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Lineups and Bullpen Usage via Baseball Press.
Scouting Report from Brooks Baseball.
Chase Anderson: Chase Anderson has thrown 11,888 pitches that have been tracked by the PITCHf/x system between 2013 and 2018, including pitches thrown in the MLB Regular Season and Spring Training. In 2018, he has relied primarily on his Fourseam Fastball (93mph), also mixing in a Change using a Circle Change grip (83mph), Curve (77mph), Sinker(92mph) and Cutter (89mph).
His fourseam fastball has essentially average velo and results in somewhat more flyballs compared to other pitchers' fourseamers. His change has an obvious armside fade and has a lot of backspin. His curve has a sharp downward bite. His sinker has little sinking action compared to a true sinker and results in somewhat more flyballs compared to other pitchers' sinkers. His cutter has good "rise", results in somewhat more flyballs compared to other pitchers' cutters and has strong cutting action.
Sean's Note: Anderson has struggled more in 2018 than his excellent 2017 campaign. He is an extreme fly ball pitcher and it leads to a lot of home runs, he has given up 29 of them in 150 innings. Right handers actually hit him for a higher average than lefties. Anderson shut down the Cubs in April allowing just one run in seven innings.
Final Thoughts: The Cubs rode a huge effort from Jose Quintana to a shutout win over the Brewers. The offense continued to struggle, Victor Caratini got two of the team's three hits. Three deeply struggling players Addison Russell, Albert Almora, and Willson Contreras are back in the lineup. If one of them could start swinging a hot bat it would really help. Kyle Hendricks has been very good of late and the Cubs need more of that tonight.