Game One Hundred Forty-Eight: Cubs (94-53) vs. Brewers (66-82)
- Game Time – 3:05pm CDT
- Coverage – TV: WGN-TV – Radio: WSCR 670 The Score, Cubs Radio Network, XM Radio Channels 184, 844
- Location – Wrigley Field, Chicago
Jake Arrieta, RHP (17-6, 2.91/1.04/3.49) vs. Zach Davies, RHP (10-7, 3.87/1.23/3.83)
Jake Arrieta gets the ball today as the Cubs look to make it two in a row over the Brewers.
The Brewers have given the Cubs everything they have in five games over the last two weeks. The Brewers did not like Miller Park being filled with Cubs fans and did not want to see their division rival celebrate a division championship on Thursday night. Now that the Brewers have no motivation against the Cubs it will be interesting to see which group of players shows up for Craig Counsell this afternoon.
The Cubs would like to see a good outing from Jake Arrieta this afternoon. Arrieta was a little bit erratic his last time out but he was sick. Arrieta has struggled with his command this season. It would help ease a little of the concern if he could get locked in mechanically and on the same page with one of the Cubs’ three catchers as the team heads into the postseason.
These Cubs don’t quit and that was proven again Friday. The Cubs are not going to let off the pedal no matter which players are in the starting lineup.
Today all starts with Jake Arrieta …
Jake Arrieta was dealing with flu-like symptoms last Sunday during his start in Houston. Arrieta looked really good through the first five innings before running out of energy. Arrieta could not complete six innings in a game the Cubs won 9-5. Arrieta is not hurt. He was sick.
The Cubs are 6-1 in Arrieta’s last seven starts. And Arrieta is 1-1 in his last two starts with a 3.97 ERA and 1.06 WHIP. Arrieta has allowed six runs, five earned, on eight hits with four walks and 10 strikeouts in 11 1/3 innings.
Over his last 10 starts, Arrieta is 5-2 with a 3.32 ERA and 0.97 WHIP (25 runs, 24 earned runs, 37 hits, 26 walks, 50 strikeouts, 65 innings). Walks have hurt Arrieta and the Cubs. Depending who is behind the plate today, Arrieta could have a really good outing.
Arrieta makes his third start of the season against the Brewers today. Arrieta has struggled with his command and is 2-0 with a 5.06 ERA and 1.59 WHIP versus the Brewers at Wrigley. Arrieta should be a lot better this afternoon if he can get the close calls he did not back on Aug. 18 when he walked a career-high seven batters.
For his career, Jake Arrieta is 6-3 in 11 starts against the Brewers with a 2.78 ERA and 0.99 WHIP.
Brewers Career Numbers against Jake Arrieta
- Scooter Gennett: 7-for-26 with three doubles
- Ryan Braun: 4-for-15 with one home run and three walks
- Kirk Nieuwenhuis: 2-for-11 with one home run
- Martin Maldonado: 2-for-9 with one walk
- Hernan Perez: 3-for-8 with one home run and two walks
- Chris Carter: 0-for-4 with two walks
- Jonathan Villar: 2-for-5 with one walk
- Domingo Santana: 0-for-5
- Yadiel Rivera: 0-for-4
- Orlando Arcia: 0-for-1 with one walk
- Zach Davies: 0-for-1 with one walk
Zach Davies is coming off a rather impressive no-decision against the Cardinals. After taking the 7-2 loss against the Cubs on Sept. 5 at Miller Park, Davies limited the Cardinals to one run on five hits with a walk and seven strikeouts in 7 1/3 innings. The Brewers won 2-1. Davies is 0-1 in his last two starts with a 1.93 ERA and 1.00 WHIP.
The Cubs get their fourth and final look of the season at the Brewers’ right-hander. Davies is 1-2 in three starts versus the Cubs with a 5.29 ERA and 1.41 WHIP. And for his career, Davies is 2-2 in four starts with a 3.91 ERA and 1.17 WHIP.
Cubs Career Numbers against Zach Davies
- Kris Bryant: 4-for-12 with one double and one home run
- Anthony Rizzo: 3-for-10 with three doubles
- Addison Russell: 2-for-9 with one walk
- Javier Baez: 2-for-9
- Jorge Soler: 2-for-6 with one walk
- Dexter Fowler: 0-for-6
- Ben Zobrist: 1-for-5 with one walk
- Willson Contreras: 1-for-4 with one double and one walk
- Jason Heyward: 0-for-5
- Miguel Montero: 2-for-4 with one double and one walk
- Tommy La Stella: 1-for-3
- Chris Coghlan: 1-for-2 with one walk
- Matt Szczur: 2-for-3 with one double
- Jake Arrieta: 0-for-2
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