- EVEN UP:
With today’s loss, the all-time series between the #Brewers and Cubs is now 200-200.— Mike Vassallo (@MikeVassallo13) April 9, 2022
(Mike Vassallo is the Brewers director of media relations.)
- STREAKING: The Cubs are 68-0 in games in which they lead by more than two runs after seven innings since 2020, the only team to go undefeated in that span (h/t ESPN Stats & Info).
- FRANK THE TANK: Frank Schwindel recorded his first multihit game of 2021 by going 2-for-4 Saturday. He has 26 multi-hit games since his Cubs debut July 30, 2021.
- IT HASN’T HAPPENED SINCE WHEN?: The last time a Cubs team won more than two in a row at home when starting the season at Wrigley Field was in 1969, when they started the year 4-0.
- HAPP-ENINGS: Ian Happ went 2-for-3 with three runs and two RBI Saturday and has recorded a hit in 11 of his last 15 games dating to September 18, 2021, batting .327 (16-for-49) with four doubles, three home runs and 13 RBI during that stretch.
Here are today’s particulars.
Marcus Stroman, RHP vs. Freddy Peralta, RHP
Marcus Stroman is new to the NL Central. Thus, he has rarely faced the Brewers, in fact, hasn’t since 2017 when he was with the Blue Jays. No current Brewers player has more than nine career AB against him; perhaps that will be to his advantage. Willy Adames, in a very small sample size, is 4-for-6 against Stroman with a home run.
The Cubs did score a few runs off Freddy Peralta last year, seven of them in five starts. This did not help the Cubs, as they lost all five games. Last year was Peralta’s first year as a fulltime starter and if not for Corbin Burnes and Brandon Woodruff he’d have gotten a lot of notice. But his 2.81 ERA and 0.970 WHIP were only really good, not amazing as were the numbers for his teammates.
And the Cubs have hit some pretty good pitchers already in this series, so...
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.
Discuss amongst yourselves.