OSS: Just enough diggity from the bullpen and offense.
- With Darvish on the DL, it was a bullpen day for the Cubs. After the nominal starter Jen-Ho Tseng was chased following two ineffective innings, the rest of the Cubs pen posted a combined line of 7 IP, 0 R, 2 H, 2 BB, 7 K.
- All of the Cubs runs were driven in by David Bote and Victor Caratini, who are not exactly the offensive cornerstones that we were expecting to start the year.
- Kris Bryant's baserunning was stealthily the key player in this victory. He scored both of his runs on RBI groundouts, and took extra bases to get in that position thanks to e.g. a wild pitch, going first to third, advancing on grounders etc. He scored the go ahead run on a grounder to second where Castro had a bit of a hiccup. Maybe it was a gift to his old team. Or Bryant got in his head by tickling him when the benches cleared.
- Seeing Jen-Ho Tseng's start certainly laid bare the Cubs pitching depth. To be sort of fair Butler is on the DL and it was too short notice to throw Montgomery. But still yeesh.
- The Cubs got the W, but runs scored on two RBI groundouts and a double by Cubs Legend David Bote aren't exactly something you can hang your hat on tomorrow.
- Russell was the Cubs trailer in WPA in this one, mostly thanks to what looks like a botched squeeze play in a tie game in the sixth. Joe loves his sqeezes.
Next up: The Cubs go for the sweep with Jose Quintana on the mound at 1:20 PM CT. He faces off against Wei-Yin Chen.