Well, no matter what happens today, the Cubs have already won their third straight series, including two against the competitive Cardinals and Red Sox. So we should be happy no matter the outcome.
Buuuuuuuuut that’s not how this works. I want the sweep. Call me greedy.
We haven’t had a ton of good times as fans of the Cubs this season, but lately, with all these youngsters running around and smacking the ball all over the place, it’s just been fun again. I want more.
And that starts with Keegan Thompson.
Thompson has (effectively) delivered three straight quality starts (well, his last outing technically included 4 earned runs, but two of those runs scored after he left in the 7th inning, an inning he shouldn’t have started in the first place). Either way, he looked VERY good again, and I can’t wait to see if he can pull together yet ANOTHER quality start.
With that said, Thompson has had to become very effective to last as deep into games as he has been here lately. I’ve noticed a trailing off of both velocity and command right around 65-75 pitches. That’s partly by design (the idea is to ball out on his stuff for as long as he can, without “saving” anything for the later innings), but it won’t always take him into the sixth or seventh. I guess we’ll see how that plays out today against an above-average Boston offense.
Boston Red Sox (43-35) at Chicago Cubs (32-46) – Sunday, July 3 at 1:20 CT on MARQ, 670 The Score
Red Sox: RHP
Cubs: Keegan Thompson, RHP
Chicago Cubs (Lineup Discussion):
- Rafael Ortega, CF
- Willson Contreras, DH
- Ian Happ, LF
- Patrick Wisdom, 3B
- Nico Hoerner, SS
- P.J. Higgins, C
- Alfonso Rivas, 1B
- Nelson Velázquez, RF
- Christopher Morel, 2B