Talkin’ Cubs Live – Cubs vs. Pirates – 09/13/13

Game One Hundred Forty-Seven: Cubs (62-84) vs. Pirates (85-61)

  • Game Time – 6:05pm CDT
  • Coverage – TV: Comcast SportsNet – Radio: 720 WGN, XM Radio Channels 184/844
  • Location – PNC Park, Pittsburgh

Jake Arrieta (2-2, 4.28/1.22/4.23) vs. Charlie Morton (7-4, 3.44/1.35/3.66)

Jake Arrieta and the Cubs will try to cool off the red-hot Pirates tonight and at the same time post their third win of the 11-game road trip. The Cubs had opportunities on Thursday to take the first game from the Pirates but came up short despite receiving their third quality start in four games.

The Pirates enter play tonight tied with the Cardinals for the top spot in the NL Central. The Pirates have their eye on the NL Central crown, just not a spot in the post-season. The Cubs could make the Pirates’ path to the playoffs a little difficult but they will have to hit better than they did in the opener.

With Charlie Morton on the hill, look for Dale Sveum to load his lineup with as many lefties as possible. Morton has struggled with left handers all season (.331/.350/.438) while right handers have managed a .250/.312/.285 line.

After putting a nine-spot on the board on Tuesday, the Cubs have managed only one run over their last two games. The homer-happy Cubs simply do not score if they don’t hit the ball over the fence, and PNC isn’t exactly a hitter’s park. If the Cubs cannot get to Morton early, it could be another frustrating night for the Cubs’ offense.

Tonight all starts with Jake Arrieta

Which Jake Arrieta will show up tonight? The Jake Arrieta that shutdown the Cardinals and Phillies? Or the Jake Arrieta that faced the Nationals, Dodgers and Brewers? Arrieta has excellent stuff but his lack of consistency is what has derailed his career. If the Cubs can turn him around, they will have a good arm at the top of the rotation for the foreseeable future.

The Brewers took advantage of Arrieta’s command issues and scored four runs on three hits against him in five innings. Arrieta walked three batters and struck out four.

Jake Arrieta is 1-1 in his last two starts with a 3.86 ERA and a 1.03 WHIP and will make his first start of the year against the Pirates tonight. Arrieta is 2-0 in two career starts versus the Bucs with a 3.00 ERA and a 1.08 WHIP (four runs, 10 hits, three walks and 11 strikeouts in 12 innings). Arrieta won his only start at PNC Park after giving up three runs on three hits with two walks and two strikeouts in five innings. Arrieta last faced the Pirates on June 13, 2012 at Camden Yards.

Pirates Career Numbers against Jake Arrieta

  • Russell Martin – 3-for-14 with a walk
  • Andrew McCutchen – 2-for-6
  • Justin Morneau – 1-for-5 with a walk
  • Jose Tabata – 1-for-5 with a walk
  • Neil Walker – 0-for-6
  • Garrett Jones – 1-for-3 with two walks
  • Travis Snider – 1-for-5
  • Pedro Alvarez – 0-for-3
  • Clint Barmes – 0-for-3
  • Josh Harrison – 0-for-3
  • John Buck – 0-for-1

Charlie Morton’s last start was cut short with two outs in the second inning after one of the injuries he’s dealt with over the years popped back up, plantar fasciitis. Charlie Morton says he’s healthy and ready to go. The Cardinals put five runs on the board on six hits against Morton before he left the game.

Charlie Morton had been lights out prior to his short-start against the Redbirds. Morton had not allowed more than two earned runs in each of his previous six starts and was 3-1 in six starts in August with a 2.68 ERA and a 1.29 WHIP. While Morton has pitched extremely well, the most important stat … the Pirates are 6-4 in Morton’s last ten starts.

Charlie Morton makes his second start of the season tonight against the Cubs. Morton did not fare too well against the Cubs at Wrigley back on July 6. Morton gave up four runs on seven hits in six innings, with all four runs coming off two swings of the bat from Alfonso Soriano.

For his career, Charlie Morton is 2-4 in seven starts against the Cubs with a 5.80 ERA and a 1.65 WHIP.

Cubs Career Numbers against Charlie Morton

  • Nate Schierholtz (.274) – 5-for-11 with a double and a triple
  • Darwin Barney (.230) – 1-for-7 with a walk
  • Starlin Castro (.285) – 4-for-9
  • Brian Bogusevic (.308) – 3-for-6 with a walk
  • Welington Castillo (.354) – 2-for-2 with a double and a walk
  • Anthony Rizzo (.251) – 1-for-3 with a double
  • Luis Valbuena (.245) – 2-for-3
  • Jake Arrieta (.400) – 1-for-1

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  • http://chicagocubsonline.com/ Neil

    Tonight’s lineup:

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

    • 07GreyDigger

      With the team loading up on lefties, I thought we might see the ghost of Logan Watkins. Sigh.

      • TheWrongGuy

        Sveum won’t play Watkins.

