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Scouting Reports from Brooks Baseball.
Gio Gonzalez: Gio Gonzalez has thrown 32,673 pitches that have been tracked by the PITCHf/x system between 2008 and 2019, including pitches thrown in the MLB Regular Season, the MLB Postseason, The World Baseball Classic and Spring Training. In 2019, he has relied primarily on his Change (83mph), Fourseam Fastball (90mph) and Sinker (89mph), also mixing in a Curve (76mph).
His change generates more whiffs/swing compared to other pitchers' changeups, results in somewhat more groundballs compared to other pitchers' changeups and has some natural sink to it. His fourseam fastball generates more whiffs/swing compared to other pitchers' fourseamers, results in more flyballs compared to other pitchers' fourseamers and has slightly below average velo. His sinker results in somewhat more flyballs compared to other pitchers' sinkers. His curve has an exceptional bite, results in many more groundballs compared to other pitchers' curves and has slight glove-side movement.
Sean's Note: The Cubs inability to hit Gonzalez continued last Sunday, although he only pitched three innings. Right handed hitters fare much better against him than left handed batters. Walks are a big problem, he walked four in his three innings at Wrigley. Non Cubs hitters scored 13 runs against him in the 13.2 innings pitched before Sunday.
Final Thoughts: It was a very bad effort all around by the Cubs Friday. Despite the fact he has struggled mightily against lefties, Albert Almora is leading off tonight. The overall lineup is significantly weaker than on Thursday. That will put pressure on Yu Darvish, who missed his last start with forearm tightness.