MILWAUKEE — Yes, I decided to head up I-94 for this one. So far this year, my personal record in Cubs road games is 3-1. Not that my presence means anything to the players, but I hope I’ll be 4-1 after tonight.
Things, unfortunately, will be tougher for the Cubs after today's bad news about Javier Baez. This sounds like the end of Javy's regular season, at least.
Today’s roster move: Here
There’s not much more to say about this game. The Cubs need to get out there and start another winning streak. The Cardinals/Pirates game will start at 6:05 p.m. CT. If you want to keep track, here’s Gameday for that game.
Here are today’s particulars.
I'm not usually one to complain about lineup construction, but I have to agree with this:
Albert Almora has a .667 OPS and 4.3% walk rate this year, good for a wRC+ of 67.— Greg Huss (@OutOfTheVines) September 7, 2019
Against lefties: .533 OPS and 4.5% walk rate, wRC+ of 37.
He just can’t be batting leadoff in the middle of a playoff chase. It can’t happen. https://t.co/rxqJdvFa8T
Yu Darvish, RHP vs. Gio Gonzalez, LHP
Last Sunday, when Gio Gonzalez faced the Cubs at Wrigley Field, Yu Darvish was held out because, the Cubs said, they are “managing his innings.”
Thus Darvish has not pitched in 11 days. This, hopefully, will allow him to continue his excellent post-All-Star pitching: Nine starts, 2.93 ERA, 0.975 WHIP, three (!) walks and 72 strikeouts in 55⅓ innings.
That stretch includes five innings of one-run ball (with eight strikeouts and no walks) against the Brewers August 4 at Wrigley Field. Darvish, in fact, had two good starts vs. the Brewers in 2018, really his only two good outings last year. Career vs. Milwaukee as a Cub: three starts, 17 innings, 1.05 ERA, 0.765 WHIP, three walks, 25 strikeouts.
Gio Gonzalez has made four starts vs. the Cubs this year and has a 1.40 ERA and 0.983 WHIP, with 18 strikeouts in 19⅓ innings. Against the rest of the league in 2019: 5.25 ERA, 1.521 WHIP.
I don’t get it either, but he has held current Cubs to a .197 BA (34-for-173) with two home runs (Kris Bryant, Willson Contreras).
Hopefully Darvish can battle him to a standstill.
Today’s game is on WGN.
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