The Cubs announced earlier this morning that ticket holders from Monday's postponed game can either be used for Game 1 today or he exchanged for tickets of equal or lesser value for any game the rest of 2018, subject to availability.
The catch: if you want to exchange you have to contact the Cubs by noon CT today. Call 800-THE-CUBS or email firstname.lastname@example.org for information on exchanges.
Now you get to read the rest of this preview again, since the pitching matchup for Game 1 is the same as what was supposed to happen Monday evening!
Also, for site logistics today: There will be a brief recap of the day game posted shortly after it ends. Then a game preview for the night game will post at 6 p.m. CT, an hour to game time. This is all subject to change due to the weather forecast, which isn’t much better for today than it was on Monday. There will be separate threads and streams for both games.
You’ll need to have this handy most or all of today:
Here are today’s particulars.
#dodgers 06/19 Lineup— Daily MLB Lineups (@DailyMLBLineup) June 19, 2018
J Pederson CF
M Muncy 2B
J Turner 3B
Y Grandal C
M Kemp LF
C Bellinger 1B
C Taylor SS
Y Puig RF
K Maeda P
Tyler Chatwood, RHP vs. Kenta Maeda, RHP
Tyler Chatwood cut down on the walks in his last start — just two in five innings. That’s a step in the right direction, though he still leads the majors in walks and walk rate.
Chatwood made four appearances (three starts) against the Dodgers last year and you probably don’t want me to tell you how many walks there were.
You insist? Fine. He walked 14 Dodgers in 13⅓ innings. Ugh. Current Dodgers are hitting .286 (30-for-105) against him... with 23 walks.
He’ll have to cut down on the walks to have any chance tonight. One more Chatwood note: He is second in the majors, inducing a 57.1 percent groundball rate among opponents … only Clayton Richard has a higher mark among starting pitchers (58.9 percent), while Dallas Keuchel is third (56.7 percent).
If he can get back to what he does best, good things will follow.
Kenta Maeda is having a solid year for the Dodgers, and his last four starts have been good: 1.69 ERA, 0.938 WHIP, though he had to leave one of those outings in the second inning with a hip strain, and missed a start as a result.
Maeda did not face the Cubs last year, except for two relief appearances in the NLCS, both scoreless innings. In fact, he’s never faced the Cubs at all in a regular-season game. In the 2016 NLCS, the Cubs handled him pretty well (seven hits, five walks, four runs in 7⅔ innings).
In short, ¯\_(ツ)_/¯
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.
Discuss amongst yourselves.