Tonight's game is a random midsummer game between two bad teams going nowhere.
Thus, I don't have a whole lot to say about this matchup. You can see the particulars below.
One thing I thought I'd pass along first is this article from Beyond the Boxscore about Tsuyoshi Wada. It's got some interesting charts (via Brooks Baseball) showing Wada's strengths and weaknesses.
And now, onward, as we await possible Cubs trades over the next 48 hours.
Bonifacio 3B, Alcantara 2B, Rizzo 1B, Castro SS, Ruggiano LF, Castillo C, Lake CF, Schierholtz RF, Jackson P
Some team scouting Emilio Bonifacio must really want to see him at third base. Who's looking for a third baseman?
The Rockies lineup was not available at the time I wrote this post. Please check the BCB Twitter feed for the Rockies lineup.
Today's Starting Pitchers
There are 93 qualified starters in the major leagues as of today. Edwin Jackson has the highest ERA of any of them, and it's not close (5.76; next closest is 5.22). He has the highest WHIP, and it's not close (1.565, next closest is 1.529). He's 74th in FIP, so that's at least a bit better, and... oh, the heck with it. Here's hoping for the best, but expecting the worst.
Oh, one more Jackson fact. The Cubs are 16-36 in the 52 games he has started. That's a .308 winning percentage, which would equal 50 wins in a 162-game season.
Granted that not all the losses are his fault -- in some, the Cubs didn't score runs even when he pitched reasonably well -- but that's bad even for a bad team.
Jorge De La Rosa is the only member of the Rockies' rotation who has not missed a start this year. That's probably the best thing I can say about him; his 4.19 ERA ranks 73rd of the 93 qualified starters this year. And it's gone down this month -- he's got a 1.78 ERA in four July starts. The last time he faced the Cubs was just over a year ago, July 19, 2013 in Denver, but look at how many of those Cubs are no longer on the team.
This could be a high-scoring affair, but on the other hand, it's likely to be another cool evening with the wind blowing in. In short, who knows?
Today's game is on WGN.
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.