The weather was cold and nasty for Tuesday night's game. About the only thing that didn't happen Tuesday night was rain.
Tonight, there's a pretty good chance of rain, and based on radar images, once it starts it will probably rain for several hours, as the area of rain is slow-moving.
It would almost be better simply to call this game -- especially since there's an afternoon game tomorrow, and waiting through long rain delays tonight doesn't really help anyone. We shall see.
Here are today's particulars.
Fowler CF, Heyward RF, Bryant LF, Rizzo 1B, Zobrist 2B, La Stella 3B, Russell SS, Ross C, Arrieta P
Villar SS, Presley RF, Braun LF, Lucroy C, Carter 1B, Nieuwenhuis CF, Hill 3B, Rivera 2B, Jungmann P
Jake Arrieta threw a no-hitter in his last start. Of course, you know this. You also know that back-to-back no-hitters has been done just once, in 1938, 78 years ago. It's almost impossible to duplicate. I wouldn't put anything past Jake, though. More important, I think, is his scoreless streak at Wrigley: 48⅔ innings, no runs allowed at home since he gave up three to the Phillies during Cole Hamels' no-hitter. Here's more on that:
Jake Arrieta has thrown 48 2/3 consecutive scoreless innings at home, 3rd-longest home scoreless inning streak in modern era@EliasSports— ESPN Stats & Info (@ESPNStatsInfo) April 27, 2016
Keep going, Jake. Just keep going.
Taylor Jungmann, who made 21 starts for the Brewers last year and was pretty decent, has been bad so far this year -- four starts, 8.47 ERA, 10 walks in 17 innings, six of those walks in four innings in his last outing. He made two starts against the Cubs last year, allowing four earned runs in 8⅓ innings, and issuing five walks. This patient Cubs team should have a feast, I'd think.
Today's game is on WGN.
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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.
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