Jake Arrieta on the bump in first game of doubleheader vs Philadelphia
By David Miniel
After last night’s contest was postponed due to severe weather in the area, the Chicago Cubs will begin a four-game weekend series against Ryan Howard and the Philadelphia Phillies.
The last time these two met, Cole Hamels pitched a no-hitter at Wrigley Field on Saturday, July 15 in one of his final outings with the Phillies (54-86) who ended up sweeping the weekend series. They hammered Chicago (80-58) the following day, defeating them by the score of 11-5.
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However, ace right-hander Jake Arrieta (18-6, 2.03 ERA) helped erase that dreadful afternoon by pitching a no-no of his own to cap off a perfect month of August while visiting the Los Angeles Dodgers.
Things have continued to go Arrieta’s way as he’s currently 7-0 with a 0.36 ERA having allowed just two earned runs on 23 hits and a 50/10 K/BB ratio across 50 1/3 innings of work in seven previous starts for the Cubs.
Joe Maddon‘s group of young sluggers made a loud statement in St. Louis, tagging Lance Lynn, Michael Wacha, and Carlos Martinez for a combined 15 earned runs in two wins on the road. Hopefully, they’re able to keep things going with a little help from their bullpen who struggled over the course of two days.
Taking the mound opposite Arrieta will be the 25-year-old southpaw, Adam Morgan. Morgan (5-5, 4.42 ERA) started off September with a loss with the Boston Red Sox in town.
Boston tagged him for six earned runs on eight hits, including a big fly while issuing two walks and recording six strikeouts in 6 1/3 frames. He’ll miss out on having to face lefty Kyle Schwarber who is not in today’s lineup but could make a pinch-hit appearance late in the game.
That is if Arrieta leaves the game.
First pitch is slated for 4:05 p.m. central time and will air live on CSN, WBBM 780.
Here’s a look at tonight’s starting lineup’s: