SAN FRANCISCO -- You're exhausted. I'm exhausted. The Cubs and Giants are likely exhausted.
I don't really have anything to add except: Let's end this thing tonight.
Here are today's particulars.
Fowler CF, Bryant 3B, Rizzo 1B, Zobrist LF, Russell SS, Heyward RF, Baez 2B, Ross C, Lackey P
Span CF, Belt 1B, Posey C, Pence RF, Crawford SS, Gillaspie 3B, Panik 2B, Blanco LF, Moore P
More on today's pitching matchup in this article from earlier today. Here are a couple more details.
John Lackey threw five good innings against the Giants September 4 at Wrigley Field. He allowed just one hit, but two runs. One was unearned due to an error, the other scored on a squeeze bunt. Current Giants are a small-sample-size 8-for-40 against him, but five of those hits (in 15 at-bats) are by Eduardo Nunez, who isn't doing anything more than pinch-hitting tonight. Some info on tonight's catcher, David Ross, catching Lackey:
David Ross will be catching John Lackey for the first time since July 5. He's caught him 5 times, w/Lackey compiling 3.00 ERA.— Phil Rogers (@philgrogers) October 11, 2016
Matt Moore has never faced the Cubs, and the only Cub he's ever faced is Dexter Fowler (1-for-1). So we must look elsewhere for clues. He pitched twice in the postseason in 2011 as a rookie who'd only made three big-league appearances. He did well there, but in 2013 got hit pretty hard in two postseason outings. He was having a bad September (9.19 ERA in four starts) before two solid outings (two total runs in 15⅔ innings vs. the Rockies and Dodgers) to help get the Giants to the wild-card game.
Today's game is on FS1. Announcers: Matt Vasgersian, John Smoltz and Ken Rosenthal.
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The 2016 Game Thread procedure will be the same as the one used at the end of 2015. Here's how it works.
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.