Pregame Notes: Jake Arrieta looks to help Cubs bounce back


After an 8-0 trouncing in the series opener at the Rogers Centre, the Chicago Cubs will look to bounce back and even the series with the Toronto Blue Jays on Tuesday night.

Chicago (64-80) will turn to right-hander Jake Arrieta, who has a familiarity with the American League East after beginning his career with the Baltimore Orioles. Arrieta (8-5, 2.81 ERA) is coming off a win against the Milwaukee Brewers, but sports a less-than-savory 4.02 ERA in the season’s second-half after posting a dominant 1.95 mark prior to the Midsummer Classic.

He will be opposed by veteran southpaw Mark Buehrle (11-9, 3.34 ERA), who will look to notch yet another 200-inning campaign to his resume this season, entering play Tuesday night with 175 innings of work in 2014. In August, the lefty struggled mightily, pitching to the tune of a 5.74 ERA in starts for Toronto (74-69), which enters play ten games out of the AL East and five games out of the second Wild Card spot.

Tonight’s game is slated for a 6:07 p.m. CT start and will be broadcast on CSN Chicago. WGN AM 720 carries the radio broadcast.

Here are tonight’s starting lineups:

Cubs: Coghlan LF, Baez SS, Soler RF, Valbuena 3B, Castillo C, Olt DH, Alcantara 2B, Valaika 1B, Szczur CF, Arrieta P

Jays: Reyes SS, Bautista RF, Encarnacion DH, Lind 1B, Navarro C, Valencia 3B, Pillar LF, Goins 2B, Gose CF, Buerhle P