To the mothers among you, to my own, to my wife, and to my mother-in-law: a very happy Mother’s Day.
- Although it was nice to see Kris Bryant’s first home run, there’s no hiding that last night was a disaster for the pitching staff. The Cubs were facing a depleted Brewers lineup and Travis Wood and the bullpen combined to allow 12 runs. James Russell and David Ross – yes, that David Ross – were the only pitchers not to allow a run. One game is just one game and all that, but a trend is building where the Cubs have an unreliable bullpen and an unreliable back of the rotation. However strong your offense (and this one is strong, but it’ll be prone to fits of slumping thanks to the strikeouts), that’s a recipe for a team that will not compete late into the year. Obviously the hope is that some guys straighten things out, but at some point, there will have to be another conversation about swapping out a pitcher or two in the bullpen, and maybe including Tsuyoshi Wada in the rotation. I’m not quite there yet, but it’s close.
- More on David Ross’s scoreless debut.
- Patrick Mooney sums up the Cubs’ pitching problems here quite well.
- Hector Rondon says he’ll start incorporating more breaking balls early in the count because guys have started to anticipate his fastball (Tribune).
- This is pretty cool:
#Cubs Addison Russell is first player with 12-game hit streak out of 9-spot since Pirates pitcher Wilbur Cooper (16 G) in 1924.
— Bruce Miles (@BruceMiles2112) May 10, 2015
- Miscellaneous thing I believe:
I think HBPs in a 3-ball count should be recorded as BBs for both batter & pitcher. Provides more accurate information about performance.
— Brett Taylor (@BleacherNation) May 7, 2015