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.
crunch 1 hour 32 min ago (view)
2019...cubs fan...being thankful heyward and chatwood are around...wtf...
Eric S 2 hours 19 min ago (view)
Like having a 5-1 lead going into the ninth?
Dolorous Jon Lester 3 hours 15 min ago (view)
With our vaunted late inning tandem of Tyler Chatwood and Rowan Wick!
Who would have thought?
Jackstraw 3 hours 16 min ago (view)
Cubs 1-10 with RISP in the series. Left lots of ducks on the pond. Could take some of the pressure off the pen.
Jackstraw 3 hours 17 min ago (view)
You could hit your thumb with a hammer. Or take a big bite of wayyyy too hot pizza. Just sayin.
Eric S 3 hours 21 min ago (view)
I’m a little surprised and confused that Bote wasn’t in the infield in the ninth? Wth - need that one out boot to complete my day
crunch 3 hours 22 min ago (view)
cubs win! about time.
Eric S 3 hours 30 min ago (view)
Cubs have to scratch mightily to get two runs against the mighty second half buccos
crunch 4 hours 2 min ago (view)
K, diving catch by happ for an out, HBP to load the bases, ground out
PIT has loaded the bases 3 times in this game.
crunch 4 hours 11 min ago (view)
...and we're doing more 0 out, men on base stuff...
2 on, 0 outs...up to 103 pitches and lester's day is done.
bullpen time. oh. boy. neat.
crunch 4 hours 23 min ago (view)
bryant has not forgotten how to hit homers.
crunch 4 hours 26 min ago (view)
2 on, 0 out, and also gets out of that.
btw, bryant has forgotten how to play 3rd base the past 2 innings...da hell...
crunch 4 hours 41 min ago (view)
no one scores! hell yeah. phew.
crunch 4 hours 47 min ago (view)
walking the pitcher to load the bases with 0 outs.
this cubbery is thicker than the humidity.
Jackstraw 5 hours 14 min ago (view)
I knew this was going to be a tough series with the Pirates starting Cy Young last night and Walter Johnson today. Only weird thing is Cy was sporting a 4.59 ERA going into last night and Johnson came into today with a 4.15.
crunch 5 hours 33 min ago (view)
heyward(CF) / cast / bryant / rizzo / baez / russell / happ(LF) / lucroy / lester
lester and lucroy...