Today’s roster move: Here
- MAYBE HE SHOULDN’T HAVE DONE IT: In the Cubs’ 10 games at American Family Field since Alec Mills’ no-hitter on September 13, 2020, they have posted a 7.90 ERA (72 earned runs in 82 innings) and gone 2-8.
- KEEPING THE LINE MOVING: The Cubs have scored at least one run in 66 consecutive games dating back to August 12, 2021. That’s the longest stretch for the Cubs since they scored in 71 straight games from May 11-July 31, 2019 and is the longest active streak. The franchise record is 127, from June 16, 1958-May 13, 1959.
- SEIYA UPDATE: Entering the final day of April, Seiya Suzuki leads all rookies in extra-base hits, on-base percentage, slugging, OPS, walks and is tied for the most runs scored (13).
- GREAT CAREER START: Alfonso Rivas last night was 2-for-4 in his 25th career MLB game since he was first promoted by Chicago last September. In those first 25 career games has hit .361/.435/.492 (22-for-61) with two doubles, two homers and nine RBI. That .361 BA is the highest mark for any Cub’s first 25 games since Mike Fontenot batted .385/.431/.630 (25-for-65) in his first 25 career games spanning the 2005 and 2007 seasons.
Here are today’s particulars.
Justin Steele, LHP vs. Eric Lauer, LHP
Justin Steele made two pretty good starts this year, but the last two have been... ugh. The biggest issue has been walks — over his last two starts, seven walks in just 5⅔ innings, and 127 pitches (just 68 strikes) thrown in those two outings. That’s not going to cut it.
Fortunately (perhaps), Steele already has a good outing in the books against the Brewers this year, five shutout innings on April 9 with just one walk. How about doing that again?
Eric Lauer has quietly become one of the better starters in the league. Last time out, April 24 against the Phillies, he struck out 13 in six shutout innings. (Of course, several of those K’s were helped along by Angel Hernandez, so draw your own conclusions.)
This doesn’t sound promising for the Cubs:
Over his last 17 starts dating back to last June 27, @e_lauer10 is 7-2 with a 2.20 ERA (94ip, 23er).— Mike Vassallo (@MikeVassallo13) April 30, 2022
The Dodgers' Julio Urías (2.04) is the only starter with a lower ERA than Lauer during this stretch (min. 90ip).
Lauer starts tonight.#ThisIsMyCrew
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Discuss amongst yourselves.