Game One Hundred Thirty-Nine: Cubs (80-58) vs. Phillies (54-86)
- Game Time – 4:05pm CDT
- Coverage – TV: Comcast SportsNet – Radio: WBBM 780, Cubs Radio Network, XM Radio Channels 183, 844
- Location – Citizens Bank Park, Philadelphia
Jake Arrieta (18-6, 2.03/0.92/2.46) vs. Adam Morgan (5-5, 4.42/1.24/5.33)
Let’s Play Two
The Cubs and Phillies kick off what is now a four-game series in three days this afternoon. The two teams play a traditional doubleheader with the first game starting at 4:05pm CDT and the second around 30 minutes after the completion of the opener.
What was already a tough 11-game trip in 11 days in three different cities became a little more challenging. The Cubs will play two doubleheaders in the next five days.
The Cubs face a Phillies’ team that swept them in late July at Wrigley Field. The Cubs played their worst ball of the season that weekend (July 24-26) and The Streak was snapped. The Phillies are 25-24 since the break and hopefully have the Cubs attention. Winning a series in September against a team where the Phillies are in the standings right now is a must for the Cubs.
Pete Mackanin has gotten a lot out of the talent on his roster. The Cubs are facing a team that is 4-12 in their last 16 games. Early runs are key this weekend for the Cubs to keep a team on their heels and not allow them to gain any confidence.
The Cubs will see three rookie pitchers and Aaron Harang over the next three days. And because of Thursday’s rainout, Sunday is now a bullpen day for the Cubs. Joe Maddon has not announced if Tsuyoshi Wada will start the game or not. But it appears Johnny Wholestaff will take on Harang on Sunday.
Game one of the twin bill features Jake Arrieta and lefty Adam Morgan, and both managers decided to stick with their scheduled starters for the nightcap. Kyle Hendricks and right-hander Alec Asher get the ball in game two.
Dan Haren squares off Saturday night against right-hander Jerad Eickhoff. And the series wraps up with the Cubs pen against Aaron Harang. Jason Hammel was scheduled to pitch Sunday’s finale. Hammel has been pushed to Tuesday’s doubleheader at PNC.
Joe Maddon had seven right handed hitters and Anthony Rizzo in his starting lineup last night. With the Phillies sticking with lefty Adam Morgan, Maddon will likely run out the same lineup. Right handers have hit .281/.325/.479 against Morgan in the majors while lefties have managed a .213/.265/.294 slash line against him. Maddon announced the following lineup Thursday: Dexter Fowler CF, Austin Jackson RF, Kris Bryant LF, Anthony Rizzo 1B, Starlin Castro 2B, Javier Baez 3B, David Ross C, Jake Arrieta P and Addison Russell SS.
Today all starts with Jake Arrieta …
Jake Arrieta followed up an incredible month of August (6-0 in six starts with a 0.43 ERA, 0.69 WHIP) with eight innings of shutout ball against the Diamondbacks at Wrigley Field his last time out. Arrieta was a little shaky in the first inning before he found a rhythm in the second and went to work. Arrieta gave up four hits, three singles and a double, without walking a batter and striking out seven. Arrieta has won his last seven decisions and more importantly the Cubs are 9-1 in his last 10 starts.
Arrieta’s post-break numbers are simply ridiculous. Arrieta is 8-1 in his last 10 starts with a 0.91 ERA and 0.81 WHIP. Arrieta has allowed nine runs, seven earned, on 37 hits with 19 walks and 74 strikeouts in 69 1/3 innings.
Jake Arrieta is 11-1 in 15 starts outside of Wrigley this year with a 1.76 ERA and 0.89 WHIP.
The Phillies and Cole Hamels beat Arrieta on July 25. Arrieta was not sharp that horrible Saturday afternoon and was on the wrong end of the final day of The Streak.
For his career, Arrieta is 2-2 in four starts against the Phillies with a 4.94 ERA and 1.23 WHIP … at Citizens Bank Park, Jake Arrieta is 1-0 with a 0.00 ERA and 0.43 WHIP (no runs on two hits with a walk and nine strikeouts in seven innings).
Phillies Career Numbers against Jake Arrieta
- Carlos Ruiz: 2-for-7 with one double and one walk
- Cody Asche: 0-for-6
- Jeff Francoeur: 1-for-6 with one home run
- Ryan Howard: 1-for-5 with one home run and one walk
- Andres Blanco: 1-for-5
- Freddy Galvis: 0-for-3
- Cesar Hernandez: 0-for-3
- Odubel Herrera: 1-for-3 with one double
- Erik Kratz: 1-for-3
- Darin Ruf: 1-for-2 with one home run
The Cubs get their first look at lefty Adam Morgan this afternoon. Morgan is coming off a rough outing in Boston. Morgan allowed six runs on eight hits with two walks and six strikeouts in 6 1/3 innings. In his last 10 starts, Morgan is 4-3 with a 4.45 ERA and 1.22 WHIP (31 runs, 28 earned, on 58 hits with 11 walks and 29 strikeouts in 56 2/3 innings).
Morgan has been solid in his home park. Morgan is 3-1 in seven starts with a 4.03 ERA and 1.32 WHIP.
No one on Joe Maddon’s active roster has faced Adam Morgan in a regular season big league ballgame.
Let’s Talk Cubs Baseball …