Organizational Recap – An Old Fashioned Pitcher’s Duel
I’ve got recap duty today. The scheduled writer who shall remain nameless, continues his strike and holdout in search of a higher lizzie per post wage. I’ve tried to explain that Lizzies are not simply given on a whim, but earned with carefully crafted wit with a hint of snark.
I’ve been so busy lately with things that I haven’t been able to watch near as much as I’d like to. I find myself only able to stay up until the 6th or 7th inning. Tonight I watched the whole game, thanks to a quick pace and lack of scoring. I’m not going to lie, I like games that end 1-0 and move at a good pace.
For what it’s worth, Gerrit Cole deserved a better fate. His defense let him down, something that has gone on in abundance for the Buccos this year, and it cost him the only run allowed. Scratch that off and he was magnificent and certainly did not deserve the loss, dropping his record to an astounding 1-3. He’s too good a pitcher to continue to struggle like that.
I liked what we saw from Kyle Hendricks. I’m sure some are worried that 2016 was a bit of a mirage, and it may have been, but 2017 Hendricks is not going to be as bad as he’s been so far this year. Tonight he did what he needed to do to turn in a great outing, even if it only went six innings. It’s a building block, and it was good to see. Back to back nights of good performances by guys I’m a little worried about in Hendricks and Brett Anderson. Now we need to get John Lackey in on the action and we’ll be cooking with gas.
We need to give props to the pen. When you knew Hendricks’ night was done after six, part of me was a little concerned at who Maddon would turn to for the last nine outs. It’s how this pen is right now. I have a lot of confidence in Carl Edwards Jr, Hector Rondon, and Wade Davis. Even Koji Uehara gives me a little tingle in the loins. Beyond that and it’s anyone’s guess. However, when you stop and think about that, it’s not bad. Given how good our rotation can be, you need three or four lock down guys at the back end, and you can win a lot of games. I feel like we’ve got that right now. In addition, guys like Pedro Strop and Mike Montgomery can be productive pieces. I grow more confident in the pen as each day passes.
Other than that the only other thing to mention is the move, and it’s happened a lot, to replace Kyle Schwarber in left field with Ben Zobrist. I get that you are concerned in a close game that Schwarber’s lack of experience in the outfield may come back to bite us, but are we really upgrading by marching Zobrist out there? I’ve seen him take some questionable routes to balls out in right when he plays for Jason Heyward, so how he’s an upgrade is something that is lost on me. Why not throw Matt Szczur out there if you’re that worried. I just don’t like it.
AAA – Iowa Cubs
SP – Williams Perez – 5 IP, 10 H, 6 ER, 2 BB, 4 K
AA – Tennessee Smokies
SP – Zach Hedges – 7 IP, 1 H, 0 R, 2 BB, 3 K
SP – James Pugliese – 3 IP, 1 H, 0 R, 3 BB, 1 K
C – Ian Rice – 2 for 3, 1 R
A-Adv – Myrtle Beach Pelicans
SP – Oscar De La Cruz – 5 IP, 8 H, 2 ER, 2 BB, 6 K
DH – Tyler Alamo – 2 for 3, HR, 2 RBI, 2 R
A – South Bend Cubs
SP – Manuel Rondon – 4 IP, 4 H, 2 ER, 5 BB, 1 K
C – Jhonny Pereda – 4 for 5, 2 R, RBI