The Cubs are 6-4. That might seem "bad" to you, given the team's amazing start last year (they were 9-1 after 10 games).
It's really not. 6-4 is a .600 winning percentage. Playing .600 ball all year would mean 97 wins, which ought to be enough to win the N.L. Central.
It's hard not to make comparisons to the greatest Cubs season (2016) any of us have ever seen. But we shouldn't, because that's something that's nearly impossible to replicate.
More important, at least in the immediate future, is defeating the Pirates. The Cubs went 25-12 against the Pirates over the last two years. Continuing that dominance would seem to be important.
Here are today’s particulars.
Schwarber LF, Bryant 3B, Rizzo 1B, Zobrist RF, Russell SS, Heyward CF, Contreras C, Arrieta P, Baez 2B
Frazier SS, Marte CF, McCutchen RF, Polanco LF, Freese 3B, Cervelli C, Bell 1B, Harrison 2B, Glasnow P
Jake Arrieta vs. Tyler Glasnow
Jake Arrieta is off to a very good start to 2017, a 2.08 ERA and 0.846 WHIP in two starts covering 13 innings. The Pirates have been one of his particular favorites to throw against over the last couple of seasons. In 15 career starts against them he has a 2.96 ERA and 0.955 WHIP. Current Pirates are hitting .212 (46-for-217) against Jake with four home runs. Some Pirates regulars have really struggled vs. Jake: Josh Harrison (2-for-21), Gregory Polanco (5-for-30).
Tyler Glasnow is making his second start of 2017. He got pounded by the Reds in his first start, April 10 in Pittsbugh, where he didn't make it out of the second inning. He has never faced the Cubs or anyone on the current Cubs roster. Glasnow is perhaps the highest-regarded of all the young Pirates pitching prospects. Let's hope the Cubs can put a dent in that reputation.
Today's game is on CSN Chicago.
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