The Chicago Cubs get smoked and my thoughts on Brett Anderson
One thing that I did not think I would see was Miguel Montero getting some work in the ninth as the Chicago Cubs might have a problem with Brett Anderson
The Chicago Cubs I have a bit of a problem. In the last two starts for Brett Anderson, he has given up 12 earned runs and only pitched 1.2 innings. In my head that is a huge red flag that he is not healthy. I have been saying it for a while now that Brett Anderson has a horrible back and it is just getting worse with each start. There is no getting around the fact that he needs to either be put on the DL or the Chicago Cubs need to get creative. The only way you can make sure that he is ready is with more time between starts or shutting him down and get into rehabbing him. The Cubs have a few choices that they can make without really shaking things up.
One of the choices that they can make is to get that six-man rotation going. They did it a lot last year with Mike Montgomery so why not get into it now. I don’t think they wanted to be made to do this so young in this season, but if they want not to make any big moves, then this is the way to go. It would give everyone that one more day of rest and maybe with pitching so deep last season everyone might need it.
The second option and one that I think they should do are to just shut him down for a while. There are several options that the Cubs can do if they shut down Brett Anderson to rehab. They already have Mike Montgomery they can move right in and take the position. He is not great, but he can do the job for a little while. I don’t like either of these guys but Montgomery is a good enough pitcher to get it done, and he has the experience of already making starts. The fill in for Mike is a guy who is tearing up AAA right now Eddie Butler. Butler has five games under his belt with a 1.17 ERA and 17 strikeouts in 30 innings of work. He has a lot of major league experience and in my opinion, the obvious person to fill this role.
Pretty simple really, I’m embarrassed…get healthy and pitch better otherwise I don’t need to be here, simple as that.
— Brett Anderson (@BAnderson3737) May 7, 2017
We also have a frustrated Brett Anderson which is never good. Him saying he needs to get healthy makes me believe that the Cubs were putting him in starts where he wasn’t entirely comfortable playing.
The fun from last night if you missed it was Miguel Montero in his new role as closer. Obviously, you don’t have to say it, but it was fun to watch. Brings me back to the time that Wade Boggs with his terrible delivery did the same. Miguel Montero is sneakily becoming my favorite Chicago Cubs player. Here he is after throwing the ball behind Chris Carter.
Miguel Montero head hunting Chris Carter with 80mph high heat…and reaction. pic.twitter.com/Kt8oIbL5aj
— Rob Friedman (@PitchingNinja) May 7, 2017
I hope that these kind of games are a one-off. Overall this game only counts as one loss, so it’s fun to see things like this, but it absolutely can’t be a habit.
The Chicago Cubs need to get back on track today with a good showing from Jon Lester. Today’s game is a 7:05 start.