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Scouting Report from Brooks Baseball.
Zach Eflin: Zach Eflin has thrown 3,598 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 (95mph) and Slider (86mph), also mixing in a Sinker (94mph), Change (87mph) and Curve (78mph). He also rarely throws a Cutter (89mph).
His fourseam fastball results in somewhat more flyballs compared to other pitchers' fourseamers and has slightly above average velo. His sliderresults in somewhat more groundballs compared to other pitchers' sliders. His sinker generates an extremely high number of swings & misses compared to other pitchers' sinkers, results in somewhat more flyballs compared to other pitchers' sinkers, has slight armside run and has slightly above average velo. His change generates a very high amount of groundballs compared to other pitchers' changeups, is much firmer than usual and has slight armside fade. His curve has slight glove-side movement. His cutter (take this with a grain of salt because he's only thrown 12 of them in 2018) is basically never swung at and missed compared to other pitchers' cutters and is an extreme flyball pitch compared to other pitchers' cutters.
Sean's Note: Eflin has been solid if not spectacular for the Phillies. The big righty is a fly ball pitcher, but has kept his home run total low. Left handers hit him for a much higher average than same handed hitters. Eflin allowed just one run to the Cubs in 7.2 innings pitched at Wrigley.
Final Thoughts: The day has finally come. Kris Bryant is back in the lineup after missing over a month with shoulder soreness. Joe Maddon has him hitting fifth with Daniel Murphy and Javy Baez at the top of the order. Kyle Hendricks has really started to pitch well in the second half. The Cubs need that to keep going in September. Chicago went 18-10 in the month of August. A similar performance in the final month of the year should give them a division title.
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