LOSSES: As you know, the Cubs are on a now-team record 13-game home losing streak. There have been only nine longer single-season streaks in MLB history:
14: 1911 Braves, 1956 Tigers
15: 1969 Pilots, 1974 Angels, 2002 Mets
17: 1913 Yankees, 1996 Tigers
19: 1906 Red Sox
20: 1953 Browns
I suspect the Cubs’ streak will end during this series, given that the Rockies are 14-45 on the road. But we shall see.
NO HOME COOKING: During the 13-game home losing streak the Cubs have been outscored 99-33 and have batted .199 (83-for-417) and Cubs pitchers have a 7.34 ERA (93 earned runs in 114 innings).
MORE ON LOSING: The Cubs are 41-22 when scoring four or more runs in a game this season but are 13-50 when scoring three or fewer runs. The 63 games with three or fewer runs scored are third-most in the majors (the Pirates lead with 73).
I think that’s about enough, don’t you?
Here are today’s particulars.
#Rockies Lineup 08/23/21— Daily MLB Lineups (@DailyMLBLineup) August 23, 2021
1. Connor Joe LF
2. Brendan Rodgers SS
3. Charlie Blackmon RF
4. C.J. Cron 1B
5. Ryan McMahon 3B
6. Elias Diaz C
7. Sam Hilliard CF
8. Garrett Hampson 2B
9. Antonio Senzatela P
Starting Pitcher : Antonio Senzatela
Also of interest for this series (time listed is ET):
Umpires for #Rockies (57-67) at #Cubs (54-72):— Umpire Crew (@UmpCrew) August 23, 2021
Jeff Nelson, Manny Gonzalez, Mike Estabrook, Shane Livensparger (base assignments not confirmed until first pitch)
First Pitch: 8:05 pm
Venue: Wrigley Field
Kyle Hendricks, RHP vs. Antonio Senzatela, RHP
Kyle Hendricks’ last start, August 17 in Cincinnati, was a good one: six innings, three hits, one run.
His last start against the Rockies was more than two years ago, June 4, 2019 at Wrigley Field. He allowed three runs in seven innings and struck out 10. For laughs go look at who Colorado’s starting catcher was that night and what his BA was after that game.
Kyle’s not having a vintage Kyle season and he is, oddly enough, pitching much worse at Wrigley (5.17 ERA in 13 starts) than on the road (3.00 ERA in 12 starts). But perhaps tonight will be different.
The Cubs scored four runs off Antonio Senzatela August 5 at Coors Field, and actually won that game. Since then Senzatela has made two decent starts against two pretty good teams, the Astros and Padres (13 innings, five earned runs).
He has been markedly worse on the road (eight starts, 5.80 ERA) than at home (12 starts, 3.89 ERA), so there’s that.
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.