2022 Cubs Heroes and Goats: Game 5

Sigh. Five games is probably too soon, right? Too early to worry about the next verse being the same as the last? That maybe someone just rearranged the deckchairs of the Titanic? After coming out of the box with 14 points in two games to start the season (against two very strong Brewers starters), they managed just eight points in their last three games. They have a win in all three of those games, but it’s hard not to feel like you’ve seen this show before.

It’s early, so I’m not going too far down that rabbit hole. But four points in two games in Pittsburgh won’t be enough. They had six hits and three walks against three pitchers in nine innings. None of those pitchers are even someone I remember pitching against the team before.

The only two positives were Willson Contreras, who scored the two runs, and Seiya Suzuki who got on base twice more and made yet another run. Giving credit where it’s due, the bullpen held the Pirates scoreless for 4⅓ innings after Kyle Hendricks recorded another in a poor April debut line stretching back years. The good news is that it generally corrected its course and improved markedly after April. The bad news is that the correction seems less effective each year. It’s a sad reality that Kyle has a very slim margin for error with his less than overwhelming stuff. If he doesn’t have location and deception, he’s a very beatable pitcher. Today was one of those days.

Let’s get to the numbers.

Thu 5, April 13: Pirates 6, Cubs 2 (3-2)

Reminder: Heroes and Goats are determined by WPA scores and are in no way subjective.

THREE HEROES:

  • Super hero : Seiya Suzuki (.055). 1-3, BB, RBI
  • Hero: Michael Rucker (.031). 2⅓ IP (6 batters), 2k
  • Boyfriend : Nico Hoerner (.030). 1-3

THREE GOATS:

  • Goat: Kyle Hendricks (-.403). 3⅔ IP (21 batters), 7H, 4BB, 6R, 4K (L 0-1)
  • Goat: Jason Heyward (-.081). 0-4,K
  • Child: Patrick Wisdom (-.072). 0-4, 2K

Game WPA clearance: With two ons and two outs in the first inning, Ben Gamel hit a Kyle Hendricks home run to give the Pirates a 3-1 lead. (.285)

*Cubs Play of the Game: Willson Contreras also homered with two outs in the first. His came with empty bases. (.107)

Survey

Who was the Cubs player of the game?

  • ten%
    Michael Rucker

    (11 votes)

  • 37%
    Willson Contreras

    (40 votes)


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Following: Game 1 of a four-game Colorado series. The Cubs will send Justin Steele to the mound looking for his second win.


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Raymond I. Langston