|BALTIMORE ( GAUSMAN )|
CHICAGO CUBS ( ARRIETA )
|929||BALTIMORE||+110||Ov 7.5,+110||+100||Ov 7.5,-105|
|930||CHICAGO CUBS||-120||Un 7.5,-130||-110||Un 7.5,-115|
|vs Right-handed Starters||52-37||+19.9||41-45||4.4||0.259||0.305||4.0||0.250||0.311|
|Past 7 Games||5-2||+3.6||1-5||3.9||0.235||0.259||2.6||0.157||0.209|
|vs Right-handed Starters||40-58||-12.5||47-45||3.6||0.231||0.288||4.2||0.245||0.309|
|Past 7 Games||3-4||-1||2-5||2.7||0.218||0.275||3.7||0.232||0.291|
|8/8/2014||TILLMAN(R)||ST LOUIS||MASTERSON(R)||12-2||W||-130||8 ov||O||15||10||0||4||3||1|
|8/9/2014||JIMENEZ(R)||ST LOUIS||LACKEY(R)||10-3||W||-105||8.5 un||O||16||6||0||9||10||1|
|8/10/2014||GAUSMAN(R)||ST LOUIS||LYNN(R)||3-8||L||-125||8.5 un||O||10||8||1||17||10||0|
|8/11/2014||NORRIS(R)||NY YANKEES||CAPUANO(L)||11-3||W||-115||8.5 un||O||14||6||3||5||7||0|
|8/13/2014||TILLMAN(R)||NY YANKEES||PINEDA(R)||5-3||W||-110||8 un||P||6||2||0||6||4||0|
|8/15/2014||CHEN(L)||@ CLEVELAND||KLUBER(R)||1-2||L||140||7 un||U||7||10||0||6||6||1|
|8/16/2014||JIMENEZ(R)||@ CLEVELAND||CARRASCO(R)||0-6||L||135||8 ev||U||4||3||1||8||5||1|
|8/17/2014||GAUSMAN(R)||@ CLEVELAND||SALAZAR(R)||4-1||W||120||8 un||U||12||10||1||2||4||1|
|8/18/2014||NORRIS(R)||@ CHI WHITE SOX||SALE(L)||8-2||W||145||7 ov||O||12||7||0||3||1||0|
|8/19/2014||TILLMAN(R)||@ CHI WHITE SOX||QUINTANA(L)||5-1||W||100||8.5 ov||U||9||4||1||3||3||0|
|8/20/2014||CHEN(L)||@ CHI WHITE SOX||NOESI(R)||4-3||W||-145||8.5 ov||U||8||3||0||6||4||0|
|8/22/2014||GAUSMAN(R)||@ CHICAGO CUBS||ARRIETA(R)|| |
|8/23/2014||NORRIS(R)||@ CHICAGO CUBS||HENDRICKS(R)|| |
|8/24/2014||GONZALEZ(R)||@ CHICAGO CUBS||WADA(L)|| |
|8/25/2014||TILLMAN(R)||TAMPA BAY||ODORIZZI(R)|| |
|8/26/2014||CHEN(L)||TAMPA BAY||COBB(R)|| |
|8/27/2014||GAUSMAN(R)||TAMPA BAY||SMYLY(L)|| |
|8/28/2014||NORRIS(R)||TAMPA BAY||HELLICKSON(R)|| |
|8/29/2014|| ||MINNESOTA|| || |
|8/8/2014||WADA(L)||TAMPA BAY||ARCHER(R)||3-4||L||+115||7 ov||P||8||6||0||9||7||3|
|8/9/2014||JACKSON(R)||TAMPA BAY||ODORIZZI(R)||0-4||L||+125||7 un||U||5||5||1||6||5||0|
|8/10/2014||WOOD(L)||TAMPA BAY||COBB(R)||3-2||W||+145||7 un||U||13||11||1||8||9||0|
|8/15/2014||WOOD(L)||@ NY METS||WHEELER(R)||2-3||L||140||7.5 un||U||4||7||0||4||6||0|
|8/16/2014||STRAILY(R)||@ NY METS||NIESE(L)||3-7||L||130||7.5 un||O||7||6||1||4||4||2|
|8/17/2014||ARRIETA(R)||@ NY METS||MONTERO(R)||2-1||W||-115||7 un||U||7||6||1||4||4||0|
|8/18/2014||HENDRICKS(R)||@ NY METS||TORRES(R)||4-1||W||100||7 un||U||9||9||0||4||4||0|
|8/19/2014||WADA(L)||SAN FRANCISCO||VOGELSONG(R)||2-1||W||+100||8 ov||U||3||4||0||11||9||0|
|8/20/2014||JACKSON(R)||SAN FRANCISCO||PEAVY(R)||3-8||L||+120||8.5 un||O||11||5||0||14||8||0|
|8/21/2014||WOOD(L)||SAN FRANCISCO||BUMGARNER(L)||3-5||L||+165||8.5 un||U||9||7||0||12||8||0|
|8/26/2014||WOOD(L)||@ CINCINNATI||CUETO(R)|| |
|8/27/2014||ARRIETA(R)||@ CINCINNATI||LATOS(R)|| |
|8/28/2014||HENDRICKS(R)||@ CINCINNATI||LEAKE(R)|| |
|8/29/2014|| ||@ ST LOUIS|| || |
|BALTIMORE: BALTIMORE (AP) - The transformation of the Baltimore Orioles clubhouse under manager Buck Showalter is complete.|
No longer do the Orioles hope to win. They expect it.
