind the Coors-inflated Rockies). But there's more to being a good offense than just the raw number of runs scored. Last year's offense outscored 2016's by 14 runs, but I can't imagine anyone arguing that last year's lineup was more functional on a daily basis than 2016's.
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Post by: Chris27 on April 13, 2018, 03:35:19 pm
Another DP.

At some point this team needs to start looking like the one on paper instead of the most disappointing outfit in the sport.
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Post by: brjones on April 13, 2018, 03:41:54 pm
Sloppy baseball. La Stella error followed by a hit that Baez normally fields.
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Post by: Chris27 on April 13, 2018, 03:43:57 pm
It's one thing to lose, it's another to look really bad doing it.
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Post by: CurtOne on April 13, 2018, 04:21:21 pm
br, I assume you got my email?
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Post by: brjones on April 13, 2018, 04:27:46 pm
Yeah, just replied.
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Post by: Bennett on April 13, 2018, 04:37:24 pm
The Cubs are now on pace to be shutout 37 times in 2018. 
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Post by: Bennett on April 13, 2018, 05:19:44 pm
Saturday forecast for Wrigley Field

36°
Low clouds
Wind in from center at 30 mph
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Post by: JeffH on April 13, 2018, 06:29:51 pm
Regardless of the problems with our offense, what's going to limit this team to 70-some wins is the starting rotation.

Lester is a warrior, but his arm is cooked.
Hendricks is an artist, but he is limited and really just a fine complementary piece.
Darvish is probably the greatest example in MLB history of getting the least out of the most raw talent.
Quintana is solid, but is way out of place as a #1.
Chatwood is fool's gold.

Big trouble.
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Post by: Playtwo on April 13, 2018, 06:55:47 pm
I'm more worried about the offense.  I expect the rotation in the end to be above average at worst.
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Post by: wmljohn on April 13, 2018, 06:59:37 pm
When is the Hall of Fame game between Chicago and Baltimore?  I’m ready for some football now.
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Post by: JR on April 13, 2018, 07:29:32 pm
Yeah Mitchell Trubisky will definitely make everyone forget how bad the Cubs have been. 
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Post by: Deeg on April 13, 2018, 09:27:31 pm
Very, very early.  But I speculated a long time ago that Joe Maddon's self-promoting antics, which clearly work well out of the gate, ran the risk of losing the team at some point.  Based on how lifeless they've seemed the last two seasons, you have to wonder if there's an element of that here.  They don't have the excuse of a 108-year hangover this time around.
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Post by: Playtwo on April 13, 2018, 09:59:30 pm
I think it's a stretch to blame the manager.  The roster is too heavy on all-or-nothing type hitters.
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Post by: brjones on April 13, 2018, 10:29:41 pm
I agree with Play. Good pitchers only have to worry about one third of the lineup. Bryant and Rizzo are stars, and Contreras is well on his way to joining them. The rest of the lineup isn't that hard for good pitchers to face.

They really needed to add another hitter this offseason, even if it meant they had to settle for Cobb instead of Darvish.
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Post by: CUBluejays on April 14, 2018, 12:02:43 am
Good pitchers are good because they shut offenses down. That isn’t a problem septic to the Cubs.

The Cubs are tied for 4th in the NL in runs and 4th in wRC+. The Cubs have a good offense.

The problem so far with the team has been the starting pitching. Prior to today’s clunker of a start the Cubs had a 4.45/4.48/4.24 (ERA/FIP/xFip) averaging 5.38 IP/start. With 7.79 K/9 and 4.18 BB/9. Those numbers will all be worse after today. The starters have sucked since far. That is the problem.
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Post by: CurtOne on April 14, 2018, 12:24:37 am
Eh, in 13 games, the Cubs have been shut out 3 times and scored only 1 twice.  Yes, they've also blown other teams away which is why the stats you are using are highly deceptive.  BTW, Cub pitchers have hurled two shut outs of their own.   Their lineup is fun to watch and exciting when they are hitting, but the type of hitter most of them tend to be means that maintaining a rally or coming from behind rarely will happen.  I believe it will improve, but what it may take will **** a few people off.
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Post by: Chris27 on April 14, 2018, 02:09:51 am
As I mentioned the other day, the Cubs are averaging about 9 runs in their wins and 1 run in their losses.
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Post by: CUBluejays on April 14, 2018, 07:45:40 am
I’d love to have an offense that is super consistent and scores x number a game every game. So would every other team, because it doesn’t exist.

Offense are going to have good days and bad days. The starting pitching has been bad this season.
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Post by: Playtwo on April 14, 2018, 08:10:30 am
This question is what their performance so far indicates about probable future performance.  To me, the wildly inconsistent hitting appears to be endemic to the roster whereas the disappointing results from the starting pitchers is likely an aberration.
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Post by: CUBluejays on April 14, 2018, 09:25:52 am
Things on offense I don’t think will continue

Anthony Rizzo being on the DL or a .433 OPS

Happ striking out 40% of the time

Russell with a 15% K% and nearly 12% BB having a .609 OPS.

The Cubs struggles with RISP.

So much is made of the Cubs strike out problems, but they have 6 regulars with a K% above 20% and only 2 (Happ and Schwarber) are above 25%.

They have 6 guys below 20% with 3 below 15%.

Offenses are inconsistent, every offense is. The difference between the Cubs and the Astros is the Astros have won 4 games when they have scored 3 runs or less and the Cubs have won 1.

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Post by: Deeg on April 14, 2018, 09:53:21 am
Rizzo's back may be a chronic problem.
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Post by: Bennett on April 14, 2018, 10:10:03 am
Light rain, 37°, winds in from center at 30 mph

A day off might be what the Cubs need.

(https://pbs.twimg.com/media/Dav__2WVQAANsdH.jpg:small)
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Post by: CUBluejays on April 14, 2018, 10:49:52 am
Rizzo's back may be a chronic problem.

MRI was reported to be negative.
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Post by: Deeg on April 14, 2018, 11:21:22 am
How many times has he been on the DL because of his back already? Or at least missed time or had struggles blamed on it. MRIs can’t tell you everything where chronic back pain is concerned.
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Post by: CUBluejays on April 14, 2018, 11:43:15 am
He has been on the DL 1 time in his career, his current DL stint.  His previous back pain was thoracic (upper) and this was lumbar (lower).

Chronic back pain that will be a serious issue will definitely show up on an MRI. Muscle pain that can cause him to miss a game here or there won’t show up on the MRI.
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Post by: Bennett on April 14, 2018, 12:18:33 pm
Light rain, 37°, winds in from center at 30 mph

A day off might be what the Cubs need.

(https://pbs.twimg.com/media/Dav__2WVQAANsdH.jpg:small)
Almora is better

(https://pbs.twimg.com/media/DawlVFZUQAAoDMb.jpg:small)
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Post by: Bennett on April 14, 2018, 12:21:50 pm
Bruce Miles  @BruceMiles2112   46m46 minutes ago

The team flags will not be flying atop the scoreboard nor will the retired-number flags from the foul poles because of high winds.
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Post by: Bennett on April 14, 2018, 12:26:38 pm
Warning Expiration: 2345 GMT 14 2018
...WIND ADVISORY REMAINS IN EFFECT UNTIL 7 PM CDT THIS EVENING... * TIMING...Strongest winds through the late afternoon. * WINDS...Northeast winds 25 to 35 MPH with gusts up to 45 MPH. Wind gusts up to 50 MPH are expected near the lake. * IMPACTS...Driving conditions could become difficult, especially for high profile vehicles. Unsecured outdoor objects may be blown around by the wind.
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Post by: brjones on April 14, 2018, 12:29:51 pm
This game is going to be a mess. They shouldn't be playing it.
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Post by: craig on April 14, 2018, 01:26:26 pm
Not too much wind in for Albies.  Homers to lead off. 

Cubs are going to need to score twice to win this one.

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Post by: brjones on April 14, 2018, 01:35:33 pm
Quintana threw a ton of pitches in the first. Umpire missed strike 3 call to Albies just before the homer, which completely changed the inning. Automate the strike zone.
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Post by: craig on April 14, 2018, 01:39:40 pm
Q with HR, another hit, a walk, a couple of lineouts, lots of long, long counts, but escapes with just the one run.  28 pitch-first-inning, but still only 1-0. 
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Post by: brjones on April 14, 2018, 01:39:47 pm
And now umpire misses a ball 4 call to Happ leading off the game, which results in a strike out on the next pitch. Brutal.
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Post by: brjones on April 14, 2018, 01:40:12 pm
Almora homers, 1-1. Would be 2-1 with a competent umpire.
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Post by: brjones on April 14, 2018, 01:41:36 pm
"Strike 2" to Happ:

(https://pbs.twimg.com/media/Daw5q6cX4AA3Peo.jpg:small)
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Post by: craig on April 14, 2018, 01:53:34 pm
Cubs camp cut Peter Bourjous with a hit.  :)  Seemed like a nice guy, glad he was able to get a big-league opportunity. 
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Post by: craig on April 14, 2018, 01:55:22 pm
Single, successful sac bunt, and 2-out double for Albies, 2-1 Braves.  Almora diving effort, but couldn't quite get there. 
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Post by: brjones on April 14, 2018, 01:56:15 pm
That was a bloop double that probably would've been a routine pop up on a normal day. It's silly that they're playing in this weather.
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Post by: craig on April 14, 2018, 01:58:18 pm
Q hangs a breaking ball, Swansby swats it for another 2-out RBI, 3-1 Braves.  May need some early bullpen today.  Q has gotten less than half of the guys out thus far, one on a pitcher sac, and two on hard lineouts. 
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Post by: brjones on April 14, 2018, 01:59:47 pm
I don't think it's going to matter who pitches today. This is just going to be something like a 15-13 game that is just a coin flip.
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Post by: Chris27 on April 14, 2018, 02:01:15 pm
Not likely.
Title: Re: Today's Game 2018
Post by: craig on April 14, 2018, 02:02:26 pm
Q finally gets a groundout, holds them to 4-1 deficit.   
Title: Re: Today's Game 2018
Post by: brjones on April 14, 2018, 02:08:17 pm
The Braves announcers are the worst.
Title: Re: Today's Game 2018
Post by: brjones on April 14, 2018, 02:23:09 pm
This umpire is absolutely terrible. Worst we've seen this year easily.
Title: Re: Today's Game 2018
Post by: brjones on April 14, 2018, 02:25:20 pm
Quintana done after just 2 1/3.
Title: Re: Today's Game 2018
Post by: CUBluejays on April 14, 2018, 02:29:19 pm
Another quality start for the Cubs
Title: Re: Today's Game 2018
Post by: craig on April 14, 2018, 02:34:59 pm
Q didn't have anything he was willing to challenge with.  Nibbled around feeble Bourjous and got him on a full-count called K.  Then walked the pitcher. 

Couple more two outs RISP for braves, 7-1 Braves. 

Quintana's line is closed, 8.16 ERA on the year, put on 11 baserunners in 2.1 innings. 
Title: Re: Today's Game 2018
Post by: Robb on April 14, 2018, 02:36:12 pm
The early returns on Jim Hickey are not very good so far.
Title: Re: Today's Game 2018
Post by: craig on April 14, 2018, 02:37:55 pm
9-1 Braves, Cubs get out of inning when 10th run is out at the plate. 
Title: Re: Today's Game 2018
Post by: Robb on April 14, 2018, 02:47:32 pm
Is anyone still watching? Got to imagine most people have tuned out by now.
Title: Re: Today's Game 2018
Post by: CUBluejays on April 14, 2018, 02:48:37 pm
I like pain. 9-2. Baez whiffed on two curves in the dirt.
Title: Re: Today's Game 2018
Post by: brjones on April 14, 2018, 02:49:12 pm
Newcomb is having just as much trouble throwing consistent strikes as the Cubs pitchers are, but the Cubs are bailing him out.
Title: Re: Today's Game 2018
Post by: CurtOne on April 14, 2018, 02:50:04 pm
Well, at least it's not a shutout.
Title: Re: Today's Game 2018
Post by: brjones on April 14, 2018, 02:51:17 pm
Two consecutive innings where the leadoff guy gets on because of sloppy infield defense.
Title: Re: Today's Game 2018
Post by: Chris27 on April 14, 2018, 02:53:39 pm
RISP, Cubs 0-4, Braves 6-10

Second verse same as the first
Title: Re: Today's Game 2018
Post by: brjones on April 14, 2018, 02:56:09 pm
I can't understand why the schedule makers don't schedule April with almost exclusive in-division games. For the out-of-division games that have to be played, schedule them in either warm weather cities or in interleague games where teams play in the same city (Cubs vs. White Sox or Yankees vs. Mets). If this was a Cubs vs. Pirates or Reds, I can't imagine they would've played today. But since the Braves don't come back to Chicago this year, they have to try to play in these ridiculous conditions.
Title: Re: Today's Game 2018
Post by: CUBluejays on April 14, 2018, 02:56:18 pm
Second error of the inning leads to runners on 1st and 3rd.

The Braves got a lot of BABIP luck on those RISP.
Title: Re: Today's Game 2018
Post by: CUBluejays on April 14, 2018, 02:58:42 pm
Cubs give the run back on what should have been a 3 batter inning.
Title: Re: Today's Game 2018
Post by: Chris27 on April 14, 2018, 03:12:36 pm
This team is laughably bad.
Title: Re: Today's Game 2018
Post by: Chris27 on April 14, 2018, 04:07:48 pm
Cubs load the bases with nobody out in the 6th, get just one run on a Schwarber walk. Two more K's including Happ's third of the game.

Title: Re: Today's Game 2018
Post by: Chris27 on April 14, 2018, 04:09:38 pm
Oh, and they are now 1-10 w/ RISP, that hit being a single that scored nobody.
Title: Re: Today's Game 2018
Post by: brjones on April 14, 2018, 04:43:06 pm
Holy crap, 10-10 on a Baez bases loaded double. I got back just in time from a long walk to see that.
Title: Re: Today's Game 2018
Post by: brjones on April 14, 2018, 04:44:24 pm
Is anyone else here and/or watching?
Title: Re: Today's Game 2018
Post by: Robert L on April 14, 2018, 04:45:15 pm
yes
Title: Re: Today's Game 2018
Post by: brjones on April 14, 2018, 04:45:28 pm
IBB to Russell, Heyward up with 2 on and 2 out in the bottom of the 8th.
Title: Re: Today's Game 2018
Post by: ticohans on April 14, 2018, 04:45:50 pm
Baez!!!!!!
Title: Re: Today's Game 2018
Post by: mO on April 14, 2018, 04:46:41 pm
I'm out and about, not watching. Following on my phone. go Cubs!
Title: Re: Today's Game 2018
Post by: brjones on April 14, 2018, 04:47:20 pm
3-0 to Heyward.
Title: Re: Today's Game 2018
Post by: brjones on April 14, 2018, 04:47:46 pm
4 pitch walk. Now Schwarber with the bases loaded.
Title: Re: Today's Game 2018
Post by: brjones on April 14, 2018, 04:51:49 pm
Chip is depressed. Listening to the Braves announcers is fun for a change.
Title: Re: Today's Game 2018
Post by: brjones on April 14, 2018, 04:52:11 pm
Cubs lead on a Schwarber bases loaded walk!

La Stella is exactly who you want up here too.
Title: Re: Today's Game 2018
Post by: brjones on April 14, 2018, 04:53:23 pm
Another bases loaded walk! 12-10!
Title: Re: Today's Game 2018
Post by: ticohans on April 14, 2018, 04:54:26 pm
What did you call, br, 15-13? :)
Title: Re: Today's Game 2018
Post by: ticohans on April 14, 2018, 04:54:47 pm
Bases loaded BB’s are one way to cure for RISP woes.
Title: Re: Today's Game 2018
Post by: grrrrlacher on April 14, 2018, 04:55:55 pm
unbelievable!
Title: Re: Today's Game 2018
Post by: ticohans on April 14, 2018, 04:56:15 pm
I can’t imagine how hard it must be to pitch in these conditions.
Title: Re: Today's Game 2018
Post by: grrrrlacher on April 14, 2018, 04:56:17 pm
I'm loving this boring walking baseball.
Title: Re: Today's Game 2018
Post by: brjones on April 14, 2018, 04:57:05 pm
Wild pitch leads to 2 more runs. 14-10.

Conditions like this just mean that the game is a coin flip.
Title: Re: Today's Game 2018
Post by: brjones on April 14, 2018, 04:58:12 pm
Okay, let's hope Morrow is immune to the conditions.
Title: Re: Today's Game 2018
Post by: CUBluejays on April 14, 2018, 04:59:26 pm
That was fun
Title: Re: Today's Game 2018
Post by: CurtOne on April 14, 2018, 05:02:44 pm
I don't think it's going to matter who pitches today. This is just going to be something like a 15-13 game that is just a coin flip.
nice call
Title: Re: Today's Game 2018
Post by: brjones on April 14, 2018, 05:04:06 pm
It's still a coin flip, albeit with a slightly weighted coin now. Morrow is having just as much trouble with command as everyone else has had.
Title: Re: Today's Game 2018
Post by: Tuffy on April 14, 2018, 05:04:07 pm
Woooooowwww. Javy ties it with a bases-loaded double!  This team!

And those few dozen people who stuck it out to watch this are going to have a great story when they get home!
Title: Re: Today's Game 2018
Post by: brjones on April 14, 2018, 05:05:36 pm
Leadoff walk to Albies, followed by a K of Swanson.
Title: Re: Today's Game 2018
Post by: brjones on April 14, 2018, 05:06:18 pm
Freeman grounds to first, 2 outs.
Title: Re: Today's Game 2018
Post by: brjones on April 14, 2018, 05:07:02 pm
CUBS WIN!!!
Title: Re: Today's Game 2018
Post by: Robert L on April 14, 2018, 05:08:15 pm
WOW!
Title: Re: Today's Game 2018
Post by: grrrrlacher on April 14, 2018, 05:08:37 pm
they scored 9 runs the 8th inning on 3 hits.
Title: Re: Today's Game 2018
Post by: CUBluejays on April 14, 2018, 05:08:47 pm
Gonna say the fans that stuck that game out in the stands have my respect. I wouldn’t have.
Title: Re: Today's Game 2018
Post by: brjones on April 14, 2018, 05:10:58 pm
Chip and Joe were awful for the first 5 innings while I was watching. It was nice to come back and hear them depressed for the last inning.
Title: Re: Today's Game 2018
Post by: davep on April 14, 2018, 05:13:31 pm
Woooooowwww. Javy ties it with a bases-loaded double!  This team!

And those few dozen people who stuck it out to watch this are going to have a great story when they get home!

There will be 100,000 people who will claim that they were at the entire game.
Title: Re: Today's Game 2018
Post by: Chris27 on April 14, 2018, 05:13:35 pm
I leave for an hour and this silliness happens.

Nine two-out runs aided by 4 walks, 2 hit batters, a wild pitch, an infield single, and a throwing error.  Navarro fans twice in the inning.
Title: Re: Today's Game 2018
Post by: brjones on April 14, 2018, 05:15:16 pm
Hopefully they'll postpone tomorrow's game since conditions are supposed to be just as bad (if not worse).
Title: Re: Today's Game 2018
Post by: Playtwo on April 14, 2018, 05:17:10 pm
All 9 runs scored after 2 outs.
Title: Re: Today's Game 2018
Post by: CurtOne on April 14, 2018, 05:21:47 pm
I was sitting right next to Davep.  I can prove it; I was the only one paying for our beers.
Title: Re: Today's Game 2018
Post by: Bennett on April 14, 2018, 05:31:15 pm
https://youtu.be/XNpkBYh1smc
Title: Re: Today's Game 2018
Post by: brjones on April 14, 2018, 05:31:54 pm
Bob Nightengale @BNightengale
Cubs manager Joe Maddon says that was the worst weather conditions he has ever been part of In a baseball game calling it ‘horrific.’ ‘We never should have played the game.” And this is from the winning manager after crazy 14-10 victory over #Braves
Title: Re: Today's Game 2018
Post by: Bennett on April 14, 2018, 05:35:15 pm
Bob Nightengale @BNightengale
Cubs manager Joe Maddon says that was the worst weather conditions he has ever been part of In a baseball game calling it ‘horrific.’ ‘We never should have played the game.” And this is from the winning manager after crazy 14-10 victory over #Braves

Sunday afternoon won't be much better.
Title: Re: Today's Game 2018
Post by: Bennett on April 14, 2018, 05:38:29 pm
Len remarked to the Bears coach in the seventh inning that 7-3 was a football score.  So is 14-10.
Title: Re: Today's Game 2018
Post by: brjones on April 14, 2018, 06:24:00 pm
Brandon McCarthy @BMcCarthy32
“baseball” Also, if you stayed for all of that game Kris Bryant should have to appear at your family holiday party.
Title: Re: Today's Game 2018
Post by: Deeg on April 14, 2018, 06:37:12 pm
So who had 24 runs as the over/under this morning?
Title: Re: Today's Game 2018
Post by: guest61 on April 14, 2018, 09:15:55 pm
Never had a doubt...
Title: Re: Today's Game 2018
Post by: craig on April 14, 2018, 11:26:37 pm
Wow it was 10-3 in the 7th inning when I left.  When I checked the box score, at first I saw the "10" and saw the "4" and thought it ended 10-4, then had to do a double-take when I saw it was a "14", not a "4".  Wow! 

Really awesome for Baez to get a clutch RBI hit.  If I were a Braves fan, I can imagine how bummed I'd be with 5 walks, 2 HBP, and a 2-run wild-pitch in the 8th.  Wow. 

But, just like that, Cubs are up to .500. 
Title: Re: Today's Game 2018
Post by: Deeg on April 15, 2018, 08:21:14 am
I think my favorite part of that whole insane mess was Deshaies saying "And the calliope crashed to the ground" after Schwarber scored the 14th run on the wild throw to center and the throw home hit him.
Title: Re: Today's Game 2018
Post by: brjones on April 15, 2018, 09:25:48 am
Lineup, though I can't imagine they're really going to try to play in those conditions again.

(https://pbs.twimg.com/media/Da1IS2RX4AE--Tq.jpg:small)
Title: Re: Today's Game 2018
Post by: Bennett on April 15, 2018, 09:27:18 am
Hopefully Willson Contreras' thumb is OK and Victor Caratini is in the lineup just so he gets to share in the miserable weather.

(https://pbs.twimg.com/media/Da1IS2RX4AE--Tq.jpg:small)
Title: Re: Today's Game 2018
Post by: Jack Birdbath on April 15, 2018, 09:57:12 am
It is significantly worse outside today than it was yesterday. Given how pissed both teams were to play yesterday, I can't really imagine anyone forcing them to play today. 
Title: Re: Today's Game 2018
Post by: brjones on April 15, 2018, 10:32:08 am
Game postponed, will be made up on May 14.
Title: Re: Today's Game 2018
Post by: CurtOne on April 15, 2018, 10:36:53 am
Bunch of wussies.
Title: Re: Today's Game 2018
Post by: Playtwo on April 15, 2018, 11:37:15 am
Perhaps the key AB yesterday in the 8th was the Bryant HBP.  With the potential final out of the inning up with a 5-run lead, you just can't give anyone a free base (even Bryant).
Title: Re: Today's Game 2018
Post by: Bennett on April 15, 2018, 11:39:38 am
Game postponed, will be made up on May 14.
The Cubs and Braves start a three game series in Atlanta the next day.
Title: Re: Today's Game 2018
Post by: Bennett on April 15, 2018, 11:41:51 am
One less game that Anthony Rizzo misses.
Title: Re: Today's Game 2018
Post by: CurtOne on April 15, 2018, 12:13:26 pm
Reminded me of a high school football game I was coaching in 35 years ago.  We had barely gotten into the state playoffs as the #8 seed in our region, and we were taking on the last year's state champion in game 1.  Late October, 28 degrees and misting rain that froze on contact.  I remember little icicles forming on the tip of my nose.  I kept knocking them off and discovered later when I defrosted that I had taken the skin off the tip of my nose.  I had a weatherproof coat on, but I had misfastened the pocket cover on the right side and I ended up with a pocketful of ice cold rain water with which I doused myself when I took the coat off.  The worst part was standing out in the driving rain while our team got the crap kicked out of them on the field as our reward for making the playoffs.  Most of the other team's players were on leave from the military while ours were still learning how to shave.  I stood there, my teeth chattering, glancing longingly at the nice warm bus parked across the field, wondering about the protocol of calling over the officials and forfeiting.  Then in the final minutes, leading by 40, the other team called a time out in order to try to score again.  I spent the end of the game trying to keep our head coach from going across the field to kill the opposing head coach.  Riding home in the bus, I reminded myself that I was being paid a stipend of $150 for this job and I should just shutup and enjoy it.
Title: Re: Today's Game 2018
Post by: Ron on April 15, 2018, 12:34:26 pm
Game postponed, will be made up on May 14.

I am supremely grateful. I had 2 tickets for today's game as part of my participation in a season ticket group, otherwise I never would have planned on going to a game in April.  Now I get a much better chance of decent weather a month later.
Title: Re: Today's Game 2018
Post by: Robb on April 15, 2018, 12:42:25 pm
What does tomorrow look like?
Title: Re: Today's Game 2018
Post by: Ron on April 15, 2018, 01:18:18 pm
What does tomorrow look like?

Game time temp around 35 degrees, with 35% chance of snow showers. 

Average high temp this time of year is around 55 degrees or more.  But in Chicago, spring has decided to take this year off.
Title: Re: Today's Game 2018
Post by: CUBluejays on April 15, 2018, 01:29:16 pm
Game time temp around 35 degrees, with 35% chance of snow showers. 

Average high temp this time of year is around 55 degrees or more.  But in the Midwest, spring has decided to take this year off.

Fixed it.
Title: Re: Today's Game 2018
Post by: Bennett on April 15, 2018, 01:31:30 pm
With no ballgame this afternoon, I thought I'd watch the golf from Hilton Head.  Because of incoming bad weather they teed off early in threesomes on both nines and the tourney is already over.
Title: Re: Today's Game 2018
Post by: Jack Birdbath on April 15, 2018, 02:03:22 pm
With no ballgame this afternoon, I thought I'd watch the golf from Hilton Head.  Because of incoming bad weather they teed off early in threesomes on both nines and the tourney is already over.

You're still allowed to watch.
Title: Re: Today's Game 2018
Post by: Ron on April 16, 2018, 09:52:26 am
As of 9:45 this morning, the temperature is a bracing 28 degrees and the ground is covered with snow, which is still falling. Snow is likely to continue til around 2:00, at which point it could turn to rain, as the temperature should have risen all the way up to a balmy 36 degrees.

But fear not, intrepid baseball players and fans, there is only the slightest chance of precipitation beginning around 4:00, two hours before game time, with the temperature holding steady at 36 degrees until about 8:00, when it will start to drop.





Title: Re: Today's Game 2018
Post by: Ron on April 16, 2018, 10:30:17 am
Sharma has an interesting piece on how pitchers evaluate their own performance in games (with some other stuff thrown in as well).

https://theathletic.com/316298/2018/04/16/sharma-how-two-cubs-pitchers-evaluate-themselves-after-tough-outings-and-a-cardinals-preview/
Title: Re: Today's Game 2018
Post by: Robb on April 16, 2018, 10:37:59 am
I know revenue is important, but April night games are just stupid.
Title: Re: Today's Game 2018
Post by: brjones on April 16, 2018, 12:36:02 pm
Cubs postponed again. Game will be made up as part of a split doubleheader on July 21.
Title: Re: Today's Game 2018
Post by: BearHit on April 16, 2018, 12:37:36 pm
When I am Commissioner...

No baseball games below 55 degrees (with wind chill)

Automated strike zone

No DH
Title: Re: Today's Game 2018
Post by: CUBluejays on April 16, 2018, 12:44:49 pm
So basically no home games for the Cubs until May?
Title: Re: Today's Game 2018
Post by: CurtOne on April 16, 2018, 12:52:16 pm
So basically no home games for the Cubs until May?
A Dome for Wrigley!
Title: Re: Today's Game 2018
Post by: Dave23 on April 16, 2018, 12:56:28 pm
If there were no games with a wind chill below 55, my son's team would never play a game. They never play a game without a steady wind.

I imagine that goes for many other teams across the Midwest as well.
Title: Re: Today's Game 2018
Post by: brjones on April 16, 2018, 12:58:53 pm
This is the Cubs' 4th postponed game already (including the opener, which was made up already). They've only been scheduled for 9 games that weren't played in a ballpark with a roof.
Title: Re: Today's Game 2018
Post by: CurtOne on April 16, 2018, 01:05:55 pm
If there were no games with a wind chill below 55, my son's team would never play a game. They never play a game without a steady wind.

I imagine that goes for many other teams across the Midwest as well.
Your son went North.  Give CJ a compass.
Title: Re: Today's Game 2018
Post by: craig on April 16, 2018, 01:21:32 pm
I'm in Minnesota, it's sunny and nice today, we'll be sending some nice spring weather to Chicago very shortly.   

Don't remember many >55º days during my high school spring season in Wisconsin; and if two no-dome northern teams made the World Series, might be cancelling more games than you'd play....  :) 
Title: Re: Today's Game 2018
Post by: CurtOne on April 16, 2018, 01:34:36 pm
I'm in Minnesota, it's sunny and nice today, we'll be sending some nice spring weather to Chicago very shortly.   

Don't remember many >55º days during my high school spring season in Wisconsin; and if two no-dome northern teams made the World Series, might be cancelling more games than you'd play....  :) 
Our first baseball game in Sheboygan was against Christian, but we played almost all our games in Howards Grove to get away from the lake.  We finally switched to summer league play and Christian and Lutheran did a coop team on a new field at Lutheran.  They played nearly 20 summers and now Wisconsin is ending summer ball.    For many schools that means no more baseball, because, like you say, it's just too miserable in spring unless you're at least 50 miles from the lake.
Title: Re: Today's Game 2018
Post by: craig on April 16, 2018, 01:44:39 pm
Curt, one of my first road games was a double-header, I think against De Sales in Milwaukee, and their field was *RIGHT* by the lake, literally, with only a couple of trees behind the fence as windbreak.  As a 9th grader I wasn't a starter, so I wasn't on the field running around.  Very cold! 

Of course, in our low-level, there wasn't all that much "running around" even if you were playing.  It was even worse than modern big-league baseball in terms of most plate appearances being resolved by K or walk rather than ball-in-play. 

I much preferred the 3-ball-2-strike slow-pitch softball where the ball is constantly in play.  (And where nobody threw me any curveballs.) 
Title: Re: Today's Game 2018
Post by: Ray on April 16, 2018, 01:48:42 pm
Oof, we had some cold weather games when I was a kid down here in Louisiana, too.  There were some games when it almost got down in the 50's.  That was long sleeve shirt weather. 
Title: Re: Today's Game 2018
Post by: Dave23 on April 16, 2018, 01:53:06 pm
Your son went North.  Give CJ a compass.
...and wants to go further north...killing me...
Title: Re: Today's Game 2018
Post by: Dihard on April 16, 2018, 01:56:00 pm
Forecast for Friday in Colorado is "Morning rain, then downpours."  93% chance of precipitation Friday night, rain vs. snow still tbd. 
Title: Re: Today's Game 2018
Post by: CUBluejays on April 16, 2018, 02:01:15 pm
The weather here has been so flipping odd this year.  Friday there was a blizzard warning just to the east of Omaha and a Tornado watch just to the west.  Inbetween Omaha had 70 degree and sunny weather.  Next day it was freaking snowing.  Today it started out with a -16 wind chill and will end up in the 50's.
Title: Re: Today's Game 2018
Post by: CurtOne on April 16, 2018, 02:05:03 pm
Oof, we had some cold weather games when I was a kid down here in Louisiana, too.  There were some games when it almost got down in the 50's.  That was long sleeve shirt weather. 
Growing up in California, we started play in February, some players joined the team in March after basketball was done.  I remember one year we had a rain out.  We had a 60 game schedule including a couple of Saturday double headers.  That was 3 or 4 games a week for 18 weeks.  Feb 1 through June 10.  No games during Easter break.  If you ever wonder why so many pro players come from California, Arizona, Texas, and Florida...that's why.
Title: Re: Today's Game 2018
Post by: JR on April 16, 2018, 04:48:26 pm
I'm in Minnesota, it's sunny and nice today, we'll be sending some nice spring weather to Chicago very shortly.   

Don't remember many >55º days during my high school spring season in Wisconsin; and if two no-dome northern teams made the World Series, might be cancelling more games than you'd play....  :) 

Heck even dome teams may not even be safe from the elements anymore . . .

Quote
Monday's game between the Royals and Blue Jays has been postponed due to safety concerns after the roof at Rogers Centre was damaged from ice that fell off CN Tower.

There have been so many weather-related postponements lately that we might as well add a game being played in a dome to the list. The game will be made up as part of a traditional doubleheader on Tuesday. Scheduled starters Eric Skoglund and Jaime Garcia will be pushed back a day.
Title: Re: Today's Game 2018
Post by: Bennett on April 17, 2018, 02:34:42 pm
36°   Wind in from left at 10 mph    no chance of rain

(https://pbs.twimg.com/media/DbAdc_zVQAAIHRm.jpg:small)
Title: Re: Today's Game 2018
Post by: brjones on April 17, 2018, 03:03:39 pm
It looks like there's a good chance of another postponement tomorrow--it's supposed to be rainy all afternoon. The teams have a mutual off day on Thursday, though, so maybe they'll make it up then.
Title: Re: Today's Game 2018
Post by: craig on April 17, 2018, 05:49:54 pm
wind in isn't favorable for Cubs.  Chatwood is an anti-HR guy, Wainright is vulnerable. Wind-in, harder to create runs, so a high-walks guy like Chatwood is more likel to get into trouble that doesn't involve hard contact. 

Who cares, lets just go win the game and get over .500.  :)
Title: Re: Today's Game 2018
Post by: brjones on April 17, 2018, 06:21:17 pm
Zobrist scratched because of back tightness. Happ is now playing CF and leading off; Heyward moves to RF.
Title: Re: Today's Game 2018
Post by: guest61 on April 17, 2018, 07:12:32 pm
I know its easy for a maintenance man to say but Ive often wondered how that goes down if you're Ben Zobrist.

"Coach I know Im a backup at this stage of my career and that you're giving me an opportunity to play and earn a little of my 60 million dollar plus salary but I just dont think I can swing it today. My back just aint feeling quite right."

I can imagine how an old man like Joe Maddon really feels about that.

Kinda like calling in to work and missing and telling the boss it's because you're tired.
Title: Re: Today's Game 2018
Post by: JeffH on April 17, 2018, 07:15:55 pm
Don't be a dope.
Title: Re: Today's Game 2018
Post by: Robb on April 17, 2018, 07:18:48 pm
Two k's to start the bottom of the first. Wainwright sucks this year, come on.
Title: Re: Today's Game 2018
Post by: Chris27 on April 17, 2018, 07:21:01 pm
Cubs make Wainwright look like Bob Gibson.

Oh well, maybe the Cardinals will implode like the Braves did.
Title: Re: Today's Game 2018
Post by: Robb on April 17, 2018, 07:21:33 pm
After Rizzo is hit by a pitch, Contreras takes 3 pitches to strike out. Strike the want a strike but probably too close to take.
Title: Re: Today's Game 2018
Post by: Chris27 on April 17, 2018, 07:25:30 pm
Cubs can't get new superstar Jose Martinez out either.
Title: Re: Today's Game 2018
Post by: Robb on April 17, 2018, 07:29:41 pm
2 walks to start the inning is always a good idea.
Title: Re: Today's Game 2018
Post by: Chris27 on April 17, 2018, 07:29:52 pm
Matters little how good your stuff is if you can't find the plate.
Title: Re: Today's Game 2018
Post by: CUBluejays on April 17, 2018, 07:37:01 pm
There has been a grand total of 1 ball in play this game.
Title: Re: Today's Game 2018
Post by: Chris27 on April 17, 2018, 07:46:41 pm
If you think Heyward can only improve he's a negative WAR on both offense and defense.
Title: Re: Today's Game 2018
Post by: brjones on April 17, 2018, 07:51:37 pm
Willson seems to be better at framing this year.
Title: Re: Today's Game 2018
Post by: mO on April 17, 2018, 07:51:47 pm
4 walks, 5 K for Chatwood thru 2 innings...
Title: Re: Today's Game 2018
Post by: mO on April 17, 2018, 07:53:32 pm
5 bb, 5 k
Title: Re: Today's Game 2018
Post by: Chris27 on April 17, 2018, 07:54:28 pm
Willson seems to be better at framing this year.

Pham took a 1-2 pitch closer than the called third to Contreras, called a ball--he eventually walks.
Title: Re: Today's Game 2018
Post by: mO on April 17, 2018, 07:56:15 pm
well....he didn't walk him....
Title: Re: Today's Game 2018
Post by: Chris27 on April 17, 2018, 07:56:52 pm
Who knew you could hit a double with two on base?
Title: Re: Today's Game 2018
Post by: brjones on April 17, 2018, 07:57:10 pm
Chatwood is not going to be very fun to watch the next three years. Pitchers who can’t throw strikes are so frustrating to watch.
Title: Re: Today's Game 2018
Post by: JeffH on April 17, 2018, 08:00:21 pm
The story of the 2018 Cubs is going to be the bad starting pitching.  Well, not necessarily bad.  Maybe league average.  But nothing close to championship level.  Darvish as a borderline #3 and Chatwood as a weak #5.
Title: Re: Today's Game 2018
Post by: mO on April 17, 2018, 08:05:59 pm
Can't keep trotting Happ out there.  Especially at lead off.
Title: Re: Today's Game 2018
Post by: Robb on April 17, 2018, 08:07:44 pm
I couldn't agree more mo. As hot as Baez is, I would try him there.
Title: Re: Today's Game 2018
Post by: brjones on April 17, 2018, 08:13:09 pm
Cubs are getting HBP a lot so far. They have to be leading the league.
Title: Re: Today's Game 2018
Post by: Chris27 on April 17, 2018, 08:13:58 pm
Loaded for Schwarber. Would it kill this team to come up with a big hit?
Title: Re: Today's Game 2018
Post by: mO on April 17, 2018, 08:16:42 pm
WHAT ARE YOU LOOKING AT!!!!!??????!!!!!!!!
Title: Re: Today's Game 2018
Post by: Chris27 on April 17, 2018, 08:16:54 pm
Apparently it would.
Title: Re: Today's Game 2018
Post by: Robb on April 17, 2018, 08:17:11 pm
It would.
Title: Re: Today's Game 2018
Post by: Robb on April 17, 2018, 08:17:39 pm
Pretty good at bat by Schwarber there until the last pitch.
Title: Re: Today's Game 2018
Post by: mO on April 17, 2018, 08:18:08 pm
Ima just take this walk...derp
Title: Re: Today's Game 2018
Post by: mO on April 17, 2018, 08:35:19 pm
Not sure how you let Heyward single thru the 2nd base side, but I'll take it. 2-1
Title: Re: Today's Game 2018
Post by: mO on April 17, 2018, 08:35:40 pm
KB up with 2 on, 2 out...
Title: Re: Today's Game 2018
Post by: Robb on April 17, 2018, 08:36:18 pm
Walk to Happ. Bryant up with 2 on.
Title: Re: Today's Game 2018
Post by: brjones on April 17, 2018, 08:47:43 pm
It's too bad that La Stella is so limited defensively. It would be nice to have his bat in there to break up all the all-or-nothing hitters the Cubs have.
Title: Re: Today's Game 2018
Post by: brjones on April 17, 2018, 08:48:45 pm
Chatwood leaves after walking 7 through 4 2/3 IP.
Title: Re: Today's Game 2018
Post by: guest61 on April 17, 2018, 09:11:15 pm
I never understood why we were so high on Chatwood.
Title: Re: Today's Game 2018
Post by: brjones on April 17, 2018, 09:17:54 pm
Caratini pinch hitting with 1 out in the 6th? Seems weird to go to the backup catcher this early.
Title: Re: Today's Game 2018
Post by: CUBluejays on April 17, 2018, 09:21:18 pm
Schwarber could still catch.

Chatwood has amazing stuff and gets groundballs.  The open question is his ability to throw strikes.  If he could get his BB/9 to 3 he'd be amazing.
Title: Re: Today's Game 2018
Post by: Chris27 on April 17, 2018, 09:23:05 pm
Happ K's for the 3rd time.
Title: Re: Today's Game 2018
Post by: brjones on April 17, 2018, 09:23:42 pm
What has happened to Happ? He K'd a lot last year, but it wasn't close to 50%, and he had a good approach even when he was K'ing. Now, he's just hacking at bad pitches all the time.
Title: Re: Today's Game 2018
Post by: mO on April 17, 2018, 09:36:48 pm
waning confidence
Title: Re: Today's Game 2018
Post by: Chris27 on April 17, 2018, 09:39:41 pm
Happ has a slow and fairly long swing. Susceptible to soft down and hard up.
Title: Re: Today's Game 2018
Post by: brjones on April 17, 2018, 09:45:59 pm
DeJong homers and pretty much finishes this game off. 2 runs is way too much for this Cubs team to overcome.
Title: Re: Today's Game 2018
Post by: Chris27 on April 17, 2018, 09:46:15 pm
DeJong homers through the freezing wind.
Title: Re: Today's Game 2018
Post by: Chris27 on April 17, 2018, 09:47:23 pm
I know I've said this recently, but I'm still waiting for the Cubs to play like a quality major league team much less one with this kind of talent.
Title: Re: Today's Game 2018
Post by: CUBluejays on April 17, 2018, 09:54:29 pm
This inning sums up the Cubs season so far.  Dejong and his 41% K% hits a HR, 2 infield hits and a walk.

Anybody want to talk about the Cardinals 13 K's to the Cubs 6?
Title: Re: Today's Game 2018
Post by: Chris27 on April 17, 2018, 09:56:24 pm
Another big bases loaded hit for the Cardinals. Amazing.
Title: Re: Today's Game 2018
Post by: CUBluejays on April 17, 2018, 09:58:02 pm
Carpenter came into this game with a .653 OPS.  Cardinals 2-12 with RISP today.
Title: Re: Today's Game 2018
Post by: Chris27 on April 17, 2018, 10:00:25 pm
Cubs 28th w/ RISP coming in at .193, ahead of only tanking White Sox and awful Giants.
Title: Re: Today's Game 2018
Post by: brjones on April 17, 2018, 10:03:47 pm
Javy homers, 5-3.
Title: Re: Today's Game 2018
Post by: Chris27 on April 17, 2018, 10:03:55 pm
In perfect Cub fashion Baez homers down 4 runs.

Title: Re: Today's Game 2018
Post by: JR on April 17, 2018, 10:05:44 pm
The Cardinals probably would have been better off giving that $14 million to Fredbird.
Title: Re: Today's Game 2018
Post by: brjones on April 17, 2018, 10:07:06 pm
Russell hacking away at pitches out of the zone. No pitch close to the zone through 5 pitches, but it's a full count anyway.

Weak foul ground ball on the 6th consecutive pitch out of the zone.

Another weak foul on the 7th consecutive obvious ball.

Finally walks on the 8th consecutive ball.
Title: Re: Today's Game 2018
Post by: Chris27 on April 17, 2018, 10:10:36 pm
Wonder if Dusty will wants Holland on the Cubs.
Title: Re: Today's Game 2018
Post by: CUBluejays on April 17, 2018, 10:11:01 pm
Cubs 28th w/ RISP coming in at .193, ahead of only tanking White Sox and awful Giants.

What is a meaningless stat for $500?
Title: Re: Today's Game 2018
Post by: Chris27 on April 17, 2018, 10:15:26 pm
Sure, meaningless.

Heyward continues to get worse, meanwhile.
Title: Re: Today's Game 2018
Post by: brjones on April 17, 2018, 10:18:09 pm
Cubs burn Almora when the Cardinals make a pitching change, La Stella takes the AB against Norris (and Ks). So the bench is empty in the 9th unless Zobrist is able to take an AB with his bad back.
Title: Re: Today's Game 2018
Post by: CUBluejays on April 17, 2018, 10:30:43 pm
Sure, meaningless.

Heyward continues to get worse, meanwhile.

https://www.beyondtheboxscore.com/2016/8/24/12585756/mets-runners-in-scoring-position-risp-playoffs-era
https://www.cbssports.com/mlb/news/a-plea-to-stop-the-obsession-with-risp-batting-average/
https://www.cbssports.com/mlb/news/cardinals-woes-proof-that-hitting-with-risp-isnt-a-skill/
https://www.fangraphs.com/community/taking-a-closer-look-at-hitting-with-runners-in-scoring-position/
Title: Re: Today's Game 2018
Post by: guest61 on April 17, 2018, 10:32:34 pm
Wonder if Dusty will wants Holland on the Cubs.

