Streak: L L
CHC 5 – HOU 6
Of course Houston is a measuring stick series. The Astros are deeply talented and have one of the best records in baseball. In fact, the ‘Stros just might be the best team in baseball.
Thankfully, the Cubs only play Houston once during the regular season and more importantly, we know that whatever the outcome of this series is it doesn’t mean much big picture.
I’ll be satisfied if the Cubs can take one, which means they’ll have to win 1 of the next 2 games after dropping the series opener on Monday.
Cole Hamels and Gerrit Cole were polar opposites on Monday.
What may have been chalked up as bad luck in Hamels’s last start against Philadelphia was far from it in this one. The Astros made him work and the Astros hit him hard.
HAMELS: (4-1, 4.02)
4.0 IP — 6 ER, 7 H — 4 BB 0 K
4.0 IP in back-to-back starts.
Last 2 starts: 8.0 IP — 9 ER.
Month of May: 5 GS — (1-1, 5.19)
Meanwhile, the other “Cole” was dominate.
After Rizzo tagged Cole for a 2-R HR in the 1st, the Cubs never put a runner in scoring position against him.
He sat down 17 of the last 19 batters he faced.
He struck out 12 to maintain his league-leading 112 punchouts.
The Cubs didn’t have much of a chance against him.
Credit the Cubs bullpen for keeping the game close. Ryan, Maples, Kintzler:
4.0 IP — 0 ER, 3 H — 0 BB, 6 K
Last 2 games: combined 30 Ks.
Schwarber has five Ks in the last 2 games.
Báez alone struck out 5 times on Monday.
RIZZO: (2-3, HR)
9-game hitting streak.
May 27 is fastest Rizzo has reached 15 HR.
ALMORA JR: (1-4, HR)
Hit safely in 6 of last 10 games.
5 of his 7 HR hit last 13 games.
6-game hitting streak.
First multi-hit outing in 11 games.
NEXT – Tue. at HOU, 7:10 p.m. CT
Jon Lester (3-3, 2.68)
Corbin Martin (1-1, 4.97)