Corbin Burnes takes the hill on opening day for the Brewers.
Corbin Burnes takes the hill on opening day for the Brewers.@Burnes16 on Twitter

MLB Opening Day Stat Tips: Brewers vs Cubs starts the season – Corbin Burnes up against Kyle Hendricks

Milwaukee Brewers at Chicago Cubs, 2:20 pm ET.

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Today's contest between the Cubs and the Brewers pits THE BAT's #2-ranked SP (Corbin Burnes) and against the #159-ranked SP (Kyle Hendricks). The rundown on Burnes tells us that he leans on his cutter fastball 52.4% of the time and keeps hitters off balance with a curveball (18.3%). Hendricks is a sinker guy (42.8%) who brings a changeup as his most-trusted secondary offering.

Brewers Insights:

  1. Corbin Burnes will hold the platoon advantage over 6 opposing batters today.

  2. Keston Hiura has strong power (90th percentile) if he makes contact, but that's always far from assured (34.1% K%). Today, however, opposing pitcher Kyle Hendricks is a pitch-to-contact type (6th percentile K%) — great news for Hiura.

  3. The 7.6% Barrel% of the Milwaukee Brewers makes them the #21 group of hitters in the majors since the start of last season by this metric.

Cubs Insights:

  1. Kyle Hendricks' 1941 rpm fastball spin rate since the start of last season ranks in the 5th percentile among SPs.

  2. Patrick Wisdom's 97.4-mph exit velocity on fly balls ranks in the 96th percentile since the start of last season.

  3. Nick Madrigal has a 99 percentile opposite-field rate on his fly balls (42.9%) and has to hit them towards MLB's 5th-deepest RF fences today.

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