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Scouting Reports from Brooks Baseball.
Tyler Mahle: Tyler Mahle has thrown 4,493 pitches that have been tracked by the PITCHf/x system between 2017 and 2019, including pitches thrown in the MLB Regular Season and Spring Training. In 2019, he has relied primarily on his Fourseam Fastball (94mph) and Curve (81mph), also mixing in a Splitter (87mph) and Cutter (90mph). He also rarely throws a Slider (84mph) and Change (87mph).
His fourseam fastball generates more whiffs/swing compared to other pitchers' fourseamers, has some natural sinking action, has essentially average velo and has slight armside run. His curve is slightly harder than usual. His splitter generates a very high amount of groundballs compared to other pitchers' splitters and is much firmer than usual. His cutter is a real worm killer that generates an extreme number of groundballs compared to other pitchers' cutters and has slightly above average velo. His slider is basically never swung at and missed compared to other pitchers' sliders, has exceptional depth, is an extreme flyball pitch compared to other pitchers' sliders and has short glove-side cut. His change generates an extremely high number of swings & misses compared to other pitchers' changeups, is much firmer than usual, results in more flyballs compared to other pitchers' changeups and has some natural sink to it.
Sean's Note: Mahle has struggled mightily in 2019 with a 5.11 ERA. He has given up a whopping 22 homers in just 116 innings pitched. He does have an above average strike out rate at (25%) and doesn't walk many. Lefties hit for a ton of power off him with a .561 slugging percentage. The Cubs tagged him for six runs in a game at Wrigley in May.
Final Thoughts: The Cubs five-game winning streak was snapped by Reds ace Sonny Gray Tuesday night. Chicago has the same lineup as the previous two games. Kyle Schwarber has been red-hot the last month and had the only RBI's yesterday. Jon Lester has been having first inning issues of late, he could really help the team with a strong outing tonight.