Results tagged ‘ Jake Arrieta ’

8/18 Arrieta to finish season

Jake Arrieta missed the first month of the season because of tightness in his right shoulder and has been monitored all year, but the Cubs have no plans to shut down the right-hander before the regular season ends. Manager Rick Renteria said before Arrieta’s start on Sunday that they were keeping an eye on Arrieta, and wanted to clarify that they do that for all of the pitchers.

“There’s no plan in shutting Jake down,” Renteria said Monday. “That’s not something we’re considering. We’re not shutting him down. We’re not looking to shut him down, we haven’t talked about shutting him down.”

Arrieta has 13 quality starts this season, and threw seven shutout innings on Sunday in a 2-1 win over the Mets. After the game, he said he’d like to finish the season.

“I want to make every start that I have lined up throughout the end of September,” Arrieta said. “If something comes up, I guess that will be addressed. I’d love to stay in the mix and finish out on a high note.”

Arrieta struck out nine, and the first eight Ks ended on curveballs.

“Jake’s stuff is so good that days like [Sunday], the scouting report doesn’t even matter,” catcher John Baker said.

Most scouting reports have Arrieta throwing his curve about 15 percent of the time.

“He threw more [Sunday],” Baker said Monday. “Against the last batter he faced [Matt den Dekker], I kept calling curveballs so maybe we could strike him out and get a 10th strikeout.

“That’s how fun the game was — you’re trying to call the game to strike somebody out instead of trying to get them to put the ball in play on three pitches or less, which is how I usually call a game,” Baker said. “That breaking ball — it was like he was throwing Wiffle balls up there. I felt bad for the opposing hitters because that’s something you don’t usually see is somebody throwing an 82 mile an hour curveball that’s that big.”

Arrieta’s last strikeout in the sixth came on a fastball.

“He struck out [Daniel] Murphy looking on the fastball because we thought he was looking for a curveball at that point,” Baker said.

– Carrie Muskat

8/17 Cubs 2, Mets 1

* Jake Arrieta threw seven scoreless innings, giving up two hits and striking out nine in the Cubs’ win. Since June 3, he has given up more than three runs in one start, and compiled a 2.45 ERA in that stretch. What was working? His curve, which was his strikeout pitch on his first eight Ks.

* Starlin Castro hit a game-winning home run leading off the ninth. He has hit in 15 of his 16 games, and is batting .400 in that stretch. His home run was his first career go-ahead homer in the ninth or later.

“We’ve played a lot of extra inning games, and I just wanted to go out there and be aggressive,” Castro said.

He is now one homer shy of matching his career high of 14, set in 2012.

* Javier Baez drew two walks, his first since he was called up on Aug. 5.

* Matt Szczur made his Major League debut, pinch-running in the eighth. He grounded out in the ninth in his only plate appearance.

8/17 Cubs lineup

Jake Arrieta gets the start Sunday as the Cubs face the Mets in the third game of their four-game series. Luis Valbuena is back after missing two games because of a sinus infection. Here’s the lineup:

Coghlan LF
Baez 2B
Rizzo 1B
Castro SS
Valbuena 3B
Alcantara CF
Sweeney RF
Baker C
Arrieta P

8/11 Brewers 3, Cubs 1

* Jake Arrieta gave up two runs on five hits over 7 1/3 innings and took the loss. Despite the loss, he has a 1.94 ERA and 48 strikeouts in eight starts at Wrigley Field. This was his 11th quality start out of his last 12.

* Chris Coghlan tied the game with an RBI double in the fifth. After batting .202 in the first 44 games, he’s batting .354 in the last 36.

* Javier Baez doubled in the fourth, and extended his hitting streak to five games. This was his seventh big league game.

* Starlin Castro extended his hitting streak to a season-high 10 games with a single in the second. He has 131 hits, most among NL shortstops.

* Yovani Gallardo picked up the win, and Mark Reynolds hit a solo home run for the Brewers.

