No. 162: Anthony Rizzo doubles with two outs in the first for the Cubs.— Cubs No-Hit Streak (@CubsNoHitStreak) July 23, 2016
The Baby Streak is one season old!
Saturday completed one full season's worth of games since the Cubs were no-hit by Cole Hamels last July 25.
In those 162 games, the Cubs went 104-58.
In order to finish this season with that record, the Cubs would have to go 46-20 the rest of the way. They've already had a stretch of this year that good -- they were 47-20 before they went on a bit of a skid in mid-June.
Time to ramp things up again!
Here are today's particulars.
La Stella 2B, Bryant 3B, Rizzo 1B, Zobrist RF, Contreras LF, Heyward CF, Russell SS, Ross C, Lester P
Villar SS, Perez RF, Braun LF, Lucroy C, Carter 1B, Gennett 2B, Middlebrooks 3B, Elmore CF, Guerra P
Jon Lester started the second half well with an excellent start against the Mets. He has not faced the Brewers this year. His last start against them was August 13, 2015 at Wrigley Field: six innings, two runs, 10 strikeouts. Today is Lester's first-ever start at Miller Park.
This one will not be easy. Junior Guerra has been very good for the Brewers this year, and his start against the Cubs May 19 at Miller Park was excellent: seven innings, three runs, 11 strikeouts. Dexter Fowler led off that game with a home run, but that was about the only highlight for the Cubs against Guerra.
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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.