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Dallas Keuchel: Dallas Keuchel has thrown 19,475 pitches that have been tracked by the PITCHf/x system between 2011 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 Sinker (88mph) and Cutter (85mph), also mixing in a Slider (77mph), Change (79mph) and Fourseam Fastball (89mph).
His sinker is a real worm killer that generates an extreme number of groundballs compared to other pitchers' sinkers, generates a high number of swings & misses compared to other pitchers' sinkers, has surprisingly little armside run, has slightly below average velo and has some natural sinking action. His cutter is basically never swung at and missed compared to other pitchers' cutters, has sweeping cut action, is an extreme flyball pitch compared to other pitchers' cutters and has some natural sink. His slider comes in below hitting speed, has exceptional depth, results in more flyballs compared to other pitchers' sliders and has short glove-side cut. His change dives down out of the zone, is an extreme flyball pitch compared to other pitchers' changeups and has below average velo. His fourseam fastball is basically never swung at and missed compared to other pitchers' fourseamers, is straight as an arrow, is an extreme flyball pitch compared to other pitchers' fourseamers, has some natural sinking action and has slightly below average velo.
Sean's note: Keuchel finally caved and signed a one-year deal with the Braves in early June. He allowed three runs in five innings against the Nationals Friday in his debut. He has never thrown hard, his velocity tops out at Kyle Hendricks levels. Keuchel gets tons of outs on the ground, well over 50% for his career. He earned the 2015 Cy Young at the end of a dominant two year stretch in Houston. In 2018, he was solid, just not the dominant form of past seasons.
Final Thoughts: The Cubs offense couldn't get into gear Tuesday night, a good pitching effort went for naught. Joe Maddon has inserted the struggling Albert Almora in the leadoff spot. Yu Darvish was solid last start and has become somewhat dependable the last month or so. Craig Kimbrel will likely be called up Thursday, so a roster move is coming.