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Lineups and Bullpen Usage via Baseball Press.
Scouting Reports from Brooks Baseball.
Chris Stratton: Chris Stratton has thrown 3,897 pitches that have been tracked by the PITCHf/x system between 2016 and 2019, including pitches thrown in the MLB Regular Season, Spring Training and Fall/Winter Ball. In 2019, he has relied primarily on his Fourseam Fastball (91mph) and Slider (84mph), also mixing in a Curve (77mph) and Change (85mph).
His fourseam fastball has less armside movement than typical, has some natural sinking action and has slightly below average velo. His slider is a real worm killer that generates an extreme number of groundballs compared to other pitchers' sliders and has some two-plane movement. His curve has sweeping glove-side movement and results in more flyballs compared to other pitchers' curves. His change is basically never swung at and missed compared to other pitchers' changeups and has some natural sink to it.
Sean's Note: The former Giant got shelled his first full MLB season, with a 5.09 ERA. This year hasn't started much better for the righty, with six runs allowed in just 8.1 innings. Left handed hitters crush him to the tune of a .288 average in 2018. He struck out a below average number of hitters last year.
Final Thoughts: The struggling Kris Bryant gets a day off on Saturday. Jason Heyward moves up into the five-hole after his strong start to the year. Kyle Hendricks has not looked sharp early, maybe a home game will do the trick.