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Lineups and Bullpen Usage via Baseball Press.
Scouting Reports from Brooks Baseball.
Trevor Williams: Trevor Williams has thrown 7,441 pitches that have been tracked by the PITCHf/x system between 2016 and 2019, all of them occuring in the MLB Regular Season. In 2019, he has relied primarily on his Fourseam Fastball (92mph) and Slider (83mph), also mixing in a Sinker (90mph) and Change (84mph). He also rarely throws a Curve (77mph).
His fourseam fastball generates more whiffs/swing compared to other pitchers’ fourseamers, has some natural sinking action, has essentially average velo, results in somewhat more flyballs compared to other pitchers’ fourseamers and has slightly less natural movement than typical. His slider has short glove-side cut. His sinker has slightly below average velo and has some natural sinking action. His change generates fewer whiffs/swing compared to other pitchers’ changeups, results in somewhat more flyballs compared to other pitchers’ changeups and has slight armside fade. His curve (take this with a grain of salt because he’s only thrown 12 of them in 2019) is basically never swung at and missed compared to other pitchers’ curves, has little depth and results in somewhat more flyballs compared to other pitchers’ curves.
Sean’s Note: Things have gone much worse for Williams this year than in 2018. His 5.21 ERA is two runs higher than his 3.11 mark last season. He still strikes out a below average number of hitters. His homer total is six higher than the previous season in 40 fewer innings. Lefties have shellacked him, hitting .340 for the season. The Cubs have scored 13 runs off of him in just 11 innings pitched this season.
Final Thoughts: The Cubs lineup is basically the same as Saturday’s romp. Willson Contreras gets the day off to prevent catching three games in a row. José Quintana struggled last start lasting only three innings.