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1005thArmbar

I ENJOY WINNING


-_butters_-

#[ W ]


fuckmylifeupfam

oh so now that's a ball, got it


Dack-Ramb0

“YOU WANT ME ON THAT WALL, YOU NEED ME ON THAT WALL.” Lmaooo. We need more of that from Demp. Almost like he tries to curb his personality and is all business. Dude was an absolute clown when he played.


HaV0C

Nothing like a weak grounder to 2nd


KnickedUp

With a healthy squad….does Madrigal have a spot…or just a fill in guy?


elgenie

With a healthy squad attempting to maximize wins, the infield is 1B Wisdom - 2B Madrigal - SS Hoerner - 3B Morel. Madrigal's competition for PAs is, uh, McKinstry / Bote / Schwindel / Rivas, so he pretty much wins by default.


hansomejake

Him, Zach and Bote battle for 2B


KnickedUp

They seem to like Morel there


hansomejake

I image he’s at 3B going forward and Pat can DH


hansomejake

Sleepin on PJ!


JZobel

Franmil Reyes DFA’d. Might be worth a flier as a bounce back candidate


lupin43

FAPP


TranceScape

Nico with the Kid Cudi walkup song. As if I could like him more


[deleted]

Tequila Shots right?


shadowpawn

Madrigal brutal swings.


jimmykane366

Getting a little sick of watching Seiya take *every* first pitch, which lately pitchers have all been throwing down the middle because he does it so consistently


KnickedUp

Yep…its clearly something the league is alllll over. His first pitch swing rate is 9% he starts every AB in the hole


elgenie

PJ Higgins has a 144 wRC+ on the season.


jimmykane366

He should be our starting 1B imo


elgenie

If the Cubs wanted to maximize the number of games they win this season, absolutely. But Higgins is certainly not the starting first baseman in '23 (or when the Cubs next decide to compete). What the Cubs *need* to find out by the end of this season is whether Higgins can serve as an acceptable backup catcher; his first base and DH playing time needs to be allocated in the service of giving him regular PAs with an eye towards that mission.


jimmykane366

Actually I'd forgotten that we have Mervis raking in AAA too as well


[deleted]

I know we aren't very good right now but remember when we started Tony Campana and Darwin Barney? Those days seemed much worse.


JZobel

They were. Those teams were absolutely talent barren outside of Castro and rookie Rizzo. This team kinda sucks, but there’s at least 6-8 guys who are worth tuning in for


10thgradelosers

Do you mean Gold Glove winner and record holder for consecutive games at 2B without an error Darwin Barney?


[deleted]

I like to think of him as the infield Jason Heyward


10thgradelosers

Thankfully he made over 90% less.


MotherFuckinEeyore

Great appearance by Druce Miley


ryancubs

Man I mean I know why mark leiter jr is so regularly used but how is he out there every game. I swear he’s pitched like 4+ times a week at least.


jimmykane366

Innings eater Mark Leiter Jr's appetite cannot be satiated


elgenie

He's been pretty darn good as a multi-inning reliever when not asked to face good hitters twice (3.10 ERA, 2.98 SIERA, 1.07 WHIP, 28.3% K rate) His numbers as a starter second time through, though, were so comically bad that his overall season line still looks superficially awful.


Aura_Masta420

Easy work for Rucker!


Dack-Ramb0

Venus has the tools so you can do you… I may need the tools for a lobotomy. Thanks.


MotherFuckinEeyore

Why did they take Morel out of the game?


TranceScape

Good shit Smyly


CloudN3in

bleachers heat stroke kickin in rn


Aura_Masta420

Damn. He tryna bait that third strike. Keep him in, get one more out.


Dack-Ramb0

Feel like Miami is putting the barrel on it and yet keeps hitting ‘em where they are. Keep at it I guess Drew!


Anytime_23

Man credit to Smyly for going 6+ and dealing. Good shit brotha. Find your game. Get out there + get comfortable


[deleted]

I’m not watching so someone correct me if I’m wrong. Ross pinch hits Madrigal for Morel but lets fucking McKinstry and Ortega stay in the game?


lupin43

The assumption is that there’s something wrong with morel. No word yet that I’ve heard


[deleted]

Is that what they are saying on the broadcast? Wouldn’t surprise me if it’s cramps.


lupin43

Right hamstring tightness, day to day just confirmed


[deleted]

Really don’t love that


lupin43

Not great Bob


lupin43

Yeah Boog was hypothesizing, saying it didn’t make much sense strategically to pinch hit a righty for another righty


eddieb23

I’ve said this before jokingly. Now I’m not joking. I may be a better hitter than McKinstry. Half this sub may be. This is embarrassing


hansomejake

It’s not like the Cubs will be playing in October, give the kid some patience and let him figure it out


mlajd

I think time to slow down on Zack playing everyday


-_butters_-

In an alternate universe McKinstry gets a hit here


hansomejake

Lots, maybe a year+. He could be around until he blocks the prospects


CastleRock_

How long of a leash does McKinstry get we thinking


SilkyJohnson72

I would like to see Higgins play more. He's been pretty decent with the bat this year


HeySadBoy1

“Man what an awful fucking swi-that’s a home run isn’t it?”-me just now to my cat


WereAllAnimals

##ExtendHiggins


okay_throwaway_today

Miami manager really hated that pitcher sending him back out


Ya_Junko

That's our guy P.J Higgins


MotherFuckinEeyore

Is it recency bias, or does Piggins hit all of his homers to that spot?


