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Title: Today's Game 2019
Post by: Dave23 on February 23, 2019, 08:53:45 am
Go Cubs Go!
Title: Re: Today's Game 2019
Post by: Bennett on February 23, 2019, 08:58:44 am
Mark Gonzales  @MDGonzales   21m21 minutes ago

Cubs notes: Double-A umpire Andrew Barrett is scheduled to work home plate for today’s Brewers-Cubs game. Andrew is the son of Major League ump  Ted Barrett, who will be working the bases today. MLB reports this is 1st time the father-son duo will work a pro game together.
Title: Re: Today's Game 2019
Post by: Bennett on February 23, 2019, 10:22:17 am
Neither team is televising the game but MLBtv is offering each team's radio broadcast.

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Title: Re: Today's Game 2019
Post by: JR on February 23, 2019, 10:28:15 am
Jim Adduci is back? 
Title: Re: Today's Game 2019
Post by: CUBluejays on February 23, 2019, 10:36:15 am
Is Chatwood start going to be televised?
Title: Re: Today's Game 2019
Post by: CurtOne on February 23, 2019, 10:43:22 am
Adduci is Rizzo's username
Title: Re: Today's Game 2019
Post by: davep on February 23, 2019, 10:57:46 am
Is Chatwood start going to be televised?

As I understand it, no Cubs game will be telecast until March 1.  I have not verified this.
Title: Re: Today's Game 2019
Post by: Bennett on February 23, 2019, 12:40:54 pm
Mark Gonzales  @MDGonzales   21m21 minutes ago

Cubs notes: Double-A umpire Andrew Barrett is scheduled to work home plate for today’s Brewers-Cubs game. Andrew is the son of Major League ump  Ted Barrett, who will be working the bases today. MLB reports this is 1st time the father-son duo will work a pro game together.

Gordon Wittenmyer  @GDubCub  14m14 minutes ago

Correction: Today's Cubs-Brewers game is the first worked together by MLB ump Ted Barrett and his son Andrew Barrett (a class AA ump). Not necessarily the first for a father-son ump duo.
Title: Re: Today's Game 2019
Post by: CUBluejays on February 23, 2019, 02:20:20 pm
Bryant’s shoulder seems healthy.
Title: Re: Today's Game 2019
Post by: davep on February 23, 2019, 02:20:38 pm
Heyward single.  Bryant home run.

World series is a lock.
Title: Re: Today's Game 2019
Post by: davep on February 23, 2019, 03:17:29 pm
Cubs lead 3 to 2 on a single by Descalso.  Bryant taken out after home run and single.
Title: Re: Today's Game 2019
Post by: Ron on February 23, 2019, 03:50:13 pm
Cubs lead 3 to 2 on a single by Descalso.  Bryant taken out after home run and single.

Cue "Oh, no, he must have hurt his shoulder."
Title: Re: Today's Game 2019
Post by: CUBluejays on February 23, 2019, 04:13:28 pm
Bryant apparently is a wee bit honked off at people doubting him.
Title: Re: Today's Game 2019
Post by: Ron on February 23, 2019, 04:27:41 pm
Bryant apparently is a wee bit honked off at people doubting him.

You may be correct.

Mark Gonzales‏
@MDGonzales
Bryant, on past and current criticism: "I read one thing and it just motivates me to either shut that person up or prove them wrong. I’ve been doing that my entire life, so bring it on."

Jesse Rogers
@ESPNChiCubs
Bryant:"When you’re not playing you have a whole lot of time to just sit there and either go through a twitter rabbit hole and start seeing things about yourself,or seeing things about ‘trade him’ and this and that.And I’m like ‘Alright.I’m motivated, keep ‘em coming. Bring it’”


Sahadev Sharma‏
@sahadevsharma
Hard-hit, solid single pulled to left for Kris Bryant as he's taken out for a pinch-runner. I'm not one to care about spring stats at all, but seeing KB pull the ball with authority twice is exactly what people worried about his shoulder need to allay those fears.
Title: Re: Today's Game 2019
Post by: davep on February 23, 2019, 04:32:50 pm
The offensive juggernaut that is the Cubs goes into the late innings ahead of the hapless Milwaukee Brewers 8 to 2.  They are attempting to establish themselves as the first place team in the Cactus League.
Title: Re: Today's Game 2019
Post by: davep on February 23, 2019, 04:50:40 pm
Oscar de la Cruz coming in to pitch the ninth inning.  Immediately throws a fastball at 96 mph.
Title: Re: Today's Game 2019
Post by: davep on February 23, 2019, 05:03:39 pm
Cubs are in first place.  The Cubs are in first place.
Title: Re: Today's Game 2019
Post by: craig on February 23, 2019, 05:18:27 pm
Oscar de la Cruz coming in to pitch the ninth inning.  Immediately throws a fastball at 96 mph.

He wasn't actually throwing very fast last year, either in camp or during the season .  That was part of the camp story last year.  **IF** he could consistently throw really fast, he might regain some interest. 
Title: Re: Today's Game 2019
Post by: Ron on February 23, 2019, 06:21:18 pm
More from Kris Bryant, to CUBluejay's point.

Sahadev Sharma
@sahadevsharma
KB was asked if he thinks ppl forgot how good he was to start last season (1.022 OPS in first 38 gms before injury) "Totally. This game is all about “What have you done for me lately?” And boy did I get to experience that last year. So... yeah. That’s all I got to say about that"
Title: Re: Today's Game 2019
Post by: Bennett on February 23, 2019, 06:44:22 pm
More from Kris Bryant, to CUBluejay's point.

Sahadev Sharma
@sahadevsharma
KB was asked if he thinks ppl forgot how good he was to start last season (1.022 OPS in first 38 gms before injury) "Totally. This game is all about “What have you done for me lately?” And boy did I get to experience that last year. So... yeah. That’s all I got to say about that"

Maybe it will be Kris Bryant joining Bryce Harper in a few years rather than the other way around this year.
Title: Re: Today's Game 2019
Post by: Ron on February 23, 2019, 06:47:37 pm
Maybe it will be Kris Bryant joining Bryce Harper in a few years rather than the other way around this year.

That's the spirit! Spring Training inspires hope and optimism.  Or not.
Title: Re: Today's Game 2019
Post by: guest61 on February 23, 2019, 06:48:05 pm
Then dont make the mistake the Nats made and trade him in his last year.
Title: Re: Today's Game 2019
Post by: CUBluejays on February 23, 2019, 06:50:41 pm
Or maybe manage your payroll so you have flexibility to sign him....
Title: Re: Today's Game 2019
Post by: Bennett on February 23, 2019, 06:55:06 pm
That's the spirit! Spring Training inspires hope and optimism.  Or not.
Kris Bryant being noticeably upset does not inspire much hope and optimism.
Title: Re: Today's Game 2019
Post by: davep on February 23, 2019, 06:57:28 pm
Then dont make the mistake the Nats made and trade him in his last year.

If they can't sign him before the start of his last year, they should trade him right then.  A Boras client is not going to give a home town discount, and it is very unlikely that they will emerge as the highest bidder.
Title: Re: Today's Game 2019
Post by: CurtOne on February 23, 2019, 10:01:47 pm
Maybe it will be Kris Bryant joining Bryce Harper in a few years rather than the other way around this year.
I've been thinking that for some time.  Theo knows you have to keep people happy.  He brought in Ross to keep Lester happy, for example.
Title: Re: Today's Game 2019
Post by: davep on February 23, 2019, 10:34:58 pm
I am sure that making Lester happy was one of many factors in signing Ross, but I suspect that it was one of the lesser important ones.
Title: Re: Today's Game 2019
Post by: brjones on February 23, 2019, 10:42:07 pm
Yeah, making superstar players happy only goes so far. The White Sox brought in Machado's friend Jon Jay and brother-in-law Yonder Alonso. Didn't work out for them.
Title: Re: Today's Game 2019
Post by: CUBluejays on February 24, 2019, 07:33:06 am
From Arizona Phil
For those of you who did not see the game....

Kris Bryant's first inning HR off Chase Anderson was a towering fly ball that was a bit wind-aided, but not unlike what you might see at Wrigley Field. The line single had a lot of top-spin and fell in front of the left-fielder.

Here are some of the velo readings for the Cubs pitchers:

Mike Zagurski:
FB: 89-91
SL: 81
NOTE: Nibbled too much, but he did strike out Eric Thames with FB/SL combo.

Rowan Wick
FB: 94-96
CV: 77 (he threw a number of curves)
NOTE: Worked fast and threw his FB and CV for strikes

Matt Carasiti
FB: 94-95
CT: 86-88 (swing & miss pitch)
SL: 81-82 (swing & miss pitch)
CH: 78-81
NOTE: Carasiti was VERY impressive and really mixed his considerable repertoire, keeping hitters off-balance.

Carlos Ramirez
FB: 92-93 - T-94
SL: 81-82
NOTE: Working 92-93 his FB was very hittable and his SL is just so-so

Alberto Baldonado
FB: 91-93
CV: 77-78
CH: 80-81
NOTE: Baldonado really has more of a SP repertoire and approach (mixes his pitches and works kind of slow).

Craig Brooks
FB: 92-94 (hitters squared it up consistently)
SL: 84-85 (his "out" pitch)
NOTE: The trick for Brooks is to get to two strikes so he can wipe-out the hitter with his plus-SL

Oscar de la Cruz
FB: 95-96 (easy gas)
CV: 80
NOTE: de la Cruz threw all FB except for one CV
Title: Re: Today's Game 2019
Post by: goblue007 on February 24, 2019, 08:26:51 am
Bryant is universally loved. He can gtfo with this twitter BS and proving the “haters” wrong.
Title: Re: Today's Game 2019
Post by: Bennett on February 24, 2019, 09:01:14 am
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Title: Re: Today's Game 2019
Post by: Jes Beard on February 24, 2019, 10:01:37 am
Then dont make the mistake the Nats made and trade him in his last year.

Or sign him now.
Title: Re: Today's Game 2019
Post by: craig on February 24, 2019, 03:00:31 pm
Chatwood with a 2-out walk and HR in the first.  Hits one guy in the second.  Cubs score 8 in the second, initially off Bumgarner, including a couple of infield singles, Bote HBP and removed from game, hope he's OK, a couple of bases-loaded walks. 
Title: Re: Today's Game 2019
Post by: davep on February 24, 2019, 03:50:04 pm
I turned it on late, but the broadcasters say that Bote was hit in the head with a fastball.  No reports so far.
Title: Re: Today's Game 2019
Post by: davep on February 24, 2019, 04:01:51 pm
Maples dominates his inning.
Title: Re: Today's Game 2019
Post by: Deeg on February 24, 2019, 04:10:21 pm
Chatwood career: 4.7 BB/9
Chatwood today: 4.5 BB/9

Fixed.
Title: Re: Today's Game 2019
Post by: Cubette Tx on February 24, 2019, 04:33:34 pm
https://www.mlb.com/cubs/news/david-bote-cubs-hit-by-pitch
Title: Re: Today's Game 2019
Post by: davep on February 24, 2019, 04:41:48 pm
The report is that Bote managed to turn his head so the ball hit the back of his helmet.  This is supposed to be the best way to receive a hit to the head.  He will be watched and evaluated, but concussion is not expected.
Title: Re: Today's Game 2019
Post by: DelMarFan on February 25, 2019, 12:50:05 am
Quote
Bryant is universally loved. He can gtfo with this twitter BS and proving the “haters” wrong.

I think maybe he was reading Chris's posts last summer.
Title: Re: Today's Game 2019
Post by: craig on February 25, 2019, 09:11:56 am
I listened to parts of yesterday's game. 

WEbster pitched two quick innings.  The one fastball for which they reported velocity, they said 94. 

Maples had a 1-2-3 inning I believe, but I think both of his K's were on full-counts with bad hitters chasing sliders.  Might pitch the same inning against big-leaguers and we'd be saying "man, he's walked two out of three, he's too wild, get him out of there...."? 

Len and Coomer seemed favorably impressed with Mekkes.  He walked one guy, and I think went to full count on another before K'ing him.  Not sure if they were more interested in him because he looked more impressive than some of the other guys; or whether perhaps they were just more interested because they'd never seen him before, combined with his fascinating stats line, plus of course being so big. 
Title: Re: Today's Game 2019
Post by: ben on February 25, 2019, 11:27:12 am
Mekkes may be one of those big, tall unicorn guys who employs his height, wingspan, odd delivery and drive off the mound to make a 90mph FB play like 98 (e.g. Chris Young of Padres a few years ago).

Some guys just consistently outperform their measurables for a while though, eventually, MLB hitters tend to catch up.

Mekkes may never gain enough command to really succeed at the MLB level, but he is VERY interesting, at least partly because his minor league results have been so consistently eye-popping.
Title: Re: Today's Game 2019
Post by: craig on February 25, 2019, 12:25:42 pm
Yeah, I'm really optimistic that he'll end up becoming an effective guy.  Between Mekkes, Alzolay, maybe Lange, maybe even one of the big arm wildmen like Norwood or Maples, I'm optimistic that they can get some effective free service from some farm guys.

As with all things Cubs bullpen, control seems to be a problem for Mekkes, and command even less likely.  His control isn't AS bad as Maples or Norwood, though.  So we'll see how consistent he can get. 

I also kind of like to see unusual guys succeed, with his size and delivery/deception.  Also like to see Midwest guys succeed for the Cubs.  He's from a small town outside of Grand Rapids where I went to college.  (Urban growth might have now encircled Jenison by now, beats me.)     
Title: Re: Today's Game 2019
Post by: craig on February 25, 2019, 12:39:07 pm
If I like unusual human-interest success-stories, Allen Webster would be one (**IF** he was able to have the "success" requisite!).  He had a 24K/3BB ratio in Cubs minors last year.  He was a top-100 prospect 3 straight winters in BA, years ago.  Would be fun to have him bounce back and succeed. 

I assume it's trickier/harder for that to work out than with options guys like Mekkes and Alzolay.  Even **IF** Webster was to impress at Iowa, without options you can't yo-yo.  Alzolay you could bring up for a couple of weeks, like what you see, but then send him back down once an injured guy is back. 
Title: Re: Today's Game 2019
Post by: Bennett on February 25, 2019, 01:02:58 pm
The Cubs have split squad games today.  The Padres are at Sloan Park and the other group is at LA.

The game with the Dodgers is available on MLB.tv

Title: Re: Today's Game 2019
Post by: Bennett on February 26, 2019, 01:07:17 pm
I wonder if this style of providing the lineup will replace the “scoreboard” method that was used last year. 
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Title: Re: Today's Game 2019
Post by: guest61 on February 26, 2019, 02:19:47 pm
Darvish throws 19 pitches, 10 strikes, in the first inning. Two quick outs and then 2 walks before a deep fly to center by Souza. Hit 94-95-96 on radar gun. #Cubs
Title: Re: Today's Game 2019
Post by: craig on February 26, 2019, 04:10:41 pm
Darvish walks two more in the second and gets pulled with one out.  So walked four of the last six batters, 4 of the 8 he faced.  Cubs down 5-4 in the mid-innings. 
Title: Re: Today's Game 2019
Post by: CUBluejays on February 26, 2019, 04:17:27 pm
He said he had trouble locating his off speed pitches, but his arm feels good and the velocity was excellent.  I'll take that for a first outing in almost a year.
Title: Re: Today's Game 2019
Post by: wmljohn on February 26, 2019, 06:26:04 pm
LOL.  Apparently when asked why the interpreter is gone he said it was costing the club too much money.  Darvish got jokes.
Title: Re: Today's Game 2019
Post by: Ron on February 27, 2019, 01:57:27 am
Sharma is a no-bullshit guy, so his reading on Darvish is meaningful, seems to me.

Sahadev Sharma
@sahadevsharma
Darvish done with one out in the 2nd. Walked 4, but allowed no hits. No strikeouts. He was sitting 94-95 with his fastball, touched 96. Seemed to use quite a bit of his arsenal. He wasn't disastrously wild, but clearly wasn't as sharp as he'd like. That's what the spring is for.
Title: Re: Today's Game 2019
Post by: brjones on February 27, 2019, 04:03:59 pm
Wow, Willson Contreras crushed this homer.

https://twitter.com/ProTVSports/status/1100868127368273920?
Title: Re: Today's Game 2019
Post by: goblue007 on February 28, 2019, 09:26:54 am
Wow, Willson Contreras crushed this homer.

https://twitter.com/ProTVSports/status/1100868127368273920?

Off of Jesse Chavez
Title: Re: Today's Game 2019
Post by: Bennett on March 01, 2019, 02:28:58 pm
The Saturday game with the Brewers will be televised locally in Chicago on WGN at 2:00 P.M.   MLB.tv will also offer the WGN telecast at 2:00 P.M.

MLB Network coverage starts at 3:00 P.M.   Will it be on a one hour delayed basis or picked up live after the Mets/Astros game ends?
Title: Re: Today's Game 2019
Post by: CUBluejays on March 01, 2019, 02:32:21 pm
MLB.TV has the Arizona broadcast of today.
Title: Re: Today's Game 2019
Post by: CUBluejays on March 01, 2019, 04:03:22 pm
Chatwood isn't a strike thrower, but he looked a lot better in the 1 inning I saw.

Edwards is throwing with the pause in the game and is throwing strikes so far.
Title: Re: Today's Game 2019
Post by: JeffH on March 01, 2019, 05:16:55 pm
Giambrone seems like a good bet to play in the big leagues at some point.
Title: Re: Today's Game 2019
Post by: Reb on March 01, 2019, 05:51:13 pm
Chatwood isn't a strike thrower, but he looked a lot better in the 1 inning I saw.

Three scoreless innings for Chatwood and no walks. Nice.
Title: Re: Today's Game 2019
Post by: Reb on March 01, 2019, 06:00:33 pm
More details from Jordan Bastian.

Tyler Chatwood's line: 3 IP, 3 H, 0 R, 0 BB, 3 K, 45 pitches. Had 3 flyouts and 3 groundouts. Averaged 93.8 mph with 4-seam FB, topped at 96.2.
Title: Re: Today's Game 2019
Post by: Deeg on March 01, 2019, 06:38:18 pm
Chatwood looking better is certainly a positive.  But it does force the vexing question of just what the heck you do with him once the season starts.
Title: Re: Today's Game 2019
Post by: JR on March 01, 2019, 06:40:12 pm
More details from Jordan Bastian.

Tyler Chatwood's line: 3 IP, 3 H, 0 R, 0 BB, 3 K, 45 pitches. Had 3 flyouts and 3 groundouts. Averaged 93.8 mph with 4-seam FB, topped at 96.2.

Toe tap!
Title: Re: Today's Game 2019
Post by: JR on March 01, 2019, 06:41:20 pm
That would be a big deal if he could be an asset this year.  I guess hoping for a Chatwood turnaround is like hoping for a Heyward one, but there's a nonzero chance the light bulb might go on for him.
Title: Re: Today's Game 2019
Post by: CurtOne on March 01, 2019, 06:41:25 pm
Many airplanes fly fine and then they crash.
Title: Re: Today's Game 2019
Post by: Ron on March 01, 2019, 06:41:25 pm
Toe tap!

That was Edwards, I believe.
Title: Re: Today's Game 2019
Post by: davep on March 01, 2019, 06:51:42 pm
I'm not sure how that can be a vexing question.  Right now they have Lester, Darvish, Hendricks, Hamels and Quintana as starters.  Almost everyone seems to feel that at LEAST one, and perhaps more will have problems, either due to injury or old age.  If Chatwood has cured his control problems, either he or one of the above will replace Montgomery as the reliever/swingman.  And if all six are doing well by July, one of them could bring back pretty good return in a trade.  I wish the Cubs had been faced with such vexing problems over all of the 60 odd years I have followed them.
Title: Re: Today's Game 2019
Post by: craig on March 01, 2019, 10:41:09 pm
Chatwood looking better is certainly a positive.  But it does force the vexing question of just what the heck you do with him once the season starts.

A good Chatwood would be a great asset in the pen.  And there is space for him there.  An effective Chatwood would be a huge boost in the pen.  And I still think a guy who could sometimes extend and pitch two innings instead of just one would be pretty fun and helpful in pen. 
Title: Re: Today's Game 2019
Post by: CurtOne on March 01, 2019, 10:49:37 pm
I have a feeling he needs to pitch a lot to be effective.  An occasional appearance out of the pen for a pitcher who can be wild can be disastrous.  It seems to me that when Joe sat him for a week and then brought him, he was REALLY terrible.
Title: Re: Today's Game 2019
Post by: craig on March 01, 2019, 11:33:57 pm
Yeah, that's a good point, and might totally be the case.  This being spring training and me being hopeful and optimistic:  a flip is that if you're not in the top group of relievers, then *IF* you're pitching well, you can get a lot of work.  Pitch the 6th inning of winning games, get used in games when you're losing.  And you wouldn't need to sit for 5 days stressing about things, you get lots of appearances.  I think sometimes easier for a reliever to stay grooved in pitching every 2nd or 3rd day than going 5 days off? 
Title: Re: Today's Game 2019
Post by: CurtOne on March 01, 2019, 11:38:43 pm
Right now he is insurance in case any of the 5 has an owie heading into the season.  Can always happen.  Up until then, he doesn't have to impress Joe or us.  He has to impress some GM out there looking for a pitcher.
Title: Re: Today's Game 2019
Post by: Deeg on March 02, 2019, 12:17:56 am
I have a feeling he needs to pitch a lot to be effective.  An occasional appearance out of the pen for a pitcher who can be wild can be disastrous.  It seems to me that when Joe sat him for a week and then brought him, he was REALLY terrible.

That’s essentially my concern. Even if Chatwood is fixed there’s no precedent to show he can be effective as an occasional reliever.

The attractiveness of finding a taker for him is a lot less now that all it would mean is padding the Rickettses profit margin.
Title: Re: Today's Game 2019
Post by: Dave23 on March 02, 2019, 09:05:11 am
Cubs/DBacks on MLBN right now...

Grace just told the Sutcliffe/Billy Conners story from old Riverfront Stadium...the one with the fireworks...classic
Title: Re: Today's Game 2019
Post by: davep on March 02, 2019, 09:19:27 am
I still don't understand the problem.  If the five starters are so good that they can't find a place in the rotation for an effective Chatwood, the Cubs are odds on favorites to win the division regardless of whether Chatwood pitches or not.  How many teams are there that would view having 6 better than average starters a bad thing?

And since the Ricketts family do not take money out of the Cubs organization, the more profit they make, the better the Cubs future is.
Title: Re: Today's Game 2019
Post by: Bennett on March 02, 2019, 11:13:57 am
Heyward has been scratched due to illness.  Zagunis takes over.
Hannemann is in left, not center.

(https://pbs.twimg.com/media/D0qUqgxUcAEkFgp.jpg:small)
Title: Re: Today's Game 2019
Post by: Ron on March 04, 2019, 10:04:13 pm
Alberta Almora with a leadoff HR and a very impressive catch in today's game.


https://twitter.com/i/status/1102736844515618818

Title: Re: Today's Game 2019
Post by: craig on March 04, 2019, 10:22:12 pm
Thanks, Ron, that was a blast.  Not sure I'd want him to go running into walls like that during spring training....
Title: Re: Today's Game 2019
Post by: Deeg on March 04, 2019, 10:46:12 pm
Maybe he'll realign his spine or something and suddenly be able to hit RHP.
Title: Re: Today's Game 2019
Post by: brjones on March 04, 2019, 10:58:28 pm
We can hope. Anything is possible.
Title: Re: Today's Game 2019
Post by: Bennett on March 05, 2019, 02:25:39 pm
Gordon Wittenmyer  @GDubCub   3m3 minutes ago

Conteras two-run, inside-the-park home run -- but Angels scorer calls it a double and two-base error (on kick of ball as he came up short trying to catch it in the gap)
Title: Re: Today's Game 2019
Post by: Bennett on March 05, 2019, 02:43:16 pm
https://youtu.be/6AHqU3KpWzo
Title: Re: Today's Game 2019
Post by: Dave23 on March 05, 2019, 04:25:55 pm
Addison Russell is crushing the baseball today.

Bote just missed a two run HR, ruled foul...though where it landed, I can't see how it could have been foul.
Title: Re: Today's Game 2019
Post by: Bennett on March 05, 2019, 05:58:21 pm
A better view of Willson Contreras' inside-the-park-homer:

https://twitter.com/i/status/1103032009243484160
Title: Re: Today's Game 2019
Post by: Ron on March 05, 2019, 09:08:27 pm
A Trout aided inside-the-park-home-run. :o
Title: Re: Today's Game 2019
Post by: Reb on March 05, 2019, 09:10:11 pm
Carl Edwards mostly abandoned the toe tap on his delivery today. Tried it once and almost fell down.

Another well-hit opposite field hit for Schwarber (a double) today. If he can do that this season, he’s going to hit for average compared to his recent history.
Title: Re: Today's Game 2019
Post by: Reb on March 05, 2019, 09:15:04 pm
A Trout aided inside-the-park-home-run. :o

Scored a double for Contreras and an error on Trout.
Title: Re: Today's Game 2019
Post by: craig on March 06, 2019, 05:23:01 pm
Cubs win, 4-1.  Strop gave up the 1 run.  But Q with 3 good 1-hit innings. 
Brach pitched an inning. 
Chatwood finished with 3 shutout innings.  1K/0BB.  Only 1 K, but only two balls hit out of the infield, one a flyout and one a single.  Two groundball singles, two double plays.  Seemed to have decent control (I was just listening on radio, so who knows). 

Pretty happy for that guy so far, that would be such a great human interest story if he turned into a functional, useful reliever for the Cubs.  Obviously a little easier to throw strikes on a relaxed March day facing KC minor-leaguers, versus facing Yelich or the Cardinals in a tight game.  But so far so good.

Chatwood has the most innings pitcher for the Cubs thus far.  I think that makes sense, try to get his confidence and rhythm re-established.  So if there's anybody who would benefit from innings this camp, it would be him.  I suppose guys like Webster and Maples might be next on that list, both of whom have also been quite busy thus far.  So I like the Maddon/Hottovy thinking on that stuff thus far. 

I wonder who does plan out the usage; would that be Maddon or Hottovy, I wonder? 
Title: Re: Today's Game 2019
Post by: Robb on March 06, 2019, 05:28:45 pm
Would be interesting to see how wild Chatwood was last spring. I couldn't find it anywhere.
Title: Re: Today's Game 2019
Post by: davep on March 06, 2019, 05:29:12 pm
It should be Hottovy for the most part, and I get the feeling that Maddon is not a micro-manager in general.
Title: Re: Today's Game 2019
Post by: Chris27 on March 06, 2019, 05:48:13 pm
Would be interesting to see how wild Chatwood was last spring. I couldn't find it anywhere.


Chatwood walked 11 in 21-2/3.
Title: Re: Today's Game 2019
Post by: Deeg on March 06, 2019, 06:32:19 pm
0 BBs in 6 IP in his last 2 appearances is certainly encouraging.
Title: Re: Today's Game 2019
Post by: craig on March 07, 2019, 09:33:45 am
Everything is different when the pressure is on, of course.  And when it's in your mind that you've lost your radar before, I've got to think that the day location isn't clicking, that all of those doubts might perhaps instantly be waiting to spring out and take over, regardless of some spring training innings. 

On the other hand, the mound is the same height and distance in Mesa as it in Wrigley.  If a guy has the mechanics to keep the ball in the zone in camp, there's no real reason why he shouldn't also have the mechanics to keep the ball in the zone in season.  I think that's perhaps especially true for Chatwood, given that his natural movement and wildness almost unintentionally keeps hitters guessing, and he doesn't need to have great location. 
Title: Re: Today's Game 2019
Post by: Robb on March 07, 2019, 10:00:39 am
I think the most important aspect of fixing a mechanical flaw is if you can use it when things go awry. If it works in pressure situations when you feel a little out of sorts. Then confidence soars and those breakdowns happen less and less often.
Title: Re: Today's Game 2019
Post by: Playtwo on March 07, 2019, 10:23:10 am
Hoerner's in the starting lineup today.
Title: Re: Today's Game 2019
Post by: Chris27 on March 07, 2019, 03:01:35 pm
RBI 1B from Hoerner in his first AB:

https://twitter.com/realcubsinsider/status/1103757407350448128
Title: Re: Today's Game 2019
Post by: davep on March 07, 2019, 04:27:32 pm
Hoerner with two singles and a triple in three at bats.  Triple was off the wall.
Title: Re: Today's Game 2019
Post by: JR on March 07, 2019, 04:37:53 pm
Hopefully the Cubs found themselves a good player with Hoerner.  It's been a few drafts since we've found a genuinely good player.
Title: Re: Today's Game 2019
Post by: Deeg on March 07, 2019, 04:51:06 pm
Hoerner and Amaya are easily the two most interesting guys in the system for me. I could see Nico making a push for a midseason promotion if the Cubs are in contention.

With a good season Roederer could be making a case to be in this conversation next spring. Lots of teasing potential there, but it’s too early to drink the Koolaid.
Title: Re: Today's Game 2019
Post by: Chris27 on March 07, 2019, 04:53:38 pm
Nico Suave
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Post by: Deeg on March 07, 2019, 06:10:51 pm
Hopefully he progresses fast enough to remove any lingering doubts Theo has about binning Russell once and for all.
Title: Re: Today's Game 2019
Post by: davep on March 07, 2019, 07:05:03 pm
Before Hoerner is ready to come up, we will know if Russell can perform as originally hoped for on the field.
Title: Re: Today's Game 2019
Post by: JeffH on March 08, 2019, 06:17:16 pm
Cubs at Mariners tonight at 7:30 Central on MLB Network.
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Post by: Dave23 on March 08, 2019, 08:07:44 pm
Giambrone can hit.
Title: Re: Today's Game 2019
Post by: ben on March 08, 2019, 08:12:12 pm
Trent Giambrone has a compact, rather powerful-looking stroke. 

He just drilled a double to the corner in left in his first AB (bottom of 2nd).  Then, he stole 3rd, but Kyle Seeger kept tag on him and when he came off the bag slightly, he was out.  A good learning opportunity in a ST game.  All good.
Title: Re: Today's Game 2019
Post by: ben on March 08, 2019, 08:22:25 pm
Rizzo just a bomb about a mile over Ichiro's head in RF (he didn't move)...WAY out!

3-2 Cubs in the 3rd.

Title: Re: Today's Game 2019
Post by: JeffH on March 08, 2019, 08:22:59 pm
The Cubs are very good at identifying and developing "second tier" position player prospects.
Title: Re: Today's Game 2019
Post by: ben on March 08, 2019, 08:27:09 pm
Yeah, Giambrone is a 25th rounder.  Bote wasn't much until elevation swing changes turned things around for him a couple years ago. 

Those kinds of guys don't make Top 100 Prospect Lists, however, they're good grinders who keep improving and help win games! 
Title: Re: Today's Game 2019
Post by: ben on March 08, 2019, 08:35:00 pm
Hey Jeff, did you see Tseng whiff Haniger on 3 pitches right there?

*Pretty awesome 2-seamer with late break,
*a tremendous 12-6 curve and his best pitch,
*a terrific change up, easily whiffed Haniger, who made the All-Star Team last year.

Too bad Tseng hasn't had many sequences like that in the past year!  Maybe he just found it...

...but not likely.

It does sort of show how good ALL the guys are who are playing on TV!

Title: Re: Today's Game 2019
Post by: ben on March 08, 2019, 08:40:23 pm
Giambrone got schooled by Marco Gonzalez on consecutive change ups, but hit the ball hard on 2-2 pitch to ground out and drove in a run. 

Almora now has hit the ball HARD twice in 3 ABs and has a double and a single.

Cubs have 11 hits off Gonzalez in 3.2 innings and now lead 6-2.  Rizzo 3-3.
Title: Re: Today's Game 2019
Post by: JeffH on March 08, 2019, 08:43:17 pm
ben, yep - it just goes to show that all professional ballplayers can dominate other professional ballplayers within short samples.  What separates stars from scrubs is the frequency thereof.
Title: Re: Today's Game 2019
Post by: ben on March 08, 2019, 08:44:45 pm
Exactly, Jeff.  Nice to see Javy with a double (his 2nd hit) and Cubs' 12th in 3.2.

Too bad Marco Gonzalez isn't still in the Cards' rotation!
Title: Re: Today's Game 2019
Post by: chgojhawk on March 09, 2019, 09:22:51 am
ben, yep - it just goes to show that all professional ballplayers can dominate other professional ballplayers within short samples.  What separates stars from scrubs is the frequency thereof.

My son’s coach was a journeyman who spent parts of 5 seasons in the MLB. He said he could hit $250k pitches just fine but couldn’t hit the $10M pitchers.

Big difference when you move up to the bigs.
Title: Re: Today's Game 2019
Post by: ben on March 09, 2019, 02:10:11 pm
That's SO true, Chgojhawk!   Your son's coach was probably the best of the best at EVERY level until he got to MLB - the guys at that level are just ridiculously good!

Part of what's also tricky at the MLB level is projecting the human components for Team chemistry, too, because so many other Teams also have GREAT players.  It's another reason I'm so glad we still have Theo (and we have a World Championship)!  He's SO many levels downfield from the very best fans! 

Not that our leaders are going to make all the right decisions - NO way - but he sure gets a lot more right than most other MLB execs.  We are very lucky to still have Theo!
Title: Re: Today's Game 2019
Post by: Bennett on March 09, 2019, 03:14:49 pm
Alec Mills (back) was scratched as today's starter.  I hope it is nothing long-lasting.  He'd be one of the prime candidates to come up from Iowa when the need arose.
Title: Re: Today's Game 2019
Post by: brjones on March 09, 2019, 04:31:42 pm
Hoerner is having a nice spring...just tweeted by Len Kasper:

Make it 8 consecutive times on base for Hoerner: 1B/1B/3B/HBP/BB/HR/HBP/2B.
Title: Re: Today's Game 2019
Post by: Reb on March 09, 2019, 05:37:46 pm
Cubs win two SS games today by combined score of 19-4.

Hoerner batting .833. Homer, double, walk today.
Title: Re: Today's Game 2019
Post by: JR on March 09, 2019, 05:49:19 pm
Our draft team may not be all that great at a lot of things beyond this, but at the very least they're good at evaluating first round worthy hitters.
Title: Re: Today's Game 2019
Post by: ben on March 09, 2019, 06:52:51 pm
I'd add that Cubs may have been the ONLY team that graded Hoerner as a 1st rounder, let alone a 1st-round hitter. 

Virtually all the "experts" felt Hoerner lacked power and wouldn't grow into it, so they predicted he  would NOT be a 1st-round selection.

Who knows what the future will hold for Schwarber, Happ, Hoerner or others Theo/Jed/Jason have drafted R1, but they all do appear to have some serious upside as hitters.

If we add Baez, Bryant, Contreras (and, possibly, even Russell), there's an abundance of young hitting talent few teams have ever had in their systems...the early 60s Cubs had quite a bit, but not nearly as many as this group of young Cub hitters).
Title: Re: Today's Game 2019
Post by: JeffH on March 09, 2019, 07:08:17 pm
The super optimistic comp for Hoerner is Alex Bregman.

Actually, Hoerner is physically larger than Bregman.

Like Craig often points out, a very underrated component of power is the ability to make consistent, solid contact.
Title: Re: Today's Game 2019
Post by: Deeg on March 09, 2019, 07:16:14 pm
Cubs win two SS games today by combined score of 19-4.

Hoerner batting .833. Homer, double, walk today.

But can he sustain those numbers?
Title: Re: Today's Game 2019
Post by: Reb on March 09, 2019, 07:36:08 pm
But can he sustain those numbers?

Sure, why can’t baseball have a .800 hitter?

Title: Re: Today's Game 2019
Post by: davep on March 09, 2019, 10:01:45 pm
They can, if he retires tomorrow.
Title: Re: Today's Game 2019
Post by: Tuffy on March 10, 2019, 01:34:36 am
I haven't checked the box scores every single day, but has Luke Hagerty pitched yet?  I would love to see him make it back.
Title: Re: Today's Game 2019
Post by: JeffH on March 10, 2019, 10:28:47 am
He has not.
Title: Re: Today's Game 2019
Post by: davep on March 10, 2019, 11:37:54 am
I believe that it was ArizonaPhil speculated that he might not really pitch until extended spring training.
Title: Re: Today's Game 2019
Post by: Robb on March 10, 2019, 04:38:30 pm
Orlando Arcia sure has a good vibe going against the Cubs. Hope that doesn't continue into the regular season.
Title: Re: Today's Game 2019
Post by: CUBluejays on March 10, 2019, 05:02:07 pm
Duensing throwing meatballs today.
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Post by: guest61 on March 10, 2019, 05:51:38 pm
As usual.
Title: Re: Today's Game 2019
Post by: ben on March 12, 2019, 09:44:16 pm
Not shocking, but Chatwood imploding with wildness (and his error) in the 2nd tonight.

Cubs down, 4-0, and Tyler isn't out of the 2nd yet.

Sure glad we have 5 other starters (and Monty)!
Title: Re: Today's Game 2019
Post by: brjones on March 12, 2019, 10:10:22 pm
People get fooled easily by Spring Training stats. Chatwood has never been a good MLB pitcher, and he'll continue to be bad. 6 spring innings without a walk doesn't change that. He's always walked way too many batters to be good, and he'll continue to walk way too many batters.

Easily the worst signing of the Theo era. Walk rate is more important than spin rate.
Title: Re: Today's Game 2019
Post by: Deeg on March 13, 2019, 12:37:21 am
"Never been a good pitcher" simply doesn't jibe with the facts, unless you totally discount Coors as a factor.  He was certainly pretty good in 16-17.  He's always walked too many guys, no question, but he still managed to be effective.

I also have a hard time calling a 3-year deal for less than $40 million the worst signing when we saw this winter what an albatross Heyward is around our necks.
Title: Re: Today's Game 2019
Post by: Bennett on March 17, 2019, 06:55:07 pm
Javier Baez is ready for the season to start

https://youtu.be/2O7PQs7Wxs8
Title: Re: Today's Game 2019
Post by: Bennett on March 19, 2019, 04:55:51 pm
Mark Gonzales  @MDGonzales  10m10 minutes ago
looking at his right pitching hand (blister?). coming out of game.

Mark Gonzales  @MDGonzales  11m11 minutes ago
Darvish receiving medical attention.
Title: Re: Today's Game 2019
Post by: Bennett on March 19, 2019, 05:03:15 pm
Darvish did go 4.2 innings.  Cubs lead 5-2 after 5.  Another game tonight.
Title: Re: Today's Game 2019
Post by: CUBluejays on March 19, 2019, 05:16:52 pm
Blister on his hand according to Twitter
Title: Re: Today's Game 2019
Post by: Chris27 on March 19, 2019, 05:19:04 pm
Mark this day down. Two doubles for Heyward. He had two extra-base hits in a game twice all of last year.
Title: Re: Today's Game 2019
Post by: Deeg on March 19, 2019, 05:36:11 pm
"Dravish leaves with trainer" certainly led to butt-clenching across Cubdom, and a blister is a lot less scary than other possibilities.  Could still be an issue for the start of the season, though.
Title: Re: Today's Game 2019
Post by: Bennett on March 19, 2019, 05:47:43 pm
Blister on his hand according to Twitter
right ring finger
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Post by: Bennett on March 19, 2019, 05:48:56 pm
(https://pbs.twimg.com/media/D2DjSxXVYAA3YxQ.jpg:small)
Title: Re: Today's Game 2019
Post by: JR on March 19, 2019, 05:50:59 pm
OK I didn't need to see that.
Title: Re: Today's Game 2019
Post by: CurtOne on March 19, 2019, 05:53:03 pm
He also needs to quit chewing his nails and get a manicure.
Title: Re: Today's Game 2019
Post by: Deeg on March 19, 2019, 06:03:27 pm
Which one of his mates will volunteer to pee on it for him?
Title: Re: Today's Game 2019
Post by: Bennett on March 19, 2019, 06:06:47 pm
Jordan Bastian  @MLBastian  13m13 minutes ago
Yu said med staff will use laser treatment and cream to help blister healing process. Added that teammates suggested peeing on it. Yu: "They told me... I'm not sure I can say it here. Pee on it. I'm not sure that's a good thing or not. I'm not going to do that. I don't want to."
Title: Re: Today's Game 2019
Post by: JR on March 19, 2019, 06:12:29 pm
Jordan Bastian  @MLBastian  13m13 minutes ago
"They told me... I'm not sure I can say it here. Pee on it. I'm not sure that's a good thing or not. I'm not going to do that. I don't want to."

I'm glad he's getting more comfortable doing interviews.  That's one truly great quote. 
Title: Re: Today's Game 2019
Post by: CUBluejays on March 19, 2019, 06:39:04 pm
I think he wants a callous to form and pee would soften it. Lac Hydrin is a prescription moisturizer that would have the urea that pee does without having to pee on yourself.
Title: Re: Today's Game 2019
Post by: Deeg on March 19, 2019, 06:48:01 pm
He could really use Trump’s Rolodex right about now.
Title: Re: Today's Game 2019
Post by: ben on March 20, 2019, 09:21:24 pm
Sure hope Hamels is "working on some things" tonight!

Dodgers have hit him HARD in the 1st and 2nd.

Yikes!
Title: Re: Today's Game 2019
Post by: Dave23 on March 20, 2019, 09:32:34 pm
Great piece of hitting there by Contreras...hitting smart!
Title: Re: Today's Game 2019
Post by: ben on March 20, 2019, 10:14:22 pm
Through 4 innings, Cubs have been a mess tonight.

Hamels getting hit hard - a bunch of XBHs - while we are just pounding it in the ground and making multiple defensive and base-running miscues.  Sure glad the season isn't starting tonight!
Title: Re: Today's Game 2019
Post by: Bennett on March 20, 2019, 11:15:39 pm
Listening to the Dodger announcers is about as much fun as watching paint dry or grass grow
Title: Re: Today's Game 2019
Post by: Reb on March 21, 2019, 01:34:20 am
Listening to the Dodger announcers is about as much fun as watching paint dry or grass grow

Well, they had fun with Nolan Long pitching to Zach Short.
Title: Re: Today's Game 2019
Post by: CUBluejays on March 24, 2019, 03:46:09 pm
Brach not looking great.
Title: Re: Today's Game 2019
Post by: craig on March 24, 2019, 05:19:39 pm
Cubs are bumping their team spring offensive stats.  Leading Padres 24-6 in the 7th inning, with 26 hits accumulated.  They even hit a HR. 
Title: Re: Today's Game 2019
Post by: Chris27 on March 24, 2019, 05:34:26 pm
Cristhian Adames doing more to validate how irrelevant spring training results are than anyone I can remember.
Title: Re: Today's Game 2019
Post by: Chris27 on March 24, 2019, 05:35:59 pm
Cubs are 18-27 with RISP today.
Title: Re: Today's Game 2019
Post by: Deeg on March 24, 2019, 05:38:50 pm
If performance in spring really mattered, no way Brach would make the team.
Title: Re: Today's Game 2019
Post by: Bennett on March 24, 2019, 05:56:10 pm
Cubs are bumping their team spring offensive stats.  Leading Padres 24-6 in the 7th inning, with 26 hits accumulated.  They even hit a HR. 
Mick Gillispie's scorebook after four

(https://pbs.twimg.com/media/D2dGWprUcAAUyOX.jpg:small)
Title: Re: Today's Game 2019
Post by: Reb on March 24, 2019, 06:08:20 pm
If performance in spring really mattered, no way Brach would make the team.

Brach had a 1.80 spring ERA before today. Way too early to tell about him.

Duensing didn’t look good all spring, on top of last season.

This being baseball, possible that Duensing accepts an outright, gets his act together, and is a factor this season. 
Title: Re: Today's Game 2019
Post by: JeffH on March 24, 2019, 06:15:02 pm
Fun with scoring:

Padres' Cal Quantrill (Paul's son) - 2/3rds of an inning, four hits, two walks, seven runs, no earned runs.
Title: Re: Today's Game 2019
Post by: Deeg on March 24, 2019, 07:36:32 pm
Brach had a 1.80 spring ERA before today. Way too early to tell about him.


And throwing in the high 80s.
Title: Re: Today's Game 2019
Post by: CUBluejays on March 24, 2019, 07:47:26 pm
I thought JD said he was up to 92 today. His location was more the issue today.
Title: Re: Today's Game 2019
Post by: Bennett on March 26, 2019, 09:46:17 am
The Cubs play the Boston Red Sox today in the final exhibition game of 2019.  The Red Sox, who train in Fort Myers, Florida, are on their way to Seattle for their opening game on Thursday.

The game starts one hour earlier than normal (2:00 P.M. in Chicago) and will be on the MLB network an hour later.  Since the game is at Sloan Park, maybe we’ll get to hear Len and JD.
Title: Re: Today's Game 2019
Post by: Bennett on March 26, 2019, 03:35:13 pm
Leading off the game, Carl Edwards, Jr retired Andrew Benintendi on a fly to Ben Zobrist in right field.  He now has a hesitation move that he used on the first and fifth pitches while the second and third pitches were Pedro Strop like quick pitches.
Title: Re: Today's Game 2019
Post by: Bennett on March 26, 2019, 04:35:58 pm
https://youtu.be/az-Y08P9iQA
Title: Re: Today's Game 2019
Post by: Reb on March 26, 2019, 04:44:28 pm
From the spring games I’ve seen, Schwarber has been working on hitting certain pitches to the opposite field all spring. But, without hitting with power overall, which isn’t a great tradeoff. So, nice to see the opposite field homer today—-and off a tough lefty too.

Will be interesting to see how this plays out during the season. Would be nice to see Schwarber hit .260+ and with the usual power.
Title: Re: Today's Game 2019
Post by: craig on March 26, 2019, 07:02:52 pm
Thanks for Schwarber observations, reb.  Agree that without a lot of HR's Schwarber isn't going to be good, and if adjustments come at the expense of HR's, I'm not sure how that's going to pay off.  HR's are hits, too; given what a low-average hitter he is, he can't really afford to give away too many hits of any kind, HR's included. 

But sometimes just getting solid hits and getting some confidence back can set a guy up, and pull-side HR's will come in due time, too.  As you say, if he could magically boost his average over .260 while hitting as many or more HR's, that would be very welcome.

But yeah, opposite field doesn't always help. We've seen Russell get all sold out on opposite field, but he just gave up the pull-side in the process, so he still wasn't "using the whole field".  And in the process he gave up the only thing he was good at.  Bad news if that story plays out for Schwarber. 
Title: Re: Today's Game 2019
Post by: Bennett on March 28, 2019, 09:42:00 am
(https://pbs.twimg.com/media/D2t6OjxU0AAPb4P.jpg)
Title: Re: Today's Game 2019
Post by: Ron on March 28, 2019, 10:01:43 am
Chelsea Janes
@chelsea_janes

Happy Opening Day everyone! Remember you’re allowed to, and supposed to, enjoy this. Remember that a few bad days don’t foretell bad seasons. And remember that beat writers don’t make pitching changes.
Title: Re: Today's Game 2019
Post by: mO on March 28, 2019, 10:16:04 am
If they don't win today, they may not win a game all year...
Title: Re: Today's Game 2019
Post by: Bennett on March 28, 2019, 11:23:53 am
(https://pbs.twimg.com/media/D2wgqptX4AIFQ6j.jpg:small)
Title: Re: Today's Game 2019
Post by: Dave23 on March 28, 2019, 12:27:07 pm
So DirecTV only has the Rangers feed today, as far as I can see...
Title: Re: Today's Game 2019
Post by: Bennett on March 28, 2019, 12:43:20 pm
So DirecTV only has the Rangers feed today, as far as I can see...
I've spent more than a half hour on the phone with DirecTV.  They claim technical difficulties that they will try to fix before game time.  It helps if you speak to some whose primary language is English and does not think MLB is football.
Title: Re: Today's Game 2019
Post by: Bennett on March 28, 2019, 12:49:42 pm
This happened last year almost every time the game was on WGN.   2020 should be better.
Title: Re: Today's Game 2019
Post by: Dave23 on March 28, 2019, 01:39:39 pm
Guess I'll be watching on my free mlb.tv if DirecTV doesn't get the feed...
Title: Re: Today's Game 2019
Post by: Bennett on March 28, 2019, 02:22:36 pm
Guess I'll be watching on my free mlb.tv if DirecTV doesn't get the feed...
I'll sync the MLB.tv sound with the Rangers telecast.  I can't watch MLB.tv on my TV because they made some technical changes that are not compatible with LG TVs and a couple others (Roku?).
Title: Re: Today's Game 2019
Post by: Bennett on March 28, 2019, 02:56:31 pm
Umpires:
HP--Kellogg
1B--O'Nora
2B--Hoye
3B--Ripperger
Title: Re: Today's Game 2019
Post by: mO on March 28, 2019, 03:01:45 pm
The Chicago Cubs are on the air!
Title: Re: Today's Game 2019
Post by: CUBluejays on March 28, 2019, 03:25:02 pm
I have a feeling I will never be comfortable during a Lester start.
Title: Re: Today's Game 2019
Post by: Deeg on March 28, 2019, 03:27:45 pm
How’s Lester’s velocity?
Title: Re: Today's Game 2019
Post by: Deeg on March 28, 2019, 03:30:30 pm
Ugh, never mind. Gamecast with the grim details.
Title: Re: Today's Game 2019
Post by: mO on March 28, 2019, 03:31:57 pm
Who you got for first Cub HR of the year?

Zagunis
Baez
Title: Re: Today's Game 2019
Post by: mO on March 28, 2019, 03:33:53 pm
Well, they're not swinging and missing, so far....
Title: Re: Today's Game 2019
Post by: Robb on March 28, 2019, 03:42:33 pm
Jayson Heyward is definitely the guy I thought would get the first hit of the year.
Title: Re: Today's Game 2019
Post by: brjones on March 28, 2019, 03:44:46 pm
Cubs pounding the ball into the ground against a fly ball pitcher so far.
Title: Re: Today's Game 2019
Post by: method on March 28, 2019, 03:49:37 pm
Is Kyle S hurt?
Title: Re: Today's Game 2019
Post by: mO on March 28, 2019, 03:55:42 pm
Double, HR has the Rangers on top 2-0...
Title: Re: Today's Game 2019
Post by: CUBluejays on March 28, 2019, 03:56:26 pm
Is Kyle S hurt?

Lefty on the mound
Title: Re: Today's Game 2019
Post by: method on March 28, 2019, 04:01:18 pm
Kyle had a 847 ops against lefties this spring... It's opening day... Run with your horse. Joe will cute himself out of a job this year.
Title: Re: Today's Game 2019
Post by: mO on March 28, 2019, 04:01:55 pm
Baez!!!!
Title: Re: Today's Game 2019
Post by: brjones on March 28, 2019, 04:02:59 pm
Baez finally puts the ball in the air for the Cubs and they score a run.
Title: Re: Today's Game 2019
Post by: mO on March 28, 2019, 04:18:05 pm
Runners at the corners, 0 out.

Heyward up though...
Title: Re: Today's Game 2019
Post by: mO on March 28, 2019, 04:18:43 pm
Sharp grounder up the middle is booted.  Everybody safe!
Title: Re: Today's Game 2019
Post by: brjones on March 28, 2019, 04:21:10 pm
Nice hustle double by Zagunis to knock in the go ahead run.
Title: Re: Today's Game 2019
Post by: mO on March 28, 2019, 04:21:25 pm
Zagunis comes through with a hustle double.  Scores 1.  3-2 Cubbies
Title: Re: Today's Game 2019
Post by: mO on March 28, 2019, 04:21:50 pm
Still nobody out, runners 2nd and 3rd.  Top of the order up.
Title: Re: Today's Game 2019
Post by: mO on March 28, 2019, 04:23:47 pm
Bryant fouls a cookie
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Post by: mO on March 28, 2019, 04:25:56 pm
Ground ball scores another run
Title: Re: Today's Game 2019
Post by: mO on March 28, 2019, 04:28:39 pm
Rizzo walks.

Javi up with 2 on.

Stand and Deliver coming in to face him.
Title: Re: Today's Game 2019
Post by: mO on March 28, 2019, 04:30:09 pm
MVP!!!!!
Title: Re: Today's Game 2019
Post by: mO on March 28, 2019, 04:31:05 pm
7-2 Cubs
Title: Re: Today's Game 2019
Post by: brjones on March 28, 2019, 04:31:06 pm
Pretty good opener for Baez so far.
Title: Re: Today's Game 2019
Post by: mO on March 28, 2019, 04:33:33 pm
Cubs have batted around this inning.
Title: Re: Today's Game 2019
Post by: Deeg on March 28, 2019, 04:33:38 pm
Javy continues to almost single-handedly make it all worthwhile.
Title: Re: Today's Game 2019
Post by: mO on March 28, 2019, 04:35:52 pm
Contreras thrown out trying to steal to end the inning...?
Title: Re: Today's Game 2019
Post by: mO on March 28, 2019, 04:44:21 pm
Contreras throws out DeShiels to end the inning

Ahh...symmetry...
Title: Re: Today's Game 2019
Post by: mO on March 28, 2019, 04:49:15 pm
Aaron Rodgers hanging with Jed in the booth, for some reason...
Title: Re: Today's Game 2019
Post by: mO on March 28, 2019, 05:06:03 pm
Javi coming up with the bases loaded
Title: Re: Today's Game 2019
Post by: mO on March 28, 2019, 05:08:31 pm
He Ks on 3 pitches. 


He got screwed by the ump on pitch #2
Title: Re: Today's Game 2019
Post by: Bennett on March 28, 2019, 05:10:13 pm
He Ks. 9-2
The pitch was in the dirt but the catcher stepped on the plate for a force out.
Title: Re: Today's Game 2019
Post by: Robb on March 28, 2019, 05:18:33 pm
Lester is throwing 93 and 94 this inning.
Title: Re: Today's Game 2019
Post by: Robb on March 28, 2019, 05:26:09 pm
Another scoring opportunity here for Zobrist.
Title: Re: Today's Game 2019
Post by: Bennett on March 28, 2019, 05:27:02 pm
Strangest move of the game - Rangers bring in lefty Kyle Bird to make his major league debut against Anthony Rizzo with the bases loaded.  The results were predictable - a four pitch walk.
Title: Re: Today's Game 2019
Post by: mO on March 28, 2019, 05:28:46 pm
Bases loaded, no outs.

Heyward hits his usual for a double play.
Title: Re: Today's Game 2019
Post by: Chris27 on March 28, 2019, 05:33:05 pm
Heyward's exhausting.
Title: Re: Today's Game 2019
Post by: Tuffy on March 28, 2019, 05:33:42 pm
Rosario in to pitch.
Title: Re: Today's Game 2019
Post by: Robb on March 28, 2019, 05:45:16 pm
Bryant hit a 2 run dinger. Cubs might be able to hold this lead.
Title: Re: Today's Game 2019
Post by: brjones on March 28, 2019, 05:46:08 pm
Not a great day at the plate for Contreras. Has anyone noticed if his framing looked any better today?
Title: Re: Today's Game 2019
Post by: Tuffy on March 28, 2019, 05:54:27 pm
Brach is making his Cubs debut.  He's number 29, so I guess Z is gone?

Beautiful grab by Heyward on a fly that just kept drifting into the right field corner
Title: Re: Today's Game 2019
Post by: brjones on March 28, 2019, 05:56:18 pm
Quick clean inning from Brach. His fastball was 92-93 mph, which is down slightly from where he usually is. But he was high-80s early in Spring Training, so maybe he's getting back to where he should be.

Getting the 2015-17 version of Brach this year would be pretty huge for the Cubs.
Title: Re: Today's Game 2019
Post by: Tuffy on March 28, 2019, 06:12:36 pm
Strop was all set to finish things up, but Hunter Pence hits a single to center and Maddon is making yet another pitching change.
Title: Re: Today's Game 2019
Post by: brjones on March 28, 2019, 06:15:27 pm
Mazara homer, 12-4.

It's scary to have Montgomery as the top lefty in the pen. Just doesn't have the bat-missing stuff that relievers really need to be successful right now.
Title: Re: Today's Game 2019
Post by: Bennett on March 28, 2019, 06:15:50 pm
(http://mlb.mlb.com/assets/images/7/1/4/201585714/091516_cubs_flag_med_3_fqqoz3ho.gif)
Title: Re: Today's Game 2019
Post by: brjones on March 28, 2019, 06:16:26 pm
Nice win. Do that about 105 more times this year.
Title: Re: Today's Game 2019
Post by: Tuffy on March 28, 2019, 06:20:58 pm
Javy is getting better at English but still needs to learn his Cubs history, particularly about people who had monster Opening Days back in the '90s.
Title: Re: Today's Game 2019
Post by: Bennett on March 28, 2019, 06:25:23 pm
#Cubs with multi-HR game in season opener
2019  Javier Báez
2003  Corey Patterson
1994  Tuffy Rhodes (3 HR)
1969  Ernie Banks
1950  Andy Pafko
1936  Frank Demaree
1927  Earl Webb
Title: Re: Today's Game 2019
Post by: Bennett on March 28, 2019, 06:29:50 pm
https://youtu.be/7HSo2WuJE6s
Title: Re: Today's Game 2019
Post by: JR on March 28, 2019, 06:30:15 pm
CUBS WIN!!!
Title: Re: Today's Game 2019
Post by: Playtwo on March 28, 2019, 06:31:36 pm
I think the Cubs have found a way to mitigate concerns about the bullpen.
Title: Re: Today's Game 2019
Post by: craig on March 28, 2019, 07:14:28 pm
Way to bring home the win, guys!  Cubs are undefeated, Lester had some good velocity, Brach had some velocity, Cubs hit HR's.  Great start! 
Title: Re: Today's Game 2019
Post by: brjones on March 28, 2019, 08:37:44 pm
Jordan Bastian @MLBastian
Kris Bryant: "I think that was, offensively, better than any game we had last year."

The Cubs had not had a game with 8+ walks, 12+ runs and 25+ total bases since Sept. 13, 2017.
Title: Re: Today's Game 2019
Post by: craig on March 28, 2019, 10:15:56 pm
That was a nice game in that all the hard-hit groundballs went through.  The same sharp grounders up the middle on another day, and they're all outs or double-plays. 

Lester right up there at 98 pitches.  Nice game for him.  But I hope Maddon doesn't push him too hard early. 

Huge wind.  Lester did well to not allow more wind-blown HR's. 
Title: Re: Today's Game 2019
Post by: Dave23 on March 29, 2019, 09:13:19 am
So much has been made about a "sense of urgency" this spring...I noticed it on the base paths yesterday.

Getting good reads on base hits into the outfield, going first to third without hesitation, taking the extra base as Zagunis did on his hustle double...all little things that add up...

Sometimes a 25-man roster needs guys like Bote and Zagunis to bring that urgency...guys who are fired up to be in that clubhouse, and damn sure don't want to leave.
Title: Re: Today's Game 2019
Post by: craig on March 29, 2019, 09:51:55 am
Good point.  Heh heh, who would have ever guessed 15 months ago that Mark Zagunis and David Bote would both be in the opening day starting lineup for 2019.  Or that Rosario would be pitching a nice quick 1-2-3 inning on opening day?  Or that Bote would be starting at 2B and Zagunis in LF while Happ was down at Iowa? 

Title: Re: Today's Game 2019
Post by: DelMarFan on March 29, 2019, 04:01:38 pm
Maybe Joe knew what he was doing putting Zagunis instead of Schwarber.

Here's my favorite quote from yesterday: 

Quote
“You look at the first four innings and things, offensively, we weren’t going good,” Bryant said. “It could have been very easy after (Andrus’ third-inning) two-run homer and said, ‘Whatever, it’s just one game.’ But we flipped the switch. It’s amazing what this team can do when we’re all clicking. When we’re all pulling for each other and going in the same direction. It’s exactly what you saw today.”
Title: Re: Today's Game 2019
Post by: JeffH on March 30, 2019, 02:06:25 pm
What's tonight's lineup going to look like?

Zobrist
Bryant
Rizzo
Baez
Schwarber
Contreras
Descalso
Heyward
Almora

Something like that?
Title: Re: Today's Game 2019
Post by: Bennett on March 30, 2019, 02:48:11 pm
(https://pbs.twimg.com/media/D27gPcMWoAIQDzh.jpg:small)
Title: Re: Today's Game 2019
Post by: Deeg on March 30, 2019, 04:18:57 pm
Would've thought this was a logical spot for Descalso.
Title: Re: Today's Game 2019
Post by: Bennett on March 30, 2019, 06:20:50 pm
Quote from: Cubs Den
The old war horse Volquez is back after missing 2018 with Tommy John surgery. His once prolific strikeout rate has fallen in recent years. His changeup is still very effective on right-handed hitters. It's hard to know what the 35-year old hurler will have in the tank after not pitching in a meaningful game in over a year.
Title: Re: Today's Game 2019
Post by: Bennett on March 30, 2019, 07:14:13 pm
It sounds like there are more Cubs fans in the park than Ranger fans.
Title: Re: Today's Game 2019
Post by: davep on March 30, 2019, 07:19:09 pm
Cubs up three runs with one out in the first.
Title: Re: Today's Game 2019
Post by: davep on March 30, 2019, 07:20:39 pm
Zobrist fly out.  Brant with a double.  Rizzo walk.  Baez single.  Schwarber single.  Contraras single.  Heyward double play.
Title: Re: Today's Game 2019
Post by: brjones on March 30, 2019, 07:32:00 pm
Darvish squeezed against Andrus. At least two of those balls could've been called strikes.

Pitch count already pushing 20 after 3 batters.
Title: Re: Today's Game 2019
Post by: brjones on March 30, 2019, 07:36:57 pm
Pace of play is excruciatingly slow here in the first inning.

Darvish has walked two in a row. He's at 25 pitches. Same story as last year...nibbling way too much. He has great stuff, challenge some of these guys.
Title: Re: Today's Game 2019
Post by: brjones on March 30, 2019, 07:40:07 pm
Walk #3. The game is 35 minutes old and there are still only 2 outs in the bottom of the first.
Title: Re: Today's Game 2019
Post by: Chris27 on March 30, 2019, 07:41:51 pm
Worst contract: Heyward or Darvish?
Title: Re: Today's Game 2019
Post by: brjones on March 30, 2019, 07:43:54 pm
3 Ks, 3 BB, 34 pitches for Darvish in the first.

Lots of bullpen innings tonight. Hopefully the Cubs can score a lot of runs before that.
Title: Re: Today's Game 2019
Post by: Playtwo on March 30, 2019, 07:44:58 pm
Chatwood!
Title: Re: Today's Game 2019
Post by: brjones on March 30, 2019, 07:47:39 pm
This ump has a very tight top of the strike zone.
Title: Re: Today's Game 2019
Post by: brjones on March 30, 2019, 08:01:53 pm
Another walk. He's doing nothing but nibbling, and this umpire is calling nothing on the corners. It's time to adjust the game plan.

43 pitches with no outs in the second. The Cubs will be lucky to get 4 out of him tonight.
Title: Re: Today's Game 2019
Post by: brjones on March 30, 2019, 08:04:06 pm
Walk #5 on pitch #48. Time to get Montgomery up.
Title: Re: Today's Game 2019
Post by: brjones on March 30, 2019, 08:07:51 pm
After the Cubs get a break and Guzman gets caught stealing, walk #6.
Title: Re: Today's Game 2019
Post by: PRCubFan on March 30, 2019, 08:08:36 pm
This is brutal.  He can't command anything.
Title: Re: Today's Game 2019
Post by: brjones on March 30, 2019, 08:09:46 pm
His command isn't great, but it's not like Chatwood last year where pitches are all over the place. Most of his pitches are ending up right on the edge of the zone, and the umpire isn't calling anything.
Title: Re: Today's Game 2019
Post by: mO on March 30, 2019, 08:10:08 pm
Chatwood Part Deux
Title: Re: Today's Game 2019
Post by: brjones on March 30, 2019, 08:10:43 pm
3-1 on an Odor single with 2 outs.
Title: Re: Today's Game 2019
Post by: brjones on March 30, 2019, 08:17:52 pm
Baez leads off the third with an infield hit.

This game is on pace to last almost 5 hours, by the way.
Title: Re: Today's Game 2019
Post by: brjones on March 30, 2019, 08:22:50 pm
Contreras double knocks in Baez, 4-1.
Title: Re: Today's Game 2019
Post by: mO on March 30, 2019, 08:23:38 pm
I'm a bit baseball starved, so I won't complain.

So long as the Cubs win...
Title: Re: Today's Game 2019
Post by: Jes Beard on March 30, 2019, 08:24:30 pm
Contreras double knocks in Baez, 4-1.

Thanks for actually sharing the score.
Title: Re: Today's Game 2019
Post by: mO on March 30, 2019, 08:29:31 pm
Bote has a bit of an issue with curveballs, eh?
Title: Re: Today's Game 2019
Post by: brjones on March 30, 2019, 08:33:14 pm
Walk #7 to lead off the 3rd. Almost every AB is a full count.

Is the bullpen still not up? You've got two long guys out there in Montgomery and Chatwood, use them.
Title: Re: Today's Game 2019
Post by: brjones on March 30, 2019, 08:36:08 pm
I think this is at least as much mental as it is lack of command for Darvish tonight. He's been mostly around the zone--no wild pitches, and very few balls anywhere close to the middle of the zone. A lot of pitches that could be called by a more generous ump. If he was just wild, he'd be all over the place. Some pitches would be nowhere close; others would miss right in the middle of the zone.

That's worse than if he just had terrible command, by the way.

Cabrera 2 run HR, 4-3. Joe needs to wake up and get Darvish out of this game.
Title: Re: Today's Game 2019
Post by: brjones on March 30, 2019, 08:37:47 pm
The bullpen is finally up.
Title: Re: Today's Game 2019
Post by: Chris27 on March 30, 2019, 08:38:09 pm
I think Darvish's is the worse of the two contracts, mostly because he's 1/5th of a staff. At least you can kinda hide Heyward.
Title: Re: Today's Game 2019
Post by: brjones on March 30, 2019, 08:39:11 pm
Joe pulls Darvish with 2 outs in the 3rd after a grounder back to the mound. Cishek coming in.
Title: Re: Today's Game 2019
Post by: guest61 on March 30, 2019, 08:40:51 pm
SMFH...

I wont say a word.
Title: Re: Today's Game 2019
Post by: Chris27 on March 30, 2019, 08:41:21 pm
Darvish has now pitched 42-2/3 as a Cub. He's allowed 27 runs for a 5.27 ERA and walked 28 batters.

But Deeg loves him so he's got that going for him.
Title: Re: Today's Game 2019
Post by: brjones on March 30, 2019, 08:42:31 pm
It really is amazing how poorly the Heyward and Darvish signings have gone for the Cubs. Both were the right move at the time, and both have resulted in pretty much the worst possible outcome.
Title: Re: Today's Game 2019
Post by: guest61 on March 30, 2019, 08:42:49 pm
We better be careful or we might hurt Yu's feelings telling the truth about him.
Title: Re: Today's Game 2019
Post by: brjones on March 30, 2019, 08:43:22 pm
Quintana warming in the pen.
Title: Re: Today's Game 2019
Post by: Chris27 on March 30, 2019, 08:44:39 pm
BTW, this game is over an hour and a half old and still in the 3rd.

Those changes MLB made are really paying off again.
Title: Re: Today's Game 2019
Post by: brjones on March 30, 2019, 08:48:38 pm
Cishek K to end the inning.

Let's say Quintana comes in for the 4th...is it allowed for him to get both a win and a save? If he goes 6 innings, he'd be the most effective pitcher on the night, and he'd deserve the win. By the rules, he'd also qualify for the save--came in with the lead, also went at least three innings.
Title: Re: Today's Game 2019
Post by: davep on March 30, 2019, 08:50:01 pm
No.  A pitcher can not be awarded both a win and a save in the same game.
Title: Re: Today's Game 2019
Post by: guest61 on March 30, 2019, 08:51:47 pm
According to ESPN Stats and Information, Yu Darvish is only the 2nd pitcher (Carlos Martinez) in the last 5 seasons to walk 6 hitters in the first 2 innings.
Title: Re: Today's Game 2019
Post by: guest61 on March 30, 2019, 08:52:44 pm
Yu Darvish walked 3 in each of the first 2 innings of this start. That's something that Tyler Chatwood did NOT do last season.
Title: Re: Today's Game 2019
Post by: brjones on March 30, 2019, 08:55:20 pm
Quintana coming in for the 4th inning. Hopefully he's better at rebounding from a disappointing 2018 in his first appearance than Darvish was.
Title: Re: Today's Game 2019
Post by: brjones on March 30, 2019, 09:02:33 pm
Quintana picks off Odor.
Title: Re: Today's Game 2019
Post by: Chris27 on March 30, 2019, 09:09:17 pm
Schwarber!
Title: Re: Today's Game 2019
Post by: brjones on March 30, 2019, 09:13:32 pm
Two doubles for Contreras tonight.
Title: Re: Today's Game 2019
Post by: brjones on March 30, 2019, 09:14:44 pm
Heyward sac fly gets Contreras home, 6-3.
Title: Re: Today's Game 2019
Post by: wmljohn on March 30, 2019, 09:17:41 pm
Kyle punished that ball
Title: Re: Today's Game 2019
Post by: brjones on March 30, 2019, 09:23:06 pm
Quintana walks Mazara on 4 pitches to start the 5th.

Not to take away from the terrible command the Cubs pitchers have had tonight...but this umpire is terrible. He's called a lot of balls on pitches that really should've been called strikes.

Quickly 2-0 to Gallo. Cubs make their 4th mound visit already. 2-1.
Title: Re: Today's Game 2019
Post by: Jes Beard on March 30, 2019, 09:34:23 pm
Kyle punished that ball


So how did he punish it?  What happened?
Title: Re: Today's Game 2019
Post by: brjones on March 30, 2019, 09:34:39 pm
Two and a half hours, and the 5th inning is still going. This has a shot at being the longest 9 inning game ever.
Title: Re: Today's Game 2019
Post by: Jes Beard on March 30, 2019, 09:35:26 pm
Kyle punished that ball


Sit in a corner.... or to bed without any supper?
Title: Re: Today's Game 2019
Post by: Chris27 on March 30, 2019, 09:39:25 pm
That's what Schwarber did:


https://twitter.com/Cubs/status/1112175555376570371
Title: Re: Today's Game 2019
Post by: brjones on March 30, 2019, 09:52:00 pm
Shin-Soo Choo Ks for the fourth time tonight.
Title: Re: Today's Game 2019
Post by: brjones on March 30, 2019, 09:53:28 pm
This umpire hasn't called a borderline pitch for either side tonight. He's the biggest reason that this game is almost 3 hours old in the 6th inning.
Title: Re: Today's Game 2019
Post by: brjones on March 30, 2019, 10:06:34 pm
Jeffrey Springs gets two quick outs to start the Cubs 7th. The game is suddenly moving too fast, so the Rangers make a completely unnecessary pitching change to slow the game back down.
Title: Re: Today's Game 2019
Post by: Chris27 on March 30, 2019, 10:11:43 pm
Cubs pitchers have thrown 144 pitches in 6 innings.
Title: Re: Today's Game 2019
Post by: brjones on March 30, 2019, 10:14:32 pm
Rangers quickly have 2nd and 3rd, no outs in the 7th. On day 2, this is probably going to end up being the least fun game to watch all year.
Title: Re: Today's Game 2019
Post by: Tuffy on March 30, 2019, 10:14:51 pm
Q has done a great job so far but is in trouble as the Rangers string together an infield hit and a double to the LF corner.

Title: Re: Today's Game 2019
Post by: Jes Beard on March 30, 2019, 10:16:36 pm
That's what Schwarber did:
https://twitter.com/Cubs/status/1112175555376570371


Thanks
Title: Re: Today's Game 2019
Post by: Tuffy on March 30, 2019, 10:17:05 pm
Kiner-Falefa takes a borderline pitch for strike 2, and Q puts strike 3 right on the inside part of the plate and he doesn't swing.

One out.
Title: Re: Today's Game 2019
Post by: Tuffy on March 30, 2019, 10:20:07 pm
Another called strikeout for Q, and that brings up Choo who has done nothing but strike out today, which probably means he'll hit a homer.
Title: Re: Today's Game 2019
Post by: Tuffy on March 30, 2019, 10:20:37 pm
Or a two-run single that brings the Rangers to within a run.
Title: Re: Today's Game 2019
Post by: brjones on March 30, 2019, 10:21:24 pm
Choo two out, two run single. 6-5. This is a terrible game.
Title: Re: Today's Game 2019
Post by: brjones on March 30, 2019, 10:23:23 pm
If it was possible for both teams to lose a game, this game is what that would look like.
Title: Re: Today's Game 2019
Post by: brjones on March 30, 2019, 10:27:46 pm
Almora thrown out on a stupid slide into first base when he probably would've been safe if he'd just run through the base.
Title: Re: Today's Game 2019
Post by: brjones on March 30, 2019, 10:32:10 pm
Edwards in to face the 3-4-5 hitters with an umpire who has a small strike zone. This isn't ideal.
Title: Re: Today's Game 2019
Post by: Jes Beard on March 30, 2019, 10:32:49 pm
Almora and Baez both have walks this game.  Were either of them encouraging walks, or simply AB where nothing was even remotely close enough to allow them to avoid a walk?
Title: Re: Today's Game 2019
Post by: brjones on March 30, 2019, 10:34:52 pm
Andrus barely makes contact on 0-2, but dribbles a ball right up the middle for a hit.
Title: Re: Today's Game 2019
Post by: Chris27 on March 30, 2019, 10:37:15 pm
Welp.
Title: Re: Today's Game 2019
Post by: vander-built on March 30, 2019, 10:38:39 pm
Hasn’t Edwards had enough chances?
Title: Re: Today's Game 2019
Post by: Boris From Downunder on March 30, 2019, 10:38:43 pm
Hands up if you didn't see that coming.....
Title: Re: Today's Game 2019
Post by: brjones on March 30, 2019, 10:38:53 pm
Edwards is the worst. I can't wait until he's gone. 8-6 Rangers.
Title: Re: Today's Game 2019
Post by: brjones on March 30, 2019, 10:53:42 pm
Schwarber bunts against the shift with 2 outs in the 9th, Contreras is the tying run.
Title: Re: Today's Game 2019
Post by: Tuffy on March 30, 2019, 10:55:30 pm
Schwarber places the most perfect bunt imaginable to defeat the Rangers' shift, but Contreras files out to end it.
Title: Re: Today's Game 2019
Post by: brjones on March 30, 2019, 10:57:34 pm
Cubs lose.

