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Jordan Lyles: Jordan Lyles has thrown 13,292 pitches that have been tracked by the PITCHf/x system between 2010 and 2019, including pitches thrown in the MLB Regular Season and Spring Training. In 2019, he has relied primarily on his Curve using a Knuckle Curve grip (81mph) and Fourseam Fastball (93mph), also mixing in a Sinker (93mph) and Change (85mph). He also rarely throws a Slider (88mph).
His curve has primarily 12-6 movement, results in more flyballs compared to other pitchers’ curves, has a sharp downward bite and is slightly harder than usual. His fourseam fastball generates a high number of swings & misses compared to other pitchers’ fourseamers, results in more flyballs compared to other pitchers’ fourseamers and has essentially average velo. His sinker is basically never swung at and missed compared to other pitchers’ sinkers, is an extreme flyball pitch compared to other pitchers’ sinkers and has little sinking action compared to a true sinker. His change generates a high number of swings & misses compared to other pitchers’ changeups, is slightly firmer than usual, has slight armside fade and has some natural sink to it. His slider is basically never swung at and missed compared to other pitchers’ sliders, is an extreme flyball pitch compared to other pitchers’ sliders, has much less depth than expected, is much harder than usual and has primarily 12-6 movement.
Sean’s Note: Lyles has bounced around splitting time between the Padres and Brewers in 2018. He hasn’t been a starting pitcher since 2015. He is a total reverse split pitcher, in 87 innings last year, right handed batters hit .296 against him while lefties hit .180. I don’t think I’ve seen a right handed pitcher with numbers like that.
Sean’s Note: The Cubs and MLB are going to try and play the game tonight. The forecast still looks iffy, but the White Sox did play today so it’s possible. Darvish has looked shaky so far, so a good start would be nice. Daniel Descalso gets another shot in the leadoff spot.