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Scouting Reports from Brooks Baseball.
Stephen Strasburg: Stephen Strasburg has thrown 20,683 pitches that have been tracked by the PITCHf/x system between 2009 and 2019, including pitches thrown in the MLB Regular Season, the MLB Postseason and Fall/Winter Ball. In 2019, he has relied primarily on his Fourseam Fastball (94mph) and Curve (81mph), also mixing in a Change (88mph) and Sinker using a Two-seam Fastball grip (94mph). He also rarely throws a Slider (88mph).
His fourseam fastball generates a high number of swings & misses compared to other pitchers' fourseamers, has some natural sinking action and has essentially average velo. His curve generates an extremely high number of swings & misses compared to other pitchers' curves, generates a very high amount of groundballs compared to other pitchers' curves, is slightly harder than usual and has slight glove-side movement. His change generates an extremely high number of swings & misses compared to other pitchers' changeups, dives down out of the zone, is much firmer than usual, results in somewhat more groundballs compared to other pitchers' changeups and has slight armside fade. His sinker has slight armside run and has slightly above average velo. His slider is thrown extremely hard and has less than expected depth.
Sean's Note: Strasburg like Scherzer has a big ERA/FIP split: 3.63 ERA versus a 2.74 FIP. His strike out rate is up 4% over his 2018 numbers. His ground ball percentage is way higher than his career average. He is throwing his curve ball way more than he has in the past, so this is a different Strasburg.
Final Thoughts: The Cubs demolished the Nats awful bullpen on Friday, scoring 11 times in three innings. Kris Bryant is red hot and going deep with frequency. Cole Hamels only was able to go five innings, so some length from Jon Lester would be huge.