Edwards is the one of the worst high leverage relievers I can remember. He blows up so often in critical situations. I'd love to see them trade him to the Cardinals or Brewers.
Title: Re: Today's Game 2019
Post by: Deeg on March 31, 2019, 01:04:16 am
Obviously Darvish sucked, but if he’s truly healthy he’ll figure it out and be a good pitcher this season.  The bullpen, by contrast, has every chance of being a long term dumpster fire.
Title: Re: Today's Game 2019
Post by: craig on March 31, 2019, 08:05:26 am
I was out till the 3rd inning, and then just gamecast incompletely.  The handful of 3rd-inning velocities for Darvish, in the small ones I checked, were in the 89-91 range, including for what listed as 4-seam fastball. 

Was he that slow earlier on too?  Or having been extended beyond two innings, was he just tiring by that time, or maybe throwing nothing but off-speed because he knew he can't throw strikes with the hard stuff? 

I admit it kind of gave memories of last year:  Maddon hyping in camp the fastball carry; once the season starts, the velocity being  a liability between the crummy location and pedestrian velocity. 
Title: Re: Today's Game 2019
Post by: CUBluejays on March 31, 2019, 08:49:36 am
It was a cold day and he had thrown a ton of pitches in the third. Earlier he was pretty consistently 93. 

Was the velocity dip do to cold and fatigue?  Injury?  Trying to throw a strike?  No clue. He was just missing outside on a lot of his pitches so he wasn’t wild. It could have been do to the cold or blister. I’m less confident in Darvish than Deeg,  it this start isn’t the end of Darvish being productive. It is concerning.

Edwards has a bad game. He looked good in spring training so I guess we’re just going to have to see. Kintzler had a nice inning relieving him so that is encouraging.
Title: Re: Today's Game 2019
Post by: Robb on March 31, 2019, 11:03:45 am
This is where the money situation hurts. If the Cubs signed Kimbrel then Strop is pitching the 8th and Edwards possibly never sees that game. I have zero confidence in Edwards. He has the arm, but I don't think he has the head to pitch in critical situations. Does he have options? Because if he does and continues to struggle a AAA stint might help him reset his mental issues.
Title: Re: Today's Game 2019
Post by: Bennett on March 31, 2019, 11:21:19 am
(https://pbs.twimg.com/media/D2_793eX0AAoscj.jpg:small)
Title: Re: Today's Game 2019
Post by: CurtOne on March 31, 2019, 11:24:45 am
I hate how Edwards force's Maddon to use him in critical situations
Title: Re: Today's Game 2019
Post by: DelMarFan on March 31, 2019, 03:02:35 pm
I have a fear that Edwards is broken.  Shades of Marmol
Title: Re: Today's Game 2019
Post by: mO on March 31, 2019, 03:31:52 pm
Schwarber!!!!!

Nice hat catch by Rosario in the bullpen.
Title: Re: Today's Game 2019
Post by: mO on March 31, 2019, 03:35:26 pm
First Heyward f-bomb of the year?

And yeah that was cookie he popped up...
Title: Re: Today's Game 2019
Post by: CurtOne on March 31, 2019, 03:51:39 pm
Caratini is a great backup, isn't he, br?
Title: Re: Today's Game 2019
Post by: mO on March 31, 2019, 03:52:06 pm
Almora single, Caratini double,  Zo single has the Cubs up 2-0.

KB up with runners at the corners, no outs.
Title: Re: Today's Game 2019
Post by: mO on March 31, 2019, 03:53:32 pm
Single.

3-0
Title: Re: Today's Game 2019
Post by: mO on March 31, 2019, 03:57:00 pm
Caratini slammed the back of his head on the ground earlier in the game. He was down for a bit. I'm surprised he stayed in.

Depth at Catcher is probably not a bad idea.
Title: Re: Today's Game 2019
Post by: mO on March 31, 2019, 04:15:19 pm
Heyward got a hit with a runner on!
Title: Re: Today's Game 2019
Post by: CurtOne on March 31, 2019, 04:15:55 pm
Caratini slammed the back of his head on the ground earlier in the game. He was down for a bit. I'm surprised he stayed in.

Depth at Catcher is probably not a bad idea.
Caratini is goc
Title: Re: Today's Game 2019
Post by: VJ on March 31, 2019, 04:19:33 pm
Fergie Jenkins was interviewed on the Rangers Fox sports affiliate bottom 3rd.  Talked about his offseason with the Globetrotters, pitching 7 innings on 2 days rest, 4 man rotations, 267 complete games, never had a sore arm during his 19 seasons.
Title: Re: Today's Game 2019
Post by: brjones on March 31, 2019, 04:43:30 pm
DeShields grand slam, 5-4 Rangers.

This team just refuses to attack hitters. They're going to nibble around the edges to everyone, and they're going to end up walking way too many batters. No excuse for walking Jeff Mathis before the grand slam.
Title: Re: Today's Game 2019
Post by: dev on March 31, 2019, 04:44:12 pm
Hanels to the DL tomorrow?....Walk the fucker
Title: Re: Today's Game 2019
Post by: Chris27 on March 31, 2019, 04:45:35 pm
We'll always have 2016.
Title: Re: Today's Game 2019
Post by: CurtOne on March 31, 2019, 04:48:28 pm
Would you believe I was trying to decide between DeShields and Goodwin for my fantasy team today?  Crap
Title: Re: Today's Game 2019
Post by: brjones on March 31, 2019, 04:49:33 pm
There have been 2,419 hitters to have at least 2,000 career plate appearances since 1900. Jeff Mathis has a wRC+ of 50, which ranks 2,412th. He's arguably the worst hitting position player ever. You don't have to be scared of attacking the zone when he's up.

I just don't get continuing to try to hit the edge of the zone that the umpire clearly wasn't giving him. Just trust your stuff and throw the ball in the middle of the strike zone.
Title: Re: Today's Game 2019
Post by: mO on March 31, 2019, 04:54:39 pm
Easier said than done, I guess.
Title: Re: Today's Game 2019
Post by: dev on March 31, 2019, 05:10:43 pm
Heybrist making it happen!   Hamels owes them each a steak....Demilno de(f'ing ) Shields...WT*?
Title: Re: Today's Game 2019
Post by: brjones on March 31, 2019, 05:25:23 pm
Cubs score 4 in the 6th and now lead 8-5.

Chatwood was warming up, so he's probably coming in.
Title: Re: Today's Game 2019
Post by: Jes Beard on March 31, 2019, 05:27:01 pm
Fergie Jenkins was interviewed on the Rangers Fox sports affiliate bottom 3rd.  Talked about his offseason with the Globetrotters, pitching 7 innings on 2 days rest, 4 man rotations, 267 complete games, never had a sore arm during his 19 seasons.

But he DID have a sore arm in his last season with the Cubs, both reported that way roughly at the time (or shortly after the season), and one of the few ways to explain his dip that year immediately followed the next season with a complete recovery.
Title: Re: Today's Game 2019
Post by: JR on March 31, 2019, 05:31:46 pm
Maybe that's why we pitched around Jeff Mathis...
Title: Re: Today's Game 2019
Post by: brjones on March 31, 2019, 05:32:05 pm
Grounder, grounder, Mathis homer, grounder with Chatwood pitching. 8-6 going to the 7th.
Title: Re: Today's Game 2019
Post by: davep on March 31, 2019, 05:32:43 pm
There have been 2,419 hitters to have at least 2,000 career plate appearances since 1900. Jeff Mathis has a wRC+ of 50, which ranks 2,412th. He's arguably the worst hitting position player ever. You don't have to be scared of attacking the zone when he's up.

I just don't get continuing to try to hit the edge of the zone that the umpire clearly wasn't giving him. Just trust your stuff and throw the ball in the middle of the strike zone.

Maybe not.
Title: Re: Today's Game 2019
Post by: Deeg on March 31, 2019, 05:51:13 pm
Well, Chatwood got through without a walk at least.  If we're going to contend I don't think Joe is going to be able to treat him like a Rule 5 guy - Chatwood probably has to be given a chance to be a useful bullpen guy and seize it.
Title: Re: Today's Game 2019
Post by: brjones on March 31, 2019, 06:03:03 pm
This bullpen is going to be a major problem, tie game.
Title: Re: Today's Game 2019
Post by: brjones on March 31, 2019, 06:07:06 pm
10-8 Rangers. BOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO!!!!!
Title: Re: Today's Game 2019
Post by: CurtOne on March 31, 2019, 06:07:58 pm
Not so sure we don't cut or demote more capable guys because Monty and Chatwood make too much to DFA.
Title: Re: Today's Game 2019
Post by: brjones on March 31, 2019, 06:09:03 pm
Montgomery looks awful.
Title: Re: Today's Game 2019
Post by: brjones on March 31, 2019, 06:16:23 pm
Rizzo makes it 10-9.
Title: Re: Today's Game 2019
Post by: Deeg on March 31, 2019, 06:23:50 pm
Bullpen...


(https://media.giphy.com/media/l0IynvPneUpb7SnBe/giphy.gif)
Title: Re: Today's Game 2019
Post by: brjones on March 31, 2019, 06:24:03 pm
Baez single, steal, Schwarber rung up on pitches the umpire hasn't called all day, then Descalso single ties the game.

Gallo throws very wild, so Descalso moves to second.
Title: Re: Today's Game 2019
Post by: brjones on March 31, 2019, 06:25:31 pm
Heyward pop behind second base on the first pitch.
Title: Re: Today's Game 2019
Post by: brjones on March 31, 2019, 06:29:49 pm
Bote pinch running, Leclerc in the game. Wild pitch moves Bote to third.
Title: Re: Today's Game 2019
Post by: brjones on March 31, 2019, 06:40:15 pm
1-2-3 inning for Cishek.

I'm afraid Cishek is going to end up wearing down this year even sooner than he did last year. Cishek and Strop both may have their arms fall off by June.
Title: Re: Today's Game 2019
Post by: brjones on March 31, 2019, 06:50:27 pm
Strop in for the 9th.
Title: Re: Today's Game 2019
Post by: brjones on March 31, 2019, 06:52:25 pm
Gallo off the wall to lead off the 9th. Winning run at second.

I can't believe the Cubs are going to score 28 runs in 3 games against the Rangers and still lose the series.
Title: Re: Today's Game 2019
Post by: brjones on March 31, 2019, 06:53:05 pm
Choo grounder to second, winning run on third.
Title: Re: Today's Game 2019
Post by: brjones on March 31, 2019, 06:55:21 pm
Wild pitch ends the game. Just awful.
Title: Re: Today's Game 2019
Post by: Bennett on March 31, 2019, 07:00:58 pm
I think the Cubs have found a way to mitigate concerns about the bullpen.
Title: Re: Today's Game 2019
Post by: mO on March 31, 2019, 07:07:18 pm
BOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO!!!!!!!!!!!!
Title: Re: Today's Game 2019
Post by: CurtOne on March 31, 2019, 07:10:29 pm
At least we're not getting shut out.
Title: Re: Today's Game 2019
Post by: brjones on March 31, 2019, 08:45:41 pm
Tony Andracki @TonyAndracki23
The Cubs slashed .342/.430/.570 in the 3 games in Texas, scoring 28 runs on 39 hits with almost as many walks (18) as strikeouts (21).

That's a 1.000 OPS *as a team* and only 1 victory to show for it.


Really ugly start. I'm really dreading this season.
Title: Re: Today's Game 2019
Post by: Bennett on April 01, 2019, 12:15:51 am
Joe Maddon:  "Nervous?"

Cubs fan:  "Yeah"

Joe Maddon:  "Don't worry about it.  We'll figure it out."
Title: Re: Today's Game 2019
Post by: Bennett on April 01, 2019, 01:52:31 pm
(https://pbs.twimg.com/media/D3FmHXzXcCAwJaQ.jpg:small)
Title: Re: Today's Game 2019
Post by: brjones on April 01, 2019, 06:26:34 pm
Not a great start...Zagunis drops a pop up in foul territory, then Inciarte homers on the next pitch. Cubs already down.
Title: Re: Today's Game 2019
Post by: brjones on April 01, 2019, 06:28:00 pm
Donaldson singles. Hendricks was ahead 0-2 and 1-2 in these ABs.
Title: Re: Today's Game 2019
Post by: Bennett on April 01, 2019, 06:28:41 pm
And that miserable chop crap is back.
Title: Re: Today's Game 2019
Post by: brjones on April 01, 2019, 06:30:33 pm
Freeman flies to just in front of the track in CF.

Hendricks was really bad in the first inning last year if I remember correctly, and it’s started the same way this year.
Title: Re: Today's Game 2019
Post by: brjones on April 01, 2019, 06:33:44 pm
Acuna walk. Hendricks flirting with getting blown out early.
Title: Re: Today's Game 2019
Post by: Bennett on April 01, 2019, 06:34:54 pm
Freeman flies to just in front of the track in CF.

Hendricks was really bad in the first inning last year if I remember correctly, and it’s started the same way this year.
Kyle's first inning ERA in 2018 was 6.82.  Then it dropped to 2.45 and 1.38 in the second and third.
Title: Re: Today's Game 2019
Post by: brjones on April 01, 2019, 06:35:38 pm
Javy throws the ball away on a DP attempt that he had no chance of turning. 2-0. Just awful.
Title: Re: Today's Game 2019
Post by: brjones on April 01, 2019, 06:36:15 pm
Just absolute slop. Brutal, 3-0.
Title: Re: Today's Game 2019
Post by: goblue007 on April 01, 2019, 06:36:30 pm
Clown car.

Break out the draft threads
Title: Re: Today's Game 2019
Post by: brjones on April 01, 2019, 06:37:08 pm
Oh wait, Acuna didn’t score. That’s a break.

Never mind, 4-0. This is going to be a long season.
Title: Re: Today's Game 2019
Post by: goblue007 on April 01, 2019, 06:37:12 pm
4-0
Title: Re: Today's Game 2019
Post by: Bennett on April 01, 2019, 06:37:58 pm
Zagunis with another bad play when he didn't call Javy off that short pop.
Title: Re: Today's Game 2019
Post by: brjones on April 01, 2019, 06:38:12 pm
This should’ve been an easy scoreless inning. Just embarrassing for the defense.
Title: Re: Today's Game 2019
Post by: mO on April 01, 2019, 06:38:45 pm
Brutal
Title: Re: Today's Game 2019
Post by: Bennett on April 01, 2019, 06:39:16 pm
Who's long relief?  Chatwood and Montgomery both pitched Sunday.
Title: Re: Today's Game 2019
Post by: CUBluejays on April 01, 2019, 06:40:12 pm
Always good to give up on the team after 4 games. This one has been brutal so far.
Title: Re: Today's Game 2019
Post by: mO on April 01, 2019, 06:40:14 pm
28 pitches in the first
 More bullpen! That's what this team needs.
Title: Re: Today's Game 2019
Post by: brjones on April 01, 2019, 06:41:28 pm
Does it matter who pitches in long relief? Whoever it is, they’ll probably be bad because the Cubs sat out the offseason despite the obvious holes in the pen.
Title: Re: Today's Game 2019
Post by: brjones on April 01, 2019, 06:43:29 pm
Always good to give up on the team after 4 games. This one has been brutal so far.

I think I made it clear long before game 4 that I have very little confidence in the 2019 version of this team.
Title: Re: Today's Game 2019
Post by: mO on April 01, 2019, 06:43:57 pm
Good start Willson
Title: Re: Today's Game 2019
Post by: CUBluejays on April 01, 2019, 06:45:45 pm
Yeah cause the starters have been so excellent so far.
Title: Re: Today's Game 2019
Post by: Bennett on April 01, 2019, 06:46:36 pm
Yeah cause the starters have been so excellent so far.
Jon Lester was decent in the season opener.
Title: Re: Today's Game 2019
Post by: goblue007 on April 01, 2019, 06:46:46 pm
Heyward lmao
Title: Re: Today's Game 2019
Post by: JeffH on April 01, 2019, 06:47:00 pm
br, I'll give you $500 if you promise (and live up to it) not to post here any more for the 2019 season.  I'm serious.
Title: Re: Today's Game 2019
Post by: mO on April 01, 2019, 06:47:58 pm
Double-Playward strikes again.
Title: Re: Today's Game 2019
Post by: Bennett on April 01, 2019, 06:49:33 pm
Heyward's swing is back to looking like he is trying to sweep the ball off the plate instead of hitting it.
Title: Re: Today's Game 2019
Post by: mO on April 01, 2019, 06:59:18 pm
Nice inning for Hendricks.  Now get some runs!
Title: Re: Today's Game 2019
Post by: Bennett on April 01, 2019, 07:02:52 pm
Freeman flies to just in front of the track in CF.

Hendricks was really bad in the first inning last year if I remember correctly, and it’s started the same way this year.

Christopher Kamka  @ckamka  35m35 minutes ago
A first inning home run allowed by Hendricks

2018:
First inning:         10 HR in 33.0 IP 
Rest of game:      12 HR in 166.0 IP
Title: Re: Today's Game 2019
Post by: Bennett on April 01, 2019, 07:05:55 pm
Maybe Joe Maddon should use an "opener" when it is Kyle Hendricks' turn to pitch.
Title: Re: Today's Game 2019
Post by: mO on April 01, 2019, 07:09:43 pm
Bases loaded for Bote.

This Braves pitcher is allergic to the strike zone.  Gotta make him pay.
Title: Re: Today's Game 2019
Post by: mO on April 01, 2019, 07:13:52 pm
Bah!
Title: Re: Today's Game 2019
Post by: mO on April 01, 2019, 07:17:10 pm
No doubter for Acuna
Title: Re: Today's Game 2019
Post by: mO on April 01, 2019, 07:17:50 pm
First earned run of the game.  5-0 ATL
Title: Re: Today's Game 2019
Post by: CUBluejays on April 01, 2019, 07:19:30 pm
Almora saves Hendricks.

Hendricks throwing 84-86 this inning.
Title: Re: Today's Game 2019
Post by: mO on April 01, 2019, 07:19:49 pm
Great play by Almora to cut Markakis down going for a double.
Title: Re: Today's Game 2019
Post by: CUBluejays on April 01, 2019, 07:21:21 pm
Heyward with a diving catch on a liner.
Title: Re: Today's Game 2019
Post by: mO on April 01, 2019, 07:22:01 pm
Another unearned run coming up...
Title: Re: Today's Game 2019
Post by: CUBluejays on April 01, 2019, 07:24:06 pm
Jon Lester was decent in the season opener.

Lester K/9 was 4.5/9 and BB/9 of 3. He had a good result, but if those numbers continue it will be ugly

Rizzo with 2 errors on a weak grounder. Runner on second.
Title: Re: Today's Game 2019
Post by: mO on April 01, 2019, 07:28:17 pm
Think there was catcher's interference on that Heyward single
Title: Re: Today's Game 2019
Post by: CUBluejays on April 01, 2019, 07:45:35 pm
Cubs managed to get through the inning without an error. Making progress.
Title: Re: Today's Game 2019
Post by: mO on April 01, 2019, 07:50:26 pm
Lead off single for Rizzo.

Braves changing pitchers.  Shame they couldn't get something done against that ham & egger...
Title: Re: Today's Game 2019
Post by: mO on April 01, 2019, 07:52:40 pm
Baez dp..:(
Title: Re: Today's Game 2019
Post by: mO on April 01, 2019, 07:54:23 pm
4IP 6H 4BB 0R for Newcomb
Title: Re: Today's Game 2019
Post by: mO on April 01, 2019, 08:00:25 pm
Hendricks buzzes Acuna's tower to start the 5th
Title: Re: Today's Game 2019
Post by: mO on April 01, 2019, 08:01:28 pm
He also dusted Donaldson earlier...
Title: Re: Today's Game 2019
Post by: CUBluejays on April 01, 2019, 08:07:42 pm
Bases loaded.  1 out with Swanson up.
Title: Re: Today's Game 2019
Post by: mO on April 01, 2019, 08:09:12 pm
JEEEEZUS!!!!!!!!
Title: Re: Today's Game 2019
Post by: mO on April 01, 2019, 08:09:49 pm
Cannot imagine what he was thinking there!!!!
Title: Re: Today's Game 2019
Post by: CUBluejays on April 01, 2019, 08:09:52 pm
Deflected off Hendricks glove (would have been a double play) and then Bote pulls a bone headed play trying to throw the ball to second.  7-0, 5 errors on the day and here comes Kintzler.
Title: Re: Today's Game 2019
Post by: Deeg on April 01, 2019, 08:16:41 pm
Obviously being 2 under after 4 games is no big deal. But there’s such an air of negativity surrounding the way last year ended and the offseason inactivity, plus the perception that Joe is on the hot seat, that things could break down really quickly.
Title: Re: Today's Game 2019
Post by: CUBluejays on April 01, 2019, 08:18:44 pm
Kintzler with 2 Ks to end the inning.  Best pitcher so far?

This game has been a **** show, but I think people are making too much out of it.
Title: Re: Today's Game 2019
Post by: mO on April 01, 2019, 08:28:58 pm
Zagunis makes Schwarber look like a Gold Glover
Title: Re: Today's Game 2019
Post by: CUBluejays on April 01, 2019, 08:30:47 pm
Freeman with a double on a ball that seemed it should have been caught.
Title: Re: Today's Game 2019
Post by: JR on April 01, 2019, 08:31:53 pm
How many errors are we going to commit tonight???
Title: Re: Today's Game 2019
Post by: CUBluejays on April 01, 2019, 08:31:57 pm
Bryant for error number 6 tonight.  Cubs have 6 hits.
Title: Re: Today's Game 2019
Post by: CUBluejays on April 01, 2019, 08:32:56 pm
If Jim Boylen was coaching he pull all the players and put the pitchers in the field.
Title: Re: Today's Game 2019
Post by: CUBluejays on April 01, 2019, 08:36:41 pm
Kintzler and Rosario have been striking guys out so far, it would be nice if that could continue.
Title: Re: Today's Game 2019
Post by: mO on April 01, 2019, 08:47:48 pm
According to JD, the league informed Edwards his new toe tap is not legal.

He was doing it early in camp, couldn't they have told him that a month ago?
Title: Re: Today's Game 2019
Post by: Tuffy on April 01, 2019, 08:59:58 pm
I hope we can somehow get through next inning without an error.  I remember the Mets making seven errors in a game and the TV and newspapers wouldn't stop mocking them.  I think it was right at the point where it became clear that that team wasn't going to be very good.
Title: Re: Today's Game 2019
Post by: CUBluejays on April 01, 2019, 08:59:59 pm
I think he was making contact with the mound again after starting his delivery. Kershaw and Jensen do the same thing as Carl, put they don’t touch the mound again.  Twitter was saying in spring trading he wasn’t touching the mound twice, hence it was legal. Roster resource says he has 1 option left, can he be sent down without his permission?

Carl manages to walk 1 batter and not implode and they Cubs made it through the inning without any errors. It is the small things in life.
Title: Re: Today's Game 2019
Post by: mO on April 01, 2019, 09:02:35 pm
Double-Playward!!!!
Title: Re: Today's Game 2019
Post by: mO on April 01, 2019, 09:04:14 pm
Swanson took exception to Bote's slide on the dp, but he didn't really come anywhere close to him.
Title: Re: Today's Game 2019
Post by: mO on April 01, 2019, 09:08:37 pm
Acuna gets another one up and in...
Title: Re: Today's Game 2019
Post by: CUBluejays on April 01, 2019, 09:11:45 pm
Fun Heyward facts.
He has 78 GDP in his career.
In 3 seasons + 4 games in his career with the Cubs it is 31.
He ground into 7 DP last year and has 4 already this year.
I believe the Cubs as a team have ground into 6 DP this year, last year it was 107.
Title: Re: Today's Game 2019
Post by: otto105 on April 01, 2019, 09:17:24 pm
Brewers suck.
Title: Re: Today's Game 2019
Post by: CUBluejays on April 01, 2019, 09:26:42 pm
Zaggunis with a baserunning error to end this abomination.
Title: Re: Today's Game 2019
Post by: mO on April 01, 2019, 09:27:40 pm
BOOOOOOOOOOOO!!!!!!!!!!!
Title: Re: Today's Game 2019
Post by: JR on April 01, 2019, 09:29:05 pm
Zagunis might have a one way ticket to Iowa in his locker after this one.
Title: Re: Today's Game 2019
Post by: Bennett on April 03, 2019, 01:58:31 pm
Today is the first day of the rest of the season

70° - partly cloudy -  very light breeze in from left center  - no chance of rain

(https://pbs.twimg.com/media/D3P-NbqWAAAFxrx.jpg:small)
Title: Re: Today's Game 2019
Post by: otto105 on April 03, 2019, 02:55:48 pm
The Brewers sucked again today.
Title: Re: Today's Game 2019
Post by: Bennett on April 03, 2019, 06:23:28 pm
Zobrist leads off with a single.  The Cubs turnaround is underway.
Title: Re: Today's Game 2019
Post by: davep on April 03, 2019, 06:26:33 pm
Typical Millennial.  Bote signs a contract that sets him up for life, and immediately takes the day off.
Title: Re: Today's Game 2019
Post by: Bennett on April 03, 2019, 06:30:11 pm
Rizzo walks with one out and Baez lines into a DP.
Title: Re: Today's Game 2019
Post by: CUBluejays on April 03, 2019, 06:33:46 pm
The error parade starting early.
Title: Re: Today's Game 2019
Post by: CUBluejays on April 03, 2019, 06:39:54 pm
Cubs turn a double play and get out of it without a run.
Title: Re: Today's Game 2019
Post by: Bennett on April 03, 2019, 06:40:03 pm
Lester pitches out of a first and third with no outs jam with a K and a DP.
Title: Re: Today's Game 2019
Post by: Bennett on April 03, 2019, 06:43:29 pm
Consecutive leadoff hits as Schwarber singles to start the second and gets tossed out trying to steal.

Title: Re: Today's Game 2019
Post by: Bennett on April 03, 2019, 06:48:06 pm
Contreras reaches on a ball off the 3B's glove.

Descalso goes to 2-2, fouls off a pitch, takes a ball, and singles Contreras to third.

Too bad Schwarber tried to steal.
Title: Re: Today's Game 2019
Post by: Bennett on April 03, 2019, 06:50:23 pm
Lester singles in Contreras. 

1-0 Cubs

Heyward up.
Title: Re: Today's Game 2019
Post by: Bennett on April 03, 2019, 06:53:07 pm
Heyward pops right behind the plate.   Watching him has become painful.
Title: Re: Today's Game 2019
Post by: PRCubFan on April 03, 2019, 06:55:06 pm
What is really frustrating about that pop up is that it was a 3-1 pitch.  But, at least Lester came through. 
Title: Re: Today's Game 2019
Post by: Bennett on April 03, 2019, 06:55:09 pm
Zobrist ends the top of the second by taking strike three.
Title: Re: Today's Game 2019
Post by: JeffH on April 03, 2019, 06:55:56 pm
Actually, Heyward should play only against LHP.  For some peculiar reason, he has good plate appearances against lefties.
Title: Re: Today's Game 2019
Post by: Bennett on April 03, 2019, 07:02:22 pm
I thought the Cubs run being driven in by their pitcher might generate a post from br.  He must be at the game.

Braves don't score in the bottom of the second.
Title: Re: Today's Game 2019
Post by: Tuffy on April 03, 2019, 07:14:34 pm
Dansby Swanson hits a homer to tie it up.
Title: Re: Today's Game 2019
Post by: Tuffy on April 03, 2019, 07:21:20 pm
And Ozzie Albies hits another homer to give the Braves the lead.
Title: Re: Today's Game 2019
Post by: Tuffy on April 03, 2019, 07:40:01 pm
With two outs in the fourth, Descalso and Lester work out walks.  Let's see if Heyward can tie this game up.

...nope, he pops up to third to end the inning.
Title: Re: Today's Game 2019
Post by: Dave23 on April 03, 2019, 08:09:29 pm
He didn't hit it that far...he popped up to just in front of the pitcher's mound. It was just caught by the 3Bman.

He probably has 3x as much height on his hits tonight as distance.
Title: Re: Today's Game 2019
Post by: mO on April 03, 2019, 08:20:24 pm
WILLY!!!!!!!
Title: Re: Today's Game 2019
Post by: mO on April 03, 2019, 08:20:59 pm
Cubs lead 3-2
Title: Re: Today's Game 2019
Post by: Dave23 on April 03, 2019, 08:21:16 pm
Unlike Willson, who just hit a bomb to CF.

452 feet. Cubs lead 3-2, top 6.
Title: Re: Today's Game 2019
Post by: Tuffy on April 03, 2019, 08:25:29 pm
Johnny Venters in to pitch for the Braves.

Schwarber leads off with a walk, and Contreras homers to give the Cubs the lead!  3-2, Cubs!

Now Descalso strikes out.  And Lester walks again.  Heyward with a chance to redeem himself.
Title: Re: Today's Game 2019
Post by: mO on April 03, 2019, 08:26:06 pm
Ha!

We all know what's about to happen...
Title: Re: Today's Game 2019
Post by: goblue007 on April 03, 2019, 08:38:35 pm
Bryant smh.
Title: Re: Today's Game 2019
Post by: mO on April 03, 2019, 08:56:52 pm
Rizzo singles, Baez pops out to right, Schwarber Ks, Contreras singles Rizzo to 3rd

Rizzo scores on a pitch in the dirt!
Title: Re: Today's Game 2019
Post by: mO on April 03, 2019, 08:57:16 pm
Contreras has 3 hits tonight
Title: Re: Today's Game 2019
Post by: mO on April 03, 2019, 08:59:40 pm
Bad baserunning by Contreras there. 

Descalso hit a weird one hopper that Albies couldn't handle, but he recovered in time to catch Contreras off third.  Ball never left the infield.
Title: Re: Today's Game 2019
Post by: mO on April 03, 2019, 09:16:53 pm
Double-Playward strikes again!
Title: Re: Today's Game 2019
Post by: Deeg on April 03, 2019, 09:18:31 pm
Kintzler seems to be ahead of Brach in the order of merit for now.
Title: Re: Today's Game 2019
Post by: mO on April 03, 2019, 09:22:47 pm
Cishek throws 7 straight balls to start the 8th
Title: Re: Today's Game 2019
Post by: mO on April 03, 2019, 09:23:29 pm
Acuna bailed him out on #8, but walks on #9
Title: Re: Today's Game 2019
Post by: mO on April 03, 2019, 09:23:48 pm
...here we go again...
Title: Re: Today's Game 2019
Post by: mO on April 03, 2019, 09:26:04 pm
walks the bases loaded, nobody out
Title: Re: Today's Game 2019
Post by: mO on April 03, 2019, 09:30:03 pm
Rosario comes in and gives up a bases clearing double to the first guy he faces
Title: Re: Today's Game 2019
Post by: mO on April 03, 2019, 09:30:17 pm
Cubs down 5-4
Title: Re: Today's Game 2019
Post by: CUBluejays on April 03, 2019, 09:30:18 pm
Welp
Title: Re: Today's Game 2019
Post by: mO on April 03, 2019, 09:30:51 pm
loooooooonnnnnnng fuggin' season
Title: Re: Today's Game 2019
Post by: vander-built on April 03, 2019, 09:30:54 pm
This team really sucks.  Blow it up.
Title: Re: Today's Game 2019
Post by: Robb on April 03, 2019, 09:32:15 pm
The blowpen strikes again. These losses demoralize a team if they keep happening over and over again. With good relief pitching the Cubs would be on their way to their 4th victory in 5 games. Instead they are staring at 1-4 without a comeback tonight.
Title: Re: Today's Game 2019
Post by: goblue007 on April 03, 2019, 09:32:38 pm
Lolol
Title: Re: Today's Game 2019
Post by: mO on April 03, 2019, 09:34:46 pm
6-4
Title: Re: Today's Game 2019
Post by: brjones on April 03, 2019, 09:35:57 pm
5 games in, and three absolute meltdowns already. This bullpen is a dumpster fire, and the Ricketts are going to get what they deserve for sitting out an offseason in the middle of their competitive window.
Title: Re: Today's Game 2019
Post by: Boris From Downunder on April 03, 2019, 09:38:37 pm
What a fkn waste.
Title: Re: Today's Game 2019
Post by: mO on April 03, 2019, 09:39:10 pm
millions of dollars from a consistently sold out Wriglely?
Title: Re: Today's Game 2019
Post by: mO on April 03, 2019, 09:39:47 pm
walk #5 of the inning, bases loaded again
Title: Re: Today's Game 2019
Post by: mO on April 03, 2019, 09:40:12 pm
let's get CJ in there!!!

It's Montgomery
Title: Re: Today's Game 2019
Post by: mO on April 03, 2019, 09:43:42 pm
Freeman grounds out to end the hsit show
Title: Re: Today's Game 2019
Post by: Tuffy on April 03, 2019, 09:55:01 pm
Schwarber is our last hope as Rizzo, who had walked, takes second on fielders' indifference.
Title: Re: Today's Game 2019
Post by: mO on April 03, 2019, 09:55:13 pm
4 in a row
Title: Re: Today's Game 2019
Post by: Tuffy on April 03, 2019, 09:55:40 pm
Wait, it's "fielder's indifference", not "fielders' indifference".  Even though presumably all the opposing fielders are being indifferent about this meaningless run.
Title: Re: Today's Game 2019
Post by: Tuffy on April 03, 2019, 09:57:10 pm
And Schwarber K's and we lose yet again.

This bullpen is so horrible.  Time to either let Lester, Hamels, and Hendricks finish their games, going to a six-man rotation if necessary, or violate tradition and have "opener" pitchers that pitch the first two innings before the above three go the last seven innings.
Title: Re: Today's Game 2019
Post by: mO on April 03, 2019, 10:22:36 pm
Hey! At least we have Darvish to look forward to tomorrow....
Title: Re: Today's Game 2019
Post by: guest61 on April 03, 2019, 10:24:30 pm
Joe should have probably went to Kimbrel late.

Pecota's looking pretty good right now huh?
Title: Re: Today's Game 2019
Post by: CurtOne on April 03, 2019, 10:27:02 pm
I like Cishek, but tonight he was clueless.  I've seen high school pitchers who had a better idea where the ball was going to go.  If the rubber got moved back like they've discussed, most of his pitches would have gone to the screen.
Title: Re: Today's Game 2019
Post by: Deeg on April 03, 2019, 11:08:55 pm
You know what would fix this bullpen problem? Sense of urgency.
Title: Re: Today's Game 2019
Post by: CUBluejays on April 03, 2019, 11:13:50 pm
Will that fix the rotation too?
Title: Re: Today's Game 2019
Post by: brjones on April 03, 2019, 11:45:44 pm
The bullpen melted down, but don't forget that the Cubs also played some really sloppy baseball tonight. Heyward's error in the first, Schwarber getting thrown out on a dumb SB attempt in the second (which cost them at least one run, and maybe a big inning that could've won the game), Contreras rounding third base too far on a ball that didn't leave the infield...it wasn't as sloppy as Monday, but it was pretty bad.

Also, from watching in person in the second deck near third base, Bryant looked bad. He was consistently late on Teheran's 90 mph fastball. Two month long DL stints didn't fix his shoulder last year, and tonight didn't give me much confidence that having October off helped him. Hopefully I just caught him on an off night where he just wasn't picking up Teheran's pitches.
Title: Re: Today's Game 2019
Post by: CUBluejays on April 04, 2019, 09:21:31 am
Using a small size of 1 is jumping the gun a bit. Bryant has an ISO > .200 so far this year.

He will have slumps and bad games. It doesn’t mean his shoulder is bad.
Title: Re: Today's Game 2019
Post by: JR on April 04, 2019, 10:33:18 am
You know what would fix this bullpen problem? Sense of urgency.

Craig Kimbrel's agent I'm sure has an answer to that too, although his email's and texts have been going straight to the Cubs' spam folder for a while.
Title: Re: Today's Game 2019
Post by: CUBluejays on April 04, 2019, 11:07:58 am
Craig Kimbrel's agent I'm sure has an answer to that too, although his email's and texts have been going straight to the Cubs' spam folder for a while.

One guy isn't fixing the current mess.  It might be all small sample size, but outside of Kintzler/Rosario (minus yesterday) everyone has less than stellar.  I was driving into work and thinking I'd almost rather have Iowa's bullpen in Chicago.
Title: Re: Today's Game 2019
Post by: Bennett on April 04, 2019, 12:20:12 pm
Decent chance of rain starting around gametime.  Forecasts vary between light and becoming heavy.  The last thing the Cubs need is a lengthy delay and getting into Milwaukee around 5:00 A.M.

br?

(https://cdn.lmgcorporate.com/wgcl/weather/se_satrad.gif)
Title: Re: Today's Game 2019
Post by: Bennett on April 04, 2019, 01:43:14 pm
(https://pbs.twimg.com/media/D3VEFVtW4AAH30Q.jpg:small)
Title: Re: Today's Game 2019
Post by: CurtOne on April 04, 2019, 01:54:43 pm
Glad that we're rewarding performance this year. 
Title: Re: Today's Game 2019
Post by: brjones on April 04, 2019, 02:02:26 pm
Rain is unpredictable in Atlanta this time of year. No telling if it'll rain or not.

And it's been weirdly localized at least twice with the Cubs in town since the Braves moved to the new ballpark. I can remember two Cubs games in the last two years that were either delayed for a long time or postponed where I got little to no rain at my house 20-25 minutes northeast of the ballpark.
Title: Re: Today's Game 2019
Post by: mO on April 04, 2019, 02:26:11 pm
Zagunis in RF? Yikes!
Title: Re: Today's Game 2019
Post by: CUBluejays on April 04, 2019, 02:53:50 pm
Letting Schwarber face a lefty. Nice.

I’ll take Zagunis and hope he doesn’t flop on defense vs Heywards offense.
Title: Re: Today's Game 2019
Post by: brjones on April 04, 2019, 04:27:09 pm
The rain in the forecast has been pushed back until closer to the end of the game, so it looks like they'll be able to play tonight.
Title: Re: Today's Game 2019
Post by: CurtOne on April 04, 2019, 05:27:34 pm
Ok now, let's not get negative just because we're going to get our asses kicked.
Title: Re: Today's Game 2019
Post by: CUBluejays on April 04, 2019, 05:53:42 pm
I had a dream. Cubs pitchers only walked 5 guys.
Title: Re: Today's Game 2019
Post by: Bennett on April 04, 2019, 06:21:51 pm
Len says the Braves announcers expect the rain to start about an hour into the game.
Title: Re: Today's Game 2019
Post by: Boris From Downunder on April 04, 2019, 06:23:57 pm
Len says the Braves announcers expect the rain to start about an hour into the game.
So it should start when we have our 4th pitcher on the hill?
Title: Re: Today's Game 2019
Post by: Robb on April 04, 2019, 06:38:54 pm
So the end on the 2nd inning?
Title: Re: Today's Game 2019
Post by: JR on April 04, 2019, 06:47:07 pm
Len says the Braves announcers expect the rain to start about an hour into the game.

So this is the night we'll jump out to a 10-0 lead and play flawless baseball through the top of the 4th before it gets rained out, huh?
Title: Re: Today's Game 2019
Post by: Bennett on April 04, 2019, 06:54:27 pm
No score after two.

Darvish has walked two to raise the Cubs total to 37 in 43.1 innings.
Title: Re: Today's Game 2019
Post by: Deeg on April 04, 2019, 07:12:25 pm
Zagunis in RF? Yikes!

The offense has been fine so far (against bad pitching) but even though it's overshadowed by the bullpen fiasco we're still one startlng-caliber OF (at least) short of where we need to be.
Title: Re: Today's Game 2019
Post by: Deeg on April 04, 2019, 07:26:23 pm
That cutter is filthy.

I think Yu is having the same problem good pitchers in the low minors have - his pitches break so much umpires can't track them.  But location is also a problem - two hits here on pitches he left right down the middle when they were supposed to be high or inside.
Title: Re: Today's Game 2019
Post by: Deeg on April 04, 2019, 07:28:07 pm
Another 2-strike fastball right down the middle.
Title: Re: Today's Game 2019
Post by: JR on April 04, 2019, 07:34:13 pm
On top of that, Fried has a no-hitter through 4.
Title: Re: Today's Game 2019
Post by: Deeg on April 04, 2019, 07:40:16 pm
Nice catch by Kyle, the Cubs one starting-caliber OF and the one who's been platooned until today.

First time seeing Darvish this year and a couple of things are clear:


Title: Re: Today's Game 2019
Post by: brjones on April 04, 2019, 07:40:51 pm
This half inning might be the game. I don’t think it’s that likely that they’ll be able to restart if the game gets delayed.
Title: Re: Today's Game 2019
Post by: davep on April 04, 2019, 07:41:11 pm
So it should start when we have our 4th pitcher on the hill?

BORIS SIGHTING!!!!! 

Can VBRETT be far behind?
Title: Re: Today's Game 2019
Post by: JR on April 04, 2019, 07:42:47 pm
Quote
Gordon Wittenmyer

@GDubCub

Kyle "the anti-Zagunis" Schwarber with a diving catch just foul of the left-field line for the third out.

Kind of have to give a rare tip of the hat to Wittenmyer for that one.
Title: Re: Today's Game 2019
Post by: Deeg on April 04, 2019, 07:43:12 pm
Wow, 97 from Freid.
Title: Re: Today's Game 2019
Post by: brjones on April 04, 2019, 07:48:52 pm
Offense looks a lot like last year tonight.
Title: Re: Today's Game 2019
Post by: Deeg on April 04, 2019, 07:48:52 pm
Freid looks like Whitey Ford.
Title: Re: Today's Game 2019
Post by: Deeg on April 04, 2019, 07:54:05 pm
McCann and Contreras make quite the contrast as receivers.
Title: Re: Today's Game 2019
Post by: brjones on April 04, 2019, 07:54:22 pm
Great, here comes Edwards in the rain. That should result in a lot of strikes thrown.
Title: Re: Today's Game 2019
Post by: JeffH on April 04, 2019, 07:56:23 pm
Bringing in Edwards to relieve Darvish reminds me of the old Three Stooges bit.

"Would you rather have your head chopped off or be burned at the stake?"

"Why, have my head chopped off, of course."

"Not me."

"No?  Why?"

"Because a hot steak is better than a cold chop."
Title: Re: Today's Game 2019
Post by: brjones on April 04, 2019, 08:02:18 pm
I can’t remember a pitcher I hated to see come in to a close game more than Edwards.
Title: Re: Today's Game 2019
Post by: CUBluejays on April 04, 2019, 08:05:02 pm
This seems like a bad choice by Joe, not that their is currently a good choice.

Darvish sucks.
Title: Re: Today's Game 2019
Post by: brjones on April 04, 2019, 08:05:17 pm
And just a brutal move by Joe to bring Edwards in conditions where Maddux would have trouble throwing the ball where he wanted it to go.
Title: Re: Today's Game 2019
Post by: JeffH on April 04, 2019, 08:05:27 pm
It's time for the Theo era to end.  Appreciate the WS Championship more than words can say, but, as an executive, he's jumped the shark.
Title: Re: Today's Game 2019
Post by: Robb on April 04, 2019, 08:06:20 pm
Edwards needs to be sent down.  Bring up Albertos. He probably has better control at this point.
Title: Re: Today's Game 2019
Post by: brjones on April 04, 2019, 08:06:35 pm
Now Chatwood. Is Joe trying to get fired?
Title: Re: Today's Game 2019
Post by: CUBluejays on April 04, 2019, 08:12:48 pm
Hey at least Chatwood didn’t walk Him...
Title: Re: Today's Game 2019
Post by: mO on April 04, 2019, 08:15:35 pm
This bullpen needs a good curb stomping
Title: Re: Today's Game 2019
Post by: Chris27 on April 04, 2019, 08:16:37 pm
I'd say they're getting one.
Title: Re: Today's Game 2019
Post by: mO on April 04, 2019, 08:17:46 pm
Oh for the halcyon days of Felix Heredia and Antonio Alfonseca!
Title: Re: Today's Game 2019
Post by: Chris27 on April 04, 2019, 08:18:13 pm
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_asNhzXq72w
Title: Re: Today's Game 2019
Post by: Robert L on April 04, 2019, 08:22:15 pm
Edwards needs to be released!   
Title: Re: Today's Game 2019
Post by: mO on April 04, 2019, 08:23:36 pm
I came in mid inning.  Did he come into the game with the bases loaded? or did he load them?
Title: Re: Today's Game 2019
Post by: mO on April 04, 2019, 08:24:47 pm
Just call the game
Title: Re: Today's Game 2019
Post by: brjones on April 04, 2019, 08:24:51 pm
Edwards loaded them, Chatwood emptied them.
Title: Re: Today's Game 2019
Post by: CUBluejays on April 04, 2019, 08:26:33 pm
Edwards came in with 2 on and the proceeded to Edwards. 
Title: Re: Today's Game 2019
Post by: dev on April 04, 2019, 08:29:12 pm
Its even worse...I have to listen to Chip Carey call
the game.
Title: Re: Today's Game 2019
Post by: Tuffy on April 04, 2019, 08:42:22 pm
Zagunis got a hit, so at least we're spared that humiliation.
Title: Re: Today's Game 2019
Post by: mO on April 04, 2019, 08:42:30 pm
Clean inning by Chatwood
Title: Re: Today's Game 2019
Post by: JeffH on April 04, 2019, 08:45:55 pm
Zagunis got a hit, so at least we're spared that humiliation.

We need that humiliation.  I was crushed when Zagunis broke up the no-hitter.  This team needs to be degraded.
Title: Re: Today's Game 2019
Post by: Deeg on April 04, 2019, 08:54:08 pm
Chatwood may be the closer by next week.
Title: Re: Today's Game 2019
Post by: mO on April 04, 2019, 09:02:21 pm
Almora!

7-0
Title: Re: Today's Game 2019
Post by: mO on April 04, 2019, 09:23:12 pm
Baseball seems like such an easy game for the other team...
Title: Re: Today's Game 2019
Post by: JeffH on April 04, 2019, 09:25:50 pm
At 55 years old, I have seen some very bad Cubs baseball.  I have never seen anything like this.  Theo has assembled the worst Cubs team of my lifetime.  And at the highest cost.  Make him go away.  New leadership, please.
Title: Re: Today's Game 2019
Post by: mO on April 04, 2019, 09:34:41 pm
I stepped away.  Rizzo hit a 2-run HR?
Title: Re: Today's Game 2019
Post by: brjones on April 04, 2019, 09:35:53 pm
And Baez followed with another homer. 9-3.
Title: Re: Today's Game 2019
Post by: mO on April 04, 2019, 09:36:50 pm
Maybe Theo can trade for this Braves pitcher to "fix" the bullpen
Title: Re: Today's Game 2019
Post by: brjones on April 04, 2019, 09:46:31 pm
Bases loaded, 1 out. The catcher's interference that extended the inning and resulted in 2 more runs scored in the top of the 9th is actually meaningful now--this would be the tying run without that.
Title: Re: Today's Game 2019
Post by: brjones on April 04, 2019, 09:49:33 pm
Zagunis knocks in a run with a grounder, then Almora Ks to end it.
Title: Re: Today's Game 2019
Post by: Deeg on April 04, 2019, 09:51:22 pm
Maybe Theo can trade for this Braves pitcher to "fix" the bullpen

Is he related to Charlie Brown’s favorite player?
Title: Re: Today's Game 2019
Post by: Bennett on April 05, 2019, 02:09:15 pm
(https://pbs.twimg.com/media/D3aUdGAW0AI6LY9.jpg:small)
Title: Re: Today's Game 2019
Post by: Playtwo on April 05, 2019, 06:26:38 pm
Looks like a decent lineup.
Title: Re: Today's Game 2019
Post by: Bennett on April 05, 2019, 07:17:55 pm
I like the Brewer catcher's chest protector.
Title: Re: Today's Game 2019
Post by: Robb on April 05, 2019, 07:20:28 pm
Baez looked so overmatched there.
Title: Re: Today's Game 2019
Post by: JeffH on April 05, 2019, 07:31:04 pm
Is it possible that the Cubs win fewer than 70 games this year?
Title: Re: Today's Game 2019
Post by: JeffH on April 05, 2019, 07:32:45 pm
Who would be a better defensive CF - Jason Heyward, Kyle Schwarber, DaveP, or CurtOne?

Think very carefully before you answer.
Title: Re: Today's Game 2019
Post by: Deeg on April 05, 2019, 07:36:11 pm
#wearenotgood
Title: Re: Today's Game 2019
Post by: CUBluejays on April 05, 2019, 07:37:13 pm
Schwarber, Curt, Dave, Heyward.
Title: Re: Today's Game 2019
Post by: JeffH on April 05, 2019, 07:42:08 pm
Do you think that the 2019 version of the Cubs keeps Theo out of the HOF?
Title: Re: Today's Game 2019
Post by: Deeg on April 05, 2019, 07:42:26 pm
That Jimenez/Cease trade is just looking better by the day.
Title: Re: Today's Game 2019
Post by: JR on April 05, 2019, 07:43:20 pm
Quote
Schwarber, Curt, Dave, Heyward.

I know we’re struggling but we really should stop it with the ridiculous hyperbole.

After all, we all know DaveP would knock the socks off of CurtOne if it came to that.
Title: Re: Today's Game 2019
Post by: CUBluejays on April 05, 2019, 07:44:54 pm
Eloy is rocking an impressive .398 OPS....
Title: Re: Today's Game 2019
Post by: JR on April 05, 2019, 07:46:42 pm
Quote
That Jimenez/Cease trade is just looking better by the day.

Yeah to me that’s the deal that looks genuinely bad today.  At least Heyward and Darvish seemed like very good moves at the time.  The Quintana deal looked at least very questionable right from the start and certainly looks bad now.
Title: Re: Today's Game 2019
Post by: Robb on April 05, 2019, 07:48:58 pm
#allin
Title: Re: Today's Game 2019
Post by: Deeg on April 05, 2019, 07:50:53 pm
It might be the best thing for everybody if the Brewers bury us this weekend.
Title: Re: Today's Game 2019
Post by: Chris27 on April 05, 2019, 07:54:54 pm
There a 2020 draft thread yet?
Title: Re: Today's Game 2019
Post by: mO on April 05, 2019, 08:11:44 pm
Garbage! Absolutely stinking garbage!
Title: Re: Today's Game 2019
Post by: Chris27 on April 05, 2019, 08:12:00 pm
Braun makes the Cubs his **** yet again.
Title: Re: Today's Game 2019
Post by: Tuffy on April 05, 2019, 08:13:41 pm
I hate Braun.  Is that thing he does where he holds his back arm up to signal that he wants time out even legal?  Can't the pitcher just throw the ball if he's in the batter's box?
Title: Re: Today's Game 2019
Post by: Chris27 on April 05, 2019, 08:30:43 pm
At least we can stop pretending the pen is THE issue. There are enough to go around.
Title: Re: Today's Game 2019
Post by: CurtOne on April 05, 2019, 08:33:03 pm
Time for more exit interviews.
Title: Re: Today's Game 2019
Post by: JeffH on April 05, 2019, 08:33:29 pm
Since things have started badly, let's hope for a 100 loss season and the #1 overall draft pick.
Title: Re: Today's Game 2019
Post by: mO on April 05, 2019, 08:35:06 pm
What kind of prospect package could Bryant fetch?
Title: Re: Today's Game 2019
Post by: JeffH on April 05, 2019, 08:35:44 pm
Not a good one.
Title: Re: Today's Game 2019
Post by: mO on April 05, 2019, 08:40:58 pm
Take it
Title: Re: Today's Game 2019
Post by: JeffH on April 05, 2019, 08:42:29 pm
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_of_worst_Major_League_Baseball_season_records
Title: Re: Today's Game 2019
Post by: JeffH on April 05, 2019, 08:42:58 pm
Enjoy.  I didn't do it.
Title: Re: Today's Game 2019
Post by: mO on April 05, 2019, 08:43:37 pm
Descalso
Title: Re: Today's Game 2019
Post by: Tuffy on April 05, 2019, 08:45:34 pm
Teaser rally beginning!
Title: Re: Today's Game 2019
Post by: Chris27 on April 05, 2019, 08:46:02 pm
Good too see one of our young stars getting us on the board....
Title: Re: Today's Game 2019
Post by: JeffH on April 05, 2019, 08:59:02 pm
The worst Cubs team of my lifetime and it's not even close.
Title: Re: Today's Game 2019
Post by: Deeg on April 05, 2019, 09:08:58 pm
If we released Heyward and someone signed him for the ML minimum (not a given, I know) we'd have that deducted from what we owe him, right?
Title: Re: Today's Game 2019
Post by: mO on April 05, 2019, 09:17:08 pm
Contreras!
Title: Re: Today's Game 2019
Post by: Tuffy on April 05, 2019, 09:17:26 pm
Willy puts one over the left field wall, and it's 8-5.  Watch out, Brew Crew!
Title: Re: Today's Game 2019
Post by: mO on April 05, 2019, 09:24:30 pm
Edwards warming in the pen, just in case the Cubs manage to pull any closer...
Title: Re: Today's Game 2019
Post by: CUBluejays on April 05, 2019, 09:26:50 pm
Why wouldn't you just let Edwards start the inning?  Bringing him in with a guy on just increases the pressure.
Title: Re: Today's Game 2019
Post by: mO on April 05, 2019, 09:32:32 pm
Joe with a big "**** you, Theo!"
Title: Re: Today's Game 2019
Post by: VJ on April 05, 2019, 09:34:03 pm
Per mlb.tv, Edwards ERA is 40.50
Title: Re: Today's Game 2019
Post by: Robb on April 05, 2019, 09:34:28 pm
Carl seems like a nice kid. I'm not even upset any more. This is just sad. He's clearly lost his confidence. He needs to go down and figure it out in AAA for a while. If Ian Happ is down there then Carl should join him.
Title: Re: Today's Game 2019
Post by: Chris27 on April 05, 2019, 09:43:37 pm
Hard to remember Edwards was as tough to hit and take deep as anyone in the game.
Title: Re: Today's Game 2019
Post by: Tuffy on April 05, 2019, 10:25:34 pm
Descalso gets on and Heyward hits a bomb to make it 13-7.  It's like they're teasing the possibility of a teaser rally.
Title: Re: Today's Game 2019
Post by: CurtOne on April 05, 2019, 10:28:05 pm
Losing one's confidence seems to happen to a lot of Joe's pitchers.  JMO
Title: Re: Today's Game 2019
Post by: Chris27 on April 05, 2019, 10:29:01 pm
Heyward homers down 8 runs in the 8th. Perfect.
Title: Re: Today's Game 2019
Post by: Dave23 on April 05, 2019, 10:40:30 pm
Pretty swing by Almora

13-8
Title: Re: Today's Game 2019
Post by: CUBluejays on April 05, 2019, 10:45:42 pm
13-10.

Cubs have scored 10 runs in 3 games and have 1 win.
Title: Re: Today's Game 2019
Post by: Tuffy on April 05, 2019, 10:48:51 pm
Not often a 13-10 game, in which you are outhit 15-12, feels like a blowout.
Title: Re: Today's Game 2019
Post by: Deeg on April 05, 2019, 11:01:09 pm
46 runs in 7 games at 1-6, twice in 7 scoring double-digits and losing. That almost doesn’t seem possible.
Title: Re: Today's Game 2019
Post by: Bennett on April 06, 2019, 08:35:36 am
I hate Braun.  Is that thing he does where he holds his back arm up to signal that he wants time out even legal?  Can't the pitcher just throw the ball if he's in the batter's box?
ARod started that and Braun and a few others picked up on it.  I've always hoped that some umpire will see him make that motion and call time.  When he steps back in and makes the motion again, the ump calls time again.  That happens until he has no choice but to stop doing it.
Title: Re: Today's Game 2019
Post by: brjones on April 06, 2019, 06:19:06 pm
Here we go again. Cain homer to lead off the game.
Title: Re: Today's Game 2019
Post by: brjones on April 06, 2019, 06:36:41 pm
Heyward! 2 run homer in the second, Cubs lead 2-1.
Title: Re: Today's Game 2019
Post by: brjones on April 06, 2019, 06:57:02 pm
Is there a pitcher on this staff who can miss bats? Brewers load the bases after Burnes fouls off a bunch of pitches and eventually single, then Cain sac fly.
Title: Re: Today's Game 2019
Post by: brjones on April 06, 2019, 07:10:28 pm
The Brewers have made nothing but hard contact against Hamels through 2 innings, and Hamels has already thrown 51 pitches. Looks like another night where the bullpen is going to cover a lot of the game.


(https://pbs.twimg.com/media/D3gjx1RX4AApshz.jpg:small)
Title: Re: Today's Game 2019
Post by: Reb on April 06, 2019, 07:11:39 pm
Yeah, but three swinging strikes against Yelich—which is impressive.
Title: Re: Today's Game 2019
Post by: Deeg on April 06, 2019, 07:12:26 pm
Hamels back at Texas velocity is not a good thing.  Hopefully it's just a matter of getting stronger as the season progresses.

In the unlikely event Heyward is "fixed" enough to be serviceable, the main benefit would be if it finally convinces Joe that Almora is in no way, shape or form an everyday player.  Cause you know, he's not.
Title: Re: Today's Game 2019
Post by: brjones on April 06, 2019, 07:13:08 pm
Then he got Braun on strikes to start the 3rd...hopefully he's settling in.
Title: Re: Today's Game 2019
Post by: brjones on April 06, 2019, 07:16:52 pm
Much better 12 pitch, 1-2-3 third inning. Still high exit velocity for Aguilar and Shaw, though Shaw's was hit at a high enough launch angle where exit velocity doesn't really matter.
Title: Re: Today's Game 2019
Post by: brjones on April 06, 2019, 07:28:55 pm
Weak infield hit from Arcia and sac bunt by Burnes means Cain gets to hit with runners on second and third, 2 outs in the 4th.
Title: Re: Today's Game 2019
Post by: Tuffy on April 06, 2019, 07:32:47 pm
Hamels gets Cain swinging on a 3-2 changeup, and the Cubs are out of the inning.
Title: Re: Today's Game 2019
Post by: brjones on April 06, 2019, 07:37:24 pm
CARATINI! 4-2 Cubs.
Title: Re: Today's Game 2019
Post by: brjones on April 06, 2019, 07:54:41 pm
Nice 1-2-3 inning from Hamels followed by a Javy homer, 5-2.
Title: Re: Today's Game 2019
Post by: brjones on April 06, 2019, 08:00:11 pm
Schwarber walk and SB.
Title: Re: Today's Game 2019
Post by: brjones on April 06, 2019, 08:02:07 pm
Almora RBI single, 6-2.
Title: Re: Today's Game 2019
Post by: brjones on April 06, 2019, 08:12:20 pm
Cubs are running wild on Grandal tonight. Heyward just stole his second tonight, and Schwarber and Almora also have SBs.
Title: Re: Today's Game 2019
Post by: brjones on April 06, 2019, 08:13:22 pm
Caratini walks to load the bases with no outs in the 6th. Hamels will hit for himself.
Title: Re: Today's Game 2019
Post by: brjones on April 06, 2019, 08:14:26 pm
Sac fly, 7-2.
Title: Re: Today's Game 2019
Post by: mO on April 06, 2019, 08:16:29 pm
Where is Hamels at, pitch count wise?  How much of an opportunity will the bullpen get to blow this?
Title: Re: Today's Game 2019
Post by: brjones on April 06, 2019, 08:17:25 pm
I think Hamels is around 90 pitches--he has recovered well from a rough first two innings. But the bullpen is still probably going to get 3 innings unless he's really, really efficient in the 6th.
Title: Re: Today's Game 2019
Post by: mO on April 06, 2019, 08:20:56 pm
The similarities between Bryant's career and Prior's is remarkable.
Title: Re: Today's Game 2019
Post by: Deeg on April 06, 2019, 08:24:58 pm
100 pitches already. Gonna have to roll the dice here pretty soon.
Title: Re: Today's Game 2019
Post by: brjones on April 06, 2019, 08:29:31 pm
Hamels gets through the 6th at 110 pitches. Seems unlikely he'll go any further. Hopefully Cishek and Strop are both on tonight.
Title: Re: Today's Game 2019
Post by: brjones on April 06, 2019, 08:44:23 pm
Kyle Ryan pitching the 7th.
Title: Re: Today's Game 2019
Post by: brjones on April 06, 2019, 08:46:04 pm
Ryan gets ahead of Arcia 0-2, then throws three balls and gives up a hit.
Title: Re: Today's Game 2019
Post by: brjones on April 06, 2019, 08:48:10 pm
Gamel K.

Now Ryan vs. Cain and Yelich...these don't seem like great match ups for the Cubs.
Title: Re: Today's Game 2019
Post by: brjones on April 06, 2019, 08:49:53 pm
Cain grounder, 2 outs.

Ryan has gotten ahead 0-2 to all three hitters he's faced. I'd be shocked if that wasn't the first time a Cubs pitcher has done that this year.
Title: Re: Today's Game 2019
Post by: brjones on April 06, 2019, 08:51:53 pm
Either Caratini is doing a great job framing some of these pitches tonight, or this umpire has been pretty bad. That 2-1 pitch to Yelich was not close to a strike.
Title: Re: Today's Game 2019
Post by: brjones on April 06, 2019, 08:54:16 pm
Yelich walk. 2 on, 2 out, and Webster is coming in.
Title: Re: Today's Game 2019
Post by: brjones on April 06, 2019, 08:58:01 pm
Braun homer, 7-5. Unbelievable.
Title: Re: Today's Game 2019
Post by: brjones on April 06, 2019, 09:00:13 pm
Aguilar flies out.

Need to get a couple runs back here. Heyward/Caratini/Zobrist due; Heyward and Caratini have done a lot of damage tonight.
Title: Re: Today's Game 2019
Post by: brjones on April 06, 2019, 09:03:16 pm
HEYWARD!  2 homer night, 3 in 2 days. 8-5 Cubs.
Title: Re: Today's Game 2019
Post by: brjones on April 06, 2019, 09:04:20 pm
Caratini single. Bottom of the lineup is killing it tonight.
Title: Re: Today's Game 2019
Post by: brjones on April 06, 2019, 09:06:14 pm
Zobrist single. Two on for the top of the lineup...but the top of the lineup is 0 for 11 tonight.
Title: Re: Today's Game 2019
Post by: brjones on April 06, 2019, 09:08:26 pm
Descalso walk. Bases loaded, no outs. A huge 10 run inning would be nice.
Title: Re: Today's Game 2019
Post by: Deeg on April 06, 2019, 09:10:39 pm
Maybe Caratini catching and Willy in left against righties is an answer? Of course, then you have to play the Schwarbler in right...


Caratini seems to clearly be a better receiver than Contreras. Low bar of course.
Title: Re: Today's Game 2019
Post by: brjones on April 06, 2019, 09:11:01 pm
Bryant K on four pitches. Fourth K of the night. Not great.

This has to be Heyward's best night as a Cub, right? 3 for 3, 2 HR, 1 BB, 2 SB.
Title: Re: Today's Game 2019
Post by: brjones on April 06, 2019, 09:11:46 pm
Still very early and very small sample size...but Bryant still looks like second half Bryant so far.
Title: Re: Today's Game 2019
Post by: brjones on April 06, 2019, 09:12:30 pm
This umpire is missing a ton of pitches on the first base side of the plate. It's happening for both teams.
Title: Re: Today's Game 2019
Post by: Deeg on April 06, 2019, 09:13:51 pm
A nice bit of symmetry after that Braun HR - now both Ryan and Webster have 27.0 ERAs.
Title: Re: Today's Game 2019
Post by: brjones on April 06, 2019, 09:15:43 pm
RIZZO! 2 run double, and the Cubs have the 3 runs back.
Title: Re: Today's Game 2019
Post by: mO on April 06, 2019, 09:16:20 pm
Rizzo!!!!  What a great piece of hitting!

I love that guy!
Title: Re: Today's Game 2019
Post by: Deeg on April 06, 2019, 09:16:32 pm
RIZZO! 2 run double, and the Cubs have the 3 runs back.

And they’ll likely need every one of them.
Title: Re: Today's Game 2019
Post by: brjones on April 06, 2019, 09:18:29 pm
Baez walk. Loaded for Bote, who apparently must have come into the game at some point that I missed.
Title: Re: Today's Game 2019
Post by: brjones on April 06, 2019, 09:20:07 pm
I wasn't paying close enough attention...I had assumed the Cubs double switched Almora out of the game last inning because he was the last one to hit, but it was actually Schwarber. So Bote is pinch hitting in the pitcher's spot.
Title: Re: Today's Game 2019
Post by: brjones on April 06, 2019, 09:21:44 pm
With the Rizzo double, the Cubs have scored at least 10 runs four times this season now, and they only have one win for at least another 30 minutes or so. This is really an all time ugly start to a season.
Title: Re: Today's Game 2019
Post by: mO on April 06, 2019, 09:23:56 pm
Bote doubles!
Title: Re: Today's Game 2019
Post by: mO on April 06, 2019, 09:24:20 pm
Clears the bases, 13-5!!!!
Title: Re: Today's Game 2019
Post by: brjones on April 06, 2019, 09:24:21 pm
BOTE! 3 run double, 13-5. Another 5 runs, and we can feel comfortable the bullpen will be able to hold it.
Title: Re: Today's Game 2019
Post by: brjones on April 06, 2019, 09:26:26 pm
Cubs bat around, Heyward up again.
Title: Re: Today's Game 2019
Post by: brjones on April 06, 2019, 09:28:56 pm
Heyward walk. 3 for 3, 2 HR, 2 BB, 2 SB. First Cub with 2 HR and 2 SB in a game since 1906 according to the Fox broadcast.

Caratini also having a great night. RBI single, 14-5.
Title: Re: Today's Game 2019
Post by: mO on April 06, 2019, 09:29:31 pm
Whoohooo!!!!

I like this team.  Can we get them for tomorrow's game too?
Title: Re: Today's Game 2019
Post by: Tuffy on April 06, 2019, 09:37:07 pm
Rosario has come in to pitch.

I see that we couldn't find a non-Spring-Training number for Webster despite it being the first month of the season.  Disappointing.
Title: Re: Today's Game 2019
Post by: Dave23 on April 06, 2019, 09:40:46 pm
Who knew that Double Playward would become Say Heyward when the Cubs got to Wrigley North?
Title: Re: Today's Game 2019
Post by: brjones on April 06, 2019, 09:41:59 pm
After getting one quick out, Rosario has walked two in a row. A 9 run game with 5 outs to go isn't over yet with this bullpen.
Title: Re: Today's Game 2019
Post by: brjones on April 06, 2019, 09:42:32 pm
Passed ball, runners on the corners.
Title: Re: Today's Game 2019
Post by: brjones on April 06, 2019, 09:45:43 pm
Thames 3 run homer, 14-8. This is the worst pitching staff I've ever seen.
Title: Re: Today's Game 2019
Post by: brjones on April 06, 2019, 09:47:31 pm
Cain double. Really, really awful that the Ricketts family cut off the money to address this dumpster fire this offseason.
Title: Re: Today's Game 2019
Post by: Chris27 on April 06, 2019, 09:47:50 pm
Bullpen's ERA has managed to increase tonight.
Title: Re: Today's Game 2019
Post by: brjones on April 06, 2019, 09:48:09 pm
Wild pitch, Cain to third. And Rosario is now the *best* lefty in this pen by a wide margin.
Title: Re: Today's Game 2019
Post by: Tuffy on April 06, 2019, 09:48:30 pm
Cain double; wild pitch moves him to third.
Title: Re: Today's Game 2019
Post by: Deeg on April 06, 2019, 09:48:44 pm
 8 games in, the Cubs have 6 relievers with double-digit ERAs. How is that even possible?
Title: Re: Today's Game 2019
Post by: Dave23 on April 06, 2019, 09:48:58 pm
Maybe Caratini catching and Willy in left against righties is an answer? Of course, then you have to play the Schwarbler in right...


Caratini seems to clearly be a better receiver than Contreras. Low bar of course.

Clearly? I’m not seeing that at all.
Title: Re: Today's Game 2019
Post by: brjones on April 06, 2019, 09:50:21 pm
Yelich grounds out, and somehow fails to get a hit against this pitching staff. That's even more unlikely than Heyward and Caratini reaching base 10 times combined tonight.
Title: Re: Today's Game 2019
Post by: brjones on April 06, 2019, 10:02:43 pm
I was surprised when Zagunis came up in Bryant's spot. I can't believe Bryant was double switched out of a game when the Cubs are 1-6. He's supposed to be their superstar...in this situation, you keep him in the game no matter what.

His performance is similar to second half 2018 so far. Like I said a few days ago, his bat looked really slow against Teheran's mediocre 90 mph fastball in person--I don't have any scouting abilities, but it was really noticeable. I'm really starting to wonder if his shoulder is hurting again.
Title: Re: Today's Game 2019
Post by: brjones on April 06, 2019, 10:04:10 pm
Cishek gets two quick outs in the 9th. 6 run lead with 1 out to go...even the Cubs can hold this...right?
Title: Re: Today's Game 2019
Post by: brjones on April 06, 2019, 10:04:49 pm
CUBS WIN!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
Title: Re: Today's Game 2019
Post by: mO on April 06, 2019, 10:05:29 pm
I was surprised when Zagunis came up in Bryant's spot. I can't believe Bryant was double switched out of a game when the Cubs are 1-6. He's supposed to be their superstar...in this situation, you keep him in the game no matter what.

His performance is similar to second half 2018 so far. Like I said a few days ago, his bat looked really slow against Teheran's mediocre 90 mph fastball in person--I don't have any scouting abilities, but it was really noticeable. I'm really starting to wonder if his shoulder is hurting again.

Just like Prior, they'll have to fish for injuries to explain his decline.  Eventually, they'll just send him off for surgery, just to get him off the field for a while.  And just like Prior, he'll never again be as good as he started.
Title: Re: Today's Game 2019
Post by: Tuffy on April 06, 2019, 10:05:31 pm
Cubs win!
Title: Re: Today's Game 2019
Post by: Deeg on April 06, 2019, 11:26:56 pm
Either the Cubs were lying about it being a bone bruise, or there was something else going on in there. There’s no reason a bone bruise shouldn’t heal in an entire offseason of rest.
Title: Re: Today's Game 2019
Post by: Deeg on April 06, 2019, 11:52:39 pm
Quote
Jason Heyward in an honest moment, when informed that Joe Maddon said its the best the manager has seen him hit the ball as a Cub: "That's not hard to say."


Have to say this for Heyward, as bad as he’s hit he hasn’t tried to blame anyone else or pretend everything in fine. He’s handled sucking about as well as you could ask anyone to handle it.
Title: Re: Today's Game 2019
Post by: brjones on April 07, 2019, 01:23:04 pm
This pitching staff might be historically bad. Two batters in, Cubs trail 2-0.
Title: Re: Today's Game 2019
Post by: brjones on April 07, 2019, 01:24:01 pm
87 mph fastball right down the middle to Yelich.
Title: Re: Today's Game 2019
Post by: Bennett on April 07, 2019, 01:27:23 pm
87 mph fastball right down the middle to Yelich.
As fat a pitch as you will ever see.
Title: Re: Today's Game 2019
Post by: brjones on April 07, 2019, 01:27:31 pm
Hendricks gets the next three quickly after the Yelich homer.
Title: Re: Today's Game 2019
Post by: brjones on April 07, 2019, 01:28:36 pm
Joe Sheehan @joe_sheehan
With that Yelich home run, #Cubs pitchers have allowed runs in 30 of 68 frames this season, and in 14 of their last 22.
Title: Re: Today's Game 2019
Post by: Bennett on April 07, 2019, 01:30:19 pm
(https://pbs.twimg.com/media/D3kf_lmWwAAUYtW.png)
Title: Re: Today's Game 2019
Post by: brjones on April 07, 2019, 01:31:10 pm
Joe Sheehan @joe_sheehan
The #Cubs have yet to get through four innings of a game without allowing a run. Their longest shutout streak, including across consecutive games, is five innings.
Title: Re: Today's Game 2019
Post by: brjones on April 07, 2019, 01:48:38 pm
After Zobrist singled to start the game, Davies has retired 9 in a row. He has dominated the Cubs since the start of last season while being generally horrible against the rest of the league.
Title: Re: Today's Game 2019
Post by: brjones on April 07, 2019, 01:52:21 pm
Cain with another single.
Title: Re: Today's Game 2019
Post by: brjones on April 07, 2019, 01:53:12 pm
Yelich single, Cain to third. Cubs really screwed up by letting the Brewers get both those guys last offseason.
Title: Re: Today's Game 2019
Post by: brjones on April 07, 2019, 01:53:38 pm
Shaw single, 3-0. Cubs pitching is so bad.
Title: Re: Today's Game 2019
Post by: CUBluejays on April 07, 2019, 01:58:15 pm
Kyle pitching down the middle leads to bad results.

