Game Post 8/12
Series preview is here.
Sunday: 7:08 pm CT on ESPN/670AM
Lineups and Bullpen Usage via Baseball Press.
Scouting Report from Brooks Baseball.
Max Scherzer: In 2018, he has relied primarily on his Fourseam Fastball (95mph), also mixing in a Change (84mph), Slider (86mph), Cutter (89mph) and Curve (79mph).
His fourseam fastball generates an extremely high number of swings & misses compared to other pitchers' fourseamers, has some natural sinking action, has slight armside run and has slightly above average velo. His change dives down out of the zone and has slight armside fade. His slider generates a high number of swings & misses compared to other pitchers' sliders and results in somewhat more flyballs compared to other pitchers' sliders. His cutter is an extreme flyball pitch compared to other pitchers' cutters and has some natural sink. His curve generates fewer whiffs/swing compared to other pitchers' curves and has little depth.
Sam's Note: Not like you need to know much more. Only Jacob deGrom has been better. Scherzer is matching his career-high strikeout rate from last year, is walking hitters slightly less, and barely anyone can hit him hard. deGrom is going to take his Cy Young, but he's going to take it not have Scherzer give it to him. Scherzer is replacing his slider with more of a cutter this year, which is also nasty. Good luck. Maybe get the first two of this series would be a good idea.
Final Thoughts: The Cubs got smoked on Saturday, but it only counts as one. Max Scherzer is as tough as ever so scoring will be at a premium tonight. Cole Hamels has only allowed one run in his first two Cubs starts. I'm not crazy about the struggling Albert Almora hitting 5th against Scherzer. Perhaps I'll be proven wrong.