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Saturday: 6:05 pm CT on WGN/670AM
Lineups and Bullpen Usage via Baseball Press.
Scouting Report from Brooks Baseball.
Joe Musgrove: Joe Musgrove has thrown 3,998 pitches that have been tracked by the PITCHf/x system between 2016 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(94mph), also mixing in a Slider (85mph), Cutter (90mph), Sinker (93mph) and Change (86mph).
His fourseam fastball has less armside movement than typical, has some natural sinking action and has slightly above average velo. His slider results in somewhat more groundballs compared to other pitchers' sliders and has some two-plane movement. His cutter generates fewer whiffs/swing compared to other pitchers' cutters, has slightly above average velo, has some natural sink and has strong cutting action. His sinker is a real worm killer that generates an extreme number of groundballs compared to other pitchers' sinkers, has surprisingly little armside run and has some natural sinking action. His change is slightly firmer than usual and has some natural sink to it.
Sean's Note: Musgrave does generate a lot more grounders than Nova or Williams. He is another pitcher with a strike out percentage well below league average. With a very good walk rate he too has the ball put in play against him a bunch. He pitched seven innings of one run baseball against the Cubs in May, he also had the famous revenge slide at second base in the game after Anthony Rizzo's controversial play at the plate.
Final Thoughts: Ben Zobrist hits leadoff Saturday, it's probably a position he may be in a lot down the stretch. Willson Contreras who looked a little gimpy on Thursday is back in the lineup. Due to Mike Montgomery's injury Tyler Chatwood is temporarily back in the rotation. He was decent not awful out of the bullpen, but it's probably going to take more than one run to win tonight. The offense needs to wake up and produce if the Cubs want to secure a series win Saturday.