        • Denver Mike

          I wouldn’t expect anything less from a guy who continues to bat a .228 hitter (.415 SLG) in the 3-hole. Darwin Barney and his .214 AVG (.316 SLG) is far too valuable apparently.

          I honestly don’t think Watkins will do any better, but why not give him a shot at some regular playing time.

  • http://chicagocubsonline.com/ Neil

    11 pitches for Arrieta to retire Morton

  • http://chicagocubsonline.com/ Neil

    Bogusevic with #5, a two-run shot

  • http://chicagocubsonline.com/ Neil

    Alvarez with an inside the park home run

  • http://chicagocubsonline.com/ Neil

    Pirates go back-to-back in the fourth

  • http://chicagocubsonline.com/ Neil

    Back-to-back-to-back for the Pirates

  • http://chicagocubsonline.com/ Neil

    The inside the park homer is tainted, fan interferred and no one caught it

  • http://chicagocubsonline.com/ Neil

    Last time Pirates had 3 consecutive HRs at home: 1955 against Brooklyn’s Carl Erskine — by Jerry Lynch, Frank Thomas, Dale Long.

    • cubtex

      that is a long time ago :) That is even pre-cubtex :)

      • texcubnut

        But not pre-texcubnut.

    • cubtex

      Just realized that it was against Carl Erskine. My dad was his catcher in High School back in Indiana. He used to tell me stories about how much of a stud he was back in the day. Thanks for bringing that up Neil!

      • http://chicagocubsonline.com/ Neil

        Very cool and you are more than welcome

  • CubbyDenCritic

    Circus time…..

  • CubbyDenCritic

    that toss was high from Rizzo……E-3

  • cubtex

    Quick observation after watching Robinson Cano lay down a bunt against the shift and got a double out of it.
    Question…What is Rizzo…like 1 out of his last 21?
    Doesn’t the defense play an exaggerated shift against him with the SS almost at 2nd base?
    Why doesn’t Rizzo lay down a hard bunt on the left side occasionally(especially when he is struggling) Even with his average speed he can get some 2B’s out of that play. I do not understand why a lot of lefthanders do not do that more often.
    It would help get Rizzo going IMO

  • CubbyDenCritic

    If I was an Umpire, I would be irk to see these pitchers thinking they got the third strike by walking off the mound…..or a batter thinking he got ball four and flipping the bat.

  • http://chicagocubsonline.com/ Neil

    Rizzo with a SHOT … landed in the river.

    • cubtex

      good for Rizzo!

    • CubbyDenCritic

      Rizzo needed that…….but I also like to see some gappers to the ally.

      • cubtex

        You think? Don’t get greedy now. Let’s take baby steps with him.

    • Tony_Hall

      That is such a great ballpark, I haven’t looked but I sure hope the people of Pittsburgh are coming out to watch this team.

      • cubtex

        agreed. I am planning a trip out there next year now that the Pirates are relevant again. Every person that I know who has been there raves about it.

        • Tony_Hall

          I have gone to one game there and was amazed at how few people showed up for a game. The park and its surroundings is well worth the trip.

          • cubtex

            It’s a football town and a blue collar city that will only support a WS type team. Back in the day it was all about the Pitt Panthers football games and the Stillers.

  • CubbyDenCritic

    Nice long shot by Rizzo.

  • Tony_Hall

    I like Grimm. Except for his extra movement with his hands going up and down instead of staying still, his mechanics are what I teach to kids.

  • http://chicagocubsonline.com/ Neil

    Here comes the Farns

  • Ripsnorter1

    Navarro is hitting like a man on a salary drive.
    You have to love that bat!

    BTW….Soto is a free agent after the season…..

  • Ripsnorter1

    I think Your Chicago Cubs are going to bring the
    Pittsburgh Pirates to grief, with a three game sweep.

    Pittsburgh will be fill with loud lamentations, weeping and
    crying, and foaming at the mouth, when Your Chicago Cubs
    apply the full fury of their wrecking ball upon them.

    • cubtex

      Pirates won last night Rip.

      • Ripsnorter1

        We can win the Fri, Sat, Sun games anyway.

        There will be great sadness in Pittsburgh when this series is over.

    • texcubnut

      Just as long as Miley isn’t on the wrecking ball, Rip. :)

  • http://chicagocubsonline.com/ Neil

    Cubs beat the Pirates
    5-4 on Friday night – Jake Arrieta: 4R, 3ER, 6H (3 HR), BB, 6K in 5+ IP (85 pitches, 60 strikes)

    Rizzo: 2-5, HR, 2RBI; Bogusevic: 3-4, HR, 2RBI; Navarro: 2-4, R; Sweeney: 1-3, SAC; Castro: 1-5, Valbuena: 0-3, 2BB, R

  • http://chicagocubsonline.com/ Neil

    Friday was win no. 63

    • Tony_Hall

      And with 15 games to go.

    • texcubnut

      Unless my math is wrong, Neil, than win #63 means no 100 loss season. It’s an improvement over last year so we are trending in the right direction. I’ll take my victories, albeit small, anyway I can get them. Go Cubbies!!