Cubs vs. Atlanta: Series Thread (Games 13-15)

The Cubs (5-7) have dropped 3 series in a row to division opponents. After the Thursday off, they return to home turf to take on the similarly struggling Atlanta crew (5-8).

With Freddie Freeman off to a Rizzo-like start, Ronald Acuna looks like the main hitter to watch out for. The 23-year-old OF is slashing .447/.500/.1000. That’s AVG/OBP/SLG, if you are wondering. He’s already collected 6 homeruns in only 12 games and pitchers are having a heck of a time trying to miss his bat in the early going. Pablo Sandoval (yes--that one) is also enjoying a hot start.

Kyle Hendricks was scratched from his last start and some caution with regard to COVID-19 contact has the front office shifting players to IL lately; the Cubs have not yet announced their starting pitchers for the series. Atlanta will send out LHP Drew Smyly (0-0, 5.73 ERA), RHP Huasar Ynoa (0-0, 0.75 ERA), and a third starter TBD. Friday and Saturday’s games are scheduled to begin at 1:20 pm central and Sunday’s game will be at 6:08 pm central.

The Cubs have Monday off and will then welcome the New York Mets for a 3-game set at Wrigley.

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m.duffy activated, i.vargas to alternate site.

Smyly placed on IL, Kyle Wright to start. Don't know if that benefits the Cubs (would prob benefit most teams), but it surely hurts my fantasy team as I was looking forward to the K total and low WHIP Smyly was sure to get today.

 freddie freeman could be pitching and the cubs would only manage a solo homer and a few singles while K'ing 10+ times.

@DLJ:  Feel a little guilty myself streaming pitchers who are facing Cubs but at least there is something positive to come from watching the game.  Grabbed Ynoa tomorrow in a couple of leagues.

Same, gotta try to find positives in the situation.

And the baseball gods smite us with great vengeance. 

5 singles, 1 solo homer, and 12 Ks later...sigh

at least they managed to get 6bb (3 in the 9th to load the bases for j.pederson to K vs a lefty closer) and 4 HBP (wtf).

Spring training stud Joc Pederson!

Anyone else get the sense we've seen .500 for the last time in 2021?

i wasn't impressed with the pitching going into 2021, and this epic bat drought isn't helping.

i was expecting to get to the playoffs or really damn close.  i kinda still am.  it's not like i'd be shocked if we're trading away guys in a few months for "the future" at this point, though.

icing on the cake...

k.schwarber hits a walk-off 2nd deck homer to win it for WAS in the bottom 9th tonight.

And off of a lefty. 

Neat.

Don't worry, Joc is DEFINITELY an upgrade.

contreras HBP thing getting kinda weird...just picked up 5th on the season.  it's not like he's leaning into them or sets up like rizzo making him prone to them.  almost all, if not all, don't seem to be on purpose.

he got a lot of this last year, too.  it's tough enough being a catcher.

I think he actually is really close to the plate, it just might be a little harder to see in the RH box, but his elbow hangs out over the batter's box chalk, so anything up and in is going to be close or hit him. 

yeah, he's def setting himself in a bad place to get something wild and inside.

i'm glad everyone is getting hit and we're not seeing a slew of suspensions for fighting or DL trips.

I agree that Contreras really sticks that front elbow (and shoulder and to some extent his head) pretty close to the zone. Plus he likes to reach toward the outer half to pull the ball and sometimes to lunge a little at the outside corner, so pitchers will want to work him inside frequently. He should get a thicker elbow guard.

the zach davies era isn't going so well through 3 games...

also, cubs getting HBP...so hot right now.  contreras, 2x baez, and welcome back matt duffy.

How often in a weeks time are there multiple games with a team getting HBP more than hits.  Cubs today and the Carlos Rodon no hitter this week. 

limited capacity (and it's a "thunderstick" giveaway night), but LAD @ SD is practically a playoff level atmosphere here in april.

this one could be hot for years.

No numbers really needed to show that this offense is terrible right now, but I decided to peruse team stats today to see exactly where the Cubs have struggled the most. I was unsurprised to find they have the third highest pull %, the second lowest line drive %, and the highest K% in the majors right now. BABIP is also the lowest in the majors, whih is to be expected when the team is making poor contact and doing so in the teeth of the shift.

That's not fun baseball to watch.

