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Scouting Report from Brooks Baseball.
Eric Lauer: Lauer throws a fastball (91 mph), cutter (87 mph), curve (73 mph), change (83 mph), and slider (81 mph). The fastball and cutter are thrown the most often over 75% of the time. The curve is the primary breaking pitch, changes used sparingly, and sliders almost never thrown. Most of his outs are earned in the air with only a 36% ground ball rate in 2018.
Sean's Note: The rookie left-hander Lauer has made 15 starts in the big leagues. His ERA is at 4.40 with a FIP of 4.60. His strikeout rate is below league average and his walk rate slightly above average. Not surprisingly being a fly ball pitcher he allows a fair amount of homers. Left handed and right handed hitters hit for a high average against Lauer but righties hit for much more power.
Final Thoughts: With Albert Almora away from the team for a family medical issue, Jason Heyward gets the start against the lefty Lauer. David Bote is back up with Almora on leave and gets a look at third Sunday. Javy Baez has dominated this series despite being sick the past couple days. The Cubs have allowed 10 runs to an underwhelming San Diego offense the first two games of the series. Jon Lester looks to end his strong first-half on a high-note. Chicago should be able to score, with a decent start a sweep is very possible.