The Chicago Cubs started and ended well. But it was the Pittsburgh Pirates that did everything in better, scoring eight runs to beat the Cubs.
Well, the good news. The Chicago Cubs scored five runs on 10 hits. A very solid game on the offense. But when it came to pitching, it wasn’t as good. Tyler Chatwood gave up five runs in five innings while Mike Montgomery allowed a three-run home run to Francisco Cervelli as the Cubs allowed eight runs on 12 hits as the Cubs fell to the Pirates, 8-5. Again, folks. Relax. We’re 11 games into the season, and people are trying to blow this team up.
The Cubs’ bullpen has been lights out–even with the home run allowed yesterday. It will be impossible for the Cubs to maintain the ridiculous ERA that they have. But if they can find a little bit of consistency that maintains through the season, they’ll be a force to reckon with. It’s a season full of ebbs and flows. But the Cubs bullpen has a chance to be something special.
It really has been a curious case for Ian Happ. No. Spring numbers don’t matter. But Happ was impressive in the leadoff spot in the spring, and he earned the spot. And when the season began? A solo home run on the first pitch of the year. Since then it’s not been as kind to Happ. Lots of strikeouts and one game-winning hit. That’s about it. So what to do with Happ?
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