The difference between Davies and Kyle is so far Davies is hitting his spots.
Title: Re: Today's Game 2019
Post by: brjones on April 07, 2019, 02:08:55 pm
Two on, one out for Schwarber and Contreras.

Schwarber with an easy fly ball on the first pitch. Cubs are getting themselves out on the first pitch a lot today.
Title: Re: Today's Game 2019
Post by: brjones on April 07, 2019, 02:11:58 pm
Cubs waste the chance to score some runs.
Title: Re: Today's Game 2019
Post by: brjones on April 07, 2019, 02:16:03 pm
Hendricks gives up his 7th hit of the day leading off the 4th. He has given up 17 hits in 7 1/3 IP so far this year.
Title: Re: Today's Game 2019
Post by: brjones on April 07, 2019, 02:19:14 pm
And now a walk to the #8 hitter. So Cain and Yelich are probably going to get a chance to bat with two runners on.  Game may be out of reach soon.
Title: Re: Today's Game 2019
Post by: brjones on April 07, 2019, 02:20:50 pm
Bryant wide throw on a sac bunt pulls Descalso off the base. The defense has been so sloppy so far.
Title: Re: Today's Game 2019
Post by: brjones on April 07, 2019, 02:22:01 pm
Infield pop from Cain. What a gift.
Title: Re: Today's Game 2019
Post by: brjones on April 07, 2019, 02:24:33 pm
Yelich sac fly, 4-0. Bryant's inability to throw the ball to first costs them a run (the bunt was called an infield hit, but the ball beat Davies by 5-10 feet).
Title: Re: Today's Game 2019
Post by: brjones on April 07, 2019, 02:27:19 pm
Shaw Ks.

Well, I guess only giving up 1 run there is a small victory. Still, this team doesn't look like it's going to figure out Davies today.
Title: Re: Today's Game 2019
Post by: brjones on April 07, 2019, 02:33:34 pm
Bote pinch hitting for Hendricks with one out in the 5th.
Title: Re: Today's Game 2019
Post by: brjones on April 07, 2019, 02:37:24 pm
I'm surprised they'd use Bote over Almora or Zagunis there. Seems like you'd want to save Bote to face Hader.
Title: Re: Today's Game 2019
Post by: brjones on April 07, 2019, 02:39:42 pm
Zobrist with a 2 out hit.

At least the Cubs have made Davies work a little this inning. Maybe they can get him out of the game a little earlier so the Cubs get an inning against someone other than Davies or Hader.
Title: Re: Today's Game 2019
Post by: brjones on April 07, 2019, 02:40:19 pm
Bryant--another first pitch out. At least the 5th or 6th hitter who has made a weak out on the first pitch today.
Title: Re: Today's Game 2019
Post by: brjones on April 07, 2019, 02:47:29 pm
Chatwood: BB, K swinging on what would've been ball 4, BB.
Title: Re: Today's Game 2019
Post by: brjones on April 07, 2019, 02:52:30 pm
Wild pitch on strike 3 with 2 outs. Arcia called out initially, but they're appealing.

Call overturned. Didn't think there was going to be enough evidence to overturn.
Title: Re: Today's Game 2019
Post by: bitterman on April 07, 2019, 02:56:18 pm
I am exhausted by high walk pitchers...DFA everyone who can’t throw a strike.
Title: Re: Today's Game 2019
Post by: brjones on April 07, 2019, 02:59:07 pm
Rizzo reaches on an error, then Baez has a swinging bunt single. Two on, nobody out for Schwarber.
Title: Re: Today's Game 2019
Post by: brjones on April 07, 2019, 03:00:07 pm
Schwarber got a pitch to hit on 1-0, but only fouls it back.
Title: Re: Today's Game 2019
Post by: brjones on April 07, 2019, 03:01:29 pm
Schwarber GIDP. This team.
Title: Re: Today's Game 2019
Post by: bitterman on April 07, 2019, 03:03:04 pm
The Quintana trade really was a poor choice.  The Heyward contract was/is a monstrous failure.  Darvish has been even worse.  I wonder if Theo bails on this team and leaves them in a mess like he did Boston.  Does Madden suffer the same inglorious end that Tito did?
Title: Re: Today's Game 2019
Post by: brjones on April 07, 2019, 03:03:21 pm
WILLSON!  4-2. He appears to be back.
Title: Re: Today's Game 2019
Post by: bitterman on April 07, 2019, 03:06:45 pm
Gleybor, Eloy, and Dylan Cease.

Great teams usually hold on to their top prospects and move their middle tier (such as Ian Happ).
Title: Re: Today's Game 2019
Post by: brjones on April 07, 2019, 03:11:52 pm
I still think the Quintana trade was the right move. He was on pace for a 4 fWAR season when the Cubs got him. In his previous four years, he had posted fWARs of 3.5, 5.0, 4.3, and 5.0. He was 28, durable, and had 3 1/2 years left on a cheap contract. He was an established strong #2/borderline ace, and the Cubs paid a fair price to get him.
Title: Re: Today's Game 2019
Post by: brjones on April 07, 2019, 03:26:05 pm
Zobrist is still such a good hitter. Runners at the corners, 1 out.

Hader coming in to face Bryant and Rizzo.
Title: Re: Today's Game 2019
Post by: brjones on April 07, 2019, 03:30:58 pm
Weak pop by Bryant, 2 outs. He is not good right now.
Title: Re: Today's Game 2019
Post by: brjones on April 07, 2019, 03:38:24 pm
Good AB by Rizzo, but he Ks.

They really needed Bryant to make enough contact to get that run home. Going to be tough to get 2 against Hader.
Title: Re: Today's Game 2019
Post by: brjones on April 07, 2019, 03:58:44 pm
Contreras just misses his second homer of the day.

4-2 going to the 9th.
Title: Re: Today's Game 2019
Post by: brjones on April 07, 2019, 04:05:09 pm
IBB to Yelich with 2 outs, nobody on because Hader is on deck. Hader hitting for himself.
Title: Re: Today's Game 2019
Post by: brjones on April 07, 2019, 04:15:11 pm
Cubs lose again.
Title: Re: Today's Game 2019
Post by: Bennett on April 08, 2019, 09:17:37 am
The forecast for the home opener looks pretty good.  Wednesday and Thursday:  not so good.

(https://pbs.twimg.com/media/D3otvZDX4AUMIOZ.jpg:small)
Title: Re: Today's Game 2019
Post by: Bennett on April 08, 2019, 09:19:06 am
(https://pbs.twimg.com/media/D3ooCQEWwAEEZ5f.jpg:small)
Title: Re: Today's Game 2019
Post by: Ron on April 08, 2019, 09:41:52 am
The forecast for the home opener looks pretty good.  Wednesday and Thursday:  not so good.

(https://pbs.twimg.com/media/D3otvZDX4AUMIOZ.jpg:small)

With partly cloudy skies, light wind and temps in the low 60s, this may be the best weather for an opening day in a long time. 
Title: Re: Today's Game 2019
Post by: Bennett on April 08, 2019, 09:56:04 am
With partly cloudy skies, light wind and temps in the low 60s, this may be the best weather for an opening day in a long time. 
Wednesday and Thursday could both be washouts.  Too bad they can't move Wednesday night up to Tuesday.
Title: Re: Today's Game 2019
Post by: davep on April 08, 2019, 02:11:30 pm
Second inning, Cubs ahead 3 - 0.  Lester with a 2 out single to drive in a run, and Zobrist with a single to drive in 2.
Title: Re: Today's Game 2019
Post by: davep on April 08, 2019, 02:19:45 pm
Still second inning.  Cubs up 6 - 0.  Pirates playing like the Cubs did a few games ago.
Title: Re: Today's Game 2019
Post by: CUBluejays on April 08, 2019, 02:22:27 pm
What happened to Lester?
Title: Re: Today's Game 2019
Post by: davep on April 08, 2019, 02:26:23 pm
Lester taken out in the third with an unknown injury.  Speculation is that it is his back.
Title: Re: Today's Game 2019
Post by: davep on April 08, 2019, 03:15:07 pm
Reports are Lester had a "tightened Hamstring" according to Len.  Cubs up 10 - 0 and counting at the end of 4.
Title: Re: Today's Game 2019
Post by: Bennett on April 08, 2019, 03:16:30 pm
Break up the Cubs!
Title: Re: Today's Game 2019
Post by: davep on April 08, 2019, 03:17:22 pm
Brach looked decent.
Title: Re: Today's Game 2019
Post by: Bennett on April 08, 2019, 03:30:40 pm
10-0 lead and Kris Bryant still runs hard down to first to prevent a DP.
Title: Re: Today's Game 2019
Post by: JR on April 08, 2019, 03:34:16 pm
Nice to see us break out today!  Hopefully this is a sign of things to come.
Title: Re: Today's Game 2019
Post by: CUBluejays on April 08, 2019, 03:59:13 pm
Weird that the bullpen looks decent when they aren’t walking a batter an inning.
Title: Re: Today's Game 2019
Post by: Bennett on April 08, 2019, 04:10:47 pm
Great interview with Lee Smith in  the top of the seventh.  He's had a lot of interesting things to say.

The stretch was sung by Smith, Billy Williams, Fergie Jenkins, Andre Dawson, and Ryne Sandberg.  When the song ended it looked like Ryno was going to toss his jersey down to the crowd.
Title: Re: Today's Game 2019
Post by: Reb on April 08, 2019, 04:38:54 pm
Cubs have now outscored their opponents this season.

72-71.
Title: Re: Today's Game 2019
Post by: Deeg on April 08, 2019, 06:53:03 pm
So is this Chatwood with a shot to start, then?  You would assume it won't be Montgomery at this point.
Title: Re: Today's Game 2019
Post by: CUBluejays on April 08, 2019, 07:08:20 pm
Cubs 40 man options would include Underwood on extra rest or Steele. Clifton would be regular rest, but somebody would have to be DFA’d.  They could also do a bullpen day.
Title: Re: Today's Game 2019
Post by: davep on April 08, 2019, 07:47:55 pm
I would guess that if Lester has to miss a start, it would be Chatwood that comes in, but on a very short leash that might result in a bull pen day regardless.
Title: Re: Today's Game 2019
Post by: Deeg on April 08, 2019, 09:03:45 pm
Cubs 40 man options would include Underwood on extra rest or Steele. Clifton would be regular rest, but somebody would have to be DFA’d.  They could also do a bullpen day.

Considering none of the options are exactly enticing anyway, I think it’s worth the risk to give Chatwood a shot and maybe have him surprise. He actually hasn’t been terrible so far, and it could be a nice confidence boost for him.
Title: Re: Today's Game 2019
Post by: BearHit on April 10, 2019, 09:31:03 am
31 with wind chill for tonight's game - that's more like it
Title: Re: Today's Game 2019
Post by: Bennett on April 10, 2019, 10:04:27 am
The rain may not end entirely until late Thursday evening.

(https://s.w-x.co/staticmaps/wu/wxtype/none/usa/animate.png)
Title: Re: Today's Game 2019
Post by: Bennett on April 10, 2019, 02:19:20 pm
Now snowing in Chicago

(https://pbs.twimg.com/media/D30EPh9WAAIL8zm.jpg:small)
Title: Re: Today's Game 2019
Post by: Bennett on April 10, 2019, 02:40:14 pm
Bruce Miles‏  @BruceMiles2112 8m 8 minutes ago
After rain and sleet, tarp is coming off. Going to be very cold and windy, and that just in the press box.

(https://pbs.twimg.com/media/D30LXjmX4AIwZuR.jpg:small)
Title: Re: Today's Game 2019
Post by: Ron on April 10, 2019, 03:08:47 pm
Current forecast for this evening is for temps in the low 40's ("real feel" low 30's), but not rain (or snow).
Title: Re: Today's Game 2019
Post by: Bennett on April 10, 2019, 05:45:03 pm
Bruce Miles  @BruceMiles2112  15m15 minutes ago
Inside the TV booth.

(https://pbs.twimg.com/media/D300OOgXkAUMceq.jpg:small)
Title: Re: Today's Game 2019
Post by: Robb on April 10, 2019, 06:40:52 pm
Perhaps sending Yu Darvish out in this kind of cold would not be best.
Title: Re: Today's Game 2019
Post by: CUBluejays on April 10, 2019, 06:44:25 pm
Might be hard to hit though too.
Title: Re: Today's Game 2019
Post by: davep on April 10, 2019, 06:59:18 pm
Is the game delayed?
Title: Re: Today's Game 2019
Post by: mO on April 10, 2019, 07:29:48 pm
No, it's going.  1-0, top 2nd.  Cervelli homered in the 1st.
Title: Re: Today's Game 2019
Post by: brjones on April 10, 2019, 07:29:56 pm
I can’t believe Cervelli is “only” hitting .291/.367/.463 in his career against the Cubs. It feels like he has about a 1.400 OPS against them.
Title: Re: Today's Game 2019
Post by: brjones on April 10, 2019, 07:47:41 pm
Evan Altman @DEvanAltman
In 198 PAs against Cubs (including HR in 1st PA), Cervelli's slashing .296/.369/.483 with 8 HRs and 38 RBI. In 2,431 career PAs, he's slashing .272/.362/.383 with 35 HRs and 256 RBI. That's 107 more OPS points, 23% of his HRs, and 15% of his RBI in 8% of PAs.


Marte 2 run homer, 3-0 Pirates.
Title: Re: Today's Game 2019
Post by: CUBluejays on April 10, 2019, 07:49:17 pm
Darvish is horrible. Any chance he retires in embarrassment?
Title: Re: Today's Game 2019
Post by: brjones on April 10, 2019, 07:58:47 pm
Heyward has been really good so far. 110 mph exit velocity on his single this inning.
Title: Re: Today's Game 2019
Post by: brjones on April 10, 2019, 08:01:08 pm
Descalso Ks with runners on second and third, 1 out, and Bryant pops weakly on the first pitch to end the inning. He looks awful right now.
Title: Re: Today's Game 2019
Post by: brjones on April 10, 2019, 08:06:09 pm
Except for the two home runs (and the pitcher HBP that ended up scoring), Darvish looks as good as he has as a Cub tonight. He’s throwing strikes and getting some swings-and-misses.
Title: Re: Today's Game 2019
Post by: mO on April 10, 2019, 08:27:31 pm
Heyward homers.  3-1
Title: Re: Today's Game 2019
Post by: Ron on April 10, 2019, 08:28:09 pm
What has gotten into Jason Heyward?
Title: Re: Today's Game 2019
Post by: Deeg on April 10, 2019, 08:28:25 pm
Where would we be without Heyward?  Hard to believe I just said that, but there you go.
Title: Re: Today's Game 2019
Post by: mO on April 10, 2019, 08:29:16 pm
Tied for the team lead at 4
Title: Re: Today's Game 2019
Post by: Deeg on April 10, 2019, 08:29:43 pm
0 BBs and 3 hits on 65 pitches thru 5 - that's encouraging.  Too bad about the HRs.
Title: Re: Today's Game 2019
Post by: Chris27 on April 10, 2019, 08:38:05 pm
Where would we be without Heyward?  Hard to believe I just said that, but there you go.

3-7, maybe 2-8?
Title: Re: Today's Game 2019
Post by: CUBluejays on April 10, 2019, 08:45:12 pm
I hate pitch to contact pitchers as much as I hate Darvish. 5.1 IP 5 ER and counting with a 20 mph wind blowing in is encouraging.
Title: Re: Today's Game 2019
Post by: Chris27 on April 10, 2019, 08:46:58 pm
Darvish ERA after some help from Ryan: 8.25
Title: Re: Today's Game 2019
Post by: CUBluejays on April 10, 2019, 08:50:01 pm
But he didn’t walk anyone. Encouraging.
Title: Re: Today's Game 2019
Post by: Deeg on April 10, 2019, 08:54:18 pm
Try him with Caratini back there.  Nothing to lose at this point.
Title: Re: Today's Game 2019
Post by: guest61 on April 10, 2019, 09:08:15 pm
Lolololollollllooolll
Title: Re: Today's Game 2019
Post by: Deeg on April 10, 2019, 09:17:45 pm
Wasn't Webster supposed to be throwing 98?
Title: Re: Today's Game 2019
Post by: CUBluejays on April 10, 2019, 09:21:51 pm
In 40 degree weather?

Whatever Heyward is doing to hit the ball in air can he pass it on to Almora?  Rizzo is just as bad as Bryant right now too.
Title: Re: Today's Game 2019
Post by: Deeg on April 10, 2019, 09:52:33 pm
Chatwood's 5 BBs in 6 IP represent an improvement in walk rate...
Title: Re: Today's Game 2019
Post by: brjones on April 10, 2019, 09:59:29 pm
Cubs have been terrible with runners on third with less than 2 outs tonight. That's a multi-year theme for them.
Title: Re: Today's Game 2019
Post by: brjones on April 10, 2019, 10:11:25 pm
Heyward with 3 hits tonight, and the 4th AB was a line out. He's as locked in as he's been as a Cub.
Title: Re: Today's Game 2019
Post by: brjones on April 10, 2019, 10:13:22 pm
Almora, on the other hand, has been bad.
Title: Re: Today's Game 2019
Post by: CUBluejays on April 10, 2019, 10:16:34 pm
 Vasquez does that to people.
Title: Re: Today's Game 2019
Post by: brjones on April 10, 2019, 10:17:01 pm
Zagunis hacks at ball 4 a foot outside.
Title: Re: Today's Game 2019
Post by: brjones on April 10, 2019, 10:17:53 pm
Cubs lose again.

This is not a good team, and it's not helping that Bryant, Rizzo, and Baez are all in slumps.
Title: Re: Today's Game 2019
Post by: CUBluejays on April 10, 2019, 10:26:21 pm
The least amount of runs the Cubs have given up in a loss is 4 runs.

Cubs starters have a 6.52 ERA and a 7.63 RA/9. They are averaging 4 1/3 IP per start. The pitching sucks.
Title: Re: Today's Game 2019
Post by: guest61 on April 10, 2019, 10:32:04 pm
Bullpen up to 15.2 scoreless innings.

I truly expected our SP to be good and our offense and bullpen to suck but what do I know?
Title: Re: Today's Game 2019
Post by: Deeg on April 10, 2019, 10:47:39 pm
Almora, on the other hand, has been bad.

For his whole career against RHP.

Baez isn't especially in a slump - he has 4 HRs and his OPS is in the mid 800's.  But it only made sense we weren't going to sustain the offensive output we had for the first week.
Title: Re: Today's Game 2019
Post by: CUBluejays on April 10, 2019, 10:52:09 pm
Almora .742 vs righties this year. .192 vs lefties.
Title: Re: Today's Game 2019
Post by: brjones on April 10, 2019, 11:07:03 pm
.
For his whole career against RHP.

Almora was great against RHP six years ago in low A ball. He's going to break out any day now.
Title: Re: Today's Game 2019
Post by: Deeg on April 10, 2019, 11:32:51 pm
Book it.
Title: Re: Today's Game 2019
Post by: brjones on April 11, 2019, 02:47:10 pm
The Cubs are moving the start time of tonight's game up by 30 minutes to try to beat the rain.
Title: Re: Today's Game 2019
Post by: Deeg on April 11, 2019, 04:24:33 pm
Might be worth trying that on days Hendricks starts, only don't tell the opposition.
Title: Re: Today's Game 2019
Post by: goblue007 on April 11, 2019, 05:24:01 pm
Give Darvish an hour
Title: Re: Today's Game 2019
Post by: brjones on April 11, 2019, 06:57:34 pm
Quintana is looking strong through 2 innings: 4 K, 1 BB, a weak fly ball and a weak grounder to Rizzo.
Title: Re: Today's Game 2019
Post by: Dihard on April 11, 2019, 07:11:43 pm
Quintana is looking strong through 2 innings: 4 K, 1 BB, a weak fly ball and a weak grounder to Rizzo.
Shhhhh...


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Title: Re: Today's Game 2019
Post by: Playtwo on April 11, 2019, 07:12:51 pm
It's sad when 2 strong innings by our starter is noteworthy.
Title: Re: Today's Game 2019
Post by: brjones on April 11, 2019, 07:16:41 pm
Quintana works around Musgrove teaching on a K and then getting to thrid with one out.
Title: Re: Today's Game 2019
Post by: Dave23 on April 11, 2019, 07:21:33 pm
Caratini doubles off the wall, improving on his .545 average.

How’s Maldonado hitting?
Title: Re: Today's Game 2019
Post by: brjones on April 11, 2019, 07:21:48 pm
Caratini continues to make me look bad—breaks up the no hitter with a double that was almost a homer.
Title: Re: Today's Game 2019
Post by: brjones on April 11, 2019, 07:26:16 pm
Caratini doubles off the wall, improving on his .545 average.

How’s Maldonado hitting?

I hope it continues. But last year at this time, people were posting “Almora can’t hit righties” every time he got a hit. Didn’t hear that much after his BABIP vs. RHP fell below .400 and it became clear he still couldn’t hit RHP.

That said, Caratini has looked different in his small sample so far. He’s hitting the ball hard, which he never did last year.
Title: Re: Today's Game 2019
Post by: Deeg on April 11, 2019, 07:27:52 pm
Give Darvish an hour

As easy as it is to mock Darvish - and considering he's been injured most of his tenure and pretty bad most of the rest of it - he didn't pitch badly at all yesterday.  He was cruising, in fact, and Maddon pulled him after two infield hits and 77 pitches, and Ryan let both runners score.  Dumb decision, the latest of many.
Title: Re: Today's Game 2019
Post by: Dave23 on April 11, 2019, 07:36:11 pm
Bryant robbed of extra bases by Cabrera in RF...great catch...
Title: Re: Today's Game 2019
Post by: Deeg on April 11, 2019, 08:00:24 pm
6 straight Ks for Schwarber.  All swinging.
Title: Re: Today's Game 2019
Post by: brjones on April 11, 2019, 08:11:27 pm
This is the Quintana they thought they were getting for Jimenez. 3 1/2 years of this guy in a championship window is worth low minors Jimenez at the time of the trade.
Title: Re: Today's Game 2019
Post by: Chris27 on April 11, 2019, 08:23:31 pm
That's gotta be a new way to fail.
Title: Re: Today's Game 2019
Post by: CUBluejays on April 11, 2019, 08:33:22 pm
As easy as it is to mock Darvish - and considering he's been injured most of his tenure and pretty bad most of the rest of it - he didn't pitch badly at all yesterday.  He was cruising, in fact, and Maddon pulled him after two infield hits and 77 pitches, and Ryan let both runners score.  Dumb decision, the latest of many.

He's been injured or horrible since joining the Cubs.  His highest game score with the Cubs is 69.  For reference Tyler Chatwood highest is 74, Alec Mills is 67.  He has great stuff, but the Cubs are sure treating him like he is mentally weak.

Horrible play by Baez, who has made so great plays.

Quintana is dealing.
Title: Re: Today's Game 2019
Post by: mO on April 11, 2019, 08:45:08 pm
Cubs scored a run.

Heyward blooper bounces off 3 pirates in short left.

Descalso double drives him in.

1-0
Title: Re: Today's Game 2019
Post by: brjones on April 11, 2019, 08:46:12 pm
Caratini with another double!  2-0.
Title: Re: Today's Game 2019
Post by: mO on April 11, 2019, 08:46:33 pm
Caratini gapper drives in Descalso!

2-0
Title: Re: Today's Game 2019
Post by: brjones on April 11, 2019, 08:47:29 pm
Bote pinch hitting for Quintana. You'd think they'd try to go Cishek/Strop to finish this one.
Title: Re: Today's Game 2019
Post by: Chris27 on April 11, 2019, 08:47:50 pm
When your best players through 13 games have been Heyward, Descalso, and Caratini it might signal a problem.
Title: Re: Today's Game 2019
Post by: brjones on April 11, 2019, 08:53:23 pm
It's been almost a full calendar year since Bryant had anything resembling a hot streak. It would be really encouraging if he could go off for a week or two.
Title: Re: Today's Game 2019
Post by: brjones on April 11, 2019, 08:54:27 pm
Rain delay. Hopefully they call it.
Title: Re: Today's Game 2019
Post by: Ron on April 11, 2019, 08:55:58 pm
Quintana with a terrific game, the best by any starter this season.
Title: Re: Today's Game 2019
Post by: Deeg on April 11, 2019, 08:57:07 pm
He's been injured or horrible since joining the Cubs.  His highest game score with the Cubs is 69.  For reference Tyler Chatwood highest is 74, Alec Mills is 67.  He has great stuff, but the Cubs are sure treating him like he is mentally weak.



Joe is treating him like he's mentally weak, yes.  That's part of the problem.  If he's not hurt you have to let him pitch out of that situation yesterday, when he hadn't given up a hard hit ball for 4 innings and he was under 80 pitches.

Is that coming from Theo, or is it Joe making that call on his own?  Who knows at this point, but they rarely seem to be on the same page any more.
Title: Re: Today's Game 2019
Post by: brjones on April 11, 2019, 09:04:12 pm
I know Quintana was really bad in his last start...but he K'd 8 in 4 innings in that first relief appearance, and he looked much better tonight than he ever looked last year. His start to the season has been pretty encouraging despite the disaster in Milwaukee.
Title: Re: Today's Game 2019
Post by: brjones on April 11, 2019, 09:43:42 pm
Game will resume at about 10:00 CT.
Title: Re: Today's Game 2019
Post by: brjones on April 11, 2019, 10:00:40 pm
One of the main reasons the Cubs are 3-8:

Tony Andracki @TonyAndracki23
In April, the heart of the Cubs order (Bryant-Rizzo-Javy) have combined to slash .189/.271/.311 with 3 HR and 11 RBI (thru the 7th inning Thurs night).

They've also struck out 39 times vs. 9 BBs in 9 games.
Title: Re: Today's Game 2019
Post by: brjones on April 11, 2019, 10:02:20 pm
Game returns, Cishek pitching.
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Post by: brjones on April 11, 2019, 10:03:15 pm
K, 1 out.
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Post by: brjones on April 11, 2019, 10:04:20 pm
Another K, 2 outs.
Title: Re: Today's Game 2019
Post by: brjones on April 11, 2019, 10:09:24 pm
Cervelli hits a fly ball against the Cubs, and it surprisingly stays in the ballpark. 3 outs to go, Cubs lead 2-0.
Title: Re: Today's Game 2019
Post by: brjones on April 11, 2019, 10:17:22 pm
Rizzo/Baez/Schwarber continue to do nothing, 2-0 heading to the 9th. Strop coming in for the save.
Title: Re: Today's Game 2019
Post by: brjones on April 11, 2019, 10:19:17 pm
It's raining, so bad conditions for Strop.
Title: Re: Today's Game 2019
Post by: brjones on April 11, 2019, 10:19:39 pm
Fly out to Heyward.
Title: Re: Today's Game 2019
Post by: brjones on April 11, 2019, 10:21:37 pm
According to the Cubs broadcast...among Cubs relievers who have thrown at least 300 innings for them, Strop has the second best ERA behind only Bruce Sutter, and ahead of Lee Smith. Between two Hall of Famers, he's one of the all time best Cubs relievers.
Title: Re: Today's Game 2019
Post by: brjones on April 11, 2019, 10:22:08 pm
K, 2 outs.
Title: Re: Today's Game 2019
Post by: brjones on April 11, 2019, 10:25:09 pm
Cubs win! Quintana/Cishek/Strop with what is probably the Cubs' best pitched game since the 2017 season.
Title: Re: Today's Game 2019
Post by: Playtwo on April 11, 2019, 10:25:22 pm
Nice win.
Title: Re: Today's Game 2019
Post by: Boris From Downunder on April 11, 2019, 10:25:41 pm
Better.
Title: Re: Today's Game 2019
Post by: Tuffy on April 11, 2019, 10:54:29 pm
We needed a game like this one.
Title: Re: Today's Game 2019
Post by: Bennett on April 12, 2019, 10:27:57 am
Mostly sunny - high near 50° - wind out to center at 27 mph

(https://pbs.twimg.com/media/D39hgxTWwAI1NzF.jpg:small)
Title: Re: Today's Game 2019
Post by: Bennett on April 12, 2019, 10:30:00 am
No Trout

(https://pbs.twimg.com/media/D39d0pCWkAA5ixQ.jpg:small)
Title: Re: Today's Game 2019
Post by: Bennett on April 12, 2019, 01:24:50 pm
https://boston.cbslocal.com/2019/04/04/mlb-has-to-discipline-umpire-ron-kulpa-incident-astros-aj-hinch/

Kulpa is at 2B today so he'll be behind the plate on Sunday.


1-2-3 for Hamels in the top of the first.
Title: Re: Today's Game 2019
Post by: brjones on April 12, 2019, 01:29:33 pm
RIZZO! 2-0.
Title: Re: Today's Game 2019
Post by: Bennett on April 12, 2019, 01:29:52 pm
After a Bryant single, Rizzo goes yard to make it 2-0.
Title: Re: Today's Game 2019
Post by: mO on April 12, 2019, 01:30:04 pm
Nobody beats the Riz!!!
Title: Re: Today's Game 2019
Post by: Bennett on April 12, 2019, 01:30:40 pm
Before today, Bryant, Rizzo, and Schwarber were hitting a combined .210
Title: Re: Today's Game 2019
Post by: brjones on April 12, 2019, 01:30:58 pm
Rizzo's homer went 472 feet.
Title: Re: Today's Game 2019
Post by: brjones on April 12, 2019, 01:35:37 pm
Mike Trout won't appear in this series.

The forecast looks really bad for Sunday. I don't know why they schedule west coast teams to come to Chicago in April. You're just asking for a difficult-to-reschedule rain out.
Title: Re: Today's Game 2019
Post by: brjones on April 12, 2019, 01:35:50 pm
CONTRERAS!  3-0.
Title: Re: Today's Game 2019
Post by: mO on April 12, 2019, 01:36:03 pm
Willy!!!
Title: Re: Today's Game 2019
Post by: Bennett on April 12, 2019, 01:36:14 pm
CONTRERAS!  3-0.
Onto Waveland
Title: Re: Today's Game 2019
Post by: brjones on April 12, 2019, 01:36:40 pm
"Only" 460 feet on the Contreras homer. Both Rizzo and Contreras crushed their homers.
Title: Re: Today's Game 2019
Post by: mO on April 12, 2019, 02:03:51 pm
Bryaint just swung thru 2 real meatballs, back to back.
Title: Re: Today's Game 2019
Post by: mO on April 12, 2019, 02:26:52 pm
Botay!!!
Title: Re: Today's Game 2019
Post by: brjones on April 12, 2019, 03:02:45 pm
WILLSON AGAIN! He’s fixed, I think.
Title: Re: Today's Game 2019
Post by: brjones on April 12, 2019, 03:06:58 pm
Contreras is already halfway to last year’s home run total. He didn’t hit his fifth homer last year until June 23.
Title: Re: Today's Game 2019
Post by: mO on April 12, 2019, 03:07:02 pm
Just in time to run him into the ground again.
Title: Re: Today's Game 2019
Post by: Dave23 on April 12, 2019, 03:07:20 pm
I'm telling you all...he got married, he took it easy this offseason, he's fresh...
Title: Re: Today's Game 2019
Post by: mO on April 12, 2019, 03:08:36 pm
I was pretty dehydrated the first year...
Title: Re: Today's Game 2019
Post by: brjones on April 12, 2019, 03:15:21 pm
93 pitches through 7 innings for Hamels. Is he done for the day?
Title: Re: Today's Game 2019
Post by: Reb on April 12, 2019, 03:15:45 pm
Prior to Schwarber’s bunt single, he had struck out 8 times in previous 9 ABs.
Title: Re: Today's Game 2019
Post by: brjones on April 12, 2019, 03:16:40 pm
Hamels hitting for himself.
Title: Re: Today's Game 2019
Post by: brjones on April 12, 2019, 03:37:48 pm
Hamels through 8 on 105 pitches. Could they let him finish it?
Title: Re: Today's Game 2019
Post by: brjones on April 12, 2019, 03:39:53 pm
Contreras infield single, 3 hit day for him.
Title: Re: Today's Game 2019
Post by: brjones on April 12, 2019, 03:44:39 pm
Kintzler will pitch the 9th.
Title: Re: Today's Game 2019
Post by: brjones on April 12, 2019, 03:50:40 pm
Cubs win! A winning streak!!
Title: Re: Today's Game 2019
Post by: Reb on April 12, 2019, 03:56:35 pm
Today’s win and yesterday’s win played in 2:29 and 2:38 respectively.
Title: Re: Today's Game 2019
Post by: Playtwo on April 12, 2019, 04:00:59 pm
Another fine win.  Hamels was awesome.
Title: Re: Today's Game 2019
Post by: brjones on April 12, 2019, 04:30:19 pm
Are teams allowed to proactively schedule double headers to avoid an almost certain postponement the next day? Right now, it looks like there is next to no chance the Cubs will be able to play on Sunday. And if by some chance they do play, the conditions will be about like they were in that game against the Braves last year where it was obvious they shouldn't have played.

This early in the season when the players aren't run down and they've had extra off days because of home openers, it seems like both teams would prefer to just go on and play two tomorrow. Otherwise, they're either playing in what really should be non-playable conditions on Sunday, or they have to give up a mutual off day later in the season when the extra rest is more valuable.
Title: Re: Today's Game 2019
Post by: Bennett on April 12, 2019, 04:39:30 pm
Rizzo's homer and both of Contreras'

https://youtu.be/gHw-zS0x9m0
Title: Re: Today's Game 2019
Post by: Ron on April 12, 2019, 05:02:43 pm
Are teams allowed to proactively schedule double headers to avoid an almost certain postponement the next day? Right now, it looks like there is next to no chance the Cubs will be able to play on Sunday. And if by some chance they do play, the conditions will be about like they were in that game against the Braves last year where it was obvious they shouldn't have played.

This early in the season when the players aren't run down and they've had extra off days because of home openers, it seems like both teams would prefer to just go on and play two tomorrow. Otherwise, they're either playing in what really should be non-playable conditions on Sunday, or they have to give up a mutual off day later in the season when the extra rest is more valuable.

I thg hink fans holding tickets for Sunday might have a problem with that plan.
Title: Re: Today's Game 2019
Post by: brjones on April 12, 2019, 05:39:41 pm
Well, they’re probably not going to be able to use the tickets Sunday anyway. If they do play Sunday, I’ll guess that  a lot of them will stay home anyway instead of sitting outside in 35 degree wet and windy weather.

 Let them come to the second game tomorrow or trade their tickets in for a future game.
Title: Re: Today's Game 2019
Post by: Reb on April 12, 2019, 05:52:23 pm
Well, they’re probably not going to be able to use the tickets Sunday anyway. If they do play Sunday, I’ll guess that  a lot of them will stay home anyway instead of sitting outside in 35 degree wet and windy weather.

 Let them come to the second game tomorrow or trade their tickets in for a future game.

What if the broadcaster(s) cannot re-schedule the game on short notice and you are therefore unable to watch the game on your tv/tablet/computer?  Still think it’s a good idea?
Title: Re: Today's Game 2019
Post by: Bennett on April 12, 2019, 06:29:54 pm
A move like that would often mean a pitcher going on one day less rest.
Title: Re: Today's Game 2019
Post by: Bennett on April 13, 2019, 09:35:15 am
(https://pbs.twimg.com/media/D4CjL58WkAEch25.jpg:small)
Title: Re: Today's Game 2019
Post by: Playtwo on April 13, 2019, 10:19:34 am
Noteworthy that Bryant is being given the day off. 
Title: Re: Today's Game 2019
Post by: CUBluejays on April 13, 2019, 01:20:17 pm
Prescheduled day off according to Madden.
Title: Re: Today's Game 2019
Post by: brjones on April 13, 2019, 01:47:26 pm
The Angels just loaded the bases with no outs in the second, it's already 1-0 Angels. La Stella reached on catcher's interference. Fourth time already this year a Cubs catcher has been called for that.

Cozart with his second hit of the year makes it 2-0. Hendricks has been bad so far this year.
Title: Re: Today's Game 2019
Post by: brjones on April 13, 2019, 01:48:55 pm
GIDP by the pitcher makes it 3-0.
Title: Re: Today's Game 2019
Post by: brjones on April 13, 2019, 02:10:20 pm
Much better third inning for Hendricks.
Title: Re: Today's Game 2019
Post by: CurtOne on April 13, 2019, 02:16:32 pm
Much better third inning for Hendricks.
let's sign him to an extension!
Title: Re: Today's Game 2019
Post by: brjones on April 13, 2019, 02:20:58 pm
Javy with a bloop double, run scores. 3-1, runners at 2nd and 3rd for Heyward.
Title: Re: Today's Game 2019
Post by: brjones on April 13, 2019, 02:22:10 pm
Four pitch walk to Heyward, Contreras up.
Title: Re: Today's Game 2019
Post by: brjones on April 13, 2019, 02:25:20 pm
Contreras K, Cubs leave the bases loaded.
Title: Re: Today's Game 2019
Post by: CurtOne on April 13, 2019, 02:31:37 pm
On The switch hitter question being discussed, didn't Theriot try it?
Title: Re: Today's Game 2019
Post by: brjones on April 13, 2019, 03:00:52 pm
Descalso singles to lead off the 5th. On a 3-1 count, the umpire calls a strike on obvious ball 4. Next pitch, Zobrist swings through on a hit and run attempt, and Descalso is thrown out at second. So a missed call by the umpire leads to nobody on with 2 out instead of 2 on with nobody out.
Title: Re: Today's Game 2019
Post by: brjones on April 13, 2019, 03:01:47 pm
Now Rizzo walks. So the umpire has really changed this inning with one bad call.
Title: Re: Today's Game 2019
Post by: brjones on April 13, 2019, 03:02:33 pm
Javy double makes it 3-2.
Title: Re: Today's Game 2019
Post by: brjones on April 13, 2019, 03:23:33 pm
Someday the Cubs are going to add a reliever who can throw strikes, right? Brach walks in a run, 4-2.
Title: Re: Today's Game 2019
Post by: brjones on April 13, 2019, 03:27:09 pm
3 walks and a hit given up by Brach in his appearance.

Now Rosario goes full on Calhoun.
Title: Re: Today's Game 2019
Post by: brjones on April 13, 2019, 03:27:42 pm
Ball 4, 5-2. Just brutal.
Title: Re: Today's Game 2019
Post by: brjones on April 13, 2019, 03:31:52 pm
Webster finally gets them out of the inning.

4 walks and a hit for the Angels that inning. Cubs pitching just can’t stop beating themselves.
Title: Re: Today's Game 2019
Post by: brjones on April 13, 2019, 04:09:31 pm
Tommy La Stella has reached base 4 times today: 3 times on walks, and once on catcher's interference.

Three hits from Cozart today. He had one hit on the season before today. First and third, no outs in the 8th already down 5-2.
Title: Re: Today's Game 2019
Post by: brjones on April 13, 2019, 04:36:44 pm
Bases loaded, 2 outs for the Cubs in the bottom of the 8th. Zagunis pinch hitting.

Bryant hasn't hit, so I'm skeptical today is really just a "scheduled day off" for him. No chance you let a rookie take this AB with the guy who is supposed to be your superstar available off the bench.
Title: Re: Today's Game 2019
Post by: brjones on April 13, 2019, 04:37:58 pm
Zagunis quickly down 0-2.
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Post by: brjones on April 13, 2019, 04:41:05 pm
Zagunis battling...
Title: Re: Today's Game 2019
Post by: brjones on April 13, 2019, 04:41:47 pm
Base hit!  6-4!! Nice AB Zagunis, especially after falling behind 0-2.
Title: Re: Today's Game 2019
Post by: brjones on April 13, 2019, 04:53:16 pm
Lead off walk to start the Angels’ 9th immediately after the Cubs get back in the game.
Title: Re: Today's Game 2019
Post by: brjones on April 13, 2019, 04:58:09 pm
Cody Allen had to come in to get the last out last inning, so now he has to hit for himself with 2 on, 2 out.
Title: Re: Today's Game 2019
Post by: brjones on April 13, 2019, 05:01:49 pm
Allen works a full count then Ks.

Zobrist/Rizzo/Baez due in the 9th with Heyward and Contreras behind them.
Title: Re: Today's Game 2019
Post by: brjones on April 13, 2019, 05:07:39 pm
Rizzo 1 out walk.
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Post by: brjones on April 13, 2019, 05:10:06 pm
Baez single, then takes second with some good baserunning. Tying run at second, 1 out.
Title: Re: Today's Game 2019
Post by: brjones on April 13, 2019, 05:12:34 pm
Goodwin drops the ball on a sliding catch attempt!! 6-5, runners still on second and third, 1 out.
Title: Re: Today's Game 2019
Post by: brjones on April 13, 2019, 05:14:09 pm
Contreras quickly down 0-2....
Title: Re: Today's Game 2019
Post by: brjones on April 13, 2019, 05:14:51 pm
K, ugh. It’s up to Schwarber.
Title: Re: Today's Game 2019
Post by: brjones on April 13, 2019, 05:17:35 pm
Full count...
Title: Re: Today's Game 2019
Post by: brjones on April 13, 2019, 05:18:51 pm
Strike 3 called on a check swing. Cubs lose.
Title: Re: Today's Game 2019
Post by: brjones on April 13, 2019, 05:20:42 pm
Three years running, Cubs consistently have terrible ABs with runners on third, less than 2 outs.
Title: Re: Today's Game 2019
Post by: Playtwo on April 13, 2019, 05:33:14 pm
Good game and nice effort to come back late.
Title: Re: Today's Game 2019
Post by: JeffH on April 13, 2019, 05:36:50 pm
I was at the game today.

Javy really is an amazing baseball player.  Instincts like no one else I've ever seen.  He had absolutely no business reaching second on that hit in the ninth.

Schwarber has the heart of a lion and all the "want to" in the world.  He's just a little short on the "hit" tool.  And, like Craig often says, there's not much you can do about that.

Still waiting for Theo, Jed, and Jason to produce a single homegrown pitcher who is a meaningful contributor.
Title: Re: Today's Game 2019
Post by: Chris27 on April 13, 2019, 05:48:19 pm
Well Dylan Cease just went 5-3-0-0-0-5 in his AAA debut. He was homegrown for a while.
Title: Re: Today's Game 2019
Post by: Bennett on April 13, 2019, 06:48:11 pm
It's hard to watch 6-5 games that take just a couple minutes short of four hours.

Ben Zobrist is still looking for his first extra base hit of the season.
Title: Re: Today's Game 2019
Post by: Bennett on April 14, 2019, 01:09:39 am
Sunday forecast:

Temperatures in the low to mid-30s.
Rain changing to snow
Wind in from left at 25 mph

(https://www.weather.gov/images/safety/windchill21.gif)
Title: Re: Today's Game 2019
Post by: Deeg on April 14, 2019, 08:27:10 am
Postponed.

Wonder if Chatwood will still get a start?
Title: Re: Today's Game 2019
Post by: CurtOne on April 14, 2019, 08:47:34 am
Postponement is one thing; pitching Chatwood feels like a forfeit.
Title: Re: Today's Game 2019
Post by: CUBluejays on April 14, 2019, 09:13:12 am
Sharma has a really excellent article on Bryant’s struggles and it all seems to be mechanical.
Title: Re: Today's Game 2019
Post by: Bennett on April 14, 2019, 09:33:53 am
Sharma has a really excellent article on Bryant’s struggles and it all seems to be mechanical.

Typical Maddon gobbledygook.
Quote
With two outs and the bases loaded in the eighth inning, the Cubs were at the pitcher’s spot in the lineup. Instead of using Bryant to pinch-hit, Maddon went with Mark Zagunis. Zagunis came back from an 0-2 count and singled to center to drive in two runs to cut the Cubs’ deficit to 6-4.

‘‘It’s something that KB’s not used to,’’ Maddon said. ‘‘If you have not pinch-hit, it’s really different. And he’s a regular, every-day player. So when you ask him just to kick the bench, shake hands and then go have an at-bat, it’s not that easy.’’

Bryant has pinch-hit seven times in his career.
Title: Re: Today's Game 2019
Post by: CUBluejays on April 14, 2019, 09:40:34 am
Owner of a .571 OPS and a 42.9% K% as a pinch hitter.

Title: Re: Today's Game 2019
Post by: Bennett on April 14, 2019, 09:47:57 am
Re-read the last line of post 881.
Title: Re: Today's Game 2019
Post by: CurtOne on April 14, 2019, 10:06:37 am
Okay, if it's same score, same situation in Game 7 of the WS, does Gobblegook make the same decision?  I doubt it.
Title: Re: Today's Game 2019
Post by: brjones on April 14, 2019, 10:47:28 am
You know who else hasn’t made many pinch hitting appearances? Mark Zagunis. He’s been an everyday player in the minors for years.

In fact, Zagunis doesn’t have many major league PAs at all (44 PA total). The argument that a four year veteran and former MVP is less equipped to take that PA than the 24th or 25th man on the roster is not convincing.

Either Maddon made a bad decision (And he got lucky that it worked out), or Bryant wasn’t available for some reason (not necessarily injury) and they just don’t want to say it publicly.
Title: Re: Today's Game 2019
Post by: CUBluejays on April 14, 2019, 12:14:44 pm
Or they told him to take the day off and he wasn't available.

This isn't the first time they've given a day off to a regular and they haven't used them as a pinch hitter.  They've done the same to Rizzo in the past.
Title: Re: Today's Game 2019
Post by: CurtOne on April 14, 2019, 12:19:07 pm
Do you have a favorite tune you enjoy whistling on your strolls through cemeteries?
Title: Re: Today's Game 2019
Post by: Bennett on April 14, 2019, 12:22:03 pm
2+2=4.

Go ahead, CBJ.   You're habit of disputing almost everything I post has become tiresome..   
Title: Re: Today's Game 2019
Post by: CUBluejays on April 14, 2019, 12:30:29 pm
I'll fix that then, I didn't realize I responded that much to you.
Title: Re: Today's Game 2019
Post by: CUBluejays on April 14, 2019, 12:36:54 pm
Do you have a favorite tune you enjoy whistling on your strolls through cemeteries?
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=aWmkuH1k7uA
Title: Re: Today's Game 2019
Post by: CurtOne on April 14, 2019, 12:53:00 pm
Your tune ain't werkin.
Title: Re: Today's Game 2019
Post by: Ron on April 14, 2019, 02:12:35 pm
For those who have not read the Sharma article on Bryant that Cubluejay referenced, here is the link.

https://theathletic.com/922664/2019/04/14/understanding-kris-bryants-early-season-struggles/

Here are some excerpts:

"If one actually watches Bryant at the plate regularly, there are signs that this has nothing to do with any injury talk. He just isn’t himself mechanically right now."

"It’d be concerning if Bryant were making contact with these pitches and just failing to do any damage with them. That Bryant is whiffing so often on pitches right down the chute suggests something is off with his timing, balance or general rhythm at the plate."

"It’s becoming clear that Bryant is just out of sorts at the plate. The fact that he’s hitting the ball hard should alleviate concerns about his shoulder, but ultimately, until he starts elevating balls, driving them into the gaps and over fences, people will still have questions. That this isn’t something that happens very often to him when he’s healthy and that it’s happening to start the season are likely the main reasons anyone is concerned. Bryant is surely trying to work on finding that comfort level at the plate that he’s accustomed to. It’s a process that doesn’t always have an easy answer. But it’s one that Maddon and all those around Bryant expect will lead to good things soon enough."


But perhaps Sharma's part of the conspiracy to hide Bryant's injury.

Title: Re: Today's Game 2019
Post by: CurtOne on April 14, 2019, 02:46:01 pm
I don't think the injury is physical.
Title: Re: Today's Game 2019
Post by: Ron on April 14, 2019, 03:47:01 pm
I don't think the injury is physical.

Eh? 
Title: Re: Today's Game 2019
Post by: CurtOne on April 14, 2019, 04:09:11 pm
He's letting something else get to him.  He's made references to ignoring tweets and posts.  I think he felt a tiny bit betrayed by the lack of action on his friend, Harper.  He's pressing.  Most of his confidence appears to be more bravado than real.  He's swinging because he has to, not because he wants to.  He's tentative.  Is that "eh?" enough?
Title: Re: Today's Game 2019
Post by: Deeg on April 14, 2019, 04:23:43 pm
The fact that the Cubs hid the seriousness of Bryant's injury for months last season is why there's so much so-called "conspiracy theory" now.  He probably isn't sucking because he's still hurt, but you can't blame people for being suspicious.
Title: Re: Today's Game 2019
Post by: CurtOne on April 14, 2019, 04:42:56 pm
I'm concerned about the total downturn of too many of our potential dynasty.  Not only Bryant, but also Russell, pre-suspension, last year's Contreras (hopefully back), and Schwarber who came up in his first year and hammered the ball.  Second season almost completely missed, but came back for the playoffs and astounded people.  Then last year and this year, he looks lost at the Mendoza line.  WTH?  Is this Maddon, the constant switching of hitting coaches, the constant shift in hitting philosophies?  I mean one guy falling off the edge of earth is part of the intrigue of the game, but I doubt if Joe Ricketts or DeVoss have a damb thing to do with it.
Title: Re: Today's Game 2019
Post by: Ron on April 14, 2019, 04:52:44 pm
I think it's baseball.   :)
Title: Re: Today's Game 2019
Post by: method on April 14, 2019, 04:57:34 pm
Hasnt Sharma been telling us nothing is all that wrong with bryant for a while now?
Title: Re: Today's Game 2019
Post by: Ron on April 14, 2019, 05:16:15 pm
Hasnt Sharma been telling us nothing is all that wrong with bryant for a while now?

I'm not sure what you mean by that. I would hope no one here would suggest that Sharma is deterred from honest, genuinely analytical analysis by either naivete, rose colored glasses or subterfuge. 
Title: Re: Today's Game 2019
Post by: Bennett on April 14, 2019, 05:28:03 pm
He's letting something else get to him.  He's made references to ignoring tweets and posts.  I think he felt a tiny bit betrayed by the lack of action on his friend, Harper.  He's pressing.  Most of his confidence appears to be more bravado than real.  He's swinging because he has to, not because he wants to.  He's tentative.  Is that "eh?" enough?
KB is probably experiencing lack of success for the first time.

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Title: Re: Today's Game 2019
Post by: CurtOne on April 14, 2019, 05:41:45 pm
I think it's baseball.   :)
Actually I would agree if it was one or maybe two players, but when the whole team looks like crap...
Title: Re: Today's Game 2019
Post by: Deeg on April 14, 2019, 06:00:55 pm
I agree with Curt, the precipitous decline of so many of our young starlets is not just baseball, it’s more than what you’d normally see. The reason(s) are not so easy to pin down, but that doesn’t mean something isn’t going on.
Title: Re: Today's Game 2019
Post by: craig on April 14, 2019, 07:36:10 pm
I wonder if to some degree it isn't modern baseball and Cubs player selection? 
1.  I think high-end guys like Almora, Bryant, Russell, they'd all gotten lots of good coaching prior to joining the Cubs?  Maybe there isn't as much additional intellectual information to learn for guys like that as your average guy their age might have had decades ago in the pre-saber and pre-internet era? Maybe they had nothing left to learn by the time they came up? 
2.  Same for nutrition and stuff, for physical maturation?  Almora had some, yes, but Bryant, Schwarber, Russell, are they any more physically mature and ready than when they were rookies?  Over baseball history that maybe isn't routinely true for young-20's guys.  But maybe there was nothing left to develop physically by the time they came up?
3.  The Cubs have put a priority on smart, motivated, thinking players with their top-8 draft picks.  Again, maybe they were so naturally smart and inquisitive and motivated that they'd kind of already gained whatever head knowledge they could gain by the time they came up?  Maybe smart guys like them don't leave as much left to learn by the time they are rookies? 

Saber history I believe indicates that young hitters tend to get better and improve their power production after their rookie year.  I'm wondering whether for Bryant/Schwarber/Russell/Almora/Happ types, they were already at their physical, mental, and psychological/confidence ceilings when they came up and started fast?  And have had nowhere to go but ideally plateau or else decline subsequently? 

None of those guys have seemed to adjust in any significant positive way. 
Title: Re: Today's Game 2019
Post by: CUBluejays on April 14, 2019, 11:11:35 pm
Bryant was pretty freaking fantastic from the get go. He went from wRC+ of 138 as a rookie to 148 his second year and followed that up with a 146. Before he got hurt in 2018 he was even better than 2016. His walks and strike outs were equal and the K% was below 20%.   That is some serious improvement.

Baez has also improved a ton. Rizzo improved too. I don’t think the Cubs have a hitter development problem, even if some guys don’t reach their ceilings.
Title: Re: Today's Game 2019
Post by: craig on April 15, 2019, 09:44:47 am
Bryant was pretty freaking fantastic from the get go. ...

Yeah, that was my point.  He was fantastic from the start.  Easier to go down then to go up. 

If your hitting is already pretty much optimized when you come up, or by your 2nd year, you lack margin for further improvement?
Title: Re: Today's Game 2019
Post by: craig on April 15, 2019, 09:49:36 am
Whereas opposing pitchers possibly hadn't optimized their approach to Happ, Russell, and Schwarber during their rookie years?     
Title: Re: Today's Game 2019
Post by: CUBluejays on April 15, 2019, 12:14:31 pm
Yeah, that was my point.  He was fantastic from the start.  Easier to go down then to go up. 

If your hitting is already pretty much optimized when you come up, or by your 2nd year, you lack margin for further improvement?

Whereas opposing pitchers possibly hadn't optimized their approach to Happ, Russell, and Schwarber during their rookie years?     

Bryant has continued to improve though.  His rookie year he had a 30.6% K% and it dropped to 19.6% his third year.

Russell has had injuries that have sapped his offense the past 2 years.  And Schwarber tied for the 63rd best wRC+ in baseball last.  He was a really good hitter last year.  I think he gets caught up in people thinking he was going to be in the Bryant/Rizzo class on offense which would have been a tippy top outcome for him.  Happ and Almora are really the only guys from a pure development stand point that haven't developed.
Title: Re: Today's Game 2019
Post by: Bennett on April 15, 2019, 01:42:18 pm
(https://pbs.twimg.com/media/D4Ns3jxW0AEIKr3.jpg:small)
Title: Re: Today's Game 2019
Post by: Bennett on April 15, 2019, 06:06:16 pm
Len  "Always good to see Starlin Castro".  His photo included news that he is in his 10th MLB season.  Time flies I guess
Title: Re: Today's Game 2019
Post by: Bennett on April 15, 2019, 06:21:29 pm
Bryant hit by a pitch with one out in the top of the first.  Baez singled,  Bryant to second.  Bryant went to third on a bad pickoff throw by the pitcher and Baez to second.  Heyward walked to load the bases.  Contreras went to 3-1, swung and missed to make it 3-2 and walked on a pitch that might have caught the bottom of the zone.


1-0 Cubs
Title: Re: Today's Game 2019
Post by: Bennett on April 15, 2019, 06:25:01 pm
Bote singles in 2, Baez to third.  3-0.
Title: Re: Today's Game 2019
Post by: brjones on April 15, 2019, 06:26:17 pm
Pat and Ron pointed out that the umpire behind the plate tonight was also behind the plate in Darvish’s first start where he walked 7.
Title: Re: Today's Game 2019
Post by: CurtOne on April 15, 2019, 06:28:17 pm
Miami pitcher grew up in Aviston, Cardinal stronghold.
Title: Re: Today's Game 2019
Post by: Bennett on April 15, 2019, 06:28:58 pm
Almora walked to load the bases again for Darvish who struck out.     33 pitches for Richards.
Title: Re: Today's Game 2019
Post by: CurtOne on April 15, 2019, 06:29:26 pm
Darvish made him work
Title: Re: Today's Game 2019
Post by: Bennett on April 15, 2019, 06:33:45 pm
Catch of the year so far by Almora
Title: Re: Today's Game 2019
Post by: brjones on April 15, 2019, 06:33:51 pm
Wow! Almora went a long way for that catch.
Title: Re: Today's Game 2019
Post by: Bennett on April 15, 2019, 06:40:09 pm
Almora's Catch

https://twitter.com/i/status/1117934583704690688
Title: Re: Today's Game 2019
Post by: brjones on April 15, 2019, 06:42:16 pm
2 quick outs, then infield hit, liner up the middle that may have hit off Darvish’s glove, and a walk have the Cubs in trouble.
Title: Re: Today's Game 2019
Post by: CUBluejays on April 15, 2019, 06:44:20 pm
Thank goc Almora made that catch.
Title: Re: Today's Game 2019
Post by: brjones on April 15, 2019, 06:44:23 pm
K to end the inning. Darvish has a ton of movement on his pitches so far.
Title: Re: Today's Game 2019
Post by: brjones on April 15, 2019, 06:46:27 pm
I’m pretty shocked that Castro beat out that infield hit. He had become a slow runner before leaving the Cubs.

I notice he ran through the base, though. He had an issue where he’d often slow down before he hit the base when he was a Cub.
Title: Re: Today's Game 2019
Post by: Deeg on April 15, 2019, 06:48:47 pm
Joe should probably pull Darvish now, get him out on a positive note.  Keep the strategy consistent.
Title: Re: Today's Game 2019
Post by: CUBluejays on April 15, 2019, 06:54:42 pm
Castro and Russell has the same sprint speed last year.
Title: Re: Today's Game 2019
Post by: brjones on April 15, 2019, 06:55:55 pm
Russell seems pretty slow too.

Four pitch walk to start Darvish’s second. Ball 5.
Title: Re: Today's Game 2019
Post by: brjones on April 15, 2019, 06:57:46 pm
And another walk. It seems like pitchers as wild as the Cubs staff would accidentally throw the ball in the zone more often.
Title: Re: Today's Game 2019
Post by: CUBluejays on April 15, 2019, 06:59:18 pm
72nd percentile in MLB.

Pulling Darvish after the first might have been a good idea.
Title: Re: Today's Game 2019
Post by: brjones on April 15, 2019, 07:00:26 pm
Easy GIDP thrown into the dugout by Baez. 3-1, 1 out.
Title: Re: Today's Game 2019
Post by: Bennett on April 15, 2019, 07:06:33 pm
Does WGN have any commercials that are not holdovers from last year?
Title: Re: Today's Game 2019
Post by: Deeg on April 15, 2019, 07:08:10 pm
Easy GIDP thrown into the dugout by Baez. 3-1, 1 out.

Following gamecast but why was that an earned run?  Even if you can't assume the DP the guy scored on the error, no?
Title: Re: Today's Game 2019
Post by: brjones on April 15, 2019, 07:30:39 pm
Chad Wallach homer in the 4th, 3-2. Cubs offense has been in shutdown mode since the end of the first.
Title: Re: Today's Game 2019
Post by: Reb on April 15, 2019, 07:31:42 pm
Following gamecast but why was that an earned run?  Even if you can't assume the DP the guy scored on the error, no?

Scoring is that runner would have been on third absent the error and then would have scored on the groundout to 2B by next batter.
Title: Re: Today's Game 2019
Post by: CUBluejays on April 15, 2019, 07:33:46 pm
Darvish is so frustrating to watch. He clearly has great stuff, but he just can’t seem to put it together.
Title: Re: Today's Game 2019
Post by: Reb on April 15, 2019, 07:34:02 pm
Does WGN have any commercials that are not holdovers from last year?

ADOPT A SHELTER CAT!
Title: Re: Today's Game 2019
Post by: Deeg on April 15, 2019, 07:37:28 pm
That's a message that's worth repeating though.
Title: Re: Today's Game 2019
Post by: Reb on April 15, 2019, 07:38:51 pm
Yes, do it. Adopt a cat.
Title: Re: Today's Game 2019
Post by: CUBluejays on April 15, 2019, 07:42:27 pm
Baez heads up play by Javy.
Title: Re: Today's Game 2019
Post by: brjones on April 15, 2019, 07:44:37 pm
Baez knocks in Rizzo on a bloop double, 4-2. Baez to third on a bad throw.

A lot of hard contact this inning—Bryant double, Zobrist and Rizzo would’ve had homers on a lot of nights in a lot of ballparks (based on contact according to Statcast, both are hits most of the time), and Baez hit a ball about 450 feet that was a few feet foul.
Title: Re: Today's Game 2019
Post by: brjones on April 15, 2019, 07:54:05 pm
5-2 after the umpire misses a call at second where Contreras was very obviously safe.
Title: Re: Today's Game 2019
Post by: Deeg on April 15, 2019, 08:00:52 pm
Overturned?
Title: Re: Today's Game 2019
Post by: Deeg on April 15, 2019, 08:05:09 pm
Does it seem as if Darvish is using the cutter a lot more this year?
Title: Re: Today's Game 2019
Post by: Deeg on April 15, 2019, 08:15:53 pm
80 pitches through 5.  What do you do, Joe?
Title: Re: Today's Game 2019
Post by: brjones on April 15, 2019, 08:17:30 pm
Darvish got himself in trouble again in the 5th by not throwing strikes to Castro, who we all know is allergic to walks. I'm almost ready for the Cubs to go sign several 85 mph junk ballers just so they have a few strike throwers.
Title: Re: Today's Game 2019
Post by: Deeg on April 15, 2019, 08:27:06 pm
I would expect the rope to be very short here indeed.
Title: Re: Today's Game 2019
Post by: Deeg on April 15, 2019, 08:34:33 pm
97 and 98 on the first two pitches to Brinson, according to Statcast.
Title: Re: Today's Game 2019
Post by: CUBluejays on April 15, 2019, 08:35:45 pm
99 mph  drills Brinson in the thigh and takes out the home plate ump.
Title: Re: Today's Game 2019
Post by: CUBluejays on April 15, 2019, 08:37:10 pm
Now we get to see how the bullpen will implode.
Title: Re: Today's Game 2019
Post by: brjones on April 15, 2019, 08:41:50 pm
Darvish was better tonight, but he still gave up 4 BB and a HBP to a team that has maybe three legitimate MLB hitters in the lineup. He has to throw more strikes. Like Chatwood at this time last year, you're not going to keep having 2 run outings when you're giving teams a free base runner about once an inning.
Title: Re: Today's Game 2019
Post by: brjones on April 15, 2019, 08:49:02 pm
Contreras with a 420 foot homer to straight away CF. He's just killing the ball this year. He's looking like an MVP level hitter early.
Title: Re: Today's Game 2019
Post by: brjones on April 15, 2019, 08:51:03 pm
Also, after getting HBP last time up, he really took his time going around the bases. Wouldn't be surprised if Mattingly took offense at that and he gets hit intentionally the next time he comes up.
Title: Re: Today's Game 2019
Post by: brjones on April 15, 2019, 08:55:02 pm
Kyle Ryan with a 1 out walk in the 7th because the Cubs don't have a single pitcher who can just throw strikes.
Title: Re: Today's Game 2019
Post by: JeffH on April 15, 2019, 08:57:49 pm
Kyle Ryan with a 1 out walk in the 7th because the Cubs don't have a single pitcher who can just throw strikes.

Brandon Kintzler says "Howdy!".
Title: Re: Today's Game 2019
Post by: brjones on April 15, 2019, 09:05:32 pm
Cishek hitting for himself in the 8th inning in a 4 run game against one of the worst teams in baseball? Does Maddon really have that little faith in his bullpen?

Good job by the front office ownership this offseason.
Title: Re: Today's Game 2019
Post by: JeffH on April 15, 2019, 09:11:42 pm
br, it's not Ricketts; it's Theo's fetish for scrapheap relievers.
Title: Re: Today's Game 2019
Post by: brjones on April 15, 2019, 09:14:41 pm
The front office had something like $4 million to address a bullpen that needed 3 relievers this offseason. Theo's fetish for scrapheap relievers is a result of Ricketts cutting off the money to sign decent relievers.
Title: Re: Today's Game 2019
Post by: JeffH on April 15, 2019, 09:20:30 pm
Wrong.  Theo thinks he can build a bullpen with guys he found from a street tryout.  As far as the money is concerned, Theo has an unwarranted boner for starting pitchers he doesn't need.  Darvish.  Chatwood.

And I say this as a big Theo fanboy.

He needs to recalibrate the value of starters versus relievers.
Title: Re: Today's Game 2019
Post by: brjones on April 15, 2019, 09:25:42 pm
If Theo had a budget of more than $6 million to sign Descalso and half a bullpen this offseason and he'd still loaded up on scrap heap guys, maybe I'd agree with you. And I've been on the "Chatwood was a dumb idea" train since the minute that contract was signed.

Contreras with another RBI hit. 7-2. With Strop still available and only 3 outs to go, I feel pretty good about the Cubs holding on tonight.
Title: Re: Today's Game 2019
Post by: brjones on April 15, 2019, 09:30:20 pm
Collins in for the 9th.
Title: Re: Today's Game 2019
Post by: brjones on April 15, 2019, 09:33:26 pm
Strop is warming up with a 5 run lead in the 9th and no one on base. He really has no faith in this bullpen.
Title: Re: Today's Game 2019
Post by: brjones on April 15, 2019, 09:37:30 pm
Cubs win!

They really need to sweep this series. The Marlins are a really bad team, and the Cubs need to start digging themselves out of their early season hole.
Title: Re: Today's Game 2019
Post by: Reb on April 15, 2019, 10:22:58 pm
Strop is warming up with a 5 run lead in the 9th and no one on base. He really has no faith in this bullpen.

Strop has pitched one inning in the last 7 days. He needs some work.
Title: Re: Today's Game 2019
Post by: Ron on April 15, 2019, 10:36:30 pm
Almora's Catch

https://twitter.com/i/status/1117934583704690688

Not bad for such a slow CF.
Title: Re: Today's Game 2019
Post by: Deeg on April 15, 2019, 11:00:25 pm
Interesting that Yu, who was sitting at 92-94 all night, was at 98-99 three straight (bad) pitches at the end knowing it was his last hitter.  Shows how much these guys sometimes hold in reserve.
Title: Re: Today's Game 2019
Post by: Reb on April 15, 2019, 11:47:09 pm
Interesting that Yu, who was sitting at 92-94 all night, was at 98-99 three straight (bad) pitches at the end knowing it was his last hitter.  Shows how much these guys sometimes hold in reserve.

According to Brooks, Darvish tonight averaged 94.9 and 94.5 with his two-seamer and 4-seamer respectively.

His top velocity pitches were not in his final inning of work but actually mid-outing with pitches 46 and 49 when he hit 99 twice. Fastest pitches final inning were 97.

Throwing at this velocity, needs to challenge hitters more than he does—which he did more tonight starting around the 4th inning.

Threw some very good cutters/sliders tonight too but, against good hitting clubs, will need to pitch ahead in the count more consistently for those pitches to get swings and misses, obviously.

In any case, a good outing tonight and seemed in good health for sure.
Title: Re: Today's Game 2019
Post by: Deeg on April 16, 2019, 12:08:02 am
Brooks uses different numbers than Statcast and Fangraphs, obviously.
Title: Re: Today's Game 2019
Post by: Reb on April 16, 2019, 12:27:32 am
Statcast had Darvish averaging 94.0 heat tonight but, indeed, had his fastest pitches in last inning.
Title: Re: Today's Game 2019
Post by: CUBluejays on April 16, 2019, 08:12:41 am
If Theo had a budget of more than $6 million to sign Descalso and half a bullpen this offseason and he'd still loaded up on scrap heap guys, maybe I'd agree with you. And I've been on the "Chatwood was a dumb idea" train since the minute that contract was signed.

Contreras with another RBI hit. 7-2. With Strop still available and only 3 outs to go, I feel pretty good about the Cubs holding on tonight.

Are we ignoring the $20 million spent on Hamels option to cover the $35 million spent on Darvish and Chatwood the previous off season?

Miller and Chavez were 2 popular off season targets on this board and they have been crap.
Title: Re: Today's Game 2019
Post by: craig on April 16, 2019, 08:15:17 am
Hopefully a starting point for Darvish, and he gets better.  This is back-to-back games when he's pitched into the 6th inning, first time as a Cub, right?  Would be really nice if he could get comfortable, sustain this kind of velocity, and get more comfortable and less wild.  Of course, it may be that having let it rip yesterday, that his arm will be tired and that velocity will be absent next outing, who knows. 

But yeah, sure no hint of any health issues with that ending. 

I'd like to hope that **IF** some good velocity was back, that perhaps he could have the courage to throw more fastballs; and maybe if he threw more, and perhaps with less fear, he might be able or willing to throw more for strikes? 

If you're Q or Lester, you pretty much need to spot your fastball right on the corner.  If Darvish has the same mindset, and is likewise scared to let his fastballs get into the zone, he doesn't have the command to do that without lots of walks and long counts.  But if his fastball confidence grew, maybe he and Contreras and Hottovy might have more courage to throw more fastballs early in count, or more into the zone, perhaps such that he might miss by a couple inches but still remain strikes?   
Title: Re: Today's Game 2019
Post by: Deeg on April 16, 2019, 08:35:36 am
Quote
“I just want a challenge for me,” said Darvish, whose fastball has usually topped out at 95 mph since joining the Cubs last season. “That was my last inning. That’s why I threw as hard as I could.”


Darvish also unveiled a two-seam fastball for the first time and felt comfortable.

“I know he can throw that hard, but at the end of the game I didn’t expect that,” said Willson Contreras, who was impressed by the movement and velocity on the two-seam fastball.
Title: Re: Today's Game 2019
Post by: Playtwo on April 16, 2019, 09:18:03 am
It isn't surprising that Yu's progression is incremental.  He's gradually ramping up the velocity and showing improved command and endurance.  There is ample reason for optimism at this point.
Title: Re: Today's Game 2019
Post by: Bennett on April 16, 2019, 01:45:04 pm
(https://pbs.twimg.com/media/D4S0CAlW0AIvlH0.jpg:small)
Title: Re: Today's Game 2019
Post by: brjones on April 16, 2019, 07:02:24 pm
Through three innings, Quintana is looking really good again. Could end up 3 out of 4 really strong appearances for him to start the season.
Title: Re: Today's Game 2019
Post by: brjones on April 16, 2019, 07:07:54 pm
Bases loaded 1 out for Bote in the 4th, Cubs up 1-0. Big AB with Almora on deck.
Title: Re: Today's Game 2019
Post by: Tuffy on April 16, 2019, 07:11:05 pm
Baez scores on a Bote groundout, and the Cubs lead 2-0.
Title: Re: Today's Game 2019
Post by: CUBluejays on April 16, 2019, 07:34:34 pm
Don’t run on the Marlins RF. Heck of a throw to get Descalo at third.
Title: Re: Today's Game 2019
Post by: Deeg on April 16, 2019, 07:45:31 pm
Boy, if Quintana can throw like this for the bulk of the season that would certainly be huge.
Title: Re: Today's Game 2019
Post by: Playtwo on April 16, 2019, 07:45:48 pm
Disappointing that Bryant didn't have a better AB.
Title: Re: Today's Game 2019
Post by: Dave23 on April 16, 2019, 07:48:21 pm
Quintana’s command has been great. He’s putting the ball right where he wants.
Title: Re: Today's Game 2019
Post by: Dave23 on April 16, 2019, 07:52:36 pm
I still don’t see how they overturned that Baez play at 2nd. I’ve watched it a dozen times, and still don’t see anything definitive.
Title: Re: Today's Game 2019
Post by: brjones on April 16, 2019, 07:55:04 pm
Like I said last start, this is the Quintana they thought was worth Eloy. 3 1/2 years of this for cheap at a key point in a championship window is worth almost any prospect.

Quintana played his White Sox career in front of one of the worst defenses in baseball. If he’d played somewhere else, the deal wouldn’t have been controversial.
Title: Re: Today's Game 2019
Post by: Dave23 on April 16, 2019, 08:00:15 pm
If Brooks, or Statcast, or anyone else has a graphical chart showing the location of Q’s pitches tonight, could someone post it after the game?

He has been masterful working the bottom of the zone.
Title: Re: Today's Game 2019
Post by: Playtwo on April 16, 2019, 08:02:57 pm
I agree, Dave.  In order to overturn the call, there would have to be a view where both the tag and the hand off the base were visible at the same time.  I didn't see such a view.
Title: Re: Today's Game 2019
Post by: Playtwo on April 16, 2019, 08:07:17 pm
Cubs costing themselves scoring opportunities on the bases tonight.  Let's hope it doesn't cost them.
Title: Re: Today's Game 2019
Post by: Playtwo on April 16, 2019, 08:11:27 pm
Bryant with another chance to do damage.
Title: Re: Today's Game 2019
Post by: Playtwo on April 16, 2019, 08:12:18 pm
He flies to deep right center.  Too bad.
Title: Re: Today's Game 2019
Post by: CUBluejays on April 16, 2019, 08:13:05 pm
Galloway should go back to the minors.  He is annoying on defense.
Title: Re: Today's Game 2019
Post by: Dave23 on April 16, 2019, 08:18:35 pm
P2...not only that, but the 2B umpire was in perfect position to see the play and make the call. No one had a better view than him.
Title: Re: Today's Game 2019
Post by: brjones on April 16, 2019, 08:29:16 pm
Quintana still pitching in the 8th.
Title: Re: Today's Game 2019
Post by: brjones on April 16, 2019, 08:30:53 pm
Groundball single ends Quintana's night. Would've liked to see him get one more chance as bad as this bullpen is.

