Game One Hundred One: Cubs (53-47) vs. Brewers (44-58)
- Game Time – 7:10pm CDT
- Coverage – TV: Comcast SportsNet – Radio: WBBM 780, Cubs Radio Network, XM Radio Channels 185, 844
- Location – Miller Park, Milwaukee
Jake Arrieta (11-6, 2.61/1.00/2.61) vs. Jimmy Nelson (8-9, 3.97/1.29/4.09)
The Cubs begin a seven-game, two city road trip tonight with the first of four at Miller Park. The Cubs enter play 2 ½ games back of the Giants for the last spot in the tournament and six behind the Pirates to host the NL Wild Card game.
This is an extremely important road trip. The Cubs have played good ball outside of Wrigley Field this season (26-23) and have four games against the Brewers and three games in Pittsburgh. The Cubs must play better against the Brewers over the next four days than they did early in the season. The Cubs are 2-4 versus the Brewers in the first six games of the year due to struggling against the Brewers’ staff.
After tonight’s match-up of Jake Arrieta and Jimmy Nelson, Jason Hammel takes the hill on Friday night against Taylor Jungmann. Kyle Hendricks has Matt Garza on Saturday night and Kyle Lohse is scheduled for Sunday afternoon’s finale. The Cubs are expected to recall Clayton Richard to make the start Sunday if the front office does not acquire a starter before the deadline.
It will be up to the pitching staff to hold the Aramis Ramirez-less Brewers’ offense in check while the offense looks to get out of its funk in Milwaukee.
Tonight all starts with Jake Arrieta …
Jake Arrieta was not the Jake Arrieta that the Cubs are used to seeing every five days his last time out. But with that said, Arrieta would have had to be perfect the last time out to avoid the loss. Arrieta was shaky and made one mistake over his six innings of work. Ryan Howard hit a three-run homer that accounted for the runs he allowed last Saturday afternoon. Arrieta walked three, gave up six hits and struck out eight batters in a 5-0 loss to the Phillies.
Even with his ‘rough’ outing, Arrieta is 4-1 in his last five starts with a 1.72 ERA and 0.85 WHIP.
Jake Arrieta has been a little better on the road this year than at Wrigley. Arrieta is 7-1 in 10 starts outside of the Friendly Confines with a 2.14 ERA and 0.97 WHIP (20 runs, 16 earned, on 53 hits with 12 walks and 74 strikeouts in 67 1/3 innings).
Arrieta will get his second shot of the season at the Brewers tonight. One of Arrieta’s worst outings was back on May 2 against Milwaukee at Wrigley. Jake Arrieta allowed four runs on seven hits in five innings and the Cubs lost 6-1. Arrieta is 2-3 in six career starts versus the Brewers with a 3.22 ERA and 0.99 WHIP … at Miller Park, 1-0 in one start with a 1.29 ERA and 0.57 WHIP (one run on three hits with a walk and five strikeouts in seven innings).
Brewers Career Numbers against Jake Arrieta
- Adam Lind: 4-for-13 with one double, one home run and five walks
- Scooter Gennett: 3-for-13 with one double
- Carlos Gomez: 3-for-10 with one home run and two walks
- Jonathan Lucroy: 2-for-12
- Khris Davis: 2-for-11
- Ryan Braun: 3-for-8 with one home run and one walk
- Jean Segura: 3-for-9
- Gerardo Parra: 0-for-6
- Martin Maldonado: 2-for-4
- Hector Gomez: 0-for-2
Jimmy Nelson has been inconsistent at best this year. Nelson is coming off an excellent outing in Phoenix. Nelson tossed seven shutout innings against a very good Diamondbacks offense. Nelson allowed just five hits with three walks and five strikeouts.
After posting a 3-3 record in six starts last month with a 5.56 ERA and 1.53 WHIP, Nelson is 3-1 in his last four starts with a 2.08 ERA and 1.27 WHIP. At Miller Park this year, Nelson is 3-3 in eight starts with a 4.00 ERA and 1.04 WHIP.
Jimmy Nelson takes on the Cubs for the third time this year. Nelson is 0-1 in the first two games with a 3.95 ERA and 1.02 WHIP. The Cubs lost to the Brewers on May 3 in his start at Wrigley and beat Nelson on May 8 by a final of 5-3.
Cubs Career Numbers against Jimmy Nelson
- Chris Coghlan: 4-for-12 with two doubles and one home run
- Jorge Soler: 5-for-12 with three doubles and one home run
- Starlin Castro: 2-for-10 with one double and one walk
- Anthony Rizzo: 2-for-10 with one triple and one home run
- Dexter Fowler: 2-for-7 with one home run
- Kris Bryant: 0-for-6
- Addison Russell: 1-for-6
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