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Scouting Reports from Brooks Baseball.
Lucas Giolito: Lucas Giolito has thrown 5,409 pitches that have been tracked by the PITCHf/x system between 2014 and 2019, including pitches thrown in the MLB Regular Season and Spring Training. In 2019, he has relied primarily on his Fourseam Fastball (95mph) and Change (83mph), also mixing in a Slider (85mph) and Curve (80mph).
His fourseam fastball generates more whiffs/swing compared to other pitchers' fourseamers, results in somewhat more groundballs compared to other pitchers' fourseamers, has slightly above average velo and has some added backspin. His change generates more whiffs/swing compared to other pitchers' changeups and has a lot of backspin. His slider generates a high number of swings & misses compared to other pitchers' sliders, is an extreme flyball pitch compared to other pitchers' sliders and has less than expected depth. His curve has an exceptional bite, is basically never swung at and missed compared to other pitchers' curves, has primarily 12-6 movement and results in somewhat more groundballs compared to other pitchers' curves.
Sean's Note: Giolito struggled to an ERA over six his rookie year. This year could not be more different for the former top Nationals prospect. 95 strikeouts in 81 innings translate to 30% K rate in 2019. He has allowed just five homers all season long. In his last eight starts, he has surrendered a grand total of six runs.
Final Thoughts: Iván Nova continued to be good against the Cubs Tuesday. A great Cole Hamels start went for naught in a 3-1 Sox win. Lucas Giolito is the last thing a cold offense needs to see. David Bote and Albert Almora get a look Wednesday. Jon Lester needs to avoid the big inning after struggles the last two starts.