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Chicago Cubs vs. New York Yankees preview, Sunday 6/12, 12:35 CT

Perhaps today will be different.

The Cubs had five hits Saturday. Here is one of them
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You will usually find some game notes in this space. I’m going to skip that today and just leave the New York-area radar in this space, because honestly, it would be better for the Cubs if this game just got rained out. This New York-area weather forecast says there’s a pretty good chance of rain much of the afternoon.

Here are today’s particulars.

Cubs lineup:

Yankees lineup:

Keegan Thompson, RHP vs. Jameson Taillon, RHP

USA TODAY NETWORK
USA TODAY NETWORK

So.

Keegan Thompson had the worst start of his career last Tuesday against the Orioles. The Orioles are not a very good team.

You’re not really expecting this to be any different, are you?

How about this? He has a 5.24 ERA as a starter (five starts, 22⅓ innings), 1.38 as a reliever (eight relief outings, 26 innings).

Or this? He has a 5.40 ERA on the road (30 innings), and a 1.80 ERA at Wrigley Field (18⅓ innings).

Yes, small sample sizes, but sheesh.

Thompson has never faced the Yankees. The only Yankee who’s faced him is Matt Carpenter (0-for-3). I probably jinxed Thompson there, right?

So.

Jameson Taillon had a three-start stretch recently in which he allowed nine hits and a walk in 23 innings (0.435 WHIP). He allowed one run in those 23 innings (0.78 ERA), had a 1.79 FIP and a .117 opponents BA. In one of the starts (June 2 vs. the Angels) he took a perfect game into the eighth inning.

Then he stunk it up against the Twins last Tuesday. Go figure.

The Cubs used to handle Taillon pretty well when he was with the Pirates, but most of those guys are gone. Jason Heyward is 6-for-18 (.333) against him with a couple of walks.

Statcast
Statcast

Today’s game is on Marquee Sports Network. Here’s a list of providers currently carrying Marquee. It’s also on MLB Network (outside the Cubs and Yankees market territories).

Here is the complete MLB.com Mediacenter for today.

MLB.com Gameday

Baseball-reference.com game preview

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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.