Game Eighty-Six – Cubs (38-47) vs. Nationals (47-39)
- Game Time – 12:35pm CDT
- Coverage – TV: WGN TV – Radio: 720 WGN, XM Radio Channels 185, 844
- Location – Nationals Park, Washington DC
Jake Arrieta (5-1, 1.81/1.01/1.96) vs. Jordan Zimmermann (6-4, 2.95/1.19/2.74)
The Cubs wrap-up the three game series as well as the season series with the Nationals this afternoon. The Cubs are 3-3 in the first six games against the Nationals this year and will look to bounce back from Saturday’s not-so-good performance.
Jake Arrieta is now the number one pitcher on the Cubs staff. And he has pitched like a number one for the last month. It will be interesting to see how Arrieta pitches this afternoon when his teammates could use an excellent start from him after the last two days.
Rick Renteria will have a short bullpen this afternoon, even with the addition of another reliever to the mix. The Cubs are expected to recall RHP Blake Parker from Triple-A Iowa prior to the game. But with Carlos Villanueva (58 pitches in two-plus innings), Chris Rusin (73 pitches in 3 2/3 innings) and Justin Grimm (43 pitches in one inning) laboring through Saturday’s bullpen day, those three pitchers will not be available. The Cubs are expected to make several changes to the pitching staff prior to Monday’s opener in Cincinnati as the team tries to make it to the break before hitting the reset button on several pitching assignments.
The Cubs will find out which player or players will represent the team at the Midsummer Classic on July 15 at Target Field tonight. The All-Star Selection Show will be aired on ESPN beginning at 6:00pm CDT. Anthony Rizzo and/or Starlin Castro should be named All-Stars tonight.
The final game of the year against the Nationals all starts with Jake Arrieta …
Jake Arrieta is coming off the best month of his career and has taken no-hitters into at least the seventh inning in each of his last two starts. Arrieta no-hit the Red Sox for 7 2/3 innings in his last outing and surrendered just one hit. Arrieta has allowed a grand total of two runs on four hits in his last two games (14 2/3 innings) with one walk and 19 strikeouts.
Jake Arrieta was 4-0 in six June starts with a 0.92 ERA and a 0.69 WHIP. Over his last 39 1/3 innings, Arrieta has given up 21 hits with six walks and 48 strikeouts. One the road this year, Arrieta is 4-1 in seven starts with a 2.16 ERA and a 1.03 WHIP. Arrieta faces a team he is very familiar with due to his time in Baltimore and one that he has not beaten in his career.
Jake Arrieta is 0-1 in five career starts against the Nationals with a 6.84 ERA and a 1.68 WHIP. This afternoon is Arrieta’s second start at Nationals Park. Arrieta received a no-decision after allowing one run on six hits with one walk and nine strikeouts in seven innings.
Nationals Career Numbers against Jake Arrieta
The Cubs will get their first look of the season at Jordan Zimmermann. The pitcher many consider the best on the Nationals staff is having a good year. Zimmermann is coming off a win against the Rockies in which he allowed two runs on seven hits with one walk and five strikeouts in six innings. Zimmermann has not completed seven innings in either of his last two starts. For the month of June, Zimmermann was 3-2 in six starts with a 1.43 ERA and a 0.82 WHIP … 30 hits allowed with six walks and 41 strikeouts in 44 innings.
Jordan Zimmermann is 3-2 in 10 home starts this season with a 3.23 ERA and a 1.35 WHIP, and he faces the Cubs for the seventh time in his career this afternoon.
Zimmermann is 1-4 in six career starts against the Cubs with a 5.59 ERA and a 1.30 WHIP.
Cubs Career Numbers against Jordan Zimmerman
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