At last, a day in Chicago with no threat of rain. You might not think that's a big deal, but the last seven Cubs home dates -- all five in this homestand and the last two against the Royals -- have had weather issues. They range from two rainouts to two unseasonably cold drizzly days to a long rain delay to having half of one game played in a steady rainfall.
That's not really conducive to baseball. The only real good that came out of all this was an extra day of rest (Monday) for the Cubs' somewhat-overworked bullpen.
Also, if you are going to tonight's game, the Blackhawks will be in attendance along with the Stanley Cup. They will walk around the warning track, pose with the Cup and throw out a ceremonial first pitch. Arrival time is expected to be around 6:30 p.m.
I'm sure you're probably much more interested in Kyle Schwarber's callup from Double-A, but here is a photo taken by BCB's David Sameshima underneath the bleachers while we waited to hear that Monday night's game had been called (click to embiggen):
Now, here are today's particulars, for a game that won't be delayed or rained out:
Fowler CF, Rizzo 1B, Bryant 3B, Montero C, Castro SS, Coghlan LF, Denorfia RF, Arrieta P, Russell 2B
Though Schwarber has been added to the roster, no start for him tonight, though he will likely be a pinch-hitter. This lineup is the same one that was announced for Monday's game.
Kipnis 2B, Lindor SS, Brantley LF, Santana 1B, Moss RF, Gomes C, Bourn CF, Urshela 3B, Bauer P
Today's Starting Pitchers
Since the pitching matchup from Monday's rainout is simply being moved to tonight, you get to read it again!
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.
Today's game is on CSN Chicago.
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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.