Bullpen Session

Bullpen Session 4.14.19

5th; -4.5
Streak: L

LAA 6 – CHC 5
The Angels jumped out to a 3-0 lead. In the 3rd, Javy’s first doubles scored Kyle Hendricks; his second two-bagger scored Rizzo in the 5th, and cut the deficit to 3-2. The Halos coaxed two bases loaded walks in the 6th; Brad Brach walked Albert Pujols, and Randy Rosario walked Cole Calhoun, stretching the lead to, 5-2. A sac fly by Peter Bourjos in the 8th made it, 6-2. The Cubs made it interesting in their final two at-bats. Mark Zagunis delivered a pinch-hit, two-run single in the 8th; and Jason Heyward’s sac fly in the 9th brought the Cubs within one, 6-5. But with the tying run 90-feet away, closer Cody Allen got a favorable checked-swing call on Kyle Schwarber to end the threat, and the game. The Angels have won 7 of 8; the Cubs have dropped 9 of 14.

Báez: 3-5, 3-2B, 2 RBI
Heyward: 2-3, RBI
Zagunis: 1-1, 2 RBI

The Cubs had Allen on the ropes in the 9th. When Brian Goodwin dropped Heyward’s shallow pop it felt inevitable the Cubs would complete a glorious comeback—which they may have done had it not been for the close check-swing call on Schwarber.

Kyle Hendricks has a grand total of 13.1 IP in his three starts. He’s yet to make it past the fifth. The Cubs simply need more innings from him.

It’s one thing to throw pitches out of the zone during a bases loaded at-bat. But an entirely different matter to issue a walk in that situation. That shouldn’t happen. Cub relievers did it twice in one inning on Saturday—and lost the game by a run.

Double-digit strikeouts in 4 of the past 5 games (9 Ks in the other).
Schwarber: .192 avg.
Rizzo: .192 avg.
KB: .231 avg.

Willson Contreras (3) and Victor Caratini (1) have four catcher’s interference calls between them. It’s the strangest thing. And it’s no longer bad luck with Willson. Obviously, a slight — I assume — adjustment receiving pitches needs to be made.

Tommy La Stella reached base in all four plate appearances on Saturday, three walks and Willson’s catcher’s interference.

Sunday 1:20 p.m. CT
Trevor Cahill (1-1, 3.50 ERA)
Tyler Chatwood (0-0, 7.20 ERA)

Sunday’s forecast predicts temperatures in the mid-30s with a wintery mix of rain and snow. No surprise here if the Cubs do everything in their power to postpone the game, and avoid a spot-start from Chatwood.

That didn’t take long. Sunday’s game was postponed at 8:30 a.m. CT. A make-up date has yet to be determined. The Cubs get an extra day of rest before heading to Miami for a quick three-game series Monday through Wednesday. Another off-day on Thursday, then a weekend series against Arizona at Wrigley.