Kintzler coming in. Hope he can keep his good start going.
Title: Re: Today's Game 2019
Post by: Tuffy on April 16, 2019, 08:31:28 pm
Zero walks for Q so far.
Title: Re: Today's Game 2019
Post by: brjones on April 16, 2019, 08:40:24 pm
After tonight's start, Quintana's ERA is 3.43...which is pretty impressive considering he gave up 6 ER in 3 IP in one of his starts. In the other 18 IP, he has given up 2 runs (with 26 K and only 4 BB).

Kintzler got a double play ball against the first guy he faced, but then a hit and a walk to Castro has Alfaro up as the tying run with 2 outs.
Title: Re: Today's Game 2019
Post by: brjones on April 16, 2019, 08:41:23 pm
Alfaro with a 405 foot fly ball to the part of the ballpark where the wall is 407 feet away. That was scary.
Title: Re: Today's Game 2019
Post by: CUBluejays on April 16, 2019, 08:41:30 pm
Missed it by that much...
Title: Re: Today's Game 2019
Post by: Tuffy on April 16, 2019, 08:47:29 pm
Kintzler: "Got my guys!"
Title: Re: Today's Game 2019
Post by: brjones on April 16, 2019, 08:51:16 pm
Cubs play "screw the closer" for the first time this year...Bote walk, moves to second on a wild pitch, gets to third and scores on sac flies.
Title: Re: Today's Game 2019
Post by: Deeg on April 16, 2019, 08:51:33 pm
Anyone else think that was kind of a quick hook for Q?
Title: Re: Today's Game 2019
Post by: brjones on April 16, 2019, 08:54:28 pm
Definitely a quick hook. With this bullpen, I don't think they can afford to pull starters when they've been dominant through 90 pitches.

Worked out, though (by about 2 feet).
Title: Re: Today's Game 2019
Post by: Tuffy on April 16, 2019, 08:56:54 pm
Would have liked to see Q go all the way.  Who is warming up for the ninth?
Title: Re: Today's Game 2019
Post by: Deeg on April 16, 2019, 08:57:40 pm
1.096 OPS for Heyward, BTW.  Definitely the best two-week stretch he's had as a Cub, by far.
Title: Re: Today's Game 2019
Post by: brjones on April 16, 2019, 08:58:18 pm
Strop in for the 9th, so Joe isn't taking chances with a 4 run lead.
Title: Re: Today's Game 2019
Post by: Deeg on April 16, 2019, 08:58:55 pm
Would have liked to see Q go all the way.  Who is warming up for the ninth?

I think his pitch count was a little high for that, but 8 innings seemed realistic.  I don't think you should have any problem letting him go 105-110 pitches if he's not laboring.
Title: Re: Today's Game 2019
Post by: Deeg on April 16, 2019, 08:59:52 pm
Strop in for the 9th, so Joe isn't taking chances with a 4 run lead.

He's barely pitched, so that makes sense.

Damn, Javy has launched some oppo bombs this year.  What a massive talent.
Title: Re: Today's Game 2019
Post by: brjones on April 16, 2019, 09:01:38 pm
Cubs win! Marlins don't bother challenging a close play to end it.

That's 10% of the season played, and the Cubs are on 70 win pace. Much better than when 5% was played and they were on 40 win pace.
Title: Re: Today's Game 2019
Post by: Tuffy on April 16, 2019, 09:02:57 pm
Strop closes it out; Cubs win.  Great game; let's have about 100 more of them!
Title: Re: Today's Game 2019
Post by: craig on April 16, 2019, 09:07:37 pm
Great outing, great sequence of two outings, by Quintana.  Really sharp.  Hope he can ride this streak all year long. 
Title: Re: Today's Game 2019
Post by: Deeg on April 16, 2019, 09:07:45 pm
Playing the equivalent of about a AA team certainly helps, but wins are wins.
Title: Re: Today's Game 2019
Post by: craig on April 16, 2019, 09:09:32 pm
Pretty rare to lose baserunners in back-to-back-to-back innings! 

For Baez, and Russell does it too, I wonder if there couldn't be some adjustment to the slides and built in more intent to ensure the capacity to maintain contact with the bag.  In the one tonight, Starlin's tag wasn't within inches of him.  If Javy had targeted to have two more inches of security, what would be the harm? 
Title: Re: Today's Game 2019
Post by: Chris27 on April 16, 2019, 09:21:48 pm
Pretty rare to lose baserunners in back-to-back-to-back innings! 

For Baez, and Russell does it too, I wonder if there couldn't be some adjustment to the slides and built in more intent to ensure the capacity to maintain contact with the bag.  In the one tonight, Starlin's tag wasn't within inches of him.  If Javy had targeted to have two more inches of security, what would be the harm?

I don't know why the Players' Union doesn't just argue for a rule that players who are safe but are taken slightly off the bag by momentum shouldn't be called out. Unless base runners make an effort for the next base the play should be dead, imo.
Title: Re: Today's Game 2019
Post by: Tuffy on April 16, 2019, 09:37:20 pm
What they really should do is make the base bags themselves less bouncy and less easy to lose contact with through ordinary motion.  Either that or turn them into holographic projections of the correct length, width, and height so that players' hands and boy parts can pass right through the airspace, and if any part of his body is in that space, he's "on" the base.
Title: Re: Today's Game 2019
Post by: Deeg on April 16, 2019, 09:41:56 pm
I'd pay good money to see that.
Title: Re: Today's Game 2019
Post by: CurtOne on April 16, 2019, 09:51:05 pm
We allow running past first.  Standardize the importance of initial safety.  As long as a slide is employed and the base is within reach, so if the bag is touched before being tagged, the runner should be safe.  Jmo
Title: Re: Today's Game 2019
Post by: Reb on April 16, 2019, 10:33:09 pm
I think the Baez play tonight is more like the traditional off-the-base slide that has been called forever, rather than those in recent times that are entirely a product of freeze-frame technology.

Baez’ momentum trying to elude a tag took him off the base. Base ump just missed seeing it. Although usually more flagrant and clearer to the eye, that has always been an out.

The play I hate is when the runner is just shifting weight over the bag or moving contact with the base from one hand to another or the like—the play is basically over in “normal” terms—and freeze frame catches a fraction of time just off the bag. Before replay, nobody would have given that play a second thought. Safe and no discussion..

The Baez play would have been a big argument before the days of replay. The play was ongoing and he slid off the bag. Don’t have a problem with that being an out.

In any case, very hard if not impossible to write a clear rule that distinguishes between the traditional runner sliding off the base and the freeze-frame mini-second play that nobody really likes but is now part of the game thanks to replay.
Title: Re: Today's Game 2019
Post by: craig on April 16, 2019, 10:37:12 pm
Those are all good ideas.  Unfortunately it will take years for the union and the owners to come to an agreement to revise those rules, though, and it isn't a priority negotiation issue for either party. 

In the meantime, the Cubs Way might want to teach slides that can maintain contact. 
Title: Re: Today's Game 2019
Post by: DelMarFan on April 17, 2019, 02:32:24 am
Automate the strike zone first, please
Title: Re: Today's Game 2019
Post by: davep on April 17, 2019, 09:46:14 am
I have been watching the replay over and over, and the only problem I have with the final call is that it appears that the only reason why Baez' hand came off the base is because the second baseman forced it off with his body.  It looks to me as if Baez momentum had already stopped by the time that the second baseman fell upon his arm.
Title: Re: Today's Game 2019
Post by: Bennett on April 17, 2019, 06:18:32 pm
Cubs go 1-2-3 in the top of the first.  Bryant, Rizzo, and Schwarber are now hitting a combined .190
Title: Re: Today's Game 2019
Post by: brjones on April 17, 2019, 06:34:08 pm
Willson really does look like an MVP level hitter so far this year. 2 out double followed by a Descalso single gives the Cubs a 1-0 lead in the second.
Title: Re: Today's Game 2019
Post by: Chris27 on April 17, 2019, 06:59:16 pm
Descalso now hitting .372 with 9 RBI.

Be nice if the folks with the pedigrees and hype would hit like that.
Title: Re: Today's Game 2019
Post by: Deeg on April 17, 2019, 07:00:45 pm
Descalso now hitting .372 with 9 RBI.

Be nice if the folks with the pedigrees and hype would hit like that.

Well, Descalso did have hype as a "clutch" guy, and he's living up to that.

Not the same defender (ever at their respective ages) but I think DD has moved ahead of Zobrist on the pecking order at this point.
Title: Re: Today's Game 2019
Post by: brjones on April 17, 2019, 07:06:26 pm
Hamels looks sharp. He and Quintana have been really encouraging in their last two starts.
Title: Re: Today's Game 2019
Post by: Deeg on April 17, 2019, 07:08:51 pm
Hamels looks sharp. He and Quintana have been really encouraging in their last two starts.

The rotation always seemed likely to be at least decent, and it still does.  The Cubs will go as far as their bullpen can take them.
Title: Re: Today's Game 2019
Post by: Tuffy on April 17, 2019, 07:22:33 pm
5-0 in the fifth inning, and Hamels has only allowed one hit.  Don't look now, but we could be back to .500 if we hold on today and win tomorrow.
Title: Re: Today's Game 2019
Post by: Tuffy on April 17, 2019, 07:32:50 pm
Hamels is at 63 pitches through 5 innings.
Title: Re: Today's Game 2019
Post by: brjones on April 17, 2019, 07:42:44 pm
One hitter on 75 pitches through 6 innings. Hamels is dealing.
Title: Re: Today's Game 2019
Post by: Deeg on April 17, 2019, 07:49:20 pm
Can we play the Marlins every day?
Title: Re: Today's Game 2019
Post by: Robb on April 17, 2019, 08:00:27 pm
That's the Stalin Castro we know and love.
Title: Re: Today's Game 2019
Post by: Deeg on April 17, 2019, 08:04:46 pm
97 pitches is enough with a 5-run lead, I think.  You have to give the pen that much rope at least.
Title: Re: Today's Game 2019
Post by: Tuffy on April 17, 2019, 08:10:55 pm
If it were the end of the 8th, I'd say let him finish, but surely we can get two innings from someone.
Title: Re: Today's Game 2019
Post by: Deeg on April 17, 2019, 08:11:11 pm
No matter what Javy does he's always going to have nayayers predicting it's unsustainable - he's just not a conventional player.  But he's the Cubs best player and it's not even close.
Title: Re: Today's Game 2019
Post by: Tuffy on April 17, 2019, 08:11:12 pm
Javy hits a homer; 6-0.
Title: Re: Today's Game 2019
Post by: Deeg on April 17, 2019, 08:13:19 pm
He should also, despite his occasional brain freeze on routine plays, in no way shape or form be moved off SS to make room for Russell.
Title: Re: Today's Game 2019
Post by: davep on April 17, 2019, 08:30:47 pm
I would rather see Baez moved to shortstop in order to give Russell a very long trial at shortstop.  Russell isn't as spectacular at short as Baez, but over the long run he is the better fielder.
Title: Re: Today's Game 2019
Post by: Tuffy on April 17, 2019, 08:35:39 pm
I would rather see Baez moved to shortstop in order to give Russell a very long trial at shortstop.  Russell isn't as spectacular at short as Baez, but over the long run he is the better fielder.

Maddon loves his crazy shifts, but putting two guys in the same spot all the time is too much.
Title: Re: Today's Game 2019
Post by: craig on April 17, 2019, 08:50:23 pm
Wow,nice series.  Great to sequence some excellent pitching outings, and to sequence some sustained good offense, and some low-drama wins.  Cubs have really been putting the runs up.  Nice outing for Hamels. 

We'll see how it carries over against some major-league hitters, but getting a clean sweep sure helps. 
Title: Re: Today's Game 2019
Post by: davep on April 17, 2019, 08:53:59 pm
Maddon loves his crazy shifts, but putting two guys in the same spot all the time is too much.

Why do you think they call him "the Magician"?

But, of course, I met Baez to second base.  When Russell was healthy, he was one of the best defensive shortstops in the league.
Title: Re: Today's Game 2019
Post by: guest61 on April 17, 2019, 09:27:00 pm
Cole Hamels in a Cubs uniform: 7-3, 2.46 ERA, 1.04 WHIP, 8.5 K/9.
Title: Re: Today's Game 2019
Post by: guest61 on April 17, 2019, 09:27:25 pm
Willson Contreras is up to 1.0 fWAR, which already tops his mark (0.9) from last year.
Title: Re: Today's Game 2019
Post by: Deeg on April 17, 2019, 10:07:13 pm
It's only 10% of the season but Baez is ranked 11th in MLB in Fangraphs' advanced SS stats (tied with Andrelton Simmons).  He has more range and a much better arm than Russell (who ranked 13th last year), and he's only going to get better at SS if he's left along there long-term rather than moved around.  He's clearly in a very good place as a player right now - it makes no sense to change his situation dramatically by turning him into a utility player again.
Title: Re: Today's Game 2019
Post by: davep on April 17, 2019, 10:16:40 pm
Russell was hurt much of last year, as well as having other difficulties.  If he regains his physical and mental health, he will be the better shortstop.  But the keystone defense would be outstanding regardless of where the two played.
Title: Re: Today's Game 2019
Post by: Deeg on April 17, 2019, 10:30:19 pm
Yes it would, though I'm not convinced it would better enough to justify the lost offensive production it's likely to cause.
Title: Re: Today's Game 2019
Post by: Reb on April 17, 2019, 10:42:24 pm
It's only 10% of the season but Baez is ranked 11th in MLB in Fangraphs' advanced SS stats (tied with Andrelton Simmons).  He has more range and a much better arm than Russell (who ranked 13th last year), and he's only going to get better at SS if he's left along there long-term rather than moved around.  He's clearly in a very good place as a player right now - it makes no sense to change his situation dramatically by turning him into a utility player again.

As you can see in the link below from 2015 thru 2018, Andrelton Simmons is far and away the premier defensive SS in MLB. So, obviously, looking at 1/10 of this season so far and ranking him #11 (with Baez) and trying to make a point about Baez with that stat is not a great use of statistics.

As you can also see from the link, since Russell came up in 2015, Russell is #2 in MLB behind Simmons at SS in Defensive Runs Saves (DRS). Even though he has significantly fewer innungs than superb defenders Lindor and Crawford (among others), Russell still has more DRS than they do. Aside from Simmons, there is a very strong case to be made that Russell is the premier defensive SS in baseball.

Russell is a better defensive SS than Baez, hands down.

On the other hand, I totally get the argument that Baez’ overall game is blossoming to such an extent that you just leave him alone and don’t change anything with him now, at SS. Have always believed that, with your premier, elite players, you put them where they give you the best value and where they thrive—-and work the lesser guys around that.

Russell is a better SS than Baez but obviously a lesser overall player now.

So, will be interesting to see how Cubs play this out. Don’t see Cubs moving Russell to 2B but maybe he becomes the utility guy with Baez getting more SS starts than Russell. Not crazy about moving Baez around at this point....but perhaps he is such an outlier guy that moving around has zero effect on him and he’s just as good no matter what you do with him.

 https://www.fangraphs.com/leaders.aspx?pos=ss&stats=fld&lg=all&qual=3000&type=1&season=2018&month=0&season1=2015&ind=0&team=0&rost=0&age=0&filter=&players=0&sort=13,d
Title: Re: Today's Game 2019
Post by: craig on April 17, 2019, 10:43:16 pm
So you think Baez will stop hitting if he plays some 2B?  I think his hitting would be unaffected. 

I do see a certain logic in using Russell at 2nd, though.  Seems like 2B is a position that different guys of varying defensive capacity can share the position.  Descalzo?  Zobrist?  Bote? Russell? Any of them can play some 2B, even if they aren't all comparable defensively.  But none of those other guys belong at SS, just Javy and Russell. 

Basically 2B can function as kind of a utility-guy spot;  SS maybe less so? 

Given that we don't know whether Russell will hit enough to play very regularly, it may be best to just play him at the utility-guy spot?  We're not sure if he'll hit well enough to play as much as the best of Descalzo, Zo, or even Bote, are we? 
Title: Re: Today's Game 2019
Post by: brjones on April 17, 2019, 10:53:01 pm
I think Russell is the better defender. Russell is also a bad person who the Cubs would ideally dump on some other team before he plays another MLB game.

The Cubs should commit to Baez long term, and Russell should be gone as soon as possible. That means they should play Baez at shortstop, even if Russell is the better defender.
Title: Re: Today's Game 2019
Post by: BearHit on April 18, 2019, 04:48:55 am
Wow - all runs scored last night were on opposite field hits
Title: Re: Today's Game 2019
Post by: davep on April 18, 2019, 08:30:10 am
Yes it would, though I'm not convinced it would better enough to justify the lost offensive production it's likely to cause.

If Russell performs poorly offensively, he will not play very long.  If he returns to his rookie year production, he will help greatly.
Title: Re: Today's Game 2019
Post by: craig on April 18, 2019, 09:17:53 am
If Russell can hit, he'll play some; if he doesn't, hopefully little.  He's a premium defender, which will be true at either 2B or SS.  If Russell and Baez are both playing, you'll get superb defense regardless of which play SS vs 2B. 

Obviously Descalso won't stay on fire; but if the auto-out version of Russell shows up, it's going to be hard for his defensive to justify putting his bat into the lineup. 
Title: Re: Today's Game 2019
Post by: davep on April 18, 2019, 10:28:28 am
If Descalso stay as hot as he has been, he will play somewhere.  But there are a lot of places that Baez can play, including third base and probably either corner outfield spot.  If Russell is able to be an offensive force, it will be great for the Cubs.  I would much rather have too many good hitters than not enough of them.  Especially when you have fantastic flexibility from Baez and Zobrist.  And, of course, it would give the front office much more options in potential trades.
Title: Re: Today's Game 2019
Post by: craig on April 18, 2019, 10:32:10 am
Dave, Russell is not going to be an offensive force, or a downright "good" hitter.  The question is where on the spectrum between almost-average and awful he might fall. 
Title: Re: Today's Game 2019
Post by: Ron on April 18, 2019, 12:05:15 pm
The guy whose opinion matters most says Russell will play SS when he returns. 

Maddon, who texted with Russell as recently as Monday, said he still anticipates returning him to shortstop, with Javy Baez moving back to second base.

https://chicago.suntimes.com/sports/sunday-postponement-delays-addison-russell-eligible-return-to-chicago-cubs-cards-series-domestic-violence-suspension/
Title: Re: Today's Game 2019
Post by: davep on April 18, 2019, 01:43:06 pm
Dave, Russell is not going to be an offensive force, or a downright "good" hitter.  The question is where on the spectrum between almost-average and awful he might fall. 

Do you feel that he was a "good hitter" in 2016? 
Title: Re: Today's Game 2019
Post by: DelMarFan on April 18, 2019, 02:42:14 pm
What's average OPS for shortstop?
Title: Re: Today's Game 2019
Post by: CUBluejays on April 18, 2019, 02:48:30 pm
What's average OPS for shortstop?

It was .723 in 2018, wRC+ of 95.

Prior to his hand injury in the first half Russell had a .737 OPS, wRC+ of 101.
In the second half of 2017 when he recovered from his shoulder injury he had a .839 OPS, wRC+ 112.

Russell might always be injury prone or maybe his bat will never be cosistent, but he has a lot of untapped offensive potential. 
Title: Re: Today's Game 2019
Post by: Bennett on April 18, 2019, 02:56:49 pm
The weather forecast for Friday afternoon looks like a temperature around 42° with a 60% chance of sprinkles.
Title: Re: Today's Game 2019
Post by: DelMarFan on April 18, 2019, 03:14:50 pm
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Russell might always be injury prone or maybe his bat will never be cosistent, but he has a lot of untapped offensive potential.

I agree with this.  He may return and put up a .600 OPS, and then we'll know, but I wouldn't be super-surprised by a .750, either.
Title: Re: Today's Game 2019
Post by: ben on April 18, 2019, 03:28:39 pm
in 2016, Russell put up about a .740 OPS (21 bombs, 95 RBI, 50 XBHs...terrific power for a SS)!

At age 22!

So, count me among those who wouldn't be surprised if he put up .750 in 2019.

Of course, with the problems he's had - and the scrutiny he will now have - a .650 OPS wouldn't be a big surprise either.

It seems very likely to me that he will take off sooner or later.  Impossible to know when.
Title: Re: Today's Game 2019
Post by: craig on April 18, 2019, 04:04:35 pm
What's average OPS for shortstop?

It's been ~.750 each of the last three years for regular starters with lots of AB.  [Obviously the overall average goes down when backups, guys playing through injuries, minor-league callups, guys playing themselves to the bench, and guys like 2nd-half-Russell get AB's and get factored in.]  But for guys who are 140-game type starting shortstops, it's been about .750 for years.
Title: Re: Today's Game 2019
Post by: Deeg on April 18, 2019, 04:30:38 pm
The point is, the Cubs have other guys who can play a lot of places even if Russell (hopefully) never plays another game for them.  Baez is putting up superstar offensive numbers while playing excellent defense at SS.  You'd have to be nuts to mess with that.  Which Maddon apparently is.

The other issue here is the OF, which looks incredibly weak offensively if Heyward levels out and Schwarber continues to scuffle.  Arguably that leaves you without a single everyday player in the OF who's above-average offensively.  Guys like Bote and Descalso would have to play a lot to balance that out, meaning pushing Bryant to the OF and leaving little time at 2B for Russell.
Title: Re: Today's Game 2019
Post by: davep on April 18, 2019, 04:57:49 pm
Moving Bryant to the outfield, Baez to third strengthens both positions and adds offense to the outfield.

As far as moving Baez around, Maddon has been doing it for years, with great success.

As far as Russell is concerned, I believe in redemption.  Russell has been punished.  If he does not commit new crimes, I wish him the best, both for the sake of himself and for the Cubs.
Title: Re: Today's Game 2019
Post by: Deeg on April 18, 2019, 05:54:44 pm
Baez’ best season by far was last season. The season when he moved around less than any other, by far.

If Bryant sees a lot of time in the OF, Bote at 3B makes the most sense. He too is a better defender than Bryant and likely to be a better hitter than Russell.
Title: Re: Today's Game 2019
Post by: brjones on April 18, 2019, 09:52:55 pm
As far as Russell is concerned, I believe in redemption.  Russell has been punished.  If he does not commit new crimes, I wish him the best, both for the sake of himself and for the Cubs.

Missing 40 MLB games for years of emotional and sometimes physical domestic abuse is not much of a punishment. Minor leaguers and fringe major league players--who don't have multi-million dollar contracts to fall back on--get punished more severely all the time because they (intentionally or unintentionally) use a banned substance.

The idea that Russell has earned a shot at redemption because he couldn't play baseball games for a while is laughable.
Title: Re: Today's Game 2019
Post by: Ron on April 19, 2019, 09:00:04 am
Missing 40 MLB games for years of emotional and sometimes physical domestic abuse is not much of a punishment. Minor leaguers and fringe major league players--who don't have multi-million dollar contracts to fall back on--get punished more severely all the time because they (intentionally or unintentionally) use a banned substance.

The idea that Russell has earned a shot at redemption because he couldn't play baseball games for a while is laughable.

I feel strongly about domestic abuse too. But let's be fair and honest about the facts. The Cubs have required a good deal more than the suspension to consider bringing back Russell. Theo has spoken at length about this more than once and I assume you've read his statements. Reasonable people can absolutely disagree about whether the Cubs' course of action has been the right one, or the best one. But we should all agree about the basic  facts of what that course of action has been.
Title: Re: Today's Game 2019
Post by: Bennett on April 19, 2019, 09:31:15 am
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Title: Re: Today's Game 2019
Post by: ben on April 19, 2019, 09:34:40 am
Who the heck knows, but my best guess is: down the road a bit, when Russell is playing well, Cubs move him to extract some value and, essentially, replace him with Hoerner, who they love (assuming Hoerner continues to develop). 

Clearly, Javy can handle SS, Hoerner move to 2nd...maybe in a rotation.

They will feel good about helping Russell rehab, extract some value for him, and replace him with a guy in Hoerner who can, possibly, give the clubhouse a nice boost of energy, at the very least.

Title: Re: Today's Game 2019
Post by: Bennett on April 19, 2019, 10:45:13 am
Bruce Miles  @BruceMiles2112  12m12 minutes ago
#Cubs say Chatwood to start Sunday. Quintana pushed back to Tuesday vs. Dodgers. Cubs want RHP vs. D-Backs
Title: Re: Today's Game 2019
Post by: JR on April 19, 2019, 11:39:19 am

Bruce Miles  @BruceMiles2112  12m12 minutes ago
#Cubs say Chatwood to start Sunday. Quintana pushed back to Tuesday vs. Dodgers. Cubs want RHP vs. D-Backs


It's probably more like "Cubs don't want crappy RHP vs. Dodgers".
Title: Re: Today's Game 2019
Post by: Bennett on April 19, 2019, 11:51:26 am

It's probably more like "Cubs don't want crappy RHP vs. Dodgers".

It looks like the rotation change is more about the Diamondbacks than the Dodgers

Jordan Bastian  @MLBastian  29m29 minutes ago
Following up. Here's entering this weekend...

vs RHP
Dodgers: 131 wRC+, .884 OPS
D-backs: 96 wRC+, .758 OPS

vs. LHP
Dodgers: 117 wRC+, .825 OPS
D-backs: 126 wRC+, .881 OPS
Title: Re: Today's Game 2019
Post by: JR on April 19, 2019, 11:54:29 am
I was only saying that in jest about Chatwood.  But yeah that's a good point.
Title: Re: Today's Game 2019
Post by: CurtOne on April 19, 2019, 12:18:36 pm
I think Chatwood would probably do a bit better if he threw with his left hand.
Title: Re: Today's Game 2019
Post by: CurtOne on April 19, 2019, 12:19:47 pm
Whenever I see Chatwood's name listed as the pitcher, my mind sees the word (forfeit) behind it.
Title: Re: Today's Game 2019
Post by: davep on April 19, 2019, 12:35:52 pm
Missing 40 MLB games for years of emotional and sometimes physical domestic abuse is not much of a punishment. Minor leaguers and fringe major league players--who don't have multi-million dollar contracts to fall back on--get punished more severely all the time because they (intentionally or unintentionally) use a banned substance.

The idea that Russell has earned a shot at redemption because he couldn't play baseball games for a while is laughable.

Everyone has a shot at redemption.  It is not necessary for them to suffer in accordance with your view of vengeance.  The loss of one third years'pay is not insubstantial for him, or anyone.
Title: Re: Today's Game 2019
Post by: brjones on April 19, 2019, 01:27:45 pm
His framing ability isn't great, but Contreras makes up a lot of that lost value with his throwing arm. Perfect throw to catch Escobar stealing.
Title: Re: Today's Game 2019
Post by: brjones on April 19, 2019, 01:36:37 pm
The wind is blowing so hard today that it blew a monitor out of the visitor's announce booth.

Bryant hit two pop ups in his first AB that would've been easy fair pop outs on most days, but one was blown far into the stands down the first base line, and the other landed foul when the Diamondbacks fielder couldn't catch it. Bryant eventually walks.
Title: Re: Today's Game 2019
Post by: brjones on April 19, 2019, 02:03:07 pm
The inning after this tweet was sent out, Hendricks threw a wild pitch.

Christopher Kamka @ckamka
Merrill Kelly threw a wild pitch that inning.  Perfect time to mention that Kyle Hendricks through the first inning today has a current streak of 6,644 pitches without a wild pitch (including postseason) #Cubs
Title: Re: Today's Game 2019
Post by: JR on April 19, 2019, 02:13:56 pm
Anyone else having trouble logging into MLB.tv through their web browser?
Title: Re: Today's Game 2019
Post by: brjones on April 19, 2019, 02:18:09 pm
Two run wind-aided double for Bryant on what was basically an infield pop up, 2-0 Cubs. So he's hit three easy pop ups today in 2 PA, and has a BB and 2B to show for it.
Title: Re: Today's Game 2019
Post by: brjones on April 19, 2019, 02:36:10 pm
Contreras doubles on a ball that bounces out of play.  Ketel Marte struggled with the wind (probably would've been a double anyway) and fell down--if the ball doesn't bounce out of play, that's at least a triple, maybe an inside the park HR.

Heyward flies out on a ball that Marte miraculously catches. Contreras too far off the base to tag up and advance.
Title: Re: Today's Game 2019
Post by: brjones on April 19, 2019, 02:50:53 pm
This looks like peak Hendricks today. 4 innings, 1 hit, 1 walk, 6 strikeouts.
Title: Re: Today's Game 2019
Post by: brjones on April 19, 2019, 02:59:40 pm
Rizzo RBI triple, 3-0.
Title: Re: Today's Game 2019
Post by: CurtOne on April 19, 2019, 03:00:06 pm
This looks like peak Hendricks today. 4 innings, 1 hit, 1 walk, 6 strikeouts.
Of course.  Dev DFA'ed him.
Title: Re: Today's Game 2019
Post by: brjones on April 19, 2019, 03:13:23 pm
The Cubs have 6 hits and 7 walks through 4 innings, but have somehow only scored 3 runs.
Title: Re: Today's Game 2019
Post by: Chris27 on April 19, 2019, 03:15:16 pm
10 LOB
Title: Re: Today's Game 2019
Post by: brjones on April 19, 2019, 03:49:57 pm
First and third, 1 out with Contreras up...and a wild pitch scores Bryant. Baez keeps running and gets all the way to third...good throw could've gotten him, but it was wild. So now it's 4-0.

5-0 on a Contreras single that would've probably been an out if the infield was playing at regular depth.  5-0.
Title: Re: Today's Game 2019
Post by: brjones on April 19, 2019, 03:51:43 pm
Heyward HBP.
Title: Re: Today's Game 2019
Post by: brjones on April 19, 2019, 04:02:10 pm
Hendricks works a full count and a 9 pitch AB with the bases loaded and 2 outs, but strikes out. Three more left on base.

8 hits, 8 walks, 2 HBP for the Cubs today. They've been on base constantly, but haven't been able to get a big hit or two to put the game away.
Title: Re: Today's Game 2019
Post by: brjones on April 19, 2019, 04:13:42 pm
Schwarber catches the hardest hit ball of the day to end the 7th on Kyle's 100th pitch. He's probably done for the day--he ends with 11 strikeouts on the day.

The Cubs haven't allowed a run since the 5th inning on Monday. The pitching has been pretty great this week.
Title: Re: Today's Game 2019
Post by: Chris27 on April 19, 2019, 04:25:14 pm
Quite a start from Hendricks who had been awful in his other outings.
Title: Re: Today's Game 2019
Post by: brjones on April 19, 2019, 04:42:22 pm
Brach has been awful so far.
Title: Re: Today's Game 2019
Post by: Bennett on April 19, 2019, 04:46:17 pm
(http://mlb.mlb.com/assets/images/7/1/4/201585714/091516_cubs_flag_med_3_fqqoz3ho.gif)
Title: Re: Today's Game 2019
Post by: brjones on April 19, 2019, 04:46:38 pm
Strop is good, though. Cubs win!
Title: Re: Today's Game 2019
Post by: Deeg on April 19, 2019, 06:50:23 pm
.500 at last.

As far as the bullpen takes them...
Title: Re: Today's Game 2019
Post by: Reb on April 19, 2019, 11:35:48 pm
Christopher Kamka
@ckamka
This is the first time #Cubs had three consecutive scoreless starts of at least 7 innings - Quintana (7 IP Tue), Hamels (7 IP Wed) & Hendricks (7 IP today) - since Bill Hands, Milt Pappas & Juan Pizarro tossed three consecutive CG shutouts August 3-5, 1971
Title: Re: Today's Game 2019
Post by: Bennett on April 20, 2019, 09:27:42 am
Wrigley Field is the only National League ballpark where Zack Greinke has never won a game.  Let’s keep it that way.

Taylor Davis has yet to make an appearance.  With an off day on Monday, maybe we’ll see him next Thursday when there’s a day game after a night game.

(https://pbs.twimg.com/media/D4mkQ5AXoAAka1q.jpg:small)
Title: Re: Today's Game 2019
Post by: goblue007 on April 20, 2019, 01:26:22 pm
Good job good effort Yu
Title: Re: Today's Game 2019
Post by: brjones on April 20, 2019, 01:26:25 pm
I guess the string of good starts is over. After Dyson singles to start the game (then gets thrown out trying to get to second), both Escobar and Peralta have homered.
Title: Re: Today's Game 2019
Post by: Bennett on April 20, 2019, 01:28:17 pm
The pitch to Escobar was a waist-high fastball right down the middle of the plate.
Title: Re: Today's Game 2019
Post by: Reb on April 20, 2019, 01:40:25 pm
Darvish with SIX swinging strikes in first—kind of thing dominant pitchers do—but two homers, four hits and two runs. Go figure.
Title: Re: Today's Game 2019
Post by: brjones on April 20, 2019, 01:52:34 pm
Darvish walks the #7 hitter to start the inning.

Darvish walks the #8 hitter on 4 pitches. Just awful.
Title: Re: Today's Game 2019
Post by: CUBluejays on April 20, 2019, 01:53:38 pm
I wonder if the Orioles would trade Chris Davis for Darvish?  The Cubs would probably have to throw in Amaya.
Title: Re: Today's Game 2019
Post by: brjones on April 20, 2019, 01:55:14 pm
After a Greinke sac bunt, a sac fly makes it 3-0.
Title: Re: Today's Game 2019
Post by: DelMarFan on April 20, 2019, 01:56:18 pm
So painful watching Darvish.  If we just restrict it to free agent pitchers (to take Milton Bradley and Todd Hundley out of the equation), have the Cubs had a worse signing?  Mel Rojas, maybe?
Title: Re: Today's Game 2019
Post by: guest61 on April 20, 2019, 02:05:00 pm
They aint chanting "Yu" Brother.

Im not quite as dumb as some here would love to have you believe.

Just look at our fantasy league.
Title: Re: Today's Game 2019
Post by: Dave23 on April 20, 2019, 02:06:26 pm
I still think I hated Edwin Jackson’s contract more...
Title: Re: Today's Game 2019
Post by: CUBluejays on April 20, 2019, 02:07:00 pm
Yu has legit ace stuff, but for whatever reason he can’t sequence it.
Title: Re: Today's Game 2019
Post by: brjones on April 20, 2019, 03:17:06 pm
Sloppy baseball--Contreras drops a ball on an easy throw home, and the run scores. 4-0 Diamondbacks.
Title: Re: Today's Game 2019
Post by: brjones on April 20, 2019, 03:20:06 pm
Home run, 6-0. This has not been a well-played game by the Cubs.
Title: Re: Today's Game 2019
Post by: brjones on April 20, 2019, 03:20:54 pm
Greinke double to CF that probably would've been a homer on a different day.
Title: Re: Today's Game 2019
Post by: Playtwo on April 20, 2019, 03:21:28 pm
That happens.  Not a particularly big deal.
Title: Re: Today's Game 2019
Post by: Bennett on April 21, 2019, 09:47:35 am
Willson's leg must be OK

(https://pbs.twimg.com/media/D4rwrELW0AAmQV7.jpg:small)
Title: Re: Today's Game 2019
Post by: brjones on April 21, 2019, 01:23:14 pm
Chatwood 4 pitch walk to start the game.
Title: Re: Today's Game 2019
Post by: brjones on April 21, 2019, 01:26:57 pm
GIDP and another grounder quickly end the inning after the walk.
Title: Re: Today's Game 2019
Post by: CurtOne on April 21, 2019, 01:53:38 pm
Chatwood looked good that inning.  Let's give him an extension.j
Title: Re: Today's Game 2019
Post by: brjones on April 21, 2019, 02:17:37 pm
Since the leadoff walk in the first, Chatwood has only given up one hit through 4 innings.
Title: Re: Today's Game 2019
Post by: brjones on April 21, 2019, 02:20:08 pm
Rizzo misses a homer by inches leading off the 4th. The ball hit the wall just below the basket.
Title: Re: Today's Game 2019
Post by: brjones on April 21, 2019, 02:28:08 pm
Statcast estimates Rizzo’s double as going 411 feet. I’m pretty sure that 411 feet is at least in the basket anywhere, right? I guess the wind knocked it down just enough to throw off their estimate.
Title: Re: Today's Game 2019
Post by: brjones on April 21, 2019, 02:53:47 pm
Chatwood with six scoreless innings on only about 70 pitches. They could probably send him out there for one more inning if they want.

Unfortunately, the Cubs are scoreless too. I can’t remember the last time Almora hit a ball hard.
Title: Re: Today's Game 2019
Post by: brjones on April 21, 2019, 02:57:07 pm
BAEZ!!! Rizzo HBP with 2 outs, then Javy triples. 1-0 Cubs.
Title: Re: Today's Game 2019
Post by: CurtOne on April 21, 2019, 03:02:38 pm
This is the Chatwood I thought we were getting.  Where has he been hiding?

I did note that he kept his eyes on his target today.
Title: Re: Today's Game 2019
Post by: brjones on April 21, 2019, 03:03:36 pm
Chatwood done after 6 shutout innings. 71 pitches, 2 hits, 2 walks, 3 strikeouts.
Title: Re: Today's Game 2019
Post by: brjones on April 21, 2019, 03:12:34 pm
I haven't really been paying attention...but have they stopped interviewing the 7th inning stretch singer completely this year? I can't remember them talking to anyone yet this year in any game I've watched, and Nick Offerman is the type of guy who still would've gotten an inning last year.
Title: Re: Today's Game 2019
Post by: Reb on April 21, 2019, 03:12:50 pm
55 of 71 Chatwood pitches were 4-seamer and 2-seamer fastballs. Averaged 95.5 and 95.1.

Command of the fastball. That’s pitching.
Title: Re: Today's Game 2019
Post by: brjones on April 21, 2019, 03:41:30 pm
Jarrod Dyson of all people homers to tie it in the 9th.

Offense has completely disappeared the last two days.
Title: Re: Today's Game 2019
Post by: brjones on April 21, 2019, 03:46:36 pm
Baez leadoff double, Jones error, Javy on third with no outs.
Title: Re: Today's Game 2019
Post by: brjones on April 21, 2019, 03:46:51 pm
Contreras HBP.
Title: Re: Today's Game 2019
Post by: brjones on April 21, 2019, 03:49:49 pm
Bote walkoff single!!!!
Title: Re: Today's Game 2019
Post by: brjones on April 21, 2019, 03:50:22 pm
Game time: 2:28.
Title: Re: Today's Game 2019
Post by: mO on April 21, 2019, 03:50:27 pm
BOTAY!!!!!
Title: Re: Today's Game 2019
Post by: brjones on April 21, 2019, 03:51:52 pm
Nice job just getting the run in from third with no drama.
Title: Re: Today's Game 2019
Post by: Bennett on April 21, 2019, 03:55:45 pm
A relief pitcher cannot pitch himself into a save situation but he can pitch himself into a win doesn't sound right.
Title: Re: Today's Game 2019
Post by: Deeg on April 21, 2019, 04:17:49 pm
Chatwood done after 6 shutout innings. 71 pitches, 2 hits, 2 walks, 3 strikeouts.

Hands up who saw that coming.
Title: Re: Today's Game 2019
Post by: Ron on April 21, 2019, 04:21:07 pm
Hands up who saw that coming.
Steve Stone did.  (for those who read the article I posted yesterday)
Title: Re: Today's Game 2019
Post by: Deeg on April 21, 2019, 07:59:42 pm
Well, Chatwood always had good stuff.  It's not like last year was the norm for him.  There was always a reasonable hope he'd figure it out at least to a degree.

Now let's see him do it a few more times, and I'll start to believe.
Title: Re: Today's Game 2019
Post by: Playtwo on April 21, 2019, 08:40:29 pm
He should certainly be considered the sixth starter at this point.  Montgomery needs to be in the pen.
Title: Re: Today's Game 2019
Post by: davep on April 21, 2019, 08:49:45 pm
I would start him 5 days from now, and give everyone an extra day of rest.  Don't sit a pitcher who is hot.  If he struggles next start, move him to long relief.  If he does well, you might have found your # 2 starter.
Title: Re: Today's Game 2019
Post by: craig on April 21, 2019, 10:08:11 pm
What a nice game for Chatwood.  Really happy for him.  Nice game, lots of fastballs, and lots of fastballs that he kept low and got groundballs on.  Kind of a refreshing old-fashioned approach. 
Title: Re: Today's Game 2019
Post by: Robb on April 22, 2019, 08:40:45 am
Wonder how Yu would do in relief? Kind of kidding
Title: Re: Today's Game 2019
Post by: Deeg on April 22, 2019, 09:00:04 am
Don't think that thought hadn't crossed my mind.

I mean, with only one inning to worry about he'd probably average about 97 on the fastball.  And he'd be forced to cut down on the repertoire from about 8 pitches to 3.  But the fact is, the guy has been a good-great starter for his whole career when healthy, and he seems to be healthy - I think you just have to figure out how to get that guy back.
Title: Re: Today's Game 2019
Post by: craig on April 22, 2019, 10:11:25 am
Darvish is routinely even wilder in his first inning than in his ensueing innings, though, which might not translate well to relief.  But yeah, he might do less harm in the Kintzler/Edwards role than in rotation?   
Title: Re: Today's Game 2019
Post by: Playtwo on April 22, 2019, 10:32:04 am
Yu's trending in the right direction and it's critical for the success of the team this year and beyond that he succeed as a starter.
Title: Re: Today's Game 2019
Post by: davep on April 22, 2019, 11:01:58 am
I would try to go with 6 starters for a couple of months.  If Chatwood performs well, and none of the others fall off a cliff, we should be able to get a great return at the trade deadline for Hamels.
Title: Re: Today's Game 2019
Post by: craig on April 22, 2019, 11:17:44 am
I would try to go with 6 starters for a couple of months.  If Chatwood performs well, and none of the others fall off a cliff, we should be able to get a great return at the trade deadline for Hamels.

Dave, if you have six starters and all are performing well, including Chatwood and Yu, then they won't be getting any return at the trade deadline for any of them!  If you've got six starters all pitching well, Theo the Nowacrat isn't going to be trading any of them.  He's going to be keeping them all to chase a playoff spot. 
Title: Re: Today's Game 2019
Post by: craig on April 22, 2019, 11:28:02 am
Yu's trending in the right direction and it's critical for the success of the team this year and beyond that he succeed as a starter.

Agree.  Team success probably depends on Yu being successful.  Not sure that bodes well for team success, because that success seems perhaps more hypothetical than realistic.  But for teams with great outcomes, often that coincides with having good success from improbable players. 

It's often reasoned that pitcher success is built on the big-three of K/BB/HR.  Yu's HR and BB profiles seem pretty ill-suited.

Bad command, no deception, and HR-factory is a kind of a risky recipe.   
Title: Re: Today's Game 2019
Post by: Ron on April 22, 2019, 11:35:34 am
Given Darvish's performance history, I would not consider it "improbable" that he will yet be effective, even highly effective, this season.  Seems to me it could easily go either way.

In any event if the other starters pitch like they have recently (granted, that is a very large "if") I am not convinced a successfull season is necessarily dependent on Darvish getting back on track. Obviously success would be way more likely with Darvish pitching anywhere near his potential.
Title: Re: Today's Game 2019
Post by: davep on April 22, 2019, 12:17:01 pm
Dave, if you have six starters and all are performing well, including Chatwood and Yu, then they won't be getting any return at the trade deadline for any of them!  If you've got six starters all pitching well, Theo the Nowacrat isn't going to be trading any of them.  He's going to be keeping them all to chase a playoff spot. 

Hopefully, Epstein is not as much of a nowacrat as you seem to think.

But I was saying what I would do in that situation, not predicting what Epstein would do.
Title: Re: Today's Game 2019
Post by: Deeg on April 22, 2019, 04:25:34 pm
If by some freak you got Darvish pitching well and kept Chatwood pitching well in the rotation, trading a starter for an impact reliever would be a nowacrat move.  Since the bullpen is more likely than the rotation to be our downfall.

Darvish has a whole career of pitching well when healthy, and a few starts with us of pitching poorly.  It certainly isn't that unlikely that he'll figure it out.
Title: Re: Today's Game 2019
Post by: Bennett on April 23, 2019, 02:05:18 pm
(https://pbs.twimg.com/media/D43B7SfXkAAfLHB.jpg:small)
Title: Re: Today's Game 2019
Post by: Deeg on April 23, 2019, 06:52:42 pm
Contreras is going to be toast by the time Caratini gets back.
Title: Re: Today's Game 2019
Post by: JeffH on April 23, 2019, 07:04:47 pm
If Joe's not going to use Davis, let Kyle be the emergency catcher and bring up another reliever.
Title: Re: Today's Game 2019
Post by: JeffH on April 23, 2019, 07:22:17 pm
It's crazy that pitchers are afraid to throw KB a 3-2 fastball.
Title: Re: Today's Game 2019
Post by: JeffH on April 23, 2019, 07:35:16 pm
Love Schwarber - he'll always be a Cubs legend - but he just can't hit.

Prefer Bote in the lineup.  Very sad.
Title: Re: Today's Game 2019
Post by: brjones on April 23, 2019, 07:36:15 pm
WILLSON!! 3 run double.
Title: Re: Today's Game 2019
Post by: goblue007 on April 23, 2019, 07:36:41 pm
Descalso!
Title: Re: Today's Game 2019
Post by: Reb on April 23, 2019, 07:39:00 pm
Love Schwarber - he'll always be a Cubs legend - but he just can't hit

Maybe, but that was one terrific change-up he got for strike three. Best pitch Maeda threw all inning.
Title: Re: Today's Game 2019
Post by: craig on April 23, 2019, 07:41:13 pm
Wow, what a clutch hit for Willson.  Unbelievable.  Descalzo, that extra run could be pretty huge, too.  Wow, really nice. 

Title: Re: Today's Game 2019
Post by: Deeg on April 23, 2019, 07:42:39 pm
Was that an "unintentional-intentional" walk to Baez, or did he show some actual discipline?  Obviously they don't want to pitch to him there.

DD with 2 outs - if you believe in them, he's a clutch hitter.
Title: Re: Today's Game 2019
Post by: goblue007 on April 23, 2019, 07:58:38 pm
Maeda probably had Baez struck out but Barrett didn’t pull the trigger
Title: Re: Today's Game 2019
Post by: Robb on April 23, 2019, 08:04:11 pm
What a nice development! Rizzo with a 2 run bomb extends the leads to 6-0.
Title: Re: Today's Game 2019
Post by: craig on April 23, 2019, 08:06:31 pm
Rizzo, nice to see a HR.  I haven't been able to watch much; seems almost all the HR's have been opposite field. 
Title: Re: Today's Game 2019
Post by: craig on April 23, 2019, 08:07:35 pm
Pretty awesome infield hit by Baez, that was pretty funny. 1b was ready to tag him, but he dodged and evaded.  Never seen anything like that.
Title: Re: Today's Game 2019
Post by: craig on April 23, 2019, 08:08:52 pm
Ump calls a couple of strike-3's balls, Q walks the leadoff guy.  Given some of the pitches the Cubs got in the first, can't complain. 
Title: Re: Today's Game 2019
Post by: Jack Birdbath on April 23, 2019, 08:13:39 pm
At least the ump has been consistently incompetent.
Title: Re: Today's Game 2019
Post by: craig on April 23, 2019, 08:19:38 pm
Heyward missed a fly against the wall, the run scores, but Q limits it to the one.  Don't think he's used to the LC wall.  He was kinda shrinking a step off the vines, but didn't actually need to do a full stretch.  Needed to partially extend the elbow and reach a little bit, but nothing full.  He just missed it.  Crazy game. 
Title: Re: Today's Game 2019
Post by: goblue007 on April 23, 2019, 08:43:38 pm
Q lookin sharp again
Title: Re: Today's Game 2019
Post by: craig on April 23, 2019, 09:08:16 pm
Q is really looking sharp.  Lots of strikes.  Changeup has really been working. 
Title: Re: Today's Game 2019
Post by: mO on April 23, 2019, 09:12:38 pm
In a little trouble in the 7th, runners 2nd and 3rd, 1 out.  100 pitches.
Title: Re: Today's Game 2019
Post by: mO on April 23, 2019, 09:13:10 pm
Groundball out scores 1.  6-2
Title: Re: Today's Game 2019
Post by: Dave23 on April 23, 2019, 09:20:05 pm
Muncy looking to walk...you can’t take that pitch twice in a row...
Title: Re: Today's Game 2019
Post by: brjones on April 23, 2019, 09:20:35 pm
I can't believe Maddon let Quintana go almost 115 pitches...but it's not the wrong decision. He's terrified of the non-Cishek/Strop part of his bullpen.

Quintana has really been great so far.
Title: Re: Today's Game 2019
Post by: Dave23 on April 23, 2019, 09:21:02 pm
Q masterful again...
Title: Re: Today's Game 2019
Post by: craig on April 23, 2019, 09:22:29 pm
Wow, Q was really nibbling off the edge, lucky to get that strike called his way, right off the corner.  But really, really nice work to hang in there and get out of trouble.

2 innings for the pen to manage.  Hope it's not too stressful. 
Title: Re: Today's Game 2019
Post by: craig on April 23, 2019, 09:25:23 pm
Baez!  Opposite field again, for the HR. 
Title: Re: Today's Game 2019
Post by: craig on April 23, 2019, 09:26:27 pm
Len says of Baez 7 HR, one has been to left, 5 to right. 
Title: Re: Today's Game 2019
Post by: CUBluejays on April 23, 2019, 09:39:11 pm
Cubs getting BABIP'd this inning.
Title: Re: Today's Game 2019
Post by: mO on April 23, 2019, 09:40:42 pm
Bullpen about to blow it
Title: Re: Today's Game 2019
Post by: brjones on April 23, 2019, 09:41:29 pm
This bullpen is bad.
Title: Re: Today's Game 2019
Post by: brjones on April 23, 2019, 09:43:06 pm
Huge strikeout there. If Pollock just takes the pitch, Bellinger is up as the tying run.
Title: Re: Today's Game 2019
Post by: CUBluejays on April 23, 2019, 09:44:20 pm
If the Cubs are positioned a couple inches differently it is a 1, 2, 3 inning.  Not 1 hard hit ball so far this inning.
Title: Re: Today's Game 2019
Post by: brjones on April 23, 2019, 09:45:21 pm
Baez is so good at defense.
Title: Re: Today's Game 2019
Post by: Ron on April 23, 2019, 09:46:00 pm
Or not.
Title: Re: Today's Game 2019
Post by: Deeg on April 23, 2019, 09:47:41 pm
Change seems to be the key to everything for Q.  Not sure how I feel about him throwing 115 pitches though.
Title: Re: Today's Game 2019
Post by: craig on April 23, 2019, 09:49:39 pm
Nice play by Baez to get out of bases loaded jam.  Cishek gave up a couple of soft singles that found holes, Maddon brought in wild Ryan who gave up a seeing-eye groundball single.  Went full count on Pollack, he whiffed on a terrible ball-four pitch in the dirt.  Went to 3-1 on bellinger, got a soft grounder and with Baez shifted over in shallow right, he made a really nice play and got him by an eyelash.  Fun escape. 

Ryan doesn't have the command you'd really like for a situational lefty.  I'd have just as soon left Cishek in, lefty/right or no, since he knows what he's doing and isn't a wildman and hadn't given up any hard contact.  But Maddon gets through the inning. 
Title: Re: Today's Game 2019
Post by: Deeg on April 23, 2019, 09:52:15 pm
Baez on pace for 9 WAR over a full season.
Title: Re: Today's Game 2019
Post by: brjones on April 23, 2019, 09:55:33 pm
The crowd is chanting something this inning, but I can't figure out what it is. They repeat something three times, then say "You suck!"

Almora needs to join Happ in Iowa.
Title: Re: Today's Game 2019
Post by: craig on April 23, 2019, 10:01:46 pm
Bryant with a really, really nice play in the 9th. 
Title: Re: Today's Game 2019
Post by: brjones on April 23, 2019, 10:03:02 pm
Cubs win! They're over .500.
Title: Re: Today's Game 2019
Post by: davep on April 23, 2019, 10:05:30 pm
And tied with the Brewers.
Title: Re: Today's Game 2019
Post by: Dave23 on April 23, 2019, 10:35:46 pm
Rizzo HRed to left, Baez HRed to right.

I’ll say it again...I love watching these guys take the ball the other way...
Title: Re: Today's Game 2019
Post by: Reb on April 23, 2019, 10:42:42 pm
Cubs have gained five games on the Brewers in the last 10 games. Actually now ahead of the Brewers by % points.

Two games behind Cards.
Title: Re: Today's Game 2019
Post by: Deeg on April 23, 2019, 11:38:49 pm
We'll go as far as the bullpen can support us.  Not a whole lot more to it than that.
Title: Re: Today's Game 2019
Post by: Reb on April 24, 2019, 01:23:28 am
Change-up is a key pitch for Q, for sure, but he threw 33 curves tonight compared to 13 changes. About 2/3 of his sinkers and 4-seamers were strikes tonight too. Obviously, when he is commanding his fastballs and throwing a mix of pitches, he can and will be effective.

Wow, would be great to have the Sox-version of Quintana all season. Hoping.
Title: Re: Today's Game 2019
Post by: Deeg on April 24, 2019, 01:40:22 am
Those 13 changes make those 33 curves a lot more effective.
Title: Re: Today's Game 2019
Post by: Deeg on April 24, 2019, 01:44:13 am
So, now having seen EL Mago's latest trick on video...

Why was he not declared out for being out of the baseline on that play?
Title: Re: Today's Game 2019
Post by: brs2 on April 24, 2019, 02:32:30 am
So, now having seen EL Mago's latest trick on video...

Why was he not declared out for being out of the baseline on that play?

On the TV broadcast, they said the rule is you can't go more than 3 feet outside the baseline. The baseline is not the chalk marking - it is a straight line from the runner to the base. Judgment call for the ump, could easily go the other way.
Title: Re: Today's Game 2019
Post by: Deeg on April 24, 2019, 03:00:05 am
On the TV broadcast, they said the rule is you can't go more than 3 feet outside the baseline. The baseline is not the chalk marking - it is a straight line from the runner to the base. Judgment call for the ump, could easily go the other way.

Yeah, that seems to be the theory. But even so, wasn’t that more than three feet?

Or maybe Javy is just so obscenely cool that makes his own flucking baseline.
Title: Re: Today's Game 2019
Post by: craig on April 24, 2019, 08:34:37 am
Ryan doesn't have much control, but when he gets the ball close enough for guys to hit it, I like his groundball profile a lot.  K'd Muncy to end it, with that long side-arm fastball.

That long side-arm delivery is understandably hard to control, but seems kinda tough on left-handed hitters if he can throw strikes. 

His walk rates in the minors actually aren't that bad.  Maybe easier there, when you're less scared to throw it down the middle when you get behind. 
Title: Re: Today's Game 2019
Post by: CUBluejays on April 24, 2019, 10:18:17 am
Lefties have a .421 OPS and 40% K% against him so far. 
Title: Re: Today's Game 2019
Post by: Bennett on April 24, 2019, 02:05:09 pm
Around 50° - light winds from the right field corner to the left field corner - 40% chance of sprinkles

We should see Taylor Davis on Thursday (day game after a night game)

(https://pbs.twimg.com/media/D48KbF4W4AAHCAc.jpg:small)
Title: Re: Today's Game 2019
Post by: brjones on April 24, 2019, 02:10:48 pm
We should see Taylor Davis on Thursday (day game after a night game)

I think that's doubtful considering that Lester is scheduled to pitch that game. As long as Contreras is healthy, he is Lester's personal catcher.
Title: Re: Today's Game 2019
Post by: Bennett on April 24, 2019, 02:40:53 pm
I think that's doubtful considering that Lester is scheduled to pitch that game. As long as Contreras is healthy, he is Lester's personal catcher.
In that case, Davis should be in there today.
Title: Re: Today's Game 2019
Post by: Playtwo on April 24, 2019, 03:20:51 pm
Almost certainly Davis tomorrow.
Title: Re: Today's Game 2019
Post by: Deeg on April 24, 2019, 06:44:00 pm
Seriously, why would you start Almora against a RHP?
Title: Re: Today's Game 2019
Post by: JeffH on April 24, 2019, 06:54:23 pm
Your choices aren't great.  It's bad enough that Schwarber is playing.  Based on performance to date, Bote should be in there.  With very little offense to be realized from non-Bote-3B/LF/CF, might as well improve the defense.
Title: Re: Today's Game 2019
Post by: CurtOne on April 24, 2019, 08:08:28 pm
Descalso sure looked slow on that run home, but I'm used to Baez coming all the way home.
Title: Re: Today's Game 2019
Post by: brjones on April 24, 2019, 08:11:46 pm
Something is off with Hamels tonight. 5 walks, and he's failed to cover first base quickly enough twice. Dodgers take a 1-0 lead.
Title: Re: Today's Game 2019
Post by: CurtOne on April 24, 2019, 08:13:49 pm
He turned the wrong way for the throw home.
Title: Re: Today's Game 2019
Post by: brjones on April 24, 2019, 08:41:44 pm
Hamels was at 100 pitches through 5 innings, and he's still out there for the 6th. Second night in a row Joe is potentially extending a starter well beyond 100 pitches.
Title: Re: Today's Game 2019
Post by: brjones on April 24, 2019, 08:44:13 pm
Letting Hamels throw his 111th pitch to Bellinger doesn't work out well for the Cubs. 3-0 Dodgers.
Title: Re: Today's Game 2019
Post by: brjones on April 24, 2019, 09:03:06 pm
Javy batting as the tying run in the bottom of the 6th with 2 outs. Quickly down 0-2.
Title: Re: Today's Game 2019
Post by: brjones on April 24, 2019, 09:03:33 pm
JAVY!!!!!!!!!!!
Title: Re: Today's Game 2019
Post by: davep on April 24, 2019, 09:04:28 pm
THAT one didn't go to right field.
Title: Re: Today's Game 2019
Post by: craig on April 24, 2019, 09:04:28 pm
Javy pulls one way out!
Title: Re: Today's Game 2019
Post by: brjones on April 24, 2019, 09:04:43 pm
Love how he watched it too.
Title: Re: Today's Game 2019
Post by: mO on April 24, 2019, 09:05:34 pm
On 0-2, after 2 fastballs.  Looks like Buehler hung him something offspeed.
Title: Re: Today's Game 2019
Post by: brjones on April 24, 2019, 09:09:12 pm
Bote needs to play everyday. He's been great this year.
Title: Re: Today's Game 2019
Post by: Deeg on April 24, 2019, 09:09:23 pm
If you plot Javy's improvement on a curve, pretty scary to imagine how good he could be in 2-3 years.  Doesn't always play out that way, but given his unbelievable natural talent - wow.
Title: Re: Today's Game 2019
Post by: brjones on April 24, 2019, 09:12:00 pm
HEYWARD!!!!!!!!!! 6-3 Cubs. This has been a good half inning.
Title: Re: Today's Game 2019
Post by: craig on April 24, 2019, 09:12:19 pm
Wow wow wow wow!
Title: Re: Today's Game 2019
Post by: CurtOne on April 24, 2019, 09:14:02 pm
I dumped Alexander in fantasy just in time.
Title: Re: Today's Game 2019
Post by: davep on April 24, 2019, 09:18:12 pm
Baez is good.
Title: Re: Today's Game 2019
Post by: Deeg on April 24, 2019, 09:20:14 pm
I'm skeptical that Kintzler can continue to be really effective having lost so much off his fastball, but at least he seems to have remembered he used to be a strike thrower.
Title: Re: Today's Game 2019
Post by: Deeg on April 24, 2019, 09:21:49 pm
So, do we still have people arguing to move Baez off SS when Russell comes back?
Title: Re: Today's Game 2019
Post by: craig on April 24, 2019, 09:23:38 pm
Great play by Baez, and great scoop by Rizzo.  Grounder deep in the hole, very long throw, but the speed with which he got the ball from glove to hand to throw was fabulous. 

I'm old enough to remember Shawon Dunston and his rocket arm.  But I have this memory that he routinely used or needed a plant and a hop to unleach the rockets.  Rey Sanchez didn't throw it as hard or impressively, but actually got it from glove to Grace more quickly. 
Title: Re: Today's Game 2019
Post by: mO on April 24, 2019, 09:25:57 pm
So, they threw at Bryant....
Title: Re: Today's Game 2019
Post by: Deeg on April 24, 2019, 09:26:11 pm
Great play by Baez, and great scoop by Rizzo.  Grounder deep in the hole, very long throw, but the speed with which he got the ball from glove to hand to throw was fabulous. 

I'm old enough to remember Shawon Dunston and his rocket arm.  But I have this memory that he routinely used or needed a plant and a hop to unleach the rockets.  Rey Sanchez didn't throw it as hard or impressively, but actually got it from glove to Grace more quickly. 

It's not just that Baez is a really good SS.  It's that he's clearly hitting better since he stopped being moved around so much.  And there's no compelling case that Russell should be playing everyday anyway, given his output the last two seasons.  And that's not even acknowledging the elephant in the room.

But - Joe said "Addy is my SS" so...
Title: Re: Today's Game 2019
Post by: mO on April 24, 2019, 09:28:05 pm
Rizzo doubles him in
Title: Re: Today's Game 2019
Post by: mO on April 24, 2019, 09:40:32 pm
Cishek gives up a 3-run job to some mouth-breather...
Title: Re: Today's Game 2019
Post by: brjones on April 24, 2019, 09:41:50 pm
This bullpen is bad. Even the guys who are good have been bad so far.
Title: Re: Today's Game 2019
Post by: guest61 on April 24, 2019, 09:45:26 pm
Addison has a better glove than Javy not to mention just 3 years ago he also had over 20 HRs and damn near 100 RBIs.
Title: Re: Today's Game 2019
Post by: Deeg on April 24, 2019, 09:45:36 pm
This bullpen is bad. Even the guys who are good have been bad so far.

Not Cishek's fault.  Joe just abused him too much last year.

Look at where the Cubs are - just above .500, about where many of us predicted.  What have been the problems already?

1. Dumpster fire bullpen
2. Not enough starting-caliber OF
3. Catching depth

It's not as if any of this wasn't predictable.  It's just that the Cubs chose not to address any of it.
Title: Re: Today's Game 2019
Post by: brjones on April 24, 2019, 09:47:47 pm
Contreras was all in on hitting a homer in that AB. Didn't work out the way he wanted it to.
Title: Re: Today's Game 2019
Post by: mO on April 24, 2019, 09:55:48 pm
CUBS WIN!!!
Title: Re: Today's Game 2019
Post by: davep on April 24, 2019, 10:02:04 pm
So, do we still have people arguing to move Baez off SS when Russell comes back?

What is different to cause anyone to change their mind?  Is there anyone that didn't already know that Baez was a good shortstop?  So is Russell.
Title: Re: Today's Game 2019
Post by: craig on April 24, 2019, 10:12:05 pm
Man, what a fun win.  Down 3-0, I sure didn't expect that.  Very fun.  Some really nice defense by the Cubs. 

Not sure what the teams ahead of them did HR-wise tonight, but a 2-HR night might possibly bump the Cubs into the top-20 in HR's.  Nice!
Title: Re: Today's Game 2019
Post by: Deeg on April 24, 2019, 10:14:23 pm
What is different to cause anyone to change their mind?  Is there anyone that didn't already know that Baez was a good shortstop?  So is Russell.

Every day Baez looks more and more steady and proficient at SS, which further weakens the argument that Russell is some kind of big defensive improvement that would justify messing with Baez when he's performing at an MVP level.
Title: Re: Today's Game 2019
Post by: davep on April 24, 2019, 10:28:08 pm
Russell may not be a BIG defensive improvement, but he IS an improvement.  And there is no reason to believe that Baez will not show the same improvement at second base as he has at shortstop.  But regardless of which one plays shortstop, Playing them together in the middle infield will result in one of the better defensive duos in the game.
Title: Re: Today's Game 2019
Post by: CurtOne on April 24, 2019, 10:28:11 pm
Every day Baez looks more and more steady and proficient at SS, which further weakens the argument that Russell is some kind of big defensive improvement that would justify messing with Baez when he's performing at an MVP level.
I remember some people saying that they thought Russell was just a hair better, but not a BIG improvement.  Besides, the argument I've been hearing is that the Cubs defense would be better if BOTH were in the lineup.
Title: Re: Today's Game 2019
Post by: CurtOne on April 24, 2019, 10:28:55 pm
Or what Dave said.
Title: Re: Today's Game 2019
Post by: Deeg on April 24, 2019, 11:00:14 pm
I remember some people saying that they thought Russell was just a hair better, but not a BIG improvement.  Besides, the argument I've been hearing is that the Cubs defense would be better if BOTH were in the lineup.

If your argument is that they’d be better with both of them in the lineup (which you would defensively, but offense kinda matters too) then it’s just as true with Javy at SS and Russell at second.

We’ve seen Baez improve massively as a hitter once he started playing every day. We’ve seen him improve massively at short once he stayed there. Is there any reason not to think that would continue?  The fact is you’d be wasting one of Baez’ best traits (his arm) at 2B.  And you’d be hiding Russell’s defensive weakness (also his arm).

Also - Baez is an automatic start every day and Russell is not (or at least he shouldn’t be).  If you put him back at SS, that means Baez has to move every day based on whether Russell plays or not.  Whereas if you leave Javy where he is, no extra moves required - Russell either plays 2B or sits.

Seriously, it’s astonishing that this is still even a matter of uncertainty.
Title: Re: Today's Game 2019
Post by: guest61 on April 24, 2019, 11:07:52 pm
The hate for my man Addi is thick in here.

Never seen such hate directed to someone over one episode.

Usually we give second chances in this country.

I bet everyone here has needed one before.
Title: Re: Today's Game 2019
Post by: JR on April 24, 2019, 11:35:04 pm
Well we're one back in the loss column from the Cardinals.

Really if Darvish gets his crap together, we're formidable.  Hopefully we're not too far away from that happening.
Title: Re: Today's Game 2019
Post by: Deeg on April 24, 2019, 11:51:32 pm
Well we're one back in the loss column from the Cardinals.

Really if Darvish gets his crap together, we're formidable.  Hopefully we're not too far away from that happening.

We're only as formidable as the bullpen lets us be.  It always seemed likely the rotation was going to be pretty good, but it won't be as good as it has been the past two weeks, realistically. 

Who in the pen really inspires confidence right now?  Strop is throwing pretty well, not great.  Kintzler and Brach are well off their top velocity and Cishek looks like he could be spent.  The rest of them are all crapshoots, career mediocrities we're hoping will have career seasons.  When Chatwood is leading the staff in fastball velocity, that's not a great statement about having a shutdown bullpen.

Some way, somehow, a move has to be coming for an impact reliever of some sort.  Since it's not going to Morrow in the foreseeable future and Kimbrel is a pipe dream, it has to be a trade.
Title: Re: Today's Game 2019
Post by: Bennett on April 25, 2019, 12:24:34 am
When Kris Bryant was hit on the shoulder in the bottom of the seventh (before Anthony Rizzo doubled him home) he pulled what looked like a black ace bandage out of his pocket and wrapped it around his right wrist as he reached first base.  Is there a problem there that we have not heard about?
Title: Re: Today's Game 2019
Post by: Bennett on April 25, 2019, 12:53:40 am
Cubs' Strop loses car, gets save on 'crazy day'

Quote
CHICAGO -- Cubs closer Pedro Strop had to cut short talking with the police regarding his stolen car on Wednesday, just in time to secure the save in a wild 7-6 win over the Los Angeles Dodgers.

http://www.espn.com/mlb/story/_/id/26599665/cubs-strop-loses-car-gets-save-crazy-day
Title: Re: Today's Game 2019
Post by: Deeg on April 25, 2019, 01:35:39 am
Baez now (before today) leads all qualified SS in defensive runs saved above average (Rdrs) and Plus/Minus fielding runs above average.
Title: Re: Today's Game 2019
Post by: Robb on April 25, 2019, 07:38:54 am
Since starting the season 1-6 the Cubs have gone 11-4.
Title: Re: Today's Game 2019
Post by: Deeg on April 25, 2019, 09:39:17 am
Contreras back in the lineup, day game after a night game.

This team.  This manager...
Title: Re: Today's Game 2019
Post by: Playtwo on April 25, 2019, 10:27:12 am
I'm very surprised.
Title: Re: Today's Game 2019
Post by: brjones on April 25, 2019, 10:42:52 am
They've said that Contreras is going to be Lester's catcher. It was a little surprising that he started last night, but today was never in doubt.
Title: Re: Today's Game 2019
Post by: BearHit on April 25, 2019, 10:55:32 am
A MAN's MAN
Title: Re: Today's Game 2019
Post by: Ron on April 25, 2019, 11:40:01 am
They've said that Contreras is going to be Lester's catcher. It was a little surprising that he started last night, but today was never in doubt.

I agree that there was no way Contreras would not catch Lester. I also suspect that Joe sees this series as really important and wanted very badly to win each game. And Contreras in the lineup each game gives the team a better chance.  Hopefully, Contreras will start getting days off after this series.  Sure would nice to have an option Joe felt better about using though.
Title: Re: Today's Game 2019
Post by: CUBluejays on April 25, 2019, 11:41:09 am
The Cubs have been having at least 1 off day a week.  It isn't like he's been back there for a long stretch without a day off.  Realmuto has started 21/24 games at catcher,   Willson has started 19/22.  My guess is he gets a day off vs the D-backs.
Title: Re: Today's Game 2019
Post by: CUBluejays on April 25, 2019, 11:47:32 am
League average bullpen pitcher 4.44/4.46/4/48

Cubs 5.05/4.62/3.88 with a 23.4% HR/FB rate. 

The Cubs have a lot of internal options to improve it and just stopping giving up HR at a huge clip will help.

Title: Re: Today's Game 2019
Post by: Reb on April 25, 2019, 12:27:55 pm
Cubs have off days Monday and Thursday of next week. And, Maddon sometimes likes to give a guy two days in a row off when he can. So, I’d expect Contreras to get Sunday off. Then, Monday off day. And then another offday a few days later.  Not a problem.

Alternatively, possible Contreras gets tomorrow, Friday, off instead—-after having to travel Chicago to Phoenix.
Title: Re: Today's Game 2019
Post by: Bennett on April 25, 2019, 01:11:51 pm
Isn't part of this discussion that Taylor Davis really isn't much of an option?
Title: Re: Today's Game 2019
Post by: davep on April 25, 2019, 01:47:48 pm

We’ve seen Baez improve massively as a hitter once he started playing every day. We’ve seen him improve massively at short once he stayed there. Is there any reason not to think that would continue?  The fact is you’d be wasting one of Baez’ best traits (his arm) at 2B.  And you’d be hiding Russell’s defensive weakness (also his arm).

Also - Baez is an automatic start every day and Russell is not (or at least he shouldn’t be).  If you put him back at SS, that means Baez has to move every day based on whether Russell plays or not.  Whereas if you leave Javy where he is, no extra moves required - Russell either plays 2B or sits.

Seriously, it’s astonishing that this is still even a matter of uncertainty.

It is also true that, as would be expected, the number of games Baez has played has increased as his performance has improved.  We can argue the "chicken and egg" thing, but there is hardly enough data to determine which is responsible for which.

Baez performance improved substantially last year over the previous year, and he played the majority of games at second base.  The fact remains that there is no reason to think that his offense is in the slightest influenced by the position he plays, or the regularity of that position.

I don't think that Baez has improved substantially as a shortstop merely because he is playing the position exclusively.  Yesterday, he made a great play, crossing to the shortstop side of the infield to throw out the runner, even though, because of the shift, he was essentially playing second base at the time.

Moving every day has not seemed to affect Baez in the slightest up until now, and there is no reason whatsoever to think that it will do so in the future.  If it turns out that his performance DOES suffer after a change, there is no reason why the change can not be reversed.

I find it astonishing that you come to such certainty of your position with so little data to base it upon.
Title: Re: Today's Game 2019
Post by: CurtOne on April 25, 2019, 01:56:48 pm
With all the shifts, Baez plays a third of the game on the second base side anyhow.  Baez is a stud.  Not sure there's any position he couldn't  handle.   
Title: Re: Today's Game 2019
Post by: CurtOne on April 25, 2019, 02:44:48 pm
Deeg successfully jinxes Baez
Title: Re: Today's Game 2019
Post by: JeffH on April 25, 2019, 02:51:37 pm
This is simple.  Move the lesser players around to accommodate the better players.
Title: Re: Today's Game 2019
Post by: Deeg on April 25, 2019, 04:22:23 pm
Deeg successfully jinxes Baez

Or the media frenzy about him having to go back to utility player got into his head.
Title: Re: Today's Game 2019
Post by: Dave23 on April 25, 2019, 04:30:05 pm
Albert can't hit RHP...
Title: Re: Today's Game 2019
Post by: brjones on April 25, 2019, 04:30:20 pm
Almora with a 2 out homer in the 9th, 2-1 Dodgers.

Then Bote Ks on 3 pitches, Cubs lose. Too bad the bullpen had a mini-meltdown in the 8th that allowed the second run to score.
Title: Re: Today's Game 2019
Post by: Deeg on April 25, 2019, 04:48:46 pm
Albert can't hit RHP...

