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Wednesday: 6:10 PM CT on NBC Sports Chicago/670AM
Lineups and Bullpen Usage via Baseball Press.
Scouting Reports from Brooks Baseball.
Sandy Alcantara: Sandy Alcantara has thrown 1,020 pitches that have been tracked by the PITCHf/x system between 2017 and 2019, including pitches thrown in the MLB Regular Season and Fall/Winter Ball. In 2019, he has relied primarily on his Fourseam Fastball (96mph), Slider (86mph) and Sinker (95mph), also mixing in a Change (88mph) and Curve (83mph).
His fourseam fastball has some natural sinking action and has well above average velo. His slider is a real worm killer that generates an extreme number of groundballs compared to other pitchers' sliders and has some two-plane movement. His sinker generates an extremely high number of swings & misses compared to other pitchers' sinkers, is a real worm killer that generates an extreme number of groundballs compared to other pitchers' sinkers, has well above average velo and has slight armside run. His change is thrown extremely hard, generates fewer whiffs/swing compared to other pitchers' changeups, results in more flyballs compared to other pitchers' changeups, has slight armside fade and has some natural sink to it. His curve generates an extremely high number of swings & misses compared to other pitchers' curves, has primarily 12-6 movement, is much harder than usual, results in more flyballs compared to other pitchers' curves and has little depth.
Sean's Note: Alcantara was the big piece from the Cardinals in the Marcell Ozuna trade before the 2018 season. He got his feet wet in 34 innings at the major league level last year. Despite throwing hard, he has never been a big strike out pitcher in the minors. He gets a lot of grounders from his two-seamer. His best secondary pitch is his curve ball which creates most of his strike outs.
Final Thoughts: Cole Hamels looks for his third consecutive quality start on Wednesday. Darvish and Quintana were good the first two wins in the series, a similar effort would make a sweep highly possible. Kyle Schwarber returns to the lineup after getting two games off. Javy Baez has been getting on base a ton the last three games.