When Showalter took over in July 2010, he inherited a team with the worst record in the majors. Having gone without a winning season since 1997, Baltimore could only hope Showalter's knack for orchestrating quick turnarounds would take hold in a town that had switched its allegiance from baseball to football.
By 2012, the Orioles were back. Baltimore won 93 games, beat Texas in the wild-card matchup and took the New York Yankees to the limit before falling in the AL division series.
After missing the postseason last year, the Orioles are poised for a return. They maintained the nucleus of a team that went 85-77 and was in contention to the final week, then added right-handed starter Ubaldo Jimenez and slugger Nelson Cruz to an already potent lineup that led the majors in home runs in 2013.
''When you have talent, you have confidence,'' right fielder Nick Markakis said. ''Put them together and good things usually happen. We've got that right now. We know we have a good team and we're going to roll with it.''
Although Jimenez and Cruz didn't come aboard until after the start of spring training, Showalter never wavered in his belief that the Orioles would challenge the defending champion Boston Red Sox and retooled Yankees in the AL East.
''I felt that way whether or not we added Nelson and Jimenez,'' he said. ''That's a poor reflection on me and my staff if we thought we needed more to win.''
|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.''
|~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ PA SPORTSTICKER NL PREVIEW (BALTIMORE-CHICAGO CUBS) ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ |
*Orioles-Cubs Preview* ======================
By JON PALMIERI STATS Editor
Baltimore (73-52) at Chicago (55-72), 2:20 p.m. EDT
A healthy lead in the AL East is evidence that the Baltimore Orioles have few regrets about their recent decisions.
Letting Jake Arrieta go, however, may be one of the few they've come to regret.
The red-hot Orioles get their first look at the revitalized Arrieta in a Chicago Cubs uniform Friday at Wrigley Field as they attempt to match their longest win streak of the season.
Needing a starter for a potential playoff run last season, Baltimore dealt Arrieta and reliever Pedro Strop to the Cubs on July 2 for Scott Feldman and catcher Steve Clevenger.
The trade didn't pay off for the Orioles, who failed to reach the playoffs as Feldman went 5-6 with a 4.27 ERA in 12 starts before signing with Houston in the offseason. Arrieta, meanwhile, has blossomed for the Cubs after struggling to a 5.46 ERA in 69 games for Baltimore from 2010-13.
The right-hander is 6-4 with a 2.61 ERA in 19 starts this season, displaying the kind of consistent success that he never found with his first team.
"It'll be fun to face guys I played with for a long time," Arrieta told MLB's official website. "I know they're going to come out and compete as best as they possibly can, and I'm sure they expect the same from me."
This figures to be one of Arrieta's toughest assignments as he faces an Orioles (73-52) team that owns a nine-game lead in the East thanks in large part to a major league-best 31-13 record since June 30.
Baltimore's surge continued on the South Side of Chicago this week with a three-game sweep of the White Sox. Nelson Cruz hit his major league-best 33rd homer and Adam Jones and Steve Pearce also went deep in Wednesday's 4-3 victory, the Orioles' fourth straight and 12th in 16 games.
"It's just personal stuff. I'm happy because we're winning," said Cruz, who has four home runs and nine RBIs in his last 10 games. "That's the main goal here."
While Baltimore's 161 homers lead the majors by a comfortable margin, that power has overshadowed an outstanding run by the pitching staff.
The Orioles have compiled a 2.87 ERA since June 30, ranking fourth in the majors during that span. Their bullpen has held opponents to an MLB-best .185 batting average in those 43 games.
Kevin Gausman (7-4, 3.70) aims to provide Baltimore with its fifth straight quality start and win for the fourth time in five tries.
He helped the Orioles avoid a sweep Sunday at Cleveland, yielding one run and two hits over six innings in a 4-1 victory. That improved the right-hander to 3-1 with a 3.23 ERA in his last five outings, allowing three runs or fewer in each.
Chicago fell 5-3 to San Francisco on Thursday after the completion of Tuesday's upheld protest resulted in a 2-1 victory.
Welington Castillo and Justin Ruggiano homered in the regularly scheduled game for the Cubs (55-72), who played without shortstop Starlin Castro after he was put on the bereavement list.
Touted prospect Javier Baez played shortstop in place of Castro and struck out in all four at-bats. Baez has 30 strikeouts in his first 70 big league at-bats.
Arrieta was superb for the second consecutive start Sunday, tossing two-hit ball over seven scoreless innings with nine strikeouts against the Mets. He was denied a win when New York scored in the eighth of the Cubs' 2-1 victory.
That marked the 14th time that Arrieta has allowed two runs or fewer.
The Orioles won two of three in their last visit to Wrigley in 2008.
|Last Updated: 9/21/2014 1:11:48 PM EST|