Lol
Title: Re: Today's Game 2018
Post by: brjones on April 17, 2018, 10:33:47 pm
Bryant Ks on 3 pitches leading off the 9th against Norris. Pitch was far out of the zone.
Title: Re: Today's Game 2018
Post by: brjones on April 17, 2018, 10:35:26 pm
Weak pop by Rizzo, 2 outs.

Another ugly game for the Cubs. They've played what, one all around good game this year? Two?
Title: Re: Today's Game 2018
Post by: mO on April 17, 2018, 10:36:24 pm
I must've missed it
Title: Re: Today's Game 2018
Post by: brjones on April 17, 2018, 10:36:40 pm
Contreras singles with 2 outs. Schwarber up.
Title: Re: Today's Game 2018
Post by: CurtOne on April 17, 2018, 10:36:59 pm
Are we counting spring training?
Title: Re: Today's Game 2018
Post by: brjones on April 17, 2018, 10:38:25 pm
Schwarber quickly down 0-2. Took a pitch right down the middle for strike one, then fouled off a pitch at shoulder level for strike 2.
Title: Re: Today's Game 2018
Post by: Chris27 on April 17, 2018, 10:39:13 pm
The only link above that has anything to do with team success is the first, and that lists about 8 teams that ended up with good records despite poor RISP stats, an incomplete list that doesn't mention other factors.
Title: Re: Today's Game 2018
Post by: brjones on April 17, 2018, 10:40:55 pm
Cubs lose again.

They really should've addressed this really dysfunctional offense in the offseason.
Title: Re: Today's Game 2018
Post by: CUBluejays on April 17, 2018, 10:54:35 pm
The only link above that has anything to do with team success is the first, and that lists about 8 teams that ended up with good records despite poor RISP stats, an incomplete list that doesn't mention other factors.

The 4th link actually address what stats are predictive of teams winning


1.) The 2016 Cubs ranked what in average with RISP?
2.) The 2016 Cubs ranked what in OPS with RISP?
3.) The 2016 Cubs ranked what in runs with RISP?

Please provide 1 link on why it matters, is a skill, or is predictive of anything.


Title: Re: Today's Game 2018
Post by: craig on April 17, 2018, 11:13:35 pm
Cubs have 7 starters hitting .235 or less.  Hard to get hits with RISP when you don't hit the ball hard very often. 

But, funny thing is, with their .238 team average, the Cubs are 11th in mlb in team batting average; 18th in HR; 10th in OPS; 9th in OBP; and 12th in runs.  Granted, seems half of the composite offense came in the Pirates and Braves games.  Hard to believe the daily futility on offense is a top-half offense.... 
Title: Re: Today's Game 2018
Post by: CUBluejays on April 17, 2018, 11:21:33 pm
They really should've addressed this really dysfunctional offense in the offseason.

Cubs rank 11th in runs scored despite playing less games than teams ahead of them
Cubs starter have thrown 71.2 innings and given up 44 runs.  That ranks 28th in majors in IP behind only the Tigers and Twins.  The Cubs starters rank 11th worst in runs allowed.  The Astros starters have given up 10 less runs than the Cubs with 30+ IP. 
The Cubs bullpen has pitcher 60.1 IP ranking 10th.  They have allowed 15 runs ranking 26th in runs allowed. 

One part of this team sucks so far.  It isn't the offense or bullpen.

Title: Re: Today's Game 2018
Post by: Chris27 on April 17, 2018, 11:28:08 pm
The 4th link actually address what stats are predictive of teams winning


1.) The 2016 Cubs ranked what in average with RISP?
2.) The 2016 Cubs ranked what in OPS with RISP?
3.) The 2016 Cubs ranked what in runs with RISP?

Please provide 1 link on why it matters, is a skill, or is predictive of anything.


The 4th link suggests RISP is important but suggests a team's overall offense dictates how it hits in those situations, which is a chicken/egg question.

How anyone can argue that an offense isn't better when a team hits well with runners on and in scoring position is a mystery to me. Can a team occasionally win if they're awful w/ RISP? Of course, if that team has incredible pitching, really bad divisional competition, or some combination thereof.
Title: Re: Today's Game 2018
Post by: Chris27 on April 17, 2018, 11:29:58 pm
Cubs rank 11th in runs scored despite playing less games than teams ahead of them

....

One part of this team sucks so far.  It isn't the offense or bullpen.

Try breaking the offense down by team wins and losses. I think you'll see a discrepancy. And let's be real. Many of the Cubs runs in two of their games were very fortunate or outright gifts (Atlanta, Milwaukee).
Title: Re: Today's Game 2018
Post by: CUBluejays on April 17, 2018, 11:31:34 pm
Cubs have 7 starters hitting .235 or less.  Hard to get hits with RISP when you don't hit the ball hard very often. 

But, funny thing is, with their .238 team average, the Cubs are 11th in mlb in team batting average; 18th in HR; 10th in OPS; 9th in OBP; and 12th in runs.  Granted, seems half of the composite offense came in the Pirates and Braves games.  Hard to believe the daily futility on offense is a top-half offense.... 

1.) Small sample size
2.) 14th in wRC+
3.) 9th in OBP
4.) 12th in slugging
5.) The offense would be better if Almora and Zobrist got more playing time then Happ and Heyward.
6.) Russell's struggles is shocking to me.  He has a 14% BB%, 16% K%.  If you gave me just those numbers I'd think he'd be a wRC+ of 130 or so.  Instead his power is gone and his babip is in the crapper.  What is even more shocking is his hard hit percentage is a career high.  His line drive percentage is up, his GB% is down.  His infield fly ball percentage is up and as is his soft hit percentage, but those have been around this level before. 
Title: Re: Today's Game 2018
Post by: CUBluejays on April 17, 2018, 11:56:14 pm
Try breaking the offense down by team wins and losses. I think you'll see a discrepancy. And let's be real. Many of the Cubs runs in two of their games were very fortunate or outright gifts (Atlanta, Milwaukee).

The Cubs have only given up less than 3 runs in 3 of their loses.  They have given up more than 4 runs in 4 of their wins.

Another way of putting it if the Cubs scored 4 runs every game they would be 5-10. (Ties count as loses)
If they scored 5 runs in every game they would be 6-9
6 runs 9-6
7 runs 13-2

So we just need the offense to 6 runs a game every game to be in second place or 7 runs to be in first place.  Yep, all the offenses fault.
Title: Re: Today's Game 2018
Post by: brjones on April 18, 2018, 12:03:56 am
1.) Small sample size

This is where we disagree. It's not a small sample size...including the playoffs last year, we're at almost 200 games with this set of position players. They've been frustratingly inconsistent. You can point to the total runs scored...sure, the Cubs have done well there. But it's mostly because they dominated when they had the weakest schedule in baseball after the All Star break last year.
Title: Re: Today's Game 2018
Post by: CUBluejays on April 18, 2018, 12:12:42 am
How anyone can argue that an offense isn't better when a team hits well with runners on and in scoring position is a mystery to me. Can a team occasionally win if they're awful w/ RISP? Of course, if that team has incredible pitching, really bad divisional competition, or some combination thereof.

I'll answer my question

The 2016 Cubs were 21st in RISP average, 8th in OPS and 3rd in runners scored with RISP.  All that team did was be 3rd in runs scored and win the World Series. 

You are only looking at average which doesn't give the whole picture of a batter's performance.  Going back to 1999 only 7 times has the World Series champ been in the top in RISP average.  The Giants won 3 world series without ever being in the top 5. 
Title: Re: Today's Game 2018
Post by: CUBluejays on April 18, 2018, 12:14:52 am
This is where we disagree. It's not a small sample size...including the playoffs last year, we're at almost 200 games with this set of position players. They've been frustratingly inconsistent. You can point to the total runs scored...sure, the Cubs have done well there. But it's mostly because they dominated when they had the weakest schedule in baseball after the All Star break last year.

This is confirmation bias.  Go back to 2016 and the Cubs were inconsistent.  The 2017 Astros weren't consistent.  No team is consistent. 

The NL Central last year was 1 of 2 divisions with 3 teams with a winning record.

The NL East had 1 team with more than 80 wins. 

Their are plenty of weak schedules in baseball.
Title: Re: Today's Game 2018
Post by: brjones on April 18, 2018, 09:29:38 am
Cubs postponed again. They'll make it up tomorrow.
Title: Re: Today's Game 2018
Post by: CurtOne on April 18, 2018, 09:31:59 am
Wussies.   They don't play enough baseball, Mr. Rizzo!  Back up the truck.  Fire Maddon.  Trade 'em all!
Title: Re: Today's Game 2018
Post by: BearHit on April 18, 2018, 10:34:41 am
Double-headers only - Start the season in May - end in August
Title: Re: Today's Game 2018
Post by: method on April 18, 2018, 10:39:03 am
Double-headers only - Start the season in May - end in August

That sounds brutal... lol.

I do think going back to having 4-5 scheduled DH's is a good idea.
Title: Re: Today's Game 2018
Post by: Bennett on April 18, 2018, 10:50:01 am
I hope summer is on a weekend this year.
Title: Re: Today's Game 2018
Post by: BearHit on April 18, 2018, 10:52:46 am
We had Summer on Saturday last week - but Winter on Sunday
Title: Re: Today's Game 2018
Post by: Chris27 on April 18, 2018, 03:44:53 pm
So we just need the offense to 6 runs a game every game to be in second place or 7 runs to be in first place.  Yep, all the offenses fault.

Where have I said that the pitching has been any good? I specifically said there is no part of the team that has impressed yet. Pitching has been a significant issue, duh.
Title: Re: Today's Game 2018
Post by: CUBluejays on April 18, 2018, 05:37:47 pm
Try breaking the offense down by team wins and losses. I think you'll see a discrepancy. And let's be real. Many of the Cubs runs in two of their games were very fortunate or outright gifts (Atlanta, Milwaukee).

This was in response to me saying the starting pitching is the problem. I looked at the games, the offense would have to be record setting to affect the outcome of the season so far. If you want to **** about something **** about the problem.

The bullpen has been excellent so far. If you can’t see that then you have unrealistic expectations.
Title: Re: Today's Game 2018
Post by: Chris27 on April 18, 2018, 09:03:59 pm
This was in response to me saying the starting pitching is the problem. I looked at the games, the offense would have to be record setting to affect the outcome of the season so far. If you want to **** about something **** about the problem.

The bullpen has been excellent so far. If you can’t see that then you have unrealistic expectations.

No, it was in response to you saying the Cubs are 11th in runs scored despite playing fewer games then some other teams.

There are several problems with this team at the moment.
Title: Re: Today's Game 2018
Post by: CUBluejays on April 18, 2018, 09:23:51 pm
NL Ranks in WAR
Position players 4th
Starters 14th
Relievers 6th

One of those isn't like the others.  The offense isn't playing up to it's potential, but the starters underperformance is *the* problem with the team currently.  Every single year you complain about the Cubs RISP average and the last 3 years the Cubs have been to the NLCS and won the World Series. 
Title: Re: Today's Game 2018
Post by: Chris27 on April 18, 2018, 09:50:49 pm
Cubs have 14 runs in their 8 losses, 61 runs in their 7 wins.

Two of those wins along with 18 of those runs came in wins over the Marlins who are 3-10 against non Cubs teams.

Of the other runs, 13 were all but given to them by the Brewers and Braves. Total run numbers look much better than the action on the field.

Title: Re: Today's Game 2018
Post by: CUBluejays on April 18, 2018, 10:15:11 pm
5, 4, 6, 8, 5, 1, 6, 2.  4.63 runs/game

That is how many runs the Cubs have given up in their losses.  You can at best blame the offense for 2 of those.

10, 5, 0, 2, 0, 6, 4 3.85 runs/game

That is how many runs the Cubs have given up in their wins.   The offense should get credit for 4 of those wins. 


Let this sink in the Cubs have allowed 3 runs or less in 4 games all year.  The have scored 4 runs or more in 8 times.  If the pitching was better the Cubs record would be better.  If the offense was as bad as you think it is the Cubs record  would be much, much worse.
Title: Re: Today's Game 2018
Post by: BearHit on April 19, 2018, 06:16:51 am
Balmy in Denver compared to Chicago - but rain expected Friday night
Title: Re: Today's Game 2018
Post by: CUBluejays on April 19, 2018, 10:13:03 am
Almora, Baez, Bryant, Rizzo, Contreras, Schwarber, Russell, Heyward, Lester.

Switching Zobrist for Heyward and moving Zobrist to leadoff and Almora to 8th would make in the best lineup if Zobrist was healthy.  Weaver and his change up make him more of a reverse split guy, but he's pretty neutral in the R vs L department.
Title: Re: Today's Game 2018
Post by: brjones on April 19, 2018, 01:29:53 pm
Really sloppy play by the Cubs in the top of the first.

Schwarber looked like he started coming in Fowler's ball he should've gone back on, so he barely caught the ball.

Lester hits Bader with a pitch, then Contreras throws the ball into CF on a steal attempt and Bader goes to third.

Carpenter lines out to Baez and Bader was going on contact, so should be an easy double play...but Baez throws wildly and Bader is able to get back.

Then Lester throws a wild pitch and Bader scores anyway.
Title: Re: Today's Game 2018
Post by: CUBluejays on April 19, 2018, 01:29:53 pm
Bader HBP, 2 steals and ends up at third.  Carpenter hits a line drive to Baez with the infield in and overthrows Bryant on what would have been an inning ending double play.  Lester throws a wild pitch and Bader scores.  Ozuna strikes out.  Cardinals 0-1 with RISP, but still lead 1-0.
Title: Re: Today's Game 2018
Post by: brjones on April 19, 2018, 01:30:48 pm
This team is just bad in all aspects of the game right now.
Title: Re: Today's Game 2018
Post by: Robb on April 19, 2018, 01:31:43 pm
Maybe the Cubs are out of practice? That was a crappy first inning.
Title: Re: Today's Game 2018
Post by: brjones on April 19, 2018, 01:34:37 pm
Now the Cardinals play sloppy defense and turn a Baez double into a triple.
Title: Re: Today's Game 2018
Post by: CUBluejays on April 19, 2018, 01:37:34 pm
Bryant singles to tie the game.
Title: Re: Today's Game 2018
Post by: brjones on April 19, 2018, 01:37:41 pm
Cardinals stupidly playing the infield in, and Bryant ends up with an RBI single instead of an RBI groundout.
Title: Re: Today's Game 2018
Post by: CUBluejays on April 19, 2018, 01:43:59 pm
Schwarber singles in Bryant, 2-1.  Cy Weaver with 1 swinging strike so far.
Title: Re: Today's Game 2018
Post by: Dave23 on April 19, 2018, 01:47:19 pm
Cards announcers ragging the scorer for giving Baez a triple instead of a double and error.

I watched the replay a few times, and I'm fairly certain Baez decided to go for 3rd before he even saw Fowler bobble the ball. I think he decided to go for 3 because Dex was a little casual going to get it, and in fact hadn't even touched the ball at the time Javy decided to take the extra base.
Title: Re: Today's Game 2018
Post by: CUBluejays on April 19, 2018, 01:50:33 pm
Baez with 13 hits so far and only 2 singles.  He has a totally sustainable .462 ISO this year.
Title: Re: Today's Game 2018
Post by: Chris27 on April 19, 2018, 01:52:45 pm
Cardinals 0-1 with RISP, but still lead 1-0.

lol
Title: Re: Today's Game 2018
Post by: Dave23 on April 19, 2018, 01:53:48 pm
Baez with 13 hits so far and only 2 singles.  He has a totally sustainable .462 ISO this year.
Totally...
Title: Re: Today's Game 2018
Post by: CUBluejays on April 19, 2018, 01:59:19 pm
Almora broken bat single with a RISP.  Cubs getting a lot of BABIP luck so far.  3-1
Title: Re: Today's Game 2018
Post by: CUBluejays on April 19, 2018, 02:02:36 pm
Baez actually singles, first and third 1 out.
Title: Re: Today's Game 2018
Post by: Dave23 on April 19, 2018, 02:03:19 pm
Cy Weaver must have missed the memo that the Cubs suck with RISP...
Title: Re: Today's Game 2018
Post by: CUBluejays on April 19, 2018, 02:03:53 pm
Bryant flied out to the wall, 4-1.
Title: Re: Today's Game 2018
Post by: CUBluejays on April 19, 2018, 02:05:20 pm
Rizzo singles 5-1.  Matt Carpenter at 2B isn't working out well.
Title: Re: Today's Game 2018
Post by: brjones on April 19, 2018, 02:05:54 pm
This is going well.
Title: Re: Today's Game 2018
Post by: brjones on April 19, 2018, 02:07:42 pm
Another Cubs HBP. Cubs lead MLB with 18 HBP; they have an 8 game HBP streak according to Len (longest streak since at least 1908).
Title: Re: Today's Game 2018
Post by: CUBluejays on April 19, 2018, 02:09:22 pm
6-1.  Weaver almost has a 5 ERA now.
Title: Re: Today's Game 2018
Post by: davep on April 19, 2018, 02:12:15 pm
Totally...

He won't sustain it if he keeps getting all those damb singles.
Title: Re: Today's Game 2018
Post by: goblue007 on April 19, 2018, 02:13:40 pm
Haha my man Cy Weaver back at it again!
Title: Re: Today's Game 2018
Post by: brjones on April 19, 2018, 02:18:46 pm
More sloppiness, Baez runs into Rizzo on a pop up in foul territory. No damage done, though...fly out to Schwarber on the next pitch.
Title: Re: Today's Game 2018
Post by: CurtOne on April 19, 2018, 02:21:39 pm
Feast or famine.  Everything's normal.
Title: Re: Today's Game 2018
Post by: CUBluejays on April 19, 2018, 03:01:13 pm
2 run HR off of Bowman by Heyward.  8-1.
Title: Re: Today's Game 2018
Post by: Dave23 on April 19, 2018, 03:15:58 pm
It's much more quiet in here when the Cubs are winning...strange...
Title: Re: Today's Game 2018
Post by: Ron on April 19, 2018, 03:22:12 pm
Cannot watch game right now. Lester's line sure looks good.  Anybody want to comment on his stuff?
Title: Re: Today's Game 2018
Post by: mO on April 19, 2018, 03:32:11 pm
It's much more quiet in here when the Cubs are winning...strange...

Blame the retirees, rest of us gotta work.
Title: Re: Today's Game 2018
Post by: Chris27 on April 19, 2018, 03:35:55 pm
With his walk just now, Kyle Schwarber is up to an .879 OPS, .381 wOBA, and a 142 wRC+ on the 2018 season.

https://twitter.com/realcubsinsider/status/987065782063386624
Title: Re: Today's Game 2018
Post by: Chris27 on April 19, 2018, 03:40:37 pm
May have a game soon the way Butler is pitching.
Title: Re: Today's Game 2018
Post by: Robb on April 19, 2018, 03:42:42 pm
This could get real interesting in a hurry. Need outs.
Title: Re: Today's Game 2018
Post by: Chris27 on April 19, 2018, 03:49:40 pm
Starting to look like the Braves/Cubs 7th inning only in reverse.
Title: Re: Today's Game 2018
Post by: brjones on April 19, 2018, 03:50:28 pm
This defense has been so sloppy today.
Title: Re: Today's Game 2018
Post by: Robb on April 19, 2018, 03:52:26 pm
4 runs so far in the inning. Pham is pinch hitting.
Title: Re: Today's Game 2018
Post by: Chris27 on April 19, 2018, 03:54:37 pm
Cischek did ok all things considered.
Title: Re: Today's Game 2018
Post by: Robb on April 19, 2018, 04:05:27 pm
Carl jr in to pitch the 8th. Hopefully he can throw strikes.
Title: Re: Today's Game 2018
Post by: Robb on April 19, 2018, 04:06:02 pm
Crazy to think about but if the Cubs don't commit any errors this could be a shutout.
Title: Re: Today's Game 2018
Post by: Robb on April 19, 2018, 04:11:24 pm
Carl is getting squeezed this inning. Took 4 strikes to K the last batter.
Title: Re: Today's Game 2018
Post by: Robb on April 19, 2018, 04:12:53 pm
Two walks and now the tying run is up. Carl needs to figure out how to throw more strikes.
Title: Re: Today's Game 2018
Post by: Dave23 on April 19, 2018, 04:16:19 pm
LOL, wth is DeJong looking for there?

Obviously something away, I guess...
Title: Re: Today's Game 2018
Post by: Robb on April 19, 2018, 04:16:28 pm
DeJong takes one right down the middle for strike three to end the inning. I would imagine there are some unhappy Cardinals fans right now yelling at their TV screens, which makes me happy.
Title: Re: Today's Game 2018
Post by: Robb on April 19, 2018, 04:16:47 pm
LOL, wth is DeJong looking for there?

Obviously something away, I guess...
He was looking for ball 4.
Title: Re: Today's Game 2018
Post by: Robb on April 19, 2018, 04:24:25 pm
Schwarber lined out to end the the 8th inning. Good at bats from Schwarber today.
Title: Re: Today's Game 2018
Post by: Robb on April 19, 2018, 04:28:50 pm
2 quick outs in the top of the 9th inning from Morrow.
Title: Re: Today's Game 2018
Post by: Robb on April 19, 2018, 04:29:59 pm
Morrow with 2 nasty sliders in a row to Bader. One more to end it.
Title: Re: Today's Game 2018
Post by: brjones on April 19, 2018, 04:30:41 pm
Morrow has been a very low stress closer so far. It'll be nice if he can do that all year.
Title: Re: Today's Game 2018
Post by: Robb on April 19, 2018, 04:31:11 pm
Cardinals take another strike right down the middle to end the game. CUBS WIN!!! CARDINALS LOSE!!!! It's a good day!
Title: Re: Today's Game 2018
Post by: Deeg on April 19, 2018, 04:31:13 pm
Baez has been sloppy in the field, but he looks like a star at the plate so far.  K-rate way down, lots of power.
Title: Re: Today's Game 2018
Post by: Robb on April 19, 2018, 04:31:47 pm
Fly the W! Sing the song! Do all the things the Cardinals fans hate!
Title: Re: Today's Game 2018
Post by: Playtwo on April 19, 2018, 04:31:54 pm
It's funny what a combination of strong starting pitching and timely hitting can do.
Title: Re: Today's Game 2018
Post by: davep on April 19, 2018, 05:12:34 pm
Baez makes spectacular plays.  Plays that few others could make.  However, he seems to be trying to be spectacular even when he doesn't need to.  On both his throwing errors, he rushed throws on which he actually had lots of time.
Title: Re: Today's Game 2018
Post by: Ron on April 19, 2018, 05:22:59 pm
I'm surprised no one seems to have commented on Lester's outing.  Was he as good as his line (6,2,1,0,1,7) indicated?  Is that the best start the Cubs have gotten from anyone so far this season?
Title: Re: Today's Game 2018
Post by: guest61 on April 19, 2018, 05:47:52 pm
I'm surprised no one seems to have commented on Lester's outing.  Was he as good as his line (6,2,1,0,1,7) indicated?  Is that the best start the Cubs have gotten from anyone so far this season?

The ace.
Title: Re: Today's Game 2018
Post by: guest61 on April 19, 2018, 05:49:02 pm
And I always follow the games.

I just stay away from this thread during them.

We used to just have JBN.

Now we have 10 of them.
Title: Re: Today's Game 2018
Post by: CUBluejays on April 19, 2018, 05:57:16 pm
I'm surprised no one seems to have commented on Lester's outing.  Was he as good as his line (6,2,1,0,1,7) indicated?  Is that the best start the Cubs have gotten from anyone so far this season?

His stuff was pretty much the same 90-91, but it was still cold so that might tick up some. His command was better and that got him better results. He’s going to be like Hendricks. When his command is on he can be good. If his command is off he’ll get hit. He can still be an above average starter for the Cubs.
Title: Re: Today's Game 2018
Post by: craig on April 19, 2018, 09:19:48 pm
Bailey Clark with 7K/0BB in 3.1. 

Last 3 outings, 14K/1BB in 9.1. 
Title: Re: Today's Game 2018
Post by: JeffH on April 19, 2018, 09:26:16 pm
Between Clark and Tyson Miller, it would be nifty if we could produce a surprise TORP prospect.
Title: Re: Today's Game 2018
Post by: davep on April 19, 2018, 10:47:44 pm
The reports are that Clark has outstanding stuff.  It will all come down to how well he can command it.  I am glad that the Cubs are at least keeping him stretched out enough that he might still have potential as a starter.  I think that they have moved some of their prospects into relief too soon.
Title: Re: Today's Game 2018
Post by: craig on April 20, 2018, 08:07:32 am
Way to bring home the win yesterday, you guys.  Fun to be back to .500, and fun to collect a lot of hits.  Seemed like a lot of ground-ball singles for RBI's, just looking at the "how they scored" recap.  Not much difference between groundball singles and double plays, I guess; lots of luck in hitting, I guess.  Ought to even out over a long season. 

A HR for Heyward, three hits for Rizzo, two for Schwarber, two for Baez, two for Heyward; without having been able to see any of the game the box score lines are nice.  Suddenly with Almora starting yesterday instead of Happ, half of the starters are hitting over .240, and suddenly almost everybody is up over .220.  Nice to see, for the moment. 

Great to have Lester locating well for a day.  That's two good-location starts already.  Hopefully that will happen more often than not going forward.

Cishek has been terrific.  Morrow seems to pitch so rarely it's too soon to tell; but for the moment it seems kind of fun to have a guy with enough fastball to be willing to come in aggressively and to be unafraid to try to throw fastballs for strikes.  Getting some saves without drama, and getting some outs without nibbling and taking 6 pitches per out is kind of refreshing.   
Title: Re: Today's Game 2018
Post by: Bennett on April 20, 2018, 02:54:42 pm

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Title: Re: Today's Game 2018
Post by: craig on April 20, 2018, 04:31:26 pm
Almora back-to-back starts versus righties. 
Title: Re: Today's Game 2018
Post by: CurtOne on April 20, 2018, 04:36:07 pm
Actually good to see.  Maddon is a great manager.  I hate it, though, when he plays find the one that sucks with his relievers and stays too long with a guy who's struggling.  Stubbornly staying with Schwarber at lead-off last year really hurt, IMO.
Title: Re: Today's Game 2018
Post by: Dihard on April 20, 2018, 05:32:31 pm
Forecast is pretty bad for tonight. They might be able to get it in if they play through the rain, but if it’s a long game, the forecast is for heavy rain turning to snow


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Title: Re: Today's Game 2018
Post by: Bennett on April 20, 2018, 07:05:33 pm
Mark Gonzales  @MDGonzales   52s52 seconds ago

Hendricks, Gray headed to bullpen for pre-game warmups, so all indications are this game will start on time.
Title: Re: Today's Game 2018
Post by: brjones on April 20, 2018, 07:44:15 pm
Infield single by Almora to start the game, then Baez homers. He's hot right now.
Title: Re: Today's Game 2018
Post by: Deeg on April 20, 2018, 07:48:02 pm
Joe is right.  If it finally all clicks for Javy... Lights out.
Title: Re: Today's Game 2018
Post by: brjones on April 20, 2018, 07:52:23 pm
Yeah, but we've seen streaks like this before. Too soon to get excited that he's found a new level.
Title: Re: Today's Game 2018
Post by: Deeg on April 20, 2018, 07:54:05 pm
Yeah, but we've seen streaks like this before. Too soon to get excited that he's found a new level.

That’s why a word like “if” can be very useful
Title: Re: Today's Game 2018
Post by: Dihard on April 20, 2018, 07:55:57 pm
Whatever he becomes, I’m sure glad we decided to keep Javy in the Baez versus Soler trade chip debate


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Title: Re: Today's Game 2018
Post by: Dihard on April 20, 2018, 07:59:37 pm
Well, not looking like a quick game so far…


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Title: Re: Today's Game 2018
Post by: brjones on April 20, 2018, 08:10:57 pm
Hendricks and Gray have both looked pretty bad so far.
Title: Re: Today's Game 2018
Post by: Deeg on April 20, 2018, 08:19:09 pm
Hope the carriage hasn’t simply turned into a pumpkin with Hendricks. The margin of error for soft-toss Guys is always wafer-thin.
Title: Re: Today's Game 2018
Post by: brjones on April 20, 2018, 08:20:24 pm
Gray doubles off Hendricks with 1 out in the second.
Title: Re: Today's Game 2018
Post by: CUBluejays on April 20, 2018, 08:20:33 pm
This likely isn't the best game to judge Hendricks on.
Title: Re: Today's Game 2018
Post by: JeffH on April 20, 2018, 08:21:22 pm
Hope the carriage hasn’t simply turned into a pumpkin with Hendricks. The margin of error for soft-toss Guys is always wafer-thin.

Agreed.  Especially since Darvish is a complete and total waste.
Title: Re: Today's Game 2018
Post by: Chris27 on April 20, 2018, 08:29:28 pm
A rare single for Baez. Two on, nobody out for Bryant.
Title: Re: Today's Game 2018
Post by: Chris27 on April 20, 2018, 08:33:08 pm
Bryant works a walk. Based loaded for Rizzo. Nobody out.
Title: Re: Today's Game 2018
Post by: Chris27 on April 20, 2018, 08:35:14 pm
Rizzo hits into a DP.

Thankfully, RISP issues don't matter.
Title: Re: Today's Game 2018
Post by: Chris27 on April 20, 2018, 08:36:32 pm
One run out of all that.

Title: Re: Today's Game 2018
Post by: Chris27 on April 20, 2018, 09:05:09 pm
Two walks for the Cubs in the 5th but Russell gets picked off.

Hendricks has stabilized things but has thrown 23 more pitches than Gray.
Title: Re: Today's Game 2018
Post by: Deeg on April 20, 2018, 09:06:06 pm
This likely isn't the best game to judge Hendricks on.

There’s a lot more than this game which one could interpret as cause for concern.
Title: Re: Today's Game 2018
Post by: brjones on April 20, 2018, 09:10:03 pm
Nice job by Baez responding to the almost HBP with a hustle double.
Title: Re: Today's Game 2018
Post by: vander-built on April 20, 2018, 09:12:45 pm
I mean that's not even close.  Shame on the ump.
Title: Re: Today's Game 2018
Post by: brjones on April 20, 2018, 09:13:22 pm
Ump was in a terrible position to see that. Embarrassing.
Title: Re: Today's Game 2018
Post by: brjones on April 20, 2018, 09:17:20 pm
Baez's base running this inning was ill-advised, but he made it work. Amazing.
Title: Re: Today's Game 2018
Post by: CUBluejays on April 20, 2018, 09:21:21 pm
I'm so confused, the Cubs were 0-3 with RISP but 2 runs scored.  Am I supposed to be angry or upset.  Especially since the last out didn't score a run, but was smoked by Schwarber.
Title: Re: Today's Game 2018
Post by: Chris27 on April 20, 2018, 09:28:26 pm
I'm so confused, the Cubs were 0-3 with RISP but 2 runs scored.  Am I supposed to be angry or upset.  Especially since the last out didn't score a run, but was smoked by Schwarber.

As long as opponents just keep making three fielding mistakes per inning, RISP hitting really will be meaningless.
Title: Re: Today's Game 2018
Post by: brjones on April 20, 2018, 09:31:51 pm
Baez is a triple away from the cycle in the best triples park in baseball, and he'll most likely get two more ABs. If he hits one to the wall, he's not stopping until he's on third base.
Title: Re: Today's Game 2018
Post by: CUBluejays on April 20, 2018, 09:35:07 pm
As long as opponents just keep making three fielding mistakes per inning, RISP hitting really will be meaningless.

Cubs all the way up to 23 in MLB in RISP average.  If they could only face Luke Weaver more often.  15th in runs scored with RISP.....
Title: Re: Today's Game 2018
Post by: brjones on April 20, 2018, 09:36:09 pm
Russell single, Heyward triple, and it's 6-3. Gray pulled for Shaw, and La Stella will hit for Hendricks.
Title: Re: Today's Game 2018
Post by: Chris27 on April 20, 2018, 09:38:46 pm
Eh, a dumb Weaver comment thrown in.

Jeezus, the guy's ERA is a run and half lower than Darvish's at 1/50th of the cost and that's where we're going?
Title: Re: Today's Game 2018
Post by: Chris27 on April 20, 2018, 09:39:57 pm
Now you distracted me from Heyward's 4th extra-base hit this year. Thanks.
Title: Re: Today's Game 2018
Post by: Chris27 on April 20, 2018, 09:43:23 pm
A ha! Almora breaks the drought. 1-7 now
Title: Re: Today's Game 2018
Post by: brjones on April 20, 2018, 09:45:06 pm
Javy knocks in 2, 9-3 Cubs. Wow, he's hot.
Title: Re: Today's Game 2018
Post by: guest61 on April 20, 2018, 09:46:34 pm
Dear God somebody needs to fan Javy or pour some water on him or something.
Title: Re: Today's Game 2018
Post by: Chris27 on April 20, 2018, 09:55:54 pm
Matter of time until that happened. Schwarber's been hitting the ball too well.
Title: Re: Today's Game 2018
Post by: CUBluejays on April 20, 2018, 09:56:29 pm
3-11 with RISP, I lost count of the runs.  Are we still struggling this game?
Title: Re: Today's Game 2018
Post by: Chris27 on April 20, 2018, 10:00:57 pm
The Cubs put up 7 runs in an inning in which they go 3-5 w/ RISP and you think that's a case that it doesn't affect the game?
Title: Re: Today's Game 2018
Post by: davep on April 20, 2018, 10:02:33 pm
Baez is a triple away from the cycle in the best triples park in baseball, and he'll most likely get two more ABs. If he hits one to the wall, he's not stopping until he's on third base.

And if that happens, I expect he will try to turn it into an inside the park home run.  Maybe the coach will tackle him.
Title: Re: Today's Game 2018
Post by: brjones on April 20, 2018, 10:16:34 pm
Montgomery still with only 2 Ks on the season. He has not looked good so far this year.
Title: Re: Today's Game 2018
Post by: CUBluejays on April 20, 2018, 10:23:11 pm
The Cubs put up 7 runs in an inning in which they go 3-5 w/ RISP and you think that's a case that it doesn't affect the game?

No.  I think the Cubs will have spells where they are good with RISP and where they are bad with RISP.  Like every other team in baseball.  I thinking harping on it is stupid.
Title: Re: Today's Game 2018
Post by: CUBluejays on April 20, 2018, 10:32:00 pm
Schwarber going the opposite way is nice to see.
Title: Re: Today's Game 2018
Post by: Chris27 on April 20, 2018, 10:33:02 pm
Schwarber looks like a different hitter recently.
Title: Re: Today's Game 2018
Post by: brjones on April 20, 2018, 10:33:24 pm
Cubs just keep hitting. After the Russell single in the 8th, the Cubs only need one more base runner for Javy to get another shot at the cycle in the 9th.
Title: Re: Today's Game 2018
Post by: craig on April 20, 2018, 10:34:30 pm
Cubs have seemed to have a lot of opposite-field hits today, and yesterday too, I think?  Not sure if that's mis-perception, coincidence, or conscious. 

Fun to be getting lots, and lots, of hits. 

And to be putting together a 2-game hitting streak. 

Imagine a couple of good-hitting games might be kind of relaxing and good for confidence. 

of course, Cubs are kind of boom-or-bust offensively, usually, so maybe tomorrow they'll get shutout. 
Title: Re: Today's Game 2018
Post by: brjones on April 20, 2018, 10:34:50 pm
Infield single for Heyward, 15-4.
Title: Re: Today's Game 2018
Post by: Chris27 on April 20, 2018, 10:39:37 pm
Schwarber currently holds a 165 wRC+
Title: Re: Today's Game 2018
Post by: craig on April 20, 2018, 10:39:57 pm
Schwarber and Heyward both with groundball singles to the left side.  Schwarber's was hit fairly sharply , found a hole.  Heyward's was very weak.  Still, so many opportunities for singles against the shifts....
Title: Re: Today's Game 2018
Post by: Chris27 on April 20, 2018, 10:43:52 pm
Cubs have seemed to have a lot of opposite-field hits today, and yesterday too, I think?  Not sure if that's mis-perception, coincidence, or conscious. 


Fourteen opposite-field hits the last two games.
Title: Re: Today's Game 2018
Post by: Chris27 on April 20, 2018, 10:52:51 pm
Almora doubles, his 4th hit, also to the opposite field.

Title: Re: Today's Game 2018
Post by: CurtOne on April 20, 2018, 10:56:55 pm
Almora doubles, his 4th hit, also to the opposite field.


Hope Happ likes Des Moines.
Title: Re: Today's Game 2018
Post by: Chris27 on April 20, 2018, 10:58:00 pm
Bryant with the Cubs' 3rd infield hit of the night, Almora scores.
Title: Re: Today's Game 2018
Post by: Chris27 on April 20, 2018, 10:59:18 pm
Rizzo hits into another DP. He's had a rough night amid all the offense.
Title: Re: Today's Game 2018
Post by: craig on April 20, 2018, 11:00:28 pm
Not sure a couple years ago when there was so much issue with no-walks for Almora and Baez, that I would have ever imagined them being the Cubs leadoff and #2 hitters. 
Title: Re: Today's Game 2018
Post by: davep on April 20, 2018, 11:05:59 pm
Hope Happ likes Des Moines.

I hope they do send him down.  It might help him get back on track, and he is probably not going to get much playing time if Schwarber continues his hitting.  And Almora and even Heyward have been looking better.
Title: Re: Today's Game 2018
Post by: Chris27 on April 20, 2018, 11:07:24 pm
Justin Wilson can't get anyone out in the 9th.
Title: Re: Today's Game 2018
Post by: brjones on April 20, 2018, 11:09:59 pm
Good night for Almora, but I'm still skeptical that he'll hit enough against RHP to be in the lineup every day. I do think it's time to give him the opportunity for a while.

Hard to believe how badly Justin Wilson has collapsed since coming to the Cubs. Not sure why Maddon even went to him in a 12 run game--just let the mop-up guy they called up today to replace Butler finish it off.
Title: Re: Today's Game 2018
Post by: Deeg on April 20, 2018, 11:12:50 pm
Baez in 62 ABs: 14 Ks, 13 extra-base hits.
Title: Re: Today's Game 2018
Post by: Ron on April 20, 2018, 11:22:02 pm
Who would have predicted that the Cubs would have a better record than the Dodgers, Nationals and Yankees, but would be in 4th place in the NL Central

Some good teams are starting off very poorly.




Title: Re: Today's Game 2018
Post by: craig on April 20, 2018, 11:25:16 pm
Wilson ends it on a K.  I'm sure Maddon figured this was a low-pressure situation with a 12-run lead, and might be a low-stress inning to rebuild some confidence. 

br, you note, "I'm still skeptical that he'll hit enough against RHP to be in the lineup every day," and that's reasonable.  We'll see.  But somebody's got to play center field against RHP.  Until/unless Happ gets things turned around, not sure Almora's going to need to hit all that much to stay in the lineup pretty often.  Jacob Hanneman isn't putting on any pressure down at Iowa.  (He's hitting .138). 

The Royals are 3-14; they may become willing to sell pretty early.  If Happ doesn't get things going at some point, the bench is too short to ideally have anybody who's an automatic out and who you're unwilling to use.  May not be that unrealistic at some point to trade for somebody like John Jay:  wouldn't exactly cost a star prospect, but could give you professional AB's.  But hopefully Happ gets into a better place and can start to produce good AB's at some point. 
Title: Re: Today's Game 2018
Post by: CUBluejays on April 20, 2018, 11:30:21 pm
Leave Jay in KC. 

Almora is fine.  Happ will at some point remeber how to hit balls in the strike zone.
Title: Re: Today's Game 2018
Post by: Deeg on April 21, 2018, 12:01:07 am
There's still no evidence Almora can consistently hit RHP.  Sure, ride the hot hand and maybe he proves he can.  But sending Happ down now would be way, way premature.
Title: Re: Today's Game 2018
Post by: Bennett on April 21, 2018, 12:16:00 am
When the score was 15-4 there was a graphic saying that was the most runs the Cubs have scored against the Rockies since August 10, 2002.  That was the Sammy Sosa 3 homer game where Don Baylor pulled him before he had a chance to hit a 4th.
Title: Re: Today's Game 2018
Post by: CurtOne on April 21, 2018, 12:40:50 am
When the score was 15-4 there was a graphic saying that was the most runs the Cubs have scored against the Rockies since August 10, 2002.  That was the Sammy Sosa 3 homer game where Don Baylor pulled him before he had a chance to hit a 4th.
I was at that game.
Title: Re: Today's Game 2018
Post by: Jes Beard on April 21, 2018, 08:11:54 am
No.  I think the Cubs will have spells where they are good with RISP and where they are bad with RISP.  Like every other team in baseball.  I thinking harping on it is stupid.

Rational thinking has no real place in the Today's Game topic.
Title: Re: Today's Game 2018
Post by: Dave23 on April 21, 2018, 10:16:27 am
I was at that game.
I was too.
Title: Re: Today's Game 2018
Post by: Playtwo on April 21, 2018, 10:31:15 am
Almora has good numbers vs RHP going back to the middle of last season.  It's not very many plate appearances (perhaps 70), but it bodes very well for the possibility of his claiming the everyday CF job.  I think it's premature to send Happ down now, but if Almora keeps this up for another month or so, you have to consider it.
Title: Re: Today's Game 2018
Post by: craig on April 21, 2018, 11:43:28 am
Almora has good numbers vs RHP going back to the middle of last season.  It's not very many plate appearances (perhaps 70), but it bodes very well for the possibility of his claiming the everyday CF job.  I think it's premature to send Happ down now, but if Almora keeps this up for another month or so, you have to consider it.

Almora has <300 PA total versus RHP, so it's not compelling that his earlier limited-size-sample is totally more predictive than his smaller but more recent sample. 

Career, in <300PA, he's a .280 hitter with a .720 OPS vs RHP.  Nothing great, but not necessarily awful or anything. 

Hopefully Happ will rebound and be much better than that, and take those starts back.  But it's not like a good team can't have a .280/.720 guy starting and playing at a defensive position. 
Title: Re: Today's Game 2018
Post by: CUBluejays on April 21, 2018, 12:18:33 pm
In 2016 Almora had a wRC+ of 93 against righties.

In 2017 he had 123 PA against righties that were bad and 75 that where really good after some adjustments. So far this year he has 25 PA against righties with well above average results. I don’t anybody can say that Almora can’t or can hit righties. I see no reason not to give him a chance to.

Happ will eventually get better. I’ve always liked him for more for of a Zobrist role with the team.
Title: Re: Today's Game 2018
Post by: mO on April 21, 2018, 01:31:05 pm
I was too.

+1
Title: Re: Today's Game 2018
Post by: brjones on April 21, 2018, 02:18:50 pm
My skepticism of Almora comes more from his inability to hit that well in the minor leagues than it does for his small sample of MLB bats vs. RHP. Maddon has limited Almora's ABs against RH starters primarily to when he thinks Almora matches up well with the pitcher's repertoire. Most of the RHP he has faced are reverse or no splits guys, and the Cubs have been open that Maddon has been selective with when he uses Almora (for example, here's a link to an article where Theo praises Maddon for his use of Almora: http://chicago.cbslocal.com/2017/09/20/cubs-theo-epstein-praises-joe-maddons-use-of-albert-almora/).

In the minors, he faced everyone. His OPS from A+ and after:

2014 A+: .712
2014 AA: .605
2015 AA: .727
2016 AAA: .733

Almora just didn't hit much at higher levels when he was playing every day. So I'm just not that confident that he'll be able to do it at the MLB level either if Maddon stops being selective with his PAs.
Title: Re: Today's Game 2018
Post by: davep on April 21, 2018, 03:05:02 pm
What is the current weather report?  Are we likely to get a game in tonight?
Title: Re: Today's Game 2018
Post by: Playtwo on April 21, 2018, 03:13:09 pm
Low 40s and cloudy.  Should be able to get the game in.  Much nicer weather tomorrow.
Title: Re: Today's Game 2018
Post by: ben on April 21, 2018, 03:19:08 pm
brjones, your concerns about Almora may be right.  However...

I remember when the Cubs traded a good young SS, Ivan DeJesus, for a tremendous defensive, aging-SS, Larry Bowa.

