In his first start as a member of the Chicago Cubs, right-hander Eddie Butler showed great promise by throwing six scoreless innings against the St. Louis Cardinals. That's a great start, especially since it was against a division rival at the top of the division.
Now, do it again.
The Cubs are two games back of the NL Central-leading Milwaukee Brewers, and Butler will be sent to the mound today to start their important three-game set against their divisional foe.
This will be Butler's first start at Wrigley Field since 2015 as a member of the Colorado Rockies. He didn't fare too well in that outing, as he allowed three runs in five innings of work, including two home runs.
Weather could be an issue today, so we'll see how Butler is able to handle adversity in his second start as a Chicago Cub.
If the 26-year-old can back up his first start with another stellar outing, he could find himself locked into that fifth spot in the rotation moving forward. The Cubs have high hopes for Butler, and now is his opportunity to show he's no fluke and, in fact, still has that top prospect shine this afternoon against Milwaukee.