Adbert Alzolay has made back-to-back quality starts for the Chicago Cubs, and he’s doing it by putting his trust in catcher Willson Contreras.
We knew heading into the 2021 season, there were going to be opportunities in the starting rotation. The Chicago Cubs let Jon Lester and Jose Quintana walk in free agency, and they traded Yu Darvish to the Padres for a package of Zach Davies and several prospects.
Adbert Alzolay has been waiting for his chance to prove himself in a limited sample size over the last two seasons. The 26-year-old made six appearances, including four starts in the COVID-shortened 2020 season, posting a 2.95 ERA while fanning 29 batters in 21.1 innings. He struggled with his command in that sample size, allowing 5.5 BB/9.