600 ABs, .694 OPS (plus minors)
1 AB, 5.000 OPS

Screw sample size!
Title: Re: Today's Game 2019
Post by: Bennett on April 25, 2019, 05:09:02 pm
You always hope for a sweep but two out of three against a team as good as the Dodgers isn't all that bad.
Title: Re: Today's Game 2019
Post by: Playtwo on April 25, 2019, 05:19:41 pm
This harping on the bullpen is a bit over the top.  When we get deep into the season, it will likely again be the offense that is most concerning.  Not that the bullpen is all hunky dory, but it will be easier to shore up the bullpen than it will be to improve the offense.  I don't anticipate the offense falling off a cliff like last season, but consistent offense down the road remains my biggest concern.
Title: Re: Today's Game 2019
Post by: Playtwo on April 25, 2019, 05:23:18 pm
I thought that Lester's outing was very encouraging (and important).
Title: Re: Today's Game 2019
Post by: CurtOne on April 25, 2019, 05:23:33 pm
Or the media frenzy about him having to go back to utility player got into his head.
I wasn't serious.  I hope you're not either.  He lifted his eyes to check the runner and botched the pick-up.  It could have happened to a better shorstop.  Like Russell.  Or Theriot.   :)
Title: Re: Today's Game 2019
Post by: Deeg on April 25, 2019, 05:44:53 pm
Nah, not too serious... But I still think a flat declaration that he’s the SS, period would be a wise move. Why risk messing with him when things are going so well?  You never know what will throw a guy off his feed.
Title: Re: Today's Game 2019
Post by: Deeg on April 25, 2019, 05:58:20 pm
This harping on the bullpen is a bit over the top.  When we get deep into the season, it will likely again be the offense that is most concerning.  Not that the bullpen is all hunky dory, but it will be easier to shore up the bullpen than it will be to improve the offense.  I don't anticipate the offense falling off a cliff like last season, but consistent offense down the road remains my biggest concern.

It’s so easy to fix the bullpen Theo has never been able to do it in 5 seasons of playoff contention...

I don’t disagree that the offense is a concern.  Heyward May be “fixed” but he’s still going to level off, and if God forbid he starts reverting to his 16-18 form the OF starts to look truly horrifying. You have to hope Rizzo, Bryant and Schwarber pick it up to counterbalance the probable regression of current overperformers. 
Title: Re: Today's Game 2019
Post by: CUBluejays on April 25, 2019, 08:26:35 pm
From 2015-2019

Cubs bullpen 7th in fWAR, 4th in ERA, 5th in FIP, 5th K/9

Such a struggle to find an effective bullpen.
Title: Re: Today's Game 2019
Post by: Deeg on April 25, 2019, 08:49:06 pm
Don't watch much postseason baseball, huh?
Title: Re: Today's Game 2019
Post by: method on April 25, 2019, 10:43:59 pm
I know a lot of the Cubs difficulty this season has been placed on the pitching staff. Rightfully so.

But at what point do Madden and the offense start taking some fire. Bryant has done well in the last 10 games with his ba. But the power is absent.

If you take Bryant's aggregate stats from his return  from injury last year thru spring (yes they don't count) and this year... The overall pitcure is really troubling.

The issues w the offense are basically dependable mvp Bryant and his effects on the lineup vs the new not so mvp Bryant.

Cubs gave up a LOT of talent for financial flexibility during mvp Bryant's peak cost controlled years.... If that is not the Bryant they get... All of those other moves look terrible even if the individual risk assessment and eventual outcome on those moves is within expected error bars.

I do not think this version of the Cubs can be a WS contender without their "mookie or trout" aka mvp Bryant.

I also have zero faith in Madden it's like watching the train wreck he ran in tb all over again.

He got lucky in the WS that his shitty in game management was bailed out by just astoundingly great talent... But to me it's obvious his schtick is not working yet again. He is great at keeping young players loose and not getting drowned in the big moment. But he is a mediocre in game manager and his schtick runs hollow w vets over time.

Those are just mu thoughts on the Cubs as a non cubs but big baseball fan prespective.

Also, fun fact I'm sure Eloy will not be the prospect u regret losing those are going to be gleyber and cease.

Eloy will be a fine Carlos Lee level player... But not the prodigal hitter he was made our to be.... Hope I am wrong!
Title: Re: Today's Game 2019
Post by: Playtwo on April 26, 2019, 07:53:41 am
I share your concerns about the offense, but not about Maddon.  His handling of the bullpen during the WS certainly deserves criticism, but I don't see any evidence that the players are tuning him out or that his in game approach is weak. I agree that the pre-2018 Bryant is needed for the Cubs to be serious WS contenders, and I remain hopeful that we'll see that Bryant despite a slow April so far.
Title: Re: Today's Game 2019
Post by: Robb on April 26, 2019, 08:26:27 am
Bryant is simply too good to struggle all year, as is Rizzo. In the past week we have seen signs that point to them both breaking out of it. Bryant appears to be healthy, so I see no reason to believe he won't be the guy he was as the season wears on.  To think that with a 1-6 start where seemingly everything went wrong the Cubs now sit a few games out is very encouraging. I believe they have the best record in the NL, or close to it since that first week.
Title: Re: Today's Game 2019
Post by: Bennett on April 26, 2019, 08:34:31 am
I share your concerns about the offense, but not about Maddon.  His handling of the bullpen during the WS certainly deserves criticism, but I don't see any evidence that the players are tuning him out or that his in game approach is weak. I agree that the pre-2018 Bryant is needed for the Cubs to be serious WS contenders, and I remain hopeful that we'll see that Bryant despite a slow April so far.
I'm still hung up on Maddon not walking a red-hot Christian Yelich to face Ryan Braun who was 6-29 vs Quintana in game 163 last year.
Title: Re: Today's Game 2019
Post by: Ron on April 26, 2019, 09:28:56 am
I doubt there is a manager in MLB who doesn't make head scratching, even maddening decisions. Everybody makes mistakes, even Theo Epstein. On balance, I am very happy with Joe Maddon as manager of the Cubs.
Title: Re: Today's Game 2019
Post by: Bennett on April 26, 2019, 09:37:40 am
I doubt there is a manager in MLB who doesn't make head scratching, even maddening decisions. Everybody makes mistakes, even Theo Epstein. On balance, I am very happy with Joe Maddon as manager of the Cubs.
Yelich Part II
What really bothered me was the totally B.S. answer Maddon gave when asked about the move.

I'd lean a lot more in your direction if he admitted a mistake every now and then.
Title: Re: Today's Game 2019
Post by: ben on April 26, 2019, 09:46:49 am
It's WAY too early to be gnashing teeth over a guy like Bryant hitting .230 or whatever.  What was Goldschmidt hitting in May last year and where did he end up?  Same thing EVERY year barring injury...some established guys start hot, some guys start cold and, then, the vast majority end up putting up numbers within the range of their career norms.

As for Joe, I just don't get the criticism his way, particularly looking at the Cubs' record over the past 4 years.  Hindsight is 20 Freaking 20...unfortunately, MLB managers don't get to work with the benefit of hindsight (the way we do).  And a KEY aspect of a manager's job is handling human beings...keeping YOUNG guys engaged and motivated, out of trouble that tempts some of them EVERY day, and building a TEAM mentality among guys who were always THE MAN at every level all the way up.  NOT an easy job!

Finally, I'll vent on the Theo criticism, which seems weird to me...what other front-office executive could have orchestrated a TOTAL metamorphosis of the most futile franchise in sports history? (from a rather bare cupboard to a World Championship and the best overall record in baseball over the past 4 years) 

It was a rather impossible assignment, but Theo pulled it off!  I'll be forever grateful for his landing with the Cubs and will continue to believe there are intelligent, thoughtful reasons for the moves he makes...we only get a percentage (maybe a small percentage) of the information he gathers from many sources...but our theories are theories, his RECORD shows that he gets RESULTS! 

Title: Re: Today's Game 2019
Post by: CUBluejays on April 26, 2019, 10:57:21 am
Don't watch much postseason baseball, huh?

Do you?  The Cubs had 1 year where the bullpen had an ERA over 4 from 2015-2018 in the playoffs., I'll let you guess the year.
Title: Re: Today's Game 2019
Post by: Bennett on April 26, 2019, 04:00:51 pm
(https://pbs.twimg.com/media/D5G0eDyW0AE2JnJ.jpg:small)
Title: Re: Today's Game 2019
Post by: brjones on April 26, 2019, 09:04:11 pm
Hendricks is having his typical terrible first inning tonight. 1 run already in with runners at second and third, 1 out.
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Post by: brjones on April 26, 2019, 09:07:39 pm
Pop out, then 2 run single. Amazing that Hendricks is consistently so awful in the first inning. 4.70 career ERA in the first inning, and it has gotten worse tonight.
Title: Re: Today's Game 2019
Post by: brjones on April 26, 2019, 09:23:05 pm
Easy second inning for Hendricks. Hopefully the offense will get going and the first inning won't beat him tonight like it has done several times in the past.
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Post by: brjones on April 26, 2019, 09:31:53 pm
Bryant finally homers again after an Almora single. 3-2 Diamondbacks.
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Post by: brjones on April 26, 2019, 09:36:05 pm
I really wish they'd try using an opener with Hendricks. He might have the same problems in the second inning if they did that. But at least he'd usually be facing the bottom of the lineup after he gets into trouble.
Title: Re: Today's Game 2019
Post by: brjones on April 26, 2019, 09:38:52 pm
Hendricks gives up back-to-back doubles to start the third, and it's back to a 2 run deficit. As bad as the bullpen is, Joe needs to have a quick hook tonight.
Title: Re: Today's Game 2019
Post by: brjones on April 26, 2019, 09:45:00 pm
Hendricks recovers after the doubles. 4-2 going to the fourth inning.

Ray is already at 60 pitches, so hopefully the Cubs can work him and get him out after 5 and take a shot at the weak part of their bullpen.

Bote played some good defense that inning, by the way. He's hitting too. He needs to play every day.
Title: Re: Today's Game 2019
Post by: brjones on April 26, 2019, 09:45:50 pm
Javy. 4-3.
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Post by: Tuffy on April 26, 2019, 09:46:06 pm
What a swing right there from Javy!

4-3, D-Backs.
Title: Re: Today's Game 2019
Post by: brjones on April 26, 2019, 09:46:53 pm
"Javy" chant breaks out in Arizona. The ball went 446 feet.
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Post by: brjones on April 26, 2019, 10:07:55 pm
Almora with a 2 out single in the 5th. He's 3 for 3. That's the hardest hit ball I've seen from him this year.

87 pitches for Ray--he has one more inning at most.
Title: Re: Today's Game 2019
Post by: brjones on April 26, 2019, 10:09:31 pm
Action in the Diamondbacks bullpen; Bryant quickly up 3-0.

4 pitch walk.
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Post by: Deeg on April 26, 2019, 10:22:25 pm
Almora and Bryant carrying the offense, just like you'd expect.
Title: Re: Today's Game 2019
Post by: brjones on April 26, 2019, 10:23:33 pm
Hendricks has been awful tonight. 7-3 Diamondbacks. Cubs have gotten him back in the game twice, then he's given up runs.
Title: Re: Today's Game 2019
Post by: brjones on April 26, 2019, 10:24:15 pm
Maddon asleep on the bench, I don't think anyone is up in the bullpen.
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Post by: brjones on April 26, 2019, 10:25:19 pm
Maples finally up in the pen. Too late.
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Post by: brjones on April 26, 2019, 10:26:04 pm
Strikes out Carson Kelly after the Diamondbacks (probably) put the game away.
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Post by: brjones on April 26, 2019, 10:36:38 pm
Maples coming in for the 6th. Lots of walks and strikeouts coming this inning.
Title: Re: Today's Game 2019
Post by: brjones on April 26, 2019, 10:38:59 pm
Maples fits in perfectly with this terrible bullpen. Walks the first batter he faces.
Title: Re: Today's Game 2019
Post by: brjones on April 26, 2019, 10:41:27 pm
Another walk. This is about to be a blowout.
Title: Re: Today's Game 2019
Post by: Deeg on April 26, 2019, 10:44:03 pm
I know Maples is a tantalizing pitcher with that ridiculous slider, but at what point do you just say fuch it, enough is enough?
Title: Re: Today's Game 2019
Post by: Deeg on April 26, 2019, 10:45:57 pm
Four batters, 2 walks, 2 K’s. The Dillon Maples experience.
Title: Re: Today's Game 2019
Post by: brjones on April 26, 2019, 10:46:20 pm
Follows 2 walks with 2 Ks. 22 Ks, 13 BB in 11 1/3 IP in MLB so far.
Title: Re: Today's Game 2019
Post by: Deeg on April 26, 2019, 10:48:57 pm
ROFL. Never change, Dillon.
Title: Re: Today's Game 2019
Post by: brjones on April 26, 2019, 10:54:36 pm
Schwarber continues to suck.

Happ, Almora, Schwarber, Russell, Montgomery, Edwards...the Cubs had so many valuable trade candidates after the 2017 season. Too bad they fell in love with their own flawed players.
Title: Re: Today's Game 2019
Post by: Deeg on April 26, 2019, 10:58:41 pm
Seriously, does anyone recall seeing these kind of stat lines over an extended period like Maples is putting up both in the minors and with the Cubs?  He's pretty damn close to a unique pitcher, for better and worse.
Title: Re: Today's Game 2019
Post by: brjones on April 26, 2019, 11:25:51 pm
Like Maples and Chatwood before him, Webster walks the first batter he faces. This bullpen...
Title: Re: Today's Game 2019
Post by: Deeg on April 26, 2019, 11:28:50 pm
Webster at 92-93 isn’t an especially interesting bullpen option.
Title: Re: Today's Game 2019
Post by: brjones on April 26, 2019, 11:29:55 pm
Leadoff walk scores, 8-3 Diamondbacks. The Cubs bullpen is as terrible as it seemed on paper before the season.
Title: Re: Today's Game 2019
Post by: Reb on April 26, 2019, 11:30:34 pm
Seriously, does anyone recall seeing these kind of stat lines over an extended period like Maples is putting up both in the minors and with the Cubs?  He's pretty damn close to a unique pitcher, for better and worse.

Early-career.

https://www.baseball-reference.com/register/player.fcgi?id=johnso002ran
Title: Re: Today's Game 2019
Post by: brjones on April 26, 2019, 11:45:11 pm
Cubs lose. Really ugly game for Cubs pitching. Hendricks first inning problems basically lost the game, and every reliever came in throwing balls like Cubs relievers do.

Back to .500, and Darvish starting tomorrow. So we're probably going to be hoping Quintana can salvage a win in the series and get them back to .500 on Sunday.
Title: Re: Today's Game 2019
Post by: Deeg on April 27, 2019, 01:07:38 am
Early-career.

https://www.baseball-reference.com/register/player.fcgi?id=johnso002ran

Well, I'd sure take that career.  I guess maybe that's as close as you could find, but Maples walk and K rates are even more cartoonishly high than Big Unit's were early on.

One thing they have in common is that you can really see the fear in hitters' eyes when they face Maples.  They know he throws 98, they know he's wild, and that slider looks like it's headed right between a RH's shoulder blades even if it ends up a strike.
Title: Re: Today's Game 2019
Post by: CurtOne on April 27, 2019, 09:39:29 am
Ryne Duran.  Beep, beep, beep.
Title: Re: Today's Game 2019
Post by: Bennett on April 27, 2019, 09:52:12 am
Ryne Duran.  Beep, beep, beep.
The guy who had glasses with lenses as thick as the bottom of a Coke bottle and would intentionally throw a warmup pitch or two to the backstop?
Title: Re: Today's Game 2019
Post by: CurtOne on April 27, 2019, 10:00:34 am
yup.  And Berra would go beep, beep, beep when the hitter stood in and when asked what he was doing would say, "He can't see much so I'm giving him a target."
Title: Re: Today's Game 2019
Post by: davep on April 27, 2019, 10:44:28 am
Nolan Ryan was another with severe control problems combined with incredible stuff.  Koufax certainly didn't help the Dodgers a lot in his first 6 years or so.  There have been others with similar credentials, and the vast majority of them washed out completely.

How long should you stick with them?  In general, as long as you can.  As long as he has options left, he doesn't hurt the organization and you might as well go along with them and cross your fingers.  Even when they can no longer be hidden in the minors, if you need your 13th pitcher, in order to succeed, your team isn't likely to go anywhere anyway.
Title: Re: Today's Game 2019
Post by: Bennett on April 27, 2019, 02:36:03 pm
Good thing the game isn't in Chicago


Davis batting seventh must be a left-right-left thing.

(https://pbs.twimg.com/media/D5Lu2vVWwAAQd_H.jpg:small)
Title: Re: Today's Game 2019
Post by: Ron on April 27, 2019, 05:54:43 pm
Good thing the game isn't in Chicago

No ****! 35 degrees, rain/snow/sleet, with 20+ mph winds.  I live in Chicago and walked nearly 5 miles in this horrible weather today.  Spring in Chicago.
Title: Re: Today's Game 2019
Post by: Deeg on April 27, 2019, 06:32:16 pm
Davis with Darvish is probably not coincidental.
Title: Re: Today's Game 2019
Post by: Bennett on April 27, 2019, 07:26:18 pm
Darvish has yet to get ahead of any of the first five hitters.
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Post by: guest61 on April 27, 2019, 07:30:03 pm
Stunning.
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Post by: brjones on April 27, 2019, 07:30:03 pm
No command for Darvish again.
Title: Re: Today's Game 2019
Post by: Deeg on April 27, 2019, 07:34:03 pm
Routine.

Darvish probably needs to pitch backwards off the slider at this point - it's the one pitch he seems to have decent command on.  If he can get ahead with that he can get some chases on the fastball, but he has no location on that whatsoever.
Title: Re: Today's Game 2019
Post by: Deeg on April 27, 2019, 07:48:30 pm
I love that Len went for the Pete Moss joke.
Title: Re: Today's Game 2019
Post by: brjones on April 27, 2019, 07:53:20 pm
Darvish walks Godley on 6 pitches with 2 outs and nobody on. Just terrible command.  About to throw his 50th pitch of the game and it's still the second inning.
Title: Re: Today's Game 2019
Post by: JeffH on April 27, 2019, 07:55:47 pm
Darvish is terrible.  To be perfectly honest, I'd rather watch Chatwood pitch.
Title: Re: Today's Game 2019
Post by: Deeg on April 27, 2019, 08:06:54 pm
Neither of these pitchers really has any idea where the ball is going.
Title: Re: Today's Game 2019
Post by: Deeg on April 27, 2019, 08:09:14 pm
Two-out RBI!?  Well...
Title: Re: Today's Game 2019
Post by: Deeg on April 27, 2019, 08:10:24 pm
How the hell do you hit the ball that far with that swing?
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Post by: Tuffy on April 27, 2019, 08:10:49 pm
That was one of the most ridiculous balk calls I've ever seen.  Happy to get the run, though.
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Post by: brjones on April 27, 2019, 08:14:59 pm
BOTE!!!! That was crushed.
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Post by: brjones on April 27, 2019, 08:15:51 pm
113.8 mph exit velocity, 469 feet for Bote.
Title: Re: Today's Game 2019
Post by: Deeg on April 27, 2019, 08:16:37 pm
469
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Post by: Deeg on April 27, 2019, 08:17:49 pm
Murphy is taking a hell of a beating.
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Post by: Deeg on April 27, 2019, 08:19:01 pm
Heyward looks so dialed in.
Title: Re: Today's Game 2019
Post by: Deeg on April 27, 2019, 08:21:35 pm
Godley and Darvish are object lessons in what happens when a pitcher can't locate a fastball.  They both have at least some command on their offspeed (Darvish more so, with the slider) but when a hitter doesn't have to worry about a fastball and can sit on offspeed stuff, you're screwed.  You have to at least try to throw the fastball for that reason, and walks follow.  Then when you're in a corner and have to throw offspeed over the plate, it gets crushed.
Title: Re: Today's Game 2019
Post by: JeffH on April 27, 2019, 08:26:09 pm
Cubs have a five run lead headed to the top of the third.  Should Joe pull Darvish?
Title: Re: Today's Game 2019
Post by: Deeg on April 27, 2019, 08:28:34 pm
2 Ks on splitters tonight.
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Post by: Deeg on April 27, 2019, 08:31:29 pm
5 swinging Ks in 2.2.  No problems there.
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Post by: Deeg on April 27, 2019, 08:32:49 pm
97
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Post by: Tuffy on April 27, 2019, 08:32:59 pm
Great inning for Yu.
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Post by: brjones on April 27, 2019, 08:33:08 pm
Nice shutdown inning after the Cubs take the lead. Best inning Darvish has had as a Cub.
Title: Re: Today's Game 2019
Post by: Deeg on April 27, 2019, 08:35:01 pm
It's amazing that someone who gets as many ugly swings and Ks as Darvish gets can be this ineffective.

The thing with Yu is, it's basically one thing that has to be fixed - it's just that the one thing is the single most important element for him to succeed (fastball command).  He's throwing hard, his movement is sick, and he even has OK command on his offspeed stuff.  He really just needs to locate the fastball halfway decently and he's fine - but that's obviously a lot easier said than done.
Title: Re: Today's Game 2019
Post by: JeffH on April 27, 2019, 08:39:14 pm
Schwarber is awful.  Really, just an altogether bad baseball player.  A real shame because, other than baseball ability, he's definitely a guy you'd want in the foxhole.
Title: Re: Today's Game 2019
Post by: Tuffy on April 27, 2019, 08:40:30 pm
I think Ahmed missed that tag.
Title: Re: Today's Game 2019
Post by: Deeg on April 27, 2019, 08:42:04 pm
Schwarber is awful.  Really, just an altogether bad baseball player.  A real shame because, other than baseball ability, he's definitely a guy you'd want in the foxhole.

Yeah, but it really comes down to Yu not getting the bunt down.  And he was safe, anyway.
Title: Re: Today's Game 2019
Post by: JeffH on April 27, 2019, 08:44:45 pm
Over/under on runs Yu allows in the 4th: 2.
Title: Re: Today's Game 2019
Post by: JeffH on April 27, 2019, 08:45:28 pm
How crazy is it when a high pitch count is a blessing?
Title: Re: Today's Game 2019
Post by: Deeg on April 27, 2019, 08:46:31 pm
That's a huge error with the pitch count where it is.
Title: Re: Today's Game 2019
Post by: Deeg on April 27, 2019, 08:47:20 pm
The really crazy thing with Darvish is how certain posters seem to want him to fail.
Title: Re: Today's Game 2019
Post by: Tuffy on April 27, 2019, 08:49:20 pm
Another good inning from Darvish.
Title: Re: Today's Game 2019
Post by: brjones on April 27, 2019, 08:51:38 pm
Darvish has been a completely different pitcher since getting the lead. Maybe just score 5 runs for him in the first every game from now on.
Title: Re: Today's Game 2019
Post by: CurtOne on April 27, 2019, 08:52:16 pm
A shut out through 4: regardless of how wild the pitcher, keeping him focussed...this Davis is quite a catcher.  Sign him to an extension!
Title: Re: Today's Game 2019
Post by: Deeg on April 27, 2019, 08:52:51 pm
A shut out through 4: regardless of how wild the pitcher, keeping him focussed...this Davis is quite a catcher.  Sign him to an extension!

Personal catcher for Yu at least.
Title: Re: Today's Game 2019
Post by: Deeg on April 27, 2019, 08:54:13 pm
Another blown call.
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Post by: Tuffy on April 27, 2019, 08:56:28 pm
The first baseman landed on the bag, so Javy was out whether he got tagged or not.
Title: Re: Today's Game 2019
Post by: brjones on April 27, 2019, 08:56:52 pm
BOTE AGAIN!  7-0 Cubs. Play Bote--there are plenty of guys who can be benched for him.
Title: Re: Today's Game 2019
Post by: Deeg on April 27, 2019, 08:56:55 pm


The first baseman landed on the bag, so Javy was out whether he got tagged or not.

Yup, looks like he did.


Meanwhile, Bote just feasting on bad pitching here.
Title: Re: Today's Game 2019
Post by: Deeg on April 27, 2019, 08:58:25 pm
If a pitcher has more HR allowed than K after 18 IP, is that bad?
Title: Re: Today's Game 2019
Post by: CurtOne on April 27, 2019, 08:58:58 pm
Mr. Bote, please pee in this cup.
Title: Re: Today's Game 2019
Post by: brjones on April 27, 2019, 09:00:29 pm
I don't think it was clear Walker landed on the base on the Baez play--it looked like he probably barely touched the edge of the base, but the angles they had weren't clear.

It would've been an interesting challenge because it looked like the umpire signaled that Javy was out on the tag, not because Walker landed on the base. If the umpire's call was that Javy was tagged out and the Cubs challenged the tag, then I think they would've won. But then the Diamondbacks could challenge that the foot was actually on the base...and I think that might have been a "call stands" situation where there isn't enough evidence to overturn.
Title: Re: Today's Game 2019
Post by: CurtOne on April 27, 2019, 09:02:42 pm
But the video umps would see the foot on the corner of the bag regardless of the field ump.
Title: Re: Today's Game 2019
Post by: JeffH on April 27, 2019, 09:05:49 pm
Best I've ever seen Yu.  Not even close.
Title: Re: Today's Game 2019
Post by: Deeg on April 27, 2019, 09:06:40 pm
Darvish has been a completely different pitcher since getting the lead. Maybe just score 5 runs for him in the first every game from now on.

I you're going to rip him a new one every time to struggles, maybe give him credit when he pitches well?

I'm all-in on Joe not babying Darvish the way he has been, but at 90 pitches maybe not a bad move to go to the pen here.  Tough call with a 7 run lead.
Title: Re: Today's Game 2019
Post by: brjones on April 27, 2019, 09:08:26 pm


But the video umps would see the foot on the corner of the bag regardless of the field ump.

Yeah, but the key is that the umpire appeared to signal that Javy was out on a tag and Walker missed the base. If that was the call on the field, then the Cubs challenge the tag play and they win. I don't think the replay umps are allowed to consider whether the foot hit the base or not because that wasn't the challenge.

Then I think it would be up to the Diamondbacks to decide if they wanted to challenge that Walker's foot was actually on the base. And I'm not sure there was conclusive evidence to determine he touched the base. To me, I don't think it looked like he landed on top of the base. It did look like the foot was against the side of the base, but the angle they had wasn't 100% clear.
Title: Re: Today's Game 2019
Post by: JeffH on April 27, 2019, 09:09:06 pm
Let him start the sixth.  Pull him if two men reach.
Title: Re: Today's Game 2019
Post by: brjones on April 27, 2019, 09:15:03 pm
This is also Schwarber's best game in a long time. Would be nice if he'd get going.
Title: Re: Today's Game 2019
Post by: JeffH on April 27, 2019, 09:21:33 pm
Such a problem for Yu.  He needs to throw the fastball for strikes, but it's so straight, so hittable.  Zero movement.
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Post by: JeffH on April 27, 2019, 09:24:48 pm
Time to get him out so he can consider this a good outing.
Title: Re: Today's Game 2019
Post by: Deeg on April 27, 2019, 09:27:49 pm
Last hitter here either way.
Title: Re: Today's Game 2019
Post by: JeffH on April 27, 2019, 09:29:51 pm
Good job by Yu.
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Post by: brjones on April 27, 2019, 09:30:33 pm
Nice job by Darvish tonight.
Title: Re: Today's Game 2019
Post by: Deeg on April 27, 2019, 09:31:09 pm
Excellent start by Yu.  Pitched out of trouble, kept the pitch count down after a rough start and mixed in the splitter again.
Title: Re: Today's Game 2019
Post by: Deeg on April 27, 2019, 09:32:27 pm
A bad pitcher on fumes, this could be Javy time.
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Post by: Deeg on April 27, 2019, 09:32:43 pm
Or Riz time.
Title: Re: Today's Game 2019
Post by: JeffH on April 27, 2019, 09:33:32 pm
Gotta feel bad for this Koch cat.
Title: Re: Today's Game 2019
Post by: brjones on April 27, 2019, 09:33:33 pm
Good to see all the extra base hits tonight.
Title: Re: Today's Game 2019
Post by: Deeg on April 27, 2019, 09:35:16 pm
LOL, the "Bote!" chant rings through the desert.
Title: Re: Today's Game 2019
Post by: JeffH on April 27, 2019, 09:36:41 pm
Which current Cub would you least like to encounter in a brawl?
Title: Re: Today's Game 2019
Post by: Deeg on April 27, 2019, 09:40:15 pm
Which current Cub would you least like to encounter in a brawl?

Bote.  Roid rage is scary stuff.
Title: Re: Today's Game 2019
Post by: Deeg on April 27, 2019, 09:40:52 pm
Will Joe still go to Cishek with the 8-run (and counting) lead?
Title: Re: Today's Game 2019
Post by: JeffH on April 27, 2019, 09:44:24 pm
Ha!  Rizzo is probably the popular choice.  But, if you got him riled, I think Heyward could beat the living daylights out of you.
Title: Re: Today's Game 2019
Post by: Reb on April 27, 2019, 09:49:45 pm
Heyward is now #2 in NL in OBP at .461, behind only Bellinger and just ahead of Yelich.

Also slugging .565.
Title: Re: Today's Game 2019
Post by: JeffH on April 27, 2019, 09:51:39 pm
Can the Cubs bullpen get seven outs before the Diamondbacks get eight runs?
Title: Re: Today's Game 2019
Post by: Deeg on April 27, 2019, 09:52:15 pm
Great play by DD there.
Title: Re: Today's Game 2019
Post by: brjones on April 27, 2019, 10:05:33 pm
It's starting to look like the Cubs may need to keep Kyle Ryan around.
Title: Re: Today's Game 2019
Post by: brjones on April 27, 2019, 10:08:02 pm
Catcher Caleb Joseph pitching the 9th, gets Javy to pop up.
Title: Re: Today's Game 2019
Post by: brjones on April 27, 2019, 10:08:39 pm
Bote grounds weakly, 2 outs.
Title: Re: Today's Game 2019
Post by: brjones on April 27, 2019, 10:10:08 pm
6 pitch 1-2-3 inning for Joseph. Was he throwing a knuckleball? Topped out at 78 mph, and had a few in the 50s.
Title: Re: Today's Game 2019
Post by: brjones on April 27, 2019, 10:17:11 pm
Cubs win!

That's a really good and encouraging game for the Cubs. Darvish has probably his best start as a Cub, and the Cubs collect a lot of extra base hits. The hitting coach change seems to be working.
Title: Re: Today's Game 2019
Post by: CurtOne on April 27, 2019, 10:31:53 pm

Yeah, but the key is that the umpire appeared to signal that Javy was out on a tag and Walker missed the base. If that was the call on the field, then the Cubs challenge the tag play and they win. I don't think the replay umps are allowed to consider whether the foot hit the base or not because that wasn't the challenge.

Then I think it would be up to the Diamondbacks to decide if they wanted to challenge that Walker's foot was actually on the base. And I'm not sure there was conclusive evidence to determine he touched the base. To me, I don't think it looked like he landed on top of the base. It did look like the foot was against the side of the base, but the angle they had wasn't 100% clear.

Then 'spalin to me how a runner slides into second and is called safe on the tag, but then the video ump sees that the runner came off the bag while the tag was still on him.  What happens?  Yup, he's called out.  The video ump is there to make sure the call is right.
Title: Re: Today's Game 2019
Post by: Bennett on April 28, 2019, 11:59:31 am
David Bote gets to face a rightie.

(https://pbs.twimg.com/media/D5QUGtEXkAAmCCK.jpg:small)
Title: Re: Today's Game 2019
Post by: JeffH on April 28, 2019, 12:06:36 pm
David Bote gets to face a rightie.

(https://pbs.twimg.com/media/D5QUGtEXkAAmCCK.jpg:small)

Just like yesterday.
Title: Re: Today's Game 2019
Post by: davep on April 28, 2019, 03:53:40 pm
Cubs up 2 - 0 in the third on a two run homer to right by Bryant.  Very well hit.
Title: Re: Today's Game 2019
Post by: davep on April 28, 2019, 03:56:49 pm
Rizzo hit by a 95 mph fastball.  Looks like right arm.  Either it hurt more than most, or he is pissed off, but he didn't pretend to ignore it like he usually does.  Doesn't look like any injury as he takes first base.
Title: Re: Today's Game 2019
Post by: CurtOne on April 28, 2019, 03:58:20 pm
Bryant has had warning track power for several days.  Nice to see the one more biscuit for breakfast.
Title: Re: Today's Game 2019
Post by: CurtOne on April 28, 2019, 04:00:18 pm
Rizzo hit by a Cardinal trained pitcher taught to retaliate and be aggressive. 
Title: Re: Today's Game 2019
Post by: CurtOne on April 28, 2019, 04:25:35 pm
Q has a chance to hit Cy Weaver in his head and demurs. 
Title: Re: Today's Game 2019
Post by: Ron on April 28, 2019, 06:36:39 pm

A pretty incredible thing happened with the Cubs lineup today. Joe Maddon determines who's playing in each series before it begins and tells the players ahead of time. David Bote was not supposed to be playing today but after hitting 2 long home runs on Saturday, the player who was supposed to play — very likely its Ben Zobrist — went to Maddon, along with other vets, and said Bote should be in there. He's batting fifth and Zobrist is sitting.

Jesse Rogers, ESPN Staff Writer

Title: Re: Today's Game 2019
Post by: Tuffy on April 28, 2019, 06:49:11 pm
Kintzler is in to pitch the bottom of the 11th.  At the beginning of the season I would never have guessed he would be holding opposing batters to an average below .200.
Title: Re: Today's Game 2019
Post by: guest61 on April 28, 2019, 06:50:31 pm
He's earned the nickname Salt for some reason.
Title: Re: Today's Game 2019
Post by: Deeg on April 28, 2019, 06:57:55 pm
Boy, Holland sure is having a great year so far.
Title: Re: Today's Game 2019
Post by: Deeg on April 28, 2019, 07:05:26 pm
I was going to jokingly say "bunt with Bryant?" here, but...
Title: Re: Today's Game 2019
Post by: Deeg on April 28, 2019, 07:09:17 pm
Wow, awful AB by Rizzo there.
Title: Re: Today's Game 2019
Post by: Bennett on April 28, 2019, 07:13:01 pm
Bases loaded with nobody out in the top of the 12th with Rizzo, Baez, and Bote up and we go to the bottom of the inning still tied.
Title: Re: Today's Game 2019
Post by: Chris27 on April 28, 2019, 07:13:27 pm
Hard to believe this is a .500 team.
Title: Re: Today's Game 2019
Post by: Deeg on April 28, 2019, 07:20:38 pm
Leave Baez at short for fuchs sake.
Title: Re: Today's Game 2019
Post by: Tuffy on April 28, 2019, 07:22:43 pm
Beautiful DP started by Baez to keep us in the game.
Title: Re: Today's Game 2019
Post by: CurtOne on April 28, 2019, 07:33:21 pm
Wow, awful AB by Rizzo there.
The closest player to third is at shortstop, Almora could get more than halfway up the line and zippo.
Title: Re: Today's Game 2019
Post by: Tuffy on April 28, 2019, 07:35:15 pm
Contreras tries to steal home as the catcher tosses the ball back to the pitcher; the unfrazzled Duplantier throws back home and Willy is just barely out.  On to the bottom of the 13th.
Title: Re: Today's Game 2019
Post by: Deeg on April 28, 2019, 07:44:50 pm
The Dillon Maples experience.
Title: Re: Today's Game 2019
Post by: Deeg on April 28, 2019, 07:47:21 pm
Maples is like if MLB had adopted that rule of starting extra innings with a guy on second.
Title: Re: Today's Game 2019
Post by: Tuffy on April 28, 2019, 07:48:56 pm
And now Maddon is going to Chatwood.  After three walks in a row.  Will we see a fourth?
Title: Re: Today's Game 2019
Post by: Deeg on April 28, 2019, 07:49:31 pm
After Maples, Chatwood is a control pitcher.
Title: Re: Today's Game 2019
Post by: Tuffy on April 28, 2019, 07:52:55 pm
Chatwood blows him away with 98-MPH fastballs, and we're headed for the 14th.
Title: Re: Today's Game 2019
Post by: Chris27 on April 28, 2019, 07:53:20 pm
Chatwood to the rescue???
Title: Re: Today's Game 2019
Post by: Tuffy on April 28, 2019, 07:57:28 pm
Zobrist induces a throwing error from the first baseman as the pitcher goes over to cover, and the infield hit plus the extra base gives the Cubs yet another scoring position opportunity with no outs.

And now new pitcher Andriese bobbles a grounder and the Cubs have two men on.
Title: Re: Today's Game 2019
Post by: Bennett on April 28, 2019, 08:07:04 pm
Cubs need a wild pitch.
Title: Re: Today's Game 2019
Post by: Tuffy on April 28, 2019, 08:08:47 pm
Heyward hits a foul tip into the catcher's glove to end the inning.  Normally I love extra-inning games, but this is a frustrating one.
Title: Re: Today's Game 2019
Post by: brjones on April 28, 2019, 08:11:22 pm
Cubs kryptonite is getting a runner on third with less than two outs.
Title: Re: Today's Game 2019
Post by: Bennett on April 28, 2019, 08:19:09 pm
Bases loaded with nobody out in the top of the 12th with Rizzo, Baez, and Bote up and we go to the bottom of the inning still tied.
Rizzo, Baez, and Bote are a combined 2-19.
Title: Re: Today's Game 2019
Post by: Tuffy on April 28, 2019, 08:23:51 pm
Chatwood hits a solid line drive that goes all the way to the wall for a double.

Yet again, we have a man in scoring position.  Let's get him in.
Title: Re: Today's Game 2019
Post by: brjones on April 28, 2019, 08:26:44 pm
Runner at third with less than 2 outs for the 4th inning in a row. Can the Cubs just hit a sac fly?
Title: Re: Today's Game 2019
Post by: Tuffy on April 28, 2019, 08:29:35 pm
ZO!
Title: Re: Today's Game 2019
Post by: brjones on April 28, 2019, 08:30:00 pm
Chatwood looks like he pulled something rounding first base. Great, he finally looks like he's putting it together, and he hurts himself.

ZOBRIST!!  First extra base hit of the year.
Title: Re: Today's Game 2019
Post by: Tuffy on April 28, 2019, 08:30:40 pm
Two-run triple, and it also enables Chatwood to jog home; it had looked like he might have tweaked something rounding first.

Now a sac fly from Bryant to score Zobrist and it's 6-3.
Title: Re: Today's Game 2019
Post by: brjones on April 28, 2019, 08:30:51 pm
Wow, Cubs get two runners in a row in from third.
Title: Re: Today's Game 2019
Post by: Tuffy on April 28, 2019, 08:36:32 pm
Ryan comes in to pitch and is looking to retire 2, 3, and 4 in their batting order, with 4, 5, and 6 on their jerseys.  Let's get them out 1, 2, 3.
Title: Re: Today's Game 2019
Post by: Bennett on April 28, 2019, 08:36:35 pm
Retire the leadoff man in the bottom of the 15th, please.
Title: Re: Today's Game 2019
Post by: Tuffy on April 28, 2019, 08:38:29 pm
One out to go!
Title: Re: Today's Game 2019
Post by: Tuffy on April 28, 2019, 08:42:13 pm
It's never easy... a single to center by Peralta and a double to left from Walker, and they've got the tying run at the plate.  Just get this guy out, Kyle.
Title: Re: Today's Game 2019
Post by: Tuffy on April 28, 2019, 08:44:28 pm
Maddon is walking to the mound with agonizing slowness to buy more time for Webster to get ready. 

Can Webster get the final out?
Title: Re: Today's Game 2019
Post by: brjones on April 28, 2019, 08:47:49 pm
That was scary, I thought it was a homer.
Title: Re: Today's Game 2019
Post by: Dihard on April 28, 2019, 08:47:50 pm
Never had a doubt


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Title: Re: Today's Game 2019
Post by: Tuffy on April 28, 2019, 08:47:55 pm
Towering fly ball to left... waaaaay back there... and Zobrist leaps and catches it; Cubs win!

(Had 'em all the way!)
Title: Re: Today's Game 2019
Post by: Boris From Downunder on April 28, 2019, 08:48:37 pm
Like shelling peas..... :)
Title: Re: Today's Game 2019
Post by: Bennett on April 28, 2019, 08:48:37 pm
Never a doubt.
Title: Re: Today's Game 2019
Post by: Deeg on April 28, 2019, 08:50:10 pm
Chatty hurt?
Title: Re: Today's Game 2019
Post by: brjones on April 28, 2019, 09:00:12 pm
Chatwood definitely tweaked something--the replay showed an obvious grimace rounding first base, then slowed down and jogged to second base. And he jogged to third on Almora's hit where he should've scored pretty easily.
Title: Re: Today's Game 2019
Post by: craig on April 28, 2019, 09:02:03 pm
Wow, great to pull out a win.  Chatwood pitched really well, again.  Shame that he got injured just as he's been finding some confidence with his fastball.  He was just pumping in fastballs 96-98.  Like him in relief. 

Title: Re: Today's Game 2019
Post by: Deeg on April 28, 2019, 09:07:24 pm
 Naturally, another pitcher hurt running the bases. And Chatwood down just as he was throwing really well.

Well - Monty and Edwards waiting in the wings.
Title: Re: Today's Game 2019
Post by: Playtwo on April 28, 2019, 09:10:07 pm
Great win.  Kudos to the pitching staff and way to go Zo.
Title: Re: Today's Game 2019
Post by: craig on April 28, 2019, 09:14:32 pm
Ron won't care for this, and will rightfully note that the Cubs don't think like this, only me as a dopey fan. 

But the win is not only helpful for the division race, hanging inside 3 games of the Cardinals. 

It's also helpful in the wildcard race!  :)  DBacks are one of our wildcard competitors, and this pulls us within 0.5 games of them!  Might be the game that makes the difference in the end?

With back-to-back Sunday wins over them in the last inning, if both of those had ended losses, we'd be 4.5 behind them instead.  This and last Sunday's wins, could have been different.   

Title: Re: Today's Game 2019
Post by: brjones on April 28, 2019, 09:32:06 pm
Jesse Rogers @ESPNChiCubs
Ben Zobrist confirmed he went to Joe Maddon after yesterday's game and told him David Bote needs to be in the lineup today instead of him: "It was the right thing to do...We fist pumped and that was it."


Even players who would lose playing time want the Cubs to play Bote.
Title: Re: Today's Game 2019
Post by: Ron on April 28, 2019, 09:36:38 pm
Ron won't care for this, and will rightfully note that the Cubs don't think like this, only me as a dopey fan. 

But the win is not only helpful for the division race, hanging inside 3 games of the Cardinals. 

It's also helpful in the wildcard race!  :)  DBacks are one of our wildcard competitors, and this pulls us within 0.5 games of them!  Might be the game that makes the difference in the end?

With back-to-back Sunday wins over them in the last inning, if both of those had ended losses, we'd be 4.5 behind them instead.  This and last Sunday's wins, could have been different.   

Hey, craig, whatever it takes to get into the playoffs this year.   ;)
Title: Re: Today's Game 2019
Post by: Playtwo on April 28, 2019, 09:46:42 pm
I not ready to concede the NL Central to the Cards quite yet.
Title: Re: Today's Game 2019
Post by: Ron on April 28, 2019, 10:19:12 pm
Chatwood says that he'll be fine. Hopefully that's the case. He's been a bright spot this season so far, and was critical in tonight's game, obviously.
Title: Re: Today's Game 2019
Post by: Deeg on April 28, 2019, 11:10:19 pm
I think we all knew when the year started that Chatwood was the one guy we really couldn't afford to lose.
Title: Re: Today's Game 2019
Post by: Bennett on April 29, 2019, 12:18:06 am
The last four series the Cubs have played: 

A three game sweep of the Marlins
Two out of three with the Diamondbacks
Two out of three with the Dodgers
Two out of three with the Diamondbacks 
 
The doom and gloom posts should disappear for a while.
Title: Re: Today's Game 2019
Post by: Dave23 on April 29, 2019, 10:59:13 am
LOL! Surely you jest!
Title: Re: Today's Game 2019
Post by: DelMarFan on April 29, 2019, 09:12:03 pm
Delusion
Title: Re: Today's Game 2019
Post by: Bennett on April 30, 2019, 04:45:59 pm
Safeco Field is now T-Mobile Park

(https://pbs.twimg.com/media/D5bnKLyW0AIcrzh.jpg:small)
Title: Re: Today's Game 2019
Post by: Bennett on April 30, 2019, 06:12:52 pm
T-Mobile Park    Great place to watch a ballgame and there's a nice hotel right across the street.

(https://pbs.twimg.com/media/D5bxv3MU8AA7Ym6.jpg:small)
Title: Re: Today's Game 2019
Post by: ticohans on April 30, 2019, 06:50:14 pm
I'll be at the game tomorrow with my daughter - her first Cubs game!
Title: Re: Today's Game 2019
Post by: Playtwo on April 30, 2019, 08:25:35 pm
Let's get her a W!
Title: Re: Today's Game 2019
Post by: brjones on April 30, 2019, 09:16:08 pm
Unless they had a really different view than what we saw, I can't believe they challenged that Rizzo HBP. But it worked out.

Cubs up 1-0 on a Descalso leadoff home run, by the way.
Title: Re: Today's Game 2019
Post by: guest61 on April 30, 2019, 09:16:20 pm
Descalso leads off the game with a HR.
Title: Re: Today's Game 2019
Post by: brjones on April 30, 2019, 10:07:44 pm
Bote leads off the 4th with an infield single. With two outs, Almora sneaks a grounder through the infield to get Bote home. 2-0. Neither of those balls should've been a hit, Cubs get some good luck.
Title: Re: Today's Game 2019
Post by: Deeg on April 30, 2019, 10:10:29 pm
Hamels ‘18 not looking like a fluke.
Title: Re: Today's Game 2019
Post by: brjones on April 30, 2019, 10:14:13 pm
Hamels has been uncharacteristically wild his last two starts. 6 BB last time, 2 BB and a HBP through 3+ IP so far tonight.

Double follows the leadoff walk in the 4th, second and third, no outs.

Bruce grounder scores a run, 2-1. Cubs have left a lot of runners on tonight already.
Title: Re: Today's Game 2019
Post by: brjones on April 30, 2019, 10:18:43 pm
Another walk. 9 walks, 1 HBP in Hamels' last 9 IP. He's really becoming a Cub.
Title: Re: Today's Game 2019
Post by: brjones on April 30, 2019, 10:21:25 pm
Bote error, tie game.

Walks lead to runs.
Title: Re: Today's Game 2019
Post by: brjones on April 30, 2019, 10:23:04 pm
Baez error, Mariners lead 3-2.

Walks, sloppy defense, and leaving runners on base. Really ugly baseball tonight so far.
Title: Re: Today's Game 2019
Post by: brjones on April 30, 2019, 10:31:50 pm
Rizzo 2 run homer after Bryant leadoff double, Cubs lead 4-3.
Title: Re: Today's Game 2019
Post by: craig on April 30, 2019, 10:33:58 pm
Rizzo nailed it.  Opposite field as usual. 
Title: Re: Today's Game 2019
Post by: Chris27 on April 30, 2019, 10:34:38 pm
Bryant and Rizzo did something. It's like, whoa.
Title: Re: Today's Game 2019
Post by: brjones on April 30, 2019, 11:01:30 pm
Bottom of the Mariners lineup crushing Hamels to start the 6th. First and third, no outs in a 4-3 game.
Title: Re: Today's Game 2019
Post by: brjones on April 30, 2019, 11:04:27 pm
One out single ties it.

Hamels has not been that good the last two times out.
Title: Re: Today's Game 2019
Post by: brjones on April 30, 2019, 11:11:06 pm
Kintzler comes in and walks Haniger. Bases loaded, 1 out in the 6th. It'll be a miracle if the Cubs escape this inning with a tie.

Ball 1 to Santana.
Title: Re: Today's Game 2019
Post by: brjones on April 30, 2019, 11:13:02 pm
GIDP, still tied.
Title: Re: Today's Game 2019
Post by: brjones on April 30, 2019, 11:15:55 pm
Zac Rosscup in for the 7th. He's still pitching like a Cub: 10 BB in 8 2/3 IP so far this year.
Title: Re: Today's Game 2019
Post by: brjones on April 30, 2019, 11:32:00 pm
Encarnacion homer to lead off the 7th, 5-4 Mariners.
Title: Re: Today's Game 2019
Post by: Deeg on April 30, 2019, 11:38:45 pm
Not sure what went wrong with Kintzler there, the smoke or the mirrors.
Title: Re: Today's Game 2019
Post by: brjones on April 30, 2019, 11:42:28 pm
Cubs pitchers had walked 4.26 per 9 IP coming into tonight, third worst in MLB.

They've walked 5 through 7 innings tonight...they really seem to want to be the worst in that category.
Title: Re: Today's Game 2019
Post by: brjones on April 30, 2019, 11:47:48 pm
Contreras double, Schwarber crushes a pitch. 6-5 Cubs.

Bring in a pitcher who throws strikes.
Title: Re: Today's Game 2019
Post by: brjones on April 30, 2019, 11:48:24 pm
440 feet for Schwarber.
Title: Re: Today's Game 2019
Post by: Deeg on April 30, 2019, 11:52:46 pm
Contreras double, Schwarber crushes a pitch. 6-5 Cubs.

Bring in a pitcher who throws strikes.

Who would that be?
Title: Re: Today's Game 2019
Post by: Dihard on April 30, 2019, 11:53:19 pm
Contreras double, Schwarber crushes a pitch. 6-5 Cubs.

Bring in a pitcher who throws strikes.
Brach promptly walks Vogelbach on four pitches...


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Title: Re: Today's Game 2019
Post by: brjones on April 30, 2019, 11:54:03 pm
Leadoff walk to Vogelbach. This pitching staff just refuses to throw strikes.
Title: Re: Today's Game 2019
Post by: Dihard on April 30, 2019, 11:54:55 pm
5-6-3 double play!


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Title: Re: Today's Game 2019
Post by: brjones on April 30, 2019, 11:54:57 pm
Nice GIDP.
Title: Re: Today's Game 2019
Post by: Tuffy on May 01, 2019, 12:01:54 am
I appreciate this PBP as my feed is far behind; it's still the bottom of the 7th over here.  Brach is coming in.  Somehow I have a suspicion that the Schwarb will hit a homer next inning.
Title: Re: Today's Game 2019
Post by: Deeg on May 01, 2019, 12:05:22 am
Why no Strop here?
Title: Re: Today's Game 2019
Post by: brjones on May 01, 2019, 12:05:28 am
According to Len, no one is up in the Cubs bullpen, so I guess Strop is unavailable. Looks like Cishek will try to close.
Title: Re: Today's Game 2019
Post by: Deeg on May 01, 2019, 12:07:46 am
They're really babying him, must not be healthy.
Title: Re: Today's Game 2019
Post by: brjones on May 01, 2019, 12:13:50 am
Cishek drops a tapper back to the mound, Santana on to start the inning. Called a hit, but it was an error.
Title: Re: Today's Game 2019
Post by: brjones on May 01, 2019, 12:14:49 am
Wild pitch, tying run at second.

This has been a really poorly played game by the Cubs. Feels like they should be winning this one easily.
Title: Re: Today's Game 2019
Post by: brjones on May 01, 2019, 12:16:01 am
4 pitch walk. First and second, no outs. Cishek nowhere close to the zone. No one up in the pen.

The Cubs are going to lose this game.
Title: Re: Today's Game 2019
Post by: brjones on May 01, 2019, 12:18:36 am
GIDP!!! Wow! Baez is so good.

Tying run at third, 2 outs.
Title: Re: Today's Game 2019
Post by: Dihard on May 01, 2019, 12:18:57 am
Another huge DP! This one 4-6-3 brought to you by Javy’s cannon.


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Title: Re: Today's Game 2019
Post by: Dihard on May 01, 2019, 12:21:30 am
K looking Jay Bruce! Cubs win!!


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Title: Re: Today's Game 2019
Post by: brjones on May 01, 2019, 12:21:51 am
CUBS WIN!!!

That game felt like the Cubs should've won easily, and also felt like they really deserved to lose.
Title: Re: Today's Game 2019
Post by: CurtOne on May 01, 2019, 12:22:54 am
Ci was pumped at the last out.
Title: Re: Today's Game 2019
Post by: Reb on May 01, 2019, 12:23:55 am
Baez’ DP turns tonight were spectacular.
Title: Re: Today's Game 2019
Post by: Deeg on May 01, 2019, 12:26:27 am
Don't think those last 2 DPs get turned with Russell at SS.
Title: Re: Today's Game 2019
Post by: DelMarFan on May 01, 2019, 02:16:29 am
Was at tonight's game.  I still can't believe they pitched to Schwarber in the 8th with Almora on deck.  Right after Servais went out to the mound for a meeting.  I'd love to know what was said in that discussion.
Title: Re: Today's Game 2019
Post by: Deeg on May 01, 2019, 07:33:21 am
Man, just watching that Schwarber home run - were there any D-backs fans in the park?
Title: Re: Today's Game 2019
Post by: craig on May 01, 2019, 07:36:52 am
Good morning, thanks for bringing home the win, friends!  Heh heh, went to bed up 4-3, but knowing Hamels was shaky and that they'd have four more innings to cover.  Pretty fun to turn on the screen and see the win.  Also very nice to see Schwarber get to be a late-inning hero.  After his historically bad late-and-clutch statistics last year, it's got to feel good for him.  Nice win!
Title: Re: Today's Game 2019
Post by: goblue007 on May 01, 2019, 08:49:12 am
Man, just watching that Schwarber home run - were there any D-backs fans in the park?

Why would there be?
Title: Re: Today's Game 2019
Post by: Ron on May 01, 2019, 09:22:36 am
Sahadev Sharma[size=78%]‏[/size][/i]
@sahadevsharma

Cishek was pumped up more than I've ever seen him after that called strike three to Jay Bruce to close out the win. Cubs take it 6-5, they're 15-12 and haven't lost a series since they were in Milwaukee over three weeks ago.

It may have been a messy victory, but it was a victory. I think the Cubs have given us quite a bit to be happy about in recent weeks.
Title: Re: Today's Game 2019
Post by: Ron on May 01, 2019, 09:25:39 am
On Bryant. 

Sahadev Sharma
@sahadevsharma

Bryant has exit velos of 110.6, 108.3, 105.4 and 105 tonight, all in the air. Only a double to show for it, but two of those were pulled (pulled hard contact was severely lacking first few weeks) and there's no doubt he looks leaps and bounds better than he did a week or two ago

Maybe the speculation Bryant was injured (physically or mentally) was inaccurate?
Title: Re: Today's Game 2019
Post by: CurtOne on May 01, 2019, 09:25:43 am
There are a lot of people from Arizona who have moved to Seattle. 
Title: Re: Today's Game 2019
Post by: Deeg on May 01, 2019, 10:08:49 am
There are a lot of people from Arizona who have moved to Seattle. 

Yes, that was exactly what I meant!
Title: Re: Today's Game 2019
Post by: ben on May 01, 2019, 11:16:34 am
"It may have been a messy victory, but it was a victory. I think the Cubs have given us quite a bit to be happy about in recent weeks." 

Indeed.  After a 2-7 start (with 6 straight losses), Cubs have gone 13-5!  Pretty solid!
Title: Re: Today's Game 2019
Post by: Bennett on May 01, 2019, 02:10:10 pm
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Title: Re: Today's Game 2019
Post by: Bennett on May 01, 2019, 06:11:09 pm
Javy leads off the second with a homer to right-center and now the Cubs have added two more.    Bases loaded with one out.

3-0.
Title: Re: Today's Game 2019
Post by: Chris27 on May 01, 2019, 06:12:00 pm
Bryant up with the bases loaded. In other words, the inning's about to be over.
Title: Re: Today's Game 2019
Post by: Bennett on May 01, 2019, 06:13:37 pm
Bryant walks.  4-0.
Title: Re: Today's Game 2019
Post by: Chris27 on May 01, 2019, 06:14:30 pm
Best outcome that could be hoped for.
Title: Re: Today's Game 2019
Post by: Bennett on May 01, 2019, 06:16:02 pm
Heyward scores on a short sac fly by Rizzo.

5-0
Title: Re: Today's Game 2019
Post by: Bennett on May 01, 2019, 06:17:10 pm
Javy bats for the second time in the inning and drives in another run.
Title: Re: Today's Game 2019
Post by: Bennett on May 01, 2019, 06:20:26 pm
Contreras walks to load the bases.  Pitching change.
Title: Re: Today's Game 2019
Post by: Bennett on May 01, 2019, 06:24:45 pm
Jason Bradford now on the mound.  Schwarber, who had a bunt single earlier in the inning, grounds out to end the top of the second.

6-0.
Title: Re: Today's Game 2019
Post by: Chris27 on May 01, 2019, 06:25:37 pm
Baez went from hapless in 2014 to possibly the best player in the game in five years.
Title: Re: Today's Game 2019
Post by: Bennett on May 01, 2019, 06:43:39 pm
A Zobrist sac fly scores Bote in the top of the third.

7-0. 
Title: Re: Today's Game 2019
Post by: Dave23 on May 01, 2019, 06:51:30 pm
Bote just made a really, really nice play on a slow grounder by Dee Gordon.
Title: Re: Today's Game 2019
Post by: Bennett on May 01, 2019, 06:59:53 pm
Rizzo and Contreras homer in the fourth.

9-0.

Title: Re: Today's Game 2019
Post by: brjones on May 01, 2019, 07:11:07 pm
Contreras is already 80% of the way to his home run total from last year.
Title: Re: Today's Game 2019
Post by: Dave23 on May 01, 2019, 07:19:09 pm
Contreras nutted that ball.
Title: Re: Today's Game 2019
Post by: CUBluejays on May 01, 2019, 07:38:55 pm
Tico and his daughter need to go to more games.
Title: Re: Today's Game 2019
Post by: brjones on May 01, 2019, 07:48:15 pm
Lester has only given up 1 hit through 6 innings. That hit came a couple pitches after a foul ball that probably should’ve been caught by Rizzo or Heyward, but it looked like both of them thought the other was going to catch it. Lester could easily have a no hitter going right now.
Title: Re: Today's Game 2019
Post by: Deeg on May 01, 2019, 08:03:07 pm
You really have to hand it to Lester.  His stuff keeps getting more marginal and he keeps finding ways to be effective.  Debatably the best FA signing in Cubs' history (though it's hard to top Dawson's "blank check" deal for sheer value for money).
Title: Re: Today's Game 2019
Post by: Deeg on May 01, 2019, 08:20:15 pm
G*d damn, Maples is such a tease.  His stuff is so nasty when he can occasionally find the plate.
Title: Re: Today's Game 2019
Post by: Dave23 on May 01, 2019, 08:21:54 pm
I want to see an ump cam on Maples’ slider.

He gets some of the funniest reactions from hitters.
Title: Re: Today's Game 2019
Post by: Deeg on May 01, 2019, 08:22:45 pm
No pitcher in the game makes hitters look worse than Maples.  Even Contreras looked terrified to try and catch him.
Title: Re: Today's Game 2019
Post by: Deeg on May 01, 2019, 08:24:43 pm
Maples line so far: 2.2 IP, 0 H, 5 BB, 6K
Title: Re: Today's Game 2019
Post by: brjones on May 01, 2019, 08:29:18 pm
There aren't many games where a team scores 11 runs and they still finish in about 2 hours and 40 minutes.
Title: Re: Today's Game 2019
Post by: mO on May 01, 2019, 08:32:10 pm
gotta love getaway day
Title: Re: Today's Game 2019
Post by: Dihard on May 01, 2019, 08:32:12 pm
What a game by Lester. Completely shut down a really good offense.


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Title: Re: Today's Game 2019
Post by: Chris27 on May 01, 2019, 09:29:38 pm
https://twitter.com/PitchingNinja/status/1123767461126471680
Title: Re: Today's Game 2019
Post by: Bennett on May 02, 2019, 05:17:48 pm
Jesse Rogers  @ESPNChiCubs  44m44 minutes ago
Friday day baseball working in the Cubs favor. Cards delayed in Washington. That game turning into a night affair it looks like.

The game in D.C. has not started.  I wonder if the Cards have sent their pitcher (Jack Flaherty) ahead or if he'll get in late like the rest of the team? 

The Friday forecast in Chicago is for cool and breezy but not threatening.
Title: Re: Today's Game 2019
Post by: craig on May 02, 2019, 07:15:43 pm
Didn't see any of yesterday's game but noticed Bryant came out early, while all the other regulars stayed in.   

Did he get hurt or something happen to him? 
Title: Re: Today's Game 2019
Post by: DelMarFan on May 02, 2019, 07:19:33 pm
I heard leg tightness, which is why he was DH for both games.  He would have played if the DH wasn't an option, so not a big deal.

Lots of guys came out when the Cubs were up big.  Davis for Rizzo, etc.
Title: Re: Today's Game 2019
Post by: CurtOne on May 02, 2019, 07:21:33 pm
Didn't see any of yesterday's game but noticed Bryant came out early, while all the other regulars stayed in.   

Did he get hurt or something happen to him? 
He was crying because Chris keeps making fun of him.
Title: Re: Today's Game 2019
Post by: CurtOne on May 02, 2019, 08:41:59 pm
Cards lose 2-1
Title: Re: Today's Game 2019
Post by: craig on May 02, 2019, 09:35:48 pm
I heard leg tightness, which is why he was DH for both games.  He would have played if the DH wasn't an option, so not a big deal.

Lots of guys came out when the Cubs were up big.  Davis for Rizzo, etc.

Thanks much, and I hadn't realized other guys came out too. 
Title: Re: Today's Game 2019
Post by: brs2 on May 03, 2019, 01:30:25 am
Thanks much, and I hadn't realized other guys came out too. 
I heard leg tightness, which is why he was DH for both games.  He would have played if the DH wasn't an option, so not a big deal.

Lots of guys came out when the Cubs were up big.  Davis for Rizzo, etc.

Wish they had put Davis in for Contreras instead. And anybody to give Baez some rest.
Leaving aside the much discussed issue of whether Russell should return to Chicago, if it's not him, they need to bring up somebody legit to back up SS and spot start.  I do not want Baez (or Contreras) to be 1969-ed.
Title: Re: Today's Game 2019
Post by: Bennett on May 03, 2019, 09:35:14 am
(https://pbs.twimg.com/media/D5pf-F5WkAI74mM.jpg:small)
Title: Re: Today's Game 2019
Post by: brjones on May 03, 2019, 01:26:45 pm
Great first inning from Hendricks. That's rare.
Title: Re: Today's Game 2019
Post by: Reb on May 03, 2019, 01:53:23 pm
In two innings, Flaherty already has 8 swings-and-misses, 5 with the slider.
Title: Re: Today's Game 2019
Post by: brjones on May 03, 2019, 01:57:50 pm
Really dumb throw to second on that Flaherty bunt. But it looks like it worked out.

Cardinals are challenging anyway.
Title: Re: Today's Game 2019
Post by: brjones on May 03, 2019, 01:59:48 pm
Cardinals waste their challenge.
Title: Re: Today's Game 2019
Post by: brjones on May 03, 2019, 02:16:01 pm
Rizzo 3 run homer gives the Cubs a 3-0 lead. Flaherty already over 60 pitches with 1 out in the 3rd.
Title: Re: Today's Game 2019
Post by: ticohans on May 03, 2019, 02:27:07 pm
Cubs cruising. Man, this team looks *really* good right now...

Bullpen the only weakness, and if they're in this position at the trade deadline, I have to imagine there's cash to add relief help.
Title: Re: Today's Game 2019
Post by: Reb on May 03, 2019, 02:37:38 pm
Flaherty with 16 swings and misses through 4.

But, walk-walk-homer. Nice.

Hendricks with very low pitch count, unlike Flaherty.
Title: Re: Today's Game 2019
Post by: brjones on May 03, 2019, 02:39:08 pm
48 pitches through 5 for Hendricks; he has a 1 hit shutout going. He's on track to pitch a Maddux today.
Title: Re: Today's Game 2019
Post by: brjones on May 03, 2019, 02:50:39 pm
An hour and a half in, this game is already going to the bottom of the 6th.
Title: Re: Today's Game 2019
Post by: brjones on May 03, 2019, 02:57:08 pm
Rizzo: 3 hits today.

The other 17 hitters playing in this game: 2 hits today, including none by other Cubs.
Title: Re: Today's Game 2019
Post by: brjones on May 03, 2019, 03:07:34 pm
The Cubs have the bases loaded with 2 outs in the bottom of the 6th. Heyward due, Flaherty pulled.
Title: Re: Today's Game 2019
Post by: brjones on May 03, 2019, 03:16:06 pm
Wow, only 61 pitches through 7 innings for Hendricks.
Title: Re: Today's Game 2019
Post by: brjones on May 03, 2019, 03:24:51 pm
With 2 outs in the 7th, Bryant double, Rizzo IBB, and Baez single. 4-0 Cubs.
Title: Re: Today's Game 2019
Post by: brjones on May 03, 2019, 03:34:35 pm
71 pitches through 8 innings. Hendricks will have a chance to finish this one on less than 80 pitches.
Title: Re: Today's Game 2019
Post by: Dave23 on May 03, 2019, 03:34:50 pm
This performance can only be described as 'masterful'...
Title: Re: Today's Game 2019
Post by: Dave23 on May 03, 2019, 03:46:08 pm
Has McCarver said Kyle's name correctly once today?

He's been either "Kyle Kendrick" or, even worse, "Kyle Kendricks" all day...
Title: Re: Today's Game 2019
Post by: brjones on May 03, 2019, 03:49:45 pm
81 pitch shutout for Hendricks. Not bad.
Title: Re: Today's Game 2019
Post by: Dave23 on May 03, 2019, 03:50:13 pm
That was as good as it gets.
Title: Re: Today's Game 2019
Post by: Reb on May 03, 2019, 03:52:49 pm
Cubs EVEN in the loss column.
Title: Re: Today's Game 2019
Post by: CurtOne on May 03, 2019, 04:01:15 pm
Great game by Kyle
Title: Re: Today's Game 2019
Post by: craig on May 03, 2019, 04:02:42 pm
Wow, what a great win.  Way to bring home the win, you guys!  Way to go! 

And just like that, the Hendricks ERA is down to 3.93.  Nice.  I didn't get a chance to see much.  But in the little bits I did see, man pitch-to-contact is awfully fun to watch, when the wind is blowing in, and when the defense is making lots of good plays. 
Title: Re: Today's Game 2019
Post by: craig on May 03, 2019, 04:04:03 pm
I did see the Baez RBI.  That was really nice, he was going RF all the way, smart situational hitting. 

Winning is fun. 
Title: Re: Today's Game 2019
Post by: ticohans on May 03, 2019, 04:58:26 pm
Javy is really doing something special this year, validating and even improving on last year's growth.

His swinging strike rate is down over a percentage point, his hard-hit rate is up 10%, and his oppo field rate is up 10%. If he can keep these gains up...
Title: Re: Today's Game 2019
Post by: Tuffy on May 03, 2019, 06:22:49 pm
What a great win for the whole team. Bullpen gets a day off; Contreras gets an easy day. With Lester and Hamels in the rotation we should be able to get more CGs than most teams.
Title: Re: Today's Game 2019
Post by: Deeg on May 03, 2019, 06:34:06 pm
I remember Jon Lieber throwing an 81 pitch CG for the Cubs, but sub-90 are pretty damn rare.  That's a hell of a quality start.
Title: Re: Today's Game 2019
Post by: Ron on May 03, 2019, 06:46:26 pm
I remember Jon Lieber throwing an 81 pitch CG for the Cubs, but sub-90 are pretty damn rare.  That's a hell of a quality start.

Lieber was at the game (as was Zambrano, the last Cub to throw a sub 100 pitch complete game), and reportedly said that Hendricks' game was better.
Title: Re: Today's Game 2019
Post by: Bennett on May 03, 2019, 06:49:40 pm
Jon Lieber and Kerry Wood throw back-to-back one-hitters

https://www.nytimes.com/2001/05/26/sports/national-league-roundup-another-cubs-one-hitter-as-wood-blanks-brewers.html
Title: Re: Today's Game 2019
Post by: CurtOne on May 03, 2019, 06:53:03 pm
You know Kyle was good when that asshat Hrabowsky is complimentary.
Title: Re: Today's Game 2019
Post by: Deeg on May 03, 2019, 07:01:41 pm
Quote

@TylerKepner
 3h3 hours ago
More Tyler Kepner Retweeted Rob Friedman
According to the @baseball_ref Play Index, Hendricks is just the fourth pitcher since Doug Drabek in 1990 to pitch a 9-inning shutout in 81 pitches or fewer, with Aaron Cook (2009 and 2012), Rich Harden (2005) and Jon Lieber (2001). Wow!
Title: Re: Today's Game 2019
Post by: Reb on May 03, 2019, 07:06:48 pm
Looking at the Statcast data on Hendricks today.

Averaged 86.5 on sinker and 86.8 on 4-seamer.

Threw 20 change-ups: 18 for strikes (!).

Threw 18 balls, an average of 2 per inning. Two of the 18 called balls actually were entirely in the strike zone.

Just shows what you can do with stellar command and a good defense.

He’s not even throwing 87.
Title: Re: Today's Game 2019
Post by: Ron on May 03, 2019, 07:07:23 pm

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@sahadevsharma

Lester had some good quotes after the game about Hendricks. Pointed out that he thought throwing only 18 balls was crazy. Hendricks' 77.8% strike% is the highest for a starter this year. Asked if he'd go for 75 pitches next start, Lester laughed. "No, uh-uh. Maybe through six!"
Title: Re: Today's Game 2019
Post by: Bennett on May 04, 2019, 11:23:29 am
Davis catches Yu again

(https://pbs.twimg.com/media/D5vBJJhX4AA8NbO.jpg:small)
Title: Re: Today's Game 2019
Post by: brjones on May 04, 2019, 03:16:58 pm
First pitch single for Descalso to start the Cubs first inning, then the ball bounces by Fowler and Descalso goes to third.
Title: Re: Today's Game 2019
Post by: brjones on May 04, 2019, 03:18:26 pm
1-0 lead on Bryant single. That was quick.
Title: Re: Today's Game 2019
Post by: brjones on May 04, 2019, 03:27:38 pm
Jose Martinez throws out Bryant at third on a Bote single to end the first, then he crushes a homer on the first pitch of the second.
Title: Re: Today's Game 2019
Post by: brjones on May 04, 2019, 03:47:23 pm
Wacha with a lucky double right down the line to start the third, then Almora misses a diving catch. 2-1 Cardinals.
Title: Re: Today's Game 2019
Post by: brjones on May 04, 2019, 03:48:28 pm
Cubs fall asleep and Carpenter steals third without a throw.
Title: Re: Today's Game 2019
Post by: brjones on May 04, 2019, 04:07:34 pm
Bryant misplays a flyball down the RF line leading off the 4th. Some bad luck for Darvish so far today.
Title: Re: Today's Game 2019
Post by: brjones on May 04, 2019, 04:09:49 pm
Based on exit velocity and lunch angle, the leadoff doubles the last two innings are hits 7% and 4% of the time.
Title: Re: Today's Game 2019
Post by: brjones on May 04, 2019, 04:13:26 pm
Darvish has suddenly stopped throwing strikes. Bases loaded, 1 out for Wacha.
Title: Re: Today's Game 2019
Post by: brjones on May 04, 2019, 04:15:06 pm
Wacha knocks in two. 4-1. Sloppy defense and ball throwing hurts the Cubs again.
Title: Re: Today's Game 2019
Post by: brjones on May 04, 2019, 04:15:31 pm
Carpenter hit, 5-1. This one fell apart quickly.
Title: Re: Today's Game 2019
Post by: CUBluejays on May 04, 2019, 04:16:10 pm
Great job Yu.
Title: Re: Today's Game 2019
Post by: Reb on May 04, 2019, 04:21:55 pm
Wacha is one of the worst hitting pitchers in baseball.

.077 lifetime BA in 260 career PAs. That was the second extra-base hit if his career. Career slugging under .100 before today.
Title: Re: Today's Game 2019
Post by: brjones on May 04, 2019, 04:26:11 pm
Bases loaded with 1 out for Davis and Darvish.
Title: Re: Today's Game 2019
Post by: brjones on May 04, 2019, 04:26:44 pm
DAVIS!!!! Tie game, first career HR is a game tying grand slam.
Title: Re: Today's Game 2019
Post by: brjones on May 04, 2019, 04:29:42 pm
I don't think I've ever seen a worse major league "hitter" than Yu Darvish.

Heyward hits for Descalso for some reason. Descalso hurt?
Title: Re: Today's Game 2019
Post by: Reb on May 04, 2019, 04:30:04 pm
Lot of weird stuff today with Wacha hits and Davis grand slam.
Title: Re: Today's Game 2019
Post by: Reb on May 04, 2019, 04:31:17 pm
. Descalso hurt?

ADDISON RUSSELL!
Title: Re: Today's Game 2019
Post by: brjones on May 04, 2019, 04:32:25 pm
Wacha's first hit was pure luck, though. He bounced a ball down the third base line with a 73 mph exit velocity, and Bote was playing pretty far off the line. That ball is an easy out almost all the time.

Four pitch walk to the first batter Darvish faces. Pull him now.
Title: Re: Today's Game 2019
Post by: brjones on May 04, 2019, 04:32:56 pm
Ball 5.
Title: Re: Today's Game 2019
Post by: brjones on May 04, 2019, 04:34:17 pm
After a mound visit, ball 6. Ball 7 and wild pitch. Brutal.
Title: Re: Today's Game 2019
Post by: CUBluejays on May 04, 2019, 04:35:11 pm
Any chance he retires in embarrassment?
Title: Re: Today's Game 2019
Post by: Reb on May 04, 2019, 04:35:59 pm
Wacha's first hit was pure luck, though. He bounced a ball down the third base line with a 73 mph exit velocity, and Bote was playing pretty far off the line. That ball is an easy out almost all the time.

