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Scouting Reports from Brooks Baseball.
Trevor Bauer: Trevor Bauer has thrown 18,749 pitches that have been tracked by the PITCHf/x system between 2012 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 (95mph) and Curve (79mph), also mixing in a Slider (80mph), Cutter (85mph) and Change (86mph). He also rarely throws a Sinker (95mph).
His fourseam fastball generates more whiffs/swing compared to other pitchers' fourseamers and has slightly above average velo. His curve has an exceptional bite and is a real worm killer that generates an extreme number of groundballs compared to other pitchers' curves. His slider comes in below hitting speed, sweeps across the zone, has exceptional depth, generates more whiffs/swing compared to other pitchers' sliders and results in somewhat more flyballs compared to other pitchers' sliders. His cutter generates an extremely high number of swings & misses compared to other pitchers' cutters, has heavy sink, has extreme cut action, has below average velo and results in somewhat more flyballs compared to other pitchers' cutters. His change is slightly firmer than usual and has slight armside fade. His sinker generates a high number of swings & misses compared to other pitchers' sinkers, has well above average velo, results in somewhat more flyballs compared to other pitchers' sinkers and has slight armside run.
Sean's Note: The controversial Bauer got shipped out of Cleveland when they got tired of his act. He had a tremendous season in 2018 with a 2.21 ERA. He gets a ton of whiffs with his off speed stuff, striking out 27% of batters. His homer total has risen dramatically this season with 22 allowed after just 9 all of last year. Fun fact, the Cubs actually beat Bauer twice in the 2016 World Series which they would win.
Final Thoughts: Despite a bad outing from Cole Hamels, the Cubs pounded out 12 runs to blow out the Reds. Nicholas Castellanos continued to tear the cover off the ball with two homers and a single. Ian Happ had a homer and four more RBI's, giving him eight the last two days. Yu Darvish has seen his control drastically improve the last couple of months. He looks to give Chicago a bit more length than his teammate Hamels did Thursday.