Despite the struggles of Cubs starting pitching, the relievers are still doing well. In the team’s last 13 games, the Cubs bullpen has recorded a 1.68 ERA (9 ER/48⅓ IP) while going 3-1 with four saves.
In that time the pen has walked 17, struck out 55 (good for an average of 10.2 strikeouts per 9.0 innings) and held opponents to a .164 average (27-for-165) … the bullpen had an 18-inning scoreless streak prior to allowing four runs (two earned) in Sunday night’s eighth inning.
Now if they can just get the starters to come close to matching that...
Here are today’s particulars.
Schwarber LF, Bryant 3B, Rizzo 1B, Zobrist RF, Russell SS, Heyward CF, Montero C, Arrieta P, Baez 2B
Hernandez 2B, Nava LF, Altherr RF, Franco 3B, Herrera CF, Stassi 1B, Galvis SS, Knapp C, Eickhoff P
Jake Arrieta vs. Jerad Eickhoff
Jake Arrieta's 2017 numbers do not look good. 4.66 ERA, 1.310 WHIP (both by far his highest as a Cub). Last two starts: nine earned runs, 10⅓ innings, three home runs allowed.
Maybe the Phillies are what he needs. He has not faced them since his great 2015 season, and the last time he saw them, September 11, 2015 in Philadelphia, he threw eight innings and allowed one run, striking out seven. We'll take one of those tonight, thankyouverymuch.
Jerad Eickhoff is off to a decent start this year, though he got hit pretty hard by the Dodgers (five runs in 5⅔ innings) in his last start April 28 in Los Angeles. He made one good start and one mediocre one against the Cubs last year and current Cubs are hitting .200 (10-for-50) against him with one home run (Kyle Schwarber).
Today's game is on CSN Chicago.
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