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Scouting Report from Brooks Baseball.
Jhoulys Chacin: Jhoulys Chacin has thrown 18,069 pitches that have been tracked by the PITCHf/x system between 2009 and 2018, including pitches thrown in the MLB Regular Season, The World Baseball Classic and Spring Training. In 2018, he has relied primarily on his Slider (79mph), Sinker (90mph) and Fourseam Fastball (91mph), also mixing in a Change(83mph). He also rarely throws a Curve (76mph) and Cutter(88mph).
His slider comes in below hitting speed, sweeps across the zone and results in somewhat more flyballs compared to other pitchers' sliders. His sinker has slight armside run, has slightly below average velo and has some natural sinking action. His fourseam fastball has some natural sinking action and has slightly below average velo. His change has slight cut action and results in somewhat more groundballs compared to other pitchers' changeups. His curve is basically never swung at and missed compared to other pitchers' curves, has little depth, results in somewhat more flyballs compared to other pitchers' curves, has slight glove-side movement and has slightly below average velo. His cutter (take this with a grain of salt because he's only thrown 3 of them in 2018) is basically never swung at and missed compared to other pitchers' cutters, is an extreme flyball pitch compared to other pitchers' cutters, has some natural sink and has strong cutting action.
Sean's Note: Chacin has bounced around, but has found a home in Milwaukee this season. He has had some element of luck with his 3.58 ERA. He is allowing hard contact on 40% of balls put in play against him, combined with a low batting average on balls in play is a red flag. Hopefully, that luck changes against the Cubs Wednesday.
Final Thoughts: Kris Bryant mired in an 0-15 slump is getting the day off Wednesday. Tommy La Stella starts at third in his place, while Ian Happ gets his first start of the series in center. Mike Montgomery has been excellent as a starter since entering the rotation. After a lifeless effort on Tuesday the Cubs can still take the series and first-place with a win today.
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