You will need this today:
The forecast is for “scattered” showers and thunderstorms. Hopefully, they’ll have enough of the proverbial “window” to get this one in; this is the final game of 2018 between the Cubs and Marlins. The Cubs have Thursday off but the Marlins don’t, so they will likely do whatever they can to get this one in.
Here are today’s particulars.
Jose Quintana, LHP vs. Wei-Yin Chen, LHP
Jose Quintana threw four really good innings against the Marlins April 1 in Miami — but then they hit him hard in the fifth and sixth.
This has been Quintana’s season. He looks really good for a while — especially if the opponent is the Brewers — then gets pounded. In his last start, he didn’t make it past four innings, throwing 88 pitches. Yikes. He gave up three runs in that outing, all unearned, but still.
Current Marlins are hitting .173 (9-for-52) against Q. Starlin Castro is 0-for-15.
Wei-Yin Chen has had elbow trouble leading him to miss much of last year, and start this year on the DL. He’s made only two starts so far in 2018, one decent outing against the Rockies, another not so good against the Reds.
He last faced the Cubs June 23, 2016 in Miami, and threw seven good innings that day. The only current Cub who has more than six AB against him is Ben Zobrist, who has hit him well: 15-for-43 (.349) with three doubles and a home run.
In short, other than Zobrist: ¯\_(ツ)_/¯
Today’s game is on WGN.
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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.