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.

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tyler skaggs has died.

rangers/angels cancelled.

he was 27 years old.

Holy shit. That’s awful.

schwarber / bryant / rizzo / baez / heyward / almora / caratini / russell / alzolay

16 pitches in...0 outs...4 PIT runs...

sigh

They say it’s a game of adjustments. Looks like the Pirates have a bit of game plan against Alzolay in his third MLB appearance. 

Pirates are spitting on offspeed and whacking the hell out of his fastballs. 

Seems likely he was tipping the curveball somehow. But the Pirates kept at it against the bullpen.

Javy. Wow

Hoping he declines participating in the home run derby and give the heel an additional break

damn...probably have to send alzolay down after this game just to get a fresh pen arm.

this is turrible.

2.2ip 10h 1bb 3k, 7r/er, 57 pitches

he leaves with 2 on...yow.

Alzolay has a little bit of a home/road split. 

b.brach gets his 1st hit (single) and 1st RBI of his career.

also, the cubs get within 3 runs.  neat-o.

Man, baseball is fickle. KB with a great at bat with the bases loaded, works a 3-1 count ... pops up to second. What could have been. 

Voted for Bell for the all star game. Little surprised neither of his two bombs off of Alzolay ended up in the river - they sure looked that way off the bat 

So Cubs best hitter pops up to second with bases loaded, two outs. Pirates starting pitcher in same situation laces a single to right. That uh, blows

this game is butt.

d.descalso pitching...3rd team he's had a pitching appearance (stl/arz/chc)

He’s just been playing out of position. Descalso is the bullpen help we needed.

Just kidding, can’t hit or pitch.

hey, he sucks at pitching too.

there's still the 8th inning to come for PIT to bat.  neat.

kimbrel is trying to keep this 10 run loss in tact.

...and he gives up a solo HR on his 4th pitch.

...and fraizer's 4th double of the game on his 5th pitch.

...and bell's 3rd homer of the game with his 16th pitch.

help.

send help.

Maybe the bat boy could soak up some pitches?

c.zambrano chicago dogs bio blurb

https://pbs.twimg.com/media/D-b-hLKX4AcUtPk.jpg

...looking like a hispanic kenny powers...

The Cubs have reinstated RHSP Kyle Hendricks from the 10-day IL (he's supposed to start tonight), optioned RHSP Adbert Alzolay and RHRP Rowan Wick to AAA Iowa, and recalled LHRP Randy Rosario. 

Alzolay probably won't actually report to Iowa (at least not until after the All-Star break). He'll likely just stay with the Cubs while they are in Pittsburgh, then travel to Cleveland for the Futures Game on Sunday, and then maybe report to Iowa in about ten days. 

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  • Charlie 4 hours 7 min ago (view)

    He didn't walk anybody! Woohoo!

     

  • crunch 4 hours 40 min ago (view)

    phew...wow.  cubs win.

    this pen...

     

  • Eric S 4 hours 49 min ago (view)

    Hopefully Ryan is more 88-87 tonite instead of 86-85

     

  • crunch 4 hours 50 min ago (view)

    wow, kimbrel out with 1 out, men on 2nd/3rd.

    0.1 ip 2h 0bb 1k

    k.ryan coming in.

     

  • Wrigley Rat 5 hours 13 min ago (view)

    So MLB has changed the rules again. Instead of going from 30 to 28 to 26 players this year, teams will only go from 30 to 28 this Thursday and stay at 28 through the post-season.

    Thinking about the Cubs potential moves, I would imagine that Jose Quintana and Brad Weick will be added at some point before the post-season and Rex Brothers, Colin Rea, Justin Steele, and one of Josh Phegley or Daniel Winkler would be sent down to South Bend (or released).

     

  • crunch 5 hours 16 min ago (view)

    jeffress used in the 8th...easy one for him.  looks like kimbrell is still the 9th inning guy.

     

  • crunch 6 hours 19 min ago (view)

    he's done nothing extordinary out there, but he's looked a lot more comfortable out there this year.

    he was especially bad at anything near the line the last few seasons, not making the play or getting over there so late somewhat ordinary popouts looked like great effort.  small sample size and all, but it looks like he has a bit more of a clue.  if he can be at least average-ish out there, his arm gives him a nice plus on top of it.

     

  • Childersb3 6 hours 53 min ago (view)

    Anyone else think Souza isn't any better than Almora?

    Should Souza's PAs go to Almora?

     

  • Eric S 6 hours 54 min ago (view)

    Schwarbs looks more comfortable defensively in left field than Souza

     

  • Eric S 6 hours 58 min ago (view)

    JHey joins the HR crowd - woot woot!!!

     

  • Eric S 7 hours 12 min ago (view)

    Ideally would prefer Hendricks not pitch right after Mills given their similar profiles

     

  • crunch 7 hours 57 min ago (view)

    bryant / rizzo / baez / schwarber(DH) / contreras / heyward / souza(LF) / kipnis / happ

     

  • Eric S 8 hours 25 min ago (view)

    Nick Castellanos with HR number 6 tonight against the Indians.  He's just killing it to start the season

     

  • crunch 10 hours 46 min ago (view)

    i haven't heard anything beyond speculation.  i don't even know if it was even addressed in the mlbpa/owners agreement, but i imagine it is in some way.

     

  • Sonicwind75 10 hours 50 min ago (view)

    Has there been any indication on how much effort will be made to make up the games lost to a team Covid shutdown? 

     

  • crunch 10 hours 56 min ago (view)

    cubs gave d.bote a highlight reel tweet from his 3 notable plays last night.

    https://twitter.com/Cubs/status/1290489953730719744