In looking around for things to talk about for this preview, I found two news items this morning that I pass along without comment:
And, Cubs players are unhappy with the delays in the Wrigley Field renovations.
Well, actually, I do have a comment on the second item. What did Jesse Rogers expect players to say? They're as sick of hearing about this as the rest of us. Hopefully, this all gets settled soon. Construction should have started last year.
I suppose you want me to weigh in on the first one as well. All I can say is that this isn't unexpected, given the way the Cubs have been run, and we can expect more of the same that we've been getting the last four years.
Bonifacio 3B, Lake CF, Rizzo 1B, Castro SS, Schierholtz RF, Coghlan LF, Baker C, Barney 2B, Hammel P
The bottom half of this lineup is a black hole. Combined this year, Chris Coghlan, John Baker, Darwin Barney and Jason Hammel are hitting .155 (28-for-180) with two doubles, two home runs (both from Barney), 15 walks and 52 strikeouts.
Recipe for disaster, that lineup is.
Segura SS, Braun RF, Lucroy C, Gomez CF, Davis LF, Gennett 2B, Reynolds 3B, Overbay 1B, Peralta P
Today's Starting Pitchers
This is another pitching rematch, this time from the game April 27 at Miller Park. It's Jason Hammel's best start of the year -- he went one batter into the eighth inning, allowing no runs on just three hits with seven striekouts. Meanwhile, the Cubs scored four of Wily Peralta, and Starlin Castro went 3-for-4 including two home runs (one off Peralta, the other off Brandon Kintzler).
A repeat of that game would be just fine with me.
Today's game is on CSN Chicago.
For 2014, we are going to have the same game-thread routine as 2013. Here's how it works.
You'll find the game preview -- like this one -- posting as the first link in the StoryStream™, which will then contain all the overflow threads and the recap. The recap will also be on the front page as a separate post; once I post a game recap, the stream for each game will be retitled "Cubs vs. (Team) (Day of Week) Game Threads" so you can go back and find every thread related to that particular game.
In general, game previews will post two hours before game time. Exception: for day games after night games, that will usually be 90 minutes.
You will also be able to find the First Pitch Thread and all the overflow threads in the box marked "Chicago Cubs Game Threads" at the bottom of the front page (you can also find them in this section link). They will also appear in this StoryStream™. As I've done for each regular-season game for several years now, we'll have the First Pitch thread at five minutes before game time (moved up from actual game time per your requests), then an overflow one hour, two hours and 2:45 after game time.
Discuss amongst yourselves.