OSS: The Cubs might be meh overall this year, but it looks like Suzuki is going to be pretty fun to watch.
- Seiya Suzuki provided all of the Cubs offense today, thanks to two solo shots. SSS applies of course but his slash line currently sits at .417/.529/1.167, with three homers and eight RsBI. And four walks! It’s so strange to see someone come to the Cubs and look completely comfortable from the jump.
- Drew Smyly also looked pretty sharp, netting tons of weak contact over five innings of scoreless work. He might as well have a gigantic “SHIP AT DEADLINE FOR PROSPECTS” sign on his back, and outings like this can only help.
- The bullpen was also pretty good today, giving up just one run in four innings, striking out six, and perhaps most importantly not walking anyone. The Pirates might be the worst team in the NL but you gotta start somewhere.
- The rest of the offense not named Suzuki or Happ looked pretty bad against Jose Quintana, who it’s safe to say the Cubs know the book on.
- “Heart of the order” batters Wisdom and Schwindel went 1-7 with a walk and five strikeouts. Not what you want.
- Nick Madrigal also went oh-fer, including a double play in the second that was the Cubs most negative play by WPA on the day.
Next up: Cyle takes on Zach Thompson, who had a surprisingly solid partial season as a starter for the Marlins last year after being shelled in the minors past few seasons, primarily as a reliever in the White Sox system. Looks like he’s mostly a fastball-cutter pitcher. First pitch is 11:35 AM CT; love to have Pat Hughes in my earballs while working!