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The Chicago Cubs visit the Philadelphia Phillies on 9/15/2021 at 7:05PM.

The Cubs and the Phillies face off in an regular season game. The Cubs have a record of 66-79 this season. The Phillies are 72-72 this season.

Starting Pitcher and Lineup for the Chicago Cubs

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Alec Mills is 6-6 this season with an ERA of 4.35 in 101.1 innings pitched across 16 starts. He has a WHIP of 1.38 and yields an opponent Batting Average of 0.282. Alec Mills’s pitching repertoire includes:

  • A Fastball that is on average 89.1 mph.
  • A Slider that is on average 76.7 mph.
  • A Curveball that is on average 65.8 mph.
  • A Changeup that is on average 79.1 mph.

Alec Mills has shown a penchant for forcing hitters to hit ground balls. In fact, 51.7% of balls in play were on the ground. Does this mean he is attracting soft contact though? Those ground balls are getting up the middle and through the 5 1/2 hole for hits, but his infield is also putting in work to getting to the balls too.

Frank Schwindel

Frank Schwindel has hit 12 Home Runs, drove in 36 runs, and sports a .335 batting average this season. He also has scored 28 runs this season and stolen 0 bases.

He is in the upper echelon of hitters with a 1.009 OPS. He is considered one of the top power hitters this season.

He is below average with his 6.7% walk rate, drawing walks may not necessarily be that important or the opportunity may not arise as much. He avoids strikeouts quite well, he is FAR better than your average hitter. If he is getting an out, he made contact to get there. Getting on base is not an issue for Frank Schwindel this season.

Breaking down the types of contacted balls Frank Schwindel put into play this season:

  • Ground Ball Rate: 41.3%
  • Fly Ball Rate: 40.6%
  • Line Drive Rate: 18.1%

Now here is a breakdown of the velocity of the balls he put into play:

  • Soft Hit Ball Rate: 21.0%
  • Medium Hit Ball Rate: 43.5%
  • Hard Hit Ball Rate: 35.5%


Patrick Wisdom

Patrick Wisdom has hit 26 Home Runs, drove in 52 runs, and sports a .240 batting average this season. He also has scored 50 runs this season and stolen 3 bases.

He is considered a very good hitter according to OPS. .845 is his OPS this season, can it go higher?He is considered one of the top power hitters this season.

He is below average with his 7.9% walk rate, drawing walks may not necessarily be that important or the opportunity may not arise as much. He strikes out a lot and his strikeout rate is indicative of his struggles with making contact, 39.8%. He is not getting on base this season as much as he or his manager hope.

Breaking down the types of contacted balls Patrick Wisdom put into play this season:

  • Ground Ball Rate: 31.4%
  • Fly Ball Rate: 50.3%
  • Line Drive Rate: 18.3%

Now here is a breakdown of the velocity of the balls he put into play:

  • Soft Hit Ball Rate: 13.6%
  • Medium Hit Ball Rate: 40.8%
  • Hard Hit Ball Rate: 45.6%


Rafael Ortega

Rafael Ortega has hit 10 Home Runs, drove in 32 runs, and sports a .284 batting average this season. He also has scored 35 runs this season and stolen 8 bases.

He has an OPS that is above-average. He hits with above-average power and it must be respected.

He is below average with his 7.5% walk rate, drawing walks may not necessarily be that important or the opportunity may not arise as much. He has a K Rate of 22.2% this season, which is a bit lower than your average MLB hitter. This season, he has been an above-average player at getting on base.

Breaking down the types of contacted balls Rafael Ortega put into play this season:

  • Ground Ball Rate: 30.2%
  • Fly Ball Rate: 44.0%
  • Line Drive Rate: 25.8%

Now here is a breakdown of the velocity of the balls he put into play:

  • Soft Hit Ball Rate: 15.1%
  • Medium Hit Ball Rate: 56.5%
  • Hard Hit Ball Rate: 28.5%


Nico Hoerner

Nico Hoerner has hit 0 Home Runs, drove in 14 runs, and sports a .313 batting average this season. He also has scored 13 runs this season and stolen 3 bases.

He has an OPS that is above-average. He would not be classified as a power hitter this season.

He is an above average hitter when came to his ability to draw walks with a 9.9% walk rate. He avoids strikeouts quite well, he is FAR better than your average hitter. If he is getting an out, he made contact to get there. Getting on base is not an issue for Nico Hoerner this season.

