Alzolay (1-1) pitched five innings of one-run ball to earn the win Sunday against the White Sox. He allowed two hits and two walks while striking out eight.
The Cubs almost let Alzolay's first win of the season slip away, as a 7-1 lead when the righty left the game finished as a narrow 10-8 win. It was still a great effort for Alzolay, who finishes the regular season with a 2.95 ERA and having allowed just two earned runs across his last nine innings. The 25-year-old seems unlikely to crack Chicago's postseason rotation, at least in the first round series against Miami beginning on Wednesday, but he figures to operate as an important long reliever out of the bullpen.
Alzolay will start Sunday against the White Sox, Jordan Bastian of MLB.com reports.
The Cubs didn't seem to have a rotation spot open for Alzolay, but they'll move Jose Quintana, who's still building up his pitch count following a lat injury, to the bullpen for the final few days of the year. Alzolay has made three starts and two relief appearances this season, posting a 3.31 ERA and a 1.29 WHIP.
Alzolay allowed one run in four innings out of the bullpen in Tuesday's loss to the Pirates. He gave up two hits and two walks while striking out seven.
Jose Quintana (lat) returned from the injured list and pitched for the first time since Aug. 30, so the Cubs limited him to just two innings in his start, which opened up the middle innings for Alzolay. The 25-year-old looked good and set a new season high in strikeouts while lowering his ERA to 3.31 in the process. The Cubs don't seem to have an open rotation spot as they head into the postseason, but Alzolay could potentially have some value in a long-relief role.
Alzolay was recalled by the Cubs on Monday.
Alzolay spent a week and a half at the Cubs' alternate training site, but he'll rejoin the major-league bullpen after Ildemaro Vargas (hamstring) was placed on the injured list Monday. The right-hander should be available out of the bullpen Monday and could provide a relief option Tuesday as starter Jose Quintana (lat) could be on a pitch count.
Alzolay was optioned to the Cubs' alternate training site Friday.
Alzolay has struggled in his last two outings, though he still owns a solid 3.65 ERA in 12.1 innings on the year. Rex Brothers was recalled in a corresponding move.
Alzolay allowed three runs on three hits and two walks while striking out two over 3.2 innings against Cincinnati on Thursday. He did not factor in the decision.
Alzolay gave up a pair of runs in the first inning and another in the second before settling down to retire seven of his final eight batters, but he was unable to make it to the fourth frame after tossing 78 pitches. Walks have been a driving force behind his high pitch counts; with the two he issued Thursday, Alzolay has now racked up seven free passes over his last 6.1 innings. Though the Cubs have a need for a fifth starter due to injuries in their rotation, it's uncertain whether they will continue to look to Alzolay as the answer. If he does get another start, it isn't likely to come until Sept. 22 at Pittsburgh.
Alzolay was recalled by the Cubs ahead of his scheduled start Thursday against the Reds, Maddie Lee of NBC Sports Chicago reports.
With Jose Quintana (lat) and Tyler Chatwood (forearm) on the shelf, a rotation spot is there for the taking if Alzolay can impress in this outing. The Cubs won't need a fifth starter again until Sept. 22 in Pittsburgh, so if Alzolay struggles, or perhaps even if he doesn't, he will likely be sent back down after this start. He has a 2.08 ERA, 1.38 WHIP and 12:7 K:BB in 8.2 innings (three appearances).
The Cubs list Alzolay as their scheduled starter for Thursday's series finale with the Reds, Jordan Bastian of MLB.com reports.
Alzolay struggled in a spot start Saturday in a doubleheader with the Cardinals, giving up two runs on two hits and five walks over 2.2 innings. He was sent to the Cubs' alternate site afterward, but the team will give him at least one more chance to make a positive impression at the big-league level. Because Thursday's game will come less than 10 days after his demotion, the Cubs would likely need to place a player on the injured list in a corresponding move to facilitate Alzolay's return to the 28-man active roster. Chicago's rotation is a bit thin at the moment with both Jose Quintana (lat) and Tyler Chatwood (forearm) on the shelf, so the club could really benefit if Alzolay pitches well. After Thursday, the Cubs wouldn't need a fifth starter again until Sept. 22, so Alzolay could be headed back to the alternate site following the outing versus the Reds.
The Cubs optioned Alzolay to their alternate training site Sunday.
Chicago designated Alzolay as its 29th man for Saturday's doubleheader with the Cardinals, with the 25-year-old receiving the starting nod for the first game of the twin bill. After previously giving up an unearned run over five innings in his first start of the season back on Aug. 19 in St. Louis, Alzolay's rematch with the Cardinals didn't go nearly as well, as he lasted only 2.2 innings while giving up two runs on two hits and five walks. Unless the Cubs place a player on the injured list and call up Alzolay in a corresponding move, the decision to demote the right-hander after the doubleheader will make him ineligible to rejoin the big club when a fifth starter is needed again Thursday against the Reds.
Alzolay (0-1) took the loss in the first game of Saturday's doubleheader against the Cardinals, as he allowed two runs across 2.2 innings. He gave up two hits and five walks while striking out four.
The five walks really hurt Alzolay and contributed to his quick hook, as he needed 78 pitches to retire just eight batters. The righty was recalled as the team's 29th player for the doubleheader and will likely get sent back to Chicago's alternate training site. He remains an option to make spot starts the rest of the season.
Alzolay will be recalled to start the first game of Saturday's doubleheader against the Cardinals, Mark Gonzales of the Chicago Tribune reports.
