Series preview is here.
Wednesday: 7:05 pm CT on NBC Sports Chicago/670AM
Lineups and Bullpen Usage via Baseball Press.
Scouting Report from Brooks Baseball.
Ivan Nova: Ivan Nova has thrown 17,236 pitches that have been tracked by the PITCHf/x system between 2010 and 2018, including pitches thrown in the MLB Regular Season and the MLB Postseason. In 2018, he has relied primarily on his Sinker (93mph) and Fourseam Fastball (94mph), also mixing in a Curve (81mph) and Change (87mph). He also rarely throws a Slider (82mph).
His sinker has an obvious tail, has slightly above average velo and has some natural sinking action. His fourseam fastball has some natural sinking action, has essentially average velo and has slight armside run. His curvehas primarily 12-6 movement, has little depth, is slightly harder than usual and results in somewhat more flyballs compared to other pitchers' curves. His change is much firmer than usual and has slight armside fade. His slider has exceptional depth, results in more flyballs compared to other pitchers' sliders and has primarily 12-6 movement.
Sean's Note: Not sure what else to say about Ivan, the Cubs face him a lot. I feel like I've broken him down like 50 times, probably is more like eight, feels like 50. He doesn't strike out many batters and lefties hit him slightly better than righties. Nova continues to dominate the Cubs, allowing just five runs in 19.1 innings against them in 2018.
Final Thoughts: The Cubs look lost right now having scored just one run the last two days. Meanwhile the Brewers are surging, just a half game out of first place. An offensive spark is badly needed and now Kris Bryant is out after getting hit in the wrist last night. Jose Quintana struggled in his last start against his former team, he needs a big game tonight. Things are pretty tense right now this is a must win game, hopefully the Cubs show up.