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Scouting Report from Brooks Baseball.
Jameson Taillon: Jameson Taillon has thrown 5,940 pitches that have been tracked by the PITCHf/x system between 2012 and 2018, all of them occuring in the MLB Regular Season. In 2018, he has relied primarily on his Fourseam Fastball (96mph), Sinker (96mph) and Curve (83mph), also mixing in a Slider (90mph) and Change (88mph).
His fourseam fastball generates a high number of swings & misses compared to other pitchers' fourseamers, has less armside movement than typical and has well above average velo. His sinker is blazing fast, has less armside run than typical and results in somewhat more groundballs compared to other pitchers' sinkers. His curve is much harder than usual and has a sharp downward bite. His slider is thrown extremely hard, has less than expected depth and results in somewhat more groundballs compared to other pitchers' sliders. His change is thrown extremely hard, generates fewer whiffs/swing compared to other pitchers' changeups and has slight cut action.
Sean's Note: Taillon has had a good year for the Pirates in 2018. He has very good control with a walk rate below 6%. Home runs are not a big issue and he generates a fair amount of ground balls. Lefties hit him for a higher average, but not better power than righties. Taillon allowed three runs in seven innings against the Cubs in a win at the end of July.
Final Thoughts: The Cubs are going with a bit of a offensive shakeup, hitting Tommy La Stella leadoff. The struggling, possibly injured, Addison Russell gets the day off. He seemed to be in a lot of pain after swinging the bat several times Saturday. Jose Quintana has struggled the last two starts he has made. Even a quality start won't matter if the Cubs can't score runs.