- THE CUBS ARE HOT: Since June 21, the Cubs are 9-5. That’s the third-best record in the National League over that span (the Dodgers, 11-4, and Braves, 10-4, are better). The Cubs’ 82 runs scored in that stretch are the most in the NL.
- MORE ON THOSE LAST 14 GAMES: Cubs batters are hitting .278/.361/.455 over those 14 games, with 16 home runs, and Cubs pitchers have a 3.28 ERA and 1.217 WHIP, with 145 strikeouts in 129 innings.
- HE’S HOT: Rafael Ortega, last 16 games since June 18: .298/.397/.553 (14-for-47) with four doubles, a triple, two home runs and eight walks.
- THE SCORING PROBLEM IN A NUTSHELL: The Cubs have had 905 plate appearances with runners in scoring position, the most among NL clubs and second in the majors (Boston, 915). So the Cubs have had a lot of RISP chances, but have hit .223 (169-for-757) in that situation this season, the second-lowest mark in the majors, ahead of only the Pirates (.201).
Here are today’s particulars.
Also of interest for this series (time listed is ET):
Mark Leiter Jr., RHP vs. Tony Gonsolin, RHP
Well, yikes. This sure looks like a mismatch, an emergency starter who hasn’t thrown all that well against a guy who is the likely NL All-Star starting pitcher and a strong Cy Young candidate.
About the only thing I can say is this. Mark Leiter Jr.’s last four outings have produced the following results: 2.92 ERA, 1.054 WHIP, 15 strikeouts in 12⅓ innings, .205 opponents BA. That’s actually... good, in a small sample size. He hasn’t faced the Dodgers since 2017, and in another small sample size, current Dodgers are 4-for-22 against him, all singles.
The Dodgers have won the last seven games Tony Gonsolin has started and in those games have outscored opponents 29-9. In those starts, Gonsolin has a 1.48 ERA and 0.680 WHIP and has limited opponents to a .149 BA.
His only career start vs. the Cubs was June 25, 2021, against the pre-selloff players, who got only one hit off him. That’s largely irrelevant, since the only hit was a homer by Kris Bryant.
I’m not expecting much here, but the Cubs just did defeat another very good starter, Corbin Burnes. Maybe they’ll surprise us.
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The 2022 Game Thread procedure will be like last years, similar to what we’ve used for Spring Training.
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Discuss amongst yourselves.