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Drew Smyly: Drew Smyly has thrown 11,179 pitches that have been tracked by the PITCHf/x system between 2012 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 (91mph) and Curve (77mph), also mixing in a Cutter (87mph) and Change (83mph). He also rarely throws a Sinker (92mph).
His fourseam fastball has much less armside movement than typical, has essentially average velo, results in somewhat more flyballs compared to other pitchers’ fourseamers and has some added backspin. His curve has primarily 12-6 movement, has little depth and results in somewhat more flyballs compared to other pitchers’ curves. His cutter has good “rise”. His change has surprising cut action, results in more flyballs compared to other pitchers’ changeups and has a lot of backspin. His sinker is basically never swung at and missed compared to other pitchers’ sinkers, is an extreme flyball pitch compared to other pitchers’ sinkers, has surprisingly little armside run, has little sinking action compared to a true sinker and has slightly above average velo.
Sean’s Note: Smyly was on the Cubs roster last year while recovering from elbow surgery. He never pitched for Chicago before starting the 2019 season with Texas. They released him after a poor first half and Philly grabbed him in July. It hasn’t gotten better in the National League, he has a 6.96 ERA and is walking over 12% of hitters. The biggest problem is the home run, 23 bombs in just 75.1 innings pitched. Basically he surrenders nearly three jacks per nine innings.
Final Thoughts: The Phillies blasted the Cubs Wednesday night, scoring 11 in an easy victory. Chicago’s offense also completely sputtered for the second consecutive night. Joe Maddon‘s solution is to inexplicably bat Albert Almora leadoff again. Almora is hitting under .200 against left handed pitchers and has a sub .300 on base percentage. Smyly is a very bad pitcher, but the lineup is not optimized for success. I will be happy to be proven wrong.
Javy Báez has been scratched due to illness.
— Chicago Cubs (@Cubs) August 15, 2019