- A POTENTIALLY RARE FEAT: The Cubs have an opportunity today to sweep the Rockies at home for only the fourth time. They won a four-game game series in 1993, the Rockies’ first season, and again in 2008. They won all three in 2007. The Cubs won the first two games but lost the third in 1997, 1998, 2001, 2014, 2019 and 2021. In 2014, they won a fourth game. (Courtesy BCB’s JohnW53)
- SURPRISE, MILES MASTROBUONI: Mastrobuoni in 23 games since the All-Star break: .346/.393/.442 (18-for-52) with two doubles, a home run, six stolen bases and 16 runs scored.
- THE WALKING MAN: Ian Happ walked twice in Saturday’s game and has 98 for the season, which ranks fourth in MLB. The last Cub to have more walks was Carlos Peña, who walked 101 times in 2011.
- RUN SCORING UPDATE: The Cubs’ six runs Saturday gave them 39 on the homestand, or an average of 7.8 per game. They have scored 788 for the season, 5.08 per game. If they maintain that pace they will score 824 runs this year, the most for any Cubs team since the 2008 Cubs scored 855.
Here are today’s particulars.
Jordan Wicks, LHP vs. Ty Blach, LHP
Jordan Wicks was given an extra day of rest before this start when Marcus Stroman started Saturday and was backed up by Javier Assad, who was originally going to start this game. Wicks’ last start was a week ago, September 17 in Arizona.
So that’s good, I think. Wicks threw six innings and allowed one run to the Rockies September 11 in Denver, the only game the Cubs won in that series.
Another outing like that should be just about right.
This will be Wicks’ sixth MLB start, but just his second at Wrigley. He held the Giants to two runs in 6⅔ innings in his previous home start, with no walks allowed.
Ty Blach allowed the Cubs three runs in five innings September 13 in Denver, but the Rockies scored enough for them to win. In his one start since then, the Giants lit him up for seven runs in 3⅔ innings. His ERA is a run higher on the road (5.79) than at home (4.75), so... light him up, Cubs batters.
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Discuss amongst yourselves.