Talkin’ Cubs Live – Cubs vs. Brewers – 09/07/13

Game One Hundred Forty-One: Cubs (60-80) vs. Brewers (60-80)

  • Game Time – 3:05pm CDT
  • Coverage – TV: Comcast SportsNet – Radio: 720 WGN, XM Radio Channels 183/844
  • Location – Wrigley Field, Chicago

Jake Arrieta (2-1, 3.77/1.22/4.82) vs. Johnny Hellweg (0-3, 10.97/3.00/6.42)

Weather permitting … The Cubs will shoot for their third straight win at Wrigley Field this afternoon behind Jake Arrieta. The Cubs have not won three straight in their home park since the first week of July (July 6-7, July 9) and have posted three victories in a row only twice this year at Wrigley Field.

Look for Dale Sveum to load his lineup with left-handers this afternoon, and it might be a good time to give Logan Watkins a start due to his familiarity with Johnny Hellweg. While it is a very small sample size, right handers are hitting .192/.156/.290 against Hellweg in four big league games this year and lefties have managed a .538/.486/.667 slash line.

Dale Sveum’s team is 4-3 on the current homestand with two games remaining and this afternoon it all starts with Jake Arrieta

Jake Arrieta is coming off a very good outing against the Phillies. Arrieta limited Philly to one run on three hits in 6 2/3 innings. Arrieta walked three and struck out four batters. Arrieta bounced back nicely from his rough outing at Dodger Stadium.

The Cubs have seen both sides of Jake Arrieta in the five starts he’s made. Arrieta has excellent stuff, but when he struggles with his command, it can be very tough to watch.

Despite his inconsistencies, Arrieta has been very good in four starts at Wrigley Field this season. Arrieta is 2-0 with a 3.04 ERA and a 1.01 WHIP. In 23 2/3 innings at Wrigley, Arrieta has given up 12 hits with t12 walks and 18 strikeouts. If Chris Bosio is able to straighten out Arrieta, the Cubs could have a top of the rotation starter to go with Jeff Samardzija for next season.

Jake Arrieta made his Cubs’ debut against the Brewers in the second game of the twin bill at Wrigley on July 30. Arrieta held Milwaukee to one run on two hits with three walks and two strikeouts in six innings. Arrieta makes his second career start versus Milwaukee this afternoon.

Brewers Career Numbers against Jake Arrieta

  • Yuniesky Betancourt – 0-for-4
  • Jeff Bianchi – 0-for-3
  • Khris Davis – 0-for-3
  • Carlos Gomez – 0-for-1 with two walks
  • Jonathan Lucroy – 0-for-3
  • Logan Schafer – 1-for-2 with a double and a walk
  • Juan Francisco – 1-for-2 with a home run
  • Scooter Gennett – 0-for-2

Johnny Hellweg makes his first appearance against the Cubs this afternoon. And while he faces the big league team for the first time, several players on the Cubs’ roster should be familiar with Hellweg from his time in the Pacific Coast League this season. Hellweg was 12-5 for Triple-A Nashville with a 3.15 ERA and a 1.46 WHIP in 23 starts (89 strikeouts, 81 walks and 103 hits surrendered in 125 2/3 innings).

Logan Watkins, Darnell McDonald, Donnie Murphy, Brian Bogusevic and J.C. Boscan faced Hellweg multiple times this year over the three starts he made against the I-Cubs.

Johnny Hellweg has not started a big league game since he lasted just 4 1/3 innings against the Reds on July 10. Hellweg was recalled when rosters expanded and his last start, and win, came against the Iowa Cubs on August 30.

The Cubs must make Hellweg work. He has trouble throwing strikes. In 10 2/3 innings this season in the majors, Hellweg has walked 10 more batters (13) than he has struck out (3). Hellweg is making his fourth big league start this afternoon.

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  • CubbyDenCritic

    McDonald odd man out for Baker spot.

  • http://chicagocubsonline.com/ Neil

    Today’s lineup:

    Castro SS
    Barney 2B
    Rizzo 1B
    Schierholtz RF
    Sweeney CF
    Bogusevic LF
    Valbuena 3B
    Castillo C
    Arrieta P

  • daverj

    Mlbtraderumors.com is reporting that James McDonald was designated for assignment. I’d like to see the Cubs take a chance on him. He pitched like a #2 starter the first half of 2012 and has the stuff to be a solid #3 if he gets healthy.

