Notes for Thursday:
- THE SCHWARBINO: Kyle Schwarber, last 16 games since August 25: .304/.371/.732 (17-for-56) with four doubles, a triple, six home runs, 15 RBI and 10 runs.
- THE NEW GUY: Nicholas Castellanos, last 22 games since August 18: .330/.340/.670 (31-for-94) with five doubles, nine home runs, 20 RBI and 17 runs.
- J-HEY: Jason Heyward, last six games: .368/.500/.895 (7-for-19) with a double, three home runs, five walks and five runs.
- BOTE McBOATFACE: David Bote, last 18 games since August 4: .433/.564/.633 (13-for-30) with three doubles, a home run, eight walks and eight runs.
I realize I am cherry-picking here. But if the Cubs have four guys who are this hot, why are they only 20-18 since August 1?
Here are today’s particulars.
THANK YOU! Just leave Anthony Rizzo in the leadoff spot the rest of the year, please.
Yu Darvish, RHP vs. Dinelson Lamet, RHP
Yu Darvish has been nothing short of spectacular since the All-Star break: 10 starts, 2.69 ERA, 0.796 WHIP, four (!) walks and 79 (!) strikeouts in 60⅓ innings.
Darvish did not pitch in the series vs. the Padres at Wrigley Field. His last start against them was September 25, 2017, when he was with the Dodgers: seven innings, two hits, one run, no walks, nine strikeouts. I’ll take another one of those, please.
Dinelson Lamet had a rough start to this season, but his last six starts have been pretty good: 3.18 ERA, 1.176 WHIP, 44 strikeouts in 34 innings.
For the third straight game, the Cubs will be facing a pitcher they have never seen before. Per Fangraphs, Lamet relies mostly on offspeed stuff, particularly his slider, though he can dial up his fastball to as high as 96.
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Discuss amongst yourselves.