Well, here we go. There’s a chance of storms tonight, so here’s the local radar to keep handy.
- The Cubs are going for their seventh straight win this evening. The current six-game streak is the longest of the year, matching one from June 28-July 4. Seven games was the longest winning streak of 2017, from September 12-19.
- The Cubs are 16-8 in August with four games remaining. That’s the best winning percentage (so far) of any month in 2018. The last time the Cubs won 20 or more games in a calendar month was in August 2016, when they went 22-6. In fact, since Joe Maddon became Cubs manager in 2015, the Cubs are 73-35 (.676). August appears to be their month!
- In six games with the Cubs, Daniel Murphy is hitting .407/.448/.704 (11-for-27) with two doubles, two home runs and six runs scored. But his hot streak extends a couple weeks before that: Since August 9 Murphy is hitting .386/.411/.614 (27-for-70) with four doubles, four home runs and 11 runs scored, and also only six strikeouts in those 70 at-bats.
- Cole Hamels is the first lefty in the live-ball era to go at least five innings and allow no more than one run in each of his first five appearances for a team. (H/T: STATS Inc.)
- The Cubs have homered in a season-high 12 straight games dating to August 15, belting 20 homers during this run (12 solo, seven two-run homers and one three-run blast). Also, the team has homered in 12 straight games in a single season for the first time since August 5-18, 2006. The last Cub homer streak in a single season of more than 12 games was 15-game run from July 21-August 6, 2002.
Here are today’s particulars.
Cole Hamels, LHP vs. Jacob deGrom, RHP
You all know how well Cole Hamels has thrown in his five starts for the Cubs, he seems completely rejuvenated and energized to be pitching in a pennant race.
Hamels has not faced the Mets since 2015, though he did so often as a member of the Phillies. In his career he has a 3.99 ERA and 1.430 WHIP in 32 starts vs. the Mets. The overwhelming majority of the damage against Hamels by Mets hitters was done by Jose Reyes, who can’t hit anymore, David Wright, who might never play again, and Juan Lagares, who’s on the DL. Take those three guys’ numbers out and the rest of the current Mets are hitting just .215 against Hamels.
In eight career starts at Wrigley Field, Hamels has a 1.58 ERA and 0.825 WHIP. Also, this year Hamels has a 2.72 ERA in 19 starts in night games (8.28 ERA in six starts in day games).
The Cubs have already won a game started by Jacob deGrom this year, though he was long gone by the time that game was decided, June 2 at Citi Field, the one the Cubs won in 14 innings.
deGrom allowed one run in seven innings that night and struck out 13. On the other hand, while the Cubs might appear to be a strikeout-prone team, Cubs hitters have the fourth-fewest strikeouts of any N.L. team.
Here’s how good deGrom has been this year: His ERA has not been above 2.00 since the end of April. Since that start against the Cubs, his ERA is 1.86 in 14 starts, he’s struck out 116 in 101⅔ innings, and...
The Cubs have their work cut out for them tonight. Very glad Hamels is on the mound for the Cubs.
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.
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