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Jack Flaherty: Jack Flaherty has thrown 1,667 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 (94mph) 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 essentially average velo and results in somewhat more groundballs compared to other pitchers' fourseamers. His slider generates a high number of swings & misses 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 and has less armside run than typical. His curve generates a high number of swings & misses compared to other pitchers' curves, has a sharp downward bite, results in somewhat more groundballs compared to other pitchers' curves and has slight glove-side movement. His change generates more whiffs/swing compared to other pitchers' changeups and is slightly firmer than usual.
Sean's Note: Flaherty dominated the Cubs last month in a win on Sunday Night Baseball. The rookie has a very impressive 3.24 ERA, and an impressive 26% strike out rate.
Final Thoughts: The Cubs All Stars are back in the lineup after getting the day off on Thursday. Anthony Rizzo stays in the leadoff spot, where he has hit well. Jason Heyward started the second-half as well as he finished the first. Albert Almora is back after a minor health scare with his baby to be, luckily everything was ok. Jon Lester gets the start after pitching the final game against Padres. Lester has been very good at home with an ERA just over 2.00 at Wrigley.