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Lineups and Bullpen Usage via Baseball Press.
Scouting Reports from Brooks Baseball.
Aaron Nola: Aaron Nola has thrown 11,316 pitches that have been tracked by the PITCHf/x system between 2015 and 2019, including pitches thrown in the MLB Regular Season and Spring Training. In 2019, he has relied primarily on his Curve (79mph) and Fourseam Fastball (93mph), also mixing in a Change (86mph) and Sinker (93mph).
His curve has sweeping glove-side movement and has a sharp downward bite. His fourseam fastball has some natural sinking action, has essentially average velo and has slight armside run. His change results in many more groundballs compared to other pitchers' changeups, is slightly firmer than usual, has slight armside fade and has some natural sink to it. His sinker has slight armside run and has some natural sinking action.
Sean's Note: Nola is the ace of the staff for Philadelphia with a 3.67 ERA and a 10-3 record. He still strikes out plenty of hitters (26.5%), although his walk rate ticked up to 9.4% after being 7% last season. Like all pitchers in 2019 his homer rate has spiked with 20 in just 147.1 innings, he allowed only 17 in 212.2 innings last year. The Cubs scored three runs on him in 5.1 innings in May.
Final Thoughts: The Cubs could generate very little offense on Tuesday night. Nicholas Castellanos had the only significant swing all game. It wasted José Quintana's outstanding 14 strikeout performance. The task will not get any easier against the Phillies ace. Cole Hamels did not pitch well in Cincinnati, they need a better effort from him Wednesday.
Jason Heyward has been scratched from the #Cubs lineup due to left knee inflammation.
He is day-to-day. pic.twitter.com/XdWQZ7mWfb
— Chicago Cubs (@Cubs) August 14, 2019