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Scouting Reports from Brooks Baseball.
Jordan Lyles: Jordan Lyles has thrown 14,492 pitches that have been tracked by the PITCHf/x system between 2010 and 2019, including pitches thrown in the MLB Regular Season and Spring Training. In 2019, he has relied primarily on his Fourseam Fastball (93mph) and Curve using a Knuckle Curve grip (82mph), also mixing in a Slider (88mph) and Change (86mph). He also rarely throws a Sinker (92mph).
His fourseam fastball generates a high number of swings & misses compared to other pitchers' fourseamers, has essentially average velo and results in somewhat more flyballs compared to other pitchers' fourseamers. His curve has a sharp downward bite, is slightly harder than usual, has primarily 12-6 movement and results in somewhat more groundballs compared to other pitchers' curves. His slider is a real worm killer that generates an extreme number of groundballs compared to other pitchers' sliders, is basically never swung at and missed compared to other pitchers' sliders, is much harder than usual and has less than expected depth. His change is slightly firmer than usual and has slight armside fade. His sinker is basically never swung at and missed compared to other pitchers' sinkers, is an extreme flyball pitch compared to other pitchers' sinkers and has little sinking action compared to a true sinker.
Sean's Note: After Lyles dominated the Cubs in April, they crushed him on July 4th. They hit three homers and plated seven runs in his five innings pitched. Kris Bryant in particular saw him well with a homer and a ground-rule double.
Final Thoughts: Jon Lester makes his first start in a week, his last outing was a quality effort against the White Sox. The bottom of the Cubs order is still very shaky. So the top of the order will have to pull pretty much all of the load. Kris Bryant is putting in excellent work and hit Lyles hard last week.