Enhanced Box Score: Cubs 3, Twins 0 - September 1, 2021

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Enhanced Box Score: Cubs 3, Twins 0 – September 1, 2021

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That’s a mini series sweep for the Cubs, who CARE NOT FOR YOUR REVERSE STANDINGS WATCH!

Not much doing with the bats tonight outside of a two-out flurry in the third, culminating in Frank Schwindel’s homer.

Steele’s approach once again seemed to skew contact-oriented, heavy on the sinker. He wiped out a few hitters with the breaking stuff when he got ahead, but for the most part it really didn’t seem like he was going for strikeouts. It’s really been fascinating to watch his outings this year, as he’s looked to get his footing under him as a starting pitcher. The results were there tonight, the efficiency was only so-so (especially when it seemed like he was going for efficiency), the walks were still an issue … but the contact quality was exceptional. Just one batted ball had an expected batting average over .290, and just three were over .190. The Twins are not great, so that’s a caveat, but still – they have retained a handful of quality hitters. The kind of outing you like to see right now from Steele as he develops.

Adbert Alzolay, fresh off the IL and transitioning into the bullpen to close out the year, looked dynamite. We know he can look that way in relief, so it wasn’t really a surprise (fastball velo was up, with great movement; slider was nasty as ever; like half his pitches were whiffs or called strikes). You want Alzolay to succeed as a starting pitcher for the Cubs next year. But it’s nice to reminded that his floor as a multi-inning reliever is probably decently high.

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Author: Brett Taylor

Brett Taylor is the Editor and Lead Cubs Writer at Bleacher Nation, and you can find him on Twitter at @BleacherNation and @Brett_A_Taylor.