Cubs vs. Pirates: Series Thread (Games 32-34)

The Cubs pulled off a sweep of the Dodgers, twice walking off in extra innings and raising their record to 15-16. They also climbed aboe Cincinnati and their next opponent, the Pirates, to take 3rd place in the division. Next up, the Pirates may get some say in that matter. They come into Wrigley for a three-game series. This will be the third time these teams have faced off in 2021. They've split the season series at 3-3 so far, but they have not seen each other since April 11. The Cubs will work to build on the momentum from the sweep and stay in the thick of the division. See below for the weekend's matchups.


Game 32, 1:20 pm central

CHC: RHP Zach Davies (1-2, 8.22 ERA)

PIT: RHP Trevor Cahill (1-3, 7.40 ERA)

Davies last pitched on May 1st, when he set his current season best for earned runs allowed in a start (only 1), but also pitched only 4.0 innings. His walk rate remains worryingly inflated, especially for a pitch-to-contact guy. A sudden turnaround, particularly in terms of painting the corners, would be welcome.

Cahill is off to a rough start with the Pirates. The peripherals suggest he's due for better outcomes, however. His strikeout and walk rates are both better than his career averages, and he continues to get ground balls on more than 50% of balls in play. Last time out, the Cardinals knocked him around for 5 earned runs on 7 hits in 5.1 innings. Cubs hitters have seen little of him.


Game 33, 1:20 pm central

CHC: RHP Trevor Williams (2-2, 6.00 ERA)

PIT: RHP Will Crowe (0-1, 4.66 ERA)

The Reds offense chased Trevor Williams from his last start after only 2.2 innings pitched. Before he could flee the scene, he was tagged for 3 homeruns, 6 hits, and 6 earned runs, and he surrendered 4 walks along the way for good measure. His only other bad start on the season was the April 11 loss to the Pirates, in which that offense sprayed 10 hits in only 3.1 innings.

Will Crowe made his MLB debut last season for the Nationals. He went 0-2 in three starts that season while walking almost a batter per inning. Walks have hampered him a nearly as high a rate in the early going of 2021 as well. He made one relief appearance, against the Cubs on April 3, and has made 2 starts. He's allowed 8 walks in 9.2 innings across those 3 appearances. Last time out he lost to the Cardinals, surrendering 3 earned runs in 5 innings of work. Most Cubs will be getting their first looks at him.


Game 34, 1:20 pm central

CHC: RHP Kyle Hendricks (2-3, 6.07 ERA)

PIT: LHP Tyler Anderson (2-3, 3.24 ERA)

Hendricks pitched all 7 innings of the first half of the double-header against the Dodgers, allowing only one run on a solo homerun. Was it a rebound from a despair inducing start to the season, or was it one more appearance in an up-and-down start to the season? Cubs fans have yet to see Hendricks string together two quality starts in 2021. Adam Frazier has truly pestered Hendricks--he's hitting .478 in 23 at bats with two homeruns.

The Cubs scored 3 earned runs and served a loss to Pirates' lefty, Tyler Anderson, way back on April 3. His season record stands at 2-3, but he's allowed no more than 3 earned runs and has pitched at last 5 innings in every start of 2021. He's been a steady performer for the Pirates so far and is well-positioned to have his best season since 2018, when he went 7-9 with 32 starts with the Rockies. Rizzo is 6 for 15 with a homerun and Bryant is 6 for 14 with three dingers off of Anderson.

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j.pederson leading off and k.bryant in CF.  okay.

joc with 2 hits in 2ab...i guess bryant is due to rob a homer running up the ivy later in the game.

The Cubs have selected the contract of OF Nick Martini from AAA Iowa, LHRP Kyle Ryan has been Designated for Assignment, OF Ian Happ has been placed on the 10-day IL, and RHRP Jason Adam has been recalled from Iowa.  

Of the four outfielders who were at Iowa, I would have thought Nick Martini would have been the last to get called up.

Cameron Maybin (because of his experience), Ian Miller (because he can play CF and PR), and Rafael Ortega (because he can hit LHP and high velo off the bench) would have been the more likely choices. 

Least painful to lose if they don't want to keep a 40-man spot tied up?

Gin or Vodka?

One of my favorite movie lines is when Clarence tells Nick at Martini's in It's a Wonderful Life, "Everytime a bell rings, an Angel gets called up from Salt Lake City." 

hahaha !

that's gold Phil  ;)

This top of the 9th is going from better, to bad, to worse.

that was -way- too much drama.

cubs move to .500, though.  woo.

it certainly was....

wonder why Kimbrel didnt't come in?

Jordan Horrobin  @JordanHorrobin
#Cubs David Ross says Craig Kimbrel was "just down" today and that not having Kimbrel in the ninth was not injury related. 
He also said he expects Kimbrel to be available tomorrow.

Is it bad that my gut reaction was that I'm glad they didn't panic and risk injuring a valuable trade chip? Just keep him rested and healthy.   

after this past off-season that is the most logical gut reaction.

there's a lot of people out there rooting for kimbrel and bryant to have a good season as a backup plan (or main plan) for the 2021 season.

ah.

thanks!

w.miley (CIN) has a no-hitter through 8ip...0-0 game...106 pitches (season high)

...and CIN takes the lead because CLE is stupid...giving up a run on a throwing error followed by balking another runner in.

miley gonna get his shot for a no-hitter win.

no hitter!  4 in MLB on the season...2 have been vs CLE

114 pitches.

decided to check in on corey black to see if anyone has signed that waste of space.  dont think anyone has yet.

he might want to remove the photo of the proud boys leader he has on his twitter as aggressively as he's removed some of his weird hot takes from the past.  actually, he should keep it there.  it will give him a reason to feel like a victim and that seems to be very important to him.

