|CHICAGO CUBS ( WILLIAMS )|
PITTSBURGH ( BRUBAKER )
|951||CHICAGO CUBS||-150||Ov 8.5,-120||-130||Ov 8.5,-105|
|952||PITTSBURGH||+140||Un 8.5,+100||+120||Un 8.5,-115|
|vs Right-handed Starters||1-4||-4.8||2-3||2.2||0.117||0.234||0.200||0.434||4.8||0.226||0.337||0.393||0.730|
|Past 7 Games||4-3||+0.2||1-6||3.1||0.179||0.269||0.358||0.627||3.6||0.203||0.285||0.335||0.619|
|vs Right-handed Starters||2-5||-1.7||3-4||3.7||0.219||0.321||0.368||0.689||4.9||0.226||0.314||0.447||0.761|
|Past 7 Games||1-6||-4.6||3-4||3.1||0.204||0.281||0.356||0.637||6.4||0.278||0.354||0.522||0.876|
|4/8/2021||ARRIETA(R)||@ PITTSBURGH||ANDERSON(L)||4-2||W||-150||8.5 ov||U||11||5||0||7||10||0|
|4/10/2021||DAVIES(R)||@ PITTSBURGH||KELLER(R)||2-8||L||-155||8.5 un||O||8||8||0||9||8||0|
|4/11/2021||WILLIAMS(R)||@ PITTSBURGH||BRUBAKER(R)|| |
|4/12/2021|| ||@ MILWAUKEE||PERALTA(R)|| |
|4/13/2021|| ||@ MILWAUKEE||WOODRUFF(R)|| |
|4/14/2021|| ||@ MILWAUKEE||BURNES(R)|| |
|4/16/2021|| ||ATLANTA|| || |
|4/17/2021|| ||ATLANTA|| || |
|4/18/2021|| ||ATLANTA|| || |
|4/1/2021||KUHL(R)||@ CHICAGO CUBS||HENDRICKS(R)||5-3||W||187||6.5 ov||O||9||15||2||2||4||0|
|4/3/2021||ANDERSON(L)||@ CHICAGO CUBS||ARRIETA(R)||1-5||L||150||11 ev||U||6||5||2||7||7||0|
|4/4/2021||KELLER(R)||@ CHICAGO CUBS||DAVIES(R)||3-4||L||175||8.5 un||U||7||6||1||3||6||0|
|4/5/2021||BRUBAKER(R)||@ CINCINNATI||DE LEON(R)||3-5||L||135||9.5 un||U||5||5||0||8||9||1|
|4/6/2021||CAHILL(R)||@ CINCINNATI||MILEY(L)||1-14||L||145||9 ov||O||5||5||1||17||5||0|
|4/7/2021||KUHL(R)||@ CINCINNATI||CASTILLO(R)||4-11||L||190||8 ov||O||7||4||1||10||3||0|
|4/8/2021||ANDERSON(L)||CHICAGO CUBS||ARRIETA(R)||2-4||L||+140||8.5 ov||U||7||10||0||11||5||0|
|4/10/2021||KELLER(R)||CHICAGO CUBS||DAVIES(R)||8-2||W||+145||8.5 un||O||9||8||0||8||8||0|
|4/11/2021||BRUBAKER(R)||CHICAGO CUBS||WILLIAMS(R)|| |
|4/12/2021|| ||SAN DIEGO||DARVISH(R)|| |
|4/13/2021|| ||SAN DIEGO||SNELL(L)|| |
|4/14/2021|| ||SAN DIEGO|| || |
|4/15/2021|| ||SAN DIEGO|| || |
|4/16/2021|| ||@ MILWAUKEE|| || |
|4/17/2021|| ||@ MILWAUKEE|| || |
|4/18/2021|| ||@ MILWAUKEE|| || |
|CHICAGO CUBS: He's Here: OF Joc Pederson, RHP Jake Arrieta, RHP Zach Davies, RHP Trevor Williams, RHP Brandon Workman, INF Eric Sogard, RHP Kohl Stewart, C Austin Romine, OF Jake Marisnick, RHP Jonathan Holder, RHP Shelby Miller, RHP Robert Stock, INF Sergio Alc'ntara.
He's Outta Here: RHP Yu Darvish, OF Kyle Schwarber, LHP Jon Lester, LHP Jos' Quintana, OF Albert Almora, Jr., C Victor Caratini, 2B Jason Kipnis, RHP Tyler Chatwood, RHP Jeremy Jeffress, OF Billy Hamilton, OF Jos' Mart'nez.
Projected Lineup: CF Ian Happ (.258, 12 HRs, 28 RBIs, .866 OPS), 1B Anthony Rizzo (.222, 11, 24, .755 OPS), 3B Kris Bryant (.206, 4, 11), C Willson Contreras (.243, 7, 26, 37 runs), SS Javier B'ez (.203, 8, 24), LF Joc Pederson (.190, 7, 16 with Dodgers), RF Jason Heyward (.265, 6, 22, .848 OPS), 2B Nico Hoerner (.222, 0, 13) or David Bote (.200, 7, 29).
