Game One Hundred Fifty-One: Cubs (88-62) vs. Brewers (63-87)
- Game Time – 7:05pm CDT
- Coverage – TV: Comcast SportsNet Plus – Radio: WBBM 780, Cubs Radio Network, XM Radio Channels 189, 844
- Location – Wrigley Field, Chicago
Jake Arrieta (19-6, 1.96/0.92/2.51) vs. Tyler Cravy (0-7, 6.42/1.72/4.63)
The Cubs shoot for their second straight victory over the Brewers tonight behind Jake Arrieta. The Cubs must take care of business against the Brewers to at least keep pace with the Pirates in the standings.
Jake Arrieta takes the ball in search of win No. 20. Arrieta received a no-decision his last time out in a game the Cubs eventually won in Pittsburgh in 12 innings. If Arrieta is able to reach the mark he would be the Cubs first 20-game winner in 14 years. Jon Lieber posted a 20-6 record for Don Baylor in 2001.
Craig Counsell made a change to his rotation. Instead of Jimmy Nelson tonight, Counsell is starting rookie right hander Tyler Cravy. Nelson has been shut down for the remainder of the season after being hit in the head by a comebacker last Thursday. The Cubs will likely see a host of relievers after Cravy which can be rather challenging for an offense. A balanced starting eight behind Arrieta would allow Joe Maddon to keep his options open against the Brewers’ bullpen.
And the Brewers called up six players from Double-A Biloxi that will give their bench a little boost.
Tonight all starts with Jake Arrieta …
Jake Arrieta was happy with the way he pitched the last time out against the Pirates, but was upset with himself after the game for airmailing a throw to first base. Arrieta’s error gave the Pirates a run and led to the game taking 12 innings to play. The Cubs won 3-2 and Arrieta pitched eight very good innings. Arrieta received a no-decision after allowing two runs, one earned, on six hits with a walk and five strikeouts.
The Cubs are 10-0 in Arrieta’s last 10 starts.
Since the break, Arrieta is 9-1 in 12 starts with a 0.95 ERA and 0.83 WHIP. Arrieta has allowed 12 runs, nine earned, on 49 hits with 22 walks and 86 strikeouts in 85 1/3 innings. At Wrigley this season, Arrieta is 7-5 in 13 starts with a 2.33 ERA and 0.96 WHIP.
Arrieta takes on the Brewers for the third time this season. Arrieta is 0-1 in the first two with a 4.91 ERA and 1.45 WHIP. Arrieta lost to the Brewers on May 2 when he allowed four runs on seven hits with a walk and six strikeouts in five innings. On July 30 at Miller Park, Arrieta received a no decision after giving up two runs on five hits with three walks and six strikeouts in six innings. Jake Arrieta owns a 2-3 mark in seven career starts versus the Brewers with a 3.19 ERA and 1.04 WHIP.
Brewers Career Numbers against Jake Arrieta
- Adam Lind: 4-for-16 with one double, one home run and five walks
- Scooter Gennett: 4-for-16 with one double
- Jonathan Lucroy: 3-for-15 with one double
- Khris Davis: 2-for-13 with two doubles and one walk
- Ryan Braun: 4-for-10 with one home run and two walks
- Jean Segura: 3-for-12
- Logan Schafer: 2-for-6 with one double, one triple and one walk
- Elian Herrera: 0-for-4
- Martin Maldonado: 2-for-4
The Cubs get their second look at rookie right-hander Tyler Cravy. The Cubs beat Cravy back on Aug. 13 at Wrigley. Cravy allowed four runs on four hits with four walks and three strikeouts in 4 1/3 innings. Cravy has pitched out of the Brewers bullpen since Sept. 6 and has not completed more than two innings in five relief appearances.
Tyler Cravy is 0-2 in his last five games with a 5.40 ERA and 1.65 WHIP. And 0-3 in six road games, two starts, in the majors this year with a 3.71 ERA and 1.29 WHIP.
Cubs Numbers against Tyler Cravy in 2015
- Dexter Fowler: 1-for-2 with one home run and one walk
- Kyle Schwarber: 1-for-2 with one home run and one walk
- Kris Bryant: 1-for-2
- Chris Coghlan: 0-for-2
- Anthony Rizzo: 0-for-1 with one walk
- David Ross: 0-for-2
- Addison Russell: 0-for-1 with one walk
- Jorge Soler: 1-for-2
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