Cubs @ Brewers: Series Thread (Games 10-12)
The Chicago Cubs (4-5) make their first trip northward to take on Milwaukee (5-4) for the second time this season. Having dropped 2 out of 3 in Pittsburgh, the Cubs will try to push and elbow their way to middle or front of the NL central pack. Benches cleared-ish in the last Brewers vs Cubs series, so don't be surprised to see some literally pushing and elbowing if Contreras finds himself on the receiving end of a beaning again. See below for matchups.
Game 1, Monday, April 12, 6:40 pm central
CHC: RHP Adbert Alzolay (0-1, 7.20 ERA)
MIL: RHP Freddy Peralta (1-0, 0.00 ERA)
Alzolay was on the losing end of this matchup on April 6. He allowed 4 earned runs on a 3-run homer to Trais Shaw in the 1st inning and a solo homerun to Narvaez n the 4th. The Shaw homer came on a 1-0 curve and Alzolay followed it with back-to-back strikeouts to end the inning. It was an uneven performance overall, but he did go 5 innings and struck out 4 while getting a 5-1 grounder to fly ball ratio.
Peralta fully shut down the Cubs offense for five innings in that game, striking out 8 and allowing only 1 hit in 5 innings. He did walk 4, but the Cubs hitters looked befuddled by his high-spin fastball. Kris Bryant had the lone hit of the game, a double. Brent Suter pitched 3 hitless innings in relief and Boxberger finished things up, with little of note there aside from plunking Contreras on the upper arm (a day after Willson had taken one to the helmet). With the quick rematch, perhaps Cubs hitters will have a better feel for their approaches against Peralta.
Game 2, Tuesday, April 13, 6:40 pm central
CHC: RHP Kyle Hendricks (0-1, 3.00 ERA)
MIL: RHP Brandon Woodruff (0-0, 2.45 ERA)
Game 2 of the series is another rematch. Last time, neither Hendricks nor Woodruff factored in the decision. Hendricks rebounded from a frustrating opening day by striking out 6, walking one, and allowing 4 hits and no runs in 6 innings. Workman took the loss in the 10th inning, following three innings of 1-run relief from Mills, Chafin, and Kimbrel.
Woodruff didn't win the game but had the best pitching performance of the day last time out. He struck out 8 in 7 scoreles innings and allowed only one hit while managing not to hit any batsmen. The only piece missing from Woodruff's game at this point is durability. Due to health or circumstance, he's never made more than 22 starts in a season. If he can pass that mark in 2021, more fans outside the NL Central might finally learn who he is.
Game 3, Wednesday, April 14, 12:40 pm central
CHC: RHP Jake Arrieta (2-0, 2.25 ERA)
MIL: RHP Corbin Burnes (0-1, 0.73 ERA)
Jake Arrieta has been the best Cubs starter so far, following a solid first start with a 6-inning win in which he worked around 7 hits and 3 walks to allow only 2 earned runs. He managed that in somewhat surprising fashion, collecting only one double play and getting 8 outs in the air while striking out only 4. Still, it seems like a decent snapshot of reasonable hopes for Arrieta in 2021.
Corbin Burnes has been lights-out in his first two starts of 2021, striking out 20 while walking 0 and allowing only 2 hits in 12.1 innings pitched. Cubs hitters don't have extensive history against him, with only Javy having seen him 10 times (he has a homerun as his lone hit in that small sample).
Arizona Phil 3 hours 21 min ago (view)
The Cubs have purchased the contract of 25-year old 6'5 260 RHP Adam Heidenfelder from Gary (American Association) and he has been assigned to the ACL Cubs.
Hagsag 13 hours 29 min ago (view)
Does anyone know what type of injury Amaya has?
Hagsag 13 hours 32 min ago (view)
I can not believe what a good 3b he has been playing.
Wrigley Rat 19 hours 22 min ago (view)
Robert Stock was claimed off waivers by the Mets.
crunch 21 hours 22 min ago (view)
HR in the 8th. dope.
crunch 23 hours 32 min ago (view)
he's back out in the field in the top 3rd...must be okay, but he sure doesn't look confidently healthy. *shrug* off-day tomorrow...
crunch 23 hours 43 min ago (view)
p.wisdom seems to have injured his right leg/knee swinging a bat...
crunch 1 day 5 min ago (view)
“It did not feel good to take Javy out of the game,” Ross said. “I never feel comfortable doing that at all. That's a pit in my stomach and it was in my stomach the entire game.”
“I blame it on myself. I lost the count of the outs,” Báez said. “We talked about it. We're on the same page. I'll be there tomorrow to help the team.”
First.Pitch.120 1 day 1 hour ago (view)
The thing that gets me is that she cheated with the guy providing religous-based pre-marital counseling. Hmmm... this guy is abusing his (quasi-)professional couseling position to pursue an intimate relationship; forgot the parts of the Bible about lying, cheating, & doing dirty by the 2016 WS MVP; and clearly has very conflicted feelings on the marriage construct... yep, I'm blowing up multiple people's lives to ride-or-die with THAT guy.
Hagsag 1 day 2 hours ago (view)
I am with my hero Zo.
crunch 1 day 4 hours ago (view)
whole zobrist thing got fleshed out (no pun) in public now...
Arizona Phil 1 day 10 hours ago (view)
The Cubs have signed C Harrison Wenson (ex-LAA) to a minor league contract and he has been assigned to Hi-A South Bend. Wenson spent five seasons in the Angels organization, and he got an NRI to MLB Spring Training as an extra catcher with the Halos this past spring.
crunch 1 day 22 hours ago (view)
69 (nice) pitches...goes 4.2ip and leaves with a man on 1st
4.2ip 3h 1bb 5k, 3r/er (2hr)
alzolay continues to have the HR screw him over. 12 given up in 62.1ip
crunch 1 day 23 hours ago (view)
d.ross pulls baez for alcantara for what was either a mental mistake forgetting the outs or totally not hustling by baez in the bottom 4th running the bases.
cubs are down by 1.
hell of manager power play. hope this plays out well...expect it will.
crunch 1 day 23 hours ago (view)
nico expected back in early july...duffy had a "setback" and is in limbo...bote has started baseball activities, but nowhere near a return time.
crunch 2 days 33 sec ago (view)
haha. ump checked alzolay's hat and glove between innings and declared it all clear.
stuff so nasty they wanna make sure you're not on that "sticky fingers" bandwagon.