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Lineups and Bullpen Usage via Baseball Press.
Scouting Reports from Brooks Baseball.
Joey Lucchesi: Joey Lucchesi has thrown 3,628 pitches that have been tracked by the PITCHf/x system between 2018 and 2019, all of them occuring in the MLB Regular Season. In 2019, he has relied primarily on his Sinker (91mph) and Change (80mph), also mixing in a Fourseam Fastball (91mph) and Curve (79mph).
His sinker has surprisingly little armside run and results in somewhat more flyballs compared to other pitchers' sinkers. His change has surprising cut action, dives down out of the zone, generates a high number of swings & misses compared to other pitchers' changeups, results in somewhat more flyballs compared to other pitchers' changeups and has slightly below average velo. His fourseam fastball has much less armside movement than typical, results in many more groundballs compared to other pitchers' fourseamers, has some natural sinking action and has essentially average velo. His curve has very little depth, has primarily 12-6 movement, generates more whiffs/swing compared to other pitchers' curves, results in more flyballs compared to other pitchers' curves and is slightly harder than usual.
Sean's Note: Lucchesi is also a left handed pitcher in his second season. He has a much higher strike out rate than his teammate Lauer. He relies heavily on his excellent change up which generates a lot of swings and misses. He throws it 37.7% of the time nearly as much as his fastball (49%). Last season he struck out nine Cubs in 5.2 innings at Wrigley Field in a Padres win.
Final Thoughts: For reasons escaping understanding Albert Almora is hitting leadoff again. With an on base percentage below .300 and a poor average against lefties, there is no statistical reason to do it. Anthony Rizzo is the only left handed batter in the Cubs lineup. José Quintana has made three consecutive quality starts and looks to keep his good stretch going.