Bullpen Session

Bullpen Session 5.13.19

CUBS CENTRAL
(24-14)
1st; +2.0
Streak: W W

Despite gloomy weather, Cubs take 2 of 3 against MIL.

Increase division lead to 2 games.

I keep looking for a downturn in Jon Lester.

There hasn’t been one.

And he’s pitching better than ever.

6.2 IP — 0 ER, 1 R — 9 H, 1 BB, 6 K

Season-high 116 pitches.

MLB best 1.16 ERA.

If not for Schwarber’s misplay in the 4th, Lester may have gone the distance Sunday.

Schwarbs 2018: 1 error in 120 games.
Schwarbs 2019: 3 errors in 30 games.

Anthony Rizzo sat on Sunday for the first time this season.

Kris Bryant spelled Rizzo at 1B.

The position change didn’t seem bother KB at the plate:

3-4, 3 R, HR, 2 RBI

His 7th inning HR (8) was the difference maker.

7 HR in last 15 games.

Reached base safely in 22-straight. 

BÁEZ: (2-3, RBI, BB)

11-game hitting streak.

5 walks in his last 15 games.

BOTE: (2-4)

5-for-11 in the series — 3 BB, 2 K

Sunday wrapped up an (8-2) homestand.

It all looks good on paper. But the flip side to the Cubs phenomenal starting pitching is an offense that’s faltering.

Warmer weather couldn’t hurt the bats.

We’re on to Cincinnati.

Make note of the 5:40 p.m. CT starts (applause).

NEXT – Tue. vs. CIN, 5:40 p.m. CT
Kyle Hendricks (2-4, 3.19)
Tanner Roark (3-1, 3.27)
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