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Saturday: 1:20 PM CT on MLB Network/ABC-7/670AM
Lineups and Bullpen Usage via Baseball Press.
Scouting Reports from Brooks Baseball.
Tyler Mahle: Tyler Mahle has thrown 3,321 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 (93mph) and Curve (80mph), also mixing in a Change (87mph). He also rarely throws a Cutter (90mph).
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 change is much firmer than usual, results in many more groundballs compared to other pitchers’ changeups, has slight cut action and has some natural sink to it. His cutter is basically never swung at and missed compared to other pitchers’ cutters, is an extreme flyball pitch compared to other pitchers’ cutters, has little cutting action and has slightly above average velo.
Sean’s Note: After a bad year his first full season in the majors, Mahle has been excellent in 2019 with a 3.51 ERA (3.45 FIP). His strikeouts are significantly up and his walks are significantly down. He is more of a fly ball pitcher with just a 42% ground ball rate. He is a bit of a Jekyll and Hyde pitcher this year, 17 of his 20 runs were allowed in four games. Left handed batters are much better against him than right handers.
Final Thoughts: The Cubs bullpen gave up another game late Friday, in a pattern that is becoming all too familiar. The Front Office called up the diminutive lefty Tim Collins and sent Mark Zagunis to Iowa. That leaves Chicago with nine arms in the bullpen and just three bench players. It would be nice if Yu Darvish could go deep in the game today, he has thrown better of late. Willson Contreras gets a second consecutive day off, while I hate losing his bat the extra rest will pay off later in the season.