OSS: Craig Kimbrel’s beard was not the source of his weakness.
- The Cubs scored early and often, scoring six times in the first two innings to seemingly put this out of reach. In particular, Souza and Bote got a pair of RsBI each in their first starts of the season.
- Jon Lester exceeded the (probably too low) expectations and then some, no-hitting the Reds over the first five innings before exiting. He didn’t exactly blow anyone away, except Aristides Aquino who was his only strikeout.
- After Kimbrel crapped the bed in the ninth, Jeremy Jeffress inherited a bases-loaded, one out, down by one jam and managed to work his way out of it for the save.
- Even by the standards of his struggles last year, Craig Kimbrel was awful in this game. Walk, wild pitch, groundout, walk, walk, RBI HBP, RBI walk is not exactly how you want to make your season debut. I guess he needs to grow the beard back.
- The rest of the pen was pretty leaky as well, but meh. Given the abbreviated spring training, there’s no better time to check out some of the back end of the bullpen guys in game situations than when you are up 7-0.
- War Bear went 0-5 with two strikeouts.
Next up: Alec Mills takes on Tyler Mahle at 5:40 PM CT.