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Lineups and Bullpen Usage via Baseball Press.
Scouting Reports from Brooks Baseball.
Iván Nova: Ivan Nova has thrown 18,876 pitches that have been tracked by the PITCHf/x system between 2010 and 2019, including pitches thrown in the MLB Regular Season, the MLB Postseason and Spring Training. In 2019, he has relied primarily on his Sinker (93mph), also mixing in a Curve (80mph), Change (87mph), Fourseam Fastball (93mph) and Slider (87mph).
His sinker results in many more groundballs compared to other pitchers’ sinkers, has slight armside run and has some natural sinking action. His curve has primarily 12-6 movement, results in more flyballs compared to other pitchers’ curves and is slightly harder than usual. His change has an obvious armside fade, generates fewer whiffs/swing compared to other pitchers’ changeups and is much firmer than usual. His fourseam fastball has heavy sinking action, has essentially average velo, results in somewhat more flyballs compared to other pitchers’ fourseamers and has slight armside run. His slider has much less depth than expected, has primarily 12-6 movement and results in somewhat more flyballs compared to other pitchers’ sliders.
Sean’s Note: I could tell you Nova is one of the worst starters in the American League this year, he is. Or that he gives up a ton of line drives and has an incredibly low strike out rate, he does. That of course doesn’t matter, because he owns the Cubs. Again in June he held them to one run in six innings. I really can’t tell you why, it just is the way it is.
Final Thoughts: The Cubs rode a big 5th inning to a win on Saturday night. Robel Garcia starts at second after drawing two walks off of Lucas Giolito. Kyle Hendricks makes his second start since coming off the Injured List, his first outing was ended early by rain. Willson Contreras gets to be the designated hitter while Victor Caratini catches.