Game Post 4/8

Here is the series preview.


Sunday: 1:10 pm CT on WGN/670 The Score



1. Albert Almora (R) CF
2. Kris Bryant (R) 3B
3. Ben Zobrist (S) 2B
5. Kyle Schwarber (L) LF
6. Addison Russell (R) SS
7. Victor Caratini (S) 1B
8. Jason Heyward (L) RF
9. Jose Quintana (R) P
1. Lorenzo Cain (R) CF
2. Domingo Santana (R) RF
3. Ryan Braun (R) LF
4. Jesus Aguilar (R) 1B
5. Hernan Perez (R) 3B
6. Manny Pina (R) C
7. Jonathan Villar (S) 2B
8. Orlando Arcia (R) SS
9. Chase Anderson (R) P
Bullpen Usage



via Baseball Press.

Opposing pitcher

Scouting Report from Brooks Baseball.

Chase Anderson: Chase Anderson has thrown 9,644 pitches that have been tracked by the PITCHf/x system between 2013 and 2018, including pitches thrown in the MLB Regular Season and Spring Training. In 2018, he has relied primarily on his Fourseam Fastball (92mph), also mixing in a Change using a Circle Change grip (83mph), Cutter (89mph), Curve (77mph) and Sinker (91mph).

His fourseam fastball has essentially average velo, has slightly less natural movement than typical and has some added backspin. His change has a lot of backspin, results in somewhat more flyballs compared to other pitchers’ changeups and has slight armside fade. His cutter generates an extremely high number of swings & misses compared to other pitchers’ cutters, is an extreme flyball pitch compared to other pitchers’ cutters and has good “rise”. His curve generates a high number of swings & misses compared to other pitchers’ curves, results in more flyballs compared to other pitchers’ curves and has a sharp downward bite. His sinker is basically never swung at and missed compared to other pitchers’ sinkers, results in more flyballs compared to other pitchers’ sinkers, has less armside run than typical and has little sinking action compared to a true sinker. 

Sam’s Note: Anderson has the more varied repertoire, throwing a four-seam, a cutter, sinker, curve, and change. His fastball is firm enough, averaging 94 MPH. The sinker and curve get a lot of grounders, and the curve is the real weapon as it generates whiffs on a third of the swings hitters take at it. Until Nelson comes back, Anderson is the biggest K-producer on the Brewers. He hasn’t had much luck with Kris Bryant, who is hitting .400 off of him.


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    I would love to see Albert A have a big day today. He can make a difference in the field even better than Happ and I believe has a better eye at the plate. This is a big game, even in April. Make the Crew believe the Cubs have their number and show the Cubs too that they are too.
    Go Cubs!

  • In reply to Jonathan Friedman:

    He might. Anderson has some severe reverse splits. 3 out of 4 at Wrigley North would be sweeeet.

    Go Cubs!

  • In reply to Jonathan Friedman:

    I believe last years cubs were over .500 in Milwaukee and then under .500 at home vs brewers? If so don’t think brewers will think anything of losing 3 of 4 in April to cubs.

  • I'm confused. I see dab's name on the game post, but Sam's note on Anderson at the end. Ya'll piggybacking?

  • In reply to BarleyPop:

    I pulled the note from Sam's series preview and wanted to give credit where it was due.

  • In reply to Mike Banghart:

    Makes sense. I'm slow.

  • In reply to BarleyPop:

    No worries. Just wanted to clarify.

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    Willson! Instead of strike him out throw him out, he does throw him out hit a double! He could very well be our MVP, although KB is having a strong season so far.
    Schwarbs looked like he was taking pitches but then pops up--he's got to advance the runner.

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    I was really wishing that Schwarber could come out of the gate on fire so it would take some pressure off the kid but it looks like the pitchers might have him figured out. Ditto Ian Happ. . And did anyone happen to see the cardinal game and what Yadi did? How does Yadi Molina not get tossed after making contact with the home plate Ump? He pushed the home plate ump trying to get to the Arizona mgr and he doesn't get tossed.

  • Lol @ contreras. He's hilarious, I love it

  • Did anyone else see Contreras yelling "F*#$ You" several times after the triple? Was it directed at the pitcher? Love the energy, but I don't care for that.

  • In reply to INSaluki:

    The pitcher had words for him for calling timeout.I like what contreras said

  • In reply to INSaluki:

    If he ran hard out of box he might have had in Park Hr. Glad me won’t need the extra run.

    Saw Almora say the same thing after he whiffed

  • Scharber sucks!!! sick of this crap and the excuses he just sucks.

  • Have you seen the day's drama in St. Louis? Apparently a called strike irked D-Backs skipper Tory Lovullo. He approached home plate, words were exchanged, and Yadi made repeated hard contact with home plate umpire Tim Timmons in an effort to confront Lovullo.

    The sports world is abuzz contemplating possible action from the commissioner's office. There is obvious video evidence of the incident, which leads me to believe the DirtyBirds will receive at least two additional draft picks to compensate them for the embarrassment this altercation has brought upon their storied franchise.

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    In reply to BarleyPop:

    That Yadi wasn't tossed on the spot makes me think Lovullo said something pretty bad. He may not get the suspension people are anticipating.

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    In reply to Mike Moody:

    Yadi was really pushing back. I am surprised he didn't get ejected. Even if Lovullo said something bad does that excuse the continuous actions of Yadi?
    btw, I wonder who Willson was yelling at. It looked like he was really mad at being stopped at 3rd, he wanted an inside the park homer. You can bet that if it was Javy he would have kept running, just like he did the other day.

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    In reply to Jonathan Friedman:

    Javy doesn't wait for the slim chance his teammates will drive him in from 3rd.......he does it

  • In reply to Jim Odirakallumkal:

    Good call.

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    In reply to Jonathan Friedman:

    He seemed to be yelling at the pitcher. The rivalry is really starting to get heated.

  • In reply to Jonathan Friedman:

    Hey buddy, have you seen your boy Shotani today? He's pitching, and perfect through 6 with 11 K's. 18 up, 18 down.

  • In reply to Mike Moody:

    I don’t see how Molina can avoid a mini vacation. Pushing a referee/umpire in any sport has to be an automatic suspension...imho.

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    In reply to Cphil:

    For me the question is "mini vacation" or "enjoy your month off."

  • In reply to Mike Moody:

    You could be right, but responding to a verbal attack with a physical one, including shoving the umpire multiple times, can't be looked over at MLB (unless the redbirds get special treatment...)

  • In reply to BarleyPop:

    According to the STL Post Dispatch, Lovullo told (umpire) Timmons to stop letting Yadi change balls into strikes. That's the whole pitch framing argument in a nutshell, but I'm thinking Lovullo had to throw in something worse to make Yadi that angry. Still, I can't believe he wasn't ejected for the blatant contact with the ump.

  • What is up with bryant and these throws to 1st? He's been awful it's every game he's doing this

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