Cubs @ Pirates - Wood vs. Liriano; Game 13 Thread
We're just an Albert Almora and Kyle Schwarber away from a full deck of prospects.
Travis Wood vs. Francisco Liriano
|#Fowler CF||Harrison 3B|
|Soler RF||#Walker 2B|
|*Rizzo 1B||McCutchen CF|
|Bryant 3B||Hart 1B|
|Castro SS||Marte LF|
|Denorfia LF||Kang SS|
|Castillo C||Cervelli C|
|Wood P||Rodriguez RF|
|Russell 2B||*Liriano P|
We had that awfully scary moment at the beginning of the game where a Starlin Castro fouled a ball that somehow hit a poor woman in the head that looked like she was trying to get back to her seat. It appeared the net just had a little too much give as the ball didn't go through or she was right up next to the net. Thankfully, all seems to be okay as she was released from the hospital.
As for the game, the Cubs squandered many an early opportunity, but ultimately prevailed on Kris Bryant's Little League home run that plated three and gave the Cubs a 4-1 lead at the time. Bryant did commit his second error already at third base but all is forgiven as long as your hitting .429/579/571. Jake Arrieta was his usual awesome self, navigating a few hard hit balls in the first to just give up one run on 7 K's in 7 IP on just 100 pitches.
As for today, the big news is the very unexpected call-up of Addison Russell to take over second base from automatic out Herrera. Russell's call-up means the Cubs are putting out 5 of 8 position players that are 25 or under and Russell bumps Bryce Harper as the youngest player in the National League. And with Kyle Schwarber, Albert Almora, Javier Baez, Arismendy Alcantara and Billy McKinney, it's not out of the realm of possibility that in a year or two we could see a lineup of all 8 positions filled with players that came up through the farm system (not all drafted, but acquired via trade and spent some time in the minors with the Cubs before becoming regulars).
As for batter vs. pitcher match-ups; Liriano has had his way with most of the Cubs lineup albeit in small doses. Beefy sports a decent 4/12 off him. The Pirates have had some success against Travis Wood so far, most notably; J. Harrison with a 4/13, C. Hart 4/12, S. Marte 6/21 with 2 HR's, A. McCutchen 7/27 with 2 HR's and Cub-Killer Walker at 7/18 with a HR.