If you’re concerned after last night, keep this in mind.
The Cubs last had an off day Monday, August 20. They are 15 games into a 23-game stretch without a day off.
They’re 10-5 in that stretch. Only the Brewers (10-4) have a better record since August 20. The Cubs led the Brewers by 3½ games when this stretch began; now they lead by three. Win this game tonight and that’ll increase to four games.
Feel better now?
- Silver lining to Tuesday’s loss: Itwas just the 24th in which the Cubs held a lead at some point during the game. The 24 losses after leading are the fewest in the N.L. and fourth-fewest in MLB behind the Red Sox (15), Yankees (20) and Angels (21).
- Cubs starting pitchers have a 2.34 ERA (28 earned runs in 107⅔ innings) in their last 19 games starting August 16 after posting a 5.23 ERA in their 17 starts prior to this stretch.
- The Cubs continue to lead the National League in runs, runs per game, BA, OBP and OPS.
Here are today’s particulars.
Anthony Rizzo, good to go after fouling a ball off his foot Tuesday night.
Christian Yelich gets the day off for the Brewers. Reaction:
I'm shocked that the trolling already has started on Yelich having day off. Shocked.— Tom (@Haudricourt) September 5, 2018
Jose Quintana, LHP vs. Jhoulys Chacin, RHP
This game is a pitching rematch of the game August 14 at Wrigley Field, and we certainly hope it does not go the way that one did. On that afternoon, Jhoulys Chacin threw seven shutout innings, striking out 10, and Jose Quintana got hit pretty hard by the Brewers, allowing five runs in five innings. Q allowed a pair of homers to Ryan Braun that day.
Quintana has put together three good starts since then: 2.25 ERA, 1.188 WHIP, no home runs allowed in 16 innings. Hopefully this is a good sign for Q.
Q has an ERA of 1.32 in five career starts at Miller Park, with 35 strikeouts in 34 innings, including possibly the best game of his career, a three-hit complete-game shutout with 10 strikeouts September 24, 2017.
Chacin, meanwhile, is having a fine year and hasn’t allowed a run to the Cubs in two starts this season covering 13 innings. In those two games he has a 0.923 WHIP and 17 strikeouts.
So this game will probably wind up 13-12, because baseball.
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.
Discuss amongst yourselves.