The Cubs have won six games in a row on three separate occasions this year. Once again, they will try for their seventh straight win, but somehow, this time feels different, as Miguel Montero said:
Montero said the mood is similar to the atmosphere he experienced with the Diamondbacks in 2011 when they ran away with the NL West title. "We walked in and said, 'You know what? We're going to win today,'" Montero recalled. "The young guys are still getting better and better. There's no reason we shouldn't win."
That's the attitude you have to have when you're winning. I'm sure the veteran presence of guys like Montero, Jon Lester and Dexter Fowler, among others, helps the young players, as well as Joe Maddon's managing. It's a really good mix, in my view.
The last time the Cubs swept an entire homestand of at least seven games was in 2008, when they swept a three-game set from the Dodgers and then a four-game series from the Rockies from May 26 through June 1. That was part of a 16-4 run. This team's on a similar run.
Keep up the good work.
Here are today's particulars.
Fowler CF, Schwarber LF, Coghlan 2B, Rizzo 1B, Bryant 3B, Soler RF, Ross C, Lester, Russell SS
Segura SS, Lucroy C, Braun RF, Davis LF, Rogers 1B, Herrera 2B, Perez 3B, Schafer CF, Cravy P
Today's Starting Pitchers
Jon Lester is the only Cubs starter who did not pitch in the four-game sweep at Miller Park a couple of weeks ago. However, his one start against the Brewers this year, May 1 at Wrigley Field, was one of his best: seven innings, no runs, just three singles and a walk allowed. Since July 1 Lester has a 1.79 ERA in seven starts covering 50⅓ innings (thus averaging over seven innings per start), with seven walks, 53 strikeouts and just one home run allowed.
Keep up the good work, Jon.
Tyler Cravy has made three starts and one relief appearance for the Brewers this year, his first in the big leagues. Two of the three starts have been against the Cardinals. One was good, the other... not so much. The latter is this game, six days ago. Here's hoping the Cubs hit him the same way. He has obviously never faced the Cubs or anyone on their roster.
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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.