OSS: Chatwood continues to look solid, the bullpen continues to do the opposite.
- Another fantastic start by Tyler Chatwood, who struck out 11 and allowed 3 hits and two walks in six innings and change. He was cruising through most of this start, and had retired 15 straight batters through the middle of the game before running out of gas in the seventh. If only the Cubs could have got this production when they signed him.
- The Cubs hit three more home runs, with Happ, Schwarber, and Baez all going yard to account for all of the Cubs runs. The Cubs are tied with the Dodgers (not surprising), Twins (not super surprising), and Tigers (wut) for the MLB team lead.
- Jeremy Jeffress did a good job getting out of the jam he inherited after Chatwood ran out of gas. Thus far he’s the only bullpen arm that’s really stood out.
- Today it was Kyle Ryan’s time in the struggle barrel, as he and Rowan Wick (who mostly mopped up his mess) struggled to put the game away in the ninth. The Cubs pen leads the bigs in walk rate and HR rate on the young season.
- Kris Byrant was a late scratch due to ‘gastrointestinal distress’. It’s nice that they made it extra clear it wasn’t something respiratory.
- War Bear had the Cubs biggest negative WPA play of the game on an inning-ending ground out that killed a rally in the first.
Next up: The Cubs go for the sweep with Jon Lester on the mound. Steven Brault goes for the Gentlemen of Fortune.