#Cubs face Phillies in Game 2
Jake Arrieta made his 2014 season debut on May 3 and now is 21-10 with a 2.52 ERA (80 ER/285 1/3 IP) in 44 starts since that date. The right-hander will start Saturday in the second game of a three-game series against the Phillies at Wrigley Field.
Arrieta’s 2.52 ERA is the fifth-lowest mark in the National League since May 3, 2014, while his .556 opponents’ OPS is second-lowest (only Clayton Kershaw is better at .539). Arrieta’s 300 strikeouts are fifth-most in the NL.
Arrieta’s 11 victories are tied for second-most in the NL with the Cardinals’ Michael Wacha. With a win on Saturday, Arrieta could become the first Cubs pitcher to exceed 11 wins in a single season in five years, when Ryan Dempster won 14 in 2010. Since the beginning of 2014, Arrieta is 13-2 with a 2.30 ERA (38 ER/149.0 IP) in 23 starts following a Cubs loss.
He’s a big part of the Cubs success. In 11 home games in July, Cubs starting pitchers have a 1.92 ERA (15 ER/70 1/3 IP) and have not given up a home run the last 64 1/3 innings at Wrigley
Here’s Saturday’s lineup:
— Carrie Muskat