Sport Cubs roster move: Adbert Alzolay activated from injured list, Kyle Ryan optioned
MLB Prospect Watch: Dylan Carlson, Ian Anderson, Trevor Rogers setting pace in NL Rookie of the Year race
The NL Rookie of the Year race has some obvious favorites, but it's a deep class overallTrevor Rogers wasn't the young Marlins pitcher everyone was excited about in spring (that was Sixto Sánchez, who hasn't started a game this season because of injury), but he's solidified himself as the early favorite for the award. He hasn't allowed more than three runs in any of his 12 starts, and he hasn't permitted even that many in any of his last six tries, resulting in a 1.97 ERA on the season. Rogers' success can be credited to two of his three pitches: his fastball and his changeup, which make up nearly 80 percent of his offerings. His heater clocks in at 94.
Adbert Alzolay left the game in San Diego June 7 with a blister problem on his right middle finger. He was placed on the injured list the next day.
Today, Alzolay was returned to the 26-man active roster and will start tonight’s game against Cleveland at Wrigley Field.
In a corresponding roster move, Kyle Ryan, who had been recalled Sunday but did not pitch in the game, was optioned to Triple-A Iowa.
Alzolay has a 4.06 ERA and 1.040 WHIP in 11 starts this year covering 57⅔ innings. He’s allowed 44 hits and 16 walks and struck out 62; both his K rate (9.7 per nine innings) and walk rate (2.5 per nine innings) are very good so far this season.
Alzolay, who has never thrown more than 126 innings in a professional season, could benefit from this down time and having his innings managed. (Yes, I was someone who said that wasn’t necessary, but perhaps it’s a good thing.)
Here’s hoping for good things from Alzolay for the rest of the 2021 season. He could be an important part of a postseason rotation if he keeps throwing the way he had before the blister.
Dodgers' Cody Bellinger hits walk-off homer after Jason Heyward loses homer on controversial call .
Heyward's homer was ruled to have gone foul despite a seeming lack of conclusive evidenceHere is the game-winning homer. Bellinger was not in Saturday's starting lineup, but he entered the game as part of a double switch in the seventh inning. He flied out to center in his first at-bat before launching the walk-off homer next time up.