OSS: Adbert Alzolay Arrives Alliteravely
- Adbert Alzolay made his major league debut as a piggyback starter with Chatwood, and looked very impressive. Who knew that the Cubs could develop any pitchers? Alzolay struck out five batters in four innings and had wicked stuff. He was pulled in his fifth inning of the game after giving up a solo shot to Todd Frazier, and walked off tipping his cap to a standing ovation from the Wrigley crowd. Not a bad day to start one’s career.
- Javy had a big game, homering and hitting an RBI triple as a part of the big Cubs rally in the third inning against the Mets debuting(ish) pitcher. The triple was aided but yet another JavySlide™.
- The defense did its job behind Tyler Chatwood, turning three double plays on a night where Chatwood was mostly throwing strikes but allowing a lot of hard contact.
- I guess Daniel Descalso must be happy that Ben Zobrist is going through all these personal issues, because otherwise his role on this team going forward would be even less clear. He did have a good defensive play and knocked in the Cubs first run, but he lead the team in negative WPA in this game anyway. The main reaction when he showed up in the lineup seemed to be “oh, you’re still here?”.
- A ball in the dirt from Chatwood ended up as a ball to the balls for Willson. He stuck it out but I’d be shocked if he didn’t get a day off tomorrow.
- I only saw it in the highlights, but at one point during Alzolay’s outing Todd Frazier was granted time very late. Alzolay lost the handle on a pitch later in the PA and threw one behind him, and the Mets broadcasters were speculating that this guy, who was making his MLB debut, was sending a message pitch for this. Maybe let’s pump the brakes a little, fellas.
Next up: Jason Vargas takes on Yu Darvish, who looked stellar against the Dodgers, at 1:20 PM.