And Philadelphia threw in a young guy named Ryne Sandberg.  Pretty decent MiLB numbers, a bit better than Almora's but nothing at all eye-popping.   The following year he was playing at Wrigley and hadn't shown much power: I remember seeing him hit a VERY long home run and thought, wow, where did that come from?  The power didn't show with any consistency for a while, but he got much stronger as he moved through his 20s and was taught how to really turn on the ball by his goofy little manager, Jim Frey...and he adjusted!

Don't want to jinx Almora with a full-on comparison to a HOFer; however, Almora doesn't look at all like the same skinny kid Theo drafted #6...and when Albert squares it up in the air, it's LONG gone!  LIke Sandberg, he's a plus defender and has tremendous baseball instincts.

Who knows what Almora's trajectory will be...will he continue to improve his pitch recognition and drive the ball even better as time goes by, as Sandbery certainly did?  Impossible to know right now, but I wouldn't put too much stock in his MiLB numbers.  Some guys just get bigger and stronger, and develop recognition skills that enable them to hit much better in the majors than minors.  Not many adjust really well, but some do.

It's mostly based on my non-expert anecdotal observations (and Theo/Joe's confidence, which is worth a million times more), but I think Almora just might well be one of those guys who becomes a much better hitter at the MLB level as he moves further into his 20s.

 

Title: Re: Today's Game 2018
Post by: Bennett on April 21, 2018, 03:22:25 pm
No surprise - Javy Baez bats second

(https://pbs.twimg.com/media/DbVUSY7V4AAzD9y.jpg:small)
Title: Re: Today's Game 2018
Post by: Deeg on April 21, 2018, 05:39:53 pm
Ride the hot hand with Albert until he proves he can't hit righties (or at least, yet).  I believe there's ample reason to be skeptical that he can, but with Happ struggling it's not as though we're benching a 25-YO Willie Mays to leave Almora out there.  I'd still bet on Happ being the better hitter before the year shakes out, but let him work on it while Almora surfs the wave.
Title: Re: Today's Game 2018
Post by: Bennett on April 21, 2018, 07:16:24 pm
Cubs picking up where they left off Friday night - After an Almora bloop single Baez singles to center.
Title: Re: Today's Game 2018
Post by: ticohans on April 21, 2018, 07:24:31 pm
Holy f this ump called out Rizzo on a pitch like 5 inches low of the zone.

Now with the Contreras double the ump has given us an out, stolen a run, and added artificially to everyone’s favorite RISP and K stats.
Title: Re: Today's Game 2018
Post by: brjones on April 21, 2018, 07:27:06 pm
The Contreras ball appeared to bounce off the top of the wall. Is that not a homer?
Title: Re: Today's Game 2018
Post by: Tuffy on April 21, 2018, 07:33:03 pm
Where did it go after bouncing off the wall?  If it went back on the field, it's in play.
Title: Re: Today's Game 2018
Post by: Bennett on April 21, 2018, 07:38:25 pm
Tuffy, a fan with a glove was involved.
Title: Re: Today's Game 2018
Post by: Bennett on April 21, 2018, 07:42:43 pm
David Bote doubles in his first MLB plate appearance
Title: Re: Today's Game 2018
Post by: CUBluejays on April 21, 2018, 07:46:58 pm
Ump's strike zone is inconsistent...
Title: Re: Today's Game 2018
Post by: craig on April 21, 2018, 07:47:20 pm
Bote ends the inning getting thrown out trying to steal 3rd.  Very curious decision to try to steal 3rd. 
Title: Re: Today's Game 2018
Post by: Deeg on April 21, 2018, 07:57:06 pm
Bote ends the inning getting thrown out trying to steal 3rd.  Very curious decision to try to steal 3rd. 

How does that old saw go - “always make the first or third out at third base”?
Title: Re: Today's Game 2018
Post by: craig on April 21, 2018, 07:58:50 pm
Darvish perfect through 2.  Doesn't seem to have much off-speed movement tonight.  Both pitchers at 35 pitches through the 2nd.  Lets get some more hits and runs. 
Title: Re: Today's Game 2018
Post by: craig on April 21, 2018, 08:11:58 pm
Almora with a patient full-count walk, advances to 2nd on wild-pitch, Baez fouls off a pitch right down the middle, hits a grounder to short but Almora advance to 3rd, runner on 3rd one out.  Pitch around Bryant, walks.  Rizzo pops out, can't get the run in, Contreras flies out.  Missed opportunity. 

Rizzo is struggling, it's fun to imagine how interesting the offense might become if he's able to find his groove. 
Title: Re: Today's Game 2018
Post by: brjones on April 21, 2018, 08:17:53 pm
Darvish is looking kind of like he did in his last start--he's getting outs, but he's struggling to put hitters away with 2 strikes and is throwing too many pitches. Hopefully it's just the weather and Colorado air causing problems with his stuff and this isn't a developing trend.
Title: Re: Today's Game 2018
Post by: CUBluejays on April 21, 2018, 08:19:45 pm
Almora with an amazing run saving catch.
Title: Re: Today's Game 2018
Post by: craig on April 21, 2018, 08:21:56 pm
Almora makes a long, long, nice running catch on the warning track.  Suspect for faster CFers might not have been quite as dramatic, maybe, but that was a nice catch and saved at least one run.  Man, there's a lot of space for outfielders to run in Coors. 

Darvish with no-hitter through 3, at 51 pitches.  2-0 Cubs. 
Title: Re: Today's Game 2018
Post by: craig on April 21, 2018, 08:24:13 pm
Happ hits a sharp through the infield, leadoff on.  First AB, he hit it hard and deep to RF although it got caught.  However, first AB he swung right through two fastballs right in the strike zone, before the 0-2 drive, one of the fastballs pretty much right down the heart. 
Title: Re: Today's Game 2018
Post by: craig on April 21, 2018, 08:32:51 pm
Cubs don't advance Happ, still 2-0 after 3.5. 

2 runs is not going to win this game. 
Title: Re: Today's Game 2018
Post by: craig on April 21, 2018, 08:34:38 pm
Wow, the great Blackmon swings and misses at back-to-back offspeed chase pitches that bounced in front of the plate.  Rare for that guy to do that.   
Title: Re: Today's Game 2018
Post by: craig on April 21, 2018, 08:36:14 pm
Arenado bloops one over Baez, breaks up the no-hitter. 
Title: Re: Today's Game 2018
Post by: craig on April 21, 2018, 08:40:44 pm
Nice K on Story, still 2-0 going into the 5th.  Lets get some runs. 
Title: Re: Today's Game 2018
Post by: craig on April 21, 2018, 08:46:10 pm
Almora smokes a double. Baez pulls a softish grounder, Almora tries to advance, but isn't quite fast enough to get past Arenado and gets tagged, throw to first beats Baez by a mile.  Too bad.  Ball seems so choppy and softly hit, I don't think it was a bad move of Almora to go for it.  But didn't work out.  Cubs have had runners on 1st, or 2nd, seeming leading off every inning, but haven't been able to do anything since the first.  O well. 
Title: Re: Today's Game 2018
Post by: Bennett on April 21, 2018, 08:46:51 pm
Almora's catch will probably get bumped from ESPN's Top Ten Plays by a goal in the Antarctic soccer championship.
Title: Re: Today's Game 2018
Post by: brjones on April 21, 2018, 08:51:42 pm
Darvish walks the pitcher with 2 outs in the 5th. Terrible.

Darvish has walked 3 today, all in the bottom third of the lineup.
Title: Re: Today's Game 2018
Post by: craig on April 21, 2018, 08:52:18 pm
Darvish at risk of his 5th-inning fall-apart.  Walks the 7th batter on 4 pitches, walks the pitcher on 5.  Tying run on base, seems to have lost any clue of where the ball will go. 
Title: Re: Today's Game 2018
Post by: JeffH on April 21, 2018, 08:53:23 pm
Darvish is awful.  One of MLB's worst starting pitchers.
Title: Re: Today's Game 2018
Post by: craig on April 21, 2018, 08:54:06 pm
Darvish gets lucky break, he throws a strike to LeMahieu but he one-hopped it over the wall, runner from first has to stop at 3rd.  2-1. 
Title: Re: Today's Game 2018
Post by: craig on April 21, 2018, 08:54:36 pm
3-2 Rockies, another RISP for the Rockies.  :) 
Title: Re: Today's Game 2018
Post by: brjones on April 21, 2018, 08:54:49 pm
Darvish gives up a ground rule double to LeMahieu after the walk to the pitcher. Looked like this was going to be a second consecutive efficient inning, but the walk to the pitcher kills him.

And now 2 more runs score on a Parra single. Just can't walk the pitcher there.
Title: Re: Today's Game 2018
Post by: brjones on April 21, 2018, 08:59:09 pm
Hopefully it's just the weather so far, but Darvish doesn't have swing-and-miss stuff this year so far.
Title: Re: Today's Game 2018
Post by: craig on April 21, 2018, 08:59:22 pm
Maddon's going to let Darvish keep the trouble multiplying.  Wants to let it more runs in before he's going to do anything. 

Still a winnable game, I'd like to have made a switch by now. 
Title: Re: Today's Game 2018
Post by: JeffH on April 21, 2018, 08:59:25 pm
Darvish is breathing oxygen that a good man could be using.

Tremendous stuff, horrible results.

An extreme waste of space.

In the history of MLB, probably the most extreme example of great talent simply pissed away.
Title: Re: Today's Game 2018
Post by: craig on April 21, 2018, 09:00:32 pm
Rocket to left, but weak throw by Happ, another RISP, 4-2. 
Title: Re: Today's Game 2018
Post by: brjones on April 21, 2018, 09:02:10 pm
Just throw strikes to the pitcher, and it's still a 2-0 game.
Title: Re: Today's Game 2018
Post by: brjones on April 21, 2018, 09:03:21 pm
Story with a 2 strike double, 5-2. He just can't put hitters away so far this year. So many 2 strike counts in the last two starts, and he just hasn't been able to put batters away.
Title: Re: Today's Game 2018
Post by: JeffH on April 21, 2018, 09:03:27 pm
It's time to remove Darvish from the rotation.
Title: Re: Today's Game 2018
Post by: craig on April 21, 2018, 09:04:59 pm
Another RISP, 5-2.

Weird that Darvish falls apart in the 5th every start, and that after he walks two bottom-of-the-order guys on 9 pitches, including the pitcher, that Maddon didn't get somebody up immediately.  Very poor handling by Maddon. 
Title: Re: Today's Game 2018
Post by: JeffH on April 21, 2018, 09:10:20 pm
Will the Darvish signing mark the end of the Epstein era?
Title: Re: Today's Game 2018
Post by: brjones on April 21, 2018, 09:10:50 pm
Weird that Darvish falls apart in the 5th every start

I don't think he's really falling apart in the 5th inning, though. I think he just hasn't been that good, and it catches up to him the third time through the order. He is getting to two strikes consistently early in the game, then he's taking an additional 3-5 pitches to put batters away (and most of the time, they're making contact, not K'ing). By the time batters face him a third time, they're figuring him out.
Title: Re: Today's Game 2018
Post by: craig on April 21, 2018, 09:11:24 pm
Rizzo with a nice idea to try to bunt, but too weak and gets gunned easily. 
Title: Re: Today's Game 2018
Post by: craig on April 21, 2018, 09:14:31 pm
I don't think he's really falling apart in the 5th inning, though. I think he just hasn't been that good, and it catches up to him the third time through the order. He is getting to two strikes consistently early in the game, then he's taking an additional 3-5 pitches to put batters away (and most of the time, they're making contact, not K'ing). By the time batters face him a third time, they're figuring him out.

I get that.  But when he walked #7 and then walked the pitcher, he wasn't even close.  It's not that the pitcher had figured him out, he just had no control to even throw a fastball down the middle to the pitcher. 
Title: Re: Today's Game 2018
Post by: brjones on April 21, 2018, 09:21:15 pm
Yeah, the walk to the pitcher had nothing to do with figuring him out.

Still, my key point is that I don't think it's really been a collapse in the 5th inning because "collapse" implies that he's been good in innings 1-4. I don't think he has been. I think he's gotten by in the first four innings, but that's been mostly good luck that he's kept teams off the board early in the game.
Title: Re: Today's Game 2018
Post by: brjones on April 21, 2018, 09:35:50 pm
The offense has gone into shut down mode since the first inning.
Title: Re: Today's Game 2018
Post by: brjones on April 21, 2018, 09:44:01 pm
Wilson warming up in the bullpen as Strop walks Blackmon to lead off the 7th.

Ottavino warming up for the Rockies. He's been lights out this year: 22 strikeouts, 2 hits, and 1 walk in 10 2/3 IP. Unlikely that the Cubs are going to do much against him.
Title: Re: Today's Game 2018
Post by: Chris27 on April 21, 2018, 09:44:48 pm
We're gonna end up winning the Darvish sweepstakes like we won the Heyward ones, aren't we?
Title: Re: Today's Game 2018
Post by: brjones on April 21, 2018, 09:52:53 pm
I'm willing to give Darvish the benefit of the doubt for longer since the weather was terrible last time he pitched, and no one pitches well in Colorado.

Still, it would be nice for him to show some swing-and-miss stuff really soon.
Title: Re: Today's Game 2018
Post by: brjones on April 21, 2018, 09:53:12 pm
Justin Wilson walks the first batter he faces on 5 pitches. What a bust.
Title: Re: Today's Game 2018
Post by: brjones on April 21, 2018, 10:00:47 pm
Almora grounds out for the first out in the 8th.

Ottavino came into tonight with a 64.7% strikeout rate. He's striking out almost two thirds of the batters who face him.

Baez with a swinging bunt. I guess it's a moral victory that he's going to have a 33% K rate at best tonight.
Title: Re: Today's Game 2018
Post by: brjones on April 21, 2018, 10:03:07 pm
All three Cubs ground weakly in the 8th.

Feast or famine, this lineup just can't put together a string of good offensive performances in a row.
Title: Re: Today's Game 2018
Post by: brjones on April 21, 2018, 10:08:52 pm
Wolters Ks swinging, ball in the dirt.

Wolters reaches first when Contreras throws the ball into RF, but Wolters is called out for interference.

Wolters doesn't realize he's been called out for interference, so he keeps running. Cubs throw the ball to third and tag him out. So he's "out" three times on the same play.
Title: Re: Today's Game 2018
Post by: brjones on April 21, 2018, 10:17:46 pm
Cubs go down weakly in the 9th, another dead performance after it looked like they were starting to put it together the last two days.

Rockies pitchers retired the last 14 Cubs batters they faced.
Title: Re: Today's Game 2018
Post by: Chris27 on April 21, 2018, 10:18:18 pm
1-9 w/ RISP

They had chances again.
Title: Re: Today's Game 2018
Post by: Deeg on April 22, 2018, 01:56:38 am
I’ve only seen Darvish in highlight clips this season. But he has 21 Ks in 19+ IP - that doesn’t seem to jibe with “usually they make contact” and “no swing and miss stuff”.
Title: Re: Today's Game 2018
Post by: ben on April 22, 2018, 08:33:51 am
It's only 4 starts, but Darvish has been bad, Deeg. 

His lack of control and not putting guys away with two outs have been the big problems that have led to:

- less than 5 IP per start, 5 BB per 9 innings
- WHIP 1.6+ due to 11BB (and 2 hbp)
- FIP 4.98, ERA+ 59

It's very early, but very concerning.
Title: Re: Today's Game 2018
Post by: ben on April 22, 2018, 09:07:22 am
Of course, Darvish is still being dogged as being a lousy competitor (going back to his Texas days and some said after his World Series disaster).  Who knows...other than that some guys clearly compete much better than others.

Let's hope that, whatever Yu's problems are (mechanical, between his ears?), at least some of them get fixed...in a hurry!
Title: Re: Today's Game 2018
Post by: Jes Beard on April 22, 2018, 09:16:20 am
I'm willing to give Darvish the benefit of the doubt for longer since the weather was terrible last time he pitched, and no one pitches well in Colorado.

Still, it would be nice for him to show some swing-and-miss stuff really soon.

I’ve only seen Darvish in highlight clips this season. But he has 21 Ks in 19+ IP - that doesn’t seem to jibe with “usually they make contact” and “no swing and miss stuff”.

It's only 4 starts, but Darvish has been bad, Deeg. 

His lack of control and not putting guys away with two outs have been the big problems that have led to:

- less than 5 IP per start, 5 BB per 9 innings
- WHIP 1.6+ due to 11BB (and 2 hbp)
- FIP 4.98, ERA+ 59

It's very early, but very concerning.

You folks are arguing past each other.

Claiming he does not have "swing and miss stuff" is clearly absurd, and THAT, is what brjones contended.

Deeg pointed out that the stats SHOW the claim is absurd, and Deeg did NOT contend in his response that Darvish has been effective.

So, Ben responds to argue that, "Darvish has been bad, Deeg. "

Deeg never argued otherwise.

One of the problems here is far more fundamental than the typical failure of folks to actually see what it is another poster was saying when the second poster decides to argue it.  The more fundamental problem is the continued insistence of some that pitchers who do not have "good stuff" and high K rates are not, and can not be, good or effective (or "ace" pitchers or "TORP"), and that pitchers who DO have "good stuff" and high K rates are "ace" pitchers or are highly effective or are "TORP."
Title: Re: Today's Game 2018
Post by: Deeg on April 22, 2018, 09:25:55 am
I don’t doubt he’s been bad -at least in the fifth inning. Just trying to figure out how a guy averaging 10 Ks per 9 IP could be not getting anyone to swing and miss.
Title: Re: Today's Game 2018
Post by: brjones on April 22, 2018, 09:36:52 am
In his career, Darvish has struck out 52% of batters he has faced when they have two strikes.

This year, that number is down to 39%. His OPS allowed in those situations this year is .526; historically, it has been .387.

So saying he's not getting swing and miss at all is a little bit of hyperbole...but it's clear he's not getting the same kind of swing and miss he has his entire career. Yes, it's an extremely small sample this year (54 PA with 2 strikes) and it's not likely to continue. But he is not putting away batters like he normally does so far, and that's the problem.

My main point again is that it's not some mysterious 5th inning thing that is causing him to blow up. It's that he's not pitching as well as his stats look early in the game. So the other team is getting much better looks at him the first few innings, which pays off the third time they go through the order.
Title: Re: Today's Game 2018
Post by: CUBluejays on April 22, 2018, 09:40:11 am
He was lacking movement on his pitches yesterday, but altitude at Denver and the cold could do that.

I think people are forgetting just how bad Lester was with his first month with the Cubs too.



Title: Re: Today's Game 2018
Post by: craig on April 22, 2018, 02:20:36 pm
br, I agree with your main point, that it wasn't like 5th inning was some dramatic reversal from the previous four.  It was perhaps an amplification.  It's not like he was real sharp or in control or dominating anybody through the first 4.  Didn't he have a perfect game maybe through the 2nd, but was still at like 35 pitches or more?  When you're using up 6 pitches per batter, it's not like you're really dominating anybody.  He had a few fastballs that missed badly during innings 1-4, and some balls hit pretty hard, (the great Almora catch that saved at least a run), and some seemingly whackable straight-looking pitches that got fouled off that looked like they could have maybe gotten pounded. 

The 5th was just worse.  The control got worse, walking #7 mostly not close on 4 pitches, and then walking the pitcher, most of them not even close to the zone.  Some of the same whackable-looking pitches that they had taken or fouled off earlier, they whacked fair and got RISP. 

He just didn't look like he had any resources to work with.  deeg often talks about the 7 pitches and all that, but in the fifth he looked like he had zero pitches that he could control or throw for strikes, other than an occasional straight fastball, and that without location, and that only sometimes (not versus #7 or the pitcher.) 

I'm hopeful that he'll pitch some better games in due time.  When he pitches about 60 degrees, and pitches outside of denver too, maybe we'll see a guy who can pitch well sometimes. 
Title: Re: Today's Game 2018
Post by: brjones on April 22, 2018, 02:35:38 pm
I missed the top of the first, but Bryant was apparently hit in the head with a pitch and left the game. Cub HBPs are out of control this year.
Title: Re: Today's Game 2018
Post by: brjones on April 22, 2018, 02:38:41 pm
I don't like Javy's defense at SS on routine plays. He plays those into errors too often.

Almora robbed Arenado of an RBI double or triple with an amazing catch, but he looks like he might be hurt too.
Title: Re: Today's Game 2018
Post by: brjones on April 22, 2018, 02:41:58 pm
Almora is staying in the game. It looked like he hit his head in the dive. I wouldn't be surprised if he comes out either in between innings or later in the game.
Title: Re: Today's Game 2018
Post by: Tuffy on April 22, 2018, 02:44:05 pm
I don't know why teams want to move fences in and create more home runs; they deprive fans of the excitement that comes with these long drives to vast outfield spaces.  Even if Almora hadn't caught it, we would have seen an extra-base hit with baserunners and outfielders running all over the place instead of just looking up like they would with a homer.
Title: Re: Today's Game 2018
Post by: brjones on April 22, 2018, 02:44:44 pm
Quintana with a scoreless first with 2 Ks. Javy's error cost him an extra 6-7 pitches, though, so he's already over 20.
Title: Re: Today's Game 2018
Post by: Chris27 on April 22, 2018, 02:46:24 pm
How many more years of Heyward?
Title: Re: Today's Game 2018
Post by: Chris27 on April 22, 2018, 02:48:00 pm
https://twitter.com/NBCSCubs/status/988141725678948352
Title: Re: Today's Game 2018
Post by: brjones on April 22, 2018, 02:49:13 pm
Javy makes up for his error with a home run to straight away center, 4-0 Cubs.
Title: Re: Today's Game 2018
Post by: brjones on April 22, 2018, 02:50:04 pm
https://twitter.com/NBCSCubs/status/988141725678948352

Statcast said that there was a 79% catch probability on that ball. I think Statcast is very wrong on that one.
Title: Re: Today's Game 2018
Post by: brjones on April 22, 2018, 02:55:44 pm
Quintana Ks Dahl for his 1000th career strikeout.
Title: Re: Today's Game 2018
Post by: brjones on April 22, 2018, 03:02:06 pm
Cubs pick off Desmond, but he reaches second when Rizzo's throw is too high. This team has been very inconsistent on defense so far this year.

Bryant has a cut from his sunglasses but passed all concussion tests. So hopefully he won't be out long.

Almora robs another RBI hit after Rizzo's bad throw. Quintana's defense has made him throw 10 extra pitches already today, but Almora has saved two runs.
Title: Re: Today's Game 2018
Post by: Chris27 on April 22, 2018, 03:08:54 pm
Bases loaded for Heyward.

Chances for something other than a popup or grounder to 2nd?
Title: Re: Today's Game 2018
Post by: brjones on April 22, 2018, 03:11:51 pm
Heyward 2 run single, 6-0.
Title: Re: Today's Game 2018
Post by: Chris27 on April 22, 2018, 03:11:57 pm
Hole E Crap.
Title: Re: Today's Game 2018
Post by: Tuffy on April 22, 2018, 03:12:00 pm
Heyward! 6-0!
Title: Re: Today's Game 2018
Post by: brjones on April 22, 2018, 03:15:01 pm
Jesse Rogers @ESPNChiCubs
Jason Heyward RBI update: On pace for 119.368


Heyward has actually gotten some big hits so far.
Title: Re: Today's Game 2018
Post by: davep on April 22, 2018, 03:16:30 pm
Almora is starting to show why scouts have been saying for years that he is a Gold Glove caliber center fielder.
Title: Re: Today's Game 2018
Post by: ticohans on April 22, 2018, 03:17:38 pm
Bases loaded for Heyward.

Chances for something other than a popup or grounder to 2nd?

I’m no Heyward apologist, but his numbers with runners on/RISP are actually quite good this year.
Title: Re: Today's Game 2018
Post by: Chris27 on April 22, 2018, 03:22:42 pm
Jesse Rogers @ESPNChiCubs
Jason Heyward RBI update: On pace for 119.368


Heyward has actually gotten some big hits so far.

I can think of almost none. His homers came with the team up 6-0 in the 5th and 6-0 in the 9th. He had that 2-run single off Rivera of Pittsburgh down 5 runs in the 8th.
Title: Re: Today's Game 2018
Post by: ticohans on April 22, 2018, 03:26:27 pm
I can think of almost none. His homers came with the team up 6-0 in the 5th and 6-0 in the 9th. He had that 2-run single off Rivera of Pittsburgh down 5 runs in the 8th.


Well, of course you don’t remeber a Cub doing something positive.

Before today’s game, Heyward had a .452 OBP with men on, and a .421 OBP with RISP. Whether in their blowouts or low scoring games, Heyward is knocking guys in and keeping the line moving this year.
Title: Re: Today's Game 2018
Post by: Chris27 on April 22, 2018, 03:27:19 pm
Quintana's been in trouble every inning. And would've been far more trouble without Almora.
Title: Re: Today's Game 2018
Post by: Chris27 on April 22, 2018, 03:27:51 pm

Well, of course you don’t remeber a Cub doing something positive.

Before today’s game, Heyward had a .452 OBP with men on, and a .421 OBP with RISP.

Stupid comment based on nothing.

Feel free to let me know of all the big hits he's had though.
Title: Re: Today's Game 2018
Post by: brjones on April 22, 2018, 03:28:21 pm
Heyward suddenly can't play defense anymore. Lost a routine fly ball in the sun, and it's 6-2. Quintana's defense (other than Almora) is killing him today.
Title: Re: Today's Game 2018
Post by: ticohans on April 22, 2018, 03:29:52 pm
Stupid comment based on nothing.

Feel free to let me know of all the big hits he's had though.

Lol. Reasonable (though admittedly pokey) comment based on your consistently negative perspective and Heyward’s ACTUAL, REAL-LIFE, NOT-IMAGINED (or forgotten) statistics this year.
Title: Re: Today's Game 2018
Post by: Chris27 on April 22, 2018, 03:33:25 pm
Heyward's real-life stats this year is a negative defensive WAR and an offensive WAR that just crept up to positive. He has 4 extra-base hits. He's piled up most of what he has done in the less important times of the game.

He makes $27M this year and is among the worst players in the game statistically. Who is writing "positive" comments about him?
Title: Re: Today's Game 2018
Post by: ticohans on April 22, 2018, 03:36:10 pm
Like I said, I’m not a Heyward apologist, and I think he’s been enormously disappointing in his Cub tenure. But to deny he’s been one of the most effective hitters for the Cubs with men on this year is to simply ignore facts in favor of bias.
Title: Re: Today's Game 2018
Post by: Chris27 on April 22, 2018, 03:36:44 pm
Oh, and Schwarber's last 8 hits or so are all to the non-pull side of the field.

I mentioned his wRC+ the other day and he leads the team in exit velocity. Probably not a positive comment though!
Title: Re: Today's Game 2018
Post by: brjones on April 22, 2018, 03:36:59 pm
It's pretty surprising how strong a career Chris Rusin has put together with the Rockies since leaving the Cubs.
Title: Re: Today's Game 2018
Post by: Chris27 on April 22, 2018, 03:45:54 pm
Never seen anyone struggle in RF like Heyward has today.
Title: Re: Today's Game 2018
Post by: Chris27 on April 22, 2018, 03:51:16 pm
Schwarber robbed oh his third hit and first to the right side.
Title: Re: Today's Game 2018
Post by: PRCubFan on April 22, 2018, 03:54:50 pm
Heyward has been having trouble seeing the ball in other games this season too.  I can recall at least 2 more games this year where he has lost the ball in the sun.  Maybe he should get better sunglasses. 
Title: Re: Today's Game 2018
Post by: brjones on April 22, 2018, 03:57:45 pm
He had trouble in RF in Milwaukee, and I'm pretty sure it was on a day the roof was closed.
Title: Re: Today's Game 2018
Post by: brjones on April 22, 2018, 04:03:08 pm
Blackmon and Arenado go back to back, 6-4.
Title: Re: Today's Game 2018
Post by: Chris27 on April 22, 2018, 04:03:40 pm
Eloy for this guy...
Title: Re: Today's Game 2018
Post by: Robb on April 22, 2018, 04:05:05 pm
The 5th inning strikes again. But this time a double play gets them out of it.
Title: Re: Today's Game 2018
Post by: brjones on April 22, 2018, 04:05:29 pm
After a Story single, the Cubs get a double play.
Title: Re: Today's Game 2018
Post by: brjones on April 22, 2018, 04:13:15 pm
Happ hitting for Bote in the 6th.
Title: Re: Today's Game 2018
Post by: Chris27 on April 22, 2018, 04:14:45 pm
Biggest AB's of the game. Cubs need to add on here.
Title: Re: Today's Game 2018
Post by: Chris27 on April 22, 2018, 04:23:30 pm
Good luck holding on now.
Title: Re: Today's Game 2018
Post by: Chris27 on April 22, 2018, 04:50:46 pm
Bases loaded for Almora after Cishek stays in to bunt and reaches on the attempt.
Title: Re: Today's Game 2018
Post by: vander-built on April 22, 2018, 04:52:58 pm
9-4 Cubs
Title: Re: Today's Game 2018
Post by: Chris27 on April 22, 2018, 04:53:52 pm
Baez again--doubled into the corner on a hanging breaking ball. He stayed patient to get the count to 2-0 before the hit.
Title: Re: Today's Game 2018
Post by: vander-built on April 22, 2018, 05:08:06 pm
Cishek wild.  Bringing in Edwards with bases loaded.  Hopefully Carl can find the plate.
Title: Re: Today's Game 2018
Post by: vander-built on April 22, 2018, 05:13:22 pm
Rizzo should have had that.
Title: Re: Today's Game 2018
Post by: Robb on April 22, 2018, 05:14:30 pm
9-7 now. Hope the offense isn't done adding.
Title: Re: Today's Game 2018
Post by: Tuffy on April 22, 2018, 05:19:54 pm
Desmond grounds out and the Cubs are out of it. For now.
Title: Re: Today's Game 2018
Post by: Playtwo on April 22, 2018, 05:59:36 pm
Routine victory.
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Post by: CUBluejays on April 22, 2018, 06:00:00 pm
Well that was quit the ending.
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Post by: VJ on April 22, 2018, 06:01:05 pm
Rockies announcers..."well at least the call is he's safe...there's no way they are flipping this call...are you kidding me?"
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Post by: Tuffy on April 22, 2018, 06:03:27 pm
I just watched Yahoo Sports change a 9-8 lead with two outs in the 9th to a 9-7 final score.  Gotta love replay; it's like a atime machine!
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Post by: Playtwo on April 22, 2018, 06:08:57 pm
It was a very close play at the plate.  I didn't see an angle where I could say he was clearly out.  But evidently the replay umps have additional angles.
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Post by: Bennett on April 22, 2018, 06:50:08 pm
JD made a very astute comment when he said Willson Contreras' athleticism was a big factor in the game-ending play. 
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Post by: Playtwo on April 22, 2018, 06:57:38 pm
Definitely.  The ball didn't bounce back that far.  Contreras needed to track it down and make a perfect throw.  Nice play by Morrow as well to cover and apply the tag.
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Post by: craig on April 22, 2018, 09:55:39 pm
Wow, fun win. 
*Great catches by Albert. 
*Lots of hits; and lots of clutch hits with runners on. 
*2-RBI hit by Heyward was huge, and 2-RBI double by Baez was a rocket and huge. 
*Never seen a game before or probably ever will again with such sun-problems in RF as Heyward experienced. 
*Never seen a game end on such a bizarre play or call reversal.  Unbelievable.
*Nice work by CJ.   

We can joke about the RISP, but today we got them and won as a result; yesterday Rockies got them and we didn't, and they won as a result.  Today is probably kind of a good example of the randomness; not sure the Cubs were necessarily hitting rockets with RISP today, consistently, but some of them went through.  (Schwarber hit wasn't a line drive or a rocket; La Stella's was a good solid hit, but wasn't really hit with great velocity either; didn't Caratini .)  Think that fits somewhat with Blue's point, that there is considerable randomness and it should even out over time. 

Not random that Rizzo can't get anybody in from 3rd with 1 out.  He's had some pretty ugly and ineffective AB's.  Hope he finds his stroke sooner rather than later.  If the guys who are hot now could stay hot, and then you added good-Rizzo in the middle of it, that could be a pretty good lineup. 
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Post by: guest61 on April 22, 2018, 09:56:47 pm
Im not sure I could have overturned that call.

Len and JD both thought he was out.
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Post by: craig on April 22, 2018, 10:02:02 pm
I thought he looked out, the ball was definitely there.  But hard to tell from the TV replay whether he actually got the tag down versus maybe the running sliding under with no actual tag made.  Yeah, I'm pretty confident he was out, but not sure it was certain enough to overturn.... based on the TV video.  Perhaps replay had some better video that was more conclusive? 
Title: Re: Today's Game 2018
Post by: Deeg on April 23, 2018, 01:02:56 am
Low bar, I know, but this may be one of Heyward’s best stretches with the Cubs. I don’t think he’s had three straight multi-hit games too often since he signed. K rate is way down, too.
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Post by: guest61 on April 23, 2018, 02:33:52 am
It really tells you how bad Heyward has been when he's hitting .246 with no power or speed and he looks to be in a groove.
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Post by: Deeg on April 23, 2018, 02:52:04 am
It really tells you how bad Heyward has been when he's hitting .246 with no power or speed and he looks to be in a groove.

Heyward 2018: .262-352-410-762
Heyward career: .262-344-412-756

His 2018 numbers may not be superstar caliber, but expecting much more probably isn’t fair to the player. Love it or hate it this is the guy we signed, and if can stay at this level all season we probably ought to consider that a win.
Title: Re: Today's Game 2018
Post by: CUBluejays on April 23, 2018, 07:33:59 am
Hey ward is hitting .353 with RISP this year. He must be somebodies second favorite player, behind the un-clutch Kris Bryant and his .400+ average.
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Post by: ben on April 23, 2018, 07:40:21 am
Totally agree it's a "win" if Heyward maintains his current level, but there are additional items worth noting about this very unusual player:

* excellent baserunner - there's speed and there's functional speed...Heyward uses great judgment running bases and in the outfield
* plus-plus defender - obviously (and defense is a KEY factor in winning championships)
* fabulous team guy - Theo has talked about his evolution as a baseball executive to a much greater emphasis on human traits - no doubt Heyward is the definition of hi-character player, which is worth one helluva lot.  Outcomes are determined by people with human emotions.

Offensive stats are very deceiving when considering Heyward's value (and whether he was a good or bad FA signing).
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Post by: ticohans on April 23, 2018, 10:09:31 am
Heyward 2018: .262-352-410-762
Heyward career: .262-344-412-756

His 2018 numbers may not be superstar caliber, but expecting much more probably isn’t fair to the player. Love it or hate it this is the guy we signed, and if can stay at this level all season we probably ought to consider that a win.

Yeah, if Heyward can give us career average numbers going forward, that’s a huge improvement over what we’ve seen from him to date, and would change his contract from being a massive albatross to something like fair market value, though without the upside one might hope for.
Title: Re: Today's Game 2018
Post by: JR on April 23, 2018, 10:15:18 am
This sounds like it was a fun little sideshow during yesterday's game . . .

Javier Báez Came Up With A Novel Way To Prevent Sign-Stealing

https://deadspin.com/javier-baez-came-up-with-a-novel-way-to-prevent-sign-st-1825465919
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Post by: ticohans on April 23, 2018, 10:17:21 am
Risking a little optimism with Heyward, there are some real changes to his approach at the plate so far. The first is that he has the lowest GB rate and highest FB rate of his career. The resulting GB/FB number of 0.81 is by far the lowest of his career, and that’s *very* positive. GB/FB rates also stabilize earlier than most stats, because the sample builds on them much more quickly. His O-swing is down, and his Z-swing is up (outside the zone vs inside the zone), another very positive trend that also stabilizes quickly.

If J-Hey Can continue to put a ton more balls in the air while keeping his selective-aggressive approach up, those are *very* positive signs, and could point to more offensive improvement. Nothing about his current stat line screams fluke based on the underlying metrics, and if anything, his BABIP is too low and reflects a certain amount of being unlucky this year.

Here’s to hoping...

Title: Re: Today's Game 2018
Post by: Ron on April 23, 2018, 10:26:23 am
This sounds like it was a fun little sideshow during yesterday's game . . .

Javier Báez Came Up With A Novel Way To Prevent Sign-Stealing

https://deadspin.com/javier-baez-came-up-with-a-novel-way-to-prevent-sign-st-1825465919

I cannot fathom what legitimate reason there was for the umpire to tell Javy not to do what he was doing.  What rule could he have been violating?
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Post by: ticohans on April 23, 2018, 10:36:47 am
I cannot fathom what legitimate reason there was for the umpire to tell Javy not to do what he was doing.  What rule could he have been violating?

Probably the “don’t-be-a-flamboyant-Latino” rule.
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Post by: craig on April 23, 2018, 10:47:30 am
I agree with tico.  Heyward has gotten some hits, he's driven a couple of balls fairly hard this year, and there doesn't seem anything fluky about his respectable, anti-awful hitting thus far.  If he can hold at/above .260/.350/.400/.750, that's not too bad for a #7/8 hitter. 

I'm optimistic that he can sustain this level; and actually somewhat optimistic that he can further improve on it some. 

Lot of guys have been getting hits opposite-way; Heyward got at least one this weekend, and that still seems an untapped opportunity for him.  A lot of pitchers pitch him outside half, particularly early in the count; with his height/length, I don't see why he couldn't be able to cover the outside half, if he figured out how.  And if he was better able to hit some ground-balls left side against the shift, with his decent speed I'd think some of those could become hits.  Slapping a weakish grounder towards third might not constitute hard contact, but there are some singles to be had there.  Also think that in past, some of his best contact he'd pull foul.  If he's recalibrated a bit so that his best contact is pull-side-fair for hard-contact, and some of his previous-2B-groundouts become opposite-side singles, it could help.   
Title: Re: Today's Game 2018
Post by: Deeg on April 23, 2018, 04:42:00 pm
Heyward's exit velocity and fly ball rate are both considerably above league average.  If he can keep that up, these numbers should be perfectly sustainable.
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Post by: BearHit on April 24, 2018, 10:39:10 am
Light rain in Cleveland tonight - game is scheduled to be on MLBN
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Post by: ben on April 24, 2018, 12:01:01 pm
Light rain in Cleveland tonight...that conjures up good memories!
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Post by: Bennett on April 24, 2018, 02:38:59 pm
Tommy La Stella at 3B

(https://pbs.twimg.com/media/Dbkm6dgU8AAzY5m.jpg:small)
Title: Re: Today's Game 2018
Post by: mO on April 24, 2018, 02:45:24 pm
I have to admit I'm a bit disappointed Cubs pitchers didn't retaliate over the weekend.  Rizzo was hit twice, Baez was pitched up and in multiple times and the Bryant beaning was just egregious.  I wonder how the hitters feel about it.
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Post by: CurtOne on April 24, 2018, 03:07:25 pm
Our pitchers were thinking, "Start hitting with RISP, and we'll start retaliating."
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Post by: Jack Birdbath on April 24, 2018, 04:00:13 pm
I have to admit I'm a bit disappointed Cubs pitchers didn't retaliate over the weekend.  Rizzo was hit twice, Baez was pitched up and in multiple times and the Bryant beaning was just egregious.  I wonder how the hitters feel about it.

Hopefully they understand that retaliation for that kind of thing is stupid. 
Title: Re: Today's Game 2018
Post by: ticohans on April 24, 2018, 04:06:27 pm
Bryant wasn't hit intentionally. Rizzo stands on top of the plate and knows it. Assaulting someone with a potentially deadly weapon is not the appropriate response to accidents.
Title: Re: Today's Game 2018
Post by: guest61 on April 24, 2018, 04:24:58 pm
If you hit my stud in the head with a fastball as long as putting that runner on base won't get me beat your stud's getting one too.
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Post by: Deeg on April 24, 2018, 05:39:14 pm
Happ starting to show some signs of life.
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Post by: Robb on April 24, 2018, 05:41:12 pm
And that accomplishes what, exactly? If you saw Marquez after he beaned Bryant he was quite shaken. He wouldn't come inside on any pitches and was clearly off his game. If you think beaning one of his teammates would help matters or "send a message," I think you are completely wrong. He already felt horrible for possibly hurting another player. Anything more wouldn't have made any difference other than perhaps making it worse.
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Post by: brjones on April 24, 2018, 05:41:23 pm
If you hit my stud in the head with a fastball as long as putting that runner on base won't get me beat your stud's getting one too.

Any pitcher who purposely throws at a hitter for any reason should be ejected and suspended, no exceptions. That's old school macho nonsense that has no place in modern baseball.

Schwarber's second inning homer had an exit velocity of 117.1 mph.
Title: Re: Today's Game 2018
Post by: Deeg on April 24, 2018, 05:54:17 pm
Schwarber HR was the Hardest hit ball by a Cub since 2015, apparently.
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Post by: brjones on April 24, 2018, 05:54:50 pm
Contreras hits his first homer of the year, 3-0 Cubs. 
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Post by: CurtOne on April 24, 2018, 05:55:38 pm
I wonder if it is still taught as the Cardinal way?
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Post by: brjones on April 24, 2018, 06:02:23 pm
Chatwood's command isn't much better than 2017 Carl Edwards.
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Post by: brjones on April 24, 2018, 06:06:24 pm
Heyward bails Chatwood out with a great throw that gets Rajai Davis at home. 3-1 after 3 innings.
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Post by: brjones on April 24, 2018, 06:08:54 pm
Schwarber homers again, 4-1.
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Post by: brjones on April 24, 2018, 06:09:42 pm
Only 109.6 exit velocity on the second Schwarber homer. Slacker.
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Post by: brjones on April 24, 2018, 06:12:07 pm
Happ HR, 5-1. They're crushing Tomlin today.
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Post by: Tuffy on April 24, 2018, 06:14:41 pm
Happ puts a homer right in Rajai Davis' old spot.
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Post by: craig on April 24, 2018, 06:24:42 pm
Wow, way to bring this game along, guys!  Here I sneak away from work, check in, and it's 5-1 already with 4 HR's?  Awesome! 

All the relievers have had a day of rest, so that's good.  Chatwood 3 walks through 4, but still only at 52 pitches. 
Title: Re: Today's Game 2018
Post by: Deeg on April 24, 2018, 06:32:00 pm
Anyone else find it surprising that the Indians have never upgraded from Tomlin? Dude’s just not very good.
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Post by: Chris27 on April 24, 2018, 06:35:25 pm
https://twitter.com/Babe_Truth/status/988924043989483520
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Post by: mO on April 24, 2018, 07:03:05 pm
Hit and run with Happ. I dig it.  3 hits for him tonight.
Title: Re: Today's Game 2018
Post by: brjones on April 24, 2018, 07:03:29 pm
The Cubs have made so much hard contact in this game.

https://baseballsavant.mlb.com/gamefeed?game_pk=529748&type=exit_velocity&chart_view=pitch&chart_type=sbp&inning=&count=&batter_hand=&pitcher_hand=&filter=
Title: Re: Today's Game 2018
Post by: Dave23 on April 24, 2018, 07:08:22 pm
I knew the Heyward single was loud. I didn’t realize that Happ’s was equally hard.
Title: Re: Today's Game 2018
Post by: Jes Beard on April 24, 2018, 07:13:05 pm
I’m no Heyward apologist, but his numbers with runners on/RISP are actually quite good this year.

A sample size of 10.....
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Post by: craig on April 24, 2018, 07:19:33 pm
8-1 Cubs at present.  Lots and lots of singles.  Beautiful squeeze bunt single by Almora.  Rizzo gets a lucky infield single. 

They say that BIP is random, but I wonder if for a guy like La Stella whether that's really true?  I think against certain pitchers, I think he really tries to hit-em-where-they-ain't, kind of like slow-pitch-softball guys do all the time. 
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Post by: Chris27 on April 24, 2018, 07:20:09 pm
A sample size of 10.....

He's 6-17 w/ 9 RBI. All singles including two infield hits.

It's with any runner on that he's been the best---1.204 OPS.
Title: Re: Today's Game 2018
Post by: brjones on April 24, 2018, 07:27:10 pm
I hope that Maddon isn’t overusing Cishek. It seems like he must be leading the team in appearances, and it’s probably unnecessary to use him in an 8-1 game.
Title: Re: Today's Game 2018
Post by: Jes Beard on April 24, 2018, 07:33:03 pm
We can joke about the RISP, but today we got them and won as a result; yesterday Rockies got them and we didn't, and they won as a result.  Today is probably kind of a good example of the randomness;

Sacrilege.

