Streak: L L
The Cubs should’ve swept the series. Instead, they allowed the last two games to slip away, and despite scoring 28 runs over three games, depart Texas sub .500. That’s a bad series, plain and simple.
For the series, the Cubs bullpen served up a combined 11 earned runs on 10 hits in 7.2 innings of work. Starts by Darvish and Hamels fell short, too. And there’s your recipe to losing a series you should’ve swept given the abundance of run support.
One appearance each from CJ Edwards and Tyler Chatwood and we have our latest example of how spring numbers are absolutely worthless indicators of regular season performance. Both pitchers had encouraging spring numbers; and both were awful in their season debuts. It’s the smallest of sample size, but you can trash the spring stats if you haven’t already.
ON THE RECORD
It’s not if, but when, until the Cubs designate Tyler Chatwood for assignment this season. A pitcher who consistently struggles to throw strikes offers zero value to a competing roster.
Cubs pitching, in general, left much to be desired, but the offense flat-out raked in the Lone Star state.
- Baez: 6-14, 5 R, 2 HR, 6 RBI, 2 SB
- Schwarber: 5-12, 2 R, 2 HR, 3 RBI
- Bryant: 4-13, 3 R, 3 BB, 2B, HR, 4 RBI
- Rizzo: 3-11, 3 R, 4 BB, HR, 3 RBI
- Zobrist: 3-11, 3 R, 4 BB, 2 RBI
- Contreras: 3-8, 2 R, 2 BB, 2 2B, 2 RBI
According to Stats, in each of the last four seasons, at least one Cub has finished in the NL’s top five in RBI. Javy led the Senior Circuit with 111 last season, and currently ranks fifth overall this year (6).
ON TO ATLANTA
- Mon. – Hendricks
- Tue. – Off day
- Wed. – Lester
- Thu. – Darvish