Chicago Cubs with a good first showing of Eddie Butler take game one against the Cardinals 3-2
Eddie Butler showed up guns blazing as the Chicago Cubs went into Busch Stadium and took game one against the St Louis Cardinals 3-2
“I didn’t know he threw that hard,” Contreras said of Butler. “Once I saw the scoreboard 96, 95 [mph], I said, ‘We’re going to use the fastball,’ because they were behind on it. We had a good plan.”
“I had a little adrenaline going, first one out there,” Butler said. “It feels good to come in here and help the guys win.”
What a great way to start out this series. The Chicago Cubs got exactly what they needed out of Eddie Butler. He showed good command with his fastball which was faster than I would have expected. Butler was grooving in that 95 mph in all the right spots. Eddie Butler was good for six shutout innings and retired 12 of the last 13 batters. The best news about Eddie Butler might be his cockiness after the game. At 26 years old it’s nice to see that he is already gunning to stay at the major league level. It might spell doom for Brett Anderson. After the game, Butler went on to say that he plans on staying at the big league level. He admitted too that he was too excited at the start missing around the zone. The thing to watch for in his next start will be if he will consistently fire his fastball at 95-96 or was he throwing harder in this start. You can’t complain about it now Eddie only let up two hits and didn’t allow a Cardinal to get past second base.
After the weird news that Kris Bryant and Jay being taken out of the lineup early we saw a home run show. It made up the three runs the Chicago Cubs got in this game. Willson Contreras provided two of those and one hell of a night.
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Tommy La Stella added the third one.
Game two is today at 3:05 with Jon Lester going against Carlos Martinez.