Normally I would have a series preview here, but the Addison Russell situation has made that feel hollow. Myles Phelps posted an article about Russell being placed on administrative leave. I encourage everyone to read it.
I tend to leave my opinion to my twitter feed. I will make a brief exception in this case. I feel Addison Russell should no longer be a member of the Cubs. I truly hope he has played his last game as a member of the team. Domestic violence is a serious problem in America and should not be tolerated, ever. Anyway, I will give a bare bones preview for the game today.
Friday: 3:10 pm CT on MLB Network/WGN/NBC Sports Chicago/670AM
Lineups and Bullpen Usage via Baseball Press.
Scouting Report from Brooks Baseball.
Reynaldo Lopez: Reynaldo Lopez has thrown 4,628 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 (96mph), also mixing in a Slider (84mph), Change (84mph) and Curve (76mph). He also rarely throws a Cutter (86mph) and Sinker (94mph).
His fourseam fastball has well above average velo. His slider is a prototypical pitch with few remarkable qualities. His change is a prototypical pitch with few remarkable qualities. His curve is basically never swung at and missed compared to other pitchers' curves, results in more flyballs compared to other pitchers' curves, has little depth, has primarily 12-6 movement and has slightly below average velo. His cutter generates an extremely high number of swings & misses compared to other pitchers' cutters, has extreme cut action, results in more flyballs compared to other pitchers' cutters, has slightly below average velo and has some natural sink. His sinker (take this with a grain of salt because he's only thrown 11 of them in 2018) is basically never swung at and missed compared to other pitchers' sinkers, results in more flyballs compared to other pitchers' sinkers, has well above average velo and has less armside run than typical.