Breaking down the types of contacted balls Nico Hoerner put into play this season:

  • Ground Ball Rate: 47.7%
  • Fly Ball Rate: 28.8%
  • Line Drive Rate: 23.4%

Now here is a breakdown of the velocity of the balls he put into play:

  • Soft Hit Ball Rate: 16.1%
  • Medium Hit Ball Rate: 59.8%
  • Hard Hit Ball Rate: 24.1%


Robinson Chirinos

Robinson Chirinos has hit 4 Home Runs, drove in 13 runs, and sports a .233 batting average this season. He also has scored 12 runs this season and stolen 0 bases.

He has an OPS that is above-average. He hits with above-average power and it must be respected.

He is an above average hitter when came to his ability to draw walks with a 8.6% walk rate. With a strikeout rate of 31.4%, he has struggled at the plate with making contact. This season, he has been an above-average player at getting on base.

Breaking down the types of contacted balls Robinson Chirinos put into play this season:

  • Ground Ball Rate: 33.3%
  • Fly Ball Rate: 52.6%
  • Line Drive Rate: 14.0%

Now here is a breakdown of the velocity of the balls he put into play:

  • Soft Hit Ball Rate: 17.2%
  • Medium Hit Ball Rate: 50.0%
  • Hard Hit Ball Rate: 32.8%


Nick Madrigal

Nick Madrigal has hit 2 Home Runs, drove in 21 runs, and sports a .305 batting average this season. He also has scored 30 runs this season and stolen 1 bases.

He has an OPS that is above-average. He is not considered a power hitter this season, but this could change.

He is a free swinger and his walk rate this season indicates it thus far, it is presently 5.1%. He avoids strikeouts quite well, he is FAR better than your average hitter. If he is getting an out, he made contact to get there. This season, he has been an above-average player at getting on base.

Breaking down the types of contacted balls Nick Madrigal put into play this season:

  • Ground Ball Rate: 59.9%
  • Fly Ball Rate: 19.8%
  • Line Drive Rate: 20.3%

Now here is a breakdown of the velocity of the balls he put into play:

  • Soft Hit Ball Rate: 20.1%
  • Medium Hit Ball Rate: 58.2%
  • Hard Hit Ball Rate: 21.7%


Willson Contreras

Willson Contreras has hit 18 Home Runs, drove in 43 runs, and sports a .225 batting average this season. He also has scored 52 runs this season and stolen 4 bases.

He has an OPS that is above-average. He hits with above-average power and it must be respected.

He is an above average hitter when came to his ability to draw walks with a 10.6% walk rate. Striking out a bit more than your average hitter with a K Rate of 29.2%, it is not ideal, but… still a weakness. This season, he has been an above-average player at getting on base.

Breaking down the types of contacted balls Willson Contreras put into play this season:

  • Ground Ball Rate: 51.4%
  • Fly Ball Rate: 32.9%
  • Line Drive Rate: 15.7%

Now here is a breakdown of the velocity of the balls he put into play:

  • Soft Hit Ball Rate: 12.9%
  • Medium Hit Ball Rate: 49.0%
  • Hard Hit Ball Rate: 38.2%


Ian Happ

Ian Happ has hit 22 Home Runs, drove in 54 runs, and sports a .224 batting average this season. He also has scored 51 runs this season and stolen 3 bases.

He has an OPS that is above-average. He hits with above-average power and it must be respected.

He is an above average hitter when came to his ability to draw walks with a 10.5% walk rate. Striking out a bit more than your average hitter with a K Rate of 30.3%, it is not ideal, but… still a weakness. This season, he has been an above-average player at getting on base.

Breaking down the types of contacted balls Ian Happ put into play this season:

  • Ground Ball Rate: 45.0%
  • Fly Ball Rate: 34.2%
  • Line Drive Rate: 20.8%

Now here is a breakdown of the velocity of the balls he put into play:

  • Soft Hit Ball Rate: 15.4%
  • Medium Hit Ball Rate: 51.1%
  • Hard Hit Ball Rate: 33.5%


Starting Pitcher and Lineup for the Philadelphia Phillies

Ranger Suarez is 6-4 this season with an ERA of 1.38 in 78.0 innings pitched across 8 starts. He has a WHIP of 1.03 and yields an opponent Batting Average of 0.18. Ranger Suarez’s pitching repertoire includes:

  • A Fastball that is on average 93.3 mph.
  • A Slider that is on average 83.6 mph.
  • A Changeup that is on average 84.9 mph.

