Friday: 1:20 pm CT on ESPN/ABC-7/670AM
Lineups and Bullpen Usage via Baseball Press.
Scouting Report from Brooks Baseball.
Adam Wainwright: Adam Wainwright has thrown 27,474 pitches that have been tracked by the PITCHf/x system between 2007 and 2018, including pitches thrown in the MLB Regular Season and the MLB Postseason. In 2018, he has relied primarily on his Curve (74mph), Sinker (90mph) and Cutter (84mph), also mixing in a Fourseam Fastball (90mph). He also rarely throws a Change (81mph).
His curve has sweeping glove-side movement, has below average velo and has a sharp downward bite. His sinker results in somewhat more groundballs compared to other pitchers' sinkers and has slightly below average velo. His cutter comes in below hitting speed, has sweeping cut action and has some natural sink. His fourseam fastball has below average velo, has some natural sinking action, results in somewhat more flyballs compared to other pitchers' fourseamers and has slightly less natural movement than typical. His change generates fewer whiffs/swing compared to other pitchers' changeups, results in more flyballs compared to other pitchers' changeups, has slight armside fade, has slightly below average velo and has some natural sink to it.
Sean's Note: Wainwright has only made seven starts, pitching 35 innings in 2018 due to injury. His walk rate is high and he generates 50% ground balls. Right handed hitters fared better against the righty this year. Wainwright held the Cubs to no runs in five innings in April.
Final Thoughts: After a huge win on Thursday the Cubs head into the final games of the year. The Cardinals are a game behind the Dodgers for the final wild-card spot, so they need to win badly. Kris Bryant is back in the lineup after getting hit in the wrist against the Pirates. The Cubs magic number is down to just three games, with the Brewers playing the lowly Tigers the margin for error is small. Kyle Hendricks has pitched well of late and needs to keep that going today.