Game Fifty-Five: Cubs (39-15) vs. Diamondbacks (24-34)
- Game Time – 1:20pm CDT
- Coverage – TV: Comcast SportsNet – Radio: WSCR 670 The Score, Cubs Radio Network, XM Radio Channels 186, 844
- Location – Wrigley Field, Chicago
Jake Arrieta, RHP (9-0, 1.56/0.89/2.72) vs. Patrick Corbin, LHP (2-5, 4.96/1.42/4.88)
The Cubs wrap up what has been an excellent homestand today. The Cubs are 8-1 on the 10-game homestand and with Jake Arrieta on the hill, Joe Maddon’s team has a chance of completing the three-game sweep of the Diamondbacks.
Today is the Cubs last game of the regular season against the Diamondbacks. The Cubs are 5-1 in the first six games of the season series with one left on the schedule.
The Cubs hit the road following today’s game and begin a nine-game, three-city road trip in Philadelphia. But first, the Cubs have a chance at reaching another team goal this afternoon. When the Cubs reached 20 games over .500, Joe Maddon said the next goal is to be 25 games over. The Cubs enter play this afternoon 39-15 after 54 games.
Today all starts with Jake Arrieta …
Jake Arrieta bounced back nicely his last time out from his rough start against the Cardinals. Arrieta kept the Dodgers off the scoreboard for seven innings. Arrieta surrendered only two hits and struck out eight. Arrieta issued four walks, three in his final inning, which kept him from pitching deeper in the game. The Dodgers pounced on Clayton Richard, Adam Warren and Trevor Cahill after Arrieta left the game. And beat the Cubs 5-0.
Arrieta is 4-0 in his last six starts with a 2.08 ERA and 1.00 WHIP. Over his last 39 innings, Arrieta has allowed 10 runs, nine earned, on 24 hits with 15 walks and 43 strikeouts. And at Wrigley this season, Arrieta is 3-0 in five starts with a 1.36 ERA and 1.03 WHIP.
Jake Arrieta picked up the win and hit a mammoth homer when he faced the Diamondbacks in Phoenix in his second start of the season. Arrieta settled in after a rough couple of innings and allowed three runs on eight hits (two home runs) with no walks and six strikeouts in seven innings. Arrieta’s outing against the D-Backs is the only one this season in which he has not walked at least one batter.
Jake Arrieta is 2-1 in four career starts against the D-Backs with a 2.93 ERA and 1.01 WHIP.
Diamondbacks Career Numbers against Jake Arrieta
- Jean Segura: 3-for-18
- Paul Goldschmidt: 3-for-10 with one double, one home run and two walks
- Chris Owings: 1-for-7
- Brandon Drury: 0-for-6
- Chris Herrmann: 0-for-6
- Jake Lamb: 3-for-6
- Nick Ahmed: 1-for-4
- Michael Bourn: 0-for-3 with one walk
- Philip Gosselin: 0-for-4
- Yasmany Tomas: 1-for-4
The Cubs face an extremely talented southpaw this afternoon that’s coming off back-to-back rough outings. Patrick Corbin was off to a solid start to the season before struggling in Pittsburgh and getting hammered by the Astros.
Corbin lasted only 3 1/3 innings against Houston and allowed seven runs, all earned, on nine hits with two walks and three strikeouts.
Over his last six starts, Corbin is 1-2 with a 5.03 ERA and 1.44 WHIP. But he’s been really, really good on the road this season.
In six starts outside of Chase Field, Patrick Corbin is 2-1 with a 2.68 ERA and 1.19 WHIP.
Patrick Corbin missed the Cubs in April and is 2-0 in three career games, two starts, with a 3.46 ERA and 1.15 WHIP. At Wrigley Field, Corbin is 1-0 in two appearances, one starts, with a 5.14 ERA and 1.14 WHIP.
Cubs Career Numbers against Patrick Corbin
- Dexter Fowler: 5-for-12 with one double and one triple
- Anthony Rizzo: 1-for-4 with two walks
- Jason Heyward: 0-for-4
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