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Scouting Reports from Brooks Baseball.
Joe Ross: Joe Ross has thrown 5,191 pitches that have been tracked by the PITCHf/x system between 2014 and 2019, including pitches thrown in the MLB Regular Season, the MLB Postseason and Spring Training. In 2019, he has relied primarily on his Sinker (94mph), Fourseam Fastball (94mph) and Slider (88mph), also mixing in a Curve (81mph) and Change (88mph).
His sinker generates a high number of swings & misses compared to other pitchers' sinkers and has slightly above average velo. His fourseam fastball has some natural sinking action, results in somewhat more flyballs compared to other pitchers' fourseamers and has slightly above average velo. His slider is thrown extremely hard, has less than expected depth and has primarily 12-6 movement. His curve generates an extremely high number of swings & misses compared to other pitchers' curves, has primarily 12-6 movement, has little depth, is slightly harder than usual and results in somewhat more flyballs compared to other pitchers' curves. His change generates fewer whiffs/swing compared to other pitchers' changeups, is much firmer than usual and has slight armside fade.
Sean's Note: Ross hasn't pitched much in 2019 just 46 innings of work. He has struggled to a 5.48 ERA with a very high walk rate. Home runs have been limited to just six and he has a decent ground ball rate. His ERA as a starter in ten, that's right ten runs lower than his reliever ERA. Left handed hitters have a dramatically higher average against him.
Final Thoughts: The Cubs offense has struggled the last two games, but the lineup is the same as yesterday. José Quintana has the tough task of shutting down the terrific Nats lineup. The Player's Weekend uniforms are just awful and I just wanted to be on record with that.