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Scouting Report from Brooks Baseball.
Ross Stripling: Stripling relies mainly on four different pitches: A four seam fastball (91mph), a slider (87mph), a curveball (80mph), and a changeup (84mph). He throws his fastball about half the time, the slider and curve are both used about 20% of the time, with the change used sparingly on just 10% of pitches.
Sean’s Note: Stripling entered the rotation when injures forced the Dodgers hand. He has been outstanding in a starting role so far, maintaining a sub-2.00 ERA. His strikeout rate is almost 30% which is among the best in the MLB. Add to that a walk rate at just 4.4% it creates a strikeout to walk ratio of 7.09 which is almost unheard of. The high strikeout total might explain the fact he’s stranded 90% of baserunners in 2018.
Brandon Morrow To DL: The Cubs today placed Brandon Morrow on the 10-day disabled list with back stiffness. With Carl Edwards also still out with shoulder discomfort, the Northsiders are getting very thin at the back end of the pen. I would think Pedro Strop might take on the closer role in the meantime. Although despite some fans objections, Justin Wilson will likely get some looks as well.
Final Thoughts: The Cubs lineup looks a lot like it has recently, with Kris Bryant and Jason Heyward on top. Albert Almora gets another start against a tough right-handed starter. Willson Contreras hasn’t hit a homer since early May and struggled with men on base recently. It would be nice if he started heating up, he has been a second-half hitter in his young career. Jon Lester has been the Cubs best starter in 2018, he got a lot of run support his last outing in St. Louis. I don’t think Jonny would complain if that happened again today.