- PLAYING THE FIELD: The Cubs have gone errorless in their first four games to start a season for the first time since 1992, when the club opened the campaign with six consecutive errorless games.
- MORE FIELDING: Anthony Rizzo HAS a 57‐game errorless streak at first base dating to July 29 of last season (452 total chances). Ian Happ has gone 98 straight errorless games in center field dating to June 27, 2018. Jason Heyward is on a 134‐game errorless streak in right field dating to May 8, 2019.
- STEAL THIS! Thanks to Jake Marisnick’s steal of second base in the seventh inning Monday, the Cubs opened the season with stolen bases in four straight games for the first time since 2001. If a Cub swipes a base tonight, it will mark the first time in 114 years that the Cubs will have stolen bases in each of their first five games. In 1907, the team stole bases in each of its first eight games to start the season.
- GONNA GET REAL FAMILIAR WITH YOU: This is the second of an 18‐game stretch through April 25 in which the Cubs and Brewers will play nine times. After this stretch, the teams won’t meet again until a three‐game series in Milwaukee from June 28‐30.
Here are today’s particulars.
Adbert Alzolay, RHP vs. Freddy Peralta, RHP
Look at Adbert’s preparation!
Well, Adbert, here’s your chance. No more up and down to the minor leagues, no more alternate site, you’re the Cubs’ fifth starter. I wish you much success.
Alzolay had a rough spring training, but his last outing, against a very good Dodgers lineup, was stellar. He has faced the Brewers during the regular season just once, one inning of work September 6, 2019 at Miller Park, mopping up in a lost cause.
This will be his 2021 regular season debut.
Freddy Peralta threw two scoreless innings in relief on Opening Day against the Twins, his only outing this season.
Last year he made one start — against the Cubs at Wrigley Field July 26. The Cubs scored four runs in three innings off him, but in two other relief outings against the Cubs in 2020 he threw four scoreless innings.
Peralta has not thrown more than four innings in a regular season game since June 6, 2019, and hasn’t thrown more than 72 pitches in a game since later that same month. So he’s likely on a short leash tonight.
No current Cub has more than six career at-bats against him.
Today’s game is on Marquee Sports Network. Here’s a list of providers currently carrying Marquee.
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The 2021 Game Thread procedure will be a bit different than previous years. It will be similar to what we’ve used for Spring Training.
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, titled “Cubs vs. (Team) (Day of week/date) game threads.” It will contain every post related to that particular game, including the First Pitch Thread and the overflow thread, as well as the recap when it’s published. The recap will also live on the front page as a separate post.
You will also be able to find the preview, First Pitch Thread and the overflow thread in the box marked “Chicago Cubs Game Threads” at the bottom of the front page (you can also find them in this section link). The StoryStream for each game can also be found in that section.
The First Pitch thread will post at five minutes before game time, then an overflow thread at 90 minutes after the scheduled game time.
Discuss amongst yourselves.