Cubs @ Reds: Series Thread (Games 26-28)
The Cubs (11-14) dodged a sweep in Atlanta by winning the final game, backing Alzolay to his first win of 2021. They'll complete the road trip with a 3-game series against the 4th place Reds (11-13). For now, it's a battle to get out of the NL Central basement. The Reds most recently took 2 out of 3 from the Dodgers, but prior to that they lost 7 in a row. See below for the weekend's matchups.
Game 26, Friday, April 30, 6:10 pm central
CHC: RHP Jake Arrieta (3-2, 2.57 ERA)
CIN: LHP Wade Miley (2-2, 2.45 ERA)
Arrieta took a loss against Milwaukee on April 25th through no fault of his own. It was probably his best start so far; he allowed 1 earned run and struck out 8 in 6 innings. Joey Votto is hitting .429 with 2 homeruns off of him in 14 ABs.
Wade Miley is off to a solid start in his second season with the Reds. He still relies on weak contact, but he's restricted the walks in the early going. He's lost his last two starts, allowin 6 earned runs on 3 walks and 10 hits in 11 innings. Bryant's is 6 for 14 off of Miley. Baez and Rizzo are a combined 3 for 24 with no homeruns off the veteran lefty.
Game 27, Saturday, May, 3:10 pm central
CHC: RHP Zach Davies (1-2, 9.47 ERA)
CIN: RHP Luis Castillo (1-2, 6.29 ERA)
Zach Davies's last respectable start was April 4, when he made his first start as a Cub and earned his first win of 2021. He's walked 15 in 19 innings pitched.
Luis Castillo has been off to a rough start this season, having an uncharacteristically difficult time missing bats and surrendering homeruns at a heightened rate in the early going. Notably, his velocity is down a tick or two compared to last year and he's throwing the changeup a little more frequently. He lost to the Cardinals last time out, allowing 4 earned runs and striking out 3 in 5.1 innings pitched. Ian Happ is is 6 for 13 with a homerun off of him and Heyward is 6 for 20 with a pair of dingers.
Game 28, Sunday, May 2, 12:10 pm central
CHC: RHP Trevor Williams (2-2, 4.44 ERA)
CIN: RHP Tyler Mahle (1-1, 1.75 ERA)
Williams's had an encouraging first month of the season. He managed to strike out more than one batter per inning and kept his ERA in the mid-4s while mostly avoiding the longball. If he can deliver more of the same, he'll be outpitching expectations. Reds hitters saw plenty of him when he was Pirate, but no one's numbers really jump off stat sheet. Votto boasts .387 average in 31 ABs, but that came with no homeruns and only 1 RBI.
Tyler Mahle took a big step forward in the shortened 2020 season and has continued with a spectacular April of 2021. Combined across that stretch he's put together 73.1 innings in which he's struck out 96 and had a 2.95 ERA. That's a solid half season of work. No Cub hitters have really thrived against him. Heyward, Rizzo, and Contreras are a combined 7 for 50.
Arizona Phil 4 hours 14 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 14 hours 22 min ago (view)
Does anyone know what type of injury Amaya has?
Hagsag 14 hours 25 min ago (view)
I can not believe what a good 3b he has been playing.
Wrigley Rat 20 hours 15 min ago (view)
Robert Stock was claimed off waivers by the Mets.
crunch 22 hours 15 min ago (view)
HR in the 8th. dope.
crunch 1 day 25 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 1 day 35 min ago (view)
p.wisdom seems to have injured his right leg/knee swinging a bat...
crunch 1 day 57 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 2 hours 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 3 hours ago (view)
I am with my hero Zo.
crunch 1 day 5 hours ago (view)
whole zobrist thing got fleshed out (no pun) in public now...
Arizona Phil 1 day 11 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 23 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 2 days 37 min 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 53 min 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.