Notes as a noteworthy series begins:
- The Cubs are 8-2 in their last 10 games, 11-3 in their last 14 and 12-4 in their last 16 games. They have won five straight series and are 11-4-5 in series of two or more games this season, including a 5-1-3 mark on the road. The Cubs have not dropped consecutive games since losing two straight contests vs. the Indians May 22-23.
- The Cubs, 19-13 at home and 18-12 on the road, join the Brewers as the only two N.L. clubs with at least 18 wins both at home and on the road this season.
- The double hit by Jason Heyward Sunday gave the Cubs at least one extra-base hit in 95 straight regular-season games dating to August 28, 2017. That’s the franchise’s longest such streak since at least 1908, eclipsing a 94-game run from May 5-August 15, 1995.
- The Cubs bullpen owns a 2.79 season ERA (72 ER/232⅔ IP) that ranks third among major league bullpens behind the Brewers (2.53) and Diamondbacks (2.57). Cubs relievers have posted a .201 opponent batting average (169-for-839) and a .598 opponent OPS, both the best marks in the majors.
- The Cubs have five shutouts against the Brewers this year and against Cubs pitching overall in 2018, Brewers batters are hitting .152/.217/.226 (37-for-243) with just nine runs scored.
Here are today’s particulars.
Jose Quintana, LHP vs. Junior Guerra, RHP
Jose Quintana has made 26 starts as a Cub. Four of those starts have been against the Brewers, two last year, two so far this year.
Q vs. Brewers as a Cub: 28 innings, 0.64 ERA, 0.679 WHIP, 29 strikeouts
Q vs. all other teams as a Cub: 128⅔ innings, 4.41 ERA, 1.259 WHIP, 136 strikeouts
Overall, Q has thrown pretty well as a Cub, but has been utterly dominant over the Brewers, including 13 shutout innings in the two starts this year.
Current Brewers are hitting .198 (35-for-177) against him with no home runs and 42 strikeouts.
More of this, please.
Junior Guerra threw six good innings vs. the Cubs April 28 at Wrigley Field (three hits, one run), his last start in an excellent April. Quintana was his opponent that day, incidentally.
Since then his numbers have been a bit more pedestrian: 3.99 ERA, 1.252 WHIP in seven starts, with six home runs allowed in 38⅓ innings.
Current Cubs are hitting just .149 (10-for-67) against him with one home run (Kyle Schwarber).
Looks like we might expect another low-scoring game tonight.
Today’s game is on NBC Sports Chicago Plus. It’s also on MLB Network (outside the Chicago and Milwaukee markets).
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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.