I don't usually do this, but I wanted to point out an error in the Tribune recap of Friday's loss:
Hendricks (1-1) was charged with only two of the four runs he allowed while giving up seven hits with one walk and five strikeouts in six-plus innings.
Well, that's not quite right. Kyle Hendricks was charged with allowing four runs. Only two were earned, due to fielding errors. But the way it's written isn't correct.
Guess the Cubs weren't the only ones having a rough day Friday. Hopefully, everyone improves today.
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Here are today's particulars.
Fowler CF, Bryant 3B, Rizzo 1B, Soler RF, Baez 2B, Russell SS, Szczur LF, Ross C, Arrieta P
A few regulars get the day off, part of Joe Maddon's plan to keep everyone well rested. And Javier Baez gets a start.
.@JArrieta34 makes his 2016 Wrigley Field debut today! https://t.co/JsK7xAwcAx #LetsGo pic.twitter.com/qOZwuwyFym— Chicago Cubs (@Cubs) April 16, 2016
Adames 2B, Story SS, Gonzalez RF, Arenado 3B, Parra CF, Reynolds 1B, Raburn LF, Garneau C, Bergman P
If anyone can get the Cubs back on the right track, it's Jake Arrieta. Jake's had one outstanding start and one that would be just fine for most pitchers, but that second outing was a bit below the standards he's set for himself. Jake did not face the Rockies last year and so has a very small sample size against players currently on their roster: 11-for-54 (.204). Today is also Jake's first appearance at Wrigley Field for 2016, and the game might sell out as a result.
Christian Bergman has one career appearance against the Cubs, April 10, 2015 in Denver, when he threw one scoreless inning. Jason Heyward is 2-for-4 against him, the only Cub who has more than two at-bats against Bergman. It's really impossible to say how he'll do; he's not really a starter, just pressed into service because Jon Gray is still on the DL. In 14 career starts he has a 6.14 ERA and 10 home runs allowed in 70⅓ innings. It would be nice to take advantage of that.
Today's game is on CSN Chicago.
Here is the complete MLB.com Mediacenter for today.
Baseball-reference.com game preview
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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.