Game One Hundred Seventeen – Cubs (50-66) vs. Brewers (65-53)
- Game Time – 7:05pm CDT
- Coverage – TV: Comcast SportsNet – Radio: 720 WGN, XM Radio Channels 186, 844
- Location – Wrigley Field, Chicago
Jake Arrieta (6-3, 2.80/1.07/2.24) vs. Yovani Gallardo (6-6, 3.54/1.25/3.89)
Weather permitting … The Cubs’ seven-game homestand continues tonight with the first of four against the first place Milwaukee Brewers. The Cubs are 4-5 in nine games against the Brewers this season while struggling against the NL Central. The Cubs are just 17-30 versus their division rivals this year.
Beginning with tonight’s series, the Cubs have only four games left on the schedule against teams under .500 and not playing for a spot in the post-season. The games against contenders and teams with winning records will be good experience for the young players on the Cubs roster. Typically there are stretches of games over the final six weeks of a baseball season that look more like Spring Training games than regular season games.
Chris Bosio said after the deadline the Cubs know they will have an impact on the playoff picture and with 10 games against the Brewers the Cubs could make it difficult for Milwaukee down the stretch. The Brewers enter play tonight two games ahead of the Cardinals, two and half up on the Pirates and five ahead of the Reds in the National League Central.
After tonight’s match-up of Jake Arrieta and Yovani Gallardo, Kyle Hendricks is scheduled to face Wily Peralta on Tuesday night. Tsuyoshi Wada and Kyle Lohse are slated for game three Wednesday night with Edwin Jackson and Mike Fiers expected to square off in the finale Thursday afternoon.
Tonight all starts with Jake Arrieta …
Jake Arrieta had a Coors Field start his last time out and should be looked at as such, unless his season goes the other direction from the way he’s pitched for a majority of the year. Arrieta gave up nine runs on 13 hits with no walks and three strikeouts in five-plus innings. Since the break, including the outing at Coors Field, Arrieta is 1-2 in four starts with a 5.47 ERA and a 1.26 WHIP.
Tonight is Arrieta’s eighth start of the year at Wrigley Field. Arrieta is 2-0 in the first seven with a 1.85 ERA and a 0.92 WHIP. In 43 2/3 innings at home, Arrieta has allowed nine runs on 29 hits with 11 walks and 44 strikeouts.
Jake Arrieta faces the Brewers for the first time this year. In three career starts against the Brewers, Arrieta is 1-1 with a 3.00 ERA and a 0.83 WHIP.
Brewers Career Numbers against Jake Arrieta
The Cubs get their first look of the season at Yovani Gallardo tonight. Gallardo has been inconsistent, at best, this year for the Brewers. Gallardo will put together dominating starts, like he did against the Rays on July 30, and follow it up with a clunker, like he did against the Giants in his last outing. Gallardo gave up four runs on nine hits with four walks and four strikeouts in four innings to the Giants in his last start.
Since the break, Yovani Gallardo is 1-1 in four starts with a 2.92 ERA and a 1.30 WHIP and on the road, Gallardo is 4-2 in 10 starts with a 2.90 ERA and a 1.16 WHIP.
Yovani Gallardo owns an 8-3 record in 17 career starts against the Cubs with a 3.12 ERA and a 1.24 WHIP, and is 4-1 in nine starts at Wrigley with a 3.21 ERA and a 1.13 WHIP.
Cubs Career Numbers against Yovani Gallardo
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