Notes for (hopefully) another win over the Brewers:
- Monday night marked the second time the Cubs have scored at least five runs in an extra inning this season (also a six-run 14th inning, June 2 at the Mets). This is just the fourth time in franchise history the team has had multiple five-run frames in extra innings in the same season. It also happened in 1909, 1927 and 1980. (H/T: Ed Hartig)
- Monday also marked the Cubs’ 17th come-from-behind win this season, tied for second in the N.L. (Phillies lead with 18), and tied for fifth-most in the majors. The Red Sox lead the majors with 20.
- The Cubs are 19-13 at home and 19-12 on the road, the only N.L. club with at least 19 wins both at home and on the road so far this season.
- The Cubs have won seven straight games against the Brewers for the second time in franchise history. Two more and they tie the club record: a nine-game winning streak from July 30-September 22, 2015.
- Anthony Rizzo has driven in a run in each of his last eight games, a career high. Last longer RBI stretch by a Cub: 10 straight by Moises Alou, August 20-29, 2004.
- Jason Heyward is hitting .407 (22-for-54) with six runs and a .992 OPS in his last 12 games since May 29, and his 22 hits in that span are tied for the most in the majors (with Brian Anderson of the Marlins and Jean Segura of the Mariners). Also, J-Hey has four hits in his last nine at-bats off lefties, with eight RBI, including Monday night’s game-tying RBI single off Josh Hader in the eighth inning. Lastly, Heyward is batting .320 (32-for-100) on the road this season, the second-best mark on the team (Ben Zobrist, .354).
Here are today’s particulars.
Same lineup as Monday, except with Ben Zobrist in left instead of Kyle Schwarber. This is most likely because of matchups; Zobrist is 9-for-17 (.529) lifetime vs. Chase Anderson, with three home runs.
Tyler Chatwood, RHP vs. Chase Anderson, RHP
Tyler Chatwood something something too many walks, something something he has got to stop all the walks...
Really, that’s all there is to it. Chatwood’s other peripherals are decent, and the overall results — 0.6 bWAR — are about what you’d want from a fifth starter.
Anyway, Chatwood’s previous start against the Brewers this year, April 29 at Wrigley Field, was his best start of the year: seven shutout innings, two hits, only three walks, four strikeouts. We’d surely take another one just like that.
After a very good 2017, Chase Anderson is having a rough go of it this year — except against the Cubs, who he’s limited to three runs in 13 innings over two starts so far in 2018. The Cubs won both those games, incidentally.
Since his last outing against the Cubs, Anderson has posted a 6.53 ERA and 1.516 WHIP in six starts covering 30⅓ innings, so he barely averaged five innings per start over that span. He’s also allowed six home runs in those 30⅓ innings. I’m sure you wouldn’t mind more Cubs adding to that homer total tonight.
Today’s game is on NBC Sports Chicago.
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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.
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