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Chicago Cubs vs. Atlanta Braves preview, Tuesday 5/15, 6:35 CT

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The Cubs look to even up this series as it moves to Atlanta.

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Guess what? There’s a chance of storms in the Atlanta area tonight. So keep this handy:

And there’s a specific meteorological reason for rain in and around SunTrust Park. Last year the Cubs had two of their three games in Atlanta rain-delayed. Here’s why:

Notes:

  • The Cubs need to hit two more home runs to have 14,000 in franchise history. The 13,000th home run was hit by, of all people, Brett Jackson (remember him?) on August 25, 2012. The only two franchises with more regular season home runs than the Cubs are the Yankees (15,699) and the Giants (14,424).
  • Kris Bryant hit his 100th home run last week and now has 102, good for 21st place on the all-time Cubs list. Next up: Rick Monday (106), Shawon Dunston (107) and Jody Davis (122).
  • The Cubs scored five runs in Friday’s first inning, plated four runs in the first on Saturday and on Sunday scored two runs in the first inning vs. the White Sox. The team’s 34 runs in the first inning are its most in any frame this season. Next most: 31 runs in the seventh inning.
  • I had wondered about this earlier and now, thanks to Ed Hartig, we have the answer: The last time Cubs played a N.L. opponent two straight days with one game apiece at each other’s parks was April 16-17, 1990, when the Cubs hosted the Mets on April 16 before beginning a three-game series at Shea Stadium the next day. … in that instance, the Cubs hosted the Mets on April 16 before starting a three-game set at Shea Stadium the following day. The reason for that was a labor dispute that forced the 1990 season to begin a week late. MLB took the week’s worth of games and shoehorned a few of them into off days and the rest on the last three days of the season.

Here are today’s particulars.

Cubs lineup:

Braves lineup:

Yu Darvish, RHP vs. Mike Foltynewicz, RHP

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Yu Darvish started the game against the Braves April 13 at Wrigley Field, and it did not go well: nine hits, four walks and four runs in 4⅔ innings.

The weather was cold and windy that day, but that shouldn’t be an excuse.

All I can say is: After Darvish spent some time on the DL and missed one start, hope he pitches better in this one.

After three years as a not-so-great starter for the Braves, Mike Foltynewicz has been good in eight starts this season. Maybe he’s figured things out at age 26. He held the Cubs to two runs in 6⅓ innings September 1, 2017 at Wrigley Field, and seven of his eight starts this year have been good-to-excellent.

Time for “Clearly, we are doomed?” You make the call.

Today’s game is on NBC Sports Chicago Plus.

Here is the complete MLB.com Mediacenter for today.

MLB.com Gameday

Baseball-reference.com game preview

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The 2018 Game Thread procedure will be the same as the one used during 2017. 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.