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Scouting Report from Brooks Baseball.
Miles Mikolas: Miles Mikolas has thrown 4,652 pitches that have been tracked by the PITCHf/x system between 2011 and 2018, including pitches thrown in the MLB Regular Season, Spring Training and Fall/Winter Ball. In 2018, he has relied primarily on his Fourseam Fastball (95mph), Slider (89mph), Sinker (94mph) and Curve (79mph). He also rarely throws a Change (89mph).
His fourseam fastball has less armside movement than typical, has some natural sinking action, results in somewhat more groundballs compared to other pitchers' fourseamers and has slightly above average velo. His slider is thrown extremely hard and results in somewhat more groundballs compared to other pitchers' sliders. His sinker has less armside run than typical and has slightly above average velo. His curve has an exceptional bite. His change is thrown extremely hard and has slight armside fade.
Sean's Note: Mikolas has had an excellent year with a 2.94 ERA in 31 starts. He has walked just 29 batters this season a 3.7 percent rate. His homer rate is below average as is his strike out rate. Left handed batters hit .282 against him while righties hit only .195. The Cubs have scored just four runs in 18 innings against Mikolas in 2018.
Final Thoughts: The Brewers won last night, so the Cubs remain just a game up in the standings. Kyle Hendricks pitched very well, Cole Hamels will need a similar performance. If he wants to hit a homer again, like he did in his last start, that would be ok as well. The Cubs are going with a left handed heavy lineup against Mikolas who is much better against right handed hitters. This is a huge game for Chicago, for St. Louis they literally have to win to not get eliminated from postseason contention.