IST: Cubs vs. Royals (Home/Home series)

TL1961

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I was about to type "Any chance Heyward can actually get a hit?" and he homers. I'll take it.
 

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With a Kimbrel save in the 9th? Only 2 run lead. He needs to build confidence but can't do so sitting on the bench. He needs a drama free 1 2 3 inning.
I'll be curious to see if he gets a shot..
 

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With a Kimbrel save in the 9th? Only 2 run lead. He needs to build confidence but can't do so sitting on the bench. He needs a drama free 1 2 3 inning.
I was just gonna ask if they plan to use Kimbrel tonight. If not in a situation like this....when? I'd prefer we never see him again but I guess since you're paying him 43 million guaranteed you have to try him again?
 

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Honestly...If you are afraid to throw Kimbrel out there in this type of situation you may as well get rid of him and eat the loss. Personally...having him out there scares the hell out of me. They could just keep in stashed away for when we have a huge lead in the 9th...or getting blownout and don't care type situations...or when the Cubs run out of pitchers or something.
 

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Honestly...If you are afraid to throw Kimbrel out there in this type of situation you may as well get rid of him and eat the loss. Personally...having him out there scares the hell out of me. They could just keep in stashed away for when we have a huge lead in the 9th...or getting blownout and don't care type situations...or when the Cubs run out of pitchers or something.
He has not pitched well enough at any point since being a Cub to warrant putting him into a save situation. He needs to be put into garbage time only situations until he shows he can still pitch.
 

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He has not pitched well enough at any point since being a Cub to warrant putting him into a save situation. He needs to be put into garbage time only situations until he shows he can still pitch.
Exactly. First guy with a solid base hit...now a strikeout. Maybe he gets through this game at least. Crossing my fingers.
 

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It's time to call a spade a spade. Kimbrel is awful and shouldn't close another game until he earns it.
 

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It's time to call a spade a spade. Kimbrel is awful and shouldn't close another game until he earns it.
How can he earn it though? You can't put him out there in close games. Hell....even 3 run games. If he does well in a garbage situation does that mean anything?
 

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How can he earn it though? You can't put him out there in close games. Hell....even 3 run games. If he does well in a garbage situation does that mean anything?
Valid point. I guess I would say slowly over time.
 

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Fly the flag. Sing the song! Underrated play by KB too.
 

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