If I talk about the pitching first, will you think me hiding the ball on the other thing?
I’m feeling gracious tonight, perhaps thanks to the antecedent three-game winning streak, but there was a lot I liked tonight on the pitching side. Obviously the three-batter sequence in the first was bad for Adbert Alzolay – walk, hard single, three-run homer – and you don’t get to act like it didn’t happen. But for your long-term considerations, it was great to see Alzolay bounce back from that (even right away, he was striking out two guys nastily to end the first), and pitch well for the 4.2 innings that followed the homer. Call it early nerves – the command was waaay off initially – if you want, though it’s something he’s battled before early in his outings. The stuff is still as nasty as ever, though.
From there, the Cubs got a strong inning from Dan Winkler, two strong innings from Dillon Maples (he looked good, folks! I know, I know … ), and a two-strikeout inning from Ryan Tepera. Through five games, the Cubs’ bullpen has been fantastic overall.
There was some minor drama with Willson Contreras getting hit late – ticked after getting hit in the helmet yesterday (and Javy Báez got hit, too) – and it led to some chatting:
After getting hit in the helmet yesterday, Willson Contreras gets hit again tonight and he is not happy. Multiple #Cubs hitters have been either hit or thrown at during the series so far.
— Cubs Zone ™️ (@CubsZone) April 7, 2021
But that was only slightly less hitting than the Cubs did all night, which is something we’ll have to discuss …