Twenty-eight of the 30 MLB teams have played two games so far in this abbreviated season; the Dodgers and Giants have played three.
Of the 28 teams that have played two games, 22 of them are 1-1, including the Cubs.
This is going to be one weird season.
Here are today’s particulars.
Here is today's #Cubs lineup for the rubber game at Wrigley Field!#WhereStoriesPlay pic.twitter.com/Z5EuFpeiZK— Chicago Cubs (@Cubs) July 26, 2020
Here’s this afternoon's lineup for the series finale against the Cubs at Wrigley at 1:20 p.m. CT.— Milwaukee Brewers (@Brewers) July 26, 2020
Radio: @620wtmj #ThisIsMyCrew | #BrewersAtHome pic.twitter.com/nPAjAg7RzQ
Tyler Chatwood, RHP vs. Freddy Peralta, RHP
Tyler Chatwood. Well, here goes.
He had a terrible year in his first season as a Cub in 2018. He was much better last year, putting together the best K rate of his career (8.7 per nine innings) and had a 1.5 bWAR season.
Chatwood faced the Brewers six times in 2019 (one start), covering 14⅓ innings — the most he faced any team. He posted a 1.26 ERA, walked nine (kind of a lot) and struck out 23 (also a lot). The Brewers, of course, have a lot of new faces on their team this year so ¯\_(ツ)_/¯
I don’t know what to think here. Chatwood has good stuff. Per Fangraphs his fastball averaged 95.9 miles per hour last year, a career high. He just can’t always command it. If he can figure out how to do that, he can be a real asset to the Cubs this season.
Freddy Peralta was supposed to be a mainstay in the Brewers rotation last year, but after several really bad starts early (7.07 ERA), he spent most of the year in their bullpen, where he was much better, though still not great (4.01 ERA, 1.338 WHIP in 31 relief appearances).
This will be his first start since May 2019. So, just like Chatwood, this one’s a big ¯\_(ツ)_/¯
Today’s game is on Marquee Sports Network. Here is a list of providers currently carrying Marquee.
Here is the complete MLB.com Mediacenter for today.
Baseball-reference.com game preview
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The 2020 Game Thread procedure will be the same as the one used in previous years. 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.