8/16 Cubs lineup
Jake Arrieta makes his second start for the Cubs on Friday in the series opener against the Cardinals. Here’s the lineup:
* The Cubs have been shut out in four of their last five home games dating to Aug. 3, and were blanked in two of three games vs. the Reds.
* Chicago is batting .183 (30-for-164) in its last five home games with a .230 on-base percentage and a .105 average (2-for-19) with runners in scoring position. The Cubs batted .255 (138-for-541) with a .320 on-base percentage in their previous 16 home games from June 23-Aug. 2.
* The Cubs have used 50 players this seaosn, most in the Majors, but they’ve relied on eight starting pitchers. That’s tied for second-fewest in the Majors with the Diamondbacks and Reds. The Rockies, Brewers and Pirates have used 11 starting pitchers each.
– Carrie Muskat