Colorado Rockies at Chicago Cubs Free Pick 05/02/18

Clay Curtis
May 3, 2018

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On this episode of the BSN Rockies Podcast, Drew Creasman goes inside the last two wins for the Colorado Rockies over the Chicago Cubs. With the wind blowing out on a warm night at Wrigley Field, Nolan Arenado also homered as Colorado stopped a three-game slide.

The Rockies wasted no time as Charlie Blackmon and David Dahl blasted back-to-back solo shots to lead off the game.

Darvish alluded to an issue at times with pitch selection when talking with Japanese reporters after his session with Chicago media - in particular using two-seam fastballs when four-seamers might have worked better and the overall need to incorporate more off-speed stuff.

Anthony Rizzo's ballyhooed return to the leadoff spot for the day Tuesday had the desired sudden impact of a leadoff home run in the first. Kyle Schwarber tripled with one out in the seventh, but Gray struck out Victor Caratini and Jason Heyward fouled out to end the inning.

"I really thought that we needed something like a 20-foot python, a magician or a break dancer in the clubhouse", Maddon said. Bryant now sports three home runs on the year.

"He was very unlucky a couple games ago", manager Joe Maddon said.

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Rizzo's drive was his second in as many days.

Following their win on Tuesday night the Rockies are now 5-2 in their last seven games played at Wrigley Field.

The Cubs extended their winning streak to five games, giving up a combined four runs in those contests.

Cubs are 4-0 in their last 4 home games vs. a right-handed starter. But then they would travel to Chicago to take on the Cubs.

The Rockies have hit nine home runs in their last 10 games. Yu Darvish once again struggled and he failed to go five innings. I felt like I maxed out on those balls to left and left-center like I should. "I think they were just hitting the ball in the higher zone well in general today". "We've benefited from those games, they got us tonight". The team has hit.186/.244/.290 over its last five games and is 4-1 SU during that stretch. Butler was eligible to come off the DL on Monday but remains sidelined.

Maddon spent so much time tipping his cap to the Rockies' hitters that he didn't seem to have time to be concerned about the continuing struggles of the Cubs' biggest acquisition of the winter.

Cubs: Chicago opens a three-game series Friday at St. Louis, with LHP Jose Quintana (3-1, 5.74 ERA) pitching for the Cubs and RHP Miles Mikolas (3-0, 3.27 ERA) starting for the Cardinals.

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