Piece of gabage.

both him and his sister (who's since left twitter) have some interesting opinions on what civility and real americans are and are not.

it may run in the family, but they're grown ass adults responsible for what things they put out in the world for public consumption.

beth and jd in the booth today.  beth had a great debut earlier in the year with very positive fan feedback for her work + homework.

javy got a back ouchie and sitting today (sunday)

Shelby Miller on a rehab assignment. Hope he stays there

Dominating three innings for Shelby Miller in his rehab start for AAA Iowa today.  

turned into a combined no-hitter.

miller/nance/wieck/meisinger

crazy quiet at the park today in the 1st.

hendricks loading the f'n bases with 0 outs isn't helping.

PIT has 3 runs on on a walk and a slew of hits with an exit velocity comparable to the arm speed of a 5 year old throwing a dry sponge.

also, marisnick is injured and done.  he's walking off the field before being checked on.

j.marisnick right hamstring strain...may or may not hit the DL.

Jake Marisnick has had several DL/IL stints due to hamstring injuries over the years, so this is nothing new.

I would think Cameron Maybin will probably get the call-up if Marisnick goes on the IL, although adding Maybin to the 40 would require a corresponding 40-man roster deletion (60-day IL or DFA). 

sad thing is you can't even count on heyward slotting over to CF.  his D is getting subpar, average on a good day, and he can barely handle RF as steady as he used to at this point.

2y/44m left on that deal...

MRI for marisnick on monday...no d/l yet, but it seems likely

also heyward has a hand issue and that's why he was removed in the 9th for a pinch hitter.  no word on if that's going to be a thing going forward or just a "sleep it off" thing.

may 9th and hendricks puts in 5 innings (88 pitches) to bring the team lead in SP innings pitched to 34.2ip

if arrieta didn't get injured (missing his last game) and pitched a hell of a game he wouldn't have hit 40ip+ unless he threw a complete game.

might not have a single starter going 200ip this year even if they stay healthy.

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  • crunch 53 min 45 sec ago (view)

    he -really- needs to cue into this is a cubs broadcast and not a national/neutral broadcast.

    dude...don't get excited about marlins 3-run homers.

     

  • crunch 2 hours 20 min ago (view)

    lot of people wanted him when len left.  he's got a long game calling history, but not too much for baseball.  he did host "baseball tonight" for ESPN for a quite a while, so the game isn't a mystery to him.

    i find him a bit boring/dry.  some people like that he has that oldschool "announcer voice" thing going on.

     

  • Dolorous Jon Lester 2 hours 39 min ago (view)

    He's uhhh.. not very good at it. Glad he wasn't the hire for the main role.

     

  • crunch 2 hours 52 min ago (view)

    wow...chris myers calling the cubs game for some reason (boog out for the MIA series).

    he is a marquee talent, but he's not been used to call a game as far as i know.

    also, zach davies looks like a kid in pajamas in those dark blue "wrigleyville" uniforms.

     

  • crunch 1 day 1 hour ago (view)

    t.williams threw a 25 pitch pen thursday

     

  • crunch 1 day 3 hours ago (view)

    tonight's game (thursday) is mlb.tv free game, btw.

     

  • Arizona Phil 1 day 5 hours ago (view)

    The Cubs have optioned RHP Robert Stock back to AAA Iowa, and recalled LHP Brad Wieck. 

     

  • Arizona Phil 1 day 5 hours ago (view)

    The Cubs have purchased the contract of RHSP Mike Hauschild (ex-TOR) from Lexington (Atlantic League) and he has been asigned to AAA Iowa. 

    The Cubs are clearly beating the bushes of indepenent league baseball. Hauschild is the sixth player acquired by the Cubs from independent league teams in the last month (Jose Almonte, Tyler Ladendorf, Tim Susnara, Matt Warkentin, and Jarod Wright are the other five). 

     

  • crunch 1 day 7 hours ago (view)

    (c) hendricks gives up at least 60 homers in the regular season

    seriously, though...wisdom has "slowed down" the past 10 days or so, but he still managed a couple homers.  he's got a damn good shot at 20+ even if bote+duffy come back to steal a little time from him.

     

  • Charlie 1 day 7 hours ago (view)

    This Mets series is going poorly, so... off-topic question. Which of these outcomes do you currently think is more likely in 2021: (a) Javy hits at least 40 homeruns in the regular season, (b) Patrick Wisdom hits at least 20 homeruns in the regular season.

     

  • crunch 2 days 2 hours ago (view)

    wow...and he's done for the night.  that's not good...well, for mets fans.

    "right shoulder soreness"

     

  • crunch 2 days 2 hours ago (view)

    meanwhile...degrom with 8 Ks through 3 perfect innings.  he's also got a RBI single.

     

  • crunch 2 days 3 hours ago (view)

    and d.smith gets HBP.

    this is high end next level strategy.  you beat degrom by injuring everyone until they have to forfeit the game.  moneyballs.

     

  • crunch 2 days 3 hours ago (view)

    ow...villar got nailed in the ear and the back of the head by a throw from lobaton on a stolen base.

     

  • Arizona Phil 2 days 3 hours ago (view)

    CHARLIE: You are absolutely right.

    Granted there are existing rules prohibiting pitchers from using foreign substances, but you don't change enforcement protocols suddenly in the middle of the season. Pitchers should be given an opportunity to make adjustments during the course of Spring Training before any new enforcement policy is implememted.

    This can and should be addressed in the upcoming CBA negotiations. Not now. 

     

  • Charlie 2 days 4 hours ago (view)

    That was definitely my position prior to this year. But I am starting to buy into the claim that almost all pitchers are using something, even if it is rosin and sunscreen in many cases.