Bullpen Session

Bullpen Session 5.7.19

CUBS CENTRAL
(19-13)
2nd; –0.5
Streak: L

MIA 6 – CHC 5
Pedro Strop walked three in the ninth and the Marlins rallied to stun the Cubs, 6-5. And just like that, the team with the worst record in the majors snaps the Cubs 7-game winning streak. So baseball.

Clearly a game the Cubs should’ve won.

Strop was awful, Kyle Ryan had a brain fart; neither deserves full blame for the loss.

The offense had a 3-0 lead after one, yet missed plenty of opportunities to add on.

The Marlins walked 10 batters … the Cubs brought only one around to score.

9 left on base … 4 double plays: Zobrist, Bote, Rizzo, Hamels.

What should’ve been a blowout ended as one of the ugliest losses of the season.

Rizzo’s 2-R HR in the first marked the 200th HR of his career … he has 5 HR in his last 8 games.

Schwarber last 10 games:
10-28 (.357 avg)
1 HR, 4 RBI
6 BB, 10 K

KB last 10 games:
9-35 (.257 avg)
4 HR, 12 RBI
10 BB, 8 K

HAMELS
6.0 IP — 3 ER, 5 H — 2 BB, 7 K

Third straight no-decision for Hamels.

Did not expect to see CJ Edwards back this soon.

Spent one month at Iowa … seven of those days were spent on the IL with a scraped right hand.

An encouraging first outing. Edwards pitched a perfect seventh. He threw 12 of 19 pitches for strikes.

Goes without saying what a boost he’d be for the bullpen—if he’s right on the mound.

Dillon Maples returns to Iowa … has wicked good stuff … but he made the decision easy: 5 walks in 2.2 IP … wicked-good stuff doesn’t mean jack if you can’t throw it for strikes.

Strop is 4/6 in save opportunities.

I’ll keep saying it: Strop is a terrific setup man. As a closer, he’s serviceable.

If the Cubs are true contenders, they need to find a true closer. 

Victor Caratini (1-for-2, 2B) began his rehab assignment at Class A South Bend.

NEXT – Mon. vs. MIA, 7:05 p.m. CT
Caleb Smith (3-0, 2.00 ERA)
Jon Lester (2-1, 1.73)
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