Adbert Alzolay has received a lot of praise since spring training, now is the time for the praise to stay that way when he and the Chicago Cubs take on the Los Angeles Dodgers tonight at Wrigley Field.
The right-hander showed his best form in what was his fourth start of the season, last week against the Atlanta Braves.
There, Alzolay (1-2) pitched six innings in which he allowed four hits, two runs, struck out six opponents and gave up just one walk to score his first win of the season.
At 26 years old and just three seasons of experience in the majors, he made his first appearance in six episodes and is beginning to make his way through manager David Ross’ rotation.
It will be the first time in his career that the native of San Félix faces the current champions, he will even be the first opponent of the West Division of the National League to which he is thrown.
The Californians, meanwhile, will have the ace of their rotation on the mound. Clayton Kershaw (4-2) will make his seventh appearance of the season, second in a row against a Center opponent, having thrown to the Cincinnati Reds in his last appearance.
The left-hander made his third start of seven innings in which he struck out eight without allowing runs and thus added his fourth award of the year.
Returning to what interests us, Alzolay will have the responsibility to guide his team and hope that his offense supports him to obtain his second victory and thus help the cubs to leave the basement of the area.