One bit of clarification regarding the additions of Quintin Berry and Trevor Cahill to the 40-man roster -- I have been told that both players are postseason-eligible, but with an asterisk.
The asterisk is: Berry was added before the end of the day August 31; thus he is automatically eligible, and I'd think the Cubs might want him on a postseason roster for his speed and base-stealing abilities, much as Terrance Gore filled that role for last year's Royals.
Cahill was added yesterday, September 1. Any player added to the 40-man after August 31 can be added to a postseason roster by taking the place of anyone who ends the season on the disabled list.
Hope that clears up any confusion. Besides, that's still a few weeks away. On to the business of winning the games this team needs to win in order to get in.
Here are today's particulars.
Fowler CF, Schwarber LF, Coghlan RF, Rizzo 1B, Bryant 3B, Montero C, Russell SS, Hammel P, La Stella 2B
Bourgeois CF, Bruce RF, Votto 1B, Phillips 2B, Frazier 3B, Pena C, Suarez SS, Schumaker LF, Iglesias P
Today's Starting Pitchers
Finally, in his last couple of starts, Jason Hammel appears to be back to where he was before being injured July 8 against the Cardinals. He's made two starts against the Reds this year, neither one all that great. Overall he's allowed three earned runs (six total runs) against the Reds in those starts, covering 10 innings. He'll have to be a bit better than that today.
In Raisel Iglesias' only start against the Cubs this year, July 21 in Cincinnati, his opponent was Jason Hammel, so this is a pitching rematch. Iglesias allowed two runs in 5⅔ innings; Chris Coghlan homered off him. The Cubs eventually won that game on a Kyle Schwarber homer in the 13th inning, after Schwarber had tied the game in the ninth with a two-run blast. (Neither of those was off Iglesias.) We'd take a repeat of that today, I'd think.
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.