Hitting with RISP is clearly a learned skill, the end result of which is also the product of personal guts and character.
Title: Re: Today's Game 2018
Post by: Ron on April 24, 2018, 07:57:14 pm
Cubs are now ahead of the Indians 9-2 (still batting) in the top of the 9th, in Cleveland.  Ho hum. No wonder there is so little commentary here tonight.
Title: Re: Today's Game 2018
Post by: mO on April 24, 2018, 08:12:39 pm
"Be the change you wish to see in the forum..."
Title: Re: Today's Game 2018
Post by: Jes Beard on April 24, 2018, 08:13:28 pm
He's 6-17 w/ 9 RBI. All singles including two infield hits.

It's with any runner on that he's been the best---1.204 OPS.

My error -- I was looking at both Almora and Heyward at the same time, and drew the stats from the wrong tab.

But my point remains.

When you are talking about 6 hits in 17 AB, one less hit, or two less hits, would seem to make a big difference, when in fact it is just a hit or two.  If he had gotten one less hit his very impressive BA drops to .294, and if just one more hit failed to fall his BA would drop to a weak .235, when it would only be a difference of two hits.

My point was that you are talking about incredibly small sample sizes, and that point remains even if the stats I references were wrong.
Title: Re: Today's Game 2018
Post by: craig on April 24, 2018, 08:18:46 pm
Nice to see lots of good AB's, and to have a no-drama win.  And nice to have the offense pump it up so that Chatwood didn't need to be very fine.  Bundle of walks again, but otherwise pretty effective.  2-game winning streak, longest of the season; 2-games above .500, high-point of the season.  Nice. 

Happ's 3 hits, and suddenly he's up to .259.  A week ago it seemed like there were only two guys above .235; not there's only two below .250. 
Title: Re: Today's Game 2018
Post by: Jes Beard on April 24, 2018, 08:23:08 pm
Happ's 3 hits, and suddenly he's up to .259.  A week ago it seemed like there were only two guys above .235; not there's only two below .250. 

Small sample sizes.... pretty much the same point I was making about Heyward's performance with RISP...
Title: Re: Today's Game 2018
Post by: Deeg on April 24, 2018, 09:08:17 pm
Happ up to .755 OPS, Heyward 4 straight multi-hit games. Funny how the first week of the season isn’t the end of everything.
Title: Re: Today's Game 2018
Post by: ticohans on April 24, 2018, 09:33:31 pm
Hot damn this lineup looks a lot better when Schwarbs is mashing. We missed you last year, Kyle.
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Post by: ticohans on April 24, 2018, 09:36:40 pm
Also, given the early returns on Baez, Heyward, Schwarber, is it too early to start singing the praises of Chili Davis?

Bryant doing his best hitting work in his short career, Happ seems to have gotten turned around real quick, lots of oppo field hitting, etc.
Title: Re: Today's Game 2018
Post by: CurtOne on April 24, 2018, 09:44:42 pm
What tune does it go to?
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Post by: CurtOne on April 24, 2018, 09:47:22 pm
Go Cubs Go?
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Post by: dogstoothe on April 25, 2018, 12:45:52 am
Speaking of beanballs, Grisham does a nice job with Calico Joe, bring the tissues if you read it.  I enjoy this topic immensely, don't get to see many games.   A Big Thanks to all the posters.
Title: Re: Today's Game 2018
Post by: craig on April 25, 2018, 07:02:42 am
Big game tonight.  (Is the weather going to allow?  Is this going to be maybe the last of the cold and rainy and crummy weather games?  It's great out here in Minnesota these days, so I'd think the nice weather ought to be turning up east and south of us.....) 

Just like that, 2-game winning streak and they've moved up to tie-for-3rd place.  would love to extend and get a 3-game winning streak, longest of the year.  And reach 3-games over .500, kind of get away from the .500 mark. 

Obviously could be a huge deal if Bryant was able to return, hopefully healthy and good.  Pretty critical for season hopes that he isn't compromised long-term or short by the beaning. 

Rizzo got a fluky infield hit, then followed with another single.  Would be so great if he started to contribute at least a little bit.   

Stringing together good-hitting games is important, I think.  If guys expect that there will be hits, I assume the psychology is way better for everybody, hitters and pitchers too.  Critical mass and all that. 


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Post by: Playtwo on April 25, 2018, 07:56:37 am
Rizzo looks really skinny.  I hope he's healthy.
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Post by: davep on April 25, 2018, 09:01:04 am
Also, given the early returns on Baez, Heyward, Schwarber, is it too early to start singing the praises of Chili Davis?

Bryant doing his best hitting work in his short career, Happ seems to have gotten turned around real quick, lots of oppo field hitting, etc.

Yeah - but he has all but destroyed Rizzo.  Get rid of him before he starts to screw up the rest of them.
Title: Re: Today's Game 2018
Post by: davep on April 25, 2018, 09:03:09 am
What tune does it go to?

It doesn't matter.  I heard you sing "Go Cubs, Go", and you never came close to the tune.
Title: Re: Today's Game 2018
Post by: Bennett on April 25, 2018, 02:51:14 pm
(https://pbs.twimg.com/media/DbpwuHRW0AAKsAz.jpg:small)



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Post by: craig on April 25, 2018, 03:00:38 pm
No Bryant yet. 

Man, it's nice to play at AL parks and have the DH. 
Title: Re: Today's Game 2018
Post by: CUBluejays on April 25, 2018, 03:27:41 pm
It would be really nice to play in NL parks with a DH.........................
Title: Re: Today's Game 2018
Post by: DelMarFan on April 25, 2018, 05:51:15 pm
The designated hitter is dumbed down baseball.
Title: Re: Today's Game 2018
Post by: Bennett on April 25, 2018, 06:02:30 pm
Kyle Schwarber would be in tonight's lineup if the game was at Wrigley so the DH is in effect Ian Happ.

While it is nice to have Happ hit instead of Jon Lester, we have to remember the opposition gets to replace their pitcher too.
Title: Re: Today's Game 2018
Post by: brjones on April 25, 2018, 06:15:03 pm
Here's my hot take on the DH:

In modern baseball, it is more difficult and takes more strategic thinking to make a pitching change in the AL than it is in the NL. There is so much data out there now that the decision of whether or not to pinch hit is automatic in all but a few extreme cases. In the AL, the manager is actually on the hook for his decision every day.

I'm happy if the other team has a DH too because (1) watching opposing pitchers "hit" is just as boring as watching Cubs pitchers hit, and (2) the first guy off the Cubs bench is almost always better than the first guy off of almost every other bench in MLB.
Title: Re: Today's Game 2018
Post by: Tuffy on April 25, 2018, 07:04:55 pm
It sure looks weird to see the Indians wearing ordinary white home uniforms.  They seem to wear the navy jerseys at home all the time.

Middle of the 4th inning; still no score.
Title: Re: Today's Game 2018
Post by: DelMarFan on April 25, 2018, 07:22:48 pm
Quote
In modern baseball, it is more difficult and takes more strategic thinking to make a pitching change in the AL than it is in the NL. There is so much data out there now that the decision of whether or not to pinch hit is automatic in all but a few extreme cases. In the AL, the manager is actually on the hook for his decision every day.

I don't buy that.  Double-switches, moving the relief pitcher you want to keep in the game to left field for a couple of batters--there's nothing like that with the DH.

Agree to disagree.  You whine pretty regularly about having to watch pitchers bat.  I just wanted to give equal time to those of us who find the thought of having the DH in the NL abhorrent.
Title: Re: Today's Game 2018
Post by: craig on April 25, 2018, 07:28:36 pm
Rizzo bounces an RBI single through the middle.  1-0 Cubs, after a couple of walks by Happ and Almora. 
Baez whiffed on some pitches that looked pretty hittable, and then whiffed on a slider way outside. 
Title: Re: Today's Game 2018
Post by: craig on April 25, 2018, 07:31:26 pm
Contreras grounds out, so they just get one.  Nice to have Rizzo get an RBI.  Lots of pitches by Bauer that inning, he's up to 80 now. 


Bauer is very good.  Got a lot of pitches to work with, and his fastball is pretty good too. 
Title: Re: Today's Game 2018
Post by: craig on April 25, 2018, 07:39:57 pm
2 outs, Lester gets behind 3-1 on Guyer, throws a fastball strike and Guyer kills it off the pole.  1-1.
Title: Re: Today's Game 2018
Post by: craig on April 25, 2018, 07:42:39 pm
Deep drive to right stays in, 1-1 after 5. 
Title: Re: Today's Game 2018
Post by: Chris27 on April 25, 2018, 07:48:49 pm
Well, no-one will ever call him Addison Hustle.
Title: Re: Today's Game 2018
Post by: craig on April 25, 2018, 07:52:48 pm
Russell lazies a deep 2-base error into a 1-base error.  Hit it deep into the corner, Guyer should have caught it but not a totally easy play with the slice, and he missed it.  But since Russell didn't respect-90, only got to first.  Heyward killed one way deep, but pulled it a little bit foul, then chases something in front of the plate. 

Would be fun to somehow come through and win a close, well-pitched low-scoring game. 
Title: Re: Today's Game 2018
Post by: craig on April 25, 2018, 07:55:42 pm
Lindor with a deep opposite-field HR.  2-1.  Lester's given up 4 rockets to the last 5 hitters. 

His pitch count is modest, but he might be about done.  He's throwing up a lot of meatballs, fortunately a lot of the Indians have been missing.   
Title: Re: Today's Game 2018
Post by: Robb on April 25, 2018, 07:58:17 pm
Going to be tough against the Cleveland bullpen.
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Post by: craig on April 25, 2018, 07:59:39 pm
Gives up another bomb, 3-1. 
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Post by: Robb on April 25, 2018, 07:59:50 pm
Even tougher now. Oh well
Title: Re: Today's Game 2018
Post by: Chris27 on April 25, 2018, 08:01:06 pm
Lester's 87 mph fastballs ain't gonna cut it.
Title: Re: Today's Game 2018
Post by: Robb on April 25, 2018, 08:04:16 pm
Bauer still in. Started the inning at 100 pitches.
Title: Re: Today's Game 2018
Post by: Chris27 on April 25, 2018, 08:31:10 pm
Miller leaves with a leg injury after two pitches. Cubs still can't take advantage.
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Post by: craig on April 25, 2018, 08:45:44 pm
Contreras hits a deep leadoff double, Caratini grounds out but gets him to 3rd.  Schwarber gets ahead, 2-0, but whiffs.  Russel takes a first-pitch hanging slider/meatball down the middle, then whiffs at a couple of bouncers. 

I wonder if he might not benefit from a few days off.  Still above Mendoa line, but OPS is falling well below .600, and the no-hustle bit on the ball bouncing around in the corner was a pretty bad look. 
Title: Re: Today's Game 2018
Post by: craig on April 25, 2018, 08:54:05 pm
Nice bunt by Kipnis, Lindor takes a turn and Rizzo guns a throw to 2B to try to pick him off, nice throw right on the base, had a shot, but Russell is aimlessly hanging out in no-man's land for some reason.  Nice insurance run scores. 

Error on Rizzo, but that seems totally on Russell.  Not sure where his head is, but he doesn't seem to be very engaged in playing baseball. 
Title: Re: Today's Game 2018
Post by: brjones on April 25, 2018, 09:05:43 pm
The Cubs must have won big tonight. There were even fewer posts here about tonight's game than there were last night, and we all know lack of posts means the Cubs played well.
Title: Re: Today's Game 2018
Post by: Dave23 on April 25, 2018, 11:06:26 pm
Nice bunt by Kipnis, Lindor takes a turn and Rizzo guns a throw to 2B to try to pick him off, nice throw right on the base, had a shot, but Russell is aimlessly hanging out in no-man's land for some reason.  Nice insurance run scores. 

Error on Rizzo, but that seems totally on Russell.  Not sure where his head is, but he doesn't seem to be very engaged in playing baseball.
I think they said no one was at 3rd, so Russell was heading that way to keep Lindor at 2nd.
Title: Re: Today's Game 2018
Post by: craig on April 26, 2018, 07:30:44 am
Interesting.  He didn't seem far enough that direction to have covered 3rd, either....  Weird play.
Title: Re: Today's Game 2018
Post by: Ron on April 26, 2018, 12:48:14 pm
The Cubs must have won big tonight. There were even fewer posts here about tonight's game than there were last night, and we all know lack of posts means the Cubs played well.

Well played.
Title: Re: Today's Game 2018
Post by: Chris27 on April 26, 2018, 07:45:50 pm
Braun can't go away soon enough.
Title: Re: Today's Game 2018
Post by: mO on April 26, 2018, 07:49:48 pm
What did he do?
Title: Re: Today's Game 2018
Post by: brjones on April 26, 2018, 08:03:43 pm
With 2 runners on, Heyward hit a ball right down the line that looked like it was going to be an RBI double. But Braun (playing first base) made a diving stop and threw him out to end the inning.
Title: Re: Today's Game 2018
Post by: mO on April 26, 2018, 08:06:56 pm
downright diabolical!
Title: Re: Today's Game 2018
Post by: Chris27 on April 26, 2018, 08:16:06 pm
This has the feel of a game that stays tight until the Brewers make the plays necessary to win it late.
Title: Re: Today's Game 2018
Post by: Chris27 on April 26, 2018, 08:24:18 pm
Leadoff hit and Russell tries to sac bunt, popping up foul. This team just isn't very good at anything.
Title: Re: Today's Game 2018
Post by: brjones on April 26, 2018, 08:26:11 pm
It sounded like Heyward hit that ball better than he did. By his reaction, it looked like he thought he hit it harder too.
Title: Re: Today's Game 2018
Post by: mO on April 26, 2018, 08:31:35 pm
I don't understand why Baez doesn't play 3B with LaStella at 2nd.  LaStella just doesn't have the arm to play that side.
Title: Re: Today's Game 2018
Post by: CUBluejays on April 26, 2018, 08:35:22 pm
Nice plays by Rizzo and Almora this inning.
Title: Re: Today's Game 2018
Post by: Chris27 on April 26, 2018, 08:35:50 pm
That was at terrific catch by Almora. Happ doesn't get it, that's for sure.
Title: Re: Today's Game 2018
Post by: brjones on April 26, 2018, 08:36:42 pm
I don't understand why Baez doesn't play 3B with LaStella at 2nd.  LaStella just doesn't have the arm to play that side.

I agree, La Stella is a terrible third baseman. He doesn't have great range at second base, but he's fine there.
Title: Re: Today's Game 2018
Post by: mO on April 26, 2018, 08:41:28 pm
Oh my!
Title: Re: Today's Game 2018
Post by: brjones on April 26, 2018, 08:41:32 pm
Schwarber homers, 1-0.
Title: Re: Today's Game 2018
Post by: mO on April 26, 2018, 08:49:55 pm
3rd consecutive starter to enter the 7th right?  That's encouraging.
Title: Re: Today's Game 2018
Post by: brjones on April 26, 2018, 09:03:23 pm
La Stella is a really slow runner. I don't know how Villar still had enough time to throw him out after dropping the ball.

Rizzo and Russell both really need to start doing something soon.
Title: Re: Today's Game 2018
Post by: CurtOne on April 26, 2018, 09:07:31 pm
Hendricks sucks
Title: Re: Today's Game 2018
Post by: mO on April 26, 2018, 09:10:09 pm
Nice inning from CJ
Title: Re: Today's Game 2018
Post by: mO on April 26, 2018, 09:26:59 pm
Here comes that Braun character again...
Title: Re: Today's Game 2018
Post by: brjones on April 26, 2018, 09:27:47 pm
Cain single, Yelich GIDP to start the 9th, followed by a swinging bunt hit for Braun. Both Cain and Yelich hit the ball hard, Morrow is not at his best tonight. It's too bad they couldn't turn that swinging bunt into an out.
Title: Re: Today's Game 2018
Post by: brjones on April 26, 2018, 09:29:14 pm
Shaw flies to the track in left, Cubs win! Probably Morrow's worst outing of the year, but he gets through it.
Title: Re: Today's Game 2018
Post by: mO on April 26, 2018, 09:29:37 pm
(https://media.giphy.com/media/YPDq9MFL6TUpa/giphy.gif)
Title: Re: Today's Game 2018
Post by: craig on April 26, 2018, 09:32:20 pm
Wow, just got back to see the bottom of the 9th.  Cubs win!  Way to bring home the victory, guys.   Nice to win a close one! 
Title: Re: Today's Game 2018
Post by: davep on April 26, 2018, 09:49:17 pm
Shaw flies to the track in left, Cubs win! Probably Morrow's worst outing of the year, but he gets through it.

Shades of Randy Meyers.
Title: Re: Today's Game 2018
Post by: DelMarFan on April 26, 2018, 10:30:39 pm
Quote
Hendricks sucks

It must be his next start where reality will come crashing down on him.
Title: Re: Today's Game 2018
Post by: Bennett on April 27, 2018, 10:08:22 am
50°    Partly sunny    wind in from left-center 10 mph  chance of rain moving in if it is a long game

(https://pbs.twimg.com/media/DbzDS6RV0AARvAN.jpg:small)
Title: Re: Today's Game 2018
Post by: Robb on April 27, 2018, 10:26:22 am
Bryant still not ready. This isn't good. They can keep trying to say all the right things, but this clearly has messed him up in the head. My guess is, if he isn't ready to play tomorrow they activate Zobrist and place Kris on the 10 day DL retroactive to Monday. Get rid of the pressure of playing before he is completely ready.
Title: Re: Today's Game 2018
Post by: CUBluejays on April 27, 2018, 12:52:47 pm
You can only back date the DL 3 days from what I understand.  Bryant has been taking batting practice and just took it today with the same type of Helmet that Heyward and Javy wear.  My guess is he'll be back soon.
Title: Re: Today's Game 2018
Post by: brjones on April 27, 2018, 01:21:36 pm
Heyward drops another fly ball, Cain on second to start the game.
Title: Re: Today's Game 2018
Post by: mO on April 27, 2018, 01:22:39 pm
Heyward drops a pop in shallow right for a 2 base error to lead off the game.  Wind/sun may have made it a harder play than normal, but it clanked right off his glove.
Title: Re: Today's Game 2018
Post by: mO on April 27, 2018, 01:24:18 pm
It's not the 5th inning, so he should be able to pitch around it, right?
Title: Re: Today's Game 2018
Post by: mO on April 27, 2018, 01:25:13 pm
Cain steals 3rd
Title: Re: Today's Game 2018
Post by: brjones on April 27, 2018, 01:26:22 pm
Cain steals a base without a throw when Contreras can't get the ball out of his glove, then Darvish gives up a sac fly.

This team needs to tighten up on defense.
Title: Re: Today's Game 2018
Post by: mO on April 27, 2018, 01:32:07 pm
Leadoff, hustle double for Almora
Title: Re: Today's Game 2018
Post by: mO on April 27, 2018, 01:33:18 pm
86 mph floater right down the middle, but Baez is faking bunt on the first pitch...
Title: Re: Today's Game 2018
Post by: mO on April 27, 2018, 01:35:06 pm
3-2 curve gets roped to LF.  1-1.

This Suter guy does not have good stuff.
Title: Re: Today's Game 2018
Post by: mO on April 27, 2018, 01:35:50 pm
Javi steals 2nd.

I'm supposed to be working...
Title: Re: Today's Game 2018
Post by: mO on April 27, 2018, 01:37:26 pm
Rizzo single to left. 2-1
Title: Re: Today's Game 2018
Post by: Chris27 on April 27, 2018, 01:38:11 pm
Hits with RISP are helpful.
Title: Re: Today's Game 2018
Post by: mO on April 27, 2018, 01:42:20 pm
Contreras makes the first out on the 22nd pitch of the inning.
Title: Re: Today's Game 2018
Post by: mO on April 27, 2018, 02:29:25 pm
Not much action since the first.  Darvish through 4 at ~64 pitches.
Title: Re: Today's Game 2018
Post by: brjones on April 27, 2018, 02:32:08 pm
A few too many pitches for Darvish, but he actually looks pretty good through 4 innings today (as opposed to his last couple of starts where he looked like he was just barely getting by early in the game).

The offense has gone into shutdown mode since the first inning ended.
Title: Re: Today's Game 2018
Post by: CurtOne on April 27, 2018, 02:32:51 pm
Hits with RISP are helpful.
we didn't have any last night and still won
Title: Re: Today's Game 2018
Post by: mO on April 27, 2018, 02:37:41 pm
Yeah, I thought the hitters might have a good day with this guy.  He's topping out at 86-87 and (at least in the 1st inning) leaving a lot of those center cut over the heart of the plate.
Title: Re: Today's Game 2018
Post by: brjones on April 27, 2018, 02:47:40 pm
Darvish got squeezed on his second and third pitches to Cain, he should've K'd by now.
Title: Re: Today's Game 2018
Post by: Dave23 on April 27, 2018, 02:48:06 pm
Darvish throwing strikes that are being called balls...
Title: Re: Today's Game 2018
Post by: brjones on April 27, 2018, 02:52:06 pm
It's going to be unfortunate if runs score here and the narrative that Darvish can't pitch the 5th continues because he should've K'd Cain and been out of the inning.

Gets a weak grounder to end the inning, though. So all the bad umpiring cost the Cubs was about 5-6 extra pitches.
Title: Re: Today's Game 2018
Post by: mO on April 27, 2018, 02:52:21 pm
Darvish thru the 5th, wheels intact
Title: Re: Today's Game 2018
Post by: mO on April 27, 2018, 02:57:00 pm
Yu doubles to lead off the 5th.  Normal runner probably would've had 3.

Almora bunts? ...the hell?!?!
Title: Re: Today's Game 2018
Post by: Chris27 on April 27, 2018, 02:58:27 pm
Team IQ seemed so high two years ago. Now.......???
Title: Re: Today's Game 2018
Post by: Chris27 on April 27, 2018, 02:59:36 pm
Darvish looked over his shoulder at the right fielder umpteen times. If he just runs he makes third easily. That's at least somewhat understandable considering he has limited time running the bases.
Title: Re: Today's Game 2018
Post by: Chris27 on April 27, 2018, 03:01:32 pm
0-3 after the Darvish double. Would've been nice to see the second hottest hitter actually swing there.
Title: Re: Today's Game 2018
Post by: mO on April 27, 2018, 03:02:24 pm
Yeah.  Baez just missed a double and Rizzo hit a rope, but right at RF.
Title: Re: Today's Game 2018
Post by: brjones on April 27, 2018, 03:02:54 pm
Is anyone else having problems with MLB.TV going in and out today?
Title: Re: Today's Game 2018
Post by: mO on April 27, 2018, 03:03:39 pm
Nope.  I've had to restart it once so far.
Title: Re: Today's Game 2018
Post by: mO on April 27, 2018, 03:04:55 pm
...course, just as I post that, it goes out again...
Title: Re: Today's Game 2018
Post by: Robb on April 27, 2018, 03:26:34 pm
First two pitches, obvious strikes are both called balls. Now strike 3 is a called a ball. This umpire just put a guy on base to start the inning. Ridiculous, terrible umpiring.
Title: Re: Today's Game 2018
Post by: brjones on April 27, 2018, 03:27:07 pm
Cishek squeezed big time against Sogard. All pitches looked like they were in the zone, but it was a 4 pitch walk.

And now a single puts Sogard at third. This umpire has not been good.
Title: Re: Today's Game 2018
Post by: Robb on April 27, 2018, 03:27:16 pm
Now a single and the Brewers are going to tie it at least because the umpire can't do his job.
Title: Re: Today's Game 2018
Post by: brjones on April 27, 2018, 03:29:08 pm
Sogard "walk":

(https://pbs.twimg.com/media/Db0PDAPV4AEdW5q.jpg:small)
Title: Re: Today's Game 2018
Post by: brjones on April 27, 2018, 03:36:25 pm
Yelich sac fly, tie game. Would've been the third out if there was a competent umpire behind the plate today.
Title: Re: Today's Game 2018
Post by: brjones on April 27, 2018, 03:37:20 pm
Heyward looked like he almost lost that ball too. He needs to have his eyes checked.
Title: Re: Today's Game 2018
Post by: Robb on April 27, 2018, 03:41:45 pm
Bad calls are a part of the game, but those non strike calls were egregious and could cost the Cubs this game. Avantage Brewers in a battle of the bullpens.
Title: Re: Today's Game 2018
Post by: Robb on April 27, 2018, 03:44:13 pm
Russell gets an infield hit with a dribbler off the end of the bat. Now Heyward up against the tough lefty.
Title: Re: Today's Game 2018
Post by: Robb on April 27, 2018, 03:46:25 pm
Heyward bunt, now Caratini pinch hits for Strop. Almora due up behind him.
Title: Re: Today's Game 2018
Post by: Robb on April 27, 2018, 03:49:45 pm
Caratini gets the hit we need with a runner in scoring position, but it's too hard and right at the right fielder so Russell holds up at third. Now a pitching change before Almora has a chance to give us a lead.
Title: Re: Today's Game 2018
Post by: Robb on April 27, 2018, 03:50:34 pm
Possible suicide squeeze?
Title: Re: Today's Game 2018
Post by: mO on April 27, 2018, 03:52:11 pm
Nope. K
Title: Re: Today's Game 2018
Post by: Robb on April 27, 2018, 03:52:33 pm
I think a pitcher would have had a better at bat there. Just horrible by Almora.
Title: Re: Today's Game 2018
Post by: mO on April 27, 2018, 03:53:25 pm
E6 scores the run though.
Title: Re: Today's Game 2018
Post by: mO on April 27, 2018, 03:57:47 pm
Rizzo hit it well again, but right at CF.  Hopefully he keeps it up and those start finding gaps.
Title: Re: Today's Game 2018
Post by: Robb on April 27, 2018, 03:59:07 pm
That inning shows the value of contact. Russell's hit was nubbed through the middle just barely out of reach of the shortstop. Then Heyward with a nice bunt and Javy nubs another off the end of the bat. E6 and the go ahead run scores. If Javy is swinging for a 10 run home run the game is still tied.
Title: Re: Today's Game 2018
Post by: Robb on April 27, 2018, 04:07:38 pm
Carl Edwards, after winning a long battle with Shaw, gets the next guy pretty easily. 1 more to go.
Title: Re: Today's Game 2018
Post by: Robb on April 27, 2018, 04:08:37 pm
Nice job by Edwards, relatively easy inning there. 3 outs to go now. Hopefully Morrow is better than yesterday.
Title: Re: Today's Game 2018
Post by: Robb on April 27, 2018, 04:17:54 pm
Cubs do nothing in the 8th. Morrow will have no cushion in the 9th.
Title: Re: Today's Game 2018
Post by: brjones on April 27, 2018, 04:23:38 pm
Morrow back to dominating, Cubs win!
Title: Re: Today's Game 2018
Post by: brjones on April 27, 2018, 04:25:22 pm
That was an impressive 3 pitch K of Braun to end the game. Morrow has far better stuff than Davis had last year.
Title: Re: Today's Game 2018
Post by: mO on April 27, 2018, 04:28:48 pm
Well done!  Thanks guys.
Title: Re: Today's Game 2018
Post by: Robb on April 27, 2018, 04:28:53 pm
Morrow with a no drama 9th inning!
Title: Re: Today's Game 2018
Post by: CurtOne on April 27, 2018, 04:32:47 pm
What a boring 9th.
Title: Re: Today's Game 2018
Post by: Deeg on April 27, 2018, 04:39:04 pm
Wait...  I thought Darvish was a "total waste"?
Title: Re: Today's Game 2018
Post by: CurtOne on April 27, 2018, 04:45:20 pm
Wait...  I thought Darvish was a "total waste"?
Keep sweatin', Deeg.  We're still holding you responsible.
Title: Re: Today's Game 2018
Post by: CUBluejays on April 27, 2018, 05:19:00 pm
The danger of rating posts from your phone during your daughter’s dress dance rehearsal. I meant that I agreed with br. Now i’m Going to enjoy the 4 year old girl that refuses to dance or move. Her mom has to be proud.
Title: Re: Today's Game 2018
Post by: Deeg on April 27, 2018, 05:31:13 pm
Would you guess from reading the posts around here that Almora was OPSing about .650 against righties? Think you’ll see Happ out there the majority of the time again before too long.
Title: Re: Today's Game 2018
Post by: craig on April 28, 2018, 08:00:55 am
Way to bring in the win, friends.  Great to have Darvish put in an excellent game, hopefully lots more coming.  Nice to scratch out a close one. 

Edwards has been excellent, not sure how consistent that can be, but he's a huge element.  Nice to have Morrow throw strikes and get the outs. 

Hopefully the bats will get going again, after 3 games without much hitting.  Getting the early runs in the first really helped out. 
Title: Re: Today's Game 2018
Post by: Bennett on April 28, 2018, 09:50:15 am
He's back

44°   Wind in from left at nearly 20 mph   No rain
(https://pbs.twimg.com/media/Db4K-K_WAAEX-4d.jpg:small)
Title: Re: Today's Game 2018
Post by: Chris27 on April 28, 2018, 01:02:25 pm
Yeah, had no idea Zobrist was returning.
Title: Re: Today's Game 2018
Post by: brjones on April 28, 2018, 01:26:13 pm
Nice first inning for Quintana. Schwarber almost blew it by losing a routine Braun pop up in the sun, but Almora ran over from CF and bailed him out.
Title: Re: Today's Game 2018
Post by: brjones on April 28, 2018, 02:00:14 pm
Quintana perfect the first time through the lineup with 3 Ks on only 36 pitches.
Title: Re: Today's Game 2018
Post by: brjones on April 28, 2018, 02:11:09 pm
Cubs get a run when Cain loses a ball in the sun and Domingo Santana doesn't back him up quickly enough to save him. Arcia had the ball go off his glove. 1-0 Cubs.
Title: Re: Today's Game 2018
Post by: brjones on April 28, 2018, 02:14:59 pm
Nice smart stolen base by Baez to draw a snap throw from the catcher then take off for third immediately when he made the throw. Bryant Ks to end the inning on the next pitch, though.
Title: Re: Today's Game 2018
Post by: Robb on April 28, 2018, 02:16:12 pm
Almora and Baez extended their hit steaks there. Guerra also threw a lot of pitches that inning.
Title: Re: Today's Game 2018
Post by: brjones on April 28, 2018, 02:17:35 pm
Cain leadoff double in the 4th.
Title: Re: Today's Game 2018
Post by: brjones on April 28, 2018, 02:22:57 pm
Cain moved to third on a wild pitch. But then Yelich Ks and foul pop to Rizzo by Braun, and Quintana has a chance to get out of it.
Title: Re: Today's Game 2018
Post by: brjones on April 28, 2018, 02:23:45 pm
Nice play by Baez to get Santana. Nice escape job by Quintana.
Title: Re: Today's Game 2018
Post by: Robb on April 28, 2018, 02:25:09 pm
Great escape act by Quintana there to keep his scoreless steak intact against the Brewers. Up to 21 innings now. I think he is in their head now.
Title: Re: Today's Game 2018
Post by: brjones on April 28, 2018, 02:27:38 pm
He doesn't have much to show for it yet, but it seems like Rizzo has started to square up a few balls the last couple of days. he seems to be coming out of it.

Cain robs Contreras of what looked like a double.
Title: Re: Today's Game 2018
Post by: Chris27 on April 28, 2018, 02:30:31 pm
The Brewers really look like the Keystone Kops against the Cubs. And thank god or else we'd be 3-4 more games back.
Title: Re: Today's Game 2018
Post by: brjones on April 28, 2018, 02:36:59 pm
Zobrist catches a pop up similar to the one Schwarber hit last inning. Cubs defenders are better than the Brewers defenders.

Almora had run all the way in from center field to back him up there, which was pretty cool.
Title: Re: Today's Game 2018
Post by: brjones on April 28, 2018, 02:38:17 pm
Quintana through 5 innings: 5 K, 1 H, and nothing else. Only 63 pitches thrown.
Title: Re: Today's Game 2018
Post by: CUBluejays on April 28, 2018, 02:41:29 pm
Hit pop ups today, not line drives.
Title: Re: Today's Game 2018
Post by: ticohans on April 28, 2018, 02:53:29 pm
Cubs with a lot of strong contact the last few innings, but nothing to show for it.
Title: Re: Today's Game 2018
Post by: brjones on April 28, 2018, 02:55:54 pm
Cain with a 2 out walk. Quintana was suddenly pretty wild there.
Title: Re: Today's Game 2018
Post by: brjones on April 28, 2018, 02:58:11 pm
Quintana is too concerned about Cain at first. Just pitch, you have two outs.
Title: Re: Today's Game 2018
Post by: brjones on April 28, 2018, 03:04:59 pm
Rizzo with another hard hit ball but nothing to show for it. Sucks that he's finally hitting the ball well when the conditions are so bad for hitters.
Title: Re: Today's Game 2018
Post by: brjones on April 28, 2018, 03:06:30 pm
Another Cubs HBP. Cubs have now been hit 23 times. The White Sox are second in the majors with 17.
Title: Re: Today's Game 2018
Post by: Chris27 on April 28, 2018, 03:10:09 pm
Back to the no offense clan.
Title: Re: Today's Game 2018
Post by: brjones on April 28, 2018, 03:16:09 pm
Baez error on a routine grounder with 1 out in the 7th. Baez just isn't reliable enough on routine plays at shortstop.
Title: Re: Today's Game 2018
Post by: brjones on April 28, 2018, 03:17:09 pm
Quintana picks off Santana. Nice.
Title: Re: Today's Game 2018
Post by: brjones on April 28, 2018, 03:21:32 pm
Perez crushes a line drive single, but then Quintana Ks Villar.

Quintana looked like he was tiring that inning and just went over 100 pitches, so that's probably the end of his day. Great outing for him.
Title: Re: Today's Game 2018
Post by: brjones on April 28, 2018, 03:24:04 pm
Morrow is probably unavailable today after pitching two days in a row, so the Cubs need to add on.
Title: Re: Today's Game 2018
Post by: brjones on April 28, 2018, 03:26:06 pm
Zobrist single, Heyward double. Two on, no outs for the Cubs.
Title: Re: Today's Game 2018
Post by: mO on April 28, 2018, 03:26:18 pm
Single, double to start the 7th!
Title: Re: Today's Game 2018
Post by: mO on April 28, 2018, 03:26:41 pm
Guerra out of the game
Title: Re: Today's Game 2018
Post by: brjones on April 28, 2018, 03:27:28 pm
La Stella single, 2-0.

Brewers defense falls asleep, and Heyward comes home. 3-0.
Title: Re: Today's Game 2018
Post by: mO on April 28, 2018, 03:27:56 pm
Nice baserunning by Heyward
Title: Re: Today's Game 2018
Post by: Chris27 on April 28, 2018, 03:30:09 pm
Ha! The Brewers really do look like bozos against the Cubs.

Title: Re: Today's Game 2018
Post by: mO on April 28, 2018, 03:31:50 pm
Terrible AB by Baez.  Haven't seen that in a while
Title: Re: Today's Game 2018
Post by: brjones on April 28, 2018, 03:36:37 pm
The Brewers announcers mentioned in Baez's last AB that of the 9 pitches he'd seen from Guerra up to that point, he had swung at 8 of them. And they weren't all in the zone. I hope he's not getting into some bad free-swinging habits again.
Title: Re: Today's Game 2018
Post by: brjones on April 28, 2018, 03:40:19 pm
Strop dominates the 8th.

I've said this before, but it deserves repeating every once in a while...people overlook Strop too often when talking about the Arrieta/Feldman trade. If the Cubs had just gotten Strop and some A-ball lottery ticket who never made it to the majors, Strop for Feldman would still be an absolute steal.
Title: Re: Today's Game 2018
Post by: Chris27 on April 28, 2018, 03:51:09 pm
Schwarber with 3 K's today after striking out once his previous five games.
Title: Re: Today's Game 2018
Post by: brjones on April 28, 2018, 03:52:20 pm
Joe is overmanaging here. Strop has made three of the four batters he has faced look silly on strikeouts, including Lorenzo Cain (who is the only Brewer who looked locked in today). Just let Strop get the last two outs, don't go looking for the guy who doesn't have it today.
Title: Re: Today's Game 2018
Post by: brjones on April 28, 2018, 03:55:49 pm
Duensing gets an out, and Joe makes another pitching change. Looks like Cishek.
Title: Re: Today's Game 2018
Post by: vander-built on April 28, 2018, 03:56:19 pm
Lord knows Cishek could use the work.
Title: Re: Today's Game 2018
Post by: brjones on April 28, 2018, 03:59:21 pm
The pitching changes work out, Cubs win.

It's not a big thing, of course...with a 3 run lead, it wasn't likely to fall apart. But Strop was throwing peak Marmol-like stuff today, just save the rest of the bullpen.
Title: Re: Today's Game 2018
Post by: davep on April 28, 2018, 04:02:27 pm
Joe plays "find the one who sucks" but the Cubs win anyway.
Title: Re: Today's Game 2018
Post by: CurtOne on April 28, 2018, 04:22:50 pm
Strop dominates the 8th.

I've said this before, but it deserves repeating every once in a while...people overlook Strop too often when talking about the Arrieta/Feldman trade. If the Cubs had just gotten Strop and some A-ball lottery ticket who never made it to the majors, Strop for Feldman would still be an absolute steal.
A bag of batting practice balls for Feldman would have withstood a Commissioner's investigation.
Title: Re: Today's Game 2018
Post by: Bennett on April 28, 2018, 05:06:05 pm
A Cardinals loss to the Pirates tonight will put the Cubs in first place by percentage points.


Almost true - The Pirates win would move them percentage points ahead of the Cubs
Title: Re: Today's Game 2018
Post by: Deeg on April 28, 2018, 06:36:15 pm
95-win pace.  Who'd think it with a team as terrible as this?
Title: Re: Today's Game 2018
Post by: craig on April 28, 2018, 11:21:45 pm
Way to bring home the win, guys!  Fun to have the starters pitching well, and to be able to scrape out runs in a close, tight game.  Q getting out of the Cain-on-3rd-no-outs was pretty nice.  Not much hitting, but seemed some balls were hit hard, wind no friend. 

Fun to extend to season-long 3-game winning streak, and max out at 4 games over. 

Pretty awesome division thus far, with 4 teams within 1/2 game. 

Great to have Bryant back, and Zobrist too. 

Almora's hustle on the ball Schwarber lost was very nice. 

With no hitting and bad fielding, Brewer fans must be frustrated. 
Title: Re: Today's Game 2018
Post by: Robb on April 29, 2018, 01:37:10 pm
Can't log on to MLBTV. Anyone else having that problem?
Title: Re: Today's Game 2018
Post by: davep on April 29, 2018, 02:39:24 pm
I have no problem signing on through ROKU
Title: Re: Today's Game 2018
Post by: mO on April 29, 2018, 02:43:19 pm
Leadoff triple in the fifth for Addi
Title: Re: Today's Game 2018
Post by: mO on April 29, 2018, 02:44:11 pm
Up to Heyward, P, AA to drive him in
Title: Re: Today's Game 2018
Post by: Chris27 on April 29, 2018, 02:45:07 pm
Ok, so Heyward maybe isn't all that clutch.
Title: Re: Today's Game 2018
Post by: mO on April 29, 2018, 02:45:50 pm
Chatwood singles him in
Title: Re: Today's Game 2018
Post by: Chris27 on April 29, 2018, 02:46:14 pm
Chatwood better w/ RISP than his teammates.
Title: Re: Today's Game 2018
Post by: brjones on April 29, 2018, 03:08:57 pm
Russell is having his best game of the season...single, triple, and a sac fly.
Title: Re: Today's Game 2018
Post by: Chris27 on April 29, 2018, 03:11:43 pm
Sac fly's nice, a hit to get some run(s) home would've been nicer.
Title: Re: Today's Game 2018
Post by: Chris27 on April 29, 2018, 03:23:25 pm
Chatwood walks Aguilar and falls behind 2-0 on Villar but Villar decides to swing at the 2-0 and hits into a 6-4-3.
Title: Re: Today's Game 2018
Post by: ticohans on April 29, 2018, 03:24:58 pm
Lol.

Cubs leading 2-0, FYI.

Despite some shaky command, Chatwood working on a 2 hitter.
Title: Re: Today's Game 2018
Post by: Chris27 on April 29, 2018, 03:32:01 pm
Chatwood not allowed to cross 100 pitches is lifted for Happ who K's.
Title: Re: Today's Game 2018
Post by: Chris27 on April 29, 2018, 03:35:47 pm
And Edwards walks the leadoff hitter.
Title: Re: Today's Game 2018
Post by: ticohans on April 29, 2018, 03:39:36 pm
Thanks ump! CJ likely walked the 2nd hitter, but called strike 3.
Title: Re: Today's Game 2018
Post by: ticohans on April 29, 2018, 03:42:36 pm
CJ’s stuff has such good movement he can just throw it down the middle and guys miss. He’s been unreal so far this year.
Title: Re: Today's Game 2018
Post by: ticohans on April 29, 2018, 03:49:09 pm
CJ’s in-zone contact rate this year is 66.1%, and he has a 19.2% swinging strike rate overall.

Those are best-reliever-in-baseball levels.
Title: Re: Today's Game 2018
Post by: ticohans on April 29, 2018, 03:59:53 pm
4 game sweep of the Brewers, a team coming off an 8 game win streak. Cubs held the potent Brewer offense to only 2 runs in those 4 games.
Title: Re: Today's Game 2018
Post by: Deeg on April 29, 2018, 05:43:16 pm
3 shutouts in 4 games, 2 runs total allowed.  That would be pretty good.

If the Cubs can get the offense and SP rolling at the same time, look out.
Title: Re: Today's Game 2018
Post by: mO on April 29, 2018, 05:55:11 pm
Sweep! Nice!

Now keep it going against the dastardly Rockies
Title: Re: Today's Game 2018
Post by: craig on April 29, 2018, 08:09:34 pm
Wow, great series for the Cubs pitching and the team. 

Pretty remarkable for the offense to score 10 runs over 5 games, and come out of that with a 4-game winning streak!  Very bizzare. 

But, super fun to win these close ones, score at least 1 or 2 or 3 a game, and still be winning.
Title: Re: Today's Game 2018
Post by: Bennett on April 30, 2018, 01:38:31 pm
Note the ESPN start time

Partly sunny   67°   Wind out to left at 15 mph

(https://pbs.twimg.com/media/DcDPLLBWAAAhA6e.jpg:small)
Title: Re: Today's Game 2018
Post by: Bennett on April 30, 2018, 05:21:32 pm

Umpires: HP--Nelson, 1B--Diaz, 2B--Fletcher, 3B--Gonzalez.
Title: Re: Today's Game 2018
Post by: brjones on April 30, 2018, 06:11:42 pm
Not sure why the Cubs would waste their challenge on a questionable HBP call on the second pitch of the game.

"Lester can't throw to first" has replaced Bartman as ESPN's go-to talking point. It's so old now.
Title: Re: Today's Game 2018
Post by: Robb on April 30, 2018, 06:14:12 pm
Not a good start so far after getting the first out.
Title: Re: Today's Game 2018
Post by: Robb on April 30, 2018, 06:16:32 pm
A HBP and a walk so far.  Not good with the wind blowing out. 
Title: Re: Today's Game 2018
Post by: Robb on April 30, 2018, 06:19:38 pm
Lester got out of it. Let's get some runs!
Title: Re: Today's Game 2018
Post by: craig on April 30, 2018, 06:21:31 pm
Lester apparently got out of the first inning with no runs. 

