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Chicago Cubs vs. Philadelphia Phillies preview, Thursday 9/29, 1:20 CT

The Cubs go for the series sweep!

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Thursday notes...

  • ATTENDANCE WATCH: The Cubs have sold 2,507,773 tickets for the first 77 dates this year, an average of 32,568 per date. They must average 23,057 per date for the four remaining dates to reach 2.6 million. The Cubs have not announced attendance of less than 2.6 million since 1997.
  • HE’S HOT: Christopher Morel, last eight games: .294/.400/.941 (5-for-17), two doubles, three home runs, three walks.
  • SO IS HE: Esteban Quiroz, over his first 10 MLB games: .345/.424/.345 (10-for-29) with three walks. That includes three multi-hit games.
  • CUBS AFTER DARK: The Cubs played their last home night game of 2022 Wednesday. They went 15-26 in night games at Wrigley Field this year, and are 18-18 in day games at the Friendly Confines with four remaining.

Here are today’s particulars.

Cubs lineup:

Phillies lineup:

Javier Assad, RHP vs. Ranger Suarez, LHP

Larry Kave/Myrtle Beach Pelicans

Javier Assad started his MLB career well, but his last two starts have been ugly, as I wrote in “Three up, three down” earlier this week.

If he wants to stick around he’s just going to have to be better.

He’s never faced the Phillies or anyone on their active roster. Whether that’s an advantage or not remains to be seen.

Fun fact: Ranger Suarez’ actual given name is... Ranger. Why that is, I do not know.

Suarez has had a solid year for the Phillies, worth 2.7 bWAR up to now. He last faced the Cubs September 15, 2021 in Philadelphia and even though that was after last year’s selloff, of the 15 Cubs who played in that game, only five are currently on the team’s active roster.

Since the All-Star break Suarez has a 2.45 ERA and 1.104 WHIP in 11 starts.


Today’s game is on Marquee Sports Network. Here’s a list of providers currently carrying Marquee. It’s also on MLB Network (outside the Cubs and Phillies market territories).

Here is the complete Mediacenter for today. Gameday 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.