Cubs turn to Jake Arrieta to get them back on track following sweep


It’s been a rough three days for this Chicago Cubs club who had themselves a season-high nine-game winning streak which was ended by the Chicago White Sox not too long ago. Now they’re in a three-game skid after being swept by the Detroit Tigers and need to stop the bleeding before the San Francisco Giants begin to gain ground.

Chicago’s (67-51) pitching was absolutely hammered by Miguel Cabrera and that determined Tigers team hoping to make the postseason by claiming a Wild Card spot in the American League. With that series put behind them, it will be ace right-hander, Jake Arrieta on the mound opposite Mike Foltynewicz and the Atlanta Braves.

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Arrieta (14-6, 2.39 ERA) has emerged as an N.L. Cy Young candidate this season and is having a career-best month in August. So far in three outings, the 29-year-old hurler has given up only two earned runs on 11 hits and a 16/7 K/BB ratio across 21 1/3 frames against the Pirates, Giants, and White Sox.

Despite falling to the Tigers, this offense has managed to fight their way back via the home run ball. The only problem with this home stand has been the pitching from both Jason Hammel, Jon Lester and this bullpen who has surrendered runs late in both contests.

Foltynewicz (4-4, 5.61 ERA) has struggled in August for the Braves (53-67) having surrendered 14 earned runs on 23 hits including five home runs while posting an 8/6 K/BB ratio in 16 1/3 innings of work.

It’s time for these Cubbies to get back to work while the Pittsburgh Pirates host the Giants.

First pitch is slated for 7:05 p.m. central time and will air live on CSN, WBBM 780.

Here’s tonight’s starting lineup’s for both clubs:

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