Series preview is here.
Tuesday: 9:15 pm CT on ABC-7/670AM
via Baseball Press.
Scouting Reports from Brooks Baseball.
Derek Holland: Derek Holland has thrown 21,137 pitches that have been tracked by the PITCHf/x system between 2009 and 2018, including pitches thrown in the MLB Regular Season, the MLB Postseason and Spring Training. In 2018, he has relied primarily on his Fourseam Fastball (92mph) and Curve using a Knuckle Curve grip (80mph), also mixing in a Sinker(92mph), Slider (82mph) and Change (84mph).
His fourseam fastball has essentially average velo and has slight armside run. His curve has very little depth, has primarily 12-6 movement, is much harder than usual and results in somewhat more flyballs compared to other pitchers' curves. His sinker has slight armside run and has slightly above average velo. His slider has primarily 12-6 movement, has less than expected depth and results in somewhat more flyballs compared to other pitchers' sliders. His change is basically never swung at and missed compared to other pitchers' changeups, results in more flyballs compared to other pitchers' changeups, has a lot of backspin and is slightly firmer than usual.
Sean's Note: Holland gets the spot start and Johnny Cueto is moved back a day. Holland allowed 3 runs, 2 earned, against the Cubs at Wrigley Field in May. He is very tough on left handers much like Andrew Suarez. Left handers have no home runs off of him while right handers have 13.
Final Thoughts: Struggling Anthony Rizzo gets the day off against the tough lefty Holland. The Cubs lost Monday, despite a terrific effort from Kyle Hendricks. The offense ground to a halt against Andrew Suarez, it had been red-hot especially during the recent homestand. Jose Quintana could use more help than the Professor got last night, although he has pitched better recently.