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Scouting Reports from Brooks Baseball.
Chris Archer: Chris Archer has thrown 18,421 pitches that have been tracked by the PITCHf/x system between 2012 and 2018, including pitches thrown in the MLB Regular Season, the MLB Postseason and The World Baseball Classic. In 2018, he has relied primarily on his Slider (89mph) and Fourseam Fastball (95mph), also mixing in a Change using a Circle Change grip (88mph) and Sinker (95mph). He also rarely throws a Curve(82mph).
His slider is thrown extremely hard, results in somewhat more groundballs compared to other pitchers’ sliders and has some two-plane movement. His fourseam fastball has slightly above average velo, has slightly less natural movement than typical and has some added backspin. His change is much firmer than usual. His sinker has well above average velo, has less armside run than typical and has little sinking action compared to a true sinker. His curve generates fewer whiffs/swing compared to other pitchers’ curves, is much harder than usual, results in more flyballs compared to other pitchers’ curves and has primarily 12-6 movement.
Sean’s Note: Archer has been disappointing since the Pirates acquired him in a July trade with Tampa. He still strikes out an above average number of hitters but he gives up 40% hard contact. So when the ball is put in play, it is getting hit hard. A high BABIP and only stranding 71% of runners might make his numbers look worse than they should be.
Final Thoughts: Monday marked the fifth straight game the Pirates held the Cubs to only one run. Joe Maddon is batting the pitcher in the nine hole for the first time in a while. The lineup is other wise identical other than Willson Contreras. Mike Montgomery had his best start of the season in Arizona thanks to increased changeup use. The weather is shaky tonight, so expect some delays.