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Lineups and Bullpen Usage via Baseball Press.
Scouting Report from Brooks Baseball.
Jhoulys Chacin: Jhoulys Chacin has thrown 19,558 pitches that have been tracked by the PITCHf/x system between 2009 and 2018, including pitches thrown in the MLB Regular Season, The World Baseball Classic and Spring Training. In 2018, he has relied primarily on his Slider (80mph) and Sinker (91mph), also mixing in a Fourseam Fastball (91mph). He also rarely throws a Splitter (87mph), Change (83mph), Curve (76mph) and Cutter (87mph).
His slider comes in below hitting speed and sweeps across the zone. His sinker has slight armside run, has slightly below average velo and has some natural sinking action. His fourseam fastball has some natural sinking action and has slightly below average velo. His splitter is basically never swung at and missed compared to other pitchers' splitters, is slightly firmer than usual and results in somewhat more flyballs compared to other pitchers' splitters. His change has slight cut action and results in somewhat more groundballs compared to other pitchers' changeups. His curve is basically never swung at and missed compared to other pitchers' curves, has little depth, results in somewhat more flyballs compared to other pitchers' curves, has slight glove-side movement and has slightly below average velo. His cutter (take this with a grain of salt because he's only thrown 4 of them in 2018) is basically never swung at and missed compared to other pitchers' cutters, is an extreme flyball pitch compared to other pitchers' cutters, has slightly below average velo and has strong cutting action.
Sean's Note: The Cubs finally scored on Chacin last week, touching him up for three runs in 4.2 innings of work. He doesn't rely heavily on his fastball so looking off speed is the right approach against him. He gives up a fair amount of contact and a pretty large percentage (37%) is hard contact.
Final Thoughts: The Cubs have lost five of seven at the worst possible time. The Brewers close win moves them within a single game of first. Addison Russell, Albert Almora, and Willson Contreras are ice cold, so Joe Maddon gave all three the day off. Tommy La Stella and Victor Caratini are in to try and spark the offense, which is an odd thing to say. Desperate times call for desperate measures. Jose Quintana pitched well last time, the Cubs definitely need that today.