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October 14, 2021 Morning Edition: Cubs News Roundup

This is your Cubs Stats, News, Rumors, and Commentary Roundup for the Morning of October 14, 2021.

A Look at Cubs Pitchers’ Horizontal Movement on Pitches

Brad Wieck

  • He features a Four Seam Fastball that generates above-average horizontal movement to test the strike zone edges, it is 2.3 inches of horizontal movement per pitch.
  • He does not feature a changeup in his arsenal of pitches.
  • He features a curveball that generates above-average horizontal movement to test the strike zone edges, it is 5.6 inches of horizontal movement per pitch.
  • He features a slider that generates above-average horizontal movement to test the strike zone edges, it is 2.2 inches of horizontal movement per pitch.
  • Adrian Sampson

  • In absolute terms, his Four Seam Fastball has far more horizontal movement than most pitchers, it gets 6.8 inches of horizontal movement each time.
  • He features a changeup that generates above-average horizontal movement to test the strike zone edges, it is 9.1 inches of horizontal movement per pitch.
  • He does not feature a curveball or he does not throw it enough to qualify.
  • He features a slider that generates above-average horizontal movement to test the strike zone edges, it is 3.5 inches of horizontal movement per pitch.
  • Keegan Thompson

  • He features a Four Seam Fastball that generates above-average horizontal movement to test the strike zone edges, it is 3.5 inches of horizontal movement per pitch.
  • He features a changeup that generates above-average horizontal movement to test the strike zone edges, it is 8.9 inches of horizontal movement per pitch.
  • He features a curveball that generates above-average horizontal movement to test the strike zone edges, it is 4.5 inches of horizontal movement per pitch.
  • He does not feature a slider or he does not throw it enough to qualify.
  • Scott Effross

  • In absolute terms, his Four Seam Fastball has far more horizontal movement than most pitchers, it gets 9.6 inches of horizontal movement each time.
  • He features a changeup that generates above-average horizontal movement to test the strike zone edges, it is 8.1 inches of horizontal movement per pitch.
  • He does not feature a curveball or he does not throw it enough to qualify.
  • He features a slider that generates above-average horizontal movement to test the strike zone edges, it is 6.9 inches of horizontal movement per pitch.
  • Justin Steele

  • He features a Four Seam Fastball that generates above-average horizontal movement to test the strike zone edges, it is 1.2 inches of horizontal movement per pitch.
  • He features a changeup that generates above-average horizontal movement to test the strike zone edges, it is 6.1 inches of horizontal movement per pitch.
  • He features a curveball that generates above-average horizontal movement to test the strike zone edges, it is 7.0 inches of horizontal movement per pitch.
  • He features a slider that generates above-average horizontal movement to test the strike zone edges, it is 7.3 inches of horizontal movement per pitch.
  • Adam Morgan

  • He features a Four Seam Fastball that generates above-average horizontal movement to test the strike zone edges, it is 6.5 inches of horizontal movement per pitch.
  • He features a changeup that generates above-average horizontal movement to test the strike zone edges, it is 7.0 inches of horizontal movement per pitch.
  • He features a curveball that generates above-average horizontal movement to test the strike zone edges, it is 5.4 inches of horizontal movement per pitch.
  • He features a slider that generates above-average horizontal movement to test the strike zone edges, it is 4.2 inches of horizontal movement per pitch.
  • Codi Heuer

  • In absolute terms, his Four Seam Fastball has far more horizontal movement than most pitchers, it gets 8.4 inches of horizontal movement each time.
  • He features a changeup that generates above-average horizontal movement to test the strike zone edges, it is 9.4 inches of horizontal movement per pitch.
  • He does not feature a curveball or he does not throw it enough to qualify.
  • He tends to get less horizontal movement on his slider than most pitchers as his horizontal movement is 1.5 inches on average for each pitch.
  • Rowan Wick

  • He features a Four Seam Fastball that generates above-average horizontal movement to test the strike zone edges, it is 1.1 inches of horizontal movement per pitch.
  • He does not feature a changeup in his arsenal of pitches.
  • He features a curveball that generates above-average horizontal movement to test the strike zone edges, it is 4.2 inches of horizontal movement per pitch.
  • He features a slider that generates above-average horizontal movement to test the strike zone edges, it is 6.4 inches of horizontal movement per pitch.
  • Adbert Alzolay

