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- NICO NOTES: Nico Hoerner’s hitting streak is now six games, and in 22 games since June 20 he is batting .377/.413/.518 (32-for-85) with six doubles and two home runs.
- MORE NICO: Nico leads all MLB shortstops with 2.99 assists per nine innings. Corey Seager of the Rangers is second with 2.91.
- THE MOREL FILES: Christopher Morel’s triple Wednesday was his fourth of the season, tied for second-most in the NL (Brandon Nimmo leads with five). His 23 extra-base hits (10 doubles, four triples, nine home runs) are tied with Jack Suwinski for the most among all NL rookies.
- SEIYA!: Seiya Suzuki has reached safely in eight of his nine games played since returning from the 10-day injured list July 4, batting .310/.355/.552 (9-for-29) with a double and two home runs and only three strikeouts.
Here are today’s particulars.
Keegan Thompson, RHP vs. Carlos Carrasco, RHP
Keegan Thompson has become the Cubs’ No. 1 starter.
Of course, that’s largely by default due to injuries, but he has actually pitched like a TOR starter recently. Last five starts: 1.93 ERA, 1.93 FIP, 1.036 WHIP, 35 strikeouts and only one HR allowed in 28 innings.
His only career appearance against the Mets was two scoreless innings of relief June 15, 2021.
Incidentally, several days after Thompson’s recent start vs. the Red Sox at Wrigley Field, this scoring change was made by MLB:
SCORING CHANGE 122— MLB Scoring Changes (@ScoringChanges) July 11, 2022
7/3 @Cubs at @RedSox
T4 the single for Franchy Cordero has been changed to an error charged to Alfonso Rivas. Cordero loses an RBI and one run is changed to unearned against Keegan Thompson
Change No. 5 for CHC#DirtyWater #ItsDifferentHere pic.twitter.com/0WoOiXtTUP
That change lowered Thompson’s season ERA from 3.16 to 3.04.
Carlos Carrasco missed quite a bit of time in 2021 due to injury, and also left a start June 22 in the third inning due to back tightness. He didn’t miss any starts due to that, although he has posted a 5.17 ERA in three starts since then.
Carrasco faced the Cubs a couple of times in 2020 when he was with Cleveland, but most of those guys are not on the team anymore. No current Cub has faced him more than eight times.
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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.