Game Sixty-Five – Cubs (26-38) vs. Phillies (28-36)
- Game Time – 6:05pm CDT
- Coverage – TV: WGN TV – Radio: 720 WGN, XM Radio Channels 183, 844
- Location – Citizens Bank Park, Philadelphia
Jake Arrieta (1-1, 2.50/1.42/2.58) vs. Roberto Hernandez (2-4, 4.35/1.55/4.71)
Weather permitting … The Cubs begin a three-game series in Philadelphia. The forecast, however, does not look favorable for tonight. After dealing with three hours and 13 minutes worth of delays over four days in Pittsburgh, the Cubs could be in line for another long night at the ballpark.
With the Cubs dropping three of four in Pittsburgh and the Phillies sweeping the three-game series with the Padres, the Cubs have moved ahead of Ryne Sandberg’s team for the worst record in the National League. The Cubs road woes have continued. Outside of Wrigley Field, the Cubs are 11-24 this season. The Cubs stretch of 29 of 40 on the road is nearly over which will help the young team, which figures to get younger, over the last three months of the season.
The Cubs lost two of three to the Phillies at Wrigley Field during the first homestand of the season … and after this weekend, the Cubs are done with the Phillies until the 2015 season.
Following tonight’s matchup of Jake Arrieta and Roberto Hernandez, Edwin Jackson is scheduled to face David Buchanan on Saturday afternoon. Travis Wood and A.J. Burnett will close out the series Sunday afternoon.
Rick Renteria should load his lineup tonight with as many right-handed hitters as possible. Roberto Hernandez has limited lefties to a .221/.361/.277 line while right handers have hit .289/.350/.417 against him this season.
At some point this weekend, Jimmy Rollins will become the Phillies All-Time hits leader. Rollins is currently one base knock behind Mike Schmidt for the most basehits (2,234) in franchise history.
The Cubs will wear throwback jerseys from the ’64 season tonight as part of retro weekend at Citizens Bank Ball Park.
As was the case when Ryne Sandberg was at Wrigley Field for the first game of the 100th season at the old ballyard, it is fitting the Cubs are playing the Phillies tonight. 20 years ago today (1994), Ryne Sandberg shocked the Cubs and the fan base when he suddenly retired from baseball. Sandberg cited family reasons as to why he was walking away at the time. Sandberg returned in 1996 and spent two more seasons with the Cubs on the way to the Hall of Fame.
Tonight it all starts with Jake Arrieta …
Jake Arrieta threw strikes five days ago and for the first time in a Cubs’ uniform he did not walk a batter. Arrieta was very sharp against the Marlins and arguably put together his best outing since he was acquired from the Orioles last July. Arrieta kept a very good Miami off the board for six innings, scattered three hits and struck out seven batters.
Jake Arrieta has three no decisions in three road starts this year. Arrieta has allowed one run on 14 hits in 16 innings outside of Wrigley (0.56 ERA, 1.19 WHIP). Arrieta needs to build on his last start and not take a step back tonight in Philly.
Tonight will be Arrieta’s third career start versus the Phillies. Arrieta is 1-1 in two career starts against Philly with an 8.44 ERA and a 1.59 WHIP. Arrieta makes his first start at Citizens Bank tonight and the last time he faced the Phillies was way back in 2013. Arrieta limited the Phillies to one run on three hits in 6 2/3 innings at Wrigley Field and the Cubs beat Sandberg’s Phillies 7-1.
Phillies Career Numbers against Jake Arrieta
The Cubs will get their second look of the season at the pitcher formally known as Fausto Carmona. Roberto Hernandez is coming off a short start in Cincinnati in which he allowed four runs on four this with three walks and two strikeouts in four innings. Hernandez has really struggled after he went back into the rotation on May 23. Hernandez is 0-2 in his last two starts with a 7.71 ERA and a 1.50 WHIP. Hernandez has allowed nine runs on nine hits with five walks and seven strikeouts in his last two starts (0-2).
Roberto Hernandez has thrown the ball a lot better at home than on the road (1-2 in six games, five starts, with a 6.12 ERA and a 1.60 WHIP). Hernandez is 1-2 in eight games, six starts, inside his home park with a 316 ERA and a 1.51 WHIP.
One of Hernandez’s two victories this season came at the Cubs expense. Hernandez allowed two runs on three hits with one walk and five strikeouts in in 5 1/3 innings back. And for his career, Hernandez is 1-0 in two games, one start, against the Cubs with a 3.18 ERA and a 0.71 WHIP.
Cubs Career Numbers against Roberto Hernandez
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