8/11 Cubs lineup

Jake Arrieta takes the mound Monday as the Cubs play host to the first place Brewers at Wrigley Field in the first of four games. Here’s the lineup:

Coghlan LF
Baez 2B
Rizzo 1B
Castro SS
Valbuena 3B
Alcantara CF
Ruggiano RF
Castillo C
Arrieta P

8/6 Cubs lineup

Jake Arrieta takes the mound Wednesday at Coors Field as the Cubs play the second game of their three-game series against the Rockies. Here’s the lineup:

Coghlan LF
Baez 2B
Rizzo 1B
Castro SS
Valbuena 3B
Alcantara CF
Castillo C
Sweeney RF
Arrieta P

7/31 Cubs lineup

Jake Arrieta starts the Cubs’ series finale Thursday at Wrigley Field against the Rockies. Here’s the lineup:

Alcantara 2B
Coghlan LF
Rizzo 1B
Castro SS
Ruggiano RF
Valbuena 3B
Castillo C
Lake CF
Arrieta P

7/31 Extra bases – Trade Deadline day

* The Cubs are 4-5 so far on this homestand with the finale Thursday at Wrigley Field. The Cubs are 6-16 in their last 22 games following a four-game winning streak, June 30-July 4.

* Jake Arrieta gets the start Thursday against the Rockies. He is 5-2 with a 2.18 ERA in 15 starts since making his season debut May 3. He has nine quality starts, and will try to become the first Cubs pitcher with 10-straight quality starts in a single season since Steve Trachsel had 11 in a row from June 5-Aug. 9, 1994.

* Since the start of May, Arrieta has the second-best ERA in the National League and fifth-best ERA in all of baseball. The White Sox’s Chris Sale leads the Majors with a 1.74 ERA since May 1.

* The Cubs have been outscored, 14-2, in the first inning on this homestand, and given up two or more runs in the opening frame in five contests.

* Looking ahead to Cubs vs. Dodgers, here are the pitching matchups:

Friday: RHP Kyle Hendricks (1-1, 2.33) vs. RHP Dan Haren (8-8, 4.49)
Saturday: LHP Tsuyoshi Wada (1-1, 3.38) vs. LHP Hyun-jin Ryu (12-5, 3.44)
Sunday: RHP Edwin Jackson (5-11, 5.79) vs. RHP Josh Beckett (6-5, 2.74)

7/26 Cardinals 6, Cubs 3

* Jake Arrieta did not get a decision Saturday, but did record his ninth consecutive quality start. He gave up two runs on five hits while walking one and striking out six over six innings. He’s 1-0 with a 1.21 ERA (3 ER/22 1/3 IP) in four-career starts against the Cardinals. Arrieta has a 1.01 WHIP, which ranks fourth in the NL among pitchers with at least 80 innings.

* Starlin Castro (1-for-4) has now reached base safely in 35 of his last 39 games since June 23.

* The Cubs’ bullpen has a 7.07 ERA in its last four games, giving up 11 earned runs over 14 innings.

* Saturday’s attendance of 41,927 topped Friday’s crowd of 41,534 and was the largest crowd at Wrigley Field this season.

* The Cubs have given up multiple first-inning runs in four-straight games (nine total).

* Nate Schierholtz tied the game with a pinch-hit, solo home run in the bottom of the sixth. It was the Cubs’ first pinch-hit homer since Schierholtz delivered on July 23, 2013, at Arizona.

* Emilio Bonifacio has hit safely in each of his five games since returning from the disabled list, and each of his last seven home games (.429/12-for-28).

* Ryan Sweeney hit a solo homer in the eighth, his second homer in as many games. It’s the first time in his career he’s hit in back to back games.

7/26 Cubs lineup

Jake Arrieta takes the mound Saturday as the Cubs try to make it two in a row against the Cardinals. Here’s the lineup:

Bonifacio 2B
Alcantara CF
Rizzo 1B
Castro SS
Valbuena 3B
Coghlan LF
Castillo C
Sweeney RF
Arrieta P

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