Quintana, Chatwood hope to keep moving forward
Saturday, April 28: Junior Guerra (2-0, 0.56) v. Jose Quintana (2-1, 7.78)
Making his second start of the season at home, Jose Quintana looks to settle in and get back to what we all know he’s capable of on the mound. He comes off his second win of the year – a seven strikeout effort in Colorado. But he’s been burned by a few big innings already this season, so it’s worth keeping an eye on that.
Meanwhile, Brewers starter Junior Guerra continues to surprise. Since joining the big-league team from Triple-A, the right-hander has allowed a grand total of one run over 16 innings of work spanning three starts. It’s too soon to tell if this is for real, but, for the time being, the Cubs have to go through him either way.
Keep an eye on Lorenzo Cain, who has a substantial body of work against Quintana from their AL Central playing days. He’s a career .298 hitter against the lefty.
Sunday April 29: Zach Davies (2-2, 4.45) v. Tyler Chatwood (1-3, 3.74)
Last time Zach Davies took the mound opposite the Cubs, it didn’t end well for Chicago. The right-hander limited the offense to just one run over six innings of work, picking up the win. In 30 career at-bats against him, Kris Bryant has hit a staggering .433 – so his being back in the lineup by then is key.
Chatwood comes off his first win as a Cub. He was, of course, wild as ever – but managed to do what he needed to come away with the ‘W’. His high-strikeout, high-walk performances are becoming the norm, but we’ll see if there’s more balance his next time out.