Dack-Ramb0

Higgins beat tha piss outta that ball.


1005thArmbar

#OOPS, THERE IT IS!


fuckmylifeupfam

LETS GO


-_butters_-

Marquee doing animations with Wii Sports? lol


inevitablescape

Smyly looked good today


Reptomins

Lmfao he punched him cuz he wanted to. Call was soooo late, he had a whole conversation in his head about it


Aura_Masta420

Pathetic Bastards! FUCK THA UMPS


BillBaloney

Holy shit that was a bad call


Aura_Masta420

How the FUCK was that a Strike? Man, fuck these god damn Umpires


fuckmylifeupfam

lol blue wtf


Anytime_23

Our best player is 3 for 3 ❤️‍🔥 Nico supporters rise up


TheFakeTimShady

That sub .700 OPS for Suzuki by the end of August is really in striking distance!


lupin43

If we must DP, then that’s the time I suppose


cod_gurl94

…A run is a run


elgenie

The first time a hit and run play involving Ortega has worked, and it’s in August.


CNL4

I am once again asking ownership to extend Willson Contreras.


lupin43

MORE CLUTCH WILLY WOOOOO


cod_gurl94

thank mr cone treras


-DaveThomas-

Willson the weapon!


elgenie

Cubs baserunning this game has been very good.


CNL4

great call on the hit & run to get Ortega to 3B right there. And great hustle for Morel prior to that.


fuckmylifeupfam

beautiful start


MotherFuckinEeyore

Can we all agree that 5 innings, 82 pitches, 0 runs should be the end of a good outing for Druce Miley?


CNL4

I can agree. Is he going for the QS or are there guys up in the pen?


lupin43

If the bullpen wasn’t recently gutted I would say yes, but now? I’d take a good long look at the upcoming batters/matchups


mappyjames

McKinstry needs to go


eddieb23

Love how we are giving AB’s to McKinstry over Madrigal


[deleted]

Would rather give ABs to garbage or trash?


eddieb23

Madrigal is not trash. He is coming back from a significant leg injury. It’s going take time and AB’s to get him back. He was a .300 hitter pre injury


[deleted]

Idc about before injury because the guy is always hurt


TheFakeTimShady

McKinstry was sent to make you miss David Bote.


Dontyouclimbtrees

How much attention does that Marlins fan need? Jesus


elgenie

.328 is an *excellent* batting average, Mr McKinstry. Oh, wait, that’s his OPS lolololol


fuckmylifeupfam

now would really be a great time to try doing the whole hit thing, Zach


fuckmylifeupfam

*narrator* he did not


LTALDORAINETHEAPACHE

I like this umps strike call. It’s sexy


elgenie

Immediately after ball four, more than a quarter of Lopez’ pitches have been thrown to Schwindel (15 / 59).


Aura_Masta420

WHAT AN AT-BAT FOR SCHWINDEL!


frigginelvis

Nice AB Frank!


One-Switch-1448

good AB


elgenie

Those pics raise the question: How’d this dude manage to Landis girl?


MaveInfinite

Shit, what I miss?


elgenie

Some dude named Landis won a raffle (I guess), and they showed some of his wedding pics on the broadcast


KnickedUp

Landis outkicked his coverage


[deleted]

If Nico and TA switched teams you would never hear the end of how much better Nico has been this season


elgenie

It came off at only 78mph, but the end-of-the-bat mishit gets down for Nico because of how hard he is to position against.


iamthatguythere

That slowmo showing off how jacked nico is


theduke820

I love you Nico


elgenie

Yay, someone scored!


1005thArmbar

i love scoring runs, it's great


MaveInfinite

Sometimes, I wish we score more runs at the end of nine innings


jrizzo92

Atta boy Nico


b3_yourself

This team is just plain struggling right now to do anything offensively


IAstrikeforce

Now please take advantage of that


IAstrikeforce

This is one of those classic fall asleep without even trying games


Anytime_23

Marlins and Cubs having a world class mid-off right now. I love baseball and day games tho. And Bernie’s


MaveInfinite

Is it me or was the stadium kinda empty earlier? It seems packed now. And I swear Wrigley is always at 80% while every other stadium always looks empty.


theduke820

the poverty World Series lmao


elgenie

So, uh, does this McKinstry dude plan to make a non-out at some point?


