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Lineups and Bullpen Usage via Baseball Press.
Scouting Report from Brooks Baseball.
Lucas Giolito: Lucas Giolito has thrown 4,003 pitches that have been tracked by the PITCHf/x system between 2014 and 2018, including pitches thrown in the MLB Regular Season and Spring Training. In 2018, he has relied primarily on his Fourseam Fastball (93mph), also mixing in a Sinker (93mph), Change (82mph), Slider (84mph) and Curve (79mph).
His fourseam fastball has essentially average velo. His sinker is a prototypical pitch with few remarkable qualities. His change has slightly below average velo. His slider is a prototypical pitch with few remarkable qualities. His curve generates fewer whiffs/swing compared to other pitchers' curves and has a sharp downward bite.
Sean's Note: Giolito has a high walk rate and a below average strike out rate. Left handed hitters fare much better against him than right handers. He shut down the Cubs at Wrigley this year in a lopsided Sox win.
Final Thoughts: The Brewers are closing in on the Cubs, just 1.5 games back now. Efforts like Friday aren't going to cut it. Mike Freeman joined the team for increased infield depth. Jon Lester has been very good of late, Chicago will need another good effort from big Jon.