National League Division Series Game 3: Cubs (97-65, 1-1) vs. Cardinals (100-62, 1-1)
- Game Time – 5:07pm CDT
- Coverage – TV: TBS – Radio: WBBM 780, Cubs Radio Network, XM Radio Channels 184(Cubs), 844(Cubs), 183(Cardinals)
- Location – Wrigley Field
Jake Arrieta (22-6, 1.77/0.87/2.35) vs. Michael Wacha (17-7, 3.38/1.21/3.87)
The National League Division Series – Game 3
Best of Five Series Tied 1-1
It’s the Cubs and Cardinals in Game 3 of the NLDS from Wrigley Field … and Joe Maddon’s team is looking for back-to-back wins over the Redbirds with Jake Arrieta on the hill.
The weather is going to cooperate with highs in the 70s, low in the 50s and dry. Tom Skilling is calling for the wind to be blowing out to right. Arrieta must keep the ball down while the Cubs figure out a well-rested Michael Wacha.
The Cubs have had success against Wacha, but this is the post-season and he’s been pretty good on the big stage. Joe Maddon should run out a balanced starting lineup with Anthony Rizzo and Starlin Castro right in the middle. Left handers have hit .215/.284/.300 against Wacha this season while right handers have batted .253/.313/.365. Rizzo and Castro both have good career numbers against Wacha. Rizzo is 10-for-22 with two home runs and a walk, and Castro is 10-for-22 with two doubles, two home runs and a walk.
Making plays behind Arrieta is imperative for the Cubs defense. The Cubs saw firsthand Saturday the importance of not giving the other team extra outs and opportunities.
Tonight all starts with Jake Arrieta …
Jake Arrieta looks to keep on track tonight against a Cardinals team that will not back down from the hottest starting pitcher in the game in the playoffs. Arrieta has put together an historic stretch and must continue to execute every pitch.
Arrieta shut the Pirates down for nine innings his last time out while receiving excellent plays by his infielders. The Cubs defense has been solid of late and not giving the Cardinals extra outs will be key.
During the regular season, Jake Arrieta was 9-5 in 15 starts at Wrigley with a 1.97 ERA and 0.86 WHIP. Arrieta allowed 23 runs on 67 hits with 23 walks and 107 strikeouts in 105 innings. Arrieta takes on the Cardinals for the fifth time this year.
Jake Arrieta was 2-1 in four starts during the season with a 2.42 ERA and 1.15 WHIP. Arrieta allowed eight runs, seven earned, on 22 hits with eight walks and 25 strikeouts in 26 innings. Arrieta has not faced the Cardinals since July 7 and one of his worst outings of the season came against the Cardinals in St. Louis on May 7.
The Cardinals jumped on Arrieta and attacked him early in the count on May 7 and scored five runs, four earned, on nine hits with a walk. Arrieta struck out seven in 5 1/3 innings. The Cardinals will look to do the same tonight. It will be up to Arrieta and Montero to keep the Redbirds offense off balance.
Cardinals Numbers against Jake Arrieta in 2015
- Jason Heyward: 4-for-12
- Jhonny Peralta: 1-for-11 with one double and one walk
- Kolten Wong: 3-for-12 with one double
- Jon Jay: 2-for-9
- Yadier Molina: 1-for-8 with one walk
- Mark Reynolds: 1-for-9
- Matt Carpenter: 0-for-5 with one walk
- Tony Cruz: 1-for-3
- Randal Grichuk: 1-for-3 with one triple
- Matt Holliday: 1-for-3
- Brandon Moss: 0-for-2 with one walk
- Tommy Pham: 1-for-2 with one walk
Michael Wacha had a very good season but seemed to run out of gas at the end of the year. Wacha has not pitched since Sept. 30 and should benefit from the extra-long layoff.
Wacha was 2-3 in five starts in September with a 7.88 ERA and 1.79 WHIP. Outside of Busch Stadium this year, Wacha was 10-4 in 17 starts with a 3.53 ERA and 1.23 WHIP. And he faces the Cubs for the fifth time on the season tonight.
Michael Wacha is 1-2 in the first four starts against the Cubs with a 6.86 ERA and 1.67 WHIP. Wacha allowed 16 runs on 25 hits in 21 innings to the Cubs with 10 walks and 20 strikeouts.
Cubs Numbers against Michael Wacha in 2015
- Starlin Castro: 5-for-11 with one double, one home run and one walk
- Kris Bryant: 3-for-10 with one double, one triple, one home run and one walk
- Anthony Rizzo: 6-for-11 with one home run
- Chris Coghlan: 1-for-7 with one double and one walk
- Miguel Montero: 1-for-8
- Dexter Fowler: 2-for-5 with one walk
- Austin Jackson: 1-for-6
- Addison Russell: 0-for-5 with one walk
- Jorge Soler: 2-for-5 with one home run and one walk
- Javier Baez: 2-for-5 with two doubles
- Chris Denorfia: 0-for-2
- David Ross: 0-for-1 with one walk
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