KnickedUp

He is fitting in perfect with our offensive strategy this year


shutupandtakemyfunny

Im sitting on third base side 400 level, I think a foul ball just landed in someone’s beer


inevitablescape

Suzuki with the glove and the arm getting guys out no problem


IAstrikeforce

Easy to see he was out with replay. Good throw and tag


lupin43

LETS GO


Aura_Masta420

HELL FUCKING YEAH!


elgenie

Great tag by Higgins coming from the other side of the plate.


okay_throwaway_today

Yeah dang


-DaveThomas-

Heyooo! Good call


fuckmylifeupfam

oh he out


Sunwestcome

no chance on this challenge


okay_throwaway_today

He was out by 6 inches on that straight behind the plate shot


Sunwestcome

Yeah it didn't look like he was out before that shot, but as soon as I saw that I knew I was wrong


CastleRock_

He’s safe if the plate is raised at all but I don’t think there’s any way his foot touched the plate until the very end


MotherFuckinEeyore

That missed double play opportunity hurts


MotherFuckinEeyore

What's up with Pink Hat Guy's glasses?


-_butters_-

I dunno, but he's had them a lot this season


MotherFuckinEeyore

Nice catch by the zuki


Enough-Ad-3111

I think there are plenty of fans who could agree with that guy FS1 just showed on TV with the “beer tastes better in the bleachers” t shirt.


golden_sombreros

Zach McKinstry is just the 2022 version of Blake DeWitt


Ben_2703

3 pitches down the middle and he can't make contact on any of them. Franky's days in Chicago are numbered sadly


KnickedUp

Cant hit anything offspeed…hard to watch


MotherFuckinEeyore

Mervis should be up here for evaluation soon. I'm hoping that he continues mashing in the minors so that they bring him up . I'm sure that he can hit better than .230 this season.


[deleted]

He’s probably not gonna come up until next year because he isn’t rule 5 eligible yet


okay_throwaway_today

Yeah I’m hoping they don’t hold him down to manipulate service time. I’d love to see him up on the cubs


[deleted]

Why start his clock when the team stinks?


okay_throwaway_today

Because it’s ethically gross and screws over players


[deleted]

It’s a business. You should be doing whatever is best for your future. It also ended up being a blessing in disguise for KB.


okay_throwaway_today

Business is very frequently ethically gross and exploitative of labor. I don’t think we’ll agree here and that’s fine, neither of us are making these decisions. For what it’s worth, I also think getting experience in the majors isn’t useless for his development either.


[deleted]

If you wanna blame the owners for the flawed CBA, I totally get that. But I don’t think it’s fair to blame the executives for just doing their job. I also don’t think you are gonna see him til next year because he is not rule 5 eligible yet.


okay_throwaway_today

Yeah I think that’s right too. Would just be a more interesting remainder of our ~100 loss season if he came up 😖


[deleted]

It would definitely be more of a reason to watch. But I also don’t want them to rush him to the big leagues either.


steveofthejungle

Going to STL over Labor Day for a game. Which is better: Saturday night game or Sunday day game?


1005thArmbar

Sunday day game, I should think, for traffic purposes and everything Saturday night game allows you to leave St. Louis sooner, though


valpo033

More like Frank the Stank, amirite?


inevitablescape

Is today the day McKinstry gets his first hit as a Cub?


TheFakeTimShady

80% of the lineups in this game are 2035 MLB The Show franchise names. The fug is a Charles Leblanc??


steveofthejungle

Joey Tribbiani’s weird cousin


[deleted]

Suzuki is so average


MotherFuckinEeyore

I have the Marlin's broadcast. Before the game they were showing the Marlin's booth and Boog could be seen in the background constantly fiddling with a desk fan. I expected a better, more silent, form of air movement for those in the booth. Those poor clowns in the Marlin's booth have to wear ties again.


-_butters_-

Poor guy got hit in the gooch, at least he was laughing about it like "phew!" haha


MotherFuckinEeyore

I am Iron Gooch! Has he lost his mind? Can he see or is he blind? Can he walk at all Or if he moves, will he fall? Is he alive or dead? Has he thoughts within his head? We'll just pass him there Why should we even care?


KnickedUp

Any concern that Seiya is basically a .198 hitter if you take away the first 14 games of his career?


[deleted]

People shit on Stroman for the contract when it should be towards Suzuki


KnickedUp

Get Ortega alllll the at bats. Great tank strategy


-DaveThomas-

I'm glad we're at least catching them now, but dang. The 3 man convergence on flyouts is fuckin scary to watch.


-_butters_-

What a beautiful day for baseball -- go Cubs! 🍻


poundfourpound

Nicky had two hits yesterday but by all means play Mckinstry instead. You’re a fucking idiot Ross.


iamthatguythere

We’re putting out a lot of players to see if more at bats will help develop them. We’re not in competitive mode, but player development and seeing who can help us next year.


unapartita

I’m already over Mckinstrey too but Nicky is made of glass and needs to ease back in. No need to rush and get hurt again.


thepalmtree

Yay basing managerial decisions on individual game performances!