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Lineups and Bullpen Usage via Baseball Press.
Scouting Reports from Brooks Baseball.
Zach Davies: Zach Davies has thrown 9,674 pitches that have been tracked by the PITCHf/x system between 2014 and 2019, including pitches thrown in the MLB Regular Season, the MLB Postseason, Spring Training and Fall/Winter Ball. In 2019, he has relied primarily on his Sinker (89mph) and Change (80mph), also mixing in a Cutter (87mph). He also rarely throws a Curve (76mph) and Slider (81mph).
His sinker has below average velo, has little sinking action compared to a true sinker, results in somewhat more flyballs compared to other pitchers’ sinkers and has slight armside run. His change has below average velo and has slight armside fade. His cutter is basically never swung at and missed compared to other pitchers’ cutters, has surprisingly little cutting action, has good “rise” and results in somewhat more flyballs compared to other pitchers’ cutters. His curve is basically never swung at and missed compared to other pitchers’ curves and has slightly below average velo. His slider is basically never swung at and missed compared to other pitchers’ sliders, is an extreme flyball pitch compared to other pitchers’ sliders, has below average velo and has some two-plane movement.
Sean’s Note: Davies was having a huge year, but has struggled of late. He doesn’t strike out many hitters and his walk rate is slightly above average. His FIP is a full run above his ERA so he has gotten a lot of help from his defense. He held the Cubs off the board in an abbreviated (4.2 IP) start on Saturday.
Final Thoughts: After failing to get the Brewers bullpen in Chicago, the Cubs crushed them Thursday night. The big blow was Kyle Schwarber‘s massive grand slam off of Drew Pomeranz in the 6th inning. Javy Báez is missing again with his bruised thumb. Addison Russell and Jason Heyward are mired in huge hitting slumps, so the bottom of lineup is weak. Ben Zobrist has been an on base machine since his return to the lineup.