Friday, June 17th, 2022

MLB 2022 Game #9: Braves vs. Cubs

Quick turnaround. Heading back to Wrigley Field this afternoon. Today's game features two teams trending in radically different directions. One is enjoying a 14-game winning streak. The other has dropped 10 straight games.

Despite winning 14 consecutive games, the second-place Atlanta Braves (37-27, .578) sit 4 games behind the NL East leaders, the New York Mets. The Braves' last loss came against the Arizona Diamondbacks on May 31. Since then they won the final game against the Diamondbacks, completed a 4-game sweep of the Colorado Rockies, a two-game sweep of the Oakland Athletics, a 4-game sweep of the Pittsburgh Pirates, and 3-game sweep of the Washington Nationals. This afternoon, the Braves will send 38-year-old Charlie Morton (4-3, 5.67 ERA) to the mound.

Since the Chicago Cubs (23-40, .365) won the first game of a doubleheader against the St. Louis Cardinals on June 3, they dropped 10 straight games. During this losing streak, the Cubs' opponents are serious contenders (except for the Baltimore Orioles). The team's losing streak includes two against the Cardinals, one against the Orioles, a 3-game sweep to the New York Yankees, and a 4-game sweep against the San Diego Padres. In an attempt to set things straight, the Cubs will send 27-year-old Keegan Thompson (6-2, 3.67 ERA) to the mound.

Today is my second trip to Wrigley Field this season. I saw the Braves earlier this season face the Milwaukee Brewers on May 16 and 17. The Brewers won the first game, 1-0. Braves won the second, 3-0.

Fun Fact: The last time I saw the Atlanta Braves play at Wrigley Field was Monday, May 27 1996. The Braves demolished the Cubs, 9-1. Tom Glavine pitched seven innings and picked up his sixth win of the season. He faced Amaury Telemaco. Telemaco lasted 3 2/3 innings allowing eight runs (only three earned).

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