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    Cubs @ Reds (8/26-8/28) *Jorge Soler Edition*








    http://www.bleachernation.com/2014/0...ust-28-2014-2/



    Series Preview: Cubs v. Reds, August 26 – August 28, 2014
    in Series Previews — by Brett — August 26, 2014

    The Cubs are likely riding as high as they have in a long time after sweeping the Orioles at Wrigley Field. Now they head down to Cincinnati with JORGE SOLER in tow for games two and three.

    We’re Going Streaking

    The Cubs swept the Orioles at Wrigley, and have now won six of eight. As I said, they’re probably riding as high as they have been in a long time. Rightly so. Good things are on the way.

    The Reds just took two in a row from the Braves, but that followed a seven-game losing streak. They’re now 5 games under .500, and just 4.5 games ahead of the Cubs. They’ve fallen far.

    Game Times and Broadcasts

    ◾Tuesday, August 26 at 6:10 CT on CSN.
    ◾Wednesday, August 27 at 6:10 CT on CSN.
    ◾Thursday, August 28 at 11:35 CT on WGN, MLBN.

    Expected Starters and Lineups

    These lineups are likely to be pretty close to what actually gets fielded, but you’ll want to check each day’s Pre-Gamin’ post for the actual lineup.

    Cubs

    Starters: Travis Wood (4.91 ERA, 4.21 FIP; 1.91 K/BB), Jacob Turner (2.08 ERA, 2.67 FIP; 1.00 K/BB), Jake Arrieta (2.53 ERA, 2.41 FIP; 3.97 K/BB)

    Lineup:
    1.Chris Coghlan, LF
    2.Javier Baez, SS
    3.Anthony Rizzo, 1B
    4.Starlin Castro, SS
    5.JORGE SOLER, RF (he and Coghlan could flip defensively)
    6.Luis Valbuena, 3B
    7.Arismendy Alcantara, CF
    8.Welington Castillo, C
    9.Pitcher

    Reds

    Starters: Johnny Cueto (2.20 ERA, 3.24 FIP; 3.60 K/BB), TBA, TBA

    Lineup:
    1.Billy Hamilton, CF
    2.Todd Frazier, 3B
    3.Brandon Phillips, 2B
    4.Devin Mesoraco, C
    5.Jay Bruce, RF
    6.Ryan Ludwick, LF
    7.Brayan Pena, 1B
    8.Zack Cosart, SS
    9.Pitcher

    Hot or Not and Whom to Watch

    JORGE SOLERRRRRRRRRRRR!

    Starlin Castro returns after missing just shy of a week, tending to a tragedy in the Dominican Republic. Hopefully he’s started the healing process, because I really can’t imagine.

    It’s modest, but Arismendy Alcantara has a four-game hitting streak, and is batting .438/.438/.625 over those four games.

    Billy Hamilton looked like he’d turned a corner offensively earlier this year, but here’s him over the last 31 games: .220/.248/.268. Obviously it’s all a process, but there were always questions about his bat.

    Zack Cosart has a .257 wOBA. That’s poor.
    Javylujah... Javylujah... Javylujah


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    Soler castro rizzo baez alcantara turner and arrieta all in the same series? giggity

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    Anyone just catch MLB network on MLB now, where they ranked top 10 pitchers right now? They ranked Arrieta 9th, and "analyst" Rob Neyer said he is overrated! How dare he question Arrieta's godly-ness and the Wizard! he said something along the lines of him being "really lucky with those fly balls not going out" Please North prove him WRONG!!! lol

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    Quote Originally Posted by Cubs"R"us View Post
    Anyone just catch MLB network on MLB now, where they ranked top 10 pitchers right now? They ranked Arrieta 9th, and "analyst" Rob Neyer said he is overrated! How dare he question Arrieta's godly-ness and the Wizard! he said something along the lines of him being "really lucky with those fly balls not going out" Please North prove him WRONG!!! lol
    There's your first problem...
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    Quote Originally Posted by CubsFan/Realist View Post
    There's your first problem...
    Rob Neyer is no dummy

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    Quote Originally Posted by CubsFan/Realist View Post
    There's your first problem...
    Yeah, but mlb network is better than half the other channels for sports, I get my fix and occasionally they give me a nice worthy tidbit. Anyone else seem to notice the lack of support for Cubs news MLBN, ESPN, etc. give? They gloss over it like the team is nothing.

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    Quote Originally Posted by DavidH View Post
    Rob Neyer is no dummy
    Yeah after I posted that I looked him up. Worked with Bill James among other things, lets just hope he's wrong this time.

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    ****ing Jae pitches at 1135am on Thursday.

    ****!
    Javylujah... Javylujah... Javylujah


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    I mean Arrieta's HR/9 is most definitely unsustainable...

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    Quote Originally Posted by Cubs"R"us View Post
    Yeah, but mlb network is better than half the other channels for sports, I get my fix and occasionally they give me a nice worthy tidbit. Anyone else seem to notice the lack of support for Cubs news MLBN, ESPN, etc. give? They gloss over it like the team is nothing.
    To be fair, The Cubs weren't even close to a playoff team this season. did they really earn any more coverage? Don't think many national media outlets want to spend too much time and resources covering a team's minor league system (as much as we love to talk about it on here).

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    Quote Originally Posted by TimbrH2001 View Post
    To be fair, The Cubs weren't even close to a playoff team this season. did they really earn any more coverage? Don't think many national media outlets want to spend too much time and resources covering a team's minor league system (as much as we love to talk about it on here).
    They would if they knew what was good for them

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    Quote Originally Posted by Cubs"R"us View Post
    Anyone just catch MLB network on MLB now, where they ranked top 10 pitchers right now? They ranked Arrieta 9th, and "analyst" Rob Neyer said he is overrated! How dare he question Arrieta's godly-ness and the Wizard! he said something along the lines of him being "really lucky with those fly balls not going out" Please North prove him WRONG!!! lol
    He's been lucky on fly balls not going out.

    The thing is, it doesn't ****ing matter, because he hasn't given up as many fly balls this year. And even if they DID go out, he'd be due for an FIP of 2.84, which is still elite.

    Neyer can suck a dick.

    And then. He made them pancakes.

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    We are gonna ruin our draft position and I ****ing love it!

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    Quote Originally Posted by Doogolas View Post
    He's been lucky on fly balls not going out.

    The thing is, it doesn't ****ing matter, because he hasn't given up as many fly balls this year. And even if they DID go out, he'd be due for an FIP of 2.84, which is still elite.

    Neyer can suck a dick.
    I heard he said the Kyle Hendricks sucks and is only a bullpen pitcher destined for mop up duty

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    Quote Originally Posted by Cub_StuckinSTL View Post
    I heard he said the Kyle Hendricks sucks and is only a bullpen pitcher destined for mop up duty
    lolololol

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