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Scouting Reports from Brooks Baseball.
Sonny Gray: Sonny Gray has thrown 17,302 pitches that have been tracked by the PITCHf/x system between 2013 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 (94mph), Curve (82mph), Slider (85mph) and Sinker (93mph). He also rarely throws a Change (90mph), Cutter (92mph) and Slow Curve (75mph).
His fourseam fastball has much less armside movement than typical and has essentially average velo. His curve has sweeping glove-side movement, is much harder than usual and has a sharp downward bite. His slider sweeps across the zone and has exceptional depth. His sinker generates an extremely high number of swings & misses compared to other pitchers’ sinkers, has less armside run than typical, results in somewhat more groundballs compared to other pitchers’ sinkers and has slightly above average velo. His change is thrown extremely hard and generates fewer whiffs/swing compared to other pitchers’ changeups. His cutter is basically never swung at and missed compared to other pitchers’ cutters, is blazing fast and is an extreme flyball pitch compared to other pitchers’ cutters. His slow curve is a real yakker that’s separated from his other curveball due to its big drop and slow speed.
Sean’s Note: Gray has been outstanding in his first year for the Reds. His strike out rate is up 7% from 2018 and he gets over half his outs on the ground. The Cubs have scored just four runs in 18.1 innings against Gray in three games this season.
Final Thoughts: The degree of difficulty goes up for the Cubs with Gray on the mound. Joe Maddon has the same lineup as Monday, the only change in fact, is Victor Caratini catches and Willson Contreras plays first. Yu Darvish was outstanding his last time on mound amassing 14 strikeouts against the Padres.