Pirates 4, Cubs 2 (4.14.17)

In Postgame by berselius75 Comments

OSS: Cubs leave em loaded multiple times.

Three up:

  1. Bryant and Rizzo had solid days at the plate, and it's not their fault that the guys behind them didn't knock them in. Rizzo did it the hard way, as he was hit twice as part of both bases loaded rallies.
  2. It was great to see Hector Rondon back after his injury earlier this week. Folks seemed to be prepping for a blown ACL but luckily it didn't turn out so badly.
  3. Brian Duensing tossed a scoreless inning in his Cubs debut, putting him on track for the Shawn Camp memorial MVP award.

Three down:

  1. As alluded to above, the Cubs left the bases loaded in the eighth and ninth inning, certainly not the most fun way to close out a game.
  2. Justin Grimm was knocked around in the sixth inning, though the box score doesn't look as bad as it felt at the time.
  3. Hendricks's velocity also appears to be down, but unlike Arrieta he does not seem to be fooling batters. As Perkins pointed out they put a lot of miles on those arms in the postseason, even if Hendricks was pulled early in game seven for possible narrative reasons. It might take a while for these guys to ramp up. I hope.

Next up: Jay Carrieta faces Tyler Glasnow in another day game.

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  1. Berselius is too lazy to login

    To-day’s base ball squadron

    Schwarber
    Bryant
    Rizzo
    Zobrist
    Russell
    Heyward
    Contreras
    Arrieta
    Baez

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  2. Rizzo the Rat

    Perkins:
    Duensing faced about 6 batters too many.

    I have no problem with his facing the two lefties. That’s his job, and he should be fine at it. But he should never face righties or switch-hitters unless it’s a blowout or he’s the only pitcher available.

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  3. Rizzo the Rat

    Of course, Jake shouldn’t have hit with the bases loaded in the fifth, but that’s more typical managerial stupidity.

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  4. cerulean

    cerulean:
    Over/under on homeruns today?

    I am going to say 5.5. It is hot and windy here are Wrigley.

    OSS: I took the over and won. The Cubs failed to hit the ball in the air lazily enough and lost.

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  5. Rizzo the Rat

    dmick89,

    Both Strop and Rondon have been good in the past and have good projections. I don’t see the bullpen as a weakness, even without CJ.

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  6. Rice Cube

    It was a bad series. Time to get their jollies in against the Brewers.

    Or don’t. I can’t tell the Cubs what to do.

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