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Chicago Cubs vs. Colorado Rockies preview, Wednesday 5/2, 1:20 CT

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The Cubs look for meatloaf this afternoon.

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Despite the Cubs’ recent inability to score runs, they have still won nine of their last 12 and rank second in the National League with a 4.96 run per game average. That average would result in 804 runs scored this year, pretty much in line with what the team has done the last two years.

At 3.7 runs per game allowed, the Cubs currently rank fourth in the National League, just slightly behind the Cardinals (3.68) and Brewers (3.65). 3.7 runs per game over a full season would be 599 runs.

The Pythagorean formula, using those two figures, comes out with a .644 winning percentage. That percentage translates to 104 wins in a 162-game season.

Works for me.

It will be warm and windy at Wrigley Field this afternoon, with any showers and thunderstorms holding off until evening. Perhaps today will be the day the Cubs offense will break out.

Here are today’s particulars.

Cubs lineup:

Rockies lineup:

Yu Darvish, RHP vs. Tyler Anderson, LHP

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Here is another pitching rematch from the series at Coors Field. This one took place April 21. Yu Darvish did not throw well; he allowed five hits, four walks and five runs in 4x innings. Tyler Anderson gave up six hits and two runs in six innings.

Since then, Darvish has completed a very good outing against the Brewers at Wrigley Field and appears to have righted his ship. Anderson left his last start, last Friday against the Marlins, for an unusual reason:

Rockies starter Tyler Anderson exited due to a heartbeat issue with one out and one runner on base in the second inning of Colorado’s 1-0 win over Miami on Friday night.

Anderson initially showed discomfort when warming up before the second inning but persuaded manager Bud Black to leave him in the game. He was removed later in the inning.

The article says he was “lightheaded,” but felt fine later and is, apparently, healthy and able to make the start today. That’s scary stuff. Hope he’s truly OK.

Today’s game is on NBC Sports Chicago. It’s also on MLB Network (outside the Chicago and Denver markets).

Here is the complete MLB.com Mediacenter for today.

MLB.com Gameday

Baseball-reference.com game preview

SB Nation 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.