Bullpen Session

Bullpen Session 5.25.19

1st; +1.5
Streak: L L

CIN 6 – CHC 5
Cubs have a closer problem.

They need one and there’s not one on this roster.

Which means the unpleasantness we watched Friday will continue to resurface until this front office figures out a way to add a bona fide closer.

Nothing demoralizes a team like a blown lead in the 9th.

The Cubs save percentage is a godawful 47.4%.

It’s an issue.

One Eugenio Suarez exposed in the 9th with his go-ahead 2-run HR off Steve Cishek.

It’s the second late-inning, gut-punch home loss this week (Monday).

CISHEK: (1-2, 3.34, BS 2)
Friday’s sequence:

4/6 in save chances.


6.0 IP — 3 ER, 6 H — 1 BB, 9 K

99 pitches

Retired his first 10 batters.
Quality outing in 4 of last 5 starts.

Hit leadoff for the 9th time this season.
And for the 50th time in his career.
First career leadoff home run:
449-ft bomb to the back row of the RF bleachers.

BRYANT: (2-5, HR, 2 RBI)
Has hit safely in 6 of last 10 games.
During that span has 4 multi-hit games.

RIZZO: (2-4, HR, RBI)
Homered for a third straight game.
6-game hitting streak:
12-for-25 (.480 avg.)
9 Runs
4 HR
2 2B
3 BB
3 K

Pinch hit for Montgomery in the 8th.
Singled in the go-ahead run on an 0-2 pitch.

ALMORA JR: (0-4)
Hitless last 2 games (0-8).
Outstanding sliding grab in CF to steal a hit from Derek Dietrich.

These are not the same old dog-breath Reds.
They can pitch and they can hit.
Not a lot of depth.
But they can ball.
And they’ve taken 3 of 4 from the Cubs.

NEXT – Sat. vs. CIN, 1:20 p.m. CT
Tyler Mahle (1-5, 3.51)
Yu Darvish (2-3, 5.06)