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Lineups and Bullpen Usage via Baseball Press.
Scouting Report from Brooks Baseball.
Joe Ross: Although he has not thrown an MLB pitch in 2018, Joe Ross threw 4,118 pitches that were tracked by the PITCHf/x system between 2014 and 2017, including pitches thrown in the MLB Regular Season, the MLB Postseason and Spring Training. In 2017, he relied primarily on his Sinker (92mph) and Slider (86mph), also mixing in a Change (85mph). He also rarely threw a Curve (81mph).
His sinker results in somewhat more flyballs compared to other pitchers' sinkers. His slider has much less depth than expected, has primarily 12-6 movement and results in somewhat more flyballs compared to other pitchers' sliders. His change generates fewer whiffs/swing compared to other pitchers' changeups. His curve has very little depth, has primarily 12-6 movement, is slightly harder than usual and results in somewhat more flyballs compared to other pitchers' curves.
Sean's Note: Ross got Tommy John surgery in the middle of 2017 and has not pitched this season. He is a fly ball pitcher and got killed by homers in his abbreviated season. Left handers especially hit him well with an average over .300 in 2017.
Final Thoughts: Kris Bryant was originally going to get the start in center field but Ben Zobrist was a late scratch with a stiff neck. Bryant moves to right and hopefully Zo's injury is not a big deal. Ross hasn't pitched this season so he likely won't go deep in the game. Last night's hero David Bote is at third and Javy Baez moves to shortstop. Willson Contreras has been lost at the plate in the second half, if he could ever right the ship it would help down the stretch. Jon Lester got crushed by the Nats in August. Since allowing eight runs in that game he has allowed just four his next four starts. Ryan Zimmerman did most of the damage so expect Jon to pitch him carefully.