Almora reaches on an error to lead off. 
Title: Re: Today's Game 2018
Post by: Deeg on April 30, 2018, 06:29:09 pm
At what point is it officially OK to start worrying about Rizzo?
Title: Re: Today's Game 2018
Post by: Bennett on April 30, 2018, 06:34:57 pm
Almora reaches on an error to lead off. 
Some scorers want the first hit to be a clean one and will go back and change an error to a hit once there has been a solid hit.  I expect that to happen here.
Title: Re: Today's Game 2018
Post by: Robb on April 30, 2018, 06:43:54 pm
Ball four called strike three to start the inning. The human element sucks. Auto umps please.
Title: Re: Today's Game 2018
Post by: Bennett on April 30, 2018, 06:44:15 pm
OK, Lester.  There's your run.  Now go out and hold 'em
Title: Re: Today's Game 2018
Post by: Robb on April 30, 2018, 06:48:58 pm
Too bad Willson wasn't on like he should have been.
Title: Re: Today's Game 2018
Post by: mO on April 30, 2018, 07:00:24 pm
Uh oh. Baez is swinging at everything again ...
Title: Re: Today's Game 2018
Post by: Chris27 on April 30, 2018, 07:01:17 pm
That check swing from Baez that the geniuses in the booth were so sure he swung on...they ignored the replay. Wasn't a swing.
Title: Re: Today's Game 2018
Post by: Robb on April 30, 2018, 07:07:37 pm
Baez looked like old Baez there.
Title: Re: Today's Game 2018
Post by: Robb on April 30, 2018, 07:15:39 pm
So maybe it wasn't the wind or temperature. The offense has gone cold.
Title: Re: Today's Game 2018
Post by: Robb on April 30, 2018, 07:26:42 pm
Perhaps Javy needs a day off. He dropped a routine throw at 1st base.  2 on,  1 out, Lester struggling with his command.
Title: Re: Today's Game 2018
Post by: brjones on April 30, 2018, 07:31:41 pm
Baez's sloppy defense at first costs them a run, and Arenado is up now.
Title: Re: Today's Game 2018
Post by: Chris27 on April 30, 2018, 07:33:37 pm
Lester throwing 87 mph is not a recipe for success.
Title: Re: Today's Game 2018
Post by: brjones on April 30, 2018, 07:33:57 pm
Arenado doubles, 2-1 Rockies. Cubs get a break when the ball boy touches the ball and the umpires hold Blackmon at third.
Title: Re: Today's Game 2018
Post by: Robb on April 30, 2018, 07:34:31 pm
Two runs at least now as Arenado doubles.  2-1 Rockies.
Title: Re: Today's Game 2018
Post by: brjones on April 30, 2018, 07:37:30 pm
Lester isn't throwing hard, and he has no idea where the ball is going. The Cubs are lucky they're only down 1.

The bullpen has barely been used in the last week. Not sure why they're taking so long to get Montgomery going.
Title: Re: Today's Game 2018
Post by: mO on April 30, 2018, 07:39:41 pm
Lester Ks Ianetta twice to get out of it
Title: Re: Today's Game 2018
Post by: brjones on April 30, 2018, 07:47:54 pm
Cubs have first and third, no outs in the 5th, and Maddon sends Lester up to hit. Bad managing.
Title: Re: Today's Game 2018
Post by: ticohans on April 30, 2018, 07:48:03 pm
Lester throwing 87 mph is not a recipe for success.

Umm, Lester has been awesome this game. Blackmon got on due to a total ducksnort. If Baez makes a little league catch it’s still a shutout.
Title: Re: Today's Game 2018
Post by: Chris27 on April 30, 2018, 07:49:33 pm
Umm, Lester has been awesome this game. Blackmon got on due to a total ducksnort. If Baez makes a little league catch it’s still a shutout.

Glad you think he can be "dominant" throwing 87 mph fastballs. Doubt anyone else does.
Title: Re: Today's Game 2018
Post by: brjones on April 30, 2018, 07:50:32 pm
Almora RBI single, tie game.
Title: Re: Today's Game 2018
Post by: Robb on April 30, 2018, 07:50:44 pm
Nice hitting by Almora. Tie game.
Title: Re: Today's Game 2018
Post by: brjones on April 30, 2018, 07:51:16 pm
Baez is going to be swinging out of his shoes here trying to make up for the error. The Rockies shouldn't throw anything close to the zone.
Title: Re: Today's Game 2018
Post by: ticohans on April 30, 2018, 07:53:18 pm
Not sure who you’re quoting with “dominant,” but it isn’t me. But, prior to last inning’s bad defense, he was cruising, and he can absolutely be successful with this velo (avg 91.7 on the FB this year).

Quite a bit of daylight between success and dominance.
Title: Re: Today's Game 2018
Post by: Robb on April 30, 2018, 07:54:45 pm
Baez had a little better at bat there.  Didn't swing at a pitch in the dirt.  Hit the ball hard but grounded into a double play.  Javy has been succeeding by going the other way, he rolled over on that one.
Title: Re: Today's Game 2018
Post by: brjones on April 30, 2018, 07:59:25 pm
Bryant drops an easy double play ball. Outside of Almora and Russell, this defense has been shaky everywhere so far this year.
Title: Re: Today's Game 2018
Post by: ticohans on April 30, 2018, 08:00:57 pm
I’m sure that’s Lester’s fault, somehow owing to his lack of dominance.
Title: Re: Today's Game 2018
Post by: Robb on April 30, 2018, 08:01:22 pm
Crappy defense this game. Lester had got to be pissed.
Title: Re: Today's Game 2018
Post by: ticohans on April 30, 2018, 08:03:03 pm
Should be inning over, much lower pitch count, and 6 IP of shutout ball for Lester.
Title: Re: Today's Game 2018
Post by: brjones on April 30, 2018, 08:07:48 pm
Bryant leadoff triple.
Title: Re: Today's Game 2018
Post by: mO on April 30, 2018, 08:07:48 pm
Bryant!!! Lead off triple!!!!
Title: Re: Today's Game 2018
Post by: brjones on April 30, 2018, 08:09:35 pm
Both teams trying to out-slop the other on defense. 3-2 Cubs.
Title: Re: Today's Game 2018
Post by: mO on April 30, 2018, 08:10:52 pm
Contreras popped up an absolute cookie there
Title: Re: Today's Game 2018
Post by: Robb on April 30, 2018, 08:21:48 pm
Farrell with a very impressive appearance.
Title: Re: Today's Game 2018
Post by: CUBluejays on April 30, 2018, 08:23:25 pm
When did Luke Ferrell get good?
Title: Re: Today's Game 2018
Post by: Robb on April 30, 2018, 08:29:01 pm
Freeland has owned the Cubs. If his defense doesn't let him down he could have a shutout.
Title: Re: Today's Game 2018
Post by: Robb on April 30, 2018, 08:32:01 pm
Another play not made by Cubs defense. It was a tough play, but Russell has to make that. Next pitch double play.
Title: Re: Today's Game 2018
Post by: Robb on April 30, 2018, 08:35:40 pm
Nice play by Bryant and Rizzo to get the third out. That's better.
Title: Re: Today's Game 2018
Post by: brjones on April 30, 2018, 08:38:39 pm
I wonder if Morrow is available tonight. He'd be pitching in his 4th game in 5 days.
Title: Re: Today's Game 2018
Post by: brjones on April 30, 2018, 08:40:57 pm
Cishek and Duensing are warming for the 9th.
Title: Re: Today's Game 2018
Post by: Robb on April 30, 2018, 08:40:58 pm
Javy looked lost there. Could be time for a day off.
Title: Re: Today's Game 2018
Post by: brjones on April 30, 2018, 08:47:15 pm
Strop is starting the 9th.
Title: Re: Today's Game 2018
Post by: brjones on April 30, 2018, 08:48:08 pm
Dahl pinch hits, Strop leaves for Duensing. I guess overmanaging is going to be Maddon's policy on days when Morrow isn't available.
Title: Re: Today's Game 2018
Post by: Robb on April 30, 2018, 08:50:34 pm
I don't disagree with this move. All the Rockies have left are lefties.
Title: Re: Today's Game 2018
Post by: mO on April 30, 2018, 08:56:19 pm
Another error for Baez.

Ruled a hit, but it's an error.
Title: Re: Today's Game 2018
Post by: brjones on April 30, 2018, 08:56:50 pm
Baez drops another ball. His first error cost the Cubs two runs.
Title: Re: Today's Game 2018
Post by: brjones on April 30, 2018, 08:58:19 pm
I don't disagree with this move. All the Rockies have left are lefties.

I don't necessarily disagree with the specific move. I just disagree with the "find the guy who's off today" strategy in general.
Title: Re: Today's Game 2018
Post by: brjones on April 30, 2018, 08:59:44 pm
Very bad call by the umpire at second base. Good thing we have replay.
Title: Re: Today's Game 2018
Post by: brjones on April 30, 2018, 09:02:15 pm
Blackmon walks. Now Arenado. Game would be over if Baez could catch a ball tonight.
Title: Re: Today's Game 2018
Post by: brjones on April 30, 2018, 09:04:05 pm
Arenado Ks, Cubs survive the sloppy defense.
Title: Re: Today's Game 2018
Post by: mO on April 30, 2018, 09:04:18 pm
Cubs Win!!! Cubs Win!!! Cubs Win!!!
Title: Re: Today's Game 2018
Post by: Ron on April 30, 2018, 10:10:11 pm
Cubs finish April in 1st place in the NL Central, with the 3rd best record in the NL.

Who would have predicted that a couple of weeks or so back?
Title: Re: Today's Game 2018
Post by: craig on April 30, 2018, 11:06:27 pm
Way to bring home the win, guys!  Great relief work again.  Really nice outing for Farrell, he was popping a bunch of 93-94 4-seamers. 

I didn't see a ton early, but checking game-case it seemed like Lester's 4-seam fastball was mostly in the 88-89 range.  I did see him touch 90 on one pitch and 91 on another during his long, long inning. 

Some of the other guys, maybe getting into a 5-day rotation would help them; not sure Lester's going to be able to pitch 91 very regularly going every 5th day.  But, who knows.  Nice to sneak out another win. 

Fun to see Bryant get his first hit back, and be game-changer.  Would be fun to get some hitting going. 
Title: Re: Today's Game 2018
Post by: mO on May 01, 2018, 02:33:00 pm
Rizzo to leadoff tonight.  Baez gets a day off.
Title: Re: Today's Game 2018
Post by: Robb on May 01, 2018, 05:24:53 pm
Baez gets the night off, as he should.
Title: Re: Today's Game 2018
Post by: Deeg on May 01, 2018, 05:50:30 pm
Maybe not a bad idea to try Rizzo at leadoff, just to scramble his head a little. But my concern is that he’s not physically healthy.
Title: Re: Today's Game 2018
Post by: brjones on May 01, 2018, 06:03:23 pm
It also wouldn't be shocking if Rizzo's mental state still wasn't 100%. I'm sure the Parkland shooting is still on his mind at all times. That has to impact how well he can focus.

It did look to me like Rizzo was starting to come around during the Milwaukee series. He was hitting the ball harder in a couple of games, but had nothing to show for it because of the wind/weather conditions and because he was hitting the ball right at fielders. The weather looks good for hitting the next two days and all weekend in St. Louis, so hopefully he'll get going.
Title: Re: Today's Game 2018
Post by: CurtOne on May 01, 2018, 06:26:59 pm
Interesting.  Your mind went to Parkland, mine went to cancer.  I think you're right, but if it were the "c" word, Rizzo strikes me as the kind of guy who would want to fight through it and keep it quiet as long as possible.  Let's hope it's nothing more than worried about Bryant getting hit in the head.
Title: Re: Today's Game 2018
Post by: CUBluejays on May 01, 2018, 06:29:22 pm
If Rizzo was getting treated for cancer there is no way he could be playing.
Title: Re: Today's Game 2018
Post by: CurtOne on May 01, 2018, 06:33:02 pm
If Rizzo was getting treated for cancer there is no way he could be playing.
Probably true.  Too bad we can't get a doctor's opinion.  :)  Then I would go with, he's not feeling good or strong, but fears getting checked out.  Hopefully it's none of that.
Title: Re: Today's Game 2018
Post by: CUBluejays on May 01, 2018, 06:34:54 pm
Well slumps happen and I agree with Br. He was hitting the ball without results and has been visibly frustrated.
Title: Re: Today's Game 2018
Post by: brjones on May 01, 2018, 07:18:01 pm
Not an impressive first inning for Hendricks...HR, HR, K, groundout, line out.
Title: Re: Today's Game 2018
Post by: CUBluejays on May 01, 2018, 07:18:32 pm
Greatest leadoff hitter ever.
Title: Re: Today's Game 2018
Post by: brjones on May 01, 2018, 07:19:15 pm
Get ready for a 15-13 kind of game.
Title: Re: Today's Game 2018
Post by: brjones on May 01, 2018, 07:28:55 pm
Hendricks looks much better in the second inning...2 groundouts and a K.
Title: Re: Today's Game 2018
Post by: Deeg on May 01, 2018, 07:55:14 pm
Rizzo genuinely seems to love leading off.
Title: Re: Today's Game 2018
Post by: Robb on May 01, 2018, 07:56:06 pm
Perhaps Kyle should scrap the curveball tonight. 3-1 Rockies now. Three solo homers.
Title: Re: Today's Game 2018
Post by: mO on May 01, 2018, 08:02:29 pm
Has Russell thrown his bat yet this year?
Title: Re: Today's Game 2018
Post by: Chris27 on May 01, 2018, 08:06:29 pm
Two on, nobody out in the 4th, Cubs get nothing.
Title: Re: Today's Game 2018
Post by: brjones on May 01, 2018, 08:07:02 pm
The all-or-nothing Cubs lineup is fully in "nothing" mode right now.
Title: Re: Today's Game 2018
Post by: mO on May 01, 2018, 08:07:16 pm
Apparently, Neifi Perez is the guest hitting coach for today's game. Just rollover and ground everything to 2nd...
Title: Re: Today's Game 2018
Post by: Jack Birdbath on May 01, 2018, 08:11:14 pm
Jon Gray is very good. But that probably has nothing to do with it.
Title: Re: Today's Game 2018
Post by: mO on May 01, 2018, 08:13:13 pm
No, he's not. He's just a guy.
Title: Re: Today's Game 2018
Post by: brjones on May 01, 2018, 08:21:19 pm
The Cubs have scored 14 runs in their last 6 1/2 games. It's not just Gray.

It's a good thing the pitching got even hotter than the offense got cold at about a week ago.
Title: Re: Today's Game 2018
Post by: CUBluejays on May 01, 2018, 08:25:00 pm
Cubs have played the second best opponent winning percentage this year and are on a 100 win pace. They haven’t played a losing team since April 3.
Title: Re: Today's Game 2018
Post by: CurtOne on May 01, 2018, 08:29:20 pm
Since they continue to play to the level of their competition, maybe that's a good thing.
Title: Re: Today's Game 2018
Post by: brjones on May 01, 2018, 08:30:52 pm
Laz Diaz gives Hendricks a pitch at least 6-8 inches outside on 3-0 to Arenado, then Arenado grounds out on a ball on 3-1. Bad umpiring helps the Cubs.
Title: Re: Today's Game 2018
Post by: brjones on May 01, 2018, 08:33:49 pm
Top of the lineup due in the 6th. Gray has been really shaky third time through the lineup this year, so maybe the Cubs can get something going here.
Title: Re: Today's Game 2018
Post by: mO on May 01, 2018, 08:49:38 pm
Schwarber 1-out triple!
Title: Re: Today's Game 2018
Post by: brjones on May 01, 2018, 08:49:44 pm
Schwarber 1 out triple in the 7th. Really need to get this run in--they don't want to go into the 8th down multiple runs with Ottavino and Davis available.
Title: Re: Today's Game 2018
Post by: Dihard on May 01, 2018, 08:51:30 pm
Schwarber 1 out triple in the 7th. Really need to get this run in--they don't want to go into the 8th down multiple runs with Ottavino and Davis available.

And with that, the Cubs lead the league in triples. Whoudda thunk it?


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Title: Re: Today's Game 2018
Post by: brjones on May 01, 2018, 08:53:25 pm
Laz Diaz is awful, 1-1 to Caratini was outside, called a strike.

Now Caratini Ks. Umpiring changed that AB.
Title: Re: Today's Game 2018
Post by: brjones on May 01, 2018, 08:55:35 pm
Heyward pops out to the catcher on the first pitch. Cubs fail to score another runner from third with less than 2 outs.
Title: Re: Today's Game 2018
Post by: brjones on May 01, 2018, 08:58:21 pm
Laz Diaz really doesn't get enough credit for being one of the worst balls and strikes umpires in baseball. He's right up there with Bucknor, Hernandez, and West. He's so inconsistent.
Title: Re: Today's Game 2018
Post by: brjones on May 01, 2018, 09:00:37 pm
Parra pinch hit for Gray, hopefully the Cubs will get a chance against McGee or Shaw instead of Ottavino in the 8th.

Hendricks walks Blackmon with 2 outs in the 8th.
Title: Re: Today's Game 2018
Post by: brjones on May 01, 2018, 09:07:27 pm
Ottavino in to face Happ/La Stella/Rizzo.

Happ's AB ends exactly like you'd expect.
Title: Re: Today's Game 2018
Post by: brjones on May 01, 2018, 09:22:40 pm
Wilson with maybe his best Cubs appearance tonight.

Bryant/Zobrist/Russell vs. Davis in the 9th.
Title: Re: Today's Game 2018
Post by: brjones on May 01, 2018, 09:23:39 pm
Diaz gives Davis a gift on the first pitch. Such a bad umpire.
Title: Re: Today's Game 2018
Post by: brjones on May 01, 2018, 09:27:03 pm
Zobrist walks on 4 pitches (after Bryant K'd on what should've been strike 2).
Title: Re: Today's Game 2018
Post by: brjones on May 01, 2018, 09:27:29 pm
Weak pop by Russell, 2 outs.
Title: Re: Today's Game 2018
Post by: brjones on May 01, 2018, 09:32:46 pm
Schwarber Ks, Cubs lose.

Cubs need to start hitting again soon. The pitchers can't throw shutouts forever.
Title: Re: Today's Game 2018
Post by: Bennett on May 02, 2018, 09:33:52 am
Cloudy    70°    wind out to center at 15-20 mph   

(https://pbs.twimg.com/media/DcMrDo1W4AAaEIH.jpg:small)
Title: Re: Today's Game 2018
Post by: brjones on May 02, 2018, 01:22:46 pm
Darvish walks Blackmon to lead off the game. He got squeezed on that AB, though--he threw at least 3 pitches in the zone, but only one was called a strike.
Title: Re: Today's Game 2018
Post by: brjones on May 02, 2018, 01:25:56 pm
And now a 2 run Arenado homer with an assist to bad umpiring.
Title: Re: Today's Game 2018
Post by: brjones on May 02, 2018, 01:39:58 pm
In the bottom of the first, Anderson is consistently getting the calls that Darvish didn't get to Blackmon.
Title: Re: Today's Game 2018
Post by: Robb on May 02, 2018, 01:43:57 pm
What is up with the umpiring? Are the strike zone boxes out of alignment or are these guys regressing?
Title: Re: Today's Game 2018
Post by: Robb on May 02, 2018, 01:44:32 pm
It might be time for Contreras to be dropped in the order. He just isn't coming through with guys on base.
Title: Re: Today's Game 2018
Post by: brjones on May 02, 2018, 01:47:44 pm
This team's defense is not very good. I don't know what happened to them.
Title: Re: Today's Game 2018
Post by: Chris27 on May 02, 2018, 01:48:40 pm
Contreras throws a routine, sure-fire double play into the outfield.

Title: Re: Today's Game 2018
Post by: Chris27 on May 02, 2018, 01:49:36 pm
https://twitter.com/Buster_ESPN/status/991747526243037189
Title: Re: Today's Game 2018
Post by: brjones on May 02, 2018, 01:51:50 pm
That Olney tweet isn't anything new, we already knew that about his first few starts. He was back to normal last start, but is looking bad again today. And the umpiring/defense isn't helping him.
Title: Re: Today's Game 2018
Post by: Robb on May 02, 2018, 01:55:09 pm
3-0 Rockies, who have been struggling offensively until today and last night. Darvish has sure disappointed so far. Contreras has had better innings too.
Title: Re: Today's Game 2018
Post by: Robb on May 02, 2018, 01:59:36 pm
Tyler Anderson is just baffling the Cubs hitters again.
Title: Re: Today's Game 2018
Post by: brjones on May 02, 2018, 02:02:07 pm
With the way the Cubs offense is going, any major league pitcher would baffle them.
Title: Re: Today's Game 2018
Post by: craig on May 02, 2018, 02:03:14 pm
3-0 after 3.  It's going to be a great comeback thriller when they win this one. 
Title: Re: Today's Game 2018
Post by: Dave23 on May 02, 2018, 02:10:17 pm
Andy Fletcher is Laz Diaz-lite.
Title: Re: Today's Game 2018
Post by: Robb on May 02, 2018, 02:16:08 pm
4-0 now, a chance for an even bigger comeback!
Title: Re: Today's Game 2018
Post by: Chris27 on May 02, 2018, 02:22:28 pm
Why is it that when the Cubs win a bidding war they end up the loser?

At this rate Harper would OPS 650 if the Cubs signed him.
Title: Re: Today's Game 2018
Post by: brjones on May 02, 2018, 02:22:51 pm
Three weak ground balls for the Cubs in the third. This has been an ugly game so far.
Title: Re: Today's Game 2018
Post by: mO on May 02, 2018, 02:23:54 pm
Wind's blowing out right?
Title: Re: Today's Game 2018
Post by: Robb on May 02, 2018, 02:24:38 pm
1 hit so far. Tyler Anderson is just too good. It's not the offense.
Title: Re: Today's Game 2018
Post by: brjones on May 02, 2018, 02:25:54 pm
Cubs were hitting .189/.247/.282 as a team over the last 7 games coming into today. They're slightly worse than that now.
Title: Re: Today's Game 2018
Post by: dev on May 02, 2018, 02:27:31 pm
Yu Heyward...they better not trade Alozyoy
Title: Re: Today's Game 2018
Post by: Robb on May 02, 2018, 02:28:41 pm
Is it just me, or does Charlie Blackmon bat every inning?
Title: Re: Today's Game 2018
Post by: Robb on May 02, 2018, 02:30:04 pm
Cubs were hitting .189/.247/.282 as a team over the last 7 games coming into today. They're slightly worse than that now.
They can't blamed the weather any more. They'll have to find another excuse.
Title: Re: Today's Game 2018
Post by: mO on May 02, 2018, 02:38:47 pm
Bryant has been stuck on 2 HRs for some time now...
Title: Re: Today's Game 2018
Post by: mO on May 02, 2018, 02:46:54 pm
Rizzo homered. 4-1 Rox.
Title: Re: Today's Game 2018
Post by: craig on May 02, 2018, 02:49:53 pm
I'm sure deeg is right, it must have been collusion that caused the rest of baseball to under-bid on Yu. 
Title: Re: Today's Game 2018
Post by: Chris27 on May 02, 2018, 02:52:34 pm
Rockies hit another homer off Yu. ERA creeping towards six.
Title: Re: Today's Game 2018
Post by: Chris27 on May 02, 2018, 02:53:21 pm
Whoops. Another homer.

Now it has hit 6.00
Title: Re: Today's Game 2018
Post by: mO on May 02, 2018, 02:54:10 pm
Rockies hit 2 more homers off Yu. ERA creeping towards six.

fify
Title: Re: Today's Game 2018
Post by: Robb on May 02, 2018, 02:55:44 pm
I am guessing those Yuuuuus will be booos when he is taken out.
Title: Re: Today's Game 2018
Post by: Robb on May 02, 2018, 03:11:15 pm
Another quiet inning of futility by the Cubs offense. Bryant, Rizzo and Contreras have 6 homers combined this year. To put that into perspective, Pablo Sandoval has that many by himself. It is a miracle the Cubs are over .500 and tied for the division with their best hitters doing so little. Bryant's other stats are decent, but he still struggles with men on and since returning has contributed once that I can think of. History tells us Rizzo and Bryant will pick it up. Contreras is so young it is hard to know if last year was an aberration or not.
Title: Re: Today's Game 2018
Post by: Robb on May 02, 2018, 03:16:52 pm
I wonder if Mike Montgomery knows his role yet. Apparently, it is mop up duty. Enjoy!
Title: Re: Today's Game 2018
Post by: Dave23 on May 02, 2018, 03:17:41 pm
And Sandoval's a backup player/spot pitcher...
Title: Re: Today's Game 2018
Post by: Robb on May 02, 2018, 03:21:51 pm
Forget his ERA for a minute, Darvish has only completed 5 innings in 2 of his 6 starts so far.
Title: Re: Today's Game 2018
Post by: CUBluejays on May 02, 2018, 03:22:30 pm
That was a horrible Javy AB.
Title: Re: Today's Game 2018
Post by: Chris27 on May 02, 2018, 03:23:42 pm
Bryant homers down 6-1. He and Heyward must practice that.
Title: Re: Today's Game 2018
Post by: Jack Birdbath on May 02, 2018, 03:27:01 pm
Bryant's other stats are decent, but he still struggles with men on.

Small sample and all but with men on, Bryant is .310/.488/.448 and an sOPS+ of 154. And in the all important RISP category, he's .400/.583/.600 and sOPS+ of 221. So, not struggling.
Title: Re: Today's Game 2018
Post by: Robb on May 02, 2018, 03:27:08 pm
Take out his first start against the Dbacks and Tyler Anderson's ERA is 2.50 for the year. When he did get that good?
Title: Re: Today's Game 2018
Post by: Chris27 on May 02, 2018, 03:31:55 pm
Bryant has 15 at-bats with RISP the whole year.
Title: Re: Today's Game 2018
Post by: Jack Birdbath on May 02, 2018, 03:33:19 pm
Bryant has 15 at-bats with RISP the whole year.

Yeah, I know that's why I mentioned a small sample. But it's objectively true that he has not struggled there.
Title: Re: Today's Game 2018
Post by: brjones on May 02, 2018, 03:34:41 pm
More sloppy play as Montgomery doesn't get over to first base quickly enough.
Title: Re: Today's Game 2018
Post by: Dave23 on May 02, 2018, 03:56:22 pm
The Rockies are playing "elevate and celebrate", and the Cubs are hitting grounders.

Except for Zobrist, who is hitting fly balls to the track with the wind howling out.
Title: Re: Today's Game 2018
Post by: mO on May 02, 2018, 03:59:36 pm
Cubs haven't scored more than 3 runs in a game in a week.
Title: Re: Today's Game 2018
Post by: Ron on May 02, 2018, 04:26:13 pm
I know it's early (particularly where the length of his contract is concerned), but when should we start to be concerned about Darvish (4.18 ERA, 1.42 WHIP)? Looking to Deeg for reassurance.  ;)

And for that matter, Montgomery (5.67 ERA, 1.8 WHIP)?
Title: Re: Today's Game 2018
Post by: mO on May 02, 2018, 04:27:53 pm
The Rockies are playing "elevate and celebrate", and the Cubs are hitting grounders.

Except for Zobrist, who is hitting fly balls to the track with the wind howling out.

This was my frustration last night too.  Wind blowing out, get it in the air! But everything was on the ground.  Rizzo's homer last night was not hit that well, just up.
Title: Re: Today's Game 2018
Post by: Bennett on May 02, 2018, 04:44:59 pm
A lackluster uninspiring effort from what looked like a second division team.
Title: Re: Today's Game 2018
Post by: Chris27 on May 02, 2018, 07:27:26 pm
I know it's early (particularly where the length of his contract is concerned), but when should we start to be concerned about Darvish (4.18 ERA, 1.42 WHIP)? Looking to Deeg for reassurance.  ;)


Yu wished his stats looked that good.
Title: Re: Today's Game 2018
Post by: craig on May 02, 2018, 09:33:03 pm
Yu seems kind of empty-headed sometimes.  Two of the runs today results from Yu giveaways, right?  One time, he didn't cover 1B.  Free baserunner, extra out to play with.  Another, runner on 2nd with one out, Yu was clueless, the guy took a walking/running lead, Yu was clueless, and the guy ran over to 3B unrestrained; then scores on an infield bounce-out. 
And then of course he walked guys early in innings twice, both of which ended up scoring. 

He just doesn't seem to have much awareness. 
Title: Re: Today's Game 2018
Post by: CurtOne on May 02, 2018, 09:43:40 pm
Wasn't the story last fall that he was tipping pitches.  Maybe he still is.
Title: Re: Today's Game 2018
Post by: brjones on May 02, 2018, 09:48:56 pm
I wonder if they might bring up Gimenez soon. Caratini is barely playing, so he'd probably benefit from more frequent ABs in AAA. And it's probably worth trying out a catcher who Darvish likes to work with in his next start.
Title: Re: Today's Game 2018
Post by: Chris27 on May 04, 2018, 03:04:29 am
Be a good idea to start playing quality baseball. Cubs have 10 games against the Reds, Marlins, and White Sox over the next two plus weeks as well as the set in St. Louis.
Title: Re: Today's Game 2018
Post by: Playtwo on May 04, 2018, 08:33:18 am
Nice article on the Cubs-Cardinals rivalry:

http://www.stltoday.com/sports/baseball/professional/rivalry-on-the-field-more-intense-for-cardinals-now-that/article_8e546fe1-9a9f-5b95-a616-44d3f9074fc8.html
Title: Re: Today's Game 2018
Post by: Bennett on May 04, 2018, 03:15:29 pm
(https://pbs.twimg.com/media/DcYNkMUUQAEbALL.jpg:small)
Title: Re: Today's Game 2018
Post by: Chris27 on May 04, 2018, 03:19:06 pm
Didn't take long for Baez to go from the second spot to eighth.
Title: Re: Today's Game 2018
Post by: Robb on May 04, 2018, 07:09:36 pm
Joe said before the game that this lineup is more where each guy belongs.
Title: Re: Today's Game 2018
Post by: brjones on May 04, 2018, 07:32:35 pm
Quintana isn't aggressive enough once he gets up 0-2 or 1-2. He's gotten way ahead of both Pham and Carpenter, but then his next 2-3 pitches have been nowhere close to the zone. He seems to do that a lot.
Title: Re: Today's Game 2018
Post by: brjones on May 04, 2018, 07:35:54 pm
One out walk to Carpenter followed by a single on a fly ball that Almora should've caught. Sloppy defense must be contagious.
Title: Re: Today's Game 2018
Post by: brjones on May 04, 2018, 07:37:22 pm
Ozuna singles, Schwarber throws Carpenter out at the plate.
Title: Re: Today's Game 2018
Post by: brjones on May 04, 2018, 07:53:14 pm
Baez makes another error. He's not good at shortstop.
Title: Re: Today's Game 2018
Post by: brjones on May 04, 2018, 07:54:24 pm
The Baez error allowed Fowler to reach. Quintana got up 1-2, then threw 2 pitches that Fowler would never chase. So 3 out of 6 batters so far have gone way down in the count, then Quintana has fooled around and taken the count full.
Title: Re: Today's Game 2018
Post by: brjones on May 04, 2018, 07:55:55 pm
Now Gyorko reaches on an infield single where Rizzo comes off the base. The defense has been so sloppy lately.
Title: Re: Today's Game 2018
Post by: Chris27 on May 04, 2018, 07:56:00 pm
Someone wake me when the Cubs look like the team they do on paper.
Title: Re: Today's Game 2018
Post by: brjones on May 04, 2018, 07:58:17 pm
Fly out to right. Inning should be over, but Cubs defense has only gotten one out so far.

Up 0-2 on Mikolas. Let's see if Quintana will at least attack the zone against the pitcher. (Yes he does, good job)
Title: Re: Today's Game 2018
Post by: brjones on May 04, 2018, 08:00:54 pm
Pham 3 run homer.

The narrative will be Quintana not pitching well enough...but we're still only in the second inning, and the defense has failed to make 3 easy outs already tonight. That's the bigger problem.
Title: Re: Today's Game 2018
Post by: Chris27 on May 04, 2018, 08:00:57 pm
That should be enough.
Title: Re: Today's Game 2018
Post by: Robb on May 04, 2018, 08:04:12 pm
With Carpenter hitting .160 on the year, you simply can't let Pham beat you there. Just like last series, the Rockies had two guys not struggling and they killed the Cubs.
Title: Re: Today's Game 2018
Post by: Chris27 on May 04, 2018, 08:04:26 pm
St. Louis loses Lance Lynn who has been one of the worst pitchers in baseball in Minnesota. Replaces him with Miles Mikolas who has a 3 ERA and sub-1.00 WHIP.

We, otoh, can't get good performances out of Quintana or Darvish.
Title: Re: Today's Game 2018
Post by: brjones on May 04, 2018, 08:05:43 pm
I know I say this all the time, but it's ridiculous that pitchers still hit in the NL.
Title: Re: Today's Game 2018
Post by: Chris27 on May 04, 2018, 08:09:15 pm
Mikolas looks like someone who works at Chucky Cheese but throws 97 mph.

Title: Re: Today's Game 2018
Post by: brjones on May 04, 2018, 08:13:47 pm
Hit and a walk to start the 3rd for Quintana. Already 56 pitches, so he'll be lucky to go more than 5 tonight.
Title: Re: Today's Game 2018
Post by: Robb on May 04, 2018, 08:14:41 pm
Hope Montgomery is ready to go tonight. Looks like he'll be needed shortly.
Title: Re: Today's Game 2018
Post by: Chris27 on May 04, 2018, 08:14:51 pm
You mean he'll be lucky to give up less than 5.
Title: Re: Today's Game 2018
Post by: Robb on May 04, 2018, 08:15:48 pm
I almost got Molina's ends any suspense here so I can go watch something else tonight. Almost, but it's the Cardinals so I can't do it.
Title: Re: Today's Game 2018
Post by: Robb on May 04, 2018, 08:16:23 pm
He's already given up too much for this offense.
Title: Re: Today's Game 2018
Post by: Robb on May 04, 2018, 08:17:38 pm
Cease AND Eloy for this guy, right?
Title: Re: Today's Game 2018
Post by: Robb on May 04, 2018, 08:18:59 pm
Fowler came into this game 1-22 against lefties. Quintana walks him.
Title: Re: Today's Game 2018
Post by: Robb on May 04, 2018, 08:19:47 pm
Cubs pitchers have to be the worst nibblers in the league.
Title: Re: Today's Game 2018
Post by: brjones on May 04, 2018, 08:21:19 pm
I still think it'll look like a good trade for the Cubs in the end. If the defense makes easy plays in the first two innings, this is still a scoreless game.

Quintana's did it again against Gyorko--got up 0-2, then threw a pitch a foot outside, then threw a pitch that bounced in front of the plate. I get you don't want to come right down the middle, but why throw two waste pitches that Baez in his deepest slump probably wouldn't swing at?
Title: Re: Today's Game 2018
Post by: Chris27 on May 04, 2018, 08:24:29 pm
Quote
Cubs will have to break a string of 8 straight scoring 3 or fewer to win this game. Last time they went 9 or more with 3 or less was 2006.

https://twitter.com/ESPNChiCubs/status/992569772872265728
Title: Re: Today's Game 2018
Post by: brjones on May 04, 2018, 08:29:25 pm
Cubs hit nothing but grounders in the 4th.
Title: Re: Today's Game 2018
Post by: brjones on May 04, 2018, 08:46:29 pm
1 out single for Baez, double for Happ. 2nd and 3rd, 1 out for Zobrist. He's who you want up here.
Title: Re: Today's Game 2018
Post by: brjones on May 04, 2018, 08:48:22 pm
Zobrist watches strike 3. Cubs are allergic to doing anything with runners on third with less than 2 out.
Title: Re: Today's Game 2018
Post by: Chris27 on May 04, 2018, 08:48:57 pm
Don't worry, Bryant's up.
Title: Re: Today's Game 2018
Post by: brjones on May 04, 2018, 08:49:01 pm
And Bryant grounds out on the first pitch. Just awful.
Title: Re: Today's Game 2018
Post by: Deeg on May 04, 2018, 08:58:08 pm
I still think it'll look like a good trade for the Cubs in the end. If the defense makes easy plays in the first two innings, this is still a scoreless game.


I think there's little chance that trade isn't one we deeply regret, especially considering Verlander was basically begging to come to Chicago and would have cost substantially less in prospects.
Title: Re: Today's Game 2018
Post by: CUBluejays on May 04, 2018, 09:08:45 pm
Verlander was horrible at the time the Cubs made the trade and expensive. He would have pushed the Cubs over the lux tax. Only in hind sight is it a good trade and that is coming from someone wanted to trade for Verlander last year when he was sucking.
Title: Re: Today's Game 2018
Post by: brjones on May 04, 2018, 09:10:44 pm
Rizzo reaches on an infield single to start the 6th, then the Cubs go down quickly.
Title: Re: Today's Game 2018
Post by: Robb on May 04, 2018, 09:20:17 pm
This offense is offensive.
Title: Re: Today's Game 2018
Post by: brjones on May 04, 2018, 09:23:19 pm
In a week or two, this dysfunctional offense will have an 8 game stretch where they score 60 runs. They'll be back near the top of the league in runs scored, and people will think this is a good offense again.
Title: Re: Today's Game 2018
Post by: brjones on May 04, 2018, 09:37:21 pm
Bryant/Rizzo/Contreras are getting a fourth shot at Mikolas. I bet they do nothing.
Title: Re: Today's Game 2018
Post by: brjones on May 04, 2018, 09:38:22 pm
Bryant leadoff double. I bet he doesn't score.
Title: Re: Today's Game 2018
Post by: brjones on May 04, 2018, 09:39:04 pm
Mikolas out.
Title: Re: Today's Game 2018
Post by: brjones on May 04, 2018, 09:41:27 pm
Rizzo pops weakly to RF.
Title: Re: Today's Game 2018
Post by: brjones on May 04, 2018, 09:48:33 pm
Long delay between batters--Leone came in, but got hurt warming up. Now Gregerson is going to pitch to Contreras.
Title: Re: Today's Game 2018
Post by: brjones on May 04, 2018, 09:54:03 pm
Contreras hacks at a pitch almost in the dirt on 3-2. 2 outs.
Title: Re: Today's Game 2018
Post by: brjones on May 04, 2018, 09:56:36 pm
And Schwarber grounds out. Leadoff double, and nothing else. They really needed to do something about this offense in the offseason.
Title: Re: Today's Game 2018
Post by: Robb on May 04, 2018, 09:56:50 pm
Contreras needs to bat 8th for a while more than Baez.
Title: Re: Today's Game 2018
Post by: brjones on May 04, 2018, 10:09:29 pm
Almora single, Heyward lineout to the track in LF, and Baez single. La Stella up as the tying run.
Title: Re: Today's Game 2018
Post by: brjones on May 04, 2018, 10:11:20 pm
La Stella RBI single, Baez goes to third. 3-1. Big teaser rally.
Title: Re: Today's Game 2018
Post by: brjones on May 04, 2018, 10:14:21 pm
Zobrist FC, 3-2.

Too bad Zobrist couldn't get that run home from 3rd with 1 out in the 5th. Would've been tied right now.
Title: Re: Today's Game 2018
Post by: brjones on May 04, 2018, 10:15:59 pm
Bryant misses a 90 mph pitch right down the middle on the first pitch.

Foul pop on a hanging slider right down the middle on the second pitch.

Grounder to third to end it.
Title: Re: Today's Game 2018
Post by: CUBluejays on May 04, 2018, 10:18:36 pm
That was a frustrating game.
Title: Re: Today's Game 2018
Post by: brjones on May 04, 2018, 10:20:00 pm
Almost every game is a frustrating game with this team. Including last year's postseason, we're over 200 games now with this mix of players that just is far less than the sum of their parts.
Title: Re: Today's Game 2018
Post by: CUBluejays on May 04, 2018, 10:29:29 pm
This team has won 292 games, been to 3 NLCS and won a World Series. I’ll take that type of frustration every freaking year.
Title: Re: Today's Game 2018
Post by: Deeg on May 04, 2018, 11:18:16 pm
Just as a devils advocate, the team that won the WS had Fowler. I wouldn’t have paid him what the Cardinals did, but it does seem as if we haven’t been the same since.
Title: Re: Today's Game 2018
Post by: Robb on May 04, 2018, 11:30:37 pm
That team had Fowler and a much more effective Zobrist.
Title: Re: Today's Game 2018
Post by: CUBluejays on May 04, 2018, 11:57:01 pm
The Cubs won the Central and made the NLCS. Last year was a good year. Hell 2016 was close to ended in the NLDS. Winning a World Series is hard.
Title: Re: Today's Game 2018
Post by: mO on May 05, 2018, 12:00:32 am
Who's talking about winning the World Series?!? How about scoring more than 3 runs in a game?
Title: Re: Today's Game 2018
Post by: brjones on May 05, 2018, 01:33:21 pm
Chatwood has thrown only 5 strikes in his first 15 pitches.

Gets a K for his first out on pitch #16.
Title: Re: Today's Game 2018
Post by: davep on May 05, 2018, 01:50:34 pm
Cubs just got a hit with a runner in scoring position.
Title: Re: Today's Game 2018
Post by: brjones on May 05, 2018, 01:50:45 pm
Cubs have bases loaded, no outs in the second. Baez/Chatwood/Zobrist due.
Title: Re: Today's Game 2018
Post by: davep on May 05, 2018, 01:53:22 pm
Hit with runner in scoring position didn't help, so not the strategy is to ground out with runner in scoring position.

Cub ahead, 1 - 0
Title: Re: Today's Game 2018
Post by: brjones on May 05, 2018, 01:56:35 pm
Russell was safe, they should overturn this. Molina was probably illegally blocking the plate too.
Title: Re: Today's Game 2018
Post by: davep on May 05, 2018, 01:58:10 pm
Another failure to get a hit with runner in scoring position.  This team sucks.
Title: Re: Today's Game 2018
Post by: davep on May 05, 2018, 01:59:16 pm
Finally.
Title: Re: Today's Game 2018
Post by: brjones on May 05, 2018, 02:01:16 pm
Wow, Cubs have scored 4 in the second inning.
Title: Re: Today's Game 2018
Post by: mO on May 05, 2018, 02:07:21 pm
4 runs!!!! It's a miracle!!!
Title: Re: Today's Game 2018
Post by: davep on May 05, 2018, 02:08:45 pm
If you hit the ball hard enough, you will score runs.
Title: Re: Today's Game 2018
Post by: davep on May 05, 2018, 02:09:13 pm
And sometimes, even if you don't hit the ball hard enough.
Title: Re: Today's Game 2018
Post by: Chris27 on May 05, 2018, 02:10:24 pm
Definitely the latter that inning.
Title: Re: Today's Game 2018
Post by: Chris27 on May 05, 2018, 02:14:49 pm
Russell saves Chatwood for now with a great play, overturned on replay.
Title: Re: Today's Game 2018
Post by: brjones on May 05, 2018, 02:15:26 pm
Bad umpiring so far. Good thing there is replay.
Title: Re: Today's Game 2018
Post by: brjones on May 05, 2018, 02:16:09 pm
Pham also left the game with groin tightness.
Title: Re: Today's Game 2018
Post by: Chris27 on May 05, 2018, 02:17:01 pm
Game is an hour old after two innings. 93 pitches thrown thus far.
Title: Re: Today's Game 2018
Post by: brjones on May 05, 2018, 02:43:56 pm
Chatwood is so frustrating to watch.
Title: Re: Today's Game 2018
Post by: brjones on May 05, 2018, 02:45:52 pm
Chatwood has loaded the bases with no outs in the fourth with 2 walks and a HBP. His inability to throw strikes is going to catch up to him sooner or later.
Title: Re: Today's Game 2018
Post by: PRCubFan on May 05, 2018, 02:48:32 pm
Walks, HPB, and errors.  This team is playing awful right now. 
Title: Re: Today's Game 2018
Post by: brjones on May 05, 2018, 02:49:01 pm
Sac fly, 4-1.

More sloppy defense--Rizzo decides to throw to second even though he doesn't have much of a chance (and no chance for a DP), and Russell drops the ball. So still only 1 out, 4-2.

Stupid decision to throw to second, now they've opened the door for a big inning. It would still be 4-1 with 2 outs if Rizzo had just taken the sure out at first base.
Title: Re: Today's Game 2018
Post by: brjones on May 05, 2018, 02:50:08 pm
Now a stolen base. So Rizzo's dumb throw ends up making no difference in where the runners are...the Cubs just have 1 out instead of 2.
Title: Re: Today's Game 2018
Post by: brjones on May 05, 2018, 02:51:31 pm
Schwarber can't catch a fly ball, tie game.

Chatwood is terrible. He's gotten by so far overall, but it's been luck. You can't put this many runners on base for free and be a successful pitcher.
Title: Re: Today's Game 2018
Post by: Robb on May 05, 2018, 03:10:08 pm
Chatwood is a mess. He either needs to change his delivery or get mental help. Or maybe breathe through his left eyelid or something.
Title: Re: Today's Game 2018
Post by: Chris27 on May 05, 2018, 03:10:28 pm
Chatwood gone after 4+ and another walk.
Title: Re: Today's Game 2018
Post by: brjones on May 05, 2018, 03:12:27 pm
So 5 BB and 2 HBP through 4+ innings today for Chatwood.

