All of a sudden, the Cubs are standing on the brink of three-straight Ls and a series loss … at the hand of the Reds and Phillies, no less!
Hopefully this group can put a stop to things:
- Jon Jay, RF
- Kyle Schwarber, LF
- Kris Bryant, 3B
- Anthony Rizzo, 1B
- Alex Avila, C
- Albert Almora Jr., CF
- Tommy La Stella, 2B
- Javy Baez, SS
- Kyle Hendricks, P
The Cubs have no history against Ben Lively, a pitcher who is highly reliant on four-seam fastballs (41.27%), sinkers (21.35%), and curveballs (20.83%) according to BrooksBaseball.net. Lively hasn’t accumulated that much time in the majors, making eight starts (1-4 record) and posting a 3.70 ERA (4.38 FIP) in 48.2 innings of work, so Cubs batters will be exploring a whole new world this evening.
Kyle Schwarber, who hit a monster dinger last night for the Cubs’ only tally, is slashing .265/.353/.569 with a .304 ISO, .386 wOBA, and 137 wRC+ in 116 plate appearances against right-handed pitching since returning from his stint in the minor leagues. And let’s not leave out a rather nifty 47 percent hard-hit rate.
You already know Javy Baez has been red-hot at the plate since the All-Star Break with a .305 average and .578 slugging percentage (and keeps making spectacular plays), but did you know he’s done a ton of damage against right-handed fastballs? Since July 14, Baez has seen 91 four-seamers and is hitting .381 and slugging .762 with an ISO of .381. Those are total video game numbers, and notable considering Lively throws four-seamers to right-handed batters at a 57.5 percent clip.
As usual, we’ll have your full Pre-Gamin’ closer to game time (6:05 CT).