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Friday: 6:05 pm CT on NBC Sports Chicago/670AM
Lineups and Bullpen Usage via Baseball Press.
Scouting Report from Brooks Baseball.
Trevor Williams: Trevor Williams has thrown 4,614 pitches that have been tracked by the PITCHf/x system between 2016 and 2018, all of them occuring in the MLB Regular Season. In 2018, he has relied primarily on his Fourseam Fastball (92mph), also mixing in a Sinker (89mph), Slider(82mph) and Change (84mph). He also rarely throws a Curve (75mph).
His fourseam fastball has less armside movement than typical, has some natural sinking action and has essentially average velo. His sinker has below average velo and has some natural sinking action. His slider has short glove-side cut and has some two-plane movement. His changegenerates fewer whiffs/swing compared to other pitchers' changeups. His curve (take this with a grain of salt because he's only thrown 5 of them in 2018) is basically never swung at and missed compared to other pitchers' curves, results in more flyballs compared to other pitchers' curves, has little depth and has slightly below average velo.
Sean's Note: Despite not getting many grounders Williams has a very low home run rate. He has one of the lowest strike out percentages you will see from a starter, so he pitches to contact. A .256 BABIP indicates he should be allowing more hits than he has. He only allowed a single run in six innings against the Cubs in April.
Final Thoughts: Ian Happ is back in the leadoff spot for the first time since early in season. Happ's on base percentage is very high, so it's not a crazy notion. Willson Contreras gets the day off after looking a bit gimpy on a close play at first base on Thursday. Cole Hamels has been very good so far in a Cubs uniform. His changeup especially looks very nasty so far.
Update: The game will be delayed by rain, more updates to follow.
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