Kris Bryant

Chicago Cubs

Matchup vs. Clayton Kershaw :

Bryant is slugging .462 in his last 87 PA's against left-handers with above-average strikeout rates like Kershaw over the last 2 seasons.

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  • Albert Almora (137 wRC+ vs LHP) leads off against Alex Wood, who hasn't pitched in post-season

    Both the Cubs (4.81) and Dodgers (4.69) sport implied run lines about a run higher than the ALCS participants. At one point, Alex Wood was a dark horse Cy Young candidate before losing two miles per hour off his fastball and running a second half 3.89 ERA, 4.76 FIP and 4.19 xFIP all well above his first half numbers. While the Dodgers are up three games to none, the condition likely limiting his workload tonight is that he hasn't pitched in the post-season yet (last start on 9/26) and has only thrown 91 pitches once since the end of August. Best case scenario would seem six innings tonight. Though batters from either side had a wOBA in the .260s with a K-BB between 17 and 19%, there was a significant split in the quality of contact Wood allowed. LHBs had a 59 GB% and stunning 16.8 Hard%, while RHBs had a 50.7 GB% and 32 Hard%. The Cubs have countered this split with Albert Almora (137 wRC+, .144 ISO vs LHP) at the top of the lineup, while Ben Zobrist and Jason Heyward sit. Almora costs $3.3K on DK and just $2.4K on FD. He runs the risk of being removed later in the game, but his spot at the top of the order could get him an extra PA to help compensate. This confirmed Chicago lineup had a .360 wOBA, .190 ISO and 20.8 K% against LHP this year according to PlateIQ but also a 12.6 BB% against southpaws. Kris Bryant (150 wRC+, .218 ISO vs LHP) is the top bat in the lineup, but from the right-hand side, both Willson Contreras and Javier Baez exceeded a 130 wRC+ and .240 ISO vs LHP this year at a much lower cost. Addison Russell (111 wRC+, .184 ISO vs LHP) costs $3.4K on either site. Again, it's questionable how many opportunities they'll have against LHP tonight, but another factor in their favor is Kevin's forecast, which calls for 15-20 mph sustained winds with 25 mph gusts out towards center. Anthony Rizzo, Russell and Bryant all exceed 10 career PAs against Wood in their career, Bryant (one HR) is the only batter with a HR in his career against him. It appears to be Jim Wolf's turn to call balls and strikes tonight according to the umpire rotation available at (a popular Dodgers blog). According to Swish Analytics Umpire Factors, available on RotoGrinders, in 287 games, batters have a 19.4 K% and 8.1 BB% with Wolf calling pitches. That's good for a 0.95 K-Boost and 1.05 BB-Boost, which could potentially add more value to the bats in this game.

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  • Bryant strikes out four times in loss to Nats

    None of the Cubs' hitter had much of a chance against Stephen Strasburg, but Bryant's struggles were the most troubling, and the most obvious. His fourth strikeout was on a slider from Ryan Madson that Bryant normally hits out of the state, much less the ballpark. The 2016 NL MVP will have to be better than he was Wednesday if the Cubs have any chance of repeating as World Series champions.

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  • Stephen Strasburg has the third best strikeout rate (29.1%) and SIERA (3.37) on today's board

    The Chicago Cubs have today's third lowest run line on the board (3.14), facing Stephen Strasburg, who has wrapped up potentially his best major league season (29.1 K%, 13 SwStr%, 2.52 ERA, 3.37 SIERA, 2.93 DRA are all third best among today's pitchers). Strasburg costs exactly $10.6K on either site, which makes him more expensive than Kershaw on FanDuel. Strasburg had very little split in terms of wOBA (both around .250) or ground ball rate (both around league average), though RHBs had a 30.8 Hard% against him, while LHBs had just a 23.8 Hard%. While exceptional, his 5.9 Hard-Soft% overall is only fifth best among today's eight pitchers. The Cubs were merely league average (100 wRC+) against RHP this year. The confirmed lineup for the Cubs has a .339 wOBA, .203 ISO and 20.8 K% vs RHP via PlateIQ. Kris Bryant (145 wRC+, .249 ISO vs RHP) may be the key to the Chicago lineup, considering RHBs did hit Strasburg slightly better this year. He costs around $4K on either site though. Willson Contreras (114 wRC+, .214 ISO vs RHP) costs less than $3K on FanDuel. Anthony Rizzo (135 wRC+) and Kyle Schwarber (109 wRC+) also exceeded a .200 ISO vs RHP this year. No other starter has a wRC+ above 100 or ISO above .190 against RHP this year, while Jason Heyward and Javier Baez are in their more for their defense than offense. Other things players will certainly want to consider here are weather, bullpen and umpiring. Kevin notes that it's slightly warmer than normal for this time of year in Washington, but there is nothing in the forecast that should provide a weather impact for the game. The Washington bullpen had a 21.9 K% that was just 21st in the majors. They were a mess for the majority of the season before being stabilized by the additions of Ryan Madson (33.3 K-BB%) and Sean Doolittle (19.5 K-BB%). It is now more middle of the road, but still lacks a multi-inning, post-season weapon that many other teams seem to have now. Cory Blaser will be calling the balls and strikes according to Yahoo Sports. According to Swish Analytics Umpire Factors, available on RotoGrinders, Blaser has been a fairly neutral umpire (0.99 K-Boost, 1.01 BB-Boost) in 203 opportunities with a 20.3 K% and 7.8 BB%.

