Today's roster move: Here
- THE LOSING IS THE HARDEST PART: The current 10-game losing streak is the Cubs’ longest since a 12-game skid, May 15-27, 2012. Before that, you have to go back to 1997, when the Cubs began the season 0-14, for a longer streak.
- THE NUMBERS ARE BAD: During the 10-game slide, Cubs hitters have batted .207 (67-for-323) with a .298 OBP and a .626 OPS. Cubs pitchers have posted a 6.39 ERA (58 earned runs in 81⅔ innings).
- SOME GOOD NEWS: Kris Bryant’s All-Star selection makes him just the third Cubs third baseman with four or more All-Star honors. The others: Ron Santo (nine times) and Stan Hack (four times). The Cubs will have at least two players represent the club at the All-Star Game for the third year in a row and sixth time in the last All-Star games since 2014.
- THE CLOSE ONES: The Cubs are 13-16 in 29 one-run games this season, tied for the second-most one-run contests in baseball with tonight’s opponent, the Phillies. The Mets lead with 31 such games.
Here are today’s particulars.
Jake Arrieta, RHP vs. Aaron Nola, RHP
Jake Arrieta has been just awful since he had a decent start against the Tigers when he first came back from the injured list.
Last nine starts: 7.13 ERA, 1.925 WHIP, nine HR in 35⅓ innings. Yuck.
He’s facing a team tonight that he pitched for, for three seasons. Will that matter? Probably not. Current members of the Phillies are hitting .237 (33-for-139) against Jake. Andrew McCutchen is 13-for-56 (.232) against him with one home run.
I’ve given up trying to figure Jake out.
Aaron Nola is having a bad year, too. Last 10 starts: 5.75 ERA, 1.413 WHIP, 11 home runs in 51⅔ innings.
Anthony Rizzo (5-for-12), Kris Bryant (3-for-10) and Willson Contreras (3-for-7) have all hit Nola well in small sample sizes.
Hey, maybe we could have a repeat of the 23-22 game tonight, only with the Cubs winning.
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.