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Gabe Kapler remains committed to his bullpen principles even after infuriating loss to Cubs | NBC Sports Philadelphia

He has his principles.

Jim Furtado Posted: May 22, 2019 at 08:46 AM | 11 comment(s) Login to Bookmark
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   1. Brian C Posted: May 22, 2019 at 08:53 AM (#5844532)
Nicasio opened the ninth by walking the dangerous Kris Bryant. He then gave up a double to Anthony Rizzo. After that, it seemed like it was just a matter of time before the Cubs would push across the two runs they needed to win.

This guy hasn't watched many Cubs games recently, I gather.
   2. Crispix Attacksel Rios Posted: May 22, 2019 at 11:10 AM (#5844590)
Previous night the Cubs had an infuriating loss to the Phillies (McCutchen probably should have struck out in the 9th, before he extended the game... also how could they lose a game where Kyle Schwarber hit a triple and Descalso hit an inside-the-park HR). So it all evens out.
   3. Howie Menckel Posted: May 22, 2019 at 12:32 PM (#5844635)
This guy hasn't watched many Cubs games recently, I gather.

maybe he was confused by the Cubs' current 25-10 streak
   4. Moses Taylor, aka Hambone Fakenameington Posted: May 22, 2019 at 04:34 PM (#5844732)
The Cubs left 15 men on base and went 1-for-11 with runners in scoring position. Going into May 6, the Cubs were hitting .284 with runners in scoring position, which was tied for fourth in baseball. Their 136 wRC+ was No. 1. Since then, their situational hitting has collapsed. With a .167 batting average with RISP since May 6, they’re down to .251 overall for the season, 20th in baseball.
   5. Walt Davis Posted: May 22, 2019 at 06:13 PM (#5844755)
Part of the reason being that the Cubs have only 4 guys who are hitting and one of them gets a day off every 5th day or so. Heyward, Bote and Descalso have been in massive slumps. That we ever had a chance to win Mon's game with that lineup (neither Contreras nor Baez) is a testament to the power of the baseball god of randomness.

So Bryant and Rizzo get on base and either they're driven in by Javy and Willson or they're not. The rest of the time it's "hey, maybe (insert name) will hit into a run-scoring fielder's choice rather than an inning-ending DP. Oh, he struck out, I didn't see that coming."

251 BA RISP is in line with the overall 257 ... which is tied for 2nd in the NL so we can't complain. Also 1st in OBP and tied 2nd in SLG and still #1 in R/G. Even in May, the only team that has scored more are the Rox and the Cubs are still averaging 5 per game. And at least we're not having that "score 8 or score 0" thing going on yet this year. And we're 6-9 when scoring 3 or fewer runs which sounds pretty good to me.

Now, if we can just find a reliever that can be good two games in a row ...
   6. Brian C Posted: May 23, 2019 at 12:48 AM (#5844821)
maybe he was confused by the Cubs' current 25-10 streak

You haven't watched many Cubs games recently, I gather. :)

(what #4 said)
   7. Misirlou doesn't live in the restaurant Posted: May 23, 2019 at 01:06 AM (#5844824)
Part of the reason being that the Cubs have only 4 guys who are hitting and one of them gets a day off every 5th day or so. Heyward, Bote and Descalso have been in massive slumps. That we ever had a chance to win Mon's game with that lineup (neither Contreras nor Baez) is a testament to the power of the baseball god of randomness.

So Bryant and Rizzo get on base and either they're driven in by Javy and Willson or they're not. The rest of the time it's "hey, maybe (insert name) will hit into a run-scoring fielder's choice rather than an inning-ending DP. Oh, he struck out, I didn't see that coming."

.


Almora is .342/.366/.582 not counting tonight's grand slam, in his last 23 games.
   8. Brian C Posted: May 23, 2019 at 01:16 AM (#5844826)
I was at the game tonight and that Almora slam was a thing of beauty. There's nothing like being at a game when everyone's on edge and the best-case scenario actually happens.
   9. Misirlou doesn't live in the restaurant Posted: May 23, 2019 at 01:28 AM (#5844829)
Almora is a good defensive CF. He doesn't need to be a great hitter to be a championship caliber player. If he can be a league average hitter, he's a great asset. He's already got as many HR this year as last year in 152 games.
   10. Howie Menckel Posted: May 23, 2019 at 01:36 AM (#5844831)
even Phillies threads devolve into Cubs threads

"You haven't watched many Cubs games recently, I gather. :)"

..........

woe is me - and 25-10 doesn't mingle in threads that extend beyond entitled Cubs fans mewling about not winning every single night.

it's a burden that younger Red Sox fans also must bear. it's so worth it - but even in the greatest sunshine, a little rain must fall.

your forefathers had a mystique and an aura. now, all that's left beyond the ringszzzz is ... the mewling.

20+ franchise fans want to be on the wrong end of this - so, celebrate.
   11. Walt Davis Posted: May 23, 2019 at 04:10 AM (#5844834)
I knew he had been hot, didn't know he'd been that hot. Still, Joe or no, those last 23 "games" began as no start, start, day off, no start, start, start, no start, start, start, no start, start, no start. He has now started 11 of the last 12 and has continued to rake. One weird thing is that he's crushing RHP and doing crap against LHP (190/227/286). Perhaps even stranger, he has hit better in losses (306/346/469). Still despite this hot streak, he was only up to a 94 OPS+ before today.

Almora is a good defensive CF. He doesn't need to be a great hitter to be a championship caliber player. If he can be a league average hitter, he's a great asset.

Yep, we've been saying this since he arrived. But Joe has yet to give him the PT and his 232/267/280 line in the 2nd half last year did not help. I think this last dozen games or so is the first time he's been successful when left in the lineup for any sort of period of time. (As long as Schwarber and Heyward are gonna have sub-100 OPS+ and Zobrist can't hit, I really really really can't see any reason Almora shouldn't start in CF everyday, almost no matter how he hits. Even if it's a "move Bryant to the OF" day, that should be at the expense of one of the other two.)

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