- STREAKING: The Cubs have scored 33 runs in their last four games, after having scored exactly 33 in their previous 10. Before that, they had scored 39 in four games, after having scored 15 in six games. The Cubs’ current streak of four games with at least six runs is tied for their second longest of the season. They had five straight games from July 22-27. They won each game in both of those streaks, in contrast to their 2-2 record in the current one. (Courtesy BCB’s JohnW53)
- SEIYA SUZUKI, PLAYER OF THE MONTH CANDIDATE: In 21 games in September, Suzuki is batting .370/.429/.741 (30-for-81) with seven doubles, a triple, seven home runs, 22 RBI and 14 runs scored. He’s hit safely in 17 of the 21 games and has had at least two hits eight times and at least three hits four times.
- IT’S BETTER THAN YOU THINK: Jameson Taillon, last seven starts: 3.35 ERA, 1.091 WHIP, seven walks and 43 strikeouts in 40⅓ innings. That’s actually... pretty good.
- RUN SCORING UPDATE: The Cubs have scored 782 runs this year, 5.08 per game, and are averaging 8.3 runs per game on the homestand so far. If they continue at the current season pace of runs per game, they will score 823 runs, which would be the most for a Cubs team since the 2008 team scored 855.
Here are today’s particulars.
Marcus Stroman, RHP vs. Chris Flexen, RHP
Well, this could be a secret weapon of sorts, if Marcus Stroman is up for returning to the rotation.
He has missed time, as you know, with various issues including a mysterious rib cartilage fracture last month. His last start was July 31 and he’s made two relief appearances since returning from the injured last, one of two scoreless innings, the other allowing an extra-inning unearned run, both against the Diamondbacks last weekend in Arizona.
He’s going to have to be on. If he is, this could be a huge benefit to the rotation, giving everyone an extra day of rest. Or maybe not — it’s not clear at this time whether Stroman is being used as a sort of “opener” or whether he’s just being let loose to make a “normal” start.
Go get ‘em, Marcus.
Chris Flexen allowed the Cubs three runs in five innings September 12 in Denver and that’s been one of his best outings of 2023.
It should be noted that Flexen has already started a game at Wrigley Field this year — April 14, when he was with the Mariners. He allowed 10 hits and eight runs in 2⅓ innings.
Overall, come on. This is a guy with a 7.19 ERA in 91⅓ innings this year, with 23 (!) home runs allowed, and a 9.45 ERA and 11 home runs allowed in 33⅓ innings away from his home parks in 2023. Just hit him. Seriously, that’s all I’ve got here. Just do it.
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The 2023 Game Thread procedure will be like last year’s, similar to what we’ve used for Spring Training — also see the note at the top of this preview.
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Discuss amongst yourselves.