And now, they have. The team announced that righthander Adbert Alzolay would be recalled from the Cubs’ alternate training site in South Bend to be the 29th man on the roster for today’s doubleheader and would be the starting pitcher for Game 2.
Alzolay made four appearances (two starts) for the Cubs last year and posted a 7.30 ERA and 1.784 WHIP. That’s a bit misleading, as the first two starts (against the Mets and Braves) were pretty good, before he got pounded in this game against the Pirates.
Alzolay posted a 4.41 ERA and 1.286 WHIP in 15 starts for Triple-A Iowa last year, with 91 strikeouts in 65⅓ innings. He’s 25 and was originally signed by the Cubs as an international free agent out of Venezuela in 2012.
The Cardinals have not yet announced a starting pitcher for Game 2.