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Scouting Report from Brooks Baseball.
Brandon McCarthy: Brandon McCarthy has thrown 15,773 pitches that have been tracked by the PITCHf/x system between 2007 and 2018, including pitches thrown in the MLB Regular Season, the MLB Postseason and Spring Training. In 2018, he has relied primarily on his Sinker (93mph), Cutter(91mph) and Curve (81mph), also mixing in a Slider (87mph). He also rarely throws a Fourseam Fastball (92mph).
His sinker generates a very high amount of groundballs compared to other pitchers' sinkers. His cutter has well above average velo, has good "rise", has little cutting action and results in somewhat more groundballs compared to other pitchers' cutters. His curve generates fewer whiffs/swing compared to other pitchers' curves, is slightly harder than usual and has slight glove-side movement. His slider generates fewer whiffs/swing compared to other pitchers' sliders, results in more flyballs compared to other pitchers' sliders, is much harder than usual and has some two-plane movement. His fourseam fastball (take this with a grain of salt because he's only thrown 17 of them in 2018) is basically never swung at and missed compared to other pitchers' fourseamers, is an extreme flyball pitch compared to other pitchers' fourseamers, has some natural sinking action and has essentially average velo.
Sean's Note: As per usual McCarthy has generated a ton of ground balls this season. Over 50% of balls put in play against him have been on the ground. He has struggled overall with 5.58 ERA.
Final Thoughts: Last night looked like it was going to be another frustrating loss for the Cubs. Then a 9th inning rally completely changed the storyline and gave Chicago a big win. Ben Zobrist, who had the winning hit, gets a day off and Albert Almora is at the top of the lineup. Javy Baez is in his first slump of the season, he is chasing sliders in dirt more often of late. When he is on he leaves those egregious breaking pitches alone. Tyler Chatwood has yet to find his control at any point this season. His ability to limit damage while walking over nine batters per nine innings is almost superhuman. It doesn't seem sustainable over an entire season.