It’s all goin’ bad right now on offense, man. So many Cubs hitters seem to be in that funky zone where they’re staring at edge pitches, swinging through meatballs, and guessing wrong on offspeed pitches. And then, to make our frustration worse, they’re getting chances … but failing to come through at one of those hilariously bad clips. Oh, and, the shaved parmasean on top of the crap offense salad? The Cubs are making some solid contact, but finding gloves with atypical regularity.
Just don’t start pressing, gents.
On the pitching side of things, it was an extremely Tyler Chatwood debut for Chatwood, who was extremely wild, but with extremely difficult-to-square-up stuff. That meant a whole lot of perilous situations, but then also an ability to get out of those perilous situations. On the whole, of course, six walks in six innings is going to lead to serious trouble more often than not, no matter how good the stuff. For today, it worked.
Also: Chatwood twice walked the two batters ahead of Joey Votto with fewer than two outs, and both times wound up getting out of the inning after retiring Votto. That should net some kind of medal.
Justin Wilson and Pedro Strop were excellent in relief of Chatwood, and normally, allowing just one run to the Reds in Cincinnati would be both excellent and enough to win.