Series preview is here.
Sunday: 6:10 PM CT on ESPN/670AM (in Willamsport, PA)
Scouting Reports from Brooks Baseball.
Mitch Keller: Mitch Keller has thrown 296 pitches that have been tracked by the PITCHf/x system between 2017 and 2019, including pitches thrown in the MLB Regular Season and Fall/Winter Ball. In 2019, he has relied primarily on his Fourseam Fastball (96mph) and Slider (88mph), also mixing in a Curve (82mph). He also rarely throws a Change (91mph).
His fourseam fastball has well above average velo and results in somewhat more flyballs compared to other pitchers' fourseamers. His slider is thrown extremely hard, generates an extremely high number of swings & misses compared to other pitchers' sliders and results in somewhat more groundballs compared to other pitchers' sliders. His curve has a sharp downward bite, is slightly harder than usual and results in somewhat more groundballs compared to other pitchers' curves. His change is thrown extremely hard, is basically never swung at and missed compared to other pitchers' changeups and results in more flyballs compared to other pitchers' changeups.
Sean's Note: The hard throwing rookie Keller has had a rough major league debut. He has surrendered 15 runs in just 17.1 innings pitched in 2019. He has an average strike out rate and has only allowed one homer despite being a fly ball pitcher. The Cubs have never faced him before.
Final Thoughts: It wasn't easy, but the Cubs snapped their four-game losing skid and won Saturday. Now they are at Bowman Field in Willamsport for the Little League Classic. The offense has struggled mightily with just four runs the first two games of weekend. If they can win Sunday it will be their first road series win since mid May against the Nationals.
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