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Scouting Reports from Brooks Baseball.
Pablo Lopez: Pablo Lopez has thrown 1,210 pitches that have been tracked by the PITCHf/x system between 2018 and 2019, all of them occuring in the MLB Regular Season. In 2019, he has relied primarily on his Fourseam Fastball (95mph), Curve (81mph) and Change (86mph), also mixing in a Sinker (93mph).
His fourseam fastball has heavy sinking action, generates more whiffs/swing compared to other pitchers’ fourseamers, has slight armside run and has slightly above average velo. His curve has very little depth, results in more flyballs compared to other pitchers’ curves and is slightly harder than usual. His change has an obvious armside fade, dives down out of the zone, generates a very high amount of groundballs compared to other pitchers’ changeups, generates more whiffs/swing compared to other pitchers’ changeups and is slightly firmer than usual. His sinker is basically never swung at and missed compared to other pitchers’ sinkers, results in many more groundballs compared to other pitchers’ sinkers, has slight armside run, has slightly above average velo and has some natural sinking action.
Sean’s Note: Lopez got 58 innings at the major league level in 2018. He generates a ton of ground balls with his sinker. He has gotten beaten up early in 2019, allowing 11 runs in 15 innings pitched. He throws hard and pitched to contact in 2018 with low strike out and walk rates.
Final Thoughts: Jose Quintana is back at it after an excellent effort his last start. Kyle Schwarber sits for a second straight game amidst his slump. Daniel Descalso gets another look in the leadoff spot as Ben Zobrist gets a day off. Kris Bryant had a double and reached base twice via hit by pitch Monday.