So, here’s where the Cubs can really go on a run, presuming they actually are superior to the teams that have been chasing them. The Cubs are 18-10 since the All-Star break. That’s a .643 winning percentage. If they can do that the rest of the way they’ll go 29-17, which would be a 90-win season and probably good enough to win the N.L. Central.
They can start with this sequence: the next 13 games are against teams currently in last place in their division: the Reds, the Blue Jays, the Reds again and the Phillies. And then there are 11 more games against teams currently under .500: the Pirates, the Braves and the Pirates again. That’s 24 straight games vs. teams with losing records; the next scheduled game against a team currently over .500 is September 8 vs. the Brewers. And Milwaukee could be sub-.500 by then, as they have a tough Western swing coming up.
Of the Cubs’ 46 remaining contests, 32 are against teams currently under .500 and they don’t play a team the rest of the year that’s currently more than four games over .500 (Cardinals).
Now’s the time. Git ‘er done, Cubs.
Here are today’s particulars.
Jay CF, Bryant 3B, Rizzo 1B, Zobrist 2B, Schwarber LF, Avila C, Heyward RF, Baez SS, Quintana P
Hamilton CF, Cozart SS, Votto 1B, Duvall LF, Suarez 3B, Gennett 2B, Mesoraco C, Kivlehan RF, Wojciechowski P
Jose Quintana vs. Asher Wojciechowski
Jose Quintana’s five starts as a Cub: excellent, good, good, not good, decent.
The Cubs acquired him to do the first three, not the last two. Hopefully, he can turn things around and give the Cubs those good-to-excellent outings. He has gone at least six innings in four of the five, so there’s that, at least.
Quintana has never faced the Reds and just three members of the current Reds team (Scooter Gennett, Adam Duvall and Eugenio Suarez) have ever seen him before. Perhaps that will be to his advantage.
Yes. There is actually a major-league pitcher named Asher Wojciechowski. He was once a top prospect of the Astros, but since last year he’s become an itinerant, going through the Marlins, Diamondbacks and Reds organizations. He threw pretty well this year at Triple-A Louisville, but is no longer really a prospect at 28. He has never faced the Cubs and the only Cub who’s ever faced him is Ben Zobrist (1-for-2).
In short, ¯\_(ツ)_/¯.
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