Anthony Rizzo says it all:
#Cubs Rizzo: "Whatever we have to do, whatever it takes, we'll be ready."— Carrie Muskat (@CarrieMuskat) October 1, 2018
And so here we are, one day after the 2018 regular season was scheduled to end, still playing on.
The Cubs and Brewers tied for the N.L. Central title with records of 95-67, so we’re having a tiebreaker game at Wrigley Field, since the Cubs won the season series from Milwaukee 11 to 8. The winner gets two days off and then hosts the winner of the wild-card game in the division series opener Thursday. The loser hosts the wild-card game Tuesday... so it’s entirely possible the Cubs and Brewers will meet again this week.
I mentioned this briefly Sunday, but this might wind up being important (records updated through Sunday’s games).
Brewers in night games: 68-35
Brewers in day games: 27-32
Cubs in night games: 49-37
Cubs in day games: 46-30
That obviously didn’t affect the Brewers Sunday in defeating the Tigers, but let’s be honest: There’s a reason the Tigers lost 98 games this year. The Cubs are a better team than that, and they have the best day-game record in the National League this year — while the Brewers’ is the only losing day-game mark among the N.L. postseason teams. Also, here’s the Cubs/Brewers record in day and night games this year against each other:
Cubs were 6-3 vs. Brewers in day games
Cubs were 5-5 vs. Brewers in night games
So... maybe that’s a factor this afternoon.
Also, it might rain today. (Gee, what a surprise, this season seems like it’s been one big rainstorm.) So, here’s the radar for you:
163 pic.twitter.com/wjGu4ux6iM— Chicago Cubs (@Cubs) October 1, 2018
Here's the #Brewers lineup for our final game of the regular season. #ThisIsMyCrew pic.twitter.com/VK3rTDw0YM— Milwaukee Brewers (@Brewers) October 1, 2018
You already know a tremendous amount about these teams, so let’s move right on to the starting pitchers.
Jose Quintana, LHP vs. Jhoulys Chacin, RHP
These two pitchers have seen a lot of each other. This is a pitching rematch of the game September 5 in Milwaukee. Q threw 6⅔ innings and allowed five hits and two runs, and the Cubs got seven hits and five runs off Chacin in 4⅔ innings, including a home run by Daniel Murphy.
There was another matchup of Q and Chacin September 11 at Wrigley Field. Q threw 6⅔ shutout innings. The Cubs got just one hit off Chacin but scored two runs.
More importantly, Quintana has an outstanding career record against the Brewers: 10 starts, 1.60 ERA, 0.817 WHIP, 63 strikeouts in 67⅓ innings. In only one of those starts did he allow more than two runs, and that one (August 14 at Wrigley Field) was the only one where he did not complete at least six innings. In that start: five runs in five innings. In the other five starts against Milwaukee this year: four earned runs in 32⅓ innings (1.12 ERA), 17 hits and nine walks allowed, 28 strikeouts, two home runs.
Perhaps most importantly, Christian Yelich vs. Quintana: 1-for-11, three strikeouts. Overall current Brewers are hitting .203 (63-for-310) against Q.
Fun Quintana fact:
Game 163 gives José Quintana the opportunity to be the first #Cubs pitcher to make 7 starts in a season against a single opponent since Don Cardwell in 1961 vs Giants— Christopher Kamka (@ckamka) October 1, 2018
Another fun Quintana fact:
Lowest Career ERA vs Brewers (min 10 GS)— GagsterSportsStatman (@MikeGarrigan3) October 1, 2018
Jose Quintana 1.60*
Andy Messersmith 1.77
Lance Lynn 2.20
Roger Clemens 2.25
(*Gm 163 #Cubs SP)@ScottGrodsky @pgammo @jaysonst @ckamka@dan_bernstein @MARK_HENDERSON @MattSpiegel670
Today’s game is on ESPN. Announcers: Karl Ravech, analysts Eduardo Perez and Tim Kurkjian and reporter Buster Olney.
Here is the complete MLB.com Mediacenter for today.
Baseball-reference.com game preview
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Discuss amongst yourselves.
Who will win the tiebreaker game?
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