Bullpen Session

Bullpen Session 5.29.19

1st; +0.5
Streak: L L L

CHC 6 – HOU 9
The series has played out as expected with the very talented Astros having won the first two games and the Cubs down to their final attempt to avoid being swept.

Wednesday night wraps up 26 games played in 27 days, and given the strength of the Astros, especially at home (22-7), I felt the Cubs could depart Houston somewhat satisfied if they could take of 1 of the 3 games.

So here we are.

What wasn’t expected is how well Houston has managed without Jose Altuve, George Springer or Carlos Correa in the lineup the past two games, granted the Cubs themselves have been without Kris Bryant.

But it’s the starting pitching that’s dropped the ball in Texas. Cole Hamels and Jon Lester have each posted disappointing outings while the offense has produced just enough to fall short.

LESTER: (3-4, 3.59)
5.2 IP — 7 ER, 8 H — 3 BB, 3 K
102 pitches

Last 3 starts: 0-3
16 ER in 14.0 IP
10.29 ERA
2.14 WHIP
4 HR

BRACH: (3-1, 3.57)
1.1 IP — 2 ER, 3 H, HR — 1 BB, 2 K

Allowed ER in three-straight appearances.
And in 4 of last 6 outings.

BOTE: (3-4, 2 HR)
7-game hitting streak.
HOU series: 5-for-8
First b-2-b multi-hit games this season.

RIZZO: (1-4)
10-game hitting streak.
HOU series: 3-for-7.

HEYWARD: (2-5, HR)
Last 10 games:
3 multi-hit outings.
2 HR
8 Walks

Hit safely in 10 of last 15 games.
During that span:
5 HR
10 BB
23 K

BÁEZ: (1-5)
Last 5 games:
14 K

It’s been a topsy turvy month of May that began with a beatdown of the Mariners and continued with a weekend sweep at home against St. Louis.

But the offense quickly dried up during the homestand against Miami and Milwaukee; then a series loss on the road at Cincinnati; won 2 of 3 at Washington; split the Philadelphia series; another series loss to Cincinnati; and now the two losses at Houston.

The Cubs offense did find its power stroke this month. In the last 7 games, the team has clubbed 21 HR, 5 last night, and sit second in the NL in overall home runs at 90 (MIL, 1st: 92). The power, however, hasn’t necessarily equaled wins:

Cubs last 20 games: (10-10)

Cubs last 10 games: (4-6)

Cubs last 7 games: (2-5)

15 – Rizzo
13 – Báez
12 – Bryant
12 – Contreras
09 – Schwarber
08 – Heyward
07 – Almora
06 – Bote

NEXT – Wed. at HOU, 7:10 p.m. CT
Kyle Hendricks (4-4, 3.34)
Wade Miley (5-2, 3.32)