Game Post 9/1


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1. Daniel Murphy (L) 2B
2. Javier Baez (R) SS
3. Anthony Rizzo (L) 1B
4. Ben Zobrist (S) RF
5. Kris Bryant (R) 3B
6. Kyle Schwarber (L) LF
9. Ian Happ (S) CF


1. Carlos Santana (S) 1B
2. Rhys Hoskins (R) LF
3. Odubel Herrera (L) CF
4. Wilson Ramos (R) C
5. Nick Williams (L) RF
7. Maikel Franco (R) 3B
8. Zach Eflin (R) P
9. Cesar Hernandez (S) 2B
Bullpen Usage
Lineups and Bullpen Usage via Baseball Press.
Opposing pitcher

Scouting Report from Brooks Baseball.

Zach EflinZach Eflin has thrown 3,598 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 (95mph) and Slider (86mph), also mixing in a Sinker (94mph), Change (87mph) and Curve (78mph). He also rarely throws a Cutter (89mph).

His fourseam fastball results in somewhat more flyballs compared to other pitchers' fourseamers and has slightly above average velo. His sliderresults in somewhat more groundballs compared to other pitchers' sliders. His sinker generates an extremely high number of swings & misses compared to other pitchers' sinkers, results in somewhat more flyballs compared to other pitchers' sinkers, has slight armside run and has slightly above average velo. His change generates a very high amount of groundballs compared to other pitchers' changeups, is much firmer than usual and has slight armside fade. His curve has slight glove-side movement. His cutter (take this with a grain of salt because he's only thrown 12 of them in 2018) is basically never swung at and missed compared to other pitchers' cutters and is an extreme flyball pitch compared to other pitchers' cutters.

Sean's Note: Eflin has been solid if not spectacular for the Phillies. The big righty is a fly ball pitcher, but has kept his home run total low.  Left handers hit him for a much higher average than same handed hitters. Eflin allowed just one run to the Cubs in 7.2 innings pitched at Wrigley.

Final Thoughts: The day has finally come. Kris Bryant is back in the lineup after missing over a month with shoulder soreness. Joe Maddon has him hitting fifth with Daniel Murphy and Javy Baez at the top of the order. Kyle Hendricks has really started to pitch well in the second half. The Cubs need that to keep going in September. Chicago went 18-10 in the month of August. A similar performance in the final month of the year should give them a division title.

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    I noticed Phillie is batting Eflin 8th. Have they been doing this, or this a new thing for them? It makes sense looking at the lineup.

  • Any news on the roster expanding?

  • In reply to WaitTilNextYear:

    Bryant, Russell , Taylor Davis, a pinch runner(forgot his name) , Norwood and Wilson when he gets off DL

  • Was having Russell pinch hit for Schwarber a right versus left move? Because it doesn't make much sense otherwise.......

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    Is everyone watching college football or talking about the Bears trade?
    I just got back home and missed an apparently great Hendricks start, Javy getting 3 hits and an RBI, getting 2 runs in the first, and about to win their 2 of 3 in this road trip. That's something to get excited about.
    Go Cubs!!

  • In reply to Jonathan Friedman:

    Yeah, he pitched really well tonight. KB had a couple hits. Schwarbs a 2 run triple that nearly went out. Happ hit a dinger too.

  • In reply to Jonathan Friedman:

    I was out all day, caught the highlights later. Nice start by Kyle, great to see KB back and contributing.

  • Train keeps a chuggin’


  • In reply to Wickdipper:

    Yep & the curdinals lost. Milwaukee leading in a rain delay, 3-1. Go Washington.

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    I'll wait until tomorrow.

  • Brewers bullpen just imploded in DC......

  • In reply to Wickdipper:

    That's my favorite kind of Brewers bullpen!

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