CI Recap (3/17/18) – Indians 5, Cubs 1: Javy Is Back, Butler Didn’t Do It

Javy Baez returned from his hamstring injury and looked good. Eddie Butler’s control issues resurface as he battles for the final bullpen spot. (Box Score)

Why the Cubs Lost

Eddie Butler walked three consecutive batters in the 4th inning, which lead to a four-run Indians outburst.

Key Moment

After loading the bases in the 4th, Butler was relieved by Jordan Minch, who promptly allowed a grand slam to catcher Roberto Perez. The salami put the Tribe ahead 4-1.

Stats That (Don’t) Matter

  • Butler actually pitched well the first three innings of his outing, allowing only two hits. Still, three consecutive walks ring alarm bells for a pitcher who walked almost as many as he struck out last season.
  • Javy got a hit and made a nice defensive play Saturday. Most importantly, he said after the game he was feeling 100 percent.
  • Kyle Schwarber just keeps hitting this spring, logging a double and a triple in this one.
  • Justin Wilson had another clean inning Saturday. Someday I’ll learn not to put another L when I type Wilson. I blame Willson Contreras.

Bottom Line

Javy is back, don’t think anything more needs to be said.

On Deck

The Cubs play the Indians in Las Vegas pretty much right as this game ends (6pm CT). You can watch it on WGN or listen to it on 670 The Score.

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Sean Holland

Sean was born and lives in Billings, Montana. He is a 4th generation Cubs fan. Going all the way back to when his great grandfather lived in Chicago. Having a degree in history he enjoys bringing the historical perspective to baseball. Also the history of the Simpsons is a particular area of expertise. Sean usually attends Cubs games in Denver every year he can.

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