Tied Fourth; -4.0
PIT 5 – CHC 2
Jordan Lyles – 6 IP, 1 R, 3 H, 0 walks, 10 punchouts – had the outing we wanted to see from Yu Darvish, who was pedestrian: 5.1 IP, 5 R (4 ER), 5 H, 0 walks, 4 strikeouts. Darvish was undoubtedly better than his previous two starts, but that’s not saying much for a guy who’s supposed to be a top-of-the-rotation arm. The waiting game continues for Yu to live up to expectations.
The Buccos’ starter was dealing, but the Cubs did have scoring opportunities. The lineup, however, went 1-for-8 with RISP, leaving five in scoring position with two outs, and collectively whiffed 15 times. After watching the Cubs explode for 10 runs in Monday’s home opener, this performance felt eerily similar to last year’s feast or famine offense.
DON’T LOOK NOW
Cubs relievers Kyle Ryan, Allen Webster, Tyler Chatwood, and Tim Collins (called up from Iowa on Wednesday) combined for 3.2 scoreless innings to stretch the bullpen’s scoreless innings streak to 14.2 IP over the past three games. That’s something.
Thursday marks the Cubs third opportunity to take a rubbermatch contest, having dropped the first two rubber-games against Texas and Milwaukee.
While the division leading Brewers (8-5) were busy being swept in Anaheim, the Pirates (6-4) have won five of six; the Cardinals (7-5) have won four-straight; the Reds (3-8) have won two-straight; and the Cubs (3-8) have yet to win consecutive games.
Troublesome weather always factors into the baseball season. But no matter how unfavorable the playing conditions are, adverse weather does not discriminate, nor does it excuse poor performance, or count wins and losses any differently in the standings. Both teams face the same obstacle. Overcoming the elements is all part of being a professional.
WORDS TO LIVE BY
Joaquín Andújar , former pitcher (1976-’88): “You can’t worry if it’s cold; you can’t worry if it’s hot; you only worry if you get sick. Because then if you don’t get well, you die.”