Bullpen Session

Bullpen Session 5.19.19

1st; +1.5
Streak: L

CHC 2 – WSH 5
Get to the beleaguered Nationals bullpen — get a win.

That’s the formula.

And that’s what the Cubs did Friday scoring 11-runs against 5 relievers in the final three innings.

That was not the case on Saturday thanks to Stephen Strasburg:

8.0 IP — 1 ER, 4 H — 0 BB, 7 K

93 pitches

Strasburg did not allow a hit until Kyle Schwarber’s single in the 4th, and he didn’t give way to a reliever until Sean Doolittle came on to close the 9th.

Then the toe-tap drama ensued.

Maddon has a right to be be frustrated; Doolittle’s delivery pushes the limits of a legal pitch delivery.

He’s not the only pitcher who’s toe-tapping, and Joe’s not the only skipper who’s hot and bothered by it.

There appears to be gray area and within the bounds of a pitcher using a hesitation or toe-tap with his landing foot.

I have no problem if Joe wants to speak up for CJ Edwards, whose prior hesitation/toe-tap delivery was deemed legal during the spring but found illegal during the regular season (not that it absolves Edwards … it’s up to CJ to find a legal delivery he can work with).

But Maddon taking the game hostage to bellyache wasn’t the right time or place to do it. 

As is his right, Maddon chose to dispute the umpires’ ruling (Doolittle’s delivery was defined as legal) by finishing the game under protest.  

Protested Games, according to MLB rules:

Managers can protest a game when they allege that the umpires have misapplied the rules. The umpires must be notified of the protest at the time the play in question occurs and before the next pitch or attempted play begins. If the play in question ended the game, a protest can be filed with the league office until noon the following day. No protests are permitted on judgment calls by the umpires.

Major League Baseball’s executive vice president of baseball operations later determines whether the protested decision violated the rules, though the game will not be replayed unless it is also determined that the violation adversely affected the protesting team’s chances of winning.

While Strasburg sailed through a season-high 8-innings, Jon Lester couldn’t find the groove that guided him through three consecutive starts without allowing an earned run.

4.1 IP — 5 ER, 10 H — 1 BB, 3 K

98 pitches

Hat tip to the Cubs bullpen:

Edwards, Chatwood, Cedeno, Brach

3.2 IP — 0 ER, 1 H — 4 BB, 4 K

Still too many walks, but they kept it close.

Bryant: (0-4)
On base streak ends at 26-games.

Báez: (0-3, K)
Hitting streak ends at 15-games.

Bote: (1-3, HR)
First HR in 14 games, not since clubbing 2 at ARZ on April 27.
Throwing error (7).
Five have come at 3B, and two at 2B.

Cubs have dropped 3 of 4 and look to the Professor to win tonight’s rubbermatch.

NEXT – Sun. vs. WSH, 6:05 p.m. CT
Kyle Hendricks (3-4, 2.86)
Jeremy Hellickson (2-2, 6.00)