2022 Cubs and Goats: Matches 47 and 48

2022 Cubs and Goats: Matches 47 and 48

We’ve come to the added injury to insult part of the season. The Cubs were already one of the worst teams in baseball before the recent injury streak. But the Cubs now have so many injuries that the Cubs are now calling up players who aren’t really ready for said call-up. With Drew Smiley in Game 2 hitting the double head, if the Cubs can’t recover one of their walking wounded, they’ll face an existing crisis. It got to the point where every player on the 40-player roster is either on the same team or on the injured list. It’s a sad situation.

With two losses on Memorial Day, the Cubs dropped to a 10-under-0.500 season. With two more games against the Brewers and then five in four days against the Cardinals, that number is almost certain to drop. This is shaping up to be a very painful season to be a Cubs believer.

Back to where we started, this team was probably already a bottom quarter team in MLB when it had a pretty healthy slate. With this string of injuries, it seems like there’s a new face every day. It’s hard to get any continuity when the entire menu is a revolving door. And as the team delves more and more into the minor leagues to fill out the roster, the disparity in talent when the Cubs face a team like the Brewers grows deeper and deeper. The end result of this is that every game feels like a waiting game. Even if the Cubs snatch the lead, as they already did in the first game, it feels like a waiting game. This is waiting to see how and when they will actually give up the initiative.

There were some positives, though, in a day with two other losses. With a double header, I don’t limit myself to three.

  1. Nico Horner produced a WPA by 0.537 in the first match. This is the highest WPA of the season so far for the Cubs player. He had three singles, two of whom led in runs and one led the ninth inning of a one-game game against the best in baseball.
  2. PJ Higgins hit his first Homer in the Major League.
  3. Matt Swarmer only allowed five hits and walks over six innings of action. But for some defensive lapses, the game may have been very different.
  4. Wilson Contreras had two hits and two walks in game two. The Cubs had only eight hits and walks, and Wilson had half of them.
  5. Drew Smiley threw three goalless rounds before leaving with a slashing injury.
  6. Nelson Velasquez played in both games and had great success in both. Nelson is one of those guys here very soon. Hopefully he learns a few things and then develops into the player he can be.

With that, we move on to Heroes and Goats from both games.

Match #47 on May 30: 7 brewers in 6 Cubs (19-28)

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Remember: Champions and Goats are determined by WPA scores and are in no way subjective.

Three heroes:

  • superhero: Nico Horner (.537). 3-5, 2SB
  • a hero: Rafael Ortega (239.). 3-4, HR, RBI, 2R
  • Companion: Robert Gesselman (039.). IP (3 rackets), k

Three goats:

  • billy goat: Daniel Norris (-239). 2IP (9 strokes), 2H, BB, 3R, K, HBP (L 0-3)
  • goat: Alfonso Rivas (-223). 0-2, 2K
  • Baby: Matt Swarmer (-174). 6IP (24 Thumper), 5H, BB, 4R (1ER), 6K

WPA Run the game: Luis OrĂ­as faced Daniel Norris with two wins and two in a tie game in the seventh inning. Deliver the decisive blow to the game. (.392)

* Cubs Play of the Game: Nico Horner faced Ethan Small with the loaded bases and two teams in the third inning. The Brewers were leading 1-0. Nico made one solo run. (.213)

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Game 48 on May 30th: Brewers 3 in Cubs 1 (19-29)

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Remember: Champions and Goats are determined by WPA scores and are in no way subjective.

Three heroes:

  • superhero: Wilson Contreras (.273). 2-2, HR, 2BB, RBI, R
  • a hero: Drew Smiley (.155). 3IP (10 rackets), BB, 3K
  • Companion: Clint Frazier (102.). 1-3, k

Three goats:

  • billy goat: Andrelton Simmons (-366). 0-3, 2k, db
  • goat: Ian Hap (-271). 0-4, 3k
  • Baby: Frank Schwendel (-178). 0-4

WPA Run the game: Andrilton Simmons hit with the tee bases and one in the seventh, the Cubs trailing by one inning. Simmons played in a home-to-first two-way match, sniffing out the Cubs’ last scoring chance. (.308)

* Cubs Play of the Game: Clint Frazier competed with runners for first and second places and did not win the same seventh inning. He delivered a blow that ended up with the three runners staying safe. (.138)

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Cumulative Ranking of the Rizzo Award: (up 3 / down 3)

The award is named for Anthony Rizzo, who has placed first in this category three of the first four years it has been and four times overall. He also recorded the highest season total ever at +65.5. The point scale is three points for a superhero to minus three points for a Billy Goat.

  • Nico Horner +15
  • Wilson Contreras +14.5.5
  • Keegan Thompson +10
  • Patrick Wisdom -8.5
  • Kyle Hendricks -9
  • Jason Hayward -11.5

next one: These two teams meet on Tuesday evening in the third game in the series. Justin Steele (1-5, 5.40) will start with the Cubs. He will face Eric Lauer (5-1, 2.31) in what appears to be a lopsided match on paper. Justin looked to turn a bit, but was scorched in his last start, allowing seven runs while only scoring six. As throughout this house, the cubs’ work will be cut short for them.

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