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Lineups and Bullpen Usage via Baseball Press.
Scouting Reports from Brooks Baseball.
Sonny Gray: Sonny Gray has thrown 16,204 pitches that have been tracked by the PITCHf/x system between 2013 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 (94mph), Curve (82mph) and Sinker (93mph), also mixing in a Slider (85mph) and Change (90mph). He also rarely throws a Cutter (93mph).
His fourseam fastball has much less armside movement than typical and has essentially average velo. His curve has sweeping glove-side movement, is much harder than usual and has a sharp downward bite. His sinker generates an extremely high number of swings & misses compared to other pitchers' sinkers, results in many more groundballs compared to other pitchers' sinkers and has less armside run than typical. His slider sweeps across the zone and has exceptional depth. His change is thrown extremely hard and generates fewer whiffs/swing compared to other pitchers' changeups. His cutter is basically never swung at and missed compared to other pitchers' cutters, is blazing fast and is an extreme flyball pitch compared to other pitchers' cutters.
Sean's Note: Gray has allowed just three runs in his last three starts over 21.1 innings. One was against the Cubs where he gave up two in 6.1 innings. He is getting tons of strikeouts and ground balls this year.
Final Thoughts: Yu Darvish pitched well in his last start, but got another no-decision. Yesterday's walk-off hero Kyle Schwarber gets the day off. For some reason, Albert Almora is leading off. Based on the numbers Almora should never ever hit a top the order. Of course that being said, he'll probably pick up three hits today.