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Jack Flaherty: Jack Flaherty has thrown 1,144 pitches that have been tracked by the PITCHf/x system between 2017 and 2018, all of them occuring in the MLB Regular Season. In 2018, he has relied primarily on his Fourseam Fastball (93mph) and Slider (84mph), also mixing in a Sinker(92mph) and Curve (77mph). He also rarely throws a Change (86mph).
His fourseam fastball has less armside movement than typical, has some natural sinking action, has essentially average velo and results in somewhat more groundballs compared to other pitchers' fourseamers. His slider generates more whiffs/swing compared to other pitchers' sliders, results in more flyballs compared to other pitchers' sliders and has less than expected depth. His sinker is a real worm killer that generates an extreme number of groundballs compared to other pitchers' sinkers, has less armside run than typical and has some natural sinking action. His curve generates a high number of swings & misses compared to other pitchers' curves, has a sharp downward bite, results in somewhat more flyballs compared to other pitchers' curves and has slight glove-side movement. His change generates an extremely high number of swings & misses compared to other pitchers' changeups, is slightly firmer than usual and results in somewhat more flyballs compared to other pitchers' changeups.
Sean's Note: Flaherty is striking out a ton of hitters in his first full season in the majors, 26%, well above the MLB average. His slider seems to generate a lot of whiffs to create that high K rate. Left handed hitters bat significantly better against him than right handed hitters.
Final Thoughts: The Cubs lineup remains relatively stable as they go for the sweep on Sunday Night Baseball. Albert Almora and Javy Baez return to the bottom of the order, while Ben Zobrist and Jason Heyward remain on top. Marcell Ozuna has been the Cardinals best player this series, Jose Quintana should be careful with the slugging outfielder. Quintana has pitched very well his last few starts, he's been much more efficient. The Cubs offense has been clicking this series, if they can keep it going they have a very good chance at the win.