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Scouting Reports from Brooks Baseball.
Sonny Gray: Sonny Gray has thrown 16,593 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 Slider (85mph), also mixing in a Sinker (93mph). He also rarely throws a Change (90mph), Cutter (92mph) and Slow Curve (75mph).
His fourseam fastball has much less armside movement than typical, has some natural sinking action and has essentially average velo. His curve has sweeping glove-side movement, is much harder than usual and has a sharp downward bite. His slider sweeps across the zone, has exceptional depth and results in somewhat more groundballs compared to other pitchers' sliders. His sinker generates an extremely high number of swings & misses compared to other pitchers' sinkers, has less armside run than typical, results in somewhat more groundballs compared to other pitchers' sinkers and has slightly above average velo. 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. His slow curve (take this with a grain of salt because he's only thrown 1 of them in 2019) is a real yakker that's separated from his other curveball due to its big drop and slow speed.
Sean's Note: Gray has been outstanding in 2019 as his change scenery trade has worked wonderfully. His strikeout total is way up to 27% from 22% and his ground ball rate is up to 53%. He has allowed seven runs to the Cubs in 17.1 innings pitched in 2019.
Final Thoughts: Right handed hitters do well against Gray, so the Cubs lineup is right hand heavy. Albert Almora is hitting leadoff despite an on base percentage below .300. Jonathan Lucroy gets his second start behind the plate. Kyle Hendricks has been pitching very well, but has not gotten any run support. The main factor in the Cubs loss Friday was leaving a ton of runners on base. Hopefully they can be more effective in those situations Saturday.
Update: The hits keep coming for the Cubs bullpen. This time Steve Cishek heads to the Injured List with hip inflammation. Dillon Maples is up in his place.
Steve Cishek to IL w left hip inflammation. Maples recalled.
— Jesse Rogers (@ESPNChiCubs) August 10, 2019