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Lineups and Bullpen Usage via Baseball Press.
Scouting Reports from Brooks Baseball.
German Márquez: German Marquez has thrown 7,674 pitches that have been tracked by the PITCHf/x system between 2016 and 2019, including pitches thrown in the MLB Regular Season, the MLB Postseason and Spring Training. In 2019, he has relied primarily on his Fourseam Fastball (96mph) and Slider (87mph), also mixing in a Curve (84mph) and Sinker (95mph). He also rarely throws a Change (88mph).
His fourseam fastball is a real worm killer that generates an extreme number of groundballs compared to other pitchers’ fourseamers, has some natural sinking action and has well above average velo. His slider generates more whiffs/swing compared to other pitchers’ sliders, is much harder than usual and has primarily 12-6 movement. His curve is thrown extremely hard, generates an extremely high number of swings & misses compared to other pitchers’ curves, has primarily 12-6 movement and has little depth. His sinker generates a very high amount of groundballs compared to other pitchers’ sinkers, generates fewer whiffs/swing compared to other pitchers’ sinkers, has well above average velo and has less armside run than typical. His change is basically never swung at and missed compared to other pitchers’ changeups and is much firmer than usual.
Sean’s Note: Márquez has been very good this season with a 3.48 ERA. He has an above average strikeout rate and his walk rate is excellent at 4.7%. He gets a ton of outs on the ground, a 53% ground ball rate this season. He is also a reverse-split pitcher who does better against left handed hitters.
Final Thoughts: Yu Darvish is fresh off his best start as a Cubs. Willson Contreras will catch him after a day off Tuesday. Carlos González has looked like a nice addition so far. Javy Báez is coming out of his slump in a big way. Offense will be harder to come by with Márquez on the mound.