Game Post 9/18
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Tuesday: 8:40 pm CT on WGN/670AM
Matt Andriese: Matt Andriese has thrown 5,748 pitches that have been tracked by the PITCHf/x system between 2015 and 2018, all of them occuring in the MLB Regular Season. In 2018, he has relied primarily on his Fourseam Fastball (93mph) and Change (87mph), also mixing in a Curve (81mph). He also rarely throws a Cutter (87mph).
His fourseam fastball has essentially average velo. His change has surprising cut action, dives down out of the zone, is slightly firmer than usual and results in somewhat more groundballs compared to other pitchers' changeups. His curve is basically never swung at and missed compared to other pitchers' curves, results in many more groundballs compared to other pitchers' curves, has a sharp downward bite, is slightly harder than usual and has primarily 12-6 movement. His cutter generates an extremely high number of swings & misses compared to other pitchers' cutters, has heavy sink, has little cutting action, results in somewhat more flyballs compared to other pitchers' cutters and has slightly below average velo.
Sean's Note: Andriese, acquired from the Rays in July, has been a reliever all season making only two starts. He has a high home run rate nearly 20%, despite also getting a lot of ground ball outs. Right handers do significantly more damage to him than lefties.
Final Thoughts: Kyle Hendricks was great Monday, pitching the Cubs to an easy win. The D-Backs are going with a bullpen day after losing Clay Buchholz to an injury. Mike Montgomery has been limited since returning from the DL so the bullpens will likely be heavily involved on both sides. Kris Bryant hit his first home since July 20 and is hitting the ball better overall.