|CHICAGO CUBS ( ARRIETA )|
WASHINGTON ( ZIMMERMANN )
|953||CHICAGO CUBS||+150||Ov 7,+100||+155||Ov 7,+105|
|954||WASHINGTON||-160||Un 7,-120||-165||Un 7,-125|
|vs Right-handed Starters||30-40||-5.9||35-31||3.7||0.231||0.287||4.0||0.243||0.308|
|Past 7 Games||4-3||+3||4-3||4.1||0.250||0.289||5.0||0.284||0.343|
|vs Right-handed Starters||33-30||-3.5||29-30||4.0||0.235||0.299||3.3||0.235||0.289|
|Past 7 Games||6-1||+4.7||4-2||6.1||0.296||0.357||2.3||0.223||0.261|
|6/30/2014||ARRIETA(R)||@ BOSTON||PEAVY(R)||2-0||W||155||9 ev||U||5||6||0||2||2||0|
|7/1/2014||JACKSON(R)||@ BOSTON||BUCHHOLZ(R)||2-1||W||165||9.5 un||U||7||5||0||8||10||0|
|7/2/2014||WOOD(L)||@ BOSTON||WORKMAN(R)||16-9||W||170||9 ov||O||19||5||1||16||14||0|
|7/4/2014||HAMMEL(R)||@ WASHINGTON||ROARK(R)||7-2||W||145||7 ev||O||14||7||0||7||6||0|
|7/5/2014||VILLANUEVA(R)||@ WASHINGTON||GONZALEZ(L)||0-13||L||180||7.5 un||O||5||4||0||19||9||0|
|7/6/2014||ARRIETA(R)||@ WASHINGTON||ZIMMERMANN(R)|| |
|7/7/2014||JACKSON(R)||@ CINCINNATI||LEAKE(R)|| |
|7/8/2014||WOOD(L)||@ CINCINNATI||CUETO(R)|| |
|7/8/2014|| ||@ CINCINNATI|| || |
|7/9/2014||HAMMEL(R)||@ CINCINNATI||SIMON(R)|| |
|7/10/2014||SAMARDZIJA(R)||@ CINCINNATI||BAILEY(R)|| |
|7/13/2014|| ||ATLANTA|| || |
|6/23/2014||GONZALEZ(L)||@ MILWAUKEE||GARZA(R)||3-0||W||125||8.5 ev||U||7||6||0||3||6||0|
|6/24/2014||ZIMMERMANN(R)||@ MILWAUKEE||GALLARDO(R)||4-2||W||105||7.5 un||U||11||9||1||10||11||0|
|6/25/2014||STRASBURG(R)||@ MILWAUKEE||ESTRADA(R)||2-9||L||-140||7.5 un||O||2||4||0||13||7||0|
|6/26/2014||FISTER(R)||@ CHICAGO CUBS||WOOD(L)||3-5||L||-140||7.5 un||O||8||5||0||9||3||0|
|6/27/2014||ROARK(R)||@ CHICAGO CUBS||HAMMEL(R)||2-7||L||-115||7.5 ov||O||7||4||0||13||8||0|
|6/28/2014||GONZALEZ(L)||@ CHICAGO CUBS||BEELER(R)||3-0||W||-145||9 un||U||7||6||0||3||4||0|
|6/28/2014||TREINEN(R)||@ CHICAGO CUBS||SAMARDZIJA(R)||7-2||W||125||8.5 un||O||10||7||0||6||5||1|
|7/4/2014||ROARK(R)||CHICAGO CUBS||HAMMEL(R)||2-7||L||-155||7 ev||O||7||6||0||14||7||0|
|7/5/2014||GONZALEZ(L)||CHICAGO CUBS||VILLANUEVA(R)||13-0||W||-190||7.5 un||O||19||9||0||5||4||0|
|7/6/2014||ZIMMERMANN(R)||CHICAGO CUBS||ARRIETA(R)|| |
|7/9/2014||ROARK(R)||@ BALTIMORE||NORRIS(R)|| |
|7/10/2014||GONZALEZ(L)||@ BALTIMORE||GONZALEZ(R)|| |
|7/11/2014||ZIMMERMANN(R)||@ PHILADELPHIA||BURNETT(R)|| |
|7/12/2014||STRASBURG(R)||@ PHILADELPHIA||HAMELS(L)|| |
|7/13/2014|| ||@ PHILADELPHIA|| || |
|CHICAGO CUBS: CHICAGO (AP) - Wrigley Field is decked out for the party of a century.|
As for the Chicago Cubs?
It looks like there won't be much to celebrate this season other than their ballpark's 100th anniversary. As Wrigley hits a milestone, the Cubs remain in a rebuilding mode, hoping to avoid their fifth straight losing season.
They have a new manager in Rick Renteria. Their outlook looks about the same, though.
It's all about the future, the prized prospects in the system, no matter how painful that might be to the players in uniform at the major league level. More lumps appear to be in store for the Cubs as they enter their third year with Theo Epstein as president of baseball operations.
