Today’s roster move: Here
Tuesday notes, and I’m reaching to find good stuff.
- SEEING LOTS OF PITCHES BEFORE MAKING OUTS: Cubs hitters are averaging 4.04 pitches per plate appearance, third in the N.L. and fifth in the majors. The Giants lead, averaging 4.17 pitches per plate appearance.
- LOTS OF K’s FROM THE PEN: The Cubs bullpen has struck out 34.5‐percent of their batters faced (59‐for‐171), the second‐best mark among major league relief corps, surpassed only by the Yankees bullpen (34.9 percent).
- NOT GREAT, BUT IMPROVING: Javier Báez has six hits, two home runs, five RBI and a walk on the current road trip, raising his season slash line from .136/.174/.273 to .243/.282/.514.
- MORE ON THE HITLESS NON-WONDERS: In the recap to Monday’s game I noted that the Cubs’ 49 hits through their first 10 games are the fewest for any 10‐game stretch in a season since at least 1901 (eclipsed 51 hits from Sept. 17‐29, 1968). Almost as bad: the team’s .164 average over this 10-game span is second‐lowest, surpassed by a .163 10‐game stretch from June 14‐24, 1952. In the 1952 stretch the Cubs went 1-9 and scored only 16 runs. (H/T: Ed Hartig)
- AND IF THE ABOVE ISN’T BAD ENOUGH:
Chicago Cubs have 49 hits through 10 games this season.— Stathead (@Stathead) April 13, 2021
That's the 2nd-fewest hits in the first 10 games of a season by any MLB team over the last 120 years.
The only team with fewer is the 2003 Tigers (46), who finished with a 43-119 record.
Here are today’s particulars.
Most managers would change something, ANYTHING, just to try to get the guys going. David Ross keeps sending out the same starting eight, with one change. Sigh.
Kyle Hendricks, RHP vs. Brandon Woodruff, RHP
Here we have yet another pitching rematch from last week, this one from the game of Wednesday, April 7 at Wrigley Field.
Kyle Hendricks threw six really good innings, allowing four hits and no runs, with six strikeouts.
Brandon Woodruff no-hit the Cubs for six innings before Ian Happ singled leading off the seventh. Woodruff struck out eight.
I mean... I’m not sure why I keep hoping for different results than we’ve seen the last three days, but maybe this time.
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The 2021 Game Thread procedure will be a bit different than previous years. It will be similar to what we’ve used for Spring Training.
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Discuss amongst yourselves.