OSS: Cubs grind out a win on the frozen tundra.
- There wasn’t a ton of hard contact today due to the cold weather, but the Cubs managed to make the most of it, working six walks and a ROE off Mets starter Taijuan Walker, including a BBRBI by Contreras and some hustle by Eric Sogard on a throwing error.
- Even more importantly, they managed to make actual contact and get at least one hit with runners in scoring position. Who know that could be possible? Sogard came through with an RBI single in the fourth inning.
- Arrieta had a solid, if inefficient start, going five innings and allowing one run. Everyone was kind of pitching to the conditions today and several balls on both sides likely would have gone out with last week’s weather. But it was good to see the movement on Arrieta’s pitches today, especially given the weather’s effect on grip.
- Bonus points to the Cubs game day ops people for making sure to put Santo on the big board for the stretch while the Cubs were beating the Mets.
- Joc Pederson had another terrible day at the plate, going 0-4 with three strikeouts.
- This was topped by Javy, who struck out in all four plate appearances. I credited Ross the other day for not feeling the need to rearrange the deckchairs, and I think the top four in the lineup are doing just fine. Pederson, Baez, and Heyward are all hitting awful, and I don’t really see that the guys who would spell them are likely to provide that spark. They just gotta hit.
- Kimbrel had a rocky ninth but managed to close it out. His pitches were kind of all over the place but I choose to just blame it on the weather. Or that fangraphs article talking about his combined perfect game.
David Peterson takes on Zach Davies at 6:40 PM CT. Peterson is a lefty so we’re not likely to see the Peterson-Pederson, Two Men Enter, One Letter Leaves cage match. I’d put my money on T if they do meet up.