More fun facts about Kris Bryant's big day on Monday:
Bryant is youngest #Cubs player to reach 20 HR prior to All-Star Break since Ernie Banks did so in 1955 (also 24)— Carrie Muskat (@CarrieMuskat) June 28, 2016
According to Elias, Bryant is only the fifth Cub in franchise history to record five multi-homer games before his 25th birthday. #Cubs— Carrie Muskat (@CarrieMuskat) June 28, 2016
Regarding the "24" in the first tweet, that refers to the player's age, not the number of home runs.
FWIW, the major-league record for home runs in consecutive games is five. It's been done 32 times, including three times by Cubs: Cap Anson in 1884, Billy Williams in 1968 and Dave Kingman in 1979.
Can Bryant tie (or even break) this mark? Stay tuned!
Here are today's particulars.
Zobrist 2B, Heyward RF, Bryant 3B, Rizzo 1B, Contreras LF, Baez SS, Szczur CF, Ross C, Lester P
Cozart SS, Votto 1B, Phillips 2B, Bruce RF, Duvall LF, Suarez 3B, Hamilton CF, Cabrera C, Lamb P
Jon Lester has made two starts against the Reds this year, allowing four total runs in 13 innings; the Cubs won both games. In three career starts vs. Cincinnati, he has a 2.14 ERA and 0.714 WHIP with 23 strikeouts in 21 innings. More of the same, please.
John Lamb made one start against the Cubs last year, October 1 in Cincinnati. He allowed five runs in 4⅔ innings. This year, his trouble has been staying in games: he hasn't made it past the fourth inning in four of his 10 starts. He's been better in June (3.10 ERA) than he was before (6.85 ERA). The Cubs are 16-7 against lefthanded starters this year.
Today's game is on CSN Chicago.
Please visit our SB Nation Reds site Red Reporter. If you do go there to interact with Reds fans, please be respectful, abide by their individual site rules and serve as a good representation of Cub fans in general and BCB in particular.
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.