Bullpen Session

Bullpen Session 5.30.19

CUBS CENTRAL
(31-23)
1st; +1.0
Streak: W

CHC 2 – HOU 1
Protective netting would’ve prevented the frightful scene that played out Wednesday night when a young girl, sitting just beyond the netting on the third base side, was cracked in the skull with a hard hit foul ball.

It was scary as hell.

If the netting is extended farther down the line it prevents the majority of those incidents, which do happen with regular occurrence, from causing serious injuries.

So what is the league waiting for? 

Extend the netting.

In the meantime, if you’re taking children or elderly to the game choose seats behind the netting or in the upper decks. Be responsible. Protect your loved ones. Enjoy the game.

NOW THE GAME
After the fireworks show that saw a combined 26 runs scored through the first two games, the series finale accounted for all of three runs total.

And as miserable as the Cubs starting pitching was in Games 1 & 2, The Professor delivered a gem to earn the victory and salvage the series.

HENDRICKS: (5-4, 3.09)
8.0 IP — 1 ER, 4 H — 1 BB, 7 K

108 pitches

His 4th straight win.
Most pitches in an outing this year.
Most pop outs in a game this year (4).
Highest Average Leverage Index this season (1.45):
*Meaning he pitched mostly in high leverage situations given the score, number of outs, number of men on base, etc.

PROFESSOR IN APRIL
5 starts: 3-4, 5.33 ERA

PROFESSOR IN MAY
6 starts: 4-0, 1.81 ERA

BOMBS AWAY
For an 8th straight game, the Cubs have gone deep at least twice, tying a franchise record last accomplished in 1961.

SCHWARBER: (1-3, HR)
Homered for 2nd straight game.
Second leadoff HR this season.
Hit 6 of his 10 HR in the last 15 games.

BRYANT: (1-4, HR)
Returned after missing last two games.
Hit safely in 6 of last 10 games.
4 multi-hit outing in that span.

RIZZO: (1-4)
11-game hitting streak.
HOU series: 4-for-11.

ALMORA JR: (1-4)
Hit safely in 6 of last 10 games.
HOU series: 3-for-12, HR (7).
Hit 5 HR last year.
Career high is 8 HR (2017).

W L GB %
CHC 31 23 .574
MIL 31 25 1.0 .554
PIT 27 27 4.0 .500
STL 26 28 5.0 .481
CIN 26 30 6.0 .464

NEXT – Fri. at STL, 7:15 p.m. CT
Darvish (2-3, 5.40)