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Scouting Report from Brooks Baseball.
Ty Blach: Ty Blach has thrown 3,638 pitches that have been tracked by the PITCHf/x system between 2016 and 2018, including pitches thrown in the MLB Regular Season, the MLB Postseason and Spring Training. In 2018, he has relied primarily on his Fourseam Fastball (90mph) and Change (80mph), also mixing in a Curve (76mph). He also rarely throws a Slider (79mph).
His fourseam fastball has heavy sinking action, is a real worm killer that generates an extreme number of groundballs compared to other pitchers' fourseamers, has essentially average velo and has slight armside run. His change generates a very high amount of groundballs compared to other pitchers' changeups, has slight armside fade, has slightly below average velo and has some natural sink to it. His curve is basically never swung at and missed compared to other pitchers' curves, generates a very high amount of groundballs compared to other pitchers' curves and has a sharp downward bite. His slider has exceptional depth, results in more flyballs compared to other pitchers' sliders and has below average velo.
Sean's Note: Blach is a pitch to contact guy with only a 10.4% strikeout rate. Unlike the first two Giants starters Blach induces a lot of ground balls. Both sides of the plate hit for a very high average against the lefty.
Final Thoughts: After a short outing from Jose Quintana, the Cubs could use a good performance from Tyler Chatwood. Chatwood finally had his wildness catch up to him against the Indians, he'll need to step it up tonight. Joe Maddon has three lefties starting against Blach, which makes sense given his similar numbers against left handed and right handed hitters. Still, I'm surprised to see Jason Heyward start. Heyward's numbers against lefties are dismal, with a .369 OPS. At this point Heyward should almost never start against a left handed pitcher.