Ranger Suarez has shown a penchant for forcing hitters to hit ground balls. In fact, 60.7% of balls in play were on the ground. Does this mean he is attracting soft contact though? Those ground balls are getting up the middle and through the 5 1/2 hole for hits, but his infield is also putting in work to getting to the balls too.

Bryce Harper

Bryce Harper has hit 32 Home Runs, drove in 73 runs, and sports a .307 batting average this season. He also has scored 88 runs this season and stolen 12 bases.

He is in the upper echelon of hitters with a 1.033 OPS. He is considered one of the top power hitters this season.

He is very well known for his ability to draw walks with a 15.7% walk rate. He has a K Rate of 21.5% this season, which is a bit lower than your average MLB hitter. His ability to reach base is among the best in MLB.

Breaking down the types of contacted balls Bryce Harper put into play this season:

  • Ground Ball Rate: 41.8%
  • Fly Ball Rate: 36.4%
  • Line Drive Rate: 21.8%

Now here is a breakdown of the velocity of the balls he put into play:

  • Soft Hit Ball Rate: 14.2%
  • Medium Hit Ball Rate: 42.4%
  • Hard Hit Ball Rate: 43.3%


Rhys Hoskins

Rhys Hoskins has hit 27 Home Runs, drove in 71 runs, and sports a .247 batting average this season. He also has scored 64 runs this season and stolen 3 bases.

He is considered a very good hitter according to OPS. .864 is his OPS this season, can it go higher?Rhys Hoskins would be considered a power hitter this season, although he is not one of the top pure power hitters.

He is an above average hitter when came to his ability to draw walks with a 10.6% walk rate. Striking out a bit more than your average hitter with a K Rate of 24.4%, it is not ideal, but… still a weakness. This season, he has been an above-average player at getting on base.

Breaking down the types of contacted balls Rhys Hoskins put into play this season:

  • Ground Ball Rate: 29.3%
  • Fly Ball Rate: 50.9%
  • Line Drive Rate: 19.8%

Now here is a breakdown of the velocity of the balls he put into play:

  • Soft Hit Ball Rate: 12.7%
  • Medium Hit Ball Rate: 53.0%
  • Hard Hit Ball Rate: 34.3%


Jean Segura

Jean Segura has hit 12 Home Runs, drove in 50 runs, and sports a .298 batting average this season. He also has scored 69 runs this season and stolen 9 bases.

He has an OPS that is above-average. He is not considered a power hitter this season, but this could change.

He is below average with his 7.0% walk rate, drawing walks may not necessarily be that important or the opportunity may not arise as much. He avoids strikeouts quite well, he is FAR better than your average hitter. If he is getting an out, he made contact to get there. Getting on base is not an issue for Jean Segura this season.

Breaking down the types of contacted balls Jean Segura put into play this season:

  • Ground Ball Rate: 53.2%
  • Fly Ball Rate: 27.6%
  • Line Drive Rate: 19.1%

Now here is a breakdown of the velocity of the balls he put into play:

  • Soft Hit Ball Rate: 22.3%
  • Medium Hit Ball Rate: 47.9%
  • Hard Hit Ball Rate: 29.7%


J.T. Realmuto

J.T. Realmuto has hit 14 Home Runs, drove in 60 runs, and sports a .262 batting average this season. He also has scored 57 runs this season and stolen 10 bases.

He has an OPS that is above-average. He hits with above-average power and it must be respected.

He is an above average hitter when came to his ability to draw walks with a 10.2% walk rate. He has a K Rate of 23.6% this season, which is a bit lower than your average MLB hitter. This season, he has been an above-average player at getting on base.

Breaking down the types of contacted balls J.T. Realmuto put into play this season:

  • Ground Ball Rate: 46.2%
  • Fly Ball Rate: 32.3%
  • Line Drive Rate: 21.5%

Now here is a breakdown of the velocity of the balls he put into play:

  • Soft Hit Ball Rate: 16.8%
  • Medium Hit Ball Rate: 45.2%
  • Hard Hit Ball Rate: 38.0%


Brad Miller

Brad Miller has hit 18 Home Runs, drove in 44 runs, and sports a .226 batting average this season. He also has scored 47 runs this season and stolen 3 bases.

He has an OPS that is above-average. Brad Miller would be considered a power hitter this season, although he is not one of the top pure power hitters.

His ability to draw walks is quite good. He is a selective hitter sporting a 12.2% walk rate. Striking out a bit more than your average hitter with a K Rate of 30.1%, it is not ideal, but… still a weakness. This season, he has been an above-average player at getting on base.