Winkler and Workman return today, Steele and Strop head to alternate site.  Yay

cubs are scoring runs early and have a lead.

i'm not prepared for this.  deep down inside i'm nearly positive this is a good thing, but i'm going to do some research and try to make sure this is a good thing.

okay, i just checked with my friend that's a dodgers fan and this is a good thing.  go cubs.

game 14...only the 2nd time with multiple extra base hits in an inning for the cubs this year according to boog.

in a world of bryzzo and baez, contreras deserves his props for his all-around game.

he protected lester's shortcomings for years.  good luck with that 40% caught stealing rate and less people attempting it in WAS with aged alex avila and yan gomes, guy.

Contreras is amazing. It's why I've been so adamant that its completely nuts how often he's popped up in trade rumors. 

i think the cubs can risk losing shelby miller.

If this post had a 'like' button, I would press it.

I think somebody finally found and turned off the SUCK mode on their Cubs game controller. 

It's important we ALL do that, every day.

uh...welcome back hendricks...i guess.  meh.

DUDE.  STOP.

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  • crunch 1 hour 27 min ago (view)

    he -really- needs to cue into this is a cubs broadcast and not a national/neutral broadcast.

    dude...don't get excited about marlins 3-run homers.

     

  • crunch 2 hours 54 min ago (view)

    lot of people wanted him when len left.  he's got a long game calling history, but not too much for baseball.  he did host "baseball tonight" for ESPN for a quite a while, so the game isn't a mystery to him.

    i find him a bit boring/dry.  some people like that he has that oldschool "announcer voice" thing going on.

     

  • Dolorous Jon Lester 3 hours 12 min ago (view)

    He's uhhh.. not very good at it. Glad he wasn't the hire for the main role.

     

  • crunch 3 hours 26 min ago (view)

    wow...chris myers calling the cubs game for some reason (boog out for the MIA series).

    he is a marquee talent, but he's not been used to call a game as far as i know.

    also, zach davies looks like a kid in pajamas in those dark blue "wrigleyville" uniforms.

     

  • crunch 1 day 2 hours ago (view)

    t.williams threw a 25 pitch pen thursday

     

  • crunch 1 day 3 hours ago (view)

    tonight's game (thursday) is mlb.tv free game, btw.

     

  • Arizona Phil 1 day 6 hours ago (view)

    The Cubs have optioned RHP Robert Stock back to AAA Iowa, and recalled LHP Brad Wieck. 

     

  • Arizona Phil 1 day 6 hours ago (view)

    The Cubs have purchased the contract of RHSP Mike Hauschild (ex-TOR) from Lexington (Atlantic League) and he has been asigned to AAA Iowa. 

    The Cubs are clearly beating the bushes of indepenent league baseball. Hauschild is the sixth player acquired by the Cubs from independent league teams in the last month (Jose Almonte, Tyler Ladendorf, Tim Susnara, Matt Warkentin, and Jarod Wright are the other five). 

     

  • crunch 1 day 7 hours ago (view)

    (c) hendricks gives up at least 60 homers in the regular season

    seriously, though...wisdom has "slowed down" the past 10 days or so, but he still managed a couple homers.  he's got a damn good shot at 20+ even if bote+duffy come back to steal a little time from him.

     

  • Charlie 1 day 8 hours ago (view)

    This Mets series is going poorly, so... off-topic question. Which of these outcomes do you currently think is more likely in 2021: (a) Javy hits at least 40 homeruns in the regular season, (b) Patrick Wisdom hits at least 20 homeruns in the regular season.

     

  • crunch 2 days 3 hours ago (view)

    wow...and he's done for the night.  that's not good...well, for mets fans.

    "right shoulder soreness"

     

  • crunch 2 days 3 hours ago (view)

    meanwhile...degrom with 8 Ks through 3 perfect innings.  he's also got a RBI single.

     

  • crunch 2 days 4 hours ago (view)

    and d.smith gets HBP.

    this is high end next level strategy.  you beat degrom by injuring everyone until they have to forfeit the game.  moneyballs.

     

  • crunch 2 days 4 hours ago (view)

    ow...villar got nailed in the ear and the back of the head by a throw from lobaton on a stolen base.

     

  • Arizona Phil 2 days 4 hours ago (view)

    CHARLIE: You are absolutely right.

    Granted there are existing rules prohibiting pitchers from using foreign substances, but you don't change enforcement protocols suddenly in the middle of the season. Pitchers should be given an opportunity to make adjustments during the course of Spring Training before any new enforcement policy is implememted.

    This can and should be addressed in the upcoming CBA negotiations. Not now. 

     

  • Charlie 2 days 5 hours ago (view)

    That was definitely my position prior to this year. But I am starting to buy into the claim that almost all pitchers are using something, even if it is rosin and sunscreen in many cases.