Cubs 5, Brewers 3

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OSS: Nice to bust out my favorite recap header pic for the first time this year.

Three up:

  1. After a slow start for both teams, the Cubs had a homer party in the fourth inning. Contreras, Baez, and Bote all went yard off of sometime Cub Brett Anderson.
  2. Following in the footsteps of Zach Davies, Trevor Williams had a solid debut in a Cubs uniform, no-hitting the Beers through five innings before running out of steam in the sixth and seventh innings. It is pretty cool that his dad is a huge Cubs fan who was obviously thrilled to see his son pitching (and well) in a Cubs uni, but Marquee went to that well about five too many times. And then they decided that they wanted to come back for even more. It’s a long season guys, make sure you leave some blood in that stone.
    Williams finished the day with 6 strikeouts, 2 hits, and 2 walks in 6+ IP. He left two baserunners in the seventh who came around to score.
  3. Todd Jones Andrew Chafin was nails out of the bullpen, striking out all four batters he faced in the seventh/eighth. His stache is already a thing of legend. Alec Mills also did a solid job closing out the game, even if he might be the least intimidating-looking closer of all time.

Three down:

  1. Willson Contreras took a pitch to the head from hard throwing (and typically unhittable) Brewers reliever Devin Williams. Luckily the helmet worked as designed and he appears to be okay, but that’s always a scary-ass thing to see.
  2. The box score shows a good ol 1 out sac bunt with a runner on second from Ian Happ, which is never what you want to see. Happ was probably bunting for a hit, rather than the sacrifice, but damn me if I’d rather just see him swing away there.
  3. The Cubs WPA trailer was reliever Jason Adam, who inherited a tough situation from Williams and managed to get two outs before coughing up a three run shot.

Next up:

Newly minted fifth starter Adbert Alzolay takes on Freddy Peralta at 6:40 CT. Peralta pitched a few innings in the Brewers opener, striking out the side in two straight innings but also walking three batters. Sounds like the perfect guy for this Cubs lineup (dying laughing).

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  1. andcounting

    It’s going to be so weird when the Cubs start playing games outside of the division.

    That’s a thing again, right?

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    berselius

    To-day’s base ball squadron

    CF Happ
    C Contreras
    1B Rizzo
    3B Bryant
    LF Pederson
    SS Baez
    RF Heyward
    2B Bote
    P Alzolay

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  3. Perkins

    berselius:
    Perkins,

    Pat just said it was six times in their last 11 games against the Brewers.

    And it’s not like Contreras crowds the plate like Rizzo. At some point they need to hit a couple Brewers to send a message.

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    berselius

    To-day’s base ball squadron

    CF Happ
    2B Sogard
    1B Rizzo
    3B Bryant
    LF Pederson
    SS Baez
    RF Heyward
    C Wolters
    P Cyle

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    berselius

    To-day’s base ball squadron

    C Contreras
    3B Bryant
    1B Rizzo
    SS Baez
    LF Pederson
    CF Marisnick
    RF Heyward
    2B Bote
    P Arrieta

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    berselius

    Boog just slammed French Toast, and breakfast foods in general. Time for Marquee to find a new PBP guy.

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  7. andcounting

    If this is the pitcher Craig Kimbrel would like to be, I will gladly sign that MoveOn.org petition.

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    berselius

    Very shocked that a guy who called out players for using foreign substances to increase their spin rates, then saw a big jump in his own spin rate, is being singled out for investigation.

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    berselius

    Just remembered that the Cubs game started somewhere in this time window and checked the box score to see the start time. I guess it ended early (dying laughing).

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  10. andcounting

    Kris Bryant’s trade value is about as high as it’s been in the last three years and they should move him before he breaks again.

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  11. Rizzo the Rat

    Not a fan of the overturned call on the Contreras slide, but hitting a weak grounder on 3-0 should make a manager’s blood boil.

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    berselius

    The offense/starters are just doing Rossy a solid and giving him extra time to evaluate some of these bullpen arms.

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  13. andcounting

    berselius,

    Advanced bio research shows the biggest mistake teams make is having these offensive explosions early in the season and wearing themselves down. Running to first base? In April? Maybe once or twice a game. Take the strikeouts the other team is giving you and save yourself for the homestretch. Some of those suckers are out there trying to score multiple times a game. In fucking April. You’ve gotta be able to be more efficient with your offensive workload. Sure, the Pirates “won” this series, but their players had to circle the bases 15 times in under 24 hours. The Cubs wisely limited themselves to three.

    It’s not 1954 anymore, idiots. Stop being a fucking meatball and start optimizing your bio maintenance. Welcome to 2021, come on.

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    berselius

    (dying laughing) at the trade talk popping around Cubs Twitter. People are thinking they’ll get back a 5 tool prospect and multiple league average SPs.

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    berselius

    To-day’s base ball squadron

    CF Happ
    C Contreras
    1B Rizzo
    3B Bryant
    LF Pederson
    SS Baez
    RF Heyward
    2B Bote
    P Alzolay

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