Bullpen Session

Bullpen Session 5.20.19

CUBS CENTRAL
(27-17)
1st; +1.5
Streak: W

CHC 6- WSH 5
Cubs take 2 of 3 in DC.

Improve to 10-1-1 in their past 12 series.

The offense wasn’t pretty but did enough to hang on for a one-run win.

Despite scoring in five different frames, and numerous opportunities to break the game open, the Cubs settled for a picket fence through 4 innings (1-1-1-1) and posted their only crooked number in the 6th, a 2-spot.

Two inning-ending double plays extinguished scoring threats:
Descalso in the 1st.
Rizzo in the 6th.

1-for-11 with RISP.

9 left on base.

Not pretty, but just enough.

Kyle Hendricks retired his first 11 batters and held the Nats hit-less until the 5th.

In the 6th it unraveled in a hurry:
–Walk
–Infield hit
–3-R HR
–Double

Not pretty, but just enough.

Professor:

5.2 IP — 4 ER, 6 H — 2 BB, 4 K

83 pitches

Brandon Kintlzer relieved Hendricks and allowed a HR to Howie Kendrick.

It’s the third consecutive appearance Kintzler has allowed at least 1 ER.

Steve Cishak: (S, 4)
Outstanding effort to close out the final 2.1 innings.

10 consecutive scoreless appearances.

Has allowed runs in only 2 of 22.2 IP.

Almora: (3-3, 2 2B, 2 BB)
Top-tier defender.
Terrific base runner.
Can he keep the bat going?

Last 5 games: 7-for-16
2 doubles
2 home runs

Heyward: (2-4, 2 R)
First multi-hit outing in his last 16 games.

MAY: .149/.208/.269
1 HR
3 RBI
5 BB — 16 K

Rizzo: (1-4, HR)
Since missing 4-straight games:
2-for-12
1 HR
1 RBI
1 BB
2 K

Báez: (0-3, RBI)
Left in the 6th inning after jamming his right heel while fielding a grounder in the 3rd.

PROPER PROTEST
Before Sunday’s game, Joe Maddon stated that the Cubs decided to drop their protest over the pitching delivery of Sean Doolittle during Saturday’s game.

While I wrote yesterday that I do agree Maddon has a legitimate beef regarding the umpires’ ruling on Doolittle’s delivery, I did not agree with Joe’s approach in addressing the matter during Doolittle’s appearance in the 9th.

What we didn’t know at the time, but was reported Sunday, was that the Cubs did in fact reach out to MLB prior to the Washington series in regards to Doolittle’s pitching delivery to express a concern in the interpretation of the rules in respect to CJ Edwards’ hesitation/toe-tap delivery, which was deemed illegal in April.

I’m on board with addressing the concerns before the series. But it still feels unnecessary for Joe to further his point by halting the game on Saturday.

The matter’s as convoluted as it was on Saturday, and a story line that’s certain to be continued throughout the season…

NEXT – Mon. vs. PHI, 7:05 p.m. CT
Jake Arrieta (4-4, 4.02)
Yu Darvish (2-3, 5.14)
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