Game One Hundred Twenty-Five: Cubs (79-45) vs. Padres (53-72)
- Game Time – 9:10pm CDT
- Coverage – TV: Comcast SportsNet – Radio: WSCR 670 The Score, Cubs Radio Network, XM Radio Channels 183, 844
- Location – PETCO Park, San Diego
Jake Arrieta, RHP (15-5, 2.75/1.06/3.33) vs. Christian Friedrich, LHP (4-9, 4.69/1.45/4.29)
The Cubs look for two in a row over the Padres tonight behind Jake Arrieta.
The biggest question going into Tuesday night’s game at PETCO Park is which catcher will be behind the plate with Jake Arrieta on the hill. Joe Maddon has not tipped his hand on if Willson Contreras will catch Arrieta for the second straight start or if Miguel Montero will give Arrieta a familiar target and voice tonight. Arrieta is coming off a rough game in which he walked a career-high seven batters.
The Cubs and Arrieta said all of the right things publicly about his last start. Contreras did a good job and Arrieta’s issues were mechanical and all on his end. Reports are mixed as to which of the two catchers will start Tuesday.
If Maddon does not start Contreras and has Montero catch Arrieta it will speak volumes without the Cubs saying a word. The Padres are starting lefty Christian Friedrich and Maddon has stayed away from having Miggy play against southpaws.
Left-handers have hit rather well against Friedrich his season. Lefties have a .780 OPS with six extra basehits (two doubles, four home runs) and a .288/.318/.463 line. Righties have a .728 OPS with 20 extra basehits (12 doubles, two triples, six home runs) while hitting .267/.343/.385.
Tonight all starts with Jake Arrieta …
The Cubs are looking for a bounce back outing tonight from Jake Arrieta. His last start five days ago was, well … effective but not good. Arrieta walked a career-high seven batters after retiring 11 of the first 12 batters he faced. Arrieta did not appear to be on the same page with Willson Contreras. After not getting several calls he usually does, it looked like Arrieta tried to be too perfect instead of just pitching. Arrieta took responsibility for his outing and said he was just off.
Regardless of what happened against the Brewers or whether Contreras or Montero is behind the plate tonight, Arrieta must have a better outing.
Jake Arrieta is 3-0 in his last three starts with a 2.79 ERA and 1.03 WHIP. Arrieta has allowed six runs, all earned, on 10 hits with 10 walks and 13 strikeouts in 19 1/3 innings. Arrieta is 3-1 in six starts since the break with a 2.97 ERA and 0.97 WHIP. And on the road this season, Arrieta is 9-2 in 12 starts with a 3.29 ERA and 1.00 WHIP.
Tonight is Arrieta’s third career start against the Padres. Arrieta missed the Friars back in May. Arrieta is 1-1 with a 6.00 ERA and 1.44 WHIP. Arrieta faces the Padres for the first time since May 22, 2014. Arrieta beat the Friars 5-1 at PETCO Park after allowing one run on four hits with a walk and seven strikeouts in six innings … it was Arrieta’s first win of the 2014 season.
Alexei Ramirez (6-for-16 with one double) and Christian Bethancourt (0-for-3) are the only two position players on the Padres active roster that have faced Jake Arrieta in a regular season big league ballgame.
Lefty Christian Friedrich is coming off a quality start against the Rays in Tampa. Friedrich allowed two runs on six hits with a walk and five strikeouts in 6 2/3 innings. The Padres lost the game 2-0. The Padres are 3-7 the last 10 times Friedrich has taken the ball.
Friedrich is 0-3 in his last three starts with a 4.58 ERA and 1.12 WHIP. At PETCO this season, Friedrich is 2-3 in seven starts with a 5.08 ERA and 1.51 WHIP.
Christian Friedrich makes his third appearance in his first start against the Cubs tonight. Friedrich has completed 3 1/3 innings in two appearances and allowed one unearned run on three hits with no walks and three strikeouts.
Cubs Career Numbers against Christian Friedrich
- Dexter Fowler: 0-for-2
- Jason Heyward: 1-for-2
- Miguel Montero: 0-for-2
- Anthony Rizzo: 0-for-2
- Ben Zobrist: 1-for-2
- Kris Bryant: 0-for-1
- Jorge Soler: 1-for-1
- Matt Szczur: 1-for-1 with one double
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