I like Joe Maddon's attitude toward Sunday's loss in Colorado:
"I'm going to crack open a Miller Lite, I'm going to grab something to eat and look at Trip Advisor to find somewhere for us to eat tonight in San Diego," Maddon said.
"This is an anomaly game for me."
That's what it felt like, all right. New city, new series, new opponent. And hopefully, no more errors, or at least not as many as the Cubs committed on Sunday.
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Here are today's particulars.
Fowler CF, Bryant LF, Rizzo 1B, Zobrist 2B, Russell SS, Heyward RF, Baez 3B, Ross C, Lester P
Jankowski CF, Ramirez SS, Myers 1B, Dickerson LF, Bethancourt C, Kivlehan RF, Rosales 3B, Sardinas 2B, Jackson P
Jon Lester started the only game the Cubs won in the series against the Padres at Wrigley Field this year, May 10. He allowed three runs in six innings, a perfectly reasonable start. Melvin Upton Jr. homered off him, but Upton's not on the Padres anymore. Lester has a 2.41 ERA and 1.045 WHIP in six starts since the All-Star break.
Hello there, old buddy Edwin Jackson! How's it been going for you?
Well. Since E-Jax likely isn't going to answer that question here, I will. Jackson made eight relief appearances for the Marlins in April and May, and after two particularly bad ones they released him. He was signed by the Padres and has made six starts for them. Only one of the six can really be described as "good," even though he took a no-hitter into the seventh in another outing. He walked five in that game and the only hit he allowed was a three-run homer. He got pounded by a not-very-good Rays team in his last start, August 16 at Tampa Bay.
Current Cubs are hitting .308 (20-for-65) against Edwin with four home runs (Jason Heyward, Jorge Soler, Miguel Montero and Ben Zobrist). Sounds like fun!
E-Jax is playing for his 11th major-league team, which is only two short of the record for such things, held by Octavio Dotel.
Today's game is on CSN Chicago.
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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.