One of the most popular features posted in the comments here is Deputy's daily bullpen-status chart. Most of the pitchers in the Cubs pen have been given nicknames by BCB readers for that chart.
I've got a suggestion for a nickname for new Cubs reliever Tommy Hunter, based on this quote from Kyle Schwarber after Saturday's game:
Schwarber had talked to Hunter before the game to get acquainted with the reliever. However, he wasn't quite ready for Hunter's 99-mph fastball. "I looked up and I'm like, 'That's a 99 ball there,'" Schwarber said. "That's why it got on me a little bit.' That's good stuff to have right there. "That's probably the first time I caught a 99 ball right there," he said. "It doesn't look any different. It still looks the same coming out of the hand. It just gets on you a little quicker."
There it is. Tommy Hunter = "99 Ball." What do you think?
Here are today's particulars.
Fowler CF, Schwarber C, Coghlan LF, Rizzo 1B, Bryant 3B, Soler RF, Castro SS, Richard P, Russell SS
Segura SS, Lucroy C, Braun RF, Lind 1B, Davis LF, Herrera 2B, Peterson CF, Perez 3B, Lohse P
Today's Starting Pitchers
I have not yet been impressed with Clayton Richard. With the addition of Dan Haren to the rotation, this is probably his last start of the year with the Cubs. He last faced the Brewers in 2013, and hasn't pitched in Miller Park since 2012. Current Brewers are 12-for-44 (.273) against him with one home run (Jonathan Lucroy). In short, who knows? Hope he's got one really good start in him.
Kyle Lohse has been just about the worst starting pitcher in the major leagues this year. He is leading the major leagues in earned runs allowed and is third in most homers allowed. In the final year of the three-year deal he signed with the Brewers in 2013, he looks about done. In his only start this year against the Cubs, May 9 at Miller Park, he got hit pretty hard, including a home run by Kris Bryant, but Cubs pitching was far worse that day.
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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.