Alzolay has made one start and one relief appearance this season, allowing just a single unearned run on three hits over six innings of work, striking out eight while walking just two. It's been a much better showing than he had in his 12.1-inning debut last season, where he struggled to a 7.30 ERA and a 15.0 percent walk rate.
The Cubs optioned Alzolay to their alternate training site following Saturday's doubleheader split with the Reds.
Alzolay served as the 29th man in the twin bill and came on in relief of Alec Mills in the second game of the doubleheader, which the Cubs lost 6-5. He worked a scoreless fourth inning in the appearance, working around a hit and a walk while striking out two.
Alzolay will serve as the Cubs' 29th man for Saturday's doubleheader against the Reds, Maddie Lee of NBC Sports Chicago reports.
Alzolay will be available out of the bullpen for Saturday's twin bill but should return to alternate camp following the pair of seven-inning contests. The right-hander started one game for the Cubs this season, tossing five scoreless innings, allowing two hits and one walk while striking out six.
The Cubs optioned Alzolay to their alternate training site in South Bend on Thursday.
He was tabbed to start the second game of Wednesday's doubleheader with the Cardinals after he was called up as the Cubs' 29th man for the twin bill. The right-hander performed about as well as the Cubs could have hoped in his 2020 debut, working an efficient five innings and giving up an unearned run on two hits and a walk while striking out six in Chicago's 4-2 triumph. With Jose Quintana (thumb) nearing a return from the injured list, however, Alzolay doesn't look like he'll get the chance to stick around in the rotation, though he could be the next man up if another starting spot gets vacated at some point.
Alzolay allowed one run (none earned) on two hits and one walk while striking out six across five innings in the second game of the Cubs' doubleheader Wednesday against the Cardinals. He did not factor into the decision.
Alzolay was recalled by the Cubs to make his first appearance with the big-league club in 2020. He was very effective, earning 12 of his 15 outs between strikeouts and groundouts combined. Give that this was only a spot start and Jose Quintana (finger) should be able return shortly, it's unlikely that Alzolay sticks in the rotation despite the impressive effort.
Alzolay (forearm) was recalled by the Cubs on Wednesday and will serve as the 29th man for the doubleheader against the Cardinals, starting the nightcap.
Alzolay was hit by a ball at the team's alternate training site earlier in the week and suffered a forearm contusion, but the injury was never thought to be serious, as Wednesday's move confirms. Alzolay made two starts and two relief appearances for the Cubs last season without much success, posting a 7.30 ERA and a 1.78 WHIP.
Alzolay was hit by a ball at the Cubs' alternate training site and suffered a minor forearm contusion, Jordan Bastian of MLB.com reports.
Alzolay was one of the Cubs' top options to start during Monday's doubleheader, but he won't be ready to make his season debut after suffering his injury. Tyson Miller will make his major-league debut during Game 2 of the twin bill instead. However, manager David Ross stressed that Alzolay's injury isn't serious and said that he's still an option to start Wednesday, when the Cubs are slated to play another doubleheader against the Cardinals.
Alzolay was not included on the Cubs' 30-man Opening Day roster.
Alzolay is on the 40-man roster but will have to settle for working at the team's alternate site in South Bend for now. The 25-year-old appeared in four games for the Cubs last season and could be an option at some point in 2020 if a need arises in the rotation or in long relief.
Alzolay is a candidate to break camp as Chicago's fifth starter, Mark Gonzales of the Chicago Tribune reports.
While Alec Mills appears most likely to fill in for the injured Jose Quintana (thumb) -- who is unlikely to be ready for the start of the season after undergoing thumb surgery Thursday -- Alzolay and Colin Rea were also mentioned by president of baseball operations Theo Epstein as possible options. Alzolay started a pair of games for the Cubs in 2019, allowing eight runs while notching a 7:5 K:BB across 7.1 innings. The righty also made 15 starts for Triple-A Iowa, posting a 4.41 ERA and 91:31 K:BB in 65.1 innings.
Alzolay is a candidate for the Cubs' three-player "taxi squad" for road trips to begin the regular season, Tim Stebbins of NBC Sports Chicago reports.
Tyler Chatwood figures to secure the No. 5 starter spot, which would push Alzolay out of contention for the rotation. The latter could still potentially snag a bullpen role, but the taxi squad makes a lot of sense for the 25-year-old. MLB teams will be allowed to add these players onto their regular rosters if a need arises while on the road. Alzolay, who made two starts for the Cubs last season and 15 starts for Triple-A Iowa, would figure to be available as a spot starter under this scenario.
|Last 7 Games|
|09/27||@ CHW||W 10-8||1||0||0||5.0||2||1||2||8|
|09/22||@ PIT||L 2-3||0||0||0||4.0||2||1||2||7|
|09/10||vs CIN||W 8-5||0||0||0||3.2||3||3||2||2|
|09/05||vs STL||L 2-4||0||1||0||2.2||2||2||5||4|
|08/29||@ CIN||L 5-6||0||0||0||1.0||1||0||1||2|
|08/19||@ STL||W 4-2||0||0||0||5.0||2||0||1||6|
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|Minor League Pitching Stats|
|2016||AFX-South Bend Cubs||120.1||22||20||0||9||4||0||81||28||119||4.35||1.224|
|2017||AFA-Myrtle Beach Pelican||81.2||15||15||1||7||1||0||78||22||65||2.99||1.071|
|2019||AFA-Myrtle Beach Pelican||4.0||1||1||0||0||1||0||3||2||7||11.25||2.250|