Today’s roster moves: Here
- ROAD WARRIORS... OR NOT: The Cubs are hitting 56 points higher on the road (.266) than at home (.210), and its .805 road OPS is 94 points higher than its .711 home OPS. However, the Cubs have a 5.53 ERA (43 earned runs in 70 innings) on the road and a 3.86 ERA (75 earned runs in 175 innings) at Wrigley Field.
- ELEVEN THOUSAND: The Cubs are 1,000-949-2 (.513) since they posted their 10,000th victory. That win, incidentally, came April 23, 2008 against the Rockies at Colorado. It’s the first time the team has a winning record between 1,000-win milestones since 1940. The Cubs played .581 ball between wins 4,001 and 5,000. (H/T: Ed Hartig)
- A BIT OF RELIEF: Cubs relievers are averaging 10.60 strikeouts per nine innings (104 strikeouts in 88⅓ IP), third-best in the N.L. and fourth in the majors (the Brewers lead at 12.14).
- IT’S ALL ABOUT THAT BASE: The Cubs’ 109-point difference between their .228 team batting average and their .337 OBP is the largest in the majors
Here are today’s particulars.
Tyler Chatwood returns to the mound tonight against the Tigers! pic.twitter.com/vj9RJrLCJW— Chicago Cubs (@Cubs) August 25, 2020
Tyler Chatwood, RHP vs. Spencer Turnbull, RHP
Tyler Chatwood hit the injured list with back trouble shortly after having a horrific outing against the Royals. The less said about that, the better. His first two starts were quite good, so hopefully a healthy Chatwood can return to that form.
Chatwood hasn’t faced the Tigers since 2017, and most of the players from that game are long gone from Detroit. The only Tiger who has more than three career AB against him is Miguel Cabrera, who’s 0-for-6. Hopefully, that’s a good sign.
Looks like Chatwood and Jose Quintana are likely piggybacking tonight:
Cubs will start Tyler Chatwood followed by Jose Quintana if all goes according to plan tonight vs Detroit. Both are coming off the injured list— Jesse Rogers (@JesseRogersESPN) August 25, 2020
Spencer Turnbull has made five starts this year, with pretty good success — 3.50 ERA, 1.378 WHIP. That WHIP includes a pretty high walk rate — 5.5 per nine innings — so perhaps the generally patient Cubs hitters can take advantage of that.
Turnbull has never faced the Cubs. The only Cub who has more than three at-bats against him is Jason Kipnis, who’s had quite a bit of success — 4-for-12, a double, two home runs. I’d like to see more of that tonight.
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