He's walking 7.44 per 9 IP so far this year.
Title: Re: Today's Game 2018
Post by: Robb on May 05, 2018, 03:12:55 pm
Montgomery should hit Wong again, but harder.
Title: Re: Today's Game 2018
Post by: Robb on May 05, 2018, 03:17:17 pm
Chatwood walked 4 per nine 2 years ago, 4.7 last year and coming into this start was at 6.7. He has always been a little wild, but nothing like this. Can anyone name a pitcher doing better than his career numbers so far other than Edwards? Hickey doesn't seem to have helped anyone yet.
Title: Re: Today's Game 2018
Post by: Chris27 on May 05, 2018, 03:18:19 pm
Baez homers. Cubs have the lead again.
Title: Re: Today's Game 2018
Post by: Robb on May 05, 2018, 03:19:02 pm
Baez hits an 0-2 dinger off a pitch at his shoetops.
Title: Re: Today's Game 2018
Post by: Chris27 on May 05, 2018, 03:20:44 pm
Montgomery lifted for Happ. Not sure I'd be so quick with the hook there.
Title: Re: Today's Game 2018
Post by: CurtOne on May 05, 2018, 03:22:02 pm
Montgomery lifted for Happ. Not sure I'd be so quick with the hook there.
Well, maybe he thinks he still has to find the one that sucks, not realizing he was our starter.
Title: Re: Today's Game 2018
Post by: Chris27 on May 05, 2018, 03:28:18 pm
Strop pitching in his house of horrors again.
Title: Re: Today's Game 2018
Post by: Robb on May 05, 2018, 03:30:40 pm
Schwarber is not what I'd call graceful in left field. Somehow he fell down, ruined his shoe, and got up to make the catch of a routine fly ball.
Title: Re: Today's Game 2018
Post by: Robb on May 05, 2018, 03:31:26 pm
Heyward made what feels like the first good defensive play in a long time for the Cubs to end the inning.
Title: Re: Today's Game 2018
Post by: davep on May 05, 2018, 03:32:48 pm
Rather hard to describe this play.  High fly to left.  Schwarber drifts back, trips on his own shoe, falls down flat, gets up, catches the ball.  Then takes his shoe off, goes into the dug out to replace his shoe.
Title: Re: Today's Game 2018
Post by: Chris27 on May 05, 2018, 03:35:56 pm
Rizzo homers.

I guess if that's the way they have to score......
Title: Re: Today's Game 2018
Post by: davep on May 05, 2018, 03:36:28 pm
Chatwood walked 4 per nine 2 years ago, 4.7 last year and coming into this start was at 6.7. He has always been a little wild, but nothing like this. Can anyone name a pitcher doing better than his career numbers so far other than Edwards? Hickey doesn't seem to have helped anyone yet.

Hickey has helped the pitchers as much as Davis has helped the hitters.
Title: Re: Today's Game 2018
Post by: Chris27 on May 05, 2018, 03:36:51 pm
Think Schwarber's shoe tore. Pretty amazing he made the catch under those circumstances.
Title: Re: Today's Game 2018
Post by: Robb on May 05, 2018, 03:39:05 pm
Contreras doesn't look confident at the dish at all. He is really a drag on the offense right now. It is sure nice to see Rizzo heating up though.
Title: Re: Today's Game 2018
Post by: Chris27 on May 05, 2018, 03:40:35 pm
Strop still in there.
Title: Re: Today's Game 2018
Post by: Robb on May 05, 2018, 03:44:50 pm
Nice job by Strop. Maybe he exercised his demons there.
Title: Re: Today's Game 2018
Post by: davep on May 05, 2018, 03:46:04 pm
I like to see Maddon letting Strop pitch in the second inning.  I wish he would do more of that,  I hate the concept of one inning relievers, especially when they have pitched well the first inning.
Title: Re: Today's Game 2018
Post by: Chris27 on May 05, 2018, 04:11:53 pm
There is at least one bright spot individually this year in Edwards. He is a beast.
Title: Re: Today's Game 2018
Post by: Chris27 on May 05, 2018, 04:32:44 pm
Saw that coming about a million miles away.
Title: Re: Today's Game 2018
Post by: Jack Birdbath on May 05, 2018, 04:42:04 pm
Bryant really **** up in the 9th. No excuse not to be on 3rd and eventually score there.
Title: Re: Today's Game 2018
Post by: Chris27 on May 05, 2018, 04:45:15 pm
They wouldn't have gotten him in anyway.
Title: Re: Today's Game 2018
Post by: Robb on May 05, 2018, 04:56:51 pm
Caratini couldn't hit it much harder than that but right at Carpenter. Now Farrell is in. Hopefully he can look as good as his first outing. The Cardinals don't have much left in their pen.
Title: Re: Today's Game 2018
Post by: Chris27 on May 05, 2018, 04:56:56 pm
Caratini robbed by Carpenter of all people. Cubs would've had the lead.

Now Farrell in to grab the L.
Title: Re: Today's Game 2018
Post by: Chris27 on May 05, 2018, 04:57:25 pm
And there it is.

Title: Re: Today's Game 2018
Post by: davep on May 05, 2018, 04:57:29 pm
Naturally, Carpenter makes an outstanding play to end the 10th and prevent the go ahead run.
Title: Re: Today's Game 2018
Post by: Chris27 on May 05, 2018, 04:58:02 pm
Embarrassing ourselves in St. Louis is a Cubs tradition that never seems to end. Two games in a row.
Title: Re: Today's Game 2018
Post by: Robert L on May 05, 2018, 04:59:19 pm
time to fire Joe  and stupid lineups!!!!
Title: Re: Today's Game 2018
Post by: Chris27 on May 05, 2018, 05:01:05 pm
Still waiting for one part of this team that looks good.
Title: Re: Today's Game 2018
Post by: grrrrlacher on May 05, 2018, 05:01:39 pm
Still waiting for one part of this team that looks good.

Edwards?
Title: Re: Today's Game 2018
Post by: Bennett on May 06, 2018, 09:49:02 am
Mark Gonzales  @MDGonzales
Error charged to Rizzo changed to error on Russell for "failure to catch throw" during four-run fourth

It was still a poor decision by Rizzo to make the throw.
Title: Re: Today's Game 2018
Post by: Bennett on May 06, 2018, 02:38:43 pm
An almost perfect evening for a ballgame as Joe Maddon tries a new lineup

(https://pbs.twimg.com/media/DciZsbdXUAI21Ee.jpg:small)
Title: Re: Today's Game 2018
Post by: Robert L on May 06, 2018, 02:49:49 pm
fire Joe another dumb lineup
Title: Re: Today's Game 2018
Post by: Deeg on May 06, 2018, 04:46:16 pm
That one does smack of random desperation. Not that it's a bad idea the way things are going.
Title: Re: Today's Game 2018
Post by: Robb on May 06, 2018, 04:51:54 pm
Almora is 3 for 5 off Wacha. Small sample but Heyward is 2-14. Might have been good to sit Jhey tonight.
Title: Re: Today's Game 2018
Post by: Deeg on May 06, 2018, 05:33:35 pm
I guess you can’t use him at C given Lester’s mental brittleness, but Caratini is a bat I wouldn’t mind having in the lineup for a while.
Title: Re: Today's Game 2018
Post by: Chris27 on May 06, 2018, 07:50:49 pm
2nd and 3rd, nobody out to start the game, and the Cubs score one. The MVP K'd, Rizzo hit a sac fly, and Russell K'd.
Title: Re: Today's Game 2018
Post by: Chris27 on May 06, 2018, 07:57:35 pm
Contreras bails Lester out for the moment. Lester again pumping 87 mph fastballs. Whatever metric claims he's averaging 91+ is drunk.
Title: Re: Today's Game 2018
Post by: Chris27 on May 06, 2018, 08:12:10 pm
Lester got that one to 91 and Gyorko hit it out.
Title: Re: Today's Game 2018
Post by: CUBluejays on May 06, 2018, 08:29:54 pm
You realize a cutter and sinker are different from a 4 seam fastball don’t you?
Title: Re: Today's Game 2018
Post by: Chris27 on May 06, 2018, 08:30:38 pm
Schwarber tries to take 2nd on a ball in the dirt and Molina's replacement throws him out by 5 feet.
Title: Re: Today's Game 2018
Post by: Chris27 on May 06, 2018, 08:30:54 pm
Nope, had no idea.
Title: Re: Today's Game 2018
Post by: CUBluejays on May 06, 2018, 09:01:23 pm
Well his cutter is averaging 88....
Title: Re: Today's Game 2018
Post by: Robb on May 06, 2018, 09:06:44 pm
Lester looks a little slower this year, but with his reportoire, I don't think 1 mph is that big a deal. The biggest issue is his increased walk rate. He hasn't had the command he normally has. This game is more of the same, he is up to 51 pitches and just starting the 4th inning.
Title: Re: Today's Game 2018
Post by: Robb on May 06, 2018, 09:22:55 pm
It sure looked like someone threw their gum at Ian Happ on Ozuna's fly ball.
Title: Re: Today's Game 2018
Post by: Robb on May 06, 2018, 09:23:20 pm
Gyrko just missed homer number 2.
Title: Re: Today's Game 2018
Post by: Robb on May 06, 2018, 09:27:46 pm
Nice escape by Lester. Bases loaded 3-1 count to the pitcher but gets out of it.
Title: Re: Today's Game 2018
Post by: Robb on May 06, 2018, 09:35:55 pm
We often complain about umpires calling balls and strikes but this ump has been terrific. Maybe the best all year.
Title: Re: Today's Game 2018
Post by: Chris27 on May 06, 2018, 09:42:21 pm
Lester's topping out at 91. He used to throw 93-94. Has he hits those numbers at any point this season?
Title: Re: Today's Game 2018
Post by: Robb on May 06, 2018, 09:46:02 pm
He hit 92 several times tonight. His velocity is fine.
Title: Re: Today's Game 2018
Post by: Robb on May 06, 2018, 10:05:16 pm
Russell had a nice at bat to end Wacha's night, doubling to center right. Happ, not so much.
Title: Re: Today's Game 2018
Post by: CUBluejays on May 06, 2018, 10:06:50 pm
94.55 against Cleveland. Topped out at 95.06 last year.
Title: Re: Today's Game 2018
Post by: vander-built on May 06, 2018, 10:07:14 pm
Damnit Joe.
Title: Re: Today's Game 2018
Post by: CUBluejays on May 06, 2018, 10:09:39 pm
Why this part of the game order has been getting good swings against Lester?
Title: Re: Today's Game 2018
Post by: CUBluejays on May 06, 2018, 10:17:00 pm
Heyward whiffs on the third out and Wong hits gets a triple to score Gryko.
Title: Re: Today's Game 2018
Post by: craig on May 06, 2018, 10:17:31 pm
Heyward misses a fly ball, tying run scores.
Title: Re: Today's Game 2018
Post by: brjones on May 06, 2018, 10:18:02 pm
Heyward needs to get his eyes checked. He's already missed more catchable balls this year than he did in his first two years with the Cubs combined.
Title: Re: Today's Game 2018
Post by: Robb on May 06, 2018, 10:18:55 pm
I made the mistake off giving the ump a compliment. On the porch before Heywards idiocy, he didn't call strike three.
Title: Re: Today's Game 2018
Post by: CUBluejays on May 06, 2018, 10:18:57 pm
Wilson 1 pitches Pham to get out of the inning.
Title: Re: Today's Game 2018
Post by: Robb on May 06, 2018, 10:19:36 pm
Could the Cubs play any worse defense this series?
Title: Re: Today's Game 2018
Post by: Robb on May 06, 2018, 10:30:44 pm
Steve Lyons and his 5.89 era is just baffling Cubs hitters.
Title: Re: Today's Game 2018
Post by: Chris27 on May 06, 2018, 10:48:11 pm
Schwarber at 2nd, nobody out, and Bryant, Rizzo, and Russell all ground to the shortstop.

This should end about as well as the last two games.
Title: Re: Today's Game 2018
Post by: Chris27 on May 06, 2018, 11:03:14 pm
Duensing bails out Edwards. To the 9th.
Title: Re: Today's Game 2018
Post by: Dihard on May 06, 2018, 11:03:23 pm
Too early to call Duensing a bright spot? He bailed out Carl’s Jr. tonight


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Title: Re: Today's Game 2018
Post by: Chris27 on May 06, 2018, 11:03:35 pm
Cubs are 0-8 w/ RISP

24th on the season, but 29th in OPS in those situations. The Cubs have two home runs with a RISP. The next worst team has four.
Title: Re: Today's Game 2018
Post by: DelMarFan on May 06, 2018, 11:07:25 pm
I'm afraid Edwards has a thing about not being good in his second inning of work.  Hope I'm wrong.
Title: Re: Today's Game 2018
Post by: mO on May 06, 2018, 11:07:54 pm
Does Ian Happ close his eyes when he swings?

Looks like it.
Title: Re: Today's Game 2018
Post by: Chris27 on May 06, 2018, 11:10:03 pm
Mother of god, does anyone have more predictable at-bat outcomes than Heyward's grounders to 2nd and popups to left?
Title: Re: Today's Game 2018
Post by: Robb on May 06, 2018, 11:37:01 pm
Nothing nothing nothing on offense. The Cardinals hitters are patient, taking their walks. Cubs hitters look anxious, swinging at everything.
Title: Re: Today's Game 2018
Post by: Robb on May 06, 2018, 11:38:44 pm
Morrow is about to cause the second loss in a row.
Title: Re: Today's Game 2018
Post by: Chris27 on May 06, 2018, 11:40:24 pm
Gets the GIDP and escapes. Can the Cubs get a run against this vaunted St. Louis staff?
Title: Re: Today's Game 2018
Post by: Robb on May 06, 2018, 11:47:22 pm
I wonder if St Louis will have to replant the sod on their infield with all the left turns back to the dugout by Cubs hitters.
Title: Re: Today's Game 2018
Post by: Chris27 on May 06, 2018, 11:48:40 pm
Have to tip your cap to Sam Tuivailala.
Title: Re: Today's Game 2018
Post by: Robb on May 07, 2018, 12:12:20 am
Two hits with two outs but a weak grounder ends it. Cards with another chance to end the misery.
Title: Re: Today's Game 2018
Post by: Robb on May 07, 2018, 12:16:08 am
This game started over 6 hours ago.
Title: Re: Today's Game 2018
Post by: Chris27 on May 07, 2018, 12:18:43 am
Montgomery cleanly through the 12.

Schwarber had a 12-pitch flyout last time, I think he's due.
Title: Re: Today's Game 2018
Post by: Chris27 on May 07, 2018, 12:23:48 am
Heart of the order with three groundouts.
Title: Re: Today's Game 2018
Post by: Robb on May 07, 2018, 12:25:04 am
Took the 2-4 hitters 6 pitches to get themselves out that inning. I'm going to bed. Good luck Cubs.
Title: Re: Today's Game 2018
Post by: Chris27 on May 07, 2018, 12:34:45 am
Montgomery works around a walk.

Pen's been great, not much left in it.
Title: Re: Today's Game 2018
Post by: Chris27 on May 07, 2018, 12:38:04 am
Caratini bats for Montgomery.

Automatic-L Farrell and Cardinal abusee Pedro Strop all that's available.
Title: Re: Today's Game 2018
Post by: Chris27 on May 07, 2018, 12:40:57 am
Happ K's for the third time and now has 40 in 80 at-bats.
Title: Re: Today's Game 2018
Post by: Chris27 on May 07, 2018, 12:42:41 am
Baez hits it out to center. Cubs lead. Solo homers or bust, baby.
Title: Re: Today's Game 2018
Post by: dogstoothe on May 07, 2018, 12:43:45 am
Baez takes it deep. 3-2
Title: Re: Today's Game 2018
Post by: Chris27 on May 07, 2018, 12:46:57 am
Strop unavailable. It's up to Farrell.
Title: Re: Today's Game 2018
Post by: dogstoothe on May 07, 2018, 12:53:03 am
2 strikes to Fowler, 2 out.
Title: Re: Today's Game 2018
Post by: Chris27 on May 07, 2018, 12:54:18 am
Cubs gonna Cubs.
Title: Re: Today's Game 2018
Post by: mO on May 07, 2018, 12:54:27 am
Meltdown in ...3....2....1...
Title: Re: Today's Game 2018
Post by: Bennett on May 07, 2018, 12:55:01 am
Bummer
Title: Re: Today's Game 2018
Post by: Chris27 on May 07, 2018, 12:55:08 am
2-strike, 2-run homer off the wall by Fowler if you're wondering.

Once again, Cubs do whatever it takes to get the L.
Title: Re: Today's Game 2018
Post by: dogstoothe on May 07, 2018, 12:56:09 am
Christ.
Title: Re: Today's Game 2018
Post by: CUBluejays on May 07, 2018, 12:57:04 am
Luke Ferrell 2 walk off HR loses in extra in back to back games. 💩
Title: Re: Today's Game 2018
Post by: Robert L on May 07, 2018, 12:58:18 am
cant buy a win
Title: Re: Today's Game 2018
Post by: Deeg on May 07, 2018, 01:29:23 am
Hurts too much to laugh, and I’m too old to cry.
Title: Re: Today's Game 2018
Post by: brjones on May 07, 2018, 06:41:33 am
It just continues to be the same as last year. In the first half last year, the Cubs put together 4 or 5 good 8 game stretches where it looked like they were about to separate themselves...then they'd lose several in a row and give back everything they had just gained.

Who could've predicted that going into the season with the same dysfunctional offense as last year would produce the same results?
Title: Re: Today's Game 2018
Post by: CUBluejays on May 07, 2018, 06:53:46 am
The pitching was been a bigger issue and last years team started much worse.
Title: Re: Today's Game 2018
Post by: wmljohn on May 07, 2018, 07:48:46 am
I can't wait to have Harper batting in the middle of this lineup next year.  Or maybe lead-off like he is now.  Next year is going to be the year.
Title: Re: Today's Game 2018
Post by: Robb on May 07, 2018, 08:39:47 am
This lineup could use Machado and Harper.
Title: Re: Today's Game 2018
Post by: Robb on May 07, 2018, 08:41:13 am
This lineup could also use subtracting Jason Heyward and some of the other dead wood.
Title: Re: Today's Game 2018
Post by: davep on May 07, 2018, 09:00:33 am
I can't wait to have Harper batting in the middle of this lineup next year.  Or maybe lead-off like he is now.  Next year is going to be the year.

Getting Harper is a pipe dream, just like getting Darvish was last year.

I suspect the result would be the same.
Title: Re: Today's Game 2018
Post by: Robb on May 07, 2018, 09:45:19 am
In case anyone thinks it is getting an easier for the Cubs, Jarlin Garcia in 33 innings over 6 starts this year has given up 4 runs. He has given up less than a hit per every two innings and his OPS against is .494. Just what the Cubs needed trying to overcome the hangover of a lost series and late night game. If I could put money on them being no-hit tonight I think it would be a good bet to make. 
Title: Re: Today's Game 2018
Post by: Bennett on May 07, 2018, 09:51:43 am
In case anyone thinks it is getting an easier for the Cubs, Jarlin Garcia in 33 innings over 6 starts this year has given up 4 runs. He has given up less than a hit per every two innings and his OPS against is .494. Just what the Cubs needed trying to overcome the hangover of a lost series and late night game. If I could put money on them being no-hit tonight I think it would be a good bet to make. 
As Steve Stone used to say, the effects of a game like Sunday night are felt, not the next day, but the following day.  I agree.

Hopefully, Kyle Hendricks was resting at home in Chicago long before Sunday night's meltdown.
Title: Re: Today's Game 2018
Post by: Bennett on May 07, 2018, 03:03:10 pm
(https://pbs.twimg.com/media/Dcnooq0X0AADtXi.jpg:small)
Title: Re: Today's Game 2018
Post by: Robb on May 07, 2018, 03:53:08 pm
All righties in the lineup against the tough lefty Garcia.
Title: Re: Today's Game 2018
Post by: Bennett on May 07, 2018, 07:12:31 pm
1-2-3 on 15 pitches for Hendricks in the top of the first.
Title: Re: Today's Game 2018
Post by: CUBluejays on May 07, 2018, 07:20:37 pm
Bryant destroys a pitch for a 2 run home run.
Title: Re: Today's Game 2018
Post by: mO on May 07, 2018, 07:24:05 pm
Contreras hit it hard, but out.
Title: Re: Today's Game 2018
Post by: CUBluejays on May 07, 2018, 07:27:23 pm
Zobrist making plays in RF.
Title: Re: Today's Game 2018
Post by: CUBluejays on May 07, 2018, 07:28:40 pm
Marlins making plenty of hard contact for outs.
Title: Re: Today's Game 2018
Post by: mO on May 07, 2018, 07:36:48 pm
Happ gonna Happ
Title: Re: Today's Game 2018
Post by: mO on May 07, 2018, 07:38:13 pm
Caratini's lead off single goes nowhere
Title: Re: Today's Game 2018
Post by: mO on May 07, 2018, 07:49:25 pm
Almora reaches on an error to lead off the 3rd.

Now gets 2nd on a balk.
Title: Re: Today's Game 2018
Post by: CUBluejays on May 07, 2018, 07:50:25 pm
Almora caused that balk, would have been a SB.
Title: Re: Today's Game 2018
Post by: mO on May 07, 2018, 07:52:10 pm
Yep.

Zo is seeing this guy well.  Solid single to right moves AA to 3rd.  1st and 3rd for Bryant.
Title: Re: Today's Game 2018
Post by: mO on May 07, 2018, 07:55:36 pm
Bryant K looking.  Was up 3-0, then let 2 pitcher's pitches go to get to 3-2.  Strike 3 was questionable.
Title: Re: Today's Game 2018
Post by: mO on May 07, 2018, 07:56:01 pm
Did he get it?

Baez 3-run HR!!!
Title: Re: Today's Game 2018
Post by: CUBluejays on May 07, 2018, 07:58:58 pm
Javy’s slump was short.
Title: Re: Today's Game 2018
Post by: Deeg on May 07, 2018, 08:00:39 pm
However disappointing the Cubs offense has been, you can't say Baez hasn't been great.  He's showing every sign that he's made the jump we all hoped he could make with the bat.
Title: Re: Today's Game 2018
Post by: mO on May 07, 2018, 08:06:55 pm
Indeed.

Hendricks has settled in.  I'm digging this game flow so far.
Title: Re: Today's Game 2018
Post by: CUBluejays on May 07, 2018, 08:11:49 pm
Happ made contact!!!! 7-0
Title: Re: Today's Game 2018
Post by: mO on May 07, 2018, 08:12:22 pm
Happ gonna Javi that time
Title: Re: Today's Game 2018
Post by: davep on May 07, 2018, 09:05:56 pm
Baez is taken out of the game in the middle of the 7th.  Marlin announcers speculate that he strained his back on an earlier swing.
Title: Re: Today's Game 2018
Post by: mO on May 07, 2018, 09:06:15 pm
Javi leaves the game after a play he was not involved in. Think it's a back issue.
Title: Re: Today's Game 2018
Post by: mO on May 07, 2018, 09:13:25 pm
Great play by Happ to cut down Maybin at 2nd on what looked like a sure double.
Title: Re: Today's Game 2018
Post by: davep on May 07, 2018, 09:19:28 pm
Happ doesn't want to be sent down.  Second home run.
Title: Re: Today's Game 2018
Post by: mO on May 07, 2018, 09:22:08 pm
All HRs have been with runners on?

On the radio broadcast they said the Cubs had gone 15 consecutive games without hitting a multi-run HR prior to tonight.
Title: Re: Today's Game 2018
Post by: Robb on May 07, 2018, 09:23:00 pm
Like I said, they'll probably be no-hit tonight.
Title: Re: Today's Game 2018
Post by: CurtOne on May 07, 2018, 09:27:23 pm
So Rizzo is the problem?
Title: Re: Today's Game 2018
Post by: mO on May 07, 2018, 09:39:21 pm
Groin tightness for Javi
Title: Re: Today's Game 2018
Post by: CUBluejays on May 07, 2018, 09:45:08 pm
Ugh.
Title: Re: Today's Game 2018
Post by: ben on May 07, 2018, 09:48:23 pm
Yes, Baez has been GREAT!  Still swinging VERY hard; however, he's now laying off pitches out of the zone that he used to flail at!

We've all seen Baez' immense talent since he was in A-ball...Deeg, you've been his #1 fan and he certainly appears to be fulfilling his immense offensive potential now...it's very cool watching him mash as well as play D and run the bases! 

(speaking of running, sure hope Baez can run tomorrow and he doesn't have a sidelining groin issue)
Title: Re: Today's Game 2018
Post by: CurtOne on May 07, 2018, 09:53:17 pm
Groin tightness for Javi
[/quote
Ugh.
Whenever I think about Molina's surgery, my groin gets tight too.
Title: Re: Today's Game 2018
Post by: Bennett on May 08, 2018, 02:56:00 pm
It's official

Mark Gonzales  @MDGonzales   6m6 minutes ago

Tseng to start for Cubs.
Title: Re: Today's Game 2018
Post by: Bennett on May 08, 2018, 03:32:22 pm
(https://pbs.twimg.com/media/Dcs5TtpWsAAy9ua.jpg:small)
Title: Re: Today's Game 2018
Post by: Ron on May 08, 2018, 03:40:45 pm
You never know about these things, but the combination of Tseng pitching, an outfield of Schwarber, Happ and Zobrist, with LaStella at 2B does not inspire confidence in the Cubs holding the Marlins offense in check. 

Maybe Joe is figuring the Cubs best chance lies in maximizing their offensive potential?
Title: Re: Today's Game 2018
Post by: CUBluejays on May 08, 2018, 03:51:23 pm
Urena against lefties .819 OPS vs righties .672.

Kinda interesting that LaStella got the start of Heyward.
Title: Re: Today's Game 2018
Post by: Playtwo on May 08, 2018, 04:00:46 pm
The way I look at it, it's Happ getting Heyward's start.  There could be a lot more of that vs. RHP if Happ gets it going.
Title: Re: Today's Game 2018
Post by: mO on May 08, 2018, 04:08:22 pm
Heyward was placed on 7-day concussion DL.

Anyone know the story behind that?
Title: Re: Today's Game 2018
Post by: mO on May 08, 2018, 04:09:51 pm
Heyward was placed on the concussion DL on Tuesday, Carrie Muskat of MLB.com reports.

This helps explain Heyward's absence from the starting lineup over the past two days. The outfielder apparently suffered the injury while attempting to catch Dexter Fowler's walkoff homer over the weekend. It's unclear how long Heyward will be sidelined at this point. David Bote was recalled from Triple-A Iowa in a corresponding move.


https://www.cbssports.com/fantasy/baseball/news/cubs-jason-heyward-lands-on-concussion-dl/
Title: Re: Today's Game 2018
Post by: Deeg on May 08, 2018, 04:39:12 pm
Nice to see Caratini getting a couple starts.  He puts the ball in play and we need some guys that do that.
Title: Re: Today's Game 2018
Post by: CUBluejays on May 08, 2018, 04:49:45 pm
Cubs K% is 21.1%, third lowest in the National League. 

Of hitters with 20 or more PA, Caratini has the second highest K% at 23.1%.

Only Happ and Schwarber are above 20% for the rest of the Cubs hitters.  Happ is the only hitter above 25%.
Title: Re: Today's Game 2018
Post by: Tuffy on May 08, 2018, 04:51:28 pm
I really hope Pat and Ron start saying Tseng's name a little better this time around; Tseng and not Seng.

They also have to make the e a little shorter, as if it rhymed with "tongue", and the J is like in French, but with your tongue curled as if making an English R.  (If you can make the ř in "Dvořak", you've got it.)  And the o in "Ho" is more like the o in "hover" than the o in "home".  As you see, putting Chinese sounds in the Latin alphabet is not easy.  There are something like 50 different schemes proposed to do this... and, as Bob Uecker might say, none of them work.

Start with the "ts", Pat.
Title: Re: Today's Game 2018
Post by: Bennett on May 08, 2018, 04:54:29 pm
David Bote apparently takes Heyward's roster spot.
Title: Re: Today's Game 2018
Post by: davep on May 08, 2018, 07:09:51 pm
Should we have a poll on how many batters Tseng faces before giving up a run?
Title: Re: Today's Game 2018
Post by: davep on May 08, 2018, 07:11:45 pm
I pick three.
Title: Re: Today's Game 2018
Post by: davep on May 08, 2018, 07:17:12 pm
Tseng is trying to emulate Phil Norton.
Title: Re: Today's Game 2018
Post by: JeffH on May 08, 2018, 07:17:48 pm
Have to feel bad for Tseng.  He simply has no business in the major leagues.
Title: Re: Today's Game 2018
Post by: JR on May 08, 2018, 07:44:32 pm
Watching Urena, it's amazing how many SP's in baseball can throw 97 easily nowadays.  That used to be a special thing.
Title: Re: Today's Game 2018
Post by: Robb on May 08, 2018, 07:50:23 pm
Bote reminds me of a right handed Tommy Lastella.
Title: Re: Today's Game 2018
Post by: Chris27 on May 08, 2018, 08:01:49 pm
Bote has much more power than LaStella. Big swinger. And he can get an extra-base hit with a RISP!!!!
Title: Re: Today's Game 2018
Post by: Chris27 on May 08, 2018, 08:13:42 pm
Theo really should have to answer for why the farm is so bad that the only pitchers that can be called up are Ferrell, Tseng, and Zastryzny.
Title: Re: Today's Game 2018
Post by: JR on May 08, 2018, 08:17:02 pm
There was a little scuffle at the plate when Carantini tagged Dietrich out at home plate.  It was kind of fun seeing Castro yukking it up with some of his old Cubs teammates when some of the players came off the bench.
Title: Re: Today's Game 2018
Post by: Chris27 on May 08, 2018, 08:18:15 pm
Zobrist saves Zastryzny.
Title: Re: Today's Game 2018
Post by: JR on May 08, 2018, 08:51:29 pm
Tie game!
Title: Re: Today's Game 2018
Post by: Chris27 on May 08, 2018, 08:58:35 pm
The Cubs do some stupid sh*t.
Title: Re: Today's Game 2018
Post by: Chris27 on May 08, 2018, 09:00:37 pm
Hard to imagine why this team loses so many close games.
Title: Re: Today's Game 2018
Post by: brjones on May 08, 2018, 09:07:53 pm
Kerry Wood was in the booth for the top of the 7th, and they showed Ricky Gutierrez's "hit" from the 20K game. I still can't believe that was called a hit--it hit Orie's glove and was easily fieldable. That should've been a 20K no hitter.
Title: Re: Today's Game 2018
Post by: Chris27 on May 08, 2018, 09:09:20 pm
Baez pinch-hitting.
Title: Re: Today's Game 2018
Post by: Chris27 on May 08, 2018, 09:10:45 pm
Javy singles to start the 7th.
Title: Re: Today's Game 2018
Post by: Chris27 on May 08, 2018, 09:13:45 pm
So much for that.
Title: Re: Today's Game 2018
Post by: Chris27 on May 08, 2018, 09:16:28 pm
Want offense in baseball? Outlaw the shift.
Title: Re: Today's Game 2018
Post by: Chris27 on May 08, 2018, 09:33:57 pm
Bryant works a walk after a tough at-bat, goes to 2nd on a wild pitch, and now to 3rd after a Rizzo grounder. Another runner at 3rd, less than two out sit.
Title: Re: Today's Game 2018
Post by: brjones on May 08, 2018, 09:35:26 pm
The contact play works!
Title: Re: Today's Game 2018
Post by: Chris27 on May 08, 2018, 09:36:06 pm
Not a hit (as usual) but Caratini gets the run in.
Title: Re: Today's Game 2018
Post by: mO on May 08, 2018, 09:36:17 pm
Castro!
Title: Re: Today's Game 2018
Post by: CUBluejays on May 08, 2018, 09:36:43 pm
Thank goc for Starlin taking his time.
Title: Re: Today's Game 2018
Post by: Chris27 on May 08, 2018, 09:38:03 pm
We need all the help we can get in those situations.
Title: Re: Today's Game 2018
Post by: mO on May 08, 2018, 09:40:27 pm
Hanging slider
up in the zone
popped up on the infield
Title: Re: Today's Game 2018
Post by: brjones on May 08, 2018, 09:44:18 pm
When Baez and La Stella are both playing, Baez should be at third. Great play.
Title: Re: Today's Game 2018
Post by: brjones on May 08, 2018, 09:44:30 pm
Cubs win.
Title: Re: Today's Game 2018
Post by: mO on May 08, 2018, 09:44:59 pm
Nice win
Title: Re: Today's Game 2018
Post by: JR on May 08, 2018, 09:45:01 pm
Cubs Win!
Title: Re: Today's Game 2018
Post by: JR on May 08, 2018, 09:45:11 pm
Not bad for a bullpen day.
Title: Re: Today's Game 2018
Post by: davep on May 08, 2018, 09:45:27 pm
Baez does some fantastic things on defense.  If he becomes less erratic as he gains experience, he will be amazing.

Cubs win.
Title: Re: Today's Game 2018
Post by: Playtwo on May 08, 2018, 09:49:13 pm
Nice to win a game by executing well in all facets.
Title: Re: Today's Game 2018
Post by: Deeg on May 08, 2018, 11:18:26 pm
I would have Caratini in the lineup somewhere every day until he proves he shouldn’t be there.
Title: Re: Today's Game 2018
Post by: ticohans on May 09, 2018, 08:49:41 am
Not bad for a bullpen day.

This!
Title: Re: Today's Game 2018
Post by: craig on May 09, 2018, 09:53:29 am
After the painful sweep in St. Louis, nice to get two of those games right back in two days.  Thanks Twins!

The 9th inning defense last night was nice.  Couple of fine plays there by Rizzo and Baez, (and Morrow getting over to cover the bag).

Nice to have Caratini twice kinda-sorta get guys in from 3rd with less than two outs.  Cubs fail at that so consistently, kind of fun to convert twice.... 
Title: Re: Today's Game 2018
Post by: Bennett on May 09, 2018, 10:07:56 am
Low 70s    chance of light rain  wind out to center at 8-10 mph

(https://pbs.twimg.com/media/Dcw1z1VW0AIhlNb.jpg:small)
Title: Re: Today's Game 2018
Post by: ben on May 09, 2018, 11:19:54 am
Yes, Craig, but it wasn't so much Caratini getting the run in as it was Bryant (and Starlin') getting the run in!

Of course, if one doesn't put the ball in play, there's virtually NO way to pressure the defense!
Title: Re: Today's Game 2018
Post by: BearHit on May 09, 2018, 11:35:04 am
Baseball is 90 percent mental. The other half is physical.
Title: Re: Today's Game 2018
Post by: Bennett on May 09, 2018, 11:54:23 am
Len and JD  @lenandjd   45m45 minutes ago
No team flags today with possible 40+ mph wind gusts on the horizon. 1p

Other weather sites do not agree
Title: Re: Today's Game 2018
Post by: CUBluejays on May 09, 2018, 01:43:44 pm
Bryant hit his 100th HR on the 3 year anniversary of his first
Title: Re: Today's Game 2018
Post by: Bennett on May 09, 2018, 01:56:59 pm
Quintana not throwing many strikes with the wind blowing out.

19 balls and 24 strikes after two.
Title: Re: Today's Game 2018
Post by: JR on May 09, 2018, 01:57:03 pm
Bryant hit his 100th HR on the 3 year anniversary of his first

His base running is so much better than it was on this day three years ago too.
Title: Re: Today's Game 2018
Post by: brjones on May 09, 2018, 01:57:39 pm
Quintana is nibbling too much again today, 29 pitches in the second inning. The Marlins have a terrible lineup. You don't want to throw pitches right down the middle to Castro or Bour, but he can be more aggressive once he gets to the Brinson/Holaday part of the lineup.
Title: Re: Today's Game 2018
Post by: CUBluejays on May 09, 2018, 02:10:44 pm
His base running is so much better than it was on this day three years ago too.

I thought it was his defense.....
Title: Re: Today's Game 2018
Post by: CUBluejays on May 09, 2018, 02:12:10 pm
Russell has been a lot better at the plate recently.
Title: Re: Today's Game 2018
Post by: JR on May 09, 2018, 02:19:19 pm
I thought it was his defense.....

Yeah that was part of it too, along with his on deck circle routine.
Title: Re: Today's Game 2018
Post by: mO on May 09, 2018, 02:24:59 pm
Just tuned in.  Cubs leading 7-0, they have sent 8 men up and collectively hit for the cycle in the current inning.
Title: Re: Today's Game 2018
Post by: mO on May 09, 2018, 02:26:41 pm
Russell: double
Bryant: double
Baez: infield single
Rizzo: HR
Contreras: triple
Bote: Sac fly
Title: Re: Today's Game 2018
Post by: Tuffy on May 09, 2018, 02:29:05 pm
Wei-Yin Chen had been 1 for 61 lifetime until he got a hit today. I had been wanting to see him get over 100 at bats so that his average would start with two zeroes.
Title: Re: Today's Game 2018
Post by: mO on May 09, 2018, 02:30:00 pm
Russell homers, 9-0
Title: Re: Today's Game 2018
Post by: Chris27 on May 09, 2018, 02:30:31 pm
Do the Marlins hate Chen or something?
Title: Re: Today's Game 2018
Post by: ticohans on May 09, 2018, 02:49:54 pm
Just tuned in.  Cubs leading 7-0, they have sent 8 men up and collectively hit for the cycle in the current inning.

Thanks, thought we were losing.
Title: Re: Today's Game 2018
Post by: Chris27 on May 09, 2018, 02:55:57 pm
Rizzo gets his first double of the season to drive in his 4th on the day. Took 103 at-bats to get that double.
Title: Re: Today's Game 2018
Post by: Chris27 on May 09, 2018, 03:24:13 pm
Quintana needed 108 pitches to get through six.

Maddon obviously wanted to squeeze every out he could from him.
Title: Re: Today's Game 2018
Post by: Chris27 on May 09, 2018, 03:37:09 pm
Rizzo doubles again to drive in his 5th. Goes 102 at-bats without a double, then consecutive doubles.

Contreras doubles in a run to RF. Think he's about to go on a run as well.
Title: Re: Today's Game 2018
Post by: mO on May 09, 2018, 03:37:55 pm
Cubs up 12-1
Title: Re: Today's Game 2018
Post by: davep on May 09, 2018, 03:41:10 pm
If I were Hancock, I would fake the flu on a day like this.
Title: Re: Today's Game 2018
Post by: Bennett on May 09, 2018, 03:45:48 pm
On sort of a technicality, JD's trivia question of who were the four Cubs to win an MVP and later go on to manage should include Ernie Banks.  Mr. Cub took over for an ejected Whitey Lockman in 1973.
Title: Re: Today's Game 2018
Post by: mO on May 09, 2018, 03:46:16 pm
Name 4 players who won league MVP as a Cub and later went on to manage in the big leagues
Title: Re: Today's Game 2018
Post by: Bennett on May 09, 2018, 03:47:46 pm
Name 4 players who won league MVP as a Cub and later went on to manage in the big leagues
It was amazing that Len took so long to name the last one.
Title: Re: Today's Game 2018
Post by: mO on May 09, 2018, 03:48:40 pm
I'm on the radio broadcast, haven't heard the answers yet.  I know 2 of them
Title: Re: Today's Game 2018
Post by: Chris27 on May 09, 2018, 04:00:10 pm
Almora has three hits, a walk, and 3 runs scored.
Title: Re: Today's Game 2018
Post by: davep on May 09, 2018, 04:03:37 pm
The umpire is in a hurry to get home.
Title: Re: Today's Game 2018
Post by: Bennett on May 09, 2018, 04:08:38 pm
Bruce Miles  @BruceMiles2112  4m4 minutes ago
Justin Hancock also gets his first major-league at-bat and is called out on strikes on a pitch well out of the strike zone.
Title: Re: Today's Game 2018
Post by: mO on May 09, 2018, 04:20:07 pm
Contreras knocks his 2nd triple of the day
Title: Re: Today's Game 2018
Post by: Chris27 on May 09, 2018, 04:33:31 pm
Happ's fanned his last three at-bats. 45 in 91 AB's now.
Title: Re: Today's Game 2018
Post by: Bennett on May 09, 2018, 04:34:54 pm
Do they still have a 13 run club anywhere?

Cubs win 13-4.  Bring on the 9-25 White Sox
Title: Re: Today's Game 2018
Post by: Deeg on May 09, 2018, 04:41:29 pm
Nothing like the Marlins as a cure for what ails you.  Guess the Cubs didn't get the memo that the season was over.
Title: Re: Today's Game 2018
Post by: craig on May 09, 2018, 04:48:29 pm
Nice to get the sweep.  1 run in 6 innings with wind blowing out is pretty effective day for Quintana. 

Hopefully Rizzo is ready to hit the rest of the season at his usual effectiveness level.  Critical piece to have any consistency offensively.  4 games over .500. 
Title: Re: Today's Game 2018
Post by: Dave23 on May 09, 2018, 06:12:41 pm
Strike 3 to Hancock was nowhere close. Awful.

It was also a 3-2 pitch with the bases loaded...robbed him of an RBI.
Title: Re: Today's Game 2018
Post by: Chris27 on May 09, 2018, 06:29:08 pm
Strike 3 to Hancock was nowhere close. Awful.

It was also a 3-2 pitch with the bases loaded...robbed him of an RBI.


https://twitter.com/RyanQDavis/status/994328628090589184
Title: Re: Today's Game 2018
Post by: Bennett on May 09, 2018, 07:16:02 pm
Although there were 17 runs on 25 hits and 8 walks, the time of game was only 3:13.  Plate umpire Ted Barrett had no reason to be anything other than a professional.

The Cubs are due for Joe West and CB Bucknor.
Title: Re: Today's Game 2018
Post by: Bennett on May 11, 2018, 09:27:17 am
(https://pbs.twimg.com/media/Dc7AgdWWkAEDBYN.jpg:small)
Title: Re: Today's Game 2018
Post by: Dave23 on May 11, 2018, 01:50:59 pm
WILLSON!!!
Title: Re: Today's Game 2018
Post by: brjones on May 11, 2018, 01:51:09 pm
Willson Contreras is now 4 for 6 in the last two games with a double, two triples, and a grand slam.
Title: Re: Today's Game 2018
Post by: brjones on May 11, 2018, 01:53:34 pm
The Contreras home run was 107.6 mph off the bat and had a 24 degree launch angle. I think that type of contact usually goes for a longer home run than just landing in the basket.
Title: Re: Today's Game 2018
Post by: Bennett on May 11, 2018, 01:55:40 pm
(https://pbs.twimg.com/media/Dc7-cpxWAAI33H3.jpg:small)
Title: Re: Today's Game 2018
Post by: Dave23 on May 11, 2018, 02:01:10 pm
Wind knocked it down...it was hit right on the screws...very similar to Addi's shot the other night...
Title: Re: Today's Game 2018
Post by: brjones on May 11, 2018, 02:05:18 pm
I hadn't seen this before: you can show the results of a certain exit velocity and launch angle using this app:

https://baseballsavant.mlb.com/statcast_field

A ball hit like Willson hit that has a 100% hit probability. It goes for a homer 95% of the time. So yeah, it seems like the fact it barely got out is due completely to wind.

Chatwood looks very good when he's throwing strikes.
Title: Re: Today's Game 2018
Post by: brjones on May 11, 2018, 02:27:37 pm
Chatwood loses his command starting the third. 2 walks in a row.
Title: Re: Today's Game 2018
Post by: brjones on May 11, 2018, 02:29:19 pm
Willson picked Davidson off second. It looks like he was safe, but the White Sox don't challenge.
Title: Re: Today's Game 2018
Post by: Dave23 on May 11, 2018, 02:29:37 pm
Willson is putting on a show on his bobblehead day.

Looked like Davidson might have been safe, but Sox don't challenge for some strange reason...
Title: Re: Today's Game 2018
Post by: Dave23 on May 11, 2018, 03:00:50 pm
Don't look now, but someone is red hot...

Spoiler (hover to show)
Title: Re: Today's Game 2018
Post by: brjones on May 11, 2018, 03:21:48 pm
Chatwood with 5 more walks today in 4 1/3 IP. It's amazing that he has somehow kept other teams from scoring much.
Title: Re: Today's Game 2018
Post by: brjones on May 11, 2018, 03:29:37 pm
RBI hit for Abreu, 6-2. Schwarber throws the second runner out at home.

Chatwood is currently walking 7.65 batters per 9 IP. That's basically on par with Marmol at his worst.
Title: Re: Today's Game 2018
Post by: Dihard on May 11, 2018, 03:43:45 pm
Respect me...


