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A Chicago Cubs Fan Community Since February 9, 2005



Updated: 2018-04-19T16:57:00-05:00

 



Cubs record, standings, upcoming schedule

2018-04-19T16:57:00-05:00

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Here you will always be able to find the most up-to-date information on who the Cubs are playing, when and where, and what TV channel you can find the game on.

Last game: 8-5 win over Cardinals

Next game: Friday, April 20, vs. Rockies at Denver, 7:40 p.m. CT. TV: WGN. Radio: 670 The Score.

Cubs 2018 regular-season record: 8-8

Al's 2018 regular-season record: 3-4

Cubs 2018 regular-season record on various TV channels:

WGN: 3-1
NBC Sports Chicago: 3-6 (includes NBC+)
ABC-7: 2-1
Fox: 0-0
ESPN: 0-0

Cubs 2017 regular-season record wearing various uniforms:

Home pinstripe: 3-4
Blue alt: 0-4
Road gray: 5-0
Special event: 0-0
Throwback: 0-0

Cubs 2018 spring training record: 19-14-3

Al's 2018 spring training record: 13-5-3




Overflow thread 3: Cubs vs. Cardinals, Thursday 4/19, 1:20 CT

2018-04-19T16:05:02-05:00

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Overflow thread 2: Cubs vs. Cardinals, Thursday 4/19, 1:20 CT

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Overflow thread 1: Cubs vs. Cardinals, Thursday 4/19, 1:20 CT

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First pitch thread: Cubs vs. Cardinals, Thursday 4/19, 1:20 CT

2018-04-19T13:15:01-05:00

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Go get ‘em, Jon.




Cubs look for series split with Cardinals

2018-04-19T11:31:02-05:00

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Thursday’s game threads are all in this StoryStream.

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Chicago Cubs vs. St. Louis Cardinals preview, Thursday 4/19, 1:20 CT

2018-04-19T11:30:02-05:00

Let’s try this again. (Does that sound familiar?) The last time the Cubs had four games postponed in a single homestand before now was 1966, when games on May 9 (Cardinals), May 11 (Cardinals), May 13 (Reds) and May 17 (Astros) were postponed for reasons varying from cold weather to rain to snow. The May 17 Astros game was made up as part of a doubleheader May 18; the others in July and September. (In fact, I wrote about that May 18, 1966 doubleheader in the Game From Cubs History series here in January 2013.) As you can see here, that period of a week or so in May 1966 was unusually cold and wet, with snow on May 9. Additionally, that was a different era, when there wasn’t nearly as much money involved as there is now and teams were much more willing to call off games and play doubleheaders, as the thought back in the 1960s was that “two games for the price of one” was a draw. In some cases, that actually worked. As I have noted elsewhere, the 1966 Cubs played 20 doubleheaders; nine of them were created via makeups from postponements. Here is my fervent hope that the 2018 Cubs have no more postponements the rest of this season. Here are today’s particulars. Cubs lineup: Would you believe us if we said we're playing baseball today?Game preview: https://t.co/7e1DHYJEJP #EverybodyIn pic.twitter.com/q5WP7UX5bn— Chicago Cubs (@Cubs) April 19, 2018 Jon Lester, LHP vs. Luke Weaver, RHP Jayne Kamin-Oncea-USA TODAY Sports Steve Mitchell-USA TODAY Sports Jon Lester has made three starts this year. We have one good one, one mediocre and one bad. So that doesn’t tell us much. Last year against the Cardinals: five starts, 2.93 ERA, 1.239 WHIP. That’s pretty good, especially since overall Jon wasn’t great in 2017. Career vs. Cardinals: 14 starts, 2.30 ERA, 1.078 WHIP. Those are his best numbers against any N.L. team against whom he has more than 10 starts. So that’s good! Current Cardinals are hitting .245 (37-for-151) against Jon with six home runs. Jedd Gyorko (6-for-19, two HR) and Yadier Molina (12-for-35, .343) hit him pretty well. Luke Weaver is 24 and finally getting a full shot at the Cardinals rotation after two years up and down from their system. He’s started out well: 2.08 ERA, 0.981 WHIP in three starts. Against the Cubs, though, he has not had much luck. He made his MLB debut against the Cubs August 13, 2016 and the Cubs scored a pair in four innings off him, though the Cardinals won that game. Last year, Cubs hitters pounded him for eight runs in three innings on September 25, including homers by Kris Bryant and Javier Baez. More of that, please. Today’s game is on ABC7 Chicago. It’s also on MLB Network (outside the Chicago and St. Louis markets). Here is the complete MLB.com Mediacenter for today. MLB.com Gameday Baseball-reference.com game preview SB Nation game preview Please visit our SB Nation Cardinals site Viva el Birdos. If you do go there to interact with Cardinals fans, please be respectful, abide by their individual site rules and serve as a good representation of Cub fans in general and BCB in particular. The 2018 Game Thread procedure will be the same as the one used during 2017. Here's how it works. 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. The First Pitch Thread and all the overflow threads will be published in that stream, as well as the recap. The recap will also live on the front page as a separate post, and at the time I write the recap I will rename the stream "Cubs vs. (Team) (Day of Week) Game Threads" so you can go back and find every thread related to that particular game. You will also be able to find the preview, First Pitch Thread, all the overfl[...]



