Garza on pace for something amazing

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Garza on pace for something amazing

Since 1901, there have been 18 full seasons in which a pitcher:

- Qualified for the ERA title
- Had a WHIP under 1.000
- Averaged 9.0 strikeouts per 9 innings, and
- Had more strikeouts than hits

Through May 1st of this season, there are five pitchers in the Majors who have maintained this pace:

WHIPK9KHIPJered Weaver (LAA)
0.9539.08362835.2Stephen Strasburg (WSH)
0.8759.563422
32Edwin Jackson (WSH)
0.9749.12261925.2Gio Gonzalez (WSH)
0.94410.31341629.2Matt Garza (CHC)
0.8919.62362033.2Stats are through Tuesday, May 1

Cubs can't complete another miracle comeback against Giants bullpen

Cubs can't complete another miracle comeback against Giants bullpen

Hours before the first pitch was even thrown in Cubs-Giants Monday night, the managers of both teams fielded questions on the miraculous comeback that occurred the last time these two teams squared off.

But the Cubs offense couldn't complete another epic comeback against the San Francisco bullpen Monday, dropping a 6-4 contest in front of 36,204 fans at Wrigley Field.

Two hundred, twenty three days after the Cubs scored four runs in the ninth inning to eliminate the Giants in the National League Division Series, they put a four-spot on the board in the eighth inning.

But the Giants had built a six-run lead and called upon Hunter Strickland (who was on the mound for the final runs of that Game 4) to induce a rally-killing double play ball from Willson Contreras.

The Cubs had done nothing against Ty Blach for seven innings before Jason Heyward led off the eighth with a single. Javy Baez followed with a homer, pinch-hitter Ian Happ tripled and Ben Zobrist drilled another blast into the right-field bleachers.

Pinch-hitter Jon Jay then singled and after Kris Bryant flied out, Anthony Rizzo was plunked, putting two on and one out for Contreras.

Mark Melancon —  the big-money closer recently activated off the disabled list who was signed to help stabilize the back end of the Giants bullpen — pitched a scoreless ninth to preserve the San Francisco victory.

John Lackey had a rough outing for the Cubs, allowing five runs on seven hits and a pair of walks in five innings. He also hit two batters and gave up two home runs — including a solo shot by Joe Panik to lead off the game.

White Sox prospect Yoan Moncada's trip to Chicago much ado about nothing

White Sox prospect Yoan Moncada's trip to Chicago much ado about nothing

PHOENIX -- Yoan Moncada’s routine checkup with team doctors drew some extra attention when baseball’s top prospect made it known he was in Chicago.

The White Sox Triple-A second baseman took a selfie and noted he was in Chicago, Illinois early Monday which sent some fans into a frenzy. General manager Rick Hahn said Monday that Moncada was only there to have his sore left thumb examined. Hahn said the thumb that landed Moncada on the seven-day disabled list last week has been determined to be fine.

“He’s been playing with it,” Hahn said. “It goes back a few weeks. It started getting a little more swollen and aggravated him a little more. He wanted to keep playing and didn’t want to go on the DL. But we decided to take a little time here, get it 100 percent, before he gets back out there.”

Moncada is hitting .331/.401/.504 with six home runs and 15 RBIs in 157 plate appearances this season. He also has stolen 10 bases.