Today's roster moves: Here
- WHAT HAVE YOU DONE FOR ME LATELY: The Cubs are 11-11 so far this September, but have won just three of their last nine home games.
- THE NEW GUYS: Seventeen Cubs have made their major league debuts this season, second-most among major league teams this season, one behind the Athletics (18). The Guardians (16) and Pirates (14) are just behind the Cubs.
- THE BULLPEN GUYS: Nine pitchers have recorded a save for the Cubs this year. That’s tied for second-most in a single season in franchise history (also done in 1970 and 2019). The franchise record is 12 pitchers with at least one save, set last year.
- HAPP-ENINGS: Ian Happ’s 41st double on Sunday made him the first Cub to have more than 40 doubles since Anthony Rizzo had 43 in 2016. The last Cub to have more than 43 doubles was Aramis Ramirez, who hit 44 of them in 2008.
Here are today’s particulars.
Willson Contreras returns to the #Cubs starting lineup tonight at Wrigley Field! pic.twitter.com/hoocpNCSvw— Chicago Cubs (@Cubs) September 27, 2022
Nick is back. #RingTheBell— Philadelphia Phillies (@Phillies) September 27, 2022
: https://t.co/HhDxScbmEV // https://t.co/vgbMhIMsON pic.twitter.com/c8uGbpIV9r
Marcus Stroman, RHP vs. Zack Wheeler, RHP
More important, I think, than the good ol’ “Marcus Stroman home/road” thing that I’ve been talking about recently is the fact that Stroman has worked quickly in his last two starts, both of which have been quality starts (and the one at Wrigley vs. the Rockies was excellent).
I would think that the coaching staff sat down with Stroman after the rule changes for next year were announced and told him he probably should start working on picking up his pace. The results have been great. Keep it up!
Oh, yes, the Phillies. These two pitchers matched up July 23 in Philadelphia. Stroman threw six innings and allowed one run. Zack Wheeler threw seven innings and allowed one run. The Cubs won the game off the Phillies bullpen. With tonight being the coolest night for baseball in Chicago since June, this could very well be a pitchers’ duel.
Since that game, Wheeler has a 3.42 ERA and 1.132 WHIP in six starts — he missed a month with an elbow issue — and Stroman has a 3.23 ERA and 1.188 WHIP in 11 starts. Should be a good one tonight.
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 year’s, 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.