Cubs vs. Pirates: Alzolay vs. Williams (Game 85)
CHC (45-39): RHP Adbert Alzolay (1-0, 2.08 ERA)
PIT (39-43): RHP Trevor Williams (2-2, 4.25 ERA)
First pitch 6:05pmCDT
The Cubs leave behind a contentious Cincinnati series and give us Alzolay's second MLB start as a distraction. The rookie right-hander was inefficient in his first start, allowing four walks to go with four strikeouts in only 4.1 innings of work. Still, the only run scored on a solo homerun by Acuna. Walks were never a big issue for Alzolay in the minors. The Pirates are a touch below average offensively, but they are 13th in the majors in wRC+ vs right-handers. Josh Bell, Bryan Reynolds, and Kevin Newman have been especially potent against righties. Cub killer Francisco Cervelli has been held to a .557 OPS against righties--but he's on the IL with a concussion.
Trevor Williams has been pretty decent this year, counteracting a slightly increased BABIP with a significantly decreased walk rate. He most recently lost to Houston, allowing four earned runs in 6.2 innings. Current Cubs have a .770 OPS against him in 94 at bats. Schwarber is 5-15 with two homeruns. Javy is 2-11 with zero strikeouts. Bryant is 2-7 with five walks.
There's rain coming to Pittsburgh this week, but it's not forecast to begin until tomorrow.
Eric S 3 hours 16 min ago (view)
Reds just lost in tough fashion to the Royals. Down 5-4 in the bottom of the ninth, bases loaded, one out and rap into a 5-4-3 dp to end it.
crunch 3 hours 49 min ago (view)
no kimbrel...but another decent jeffress outing
Cubster 3 hours 57 min ago (view)
Fly the W.
Dolorous Jon Lester 4 hours 47 min ago (view)
So we keep Phegley ostensibly to get Caratini into lineup as DH and have a different backup C so we don't get caught in the exact situation we knowingly and avoidably put ourselves in tonight?
crunch 5 hours 4 min ago (view)
this game is now "bryant watch"...also will 4 runs be enough for kimbrel? gotta imagine he's due to get work even if it's not a save situation.
crunch 5 hours 26 min ago (view)
early returns on that bomb to LF are looking good.
Charlie 5 hours 33 min ago (view)
That one looked like it got all bone. Here's hoping it didn't go full Todd Hollandsworth.
Eric S 6 hours 56 min ago (view)
Cubs did both Dietrich and the Rangers a solid
Wouldn't be a season without the Cubs and Rangers having some form of transaction
crunch 7 hours 57 min ago (view)
called up and in the lineup for TEX tonight. hell of a few days for him.
Eric S 9 hours 50 min ago (view)
Cleveland Game 2: KB (LF), Rizzo, Javy, Willson, Happ, JHey, Bote (3B), Caratini (DH), Kipnis
Schwarber was in initial lineup but removed due to a knee contusion - I imagine a result of the hard breaking ball which popped him in the knee last night.
Dolorous Jon Lester 11 hours 44 min ago (view)
Rea has been a very nice surprise so far. Hopefully he can keep it up this year and going forward. We have a few more years of team control.
Eric S 1 day 3 hours ago (view)
Rea bringing the heat 94-96 - and retires the heart of the Indians lineup in order. He's looked impressive in his two appearances.
Eric S 1 day 3 hours ago (view)
Happ's bat being on fire is pleasing to the eye
Eric S 1 day 4 hours ago (view)
He's the anti-Kimbrel
Eric S 1 day 5 hours ago (view)
Oliver Perez alone is worth the price of admission - more kinds of "deliveries" than Baskin-Robbins has flavors.
crunch 1 day 5 hours ago (view)
anyone that doesn't enjoy watching oliver perez pitching isn't my friend and can't borrow any of my stuff.