Breaking down the types of contacted balls Brad Miller put into play this season:

  • Ground Ball Rate: 45.5%
  • Fly Ball Rate: 36.0%
  • Line Drive Rate: 18.5%

Now here is a breakdown of the velocity of the balls he put into play:

  • Soft Hit Ball Rate: 15.3%
  • Medium Hit Ball Rate: 41.3%
  • Hard Hit Ball Rate: 43.4%


Andrew McCutchen

Andrew McCutchen has hit 24 Home Runs, drove in 70 runs, and sports a .220 batting average this season. He also has scored 68 runs this season and stolen 6 bases.

He has an OPS that is above-average. He hits with above-average power and it must be respected.

His ability to draw walks is quite good. He is a selective hitter sporting a 14.1% walk rate. He has a K Rate of 23.3% this season, which is a bit lower than your average MLB hitter. This season, he has been an above-average player at getting on base.

Breaking down the types of contacted balls Andrew McCutchen put into play this season:

  • Ground Ball Rate: 41.1%
  • Fly Ball Rate: 39.6%
  • Line Drive Rate: 19.3%

Now here is a breakdown of the velocity of the balls he put into play:

  • Soft Hit Ball Rate: 14.9%
  • Medium Hit Ball Rate: 48.4%
  • Hard Hit Ball Rate: 36.7%


Odubel Herrera

Odubel Herrera has hit 13 Home Runs, drove in 47 runs, and sports a .258 batting average this season. He also has scored 51 runs this season and stolen 6 bases.

He has an OPS that is above-average. He hits with above-average power and it must be respected.

He is below average with his 6.6% walk rate, drawing walks may not necessarily be that important or the opportunity may not arise as much. He avoids strikeouts quite well, he is FAR better than your average hitter. If he is getting an out, he made contact to get there. This season, he has been an above-average player at getting on base.

Breaking down the types of contacted balls Odubel Herrera put into play this season:

  • Ground Ball Rate: 49.4%
  • Fly Ball Rate: 31.8%
  • Line Drive Rate: 18.8%

Now here is a breakdown of the velocity of the balls he put into play:

  • Soft Hit Ball Rate: 15.8%
  • Medium Hit Ball Rate: 53.9%
  • Hard Hit Ball Rate: 30.3%


Nick Maton

Nick Maton has hit 2 Home Runs, drove in 14 runs, and sports a .256 batting average this season. He also has scored 16 runs this season and stolen 2 bases.

He has an OPS that is above-average. He is not considered a power hitter this season, but this could change.

He is below average with his 7.6% walk rate, drawing walks may not necessarily be that important or the opportunity may not arise as much. Striking out a bit more than your average hitter with a K Rate of 29.8%, it is not ideal, but… still a weakness. This season, he has been an above-average player at getting on base.

Breaking down the types of contacted balls Nick Maton put into play this season:

  • Ground Ball Rate: 32.9%
  • Fly Ball Rate: 36.7%
  • Line Drive Rate: 30.4%

Now here is a breakdown of the velocity of the balls he put into play:

  • Soft Hit Ball Rate: 15.0%
  • Medium Hit Ball Rate: 58.8%
  • Hard Hit Ball Rate: 26.3%


Travis Jankowski

Travis Jankowski has hit 1 Home Runs, drove in 10 runs, and sports a .250 batting average this season. He also has scored 23 runs this season and stolen 4 bases.

A below-average OPS of .705 has been disappointing thus far for Travis Jankowski. He is not considered a power hitter this season, but this could change.

His ability to draw walks is quite good. He is a selective hitter sporting a 14.2% walk rate. He has a K Rate of 19.6% this season, which is a bit lower than your average MLB hitter. Getting on base is not an issue for Travis Jankowski this season.

Breaking down the types of contacted balls Travis Jankowski put into play this season:

  • Ground Ball Rate: 49.4%
  • Fly Ball Rate: 27.0%
  • Line Drive Rate: 23.6%

Now here is a breakdown of the velocity of the balls he put into play:

  • Soft Hit Ball Rate: 13.4%
  • Medium Hit Ball Rate: 67.0%
  • Hard Hit Ball Rate: 19.6%


Freddy Galvis

Freddy Galvis has hit 12 Home Runs, drove in 35 runs, and sports a .239 batting average this season. He also has scored 46 runs this season and stolen 1 bases.

A below-average OPS of .707 has been disappointing thus far for Freddy Galvis. He hits with above-average power and it must be respected.

