When thinking about Tuesday night's deflating loss after Monday's exhilarating win, remember what I wrote in the recap to Monday's game about the last time the Cubs won in similar fashion to Monday, in 2007:
Wins like this can springboard a team to a winning streak. I should point out that after A-Ram's 2007 walkoff, the Cubs lost the next day 13-4 -- but after that, won 15 of their next 20 games.
Well. Now we've had a bad loss this year, just like it happened in 2007 after an amazing win.
Can the Cubs now go on a 15-5 run? Anything's possible. Let's hope they can start a winning streak today.
Here are today's particulars.
Fowler CF, Schwarber LF, Bryant 3B, Rizzo 1B, Coghlan RF, Russell SS, Ross C, Lester P, Herrera 2B
The Rockies lineup was not available at the time I wrote this preview. Please check the BCB Twitter feed for the Rockies lineup.
Today's Starting Pitchers
Jon Lester has turned it on again in the last month, having an excellent July (1.53 ERA in five July starts). He has faced the Rockies just once in his career, five years ago. Only one current member of the Rockies has seen him for more than six at-bats: new Rockie Jose Reyes (2-for-23).
You know, every big-league pitcher has some talent or he wouldn't be in the big leagues. Eddie Butler, though... 12 starts this year and I have to wonder why the Rox keep trotting him out there. He has a 4.77 ERA and 1.790 WHIP, 33 walks and seven home runs allowed in 60⅓ innings. He has gone six innings only four times.
I know, I know, when I say stuff like this it sometimes works as a reverse jinx. But the Cubs really ought to be able to score a lot of runs off this guy.
Plus, he looks sad in that photo. Let's keep him sad.
Today's game is on WGN. For coverage info in other Midwest markets click here (link opens .pdf). In most of the USA this game will be seen on MLB Network (including in the Denver market). Check your local cable/satellite listing.
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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.