Grading the Cubs starters: The good, the bad and the ugly

2018-04-19T10:00:04-05:00

A look back at the third time through the rotation. Thank heaven for small sample sizes. It’s been a rough week(ish) for Cubs pitching. This last time through the order wasn’t particularly pretty for any of the Cubs starters. There were issues. There were control issues. There were walk issues. There was an outing that fell apart after a balk. And yes, there were a few reasons to believe that it’s just been an impossible task for the starters to get settled in this April, but I’ve got to be honest, no one would call the last week of Cubs pitching pretty. Jon Lester This was one of two okay starts of the week and it wasn’t particularly pretty. The good news: the Cubs won this game even after Lester struggled a bit. Here is Lester’s line from his start against the Pirates: 5.0 IP 7H 4R 4ER 3BB 3K 1HR. Brooks Baseball Jon Lester Pitch Map Lester was missing up and in a lot more than he usually does. He threw 96 pitches and the bullpen came in to shut this one down. Luckily this was a day the Cubs’ bats were working overtime and the Cubs managed a 13-5 victory. I’m also officially over worrying about the lower velocity in Lester’s first start. His numbers were tracking his better second start and I think if he improves on location just a bit, his starts will look more like his second start going forward. Brooks Baseball Lester velocity by pitch type third start This gets a slightly lower grade because of the number of earned runs around, but it’s worth noting almost all of that damage came on a Sean Rodriguez three run home run in the second inning. Even though it took a lot of pitches and wasn’t a quality start, Lester did enough to get a victory in this outing and there are some positive signs going forward. B- Kyle Hendricks Kyle really hasn’t had the best luck this year in his starts. This start looks good on paper. 6.0 IP 5H 2R 2ER 3BB 7K. Unfortunately for Kyle, two things happened in this game earned him a loss (both of them are reasons I think the win/loss stat for pitchers is pretty silly, for what it’s worth). First, the Cubs offense decided to sit this game out and only scored one run during this game. Second, eventful Justin Wilson decided to show up for this game and when he relieved Hendricks in the seventh inning he promptly gave up four runs in two-thirds of an inning putting the game seemingly out of reach. Kyle Hendricks Pitch Map This map is a little bit wild for Hendricks, which probably explains the three walks. However he did manage to get seven strikeouts in 91 pitches and record a quality start. One other note, since I think I brought it up in the comments. I was initially worried that Hendricks might be giving up more fly balls and hard contact than in years past. I was particularly nervous that he’d given up four home runs in three starts. So I went back to look at his 2017 and see how common that was. I’m glad I did, because it turns out four home runs in a three game stretch for Kyle happened a few times in 2017, including his first three starts of the year last year. I happily stand corrected and here’s hoping that the Cubs bats and bullpen decide to show up for his next start. B Yu Darvish This start looked pretty good until the “balk” in the fifth inning and then the wheels came off this start really fast. Let’s talk about this balk. Joe Maddon didn’t think it was a balk. Yu Darvish didn’t think it was a balk, either. And according to Darvish, Freddie Freeman also didn’t think it was a balk. None of that really mattered, because according to umpire Bruce Dreckman Darvish balked, and all of the sudden the start unraveled. The Sun Times reported Maddon’s reaction: “Obviously, everything went south after the balk, which was not a balk, but it was called a balk,” Ma[...]