That’s part of the weirdness.
Title: Re: Today's Game 2019
Post by: brjones on May 04, 2019, 04:36:05 pm
9 pitches in the 5th for Darvish, 8 balls, and another ball that was called a strike because the umpire felt sorry for him. Just awful.

How can a guy who had been so good his entire career suddenly be so bad?
Title: Re: Today's Game 2019
Post by: brjones on May 04, 2019, 04:37:14 pm
Allen Webster coming in.
Title: Re: Today's Game 2019
Post by: brjones on May 04, 2019, 04:38:17 pm
And by the way, that was another 81 pitch start for a Cubs starter...just with drastically different results. 41 balls thrown today, up from 18 yesterday.
Title: Re: Today's Game 2019
Post by: brjones on May 04, 2019, 04:39:01 pm
Martinez flies to the wall in CF. 1 out, DeJong tags and goes to third.
Title: Re: Today's Game 2019
Post by: brjones on May 04, 2019, 04:40:03 pm
Molina HBP, bases loaded. Fowler up. Cardinals are threatening to get all four runs right back.
Title: Re: Today's Game 2019
Post by: brjones on May 04, 2019, 04:43:45 pm
Kyle Ryan in. Fowler grounder to Rizzo, force out at the plate. 2 outs.
Title: Re: Today's Game 2019
Post by: brjones on May 04, 2019, 04:44:24 pm
Grounder to Bote gets the Cubs out of the inning. The Cubs really might have hit on something with Kyle Ryan.
Title: Re: Today's Game 2019
Post by: CurtOne on May 04, 2019, 04:47:54 pm
Grounder to Bote gets the Cubs out of the inning. The Cubs really might have hit on something with Kyle Ryan.
He looked decent the other day, too.
Title: Re: Today's Game 2019
Post by: mO on May 04, 2019, 04:52:39 pm
2 outs on 2 pitches after a leadoff walk.
Title: Re: Today's Game 2019
Post by: brjones on May 04, 2019, 04:58:23 pm
Almora is not much of a hitter.
Title: Re: Today's Game 2019
Post by: brjones on May 04, 2019, 05:05:31 pm
Ryan gives up a 1 out single to Carpenter in the 6th, so Joe has to overmanage and go to Brach.
Title: Re: Today's Game 2019
Post by: Chris27 on May 04, 2019, 05:05:56 pm
How can a guy who had been so good his entire career suddenly be so bad?


Problem is people keep thinking this. Darvish has basically had one excellent season and two good ones. The rest of the time he either hasn't been very good or he's been hurt.
Title: Re: Today's Game 2019
Post by: brjones on May 04, 2019, 05:06:56 pm
But Brach Ks Goldschmidt, 2 outs.
Title: Re: Today's Game 2019
Post by: Bennett on May 04, 2019, 05:06:59 pm
CHICAGO -- Cubs second baseman Daniel Descalso has left the game against the St. Louis Cardinals because of a sore left ankle.

Descalso was hurt rounding first on a single in the first inning Saturday. He was lifted for a pinch-hitter in the fourth.
Title: Re: Today's Game 2019
Post by: brjones on May 04, 2019, 05:10:04 pm
Nice job by Brach to K both Goldschmidt and DeJong. Still think Maddon should've stuck with Ryan there, though.

Brach now has 15 K and 15 BB in 13 IP.
Title: Re: Today's Game 2019
Post by: Bennett on May 04, 2019, 05:15:57 pm
https://youtu.be/4UabA7MgfZg
Title: Re: Today's Game 2019
Post by: CurtOne on May 04, 2019, 05:21:16 pm
Thank you, Bennett
Title: Re: Today's Game 2019
Post by: brjones on May 04, 2019, 05:26:47 pm
Cubs have been awful at holding runners today.
Title: Re: Today's Game 2019
Post by: Dave23 on May 04, 2019, 05:28:33 pm
You can’t throw anything in the dirt 0-2 with Davis behind the plate...it’s 50-50 at best he catches it.

We’re lucky that pitch hit Wong.
Title: Re: Today's Game 2019
Post by: brjones on May 04, 2019, 05:29:17 pm
Cishek had 2 outs, nobody on. Now he has bases loaded on a single, walk, and 0-2 HBP. Also had Molina picked off but made a bad throw to third and he was safe.
Title: Re: Today's Game 2019
Post by: brjones on May 04, 2019, 05:31:39 pm
Foul pop by Wieters, Cishek escapes.

The Cubs haven’t played that great in this game, they’re really lucky they’re not down by several runs.
Title: Re: Today's Game 2019
Post by: brjones on May 04, 2019, 05:54:40 pm
BAEZ!!! 6-5 Cubs.
Title: Re: Today's Game 2019
Post by: Dave23 on May 04, 2019, 05:56:37 pm
So money when he uses the whole field...
Title: Re: Today's Game 2019
Post by: Dihard on May 04, 2019, 06:04:47 pm
We get to watch the most exciting player in baseball on a daily basis. My goodness is Javy a delight. And just getting better and better.


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Title: Re: Today's Game 2019
Post by: mO on May 04, 2019, 06:11:22 pm
Cubs win!!!!
Title: Re: Today's Game 2019
Post by: brjones on May 04, 2019, 06:11:36 pm
Nice low stress save for Strop. He’s been the same guy as always so far this year. I wouldn’t be surprised if both sides wanted to get a 2-3 year extension done soon.
Title: Re: Today's Game 2019
Post by: brjones on May 04, 2019, 06:18:54 pm
Also, get greedy and finish the sweep tomorrow. Over the last two years, it seems like they’ve often come out flat in game three in these situations. It’s a chance to show the early season urgency they were talking about all offseason.
Title: Re: Today's Game 2019
Post by: Dihard on May 04, 2019, 06:20:01 pm
I bet that was a really frustrating loss for the Cards. They had so many missed opportunities to tack on runs, the Davis grand slam had to sting, and Javy’s game-winner came after three Cardinals failed to catch a foul pop that would have retired him early in the at-bat. Fun one to steal!


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Title: Re: Today's Game 2019
Post by: Playtwo on May 04, 2019, 06:21:23 pm
Great win for the Cubs.  Kudos to Davis, Javy, and the pen.
Title: Re: Today's Game 2019
Post by: Bennett on May 04, 2019, 06:22:46 pm
Umpire Larry Vanover made the right call by not granting time to Jose Martinez leading of the ninth. That's the same move that Ryan Braun and a few others use on almost every pitch.  When you step into the box, you should be ready to hit.  Martinez erred by not being ready when he did not hear time called.
Title: Re: Today's Game 2019
Post by: guest61 on May 04, 2019, 07:06:33 pm
"The first 10 games of the season, it was everybody talking about us," Javier Báez said. "And now where’s everybody?"
Title: Re: Today's Game 2019
Post by: guest61 on May 04, 2019, 07:07:20 pm
CHICAGO -- Cubs second baseman Daniel Descalso has left the game against the St. Louis Cardinals because of a sore left ankle.

Descalso was hurt rounding first on a single in the first inning Saturday. He was lifted for a pinch-hitter in the fourth.

Addison Russell smiles...
Title: Re: Today's Game 2019
Post by: Jack Birdbath on May 04, 2019, 07:20:12 pm
Almora is not much of a hitter.


Don't let Joe Sheehan hear you say that.
Title: Re: Today's Game 2019
Post by: Ron on May 04, 2019, 07:29:13 pm
Also, get greedy and finish the sweep tomorrow. Over the last two years, it seems like they’ve often come out flat in game three in these situations. It’s a chance to show the early season urgency they were talking about all offseason.

Jeez. The team is on a terrific run. But there's always a way to be grim after a really important win I guess.   ???
Title: Re: Today's Game 2019
Post by: guest61 on May 04, 2019, 07:35:51 pm
We dont suck anymore...
Title: Re: Today's Game 2019
Post by: Reb on May 04, 2019, 09:40:29 pm
Nice job by Brach to K both Goldschmidt and DeJong. Still think Maddon should've stuck with Ryan there, though.


Genuinely curious why you think the proper strategy was to leave the lefty in to pitch to righty power hitters rather than bring in the righty? Goldschmidt, for one, has a career OPS over 1.000 against lefties. What’s the rationale? Trying to understand your point of view.

Another fun Cubs win.
Title: Re: Today's Game 2019
Post by: brjones on May 04, 2019, 10:23:24 pm
Genuinely curious why you think the proper strategy was to leave the lefty in to pitch to righty power hitters rather than bring in the righty? Goldschmidt, for one, has a career OPS over 1.000 against lefties. What’s the rationale? Trying to understand your point of view.

Because Ryan had been good so far and Brach had been pretty bad. A platoon advantage doesn't matter if a guy can't throw strikes.

Ryan has shown no real platoon split in his small sample with the Cubs. Brach had walked 11 per 9 IP coming into today.  So I prefer a LHP who is currently performing vs. a struggling RHP.  Maddon brought in a guy who has been a real risk to beat himself to replace a guy who has probably earned a little trust.

By the way, Goldschmidt also has a career OPS of .900 vs. RHP, so he's not an easy out for anyone. And DeJong has no platoon split in his career (.820 vs. RHP; .816 vs. LHP).

Jeez. The team is on a terrific run. But there's always a way to be grim after a really important win I guess.   ???

Sorry, didn't mean to come across as grim. I actually meant to be kind of cheerleader-y. Finish off the sweep, show the killer instinct they had in 2016 that (IMO) has been missing the last two years. This is their best stretch 3+ week stretch since 2016, and I'm hoping they'll continue that tomorrow.
Title: Re: Today's Game 2019
Post by: Reb on May 05, 2019, 12:39:52 am
I think that Maddon is wary of riding a situational pitcher too much. Ryan pitched out of a high-stress 5th inning and then, for another inning, asking him to finish off heart of righty lineup coming up, including Goldschmidt, is asking for trouble. Goldschmidt vs Ryan is a match-up to avoid.

The strategic move is to bring in the righty there. If we want Ryan to continue to do well, you have to pick your spots with him. Pitch him when he’s most likely to do well.

Obviously, Brach is walking way too many guys but if you’re going to opt for a lefty there (who already has thrown a high-stress 15 pitches), then there’s no point having Brach on the club.
Title: Re: Today's Game 2019
Post by: Playtwo on May 05, 2019, 11:49:21 am
Interesting story lines for a game in early May.  A battle for first place between historic rivals.  And two accomplished starting pitchers who have pitched very well lately.  Great game for a national audience.  Bring the brooms.
Title: Re: Today's Game 2019
Post by: Bennett on May 05, 2019, 02:03:57 pm
(https://pbs.twimg.com/media/D500UGEWkAA5e9X.jpg:small)
Title: Re: Today's Game 2019
Post by: Deeg on May 05, 2019, 04:58:43 pm
Almora over Schwarber against Wainwright - wow.
Title: Re: Today's Game 2019
Post by: Dave23 on May 05, 2019, 05:03:18 pm
Schwarb is hitless in 15 career PA vs. Wainwright.
Title: Re: Today's Game 2019
Post by: Dave23 on May 05, 2019, 05:07:53 pm
That said, Almora is hitless in 8 career PA, so...
Title: Re: Today's Game 2019
Post by: Ron on May 05, 2019, 05:13:51 pm
Joe giving Almora a chance to catch up with Schwarber?
Title: Re: Today's Game 2019
Post by: Deeg on May 05, 2019, 05:16:08 pm
Boy, this offense sure would look great with one more starting caliber OF.  It's already damn good.
Title: Re: Today's Game 2019
Post by: Chris27 on May 05, 2019, 05:20:44 pm
Or if Bryant would get his SLG% above .420.
Title: Re: Today's Game 2019
Post by: Deeg on May 05, 2019, 05:38:26 pm
So how do you attack Baez at this point?  He's hitting more oppo home runs than to left.  He's doing tremendous damage on bad pitches, balls way out of the strike zone (like his HR yesterday).
Title: Re: Today's Game 2019
Post by: Bennett on May 05, 2019, 05:51:25 pm
Descalso available to pinch hit.
Title: Re: Today's Game 2019
Post by: Bennett on May 05, 2019, 06:11:22 pm
Game is currently on ESPN2 - DirecTV 209
Title: Re: Today's Game 2019
Post by: davep on May 05, 2019, 06:15:13 pm
Goldschmidt is the one that is likely to kill us today.
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Post by: davep on May 05, 2019, 06:19:02 pm
I don't give a dam how Contreras frames pitches.  He is an outstanding defensive catcher.
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Post by: Bennett on May 05, 2019, 06:44:33 pm
He can also hit.
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Post by: JeffH on May 05, 2019, 06:45:00 pm
If Willy starts hitting home runs the other way, watch out.
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Post by: davep on May 05, 2019, 06:47:44 pm
Funny how the reports were that the players did not like Chili Davis because he tried to get them to hit outside pitches to the opposite field.  Now that Davis has been fired, the Cubs are hitting outside pitches to the opposite field for homers as I never remember in previous years.
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Post by: Bennett on May 05, 2019, 06:56:20 pm
First and third with one out turns into man on first with two down.
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Post by: Deeg on May 05, 2019, 06:58:01 pm
Very odd choice by Carpenter there.
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Post by: JeffH on May 05, 2019, 06:58:06 pm
Dave, I think the Chili thing is that he de-emphasized swinging for power in favor of "getting hits".  Those two things are not mutually exclusive.
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Post by: JeffH on May 05, 2019, 06:58:57 pm
Very odd choice by Carpenter there.

Zobrist reminding Carpenter that he's the OG.
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Post by: Deeg on May 05, 2019, 07:00:10 pm
Gonna need the bullpen today.
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Post by: Bennett on May 05, 2019, 07:03:19 pm
Very odd choice by Carpenter there.
Nice analysis by ARod showing Carpenter's poor start at first base on the play
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Post by: Jack Birdbath on May 05, 2019, 07:07:18 pm
The cubs fly all rate was down a lot last year (so far, back to the 2015-17 rates) which in today's juiced ball environment is no good. No idea if Chili is to blame but whatever got them to hit that way was no good.
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Post by: brjones on May 05, 2019, 07:10:00 pm
Willson needs just one more homer to match last year's total.
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Post by: Deeg on May 05, 2019, 07:11:53 pm
Nibbley Q tonight.
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Post by: Deeg on May 05, 2019, 07:12:55 pm
No offense from Z, but earning his kibble with the leather.
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Post by: brjones on May 05, 2019, 07:25:57 pm
Man, Javy has a strong arm. Not many players could've made that throw to get Wainwright.
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Post by: Deeg on May 05, 2019, 07:26:22 pm
Is there another SS who makes the play in the hole look easier than Baez?  What a cannon.
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Post by: Deeg on May 05, 2019, 07:35:16 pm
Sure is nice to have Heyward as a professional hitter again.
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Post by: brjones on May 05, 2019, 07:42:42 pm
Bote has apparently been playing with a broken toe since Mike Minor hit him with a pitch on opening day.
Title: Re: Today's Game 2019
Post by: Deeg on May 05, 2019, 07:45:32 pm
I'd have Q on a pretty short leash.  He's battled well but he's not fooling anybody.
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Post by: Deeg on May 05, 2019, 07:46:00 pm
Could we get the Dillon Maples experience tonight?
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Post by: brjones on May 05, 2019, 07:47:50 pm
This isn't Quintana at his best tonight. But it seems like several of the Cardinals hits have been on relatively soft contact where the ball finds a hole.
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Post by: CurtOne on May 05, 2019, 07:47:58 pm
This will be a DP or HR
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Post by: Deeg on May 05, 2019, 07:52:14 pm
That was handwriting on the wall.  Q was ripe to be picked.
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Post by: Deeg on May 05, 2019, 07:53:20 pm
To give A-Rod credit, he called that Molina rocket.  Said he was sitting on the curve, and the next pitch he almost hit one out.
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Post by: brjones on May 05, 2019, 07:54:10 pm
I think that Molina ball hit off the edge of the basket. If it has been a couple inches higher, it would've been a homer. If it was a couple inches lower, I think Almora might have had a chance to catch it.
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Post by: Deeg on May 05, 2019, 07:55:53 pm
He was safe at 1B.  Great peg but boy, if that goes into the OF it's a tie game.
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Post by: CurtOne on May 05, 2019, 07:56:47 pm
Am I seeing it wrong or did Almora jump two feet to the left of where the ball hit the wall.  He's normally sharper than that.
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Post by: goblue007 on May 05, 2019, 07:57:49 pm
Nice rebound Q. Another solid start despite not being as sharp.
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Post by: Deeg on May 05, 2019, 07:58:10 pm
Am I seeing it wrong or did Almora jump two feet to the left of where the ball hit the wall.  He's normally sharper than that.

Looked that way to me too, though he wasn't catching that ball anyway.
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Post by: goblue007 on May 05, 2019, 07:58:26 pm
Am I seeing it wrong or did Almora jump two feet to the left of where the ball hit the wall.  He's normally sharper than that.

Yeah that was odd. Thought he could have had that one.
Title: Re: Today's Game 2019
Post by: brjones on May 05, 2019, 07:58:46 pm
Am I seeing it wrong or did Almora jump two feet to the left of where the ball hit the wall.  He's normally sharper than that.

Yeah, that's what I thought at first...but I think it just looked that way because the ball hit the basket.
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Post by: brjones on May 05, 2019, 08:02:05 pm
Zobrist and Bryant with back-to-back singles to start the 6th. Let's get the runs right back.
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Post by: brjones on May 05, 2019, 08:03:18 pm
Well that didn't take long.
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Post by: goblue007 on May 05, 2019, 08:03:23 pm
Rizzo gets them back.  Beautiful
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Post by: Tuffy on May 05, 2019, 08:03:55 pm
Three hits in a row from Zo, Bryant, and Rizzo give the Cubs a 5-2 lead.
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Post by: Deeg on May 05, 2019, 08:04:21 pm
Baez is no doubt our best player.  But it seems like Rizzo is the most important guy in the order in terms of making the whole offense go.  When he's on fire like this, it totally changes the lineup.
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Post by: guest61 on May 05, 2019, 08:04:44 pm
Them Cubs are coming...
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Post by: Deeg on May 05, 2019, 08:09:11 pm
Great job by Rizzo there to get Javy to 2nd.
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Post by: brjones on May 05, 2019, 08:11:59 pm
After that double, Rizzo has a .911 OPS this season. And he's been unlucky--his BABIP is only .230 right now. He may be having his best season.

Willson knocks in another run, 6-2. He's responded well to the new hitting coach.
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Post by: CUBluejays on May 05, 2019, 08:15:17 pm
I hate ARod as a broadcaster, can ESPN just go with Mendoza and the play by play guy.
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Post by: Deeg on May 05, 2019, 08:18:17 pm
Gant is nasty.
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Post by: Deeg on May 05, 2019, 08:25:01 pm
Bryant's shoulder hurting?
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Post by: brjones on May 05, 2019, 08:25:35 pm
ESPN's on-field microphones are too loud. They've had this problem for a couple of years now.
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Post by: Deeg on May 05, 2019, 08:33:50 pm
This is a guy Schwarbs could take yard.
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Post by: Deeg on May 05, 2019, 08:36:46 pm
Damn, almost.
Title: Re: Today's Game 2019
Post by: Tuffy on May 05, 2019, 08:38:57 pm
Zo has another hit; Almora scores and it's 7-2.
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Post by: brjones on May 05, 2019, 08:39:00 pm
Infield in is always a dumb play. Thanks Cardinals, 7-2.
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Post by: davep on May 05, 2019, 08:39:06 pm
Dave, I think the Chili thing is that he de-emphasized swinging for power in favor of "getting hits".  Those two things are not mutually exclusive.

Thanks, Jeff.
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Post by: Deeg on May 05, 2019, 08:39:22 pm
5 run lead.  C'mon, Joe - get Maples in there.  Must see TV.
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Post by: CUBluejays on May 05, 2019, 08:45:49 pm
Like Ozuna actually could have thrown the ball into the stands from short LF.
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Post by: brjones on May 05, 2019, 08:48:17 pm
Cishek in for the 8th in this 5 run game after a stressful 25 pitch inning yesterday. I guess Joe hasn't driven Cishek into the ground enough yet this year.
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Post by: Tuffy on May 05, 2019, 08:52:58 pm
Bryant makes another error; the previous one was a tough call that he probably didn't deserve, but this time he just bobbled it.
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Post by: Deeg on May 05, 2019, 08:55:15 pm
Since it's pretty well when Cishek's arm falls off rather than if at this point, may as well run him out there for the 9th too and save the rest of the pen.
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Post by: EightyTwo on May 05, 2019, 08:57:43 pm
Baez drills a double to right.
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Post by: Deeg on May 05, 2019, 09:01:34 pm
Nobody F-bombs like J-Hey.
Title: Re: Today's Game 2019
Post by: Deeg on May 05, 2019, 09:03:09 pm
Nobody F-bombs like J-Hey.

2 for the price of one!
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Post by: brjones on May 05, 2019, 09:03:47 pm
That's the upside of ESPN's weird way-too-loud field microphones. You get to hear the Heyward F-bombs more clearly.
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Post by: EightyTwo on May 05, 2019, 09:03:54 pm
Bote doubles off the wall in right.
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Post by: brjones on May 05, 2019, 09:04:20 pm
Bote is good. Play him everyday. (And he should probably hit leadoff)
Title: Re: Today's Game 2019
Post by: Deeg on May 05, 2019, 09:04:40 pm
Bote has made me a believer.
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Post by: EightyTwo on May 05, 2019, 09:05:00 pm
And now Almora doubles down the line in left.  9-2 Cubs!
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Post by: Deeg on May 05, 2019, 09:05:05 pm
Maples time!  Maples time!
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Post by: mO on May 05, 2019, 09:05:21 pm
Go Cubs Go!!
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Post by: brjones on May 05, 2019, 09:05:34 pm
Cubs hit three doubles to score a couple runs, ARod says they're playing small ball?
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Post by: davep on May 05, 2019, 09:06:46 pm
If Maddon brings in Strop, I may join the now defunct dump Maddon movement.
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Post by: davep on May 05, 2019, 09:09:05 pm
Bote's long term contract is starting to look rather good.

And I am starting to be glad that Heyward didn't opt out of his contract when he had the chance.  Does he get another one in future years?
Title: Re: Today's Game 2019
Post by: brjones on May 05, 2019, 09:10:55 pm
I'm pretty sure Heyward has another opt out after this year. Unless he finishes it with his current MVP-like numbers, I can't imagine he'll actually take it.
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Post by: brjones on May 05, 2019, 09:13:41 pm
Ump feels really sorry for the Cardinals on 2-1 to Bryant, calls a ball about a foot high for a strike.
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Post by: EightyTwo on May 05, 2019, 09:14:07 pm
GRAND SLAM KB!!
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Post by: Tuffy on May 05, 2019, 09:14:24 pm
Bryant SLAM!
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Post by: Deeg on May 05, 2019, 09:15:04 pm
God damn, that's good to see.
Title: Re: Today's Game 2019
Post by: brjones on May 05, 2019, 09:15:09 pm
Bryant grand slam.

There are still 3 more outs, but great job finishing off the sweep today in dominant fashion. Just something they haven't done since 2016 ended.
Title: Re: Today's Game 2019
Post by: CUBluejays on May 05, 2019, 09:15:42 pm
ARod is so horrible. KB is sooo good.
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Post by: mO on May 05, 2019, 09:15:59 pm
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Post by: Deeg on May 05, 2019, 09:16:06 pm
You can tell by the way the dugout reacted, that was a hell of a lot more important than padding a 7-run lead.
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Post by: Chris27 on May 05, 2019, 09:17:31 pm
ARod rather prescient. Low leverage, big results. Pretty much called that.
Title: Re: Today's Game 2019
Post by: brjones on May 05, 2019, 09:17:41 pm
ARod is so horrible. KB is sooo good.

More small ball according to ARod.
Title: Re: Today's Game 2019
Post by: CUBluejays on May 05, 2019, 09:20:55 pm
Cardinals came into this series with a +35 run differential. They are currently +19.
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Post by: goblue007 on May 05, 2019, 09:22:23 pm
LOL
Title: Re: Today's Game 2019
Post by: Deeg on May 05, 2019, 09:22:50 pm
Was hoping for Maples, but at least Chatwood is able to pitch.
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Post by: davep on May 05, 2019, 09:23:40 pm
No Maples, but Chatwood is probably an even better choice.  One strike out.
Title: Re: Today's Game 2019
Post by: Deeg on May 05, 2019, 09:23:57 pm
Man, Chatwood looks nasty.
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Post by: Deeg on May 05, 2019, 09:27:33 pm
Chatty at 98.
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Post by: brjones on May 05, 2019, 09:28:23 pm
DeJong homers, so the Cardinals will lose by 9 instead of 11.
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Post by: Deeg on May 05, 2019, 09:28:52 pm
Not a bad pitch there, really.
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Post by: Chris27 on May 05, 2019, 09:29:24 pm
Must be white-knighting night.
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Post by: brjones on May 05, 2019, 09:31:07 pm
Ozuna HR, so an 8 run win.

Good use of Chatwood. Mop up in an 11 run game.
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Post by: Deeg on May 05, 2019, 09:32:20 pm
That actually wasn't a bad pitch either.  Just good hitting.
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Post by: brjones on May 05, 2019, 09:32:45 pm
Cubs sweep!
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Post by: Tuffy on May 05, 2019, 09:33:06 pm
Chatwood gives up three runs, but the Cubs win and sweep!
Title: Re: Today's Game 2019
Post by: Deeg on May 05, 2019, 09:33:14 pm
Plus, Ozuna was struck out on the 1-2 pitch.
Title: Re: Today's Game 2019
Post by: Dihard on May 05, 2019, 09:33:25 pm
Sweep!

18-6 in the last 24. Welcome to first place!


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Post by: mO on May 05, 2019, 09:33:51 pm
First place!!!
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Post by: davep on May 05, 2019, 09:36:47 pm
The worst franchise in the history of sports.
Title: Re: Today's Game 2019
Post by: mO on May 05, 2019, 09:37:34 pm
Amen
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Post by: craig on May 05, 2019, 10:28:42 pm
Wow, great win.  Wainwright seemed pretty shart through the first 5 innings, and the Cardinals seemed to have a lot more traffic vs Q, but man the Cubs offense just kept at it, and scored a bunch. 

Man, what a great series sweep.  The offense just keeps scoring, and scoring, and scoring, and scoring.  Everything falls into place when the offense just keeps scoring, getting 2 HR's (or more) per game, and scoring 3-5 runs on HR's every game.  Great recipe!
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Post by: craig on May 05, 2019, 10:32:47 pm
Will be interesting to see how the Miami series will go.  With a ton of momentum, the offense rolling, playing at home, and playing a really bad team, you'd think they might have a shot to rack up some more wins and extend the streak. 

But after a bunch of series against winning teams (AZ, LA, AZ, SEATTLE, Cardinals, these have all been good, serious teams), could be easy to envision a let-down versus Miami.  Hopefully all the hitters are just locked in, and they will just keep scoring. 
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Post by: Reb on May 06, 2019, 12:45:40 am
Lost in the shuffle tonight is that Cubs committed 4 errors to the Cards zero.

Very unusual for the club committing 4 errors to beat the errorless club by 8 runs.
Title: Re: Today's Game 2019
Post by: CurtOne on May 06, 2019, 07:27:53 am
Not excusing the Cubs' errors, but the Cardinals committed several unrecorded errors, base running, judgement, and bobbles.
Title: Re: Today's Game 2019
Post by: craig on May 06, 2019, 07:38:48 am
Very unusual for the club committing 4 errors to beat the errorless club by 8 runs.

The Bible says that "love covers over a multitude of sins." 

In baseball, I think the same can be said for offense!  Offense covers over a multitude of errors!  4 errors, who complains a lot when you're scoring a bunch of runs and winning easily anyway?  Chatwood giving up two HR and three runs?  Who cares when the offense had scored enough to win anyway?  Q wasn't sharp enough to go longer than 6 innings, and place a 3-inning load on the bullpen; who cares when you've scored plenty?  Darvish game?  Yes, everybody noticed and cared, but still, when you score enough runs to win anyway, it's less problematic.  Scoring lots of runs and hitting lots of HRs, and every flaw seems less noticeable. 
Title: Re: Today's Game 2019
Post by: BearHit on May 06, 2019, 07:47:49 am
Winning trumps all other deficiencies.

Sometimes 1 ERROR can change momentum suddenly - which normally leads to losing
Title: Re: Today's Game 2019
Post by: Bennett on May 06, 2019, 07:05:30 pm
JD worried about a letdown after the Cardinals series.  I'd be surprised.
Title: Re: Today's Game 2019
Post by: Bennett on May 06, 2019, 07:21:25 pm
#200 for Rizzo.  2-0.
Title: Re: Today's Game 2019
Post by: brjones on May 06, 2019, 07:24:52 pm
Extra base hits are fun, glad the Cubs are hitting them regularly this year.
Title: Re: Today's Game 2019
Post by: Reb on May 06, 2019, 07:25:07 pm
Amazing how Baez hits fastballs with authority to right field.
Title: Re: Today's Game 2019
Post by: JeffH on May 06, 2019, 07:29:54 pm
Without looking, how many of the eight players with more Cubs career HR than Rizzo can you name?
Title: Re: Today's Game 2019
Post by: CurtOne on May 06, 2019, 07:32:49 pm
Do they have to be the right names?
Title: Re: Today's Game 2019
Post by: CurtOne on May 06, 2019, 07:34:48 pm
Banks, Williams, Santo, Sandberg, Dawson, Sosa
Title: Re: Today's Game 2019
Post by: JeffH on May 06, 2019, 07:35:51 pm
Five of six, Curt.
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Post by: CurtOne on May 06, 2019, 07:35:58 pm
Theriot, Dernier
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Post by: JeffH on May 06, 2019, 07:36:56 pm
Macias, Neifi
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Post by: CurtOne on May 06, 2019, 07:39:22 pm
Oh, Grace

Kingman wasn't a Cub long enough.  Lee?
Title: Re: Today's Game 2019
Post by: CurtOne on May 06, 2019, 07:41:20 pm
Five of six, Curt.
Dawson was wrong?
Title: Re: Today's Game 2019
Post by: JeffH on May 06, 2019, 07:42:16 pm
Dawson was wrong?

Dawson was wrong.
Title: Re: Today's Game 2019
Post by: JeffH on May 06, 2019, 07:42:42 pm
Oh, Grace

Kingman wasn't a Cub long enough.  Lee?

Not Lee, but follow that thought.
Title: Re: Today's Game 2019
Post by: JeffH on May 06, 2019, 07:43:14 pm
Oh, Grace

Kingman wasn't a Cub long enough.  Lee?

Not Grace.  Not Kingman.
Title: Re: Today's Game 2019
Post by: CurtOne on May 06, 2019, 07:43:56 pm
Jose?
Title: Re: Today's Game 2019
Post by: davep on May 06, 2019, 07:44:03 pm
Cubs broadcast is blacked out in Fort Myers today, so I am watching the Miami broadcast.

They just interviewed Starlin Castro, and asked him about his experiences with the Cubs.  His Comments, as I remember them:

"I will always respect the team, the City, and the fans."

"The Cubs were the team that had faith in me and my abilities, and allowed me to become a major league player."

" of the best cities I have ever been in."
Title: Re: Today's Game 2019
Post by: JeffH on May 06, 2019, 07:44:04 pm
A '30s guy and a '40s guy.
Title: Re: Today's Game 2019
Post by: CurtOne on May 06, 2019, 07:47:31 pm
I'm surprised Grace didn't hit 200.  Alou?  I think the rest must be davep's classmates
Title: Re: Today's Game 2019
Post by: PRCubFan on May 06, 2019, 07:47:51 pm
Aramis?
Title: Re: Today's Game 2019
Post by: CurtOne on May 06, 2019, 07:49:42 pm
Good one, PR
Title: Re: Today's Game 2019
Post by: brs2 on May 06, 2019, 08:01:40 pm
Homer in the gloamin'. Hartnett should be one of them.
Title: Re: Today's Game 2019
Post by: JR on May 06, 2019, 08:12:09 pm
Cavaretta?
Title: Re: Today's Game 2019
Post by: JeffH on May 06, 2019, 08:38:12 pm
Aramis yes, Hartnett yes, Cavaretta no.

Sosa-Banks-Williams-Santo-Sandberg-Ramirez-Hartnett-<not yet guessed>-Rizzo
Title: Re: Today's Game 2019
Post by: mO on May 06, 2019, 08:59:58 pm
Game tied.  Cubs hitters haven't done much since the 1st inning.
Title: Re: Today's Game 2019
Post by: brjones on May 06, 2019, 09:04:48 pm
Edwards up in the pen. Better get a few runs this inning.

Dusty always wanted to get Neifi going. I guess Edwards is Maddon's Neifi.
Title: Re: Today's Game 2019
Post by: Chris27 on May 06, 2019, 09:08:37 pm
Contreras works a walk from 1-2 down. If this new approach is real, he could be a monster.

3-2 on Heyward...
Title: Re: Today's Game 2019
Post by: Chris27 on May 06, 2019, 09:09:26 pm
Ball 4. Two on for Bote.
Title: Re: Today's Game 2019
Post by: brjones on May 06, 2019, 09:16:34 pm
After a Bote walk, Schwarber singles. 4-3 Cubs, bases still loaded. Almora pinch hitting.
Title: Re: Today's Game 2019
Post by: mO on May 06, 2019, 09:16:34 pm
Schwarber singles in a run.  Bases stay loaded, nobody out.
Title: Re: Today's Game 2019
Post by: mO on May 06, 2019, 09:17:17 pm
What is he swinging at?!?!?
Title: Re: Today's Game 2019
Post by: mO on May 06, 2019, 09:21:34 pm
Chopper out in front of the plate gets the runner at home.  Still loaded, 1 out.
Title: Re: Today's Game 2019
Post by: brjones on May 06, 2019, 09:23:46 pm
Zobrist GIDP. Not a great showing for this offense after the first inning.
Title: Re: Today's Game 2019
Post by: Chris27 on May 06, 2019, 09:26:07 pm
That inning may haunt them.
Title: Re: Today's Game 2019
Post by: mO on May 06, 2019, 09:27:17 pm
Here comes Edwards
Title: Re: Today's Game 2019
Post by: Chris27 on May 06, 2019, 09:27:29 pm
Well, not just that inning. The Cubs have had the leadoff man walk the last four innings and only have one run to show for it.
Title: Re: Today's Game 2019
Post by: brjones on May 06, 2019, 09:27:50 pm
Edwards in. he got sent to the minors because he melted down in high leverage situations, and Maddon puts him right back in a high leverage situation in his first chance back.

Quickly behind 3-0...and he should've walked him on the fourth pitch, but the umpire felt sorry for him.
Title: Re: Today's Game 2019
Post by: mO on May 06, 2019, 09:27:52 pm
3-0 to the first batter...
Title: Re: Today's Game 2019
Post by: Chris27 on May 06, 2019, 09:28:36 pm
Cubs have GIDP four straight innings.
Title: Re: Today's Game 2019
Post by: mO on May 06, 2019, 09:28:49 pm
ball 2 should've been a strike, so they're even
Title: Re: Today's Game 2019
Post by: brjones on May 06, 2019, 09:30:08 pm
Edwards gets a grounder, then starts the next batter with ball 1.
Title: Re: Today's Game 2019
Post by: brjones on May 06, 2019, 09:31:55 pm
Pop up, 2 outs.
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Post by: brjones on May 06, 2019, 09:36:01 pm
Weak fly ball for the third out. Good job Edwards, even though you didn't look that good.
Title: Re: Today's Game 2019
Post by: mO on May 06, 2019, 09:36:18 pm
pop up, 3 outs

Good appearance by CJ
Title: Re: Today's Game 2019
Post by: Reb on May 06, 2019, 09:37:41 pm
Edwards had a plan tonight.

Threw 19 pitches and 18 were 4-seam fastballs. Just one curve. FB averaged 93.8.
Title: Re: Today's Game 2019
Post by: Chris27 on May 06, 2019, 09:45:53 pm
WTH is going on? Baez walks from 0-2 down.
Title: Re: Today's Game 2019
Post by: brjones on May 06, 2019, 09:50:16 pm
By Statcast, the Contreras flyout should be a homer most of the time.

https://baseballsavant.mlb.com/statcast_field?ev=102&la=30
Title: Re: Today's Game 2019
Post by: Deeg on May 06, 2019, 09:56:21 pm
Brach really should be loading up on Lotto tickets.
Title: Re: Today's Game 2019
Post by: brjones on May 06, 2019, 10:00:43 pm
Updated stats: 16 BB, 15 K for Brach in 14 innings. He's another Edwards.
Title: Re: Today's Game 2019
Post by: brjones on May 06, 2019, 10:06:38 pm
Strop in for the 9th.

Granderson leadoff walk.
Title: Re: Today's Game 2019
Post by: brjones on May 06, 2019, 10:08:52 pm
Strop is wild so far tonight. That hasn't been a problem for him in a few years.
Title: Re: Today's Game 2019
Post by: brjones on May 06, 2019, 10:09:35 pm
Back-to-back walks to start the 9th. Bad night for Strop to suddenly stop throwing strikes.
Title: Re: Today's Game 2019
Post by: brjones on May 06, 2019, 10:11:39 pm
Hit. Bases loaded, no outs. Too bad the offense stopped scoring runs after the first inning.
Title: Re: Today's Game 2019
Post by: brjones on May 06, 2019, 10:12:33 pm
This is turning really ugly. Quickly 3-0. Tying run about to be walked in.
Title: Re: Today's Game 2019
Post by: brjones on May 06, 2019, 10:13:50 pm
Ball 4, tie game. Still no outs. Maybe the worst outing of Strop's Cubs career. Kyle Ryan coming in.
Title: Re: Today's Game 2019
Post by: vander-built on May 06, 2019, 10:14:58 pm
Looked like Hottovy wanted to pull Strop and Maddon said no
Title: Re: Today's Game 2019
Post by: brjones on May 06, 2019, 10:16:17 pm
Ryan has been really good, maybe he can keep the Cubs in the game.
Title: Re: Today's Game 2019
Post by: brjones on May 06, 2019, 10:16:49 pm
Ryan quickly behind 2-0.
Title: Re: Today's Game 2019
Post by: brjones on May 06, 2019, 10:17:12 pm
3-0. This is awful. Really, really ugly.
Title: Re: Today's Game 2019
Post by: davep on May 06, 2019, 10:17:25 pm
Obviously, the Cubs are not a cold weather team.
Title: Re: Today's Game 2019
Post by: brjones on May 06, 2019, 10:18:25 pm
Groundout, Marlins lead 5-4. I can't believe the Cubs are going to lose this game to the worst team in baseball after getting up 3-0 in the first inning.
Title: Re: Today's Game 2019
Post by: brjones on May 06, 2019, 10:19:22 pm
Marlins have walked 10 tonight, the Cubs only have 4 runs. Pretty ugly night for the offense too.
Title: Re: Today's Game 2019
Post by: CUBluejays on May 06, 2019, 10:21:40 pm
That was a horrible play by Ryan.
Title: Re: Today's Game 2019
Post by: CurtOne on May 06, 2019, 10:22:13 pm
Anybody have Kimbel's number?
Title: Re: Today's Game 2019
Post by: brjones on May 06, 2019, 10:22:16 pm
Ryan with a really stupid play. Ball hit right back to him, he had the runner going home out...but he threw to first instead and the runner scored. So the Cubs are down 6-4 instead of 5-4.
Title: Re: Today's Game 2019
Post by: brjones on May 06, 2019, 10:24:34 pm
2016 Cubs would find a way to pull this game out. 2017-18 Cubs score a run and lose by a run after that really stupid play by Ryan.

Let's see what the 2019 Cubs do.
Title: Re: Today's Game 2019
Post by: brjones on May 06, 2019, 10:26:19 pm
Michael Cerami @Michael_Cerami

I’m sorry. Daniel Descalso was available to pinch hit against a righty with the bases load and Almora took the at-bat?!
Title: Re: Today's Game 2019
Post by: brjones on May 06, 2019, 10:27:51 pm
Bryant homers. Too bad Ryan gave them that gift run.
Title: Re: Today's Game 2019
Post by: CUBluejays on May 06, 2019, 10:28:16 pm
Bryant continues to hit dingers in low leverage situations killing rallies.
Title: Re: Today's Game 2019
Post by: Deeg on May 06, 2019, 10:28:24 pm
The pen has had a really lucky month, but it’s just not good enough. Need a shutdown guy that we just don’t have.
Title: Re: Today's Game 2019
Post by: brjones on May 06, 2019, 10:29:05 pm
Rizzo single. Teaser rally...
Title: Re: Today's Game 2019
Post by: brjones on May 06, 2019, 10:29:32 pm
Javy is going to be swinging out of his shoes here.
Title: Re: Today's Game 2019
Post by: brjones on May 06, 2019, 10:32:35 pm
Javy Ks, it's up to Willson.
Title: Re: Today's Game 2019
Post by: brjones on May 06, 2019, 10:34:25 pm
Strike 1 called on a pitch way outside. Awful umpiring.

Willson waves at another awful pitch, probably because of that brutal call on the first pitch.

Strike 3, Cubs lose.

Big letdown after the Cardinals sweep.
Title: Re: Today's Game 2019
Post by: CurtOne on May 06, 2019, 10:43:42 pm
Watching the play again, there was a bunch of action around the plate.  Base runner was probably in his peripheral vision, I think a batboy was clearing the area, Contreras was moving to cover, the ump was getting into position to make the call.  Ryan may have fooled himself into thinking he had no chance.  He did LOOK to the plate before spinning and throwing to Rizzo.
Title: Re: Today's Game 2019
Post by: brjones on May 06, 2019, 10:45:15 pm
2016 Cubs would find a way to pull this game out. 2017-18 Cubs score a run and lose by a run after that really stupid play by Ryan.

Let's see what the 2019 Cubs do.

More 2017-18 than 2016 tonight.
Title: Re: Today's Game 2019
Post by: Reb on May 07, 2019, 12:02:50 am
More 2017-18 than 2016 tonight.

Remember this one from 2016?

https://www.baseball-reference.com/boxes/SLN/SLN201605230.shtml
Title: Re: Today's Game 2019
Post by: Reb on May 07, 2019, 03:12:42 pm
Cubs facing pre-2017 Cubs Rule 5 pick Caleb Smith tonight. Was trying to make 2017 Cubs as a reliever, but returned to Yankees just prior to the season.

He has been really good in six starts this season.
Title: Re: Today's Game 2019
Post by: brjones on May 07, 2019, 08:20:46 pm
This ump has a huge strike zone tonight. He’s missed at least 4 or 5 obvious balls tonight.

Lester is not at his best tonight. Hopefully he can get through 6.
Title: Re: Today's Game 2019
Post by: brjones on May 07, 2019, 08:59:25 pm
Really sloppy defense tonight. Schwarber dropped a fly ball earlier; that runner ended up scoring. Heyward made an error. Baez was too non-chalant in this inning on a Castro grounder and Castro beat it out. Then a routine double play ball was hit to Bote, and he bobbled it...they only got one out.

And now the Cubs have Rojas caught stealing, but he turns around and goes back...and Rizzo is slow getting the tag down so he's safe.
Title: Re: Today's Game 2019
Post by: brjones on May 07, 2019, 09:07:04 pm
Nice job by Lester to get through 6 innings on a day where he wasn't at his best and his defense gave him very little help. Tied at 2 going to the bottom of the 6th.
Title: Re: Today's Game 2019
Post by: davep on May 07, 2019, 09:09:39 pm
Caleb Smith looks pretty good.  The Cubs should have kept him when they had him.
Title: Re: Today's Game 2019
Post by: brjones on May 07, 2019, 10:10:47 pm
Cubs have first and second, no outs in the 9th in a tie game. Descalso pinch hitting, then Almora and Bryant.
Title: Re: Today's Game 2019
Post by: mO on May 07, 2019, 10:11:57 pm
Double play, pop up? or Pop up, double play?
Title: Re: Today's Game 2019
Post by: mO on May 07, 2019, 10:12:50 pm
Descalso bunts, 2nd and 3rd
Title: Re: Today's Game 2019
Post by: brjones on May 07, 2019, 10:12:51 pm
Descalso bunt. Looked like he had a pretty easy out at third, but went to first. Second and third, 1 out.
Title: Re: Today's Game 2019
Post by: brjones on May 07, 2019, 10:14:13 pm
Almora with a weak grounder, Heyward out at home. Up to Bryant.
Title: Re: Today's Game 2019
Post by: Chris27 on May 07, 2019, 10:15:07 pm
Was bunting with Descalso the optimal play there considering this guy's control is way off?
Title: Re: Today's Game 2019
Post by: mO on May 07, 2019, 10:16:55 pm
KB!!!!!!!
Title: Re: Today's Game 2019
Post by: brjones on May 07, 2019, 10:16:58 pm
Bryant 3 run homer! Cubs win!!
Title: Re: Today's Game 2019
Post by: JR on May 07, 2019, 10:17:08 pm
Bryant!!!!!
Title: Re: Today's Game 2019
Post by: mO on May 07, 2019, 10:17:29 pm
3-run, game winner
Title: Re: Today's Game 2019
Post by: goblue007 on May 07, 2019, 10:17:41 pm
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Title: Re: Today's Game 2019
Post by: Deeg on May 07, 2019, 10:17:46 pm
Chris just punched a hole in his wall the size of a cantaloupe.
Title: Re: Today's Game 2019
Post by: JR on May 07, 2019, 10:17:54 pm
You can just call him Klutch Bryant...
Title: Re: Today's Game 2019
Post by: Dihard on May 07, 2019, 10:17:59 pm
First walkoff for KB since 2015. Boom!


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Title: Re: Today's Game 2019
Post by: PRCubFan on May 07, 2019, 10:18:05 pm
That was pretty clutch. 
Title: Re: Today's Game 2019
Post by: Chris27 on May 07, 2019, 10:18:20 pm
Credit where it's due.
Title: Re: Today's Game 2019
Post by: CUBluejays on May 07, 2019, 10:18:56 pm
Good thing for the Marlins only comes through when it doesn’t matter.
Title: Re: Today's Game 2019
Post by: davep on May 07, 2019, 10:19:43 pm
That ball barely made it into the third row.  It looks like Bryant's shoulder is bothering him again.
Title: Re: Today's Game 2019
Post by: Boris From Downunder on May 07, 2019, 10:19:51 pm
Warm it up Kris..
Title: Re: Today's Game 2019
Post by: Chris27 on May 07, 2019, 10:19:55 pm
Chris just punched a hole in his wall the size of a cantaloupe.

Yes, because I root for Bryant to fail in big situations. Must be why I rag on him for that issue. Some of you people are dense as molasses.
Title: Re: Today's Game 2019
Post by: Dave23 on May 07, 2019, 10:21:21 pm
Why would they pitch to him instead of Rizzo there?
Title: Re: Today's Game 2019
Post by: Dave23 on May 07, 2019, 10:21:47 pm
Oh, and Kris Bryant, bitches!
Title: Re: Today's Game 2019
Post by: goblue007 on May 07, 2019, 10:23:34 pm
Kris F’n Bryant
Title: Re: Today's Game 2019
Post by: CurtOne on May 07, 2019, 10:25:43 pm
Some of you people are dense as molasses.
Yeah, davep, he's talkin' to you!
Title: Re: Today's Game 2019
Post by: CurtOne on May 07, 2019, 10:26:39 pm
Why would they pitch to him instead of Rizzo there?
Especially with Bryant as hot as he's been.  Maybe they have the Cubs' old advance scouts.
Title: Re: Today's Game 2019
Post by: JR on May 07, 2019, 10:37:47 pm
About the only thing I can think of there is Conley’s been much better against RH hitters this year.  Obviously that strategy didn’t work out for the Marlins there.
Title: Re: Today's Game 2019
Post by: craig on May 07, 2019, 10:43:23 pm
Wow, way to bring it home, you guys.  Yes, that was a clutch one for sure! 
Title: Re: Today's Game 2019
Post by: craig on May 07, 2019, 10:44:40 pm
Heh heh, TV guys were talking about maybe trying to punch one anti-shift into right.  I guess just blasting it over the shift worked just fine!
Title: Re: Today's Game 2019
Post by: Chris27 on May 07, 2019, 10:48:05 pm
There's also always the chance of hitting Rizzo, especially with a lefty throwing 99 and slinging it.

Bryant turning around 99 over in the inner half is a great sign. Hopefully, he's about to go on a run.
Title: Re: Today's Game 2019
Post by: craig on May 07, 2019, 10:49:56 pm
Was bunting with Descalso the optimal play there considering this guy's control is way off?

Not sure.  In retrospect, given that the bunt actually ended up with the runner at 3rd, I'd agree with it.  Given that Heyward should have been forced, and that a wild hard-throwing guy like that is really hard to bunt against, I'm not sure the odds were actually that good in general. 

But, I do think part of the get-the-guy-to-3rd advantage against a wild pitcher is the wild pitch factor.  Hitting him in, sacrifice him in, those are two ways.  But wild-pitching him in is a pretty significant factor.  And/or making the catcher afraid to call for a chase-oriented in-the-dirt breaking ball can make it easier to hit, too. 
Title: Re: Today's Game 2019
Post by: Reb on May 07, 2019, 10:56:58 pm
Think the idea of the bunt is that Almora hitting with the infield up, against a lefty, is a good match-up.  Likely to make contact and infielders range, playing up, way diminished on an Almora grounder or bloop.  Not going to walk him, or pitch around him, with Bryant and Rizzo on deck. Going to get a pitch to hit, which he did.

Unfortunately, hit it right at somebody.
Title: Re: Today's Game 2019
Post by: Reb on May 08, 2019, 03:48:32 am
Lester on his outing Tuesday night:

“I really had nothing early on,” he said. “I made some adjustments about the third, fourth inning mechanically that kind of got me back to being OK. It was just one of those nights. I had to figure out a way and Willy [Contreras] did a great job of kind of guiding me through that whole thing.
“It wasn’t ideal, but we figured out a way to keep our team in the game and give our guys a chance in the end there.”
Title: Re: Today's Game 2019
Post by: wmljohn on May 08, 2019, 07:44:17 am
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Why would they pitch to him instead of Rizzo there?

Because they are the Marlins.  They don't have only 10 wins because they make great decisions.
Title: Re: Today's Game 2019
Post by: Ron on May 08, 2019, 11:11:34 am
Patrick Mooney has a good column on the game that focuses on Jon Lester and Kris Bryant.
https://theathletic.com/967746/2019/05/08/the-stars-come-out-at-wrigley-with-kris-bryant-and-jon-lester/?source=dailyemail

Included is the following on Lester:

Since recovering from the strained left hamstring he felt during the Wrigley Field opener and being activated from the injured list on April 25, Lester has allowed one earned run across 18 innings. Within those three starts, Lester has faced 70 batters and walked just one while getting 19 strikeouts.

And this on Bryant:

For a guy who won Rookie of the Year and MVP awards and a World Series within his first two years in the big leagues, Bryant sure got a lot of scrutiny during that slow start to this season.

Bryant’s left shoulder is strong, the Cubs insisted, and that should have been the end of the discussion in April. But after loudly hitting home runs in three straight games — while quietly getting on base in 17 consecutive games and unselfishly moving all over the field as a defender — his numbers are getting back up to his All-Star standards (.889 OPS).

“Any time early in the season, you look at the scoreboard and things fluctuate so much,” Bryant said. “And then you’re up there trying to get four hits in one at-bat because you want to see things change. I think we all have experienced that. Fortunately, I feel like I’ve gotten off to pretty good starts the previous four years, so I haven’t had to really worry about that. But this year was a little different. You’re so impatient. You want things to come to you so quick. But I realize that’s not the way to go about things.”
Title: Re: Today's Game 2019
Post by: brjones on May 08, 2019, 12:40:23 pm
Tonight's game time has been moved up half an hour to try to avoid bad weather.
Title: Re: Today's Game 2019
Post by: Bennett on May 08, 2019, 03:15:38 pm
Heyward leads off

Russell bats 8th and is at 2B
Title: Re: Today's Game 2019
Post by: Bennett on May 08, 2019, 03:17:40 pm
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Title: Re: Today's Game 2019
Post by: Bennett on May 08, 2019, 05:17:01 pm
This loop shows the last 30 minutes.  Starting the game early looks like a good move.

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Title: Re: Today's Game 2019
Post by: craig on May 08, 2019, 05:48:01 pm
HOpefully Marlins are hacking and Hendricks is incredibly sharp like his recent game vs Cardinals.  Would really, really like to win tonight.  (If possible I'd like to spend a couple of consecutive nights in 1st place.  If possible I'd like to be in first place when Milwaukee series begins.  And if possible I'd prefer going into tomorrow with Yu and a chance to win the series, rather than depending on winning a Darvish start tomorrow in order to salvage a split at home versus bad Marlins.) 
Title: Re: Today's Game 2019
Post by: CurtOne on May 08, 2019, 06:29:41 pm
Not sure of what's up with Zobrist, but there are Instagram messages to him wishing him and his family the best, for what that's worth.
Title: Re: Today's Game 2019
Post by: Bennett on May 08, 2019, 06:38:51 pm
Hendricks has an easy lob to Rizzo but throws it over his head to start the game. 
Title: Re: Today's Game 2019
Post by: Cubette Tx on May 08, 2019, 06:39:07 pm
All I read earlier is "personal reasons".
Title: Re: Today's Game 2019
Post by: Bennett on May 08, 2019, 06:39:47 pm
Now a swinging bunt rolls safely down the third base line.
Title: Re: Today's Game 2019
Post by: Deeg on May 08, 2019, 06:40:13 pm
"Indefinitely" was the word that stood out for me.
Title: Re: Today's Game 2019
Post by: Bennett on May 08, 2019, 06:45:02 pm
Castro singles to drive in Granderson but that's it for the Marlins.

One run will not be enough to win this game.
Title: Re: Today's Game 2019
Post by: guest61 on May 08, 2019, 06:46:07 pm
Men get divorces all the time.

I hope it's more something like that than health issues.

I dont think Ben would just retire midseason.
Title: Re: Today's Game 2019
Post by: Bennett on May 08, 2019, 06:53:38 pm
Bryant walks and Rizzo singles him to third.

Javy hits into a 6-4-3.
Title: Re: Today's Game 2019
Post by: brjones on May 08, 2019, 06:54:33 pm
I can’t believe they were able to turn that double play with Javy running.
Title: Re: Today's Game 2019
Post by: craig on May 08, 2019, 07:03:19 pm
Not sure of what's up with Zobrist, but there are Instagram messages to him wishing him and his family the best, for what that's worth.

That sounds more like family or health issues to me (than divorce, as Dusty has suggested might be a reason).  A parent who's having some problems.  A child who's got something going on. 
Title: Re: Today's Game 2019
Post by: craig on May 08, 2019, 07:06:15 pm
Leadoff single, then another DP. 
Title: Re: Today's Game 2019
Post by: Deeg on May 08, 2019, 07:07:51 pm
Would a ballplayer in MLB take a indefinite leave because of a divorce?  Seems dubious to me.

Zobrist isn't retiring, presumably.  But he makes what, $12 million this year?  It does make you wonder ow much it would take to get Kimbrel on a 1-year deal.
Title: Re: Today's Game 2019
Post by: craig on May 08, 2019, 07:07:52 pm
Urena's got the ground-ball stuff going today.  Another groundout. 
Title: Re: Today's Game 2019
Post by: Bennett on May 08, 2019, 07:10:29 pm
Would a ballplayer in MLB take a indefinite leave because of a divorce?  Seems dubious to me.

Zobrist isn't retiring, presumably.  But he makes what, $12 million this year?  It does make you wonder ow much it would take to get Kimbrel on a 1-year deal.
Didn't Ryne Sandberg retire (the first time) because of marital difficulties?
Title: Re: Today's Game 2019
Post by: brjones on May 08, 2019, 07:11:19 pm
Urena took Schwarber’s grounder off his pitching hand. We’ll see if that hurts him.
Title: Re: Today's Game 2019
Post by: mO on May 08, 2019, 07:13:54 pm
He's contemplating retirement.  He's soon-to-be 38, hasn't been playing much and isn't off to a great start.  He's voluntarily ceding time to Bote, which is great for the team player angle, but probably says something about his fire to compete too.
Title: Re: Today's Game 2019
Post by: Deeg on May 08, 2019, 07:27:35 pm
Didn't Ryne Sandberg retire (the first time) because of marital difficulties?

Ask Dave Martinez.

I love what Zo hs brought to the team, but given our feigned financial woes and the bullpen, obviously his retirement wouldn't be entirely bad news in theory.  It just seems odd to me given how good he was last season that he would retire based on a bad 30-game stretch, especially since he also had a mysterious absence in ST, unless there was a health issue.
Title: Re: Today's Game 2019
Post by: guest61 on May 08, 2019, 07:28:31 pm
As Addison Russell is announced for his first at-bat at Wrigley in 8 months, there were plenty of boos, but definitely some cheers. I even saw a couple fans stand up to cheer.

After Russell struck out, he got a few boos and that was it.
Title: Re: Today's Game 2019
Post by: mO on May 08, 2019, 07:35:02 pm
Walk, single to 3rd again for Bryzzo.  Can they avoid the double play this time?
Title: Re: Today's Game 2019
Post by: mO on May 08, 2019, 07:35:45 pm
Baez singles in Bryant!

1-1
Title: Re: Today's Game 2019
Post by: mO on May 08, 2019, 07:42:11 pm
Wild pitch scores Rizzo.

2-1
Title: Re: Today's Game 2019
Post by: mO on May 08, 2019, 07:42:39 pm
Baez gets caught off 3rd on a grounder.

Russell grounds out to end it.
Title: Re: Today's Game 2019
Post by: Deeg on May 08, 2019, 07:42:44 pm
In other news, is Heyward broken again?
Title: Re: Today's Game 2019
Post by: craig on May 08, 2019, 07:55:24 pm
Hendricks puts the first two on, but gets out of it with a DP.  Nice. 
Title: Re: Today's Game 2019
Post by: craig on May 08, 2019, 08:01:34 pm
Urena has a terrific fastball, really good stuff.  Heavy sinkers, lots of movement at 95-96, and he's been clipping the corners a lot.  The Rizzo single was a terrific AB.  Urena had four strikes/fouls on his hard, moving stuff, and all of them on the pitch chart were perfectly on an edge/bottom, and the Rizzo single was also sinking out of the bottom of the zone too.  Really good job by Rizzo to stay alive and then to get the hit. 

The Baez hit Urena got the ball up a little bit, but it was sinking so hard that Javy still was barely able to lift it over the SS.  Really, really heavy fastball. 
Title: Re: Today's Game 2019
Post by: craig on May 08, 2019, 08:02:08 pm
Hendricks still only at 60 pitches. 
Title: Re: Today's Game 2019
Post by: CurtOne on May 08, 2019, 08:12:05 pm
It is unlikely divorce
Title: Re: Today's Game 2019
Post by: guest61 on May 08, 2019, 08:19:16 pm
Well I hope him and his family arent having health issues.
Title: Re: Today's Game 2019
Post by: Dave23 on May 08, 2019, 08:24:15 pm
JD compared Urena to Pascual Perez. I thought that was a pretty good comp.
Title: Re: Today's Game 2019
Post by: Dihard on May 08, 2019, 08:31:39 pm
Hendricks through 7 on 90 pitches. Velocity or not, I’m glad he’s ours.


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Title: Re: Today's Game 2019
Post by: Deeg on May 08, 2019, 08:36:53 pm
Gotta leave him out there with this pen.
Title: Re: Today's Game 2019
Post by: brjones on May 08, 2019, 08:38:42 pm
Through 8 on 96 pitches. Can he throw two complete games in a row? I'd give him the chance.
Title: Re: Today's Game 2019
Post by: mO on May 08, 2019, 08:38:55 pm
6 pitch 8th
Title: Re: Today's Game 2019
Post by: mO on May 08, 2019, 08:40:17 pm
He leads off the bottom of the 8th
Title: Re: Today's Game 2019
Post by: brjones on May 08, 2019, 08:40:29 pm
Almora pinch hitting for Hendricks.
Title: Re: Today's Game 2019
Post by: mO on May 08, 2019, 08:41:06 pm
...or not

Almora hits
Title: Re: Today's Game 2019
Post by: Dihard on May 08, 2019, 08:44:51 pm
Ugh. Who’s warming up?


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Title: Re: Today's Game 2019
Post by: Dihard on May 08, 2019, 08:45:35 pm
With Strop, I’d have pulled him. Without, I’d definitely have left him in.


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Title: Re: Today's Game 2019
Post by: CurtOne on May 08, 2019, 08:48:08 pm
Where's Edwards?  Did Maddon get fired?
Title: Re: Today's Game 2019
Post by: Dihard on May 08, 2019, 08:48:21 pm
Ryan for Walker. (Single.) Now Cishek.


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Title: Re: Today's Game 2019
Post by: mO on May 08, 2019, 08:50:00 pm
Alfaro leads the Marlins with 5 HR...
Title: Re: Today's Game 2019
Post by: mO on May 08, 2019, 08:50:21 pm
popped to right
Title: Re: Today's Game 2019
Post by: brjones on May 08, 2019, 08:50:23 pm
Judging by his tweets, Jesse Rogers has replaced Tommy La Stella with Brandon Kintzler as his favorite Cubs player.
Title: Re: Today's Game 2019
Post by: mO on May 08, 2019, 08:50:51 pm
Castro up
Title: Re: Today's Game 2019
Post by: CurtOne on May 08, 2019, 08:51:23 pm
Rogers loves inside information
Title: Re: Today's Game 2019
Post by: mO on May 08, 2019, 08:53:09 pm
Base hit.  1st and 2nd, 1 out.
Title: Re: Today's Game 2019
Post by: mO on May 08, 2019, 08:56:34 pm
wild pitch, 2nd and 3rd, 1 out
Title: Re: Today's Game 2019
Post by: mO on May 08, 2019, 08:58:28 pm
tie game
Title: Re: Today's Game 2019
Post by: CurtOne on May 08, 2019, 08:59:18 pm
Sure glad we pulled Hendricks
Title: Re: Today's Game 2019
Post by: brjones on May 08, 2019, 08:59:38 pm
Two 9th inning leads blown against the Marlins in 3 games. Awful.
Title: Re: Today's Game 2019
Post by: brjones on May 08, 2019, 09:09:05 pm
Best part of the Cubs lineup so far this year goes down weakly in the 9th.

This series has really been a letdown after the Cardinals series. Even in last night's win, they played a really sloppy game.
Title: Re: Today's Game 2019
Post by: CurtOne on May 08, 2019, 09:09:31 pm
Heh.  Alfaro is a horrible framer.  Third strike to Baez should have been called a ball just on Alfaro"s mitt jerk alone.
Title: Re: Today's Game 2019
Post by: mO on May 08, 2019, 09:13:33 pm
Rizzo!!!!
Title: Re: Today's Game 2019
Post by: brjones on May 08, 2019, 09:13:54 pm
After a leadoff single, Rizzo is heads up on defense and lets a popped up bunt fall. He gets a double play.
Title: Re: Today's Game 2019
Post by: mO on May 08, 2019, 09:14:39 pm
First batter singles.
Next batter pops a bunt up, right to Rizzo.
Rizzo lets it drop, turns it into a double play.
Title: Re: Today's Game 2019
Post by: guest61 on May 08, 2019, 09:23:44 pm
Addison's gonna hit a walk off...
Title: Re: Today's Game 2019
Post by: brjones on May 08, 2019, 09:27:19 pm
Edwards in for the 11th.
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Post by: brjones on May 08, 2019, 09:32:37 pm
Edwards throws strikes, gets outs.

Too bad he can't throw strikes regularly.
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Post by: Chris27 on May 08, 2019, 09:33:04 pm
Damn it would be nice to get that version of Edwards back.
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Post by: guest61 on May 08, 2019, 09:36:32 pm
Two out walk in the 10th for Russell and for the first time tonight, cheers eclipse boos.--Wittenmeyer

Just like I said. Just produce.
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Post by: mO on May 08, 2019, 09:37:20 pm
Heyward walks it off
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Post by: brjones on May 08, 2019, 09:37:23 pm
HEYWARD! Walk off in the basket.
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Post by: JR on May 08, 2019, 09:37:26 pm
MVP!!!!!
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Post by: Chris27 on May 08, 2019, 09:37:53 pm
Now wait a minute......
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Post by: JR on May 08, 2019, 09:38:21 pm
It's taken us a while, but it sure is nice to finally get the Jason Heyward we were expecting when he signed with us.
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Post by: mO on May 08, 2019, 09:39:24 pm
"Better late than never, ****..."  - Jason Heyward, in post game interview
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Post by: mO on May 08, 2019, 09:39:57 pm
WGN censor less effective than CreateAForum's...
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Post by: Dave23 on May 08, 2019, 09:41:07 pm
Reports of Heyward’s demise have been greatly exaggerated...
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Post by: craig on May 08, 2019, 09:42:11 pm
Wow, nice to sneak out the win.  What a tight series this has been.  Marlins have some terrific arms, although not so sure on the control. 
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Post by: brjones on May 08, 2019, 09:43:01 pm
Not the best series the Cubs have played this year given that the Marlins are the worst team in baseball, but they've escaped with two wins in a row. Would be nice to see an easy win tomorrow to take the series.
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Post by: Chris27 on May 08, 2019, 09:44:57 pm
I think he said, "better late then never, poop."
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Post by: craig on May 08, 2019, 09:48:12 pm
Russell snuck out the walk in the 10th, but otherwise a kinda ugly game offensively.  K, two weak groundouts, seemingly missed a hit-and-run sign, with Schwarber thrown out "stealing".  Had Schwarber not gotten out stealing, the next pitch to Russell would have been an easy/obvious DP anyway. 

I know he's gifted fielder, but if Russell is going to end up playing a lot, I sure hope he isn't the total auto-out that he was last year. 
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Post by: Deeg on May 08, 2019, 09:49:47 pm
Keep stealing wins, but this bullpen is patched together with nothing but chicken wire and chewing gum.  Need late-inning help desperately or it's going to be our downfall.
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Post by: craig on May 08, 2019, 09:49:52 pm
Tough game for Bote too.  Couldn't get the run in from 3rd with one out early in the game.  Led off the 10th with a 3-1 count, then whiffed at two pitches that should have each been ball-4.

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Post by: Deeg on May 08, 2019, 09:52:33 pm
Great to see Heyward break out, because he was 1-21 before that.  Maybe with some guys that wouldn't worry you so much, but based on the last three years Heyward isn't one of them.
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Post by: ben on May 08, 2019, 10:42:09 pm
Now we need Yu to step up tomorrow and throw strikes...and have the offense give him some early runs!!
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Post by: Bennett on May 09, 2019, 08:55:46 am
Plate umpire Quinn Wolcott making sure Jason Heyward touches home plate

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Post by: Ron on May 09, 2019, 09:09:02 am
A man who takes his responsibilities seriously!
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Post by: Bennett on May 09, 2019, 10:00:02 am
(https://pbs.twimg.com/media/D6IehxPXoAAmv0B.jpg:small)
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Post by: BearHit on May 09, 2019, 12:27:59 pm
Maybe Yu gets rattled because Taylor Davis STARES at him
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Post by: mO on May 09, 2019, 01:38:18 pm
Bryant homer. 1-0
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Post by: mO on May 09, 2019, 01:45:22 pm
Almora RBI single after Baez walk, Schwarber single.  2-0
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Post by: craig on May 09, 2019, 02:02:04 pm
Bryant smashed that one, wow.  One of those "pull" home runs, way back. 

Bote just missed, he had a pitch that could have been hit out as well. 

Bryant HR came right after a superb play that just barely got Heyward.  So Marlins are kind of lucky the Cubs didn't end up with more runs in the first. 
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Post by: brjones on May 09, 2019, 02:17:32 pm
Darvish with terrible command again today. No hits allowed through 2 1/3 IP, but he's thrown 56 pitches anyway because of all the ball throwing.
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Post by: brjones on May 09, 2019, 02:22:09 pm
Bases loaded, 2 outs for the Marlins in the third. All baserunners walked. No hits, 4 walks, and 62 pitches so far. Darvish is so frustrating to watch.
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Post by: guest61 on May 09, 2019, 02:25:53 pm
"*@$%*&!!, Taylor Davis can only frame the pitch. He can't paint it and hang it on the wall, too."
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Post by: brjones on May 09, 2019, 02:26:10 pm
Darvish gets the K on 3-2. He's not going to be able to go more than 5 innings.
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Post by: guest61 on May 09, 2019, 02:27:12 pm
5 innings is better than usual from him.
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Post by: craig on May 09, 2019, 02:28:53 pm
Walker chases a cutter out of the zone, and Yu escapes the 3rd.  2-0 Cubs

Darvish spinning the no-hitter through 3!  :):)

69 pitch-no hitter, 6K, 4 walks, 3 stolen-bases allowed. 

Walker should have taken the RBI walk there, Cubs lucky.  Marlins should have also scored on a sac fly where Bote was running away from the plate, but they wasted that run too. 

I'm sure Maddon is going to try to push Darvish through the 5th.  But man, I'd be ready to pull the plug fast, and pull him sooner if need be.  Might be a day for MOntgomery to be ready to pick up a couple of innings. 

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Post by: craig on May 09, 2019, 02:30:21 pm
I did see darvish throw one strike that was >90.  But it's just so hard for him without having any fastball.  We worry about Hendricks having a fastball in the 80's, but he can throw his fastball.  Darvish's fastball is just a rare, hardly-ever-used throw-away change-of-pace pitch. 
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Post by: brjones on May 09, 2019, 02:41:25 pm
Another walk by Darvish with 1 out in the 4th. He's as bad as Chatwood was last year.
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Post by: guest61 on May 09, 2019, 02:43:17 pm
Anyone care to admit I was right yet?
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Post by: craig on May 09, 2019, 02:44:46 pm
Even though Darvish can't throw a strike, these bad hitters still go chasing on full count.  Gets another chase K. 

Another stolen base allowed. 
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Post by: craig on May 09, 2019, 02:45:47 pm
Soft ground ball finds a hole, 2-1. 
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Post by: mO on May 09, 2019, 02:47:35 pm
Now walks the pitcher...
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Post by: ben on May 09, 2019, 02:51:23 pm
Darvish is a mess right now!  97 pitches through 4 vs the Marlins!  Can't command anything, can't hold runners.

Dusty, I'm certainly not ready to give up on him yet, but he sure looks like a terrible signing at this point!

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Post by: Dihard on May 09, 2019, 02:51:56 pm
97 pitches to get through four innings. 13 batters have either walked or struck out.


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Post by: Ron on May 09, 2019, 02:52:25 pm
And Darvish walks the pitcher after for his 6th walk in 4 innings (with 7 Ks).  I had not seen Darvish to speak of before he became a Cub.  But I am astonished at just how poorly he has pitched since joining the Cubs.

Who ever imagined he would be the Cubs' 5th best starter? And if Chatwood continues to pitch as he has recently, it's conceivable Darvish could become the 6th best.  I generally dislike the term "headcase" but it sure seems like this has to be a mental/emotional thing with the guy, given his obvious ability.
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Post by: brjones on May 09, 2019, 02:52:55 pm
Anyone care to admit I was right yet?

You weren't right. Your argument was that somehow, Asian pitchers are inherently more likely to get injured. In reality, Darvish sucks because he can't throw a fastball for a strike.
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Post by: brjones on May 09, 2019, 02:56:56 pm
Descalso pinch hitting for Darvish.
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Post by: CUBluejays on May 09, 2019, 03:06:38 pm
I wonder if the blister is a lingering issue for Darvish affecting his control.
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Post by: guest61 on May 09, 2019, 03:12:26 pm
I never meant that Asian pitchers were more apt to get hurt.

What I meant was they are already wore down when they get here.

They give Japan their best years.
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Post by: brjones on May 09, 2019, 03:14:41 pm
RIZZO! After a Bryant walk, Rizzo HR. 4-1 Cubs.
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Post by: mO on May 09, 2019, 03:15:20 pm
Rizzo golfs one out for a 2-run HR.  4-1
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Post by: craig on May 09, 2019, 03:17:03 pm
Wow, what a great HR for Rizzo.  Ball was sinking way down, he ended up on his knee.  Huge couple of insurance runs.
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Post by: Ron on May 09, 2019, 03:18:31 pm
I seem to recall Mickey Mantle going down on one knee on some of his HRs.
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Post by: craig on May 09, 2019, 03:27:51 pm
Montgomery with 3 more K's through two innings thus far.  Not sure how long he can stay healthy, but he's had some 93-94 fastballs, so it's not like his velocity looks injured or anything for the moment. 
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Post by: craig on May 09, 2019, 03:38:37 pm
Montgomery at 31 pitches through his 3 innings.  Would be nice to both score a couple more runs, and let him just pitch it out. 
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Post by: Ron on May 09, 2019, 03:45:57 pm
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Darvish now has a 19.3 percent walk rate on the season. The next highest in baseball for an eligible starter is Aaron Sanchez's 13.7%.
Title: Re: Today's Game 2019
Post by: Dihard on May 09, 2019, 03:57:58 pm
Neil Walker continues to be a pain in the butt. 5 for 8 with 2 walks in the series.


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Post by: Dihard on May 09, 2019, 03:59:07 pm
Now Castro w a single. Tying run at the plate w one away.


