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Lineups and Bullpen Usage via Baseball Press.
Scouting Report from Brooks Baseball.
Wade Miley: Wade Miley has thrown 20,296 pitches that have been tracked by the PITCHf/x system between 2011 and 2018, including pitches thrown in the MLB Regular Season, the MLB Postseason and Spring Training. In 2018, he has relied primarily on his Cutter (88mph), also mixing in a Change using a Circle Change grip (83mph), Curve (76mph), Fourseam Fastball (92mph) and Sinker (91mph). He also rarely throws a Slider (80mph).
His cutter has well above average velo, results in somewhat more groundballs compared to other pitchers' cutters and has strong cutting action. His change is a real worm killer that generates an extreme number of groundballs compared to other pitchers' changeups. His curve generates a very high amount of groundballs compared to other pitchers' curves, generates fewer whiffs/swing compared to other pitchers' curves and has a sharp downward bite. His fourseam fastball generates an extremely high number of swings & misses compared to other pitchers' fourseamers, has much less armside movement than typical and has essentially average velo. His sinker generates an extremely high number of swings & misses compared to other pitchers' sinkers, has surprisingly little armside run, results in many more groundballs compared to other pitchers' sinkers and has little sinking action compared to a true sinker. His slider has exceptional depth.
Sean's Note: Miley has been very good since returning from injury in July. He has a 2.18 ERA in 11 starts. He generates a lot of grounders and doesn't strike out many hitters so he relies on his defense. He has dramatically reduced his homer rate, he has allowed 3 in 2018 after giving up 25 of them last year in Baltimore. Lefties have actually hit him for a higher average than righties despite Miley being a left hander.
Final Thoughts: The Cubs dropped a tough game on Monday afternoon in Milwaukee. It felt like a game Chicago could have won if they properly executed. Joe Maddon is going with a heavily right handed lineup against Wade Miley. Which is interesting, with Miley's reverse splits. Anthony Rizzo is the only left handed hitter in the lineup. Mike Montgomery makes his second start off the DL. He started out well against Atlanta before fading at the end.