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Scouting Report from Brooks Baseball.
Johnny Cueto: Johnny Cueto has thrown 29,717 pitches that have been tracked by the PITCHf/x system between 2008 and 2018, including pitches thrown in the MLB Regular Season, the MLB Postseason and Spring Training. In 2018, he has relied primarily on his Slider (84mph), Fourseam Fastball (91mph) and Change (83mph), also mixing in a Sinker (90mph). He also rarely throws a Curve (79mph).
His slider is a real worm killer that generates an extreme number of groundballs compared to other pitchers' sliders. His fourseam fastball has slightly below average velo. His change dives down out of the zone, generates more whiffs/swing compared to other pitchers' changeups and results in many more groundballs compared to other pitchers' changeups. His sinker is basically never swung at and missed compared to other pitchers' sinkers, results in somewhat more flyballs compared to other pitchers' sinkers, has slight armside run and has slightly below average velo. His curve (take this with a grain of salt because he's only thrown 15 of them in 2018) results in more flyballs compared to other pitchers' curves, has little depth and has primarily 12-6 movement.
Sean's Note: Cubs fans have come to know Cueto very well over the years. An elbow injury cost him over a month, he just returned last week against the Cardinals. His change up is still a devastating pitch especially against left-handed batters. So expect a right handed heavy lineup against the right handed pitcher.
Final Thoughts: Kris Bryant is back after missing two weeks with shoulder discomfort. The Cubs offense hasn't done much the first two games of this series, but the starting pitching has been great. They have allowed no earned runs the first two games. Offense may be hard to come by again with Cueto on the hill.
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