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Chicago Cubs vs. Arizona Diamondbacks preview, Saturday 5/21, 1:20 CT

The Cubs look to end a three-game losing streak.

Photo by Justin Casterline/Getty Images

Saturday notes...

  • CRUNCH TIME: The Cubs have won the last three season series against the Diamondbacks (2018, 2019, 2021, the teams did not meet in 2020). They’ll need to win Saturday and Sunday to continue that streak. Overall since 2018, the Cubs are 14-10 against Arizona, but only 6-6 at Wrigley Field.
  • MORE ON FRIDAY’S HOME RUNS: Christopher Morel and Ildemaro Vargas hit back-to-back homers in the seventh inning. That’s the first set of back-to-back jacks for the Cubs this season (last time it happened: September 14, 2021 at Philadelphia, Patrick Wisdom and Alfonso Rivas).
  • EJECTIONS: Willson Contreras became the second Cubs player to be tossed from a game this year (also Keegan Thompson against Milwaukee April 9).
  • HERE’S SOME RELIEF: The Cubs are one of two teams in the majors (also the Rays) to have four relievers (minimum 13 innings in relief) with an ERA of 2.00-or-less (Scott Effross, David Robertson, Keegan Thompson and Rowan Wick).

Here are today’s particulars.

Cubs lineup:

Diamondbacks lineup:

Justin Steele, LHP vs. Madison Bumgarner, LHP

USA TODAY NETWORK
USA TODAY NETWORK

Justin Steele’s last start, last Sunday against the D-backs, was very good: six innings, three hits, two runs (one earned), a career-high 10 strikeouts.

One more just like that, please, and he’ll need to be good because his opponent seems rejuvenated this year.

After a couple of injury-plagued years to start his D-backs career, Madison Bumgarner has thrown quite well so far in 2022.

Not quite as well in his last two starts, though: 3.97 ERA, 1.324 WHIP after a 1.50 ERA in his first six outings.

Bumgarner threw six good innings against the Cubs at Wrigley July 19, 2021, but of course most of those guys are gone now. Hopefully the new guys can hit him.

Statcast
Statcast

Today’s game is on Marquee Sports Network. Here’s a list of providers currently carrying Marquee.

Here is the complete MLB.com Mediacenter for today.

MLB.com Gameday

Baseball-reference.com game preview

Please visit our SB Nation Diamondbacks site AZ Snakepit. If you do go there to interact with D-backs fans, please be respectful, abide by their individual site rules and serve as a good representation of Cub fans in general and BCB in particular.

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.