Bullpen Session

Bullpen Session 5.21.19

CUBS CENTRAL
(27-18)
1st; +1.0
Streak: L

PHI 5- CHC 4
A well deserved ovation for Arrieta when he came to bat in the 3rd.

Good on Darvish for stepping away from the mound to let the moment linger.

Descalso’s go-ahead Little League home run, officially scored a triple, is one of the highlights of the season.

Descalso was awarded home when the relay throw ricocheted off his foot and into the home dugout giving the Cubs a 4-3 lead in the 8th.

The play increased the Cubs Win Probability to 85-percent with three outs to go.

No dice.

Brad Brach pitched well in the 9th.

He had good stuff, but couldn’t close the door.

The checked-swing call on McCutchen was pivotal.

On replay it appears he went around.

Should’ve been strike three.

Should’ve been game over.

It wasn’t.

Go figure a bloop single by Segura would follow tying the game and sending it to extras.

Realmuto homers off Kyle Ryan in the 10th and the Fightin’ Phils take Game 1.

It’s a tightrope act when you’re relying on serviceable middlemen the likes of Brach and CJ Ryan in the closing innings.

The Cubs need a legit closer.

Not Strop or Kintzler or Cishek or Morrow (if he even pitches again this season).

A bona fide shutdown closer.

ARRIETA

6.0 – 1 ER, 8 H – 2 BB, 4 K

99 pitches

Has gone at least 6-innings in 8 of 10 starts.

DARVISH

6.0 IP – 3 ER, 4 H – 3 BB, 7 K

95 pitches

Has gone at least 6-innings in 2 of 10 starts.

Best two starts of the season in back-to-back outings.

SCHWARBER: (1-5, R, 3 K)
First triple of the season.
Modest 4-game hitting streak.

RIZZO: (3-5, RBI)
At least 1 hit in 7 of last 10 games:
12-for-40 (.300 avg.)
3 HR
6 RBI
5 BB, 6 K

HEYWARD: (2-4)
Multi-hit effort in back-to-back games for the first time this season; went 2-for-4 on Sunday.

ALMORA JR: (2-4)
Has hit safely in 11 of last 15 games.
During that stretch:
18-for-53 (.339 avg.)
9 extra base hits.
6 multi-hit outings.
3 HR
1 walk

DESCALSO: (1-3)
Little League HR
Triple

Since returning from a rolled ankle:
3-for-23 (.130 avg.)
1 BB, 7 K

BÁEZ: DNP
Played 44 straight games before sitting out Monday with a sore heel.

RELIEF HELP?
Cardinals released Luke Gregerson.

5.2 IP — 5 ER, 11 H — 1 BB, 2 K — 7.94 ERA

Obviously a rough start this season.

But he’s been a solid performer over the past decade:

66 career saves, career 119 ERA+ (100 lg avg).

Might the 35-year-old Park Ridge native be a fit in the ‘pen?

Take a flyer?

NEXT – Tue. vs. PHI, 6:05 p.m. CT
Zach Eflin (5-4, 2.89)
Jose Quintana (4-3, 3.68)
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