Bullpen Session

Bullpen Session 4.18.19

CUBS CENTRAL
(8-9)
4th; -3.0
Streak: W W W

CHC 6 – MIA 0
Cole Hamels put the finishing touch on the Cubs three-game sweep in Miami. Javy Báez homered for a second consecutive game; Daniel Descalso had two hits and three RBI; and Jason Heyward drove in a run. The Cubs went 4-for-5 with RISP and scored all six runs with two outs. The Marlins (4-16) have the fewest wins in baseball having dropped 9 of 10. The Cubs have won 6 of 8 to pull within a game of .500.

WEDNESDAY
Descalso: 2-3, 2B, 3 RBI
Báez: 2-4, 2 R, HR (6) 2 RBI
Heyward: 1-4, RBI

Bryant: 1-4, 2 K
Rizzo: 0-4, K

Hamels: 7.0 IP — 0 R, 3 H — 0 BB, 8 K
Bullpen: 2.0 IP — 0 R, 2 H — 0 BB, 1 K

HOLLYWOOD
Hamels aggressively attack the strike zone throwing 67-percent of his 97 pitches for strikes. He kept the ball down: 11 ground outs, zero fly ball outs. At one stretch he retired 15 batters in-a-row. Hamels’ last three outings: 21.0 IP, 3 ER, 0 BB & 19 Ks.

PITCHING PITCHING PITCHING
Cubs starters dominated the series. Yu Darvish allowed two runs in the opener while Quintana and Hamels combined for 14.0 scoreless innings; the bullpen was spotless in all three contests. Granted, it was the lowly Marlins, but this is exactly what good pitching should do against a listless offense.

RUNS RUNS RUNS
The Cubs outscored Miami 17-2 in the series. Báez: 8-13, 2B, 2 HR, 4 RBI, 6 R.

RIZZO
For the season: .159 avg., .312 OBP, 4 XBH, 3 HR, 12 BB, 15 K

STARTER WHIP LEADERS
*The average number of walks and hits by a pitcher; Hits plus walks allowed divided by innings pitched.

0.85 – Hamels
1.29 – Quintana
1.36 – Lester
1.75 – Darvish
2.18 – Hendricks

PACE OF PLAY
Wednesday marked the Cubs shortest game time this season: 2:25.

LAST 10 NL Central
(7-3) – Chicago
(7-3) – Pittsburgh
(7-3) – St. Louis
(5-5) – Milwaukee
(4-6) – Cincinnati

NEXT
The Cubs are off on Thursday and begin a weekend home series on Friday against Arizona. Hendricks (0-3, 5.40 ERA); Darvish (1-2, 6.11 ERA); Quintana (2-1, 3.43 ERA).