- HAPPY BIRTHDAY, WILLSON CONTRERAS!: Willson turns 30 today. Over his last five games: .647/.727/1.118 (1.845 OPS), 11-for-17, a triple, two home runs, ZERO strikeouts. His next home run will be the 100th of his career.
- HAPPY BIRTHDAY, MYCHAL GIVENS!: Mychal turns 32 today. Givens had a string of four straight scoreless outings snapped on Wednesday when he allowed two home runs, but the Cubs won the game anywa.
- HAPPY BIRTHDAY, NICO HOERNER!: Nico turns 25 today and as a result of his collision with umpire Dan Iassogna on Wednesday, is not in the starting lineup. An update on Nico is below.
- NON-BIRTHDAY NOTE: Rafael Ortega, last 10 games: .300/.364/.467 (9-for-30), five doubles.
- SOME RELIEF: The Cubs bullpen leads the majors with 150 strikeouts, just ahead of the Reds (149) and the pen is third with 10.38 strikeouts per nine innings. Also, the Cubs pen has induced 16 double plays, tied for second-most in the majors with the Rockies.
And, a few player notes:
• Suzuki, Hoerner still day to day with their ankle injuries.
• Simmons: 9 innings today/tomorrow with Iowa
• Mills scheduled for bullpen session tomorrow
• Bote will start getting ABs in extended spring
— Jordan Bastian (@MLBastian) May 13, 2022
Here are today’s particulars.
Drew Smyly, LHP vs. Zach Davies, RHP
Most of Drew Smyly’s starts this year have at least been…