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Scouting Reports from Brooks Baseball.
Madison Bumgarner: Madison Bumgarner has thrown 29,357 pitches that have been tracked by the PITCHf/x system between 2009 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 (92mph) and Cutter (87mph), also mixing in a Curve (79mph) and Change (85mph). He also rarely throws a Sinker (89mph).
His fourseam fastball generates more whiffs/swing compared to other pitchers' fourseamers, has essentially average velo, results in somewhat more flyballs compared to other pitchers' fourseamers and has slightly less natural movement than typical. His cutter generates more whiffs/swing compared to other pitchers' cutters, has slightly above average velo, has some natural sink and has strong cutting action. His curve is a real worm killer that generates an extreme number of groundballs compared to other pitchers' curves, has sweeping glove-side movement, has little depth and is slightly harder than usual. His change is basically never swung at and missed compared to other pitchers' changeups, is slightly firmer than usual, results in somewhat more flyballs compared to other pitchers' changeups and has some natural sink to it. His sinker (take this with a grain of salt because he's only thrown 2 of them in 2019) is basically never swung at and missed compared to other pitchers' sinkers, is an extreme flyball pitch compared to other pitchers' sinkers, has surprisingly little armside run, has slightly below average velo and has some natural sinking action.
Sean's Note: Bumgarner has been the subject of frequent trade talk in 2019. His strike out rate (24.3%) is up to the highest it's been since 2016. His walk rate is down too and yet his ERA is up this season. The culprit is the home run ball, he has allowed 17 this season after allowing just 14 all of 2018. He has been red hot of late, surrendering just five runs his last 29 innings.
Final Thoughts: The Cubs blew a winnable game on Monday night. Pedro Strop continued his poor 2019 giving up the lead. It's hard to watch one of the best relievers in Cubs history struggle like this. The North Siders have to shake it off and get a win Tuesday. Addison Russell is out of the lineup again after telling reporters he often doesn't know the signs from the dugout. Yu Darvish has been pitching very well of late, the Cubs are hoping that will continue Tuesday.