The pitching matchup below reflects the following roster move:
#Cubs Drew Smyly is going on the bereavement list and Scott Effross will start tonight.— Taylor McGregor (@Taylor_McGregor) May 3, 2022
- WORDS OF WISDOM: Patrick Wisdom opened Sunday’s scoring with a fifth-inning solo home run. Since Wisdom was called up May 25, 2021, his 32 homers are tied for second-most in the NL with Bryce Harper, trailing only Pete Alonso (35).
- SEIYA UPDATE: Seiya Suzuki’s .934 OPS in April ranks fourth among Cubs rookies in the month of April behind Geovany Soto (1.060 in 2008), Hee-Seop Choi (.986 in 2003) and Tyler Colvin (.965 in 2010). Suzuki’s nine April extra-base hits are tied for second-most among Cubs rookies in April (Soto, 14).
- CUBS vs. SOX NOTES: The White Sox hold a 70-64 lead in the all-time interleague series with the Cubs. Over the the last 10 seasons, the teams are 25-25 with the road team holding a 15-10 record in the other team’s ballpark. The Cubs look to win their first season series over the White Sox since going 4-2 against them in 2018.
- THE NEW GUYS: The Cubs had 15 players make their team debut in April, which is the most in one calendar month in franchise history. The previous high was 14 players in April 2013 The Cubs’ all-time roster count is now 2,176.
Here are today’s particulars.
White Sox lineup:
Scott Effross, RHP vs. Michael Kopech, RHP
Since this is an emergency start and Scott Effross has not thrown more than 26 pitches in a game this year, I would assume this will be a bullpen game and that it’s likely Keegan Thompson will back up Effross.
The fact that a lefty (Drew Smyly) is no longer starting this game is probably good news, as the Sox hit lefties (.799 OPS so far this year) far better than righthanders (.569 OPS). That’s been the case for the Sox for the last couple of years.
Effross made his MLB debut against the Sox last August 29 in a blowout loss and Luis Robert homered off him, but I wouldn’t read too much into that.
Michael Kopech was the Red Sox’ first round pick in 2014 and came to the White Sox in the Chris Sale deal in 2018. He was almost immediately promoted to the major leagues, made four starts and then had Tommy John surgery and opted out of the 2020 season, so he didn’t return to action until 2021, when he made 44 appearances out of the Sox bullpen and struck out 103 of the 285 batters he faced.
This year he’s been lights-out: Four starts, 1.42 ERA, 0.977 WHIP. He’s got a bit of a high walk rate (4.3 per nine innings) so maybe the Cubs can take advantage.
Kopech made three relief appearances vs. the Cubs last year and the only current Cub to get a hit off him (of 11 batters faced) was Rafael Ortega, who doubled.
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.
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Discuss amongst yourselves.