The last time the Cubs played the Indians, Tribune Company still owned the team, Luis Valbuena was the Tribe's starting shortstop, Mark DeRosa played left field for Cleveland and Jake Fox started at third base for the Cubs.
That was June 21, 2009 at Wrigley Field, nearly six years ago. Fox drove in three runs that day, Geovany Soto homered for the Cubs and Randy Wells was the winning pitcher. Amusement galore in that boxscore. The Cubs swept that series; Valbuena had a monster series, going 6-for-14 with three home runs.
Overall the Cubs and Indians have split 14 games since interleague play began in 1997.
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Here are today's particulars.
Fowler CF, Rizzo 1B, Bryant 3B, Montero C, Castro SS, Coghlan LF, Denorfia RF, Arrieta P, Russell 2B
.@JArrieta34 opens our four-game set (two here, two there) with Cleveland. #LetsGo Preview: http://t.co/tXZfHIWViG pic.twitter.com/0Jn4AknuKF— #VoteCubs (@Cubs) June 15, 2015
Kipnis 2B, Lindor SS, Brantley LF, Santana 1B, Moss RF, Gomes C, Bourn CF, Urshela 3B, Bauer P
Today's Starting Pitchers
Jake Arrieta has been very good again this year. One example: he's walked just one batter in his last three starts, covering 19 innings. His three career starts against the Indians (the last one was in 2012) were not good, but that was before Bosmosis. Current Indians are a small-sample-size 12-for-51 against Arrieta, and he does particularly well against Nick Swisher (0-for-18).
Trevor Bauer, once the third overall pick in the draft (2011, Diamondbacks) was traded away by Arizona in part because they thought he was uncoachable. Bauer has had middling results in the major leagues (career 4.18 ERA and 1.387 WHIP in 46 starts) but has been better this year, though he still walks a lot of hitters (4.1 per nine innings). He has never faced the Cubs and the only Cubs he has faced (Chris Denorfia, Miguel Montero and Dexter Fowler) are a combined 3-for-9 against him. What will we see tonight? Anyone's guess.
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The 2015 Game Thread procedure has changed a bit. Here's how it will work going forward.
You'll find the game preview posted separately on the front page, two hours before game time (90 minutes for some early day games following night games).
At the same time, a StoryStream™ containing the preview will also post on the front page. The First Pitch Thread and all the overflow threads will be published in that stream, as well as the recap. The recap will also live on the front page as a separate post, and at the time I write the recap I will rename the stream "Cubs vs. (Team) (Day of Week) Game Threads" so you can go back and find every thread related to that particular game.
You will also be able to find the preview, First Pitch Thread, all the overflow threads and recap 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 the game's StoryStream™ as noted above.
The First Pitch thread will post at five minutes before game time, then an overflow thread at one hour, two hours and 2:45 after the scheduled game time.
Discuss amongst yourselves.