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Title: Re: Today's Game 2019
Post by: brjones on May 09, 2019, 04:01:22 pm
Nice job by Montgomery, 4 scoreless innings. I'd let him go out for the 9th and try to finish it.
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Post by: Reb on May 09, 2019, 04:02:56 pm
Darvish 4 innings 97 pitches

Montgomery 4 innings 49 pitches
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Post by: Dihard on May 09, 2019, 04:03:01 pm
He got through his 4 (and counting?) on half as many pitches as Yu used.


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Post by: Dihard on May 09, 2019, 04:03:45 pm
Ok, fine. Half plus a half a pitch. :)


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Post by: brjones on May 09, 2019, 04:09:36 pm
Montgomery hit for himself, so Madden is going to let him try to finish.
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Post by: mO on May 09, 2019, 04:22:06 pm
Monty finishes it.  Cubs win!
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Post by: craig on May 09, 2019, 04:33:35 pm
Nice job by Montgomery.  The insurance HR by Rizzo was huge and enabled that.  Maddon would have certainly been doing batter-by-batter relief replacements without those extra runs.  Nice to let the rest of the bullpen rest for a day before the big brewers series. 

And nice to have another night in first place! 

And nice to sneak out another victory despite a scary-Darvish start.  :)   

That was a really difficult, challenging series, no easy ones there.
Title: Re: Today's Game 2019
Post by: Deeg on May 09, 2019, 04:50:39 pm
Darvish really is Chatwood 2.0 this year, except it's all about one pitch - the fastball.  So frustrating because it's the most elemental part of pitching success and it's basically the entire reason he's struggling - FB command.  But obviously not an easy thing to fix when the subject is this off-track.
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Post by: Bennett on May 09, 2019, 05:56:48 pm
Bruce Miles  @BruceMiles2112  52m52 minutes ago
Kris Bryant has homered on May 9 in 4 of 5 seasons. The lone exception was 2016, when the May 9 game was postponed.
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Post by: Bennett on May 10, 2019, 09:38:40 am
Cubs vs Gio

Bryant 2-10
Heyard 8-37
Anthony Rizzo 2-22

(https://pbs.twimg.com/media/D6NjBl5WwAAACmc.jpg:small)
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Post by: Bennett on May 10, 2019, 10:15:50 am
Umpires for #Brewers (23-16) at #Cubs (22-13):
HP: Joe West
1B: Eric Cooper
2B: Andy Fletcher
3B: Will Little
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Post by: brjones on May 10, 2019, 01:24:21 pm
Cain single, then Yelich GIDP on the first pitch.
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Post by: brjones on May 10, 2019, 01:31:15 pm
Each pitcher throws only 7 pitches in the first.
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Post by: brjones on May 10, 2019, 01:39:26 pm
Quintana throws 9 pitches in the second. Both teams seem to want this game over quickly so far.
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Post by: brjones on May 10, 2019, 01:45:22 pm
Baez TOOTBLAN. Why was he trying to steal third there?
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Post by: Dave23 on May 10, 2019, 01:46:31 pm
He wouldn’t have had the chance if the idiot behind the plate hadn’t blown the ball 4 call on Bote...
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Post by: brjones on May 10, 2019, 01:47:52 pm
Well, it's Joe West...so there are going to be bad calls all day.
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Post by: brjones on May 10, 2019, 01:51:01 pm
Quintana has thrown a first pitch strike to every batter so far today, and he has started 5 of the first 7 hitters with an 0-2 count.
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Post by: brjones on May 10, 2019, 02:13:37 pm
It's going to be a bad day for hitters if the pitchers keep getting the zone called as low as Joe West is calling it.
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Post by: brjones on May 10, 2019, 02:14:54 pm
Two out solo homer for Braun in the 4th, 1-0 Brewers.
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Post by: brjones on May 10, 2019, 02:23:52 pm
Gonzalez is dominating the Cubs. A lot of weak contact so far. I hope that Braun homer isn't enough to win the game for the Brewers.
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Post by: brjones on May 10, 2019, 02:35:39 pm
When did Hernan Perez become a good defender? He's made two great plays, including one on a ball that would've scored a run if he had missed it.

Only 1 hit for the Cubs through 4 1/3 innings. The one hit was a Baez bouncer that would've been an easy out if Gonzalez hadn't tried to field it.
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Post by: brjones on May 10, 2019, 02:38:30 pm
Cubs do nothing in the 5th.

Top of the order due in the 6th for both teams. Maybe the Cubs will figure Gonzalez out the third time through.
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Post by: brjones on May 10, 2019, 02:48:03 pm
GIDP and 2 Ks for Yelich today. Quintana has been really good again.
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Post by: brjones on May 10, 2019, 02:50:33 pm
Braun chases, easy 1-2-3 for Quintana against Cain/Yelich/Braun.

Only 73 pitches through 6 for Quintana. If his spot in the lineup doesn't come up in a critical spot in the 7th, he might go 8 today.
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Post by: brjones on May 10, 2019, 02:55:05 pm
Almora bloop double to start the 6th.  Almora wasn't running hard at first, but luckily Yelich can't pick it up cleanly.
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Post by: brjones on May 10, 2019, 02:56:48 pm
Corbin Burnes up in the bullpen for the Brewers.
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Post by: brjones on May 10, 2019, 02:57:10 pm
Bryant soft line out to third.
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Post by: brjones on May 10, 2019, 02:59:20 pm
Rizzo grounds right into the shift, 2 outs with Almora at third. Up to Baez to get the tying run home.
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Post by: brjones on May 10, 2019, 03:00:24 pm
Counsell pulls Gonzalez? Okay...Cubs still haven't hit the ball well this inning, so this might be a break to get into the bullpen this early.
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Post by: brjones on May 10, 2019, 03:04:00 pm
Baez Ks on 3 pitches. The third strike was in the dirt--looked like Javy from 2-3 years ago in that AB.
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Post by: brjones on May 10, 2019, 03:08:44 pm
First pitch line drive single by Grandal, followed by a 4 pitch walk to Aguilar. The way the offense is going today, there's a good chance a second run would put this game away.
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Post by: brjones on May 10, 2019, 03:09:14 pm
Wild pitch. Second and third, no outs. This one appears to be falling apart quickly.
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Post by: brjones on May 10, 2019, 03:11:55 pm
Grounder to Rizzo, diving stop...has no chance at the runner at home, but he throws home anyway. 2-0, still no outs. Luckily, Aguilar stayed at second for some reason...so it's first and second instead of first and third.
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Post by: brjones on May 10, 2019, 03:12:50 pm
Bote drops a grounder. He recovers and tags Aguilar, but probably should've had a double play there. The defense has been so sloppy over the last week or so.
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Post by: brjones on May 10, 2019, 03:15:36 pm
Now another walk to a #8 hitter, Cubs do that way too much. Bases loaded, 1 out for pinch hitter Gamel.
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Post by: brjones on May 10, 2019, 03:16:48 pm
Quintana suddenly can't throw strikes. Behind Gamel 2-1, and would be 3-0 if not for Joe West.
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Post by: brjones on May 10, 2019, 03:18:27 pm
Gamel sac fly, and that's probably the game. There were no errors charged, but sloppy defense this inning has cost the Cubs at least one run.
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Post by: brjones on May 10, 2019, 03:31:26 pm
Contreras and Bote with back-to-back hits to start the 7th. They need to score at least 2 here with Hader still available.
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Post by: brjones on May 10, 2019, 03:37:26 pm
Heyward hits a grounder to second...Contreras doesn't run for some reason, so they get Bote on the force and Contreras in a rundown. Runner at first, 2 outs. Really poor showing by the offense today.
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Post by: brjones on May 10, 2019, 03:38:27 pm
And now Russell doubles. Heyward has to stop at third.
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Post by: brjones on May 10, 2019, 03:44:52 pm
Descalso pops straight up.
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Post by: brjones on May 10, 2019, 03:52:37 pm
After the first two get on in the 8th for the Brewers, Contreras throws the ball into RF trying to pick off Braun at first. Second and third, no outs.

Quintana was good until he started tiring in the last inning. But otherwise, this has been a terribly played game by the Cubs. Bad defense, bad base running, bad hitting.

Another run scores on a sac fly. 4-0.
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Post by: Reb on May 10, 2019, 04:35:38 pm
Too bad that Cubs couldn’t keep this game close and force Brewers to use Hader today, perhaps limiting his usage for rest of this series.
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Post by: JeffH on May 10, 2019, 04:39:09 pm
I think it's time for the Allen Webster experiment to come to an end.
Title: Re: Today's Game 2019
Post by: Reb on May 10, 2019, 04:49:41 pm
Not a good outing for him, but Webster averaged 95 today with heat. But, could be that he will be odd man out next pitching move. Not great outing for Ryan today either, and Ryan has an option.

Decent chance, maybe, that Webster could get thru waivers to Iowa. If I’m reading Az Phil correctly, Webster can’t decline an outright.
Title: Re: Today's Game 2019
Post by: brjones on May 10, 2019, 04:55:18 pm
The Cubs have looked kind of flat since the end of the Cardinals series. It's a good thing the Marlins came to town when they did--if they'd played anyone else this week, I think they would've won 2 of 4 at best.

Hopefully something will click tomorrow and they can still find a way to win this series.
Title: Re: Today's Game 2019
Post by: Bennett on May 11, 2019, 09:46:55 am
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Post by: CurtOne on May 11, 2019, 10:03:14 am
Bennett, I really appreciate you posting that every day.
Title: Re: Today's Game 2019
Post by: Bennett on May 11, 2019, 01:43:36 pm
Heyward leads off with a triple but is out at the plate on a perfect throw from Arcia after a Bryant grounder.

Len says the rain is expected to be light.  What's coming doesn't look all that light to me

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Title: Re: Today's Game 2019
Post by: CurtOne on May 11, 2019, 01:52:49 pm
The rain is coming North from here.  It's soft, steady, and annoying, but it probably won't hold up a game.
Title: Re: Today's Game 2019
Post by: craig on May 11, 2019, 01:55:27 pm
Heyward leads off with a triple but is out at the plate on a perfect throw from Arcia after a Bryant grounder....

Brewers seem to play some very good defense.  Cubs haven't been that hot defensively, it seems?  But maybe I only remember the bad stuff, beats me.  Getting a run in when you get the rare opportunity would have been really nice. 
Title: Re: Today's Game 2019
Post by: Chris27 on May 11, 2019, 02:09:32 pm
Cubs' offense has been stifled by the Brewers' staff going back to September.  17 runs in 8+ games.
Title: Re: Today's Game 2019
Post by: brjones on May 11, 2019, 02:13:25 pm
The Cubs seem to have been pretty bad at executing run downs the last few years. They usually get the out, but it feels like they always have to make more throws than other teams do when a Cubs runner is caught.
Title: Re: Today's Game 2019
Post by: craig on May 11, 2019, 02:15:25 pm
Cubs may need to score to win; might be the type of game against good pitching where sequencing three hits might be tough, and where you'll need somebody to blast one over the wall, like Braun did yesterday. 

Hamels has a good process going:  he's walked the leadoff man in the 2nd and 3rd innings, and a leadoff single in the 4th; but then he's gotten DP balls on the next batter three innings straight.  Davies used that process in the 2nd inning as well. 
Title: Re: Today's Game 2019
Post by: craig on May 11, 2019, 02:22:56 pm
Hamel stays on track and walks the leadoff guy in the 5th as well. 
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Post by: craig on May 11, 2019, 02:24:28 pm
Works to perfection, walk and DP.  :)
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Post by: Dave23 on May 11, 2019, 02:25:17 pm
Walk and a DP in the 5th as well...
Title: Re: Today's Game 2019
Post by: craig on May 11, 2019, 02:26:25 pm
Perez breaks the game open with HR.  Going to be pretty tough to score two runs today against Davies and then Hader.  O well. 

Title: Re: Today's Game 2019
Post by: Chris27 on May 11, 2019, 02:27:02 pm
Long as the Cubs don't have to play Milwaukee anymore they should be fine.
Title: Re: Today's Game 2019
Post by: brjones on May 11, 2019, 02:33:22 pm
Are the Cubs ever going to score another run?
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Post by: brjones on May 11, 2019, 02:36:44 pm
Bote scores from first on a single! Nice Baez-like slide.
Title: Re: Today's Game 2019
Post by: brjones on May 11, 2019, 02:38:08 pm
I guess it was scored a double by Almora. Not sure Almora goes to second if Bote isn't going home, though.
Title: Re: Today's Game 2019
Post by: craig on May 11, 2019, 02:42:13 pm
Bote!  Great slide at home to evade the tag. 

Nice bloop hit for Almora.  The great Yelich didn't' seem to hustle that ball as well as he could have.  And Bote reached on a muff.  So I guess the Brewers defense isn't great all the time.  The wet conditions can't be very good for these types of plays. 

Grnadall also seemed pretty slow to swing around from receiving the ball to applying the tag. 
Title: Re: Today's Game 2019
Post by: Reb on May 11, 2019, 02:54:05 pm
Len and JD talking about leadoff.

Cubs are #14 and only alead of Marlins in OPS at leadoff.
Title: Re: Today's Game 2019
Post by: davep on May 11, 2019, 03:11:13 pm
But they say that 2 through 8 are very high.
Title: Re: Today's Game 2019
Post by: brjones on May 11, 2019, 03:20:16 pm
Edwards comes in throwing balls, but Shaw helps him out and swings at a couple of them.
Title: Re: Today's Game 2019
Post by: brjones on May 11, 2019, 03:22:06 pm
In the zone more against Gamel, and then he swings through a high fastball. 2 Ks.
Title: Re: Today's Game 2019
Post by: Chris27 on May 11, 2019, 03:24:36 pm
You act as if every relief pitcher is a strike-throwing machine.
Title: Re: Today's Game 2019
Post by: Chris27 on May 11, 2019, 03:40:19 pm
Baez K's with two on to end the 8th.
Title: Re: Today's Game 2019
Post by: Chris27 on May 11, 2019, 03:40:43 pm
Cain and Yelich coming up. This may be game.
Title: Re: Today's Game 2019
Post by: craig on May 11, 2019, 03:41:01 pm
Baez whiffs pretty easily to end the 8th with Bryant and Rizzo on base.  From the pitch map, none of the five pitches was in the strike zone. 
Title: Re: Today's Game 2019
Post by: craig on May 11, 2019, 03:45:35 pm
Kinzler uses the Hamels recipe, walks leadoff, then follows up with the Cain DP. 
Title: Re: Today's Game 2019
Post by: brjones on May 11, 2019, 04:29:38 pm
This umpire has been very inconsistent today. The first two pitches Brach threw to Arcia have been strikes off and on today, but both were called balls.
Title: Re: Today's Game 2019
Post by: brjones on May 11, 2019, 04:32:24 pm
Two out double off the wall for Thames in the 11th.
Title: Re: Today's Game 2019
Post by: brjones on May 11, 2019, 04:35:37 pm
Wild pitch moves Thames to third with 2 strikes.
Title: Re: Today's Game 2019
Post by: brjones on May 11, 2019, 04:36:10 pm
Cain lineout. That was scary off the bat.
Title: Re: Today's Game 2019
Post by: brjones on May 11, 2019, 04:38:47 pm
Hader pulled with Rizzo coming up to start the bottom of the 11th, Albers in. Hader hurt?
Title: Re: Today's Game 2019
Post by: brjones on May 11, 2019, 04:42:53 pm
Rizzo walk, Baez bloop single. First and second, no outs.
Title: Re: Today's Game 2019
Post by: brjones on May 11, 2019, 04:47:37 pm
Contreras GIDP. Now up to Schwarber with Rizzo at third with 2 outs.

IBB, Bote up.
Title: Re: Today's Game 2019
Post by: brjones on May 11, 2019, 04:54:33 pm
Bote BB, and then Almora out on a weak grounder.
Title: Re: Today's Game 2019
Post by: brjones on May 11, 2019, 04:55:39 pm
Cedeno making his debut in the 12th.
Title: Re: Today's Game 2019
Post by: brjones on May 11, 2019, 04:58:26 pm
Cedeno immediately fits in as a Cub and walks Yelich.
Title: Re: Today's Game 2019
Post by: Chris27 on May 11, 2019, 05:26:48 pm
10-pitch walk by Shaw and a wild pitch from Chatwood.

Pina pops up. Two down.
Title: Re: Today's Game 2019
Post by: Dave23 on May 11, 2019, 05:27:21 pm
It’s pretty frustrating to watch our pitcher throw a 3-2 pitch head high into the opposite batters box...
Title: Re: Today's Game 2019
Post by: Chris27 on May 11, 2019, 05:31:36 pm
Chatwood up to 34 pitches. Two on now.
Title: Re: Today's Game 2019
Post by: Chris27 on May 11, 2019, 05:35:44 pm
Chatwood fans Thames on 3-2.

Had em all the way.
Title: Re: Today's Game 2019
Post by: brjones on May 11, 2019, 05:35:59 pm
Cubs better win it here because Chatwood doesn’t have another scoreless inning in him and there’s no one else to pitch.
Title: Re: Today's Game 2019
Post by: Chris27 on May 11, 2019, 05:37:16 pm
It's not like the Cubs didn't just have an incredible chance to win....
Title: Re: Today's Game 2019
Post by: Chris27 on May 11, 2019, 05:41:13 pm
Baez doubles and moves to third on a Contreras flyout. Schwarber IBB for a second time.

Up to Bote.
Title: Re: Today's Game 2019
Post by: Chris27 on May 11, 2019, 05:42:53 pm
Forgot Chatwood was up next. So they walk Bote to load the bases for Chatwood.
Title: Re: Today's Game 2019
Post by: Chris27 on May 11, 2019, 05:43:49 pm
Chatwood K's.
Title: Re: Today's Game 2019
Post by: brjones on May 11, 2019, 05:44:21 pm
I would’ve been tempted to go to Davis there even if it meant a position player would have to pitch.
Title: Re: Today's Game 2019
Post by: Chris27 on May 11, 2019, 05:45:22 pm
Russell with a chance to be the hero. Oh the irony.
Title: Re: Today's Game 2019
Post by: Chris27 on May 11, 2019, 05:47:31 pm
Russell K's.

Between the 11th and 13th, the Cubs have 5 walks, a single, and a double. But can't score.
Title: Re: Today's Game 2019
Post by: Chris27 on May 11, 2019, 05:48:39 pm
Cubs 0-9 w/ RISP, 14 LOB.
Title: Re: Today's Game 2019
Post by: brjones on May 11, 2019, 05:57:32 pm
Nice inning for Chatwood after he really labored in the 13th.
Title: Re: Today's Game 2019
Post by: Chris27 on May 11, 2019, 05:58:30 pm
Walks Yelich but two more K's.
Title: Re: Today's Game 2019
Post by: CurtOne on May 11, 2019, 06:01:09 pm
I think the play with Heyward in the first inning and Bote in the 6th would have been horrific collisions without the new catcher blocking the plate weren't in place.  They were bang bang.
Title: Re: Today's Game 2019
Post by: Chris27 on May 11, 2019, 06:05:42 pm
Cubs do nothing in the 14th.
Title: Re: Today's Game 2019
Post by: Chris27 on May 11, 2019, 06:11:54 pm
Chatwood dominant in the 15th. Two more K's and a groundout.
Title: Re: Today's Game 2019
Post by: Chris27 on May 11, 2019, 06:13:32 pm
Chatwood with 4 scoreless innings and 7 strikeouts.
Title: Re: Today's Game 2019
Post by: Bennett on May 11, 2019, 06:13:49 pm
I wonder how many baseballs have been used - 400?
Title: Re: Today's Game 2019
Post by: Tuffy on May 11, 2019, 06:14:36 pm
Chatwood gets Piña and we move to the bottom of the 15th.

Who is left for to pitch for the Cubs if Chatwood runs out of energy?
Title: Re: Today's Game 2019
Post by: Bennett on May 11, 2019, 06:16:03 pm
JD opined that Kyle Hendricks might be used.
Title: Re: Today's Game 2019
Post by: Bennett on May 11, 2019, 06:18:20 pm
Willy!
Title: Re: Today's Game 2019
Post by: brjones on May 11, 2019, 06:18:40 pm
WILLSON!!!  Cubs win!!

That matches last year's home run total for him on May 11.
Title: Re: Today's Game 2019
Post by: Chris27 on May 11, 2019, 06:20:05 pm
Amazing they escaped that with a win after all the missed chances.

Chatwood with his day in the sun.
Title: Re: Today's Game 2019
Post by: Dave23 on May 11, 2019, 06:21:03 pm
That’s my catcher!
Title: Re: Today's Game 2019
Post by: Tuffy on May 11, 2019, 06:22:38 pm
Willy!
Title: Re: Today's Game 2019
Post by: CurtOne on May 11, 2019, 06:28:24 pm
It's still exasperating to see Chatwood throw 1 pitch out of every 4 into the ground halfway to homeplate. 
Title: Re: Today's Game 2019
Post by: Bennett on May 11, 2019, 06:33:56 pm
You sometimes hear an announcer feel sorry for the umpires having to be out there the whole time on a hot day.  Today couldn't have been much fun either.
Title: Re: Today's Game 2019
Post by: Bennett on May 11, 2019, 06:35:22 pm
In case you missed it

https://youtu.be/otkPNcx0JhE
Title: Re: Today's Game 2019
Post by: Deeg on May 11, 2019, 07:05:27 pm
Chatwood has been amazingly valuable this season.  Still too many walks, but man, tough to hit.
Title: Re: Today's Game 2019
Post by: ben on May 11, 2019, 07:47:02 pm
Couldn't agree more, Deeg.  Chatwood has won at least a couple of BIG games for us!  He's showing how freaking valuable long relief can be!  That was a HUGE win for us today!

Title: Re: Today's Game 2019
Post by: Deeg on May 11, 2019, 08:05:10 pm
Just goes to show you don’t trust knee-jerk fan reactions to long-term contracts.
Title: Re: Today's Game 2019
Post by: craig on May 11, 2019, 09:11:09 pm
Wow, way to bring out the win, you guys!  Really big win.  Will still be at worst tie for first (and ahead in winning percentage) after tomorrow.  Ad would be super cool to pull out a series win against the Brewers.  Lester-Chacin on paper seems the Cubs best matchup this series. 

HR.  Huge.   Great way to win the close ones. 
Title: Re: Today's Game 2019
Post by: Deeg on May 11, 2019, 10:30:01 pm
Any chance Willy gets a day off tomorrow after catching 15 today?

Nah, what am I saying.
Title: Re: Today's Game 2019
Post by: brjones on May 12, 2019, 08:18:41 am
Lester is starting, so Contreras is starting.
Title: Re: Today's Game 2019
Post by: Bennett on May 12, 2019, 09:18:57 am
Monday is an off day.
Title: Re: Today's Game 2019
Post by: Bennett on May 12, 2019, 02:50:29 pm
The weather looks like a repeat of Saturday afternoon - cold, damp, and miserable.

Anthony Rizzo gets a day off.


Cubs vs Chacin
Baez 4-15
Contreras 2-10
Heyward 3-19 with 1 homer
Rizzo 7-22 with 3 homers

(https://pbs.twimg.com/media/D6ZA3dcWsAAj6Va.jpg:small)

Title: Re: Today's Game 2019
Post by: ben on May 12, 2019, 03:09:08 pm
That lineup sure looks different without the name "Rizzo!"  Hope his back isn't bothering him!
Title: Re: Today's Game 2019
Post by: Bennett on May 12, 2019, 03:23:00 pm
That lineup sure looks different without the name "Rizzo!"  Hope his back isn't bothering him!
Good guess, Ben

Quote from: Jesse Rogers
Cubs first baseman Anthony Rizzo won't start on Sunday as his back has tightened up, Its a once or twice a year occurrence for him as the Cubs have played a lot of games in cold weather, and after 15 innings on his feet yesterday, Joe Maddon isn't taking any chances. The team doesn't play again until Tuesday night, giving Rizzo 48 hours. The ailment has never kept him out of the lineup for long. He's day-to-day at the moment.
Title: Re: Today's Game 2019
Post by: CurtOne on May 12, 2019, 03:36:35 pm
LIES.  Rizz is done!  Season's over.  Back up the truck!  It's over! 
Title: Re: Today's Game 2019
Post by: Bennett on May 12, 2019, 06:15:30 pm
(https://cdn.lmgcorporate.com/kmov/radar/animated-loops/comp/960x540/chicago80.gif)
Title: Re: Today's Game 2019
Post by: Bennett on May 12, 2019, 06:40:01 pm
Christopher Kamka  @ckamka  13m13 minutes ago
Kyle Schwarber last 5 plate appearances:
Walk, walk, intentional walk, intentional walk, walk

1-0 Cubs after two innings.
Title: Re: Today's Game 2019
Post by: craig on May 12, 2019, 06:43:23 pm
Some sloppy Brewers stuff, an error and a wild pitch, enabled the Cubs to squeak in the first-inning run.  Huge to get any run and to have a lead.  Maybe that sloppy-Brewers-allowed run will be the difference between a 1-run win and a 15-inning game! :) 
Title: Re: Today's Game 2019
Post by: Bennett on May 12, 2019, 07:04:20 pm
Christopher Kamka  @ckamka  13m13 minutes ago
Kyle Schwarber last 5 plate appearances:
Walk, walk, intentional walk, intentional walk, walk

1-0 Cubs after two innings.
The streak ends with a 4-3.
Title: Re: Today's Game 2019
Post by: Chris27 on May 12, 2019, 07:07:57 pm
Even when they get Yelich out he gets a triple.
Title: Re: Today's Game 2019
Post by: Chris27 on May 12, 2019, 07:09:06 pm
They called that an error on Schwarber. lol

He obviously misplayed it, with help from the wind, but how do you give a player an error when he ends up diving for a ball and comes up short?
Title: Re: Today's Game 2019
Post by: Jack Birdbath on May 12, 2019, 07:22:06 pm
If that’s not an error then there is no point in keeping that stat (if there was any point at all). It was a 99% catch probability.
Title: Re: Today's Game 2019
Post by: Dihard on May 12, 2019, 07:23:57 pm
Hey, did you guys know that on a full count with two outs, the base runners will start running with the pitch and it’s an advantage to the offense? Alex
Rodriguez told me.


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Title: Re: Today's Game 2019
Post by: brjones on May 12, 2019, 07:29:25 pm
ARod just said this about Joe West: "Year after year, one of the most consistent umpires..."

Has he watched a game Joe West has called in the last 10 years?
Title: Re: Today's Game 2019
Post by: brjones on May 12, 2019, 07:46:24 pm
Bryant 2 out single, Javy RBI double, 2-1 Cubs.
Title: Re: Today's Game 2019
Post by: brjones on May 12, 2019, 07:54:29 pm
Leadoff double for Aguilar, followed by an infield single for Grandal. First and third, no outs.
Title: Re: Today's Game 2019
Post by: brjones on May 12, 2019, 07:59:13 pm
Aguilar thrown out at home by Baez with the infield not playing in. You don't need to play the infield in to get outs at home.
Title: Re: Today's Game 2019
Post by: brjones on May 12, 2019, 08:00:35 pm
Lester escapes!  Nice running catch by Almora.
Title: Re: Today's Game 2019
Post by: brjones on May 12, 2019, 08:16:53 pm
Lester comes out for the 7th even though he's thrown 99 pitches already. Arcia/pinch hitter/Cain due.
Title: Re: Today's Game 2019
Post by: brjones on May 12, 2019, 08:24:04 pm
Cain walks with 2 outs. Yelich facing Lester for what is definitely Lester's last batter of the day.
Title: Re: Today's Game 2019
Post by: brjones on May 12, 2019, 08:25:04 pm
Grounder up the middle, first and third with 2 outs. Kintzler coming in, looks like a double switch.
Title: Re: Today's Game 2019
Post by: JR on May 12, 2019, 08:30:56 pm
ARod just said this about Joe West: "Year after year, one of the most consistent umpires..."

Has he watched a game Joe West has called in the last 10 years?

He was just trying to be nice I'm sure.  I'm sure in the back of his mind, he was really thinking, like 99.99% of players, fans, managers, etc., something along the lines of "consistent...as in consistently awful".
Title: Re: Today's Game 2019
Post by: brjones on May 12, 2019, 08:32:18 pm
Kintzler Ks Aguilar looking to end the inning. Aguilar argues for some reason even though it was pretty obviously a strike.

Who would've expected that Kintzler would suddenly be better than he's ever been this year?
Title: Re: Today's Game 2019
Post by: CUBluejays on May 12, 2019, 08:33:05 pm
Joe West likes making the game about himself and for the he sucks. He does make some great calls when he isn’t behind the plate.
Title: Re: Today's Game 2019
Post by: CUBluejays on May 12, 2019, 08:34:05 pm
Kintzler has been amazing and I’m glad Inwas wrong about him.
Title: Re: Today's Game 2019
Post by: brjones on May 12, 2019, 08:34:47 pm
Almora leadoff single, Russell with a sac bunt. Sounds like Russell is still hearing boos.
Title: Re: Today's Game 2019
Post by: brjones on May 12, 2019, 08:38:20 pm
BRYANT!!! Two run homer, 4-1. Cubs now 1 for 26 with RISP in the series, and 1 for 29 overall.
Title: Re: Today's Game 2019
Post by: goblue007 on May 12, 2019, 08:44:21 pm
Kris F’n Bryant
Title: Re: Today's Game 2019
Post by: JR on May 12, 2019, 08:52:36 pm
Brandon F'n Kintzler
Title: Re: Today's Game 2019
Post by: brjones on May 12, 2019, 08:53:06 pm
Gamel hits the ball right back at Kintzler's glove to end the inning. 102 mph off the bat, and Kintzler's glove is right there to catch it. Gamel has hit the ball hard a couple times tonight.
Title: Re: Today's Game 2019
Post by: Chris27 on May 12, 2019, 09:02:49 pm
They hit Kinzler pretty hard that inning. Pretty fortunate.
Title: Re: Today's Game 2019
Post by: brjones on May 12, 2019, 09:02:55 pm
2 pitches, 2 outs for Cishek in the 9th.
Title: Re: Today's Game 2019
Post by: brjones on May 12, 2019, 09:04:29 pm
Cubs win!

Nice job winning the series despite scoring only 6 runs in 32 innings. Hopefully the off day will get the offense out of this funk.
Title: Re: Today's Game 2019
Post by: Chris27 on May 12, 2019, 09:13:12 pm
That was the second time in 17 games against the Brewers at Wrigley that the Cubs have scored more than 3 runs.
Title: Re: Today's Game 2019
Post by: craig on May 12, 2019, 09:16:31 pm
Great win.  Huge to win series with the mighty Brewers. 
*The two-out rally with Bryant hit and then Baez RBI, pretty fantastic. 
*And Lester getting out of 1st+3rd no outs, and getting out of that, pretty excellent. 
*Baez gunning the runner at the plate in that inning, pretty awesome. 
*Bryant hitting the HR, pretty great.  Huge pressure-relief with that.
*Bullpen just keeps getting effective innings.  Kintzler got the job done.  Sometimes throwing strikes and getting some contact does turn into outs, even when hit hard.  Cishek nice snappy save. 
*Not sure Lester was super sharp today.  Had to work pretty hard, maybe?  Didn't see a lot of his stuff, had some on audio while doing other things.  But most of the 4-seamers I saw in the game trackers seemed to be in the 89-90.3 range.  Not a lot of velocity.  But man does that guy have guts. 
*Brewers offense doesn't look as scary when Braun isn't in, and with Cain hitting .246.  They sure had some RISP problems these last two days, too. 
Title: Re: Today's Game 2019
Post by: Dihard on May 12, 2019, 09:17:08 pm
6-pitch save for Cishek. Way to finish off a great two days against the Brewers.  In first place!


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Title: Re: Today's Game 2019
Post by: craig on May 12, 2019, 09:17:56 pm
That was the second time in 17 games against the Brewers at Wrigley that the Cubs have scored more than 3 runs.

That's pretty amazing.  Nice to sneak out the series anyway. 
Title: Re: Today's Game 2019
Post by: ben on May 12, 2019, 09:39:46 pm
VERY tough hitting at Wrigley the last two days (actually, the last several days)! 

NO DOUBT weather was a key part of why Brewers managed 4 hits yesterday in 15 innings and TWO runs in 24 innings overall!  The tough weather and tough Cub pitching!

We may not have scored much, but it certainly wasn't hitting weather (ask the Brewers!)!

FABULOUS home stand!
Title: Re: Today's Game 2019
Post by: Deeg on May 12, 2019, 10:30:30 pm
Lester is a fuching magician, man.  He keeps outproducing his peripherals to the point where it's obviously no coincidence.
Title: Re: Today's Game 2019
Post by: brjones on May 12, 2019, 10:48:55 pm
And Lester's peripherals are pretty great so far this year, but he's still outpitching them. After tonight's game, his FIP is 2.71. He's striking out a batter per inning, and has walked less than 2 per 9 IP. Last year, his hot start looked like smoke and mirrors and his results were good. This year, his underlying performance has been dominant...and the results have been even more dominant.
Title: Re: Today's Game 2019
Post by: Deeg on May 12, 2019, 11:16:45 pm
His hard-contact % is pretty terrifying (over 40%(!) coming into today, vs. 27% career).  Also, velocity is way down.  Otherwise yes, his peripherals are definitely better than last year.
Title: Re: Today's Game 2019
Post by: CUBluejays on May 13, 2019, 12:38:20 am
The unstoppable Christian Yelich was 2-12 with 3 BB. .167/.333/.417, which raised his away OPS.

Title: Re: Today's Game 2019
Post by: Deeg on May 13, 2019, 01:28:16 am
Thanks, Brett.
Title: Re: Today's Game 2019
Post by: CUBluejays on May 13, 2019, 10:53:38 am
Lame.  Do better if you want to try an insult somebody.
Title: Re: Today's Game 2019
Post by: DelMarFan on May 13, 2019, 02:34:15 pm
Prescient:

His quote about Javy Baez remains one of the best ways to describe a player I've ever seen. When asked in Jan. 2014 about Baez and Correa: "Both could be All-Stars; Baez could be a religion." @ProfessorParks https://twitter.com/RA_Parker/status/931243290137124865 …
Title: Re: Today's Game 2019
Post by: Deeg on May 13, 2019, 04:31:26 pm
Lame.  Do better if you want to try an insult somebody.

I could say the same thing about your silly insinuations and Yelich.
Title: Re: Today's Game 2019
Post by: CUBluejays on May 13, 2019, 09:10:55 pm
One I like numbers and Yelich’s home/road splits are huge so it is fun to watch them. Two, I know this might be hard for you to understand, but Miller park is a really lefty friendly for hitters. It is a perfect park for Yelich to play in, that doesn’t make him a bad player or an average player. It is just like Arenado in Colorado. He’s a great player with a large home/road split. It is what it is. I’d post the CBSSports article on the Brewers home/road spilts, but it seems to trigger you like Luke Weaver and Chris.
Title: Re: Today's Game 2019
Post by: Chris27 on May 13, 2019, 09:25:09 pm
I’d post the CBSSports article on the Brewers home/road spilts, but it seems to trigger you like Luke Weaver and Chris.


You're a bit confused. It was others who were triggered by my comment years ago that it would be nice for the Cubs to have an arm like Weaver's in the system because nobody is supposed to be impressed with anything involving the St. Louis organization. Ever since then they mockingly bring his name up on random occasions.
Title: Re: Today's Game 2019
Post by: Dihard on May 14, 2019, 10:14:05 am
His quote about Javy Baez remains one of the best ways to describe a player I've ever seen. When asked in Jan. 2014 about Baez and Correa: "Both could be All-Stars; Baez could be a religion." @ProfessorParks https://twitter.com/RA_Parker/status/931243290137124865 …

Remember when there was a legitimate debate about who we would rather keep/trade between Baez and Soler? Can you imagine if we were watching Javy do all this for the Royals?


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Title: Re: Today's Game 2019
Post by: Bennett on May 14, 2019, 01:47:21 pm
Jason Heyward is 0-20 vs Tanner Roark

(https://pbs.twimg.com/media/D6i-JiyXoAExQog.jpg:small)
Title: Re: Today's Game 2019
Post by: Bennett on May 14, 2019, 01:55:20 pm
Joe West followed by Angel Hernandez.   The Cubs will probably see CB Bucknor in DC.  At least Angel won't be behind the plate during the series with the Reds. 

Umpires for #Cubs (24-14) at #Reds (18-23):
HP: Ed Hickox
1B: Roberto Ortiz
2B: Dana DeMuth
3B: Angel Hernandez
Title: Re: Today's Game 2019
Post by: Bennett on May 14, 2019, 03:09:04 pm
Jesse Rogers  @ESPNChiCubs  20m20 minutes ago
Rizzo (back) hopeful to play in next couple days. Did not commit to Wednesday or anything. Sounds like a Thur/Fri thing??

Jordan Bastian  @MLBastian  24m24 minutes ago
Anthony Rizzo hopes he’ll only need “a couple days” before returning to Cubs lineup. Will continue to get treatment today for his back.
Title: Re: Today's Game 2019
Post by: DelMarFan on May 14, 2019, 03:26:38 pm
Quote
Remember when there was a legitimate debate about who we would rather keep/trade between Baez and Soler?

Or all the angst over his 40% strikeout rate.
Title: Re: Today's Game 2019
Post by: Deeg on May 14, 2019, 04:27:11 pm
It would be nice to see Heyward break out of it, because he's been really bad for an extended stretch here, both production and peripherals.  Hard contact rate and walk rate plummeting.
Title: Re: Today's Game 2019
Post by: brjones on May 14, 2019, 05:57:43 pm
Hendricks with a very strong first inning for the third start in a row. Statcast had his last pitch at 88.7 mph.
Title: Re: Today's Game 2019
Post by: brjones on May 14, 2019, 06:03:23 pm
Hendricks 2 out, 2 run double! 2-0 Cubs.
Title: Re: Today's Game 2019
Post by: Deeg on May 14, 2019, 06:27:37 pm
Having this Hendricks around sure is nice.

Gods, can you just imagine if Yu finds his command and no one else in the rotation jumps the shark. That would be a formidable starting 5, with 2 starters in reserve.
Title: Re: Today's Game 2019
Post by: brjones on May 14, 2019, 06:36:44 pm
Hendricks is 2 for 2. Would be nice if some of the rest of the lineup would join him.
Title: Re: Today's Game 2019
Post by: Bennett on May 14, 2019, 06:43:23 pm
Kyle Hendricks through three innings.

(https://pbs.twimg.com/media/D6kJQkPXkAAZ1Qh.png:small)
Title: Re: Today's Game 2019
Post by: brjones on May 14, 2019, 06:53:19 pm
After Votto homered in the bottom of the 4th to make it a 1 run game, the Cubs start the fifth with a Bryant double, Baez single, Contreras sac fly. 3-1 Cubs.
Title: Re: Today's Game 2019
Post by: JR on May 14, 2019, 06:56:42 pm
The Cubs have hit some real rocket shots in this inning too.
Title: Re: Today's Game 2019
Post by: JR on May 14, 2019, 07:03:19 pm
Almora flashing the leather!
Title: Re: Today's Game 2019
Post by: brjones on May 14, 2019, 07:21:18 pm
Only 69 pitches through 6 for Hendricks.
Title: Re: Today's Game 2019
Post by: brjones on May 14, 2019, 08:01:31 pm
Hendricks hits for himself in the 9th and singles. First 3 hit game of his career...that’s almost a full season’s worth of hits for him.
Title: Re: Today's Game 2019
Post by: Chris27 on May 14, 2019, 08:02:48 pm
Heyward's 4 for his last 43.
Title: Re: Today's Game 2019
Post by: Deeg on May 14, 2019, 08:13:09 pm
Hendricks 25 IP in his last three starts, with 1 ER on 12 hits and 1 BB. That’s pretty good.

Not sure I wouldn’t have let him throw the 9th here.
Title: Re: Today's Game 2019
Post by: brjones on May 14, 2019, 08:22:50 pm
Cubs win. This has to be the best 3 start stretch of Hendricks’ career.
Title: Re: Today's Game 2019
Post by: craig on May 14, 2019, 08:27:36 pm
Wow, what a game for Hendricks.  Who needs any hitting with the pitching the cubs have been getting.  Unbelievable. 

That was a great catch by Almora.  Really fun.  Kind of nice to win a game despite being out-homered, too. 
Title: Re: Today's Game 2019
Post by: Dihard on May 14, 2019, 08:30:11 pm
Hendricks had as many hits as he gave up. That’s a pretty good recipe for success.


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Title: Re: Today's Game 2019
Post by: craig on May 14, 2019, 08:32:39 pm
Really great to win the opener here.  With Darvish tomorrow, that's probably a disadvantage game. And with Castillo going on Thursday, that's probably a disadvantage game too.  But win the first one, no chance of getting swept obviously, and then take a couple of shots in disadvantage games and hope you can pull one of them out somehow or other. 

I can't remember very far, but I know the cubs have won at least the last two starts by Darvish.  And after yesterday off day and tonight being a light night for the bullpen, Maddon should feel entitled to get the bullpen in early tomorrow.  Let Darvish go 3 or 4 innings, and see how it's going.  But if he's super wild as usual but somehow they're tie or leading after 3-4 innings, be ready to pull him early. 

Or, maybe he'll be sharp and be able to throw 5-10 changeups for strikes tomorrow, you never know.  (Fastball being his changeup). 
Title: Re: Today's Game 2019
Post by: Reb on May 14, 2019, 08:36:49 pm
Hendricks ERA now at 2.86. That’s 8th in NL.

Cubs have 4 SPs in NL ERA top 20.

Lester, of course, is #1.
Title: Re: Today's Game 2019
Post by: Dihard on May 14, 2019, 08:53:52 pm
I I like the Darvish/Montgomery pairing. Get the opponent setting up their lineup to face a righty, and then bring in a lefty by the fourth or fifth inning, who can pitch as long or longer than the starter.


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Title: Re: Today's Game 2019
Post by: DelMarFan on May 15, 2019, 12:22:15 pm
Darvish as Opener.
Title: Re: Today's Game 2019
Post by: Bennett on May 15, 2019, 01:24:55 pm
(https://pbs.twimg.com/media/D6oJzRBXkAEGXcw.jpg:small)
Title: Re: Today's Game 2019
Post by: craig on May 15, 2019, 01:49:29 pm
Wonder if this will be Taylor Davis's last game?  Caratini should be ready anytime.  Or, whether maybe they'd like to keep three catchers, and Caratini will take Zagunis's roster spot instead?  Davis be Darvish's personal catcher; Caratini be Hamels' personal catcher, and maybe give Contreras a start or two in the outfield on occasion?  Or if Rizzo's back is going to be a season-long battle, maybe play Caratini at 1B once in a while? 

Davis isn't that good, so to have Caratini simply replace him makes a lot of sense.  But Zagunis has been so useless, I'd almost think they ought to be able to pick up some 4A player who'd be a little better bat than Zagunis. 
Title: Re: Today's Game 2019
Post by: CUBluejays on May 15, 2019, 03:51:01 pm
Zagunis is replaceable, but he gives you a pretty professional AB coming of the bench as a pinch hitter. 
Title: Re: Today's Game 2019
Post by: Deeg on May 15, 2019, 03:54:11 pm
Wonder if this will be Taylor Davis's last game?  Caratini should be ready anytime.  Or, whether maybe they'd like to keep three catchers, and Caratini will take Zagunis's roster spot instead?  Davis be Darvish's personal catcher; Caratini be Hamels' personal catcher, and maybe give Contreras a start or two in the outfield on occasion?  Or if Rizzo's back is going to be a season-long battle, maybe play Caratini at 1B once in a while? 

Davis isn't that good, so to have Caratini simply replace him makes a lot of sense.  But Zagunis has been so useless, I'd almost think they ought to be able to pick up some 4A player who'd be a little better bat than Zagunis. 

An interesting question.  Caratini is a switch-hitter and can play in the field a bit, but I don't see much value in keeping Davis.  It's not like Darvish has been lights out with him as a batterymate.  Sooner or later you want Yu to figure it out with Contreras catching him.
Title: Re: Today's Game 2019
Post by: Reb on May 15, 2019, 04:21:36 pm
Zagunis’ days are numbered in any case when, presumably, Zobrist comes back from the restricted list.
Title: Re: Today's Game 2019
Post by: CurtOne on May 15, 2019, 05:56:29 pm
Oh yeah. Davis is meat.
Title: Re: Today's Game 2019
Post by: brjones on May 15, 2019, 05:58:06 pm
Darvish sucking again in the first inning. 1-0 Reds with Suarez on second and 1 out.
Title: Re: Today's Game 2019
Post by: CurtOne on May 15, 2019, 05:59:41 pm
Davis is pancaking the low pitches.
Title: Re: Today's Game 2019
Post by: brjones on May 15, 2019, 06:01:46 pm
At least Darvish mostly threw strikes in the first—15 strikes out of 21 pitches.
Title: Re: Today's Game 2019
Post by: CurtOne on May 15, 2019, 06:03:24 pm
Gotta put that post through a translator
Title: Re: Today's Game 2019
Post by: mO on May 15, 2019, 06:08:38 pm
ADDI!!!!

2-1
Title: Re: Today's Game 2019
Post by: brjones on May 15, 2019, 06:08:48 pm
Russell 2 run homer, 2-1 Cubs.
Title: Re: Today's Game 2019
Post by: Dihard on May 15, 2019, 06:09:00 pm
Addy! Two-run dinger!


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Title: Re: Today's Game 2019
Post by: CurtOne on May 15, 2019, 06:10:21 pm
Tonight's color commentary leaves a lot to be desired.
Title: Re: Today's Game 2019
Post by: brjones on May 15, 2019, 06:12:03 pm
Nice job getting the Darvish AB out of the way this inning.
Title: Re: Today's Game 2019
Post by: guest61 on May 15, 2019, 06:36:26 pm
BIG DADDI ADDI!!!
Title: Re: Today's Game 2019
Post by: CurtOne on May 15, 2019, 06:46:55 pm
They're missing Harper, Machado, and Pujols in their list, maybe.  Dozier?
Title: Re: Today's Game 2019
Post by: mO on May 15, 2019, 06:51:06 pm
ALMORA!!!!!!
Title: Re: Today's Game 2019
Post by: Bennett on May 15, 2019, 06:58:27 pm
Jordan Bastian  @MLBastian  5m5 minutes ago
Darvish has six strikeouts through three innings (five called and one swinging). Cubs have to like seeing him commanding fastballs in put-away situations.

(https://pbs.twimg.com/media/D6pWxOdXsAE7o_u.png:small)
Title: Re: Today's Game 2019
Post by: CurtOne on May 15, 2019, 07:19:57 pm
The old Heyward is back.  Bote is turning into a pumpkin.
Title: Re: Today's Game 2019
Post by: Chris27 on May 15, 2019, 07:25:31 pm
Heyward's 4 for his last 46.

Darvish approaching 100 pitches still in the 5th.
Title: Re: Today's Game 2019
Post by: CurtOne on May 15, 2019, 07:41:57 pm
Heyward's 4 for his last 46.

Darvish approaching 100 pitches still in the 5th.
. That's what I meant
Title: Re: Today's Game 2019
Post by: Deeg on May 15, 2019, 07:59:42 pm
Not a bad start for Yu on the whole. Certainly it’s progress.

Need another starting caliber OF, in addition to a closer.  Unless Bryant is playing out there I’m not sure we have even one.
Title: Re: Today's Game 2019
Post by: Chris27 on May 15, 2019, 08:05:03 pm
Cubs manufacture a run around an infield hit, a throwing error, a grounder, and sac fly.

4-2
Title: Re: Today's Game 2019
Post by: Chris27 on May 15, 2019, 08:14:49 pm
Iglesias homers. 4-3
Title: Re: Today's Game 2019
Post by: JR on May 15, 2019, 08:20:04 pm
Not a bad start for Yu on the whole. Certainly it’s progress.

11 K's and 0 BB's is pretty terrific actually.
Title: Re: Today's Game 2019
Post by: mO on May 15, 2019, 08:24:27 pm
SCHWARBER!!!!

(that happened like 15 minutes ago...)
Title: Re: Today's Game 2019
Post by: CurtOne on May 15, 2019, 08:26:10 pm
Ryan looks good but it seems he struggles against lefties.
Title: Re: Today's Game 2019
Post by: brjones on May 15, 2019, 08:27:41 pm
Typical Carl in high leverage situations.

Joe watches the same games we do, right? How has he not learned that Edwards just isn't good when it's a critical situation?
Title: Re: Today's Game 2019
Post by: brjones on May 15, 2019, 09:08:21 pm
IBB to load the bases in the 10th with Brach on the mound. That's probably not a smart move.
Title: Re: Today's Game 2019
Post by: brjones on May 15, 2019, 09:09:02 pm
Puig with a walkoff hit.

Cubs lose, thanks in part to the fact that Maddon just can't stop putting Edwards in the highest leverage situations. The Cubs need to trade him so Maddon doesn't have that option.
Title: Re: Today's Game 2019
Post by: Chris27 on May 15, 2019, 09:10:16 pm
Maybe if Darvish could get through the 6th or 7th once in a blue moon. That might help.
Title: Re: Today's Game 2019
Post by: Deeg on May 15, 2019, 09:37:03 pm
Typical Carl in high leverage situations.

Joe watches the same games we do, right? How has he not learned that Edwards just isn't good when it's a critical situation?

Not like he’s spoiled for choice. It’s a bad bullpen, without a closer - we’ve been lucky so far but that will even out as guys find their level.
Title: Re: Today's Game 2019
Post by: brjones on May 15, 2019, 10:07:56 pm
Maddon doesn't have many choices, but Edwards has proven he's rarely a good option when it matters the most.
Title: Re: Today's Game 2019
Post by: CurtOne on May 15, 2019, 10:17:57 pm
It's Maddoning to see him constantly trot him out there.  I think of "Doing the same thing over and over again and expecting a different result is the definition of insanity."   I agree.  Trade him and remove the temptation.  I couldn't help but notice that Edwards didn't blow any games for us while he was at Iowa.
Title: Re: Today's Game 2019
Post by: CurtOne on May 15, 2019, 10:52:59 pm
Bote wasn't himself tonight.  In the last inning he ole-ed that hard hit to his right, then he let the ball play him on the throw from Bryant.  His strike-outs made it a Bad Bote night.
Title: Re: Today's Game 2019
Post by: Bennett on May 16, 2019, 02:33:21 pm
Tonight's lineup is now an hour late.  There must be something going on.
Title: Re: Today's Game 2019
Post by: Bennett on May 16, 2019, 02:43:55 pm
Moving Heyward down was necessary.  But Schwarber leading off?

(https://pbs.twimg.com/media/D6tjZmiXsAAjRhY.jpg:small)
Title: Re: Today's Game 2019
Post by: Bennett on May 16, 2019, 02:49:46 pm
Cubs vs Luis Castillo

Kyle Schwarber   3-6 with 2 homers
Albert Almora      4-11
Baez                   2-11
Bryant                3-9
Caratini              1-8
Contreras            3-4 with 2 doubles
Descalso            4-10 with 2 homers
Heyward            0-8

Title: Re: Today's Game 2019
Post by: Bennett on May 16, 2019, 02:51:40 pm
Joey Votto is 7-14 vs Jose Quintana.
Title: Re: Today's Game 2019
Post by: brjones on May 16, 2019, 05:59:02 pm
Cubs score 2 in the first on a slow grounder from Contreras that hits third base and bounces over Suarez.
Title: Re: Today's Game 2019
Post by: brjones on May 16, 2019, 06:15:32 pm
On the radar, it looks like a rain delay is coming in the next inning or two. Too bad they didn’t schedule a day game on getaway day.
Title: Re: Today's Game 2019
Post by: Bennett on May 16, 2019, 06:46:07 pm
(https://pbs.twimg.com/media/D6uSc2WWwAUpZHN.jpg:small)
Title: Re: Today's Game 2019
Post by: brjones on May 16, 2019, 06:51:49 pm
They're through 4 innings with the Cubs up 2-0. If the heavy rain can just hold off for one more inning, it'll be official.

The hourly forecast shows that the rain is only going to last a couple hours, though, so they're probably going to eventually finish this game no matter what.
Title: Re: Today's Game 2019
Post by: Chris27 on May 16, 2019, 07:06:27 pm
Reds winning. Better hope the rain stays away.
Title: Re: Today's Game 2019
Post by: brjones on May 16, 2019, 07:07:38 pm
Quintana implodes in the 5th: after a first pitch out, he goes Peraza homer, Castillo single, out, Votto single...then he throws wild pitches to 1-2 and 2-2 to Suarez, which allows Castillo to score and tie the game. Then Suarez singles to score Votto. So Cubs trail 3-2.
Title: Re: Today's Game 2019
Post by: brjones on May 16, 2019, 07:09:19 pm
This offense doesn't look like they're going to do anything tonight either. Their two runs scored on a fluke double. Since then, I'm not sure anyone has even hit the ball hard.
Title: Re: Today's Game 2019
Post by: Bennett on May 16, 2019, 07:11:27 pm
JD was right when he said Contreras had a shot at blocking both of the wild pitches.
Title: Re: Today's Game 2019
Post by: Dihard on May 16, 2019, 08:38:39 pm
Any word on resuming play?


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Title: Re: Today's Game 2019
Post by: Robb on May 16, 2019, 08:41:52 pm
Rain has almost cleared out of the area. Should be done in 20 or so.
Title: Re: Today's Game 2019
Post by: Dihard on May 16, 2019, 08:50:00 pm
Thanks, Robb.


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Title: Re: Today's Game 2019
Post by: brjones on May 16, 2019, 09:00:14 pm
Game is restarting at 10:05 eastern time. Twitter says Chatwood and Lorenzen are warming up.
Title: Re: Today's Game 2019
Post by: Robb on May 16, 2019, 09:05:34 pm
Definitely glad Rizzo didn't play in this one. But man, that line-up looks a lot different with him in there.
Title: Re: Today's Game 2019
Post by: brjones on May 16, 2019, 09:22:49 pm
Chatwood walks the 7 and 8 hitters. He's still not good, he's just gotten lucky so far this year.
Title: Re: Today's Game 2019
Post by: Chris27 on May 16, 2019, 09:36:57 pm
Heyward now hitting .136 over his last 66 at-bats.
Title: Re: Today's Game 2019
Post by: brjones on May 16, 2019, 09:39:11 pm
First and third, no outs for the Reds in the 7th. About to be a blowout.

Suarez single, 4-2. Chatwood is awful.
Title: Re: Today's Game 2019
Post by: Robb on May 16, 2019, 09:43:15 pm
Please sit Heyward. His signing was a mistake. Just admit it and make him the most expensive defensive replacement in history. He is hurting the team. Happ can't be worse than this.
Title: Re: Today's Game 2019
Post by: brjones on May 16, 2019, 09:50:08 pm
Somehow Chatwood escapes the 7th and it's still a 2 run game. Would be nice if this offense would score a few runs.
Title: Re: Today's Game 2019
Post by: Robb on May 16, 2019, 09:57:56 pm
Of all teams to lose their first series to in over a month. It had to be the Reds.
Title: Re: Today's Game 2019
Post by: brjones on May 16, 2019, 10:02:06 pm
Well, if they'd faced anyone but the Marlins last week, they would've lost that series. They've been playing pretty mediocre baseball since the end of the Cardinals series.
Title: Re: Today's Game 2019
Post by: PRCubFan on May 16, 2019, 10:08:27 pm
Traveling late to DC to face Scherzer tomorrow probably won't help the offense much.  Hopefully Rizzo is ready and in the lineup tomorrow. 
Title: Re: Today's Game 2019
Post by: mO on May 16, 2019, 10:09:58 pm
I thought a series in Cincinnati would wake up the bats....
Title: Re: Today's Game 2019
Post by: CurtOne on May 16, 2019, 10:19:59 pm
What's up with Heyward?  From red hot to ice cold?  Sheesh
Title: Re: Today's Game 2019
Post by: brjones on May 16, 2019, 10:48:30 pm
Heyward had a .146 BABIP in May coming into tonight. And that's with a 3 hit game in May 1...since then, his BABIP was .081 before his 0-fer tonight. 

He has really slumped lately, but he's also been about as unlucky as a hitter can be over the last two weeks.
Title: Re: Today's Game 2019
Post by: Deeg on May 17, 2019, 12:10:55 am
With Heyward and Schwarber basically at replacement level or worse, the OF is really awful. Maybe a big opportunity for Caratini if he can swing it like he did before he got hurt.
Title: Re: Today's Game 2019
Post by: Playtwo on May 17, 2019, 01:07:11 am
I find it hard to root for such an awful team.
Title: Re: Today's Game 2019
Post by: Deeg on May 17, 2019, 01:37:52 am
Yes, that's exactly what I wrote.
Title: Re: Today's Game 2019
Post by: Reb on May 17, 2019, 01:49:15 am
With Heyward and Schwarber basically at replacement level or worse, the OF is really awful. Maybe a big opportunity for Caratini if he can swing it like he did before he got hurt.

Cubs OF is NL average. Not “awful.” Average. You can’t get any more average than this.

By OF rankings:

wRC+ #8

WAR  #7

wOBA #8

OBP  #7

Slug %  #8
Title: Re: Today's Game 2019
Post by: Reb on May 17, 2019, 02:12:38 am
Possible that Cubs will see Trea Turner for weekend series. He had a workout in D.C. on Thursday and chance he might be activated.

Nats have won a couple in a row and looking better and Cubs will see Scherzer and Strasburg first two games of this series.
Title: Re: Today's Game 2019
Post by: Deeg on May 17, 2019, 02:51:06 am
Cubs OF is NL average. Not “awful.” Average. You can’t get any more average than this.

By OF rankings:

wRC+ #8

WAR  #7

wOBA #8

OBP  #7

Slug %  #8

Again, not responding to what I said. Heyward has been replacement level (actually worse) for almost a month. It would be nice to believe the first few weeks of the season weren’t a mirage, but after the past 3 full seasons can you really have any confidence in that?
Title: Re: Today's Game 2019
Post by: Bennett on May 17, 2019, 01:28:57 pm
Rizzo!

(https://pbs.twimg.com/media/D6yfB0HWkAYnA0O.jpg:small)
Title: Re: Today's Game 2019
Post by: Bennett on May 17, 2019, 01:30:01 pm
Umpires for #Cubs (25-16) at #Nationals (18-25):
HP: Dan Iassogna
1B: Nic Lentz
2B: Sam Holbrook
3B: Jim Wolf
Title: Re: Today's Game 2019
Post by: Reb on May 17, 2019, 02:56:54 pm
Again, not responding to what I said. Heyward has been replacement level (actually worse) for almost a month. It would be nice to believe the first few weeks of the season weren’t a mirage, but after the past 3 full seasons can you really have any confidence in that?

Not responsive? You said “the OF is awful.”

There is data out there, which I posted, that reveals whether or not the OF is awful.

The data shows “average”——-not “awful.” There is a big difference between average and awful.

If you have data that actually demonstrates “awful”—what is it?
Title: Re: Today's Game 2019
Post by: mO on May 17, 2019, 06:34:27 pm
Cubs are winning 1-0 in the second.
Title: Re: Today's Game 2019
Post by: mO on May 17, 2019, 06:35:01 pm
Almora!!!

HR off Scherzer


3-0
Title: Re: Today's Game 2019
Post by: CUBluejays on May 17, 2019, 06:35:06 pm
Scherzer is lucky Almora can’t hit righties.
Title: Re: Today's Game 2019
Post by: mO on May 17, 2019, 06:36:15 pm
Heyward singled prior to the HR
Title: Re: Today's Game 2019
Post by: Robb on May 17, 2019, 06:37:52 pm
Hamels just missed going back to back. Sherzer doesn't have the same stuff.
Title: Re: Today's Game 2019
Post by: Tuffy on May 17, 2019, 06:54:14 pm
Scherzer comes back from 3-0 to strike Javy out looking.
Title: Re: Today's Game 2019
Post by: mO on May 17, 2019, 07:04:36 pm
Hit batter followed by Rendon HR. 3-2
Title: Re: Today's Game 2019
Post by: Bennett on May 17, 2019, 07:08:11 pm
The way JD and Len were talking about how good Rendon is, he'll probably hit a couple more.
Title: Re: Today's Game 2019
Post by: Tuffy on May 17, 2019, 07:10:11 pm
What's the deal with the black and gold hats both teams are wearing, with some kind of shield logo on the side?  It's not Memorial Day yet.
Title: Re: Today's Game 2019
Post by: Bennett on May 17, 2019, 07:11:52 pm
What's the deal with the black and gold hats both teams are wearing, with some kind of shield logo on the side?  It's not Memorial Day yet.
Armed Forces Day is tomorrow.  They're starting early.
Title: Re: Today's Game 2019
Post by: Tuffy on May 17, 2019, 07:27:30 pm
Thanks, Bennett.  Had forgotten about that.

And now Hamels is in some trouble as a walk on a close pitch and a Taylor double give the Nats runners at second and third with no outs.  Scherzer coming up to bat.
Title: Re: Today's Game 2019
Post by: Tuffy on May 17, 2019, 08:28:07 pm
Ryan relieves Hamels in the 6th, puts some runners on and is lifted in favor of Brach, who throws a single pitch and induces an inning-ending double play.  Through six, Cubs lead 3-2.
Title: Re: Today's Game 2019
Post by: Tuffy on May 17, 2019, 08:35:12 pm
Russell singles and Bryant hits a homer; 5-2.
Title: Re: Today's Game 2019
Post by: mO on May 17, 2019, 08:35:28 pm
KB!!!!

5-2 in the 7th
Title: Re: Today's Game 2019
Post by: Tuffy on May 17, 2019, 08:47:51 pm
With Baez on first, Contreras gets victimized by a terrible strike call on a pitch several inches inside, but comes back to get a base hit up the middle.

Now Caratini gets hit with a pitch, and the bases are loaded for J-Hey with two outs.
Title: Re: Today's Game 2019
Post by: mO on May 17, 2019, 08:52:13 pm
He just got under it
Title: Re: Today's Game 2019
Post by: Tuffy on May 17, 2019, 08:55:50 pm
Kintzler in to pitch, and Soto doubles and scores with one out.  5-3 game.
Title: Re: Today's Game 2019
Post by: mO on May 17, 2019, 08:57:05 pm
Have no fear... Edwards is up in the pen
Title: Re: Today's Game 2019
Post by: brjones on May 17, 2019, 08:57:29 pm
Kintzler seems to be reverting to last year's form in his last couple of outings.

And of course Joe has Edwards warming to be the backup in the most critical situation in the game.
Title: Re: Today's Game 2019
Post by: Tuffy on May 17, 2019, 09:00:08 pm
CJ is coming in.  He only needs to get one out.
Title: Re: Today's Game 2019
Post by: brjones on May 17, 2019, 09:00:16 pm
And Joe is going to Edwards with runners on second and third, 2 outs in the 7th. Unbelievable. Go to anyone else.
Title: Re: Today's Game 2019
Post by: mO on May 17, 2019, 09:00:49 pm
Edwards coming in. Runners 2nd and 3rd, 2 out in the 7th

Will he give up the lead? or just a tie?
Title: Re: Today's Game 2019
Post by: Deeg on May 17, 2019, 09:01:37 pm
Kintzler seems to be reverting to last year's form in his last couple of outings.

And of course Joe has Edwards warming to be the backup in the most critical situation in the game.

Lot of carriages in the process of turning into pumpkins in this bullpen.
Title: Re: Today's Game 2019
Post by: Deeg on May 17, 2019, 09:02:13 pm
And Joe is going to Edwards with runners on second and third, 2 outs in the 7th. Unbelievable. Go to anyone else.

Who?  Cishek can't literally pitch every day.  Though of course he will pitch today, if the Cubs have the lead in the 9th.
Title: Re: Today's Game 2019
Post by: brjones on May 17, 2019, 09:02:47 pm
Edwards balks in a run before he throws a pitch. He's so bad.
Title: Re: Today's Game 2019
Post by: brjones on May 17, 2019, 09:03:21 pm
Who?  Cishek can't literally pitch every day.

Anyone. There are 7 other pitchers out there. Literally any other reliever would be better.
Title: Re: Today's Game 2019
Post by: mO on May 17, 2019, 09:03:39 pm
Balks in a run before throwing a pitch
Title: Re: Today's Game 2019
Post by: mO on May 17, 2019, 09:04:20 pm
Out of the inning on a wild pitch?
Title: Re: Today's Game 2019
Post by: CUBluejays on May 17, 2019, 09:05:21 pm
That was interesting.
Title: Re: Today's Game 2019
Post by: Tuffy on May 17, 2019, 09:06:09 pm
Well, that's one way to get out of a jam.  Edwards throws a wild pitch; Caratini fetches it and they've got Dozier in a rundown.  Dozier runs several feet outside the baseline to dodge Edwards' tag and is called out, but runs home and claps as if he has scored a run.  No, he's out.
Title: Re: Today's Game 2019
Post by: brjones on May 17, 2019, 09:09:43 pm
The front office just has to trade Edwards. Joe isn't going to stop using him, so Theo and Jed have to take away the temptation.

Nationals have brought in their own version of Edwards in the 8th. Barraclough is the same kind of frustrating to his team's fans.
Title: Re: Today's Game 2019
Post by: CurtOne on May 17, 2019, 09:10:49 pm
Madden will keep using him.  It's up to GM to get rid of him
Title: Re: Today's Game 2019
Post by: Deeg on May 17, 2019, 09:15:32 pm
The front office just has to trade Edwards. Joe isn't going to stop using him, so Theo and Jed have to take away the temptation.

Nationals have brought in their own version of Edwards in the 8th. Barraclough is the same kind of frustrating to his team's fans.

There's no trade value.  It would have to be an outright release.
Title: Re: Today's Game 2019
Post by: Chris27 on May 17, 2019, 09:17:16 pm
Edwards has pitched 6 innings on the season and we're certain he has to be traded.
Title: Re: Today's Game 2019
Post by: Tuffy on May 17, 2019, 09:18:47 pm
Schwarber ends a 13-pitch at-bat with a homer that just clears the wall.  Wow!
Title: Re: Today's Game 2019
Post by: brjones on May 17, 2019, 09:19:08 pm
Schwarber with a 2 run homer on the 13th pitch of his AB. Nice job.

Barraclough lives up to my Edwards comparison.
Title: Re: Today's Game 2019
Post by: Chris27 on May 17, 2019, 09:19:14 pm
That was some at-bat.
Title: Re: Today's Game 2019
Post by: brjones on May 17, 2019, 09:20:06 pm
Edwards has pitched 6 innings on the season and we're certain he has to be traded.

Edwards has been terrible in high leverage situations his entire career, and Joe won't stop using him. This isn't just about 6 innings.
Title: Re: Today's Game 2019
Post by: Tuffy on May 17, 2019, 09:20:07 pm
KB smacks one just a little further than Schwarber's for another homer.
Title: Re: Today's Game 2019
Post by: brjones on May 17, 2019, 09:22:21 pm
Nice job by the offense to add on.
Title: Re: Today's Game 2019
Post by: Chris27 on May 17, 2019, 09:22:35 pm
Edwards has been terrible in high leverage situations his entire career, and Joe won't stop using him. This isn't just about 6 innings.

Pretty sure that's not right. I recall him being pretty dominant as a late inning reliever a few years ago. He had two great years, then had issues with walks. He's still young and still has excellent stuff. Those guys don't grow on trees, even these days.
Title: Re: Today's Game 2019
Post by: Chris27 on May 17, 2019, 09:27:07 pm
Baez just took seven straight balls over two at-bats. Can't imagine that's ever happened before. And he walks again.
Title: Re: Today's Game 2019
Post by: Tuffy on May 17, 2019, 09:28:10 pm
Another hit and the Cubs have the bases loaded with one out in the 8th.  The wheels have really come off for the Nats today.
Title: Re: Today's Game 2019
Post by: brjones on May 17, 2019, 09:29:52 pm
Complete meltdown by the Nationals in the 8th.
Title: Re: Today's Game 2019
Post by: Tuffy on May 17, 2019, 09:30:41 pm
And now another wheel comes off as an infield chopper leaves Rendon with no play, and when they try to trap Baez in a rundown, Turner throws it away and another run scores.
Title: Re: Today's Game 2019
Post by: mO on May 17, 2019, 09:30:44 pm
Javi being Javi
Title: Re: Today's Game 2019
Post by: Chris27 on May 17, 2019, 09:30:55 pm
Reb did mention that Nationals' pen is awful.....
Title: Re: Today's Game 2019
Post by: brjones on May 17, 2019, 09:34:39 pm
Pretty sure that's not right. I recall him being pretty dominant as a late inning reliever a few years ago. He had two great years, then had issues with walks. He's still young and still has excellent stuff. Those guys don't grow on trees, even these days.

Career ERA in the 8th inning (presumably higher leverage on balance than the rest of the innings he's pitched): 5.29. Career ERA in all other innings: 1.43

Based on Fangraphs low/medium/high leverage numbers:

Career FIP: Low leverage: 2.95; medium leverage: 2.90; high leverage: 5.46
Career K:BB: Low leverage: 3.03; medium leverage: 2.46; high leverage: 1.55
Career ER (Fangraphs doesn't calculate an ERA for some reason): Low leverage: 12 ER in 68 1/3 IP; medium leverage: 21 ER in 67 2/3 IP; high leverage: 27 ER in 28 2/3 IP
Title: Re: Today's Game 2019
Post by: Tuffy on May 17, 2019, 09:37:06 pm
If you told most of us that Edwards would face zero batters in today's game...
Title: Re: Today's Game 2019
Post by: goblue007 on May 17, 2019, 09:49:33 pm
Kris FN Bryant
Title: Re: Today's Game 2019
Post by: brjones on May 17, 2019, 09:50:11 pm
Three homer night for Bryant.
Title: Re: Today's Game 2019
Post by: davep on May 17, 2019, 09:51:37 pm
Bryant isn't hitting the way he was earlier this year.  I wonder if his back is still bothering him.
Title: Re: Today's Game 2019
Post by: Dave23 on May 17, 2019, 09:52:07 pm
Axe bats has to be loving this right now...is that 8 in 12 games?
Title: Re: Today's Game 2019
Post by: mO on May 17, 2019, 09:53:56 pm
Willy!!!!

14-4
Title: Re: Today's Game 2019
Post by: Tuffy on May 17, 2019, 09:53:57 pm
Contreras piles on with an opposite-field homer that just clears the wall.  It's 14-4 now; save some for tomorrow!
Title: Re: Today's Game 2019
Post by: Chris27 on May 17, 2019, 09:54:15 pm
You know, I wasn't buying the juiced ball theory, but it's becoming easier to believe by the day.
Title: Re: Today's Game 2019
Post by: Dave23 on May 17, 2019, 09:54:16 pm
Contreras hits a missile out to RCF. Sounded like he broke his bat...2 run shot...

14-4
Title: Re: Today's Game 2019
Post by: CUBluejays on May 17, 2019, 09:54:20 pm
Man can you imagine this board if the Cubs bullpen was actually as bad as the Nationals bullpen.
Title: Re: Today's Game 2019
Post by: Dave23 on May 17, 2019, 09:55:42 pm
Poor Davey Martinez...he’s gotta be on thin ice...
Title: Re: Today's Game 2019
Post by: Ron on May 17, 2019, 09:56:10 pm
I am confident this season will cure our annual tendency to draw conclusions about the team, as well as individual players (such as Bryant) after a week or two into the season.  ;)
Title: Re: Today's Game 2019
Post by: Tuffy on May 17, 2019, 09:56:36 pm
Montgomery keeps it going with a line single to center.

J-Hey, just hit it out so that Monty can jog in with a run.
Title: Re: Today's Game 2019
Post by: Dave23 on May 17, 2019, 09:58:03 pm
I am confident this season will cure our annual tendency to draw conclusions about the team, as well as individual players (such as Bryant) after a week or two into the season.  ;)
To quote Mr. Horn...

Are you on dope?
Title: Re: Today's Game 2019
Post by: brjones on May 17, 2019, 10:02:31 pm
If you listen closely, I think the Cubs broadcast caught a Maddon F-bomb after Montgomery went to 3-0 against Rendon.
Title: Re: Today's Game 2019
Post by: brjones on May 17, 2019, 10:06:46 pm
Almora with a nice diving catch to get the first out of the 9th.
Title: Re: Today's Game 2019
Post by: brjones on May 17, 2019, 10:13:52 pm
Dozier double, 14-6. Montgomery really struggling to finish this off.
Title: Re: Today's Game 2019
Post by: mO on May 17, 2019, 10:15:32 pm
45 pitches for Monty
Title: Re: Today's Game 2019
Post by: brjones on May 17, 2019, 10:15:56 pm
Cubs win!
Title: Re: Today's Game 2019
Post by: Deeg on May 17, 2019, 10:23:42 pm
Yes, if we score 14 every night I think the bullpen will be fine.
Title: Re: Today's Game 2019
Post by: Deeg on May 17, 2019, 10:45:33 pm
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Title: Re: Today's Game 2019
Post by: Reb on May 18, 2019, 02:15:20 am
Lots of fun stuff in game tonight but strangest play was the Edwards pitch in the dirt that caroms off Contreras, right back to Edwards near the plate. Meanwhile, Contreras has no idea where ball is and he’s all the way to backstop while Edwards is running down Dozier from 3B. Contreras never made it back to plate until play was over. A very weird play.

The second Bryant homer was a sight to see. I was sitting behind Cubs dugout tonight and got to see the full path of the ball from the bat and all the way in the air to the stands. Amazing and a thrill when you can watch the entire path of a ball hit like that. Goosebumps, really. It’s the big leagues.

