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Chicago Cubs vs. New York Mets preview, Tuesday 8/8, 6:10 CT

The Cubs look to even up their series against the Mets.

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Tuesday notes...

  • WINS AND LOSSES, BEFORE AND SINCE THE BREAK: At the All-Star break the Cubs’ record was 42-47, but they were 20-9 in the first games of series. Since the break, they are 16-8, but with last night’s loss are just 2-6 in series openers. On the other hand, since the break they are 7-0 in second games, 5-1 in third games and 2-1 in fourth games, for a combined 14-2. Before the break, they were 13-16 in second games, 9-18 in third games and 0-4 in fourth games, a combined 22-38.... Here are the Cubs’ records by game number in a series, then the home and road records in parentheses: First: 22-15 (10-9, 12-6) Second: 20-16 (13-6, 7-10) Third: 14-19 (7-12, 7-7) Fourth: 2-5 (2-1, 0-4). (Courtesy BCB’s JohnW53)
  • EN FUEGO: Cody Bellinger’s 3-for-3 night Monday gave him these ridiculous numbers in seven games in August: .539/.586/.731 (14-for-26), two doubles, a home run, nine RBI, eight runs scored, only one strikeout.
  • STREAKING: The Cubs’ last off day was July 24 and they’ve played on 14 straight days since then. Even with Monday’s loss they are 10-4 over that span, the best record in the National League and just half a game behind the Mariners (10-3) for the best record in baseball.
  • UNDER THE RADAR: Javier Assad, last 11 appearances (including one start) since June 16: 1.29 ERA, 1.036 WHIP, 27 strikeouts in 28 innings.

Here are today’s particulars.

Cubs lineup:

Mets lineup:

Jameson Taillon, RHP vs. Carlos Carrasco, RHP

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The last time Jameson Taillon pitched in New York, he allowed one hit in eight shutout innings. Of course, that was against a different team.

Last five starts for Jameson: 2.08 ERA, 1.154 WHIP, only two HR in 30⅓ innings. He seems to have turned the corner.

Taillon has not faced the Mets this year and no current Mets hitter has faced him more than four times.

Carlos Carrasco had one of his better games of the year against the Cubs May 25 at Wrigley Field — one run in 6⅔ innings. The run was a homer by Dansby Swanson.

Carrasco’s last four starts, though, have been terrible: 12.33 ERA, 2.478 WHIP, 32 (!) hits in 15⅓ innings. Hopefully, Cubs batters can take advantage of that tonight.


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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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