#Cubs vs Phillies ppd; will play two on Friday
Jake Arrieta’s pursuit of his Major League-leading 19th win will have to wait a day. Thursday’s game between the Cubs and Phillies was postponed because of rain, and will be made up Friday as a single admission doubleheader at Citizens Bank Park, starting at 4:05 p.m. CT ET.
Arrieta (18-6, 2.03) will start the first game for the Cubs against lefty Adam Morgan (5-5, 4.42 ERA). Kyle Hendricks (6-6, 4.08 ERA) will face the Phillies’ Alex Asher (0-2, 10.61 ERA) in the second game.
Arrieta leads the Major Leagues with 18 wins and is the first Cubs pitcher to reach 18 in a season since Carlos Zambrano went 18-13 in 2007. The last Cubs pitcher with more was Jon Lieber, who went 20-6 in 2001.
Arrieta is 12-1 with a 0.99 ERA and 108 strikeouts in his last 15 starts, all quality starts, dating to June 21 in Minnesota. That one loss was against the Phillies on July 25 when Cole Hamels threw a no-hitter at Wrigley Field.
Arrieta’s 2.03 ERA and .194 opponent batting average are second to the Dodgers’ Zack Greinke (1.68 and .192) in the Major Leagues, and the Cubs right-hander ranks fourth in the NL with 197 strikeouts. He needs three strikeouts to become the first Cubs pitcher to reach 200 Ks in a season since Jeff Samardzija fanned 214 in 2013.
The Cubs tweaked their rotation for the remainder of the Phillies series. Dan Haren (9-9, 3.73 ERA) will start on Saturday and Sunday’s starter now is to be determined, and may be a “bullpen” day, manager Joe Maddon said. That would line up Jon Lester and Jason Hammel for Tuesday’s doubleheader against the Pirates.
— Carrie Muskat