#Cubs and Arrieta face Reds

Jake Arrieta opens the Cubs series against the Reds in the ballpark where he threw his second career no-hitter back on April 21. He is the first Cubs pitcher to throw a no-hitter in consecutive seasons. The Cubs won 16-0 that day, and it was the second-most lopsided no-hitter in Major League history.

Here’s Monday’s lineup vs. the Reds:

Zobrist 2B

Heyward CF

Bryant 3B

Rizzo 1B

Contreras LF

Montero C

Russell SS

Coghlan RF

Arrieta P

Arrieta has a 1.74 ERA, the lowest mark in all of baseball. He will try to become the first 12-game winner in the National League and the second to reach the mark in the Majors (the White Sox’s Chris Sale is 13-2).

The Cubs are 21-9 vs. NL Central teams this year, including a 6-1 record vs. the Reds.

In case you missed it, here are the pitching matchups for this series in Cincy:

Monday: RHP Jake Arrieta (11-2, 1.74) vs. RHP Dan Straily (4-4, 3.83)
Tuesday: LHP Jon Lester (9-3, 2.10) vs. LHP John Lamb (1-4, 4.78)
Wednesday: RHP Kyle Hendricks (5-6, 2.76) vs. LHP Cody Reed (0-1, 6.75)



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Aloha folks, can someone report why Arrieta is doing so poorly? Today the offense is trying to generate runs and it seems from the box score he his giving them up the very next inning. This has also been an issue the past week. I see Jake has walked 4/5 batters given up 5 earned runs. The pitching staff needs to work on the amount of hit-batters, walks and wild pitches it is giving up. I just hope they can outlast these Reds. Go Cubs! Mahalo.

Arrieta is having trouble with fastball command

Jake is no longer dominating. He`s not locating the way we have been accustomed to seeing from him. Batters are waiting him out, and his pitch counts are close to 100 after five innings lately. Not a good trend. The relievers are less than stellar. We can`t be expected to score in double figures every night, but that`s close to what it took to secure this victory. Credit KB. His 16 total bases are the highest of anyone this MLB season, and his five extra base hits are the most by a Cub since 1885. We need to upgrade our pitching. Find pitchers like the Marlins` Jose Fernandez, and sign those hurlers, and we`ll be fine. I know it`s challenging, but that`s why our scouts are being paid the big bucks.

Aloha jhosk, first wanted to reply back to your comment about Jerry Kindall; think it is neat your first mlb game you saw him. Really a classy gentleman. You are right about Jake, his last 4 or so starts have not been what the beginning of this season started off as. I wonder if he has a blister, trying to hard, over throwing? I think the Cubs radio announcers said all the walks Jake gave up scored and a later one as well. I know Pat and Ron could not say it but the poor execution by the pitchers tonight allowed the Reds to stick around. This should not have been a close game and that wild pitch from Strope…Bryant cannot hit 3 dingers and 2 dbls every game, this team has to show it can win the 1-0, 2-1, 3-2 games. I think you are right about getting another very good starter. Jasper said something that intrigued me before the season began and that was it would not be a loss if Jake did not receive an extension. Today was an unimpressive win and not a quality start. If he continues to have these types of starts, I could see the logic. Do not over spend because of “feelings” and Jake and Boras have both confirmed no hometown discount. Let’s hope Lester can give 7+ innings and shut these Reds down. Take care now. Mahalo!

Over confident? Getting behind in the count, bases on balls. Worried about a contract, refusing to take a home town discount?
His stuff is just fine, he just needs to hit the plate. Are the Umpires being fair?
This is exactly why I do not want his contract extended at this time.

Last night when Kris had two homers and two doubles, while watching the game at The Frog in Syracuse, Indiana, I turned to my two brothers and said, “One more homer and Kris will have a “Full House”………I bet it has never been done before…..
two doubles and three homers!” My brother Mike bet me the huge sum of two dollars that it had been done. I think I win.

KB just “Full Housed” the Reds. One of the rarest feats in baseball! Go Cubs Go!

Stephen Clason……long time Cubs Fan!!

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