Series preview is here.
Sunday: 1:10 PM CT on ABC-7/670AM
Lineups and Bullpen Usage via Baseball Press.
Scouting Reports from Brooks Baseball.
Zach Davies: Zach Davies has thrown 9,276 pitches that have been tracked by the PITCHf/x system between 2014 and 2019, including pitches thrown in the MLB Regular Season, the MLB Postseason, Spring Training and Fall/Winter Ball. In 2019, he has relied primarily on his Sinker (89mph) and Change (80mph), also mixing in a Cutter (87mph). He also rarely throws a Curve (76mph) and Slider (81mph).
His sinker has below average velo, has little sinking action compared to a true sinker, results in somewhat more flyballs compared to other pitchers’ sinkers and has slight armside run. His change has below average velo and has slight armside fade. His cutter is basically never swung at and missed compared to other pitchers’ cutters, has surprisingly little cutting action, has good “rise” and has slightly below average velo. His curve is basically never swung at and missed compared to other pitchers’ curves and has slightly below average velo. His slider (take this with a grain of salt because he’s only thrown 16 of them in 2019) is basically never swung at and missed compared to other pitchers’ sliders, is an extreme flyball pitch compared to other pitchers’ sliders, has below average velo and has some two-plane movement.
Sean’s Note: Davies was derailed by injuries in 2018 and made just 13 starts with a 4.77 ERA. He has been the ace of the staff for Milwaukee in 2019. He has a 3.17 ERA with a 8-3 record in 21 starts. As with Kyle Hendricks, he leans heavily on his elite change up. He doesn’t strike out many hitters so weak contact is his best weapon.
Final Thoughts: The Cubs took another brutal loss last night, this time Steve Cishek and Craig Kimbrel helped give it up. Joe Maddon is rolling out the same lineup that scored just three runs in ten innings. Ian Happ is looking for his first hit in 2019 and starts again in center. José Quintana looks to play stopper and perhaps get some run support for a change.