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Lineups and Bullpen Usage via Baseball Press.
Scouting Report from Brooks Baseball.
Robbie Ray: Robbie Ray has thrown 11,184 pitches that have been tracked by the PITCHf/x system between 2014 and 2018, including pitches thrown in the MLB Regular Season, the MLB Postseason and Spring Training. In 2018, he has relied primarily on his Fourseam Fastball (94mph), Slider (85mph) and Curve (83mph). He also rarely throws a Sinker (94mph).
His fourseam fastball has well above average velo. His slider generates more whiffs/swing compared to other pitchers' sliders, has less than expected depth and has primarily 12-6 movement. His curve is thrown extremely hard, generates a high number of swings & misses compared to other pitchers' curves, has little depth and has primarily 12-6 movement. His sinker (take this with a grain of salt because he's only thrown 11 of them in 2018) generates a high number of swings & misses compared to other pitchers' sinkers, is an extreme flyball pitch compared to other pitchers' sinkers, has surprisingly little armside run, has well above average velo and has little sinking action compared to a true sinker.
Sean's Note: Ray got off to a really rough start in 2018, but has pitched better of late. With only a 39% ground ball rate he is a fly ball pitcher. His strike out rate is a whopping 30%, a total of 142 in just 108 innings pitched this season. Ray shut down the Cubs in July giving up just one run in seven innings.
Final Thoughts: Anthony Rizzo is the only left handed hitter in the lineup against the lefty Ray. Willson Contreras is starting to really square up some balls of late, so a break out may be near. Cole Hamels didn't have his best stuff against the Reds, yet he still limited the damage to just two runs.