Well that sucked. I’m not even jazzed enough to joke about this being the real Cubs home opener. The Brewers have gotten off to a hot start, full of dramatic walk off hits/catches and all the other fun things that the 2016 Cubs seemed to have from the get go.
The Cubs meanwhile have gone from a team that certain morons predicted would match their win total from last year to speculation that the manager might be fired before the end of April. Those were some pretty shitty conditions out there, and after the bullpen eventually shit the bed in the pouring rain, you’d think Joe would go out there to defend his players against playing in those conditions. Edwards couldn’t throw a strike, but from the sounds of it he couldn’t even grip the ball either. For the amount of diamond dry that the Braves ground crew used, the Cubs could have signed two actual, non-injured relief pitchers.
I’ll use the teams’ 2018 numbers here (excluding injured/departed players), since looking at a bunch of zeros is boring.
- OBP: Ben Zobrist (.378)
- ISO: El Mago (.264)
- HR: Baez (34)
- R+RBI: Baez (212)
- wRC+: Baez (131)
- BSR: Jason Heyward (4.3)
- DRS: Albert Almora (9)
- SP K/9: Yu Darvish (11.03)
- SP BB/9: Kyle Hendricks (1.99)
- SP FIP: Cole Hamels (3.42)
- RP FIP: Carl Edwards Jr (11.60)
- RP BB/9: Pedro Strop (3.17)
- RP FIP: Edwards (2.93)
- WAR: Baez (5.3)
- OBP: Christian Yelich (.402)
- ISO: Yelich (.272)
- HR: Yelich (36)
- R+RBI: Yelich (228)
- wRC+: Yelich (166)
- BSR: Lorenzo Cain (6.4)
- DRS: Cain (20)
- SP K/9: Freddy Peralta (11.12)
- SP BB/9: Zack Davies (2.78)
- SP FIP: Peralta (3.85)
- RP K/9: Josh Hader (15.82)
- RP BB/9: Matt Albers (3.15)
- RP FIP: Hader (2.23)
- WAR: Yelich (7.6)
Injuries, transactions, vengenace pacts, etc.
The Brewers lost a bunch of rental-y guys, mostly in the pitching staff over the offseason. They did make a big splash in free agency, signing pitch framing wizard Yasmani Grandal to what amounts to a 1/20.5 contract. They also brought back Mike Moustakas, which shrug.
I’m in midseason form and am too tired/lazy to write pitcher capsules.
Projected K/9, BB/9, ERA listed for each pitcher.
Friday: Jose Quintana, LHP (8.59, 2.96, 3.71) vs Brandon Woodruff, RHP (8.60, 3.55, 4.22), 7:10 PM CT
Saturday: Cole Hamels, LHP (8.08, 3.18, 3.83) vs Corbin Burnes, RHP (9.07, 3.23, 4.09), 6:10 PM CT
Sunday: Kyle Hendricks, RHP (7.55, 2.26, 3.90) vs Zach Davies, RHP (6.86, 2.90, 4.32), 1:10 PM CT