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Lineups and Bullpen Usage via Baseball Press.
Scouting Report from Brooks Baseball.
Cody Reed: Cody Reed has thrown 1,775 pitches that have been tracked by the PITCHf/x system between 2016 and 2018, including pitches thrown in the MLB Regular Season and Spring Training. In 2018, he has relied primarily on his Slider (87mph), Fourseam Fastball (93mph) and Sinker(92mph), also mixing in a Change (87mph).
His slider is thrown extremely hard. His fourseam fastball has heavy sinking action, is a real worm killer that generates an extreme number of groundballs compared to other pitchers' fourseamers, has slightly above average velo and has slightly less natural movement than typical. His sinker has heavy sinking action and has slightly above average velo. His change is thrown extremely hard, dives down out of the zone and is an extreme flyball pitch compared to other pitchers' changeups.
Sean's Note: Reed has only pitched 25.1 innings in 2018 much of it out of the pen. He generates a ton of grounders 56% of balls in play. He has thrown 2.2 scoreless innings against the Cubs this season.
Final Thoughts: The Cubs lineup is not what you would call stacked today. Anthony Rizzo and Ben Zobrist get the day off for rest against the lefty Reed. It would help if struggling hitters could step up, much like Ian Happ did last night. Jon Lester is making the start after leaving with back tightness in his last outing. Hopefully he is feeling good, because every game is huge now.