Today’s roster moves: Here
- IT’S HARD TO COME BACK FROM THIS FAR DOWN: The Cubs are 10 games under .500. Only one team in Cubs franchise history has come from that far below break-even to finish with a winning record, in 1968. That team was 35-45 and finished 84-78, presaging their great start to 1969. The 2007 Cubs were nine games under at 22-31 and finished 85-77 and won the NL Central. Pretty safe to say the 2022 Cubs aren’t going to do that.
- LOTS AND LOTS OF CUBS: The Cubs have already used 45 different players. Last year’s team set the MLB record with 69 players used. That includes 26 pitchers (plus two position players who have pitched this year). Last year, 36 men pitched for the Cubs (plus four position players). If the Cubs do sell off in July, both those marks could be approached.
- INTERLEAGUE UPS AND DOWNS: From 2016-20, the Cubs posted a 64-36 record (.640) against American League teams, but over the last two years they are 8-20 against the other league (6-14 in 2021 and 2-6 so far this year).
- STILL LEADING THE LEAGUE: Despite Wednesday’s rainout and Thursday’s off day, the Cubs are still on top of MLB in runs scored in the first inning with 50. The Nationals and Twins are tied for second with 48, and both those teams have played three more games than the Cubs.
Here are today’s particulars.
Also of interest for tonight:
Wade Miley, LHP vs. Luis Severino, RHP
Wade Miley has missed 17 days with a shoulder issue, so he’s been out for three starts.
Hopefully, the time off has calmed down whatever that was.
Current Yankees are hitting .255 (36-for-141) against Miley. Anthony Rizzo, who’s faced him more than any other Yankee, is 6-for-30 (.200) against Miley with a home run.
Honestly, I don’t know what to expect here. With a couple of off days including the rainout, Alec Mills might be available to piggyback with Miley.
Like all the Yankees starters, Luis Severino is having a very good year. His last start was outstanding, one hit allowed in seven innings with 10 strikeouts vs. the Tigers June 4. He has never faced the Cubs, and among current Cubs... well, you don’t really want to know (all right, if you do, 4-for-21). Ugh. This probably will not be pretty.
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.