Talkin’ Cubs Live – Cubs vs. Rays – 08/08/14

Game One Hundred Fourteen – Cubs (49-64) vs. Rays (55-59)

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

Tsuyoshi Wada (1-1, 3.32/1.34/3.23) vs. Chris Archer (7-6, 3.42/1.31/3.25)

The Cubs open a seven-game homestand this afternoon with the first of three against the Tampa Bay Rays that concludes next Thursday with the finale of a four-game series against the Brewers.

Javier Baez makes his Wrigley Field debut today on the anniversary of the first night game at Wrigley Field and Anthony Rizzo’s 25th Birthday. Baez made quite the statement in Denver and will play in front of the Wrigley Faithful for the first time this afternoon.

The Cubs had a good road trip. Not only did the team win four of the six games, but Kyle Hendricks had two excellent starts, one at Dodger Stadium and the other in Coors Field. Javier Baez made his big league debut and Arismendy Alcantara collected six hits (a double and a home run) while spending a lot of time in centerfield. And the Cubs grizzled vets, Starlin Castro and Anthony Rizzo, were also productive at the plate during the trip.

The team will honor the decade of the 1980s during the homestand and the team that created an entire generation of Cubs’ fans, the ’84 Cubs, as well as the rebirth of the Lakeview area … Harry Caray, The Sandberg Game, The Boys of Zimmer, Ryne Sandberg, Andre Dawson, Mark Grace, Shawon Dunston, Greg Maddux, Rick Sutcliffe and the first night game at Wrigley Field. And the Cubs will pay tribute to the ’88 team with throwback uniforms in Sunday’s finale against the Rays.

Interleague play resumes for the Cubs this weekend. The Cubs are 5-6 against the Junior Circuit this season and square off against the Rays for the first time since 2008. Lou’s Crew lost all three games in Tampa that season to the up and coming, newly nicknamed Rays. The last time Tampa played at Wrigley the team was known as the Devil Rays, Lou Piniella was their skipper and Sammy Sosa had an incident that involved a broken bat and a cork. The Cubs won two of three in early June of 2003 at the old ballyard against Tampa.

Tsuyoshi Wada faces Chris Archer in his Wrigley Field debut this afternoon. Edwin Jackson is scheduled to take on Jake Odorizzi in game two Saturday afternoon with Travis Wood and Alex Cobb expected to take the hill in the Sunday afternoon’s finale.

The seven-game homestand all starts with Tsuyoshi Wada

Tsuyoshi Wada makes his fifth start of the season this afternoon. Wada pitched a solid game in Los Angeles last Saturday night and allowed two runs on six hits with two walks and six strikeouts in 5 2/3 innings. Wada looked comfortable on the mound and effectively mixed his pitches for the second straight outing. Wada was far too predictable in his first two big league outings and must keep hitters off balance in order to have success.

Wada is starting his third game at Wrigley today. Wada is 1-1 in the first two with a 4.91 ERA and a 1.36 WHIP. Wada was not-so-good against the Padres and very good against the Dodgers.

PrintTsuyoshi Wada faces the Rays for the first time in a regular season game this afternoon.

Chris Archer makes his Wrigley Field debut a little more than three years since being named the top prospect in the Cubs system by Baseball America prior to the 2011 season.  Archer was traded to Tampa in the Matt Garza deal and with David Price now residing in Detroit, the incredibly talented Archer is the top starter in the Rays rotation.

Chris Archer is coming off a quality start in Tampa against the Angels. Archer gave up three runs on six hits with two walks and nine strikeouts. Archer was 2-1 in four starts last month with a 3.86 ERA and a 1.36 WHIP and is 2-1 in his last three outings with a 3.44 ERA and a 1.31 WHIP.

On the road, Archer is 3-3 in 11 starts this year with a 3.41 ERA and a 1.38 WHIP … and he makes his first appearance against the Cubs this afternoon. No one on the Cubs active roster has faced Chris Archer in a regular season big league ballgame.

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