Bullpen Session

Bullpen Session 3.31.19

CUBS CENTRAL
(1-1)
Third; 0.5
Streak: L

THREE RUNS
The Cubs blew two three-run leads on Saturday against the Rangers and lost, 8-6.
Rubber match on Sunday.

PICKING DAISIES 
57 pitches by Yu Darvish on Saturday before the Rangers put a ball in play:

  • Strikeout
  • Strikeout
  • Walk
  • Walk
  • Walk
  • Strikeout
  • Walk
  • Walk
  • Walk
  • Strikeout
    Rougned Odor RBI single to right field.

BALL FOUR
Darvish (7), Quintana (3), and Edwards (2) combined Saturday to issue 12 walks in 6.2 innings of work. Must. Throw. Strikes.

SOS
An all-around terrible season debut from CJ Edwards. No command of his pitches, no outs recorded, and he served up the game-winning home run. Edwards appeared completely out of sorts with the new leg hitch—utterly lost with his delivery.

SCHWARB THINGS
Aside from his solo bomb in the fifth, Kyle Schwarber’s third inning ground out advanced Javy to third, which led to a run when Contreras followed with an RBI double; in the ninth, Schwarber’s successful bunt beat the shift and brought the tying run to the plate. It’s not just the big things, but the little things count, too.

KANGAROO COURT
I’ve said it countless times: If given the power, I’d fine any base runner who slides headfirst trying to beat a bang-bang play at first. And the first court fine of 2019 belongs to one Albert Almora. Of course he was called out. For the love of baseball, run through the bag.

DH
If the National League adopts the DH, I’m okay with it. If the NL sticks with tradition, I’m okay with that, too. I don’t care if pitchers bat or that the current Cubs are built for an American League brand of ball. For me, it’s a non issue.

TRANSACTIONS
Left-hander Brian Duensing cleared waivers and has been sent outright to Triple-A Iowa. I expect Duensing gets an opportunity to rejoin the Cubs later this season, that is assuming he doesn’t fall to pieces in Iowa.

The Reds have designated lefty reliever Brandon Finnegan. Might he be on the Cubs radar? If the Cubs were willing to take a flyer last season on the 31-year-old oft-injured Jamie Garcia, why not take a flyer this season on the soon to be 26-year-old oft-injured former 2014 first-round draft pick?