The Cubs enter the final series of the year with nothing to play for. They are mired in a nine-game losing streak as they head to St. Louis to battle the Cardinals. The Cards need to win this weekend to take the division from the surging Brewers.
Playing the role of spoiler is not something Chicago was expecting to do at the start of 2019. Several key players have been shut down with injuries, so it's a undermanned squad taking the field at Busch Stadium.
Joe Maddon will likely be moving on after a very successful five-year run on the North Side. Several players will be moving on as well with Theo Epstein hinting at big changes this off-season. Perhaps they can cause problems for St. Louis, but I wouldn't hold my breath.
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Scouting Reports from Brooks Baseball.
Dakota Hudson: Dakota Hudson has thrown 3,181 pitches that have been tracked by the PITCHf/x system between 2018 and 2019, all of them occuring in the MLB Regular Season. In 2019, he has relied primarily on his Sinker (94mph) and Cutter (88mph), also mixing in a Fourseam Fastball (94mph) and Slider (82mph). He also rarely throws a Change (88mph).
His sinker generates a very high amount of groundballs compared to other pitchers' sinkers, has less armside run than typical, has slightly above average velo and has some natural sinking action. His cutter generates an extremely high number of swings & misses compared to other pitchers' cutters and has heavy sink. His fourseam fastball has heavy sinking action, is a real worm killer that generates an extreme number of groundballs compared to other pitchers' fourseamers, has slightly above average velo and has slightly less natural movement than typical. His slider has exceptional depth and has short glove-side cut. His change is thrown extremely hard and results in more flyballs compared to other pitchers' changeups.
His curve has sweeping glove-side movement, has a sharp downward bite, results in somewhat more groundballs compared to other pitchers' curves and has slightly below average velo. His sinker has less armside run than typical and has slightly below average velo. His cutter has extreme cut action, has below average velo and has some natural sink. His fourseam fastball has much less armside movement than typical, has below average velo, has some natural sinking action and results in somewhat more flyballs compared to other pitchers' fourseamers. His change results in more flyballs compared to other pitchers' changeups and has slight armside fade. His slow curve is a real yakker that's separated from his other curveball due to its big drop and slow speed.