Fun fact as we go into August:
Last 365 days, #Cubs— High Heat Stats MLB (@HighHeatStats) August 1, 2016
Bryant: 38 HR, 107 RBI, .300/.388/.557
Rizzo: 35 HR, 112 RBI, .274/.379/.534#beasts
That, along with the Ichiro 3,000-hit quest, ought to be enough to get you revved up for tonight's game. Ichiro isn't in the Marlins starting lineup tonight, though he'll likely pinch-hit.
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Here are today's particulars.
Fowler CF, Bryant 3B, Rizzo 1B, Baez 2B, Russell SS, Heyward RF, Contreras C, Szczur LF, Hendricks P
Gordon 2B, Prado 3B, Yelich LF, Stanton RF, Ozuna CF, Realmuto C, Dietrich 1B, Hechavarria SS, Conley P
Kyle Hendricks had a very weird start against the Marlins June 24 in Miami. The first inning got extended because of an Addison Russell error, and eventually Hendricks allowed a hit -- a grand slam to Justin Bour. It was the only hit he allowed in five innings, so all four runs off him were unearned. The Cubs eventually won the game, and since that date Hendricks has a 1.41 ERA and 1.156 WHIP in six appearances (five starts). He's been the Cubs' best pitcher over the last few weeks.
As noted in the series preview, Adam Conley has taken no-hitters into the seventh inning twice this year. He posted a 1.82 ERA and 1.146 WHIP in five starts in July. He has never faced the Cubs or anyone on the current Cubs roster.
I'd look for a low-scoring game tonight.
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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.