- Jose Quintana is the first Cub to make six starts in a single season against the Brewers and the first major league pitcher to do so since 1975 when the Tigers Vern Ruhle did it. All told, Quintana is the seventh pitcher to make six starts in a season against Milwaukee since 1970. More on Q below.
- Eleven of the 17 games between the Cubs and Brewers have been decided by three or fewer runs, including five by a single run (the Cubs are 2-3 in those contests). So far in the season series, the Cubs have outscored the Brewers by seven runs (56-49) and lead the series 10-7.
- In his last five games, Ben Zobrist is 8-for-16 with four RBI, and his .314 season average now ranks third among N.L. qualified hitters. Ben’s .388 OBP is 70 points higher than his .318 OBP in 128 games last season.
Here are today’s particulars.
Jose Quintana, LHP vs. Jhoulys Chacin, RHP
Jose Quintana, last four starts: 2.38 ERA, 1.147 WHIP, no home runs in 22⅔ innings. That’s the Q we’ve been waiting to see almost all season. That includes his last start, September 5 in Milwaukee, where he threw 6x solid innings, allowing just two runs.
Overall in Q’s career against the Brewers he has a 1.78 ERA and 0.824 WHIP in nine starts. Current Milwaukee batters are hitting .209 (60-for-287) against him.
Q’s opponent in that September 5 game was tonight’s opponent, Jhoulys Chacin. The Cubs pushed five runs (three earned) across the plate against Chacin that night in 4⅔ innings, including a home run by Daniel Murphy.
Chacin has had a pretty good year overall but since August 1: 4.02 ERA, 1.314 WHIP, five home runs allowed in 40⅓ innings. Current Cubs are hitting .294 (30-for-102) against him with four home runs.
Today’s game is on WGN. 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.
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