Bullpen Session

Bullpen Session 4.5.19

Tied Fourth; 4.5
Streak: L L L L L

Would the real Chicago Cubs please stand up. The season started a week ago. October begins in March, yes?

Cubs pitching issued 21 walks. The lineup generated the same number of runs (8) as they did defensive miscues (8 errors). The season’s snowballing in the wrong direction. Next up are the red-hot Brewers, winners of five straight. Hold on to your butts.

Cubs bullpen this season:

  • 21.1 innings
  • 19 walks
  • 9.71 ERA

With closer Brandon Morrow sidelined until May, the Cubs were desperate for Carl Edwards Jr. to be the bullpen’s anchor. That hasn’t happened. All three of his appearances have been disappointing—two were outright disastrous. Zero confidence. Zero pitch command. He’s possible one outing away from a demotion to Iowa, not that a stint in the minors is the worst thing for CJ. It’s just been bad for Edwards. And bad for the bullpen. Basically, bad all-around.

The Cubs take one game in Milwaukee, maybe two. Everything indicates the Brewers (6-1) will handily sweep the Cubs this weekend. But baseball is beautifully unpredictable that way. Heaven help us if it isn’t.

Baseball-Reference.com had an interesting note this week on Fernando Rodney, who became the 26th pitcher in MLB history to pitch in 900 games, reaching the mark earlier this week with Oakland. Rodney, 42, has since passed Arthur Rhodes on the games pitched leaderboard and is six appearances shy of passing Cy Young. Rodney’s rookie season began as a 25-year-old with Detroit in 2002. His stint with the Cubs would come 13 years later via an August trade with the Mariners in 2015. He didn’t disappoint: (2-0, 0.75 ERA); 14 games, 12.0 IP, 1 ER, 4 BB, 15 K. Rodney has pitched for 10 different clubs over his 17-year career.

Rob Zastryzny has signed a minor-league deal with the Dodgers. A second-round draft pick of the Cubs in 2013, Zastryzny made 18 appearances, including one start, over three seasons in Chicago (2016-18).