Bullpen Session

Bullpen Session 6.6.19

1st; +1.0
Streak: W W W

Craig Kimbrel makes the Cubs a bona fide championship roster. Chicago was desperate for a closer. They got one of the best. And they kept him away from the other contenders.

Even with Kimbrel on the roster it’s still not a perfect 25. No roster ever is. But Kimbrel does give the Cubs all the necessary pieces to reach and win a World Series.

If the Cubs can add a couple role players at the trade deadline, all the better. But they certainly don’t have to add or part ways with players they’d preferably keep.

The deal is reportedly for 3-years, $43M. The length doesn’t matter. What’s important is this season — 2019. This year’s roster is fully capable of winning a championship. The only piece missing was a legit closer. Kimbrel is that piece. And it only took money to get him. The current roster stays in tact. Win a ring and the Cubs can worry about next year, next year.

Kintzler to Cishek to Strop to Kimbrel has a postseason ring to it. And there’s a chance, however small, that Brandon Morrow makes a return this season. Then imagine if CJ Edwards found his way again.

Kimbrel is an exciting signing, he’s an important signing, and for the best of reasons we can only hope that come October he becomes a historic signing.

Best case scenario is we see Kimbrel join the big club in mid June. Realistically, it’s probably closer to late June or early July.

So, that means we’re looking at a closer by committee over the next two weeks. At least now we know there’s an end to it.

COL 8 – CHC 9
The Cubs have a new closer and a three-game winning streak.

For a game that combined for 17 runs, it was strange considering the scoring didn’t begin until the bottom of the 5th.

German Marquez retired 12 of the Cubs first 14 batters and Yu Darvish set down 10 of the Rockies first 11 batters.

Then the David Bote Show appeared and the base running was underway.

The Cubs have prioritized contact over power the last three games.

Three straight wins.

23 total runs scored.

Single digit strikeouts all three games.

10-for-23 with RISP.

Hooray contact.

BOTE: (4-4, 7 RBI)
Go ahead 3-R HR.
Bases-clearing 2B.
Career-high 7 Ribbies.
All from the 8-hole.

His 7 RBI are the most by a Cubs second baseman since Sandberg’s 7 RBI in the “Sandberg Game” on June 23, 1984.

Last 12 games:
.451 avg.
3 HR
13 RBI

SCHWARBER: (2-4, 2B)
4-game hitting streak:
2 BB, 3 K

CONTRERAS: (2-3, 2B)
Homestand: 4-for-7
HR, 2B
5 Runs

DARVISH: (2-3, 4.88)
5.1 IP — 2 ER, 3 H — 3 BB, 5 K
95 pitches

Another meh start.
Serviceable sure.
Too many pitches.
His 7th straight no decision.

BRACH: (3-1, 5.11)
0.1 IP — 4 ER, 3 H, 1 BB

24.2 IP:
24 Hits
22 BB
At least 1 ER in 5 of last 6 outings.

6 of 8 in save chances.
Allowed ER only 3 times in last 20 appearances.

Rockies send top pitching prospect right-hander Peter Lambert, 22, to the hill this afternoon to make his major league debut.

NEXT – Thur. vs. COL, 1:20 p.m. CT
Peter Lambert (MLB Debut)
Jose Quintana (4-4, 3.78)