Rotation: RH Kyle Hendricks (6-5, 2.88 ERA), RH Zach Davies (7-4, 2.73 for Padres), RH Jake Arrieta (4-4, 5.08 for Phillies), RH Alec Mills (5-5, 4.48), RH Trevor Williams (2-8, 6.18 for Pirates) or RH Adbert Alzolay (1-1, 2.95).
Key Relievers: RH Craig Kimbrel (0-1, 5.28, 2 saves), RH Brandon Workman (1-4, 5.95, 9/12 saves for Red Sox and Phillies), RH Ryan Tepera (0-1, 3.92), RH Dan Winkler (0-0, 2.95), LH Andrew Chafin (1-2, 6.52 for Diamondbacks and Cubs), RH Rowan Wick (0-1, 3.12, 4 saves), LH Kyle Ryan (1-0, 5.17, 1 save), RH Shelby Miller (1-3, 8.59 for Rangers in 2019).
Outlook: Rizzo, Bryant and B'ez are coming off down years, and they are eligible for free agency after this season. The rotation took a hit when Darvish was traded to San Diego. It remains to be seen if Kimbrel can carry over his strong finish in 2020 into this season. But the rest of the NL Central isn't exactly imposing, so it's not hard to imagine the Cubs contending for another playoff appearance. Rizzo, Bryant and B'ez struggled with the unusual circumstances surrounding last year's pandemic-shortened season, and Bryant was hampered by injuries. A return to form for any one of them would help the Cubs improve on their .220 team batting average from a year ago. While the loss of Darvish is a big blow, Davies is coming off a strong season in San Diego. Arrieta is looking to regain the form he showed during his first stint in Chicago, and Williams was a 14-game winner with Pittsburgh in 2018. The Cubs also are hoping Kimbrel has solved the issues he had at the beginning of last season. The closer had a 1.29 ERA over his last 15 games last year, including 1 1/3 scoreless innings in his only playoff appearance.
|PITTSBURGH: He's Here: INF Todd Frazier, RHP Trevor Cahill, RHP David Bednar, RHP Wil Crowe, RHP Sean Poppen, RHP Miguel Yajure, C Michael Perez, INF Wilmer Difo, LHP Chasen Shreve, C Tony Wolters, OF Brian Goodwin, OF Dustin Fowler.
He's Outta Here: RHP Jameson Taillon, RHP Joe Musgrove, RHP Trevor Williams, 1B Josh Bell, RHP Keone Kela, INF/OF Jose Osuna, LHP Derek Holland, LHP Nik Turley, RHP Dovydas Neverauskas, RHP Nick Burdi.
Projected Lineup: 2B Adam Frazier (.230, 7 HRs, 23 RBIs), LF Bryan Reynolds (.189, 7, 19, 5 OF assists), 3B Ke'Bryan Hayes (.376, 5, 11 in 24 games), 1B Colin Moran (.247, 10, 23, 10 2Bs), RF Gregory Polanco (.153, 7, 22), C Jacob Stallings (.248, 3, 18), SS Kevin Newman (.224, 1, 10) or Erik Gonzalez (.227, 3, 20) or Cole Tucker (.220, 1, 8), CF Brian Goodwin (.215, 6, 22 with Reds and Angels) or Dustin Fowler (.224, 6, 23 with Oakland in 2018).
Rotation: RH Mitch Keller (1-1, 2.91 ERA in 5 starts), LH Steven Brault (1-3, 3.38), RH Chad Kuhl (2-3, 4.27), LH Tyler Anderson (4-3, 4.37 with Giants), JT Brubaker (1-3, 4.94) or Wil Crowe (0-1, 1.35 in 3 games with Washington).
Key Relievers: RH Richard Rodriguez (3-2, 2.70, 4/5 saves), RH Kyle Crick (0-1, 1.59), RH Michael Feliz (0-0, 32.40 in 3 games), LH Sam Howard (2-3, 3.86), RH Chris Stratton (2-1, 3.90), RH Duane Underwood (1-0, 7.36 with Cubs), RH Cody Ponce (1-1, 3.18), LH Chasen Shreve (1-0, 3.96 with Mets), RH Trevor Cahill (1-2, 3.24 with Giants).
Outlook: The Pirates are in the midst of a massive reset as general manager Ben Cherington enters his second season on the job. Gone are familiar faces like Taillon and Bell, among others, their departures via trade part of a plan dedicated to stockpiling prospects in the hope that enough pan out down the road to return Pittsburgh to contention. While the future looks (sorta) bright, the present figures to be bumpy. The Pirates finished with the worst record in the majors in 2020 and head into 2021 with a roster that has even less major league experience. Hayes was even better than advertised during his September call-up and finished sixth in NL Rookie of the Year voting. He and Keller are the linchpins whose individual development this season could be far more important than anything that happens in the win/loss column. Bounce-back seasons from Reynolds and Polanco (likely in his final months with the team) would help the offense, but even in a division that might be the worst in the NL if not the majors, expectations are really, really low. Fans will be allowed back at PNC Park this spring, but given the lack of buzz in general the Pirates may be hard-pressed to even fill those seats after the initial 'we're glad baseball is back' crowd gets its fix.
|Last Updated: 5/16/2021 2:44:07 AM EST|