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Scouting Report from Brooks Baseball.
John Gant: John Gant has thrown 2,014 pitches that have been tracked by the PITCHf/x system between 2016 and 2018, all of them occuring in the MLB Regular Season. In 2018, he has relied primarily on his Fourseam Fastball (94mph) and Change (82mph), also mixing in a Curve (77mph) and Slider (84mph).
His fourseam fastball has an obvious tail, has some natural sinking action, has essentially average velo and results in somewhat more groundballs compared to other pitchers' fourseamers. His change has slightly below average velo. His curve generates fewer whiffs/swing compared to other pitchers' curves, has a sharp downward bite and results in somewhat more flyballs compared to other pitchers' curves. His slider generates an extremely high number of swings & misses compared to other pitchers' sliders, is an extreme flyball pitch compared to other pitchers' sliders and has primarily 12-6 movement.
Sean's Note: Gant has flashed decent numbers moving between starting and relief roles. He strikes out slightly less than league average, while walking above league average. A high rate of hard contact and a very low (.219) average on balls put in play indicate he has been lucky in 2018.
Final Thoughts: Albert Almora, Kris Bryant, Addison Russell, and Willson Contreras are in after sitting out game one. Mike Montgomery has struggled a bit recently after starting well upon entering the rotation. The Cardinals aren't playing the white-hot Matt Carpenter in game two, so that helps quite a bit.