Today's roster move: Here
- THE FIRST INNING: The Cubs scored two in the first Saturday and that tied the Angels for second-most in MLB overall this year in the first inning, 39 runs. (First: Nationals, 41.) They have allowed 20 runs in the first. The run differential of +19 is second in MLB (Twins lead with +21). Now do the other eight innings, Cubs.
- SCHWINDY CITY UPDATE: Frank Schwindel, since his almost-demotion to Iowa: .286/.318/.540 (18-for-63), four doubles, four home runs in 16 games.
- WORDS OF WISDOM: Patrick Wisdom, last eight games: .267/.333/.700 (8-for-30), one double, four home runs, only nine strikeouts.
- VARIOUS SPLITS: Cubs at home: 7-15. Cubs on road: 12-11. Cubs in day games: 9-7 (.755 OPS). Cubs in night games: 10-19 (.725 OPS).
Here are today’s particulars.
White Sox lineup:
Marcus Stroman, RHP vs. Dylan Cease, RHP
Marcus Stroman has made two starts since returning from the COVID list. They haven’t been bad... but they haven’t really been good, either.
Last four starts overall: 2.35 ERA, 0.870 WHIP, only three walks and 22 strikeouts in 23 inning. That sounds pretty good, actually.
Stroman has faced the White Sox nine times in his career, but not since 2019 when he was with the Blue Jays. Current members of the Sox are hitting .247 (19-for-77) against Stroman with two home runs (Jose Abreu, Tim Anderson). In general I think it’s good to have a RH starter against the Sox, who have a .625 team OPS vs. RHP, .750 vs. LHP.
Dylan Cease throws hard, as you can see by the graphic below.
Dylan Cease’s normal game is throwing a bazillion pitches (okay, around 100) and leaving after five innings. That’s been most of his 2022, though he did throw seven one-hit innings against the Angels May 2.
Last three starts: 9.24 ERA, 2.132 WHIP. Twenty-four strikeouts in 12⅔ innings, but also four home runs served up in those innings.
He last faced the Cubs August 29, 2021, when he allowed one run (a home run by Frank Schwindel) in six innings and struck out 11.
Today’s game is on Marquee Sports Network. Here’s a list of providers currently carrying Marquee. It’s also on NBC Sports Chicago with the Sox announcers.
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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.