The Chicago Cubs might be in a tough spot after a bad Eddie Butler outing
After a tough loss to the Brewers, the Chicago Cubs are back to worrying about what to do with their fifth starter in the rotation
My question to Cubs’ fans is, are we going to be done with Eddie Butler after one start? The tough decisions the Chicago Cubs are looking at a need to be figured out soon. What are they going to do with their starting pitching? As it stands right now, we have three starters that I just don’t worry about. The fifth starter for the Cubs right now has not been consistent, to say the least. Brett Anderson just couldn’t hit the strike zone, and now we had this bad start from Eddie Butler.
I’m already seeing articles out there writing off Butler after this start. Both teams won’t admit it, but the weather matters. During the game, the wind chill was 37 degrees, windy, and raining. It might be an excuse but some pitchers can get it together during these horrible weather conditions and some just can’t. We expected to see a redo of his great performance against St Louis where he pitched six shutout innings. The front office wanted to see a repeat, and they did not get it.
“Today it just wasn’t happening,” Maddon said of Butler. “We walked 10 guys today. The game was swung on the fact we were not able to throw strikes more consistently.”
With ten total walks in this game, we can see that the starter wasn’t the only problem. Eddie Butler did not pitch a good game, and he knows that making it only three innings giving up three hits, two earned runs, and five walks. You can see by his stats that his command was off, but they didn’t capitalize off of it. Even with his five walks which can be corrected with some warm weather he only gave up three hits maybe because he wasn’t throwing strikes. I don’t think we should write Butler off just from this one bad start.
“Never could get a feel for it,” he said of his command. “I sprayed the fastball around and was never able to establish it. Both teams had to play in (bad conditions). I had to find a way to get it done. I couldn’t do it today.”
We have a need for starting pitching. The knee jerk reactions from everyone can’t happen at least right now. Fans need to take a breath and give Butler at least one more start.