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Tuesday: 6:35 pm CT on NBC Sports Chicago/670AM
Mike Foltynewicz: Mike Foltynewicz has thrown 7,509 pitches that have been tracked by the PITCHf/x system between 2013 and 2018, including pitches thrown in the MLB Regular Season and Spring Training. In 2018, he has relied primarily on his Fourseam Fastball (97mph) and Slider (86mph), also mixing in a Sinker (97mph), Change (89mph) and Curve (80mph).
His fourseam fastball is blazing fast, results in somewhat more flyballs compared to other pitchers' fourseamers and has slightly less natural movement than typical. His slider has some two-plane movement. His sinkeris thrown at a speed that's borderline unfair, generates a very high amount of groundballs compared to other pitchers' sinkers, has little sinking action compared to a true sinker and has slight armside run. His change is thrown extremely hard, generates more whiffs/swing compared to other pitchers' changeups, results in somewhat more groundballs compared to other pitchers' changeups and has slight armside fade. His curve results in more flyballs compared to other pitchers' curves, has little depth, is slightly harder than usual and has primarily 12-6 movement.
Sean's Note: The hard throwing Foltynewicz has had a very good season so far. He is primarily a fly ball pitcher and his strike out rate has taken a huge jump in 2018.
Final Thoughts: The Cubs lineup looks pretty similar to Monday's other than Ben Zobrist leading off. It feels like Albert Almora will lead off against lefties while Zobrist will lead off against right handers. Almora starts again against a righty, hitting in the seventh spot. Yu Darvish returns from the flu to start, the Cubs could use a quality outing from their big right hander. Jose Quintana's short start put pressure on the bullpen. With seven games the next six days, the relief corps will need to be managed judiciously.
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