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Chicago Cubs vs. Baltimore Orioles preview, Wednesday 7/13, 7:05 CT

The Cubs go for a series split.

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Today's roster move: Here

Wednesday notes...

  • A LEAGUE LEADER: Though not in a category one might want. Scott Effross made his 41st appearance of the season Tuesday night, tied for the most in the majors with A.J. Minter of Atlanta. He has held opponents scoreless in nine of his last 12 appearances since June 16, with a 2.38 ERA (three earned runs in 11⅓ innings) during that stretch.
  • HE’S HOT: Nico Hoerner, last 18 games since June 23: .389/.429/.556 (28-for-72) with six doubles and two home runs. His current hitting streak stands at five games.
  • HE’S NOT: Yan Gomes, last 18 games since June 19: .145/.156/.177 (9-for-62).
  • NOT WINNING THE CLOSE ONES: Nine of the Cubs’ last 11 games have been decided by two or fewer runs. On the season, the Cubs have gone 17-30 (.362) in games decided by two or fewer runs and the 47 such games are tied for second-most in the NL.

Here are today’s particulars.

Cubs lineup:

Orioles lineup:

Justin Steele, LHP vs. Spenser Watkins, RHP


Justin Steele might, at last, have become the lefthanded starter the Cubs have been seeking. Last seven starts: 3.05 ERA, 1.282 WHIP. That’ll play in almost anyone’s rotation. If Steele and Keegan Thompson continue as they have been, the Cubs might have a decent rotation in 2023.

Steele, of course, has never faced the Orioles or anyone on their active roster. The O’s have hit slightly worse (.675 OPS) vs. LHP than RHP (.685 OPS), though that’s probably not significant. They are 17-14 vs. LH starters this year.

Good luck, Justin.

Spenser Watkins was drafted by the Tigers in 2014 in a round that no longer exists (30th). The Tigers released him in 2020 and he signed with the Orioles, where he made 16 appearances in 2021 with an 8.07 ERA.

He’s been better this year — 4.15 ERA and 1.385 WHIP in 11 starts. He missed a month with a forearm injury and since his return has been very good — three starts, 1.02 ERA, 0.849 WHIP, .188 opponents BA.

He has obviously never faced the Cubs or anyone on their active roster. He relies mostly on a four-seamer and cutter. So... your guess is as good as mine.

Plus, when I see that first name I keep thinking of this old TV series.


Today’s game is on Marquee Sports Network. Here’s a list of providers currently carrying Marquee.

Here is the complete Mediacenter for today. Gameday 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.