- THE MOREL FILES: Most home runs, first 12 games of a season:
11: Mike Schmidt, PHI, 1976
9: Luis Gonzalez, ARI, 2001
8: Johnny Mize, NYG, 1947
8: Wally Moon, LAD, 1961
8: Willie Mays, SFG, 1964
8: Jeff Kent, NYM, 1994
8: Reggie Sanders, ARI, 2001
8: Barry Bonds, SFG, 2004
8: Chris Shelton, DET, 2006
8: Albert Pujols, STL, 2006
8: Alex Rodriguez, NYY, 2007
8: Nelson Cruz, SEA, 2015
8: Aristides Aquino, CIN, 2019
8: Christopher Morel, CHC, 2023 (11 games)
That’s a total of 12 players with eight or more, and 10 with at least 8. 38 players hit seven over their first 12 games of a season — and Morel still has one more game to get there.
The most by a Cub other than Morel in 12 games is seven, by Gabby Hartnett (1925) and Lee Walls (1958). (Courtesy BCB’s JohnW53)
- LOTS OF RUNS: The Cubs have scored at least 10 runs in a game eight times this season, which is second-most in the majors (the Rangers lead with 12) and leads the N.L. The eight instances of scoring 10-plus runs through the team’s first 46 games are tied for fourth most in Cubs franchise history (the record is nine games, in 1903, 1938 and 2018), and the most since 2019 when they also scored 10-plus in eight games through team game No. 46.
- BUT, ALSO GIVING THEM UP: The Cubs have allowed 10 or more runs three times in 2023, all of which came on the most recent road trip. Fortunately, that is well short of the franchise record through team game No. 46, which is 10, set in 1962, tied in 2000.
- HE’S HOT: Seiya Suzuki, last 10 games since May 10: .361/.442/.806 (13-for-36) with four doubles, four home runs and six walks.
Here are today’s particulars.
Drew Smyly, LHP vs. Tylor Megill, RHP
Since Drew Smyly’s bad first start of the season, he has made eight starts and not allowed more than two runs in any of them. Results: 1.97 ERA, 0.788 WHIP, just eight walks in 45⅔ innings. Really, he’s been one of the best pitchers in the league for several weeks.
He last faced the Mets September 14, 2022 at Citi Field and allowed two runs (one earned) in five innings, with five strikeouts. Another one like that would work, except go an inning or two deeper.
Tylor Megill is the younger brother of former Cub Trevor Megill, who is currently with the Brewers.
He got off to a good start this year but his last six starts have been a bit uneven: 4.75 ERA, 1.484 WHIP.
He has never faced the Cubs. Dansby Swanson (1-for-7) is the only current Cub who has faced him.
Today’s game is on Marquee Sports Network. Here’s a list of providers currently carrying Marquee.
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The 2023 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.