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Scouting Reports from Brooks Baseball.
Anthony DeSclafani: Anthony DeSclafani has thrown 5,770 pitches that have been tracked by the PITCHf/x system between 2014 and 2018, including pitches thrown in the MLB Regular Season, Spring Training and Fall/Winter Ball. In 2018, he has relied primarily on his Slider (88mph), Fourseam Fastball (94mph) and Sinker (94mph), also mixing in a Curve(81mph). He also rarely throws a Change (89mph).
His slider is thrown extremely hard, has less than expected depth and results in somewhat more flyballs compared to other pitchers' sliders. His fourseam fastball results in more flyballs compared to other pitchers' fourseamers and has essentially average velo. His sinker results in more flyballs compared to other pitchers' sinkers and has slightly above average velo. His curve (take this with a grain of salt because he's only thrown 18 of them in 2018) is basically never swung at and missed compared to other pitchers' curves, has little depth, is slightly harder than usual and has primarily 12-6 movement. His change (take this with a grain of salt because he's only thrown 6 of them in 2018) is thrown extremely hard, is basically never swung at and missed compared to other pitchers' changeups, results in more flyballs compared to other pitchers' changeups and has some natural sink to it.
Sean's note: DeSclafani has missed most of the season with injuries, he has made only 3 starts in 2018. His ground ball rate is extremely low, he allows 60% line drives and fly balls. In the cozy dimensions of Great American Ball Park, that could lead to a lot of damage.
Final Thoughts: The struggling Kris Bryant gets the day off with Tommy La Stella getting a nod in the leadoff spot. Luke Farrell gets the spot start after last week's doubleheader. He probably won't go deep in his start so it will be a bullpen game. The Cubs need to score some runs if they want to win. The Reds will score runs, Chicago hasn't kept pace the first two games of the series.