  • He features a Four Seam Fastball that generates above-average horizontal movement to test the strike zone edges, it is 4.6 inches of horizontal movement per pitch.
  • He features a changeup that generates above-average horizontal movement to test the strike zone edges, it is 8.1 inches of horizontal movement per pitch.
  • He features a curveball that generates above-average horizontal movement to test the strike zone edges, it is 4.5 inches of horizontal movement per pitch.
  • He features a slider that generates above-average horizontal movement to test the strike zone edges, it is 4.1 inches of horizontal movement per pitch.
  • Kyle Hendricks

  • He features a Four Seam Fastball that generates above-average horizontal movement to test the strike zone edges, it is 4.0 inches of horizontal movement per pitch.
  • He features a changeup that generates above-average horizontal movement to test the strike zone edges, it is 7.6 inches of horizontal movement per pitch.
  • He features a curveball that generates above-average horizontal movement to test the strike zone edges, it is 8.6 inches of horizontal movement per pitch.
  • He does not feature a slider or he does not throw it enough to qualify.

  • Now onto the News, Rumors, and Commentary…

    “While I’m not saying what Hoyer did wasn’t the right move, but we are witnessing how the Giants core has resurrected themselves when all hope was lost. He went 29-31 in his first season in San Fransisco and now this storybook season in year two. The Cubs could have chosen to build around them or start fresh and look for a new championship core. Hoyer decided to trade them away and build the pipeline in a lost season.”

    Above is the summary of: Chicago Cubs missed their chance to build like the Giants… tap or click to check out the full article.

    “Ernie Banks was my mom’s favorite Chicago Cubs player. She put her Banks autograph in the drawer of a nightstand next to her bed. He patiently signed the scrap and handed it back to me. I saw Banks standing down at the end of their dugout surrounded by fans.”

    Above is the summary of: Chicago Cubs History: The day I made Ernie Banks scowl… tap or click to check out the full article.

    “The Padres’ trade deadline explorations included some talks with the Cubs about first baseman Anthony Rizzo, The Athletic’s Dennis Lin writes as part of a reader mailbag.  It isn’t known how far negotiations might have developed between the two sides, and the Cubs eventually ended up moving Rizzo to the Yankees in another deal. With…”

    Above is the summary of: Padres Looked Into Anthony Rizzo Trade At Deadline… tap or click to check out the full article.

    “The Cubs look to be concluding their search for a new general manager, as The Athletic’s Brittany Ghiroli, Patrick Mooney, and Sahadev Sharma report that Chicago is closing in on a deal with Indians assistant GM Carter Hawkins.  The two sides “are still in the final stages of the hiring process” and it isn’t known…”

    Above is the summary of: Cubs Planning To Hire Carter Hawkins As General Manager… tap or click to check out the full article.

    “Hoyer took over as the Cubs’ top front-office executive after Theo Epstein stepped down after the 2020 season. “I’m glad I have a really good staff around me,” Hoyer said at the end of this past season. That left a void in the front-office structure, but Hoyer leaned on his internal team. Hawkins has spent the past 14 years with Cleveland, which promoted him to assistant GM under GM Mike Chernoff and president of baseball operations Chris Antonetti following the 2016 season.”

    Above is the summary of: Cubs set to name Hawkins next GM (source)… tap or click to check out the full article.

    “Somehow, having Billy Buckner in my card collection made me feel complete at the time and I went on to be a good hitter from that point forward.” Buckner’s ’79 Topps card was also submitted by Edward Koper. “When this card is released I’m 10 and have become a hardcore baseball fan and Cubs fan,” Mendoza wrote. Being there for a Sunday double-header at beautiful Wrigley Field (in Los Angeles), ivy-covered like its namesake in Chicago, was ecstasy for a 13-year-old Angelino like me!” Iconic Cubs rookie card: Ron Santo, 1961 Topps A Santo rookie card would be a classic for any Cubs fan. This Maddux card was given a perfect 10 on its condition by the trading card grading company PSA, meaning that this card is still in pristine condition 30 years later.”

    Above is the summary of: Classic Cubs card: Rookie KB… tap or click to check out the full article.



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