#Cubs Arrieta faces Pirates

Jake Arrieta goes for his 21st win on Sunday night when the Cubs play host to the Pirates at Wrigley Field. First pitch is scheduled for 7:05 p.m. CT. Here’s the lineup:

Fowler CF

Schwarber LF

Bryant 3B

Rizzo 1B

Castro 2B

Soler RF

Montero C

Russell SS

Arrieta P

Arrieta leads the Majors with 20 wins. He has posted 18-straight quality starts, dating to June 21, which is a franchise record. The right-hander is 14-1 with a 0.94 ERA and 131 strikeouts in those 18 games.

His 1.88 ERA and .191 opponent batting average rank second-lowest in the Majors behind the Dodgers Zack Greinke (1.65
and .189). Arrieta has a 0.86 ERA since the All-Star break, which would be the lowest ERA after the break in MLB histsory.

Arrieta looks to become the first Cubs pitcher to win more than 20 games in a season since Hall of Famer Fergie Jenkins went 24-13 in 1971.

4 Comments

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Arrieta looking great thru 5. Cubs ever learn to hit with ROB they would really roll. How about bunting? I’m a believer in opportunities.

Aloha Tom, yes they need to learn clutch hitting in a real way. For some reason, their anxiety goes up with runners on, instead if a healthy does of adrenaline and confidence that they can bring in their fellow teammate. When this clicks as you say, they will be a force to be reckon with. Well, thank goodness Arrieta likes to hit balls out from time to time! Wish I could see the game, MLB said because of my location (I am in the West), I am blacked-out from watching a game for the Chicago-Pittsburgh market? Take care. Mahalo.

Hey k.g. Another timely hit by Castro, two good innings by Wood and overall a great win for the Cubs!

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