They don't score runs either. With the names in this lineup they have to be more productive, especially on the road.In this 1-5 stretch, the bullpen has given up 15 earned runs in 23 innings. That’s a 5.87 ERA.
The bullpen has blown leads in three of those games. The Cubs have lost leads in the 8th inning or later more times than any season since 2013.
Edwards just lost it. Pitched so well a few years ago and now, not so much. Will also miss him.[ W ] #57
And welcome to the Cubs' organization Tony Kemp, Nicholas Castellanos, David Phelps, Brad Wieck, and international free agent pool money.
Carl Edwards Jr., many fans won't miss you, but I will. Wishing you the best in San Diego.
I cannot imagine Morrow pitching again, ever. But stranger things have happened.I think they made enough moves to make this a competitive post season roster... but I would've liked to have seen a bigger name reliever get traded for. Maybe Theo is banking on Morrow for the 7th/8th inning, but that seems like extremely wishful thinking. Castellanos is a great piece to get for the little we gave up. Destroying LHP this year--exactly what we need.
No reason to think a lineup that includes Rizzo, Bryant, Baez, Contreras, and Heyward can't compete day in and day out. Some combo of Schwarber, Happ, Castellanos, Bote, and Zobrist is a darn good 6-8 slot as well.
Yu's finally pitching his contract. Hendricks looking sharp. Hopefully Hamels can come back and perform similarly to before his injury because a 4 man post season rotation of Hendricks, Lester, Yu, and Hamels is looking pretty good (I'm not confident Q can give us 6 innings of good baseball). It's not even close to the Astros rotation, but it should be good enough to give at least an average rotation in the postseason.
Yeah hard to see any NL team beating them. Best bet for the NL is probably some AL team surprising and knocking them out.I cannot imagine Morrow pitching again, ever. But stranger things have happened.
I say Astros in 6 v Dodgers. Astros in 5 versus anyone other NL team. Astros are just that good.
Tons of people saying the outfield is probably the worst defensively in the league. Heyward showed me enough last night to say he can at least be a decent CF. Considering we (maybe) would've been no hit without Castellanos last night, hard to say he shouldn't garner almost everyday starts.Looks like Zobrist starts his return process with a stint in South Bend today. Theo thinks it will take about all of August.
Eager to see Castellanos in the lineup down the stretch. His glove is reportedly horrid, but they need a bat against lefties desperately. Hoping they take care of business at home against Milwaukee this weekend, beginning with Hamels' return from the IL this afternoon.
The outrageous difference in play between home and away, the awful defense, leading the world in outs on the basepath, all the bullpen blowups, inexplicable lineups in which the guy with literally the worst OBP on the team is leading off... fairly or not (and it probably isn’t fair in every case except for the lineups), these are generally things that fall back on a manager.This team needs to figure out how to do these types of things on the road