Happy birthday, Anthony Rizzo! The Cubs first baseman turns 28 today.
Rizzo’s 159 home runs as a Cub rank 14th in team history. Next up: Andre Dawson with 174.
As for the Cubs, they are on a roll on the road, having won 12 of their last 13 road games (the only loss was one in Milwaukee), and they’ve outscored their opponents 76-33 in those games.
And, having defeated a lefthanded starter in Monday’s series opener, the Cubs are now 19-7 against LH starters this year... and they’ll face two more in this series.
Here are today’s particulars.
Jay LF, Bryant 3B, Rizzo 1B, Contreras C, Happ 2B, Almora CF, Heyward RF, Baez SS, Quintana P
Hernandez CF, Gomez 2B, Pence RF, Posey 1B, Hundley C, Crawford SS, Parker LF, Tomlinson 3B, Blach P
Jose Quintana vs. Ty Blach
Jose Quintana had a rough outing his last time out against the Diamondbacks, which ended a 10-start stretch in which he had posted a 2.59 ERA and 1.102 WHIP. Hopefully that was a one-off and he can get back on track tonight.
Jose has faced the Giants just once in his career, three years ago on August 13, 2014. He threw 6⅔ innings and allowed four hits and four runs. Hopefully tonight will be better.
(Is that hopeful enough?)
Ty Blach started and won the only game the Giants have taken from the Cubs this year, May 22 at Wrigley Field. He threw seven innings that day and gave up eight hits, but only three runs.
Later in June he had a six-start stretch where he posted a 6.95 ERA and 1.723 WHIP. But his last two starts have been pretty good. He hit a home run off somebody named Chris Smith in his last outing, last Thursday against the A’s. I do not expect that to be repeated.
Today's game is on CSN Chicago. It’s also on MLB Network (outside the Chicago and San Francisco markets).
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