    • calicub

      Are you sure it wasn’t McDonald of the pirates?

      • calicub

        Totally misread your post … Disregard

  • http://chicagocubsonline.com/ Neil

    Luis Luis … #10

    • Tony_Hall

      Boy did he hit that one high in the air.

  • Brp921

    I’m looking forward to the day where the most enjoyable part of the game/season is not when the camera men pan for good looking women

    • TheWrongGuy

      HAHAHA!!! I couldn’t agree more.

  • TheWrongGuy

    Will be a long day Arrieta can’t locate his fastball.

  • http://chicagocubsonline.com/ Neil

    Excellent play by Barney to take away a hit from Aoki

  • TheWrongGuy

    Nice hit’n Bogy!!

  • http://chicagocubsonline.com/ Neil

    Bogusevic with a longball … #4

  • http://chicagocubsonline.com/ Neil

    RHP Chang-Yong Lim is
    making his Cubs’ debut in the 7th inning. Lim is the 54th
    different player used by the Cubs this season, a new franchise record.

    • Dorasaga

      Here we go!

    • TheWrongGuy

      I liked his stuff has a good pitches. Nice control. But he seems to nibble too much around the plate like many Japanese pitchers.

  • Dorasaga

    BTW, Tokyo just earned the 2020 Olympic host. Second time. I don’t like that idea. Short term construction boost of GDP, a chance to recover from Fukushima Nuclear Meltdown, and many things will help the Japanese administration to do their old way since 1950s.

    • http://theboardridersuite.wordpress.com/ Theboardrider

      I would bring bottled water.

      • Dorasaga

        Yup. The whole Tokyo bay is full of radioactive sediments. Unless USA Baseball be present, I doubt I’ll even watch much of it.

  • TheWrongGuy

    And that hit from Lake is why Aramis is no longer a CUB.

    • Ripsnorter1

      Incorrect.
      Lake is the reason XXXXXXX XXXXXXX is a Yankee, and no longer a Cub.

      • http://chicagocubsonline.com/ Neil

        Please stop, thank you.

      • TheWrongGuy

        HAHAHA!!!
        Rip I was meaning Aramis’ bad fielding and not being a CUB.

  • Dorasaga

    Good to see Aram his old self onthe field. Took the extra step and leisurely passed the ball to first. This time, he did one good fielding for the Cubs!

  • http://chicagocubsonline.com/ Neil

    Lake was out, it was the right call.

    • TheWrongGuy

      Yes.
      I believe Lake didn’t feel the tag.

  • http://chicagocubsonline.com/ Neil

    Baez just hit a 2-run homer in the first inning of game three.

    • Brp921

      Javier Baez is the reason to be excited about next years Cubs. He will force the our hand next year and be our next big star!

  • http://chicagocubsonline.com/ Neil

    Cubs lost 5-3 to Brewers on Saturday – Jake Arrieta: 4R, 3H, 3BB, HBP, 4K in 5 IP (83 pitches, 49 strikes); Cubs pitching: 5H, 9K, 7BB, 2HBP

    Luis Valbuena: 1-3, HR, 2RBI, BB; Brian Bogusevic: 1-3, HR, BB, 2R; Anthony Rizzo: 2-4

  • http://theboardridersuite.wordpress.com/ Theboardrider

    Pineyro was an absolute steal for Hairston!

  • cubtex

    Arrieta with a 4.28 ERA now and we can all see why the O’s grew frustrated with him. Rusin barely has been going 5 IP per start. IMO….2 spots open for next year. Only Shark,Wood and EJax are guaranteed for next year. Baker has a good chance to state his case for the Cubs to bring him back with a couple of good starts.

    • Tony_Hall

      I think I have been saying the same thing for awhile. Rusin and Arrieta will be given chances to win a job, but Baker and another FA pickup will be brought in to do what they have done so well, turn short term assets into long term assets.

      Arrieta may figure it out, but he may have a longer career as a set-up or closer where he can go all out for an inning.

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