Game One Hundred Twenty-One: Cubs (52-68) vs. Cardinals (69-51)
- Game Time – 3:05pm CDT
- Coverage – TV: Comcast SportsNet – Radio: 720 WGN, XM Radio Channels 187/844
- Location – Wrigley Field, Chicago
Jake Arrieta (0-0, 1.50/0.83, 1-2, 6.07/1.58) vs. Jake Westbrook (7-7, 4.11/1.50)
The Cubs return to the field this afternoon after a much needed day off in search of a win. The Cubs are struggling mightily at Wrigley Field and have not only lost 11 of their last 12 home games but have been shut out in four of the last five games at Wrigley. And it will not get any easier for Dale Sveum’s team this weekend.
The Cubs face a healthy Cardinals team that includes Yadier Molina and one of their top prospects, Kolten Wong. St. Louis is calling up Wong, who is also considered one of the top prospects in the game, and he is expected to make his big league debut today.
The Cubs took two of three against the Cardinals last weekend at Busch Stadium and has played well against their long-time rival this year (6-7 in 13 games). The Cardinals took last weekend for granted and Mike Matheny will have his team ready to take it to the Cubs this weekend.
Jake Arrieta is being called up from Triple-A Iowa to make his second start in a Cubs’ uniform. Arrieta will spend the rest of the season in the starting rotation. The Cubs will send out a reliever to make room for Arrieta on the active roster, which probably means that Eduardo Sanchez or Michael Bowden is on the way to Iowa.
After today’s matchup of Jake Arrieta and Jake Westbrook, Travis Wood is scheduled to face Joe Kelly on Saturday afternoon and Edwin Jackson will wrap up the series on Sunday afternoon against Adam Wainwright.
The Battle of the Jakes and the weekend series against the Cardinals all starts with Jake Arrieta …
Jake Arrieta makes his second start in a Cubs’ uniform this afternoon and will get his first taste of the Cubs-Cardinals rivalry. If everything with Arrieta works out as planned, today is the first of many starts for Arrieta against the Redbirds.
Jake Arrieta has frontline stuff and the ability to be a dominant starter at the big league level. Arrieta has yet to put it all together. And some feel that Arrieta has been his own worst enemy. Arrieta has made 64 starts in the majors and has walked 162 batters while giving up 370 hits in 364 innings. One of the reasons the Cubs brought Arrieta up to finish the year with the team is so he can work with Chris Bosio. The Cubs’ pitching coach has his work cut out for him and hopefully he can have the same success with Arrieta that he’s had with Paul Maholm, Scott Feldman, Travis Wood and Pedro Strop.
Jake Arrieta received a no decision in his first start with the Cubs on July 30. The Cubs called up Arrieta for the day to pitch in the nightcap of the doubleheader against the Brewers. Arrieta settled in after the first inning and allowed one run on two hits with three walks and two strikeouts in six innings.
Jake Arrieta faces the Cardinals for the first time in his career today … and no one on the Cardinals’ roster has faced Arrieta in a big league ballgame.
Jake Westbrook is coming off a horrible outing against the Dodgers. Westbrook allowed nine runs on 13 hits with two walks and one strikeout in 4 2/3 innings in relief of Shelby Miller. Miller had to leave the game after taking a line drive off his elbow.
Westbrook was very good before the break and is one of the reasons the Cardinals had the best record in the game for several months. But that was then and Westbrook has struggled of late and the Cardinals are 0-3 in his last three starts.
Since the break, Jake Westbrook is 2-3 in five games, four starts, with a 7.39 ERA and a 1.82 WHIP.
Jake Westbrook makes his fourth start of the season against the Cubs this afternoon. Westbrook has both dominated the Cubs and was very much Jake Westbrook in the other two starts. Westbrook is 1-1 in the first three starts against the Cubs with a 2.79 ERA and a 1.34 WHIP and is 0-1 in two starts at Wrigley this year with a 4.38 ERA and a 1.70 WHIP.
The Cubs must make Westbrook work and elevate his sinker, if they don’t the Cubs will be shut out at home for the fifth time in six games.
Cubs Numbers against Jake Westbrook in 2013
- Darwin Barney – 1-for-4
- Welington Castillo – 0-for-4 with two walks
- Starlin Castro – 3-for-10
- David DeJesus – 1-for-3
- Dioner Navarro – 0-for-2
- Cody Ransom – 1-for-2
- Anthony Rizzo – 5-for-8 with two doubles and a walk
- Nate Schierholtz – 2-for-7 with a double and two walks
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