Game Sixty-Two: Cubs (34-27) vs. Indians (29-33)
- Game Time – 7:05pm CDT
- Coverage – TV: Comcast SportsNet Plus – Radio: WBBM 780, Cubs Radio Network, XM Radio Channels 186, 844
- Location – Wrigley Field, Chicago
Jake Arrieta (6-4, 3.16/1.12/2.79) vs. Trevor Bauer (5-3, 3.53/1.24/3.73)
The Cubs get back to work tonight with the first of three against the Indians. Weather reduced the four-game home-home series with the Indians to three games, one at Wrigley and two at Progressive Field (Wednesday, Thursday). The Cubs will play the franchise’s first home-home series against a team other than the White Sox since June 29-July 2, 1964 against the Reds.
After hosting Terry Francona’s Indians tonight, Joe Maddon and company will make the trip to Cleveland for two games Wednesday and Thursday. The road trip concludes Sunday with the last of three in Minneapolis against the Twins.
The Cubs are 7-7 against the Indians in Interleague play (3-2 at Wrigley, 4-5 at Progressive Field). The last time the Indians visited Wrigley was in 2009. The Cubs swept the three game series with Kerry Wood playing a big role in two of those Cubs victories. Wood blew the save for the Indians in the Friday afternoon game when Derrek Lee took him deep in the ninth and he was hung with the loss the next day after giving up two runs in the 13th inning.
The Cubs are 2-2 in four Interleague games this season. After tonight’s match-up of Jake Arrieta and Trevor Bauer, Tsuyoshi Wada is scheduled to face Danny Salazar Wednesday night in Cleveland. Jason Hammel is expected to face Carlos Carrasco in the finale on Thursday night.
Jason Kipnis, the Glenbrook North standout, makes his Wrigley Field debut. Kipnis has more than bounced back this season after a bad 2014 campaign. And Terry Francona returns to Wrigley. Francona played for the Cubs in 1986 and was close to becoming the Cubs’ skipper when Theo Epstein took over baseball operation in the fall of 2011.
The Cubs will make at least two roster moves prior to tonight’s game. Kyle Schwarber has been called up from Double-A Tennessee and will be available off the bench for what is now the last game of the homestand. The Cubs are expected to option down a reliever to clear a spot on the active roster for Kyle Schwarber.
Tonight all starts with Jake Arrieta …
Jake Arrieta is coming off back-to-back wins against the Marlins and Tigers and will look to stay on track against the Tribe tonight. Arrieta struggled with consistency in May and posted a 1-3 record in six starts with a 3.99 ERA and a 1.20 WHIP. Arrieta has been better his last two starts and is 2-0 with a 3.00 ERA and a 1.25 WHIP.
The Cubs have not had Jon Lester and Jake Arrieta clicking at the same time all season. In order to make it to the All-Star break still in the conversation for a spot in the post-season, Joe Maddon is going to need the No. 1-A and No. 1-B in his rotation near the top of their game.
Jake Arrieta is 2-3 in six starts at Wrigley this year with a 2.88 ERA and a 1.01 WHIP. In 40 2/3 innings at home, Arrieta has allowed 13 runs on 33 hits with eight walks and 40 strikeouts.
Tonight is Jake Arrieta’s fourth career start against the Indians. Arrieta is 1-0 in the first three with a 9.20 ERA and a 1.98 WHIP. The last time Arrieta faced Cleveland was June 29, 2012. Arrieta lasted 3 2/3 innings and gave up five runs on eight hits with two walks and two strikeouts. But that was then and Arrieta is a much different pitcher after working with Chris Bosio for the last three years.
Indians Career Numbers against Jake Arrieta
- David Murphy: 3-for-10 with one walk
- Michael Brantley: 4-for-7 with one walk
- Mike Aviles: 2-for-7
- Jason Kipnis: 2-for-3
- Carlos Santana: 0-for-2 with one walk
Trevor Bauer has been up and down the entire season and he is coming off a not-so-good outing against the Mariners. Bauer gave up six runs on four hits with five walks and five strikeouts in 3 2/3 innings. The incredibly talented Bauer has been close to lights out for a couple of starts then struggle for couple of outings. The Cubs must make him work. Bauer will beat himself if the Cubs give him a chance.
Bauer is 1-1 in his last two starts with a 6.97 ERA and a 1.65 WHIP. He has walked nine batters with only 10 strikeouts in his last 10 1/3 innings.
Outside of Cleveland, Bauer has been very, very good. Bauer is 3-1 in five starts with a 1.32 ERA and a 1.03 WHIP.
The Cubs get their first look at Trevor Bauer in a regular season game tonight. The Cubs did face Bauer this past spring in the Cactus League and it was a rather memorable afternoon. Jorge Soler, Javier Baez and Kris Bryant went back-to-back-to-back against Bauer and as much as he tried to laugh it off, Bauer was not happy. It will be interesting to see how Bauer pitches to Kris Bryant tonight.
Chris Denorfia (1-for-3 with one double), Dexter Fowler (1-for-3) and Miguel Montero (1-for-3 with one double) are the only three players on the Cubs’ active roster that have faced Trevor Bauer in a game that counts.
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