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Lineups and Bullpen Usage via Baseball Press.
Scouting Report from Brooks Baseball.
Jack Flaherty: Jack Flaherty has thrown 2,900 pitches that have been tracked by the PITCHf/x system between 2017 and 2018, all of them occuring in the MLB Regular Season. In 2018, he has relied primarily on his Fourseam Fastball (94mph) and Slider (84mph), also mixing in a Sinker (92mph) and Curve (78mph). He also rarely throws a Change (86mph).
His fourseam fastball has less armside movement than typical and has essentially average velo. His slider generates a high number of swings & misses compared to other pitchers' sliders, has less than expected depth and results in somewhat more flyballs compared to other pitchers' sliders. His sinker generates an extremely high number of swings & misses compared to other pitchers' sinkers, is a real worm killer that generates an extreme number of groundballs compared to other pitchers' sinkers and has less armside run than typical. His curve generates an extremely high number of swings & misses compared to other pitchers' curves, has a sharp downward bite and has slight glove-side movement. His change is slightly firmer than usual.
Sean's Note: Flaherty, only 22, has had a very good rookie year for the Cardinals. He is striking out a whopping 29% of batters faced this season. He is good with runners on base, stranding 81% of them for the season. One issue has been home runs, a 16% rate is above league average. Flaherty has allowed just one run to the Cubs in two starts, although both starts were only five innings.
Final Thoughts: Well it all comes down to this, 161 games has decided nothing between the Cubs and Brewers. They are tied a top the NL Central and there are now three possible outcomes for Chicago: a division title, a wild card berth, or a one-game division tie-breaker. The Cardinals, eliminated from the playoffs, are sending out a lineup of some veterans and some young kids. The Cubs lineup is very similar to one they may use in the playoffs. Mike Montgomery struggled his last start, Joe Maddon will likely have a quick hook with Monty Sunday. Everyone buckle your seatbelts, things are going to get wild now.