- BUILDING A WINNING TRADITION: The Cubs are 15-5 in their last 20 games since September 12, the best record in the NL since that date and second best in the majors behind Cleveland (17-5). And, the Cubs are 38-30 since the All-Star break, a .559 winning percentage which is equivalent to a 91-win full season.
- WINNING... AND LOSING... AND WINNING AT HOME: The Cubs were 39-42 at Wrigley Field in 2021 and 37-44 in 2022, a two-year record of 76-86. It’s the first time they’ve posted consecutive losing seasons at home since four in a row from 2010-13. The 2021-22 home record splits up this way (records below are for Wrigley games only):
2021, pre-All-Star break: 28-15
2021, post-ASB through 2022 ASB: 27-59
2022, post-ASB: 21-12
- AND IT’S MOSTLY ABOUT THE PITCHING: Cubs starting pitchers have posted a 2.93 ERA (114 earned runs in 350⅓ innings) since the All-Star break, the third-best mark in the majors during that span behind the Dodgers (2.73) and Astros (2.76). And, the Cubs bullpen has a 3.75 ERA (105 earned runs in 252⅓ innings) in the season’s second half, fifth in the NL.
- SAVES AND WINS: Keegan Thompson posted a save last Thursday. That made him the fourth Cubs pitcher over the last 40 years with at least 10 wins and a save in the same season, and the first since José Bautista was 10-3 with two saves in 58 games (seven starts) in 1993. The others: Randy Martz in 1982 (11-10, one save) and Tim Stoddard in 1984 (10-6, seven saves).
Here are today’s particulars.
Javier Assad, RHP vs. Luis Cessa, RHP
Today’s game is on Marquee Sports Network. Here’s a list of providers currently carrying Marquee.
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The 2022 Game Thread procedure will be like last years, 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.
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