Switching to 2018 numbers…
- OBP: Kris Bryant (.427)
- ISO: Javier Baez (.346)
- HR: Baez / Kyle Schwarber (7)
- R+RBI: Baez (46)
- wRC+: Schwarber (159)
- BSR: Baez (1.6)
- DRS: Addison Russell (+4)
- SP K/9: Yu Darvish (11.10)
- SP BB/9: Kyle Hendricks (2.21)
- SP FIP: Tyler Chatwood (4.03)
- RP FIP: Carl Edwards Jr (15.15
- RP BB/9: Pedro Strop (2.25)
- RP FIP: Edwards (0.89)
- WAR: Baez (1.1)
- OBP: Tommy Pham (.447)
- ISO: Paul DeJong (.252)
- HR: Dejong (7)
- R+RBI: Pham (34)
- wRC+: Pham (172)
- BSR: Dejong / Pham (1.1)
- DRS: Kolten Wong (+6)
- SP K/9: Carlos Martinez (9.00)
- SP BB/9: Miles Mikolas (0.55)
- SP FIP: Martinez (3.24)
- RP K/9: Bud Norris (12.64)
- RP BB/9: Norris (1.15)
- RP FIP: Norris (1.75)
- WAR: Pham (1.5)
Injuries, transactions, vengenace pacts, etc.
Waino is on the DL for the Cardinals, which is probably a good thing for the Cardinals. They're also down sometime closer Brett Cecil, who has both a shoulder and a foot injury.
For the Cubs, the only significant player on the DL is still Butler, who has no ETA on his return from a groin stratin.
Projected K/9, BB/9, ERA listed for each pitcher.
Friday: Jose Quintana, LHP (9.01, 2.63, 3.39) vs Miles Mikolas, RHP (7.73, 2.66, 4.16), 7:15 PM CT
I accidentally called Quintana Javier Vazquez the other day, I was surprised to see that he has been out of the league since 2011. Time flies.
Mikolas was terrible in his first go-round MLB, then went to Japan and suddenly learned how to pitch. He throws a ton of breaking stuff, and his slider in particular has been effective this year.
Saturday: Tyler Chatwood, RHP (7.49, 4.56, 4.29) vs Luke Weaver, RHP (8.25, 2.55, 3.83), 1:15 PM CT
Chatwood had his best start of the season his last time out, shutting out the Brewers over seven innings with just two hits and four strikeouts. More importantly, he only issued three walks, which seems like a microscopic number for Chatwood.
The Cubs knocked Weaver around when they saw him last, scratching out nine hits and a walk in four innings for six runs. He's struggled in his two starts since, including a six-walk performance against the Mets.
Sunday: Jon Lester, LHP (8.81, 2.68, 3.70) vs Michael Wacha, RHP (8.09, 3.11, 4.10), 7:05 PM CT
The Cards haven't announced their starter for this game but from the looks of it this should be Wacha's spot. I feel like the Cubs usually hit him well, hopefully they do so again withe a relatively national audience watching on ESPN.
Lester shut down the Cards back in mid-April, tossing six scoreless with seven strikeouts and two hits. He's looking to bounce back from a rough-ish outing where he gave up two (unearned-ish) runs and a whole slew of hits against the Rockies.