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Scouting Report from Brooks Baseball.
Aaron Nola: Aaron Nola has thrown 8,312 pitches that have been tracked by the PITCHf/x system between 2015 and 2018, including pitches thrown in the MLB Regular Season and Spring Training. In 2018, he has relied primarily on his Fourseam Fastball (93mph), Curve (78mph) and Change(85mph), also mixing in a Sinker (92mph).
His fourseam fastball has some natural sinking action, has essentially average velo and has slight armside run. His curve has sweeping glove-side movement, generates more whiffs/swing compared to other pitchers' curves and has a sharp downward bite. His change is a real worm killer that generates an extreme number of groundballs compared to other pitchers' changeups, dives down out of the zone, is slightly firmer than usual and has slight armside fade. His sinker has slight armside run and has some natural sinking action.
Sean's Note: Nola could be the Cy Young winner in the National League. He generates a ton of ground balls at a 50% percent rate. His 2.10 ERA trails only Jacob deGrom in all of baseball. His strike out to walk ratio is an excellent 3.77. The Cubs scored three runs on Nola in six innings in the first series between the teams.
Final Thoughts: Kris Bryant starts in right field in his second game back from injury. With the emergence of David Bote as a competent third baseman and the Jason Heyward injury Bryant may get a few games in the outfield. Jon Lester has pitched well after a horrible stretch post All-Star break. With the very talented Aaron Nola opposing him, Jon will need to pitch well Sunday.