Tied Fourth; -5.5
Streak: L L-L L L-L
MIL 13 – CHC 10
The beat goes on. The starter falters, the bullpen implodes, and too little too late from the offense. Frustrations are simmering in the visitor’s dugout. What a hopeless feeling around the Cubs right now, losers of six-straight.
The Cubs won 8 of the first 9 games against Milwaukee last season, then the Brewers turned the table to win 8 of the next 11, including the all-important division tiebreaker. Friday’s game makes it 9 wins in the past 12 games for Milwaukee against Chicago.
With the exception of Jon Lester’s two quality outings, the starting rotation has been abysmal. The rotation ranks 14/15 in the NL in innings pitched. Every starter, aside from Lester, has given way to the bullpen before six innings. That’s a breakneck pace for any bullpen in April—especially one in a full meltdown.
The Cubs have committed at least one error in five of the past six games. They’ve committed the most errors (11) in the NL, and have the worst Defensive Efficiency Ratio (.612) in the majors.
Willson Contreras has a .560 OBP and has been the most consistent bat in the lineup, a really good sign after a dismal campaign last year; Daniel Descalso is a sneaky 8-for-16 with 1 HR and 4 RBI; Baez (.281 OBP) and Heyward (.308 OBP) are the only regulars with an on-base percentage below .350.
Friday marked the one year anniversary of a bald eagle landing on the shoulder of then-Mariners starter James Paxton during the pregame ceremony in Minnesota.