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  • Cubs using hangover lineup Thursday at STL

    Cubs manager Joe Maddon has constructed a mighty hangover lineup following Wednesday night's NL Central clinching celebration at Busch Stadium. Taylor Davis is at third base, Victor Caratini is at first base, and Alex Avila will start at catcher Thursday night against the Cardinals.

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  • Bryant slugs 29th homer Monday vs. STL

    Bryant singled and scored in the top of the first, belted a solo homer in the top of the second, and then added another single in the top of the seventh. The reigning National League MVP has a somewhat underwhelming RBI total (73) this season, but he's up to 29 home runs and his OPS sits at .954.

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  • Bryant homer in extras completes comeback win

    Oliver Drake threw Bryant a high, straight, 91-mph fastball, and the slugger knew what to do with it, crushing it out to the deepest part of the ballpark. The homer was Bryant's 28th of the season, giving him 69 RBI and 105 runs scored. He's been especially hot since the start of the Mets series eight days ago, going 13-for-33 with three doubles, three homers, 10 RBI and 10 runs scored to raise his overall line to .292/.406/.536.

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  • Kris Bryant out of Tuesday's lineup vs. Rays

    He's just getting a breather. Javy Baez will make the start at third base while Ian Happ plays second base.

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  • Kris Bryant homers as Cubs top Cardinals

    Bryant's solo shot off of Carlos Martinez in the bottom of the fourth inning was the Cubs' first hit of the game and knotted the score up at the time. He also plated their final run of the day with an RBI single in the sixth. The reigning National League MVP is 8-for-16 with two longballs and eight RBI over his last four games.

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  • The Cubs top an eight game Thursday night slate with a 5.82 implied run line against Seth Lugo

    It's a pitching deficient eight game slate on Thursday night with 10 of 16 teams currently implied between 4.8 and 5.8 runs with nobody below 3.66 at this moment. The Chicago Cubs have thrashed the Mets each of the last two nights and are the top projected offense on the board, a bit more than a quarter of a run ahead of the Yankees. Seth Lugo is certainly not the worst pitcher on the board, but his strikeout increase over the last month (24.6%) is not supported by an 8.3 SwStr% that is roughly equivalent to his season rate (8.5%). He generally struggles to go deep into games and the Met bullpen has been a mess. Lugo has almost no split with a wOBA between .325 and .327 to batters from either side with a 35% hard hit rate, though he gains five points on his ground ball rate against RHBs (45%). Among projected starters, only Jason Heyward and Javier Baez are below average hitters against RHP. The top six, as well as Alex Avila (138 wRC+, .220 ISO vs RHP), are all reasonably strong plays. Kris Bryant (139 wRC+, .245 ISO vs RHP) and Anthony Rizzo (135 wRC+, .235 ISO vs RHP) are the obvious top plays. The Yankees face Wade Miley, which may sound a bit better than it actually is. While RHBs do have a .366 wOBA against him this year, they have just a league average 31.4 Hard% and a 49.7 GB%. Over his last six starts though, he has a 21.2 K% and 54.2 GB% with a 4.1 Hard-Soft%. While his ERA is just 3.18 over this span, his estimators are a run higher due to a 12.3 BB%, while he’s failed to reach six innings in half of those starts. RHBs (125 BF) have a .331 wOBA, three HRs, an 8 K-BB%, 52.9 GB% and 21.2 Hard% over this span. The Yankees have a 17.7 HR/FB at home, but just a 96 wRC+ against LHP with a hard hit rate of 29.4% vs LHP and at home. That said, there are a few Yankees who have mashed LHP this year: Aaron Judge (144 wRC+, .273 ISO, 46.9 Hard%), Gary Sanchez (127 wRC+, .264 ISO, 37.5 Hard%), Matt Holliday (139 wRC+, .231 ISO, 41.5 Hard%) and Todd Frazier (115 wRC+, .295 ISO, 35.9 Hard%). Of that group, only Holliday (37.7%) has a fly ball rate below 42%.

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  • Bryant goes 3-for-5 with four runs scored Wed

    He was one of two Cubs to score four runs in the game, Ben Zobrist was the other. The defending National League MVP scored his 100th run of the season in the eighth inning and has a .289 batting average and a .405 on-base percentage with 26 home runs and 63 RBI in 137 games.

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