- A FUTURE CLOSER?: Cubs reliever Brandon Hughes picked up Monday’s save, his fifth, throwing 1⅓ innings. In 14 appearances of more than one inning, the southpaw has posted a 1.59 ERA (four earned runs in 22⅔ innings) with a .104 batting average against (8-for-77).
- WEIRD MCKINSTRY: Zach McKinstry is 6-for-9 over his last two games with a double, triple and home run. He has raised his OPS from .499 to .624 in that span. Of his 20 hits as a Cub, 13 have come in five multi-hit games and he’s gone hitless in 17 of his 29 games as a Cub.
- HE’S HOT: Rafael Ortega, last 18 games since August 18: .310/.400/.476 (13-for-42) with a double, two home runs and seven walks.
- HE’S NOT: Christopher Morel, last 20 games since August 20: .179/.233/.286 (10-for-56) with 25 strikeouts.
Here are today’s particulars.
Adrian Sampson, RHP vs. Jacob deGrom, RHP
Adrian Sampson has been pretty consistent all year. He started against the Mets July 17 at Wrigley Field and threw 5⅓ innings, allowing two runs. That could be good enough to win most times, but not when you’re facing...
deGrom missed the first four months of this season with a shoulder injury. He’s been pretty much lights-out since his return, posting a 1.66 ERA, 0.554 (!) WHIP — that means just 24 baserunners in 43⅓ innings — and striking out 63.
This does not bode well for a Cubs team that strikes out a lot.
Most of the current Cubs have not faced him. Will that be an advantage? (NARRATOR: “It won’t be an advantage.”)
Good luck, Cubs hitters.
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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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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.