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Scouting Reports from Brooks Baseball.
Stephen Strasburg: Stephen Strasburg has thrown 22,427 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 Fall/Winter Ball. In 2019, he has relied primarily on his Fourseam Fastball (94mph) and Curve (81mph), also mixing in a Change (88mph) and Sinker using a Two-seam Fastball grip (94mph). He also rarely throws a Slider (88mph).
His fourseam fastball generates more whiffs/swing compared to other pitchers' fourseamers, has some natural sinking action and has slightly above average velo. His curve generates more whiffs/swing compared to other pitchers' curves, is slightly harder than usual and has slight glove-side movement. His change dives down out of the zone, generates a high number of swings & misses compared to other pitchers' changeups, is much firmer than usual, results in somewhat more groundballs compared to other pitchers' changeups and has slight armside fade. His sinker results in somewhat more groundballs compared to other pitchers' sinkers, has slight armside run and has slightly above average velo. His slider (take this with a grain of salt because he's only thrown 12 of them in 2019) is thrown extremely hard and has less than expected depth.
Sean's Note: Strasburg has been very good again in 2019 with a 15-5 record. He still strikes out a ton of hitters 28.4% of them to be exact. 19 home runs have contributed to his 3.65 ERA this year. His 49.5% ground ball rate is a career high for the big righty. He dominated the Cubs in May, allowing just two runs in eight strong innings of work.
Final Thoughts: Anthony Rizzo is getting a game off due to his sore back. Cole Hamels was a bit better in his last start, he'll need to step it up against the brutal Nats lineup. Ian Happ plays first base, not sure how that will go. Win or lose the Cubs never have to wear those ice cream man uniforms ever again after today.