''The objective is to win as many games as possible, be the last man standing and bring a championship to the city of Chicago,'' pitcher Edwin Jackson said. ''The motivation is still the same. The message is still the same. We want to go out and win. We don't want to go out and be a pushover.''
|WASHINGTON: WASHINGTON (AP) - Thanks in part to No. 1 overall draft picks Stephen Strasburg and Bryce Harper, the 2012 Washington Nationals were considered an up-and-coming team, perhaps a year or two away from contending.|
So what did they do? Went out and led the majors with 98 wins.
Thanks to that quick rise, the 2013 Nationals became a popular pick to go to the World Series. So what did they do? Stumbled at the start and missed out on the playoffs.
Now here come the 2014 Nationals, featuring largely the same roster - including Strasburg on the mound, and Harper in left field, both feeling good after offseason surgery - and with rookie manager Matt Williams replacing Davey Johnson, he of the ''World Series or bust'' proclamation.
One key difference: The club knows what it's like to experience a truly disappointing, worse-than-they-were-supposed-to-be season for the first time since moving from Montreal in 2005.
''We got ahead of ourselves a little bit. My take on it was always: Last year in spring training, we had expectations on ourselves, really, for the first time, and we thought we were better, maybe, than we were,'' reliever Tyler Clippard said. ''We came into the season expecting to win, which is a good thing. But at the same time, we might not have went out there and earned it, like we should have.''
Yes, the team that got Strasburg and Harper thanks to consecutive 100-loss seasons is trying to deal with lofty goals.
''To see the organization from basically, literally, the ground up, improve is something I kind of take pride in, because when I signed, people would be like, `Oh, you play for the Expos and the Nationals,' and they'd be like, `Uh, OK, I don't know them,''' said shortstop Ian Desmond, drafted by Montreal in 2004. ''And now, it's like there's some pride behind playing for the Washington Nationals.''
|~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ PA SPORTSTICKER NL PREVIEW (CHICAGO CUBS-WASHINGTON) ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ |
*Cubs-Nationals Preview* ========================
By KEVIN CHROUST STATS Writer
Chicago (38-46) at Washington (46-39), 1:35 p.m. EDT
The new-look Chicago Cubs rotation isn't off to a good start, but it now gets to turn to an in-form starter that has inherited the No. 1 role.
Jake Arrieta, having flirted with history in his last two starts, takes the mound Sunday against Washington with both clubs looking for a series win in the finale of a three-game set at Nationals Park.
Arrieta (5-1, 1.81 ERA) carried a no-hitter through 7 2-3 innings in Monday's 2-0 win at Boston after throwing six perfect innings June 24 in a win over Cincinnati.
In the latest, he walked one and struck out 10 before being removed after the lone hit and a career-high 120 pitches. The right-hander has won a career-best four straight starts with a 0.94 ERA and 39 strikeouts in 28 2-3 innings.
"He's found his routine, he trusts his stuff, he's matured as a pitcher," pitching coach Chris Bosio told MLB's official website. "He's had opportunity. Coming into spring training, he had some physical issues going on with his arm, and we backed him off and started over again. He's an intelligent pitcher with great stuff, works his (butt) off."
It'll take plenty more work to improve against the Nationals. The former Baltimore starter has faced Washington five times - once since joining the Cubs - and has a 0-1 record with a 6.84 ERA.
Bryce Harper is 4 for 6 against him, while Danny Espinosa is 3 for 7 with a home run.
Arrieta's 0.92 ERA in six June starts was second to Clayton Kershaw and his .157 opponent average was the best in baseball.
He'll face Jordan Zimmermann, whose June was nearly as strong with a 1.43 ERA and .192 opponent average in six starts, though he was slightly less fortunate with a 3-2 record.
Zimmermann (6-4, 2.95 ERA) earned the decision in Monday's 7-3 victory over Colorado, holding the Rockies to two runs and seven hits in six innings.
"I'm just locating really well right now," Zimmermann said. "Nothing really has changed, just locating well and the slider's really good. (If) I have those two things working together, I can usually string some pretty good starts together."
Against Chicago, the right-hander has labored to a 1-4 record and 5.59 ERA in six career starts.
Anthony Rizzo is 2 for 5 against him with a home run, while Nate Schierholtz is 5 for 13 with a blast and three doubles. Zimmermann has held Starlin Castro to 3 for 16.
Washington (47-39) evened the series with Saturday's 13-0 victory, giving the Cubs (38-47) a harsh lesson of what life without Jeff Samardzija and Jason Hammel could be like after both were traded to Oakland late Friday.
Carlos Villanueva took Samardzija's spot and made it through just two innings.
"It's always hard when this time comes around," second baseman Darwin Barney said. "We've dealt with this the last few years."
The Nationals have won six of seven as they try to keep pace with streaking Atlanta at the top of the NL East.
Ryan Zimmerman collected four hits with three RBIs, while Anthony Rendon and Jayson Werth each went 3 for 4 with two RBIs. Zimmerman is 10 for 18 over five games and Werth is 9 for 14 with eight RBIs in four. Rendon is batting .389 on a nine-game hitting streak.
The Cubs had won four straight to open an eight-game trip with 23 runs in their last two prior to the loss. Justin Ruggiano is batting .452 over eight games to boost his average 51 points to .279, while Starlin Castro is 10 for 24 over a six-game hit streak.
|Last Updated: 9/1/2014 6:15:00 PM EST|