Today’s roster move: Here
SOME DEBUTS: Here are how some earlier much-anticipated Cubs did in their first game for the team, as we await Matt Mervis’ debut:
Ernie Banks: 0 for 3, one walk
Kris Bryant: 0 for 4, three strikeouts
Starlin Castro: 2 for 5 (triple, homer), six RBI
Andre Dawson: 0 for 4, 1 RBI, one strikeout
Mark Grace: 2 for 5 (both singles), caught stealing
Derrek Lee: 0 for 3, one walk, two strikeouts
Anthony Rizzo: 2 for 4 (single, double), one RBI
Ryne Sandberg: 0 for 3, two strikeouts
Ron Santo: 2 for 4 (single, double), three RBI
Billy Williams: 0 for 4, one RBI, one strikeout (All courtesy BCB’s JohnW53)
- ICYMI: Thursday’s game, with a time of 1:55, was the Cubs’ first sub-two hour regular season game in more than 13 years. The previous such game happened September 25, 2009, a two-hit, 3-0 shutout thrown by Carlos Zambrano against the Giants in San Francisco that took 1:56. The last time the Cubs played a game in 1:55 or shorter was June 21, 2002, a 2-1 win over the Cardinals thrown by Jon Lieber that took 1:49. That’s also the last sub-two hour game at Wrigley Field.
- RISP-Y BUSINESS: The Cubs were 9-for-57 (.156) with runners in scoring position on the seven-game road trip to Miami and Washington. Worse, with the bases loaded they went 1-for-9 (.111) with five strikeouts and a sacrifice fly. Those numbers are a big reason why the Cubs went 1-6 on the trip.
- RUN SCORING: Despite the losses the last two days, the Cubs’ run differential stands at +42, tied for second in the National League with the Dodgers and tied for fourth in MLB behind the Rays, Rangers and Braves.
Here are today’s particulars.
Justin Steele, LHP vs. Edward Cabrera, RHP
Justin Steele has allowed two or fewer earned runs in all six of his starts this year, an impressive streak. The Marlins also touched him up for an unearned run last Sunday in Miami, and that wound up the difference in a 4-3 Cubs loss.
Steele has been particularly good at Wrigley Field this year, allowing just one earned run in 17⅓ innings, an 0.52 ERA, along with an 0.981 WHIP.
Keep up the good work!
Edward Cabrera is leading the major leagues in walks allowed with 25. That’s in just 27 innings, 8.3 per nine innings. Or, put another way, he has walked 19.8 percent of all batters he’s faced this year. That’s a lot.
Five of those walks came in five innings against the Cubs last Saturday in Miami. Which might have helped the Cubs win the game, except for Caleb Kilian’s bad outing. Cabrera also struck out 12, which was a career high.
So... keep drawing the walks, Cubs, just try not to strike out so much.
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 Marlins market territories).
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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.