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Chicago Cubs vs. Cincinnati Reds preview, Thursday 8/3, 7:05 CT

The Cubs go for the series win.

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Thursday notes...

  • RUN DIFFERENTIAL, PART 1: After their 7-5 loss to the Red Sox at home on July 17, the Cubs’ run differential was +19.It is now +77, as they have outscored their opponents, 122-64, over their last 15 games, while going 12-3. That +58 is tied for the Cubs’ biggest differential in any span of 15 games since 1945. They outscored their opponents, 103-45, while going 13-2 from April 21-May 8, 2016. They were +67, 106-41, from July 3-15, 1945. Their record over 15 games is +72, in overlapping spans, Sept. 4-18 and Sept. 7-22, 1935. (Courtesy BCB’s JohnW53)
  • RUN DIFFERENTIAL, PART 2: The Cubs have outscored the Reds by 21 runs the last two games. They have had 18 bigger differentials in back-to-back games, with a high of +27 on June 6-7, 1906, when they beat the Giants at New York, 11-3 and 19-0. Their biggest at home is +26, on June 2-3, 1987, when they beat the Astros, 13-2 and 22-7. Their record for 3 straight games is +33, set June 5-7, 1906 (6-0, 11-3, 19-0 at New York) and tied June 1-4, 1930 (16-4 vs. Pirates, then 15-2 and 18-10 at Boston). They were +32 on Sept. 13-15 when they demolished the Pirates at home, 17-8, 14-1, 16-6. (Courtesy BCB’s JohnW53)
  • HITTING STREAK, PART 1: Christopher Morel is on a 10-game hitting streak in which he is batting .350/.409/.600 (14-for-40) with four doubles, two home runs, 10 RBI and nine runs scored.
  • HITTING STREAK, PART 2: Yan Gomes also has a 10-game hitting streak in which he is batting .385/.415/.641 (15-for-39) with seven doubles, a home run and nine RBI.

Here are today’s particulars.

Cubs lineup:

Reds lineup:

Jameson Taillon, RHP vs. Luke Weaver, RHP

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Rick Scuteri-USA TODAY Sports

You do not want to look at Jameson Taillon’s start against the Reds May 27 at Wrigley Field, so I am deliberately not linking it. Instead, let’s focus on his last four starts: 1.78 ERA, 0.987 WHIP, just one home run in 25⅓ innings. That’s the Taillon the Cubs thought they had signed, and it appears he’s going to be that guy going forward.

Here’s hoping, anyway.

Luke Weaver signed with the Reds as a free agent before the 2023 season and he has not had a good year. In fact, his numbers look like Taillon’s before Jamo turned things around: 18 starts, 6.80 ERA, 1.605 WHIP, 22 home runs allowed in 86 innings.

Weaver had an ERA over 6 last year, too. The Reds keep sending him out there because they don’t have anyone else. His last start was decent, though, against the Dodgers: six innings, two hits, two walks, two home runs, two runs.

Cody Bellinger is 4-for-10 with two home runs off Weaver. Go get him, Cody.


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The 2023 Game Thread procedure will be like last year’s, 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.