The Cubs return home for a six-game homestand against... more West Coast teams."ago Cubs minor leaguesChicago Cubs essaysChicago Cubs game threadsWrigley Field renovationsFull archiveLibrary Bleed Cubbie Blue Community GuidelinesCurrent time in ChicagoBCB Specials & Site InfoWinter 2019 music threadsCubs StoriesScheduleRosterStatsYahoo Cubs newsYahoo Cubs team pageYahoo Cubs reportYahoo Cubs depth chartYahoo Cubs transactionsYahoo Cubs photosOdds Shop About Masthead Community Guidelines StubHub hicago Cubs game previewsChicago Cubs vs. Arizona Diamondbacks preview Evan Longoria Jersey , Friday 4/19, 1:20 CTNew,116commentsThe Cubs return home for a six-game homestand against... more West Coast teams.CDTShareTweetShareShareChicago Cubs vs. Arizona Diamondbacks preview, Friday 4/19, 1:20 CTJasen Vinlove-USA TODAY SportsSarcastic congratulations to MLB schedulers, as we now have the second and third West Coast teams to visit Wrigley Field in April. Do they not understand how cold it usually is in Chicago this month?Fortunately, this series will be uninterrupted by rain, though it’s going to be quite chilly and windy this afternoon. It will be nicer Saturday and might be in the 70s by Sunday. That will help. Today’s forecast has a strong wind blowing in, though:Could be a good day for pitchers this afternoon.This article discusses the opposite-field approach the Cubs have taken this year, something you have likely noticed. The results have been positive:The Cubs rank second in the N.L. in runs (103) and runs per game (6.06).Here are today’s particulars.Cubs lineup:The Diamondbacks lineup was not available at posting time. Please check the BCB Twitter feed for the Diamondbacks lineup. Kyle Hendricks, RHP vs. Merrill Kelly, RHPJayne Kamin-Oncea-USA TODAY SportsRick Scuteri-USA TODAY SportsKyle Hendricks has struggled this year. His last start was better, at least he’s cut down on the walks (only two in his last nine innings) Andrew McCutchen Jersey , and it seems as if he’s made some progress. He has yet to throw more than 95 pitches in any of his starts this season.His last start against the D-backs was a gem, September 17, 2018 at Chase Field. He threw eight shutout innings, the shutout ruined in the ninth by a leadoff homer from A.J. Pollock, who isn’t a D-back anymore. He left after a two-out single by Paul Goldschmidt, who also isn’t on the D-backs anymore. Current D-backs are hitting a small sample size .200 (11-for-55) against him with no home runs and 13 strikeouts.So maybe this is the day Hendricks turns his season around. More on Kyle’s struggles in this Tribune article.Merrill Kelly — you haven’t heard of this guy even though he’s 30 years old. But you can bet Joe Maddon knows about him — he was drafted by the Rays in 2010 and pitched four years in their system from 2010-14, the last two in Triple-A. Tampa Bay let him go after the 2014 season and he pitched four years in Korea before signing a two-year, $5 million deal with the D-backs with option years for 2021 and 2022. He’s made three starts for the D-backs and two of them have been pretty good. Per Fangraphs his fastball averages about 92 and he uses it about half the time, splitting the rest between a curve, changeup and slider.He’s obviously never faced the Cubs or anyone on their active roster. But I bet Joe knows a lot about him.Today’s game is on NBC Sports Chicago. It’s also on MLB Network (outside the Cubs and D-backs market territories).Here is the complete MLB.com Mediacenter for today.MLB.com GamedayBaseball-reference.com game previewSB Nation game previewPlease visit our SB Nation Diamondbacks site AZ Snakepit. If you do go there to interact with D-backs 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 2019 Game Thread procedure will be the same as the one used in previous years. 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 http://www.giantsfanproshop.com/authentic-evan-longoria-jersey , 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 overflow threads and recap in the box marked “Chicago Cubs Game Threads” at the bottom of the front page (you can also find them in this section link). They will also appear in the game’s StoryStream as noted above.The First Pitch thread will post at five minutes before game time, then an overflow thread at one hour, two hours and 2:45 after the scheduled game time.Discuss amongst yourselves. An ugly sixth inning in more way than one led to the D-backs dropping the game to the Mariners in Peoria."Record: 5-3-1. Change on 2018: +2.5. 5-inning record: 5-2-2.Silvino Bracho and Braden Shipley combined to allow Seattle a four-run sixth inning this afternoon in Peoria, turning a one-run Diamondbacks lead into a deficit. More concerning for Arizona. Bracho’s departure was apparently injury-related, walking off the field with two outs in the inning alongside walking off the field with trainer Ryan Dipanfilo. We’re still waiting for word on what the issue was, but Jeff Wiser said Bracho was “clearly feeling discomfort.” After a season where Brachon was integral to the flexibility of the pen, and performed very well in that role, a more permanent spot seemed his to lose. That, however Gregor Blanco Jersey , will now have to wait for a medical update. Up until that frame, the day had been going quite well for the Diamondbacks. In particular, Zack Godley seemed largely to have overcome the yips which truncated his first start of spring, after only one out. Today, he went three scoreless innings on two hits and a walk with three strikeouts, without much sign of that troublesome “falling off the mound” thing. Sure, Godley’s ERA is still 8.10 for the pre-season; however, that’s still literally one-tenth of what it was when he took the mount this afternoon. We’ll take it. Andrew Chafin followed, but had a tough inning, allowing hits to the first two batters faced, both of whom came round to score.Chafin did follow up with a scoreless fifth.That brought in Bracho, along with the usual bunch of other replacement players, and the game quickly went south. After a lead-off single http://www.giantsfanproshop.com/authentic-evan-longoria-jersey , Bracho got the next two batters, before a walk and his untimely departure. It took Shipley four attempts to get that pesky third out, allowing both runners he inherited to score, as well as two on his own line. Rickie Nolasco came in to mop up, though fell one man short of pitching the remaining two innings, Joel Payamps recording the final out instead. And as I type, Steve Gilbert says it was elbow pain which drove Bracho from the game. He “will see team doctor tonight and be further evaluated.” Not a good sign, to put it mildly. The offense were fairly subdued. C Carson Kelly doubled home the first run in the second inning, and back-to-back RBI doubles from CF Ketel Marte and 2B Wilmer Flores gave the Diamondbacks a brief lead in the fifth inning. Flores had two of Arizona’s eight hits, but the K:BB ratio this afternoon for our hitters was an ugly 11:1. Tomorrow, the Reds will be the visitors at Salt River Fields, with Luke Weaver the scheduled starter.