And, loved the easy swing of the Almora homer off Scherzer that was way, way, way gone. Almora has power, which I noticed watching him in batting practice couple years ago. Wonder if he’ll ever harness that consistently and hit 20-25 homers. Probably not, but he has the capability.
Title: Re: Today's Game 2019
Post by: ben on May 18, 2019, 07:57:12 am
Thanks for your post, Reb...must have been a FUN game to attend!  Seemed like lots of Cub fans there.

I loved the Schwarber AB on tv...hoping he can, somehow, remain at leadoff for a while and perform.

Seems like his grinding, 13-pitch AB (and oppo HR) was KEY to the game's outcome.

Reb, I'd love to hear what it was like watching Schwarber's AB in person.
Title: Re: Today's Game 2019
Post by: wmljohn on May 18, 2019, 08:40:46 am
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Contreras never made it back to plate until play was over. A very weird play

I noticed that too.  When you watch it again you notice from one angle he actually finds where Edwards is fielding the ball then it looks like he reacts to the pain of it hitting him in the exposed arm and turns his back to the field and bends over grabbing his arm.  When he turns around he notices that Edwards started a pickle and then he dashes to the plate for his turn to accept a throw.  The runner would have been safe if he had not run so far out of the baseline.
Title: Re: Today's Game 2019
Post by: wmljohn on May 18, 2019, 08:41:49 am
I hope they saved some runs for Sunday Nights game.  That is when I will be there.  If anyone is interested in going let me know.  My wife might back out on me.
Title: Re: Today's Game 2019
Post by: davep on May 18, 2019, 09:00:25 am
You should be all right for Sunday.  But if history is any indication, the Cubs will be fortunate to get many hits, let alone runs on Saturday.
Title: Re: Today's Game 2019
Post by: CurtOne on May 18, 2019, 09:57:03 am
WJ, you may get wet.
Title: Re: Today's Game 2019
Post by: Reb on May 18, 2019, 11:52:28 am

Reb, I'd love to hear what it was like watching Schwarber's AB in person.

Person I was with (NOT a big baseball fan) asked me after the 4th foul whether there was a rule about the maximum number of fouls a batter could hit.

That would cut down on gametime some, I suppose, but would miss out on Schwarber’s homer maybe. Think that half-inning lasted a half-hour. Really noticeable how, in a long AB like that, the effort it takes for both the pitcher and hitter to refocus after each pitch. Game goes into slow-down mode and emphasizes how each play in baseball starts with that one-on-confrontation.

Fun outcome there. Think that Schwarber felt pretty good about himself, especially given the game situation. Maybe he gets a boost from that going forward.
Title: Re: Today's Game 2019
Post by: Dave23 on May 18, 2019, 12:03:30 pm
I couldn’t believe Barraclough kept going back to the same spot low and away...it makes it easy when you know where the pitch is going to be...
Title: Re: Today's Game 2019
Post by: JeffH on May 18, 2019, 12:29:12 pm
I couldn’t believe Barraclough kept going back to the same spot low and away...it makes it easy when you know where the pitch is going to be...

That's known as the "Antonio Alfonseca Effect".
Title: Re: Today's Game 2019
Post by: Bennett on May 18, 2019, 02:38:18 pm
(https://pbs.twimg.com/media/D63y8kEXoAEM_sA.jpg:small)
Title: Re: Today's Game 2019
Post by: brjones on May 18, 2019, 07:12:37 pm
Lester doesn't have much tonight, but Strasburg looks dominant. Cubs already down 2-0 with Nationals on 2nd and 3rd, 1 out in the third inning.
Title: Re: Today's Game 2019
Post by: brjones on May 18, 2019, 07:13:18 pm
4-0 on a Soto double.
Title: Re: Today's Game 2019
Post by: Deeg on May 18, 2019, 07:44:25 pm
Lester was due a start like this. He’s been both good and really lucky so far. Had to even out sooner or later.
Title: Re: Today's Game 2019
Post by: brjones on May 18, 2019, 07:53:24 pm
Can't believe Joe left Lester in for the middle of the lineup in the 5th after the Cubs started to get a little momentum last inning. He manages to get one more out and give up one more run before being pulled.
Title: Re: Today's Game 2019
Post by: CurtOne on May 18, 2019, 07:56:52 pm
Has he brought in Edwards yet?
Title: Re: Today's Game 2019
Post by: Deeg on May 18, 2019, 08:06:27 pm
Has he brought in Edwards yet?

Edwards only comes in when he can blow the game. Ship has sailed, Bruh.
Title: Re: Today's Game 2019
Post by: brjones on May 18, 2019, 08:08:04 pm
Actually, he did bring in Edwards...down 4 runs in the 5th, which is exactly the kind of situation Edwards should pitch in.
Title: Re: Today's Game 2019
Post by: brjones on May 18, 2019, 08:34:06 pm
Strasburg is through 7 innings on about 80 pitches. He might be able to finish this game, and can at least get it to Doolittle by himself. Not looking good for the Cubs to come back tonight.
Title: Re: Today's Game 2019
Post by: ben on May 18, 2019, 08:51:47 pm
Strasburg has been terrific tonight!  Locating all of his pitches, while throwing well over 70% strikes. 

Sure appears to me that Addison Russell is starting to look good again at the plate.  He's had two very good ABs tonight vs a very tough pitcher.  IF he can really get going at the plate and take over at 2B, we become a stronger team.

I know some on this Board don't think he will ever hit much.  I certainly disagree.
Title: Re: Today's Game 2019
Post by: brjones on May 18, 2019, 09:14:39 pm
Cubs lose. They played the game under protest because Maddon didn't like how Doolittle was pitching.
Title: Re: Today's Game 2019
Post by: Chris27 on May 18, 2019, 10:56:15 pm
Doolittle puts his foot down and then picks it back up, restarting his delivery. That was supposed to be outlawed and Edwards was admonished for it earlier this year.
Title: Re: Today's Game 2019
Post by: CurtOne on May 18, 2019, 11:11:07 pm
Cubs lose. They played the game under protest because Maddon didn't like how Doolittle was pitching.
I don't think he liked how Strasburg was pitching either.
Title: Re: Today's Game 2019
Post by: Deeg on May 19, 2019, 01:15:33 am
Or Lester for that matter.
Title: Re: Today's Game 2019
Post by: Bennett on May 19, 2019, 02:37:59 pm
(https://pbs.twimg.com/media/D69Bd0mXYAE0-TZ.jpg:small)
Title: Re: Today's Game 2019
Post by: davep on May 19, 2019, 06:14:35 pm
First three Cubs batters walk.  Javie can ende that.
Title: Re: Today's Game 2019
Post by: davep on May 19, 2019, 06:14:59 pm
Good Lord, Javie took a ball.
Title: Re: Today's Game 2019
Post by: goblue007 on May 19, 2019, 06:19:34 pm
What a disappointing ending to that half inning
Title: Re: Today's Game 2019
Post by: Chris27 on May 19, 2019, 06:21:53 pm
Cubs turn 4 walks into a run.

3 walks and a hit batter, rather.

Title: Re: Today's Game 2019
Post by: davep on May 19, 2019, 06:30:06 pm
That shows how much a couple of inches can change an outcome.  Bases loaded and no one out, Baez hit one square, but Rendon dives to his left and catches the ball, throwing to second for the out, although one run scores.  But the scene is set for a double play that ends the inning.  If Rendon doesn't get that hard hit ball, almost certainly three runs at the very least score.
Title: Re: Today's Game 2019
Post by: goblue007 on May 19, 2019, 06:46:37 pm
Rizzo!
Title: Re: Today's Game 2019
Post by: Chris27 on May 19, 2019, 06:55:15 pm
Say what you will about Alex Rodriguez, but the man loves Baez and Contreras.
Title: Re: Today's Game 2019
Post by: Bennett on May 19, 2019, 06:57:49 pm
Time to start giving hitting coach Anthony Iapoce some credit.
Title: Re: Today's Game 2019
Post by: Deeg on May 19, 2019, 07:03:35 pm
Hendricks is really en fuego at the moment.  His best stretch of his career, maybe?

(Note: will accept no blame for the inevitable jinx effect)
Title: Re: Today's Game 2019
Post by: Deeg on May 19, 2019, 07:05:38 pm
28 pitches in 3 innings.  He's slipping.
Title: Re: Today's Game 2019
Post by: Dave23 on May 19, 2019, 07:11:52 pm
Almora continues to struggle against RHP...
Title: Re: Today's Game 2019
Post by: Deeg on May 19, 2019, 07:14:11 pm
OPS is what, 700 now?
Title: Re: Today's Game 2019
Post by: Bennett on May 19, 2019, 07:14:43 pm
Scoring in every inning will win most games.
Title: Re: Today's Game 2019
Post by: Chris27 on May 19, 2019, 07:15:47 pm
Almora hasn't walked this month but at least he's starting to contribute with hits and not just singles.
Title: Re: Today's Game 2019
Post by: Deeg on May 19, 2019, 07:17:35 pm
Almora hasn't walked this month but at least he's starting to contribute with hits and not just singles.

He's always been streaky.  Ride the hot hand as long as it stays hot.
Title: Re: Today's Game 2019
Post by: VJ on May 19, 2019, 07:18:26 pm
Nice of ESPN to not show that Rizzo non swing
Title: Re: Today's Game 2019
Post by: Deeg on May 19, 2019, 07:20:56 pm
I don't understand why every team he faces isn't hacking on the first pitch against Kyle.
Title: Re: Today's Game 2019
Post by: ticohans on May 19, 2019, 07:28:17 pm
You must have missed his 80 pitch complete game when they tried that.
Title: Re: Today's Game 2019
Post by: Deeg on May 19, 2019, 07:34:02 pm
S
You must have missed his 80 pitch complete game when they tried that.

Still gives you a better shot than falling behind 0-1 every at-bat.

12 H, 1 BB and 1 ER in 29 IP so far for Hendricks so far in May.  I'm kinda thinking he should be pitcher of the month.
Title: Re: Today's Game 2019
Post by: Chris27 on May 19, 2019, 07:38:52 pm
Washington threatening now.
Title: Re: Today's Game 2019
Post by: mO on May 19, 2019, 07:52:21 pm
5-1 Cubs
Title: Re: Today's Game 2019
Post by: mO on May 19, 2019, 07:56:00 pm
6-1
Title: Re: Today's Game 2019
Post by: ticohans on May 19, 2019, 07:56:07 pm
Dozier and Redon have probably saved 3-4 runs with their defensive play today.
Title: Re: Today's Game 2019
Post by: brjones on May 19, 2019, 07:59:41 pm
Russell now playing shortstop after Baez rolled his ankle earlier. Hope this is mostly precaution in a 5 run game with Hendricks on the mound.
Title: Re: Today's Game 2019
Post by: mO on May 19, 2019, 08:01:24 pm
Hendricks walks Turner on 4 pitches to start the bottom of the 6th.
Title: Re: Today's Game 2019
Post by: brjones on May 19, 2019, 08:06:29 pm
Rendon is so good. If the Cubs decide to actually do something next offseason, they really should be in on him.
Title: Re: Today's Game 2019
Post by: mO on May 19, 2019, 08:06:33 pm
6-4 on a Rendon HR
Title: Re: Today's Game 2019
Post by: brjones on May 19, 2019, 08:07:08 pm
Hendricks fell apart fast. Tying run up.
Title: Re: Today's Game 2019
Post by: mO on May 19, 2019, 08:07:09 pm
Rendon is so good. If the Cubs decide to actually do something next offseason, they really should be in on him.

Bryant full time OF?
Title: Re: Today's Game 2019
Post by: mO on May 19, 2019, 08:08:17 pm
Hendricks can't get the ball down in the zone.  Seemed to be an issue last inning, but he was getting away with it.

Not so much this inning.
Title: Re: Today's Game 2019
Post by: brjones on May 19, 2019, 08:08:20 pm
Yeah. Rendon is good enough to move Bryant off third base.
Title: Re: Today's Game 2019
Post by: mO on May 19, 2019, 08:10:14 pm
They may have had a double play prior to Rendon, but Hendricks got enough glove on it to slow it down and prevent any outs.
Title: Re: Today's Game 2019
Post by: CUBluejays on May 19, 2019, 08:10:40 pm
Curt broke Hendricks in about 12 hours.

The Cubs issues going forward isn’t the offense, but Rendon is good.
Title: Re: Today's Game 2019
Post by: brjones on May 19, 2019, 08:33:04 pm
Kendrick homers on the first pitch of the bottom of the 7th. 1 run game.
Title: Re: Today's Game 2019
Post by: CurtOne on May 19, 2019, 08:41:04 pm
Curt broke Hendricks in about 12 hours.

The Cubs issues going forward isn’t the offense, but Rendon is good.
he wasn't aware of the trade until  the 6th
Title: Re: Today's Game 2019
Post by: brjones on May 19, 2019, 08:41:06 pm
Cishek coming in to face Rendon with Eaton on first and two outs in the 7th.
Title: Re: Today's Game 2019
Post by: brjones on May 19, 2019, 08:47:19 pm
Don't know if that was an exceptional play by Russell or if the Cubs just had him positioned in the right place...but Statcast has the hit probability of that Rendon ball at .970.
Title: Re: Today's Game 2019
Post by: brjones on May 19, 2019, 09:04:29 pm
Nice job by Cishek.

Three more outs to go with a 1 run lead. Would be nice to add on in the top of the 9th. With Kintzler and Cishek already out, I don't know who will try to close it out.
Title: Re: Today's Game 2019
Post by: brjones on May 19, 2019, 09:15:33 pm
Cishek taking the AB with 2 outs and a runner on in the top of the 9th? Come on, Joe.
Title: Re: Today's Game 2019
Post by: Jack Birdbath on May 19, 2019, 09:19:43 pm
Kimbrel would be a better choice here.
Title: Re: Today's Game 2019
Post by: mO on May 19, 2019, 09:21:02 pm
Cishek starts the inning at 20 pitches...
Title: Re: Today's Game 2019
Post by: mO on May 19, 2019, 09:21:10 pm
1 down!


22 pitches
Title: Re: Today's Game 2019
Post by: mO on May 19, 2019, 09:22:34 pm
2 down!!!!

25 pitches
Title: Re: Today's Game 2019
Post by: brjones on May 19, 2019, 09:23:25 pm
2 1/3 inning save for Cishek. Great job. Hope his arm is still attached in July.
Title: Re: Today's Game 2019
Post by: mO on May 19, 2019, 09:23:28 pm
Cubs Win! Cubs Win!! Cubs Win!!!

26 pitches
Title: Re: Today's Game 2019
Post by: brjones on May 19, 2019, 09:28:51 pm
They really need another reliever that Joe trusts soon. Letting Cishek take an AB and finish this game was not a good decision, but Maddon obviously felt he had to do it. He has no trust in anyone but Cishek (and Edwards for some dumb reason).
Title: Re: Today's Game 2019
Post by: Deeg on May 19, 2019, 09:48:48 pm
2.1 inning save for Cishek and we're not even out of May yet.  Cripes, what a ticking time bomb this bullpen is.
Title: Re: Today's Game 2019
Post by: CurtOne on May 19, 2019, 09:54:31 pm
Can't believe he didn't use Edwards
Title: Re: Today's Game 2019
Post by: Bennett on May 20, 2019, 12:57:52 am
According to Mark Gonzalez, Javy has a heel bruise, not an ankle problem.
Title: Re: Today's Game 2019
Post by: Bennett on May 20, 2019, 02:34:41 pm
Caratini catches Darvish

Javy sits

(https://pbs.twimg.com/media/D7CJWpiWwAIYZFf.jpg:small)
Title: Re: Today's Game 2019
Post by: Bennett on May 20, 2019, 02:35:53 pm
Umpires for #Phillies (27-19) at #Cubs (27-17):
HP: Vic Carapazza
1B: Hunter Wendelstedt
2B: Mark Carlson
3B: Chris Segal
Title: Re: Today's Game 2019
Post by: Bennett on May 20, 2019, 03:06:07 pm
MLB Network announcers: 

Philadelphia at Chi Cubs (MLB 8 pm) Bob Costas, Joe Girardi & Tom Verducci [Alt: Mariners at Rangers]
Title: Re: Today's Game 2019
Post by: Deeg on May 20, 2019, 07:31:02 pm
Dare I say, that's 7.1 without a walk for Darvish, and ERA below 5 at last.
Title: Re: Today's Game 2019
Post by: brjones on May 20, 2019, 07:31:22 pm
22 pitches through 2 for Darvish. Only 1 hit and no walks.
Title: Re: Today's Game 2019
Post by: brjones on May 20, 2019, 08:00:41 pm
I’ve said for years that I think bringing the infield in is a dumb move in almost all situations. The Phillies just added a data point in my favor on that Rizzo RBI single. 1-0 Cubs.
Title: Re: Today's Game 2019
Post by: Chris27 on May 20, 2019, 08:24:07 pm
Cubs getting all the baserunners. I'd rather not think of them as the difference later if they don't start plating some of them.
Title: Re: Today's Game 2019
Post by: brjones on May 20, 2019, 08:46:19 pm
Efficient strike throwing Darvish is fun to watch.
Title: Re: Today's Game 2019
Post by: Chris27 on May 20, 2019, 08:49:57 pm
Bases loaded yet again against Arrieta.

It's now or never.
Title: Re: Today's Game 2019
Post by: brjones on May 20, 2019, 08:50:16 pm
Cubs with the bases loaded an 1 out in the 5th. That makes 10 baserunners through 4 1/3 innings, and only one run so far.
Title: Re: Today's Game 2019
Post by: brjones on May 20, 2019, 08:50:49 pm
Unbelievable.
Title: Re: Today's Game 2019
Post by: Chris27 on May 20, 2019, 08:51:16 pm
Never it is then.
Title: Re: Today's Game 2019
Post by: JR on May 20, 2019, 08:52:21 pm
Where’d Rizzo get that piano on his back?
Title: Re: Today's Game 2019
Post by: brjones on May 20, 2019, 08:57:28 pm
Segura clearly out, but the announcers seem to think this will stand.
Title: Re: Today's Game 2019
Post by: brjones on May 20, 2019, 08:58:46 pm
How can that stand? He was clearly out.
Title: Re: Today's Game 2019
Post by: brjones on May 20, 2019, 09:02:39 pm
Now Harper walks after Darvish gets up 0-2. He's lost his command this inning.
Title: Re: Today's Game 2019
Post by: brjones on May 20, 2019, 09:05:30 pm
Hoskins pops out. Would be out of the inning if replay had overturned that call.
Title: Re: Today's Game 2019
Post by: brjones on May 20, 2019, 09:08:04 pm
Realmuto grounder up the middle ties the game. I wish replay worked.
Title: Re: Today's Game 2019
Post by: brjones on May 20, 2019, 09:08:56 pm
Of course, if the offense had scored the 4 or 5 runs they should've scored so far tonight, that 1 run wouldn't mean that much.
Title: Re: Today's Game 2019
Post by: brjones on May 20, 2019, 09:10:05 pm
Hernandez double. Bad hitting, bad umpiring, and the Cubs trail 3-1.
Title: Re: Today's Game 2019
Post by: Chris27 on May 20, 2019, 09:11:48 pm
Well, Darvish was good for 5 innings anyway. That's progress.
Title: Re: Today's Game 2019
Post by: brjones on May 20, 2019, 09:12:41 pm
Darvish should've been out of the inning, though.

And again, if the offense had scored the 4-6 runs they should've scored, this inning wouldn't have been such a disaster.
Title: Re: Today's Game 2019
Post by: brjones on May 20, 2019, 09:16:12 pm
Even after that inning, the Cubs have still had 3 more hits/walks than the Phillies tonight. The clutch hitting has been terrible for the last two weeks.
Title: Re: Today's Game 2019
Post by: brjones on May 20, 2019, 09:18:55 pm
Cubs go down weakly in the 6th. After all the blown chances to score earlier tonight, I'll be shocked if the Cubs offense puts together another threat tonight.

They're really lucky their schedule included the dumpster fires from Miami and DC in the last two weeks.
Title: Re: Today's Game 2019
Post by: Chris27 on May 20, 2019, 09:52:36 pm
Two more baserunners to begin the 8th...
Title: Re: Today's Game 2019
Post by: JR on May 20, 2019, 09:56:09 pm
Descalso!
Title: Re: Today's Game 2019
Post by: JR on May 20, 2019, 09:56:22 pm
4-3 Cubs!!!
Title: Re: Today's Game 2019
Post by: brjones on May 20, 2019, 09:58:36 pm
Nice job Descalso. A Cub finally gets a big hit tonight.
Title: Re: Today's Game 2019
Post by: Chris27 on May 20, 2019, 10:00:22 pm
Think that ball gets caught if McCutchen doesn't pull up. He seemed to sense collision.
Title: Re: Today's Game 2019
Post by: brjones on May 20, 2019, 10:02:27 pm
Brach closing.
Title: Re: Today's Game 2019
Post by: JR on May 20, 2019, 10:10:53 pm
Brach is making this too interesting.
Title: Re: Today's Game 2019
Post by: brjones on May 20, 2019, 10:11:19 pm
McCutchen K'd, he swung at the 2-2 pitch. The third base ump blew the call. This game should be over. Two huge blown calls by the umpires tonight.
Title: Re: Today's Game 2019
Post by: Chris27 on May 20, 2019, 10:14:34 pm
Didn't look like a swing to me. OTOH, that ball was in Rizzo's glove before Segura stepped on the bag in the 6th.
Title: Re: Today's Game 2019
Post by: brjones on May 20, 2019, 10:14:45 pm
Really bad umpiring tonight. At least they got the second challenge right.
Title: Re: Today's Game 2019
Post by: Jack Birdbath on May 20, 2019, 10:15:03 pm
Kimbrel would have been a better choice in that spot.
Title: Re: Today's Game 2019
Post by: brjones on May 20, 2019, 10:19:20 pm
Cubs have the top of their lineup up in the bottom of the 9th, and Schwarber and Bryant go down of 4 pitches.
Title: Re: Today's Game 2019
Post by: JR on May 20, 2019, 10:25:26 pm
Quote
Didn't look like a swing to me.

Yeah I agree, that was a borderline check swing from McCutchen at best.  The MLB Network guys all agreed he held up. 

Brach was unlucky though, that was a good pitch.
Title: Re: Today's Game 2019
Post by: brjones on May 20, 2019, 10:27:33 pm
Contreras is catching now, so he doesn't get a full day off.
Title: Re: Today's Game 2019
Post by: JR on May 20, 2019, 10:27:34 pm
Brach topped out at 97 mph tonight by the way.  The MLB guys said he hadn't topped 95 all year until tonight.
Title: Re: Today's Game 2019
Post by: JR on May 20, 2019, 10:31:32 pm
Realmuto goes yard.  5-4 Phillies.
Title: Re: Today's Game 2019
Post by: Chris27 on May 20, 2019, 10:32:33 pm
Deeg vindicated tonight.
Title: Re: Today's Game 2019
Post by: brjones on May 20, 2019, 10:34:25 pm
The Cubs just found a way to lose tonight. This should've been an easy win.
Title: Re: Today's Game 2019
Post by: CUBluejays on May 20, 2019, 10:40:23 pm
 Bleacher Nation tweeted out a picture on McCutchen, the bat was last his knee. It was a swing.
Title: Re: Today's Game 2019
Post by: Dave23 on May 20, 2019, 10:41:30 pm
Almora continues to struggle against RHP...
Title: Re: Today's Game 2019
Post by: brjones on May 20, 2019, 10:42:27 pm
Cubs lose.

The umpires missed two calls tonight, but the Cubs should've scored at least 8 runs. MLB umpiring sucks, but Cubs hitters were awful tonight too.
Title: Re: Today's Game 2019
Post by: Chris27 on May 20, 2019, 10:46:00 pm
Bleacher Nation tweeted out a picture on McCutchen, the bat was last his knee. It was a swing.

That doesn't make it a swing.
Title: Re: Today's Game 2019
Post by: CUBluejays on May 20, 2019, 10:59:45 pm
That doesn't make it a swing.

The only thing missing was a back swing. He broke his wrist, it was well past Schwarber’s check swing to end a game earlier this year.
Title: Re: Today's Game 2019
Post by: JR on May 20, 2019, 11:02:59 pm
On the positive side, Darvish looked good again tonight and quite frankly probably looked like his old self more than I ever remember him since he joined the Cubs.  He deserved a better fate.  If the Darvish from his last two games is what we're getting the rest of the season, there are some good things ahead for us.

And we did show some heart coming back in the 8th.  Just too bad Brach and Ryan didn't get the job done.  That pitch Ryan gave up the homer on was probably a pitch CurtOne could have hit out of the park.
Title: Re: Today's Game 2019
Post by: Chris27 on May 20, 2019, 11:04:00 pm
Umpires don't have free frame photos. It just didn't look like a swing, even on replay.
Title: Re: Today's Game 2019
Post by: brjones on May 20, 2019, 11:04:07 pm
It was a swing.

That wouldn't have mattered if the replay umpires had correctly overturned that play in the 6th. This was an really bad night for MLB umpiring. The Cubs overcame their first awful call, then lost because of their second awful call.

But if the Cubs had just scored the runs the Phillies gave them, they would've won easily.  The umpiring was awful, but the Cubs hitting was worse.
Title: Re: Today's Game 2019
Post by: CUBluejays on May 20, 2019, 11:07:56 pm
Umpires don't have free frame photos. It just didn't look like a swing, even on replay.

If Schwarber's was a swing this was too even on replay.  The Cubs let some runs go earlier in the game and the Phillies had some well placed hits.  On to the next game.
Title: Re: Today's Game 2019
Post by: Deeg on May 20, 2019, 11:21:40 pm
Behind only the Pads now in blown saves in the NL.

Brach throwing 96 is encouraging,  but if you wing it without a dominant reliever late in games, you’re going to lose some like this. Unfortunately they count just as much now as they do in September.
Title: Re: Today's Game 2019
Post by: Dihard on May 20, 2019, 11:27:36 pm
Yeah I agree, that was a borderline check swing from McCutchen at best.  The MLB Network guys all agreed he held up.

Coomer said it was definitely a swing and called it a “missed call.”



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Title: Re: Today's Game 2019
Post by: Chris27 on May 20, 2019, 11:28:20 pm
If Schwarber's was a swing this was too even on replay.  The Cubs let some runs go earlier in the game and the Phillies had some well placed hits.  On to the next game.

There is no freeze-frame photo reviews of check swings. If and when there is, then we'll have something. It's the hardest call in the sport and everyone needed a freeze-frame to determine if it was correct. I'd be more bothered by the missed call at 1st which could have been overturned but wasn't.
Title: Re: Today's Game 2019
Post by: Reb on May 21, 2019, 12:49:36 am
If you want to see how the check swing “rule” has changed, here is one of baseball’s historic ABs: a three run homer by Hal Smith in the eighth inning of game 7 of the 1960 WS that set the stage for the Maz walk-off homer an inning later.

At 39:20, you will see Smith go around and check almost 2/3 of the way around. Ball 2. Nobody says a peep about that being a strike. This was common for much of baseball history, I believe.

Once the base umps got involved, way too many strike calls, in my opinion, on checked swings. A pet peeve. No way today’s McCutchen AB should be a strike, in my opinion, but I’m sure similar checks get called a strike on occasion.

https://m.youtube.com/watch?v=5MtnU4yno4o&t=3799s#fauxfullscreen
Title: Re: Today's Game 2019
Post by: Bennett on May 21, 2019, 08:56:59 am
That video didn't work for me.  Try this one at 39:30

https://youtu.be/5MtnU4yno4o
Title: Re: Today's Game 2019
Post by: Bennett on May 21, 2019, 09:21:53 am
Here is the problem:

Quote from: Wikipedia
The Major League Baseball rulebook does not contain an official definition for a checked swing, but defines a swing as "an attempt to strike at the ball". It is the decision of the umpire as to whether an attempt was made or not. Generally, factors such as whether the bat passes the front of the plate or the batter pulls their wrists back are considered in the ruling. Some umpires prefer to use the "breaking the wrists" criterion as the method to decide a checked swing: if the wrists "rolled over", a swing occurred.
A year or so ago one umpire (Joe West?) said his definition was when the head of the bat crossed the foul line into fair territory.  That works for me.  It would be easy to see for the base ump.
Title: Re: Today's Game 2019
Post by: CurtOne on May 21, 2019, 09:49:12 am
We argue about how changes in rules and strategies have changed the game and screwed up stats and records today.  Use of the closer, use of multiple relievers, shifts, dead ball, live ball, etc, but over the years there have been rules that have increased stirke outs (base umpires calling checked swings), decreased strike outs (lowering the mound), and, sheesh, long long ago a pick off really was a pick off, because if you could hit the runner with the ball when he was off base, he was "picked off."   Bet there were a lot more brawls back then. 

Now they're talking about moving the rubber back 6 inches.   I read an article that would actually help pitchers because many times the most vicious movement on the ball is after it crosses the plate.

On the broadcast they were talking about how next year, relievers would have to face 3 hitters.  Two I could understand.  Three will put some guys out of work.  Three will mean you will need several guys with closer stuff and mentality.  Three means you can't take a chance with wild people who have potential but are inconsistent.  Like Edwards.   Three may mean the manager will try to squeeze one more inning out of the starter, leading to a few more W's for starters. 

As far as checked swings are concerned, there was a time when only the plate umpire called them...lots of arguments when that was true.
Title: Re: Today's Game 2019
Post by: Bennett on May 21, 2019, 12:41:51 pm
Mark Gonzales  @MDGonzales  26m26 minutes ago
Joe Maddon tells @LaurenceWHolmes on his weekly show that Javier Baez won't start Tuesday night.
Title: Re: Today's Game 2019
Post by: Bennett on May 21, 2019, 01:49:12 pm
Note the one hour early ESPN game time
Another cold, damp, windy, and miserable night for a ballgame.
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Title: Re: Today's Game 2019
Post by: Bennett on May 21, 2019, 05:07:25 pm
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Title: Re: Today's Game 2019
Post by: CurtOne on May 21, 2019, 05:31:59 pm
Morans in St. Louis.  Traffic is backing up around the stadium.  People are lining up outside.  Not at the Blues' game.  At Busch...the game was postponed 4 hours ago because of threatening weather.
Title: Re: Today's Game 2019
Post by: CurtOne on May 21, 2019, 05:34:13 pm
I mean the only Cub fan that would show up for the game in this kind of weather is Ron.
Title: Re: Today's Game 2019
Post by: JeffH on May 21, 2019, 05:46:52 pm
I mean the only Cub fan that would show up for the game in this kind of weather is Ron.

And me.
Title: Re: Today's Game 2019
Post by: brjones on May 21, 2019, 06:43:29 pm
Cubs with a hit and 3 walks in the first inning, but only one run. Picking up right where they left off last night.
Title: Re: Today's Game 2019
Post by: Dave23 on May 21, 2019, 07:13:43 pm
Albert continues to struggle...
Title: Re: Today's Game 2019
Post by: brjones on May 21, 2019, 07:18:05 pm
The Cubs have now stranded 6 runners in 3 innings, including 4 in scoring position.

This umpire is awful too. He’s missing calls consistently for both pitchers, and both are pushing 60 pitches through 3 because he won’t call strikes.
Title: Re: Today's Game 2019
Post by: Dihard on May 21, 2019, 07:42:26 pm
How did the Cubs have a run taken off the board?


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Title: Re: Today's Game 2019
Post by: Bennett on May 21, 2019, 07:42:49 pm
Umpire Crew  @UmpCrew  59s59 seconds ago
#Phillies @ #Cubs [B4-2o]
Phillies challenged (stadium boundary call), call on the field was overturned
Title: Re: Today's Game 2019
Post by: Chris27 on May 21, 2019, 07:43:40 pm
Bryant hit a double, ball hopped over the fencing and hit the wall behind it. Automatic GR double, Schwarber back to 3rd.
Title: Re: Today's Game 2019
Post by: mO on May 21, 2019, 07:43:47 pm
Schwarber walked
Bryant hit a screamer into the LF corner, Schwarber scored
Schwarber called back to 3rd.  After a long delay (discussion + review), they rule it a ground rule double.  Runners  2nd and 3rd.
Rizzo fly out to CF.

2 more stranded in scoring position
Title: Re: Today's Game 2019
Post by: brjones on May 21, 2019, 07:44:16 pm
This is a weird situation—Schwarber appears to score on a Bryant double, but it bounced over the wall in LF and back on to the field. Umpires initially give the Cubs the run and say Schwarber would’ve scored anyway. Then Kapler argues and the umps change their minds. So Schwarber back to third and the Cubs don’t get the run.

Then Rizzo flies out and the Cubs strand two more in scoring position. 8 stranded through 4, including 6 in scoring position.
Title: Re: Today's Game 2019
Post by: Dave23 on May 21, 2019, 07:46:43 pm
To further clarify, the ball hit the dirt down the LF line, spun left and off the side wall, and then over the basket and off the wall beyond the LF fence.

Don’t recall seeing that before...
Title: Re: Today's Game 2019
Post by: Reb on May 21, 2019, 07:49:58 pm
There was a video replay review on the ball.
Title: Re: Today's Game 2019
Post by: CurtOne on May 21, 2019, 07:51:03 pm
What happened on Bryant's hit?


Jk
Title: Re: Today's Game 2019
Post by: brjones on May 21, 2019, 07:56:59 pm
There was a video replay review on the ball.

That makes more sense. I’m watching without sound and must have looked away for that part, so it looked to me that the umpires had ruled one way then changed based on Kapler arguing. I guess the argument was about whether the play was reviewable?
Title: Re: Today's Game 2019
Post by: CurtOne on May 21, 2019, 08:14:00 pm
One-zip and he's bringing in Edwards.  Are you kidding me.
Title: Re: Today's Game 2019
Post by: mO on May 21, 2019, 08:21:39 pm
Lead off single.

It's fine...It'll be fine...
Title: Re: Today's Game 2019
Post by: mO on May 21, 2019, 08:27:02 pm
Nice play by Addi/Descalso to get the lead runner on a ball up the middle
Title: Re: Today's Game 2019
Post by: mO on May 21, 2019, 08:29:06 pm
Rocket double, runners 2nd and 3rd...

Nothing to see here...all according to plan...
Title: Re: Today's Game 2019
Post by: mO on May 21, 2019, 08:30:33 pm
Nice play by Edwards on a one hopper back to the mound.  Holds the runners.  2 down.

Edwards out, Kintzler in.
Title: Re: Today's Game 2019
Post by: mO on May 21, 2019, 08:35:29 pm
Ground ball single up the middle, scores 2

Similar feel to last nights game...
Title: Re: Today's Game 2019
Post by: brjones on May 21, 2019, 08:36:57 pm
Just like last night, the Cubs should have about 5 or 6 runs by now, so those runs shouldn't have really mattered much.

This has turned back into last year's offense over the last 2 weeks or so.
Title: Re: Today's Game 2019
Post by: mO on May 21, 2019, 08:41:20 pm
Rizzo's gotta get it going...
Title: Re: Today's Game 2019
Post by: brjones on May 21, 2019, 08:42:15 pm
This has been one of the worst performances by a home plate umpire I've seen in a long time.
Title: Re: Today's Game 2019
Post by: mO on May 21, 2019, 08:43:52 pm
Back-to-back cookies to Contreras results in a pop to CF
Title: Re: Today's Game 2019
Post by: CurtOne on May 21, 2019, 08:44:07 pm
Feel bad for Q
Title: Re: Today's Game 2019
Post by: mO on May 21, 2019, 08:48:54 pm
Heyward heywards it.

Bryant's leadoff single is for naught.
Title: Re: Today's Game 2019
Post by: CurtOne on May 21, 2019, 09:04:41 pm
We need Zobrist back. Not to play as much as somebody who can talk to Maddon.
Title: Re: Today's Game 2019
Post by: brjones on May 21, 2019, 09:09:38 pm
Two more runners left on including another in scoring position. Cubs are 0 for 8 with RISP tonight.
Title: Re: Today's Game 2019
Post by: Chris27 on May 21, 2019, 09:15:11 pm
You know your pen sucks when you have to resort to using Xavier Cedeno in a 1-run game.
Title: Re: Today's Game 2019
Post by: brjones on May 21, 2019, 09:18:42 pm
So Maddon goes to Edwards to start the 7th, then goes to his better RHP Kintzler once Edwards gets in trouble.

Maddon goes to Cedeno to start the 9th, then goes to his better LHP Ryan once Cedeno gets in trouble.

Why not just start the inning with the better pitcher?
Title: Re: Today's Game 2019
Post by: mO on May 21, 2019, 09:26:03 pm
Up to Bryant, Rizzo, Contreras to produce a run in the 9th
Title: Re: Today's Game 2019
Post by: mO on May 21, 2019, 09:29:06 pm
Bryant walks
Title: Re: Today's Game 2019
Post by: brjones on May 21, 2019, 09:29:26 pm
Bryant leadoff walk. I bet he's stranded.
Title: Re: Today's Game 2019
Post by: mO on May 21, 2019, 09:29:38 pm
Bryant has had a good night with a double, 2 singles and a walk
Title: Re: Today's Game 2019
Post by: mO on May 21, 2019, 09:30:19 pm
middle, middle nothing burger to start and Rizzo just stares at it...
Title: Re: Today's Game 2019
Post by: mO on May 21, 2019, 09:31:16 pm
DOUBLE!!!!!
Title: Re: Today's Game 2019
Post by: mO on May 21, 2019, 09:31:54 pm
2nd and 3rd, no out
Title: Re: Today's Game 2019
Post by: brjones on May 21, 2019, 09:31:58 pm
Second and third, no outs for the Cubs in the 9th. Would be on brand if they don't score.
Title: Re: Today's Game 2019
Post by: mO on May 21, 2019, 09:32:06 pm
Infield in
Title: Re: Today's Game 2019
Post by: mO on May 21, 2019, 09:33:02 pm
hehe..."on brand"...I like that one, br
Title: Re: Today's Game 2019
Post by: mO on May 21, 2019, 09:34:28 pm
If Contreras doesn't come thru, it's Heyward, Almora...
Title: Re: Today's Game 2019
Post by: mO on May 21, 2019, 09:38:09 pm
pop to short right

Up to Heyward
Title: Re: Today's Game 2019
Post by: Chris27 on May 21, 2019, 09:38:30 pm
The words everyone wants to hear.
Title: Re: Today's Game 2019
Post by: mO on May 21, 2019, 09:38:34 pm
IBB

Up to Almora
Title: Re: Today's Game 2019
Post by: brjones on May 21, 2019, 09:38:45 pm
Here comes the GIDP.
Title: Re: Today's Game 2019
Post by: mO on May 21, 2019, 09:40:15 pm
Nubber scores Bryant!!!  Tie game!!!
Title: Re: Today's Game 2019
Post by: goblue007 on May 21, 2019, 09:40:23 pm
Bryant is just amazing.
Title: Re: Today's Game 2019
Post by: mO on May 21, 2019, 09:40:39 pm
Bases still loaded, 1 out
Title: Re: Today's Game 2019
Post by: brjones on May 21, 2019, 09:41:25 pm
Phillies challenge.
Title: Re: Today's Game 2019
Post by: mO on May 21, 2019, 09:42:22 pm
Baez batting
Title: Re: Today's Game 2019
Post by: mO on May 21, 2019, 09:43:06 pm
Cubs win!!!!!!
Title: Re: Today's Game 2019
Post by: mO on May 21, 2019, 09:43:22 pm
Roped the first pitch to right!
Title: Re: Today's Game 2019
Post by: brjones on May 21, 2019, 09:43:45 pm
Javy sees one pitch, does what no other Cub could do in the last two nights combined. Hope there's nothing serious going on with his foot.
Title: Re: Today's Game 2019
Post by: Dihard on May 21, 2019, 09:44:40 pm
Javy!!


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Title: Re: Today's Game 2019
Post by: mO on May 21, 2019, 09:45:40 pm
Baez is just amazing.
Title: Re: Today's Game 2019
Post by: Dave23 on May 21, 2019, 09:46:44 pm
Love to watch him go oppo...
Title: Re: Today's Game 2019
Post by: craig on May 21, 2019, 10:49:19 pm
Wow, what a cool win.  Didn't expect that. 

Thoughts (I didn't see everything):  First hit off Edwards was a really good pitch with two strikes, a lucky fluky bloop.  And he threw strikes. 

Man, the Bryant walk leading off, he took some really close pitches for balls with two strikes.  Last one was just off the plate, and at least one of the earlier ones too.  Pretty cool and collected to take those, and maybe kind of lucky that the ump called them right, when at least one was really close.  Contreras took some awfully close ones too, I thought, before finally flying out. 

Really lucky on the Almora squib.  Lots of luck in these games.  Bryant was really fast coming down the line, not sure anybody but he and Baez would have beaten that play? 

I'm pretty sure Kapler was doing lefty-righty stuff.  But I thought it was interesting that with runners 2nd-and-3rd, he pitched to Contreras, but then walked Hewyard.  He got Contreras without scoring, and then set up the DP with DP-vulnerable Almora, so made sense.  But even with the lefty-righty factor, I'm not sure I wouldn't have walked the better, more dangerous Contreras, and set up the force at home and DP option with bad-hitting slumping ground-ball DP-prone Heyward. 

Anyway, fun that it worked out for the Cubs. 

yesterday's game was borderline and somewhat lucky for the PHillies, so you get some and you lose some.  My recall is that their first run, scored with 2 outs, was on a not very hard-hit grounder (Realmuto?) that's probably an out >80% of the time.  But Russell must have been playing way in the hole and it got through.  Win some, you lose some. 

Cubs are going to need to get some HR action going again, I think.  These two games I think reflect how difficult it is to beat teams with really good pitching and really talented relief, if you don't produce any runs via the quick-strike HR.  Maybe tomorrow? 
Title: Re: Today's Game 2019
Post by: Robb on May 22, 2019, 12:25:26 am
The weather is definitely not helping the HR count.
Title: Re: Today's Game 2019
Post by: Bennett on May 22, 2019, 12:44:21 am
The weather is definitely not helping the HR count.
Near 70° with winds out to left at 15 mph for Wednesday night.
Title: Re: Today's Game 2019
Post by: Bennett on May 22, 2019, 03:49:40 pm
Javy's MRI must have been OK

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Title: Re: Today's Game 2019
Post by: Deeg on May 22, 2019, 04:27:17 pm
Thank Goc.
Title: Re: Today's Game 2019
Post by: Robb on May 22, 2019, 05:35:32 pm
Two pluses in this line-up. Javy in and Descalso out.
Title: Re: Today's Game 2019
Post by: Bennett on May 22, 2019, 07:11:46 pm
McCutchen opens with a double but Segura grounds to short instead of second.
Title: Re: Today's Game 2019
Post by: brjones on May 22, 2019, 07:38:32 pm
Leadoff double for the Cubs in the first. They ultimately load the bases with 2 outs and fail to score. They just won’t take what the Phillies are giving them in this series.
Title: Re: Today's Game 2019
Post by: brjones on May 22, 2019, 07:55:41 pm
Hamels sucks tonight. It’s 2-0 Phillies with runners on first and second, no outs in the 3rd. He has already thrown 60 pitches.
Title: Re: Today's Game 2019
Post by: brjones on May 22, 2019, 08:00:05 pm
Out, then another RBI single. 3-0 Phillies. With the way the Cubs are hitting in big situations, this is close to a blowout already.
Title: Re: Today's Game 2019
Post by: mO on May 22, 2019, 08:00:57 pm
Great pick at first by Contreras!  It's under review, but he's OUT!!!!
Title: Re: Today's Game 2019
Post by: mO on May 22, 2019, 08:03:10 pm
BS! Replay is broken
Title: Re: Today's Game 2019
Post by: mO on May 22, 2019, 08:06:41 pm
I thought the replay was pretty conclusive that the tag was on the runner's hand before it got to the base.
Title: Re: Today's Game 2019
Post by: mO on May 22, 2019, 08:11:14 pm
RIZZZOOOO!!!!!!

Tie game!!!!
Title: Re: Today's Game 2019
Post by: mO on May 22, 2019, 08:12:04 pm
That ball was obliterated
Title: Re: Today's Game 2019
Post by: brjones on May 22, 2019, 08:15:26 pm
Nice job turning the game around quickly. Now Joe needs to have a quick hook with both Chatwood and Montgomery available to go multiple innings.

Two bad replay calls in this series. If the ump had called that one the other way, no chance the Phillies challenge it. The “clear and conclusive” requirement is just too arbitrary.
Title: Re: Today's Game 2019
Post by: CurtOne on May 22, 2019, 08:29:51 pm
Our Cole doesn't have it tonight
Title: Re: Today's Game 2019
Post by: Dihard on May 22, 2019, 08:42:02 pm
Chatwood has a career .239 OBP. I’m surprised Joe let Hamels hit in the bottom of the inning, only to pull him to start the fifth.


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Title: Re: Today's Game 2019
Post by: JR on May 22, 2019, 08:56:56 pm
ALMORA!!!!!  BOOM!!!!!
Title: Re: Today's Game 2019
Post by: mO on May 22, 2019, 08:57:12 pm
AA!!!!!!!

Grand slam! 7-3
Title: Re: Today's Game 2019
Post by: mO on May 22, 2019, 08:57:51 pm
I wonder what craig might have to say about this game?
Title: Re: Today's Game 2019
Post by: CurtOne on May 22, 2019, 08:59:54 pm
Almora can't hit lefties
Title: Re: Today's Game 2019
Post by: CUBluejays on May 22, 2019, 09:00:50 pm
About time Almora did something against a lefty.
Title: Re: Today's Game 2019
Post by: Dihard on May 22, 2019, 09:01:45 pm
Our Cole doesn't have it tonight
Neither did theirs!


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Title: Re: Today's Game 2019
Post by: JR on May 22, 2019, 09:02:46 pm
I wonder what craig might have to say about this game?

Home runs are overrated?
Title: Re: Today's Game 2019
Post by: ben on May 22, 2019, 09:03:49 pm
"The Cubs just won't take what the Phillies are giving them..."  (then, 3-run HR and Grand Slam)

Title: Re: Today's Game 2019
Post by: brjones on May 22, 2019, 09:32:22 pm
I'm glad they've been taking what the Phillies gave them in the last few innings. Doesn't change the fact that they could've scored about twice as many runs in this series.
Title: Re: Today's Game 2019
Post by: JR on May 22, 2019, 09:35:16 pm
I hope we're talking to Baez about one of those extensions everyone was signing this spring.
Title: Re: Today's Game 2019
Post by: mO on May 22, 2019, 09:35:34 pm
Need a 2-run jack to homer for the cycle...
Title: Re: Today's Game 2019
Post by: brjones on May 22, 2019, 09:36:24 pm
No cheap homers tonight for the Cubs.
Title: Re: Today's Game 2019
Post by: JR on May 22, 2019, 09:42:37 pm
By the way I hope this isn't a jinx, but Chatwood is looking like the unsung hero of the night for the Cubs.  He's doing a nice job on a not very ideal night to pitch.
Title: Re: Today's Game 2019
Post by: davep on May 22, 2019, 09:47:54 pm
By the way I hope this isn't a jinx, but Chatwood is looking like the unsung hero of the night for the Cubs.  He's doing a nice job on a not very ideal night to pitch.

Great.  Phillies immediately homer.
Title: Re: Today's Game 2019
Post by: JR on May 22, 2019, 09:56:33 pm
Great.  Phillies immediately homer.

Ha!  Yeah I was a little afraid of that.

Then again, giving up a solo homer to Andrew McCutchen with a 5 run lead is hardly the end of the world.
Title: Re: Today's Game 2019
Post by: JR on May 22, 2019, 09:57:00 pm
I do wonder if Joe is playing with fire leaving Chatwood in there for the 9th...
Title: Re: Today's Game 2019
Post by: JR on May 22, 2019, 10:00:25 pm
Bryce Harper leadoff single and Cishek is brought on. 
Title: Re: Today's Game 2019
Post by: JR on May 22, 2019, 10:11:08 pm
Cubs Win!!!
Title: Re: Today's Game 2019
Post by: brjones on May 22, 2019, 10:13:55 pm
Nice win. Homers are good.
Title: Re: Today's Game 2019
Post by: craig on May 22, 2019, 10:19:47 pm
Great win, huge clutch HR's for Rizzo and Almora, that's exactly what we needed. 

Chatwood, what an outstanding game for him. 

And also nice work by Maddon **NOT** trying to extend Hamels through another inning to protect the bullpen, etc..  Turning it over to Chatwood was a really, really good move. 
Title: Re: Today's Game 2019
Post by: Deeg on May 22, 2019, 10:20:07 pm
Chatwood may be our MVP so far after Javy.
Title: Re: Today's Game 2019
Post by: Dihard on May 22, 2019, 10:23:04 pm
I stopped listening after the top of the eighth, but just checked back in to see who pitched the ninth. Of course we had to use Cishek with a 4-run lead.

I hate the thought of trading for a reliever again, but this bullpen situation is absolutely not sustainable.


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Title: Re: Today's Game 2019
Post by: Jack Birdbath on May 22, 2019, 10:25:47 pm
I stopped listening after the top of the eighth, but just checked back in to see who pitched the ninth. Of course we had to use Cishek with a 4-run lead.

I hate the thought of trading for a reliever again, but this bullpen situation is absolutely not sustainable.


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No need to trade to add at least one impact arm.
Title: Re: Today's Game 2019
Post by: ben on May 22, 2019, 10:33:46 pm
Yeah, Jack Birdbath, front office folks have no idea what they're doing.

Everyone else has a great bullpen, while ours sucks.



Title: Re: Today's Game 2019
Post by: Jack Birdbath on May 22, 2019, 10:38:27 pm
All they need to do is dip into the trump funds and pay for the one guy who is out there and could make a difference.  It’s only money and these people have more than enough of it.
Title: Re: Today's Game 2019
Post by: brjones on May 22, 2019, 10:58:40 pm
They sat out the offseason after a really ugly finish last year. They're not dipping into their huge profits now that the Cubs are in first place.

They'll trade for some underpaid reliever, but they're not spending on Kimbrel.
Title: Re: Today's Game 2019
Post by: ben on May 22, 2019, 11:13:28 pm
That's an awful lot of whining for a 1st-place team, dudes. 

You guys would have really LOVED all the previous Cub owners and leadership groups many of us suffered through!

We're in a pretty good position thanks to a really smart front office (despite what you may think) and ownership that provides WAY more than most and gets the hell out of the front office's way (and not all do)! 

We're not the only team a little short on relief pitching, particularly with a couple of our top guys out. 

Chill, please.   

Title: Re: Today's Game 2019
Post by: Playtwo on May 23, 2019, 06:58:37 am
Good effort, but I think it's hopeless Ben.
Title: Re: Today's Game 2019
Post by: Bennett on May 23, 2019, 10:07:35 am
Kris Bryant gets a day off

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Title: Re: Today's Game 2019
Post by: davep on May 23, 2019, 12:46:32 pm
All they need to do is dip into the trump funds and pay for the one guy who is out there and could make a difference.  It’s only money and these people have more than enough of it.

There are a billion people out there who feel that YOU have more than enough money.  Why not contribute?
Title: Re: Today's Game 2019
Post by: Jack Birdbath on May 23, 2019, 01:05:06 pm
There are a billion people out there who feel that YOU have more than enough money.  Why not contribute?

I do. I buy season tickets and spend a lot on stuff at games and buying Cubs stuff for my son. So, **** you.
Title: Re: Today's Game 2019
Post by: craig on May 23, 2019, 01:44:49 pm
Lester escapes the first with only two runs allowed, but burns 27 pitches, gave up a lot of rockets including one of the sac-fly outs, and threw a couple of other pitches that looked pretty fat and mashable. 

He's such a battler, he often works his way into competitive starts even if he starts with nothing.  So hopefully he'll do that again today. 

But Cubs hitters may need to score a bunch against Aaron Nola today. 
Title: Re: Today's Game 2019
Post by: brjones on May 23, 2019, 02:37:43 pm
Cubs defense falls apart in the 4th when Contreras throws a sac bunt down the first base line and Descalso fails to make a decent throw on an easy double play. Then Segura hits a 3 run homer. They gave the Phillies 5 outs, and it cost them.  7-0 after 3 1/2 innings, and Nola looks sharp today.
Title: Re: Today's Game 2019
Post by: brjones on May 23, 2019, 02:43:54 pm
Schwarber walk, Javy double, Rizzo single to start the bottom of the 4th, 7-2.
Title: Re: Today's Game 2019
Post by: brjones on May 23, 2019, 02:48:52 pm
Contreras single, Heyward walk. Loaded for Almora...can he hit slams two days in a row?
Title: Re: Today's Game 2019
Post by: brjones on May 23, 2019, 02:49:55 pm
Nope...first pitch GIDP, 7-3.

It's too bad the Cubs defense gave them those three runs in the top of the inning.
Title: Re: Today's Game 2019
Post by: Dihard on May 23, 2019, 04:03:58 pm
Carl K’s the side to get his ERA under 10. 


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Title: Re: Today's Game 2019
Post by: brjones on May 23, 2019, 04:08:15 pm
Two run homer by Schwarber in the 7th makes it 8-5.
Title: Re: Today's Game 2019
Post by: brjones on May 23, 2019, 04:10:42 pm
Rizzo makes it 8-6 after a Javy K.
Title: Re: Today's Game 2019
Post by: Dave23 on May 23, 2019, 04:11:19 pm
Why would you give Bryant the day off on a day like this?
Title: Re: Today's Game 2019
Post by: CurtOne on May 23, 2019, 04:17:35 pm
Stuck with Lester one inning too long.
Title: Re: Today's Game 2019
Post by: brjones on May 23, 2019, 04:19:14 pm
Lester was pretty bad today, but he wasn't the problem in his last inning. The defense just let him down.

Almora up as the tying run with 2 outs in the 7th after a Heyward walk.
Title: Re: Today's Game 2019
Post by: brjones on May 23, 2019, 04:28:56 pm
Soft contact single into the outfield for Herrera followed by an infield single for Rodriguez to start the 8th.
Title: Re: Today's Game 2019
Post by: brjones on May 23, 2019, 04:32:05 pm
Caratini gets a double play ball at third, but throws high so they're only able to get one out at second. The defense has really let the Cubs down today.
Title: Re: Today's Game 2019
Post by: brjones on May 23, 2019, 04:37:12 pm
McCutchen double, 9-6. Still only 1 out.
Title: Re: Today's Game 2019
Post by: brjones on May 23, 2019, 04:47:58 pm
2 on, 2 out for Javy in the bottom of the 8th. He's the tying run.
Title: Re: Today's Game 2019
Post by: Dihard on May 23, 2019, 04:55:04 pm
Just missed tying it up. Good fight today but lots of missed opportunities on offense and defense.


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Title: Re: Today's Game 2019
Post by: brjones on May 23, 2019, 05:09:01 pm
Rizzo bunts against the shift for a single leading off the 9th.

Four pitch walk to Contreras.

Heyward up, then Kinztler’s spot. All the hitters have been used, so Chatwood on deck.
Title: Re: Today's Game 2019
Post by: Bennett on May 23, 2019, 05:10:43 pm
You can't beat fun at the ol' ballpark.
Title: Re: Today's Game 2019
Post by: Dave23 on May 23, 2019, 05:12:03 pm
I can't believe that **** asshat called ball 4 to Heyward a strike.
Title: Re: Today's Game 2019
Post by: brjones on May 23, 2019, 05:13:21 pm
Robot umps please.
Title: Re: Today's Game 2019
Post by: Dave23 on May 23, 2019, 05:14:32 pm
Chatwood rips an RBI double to left, and now just imagine if Heyward had been on 1st...
Title: Re: Today's Game 2019
Post by: brjones on May 23, 2019, 05:14:55 pm
Now a Chatwood double. Bad umpiring might be the difference in this game.
Title: Re: Today's Game 2019
Post by: brjones on May 23, 2019, 05:16:25 pm
Russell is terrible.
Title: Re: Today's Game 2019
Post by: Dihard on May 23, 2019, 05:16:27 pm
Ugly AB for Addison. Up to Caratini.


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Title: Re: Today's Game 2019
Post by: brjones on May 23, 2019, 05:18:04 pm
Cubs lose. MLB umpiring is terrible, but the Cubs lost this one with their defense.
Title: Re: Today's Game 2019
Post by: Dave23 on May 23, 2019, 05:18:22 pm
Russell could have bunted the tying run in if Heyward had been walked...
Title: Re: Today's Game 2019
Post by: Bennett on May 23, 2019, 05:22:13 pm
A 3:55 game on getaway day doesn't hurt the Phillies.  They play in Milwaukee Friday night.
Title: Re: Today's Game 2019
Post by: CurtOne on May 23, 2019, 05:23:43 pm
Robot umps please.
Yeah that will help with the checked swings.
Title: Re: Today's Game 2019
Post by: brjones on May 23, 2019, 05:24:35 pm
I can’t believe Neris got the free strike call after 7 straight balls.
Title: Re: Today's Game 2019
Post by: Dave23 on May 23, 2019, 05:43:55 pm
That was inexcusable. He was nowhere near the plate.
Title: Re: Today's Game 2019
Post by: Dave23 on May 23, 2019, 05:44:28 pm
Completely changed the inning...
Title: Re: Today's Game 2019
Post by: craig on May 23, 2019, 05:56:05 pm
Nerris threw three ball-4's to Heyward; the ump turned the first one into a strike, but then Heyward swung at ball 4 on the next pitch, and the K-pitch wasn't anywhere even remotely close.  O well. 

That was really a fun game.  Javy just missed on his deep flyout, I thought with the swing and the jump/angle off the bat it was maybe going to get out on TV. 

If they'd allowed one fewer run, and been down only one instead of two, I'm pretty sure Contreras could have scored on Chatwood's double, too. 

Lots of opportunities, great game to watch despite the outcome, once they started the scoring. 
Title: Re: Today's Game 2019
Post by: Bennett on May 24, 2019, 09:39:07 am
Umpires for #Reds (22-27) at #Cubs (29-19):
HP: Chris Conroy
1B: Jeremie Rehak
2B: Doug Eddings
3B: Bill Miller

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Title: Re: Today's Game 2019
Post by: Bennett on May 24, 2019, 11:19:57 am
Jordan Bastian  @MLBastian  11m11 minutes ago
Tarp is on the field. No BP, but word is that Reds-Cubs should be able to start on time.

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Title: Re: Today's Game 2019
Post by: Bennett on May 24, 2019, 01:39:25 pm
Jordan Bastian  @MLBastian  4m4 minutes ago
Statcast projected Schwarber's shot at 449 feet.

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Title: Re: Today's Game 2019
Post by: Reb on May 24, 2019, 02:09:58 pm
After his second PA today, Schwarber now over .800 OPS (.803).

Both Bryant and Rizzo OPSing higher than Baez.
Title: Re: Today's Game 2019
Post by: Dihard on May 24, 2019, 02:38:09 pm
Wow.  Based loaded for Schwarbs even after the Heyward caught-stealing. 

The inning so far:  Single.  Caught-stealing.  Walk. Single.  Flyout.  Walk to Hendricks. 
Title: Re: Today's Game 2019
Post by: craig on May 24, 2019, 03:17:01 pm
Cubs up 4-3 mid-6.  All but one of the runs via HR. 
Title: Re: Today's Game 2019
Post by: brjones on May 24, 2019, 03:30:28 pm
The Reds have so many frustrating hits today. Bloops, soft liners, and ground balls all over the place.
Title: Re: Today's Game 2019
Post by: brjones on May 24, 2019, 03:32:57 pm
Cubs were up 4-0 after 3 innings, then the offense went to sleep. Now it's tied in the 7th.
Title: Re: Today's Game 2019
Post by: craig on May 24, 2019, 03:37:01 pm
Reds tie it up, back-to-back-to-back 2-out hits.  Almora's throw to 2nd might have gotten Winker but Russell cut it off. 

Suarez had gotten a bloop single into right.  How does Heyward show up defensively these days?  He doesn't seem to have much speed, to my qualitative eye.  Surprised he couldn't run that one down, and there were a couple of high-hang-time balls yesterday too that I assumed he'd run under, but not quite fast enough.  Heh heh, I also assume that if Russell had been playing SS and Baez 2nd, Baez would have gotten out there for the bloop single that Russell wasn't as quick to catch. 

Oh well, lets get some runs! 
Title: Re: Today's Game 2019
Post by: Bennett on May 24, 2019, 03:38:37 pm
Jesse Rogers  @ESPNChiCubs   18s18 seconds ago
 The Cubs are now 9 for 19 in save opportunities on the season. Only two teams have a worse pct.
Title: Re: Today's Game 2019
Post by: craig on May 24, 2019, 03:43:17 pm
Russell comes in a whiffs on a sinker that was almost going to hit him in the foot.  But why not swing?  I don't think I've seen him hit a ball hard yet in the AB's I've happened to see, which haven't been many.  But he looks about as helpless and confused now as he was last season.  Yesterday's game in the 9th inning, he took a fastball right down the middle in the 9th, before whiffing on another fairly ordinary-looking fastball.  Really struggling. 

Too bad the Cubs are so thin, I think Russell could benefit from a longer stretch at Iowa to see if he could maybe get some AB's. 
Title: Re: Today's Game 2019
Post by: brjones on May 24, 2019, 03:56:26 pm
In both of Brach's innings, he got two quick outs then got in trouble. In the 7th, he ended up giving the tying run. In the 8th, Montgomery is coming in to try to bail him out--first and second, 2 out for Senzel.
Title: Re: Today's Game 2019
Post by: Bennett on May 24, 2019, 04:06:07 pm
There are times when Javy seems to commit himself to swinging for the fences before a pitch is even thrown.
Title: Re: Today's Game 2019
Post by: Dave23 on May 24, 2019, 04:07:41 pm
It’s embarrassing to hear Cubs fans go nuts over a routine fly ball.

40K Chip Carays...
Title: Re: Today's Game 2019
Post by: Bennett on May 24, 2019, 04:14:41 pm
PH Willson Contreras drives in Rizzo to make it 5-4

Can the Cubs blow two saves in the same game?

Title: Re: Today's Game 2019
Post by: Bennett on May 24, 2019, 04:23:23 pm
PH Willson Contreras drives in Rizzo to make it 5-4

Can the Cubs blow two saves in the same game?
Yes, Suarez homers after a Votto walk to make it 6-5 Reds
Title: Re: Today's Game 2019
Post by: brjones on May 24, 2019, 04:23:53 pm
This bullpen needs help soon.
Title: Re: Today's Game 2019
Post by: Bennett on May 24, 2019, 04:26:33 pm
Russell and the top of the order for the Cubs in the bottom of the ninth.
Title: Re: Today's Game 2019
Post by: Jack Birdbath on May 24, 2019, 04:26:55 pm
Too bad the owners don't care quite enough. Could have been a pretty good season. 
Title: Re: Today's Game 2019
Post by: Bennett on May 24, 2019, 04:32:12 pm
Jesse Rogers  @ESPNChiCubs   18s18 seconds ago
 The Cubs are now 9 for 19 20 in save opportunities on the season.
Title: Re: Today's Game 2019
Post by: brjones on May 24, 2019, 04:34:45 pm
I hope Joe pinch hits for Russell leading off the inning. The only way the pitcher's spot comes up this inning is if the Cubs have already tied the game, so there's not much incentive to save Bote for that spot.
Title: Re: Today's Game 2019
Post by: brjones on May 24, 2019, 04:38:22 pm
Russell predictably Ks.
Title: Re: Today's Game 2019
Post by: brjones on May 24, 2019, 04:38:51 pm
First pitch flyout for Schwarber.
Title: Re: Today's Game 2019
Post by: Bennett on May 24, 2019, 04:40:48 pm
A real bummer of a game.
Title: Re: Today's Game 2019
Post by: Robb on May 24, 2019, 04:46:49 pm
As good as this offense is and as solid as this starting staff is, the front office has really spit the bit on the bullpen for several years now. This is where the lack of homegrown arms has really hurt the Cubs. Their money is mosty tied up in the starting staff and Jason Heyward. With even one homegrown starter and some young arms dominating in the bullpen this team would be nearly unstoppabble for years to come. With the budget maxed out and no dominant arms in sight they are going to have to keep throwing crap against the wall to see what sticks.
Title: Re: Today's Game 2019
Post by: brjones on May 24, 2019, 04:50:56 pm
Offense just couldn't add on. It was like the opposite of last night's game...the Phillies got a lead, and they kept adding runs so the Cubs just were never able to catch up. Today, the Cubs get a 4 run lead...then the offense just shut down after the third inning and they let the Reds back in.

They really need to do something about the bullpen.
Title: Re: Today's Game 2019
Post by: CurtOne on May 24, 2019, 05:14:36 pm
Can't believe the draft pick they could lose would ever become a better value than Kimbrel.
Title: Re: Today's Game 2019
Post by: Deeg on May 24, 2019, 06:05:19 pm
This bullpen needs help soon.

Ya think?

We're over a barrel here, and every GM knows it.  The owners won't pay up for Kimbrel, which means the likes of Hoerner, Amaya and Marquez in some combination for a non-dominant closer (probably a rental) is almost guaranteed.
Title: Re: Today's Game 2019
Post by: Deeg on May 24, 2019, 06:06:07 pm
Can't believe the draft pick they could lose would ever become a better value than Kimbrel.

The draft pick isn't the issue with Kimbrel...
Title: Re: Today's Game 2019
Post by: CurtOne on May 24, 2019, 06:29:59 pm
The articles I've read, Deeg, is that now that it's dragged out this long, they won't be signed until after the draft.  It mentions both Kimbrel and Keuchel.
Title: Re: Today's Game 2019
Post by: Deeg on May 24, 2019, 07:02:32 pm
The articles I've read, Deeg, is that now that it's dragged out this long, they won't be signed until after the draft.  It mentions both Kimbrel and Keuchel.

Ah, you meant generally - sorry, I thought you meant specifically with the Cubs.  Who aren't going to sign him, period, and a draft pick has nothing to do with that.
Title: Re: Today's Game 2019
Post by: guest61 on May 24, 2019, 07:25:30 pm
Im not sure the Cubs wont.

We didnt spend anything last offseason and they've shown to be serious contenders for a pennant with a little help.

Surely the Rickett's clan arent just gonna say "screw you we've already won one World Series" to Cub fans.

Dave Kaplan said yesterday that the money is definitely there to sign Kimbrel.
Title: Re: Today's Game 2019
Post by: Bennett on May 24, 2019, 07:34:07 pm
This isn't a factor yet, but it could be later

As of 2019, the July 31 Trade Deadline is the only trade deadline. Players may still be placed and claimed on outright waivers after July 31, but trades will no longer be permitted after that date.
Title: Re: Today's Game 2019
Post by: CUBluejays on May 24, 2019, 09:48:56 pm
If the Cubs aren’t paying Zobrist that is an extra $470,000/week he is out in addition to whatever money was saved for deadline trades.  That can get you to Kimbrel pretty quick, the question would be how effective is Kimbrel going to be with this long of a period off.
Title: Re: Today's Game 2019
Post by: guest61 on May 24, 2019, 10:57:38 pm
Im sure he aint laying around getting stoned and eating fudge rounds.
Title: Re: Today's Game 2019
Post by: Bennett on May 25, 2019, 09:28:56 am
Victor Caratini starts again

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Title: Re: Today's Game 2019
Post by: Deeg on May 25, 2019, 09:59:30 am
Deck chairs on the Titanic get another shuffle:


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Title: Re: Today's Game 2019
Post by: davep on May 25, 2019, 01:31:42 pm
If the Cubs aren’t paying Zobrist that is an extra $470,000/week he is out in addition to whatever money was saved for deadline trades.  That can get you to Kimbrel pretty quick, the question would be how effective is Kimbrel going to be with this long of a period off.

True.  If Kimbrel is willing to sign a one year contract (actually, 2/3 year contract.)  But I believe the reason he has not signed yet is the fact that he is asking for a very long multi-year contract, something that is even more dangerous for a relief pitcher than it is for a starter.
Title: Re: Today's Game 2019
Post by: craig on May 25, 2019, 01:43:02 pm
Is there reason to assume the Cubs are NOT paying Zobrist?  I don't know who either MLB union has, or what Zobrist's particular contract details.  But in a lot of work places, employees are allowed to take personal days under situations of family need.  And I believe in many other work places, employers allow employees that privilege even when they are not contractually required to do so, including sometimes not freezing salary. 

Given how Theo has put top priority on employer/employee relations, on a supportive employer/employee culture, on supporting player families and stuff, I wonder whether Theo may still be paying Zobrist's full salary, even if it may not be contractually required.  I have no idea, and of course contracts and employment conditions for super-rich professional athletes are not like anything like my experience.  But I'm just curious whether Zobrists leave actually is freeing up any budget for relief help and bench help or not.
Title: Re: Today's Game 2019
Post by: Chris27 on May 25, 2019, 01:48:58 pm
Reds smacking Darvish around already.
Title: Re: Today's Game 2019
Post by: craig on May 25, 2019, 01:49:37 pm
Darvish gets out of a first inning jam, but then 4-pitch walks the leadoff man in the second and follows it up with a HR. 
2-0 Reds. 

Tough deal playing from behind and wanting to win it during the bullpen innings.....
Title: Re: Today's Game 2019
Post by: Chris27 on May 25, 2019, 01:54:30 pm
Darvish has allowed 16 homers in 90 IP as a Cub.
Title: Re: Today's Game 2019
Post by: Chris27 on May 25, 2019, 02:00:01 pm
Almora hits another homer.
Title: Re: Today's Game 2019
Post by: Chris27 on May 25, 2019, 02:04:31 pm
Ball jumps off Almora's bat and goes 415 to RC.

Again, a common theme in baseball now.
Title: Re: Today's Game 2019
Post by: Reb on May 25, 2019, 02:07:17 pm
Deck chairs on the Titanic get another shuffle:


Cubs are #5 in NL in bullpen ERA.

Don’t see an iceberg. More like a couple ice bags on the road ahead. Stay alert.

Title: Re: Today's Game 2019
Post by: Chris27 on May 25, 2019, 02:26:47 pm
Heyward has 5 extra-base hits over his last 120 at-bats.
Title: Re: Today's Game 2019
Post by: JR on May 25, 2019, 02:39:51 pm
Russell!
Title: Re: Today's Game 2019
Post by: Reb on May 25, 2019, 02:40:39 pm
Almora iso power currently at .170.

That would work.
Title: Re: Today's Game 2019
Post by: JR on May 25, 2019, 02:47:50 pm
Rizzo!  5-2 Cubs!
Title: Re: Today's Game 2019
Post by: Chris27 on May 25, 2019, 02:55:25 pm
That double was in the air a long time, pushed by the wind. Ball was in on Rizzo's hands, somehow still hit off the wall.
Title: Re: Today's Game 2019
Post by: Chris27 on May 25, 2019, 02:59:46 pm
Darvish ain't gonna make it much longer.
Title: Re: Today's Game 2019
Post by: Chris27 on May 25, 2019, 03:02:25 pm
Can't stress enough how big that GIDP is.
Title: Re: Today's Game 2019
Post by: Chris27 on May 25, 2019, 03:02:52 pm
Then Puig homers.
Title: Re: Today's Game 2019
Post by: Chris27 on May 25, 2019, 03:03:15 pm
Darvish just is what he is. Really, really mediocre. At best.
Title: Re: Today's Game 2019
Post by: Chris27 on May 25, 2019, 03:08:14 pm
Normally his issue is walks. Today he's thrown 52-72 strikes. Just getting hit instead.
Title: Re: Today's Game 2019
Post by: Chris27 on May 25, 2019, 03:08:55 pm
Ok, the ball is extremely juiced.....
Title: Re: Today's Game 2019
Post by: Chris27 on May 25, 2019, 03:09:57 pm
That Heyward homer went 356 feet. Even at 6-5, 240 and with juiced balls.
Title: Re: Today's Game 2019
Post by: brjones on May 25, 2019, 03:12:18 pm
I think the Heyward homer was more wind than juiced ball.

Statcast has that homer estimated at 356 feet...wasn't that actually pretty close to the 368 sign? A ball hit at that exit velocity and launch angle is usually an out--it turns into a hit 21% of the time.
Title: Re: Today's Game 2019
Post by: Chris27 on May 25, 2019, 03:22:11 pm
Barhart ropes a double. He's a triple shy of the cycle. Came in hitting .170
Title: Re: Today's Game 2019
Post by: Chris27 on May 25, 2019, 03:28:38 pm
Darvish finally get the K after wasting time worrying about Barnhart at 2nd as if that plug is going to steal a base.
Title: Re: Today's Game 2019
Post by: Chris27 on May 25, 2019, 03:29:02 pm
6-5 now.
Title: Re: Today's Game 2019
Post by: Chris27 on May 25, 2019, 03:30:28 pm
Darvish somehow makes it through 6 for the third time this year.

Title: Re: Today's Game 2019
Post by: Chris27 on May 25, 2019, 03:31:51 pm
In 19 starts as a Cub, Darvish has never gotten an out in the 7th inning.
Title: Re: Today's Game 2019
Post by: Dihard on May 25, 2019, 03:39:18 pm
In 19 starts as a Cub, Darvish has never gotten an out in the 7th inning.
Until now.


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Title: Re: Today's Game 2019
Post by: Chris27 on May 25, 2019, 03:39:47 pm
Well, because of the pen's exhaustion Darvish is pitching into the 7th for the first time!
Title: Re: Today's Game 2019
Post by: Chris27 on May 25, 2019, 03:40:56 pm
Suarez missed the tying homer by about a foot.
Title: Re: Today's Game 2019
Post by: Dihard on May 25, 2019, 03:42:28 pm
Not pretty, but Darvish gets through 7.