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Scouting Report from Brooks Baseball.
Chris Stratton: Chris Stratton has thrown 2,192 pitches that have been tracked by the PITCHf/x system between 2016 and 2018, including pitches thrown in the MLB Regular Season, Spring Training and Fall/Winter Ball. In 2018, he has relied primarily on his Fourseam Fastball (92mph), also mixing in a Curve (78mph), Slider (84mph), Change (84mph) and Sinker(91mph).
His fourseam fastball has less armside movement than typical and has essentially average velo. His curve has sweeping glove-side movement and has a sharp downward bite. His slider has exceptional depth, has short glove-side cut and results in somewhat more flyballs compared to other pitchers' sliders. His change has some natural sink to it. His sinker is basically never swung at and missed compared to other pitchers' sinkers and has surprisingly little armside run.
Sean's Note: Stratton is another pitcher with low ground ball rates. There is no significant platoon advantage for righties or lefties against him. He has been hit hard in May with an ERA over 6.
Final Thoughts: The Cubs made a roster move before the game shipping Victor Caratini to Iowa and bringing up Chris Gimenez. This is not a surprising move, Gimenez was reaching a June 1 opt out to become a free agent if he stayed at AAA. Look for him to start catching Yu Darvish as soon as Sunday night. Ben Zobrist is hitting lead off on his 37th birthday. He should get the majority of starts a top the order the rest of the season. Jose Quintana looks to build off his quality start in Cincinnati last weekend.
Update: Looks like Gimenez won't catch Darvish on Sunday. As Yu has been placed on the DL with right triceps tendonitis. Tyler Chatwood will start Sunday, and Monday is yet to be determined.
Tyler Chatwood will make the start tomorrow. Monday’s starter in Pittsburgh is TBD. pic.twitter.com/2uAkf2a6TN
— Chicago Cubs (@Cubs) May 26, 2018