Today’s roster move: Here
- WILLSON!: Willson Contreras, last 17 games since May 26: .323/.447/.726 (20-for-62) with four doubles, seven home runs and 14 runs scored. He’s reached base safely in 16 of those 17 games.
- THE CATCHERS: Cubs catchers are batting .282/.378/.511 this year (64-for-227) with 12 home runs. The .889 OPS leads all MLB catchers. (This doesn’t include games where catchers have served as DH.)
- YOU DON’T WANT TO HEAR THIS BUT: The loss Tuesday night was the Cubs’ first when leading by five or more runs since September 16, 2021 at Philadelphia, where they turned a 7-0 lead into an 18-7 defeat.
- IF ONLY THEY COULD HOLD THE LEAD: The Cubs again scored in the first inning Tuesday. That gave them 52 first-inning runs this year, most in MLB. But, they are just 12-12 when leading after the first inning.
Happy 84th birthday to #Cubs Hall of Famer, Sweet Swingin' Billy Williams! pic.twitter.com/3GrxhSezQm— Al Yellon (@bleedcubbieblue) June 15, 2022
Here are today’s particulars.
Here is tonight's #Cubs starting lineup at Wrigley Field. pic.twitter.com/MuUpeXxw9Y— Chicago Cubs (@Cubs) June 15, 2022
Checks the forecast in Chicago:— San Diego Padres (@Padres) June 15, 2022
Today calls for Weathers. pic.twitter.com/hRsmK3SJ6K
Caleb Kilian, RHP vs. Ryan Weathers, LHP
Caleb Kilian had a successful MLB debut against the Cardinals June 4 at Wrigley Field. Though he was charged with three runs in five innings, he was off for just one inning, the rest were quite good and he struck out six.
He’s made one start for Iowa since then, allowing three runs in fewer than four innings, but still with six strikeouts.
I hope he’s back in MLB to stay.
Ryan Weathers made 30 appearances for the Padres last year (18 starts), but has spent all of 2022 at Triple-A, until tonight. He’s posted a 7.29 ERA and 1.840 WHIP there — yikes — but that’s for El Paso, a notable hitters’ park.
Anyway, he faced the Cubs twice last year, both times before the selloff, and as such hasn’t faced too many current Cubs. Willson Contreras and Patrick Wisdom both have hit home runs off him.
Since neither of these pitchers has thrown 100 pitches in MLB this year, I don’t have pitch selection graphics for them. Kilian did throw a number of pitches as fast as 96 in his outing against the Cardinals.
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.
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.