Talkin’ Cubs Live – Cubs vs. Red Sox – 06/30/14

Game Eighty-One – Cubs (34-46) vs. Red Sox (38-44)

  • Game Time – 6:05pm CDT
  • Coverage – TV: Comcast SportsNet – Radio: 720 WGN, XM Radio Channels 179, 844
  • Location – Fenway Park, Boston

Jake Arrieta (4-1, 2.05/1.11/2.10) vs. Jake Peavy (1-6, 4.93/1.46/4.93)

It’s the mid-point of the 2014 season for the Cubs and after a rare Sunday away from the baseball diamond, the Cubs return to the field tonight for the first of three in Boston against the defending World Series Champions.

The Cubs begin a very difficult three-city road trip tonight in Boston. After the series with the Red Sox and an off-day on Thursday, the Cubs will spend the Fourth of July weekend in the Nation’s Capital with the Nationals then wrap-up the trip with five games in four days in the Queen City. The Cubs have only 14 games left before the All-Star break.

After dropping the last two games of the 10-game homestand (4-6), the Cubs begin play tonight with a 14-13 record in June. If the Cubs are able to win the first game in Boston, the Cubs will post a winning record in a month other than July for the first time under the current regime.

Theo Epstein is not making the trip with the Cubs to Boston this time around. Epstein has family matters to attend to. Jed Hoyer will be with the Cubs on the trip. The last time the Cubs played in Boston, Mike Quade’s team dropped two of three and Marlon Byrd was beaned. Sean Marshall picked up the only win that weekend and both Doug Davis and James Russell left Boston with an extra loss on their records.

Rick Renteria has not said which player will assume the DH role over the next three games. The Cubs will lose one of their best hitters Wednesday night when Travis Wood is not allowed to hit. Renteria should use these three games as a way to have Mike Olt see playing time on consecutive days.

The Cubs are 15-26 on the road this year and 2-6 against the Junior Circuit in Interleague Play.

After tonight’s match-up of Jake Arrieta and Jake Peavy, Edwin Jackson is scheduled to face Clay Buchholz Tuesday night. Travis Wood and Brandon Workman square off in the finale Wednesday night.

The match-up of the Two Jakes all starts with Jake Arrieta …

Jake Arrieta is coming off his fourth excellent outing in a row. Arrieta took a perfect game into the seventh inning against the high-powered Reds offense and showed once again how good he can be when he throws strikes. Arrieta left after seven innings and giving up two runs on three hits without a walk and nine strikeouts. Arrieta has walked only two batters over his last four starts.

Arrieta has been one of the best in the game over his last five outings. Arrieta is 3-0 with a 1.14 ERA and a 0.79 WHIP. Arrieta has given up 20 hits with five walks and 38 strikeouts in his last 31 2/3 innings. Arrieta makes his seventh road start of the season tonight and is 3-1 in the first six with a 2.65 ERA and a 1.21 WHIP. And he will face a big challenge tonight in Fenway Park.

PrintJake Arrieta is very familiar with the Red Sox from his days in Baltimore and he has not beaten the Sox in five tries. Arrieta has struggled to the tune of a 0-2 record in six games, five starts, with a 5.90 ERA and a 1.59 WHIP. Fenway Park has been an even bigger challenge for Arrieta where he is 0-1 in three games, two starts, with a 7.15 ERA and a 1.76 WHIP. Arrieta has walked more batters (9) than he’s struck out (5) in 11 1/3 innings in Boston.

Red Sox Career Numbers against Jake Arrieta

The Cubs will face an old foe tonight in Jake Peavy. The former Southsider and Friar has dominated the Cubs throughout his career. Peavy has had a rough season to this point but he’s always been at the top of his game when he’s faced the Cubs. And that does not figure to change tonight.

Peavy is coming off a horrible start in Seattle in which he gave up seven runs on eight hits with two walks and three strikeouts in five innings. This entire season has been a struggle for Peavy but he has delivered a good start from time to time. After going winless in May (0-2 in six starts with a 5.89 ERA and a 1.53 WHIP), Peavy is 0-4 in his last five starts with a 5.87 ERA and a 1.47 WHIP. For as bad, at times, as Peavy has been, Fenway Park has been kind to him this season. In eight starts at Fenway, Peavy is 0-2 with a 3.91 ERA and a 1.46 WHIP.

Jake Peavy makes the 15th start of his career tonight against the Cubs. Peavy is 7-4 in the first 14 with a 2.76 ERA and a 1.19 WHIP.

Cubs Career Numbers against Jake Peavy

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