Since the Cubs' last National League pennant in 1945, they have won 90 or more games six times: 1969, 1984, 1989, 1998, 2008 and 2015.
That's it. Six times in 70 seasons from 1946-2015. (The 2003 and 2007 Cubs teams that won the N.L. Central didn't get to 90 wins.)
If the Cubs win tonight, not only will they reach the 90-win plateau, but they would accomplish two other things.
It would be the earliest any Cubs team has won 90 games since 1929, when they won their 90th game in 133 decisions (90-43, actually the 137th game, as they had four ties up to that time in the season).
And, they would match the most games over .500 since 1935 -- 42 games over, last seen on the final day of the 1945 season (98-56).
Good times. Keep it going.
Here are today's particulars.
Fowler CF, Zobrist 2B, Rizzo 1B, Soler LF, La Stella 3B, Heyward RF, Montero C, Baez SS, Hammel P
Villar 3B, Nieuwenhuis CF, Braun LF, Perez 2B, Carter 1B, Santana RF, Arcia SS, Maldonado C, Peralta P
Today's game is on CSN Chicago Plus.
Jason Hammel has made three starts against the Brewers this year, allowing six runs in 18 total innings, with 18 strikeouts. In the last one, August 16 at Wrigley Field (the second game of the doubleheader that day), he threw seven shutout innings. In eight career starts at Miller Park, Hammel has a 2.32 ERA and 1.057 WHIP in 50⅓ total innings.
Wily Peralta was supposed to be one of the better starters for the Brewers this year, but he was actually demoted to Triple-A in June because he was pitching so poorly (6.68 ERA in 13 starts). He's been better since his return in early August -- 3.00 ERA in five starts. He has not faced the Cubs since September 21, 2015 (a game also started by Hammel, coincidentaly), in which the Cubs carved him up for eight hits, four walks and six earned runs in 4⅔ innings.
More of that, please.
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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.