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Scouting Report from Brooks Baseball.
Joey Lucchesi: Joey Lucchesi has thrown 1,190 pitches that have been tracked by the PITCHf/x system in 2018, all of them occuring in the MLB Regular Season. In 2018, he has relied primarily on his Fourseam Fastball (91mph) and Change(80mph). He also rarely throws a Curve (78mph).
His fourseam fastball has heavy sinking action, is a real worm killer that generates an extreme number of groundballs compared to other pitchers' fourseamers and has essentially average velo. His change has surprising cut action, dives down out of the zone, generates more whiffs/swing compared to other pitchers' changeups, results in somewhat more flyballs compared to other pitchers' changeups and has slightly below average velo. His curve is an extreme flyball pitch compared to other pitchers' curves, has little depth, is slightly harder than usual and has primarily 12-6 movement.
Sean's Note: The rookie Lucchesi has pitched over his head a bit with an ERA a full run below his FIP. He too has fallen victim to the home run ball allowing 13 in just 77 innings pitched. Left handers hit for a higher average, but right handers hit for much more power.
Final Thoughts: The Cubs are going with perhaps their oddest lineup in a couple months. Two struggling hitters Addison Russell and Albert Almora are at the top of the order. Anthony Rizzo gets a day off, after being on fire of late. Jon Lester hasn't been as sharp lately, but against a weaker Padres lineup maybe he can be better.