He is below average with his 6.9% walk rate, drawing walks may not necessarily be that important or the opportunity may not arise as much. He has a K Rate of 19.6% this season, which is a bit lower than your average MLB hitter. He is not getting on base this season as much as he or his manager hope.

Breaking down the types of contacted balls Freddy Galvis put into play this season:

  • Ground Ball Rate: 41.7%
  • Fly Ball Rate: 40.0%
  • Line Drive Rate: 18.3%

Now here is a breakdown of the velocity of the balls he put into play:

  • Soft Hit Ball Rate: 22.9%
  • Medium Hit Ball Rate: 48.3%
  • Hard Hit Ball Rate: 28.8%


Luke Williams

Luke Williams has hit 1 Home Runs, drove in 6 runs, and sports a .253 batting average this season. He also has scored 8 runs this season and stolen 2 bases.

A below-average OPS of .650 has been disappointing thus far for Luke Williams. He would not be classified as a power hitter this season.

He is an above average hitter when came to his ability to draw walks with a 9.5% walk rate. He has a K Rate of 20.0% this season, which is a bit lower than your average MLB hitter. This season, he has been an above-average player at getting on base.

Breaking down the types of contacted balls Luke Williams put into play this season:

  • Ground Ball Rate: 55.9%
  • Fly Ball Rate: 25.0%
  • Line Drive Rate: 19.1%

Now here is a breakdown of the velocity of the balls he put into play:

  • Soft Hit Ball Rate: 21.6%
  • Medium Hit Ball Rate: 55.4%
  • Hard Hit Ball Rate: 23.0%


Didi Gregorius

Didi Gregorius has hit 11 Home Runs, drove in 45 runs, and sports a .220 batting average this season. He also has scored 31 runs this season and stolen 3 bases.

A below-average OPS of .662 has been disappointing thus far for Didi Gregorius. He hits with above-average power and it must be respected.

He is below average with his 6.1% walk rate, drawing walks may not necessarily be that important or the opportunity may not arise as much. He has a K Rate of 17.6% this season, which is a bit lower than your average MLB hitter. He is not getting on base this season as much as he or his manager hope.

Breaking down the types of contacted balls Didi Gregorius put into play this season:

  • Ground Ball Rate: 35.4%
  • Fly Ball Rate: 45.1%
  • Line Drive Rate: 19.5%

Now here is a breakdown of the velocity of the balls he put into play:

  • Soft Hit Ball Rate: 23.3%
  • Medium Hit Ball Rate: 53.1%
  • Hard Hit Ball Rate: 23.6%


Alec Bohm

Alec Bohm has hit 7 Home Runs, drove in 47 runs, and sports a .245 batting average this season. He also has scored 46 runs this season and stolen 4 bases.

A below-average OPS of .645 has been disappointing thus far for Alec Bohm. He is not considered a power hitter this season, but this could change.

He is below average with his 7.6% walk rate, drawing walks may not necessarily be that important or the opportunity may not arise as much. Striking out a bit more than your average hitter with a K Rate of 26.5%, it is not ideal, but… still a weakness. He is not getting on base this season as much as he or his manager hope.

Breaking down the types of contacted balls Alec Bohm put into play this season:

  • Ground Ball Rate: 52.8%
  • Fly Ball Rate: 22.5%
  • Line Drive Rate: 24.7%

Now here is a breakdown of the velocity of the balls he put into play:

  • Soft Hit Ball Rate: 12.0%
  • Medium Hit Ball Rate: 49.4%
  • Hard Hit Ball Rate: 38.6%


Rafael Marchan

Rafael Marchan has hit 1 Home Runs, drove in 4 runs, and sports a .231 batting average this season. He also has scored 7 runs this season and stolen 0 bases.

A below-average OPS of .632 has been disappointing thus far for Rafael Marchan. He is not considered a power hitter this season, but this could change.

He is below average with his 7.1% walk rate, drawing walks may not necessarily be that important or the opportunity may not arise as much. He has a K Rate of 17.9% this season, which is a bit lower than your average MLB hitter. He is not getting on base this season as much as he or his manager hope.

Breaking down the types of contacted balls Rafael Marchan put into play this season:

  • Ground Ball Rate: 40.5%
  • Fly Ball Rate: 38.1%
  • Line Drive Rate: 21.4%

Now here is a breakdown of the velocity of the balls he put into play:

  • Soft Hit Ball Rate: 28.6%
  • Medium Hit Ball Rate: 54.8%
  • Hard Hit Ball Rate: 16.7%


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