Game Sixty-Seven: Cubs (36-30) vs. Twins (37-31)
- Game Time – 1:10pm CDT
- Coverage – TV: ABC-7 – Radio: WBBM 780, Cubs Radio Network, XM Radio Channels 179, 844
- Location – Target Field, Minneapolis
Jake Arrieta (6-5, 3.40/1.16/3.05) vs. Kyle Gibson (4-5, 3.33/1.25/4.42)
The Cubs wrap-up the five-game Interleague road trip this afternoon. And Joe Maddon hands the ball to Jake Arrieta in search of Meat Loaf for his inflight meal back to Chicago. This afternoon is truly a rubber game for the Cubs. A win today will give the Cubs a series victory in Minneapolis and a winning road trip. The Cubs are 2-2 in the first four games of the two-city journey.
The Cubs will say ‘see you later’ to Kyle Schwarber following today’s game. Schwarber is expected to be optioned to Iowa and spend a majority of the remainder of his first full year in pro ball catching for the Iowa Cubs. Schwarber has made quite the impression. Entering play today, Schwarber is 7-for-18 with a home run, a triple, four RBI and five runs scored. Schwarber should be back later in the season, likely in September and possibly for the White Sox series in August on the South Side.
For the fourth time in four games the Cubs will be facing a starting pitcher a majority of the lineup has never seen before. The Cubs have been very aggressive early the first two games against the Twins. A little patience today would be in order against Kyle Gibson. His peripheral numbers indicate the Cubs will have a lot of chances to put runs on the board.
Right handers (.266/.324/.391) have had a lot more success against Gibson this season than lefties (.231/.302/.331). Maybe Kris Bryant will break out of his little two-game skid.
Today all starts with Jake Arrieta …
Jake Arrieta is coming off possibly his worst start at Wrigley Field. Arrieta did not have it, lasted only five innings due to walking six batters and gave up four runs on three hits with six strikeouts. Arrieta was solid against the Tigers before the offense turned it on in Detroit. Arrieta posted a win and a quality start against the Tigers after allowing three runs on eight hits with a walk and eight strikeouts in six innings.
The Cubs have not been able to get Arrieta and Jon Lester on the same page. If the Cubs could find a way to have three starters clicking at the same time, Joe Maddon might see a winning streak worthy of a contending team.
Jake Arrieta is 2-1 in his last three starts with a 4.24 ERA and a 1.41 WHIP. Arrieta has allowed eight runs on 17 hits with seven walks and 22 strikeouts in 17 innings.
On the road this year, Arrieta is 4-1 in six starts with a 3.47 ERA and a 1.24 WHIP. Arrieta’s 6:1 strikeout to walk ratio (43 strikeouts, seven walks) explains his success because the 38 hits allowed in 36 1/3 innings is a little concerning.
Today is Arrieta’s fifth career start against the Twins. Arrieta is 2-1 in the first four with a 4.09 ERA and a 1.41 WHIP. Jake Arrieta last faced the Twins on April 5, 2013. He received a no-decision after allowing five runs on seven hits with two walks and five strikeouts in five innings.
Twins Career Numbers against Jake Arrieta
- Torii Hunter: 3-for-10
- Kurt Suzuki: 2-for-6 with one double and one walk
- Joe Mauer: 0-for-5 with one walk
- Eduardo Nunez: 2-for-3 with one walk
- Trevor Plouffe: 1-for-2
- Brian Dozier: 1-for-2 with one triple
- Eduardo Escobar: 2-for-2
Kyle Gibson has been inconsistent for Paul Molitor this season. After a good stretch of starts between April 26 and May 30, Gibson has not fared as well of late. He recorded a quality start against the Cardinals (three runs on six hits with two walks and four strikeouts in six innings) his last time out.
Gibson is 0-2 in his last three starts with a 5.68 ERA and a 1.11 WHIP. And at Target Field this season, Kyle Gibson is 3-2 with a 2.84 ERA and a 1.24 WHIP (44 hits, 11 walks and 28 strikeouts in 44 1/3 innings).
Kyle Gibson makes the first start of his career today against the Cubs. Only Dexter Fowler (3-for-4 with two walks) and Miguel Montero (0-for-3) have faced Gibson in a regular season big league ballgame.
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