Game Post 8/28
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Lineups and Bullpen Usage via Baseball Press.
Scouting Report from Brooks Baseball.
Jacob deGrom: His fourseam fastball generates an extremely high number of swings & misses compared to other pitchers' fourseamers, has less armside movement than typical and has well above average velo. His slider is thrown extremely hard, generates a very high amount of groundballs compared to other pitchers' sliders and has less than expected depth. His change is thrown extremely hard and has some natural sink to it. His sinker is blazing fast, has less armside run than typical and has little sinking action compared to a true sinker. His curve is much harder than usual, has little depth, has primarily 12-6 movement and results in somewhat more flyballs compared to other pitchers' curves.
Sam's Note: deGrom is basically Aries this year. This is a problem. In August he's striking out over 12 per 9. It's a 1.75 FIP. Duck.
Final Thoughts: deGrom is an elite pitcher and was outstanding against the Cubs in June allowing one run in seven innings while racking up 13 strikeouts. Joe Maddon is going with an interesting lineup against the Mets ace. Hitting Antony Rizzo second and Victor Caratini in the five spot. Honestly, lineup construction seems to have little effect on the Cy Young candidate. Cole Hamels has been terrific in a Cubs uniform and will likely need to outlast deGrom if Chicago wants to extend its winning streak to seven.