Game Twenty-One: Cubs (15-5) vs. Brewers (8-12)
- Game Time – 1:20pm CDT
- Coverage – TV: Comcast SportsNet – Radio: WSCR 670 The Score, Cubs Radio Network, XM Radio Channels 184, 844
- Location – Wrigley Field, Chicago
Jake Arrieta (4-0, 0.87/0.67/2.82) vs. Taylor Jungmann (0-3, 8.47/1.82/5.26)
Weather permitting … The Cubs look to get back on the field this afternoon in the finale of what is now a two-game series with the Brewers. The forecast calls for more rain and a really cold day at Wrigley Field. If they are able to get the game in, offense figures to be at a premium.
Jake Arrieta was pushed back a day with Wednesday’s rainout. Arrieta received an extra two days of rest with the off-day and postponement. Arrieta threw his no-hitter a week ago tonight. Today is only the third time Arrieta has pitched on six or more days of rest in his career and his first start.
Joe Maddon had a starting eight of Dexter Fowler (CF), Jason Heyward (RF), Kris Bryant (LF), Anthony Rizzo (1B), Ben Zobrist (2B), Tommy La Stella (3B), Addison Russell (SS) and David Ross (C) behind Arrieta on Wednesday before the game was called off. The only possible change could involve Miguel Montero. Ross was set to catch three days in a row but the rainout might have been what Miggy needed to get his back in order.
Today all starts with Jake Arrieta …
Anyone that follows the Cubs knows what Jake Arrieta did his last time out and how good he’s been since the trade with the Orioles that landed him on the North Side of Chicago. Arrieta is not the ‘one-hit wonder’ the misinformed national media makes him out to be.
Jake Arrieta is 40-13 with a 2.17 ERA, 0.92 WHIP and 2.64 WHIP in 71 starts with the Cubs over the last four seasons.
Arrieta did not have his best stuff against the Reds and still tossed the second no-hitter of his career. All eyes will be on Arrieta today to see if he can equal Johnny Vander Meer’s record of back-to-back no-no’s.
In four starts this season, Arrieta has given up three runs on 15 hits with six walks and 26 strikeouts in 31 innings. Today is his second start of the season at Wrigley Field.
Jake Arrieta’s scoreless innings streak at Wrigley (48 2/3 innings) continued back on April 16 after he shutout the Rockies for eight innings. Arrieta has been incredible in his home park in the regular season since last July. Every inning he completes at Wrigley without allowing a run just adds to his record.
Jake Arrieta is 4-3 in nine career starts against the Brewers with a 2.35 ERA and 0.87 WHIP. Last season, Arrieta was 2-1 in four starts with a 2.08 ERA and 0.85 WHIP. One of Arrieta’s four complete games was against the Brewers … Sept. 22 for Win No. 20 on the season.
Brewers Career Numbers against Jake Arrieta
- Scooter Gennett: 6-for-23 with two doubles
- Aaron Hill: 7-for-17 with two doubles and one home run
- Jonathan Lucroy: 3-for-15 with one double
- Ryan Braun: 4-for-10 with one home run and two walks
- Martin Maldonado: 2-for-6 with one walk
- Kirk Nieuwenhuis: 1-for-6
- Domingo Santana: 0-for-5
- Alex Presley: 2-for-4 with one double
Taylor Jungmann is a better pitcher than he’s shown so far this season. Jungmann has really struggled in four starts. Jungmann has not completed more than six innings in any start, lasting only two innings against the Cardinals back on April 11.
In four starts, Jungmann has allowed 17 runs, 16 earned, on 21 hits with 10 walks and 11 strikeouts in 17 innings … and outside of Miller Park, Jungmann has given up 12 runs on 14 hits with two walks and eight strikeouts in eight innings.
Taylor Jungmann makes his third career start against the Cubs tonight. Jungmann is 0-2 with a 4.32 ERA and 2.04 WHIP. In 8 1/3 innings, he has allowed seven runs, four earned, on 12 hits with five walks and 10 strikeouts.
Cubs Career Numbers against Taylor Jungmann
- Kris Bryant: 1-for-3 with one double and two walks
- Dexter Fowler: 0-for-4
- Anthony Rizzo: 2-for-4 with one double and one walk
- Jorge Soler: 3-for-5
- Addison Russell: 3-for-4
- Jason Heyward: 1-for-3
- Miguel Montero: 1-for-2
Let’s Talk Cubs Baseball …