Today, as you likely know, is Jackie Robinson Day across the major leagues, the day on which all teams observe the anniversary of Robinson's major-league debut in 1947 by having every player wear his now-MLB-retired No. 42. It's the least baseball can do to honor this pioneer of the sport, and if you know Robinson just by reputation, there are quite a number of excellent books about Robinson.
One of the best, and one I'd recommend, is "Opening Day" by Jonathan Eig, the story of Robinson's first season. With excellent detail it shows exactly what Robinson went through and how he overcame prejudices and, really, was the pioneer of the modern civil rights movement.
Something that's worth remembering, I think.
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Here are today's particulars.
Fowler CF, Rizzo 1B, Soler RF, Montero C, Coghlan LF, Castro SS, Alcantara 2B, Wood P, Herrera 3B
Here is the Cubs official Twitter account lineup tweet:
Kind of surprised Mike Olt isn't playing tonight -- after he was well enough to pinch-hit and play the field last night.
Hamilton CF, Votto 1B, Frazier 3B, Phillips 2B, Byrd LF, Bruce RF, Pena C, Cozart SS, Marquis P
Today's Starting Pitchers
Travis Wood didn't have a very good first outing of 2015 (4⅔ innings, three earned runs), but he did not allow a run to the Reds the last two times he faced them in 2014 (combined 12 innings, five hits and four walks allowed, nine strikeouts). So let's go with that and hope he's good against his former team.
Jason Marquis, wow. He didn't pitch in the major leagues at all in 2014 and has pitched for six teams since he left the Cubs (Rockies, Nationals, Diamondbacks, Twins, Padres and Reds). Even so, the last time he faced the Cubs was five years ago (boxscore link for amusement value). The current Cub he's faced most is Miguel Montero, and Montero has hit him hard: 7-for-20, two doubles, four home runs. Some of that tonight would be nice.
Fun Marquis fact: only 17 active pitchers have more career innings pitched than Marquis (1,927). Yes, that's right, Jason Marquis is approaching 2,000 career innings.
Today's game is on WPWR (check local listings). For coverage info in other Midwest markets click here (link opens .pdf). If that's unreadable, here is a spreadsheet with the same info (link opens Excel).
Once again for 2015, we are going to have the same game-thread routine as the last couple of years. 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 most 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.