Talkin’ Cubs Live – Cubs vs. Dodgers – 08/26/13

Game One Hundred Thirty-One: Cubs (55-75) vs. Dodgers (76-54)

  • Game Time – 9:10pm CDT
  • Coverage – TV: Comcast SportsNet – Radio: 720 WGN, XM Radio Channels 86/844
  • Location – Dodger Stadium, Los Angeles

Jake Arrieta (1-0, 3.71/1.06/4.68, 2-2, 5.75/1.48/4.68) vs. Zack Greinke (12-3, 2.91/1.19/3.53)

The Cubs begin a three-game series tonight against the best team in baseball, and if the Cubs thought the four games at Wrigley against the Dodgers were fun, they are in for a real treat.

A banged-up, offensively challenged Cubs team that is 13-for-75 with RISP over their last 13 games will face Zack Greinke, Clayton Kershaw and Ricky Nolasco for the next three days. The Dodgers swept the four game series at Wrigley earlier this month in a series in which the Cubs were not competitive. The Dodgers outscored the Cubs 16-6 over the four games.

The Cubs could be without Nate Schierholtz over the first two games. With Kershaw on the hill in game two on Tuesday night, Schierholtz figures to get two days to rest his back after he tweaked it coming out of the batter’s box in the bizarre play in the 13th inning of Sunday’s game. And Welington Castillo could get a breather as well after playing all 15 innings of Sunday’s game dealing with sore ribs that kept him out of the first two games in San Diego.

After tonight’s matchup of Jake Arrieta and Zack Greinke, Travis Wood is scheduled to face Clayton Kershaw on Tuesday night. Edwin Jackson is expected to wrap up the series against Ricky Nolasco on Wednesday afternoon.

Tonight all starts with Jake Arrieta

After putting together his best start of the season against the Cardinals, Jake Arrieta showed in his last outing why the Orioles were willing to move on from him. Arrieta really struggled with his command, issued four walks in four innings while allowing six runs on five hits. Arrieta pitched from behind in the count and the Nationals punished his mistakes.

Arrieta has shown he has the stuff to be very successful in the majors. It will be interesting to see how Arrieta responds from his last outing against the dynamic Dodgers’ offense.

Jake Arrieta makes his second career start against the Dodgers tonight. The first one, earlier this season on April 21 in Baltimore, did not go well. The Dodgers scored five runs on two hits in four innings. Arrieta walked five batters and struck out six in one of his final starts in an Orioles’ uniform.

Dodgers Career Numbers against Jake Arrieta

  • Carl Crawford – 4-for-8 with a double, a home run and two walks
  • A.J. Ellis – 0-for-1 with a walk
  • Mark Ellis – 1-for-3 with two walks
  • Andre Ethier – 0-for-2
  • Adrian Gonzalez – 5-for-12 with a home run and a walk
  • Jerry Hairston Jr. – 1-for-6
  • Nick Punto – 0-for-1
  • Skip Schumaker – 1-for-1 with a walk
  • Juan Uribe – 0-for-3

Zack Greinke has allowed two earned runs over his last four starts and is coming off an excellent outing against Miami. Greinke limited the Fish to one run on six hits in eight innings while not walking a batter and striking out seven.

Greinke is 4-0 in his last four starts with a 0.96 ERA and a 1.04 WHIP and has been as good as it gets at Dodger Stadium this year. Greinke is 6-1 in 10 home starts with a 2.32 ERA and a 0.97 WHIP … 56 strikeouts, 10 walks and 54 hits allowed in 66 innings.

The Cubs success against Greinke has come at Wrigley Field, a park that Greinke simply does not like to pitch in. Greinke is 3-2 in five career starts against the Cubs with a 4.45 ERA and a 1.19 WHIP (0-2 in two starts at Wrigley with a 14.00 ERA and a 2.22 WHIP). The Cubs will have their hands full tonight … and throughout the series.

Cubs Career Numbers against Zack Greinke

  • Darwin Barney (.234) – 2-for-9 with a double and two walks
  • Brian Bogusevic (.340) – 2-for-6 with a triple and two walks
  • Starlin Castro (.286) – 4-for-12 with two doubles and three walks
  • Donnie Murphy (.316) – 0-for-1
  • Dioner Navarro (.292) – 2-for-6
  • Cody Ransom (.250) – 0-for-2
  • Nate Schierholtz (.297) – 0-for-1

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