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Tuesday: 7:10 pm CT on NBC Sports Chicago/670AM
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Scouting Report from Brooks Baseball.
Chase Anderson: Chase Anderson has thrown 10,487 pitches that have been tracked by the PITCHf/x system between 2013 and 2018, including pitches thrown in the MLB Regular Season and Spring Training. In 2018, he has relied primarily on his Fourseam Fastball (93mph), also mixing in a Change using a Circle Change grip (83mph), Curve (77mph), Sinker(92mph) and Cutter (89mph).
His fourseam fastball has essentially average velo, results in somewhat more flyballs compared to other pitchers' fourseamers and has some added backspin. His change has an obvious armside fade and has a lot of backspin. His curve has a sharp downward bite. His sinker has little sinking action compared to a true sinker and results in somewhat more flyballs compared to other pitchers' sinkers. His cutter results in more flyballs compared to other pitchers' cutters and has good "rise".
Sean's Note: Anderson has not had a good year after an excellent 2017 season. His 4.57 ERA is actually significantly lower than his 5.81 FIP. Another pitcher who gets his outs in the air, the righty has been badly hurt by the long ball. 13 allowed so far in 2018 is only one less than his total allowed all of 2017.
Final Thoughts: Jason Heyward has hit an amazing .338 since coming off the DL last month. He is suddenly driving the ball with authority. He and the hot-hitting Albert Almora make the top of the Cubs order look very scary. Anthony Rizzo has three homers in his last six games and he loves to play in Milwaukee. The wild-card in Tuesday's game is of course the Cubs starter Tyler Chatwood. He walked seven and hit a batter in 4.2 innings last outing. After going extra innings Monday, a relatively deep effort would be nice. Getting anything more than 5 innings from Chatwood, however, seems like a big ask at this point.