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Lineups and Bullpen Usage via Baseball Press.
Scouting Report from Brooks Baseball.
Jhoulys Chacin: Jhoulys Chacin has thrown 19,835 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 is basically never swung at and missed compared to other pitchers' splitters and is slightly firmer than usual. 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, results in more flyballs compared to other pitchers' curves, has little depth, 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: This will be the fifth time that Chacin has faced the Cubs this season. And he has owned them so far, allowing just 4 runs in 22.2 innings pitched in four starts. Left handers hit him significantly better than do right handers. He has a low batting average on ball in play of .256, which indicates some good luck. He has allowed a lot of hard contact, higher than his last two seasons.
Final Thoughts: So it all comes down to this for the NL Central, Cubs and Brewers one game to get a division champion. This isn't an elimination game, the loser will play in Tuesday's Wild Card. That creates an interesting dynamic, if either team falls behind early they may decide to save their bullpens for the must win game on Tuesday. The Cubs are using the same starting eight as yesterday, although the lineup has been shuffled. Jose Quintana has had good success against the Brewers, although he did have a rough game in August at Wrigley against Milwaukee. With Chacin's success against right handers, look for the lefty hitters to have the best swings on him. Today's game is a regular season game and 40-man rosters are still in effect. Not much more to say here, this is a big game and try not to let Christian Yelich beat you.