2020 Gameday Thread

Cubs @ Cardinals: Series Thread (Games 14-16)

An early season hot streak brings the 2020 Cubs to a division-leading 10-3 record as they travel to St. Louis for the first time. The Cards (2-3), meanwhile, will be playing only their 6th game of the season following a significant COVID outbreak and a 8-day layoff. The risk of contagion remains the only thing more concerning than the Cubs' bullpen.

Game 14
Friday, August 7, 7:15pmCDT
CHC: LHP Jon Lester (1-0, 0.82 ERA)
STL: RHP Daniel Ponce de Leon (0-1, 6.75 ERA)

Lester has been both good and fortunate so far. The .091 BABIP certainly helps.

Cubs vs. / @ Royals: Series Thread (Games 10-13)

How 'bout this weekend? The Cubs swept the Pirates at home, including a walk-off 11th inning victory on Sunday (and some socially distanced air-fives), we saw the new extra-inning rule, and Rob Manfred warned that the season might already be over. With Manfred now anticipating the season being played to completion--and his warning described as a "bluff" by Sports Illustrated--I guess we can proceed with another series thread.

The Cubs (7-2) greet the Royals (3-7) at Wrigley for two games before heading off to Kansas City for another two. Let's call it a 4-game series? Can the starting rotation continue to lead the way? Cubs pitchers will need to dodge blasts from old friend Jorge Soler.

Cubs @ Reds: Series Thread (Games 4-7)

The Cubs head out for their first road trip with a series win against the Brewers under their belt. Next up on their divisional to-do list are the Cincinnati Reds, last year's fourth place team but an opponent with the potential to jump up and surprise in an unusual season. This four-game series constitutes 6.67% of the whole season; there's some substantive work to do in Cincinnati.

Cubs vs. Brewers: Chatwood vs. Peralta (Game 3)

CHC(1-1): RHP Tyler Chatwood (0-0, -.-- ERA)
MIL (1-1): RHP Freddy Peralta (0-0, -.-- ERA)
First pitch 1:20pmCDT

Tyler Chatwood leads the way Sunday afternoon. The Cubs will be aiming to walk away victors in their first series, and Chatwood will attempt to build on a mildly successful 2019 campaign. Chatwood recovered from an absolutely dreadful first season with the Cubs (in which he walked over 8 batters per nine innings) to do respectable work out of the bullpen and as a spot starter. He found the zone with his fastball a little more and cut his walk rate in half. In five 2019 starts, he compiled a 3.97 ERA over 22.2 innings pitched. He's held current Brewers to a .535 OPS and is yet to surrender a homerun. Yelich is 4-12 with three walks off of him.