Usually, this space is filled with game notes or other ruminations about the upcoming contest.
Today, I got nothin’. Just win.
Here are today’s particulars.
Jose Quintana, LHP vs. Zach Davies, RHP
Jose Quintana has been the Cubs’ secret weapon against the Brewers most of the time since he was obtained in trade from the White Sox. In 13 career starts vs. Milwaukee: 2.63 ERA, 0.963 WHIP in 82 innings.
Those numbers would be much better if it weren’t for the two starts he’s made against them this year. He got pounded for eight runs in three innings April 5 at Miller Park, then was somewhat better (three runs in six innings) May 10 at Wrigley Field.
Q’s July has been decidedly mediocre: 5.50 ERA, 1.333 WHIP in three starts, with three HR in 18 innings. Current Brewers are hitting .242 (66-for-273) against him with nine home runs, four of those by Ryan Braun.
Zach Davies has been the Brewers’ most consistent starter this year, though in recent weeks he hasn’t been quite as good as he was over his first nine starts, where he posted a 1.54 ERA. Since then: 12 starts, 4.57 ERA, 1.525 WHIP, nine home runs in 61 innings. His last outing, July 23 vs. the Reds, was downright bad: nine hits, seven runs (six earned) in four innings.
He has made two starts against the Cubs this year, posting an 0.75 ERA and 1.167 WHIP in 12 innings. Overall in his career vs. the Cubs: 3.15 ERA, 1.195 WHIP in 15 starts, 88⅔ innings.
Current Cubs are hitting .245 (53-for-216) against him with seven home runs. Kris Bryant hits him particularly well: .366 (15-for-41) with two homers.
Today’s game is on ABC7 Chicago.
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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.
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