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Lineups and Bullpen Usage via Baseball Press.
Scouting Report from Brooks Baseball.
Jhoulys Chacin: Jhoulys Chacin has thrown 19,475 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 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 generates fewer whiffs/swing 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: Chacin is yet another pitcher with a strikeout rate below league average. If it feels like the Cubs have been dominated by him this year it's because they have. He has held Chicago to no runs and only 7 hits in 13 innings this season. Left handed hitters fare much better against Chacin than right handers do.
Final Thoughts: The Cubs are on the verge of doing the one thing they needed to avoid this series. That is getting swept by the Brewers. This result would hardly end the season, but it would give life to a Milwaukee team that could've been knocked out of the race. Tuesday's game might have been the Cubs worst game of the season. They need to tighten it up Wednesday. It won't be easy against Chacin who has baffled the Northsiders this season. Jose Quintana will have to be on his game to keep the Cubs in the game early.