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Title: Re: Today's Game 2018
Post by: brjones on May 11, 2018, 04:05:14 pm
Willson continues his good day with a solo homer.  6 XBH now in his last 2 games (though a couple of them have been lucky).
Title: Re: Today's Game 2018
Post by: Chris27 on May 11, 2018, 04:06:53 pm
Quote
Contreras doubles in a run to RF. Think he's about to go on a run as well.

http://bbf.createaforum.com/general-discussion/today's-game-2018/msg344108/#msg344108
Title: Re: Today's Game 2018
Post by: brjones on May 11, 2018, 04:39:59 pm
2 run double. 4 XBH, 7 RBI day for Contreras.
Title: Re: Today's Game 2018
Post by: davep on May 11, 2018, 04:48:22 pm
Contreras came up with the bases loaded, having already driven in 5 runs.  A home run would have broken the all time record of most RBIs in a game by a Cub, which was held by George Mitterwald, with 8.

Contreras screwed it up by hitting a lousy double.  Some guys just can't handle the pressure.
Title: Re: Today's Game 2018
Post by: CurtOne on May 11, 2018, 04:50:59 pm
Maybe he's recovered from his honeymoon.
Title: Re: Today's Game 2018
Post by: brjones on May 11, 2018, 04:53:46 pm
Contreras has raised his OPS from .669 to .831 in two games. After the first week of the season or so, it’s almost impossible to improve so quickly.
Title: Re: Today's Game 2018
Post by: Deeg on May 11, 2018, 05:16:52 pm
Chatwood with 5 more walks today in 4 1/3 IP. It's amazing that he has somehow kept other teams from scoring much.

Barely giving up any hits will do that.  But the walk rate is obviously not sustainable if he's going to be effective as a starter.  Great stuff, but erratic - kind of what we knew we were getting.

Amazing how playing really bad teams will cure what ails you.
Title: Re: Today's Game 2018
Post by: Chris27 on May 11, 2018, 05:27:29 pm
https://twitter.com/ESPNChiCubs/status/995056856447029248

https://twitter.com/truebluela/status/995059835275169792

https://twitter.com/ESPNStatsInfo/status/995060705534636034

https://twitter.com/ckamka/status/995056923132219392

https://twitter.com/PassonJim/status/995057741709299712
Title: Re: Today's Game 2018
Post by: goblue007 on May 11, 2018, 07:11:32 pm
That Kris Bryant <3
Title: Re: Today's Game 2018
Post by: Deeg on May 11, 2018, 07:24:00 pm
Not a superstar
Title: Re: Today's Game 2018
Post by: Dave23 on May 11, 2018, 08:10:49 pm
But hey...Jon Gray is pitching well, too...
Title: Re: Today's Game 2018
Post by: Chris27 on May 11, 2018, 08:46:36 pm
This has to be the dullest and dumbest bit around here.
Title: Re: Today's Game 2018
Post by: Playtwo on May 11, 2018, 09:47:25 pm
No it isn't.
Title: Re: Today's Game 2018
Post by: Deeg on May 11, 2018, 09:52:12 pm
According to Fangraphs, Hancock is averaging 97 an the fastball and 88 on the slider.  That's a thing, I suppose.

Also, Wilson has been decent the last couple of weeks.  He's teased us before, though.
Title: Re: Today's Game 2018
Post by: Chris27 on May 11, 2018, 10:04:38 pm
No it isn't.

Name a dumber one.
Title: Re: Today's Game 2018
Post by: Deeg on May 11, 2018, 10:29:04 pm
Harvey dominant thru 3 against the Dodgers, throwing 95-96.  Doesn't mean much but worth keeping an eye on.
Title: Re: Today's Game 2018
Post by: Bennett on May 12, 2018, 09:20:59 am
A three hour window in the all day rain might happen right around game time.

(https://pbs.twimg.com/media/DdAKlD_VwAI87QO.jpg:small)
Title: Re: Today's Game 2018
Post by: Bennett on May 12, 2018, 12:54:36 pm
Chicago Cubs  @Cubs   13s13 seconds ago

A system of thunderstorms has developed to our southwest with potential for thunderstorm activity arriving between 1:30-1:45 p.m. CDT.

We’re going to delay the start of the game to allow that potential threat to pass.
Title: Re: Today's Game 2018
Post by: Dihard on May 12, 2018, 02:09:43 pm
How’s it looking? Think they’ll get it in?


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Title: Re: Today's Game 2018
Post by: Robb on May 12, 2018, 02:31:42 pm
Looks like a 3 hour window starting around 3:45.
Title: Re: Today's Game 2018
Post by: CurtOne on May 12, 2018, 02:44:07 pm
Two hours, 47 minutes.  I've diverted the storm as much as I can.
Title: Re: Today's Game 2018
Post by: Robb on May 12, 2018, 04:04:35 pm
Baez triple, Bryant walk, Rizzo dinger! Then Bote singled in another. 4 runs and 35 pitches in the first. Now stay away rain!
Title: Re: Today's Game 2018
Post by: brjones on May 12, 2018, 04:05:38 pm
Cubs bat around and score 4 in the first.

They should probably try to get through 5 innings pretty quickly—the forecast makes it look like it’ll rain for hours once it starts again.
Title: Re: Today's Game 2018
Post by: mO on May 12, 2018, 04:31:37 pm
If you're not watching, make sure to go back and check out Baez' steal in the second. He is simply on another level.
Title: Re: Today's Game 2018
Post by: Bennett on May 12, 2018, 04:44:14 pm
This just in:  Javier Baez is fun to watch.
Title: Re: Today's Game 2018
Post by: Bennett on May 12, 2018, 04:47:38 pm
https://youtu.be/QuOw3gDXdRo
Title: Re: Today's Game 2018
Post by: brjones on May 12, 2018, 05:16:34 pm
Shields has settled in some since the second inning--he's retired 12 in a row. But he has also given up hard contact that would've hurt him on most days. Both Bote and Baez have hit balls that would've been homers on most days in the last three innings.
Title: Re: Today's Game 2018
Post by: brjones on May 12, 2018, 05:46:34 pm
Justin Wilson pitches 1 1/3 perfect innings. He hasn't walked a batter in his last 6 appearances covering 6 1/3 IP.
Title: Re: Today's Game 2018
Post by: Robb on May 12, 2018, 05:57:23 pm
10 RBI's the series Contreras now.
Title: Re: Today's Game 2018
Post by: brjones on May 12, 2018, 05:59:07 pm
Willson's 2018 OPS is suddenly better than his career OPS (.859 vs. .848).
Title: Re: Today's Game 2018
Post by: mO on May 12, 2018, 06:07:48 pm
Four consecutive, 2 out walks score a run. 8-1
Title: Re: Today's Game 2018
Post by: mO on May 12, 2018, 06:08:35 pm
Baez up with the bases loaded against a guy who can't find the plate...
Title: Re: Today's Game 2018
Post by: craig on May 12, 2018, 06:18:21 pm
8-1, fun to come home and see a score like that.  Lester must have been solid again?  Wilson effective again. 

Nice to get the lead early and control the game, not much suspense.  Nice to take advantage of these really, really bad teams. 

Man, a week against the Marlins and White Sox really brings back the memories of the Hoyer early years, with Joe Mather and Bryan LaHair and David DeJesus and Tony Campana getting hundreds of AB, Chris Volstad in your rotation, and Manny Corpas and Rafael Dolis pitching regularly....
Title: Re: Today's Game 2018
Post by: brjones on May 12, 2018, 06:18:23 pm
Edwards K'd Abreu on a perfect 2-2 pitch, but the umpire missed the call. Then he hit a double two pitches later.
Title: Re: Today's Game 2018
Post by: brjones on May 12, 2018, 06:23:25 pm
Three run homer for Davidson, 8-4. You could see that coming after several foul balls--Edwards stuff wasn't quite good enough today to put Davidson away.

Joe is sticking with Edwards. He should probably get him out of there--he isn't good today, and he's thrown 25 pitches. No need to make him throw so many pitches that he's unavailable tomorrow.
Title: Re: Today's Game 2018
Post by: Dihard on May 12, 2018, 06:26:19 pm
He nearly quadrupled his ERA on one pitch


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Title: Re: Today's Game 2018
Post by: brjones on May 12, 2018, 06:41:12 pm
Contreras with another single in the 8th. He’s great right now.
Title: Re: Today's Game 2018
Post by: Deeg on May 12, 2018, 06:49:42 pm
This just in:  Javier Baez is fun to watch.

There aren't many guys about which you can say this, but Baez does things on the diamond that no one else can do.  He's a freak in more than one sense of the word.
Title: Re: Today's Game 2018
Post by: craig on May 12, 2018, 07:00:28 pm
Cubs win!
Title: Re: Today's Game 2018
Post by: Bennett on May 13, 2018, 09:41:21 am
(https://pbs.twimg.com/media/DdFT5LWX0AEiTEc.jpg:small)
Title: Re: Today's Game 2018
Post by: CurtOne on May 13, 2018, 09:48:33 am
Yes, but what shoes will Ben wear today?
Title: Re: Today's Game 2018
Post by: Bennett on May 13, 2018, 01:12:12 pm
Yes, but what shoes will Ben wear today?
Pink ones
Title: Re: Today's Game 2018
Post by: brjones on May 13, 2018, 02:09:26 pm
Sloppy top of the third inning from the Cubs lets the tying run score.
Title: Re: Today's Game 2018
Post by: brjones on May 13, 2018, 02:45:55 pm
Some pretty poor baserunning by Russell in the fourth. Cubs take the lead back, though.
Title: Re: Today's Game 2018
Post by: brjones on May 13, 2018, 03:07:59 pm
4-3 White Sox in the 6th on a Delmonico RBI triple and Davidson sac fly.

This has not been a well-played game by the Cubs. Missed chances, bad base running, and sloppy defense have all showed back up today.
Title: Re: Today's Game 2018
Post by: brjones on May 13, 2018, 03:23:06 pm
Giolito walks 7 and hits another batter in his 5 2/3 IP, but the Cubs only got 3 runs on 2 hits.
Title: Re: Today's Game 2018
Post by: brjones on May 13, 2018, 03:28:13 pm
Three wild pitches for Giolito too. He was trying to give up a bunch of runs, but the Cubs wouldn’t take advantage.

Now a Duensing walk followed by a sac bunt and double makes it 5-3.
Title: Re: Today's Game 2018
Post by: Robb on May 13, 2018, 03:33:19 pm
If the Cubs lose today then they are in line to keep up their trend. Win 5, lose 5, win 5. Lose today and they can get swept by Atlanta.
Title: Re: Today's Game 2018
Post by: brjones on May 13, 2018, 04:09:27 pm
Cubs lose. Ugly game where they mostly beat themselves.w
Title: Re: Today's Game 2018
Post by: CurtOne on May 13, 2018, 04:54:01 pm
It was the pink shoes and hats.
Title: Re: Today's Game 2018
Post by: Bennett on May 14, 2018, 09:45:03 am
The rain should be gone by 1:20 but the grounds crew will have their work cut out for them.

(https://pbs.twimg.com/media/DdKi3EUVMAIunBZ.jpg:small)
Title: Re: Today's Game 2018
Post by: Ron on May 14, 2018, 12:01:18 pm
Heading to Wrigley Field in a few minutes. Hoping for decent weather, a well played game by the Cubs ... and oh, yeah, a win.



Title: Re: Today's Game 2018
Post by: CurtOne on May 14, 2018, 12:09:17 pm
Holding you personally responsible, Ron.
Title: Re: Today's Game 2018
Post by: Playtwo on May 14, 2018, 12:11:18 pm
Have fun, Ron  And please bring home the W.
Title: Re: Today's Game 2018
Post by: brjones on May 14, 2018, 01:34:09 pm
Four batters in, and it looks like it's going to be a long day for the Cubs. Albies homered, and now they have first and third with 1 out. Quintana is nibbling too much (as usual), and the umpire is giving him nothing on the corners. And he's about to walk the bases loaded.
Title: Re: Today's Game 2018
Post by: brjones on May 14, 2018, 01:35:47 pm
Also, listening to Chip Caray is brutal. I don't know how we didn't all quit the Cubs when we had to listen to him on a daily basis for several years in a row.
Title: Re: Today's Game 2018
Post by: Bennett on May 14, 2018, 01:38:12 pm
Also, listening to Chip Caray is brutal. I don't know how we didn't all quit the Cubs when we had to listen to him on a daily basis for several years in a row.
The MLB Network is using the WGN telecast with Len and JD.  Is it blacked out for you?
Title: Re: Today's Game 2018
Post by: brjones on May 14, 2018, 01:49:43 pm
Yeah, I'm in Atlanta so I can only get the Braves broadcast on TV.
Title: Re: Today's Game 2018
Post by: brjones on May 14, 2018, 01:51:51 pm
Cubs back to playing sloppy, crappy baseball. Rizzo misses the base on a weak grounder, #8 hitter reaches. Bunt, Bryant throws wildly to second, and both runners are safe. Should be two quick, easy outs in the second inning, but the Cubs have played it into a threat.

Now an easy double play ball to Baez, he drops it, and just barely rolls it over to La Stella for one out. Cubs should be out of this inning, but it's first and third, 1 out.

The Cubs just can't play sustained good baseball.
Title: Re: Today's Game 2018
Post by: brjones on May 14, 2018, 01:55:50 pm
This crappy defense really hurts because after Quintana's 33 pitch first, he could've still been out of the second on less than 40 pitches. Instead, he's going to be around 50 at best.
Title: Re: Today's Game 2018
Post by: brjones on May 14, 2018, 01:57:18 pm
Almora almost breaks too far back on a Freeman line drive, but he comes in a couple steps and catches it. Despite the Cubs' best efforts, Quintana pitches a scoreless second.
Title: Re: Today's Game 2018
Post by: mO on May 14, 2018, 02:05:58 pm
Almora!!!!
Title: Re: Today's Game 2018
Post by: brjones on May 14, 2018, 02:06:02 pm
Walk followed by an Almora homer, 2-1 Cubs.
Title: Re: Today's Game 2018
Post by: CurtOne on May 14, 2018, 02:10:08 pm
Several people over the past few weeks have said that the Cubs are very sloppy, sloppier than we've come to expect.  Can anyone offer an opinion as to why?  Sloppy fundamental practice?  Nonchalance?  Poor coaching?  (Who is our infield coach?)  Too loose a clubhouse?  Too tense a clubhouse?  Weather?  Alignment of the stars?
Title: Re: Today's Game 2018
Post by: brjones on May 14, 2018, 02:13:17 pm
Quintana immediately gives back both runs.
Title: Re: Today's Game 2018
Post by: mO on May 14, 2018, 02:14:10 pm
Gives it right back...
Title: Re: Today's Game 2018
Post by: CUBluejays on May 14, 2018, 02:14:31 pm
The play at first Rizzo slid of the bag on a glove toss from Quintana. It was a bang bang play.

Bryant made an aggressive play on a bunt and the runner was safe at second. Of all the plays that didn’t bother me.

Baez booted a double play ball and got an out at second. That seemed to be the only play that was sloppy to me.

I didn’t get the sense that Freeman’s line drive was ever in danger of not getting caught.
Title: Re: Today's Game 2018
Post by: mO on May 14, 2018, 02:15:51 pm
#ratherhaveEloy
Title: Re: Today's Game 2018
Post by: brjones on May 14, 2018, 02:23:19 pm
Now Bryant gets the 2 runs back, 4-3 Cubs.
Title: Re: Today's Game 2018
Post by: mO on May 14, 2018, 02:23:54 pm
KB!!!!
Title: Re: Today's Game 2018
Post by: CurtOne on May 14, 2018, 02:26:37 pm
#ratherhaveAppel
Title: Re: Today's Game 2018
Post by: brjones on May 14, 2018, 02:27:58 pm
The play at first Rizzo slid of the bag on a glove toss from Quintana. It was a bang bang play.

Bryant made an aggressive play on a bunt and the runner was safe at second. Of all the plays that didn’t bother me.

Baez booted a double play ball and got an out at second. That seemed to be the only play that was sloppy to me.

I didn’t get the sense that Freeman’s line drive was ever in danger of not getting caught.

Rizzo had the ball a step or two before the runner got there--the ball clearly beat the runner by plenty. Rizzo just missed stepping on the bag. That's sloppy. (Rizzo was charged with an error)

Baez had to reach far to his left and jump off second base to keep Bryant's throw from going into right center field. Bryant's throw was sloppy.

Baez's booted double play ball was sloppy.

You're right, Freeman's ball wasn't in danger of being not caught, but Almora initially went back too far by a couple of steps. I'm being picky on this one...it's something that I wouldn't have noticed if not for the other three sloppy plays in the inning.
Title: Re: Today's Game 2018
Post by: brjones on May 14, 2018, 02:30:19 pm
Now Rizzo picked off second base. Sloppy.
Title: Re: Today's Game 2018
Post by: mO on May 14, 2018, 02:31:29 pm
yup
Title: Re: Today's Game 2018
Post by: CUBluejays on May 14, 2018, 02:48:49 pm
Rizzo had the ball a step or two before the runner got there--the ball clearly beat the runner by plenty. Rizzo just missed stepping on the bag. That's sloppy. (Rizzo was charged with an error)

Baez had to reach far to his left and jump off second base to keep Bryant's throw from going into right center field. Bryant's throw was sloppy.

Baez's booted double play ball was sloppy.

You're right, Freeman's ball wasn't in danger of being not caught, but Almora initially went back too far by a couple of steps. I'm being picky on this one...it's something that I wouldn't have noticed if not for the other three sloppy plays in the inning.

Should Rizzo have made the play. Yes. The ball wasn’t there when Rizzo got to the bag. It was a tougher play than what you are making it out to be.

Even a perfect throw from Bryant would have taken an amazing tag from Baez. It was an aggressive play so I give players more room for error. The mistake was going to second.

I mean if we are going to nit pick every time an OF goes back on a line drive this board is going to get clunky.

The only play I would call sloppy was Baez.
Title: Re: Today's Game 2018
Post by: method on May 14, 2018, 02:52:25 pm
#ratherhaveEloy

#metoo
Title: Re: Today's Game 2018
Post by: CurtOne on May 14, 2018, 02:54:47 pm
#metoo
#udontcount
Title: Re: Today's Game 2018
Post by: brjones on May 14, 2018, 02:55:08 pm
Bautista 3 run homer.
Title: Re: Today's Game 2018
Post by: vander-built on May 14, 2018, 02:57:16 pm
Quintana is just awful.
Title: Re: Today's Game 2018
Post by: Robb on May 14, 2018, 02:57:43 pm
Quintana looks horrible this year. How about they only start him against the Brewers from now on?
Title: Re: Today's Game 2018
Post by: brjones on May 14, 2018, 03:41:40 pm
The bats are dead again.  3 hits all day yesterday, 5 hits through 6 1/3 innings today.
Title: Re: Today's Game 2018
Post by: brjones on May 14, 2018, 03:45:05 pm
It's so obvious how much more prepared Len Kasper is when you listen to Braves games. A couple times in this game, they've started discussing Heyward's concussion and speculating on how it might have happened. There is zero chance Len would go into a game without knowing how an everyday player on the other team got injured.
Title: Re: Today's Game 2018
Post by: brjones on May 14, 2018, 03:50:59 pm
Cubs get 2 hits in the 7th but leave them both.
Title: Re: Today's Game 2018
Post by: Dihard on May 14, 2018, 03:53:07 pm
How many W's have we had this year after trailing late?  Probably forgetting some, but I can't remember any.  Have we had a walk-off yet?
Title: Re: Today's Game 2018
Post by: Ron on May 14, 2018, 04:10:55 pm
Holding you personally responsible, Ron.

Yeah, well I am holding Jose Quintana responsible, at least at this point .
Title: Re: Today's Game 2018
Post by: Chris27 on May 14, 2018, 04:29:09 pm
Almora up after a Caratini single and Schwarber walk in the 9th.
Title: Re: Today's Game 2018
Post by: Chris27 on May 14, 2018, 04:29:41 pm
Single for Almora loads the bases for Bote pinch-hitting.
Title: Re: Today's Game 2018
Post by: Chris27 on May 14, 2018, 04:32:40 pm
Bote officially a Cub after striking out in the most important situation.

Two out for LaStella.
Title: Re: Today's Game 2018
Post by: mO on May 14, 2018, 04:33:35 pm
It's Happ!  Why is Happ up!?!?!?!
Title: Re: Today's Game 2018
Post by: Chris27 on May 14, 2018, 04:33:44 pm
Happ pinch-hitting so we know how this ends.
Title: Re: Today's Game 2018
Post by: Dihard on May 14, 2018, 04:33:51 pm
Happ for LaStella.  0-2...
Title: Re: Today's Game 2018
Post by: mO on May 14, 2018, 04:34:01 pm
Happ hit by pitch, 5-6
Title: Re: Today's Game 2018
Post by: Dihard on May 14, 2018, 04:34:09 pm
HPB!!
Title: Re: Today's Game 2018
Post by: mO on May 14, 2018, 04:34:24 pm
KB up
Title: Re: Today's Game 2018
Post by: Chris27 on May 14, 2018, 04:34:37 pm
Ha, Happ hit by a pitch on 0-2.

6-5 now and the MVP will get a chance to be clutch.
Title: Re: Today's Game 2018
Post by: Chris27 on May 14, 2018, 04:36:27 pm
All this talent and yet the Braves are a better team.
Title: Re: Today's Game 2018
Post by: method on May 14, 2018, 04:38:33 pm
All this talent and yet the Braves are a better team.

Braves are very talented team. I'll put Albies, Acuna, Freeman up against anyone's 1,2,3.
Title: Re: Today's Game 2018
Post by: Chris27 on May 14, 2018, 04:40:20 pm
Braves are very talented team. I'll put Albies, Acuna, Freeman up against anyone's 1,2,3.

It's pretty much those three and pray for rain. Great threesome though. Albies, at 21 and 160 lbs, probably has more extra-base hits at the moment than Heyward will accumulate all year.
Title: Re: Today's Game 2018
Post by: Chris27 on May 14, 2018, 04:49:34 pm
Cubs are 5-7 over their last 12 despite outscoring their opponents 72-56 in that span.
Title: Re: Today's Game 2018
Post by: Chris27 on May 14, 2018, 04:53:42 pm
Cubs are 5-7 over their last 12 despite outscoring their opponents 72-56 in that span.


That's a 162-game pace for +216 runs and 94 losses.
Title: Re: Today's Game 2018
Post by: Ron on May 14, 2018, 05:19:22 pm

That's a 162-game pace for +216 runs and 94 losses.

Yeah, that's a likely result.
Title: Re: Today's Game 2018
Post by: Ron on May 14, 2018, 05:22:02 pm
Aside from Quintana's difficulty in throwing strikes, it's almost as though the Braves hitters knew what pitch was coming. Maybe that's because it seemed likely 90% (if not more) of Quintana's pitches were 90 or 91 mph fastballs. 
I'm guessing that was not the game plan. What was up with that?
Title: Re: Today's Game 2018
Post by: craig on May 14, 2018, 05:37:30 pm
From what I saw, Quintana seemed like he was throwing plenty of curves as well as his 90-91 4-seamer.  But can't control the count throwing curves all the time. 

Doesn't look like he's got much to work with.  A chase curve is better when you've got something else you can throw for strikes and challenge guys with.  But his 90-91 4-seam fastball doesn't seem to have much life.  Looks kind of understandably scared to throw that fastball for strikes.  If guys aren't chasing, what can he do? 
Title: Re: Today's Game 2018
Post by: Deeg on May 14, 2018, 05:43:55 pm
Quintana’s stuff has never been elite, so if his velo is down a tick or his command isn’t sharp, he’s just a guy.
Title: Re: Today's Game 2018
Post by: Ron on May 14, 2018, 06:03:05 pm
From what I saw, Quintana seemed like he was throwing plenty of curves as well as his 90-91 4-seamer.  But can't control the count throwing curves all the time. 

Doesn't look like he's got much to work with.  A chase curve is better when you've got something else you can throw for strikes and challenge guys with.  But his 90-91 4-seam fastball doesn't seem to have much life.  Looks kind of understandably scared to throw that fastball for strikes.  If guys aren't chasing, what can he do? 

craig - it was his fastball the Braves were pounding.

Is there somewhere we can find exactly how often he did throw his various pitches.  Watching at the ballpark, using the scoreboard, he seemed to be throwing almost exclusively fastballs.  On the few occasions I noticed him throw his curve or change up, they were balls. 
Title: Re: Today's Game 2018
Post by: Chris27 on May 14, 2018, 06:36:10 pm
Yeah, that's a likely result.

That's been the result for 12 games. Course, most people would understand when a point is being made.
Title: Re: Today's Game 2018
Post by: CurtOne on May 14, 2018, 06:48:20 pm
Several people over the past few weeks have said that the Cubs are very sloppy, sloppier than we've come to expect.  Can anyone offer an opinion as to why?  Sloppy fundamental practice?  Nonchalance?  Poor coaching?  (Who is our infield coach?)  Too loose a clubhouse?  Too tense a clubhouse?  Weather?  Alignment of the stars?
still waiting for opinions
Title: Re: Today's Game 2018
Post by: Deeg on May 14, 2018, 08:15:58 pm
I've said it before, but I don't think it's completely beyond the realm of possibility that Joe's act has lost its charm with a faction in the clubhouse.
Title: Re: Today's Game 2018
Post by: JeffH on May 14, 2018, 08:18:58 pm
What act is that and what sort of behavior do you think the faction in question would prefer?
Title: Re: Today's Game 2018
Post by: CUBluejays on May 14, 2018, 08:59:11 pm
Someone who will keep those darn kids in line and make them wear suits on trips. The suits will get them to take this job seriously.
Title: Re: Today's Game 2018
Post by: Deeg on May 14, 2018, 09:40:26 pm
What act is that and what sort of behavior do you think the faction in question would prefer?

Some players might have a limited tolerance for a manager who likes to be the center of attention, that's all I'm saying. It's possible.  Maybe all the catch phrases and theme trips and such wear thin with a certain type of personalty. And who knows, maybe there are guys who do prefer a more structured discipline system.

I think Maddon is an excellent manager in many respects, and I like him.  But this team sure has looked tuned out the past two seasons, and there could be underlying reasons for that.
Title: Re: Today's Game 2018
Post by: JR on May 15, 2018, 12:09:22 am
What act is that and what sort of behavior do you think the faction in question would prefer?


I think I know what sort of behavior the faction would prefer, and fortunately for us, such a person is very much available for us right now this very moment.


(http://www.dailyherald.com/storyimage/DA/20141102/sports/141109800/EP/1/3/EP-141109800.jpg&updated=201411030531&MaxW=800&maxH=800&noborder)






Title: Re: Today's Game 2018
Post by: Deeg on May 15, 2018, 12:28:26 am
Hardly.  That's probably the one guy who runs a looser clubhouse than Maddon.
Title: Re: Today's Game 2018
Post by: Playtwo on May 15, 2018, 07:26:17 am
We have multiple young position players who have room to mature in terms of focus and skill.  I think Maddon is a good person to oversee and facilitate that.  I don't know what the deal is with our starters, but I doubt that the solution would be to change managers. 
Title: Re: Today's Game 2018
Post by: ben on May 15, 2018, 08:28:42 am
Agree, P2.  When we were kicking ass in 2016, we had consistently GREAT starting pitching!  When we've gone on other extended runs in the past three years, our starting pitching has been really good!

This year, we have two starters (Lester and Hendricks) who have pitched well.  However, the other three starters have not been good.  At all.  They've put a tremendous strain on the bullpen, the offense, the defense and, no doubt, team chemistry.  Wins make team chemistry a whole lot better.

Of course, this season has a VERY long way to go...there's plenty of time for our three sub-par starters to get it together.  If at least two of the three do NOT get it together, Cubs will have MAJOR difficulty making the playoffs. 
Title: Re: Today's Game 2018
Post by: CurtOne on May 15, 2018, 08:31:13 am
    Several people over the past few weeks have said that the Cubs are very sloppy, sloppier than we've come to expect.  Can anyone offer an opinion as to why?  Sloppy fundamental practice?  Nonchalance?  Poor coaching?  (Who is our infield coach?)  Too loose a clubhouse?  Too tense a clubhouse?  Weather?  Alignment of the stars?

still waiting for opinions.  Okay, some opinions focusing on manager.   Any others?
Title: Re: Today's Game 2018
Post by: Playtwo on May 15, 2018, 08:36:40 am
It's hard to know, Curt.  But I look to Rizzo as the team leader to get back to playing well in all aspects and perhaps the young players will follow suit.
Title: Re: Today's Game 2018
Post by: Bennett on May 15, 2018, 08:46:16 am
It's possible the 2016 World Series champions were overachievers who happened to be in the right place at the right time and what we are seeing now is who they really are.
Title: Re: Today's Game 2018
Post by: BearHit on May 15, 2018, 09:14:13 am
It's FOCUS!

Too many games!
Title: Re: Today's Game 2018
Post by: Dave23 on May 15, 2018, 09:21:01 am
I don't think they have been sloppy...at least no more sloppy than any other team...
Title: Re: Today's Game 2018
Post by: CurtOne on May 15, 2018, 09:21:47 am
Thanks for the opinions.  I guess I was more interested in hearing why than just hearing that we're sloppy.  I feel I have a logical answer to our feast or famine offense, but none for the defense.  The common thought was that the new pitchers would love the defense behind them and that's not happening.

BTW, who IS our infield coach?
Title: Re: Today's Game 2018
Post by: craig on May 15, 2018, 09:30:44 am
craig - it was his fastball the Braves were pounding.

Is there somewhere we can find exactly how often he did throw his various pitches.  Watching at the ballpark, using the scoreboard, he seemed to be throwing almost exclusively fastballs.  On the few occasions I noticed him throw his curve or change up, they were balls. 

I was cleaning office at work with game on, so wasn't watching much, or as closely as you were.  It just seemed like a game where he didn't have much choice.  Had no command of curve and change, so that's why he's walking the bases loaded in the first.  And his sinker/cutters ended up looking as indistinguishably straight as his 4-seam. 
Title: Re: Today's Game 2018
Post by: craig on May 15, 2018, 09:39:52 am
Ron, in front of the 3-run homer, there seemed to be on TV a nice double-play ball hit on the 2B-side of shortstop.  By Flowers, maybe?  Just seemed like a ball that watching on TV, on contact it seemed like "DP!  DP!  DP!", but instead Baez didn't seem to get within 8 feet of the ball.  It was significantly on the 3B-side of 2nd, so Baez must have really been positioned way towards 3B, and/or also got a terrible read and terrible jump on the ball.  Just seemed weird that not only did the ball get through, but Baez wasn't even close.  Just a reminder that if Baez had been positioned differently, or if hitter had pulled it just a little bit more, you get the DP and there are two less baserunners for the 3-run homer. 
Title: Re: Today's Game 2018
Post by: BearHit on May 15, 2018, 09:55:46 am
And if KB's last liner would have been 10 feet higher the Cubs win...
Title: Re: Today's Game 2018
Post by: CUBluejays on May 15, 2018, 10:09:37 am
or 3 feet to the right or left.
Title: Re: Today's Game 2018
Post by: davep on May 15, 2018, 11:10:49 am
I've said it before, but I don't think it's completely beyond the realm of possibility that Joe's act has lost its charm with a faction in the clubhouse.

There has never been a clubhouse that did not have factions that didn't like the manager.

There has never been any organization at all that didn't have factions that didn't like the manager.

I have always maintained that the manager has less effect on the short term success of a team than any player on the 25 man squad.  In my opinion, the Cubs didn't win in 2016 because of Maddon, and they are not now struggling because of the manager.

Over the long run, the manager can have substantial effect on a team by the way he and his staff develop players on the roster.  And that is where I see Maddon as a strength for the team.
Title: Re: Today's Game 2018
Post by: davep on May 15, 2018, 11:17:02 am
One thing I have always wondered about is the fact that during 2016, the Cubs consistently went with the "new" overshift, which seemed to work well for them.  Last year and this, they have gone away from that for some untold reason.

Correlation is not proof of causation, but I find it curious that nothing much has been written or talked about on the subject.
Title: Re: Today's Game 2018
Post by: brjones on May 15, 2018, 01:15:29 pm
Rain is in the forecast for the rest of the week in Atlanta. Tonight looks like their best bet to get a game in, but there seems to be a pretty decent chance that multiple games will be rained out.
Title: Re: Today's Game 2018
Post by: Bennett on May 15, 2018, 02:54:34 pm
(https://pbs.twimg.com/media/DdQzIdZWkAAASbJ.jpg:small)
Title: Re: Today's Game 2018
Post by: Bennett on May 15, 2018, 05:18:57 pm
Umpires:
HP--Wolf
1B--Torres
2B--Marquez
3B--Holbrook
Title: Re: Today's Game 2018
Post by: Bennett on May 15, 2018, 06:24:31 pm
(https://pbs.twimg.com/media/DdQ0cjbW4AEv0NH.jpg:small)
Title: Re: Today's Game 2018
Post by: Ron on May 15, 2018, 06:39:37 pm
Ron, in front of the 3-run homer, there seemed to be on TV a nice double-play ball hit on the 2B-side of shortstop.  By Flowers, maybe?  Just seemed like a ball that watching on TV, on contact it seemed like "DP!  DP!  DP!", but instead Baez didn't seem to get within 8 feet of the ball.  It was significantly on the 3B-side of 2nd, so Baez must have really been positioned way towards 3B, and/or also got a terrible read and terrible jump on the ball.  Just seemed weird that not only did the ball get through, but Baez wasn't even close.  Just a reminder that if Baez had been positioned differently, or if hitter had pulled it just a little bit more, you get the DP and there are two less baserunners for the 3-run homer. 

That was a very hard hit ball, and no way for Javy to get to it. I actually joked to my friend that a good SS would have made the play (because it was so obvious that was not the case).

I have no reason to assume he should have been positioned differently, but who knows?
Title: Re: Today's Game 2018
Post by: Chris27 on May 15, 2018, 07:48:07 pm
Cubs get a gift run on a throwing error by Suzuki after Russell struck out.

Earlier Schwarber threw Freeman out at the plate after Contreras' throw hit Freeman in the leg and bounded into LC.

Cubs 0-5 w/ RISP thus far.
Title: Re: Today's Game 2018
Post by: Chris27 on May 15, 2018, 07:54:49 pm
Inciarte homers to tie it.

7th HR in 33-1/3 IP against Darvish.
Title: Re: Today's Game 2018
Post by: Robb on May 15, 2018, 07:57:16 pm
Is it a rule that a Cubs pitcher has to give up the lead the next inning after the Cubs score?
Title: Re: Today's Game 2018
Post by: Chris27 on May 15, 2018, 08:02:16 pm
Bryant has Alphabet Soup figured out. Doubles with 1 out in the 5th.
Title: Re: Today's Game 2018
Post by: Chris27 on May 15, 2018, 08:04:22 pm
Rizzo walks. Two on for Contreras.
Title: Re: Today's Game 2018
Post by: Chris27 on May 15, 2018, 08:07:14 pm
Contreras K's on 3-2.

Up to Baez.
Title: Re: Today's Game 2018
Post by: Chris27 on May 15, 2018, 08:09:43 pm
Baez K's. Cubs' 10th of the game in 5 innings.

Title: Re: Today's Game 2018
Post by: brjones on May 15, 2018, 08:10:38 pm
MOntgomery in.
Title: Re: Today's Game 2018
Post by: brjones on May 15, 2018, 08:15:10 pm
Sloppy.
Title: Re: Today's Game 2018
Post by: Playtwo on May 15, 2018, 08:17:49 pm
Terrible play by Baez on a routine DP grounder.
Title: Re: Today's Game 2018
Post by: JeffH on May 15, 2018, 08:19:12 pm
WHAT???
Title: Re: Today's Game 2018
Post by: Playtwo on May 15, 2018, 08:20:28 pm
There is not much evidence that the Cubs are an elite team so far this season.
Title: Re: Today's Game 2018
Post by: JeffH on May 15, 2018, 08:21:30 pm
Man, MLB umpires have really jumped the shark.
Title: Re: Today's Game 2018
Post by: brjones on May 15, 2018, 08:22:00 pm
Mike Montgomery is 100% smoke and mirrors this season.
Title: Re: Today's Game 2018
Post by: Dihard on May 15, 2018, 08:22:39 pm
Why was Darvish pulled so early?


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Title: Re: Today's Game 2018
Post by: Playtwo on May 15, 2018, 08:24:08 pm
Umps are feeling sorry for us, evidently.
Title: Re: Today's Game 2018
Post by: brjones on May 15, 2018, 08:24:35 pm
I’m at the game, haven’t seen Braves fans this angry since the “infield fly” against the Cardinals.
Title: Re: Today's Game 2018
Post by: Dave23 on May 15, 2018, 08:25:28 pm
I really wish Chip would stfu. He’s still railing on about the play at the plate.

I don’t think any angle conclusively showed his hand on the plate, rather than over it. I thought one was somewhat evident that he had his hand down, but couldn’t say for sure. It was clear that his hand moved downward a little after it had gone past the plate.

No idea who the HP ump is, but he was in perfect position to get the call right.

And yeah, the call at 3rd was wrong...
Title: Re: Today's Game 2018
Post by: CUBluejays on May 15, 2018, 09:00:15 pm
That was a horrific AB by Baez.
Title: Re: Today's Game 2018
Post by: Chris27 on May 15, 2018, 09:07:42 pm
The perfect capper to this game. The 20-yo stud homers after the Cubs young hitters fail endlessly with chances to blow the game open.
Title: Re: Today's Game 2018
Post by: Chris27 on May 15, 2018, 09:10:21 pm
Almora doubles with one out. Two chances to come through.
Title: Re: Today's Game 2018
Post by: Chris27 on May 15, 2018, 09:14:03 pm
Mother of god, Russell doubles in Almora to tie the game.
Title: Re: Today's Game 2018
Post by: Chris27 on May 15, 2018, 09:15:17 pm
Law of averages or maybe Russell is starting to find a groove.

Either way, two more chances to take the lead.
Title: Re: Today's Game 2018
Post by: Chris27 on May 15, 2018, 09:18:14 pm
Nice to have some clutch veterans. Zobrist knocks in Russell for the lead.
Title: Re: Today's Game 2018
Post by: Dave23 on May 15, 2018, 09:25:41 pm
Russell was right on everything Vizcaino threw up there. He was obviously seeing him very well.
Title: Re: Today's Game 2018
Post by: Playtwo on May 15, 2018, 09:28:12 pm
Very surprising win.
Title: Re: Today's Game 2018
Post by: Chris27 on May 15, 2018, 09:29:47 pm
First late comeback win this year I believe.
Title: Re: Today's Game 2018
Post by: ben on May 15, 2018, 09:33:27 pm
Seems like a BIG win...at least for Cub fans!

15 Ks not so good (Schwarber in another slump?), but what clutch hitting by Almora, Russell and Zobrist!  Way to go, guys!
Title: Re: Today's Game 2018
Post by: Boris From Downunder on May 15, 2018, 09:35:58 pm
Refreshing Cubbies. Very refreshing.
Title: Re: Today's Game 2018
Post by: davep on May 15, 2018, 09:46:09 pm
First late comeback win this year I believe.

Earlier this year the Cubs entered the 8th inning against the Braves losing 10 - 5, scored 9 runs in the 8th inning, and won 14 to 10.  I think that would qualify as a comeback, and a rather late one at that.
Title: Re: Today's Game 2018
Post by: brjones on May 15, 2018, 10:24:04 pm
Fun game to see in person. Probably the most exciting I’ve attended in several years.

This is not a good hitting team. Second time in three games they’ve struggled to score against a guy who threw as many balls as strikes.
Title: Re: Today's Game 2018
Post by: mO on May 15, 2018, 10:27:16 pm
Seemed especially dumb to put the shift on Zobrist in that situation in the ninth. But I'll take it!
Title: Re: Today's Game 2018
Post by: brjones on May 15, 2018, 10:34:03 pm
I was shocked that they were shifting so aggressively on Zobrist the entire game. I get it on Rizzo and Schwarber, but Zobrist? Is he really that much of a pull hitter as a lefty?
Title: Re: Today's Game 2018
Post by: Deeg on May 15, 2018, 10:34:54 pm
One can really sense the disappointment here that the Cubs won that.

Darvish was pulled early just as a precaution due to illness and not much activity, I assume?
Title: Re: Today's Game 2018
Post by: CUBluejays on May 16, 2018, 12:05:01 am
He felt cramping in his calf.
Title: Re: Today's Game 2018
Post by: Deeg on May 16, 2018, 12:10:25 am
Ugh
Title: Re: Today's Game 2018
Post by: CUBluejays on May 16, 2018, 12:17:37 am
That said he chalked it up to the illness and wanted to continue to pitch. Madden said no way.
Title: Re: Today's Game 2018
Post by: Bennett on May 16, 2018, 12:22:55 am
I’m at the game, haven’t seen Braves fans this angry since the “infield fly” against the Cardinals.

Mad enough to make them forget this play?

https://youtu.be/MiraekmCNv4

Title: Re: Today's Game 2018
Post by: guest61 on May 16, 2018, 12:23:23 am
Camargo and Culberson were both safe but that makes it all the more enjoyable.

When Atlanta loses 90 and we're playing late in October again one game in May wont matter.
Title: Re: Today's Game 2018
Post by: brjones on May 16, 2018, 06:38:23 pm
Chip just doesn't have a very good vocabulary for calling baseball games. Almora just missed a double down the right field line leading off the game. Chip said that if the ball landed fair, it would've been "heartbreaking." That's a weird word to describe a potential double leading off the game.
Title: Re: Today's Game 2018
Post by: Bennett on May 16, 2018, 06:49:11 pm

Chip's famous "line drive - base hit - double play" call

https://youtu.be/4DeQq0PKyho
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Post by: Bennett on May 16, 2018, 07:01:17 pm
1-0 Braves in the top of the second

Jesse Rogers  @ESPNChiCubs  2m2 minutes ago

One diff between Chatwood and Darvish in terms of results: Chatwood has induced 5 DP's, including tonight. Darvish has gotten 0 so far this season.
Title: Re: Today's Game 2018
Post by: Bennett on May 16, 2018, 07:06:36 pm
Almora robs a homer!
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Post by: JR on May 16, 2018, 07:07:18 pm
Amazing play by Almora!
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Post by: brjones on May 16, 2018, 07:09:41 pm
I don’t know that it actually would’ve gone out, but it was straight up robbery. 106.4 mph exit velocity, 22 degree launch angle—95% hit probability.

Still not a big believer in Almora’s bat, but he’s going to win a Gold Glove this year if he hits enough to stay in the lineup.
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Post by: CUBluejays on May 16, 2018, 07:14:56 pm
In case anyone cares going into today he had a .714 OPS vs righties this year.
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Post by: davep on May 16, 2018, 07:15:09 pm
I don't know what you fail to believe about his bat.  I don't think he will hit as well as Kris Bryant, but I think that he will hit well enough to be an excellent everyday center fielder.  Probably an occasional All Star.
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Post by: Bennett on May 16, 2018, 07:17:28 pm
Almora's catch

https://twitter.com/Cubs/status/996907209526251520
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Post by: brjones on May 16, 2018, 07:17:59 pm
We’ve had this conversation 100 times, so I don’t feel like going into it again...but Almora hasn’t hit much as an everyday player since low-A ball. He did well last year when Maddon selectively used him, and the sample is too small this year to make any conclusions.
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Post by: Bennett on May 16, 2018, 07:27:48 pm
Chatwood without a walk in the first three innings.
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Post by: Deeg on May 16, 2018, 07:28:47 pm
I don't know what you fail to believe about his bat.  I don't think he will hit as well as Kris Bryant, but I think that he will hit well enough to be an excellent everyday center fielder.  Probably an occasional All Star.

That’s certainly what I fail to believe about his bat.

No walks for Chatwood. That’s progress I suppose.
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Post by: brjones on May 16, 2018, 07:29:43 pm
That has to be Chatwood’s longest walk-free stretch of the season.

Contreras walks to lead off the 4th. They’ve had a runner on with less than 2 outs in every inning, but can’t get anything going. Maybe this inning...
Title: Re: Today's Game 2018
Post by: CUBluejays on May 16, 2018, 07:45:56 pm
Almora has 558 PA in the majors with a wRC+ of 105. He’s has almost double the PA against righties vs lefties this year and currently has a 118 wRC+. His career wRC+ against righties is 87. For those wondering Kevin Pillar has a career wRC+ of 89 and 9.4 career fWAR.

