Bullpen Session

Bullpen Session 5.6.19

CUBS CENTRAL
(19-12)
1st; +0.5
Streak: W W W W W W W

STL 5 – CHC 13
Kris Bryant’s grand slam opened the flood gates as part of a six-run eighth inning and the Cubs completed a weekend sweep of the Cardinals to move into first place in the NL Central.

First sweep against St. Louis since Sept. 2017.

Since a (1-6) start, the Cubs are a MLB-best (18-6).

They’re (7-0-1) in their last 8 series.

Have won a season-high 7-straight … and 16 of their last 20.

During the 20 stretch the rotation’s posted a 2.49 ERA.

SUNDAY NIGHT
Every Cub starter, barring Jose Quintana, recorded at least one hit.

8 of the 12 hits went for extra bases:
5 doubles
1 triple
2 home runs

Cubs with RISP: 6-for-10.

FREE SWINGIN’
KB’s slam marks the fourth of his career … he’s reached base in 15-straight games.

Javy Báez has 6 multi-hits outings in his last 10 games.

The Cubs +51 run differential is the best in MLB.

WINTANA
6.0 IP — 2 ER, 8 H — 2 BB, 2 K … 103 pitches

Q’s last 5 starts:
(4-0) — 32.2 IP — 1.93 ERA

DEFENSE
Some good, some bad on Sunday.

Willson Contreras made an absolute perfect throw to nab Paul Godschmidt attempting to steal 2B in the first; Ben Zobrist’s throw from left cut down Matt Carpenter at 3B in the third; an inning later, Zo robbed Yadi Molina of a hit with a sliding catch.

But the Cubs also committed four errors:
2 – Bryant
1 – Báez
1 – Heyward

The Cubs 28 errors are the 4th most in MLB … 2nd most in the NL.

DEAD BIRDS
The Cardinals have lost a season-high 4-straight.

According to STATS, Paul Goldschmidt entered the series with the second- highest slugging percentage against the Cubs in the live-ball era, trailing only Mark McGwire.

For the series, Goldschmidt went 2-for-13, 0 BB, 5 K

NEXT – Mon. vs. MIA, 7:05 p.m. CT
Sandy Alcantara (1-3, 4.86 ERA)
Cole Hamels (3-0, 3.19 ERA)
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