It has been a long time since the Chicago Cubs faced the Colorado Rockies, especially since the two teams are both in the National League.
In fact, the last time the two teams faced each other was on June 12, 2019, meaning that there were 782 days in-between visits with the two teams. Now, they will face each other six times in the next 22 days.
Since then, both the Colorado Rockies and Chicago Cubs have vastly changed.
Here are three things that you should know about the two teams since they last played each other.
You may only recognize a few Chicago Cubs players
In the three weeks, the Chicago Cubs have traded first baseman Anthony Rizzo, shortstop Javier Baez, third baseman Kris Bryant, outfielder Joc Pederson, outfielder Jake Marisnick, closer Craig Kimbrel, starting pitcher Trevor Williams, and relievers Ryan Tepera and Andrew Chafin.
So, in general, they are a “new-look” team but there are even more players that were on the Cubs back in 2019 that have long since been gone.
In that last series between the two teams in June 2019, the Cubs had outfielders Kyle Schwarber, former Rockies All-Star Carlos Gonzalez, Addison Russell, Cole Hamels, former Rockies pitcher Tyler Chatwood, and All-Star starting pitcher Yu Darvish appear for them. They have all long since moved on with other teams and/or out of baseball.
In fact, the only Cubs that are still on the team that appeared in that series are catcher Willson Contreras, outfielder Jason Heyward, and Colorado native David Bote (starter Kyle Hendricks was with the team but didn’t appear in the series).