At some point people are just going to have to admit the kid can hit and has made adjustments and is really good defensively in CF.
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Post by: Deeg on May 16, 2018, 07:52:34 pm
Or not. One or the other.
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Post by: brjones on May 16, 2018, 07:57:58 pm
Almora has been selectively used against RHP in his MLB career. The last time we had this conversation, I posted a link to an article where Hoyer (I think...maybe it was Theo) praised Maddon for his selective use of Almora.

You can cite his MLB stats against RHP as much as you want...but until he’s been in the lineup vs. all RHP (not just those who Joe thinks he matches up well with) for at least half a season, I’m not going to throw out how much he sucked through the top 3 minor league levels.
Title: Re: Today's Game 2018
Post by: brjones on May 16, 2018, 08:35:55 pm
Offense getting shut down again tonight.

But don't worry, they've got 4 against the Reds this weekend. They'll fool people into thinking they're good again in that series.
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Post by: Dihard on May 16, 2018, 08:37:36 pm
By the way, Bryant had a two-out single with RISP and to drive in a run. 1-1 in the middle of the 7th.


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Post by: mO on May 16, 2018, 08:40:58 pm
Russell had a lead off double to start the 7th, but went nowhere. Happ pop up. TLS pop up. Almora ugly K
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Post by: brjones on May 16, 2018, 08:42:36 pm
The Cubs have scored at least 10 runs eight times this season. In those games, they've combined for 101 runs.

In their other 32 games (including tonight), they've scored 108 runs. It's feast or famine for this team.
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Post by: mO on May 16, 2018, 08:46:32 pm
Bryant, Rizzo, Contreras due in the 8th. Need a run.
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Post by: Dihard on May 16, 2018, 08:47:59 pm
Rizzo back under the Mendoza line. Need him to get it together.


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Post by: Playtwo on May 16, 2018, 08:49:03 pm
I'm very worried about Rizzo.  They won't go far without him being himself.
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Post by: brjones on May 16, 2018, 08:49:52 pm
Yet another leadoff hitter on for the Cubs. Maybe they can do something this time.
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Post by: Dihard on May 16, 2018, 08:50:41 pm
KB, in contrast, singles to get his average above .300 again


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Title: Re: Today's Game 2018
Post by: mO on May 16, 2018, 08:52:04 pm
Man, that looked like a pitch he could've done more with...
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Post by: brjones on May 16, 2018, 08:52:42 pm
I'm very worried about Rizzo.  They won't go far without him being himself.

Rizzo was at .289/.389/.667 in May coming into today's game. He's fine...he just dug a little hole for himself in April, and it'll be a while before his stats are back to normal.
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Post by: brjones on May 16, 2018, 08:54:20 pm
The Cubs got the leadoff man on for the 5th consecutive inning, and they've managed one run.

Rizzo pops straight up on a 3-0 count.
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Post by: mO on May 16, 2018, 08:55:05 pm
3-0 pop up!?!?!?!?
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Post by: brjones on May 16, 2018, 08:56:29 pm
Willson had to be looking for that exact pitch, right? That was at head level, and he crushed a line drive single.
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Post by: mO on May 16, 2018, 08:56:55 pm
...and Contreras singles 0-2 on a pitch he had no business swinging at...
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Post by: brjones on May 16, 2018, 08:57:57 pm
Baez swinging wildly at everything, and predictably Ks.
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Post by: mO on May 16, 2018, 09:00:23 pm
Up to Schwarber vs a tough lefty
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Post by: Chris27 on May 16, 2018, 09:00:33 pm
1-10 w/ RISP
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Post by: goblue007 on May 16, 2018, 09:00:41 pm
Klone Kris :-\
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Post by: Playtwo on May 16, 2018, 09:00:47 pm
Rizzo is the guy that needs to step up.
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Post by: mO on May 16, 2018, 09:05:34 pm
Triple. Ball game.
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Post by: mO on May 16, 2018, 09:06:01 pm
Walk him!!!!
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Post by: mO on May 16, 2018, 09:06:21 pm
Why?
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Post by: mO on May 16, 2018, 09:07:30 pm
Oh. Forgot about Freeman...
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Post by: brjones on May 16, 2018, 09:08:41 pm
Edwards getting crushed.

This offense is not good. Should've scored 5 runs easily tonight with all the runners they've put on with less than 2 outs.
Title: Re: Today's Game 2018
Post by: Playtwo on May 16, 2018, 09:08:45 pm
The Cubs have been a slightly above average team.  That's hugely disappointing.
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Post by: mO on May 16, 2018, 09:09:31 pm
Amen
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Post by: mO on May 16, 2018, 09:13:43 pm
Walked in a run
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Post by: brjones on May 16, 2018, 09:17:40 pm
Edwards is so frustrating. When he's on (most of the time), he's absolutely unhittable. The rest of the time, he blows up. There's never any in between with him.
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Post by: mO on May 16, 2018, 09:21:15 pm
Walked in another
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Post by: Dihard on May 16, 2018, 09:21:24 pm
Edwards is so frustrating. When he's on (most of the time), he's absolutely unhittable. The rest of the time, he blows up. There's never any in between with him.

Yet Joe tends to stick with him regardless of which version shows up.


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Post by: Chris27 on May 16, 2018, 09:29:24 pm
Not as disappointing as the Dodgers anyway.
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Post by: Dihard on May 16, 2018, 09:31:08 pm
No ninth-inning magic this time. Cubs lose


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Post by: brjones on May 16, 2018, 09:45:27 pm
They aren't going to the playoffs if they can't start scoring runs more consistently. The offense is the biggest problem. They have too many hitters who can crush bad pitching because they have huge raw talent, but also have no ability to hit competent pitching.
Title: Re: Today's Game 2018
Post by: Bennett on May 17, 2018, 01:42:50 pm
Atlanta Braves  @Braves   26m26 minutes ago

The #Braves have placed RHP Mike Soroka on the 10-day DL (retroactive to May 14) due to a right shoulder strain. LHP Max Fried has been recalled from Triple-A Gwinnett and will start tonight’s game against the Cubs.
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Post by: Bennett on May 17, 2018, 01:44:26 pm
Mark Gonzales  @MDGonzales   14m14 minutes ago

Might not be many changes in Cubs' lineup since Braves scratched Soroka (DL) for LHP Max Fried. Minor league LH batters hitting .386 vs. Fried in '18, compared to RH's .256 mark. In 13 major league games in 17-18, righties batting .281, lefties .263 vs. Fried.
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Post by: Bennett on May 17, 2018, 02:38:56 pm
(https://pbs.twimg.com/media/DdbDVipVwAEidmp.jpg:small)
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Post by: craig on May 17, 2018, 03:36:58 pm
I wonder if we don't just over-rate the Cubs hitters and their talent somewhat.  Can try to be a top-10 offense, but this isn't a top-5 offense in terms of talent or production. 

Maybe bunching up production against bad pitchers but struggling against good-stuff relievers, good starters, and average-starters-when-fairly-sharp-on-a-given day is just the way the Cubs talent level demands. 

Other than Rizzo's April, is there anybody who's underachieving or clearly performing below what's reasonable for their talent level?  (I know we hoped for much more from Happ, but pitchers all know now that he can't hit fastballs middle or up, so I think the actual outcome is realistic.) 

Baez, Bryant, Almora, Zobrist, they've all kind of overachieved, if anything. 

Not sure it's fair to expect these players to hit much better than they do, against decent pitchers. 
Title: Re: Today's Game 2018
Post by: CUBluejays on May 17, 2018, 04:25:13 pm
I wonder if we don't just over-rate the Cubs hitters and their talent somewhat.  Can try to be a top-10 offense, but this isn't a top-5 offense in terms of talent or production. 

The Cubs have 40 games so far.  There are six teams ahead of the Cubs in runs scored, except for the Yanks (40 g) every other team has played 2-5 games more than the Cubs.  They are second in fWAR behind the Braves.  I'm not sure where the Cubs aren't a top 5 offense is coming from

Maybe bunching up production against bad pitchers but struggling against good-stuff relievers, good starters, and average-starters-when-fairly-sharp-on-a-given day is just the way the Cubs talent level demands. 

Other than Rizzo's April, is there anybody who's underachieving or clearly performing below what's reasonable for their talent level?  (I know we hoped for much more from Happ, but pitchers all know now that he can't hit fastballs middle or up, so I think the actual outcome is realistic.) 

The 2017 Astros, the reigning World Series Champs, scored 896 runs in 2017.  They scored 600+ of those runs against sub .500 teams.  This isn't just a Cubs thing.  It is literally every team in baseball. 

Rizzo, Happ, Russell and Contreras all started cold.  Russell and Contreras are heating up though.


Title: Re: Today's Game 2018
Post by: method on May 17, 2018, 04:53:01 pm
Cubs score lots of runs... in bunches in some games. they seem to go dead quite for a lot longer.

Someone else mentioned that good pitching shuts down too much of the line up... that is 100% correct.... and fixed by Machado... you are replacing with a 93 wrc player with a 181 wrc player. Most importantly, Machado can hit good pitching.
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Post by: Chris27 on May 17, 2018, 05:26:29 pm
Teams that have underachieved the most versus their Pythagorean record:

Astros: -6

Dodgers -5

Cubs -3

Reds -3

Orioles -3

White Sox -3


Houston should be on a 122-win pace.
Title: Re: Today's Game 2018
Post by: CUBluejays on May 17, 2018, 05:44:39 pm
I doubt Machado continues to hit like 2017 Mike Trout, but even if he does it won’t make the Cubs offense more consistent against good pitching. I mean if you had a 1-8 of Mike Trout maybe it could.

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Post by: brjones on May 17, 2018, 07:24:58 pm
The rain in Atlanta is weird tonight. I’m no more than 10 miles east of the ballpark right now, and it hasn’t rained at all. Apparently, it’s pouring at SunTrust Park.
Title: Re: Today's Game 2018
Post by: davep on May 17, 2018, 08:01:18 pm
We’ve had this conversation 100 times, so I don’t feel like going into it again...but Almora hasn’t hit much as an everyday player since low-A ball. He did well last year when Maddon selectively used him, and the sample is too small this year to make any conclusions.

We have had this conversation 100 times, but you have failed to make much of a case  100 times.  In the minors, he had only one season where he had an OPS below 700, and that was 683.  The rest of the years in the minors, he was over 700 OPS, and in the majors he has been consistently been in the high 700s.  In 562 MLB plate appearances, he has an OPS of 778, which is hardly "not much" for a kid that just turned 24.  To assume he has peaked out seems a rather hasty judgement.

But even if he has peaked out, a 778 OPS career average is pretty darn good for a center fielder that plays defense as well as he does.  Not every player can be Mike Trout.
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Post by: JeffH on May 17, 2018, 09:02:23 pm
Postponed.
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Post by: brjones on May 17, 2018, 09:17:35 pm
Looking outside (now at home 15 miles east of the ballpark), we haven't had a drop of rain tonight. The rain just stopped over the ballpark and never moved.
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Post by: craig on May 17, 2018, 10:59:45 pm
I'm not sure where the Cubs aren't a top 5 offense is coming from

http://www.espn.com/mlb/stats/team/_/stat/batting/sort/OPS/order/true

I got that from the link above: 

OPS:  7th
Slugging: 8th:
OBP:  4th
BA:  10th
HR:  18th (On a per-game rate basis, they'd be 17th or maybe 16th.)
Title: Re: Today's Game 2018
Post by: CUBluejays on May 18, 2018, 07:49:02 am
Comparing the Cubs percentages vs AL teams that get most of their games with a DH isn’t an apples to apples comparison.
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Post by: craig on May 18, 2018, 09:06:21 am
Yeah, that is true.   :-\   That was kinda dumb.
Title: Re: Today's Game 2018
Post by: Bennett on May 18, 2018, 02:40:41 pm
69% chance of light showers

(https://pbs.twimg.com/media/DdgL891WAAAN2dN.jpg:small)
Title: Re: Today's Game 2018
Post by: brjones on May 18, 2018, 04:14:21 pm
Looks like rain is a possibility off and on all weekend. Hopefully they get all of these games in, the Cubs don't need any more doubleheaders or scheduled off days taken away.
Title: Re: Today's Game 2018
Post by: Bennett on May 18, 2018, 05:41:11 pm
The game will not start on time.

(https://pbs.twimg.com/media/Ddg1uyGW4AEq9Fd.jpg:small)
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Post by: brjones on May 18, 2018, 06:05:30 pm
The forecast looks bad for getting the game in tonight.
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Post by: Robb on May 18, 2018, 06:07:57 pm
Good grief, this sucks.
Title: Re: Today's Game 2018
Post by: brjones on May 18, 2018, 06:21:04 pm
Hopefully if they don't get it in tonight, they'll make it up on the mutual off day Monday instead of scheduling another double header later in the season. Both teams were off yesterday and the Reds are still in Cincinnati Tuesday-Thursday, so it probably makes sense for both teams to go on and knock the game out (assuming rain isn't in the forecast for Monday).
Title: Re: Today's Game 2018
Post by: Bennett on May 18, 2018, 06:22:08 pm
Gordon Wittenmyer  @GDubCub   1m1 minute ago

Reds now say they'll keep staring at the rain and give us another update at 7 p.m. CT.
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Post by: Bennett on May 18, 2018, 06:25:10 pm
Hopefully if they don't get it in tonight, they'll make it up on the mutual off day Monday instead of scheduling another double header later in the season. Both teams were off yesterday and the Reds are still in Cincinnati Tuesday-Thursday, so it probably makes sense for both teams to go on and knock the game out (assuming rain isn't in the forecast for Monday).
Adbert Alzolay might get a call up after all.
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Post by: brjones on May 18, 2018, 06:47:54 pm
Just FWIW...the Cubs only make one more trip to Cincinnati this year in late June. It's in a stretch where the Cubs are already playing 17 days straight and the Reds are playing 16 days straight. I don't think either team will want to add a double header in that stretch, so it seems pretty likely that they will play Monday if tonight is postponed.
Title: Re: Today's Game 2018
Post by: Bennett on May 18, 2018, 07:03:34 pm
Mark Gonzales  @MDGonzales   8m8 minutes ago

first pitch 7:40 p.m. CT
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Post by: brjones on May 18, 2018, 07:09:32 pm
Weather Channel radar still shows a lot of rain in the area, but it looks light. Hopefully it stays light enough for them to play through.
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Post by: davep on May 18, 2018, 07:43:42 pm
Still raining.  The game is about to start.
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Post by: brjones on May 18, 2018, 07:48:49 pm
Single, double, single to start the game, Cubs up 1-0. Contreras up with runners at first and third.
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Post by: brjones on May 18, 2018, 07:52:17 pm
Contreras single, 2-0.
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Post by: davep on May 18, 2018, 07:52:41 pm
2 - 0.  Four consecutive hits to start the game.  This one is sure to be rained out.
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Post by: brjones on May 18, 2018, 07:53:56 pm
Russell single, 3-0. Contreras and Russell move up to 3rd and 2nd on the throw home.
Title: Re: Today's Game 2018
Post by: brjones on May 18, 2018, 07:59:35 pm
Schwarber pop up, Javy hacking at everything, Happ IBB. Lester up with the bases loaded and two outs...and he grounds to third. 3 runs score, but it could've been better considering their had runners at second and third with no outs when Schwarber came up.
Title: Re: Today's Game 2018
Post by: brjones on May 18, 2018, 08:11:59 pm
Eugenio Suarez has turned into a really good hitter. He works a 2 out 10 pitch walk, and missed a double and a homer by no more than a foot on a couple of foul balls.
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Post by: Chris27 on May 18, 2018, 08:13:41 pm
Eugenio Suarez: Cubs killer
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Post by: Chris27 on May 18, 2018, 08:42:41 pm
Bases loaded, nobody out for Baez.

A GIDP of course. One run scores.
Title: Re: Today's Game 2018
Post by: brjones on May 18, 2018, 08:48:43 pm
Baez hasn't walked since April 11. It's hard to be a good hitter when pitchers know they literally never have to come into the zone.
Title: Re: Today's Game 2018
Post by: Chris27 on May 18, 2018, 09:12:35 pm
Schwarber breaks his drought doubling in Russell who is 3-3. Ball was hammered.
Title: Re: Today's Game 2018
Post by: brjones on May 18, 2018, 09:18:40 pm
Happ with his third IBB of the night.

The Cubs need to hurry up and finish the 5th inning. It looks like it's raining pretty hard from some camera angles, and it's an official game once Lester gets three more outs.
Title: Re: Today's Game 2018
Post by: brjones on May 18, 2018, 09:19:14 pm
Lester safety squeeze, 6-0. 2 outs in the top of the 5th.
Title: Re: Today's Game 2018
Post by: Deeg on May 18, 2018, 09:31:22 pm
Lester has been really good after that shaky start to the season velocity-wise.
Title: Re: Today's Game 2018
Post by: brjones on May 18, 2018, 09:41:15 pm
It's an official game now. 6-1 Cubs in the 6th.

A ton of hard contact for Rizzo tonight, but only one hit in four ABs.
Title: Re: Today's Game 2018
Post by: brjones on May 18, 2018, 09:44:02 pm
Four hit night for Russell.
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Post by: brjones on May 18, 2018, 10:18:35 pm
It might be time to be cautiously optimistic about Justin Wilson. In his last 8 outings (including tonight): 7 2/3 IP, 0 R, 3 H, 2 BB, 8 K.
Title: Re: Today's Game 2018
Post by: brjones on May 18, 2018, 10:28:16 pm
Baez with a broken bat infield single for an RBI, 7-1.
Title: Re: Today's Game 2018
Post by: Chris27 on May 18, 2018, 10:29:31 pm
Baez was 5 for his last 34 with 11 K's and 1 extra-base hit before that RBI infield single.

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Post by: brjones on May 18, 2018, 11:01:09 pm
Cubs win, boost the run differential again against a bad pitcher on a bad team.
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Post by: craig on May 19, 2018, 08:21:43 am
Nice win, another effective outing by Lester, with Darvish and Chatwood that's three consecutive overall, hopefully a hint of more consistency moving forward.  Really nice to start fast and take control early, and then for Lester to hold that initial lead.  Three more games in Cinci, good chance to do some more hitting. 

With his 3 intentional walks plus a solid double, Happ now has his OPS up to .751, and his average up to .238 (he hit .251 last year).  With 51K/105AB (49%), he's hitting .463 on balls he hits fair....   He's gotta be due for a hot streak sooner or later. 

Nice to see Russell really hot.  He's up to .273 batting average.  I haven't seen a ton of those, but saw both doubles in Atlanta series.  My amateur observation is that during this hot stretch, he's using the whole field a little more, including LF.  The double on Wednesday was a rocket that was within 15 feet of the line, and the game-tying (?) double on Tuesday was to the left-field side of the CFer. 

I know in past they've often talked about him avoiding being TOO pull-oriented, and that he needs to use center/right.  Perhaps overcompensated in that direction, and now he's getting back to a more ideal use-all-fields optimum? 

Still, he's strong but he's not THAT super-powerful, enough that he's going to hit a lot of HR's over the CF/RF fence.  Think he's going to need to pull some pitches (don't force it but pitches that are pull-suitable) to get the HR's going.   
Title: Re: Today's Game 2018
Post by: CUBluejays on May 19, 2018, 08:28:33 am
I agree on the Russell stuff.  He was hitting the ball hard last night and this month.

He raised his wRC+ to 105 for the season and is sitting at 147 for May.

Title: Re: Today's Game 2018
Post by: Bennett on May 19, 2018, 09:32:50 am
(https://pbs.twimg.com/media/DdkPkClVwAAldzX.jpg:small)
Title: Re: Today's Game 2018
Post by: Deeg on May 19, 2018, 09:35:35 am
Interesting that Heyward came off the DL and hasn’t started either game.
Title: Re: Today's Game 2018
Post by: CUBluejays on May 19, 2018, 09:39:24 am
I like it.
Title: Re: Today's Game 2018
Post by: Bennett on May 19, 2018, 09:44:54 am
Interesting that Heyward came off the DL and hasn’t started either game.
Maddon said yesterday that Heyward would start one of the two games of the DH.
Title: Re: Today's Game 2018
Post by: davep on May 19, 2018, 12:18:02 pm
Almora singles.  Bryant singles - Almora twists his knee but stays in the game.  Rizzo pops up to right.
Title: Re: Today's Game 2018
Post by: davep on May 19, 2018, 12:20:10 pm
Russell walks.  Bases loaded one out Schwarber up.
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Post by: goblue007 on May 19, 2018, 12:21:14 pm
Klutch Kyle
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Post by: davep on May 19, 2018, 12:21:23 pm
Double play.
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Post by: Playtwo on May 19, 2018, 12:24:42 pm
Terrible base running by Russell to get tagged out on that play.  He should have stopped short.
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Post by: goblue007 on May 19, 2018, 12:52:22 pm
Is Bryant good?
Title: Re: Today's Game 2018
Post by: davep on May 19, 2018, 12:55:58 pm
Almora single, Bryant double scores run, Rizzo strikes out.  Score tied at one all.
Title: Re: Today's Game 2018
Post by: Chris27 on May 19, 2018, 01:01:02 pm
Cubs continue to dominate in base runners yet not get runs. 0-6 w/ RISP. Even last night they were just 4-17 but had enough of them and help from the Reds' defense they accumulated runs.
Title: Re: Today's Game 2018
Post by: Playtwo on May 19, 2018, 01:06:33 pm
Rizzo is not the player offensively that we are used to seeing.  It's a big problem if that doesn't change.
Title: Re: Today's Game 2018
Post by: Chris27 on May 19, 2018, 01:18:31 pm
Almora on base for the third time. Bryant K's with two on.

0-7 w/ RISP and 4-24 in the series.
Title: Re: Today's Game 2018
Post by: Chris27 on May 19, 2018, 01:20:22 pm
Incidentally, the Reds do not have an at-bat with a RISP in either game.
Title: Re: Today's Game 2018
Post by: Chris27 on May 19, 2018, 01:25:01 pm
Double, bunt, sac fly, and the Reds have the lead.
Title: Re: Today's Game 2018
Post by: Chris27 on May 19, 2018, 01:31:54 pm
Schwarber hasn't homered in over 50 at-bats.
Title: Re: Today's Game 2018
Post by: Chris27 on May 19, 2018, 01:47:22 pm
Hendricks is the guy who breaks through with RISP. An RBI double after Happ triples.
Title: Re: Today's Game 2018
Post by: Chris27 on May 19, 2018, 01:50:53 pm
This thing where Almora keeps bunting has to end. Costs the Cubs an out and then Bryant flies out. Russell grounds out.

Cubs 1-13 w/ RISP and the only hit is from the pitcher.
Title: Re: Today's Game 2018
Post by: brjones on May 19, 2018, 01:56:02 pm
That Almora bunt was really, really stupid. He's been on base all day and the two previous batters have crushed the ball, so there's no good reason for him to try to settle for an infield single there. 

Russell's running into the tag in the first inning was equally stupid. Rizzo not sliding into second on Russell's grounder was pretty dumb too. Combined with all the base runners left on base, the Cubs aren't playing a very sharp game today.

Now an error and a walk, and Hendricks is in trouble.
Title: Re: Today's Game 2018
Post by: Chris27 on May 19, 2018, 02:02:07 pm
Reds cashing in with men on base and putting the game away. Huh

Title: Re: Today's Game 2018
Post by: brjones on May 19, 2018, 02:02:44 pm
Groundball single, 3-2. Suarez double, 4-2. Runners on second and third, no outs, and Hendricks is out.

That completely fell apart in a hurry.
Title: Re: Today's Game 2018
Post by: Chris27 on May 19, 2018, 02:02:56 pm
And Suarez continues to murder Cubs pitching.
Title: Re: Today's Game 2018
Post by: brjones on May 19, 2018, 02:03:49 pm
Suarez murders everyone's pitching this year. He's good.
Title: Re: Today's Game 2018
Post by: brjones on May 19, 2018, 02:09:55 pm
Nice debut by Rosario--two ground balls and a K to clean up the mess. Still 4-2 Reds.
Title: Re: Today's Game 2018
Post by: Robb on May 19, 2018, 02:12:07 pm
Way to go Rosario. Keeps the Cubs in the game. Hendricks had a lot of count heading into that inning, it's really too bad he couldn't have kept them off the board and gone deep into the game.
Title: Re: Today's Game 2018
Post by: goblue007 on May 19, 2018, 02:18:51 pm
Baez is such a ****
Title: Re: Today's Game 2018
Post by: brjones on May 19, 2018, 02:18:56 pm
Baez looks awful right now. He could use a day or two off.
Title: Re: Today's Game 2018
Post by: davep on May 19, 2018, 02:24:08 pm
Rosario just clocked at 97.  How did he get through waivers?
Title: Re: Today's Game 2018
Post by: brjones on May 19, 2018, 02:33:54 pm
Happ homer, 4-3. He has a double, triple, and homer today. If the Cubs can get him up again today, he has about as strong a shot at the cycle as a hitter can have.
Title: Re: Today's Game 2018
Post by: Robb on May 19, 2018, 02:38:09 pm
Great at bat by LaStella there. 17 pitches for Iglesius still nobody out.
Title: Re: Today's Game 2018
Post by: Tuffy on May 19, 2018, 02:43:55 pm
Now would be a fine time for Rizzo to break out of his season long slump.
Title: Re: Today's Game 2018
Post by: Tuffy on May 19, 2018, 02:46:13 pm
TONY! LaStella comes around to score and it's a tie game!
Title: Re: Today's Game 2018
Post by: Robb on May 19, 2018, 02:46:36 pm
Rizzo! What a great inning by the Cubs! Ran up the pitch count and tied the game.
Title: Re: Today's Game 2018
Post by: davep on May 19, 2018, 02:52:15 pm
That does increase the chances that Happ gets another try for a single to fill the cycle.

By the way, Rosario really looked good today.  I wouldn't be surprised if they find a way to keep him up for a while.  Who can be sent down this afternoon?
Title: Re: Today's Game 2018
Post by: brjones on May 19, 2018, 03:11:05 pm
Strop has been great so far this year.

Happ leading off the 10th, needs a single for a cycle.
Title: Re: Today's Game 2018
Post by: davep on May 19, 2018, 03:11:54 pm
Does Happ get his single this inning?
Title: Re: Today's Game 2018
Post by: Tuffy on May 19, 2018, 03:13:14 pm
Pedro does a nice job pitching around a Hamilton double to send the game to extra innings.
Title: Re: Today's Game 2018
Post by: brjones on May 19, 2018, 03:13:37 pm
That does increase the chances that Happ gets another try for a single to fill the cycle.

By the way, Rosario really looked good today.  I wouldn't be surprised if they find a way to keep him up for a while.  Who can be sent down this afternoon?

Can they keep Rosario up? He was just sent down yesterday and was only allowed to come back because of the double header. He might have to go back down and finish the normal 10 day waiting period.
Title: Re: Today's Game 2018
Post by: davep on May 19, 2018, 03:14:49 pm
No cycle for you.
Title: Re: Today's Game 2018
Post by: Robb on May 19, 2018, 03:20:11 pm
The ump has been pretty good today but Almora's at bat was shameful.
Title: Re: Today's Game 2018
Post by: Bennett on May 19, 2018, 03:29:31 pm
That pre-diabetes commercial has become more irritating than the old

Cultivates
Loosens
Aerates
Weeds
Title: Re: Today's Game 2018
Post by: Chris27 on May 19, 2018, 03:38:01 pm
Two more chances missed after Bryant reaches on an infield single and steals 2nd.

1-16 w/ RISP
Title: Re: Today's Game 2018
Post by: Bennett on May 19, 2018, 03:39:26 pm
At least the 16 is somewhat encouraging.
Title: Re: Today's Game 2018
Post by: Chris27 on May 19, 2018, 03:40:40 pm
Wilson now in and I believe only Montgomery is left in the pen.
Title: Re: Today's Game 2018
Post by: Chris27 on May 19, 2018, 03:41:35 pm
Scratch that. Hancock and Morrow also left.

Leadoff hit for the Reds.
Title: Re: Today's Game 2018
Post by: Chris27 on May 19, 2018, 03:42:49 pm
Wilson in all kinds of trouble now.
Title: Re: Today's Game 2018
Post by: Chris27 on May 19, 2018, 03:43:45 pm
Why does this have all the makings of a 1-run loss in a game they should've put away an hour ago, the night after a blowout win? It has that deja vu feeling.
Title: Re: Today's Game 2018
Post by: brjones on May 19, 2018, 03:43:45 pm
Why did Joe burn through Duensing (2 batters) and Cishek (1 batter) so fast? Looks like he’s found his guy who doesn’t have it today.
Title: Re: Today's Game 2018
Post by: Bennett on May 19, 2018, 03:44:56 pm
Why did Joe burn through Duensing (2 batters) and Cishek (1 batter) so fast? Looks like he’s found his guy who doesn’t have it today.
Saving them for the second game?
Title: Re: Today's Game 2018
Post by: Chris27 on May 19, 2018, 03:46:11 pm
Bases loaded, nobody out.

Title: Re: Today's Game 2018
Post by: brjones on May 19, 2018, 03:46:50 pm
Well let’s win the first before worrying about the second. Just stupid not to bring Cishek back out this inning.
Title: Re: Today's Game 2018
Post by: Chris27 on May 19, 2018, 03:49:46 pm
Bases loaded walk to Billy Hamilton loses the game.

Underachievers all of them.
Title: Re: Today's Game 2018
Post by: Chris27 on May 19, 2018, 03:50:59 pm
But at least they are tops in something.

FYI: 1-16 is the worst any team has batted with RISP in a game this season (min. 15 AB)

https://twitter.com/ESPNChiCubs/status/997941572187672576
Title: Re: Today's Game 2018
Post by: brjones on May 19, 2018, 03:53:45 pm
Just a terrible game. Maddon is not good at managing a bullpen. Burns Strop, Duensing, and Cishek to get 6 very easy outs, then has no backup plan to the guy who has walked about a batter an inning since the Cubs got him.
Title: Re: Today's Game 2018
Post by: CurtOne on May 19, 2018, 04:18:07 pm
That does increase the chances that Happ gets another try for a single to fill the cycle.

By the way, Rosario really looked good today.  I wouldn't be surprised if they find a way to keep him up for a while.  Who can be sent down this afternoon?
How about Wilson?
Title: Re: Today's Game 2018
Post by: Bennett on May 19, 2018, 04:34:02 pm
The DirecTV Extra Innings channel guide lists only the Reds telecast for game 2.

(https://pbs.twimg.com/media/DdlwAibU8AA2ifu.jpg:small)
Title: Re: Today's Game 2018
Post by: davep on May 19, 2018, 04:38:47 pm
How about Wilson?

I realize that you are just being a smartass, but he does have 2 options left.  Unfortunately, he can choose free agency if sent down.
Title: Re: Today's Game 2018
Post by: brjones on May 19, 2018, 04:38:50 pm
But at least they are tops in something.

FYI: 1-16 is the worst any team has batted with RISP in a game this season (min. 15 AB)

https://twitter.com/ESPNChiCubs/status/997941572187672576

And even with that poor performance, they still could've won the game if not for a couple boneheaded baserunning mistakes. In the first inning with the bases loaded, Russell ran right into a tag on a softly hit grounder by Schwarber that turned into a double play. If Russell freezes and forces Gennett to throw the ball, the Cubs score a run and they win the game. In the 6th, with a runner at third, 2 outs, and Rizzo on first, Suarez made a diving play and threw a standing Rizzo out at second by inches. If Rizzo had slid into the base instead of going in standing, he's probably safe and the Cubs score a run. This goes along with the sloppiness on defense we've seen at time this year--sometimes, they just don't seem to have their heads in the game.

And it didn't necessarily cost them a run...but when David Hernandez came in for the 6th inning, Happ and Hendricks immediately tripled and doubled. But instead of going for the huge inning with a vulnerable pitcher on the mound, Almora inexplicably tried to bunt on the first pitch, popped out, and Hernandez seemed to settle in. It was another place where a Cubs player just seemed oblivious to the situation.
Title: Re: Today's Game 2018
Post by: CurtOne on May 19, 2018, 04:48:24 pm
I realize that you are just being a smartass, but he does have 2 options left.  Unfortunately, he can choose free agency if sent down.
Actually his performances, with a couple of exceptions, warrants being sent down.  I'm not sure I'd lose sleep if he went FA.
Title: Re: Today's Game 2018
Post by: CurtOne on May 19, 2018, 04:50:17 pm
And even with that poor performance, they still could've won the game if not for a couple boneheaded baserunning mistakes. In the first inning with the bases loaded, Russell ran right into a tag on a softly hit grounder by Schwarber that turned into a double play. If Russell freezes and forces Gennett to throw the ball, the Cubs score a run and they win the game. In the 6th, with a runner at third, 2 outs, and Rizzo on first, Suarez made a diving play and threw a standing Rizzo out at second by inches. If Rizzo had slid into the base instead of going in standing, he's probably safe and the Cubs score a run. This goes along with the sloppiness on defense we've seen at time this year--sometimes, they just don't seem to have their heads in the game.

And it didn't necessarily cost them a run...but when David Hernandez came in for the 6th inning, Happ and Hendricks immediately tripled and doubled. But instead of going for the huge inning with a vulnerable pitcher on the mound, Almora inexplicably tried to bunt on the first pitch, popped out, and Hernandez seemed to settle in. It was another place where a Cubs player just seemed oblivious to the situation.
Agree. 
Title: Re: Today's Game 2018
Post by: brjones on May 19, 2018, 04:59:31 pm
If Wilson was sent down and he opted out, he’d lose the money he’s earning this year, right? I think he’d be looking at a big salary cut if he opted out.
Title: Re: Today's Game 2018
Post by: Bennett on May 19, 2018, 05:10:39 pm
I just spent 15 minutes on the phone with a DirecTV technical department guy whose first language is not English.  After trying to convince him that Extra Innings is not the NFL, he finally dug into something and said the Cubs broadcast will be on 740.  The channel guide does not show that yet.  We'll see.
Title: Re: Today's Game 2018
Post by: Bennett on May 19, 2018, 05:14:14 pm
740 is where game one was.  I'd be surprised if that is not what he was looking at.
Title: Re: Today's Game 2018
Post by: JeffH on May 19, 2018, 06:04:40 pm
740 it is.
Title: Re: Today's Game 2018
Post by: Deeg on May 19, 2018, 06:15:33 pm
Why is Zobrist not in the lineup for either game?
Title: Re: Today's Game 2018
Post by: brjones on May 19, 2018, 06:17:12 pm
Zobrist is leading off in the second game.

Cubs have first and third, no outs in the first inning of game two.
Title: Re: Today's Game 2018
Post by: brjones on May 19, 2018, 06:18:42 pm
Zobrist runs into an out at home on a grounder to third. More pretty dumb base running.

Wild pitch moves the runners to second and third.
Title: Re: Today's Game 2018
Post by: Deeg on May 19, 2018, 06:19:04 pm
Zobrist is leading off in the second game.

Cubs have first and third, no outs in the first inning of game two.

LOL, sorry - skimmed right past his name.

Incidentally, in regards to the brawl that asshat pitcher basically admitted that he hit Baez because Baez got a GS off him last year.  That mindset is so utterly stupid.
Title: Re: Today's Game 2018
Post by: brjones on May 19, 2018, 06:20:18 pm
Now Rizzo Ks swinging at a ball at eye level. 0 for 2 already with RISP in game two.
Title: Re: Today's Game 2018
Post by: brjones on May 19, 2018, 06:22:16 pm
Contreras flies out to medium depth LF. Picking up right where they left off in the first game.
Title: Re: Today's Game 2018
Post by: JeffH on May 19, 2018, 06:33:00 pm
Interesting that the outfield alignment is Happ-Heyward-Zobrist and not Zobrist-Happ-Heyward.
Title: Re: Today's Game 2018
Post by: Playtwo on May 19, 2018, 06:33:31 pm
Their offense is a bigger problem than their starting pitching.
Title: Re: Today's Game 2018
Post by: Chris27 on May 19, 2018, 06:37:31 pm
Heyward pops out to 1st. Nice to have his bat back in the lineup.
Title: Re: Today's Game 2018
Post by: brjones on May 19, 2018, 06:40:48 pm
Ian Happ got off to a really bad start his first 8 games--he hit .156/.229/.250, and he struck out in 51% of his plate appearances.

Since then, strikeouts have still been a problem (38%). But he has also been crushing the ball--including the 6 PA today, he's now hitting .299/.393/.597 from game 9 on.
Title: Re: Today's Game 2018
Post by: brjones on May 19, 2018, 06:53:00 pm
Leadoff man reaches for the third consecutive inning for the Cubs. Will they do something with it this time?
Title: Re: Today's Game 2018
Post by: brjones on May 19, 2018, 06:53:23 pm
First and third, nobody out, Bryant/Rizzo/Contreras due. Just like in the first inning.
Title: Re: Today's Game 2018
Post by: brjones on May 19, 2018, 06:55:33 pm
Weak grounder by Bryant, and the Cubs score a run! Runner out at second.
Title: Re: Today's Game 2018
Post by: brjones on May 19, 2018, 07:07:23 pm
Quintana is looking good through three innings. He's not missing many bats, but he's getting soft contact, grounders, and harmless fly balls.

Happ homer. He's locked in.
Title: Re: Today's Game 2018
Post by: Bennett on May 19, 2018, 07:07:56 pm
HAPPy days are here again.
Title: Re: Today's Game 2018
Post by: brjones on May 19, 2018, 07:08:07 pm
109.3 mph exit velocity for Happ, that was crushed.
Title: Re: Today's Game 2018
Post by: Deeg on May 19, 2018, 07:09:31 pm
Happ needs to be in the lineup most of the time.  He's the anti-Almora - not much contact, but a statistical dreamboat.  If you could merge the two of them, you'd have a hell of a hitter.
Title: Re: Today's Game 2018
Post by: brjones on May 19, 2018, 07:10:11 pm
Happ is now hitting .264/.352/.527 overall on the season.
Title: Re: Today's Game 2018
Post by: Chris27 on May 19, 2018, 07:13:30 pm
For you WAR lovers Almora's is 1.5 to this point while Happ is at dead 0.
Title: Re: Today's Game 2018
Post by: brjones on May 19, 2018, 07:19:34 pm
Reds hitless through 4 innings.
Title: Re: Today's Game 2018
Post by: CUBluejays on May 19, 2018, 07:21:06 pm
If only there was a way where Happ, Almora and Schwarber could play in the OF at the same time.
Title: Re: Today's Game 2018
Post by: Bennett on May 19, 2018, 07:30:09 pm
Rizzo RISP!
Title: Re: Today's Game 2018
Post by: Bennett on May 19, 2018, 07:38:33 pm
Heyward "triples" with the bases loaded.

7-0.
Title: Re: Today's Game 2018
Post by: Chris27 on May 19, 2018, 07:38:42 pm
End of the world stuff right there....
Title: Re: Today's Game 2018
Post by: Bennett on May 19, 2018, 07:42:01 pm
I give up.  What is the lettering on the back of the mound?
Title: Re: Today's Game 2018
Post by: brjones on May 19, 2018, 08:04:39 pm
This is the best Quintana has looked all year. Hopefully we see a lot of this the rest of the way.
Title: Re: Today's Game 2018
Post by: mO on May 19, 2018, 08:12:59 pm
Well, it is the Reds...
Title: Re: Today's Game 2018
Post by: mO on May 19, 2018, 08:18:39 pm
I give up.  What is the lettering on the back of the mound?

Looks like a 'C' written in Old English font
Title: Re: Today's Game 2018
Post by: Bennett on May 19, 2018, 08:25:28 pm
Google comes through again

The logo on the pitchers' mound for Cincinnati Reds home games at Great American Ball Park has gotten fans' attention, and team representatives say the old-style “C” logo from the 1869 Red Stockings' uniforms started appearing last season - the third logo the team has used on the mound.

(https://www.gannett-cdn.com/-mm-/e532b8e4a658000337e87a10b22d87012af9a0ba/c=63-0-1921-1397&r=x404&c=534x401/local/-/media/2017/05/09/Cincinnati/Cincinnati/636299485202898794-Old-Time-C.JPG)
Title: Re: Today's Game 2018
Post by: brjones on May 19, 2018, 08:26:26 pm
The Reds aren't a bad hitting team, though. Among hitters with at least 100 PA, they have three that rank high in the NL in wRC+ (Suarez is 10th, Gennett is 20th, and Votto is 26th). They're not an easy team to shut down.
Title: Re: Today's Game 2018
Post by: Bennett on May 19, 2018, 08:26:44 pm
The logo being used tonight has the colors reversed from the photo.
Title: Re: Today's Game 2018
Post by: brjones on May 19, 2018, 08:29:50 pm
Quintana does seem to be tiring in the 7th, though. Two walks in the inning (Suarez and Duvall). Duvall has walked all three times tonight.
Title: Re: Today's Game 2018
Post by: brjones on May 19, 2018, 08:36:49 pm
For the third time tonight, Zobrist reaches to start an inning and La Stella singles to put runners at first and third with 1 out. They've scored a total of 1 run in those two situations, maybe they'll improve this time.
Title: Re: Today's Game 2018
Post by: mO on May 19, 2018, 08:40:50 pm
Bryant K
Title: Re: Today's Game 2018
Post by: brjones on May 19, 2018, 09:00:13 pm
Heyward single, Almora double, and the Cubs are in double digits again.

Nice to see them follow up that trash game this afternoon with one of their best all around games this season.
Title: Re: Today's Game 2018
Post by: brjones on May 19, 2018, 09:04:53 pm
Cishek in for the 9th. Good thing they limited him to 2 pitches in a tie game in game 1 so he'd be available to hold a 10 run lead in game 2.
Title: Re: Today's Game 2018
Post by: Deeg on May 19, 2018, 09:08:28 pm
Montgomery's strikeout numbers have certainly upticked these last few appearances. 
Title: Re: Today's Game 2018
Post by: Deeg on May 19, 2018, 09:12:01 pm
Cishek in for the 9th. Good thing they limited him to 2 pitches in a tie game in game 1 so he'd be available to hold a 10 run lead in game 2.

Yes, not sure I quite see the need to use your most heavily-worked bullpen guy with a 10-run lead - especially since he already pitched in game 1.  I know tomorrow is a day off, but it's a long season.
Title: Re: Today's Game 2018
Post by: brjones on May 19, 2018, 09:12:11 pm
Cubs win.

Quintana allowed 1 hit in his 7 IP. The hit was a Schebler grounder a few feet to the left of La Stella that I think Baez might have had a chance to field. Baez needed the game off...but Quintana could've had a shot at a no hitter if Baez was in the game.

Also, ball 4 to Duvall right before the Schebler hit was a strike that the umpire missed.
Title: Re: Today's Game 2018
Post by: brjones on May 19, 2018, 09:27:47 pm
Yes, not sure I quite see the need to use your most heavily-worked bullpen guy with a 10-run lead - especially since he already pitched in game 1.  I know tomorrow is a day off, but it's a long season.

Using their most heavily-worked bullpen guy is fine if they do it when it matters. If he'd thrown 20 pitches in game 1, that would've been fine. It could've changed the outcome of that game. But Maddon pulled him after 2 pitches. The situation in game 2 is the reason Justin Hancock is on the roster over someone like Bote or Zagunis.
Title: Re: Today's Game 2018
Post by: Deeg on May 19, 2018, 09:49:29 pm
Maddon and bullpens...  Always been problematic, always will be.
Title: Re: Today's Game 2018
Post by: CurtOne on May 19, 2018, 11:05:45 pm
Yes, not sure I quite see the need to use your most heavily-worked bullpen guy with a 10-run lead - especially since he already pitched in game 1.  I know tomorrow is a day off, but it's a long season.
Tomorrow is a day off?
Title: Re: Today's Game 2018
Post by: Deeg on May 19, 2018, 11:30:46 pm
In Japan. It’s Monday!
Title: Re: Today's Game 2018
Post by: Bennett on May 20, 2018, 08:58:17 am
Thom Brennaman on the Saturday bench clearing
(It was all the fault of Albert Almora and Pedro Strop)

https://twitter.com/SInow/status/997921307231752192
 
Title: Re: Today's Game 2018
Post by: Bennett on May 20, 2018, 09:25:58 am
(https://pbs.twimg.com/media/DdpXmroUQAARwy_.jpg:small)
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Post by: br