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Scouting Reports from Brooks Baseball.
Zack Greinke: Zack Greinke has thrown 37,500 pitches that have been tracked by the PITCHf/x system between 2007 and 2019, including pitches thrown in the MLB Regular Season, the MLB Postseason and Spring Training. In 2019, he has relied primarily on his Fourseam Fastball (90mph) and Change (87mph), also mixing in a Slider (83mph), Sinker (90mph) and Curve (71mph). He also rarely throws a Slow Curve (68mph) and Splitter (82mph).
His fourseam fastball is straight as an arrow and has below average velo. His change generates more whiffs/swing compared to other pitchers' changeups, is much firmer than usual, results in more flyballs compared to other pitchers' changeups and has some natural sink to it. His slider has short glove-side cut and has some two-plane movement. His sinker is basically never swung at and missed compared to other pitchers' sinkers, has less armside run than typical, results in somewhat more flyballs compared to other pitchers' sinkers and has slightly below average velo. His curve comes in below hitting speed, is basically never swung at and missed compared to other pitchers' curves, has a sharp downward bite, results in somewhat more flyballs compared to other pitchers' curves and has slight glove-side movement. His slow curve is a real yakker that's separated from his other curveball due to its big drop and slow speed. His splitter is basically never swung at and missed compared to other pitchers' splitters, has surprising cut action, is an extreme flyball pitch compared to other pitchers' splitters, has below average velo and has movement that suggests a lot of backspin.
Sean's Note: The veteran Greinke is off to a very un-Greinke like start in 2019. He has a 5.79 ERA in 23.1 innings thanks largely to a whopping eight homers allowed. Most of the damage is coming from fellow right handed hitters, who are hitting .278 with six homers. So look for a more right-handed heavy lineup against him.
Final Thoughts: Yu Darvish gets the start after his best outing of the season. He has plenty of velocity, the big need is fastball control, which has gotten better each start. The lineup is mostly the same as Friday with Ben Zobrist back in the leadoff spot. The Cubs lineup ground the D-Backs down on Friday, drawing eight walks. It's a promising trend this early season, that hopefully will continue going forward.