|CHICAGO CUBS ( ARRIETA )|
CINCINNATI ( AXELROD )
|901||CHICAGO CUBS||-120||Ov 7.5,+100||-105||Ov 7,+100|
|902||CINCINNATI||+110||Un 7.5,-120||-105||Un 7,-120|
|vs Right-handed Starters||44-59||-8.8||49-48||3.6||0.233||0.288||4.1||0.242||0.305|
|Past 7 Games||4-3||+1.7||3-4||3.9||0.273||0.294||3.4||0.232||0.272|
|vs Right-handed Starters||49-53||-7.2||43-55||3.7||0.242||0.294||3.6||0.238||0.301|
|Past 7 Games||3-4||-1.5||3-3||2.4||0.200||0.255||4.1||0.246||0.328|
|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)||3-0||W||160||7 ev||U||8||7||0||3||5||1|
|8/27/2014||TURNER(R)||@ CINCINNATI||LATOS(R)||5-7||L||155||7.5 un||O||11||6||3||12||8||0|
|8/28/2014||ARRIETA(R)||@ CINCINNATI||AXELROD(R)|| |
|8/29/2014||HENDRICKS(R)||@ ST LOUIS||MILLER(R)|| |
|8/30/2014|| ||@ ST LOUIS|| || |
|8/30/2014|| ||@ ST LOUIS|| || |
|8/31/2014||WOOD(L)||@ ST LOUIS||LACKEY(R)|| |
|9/3/2014|| ||MILWAUKEE|| || |
|8/14/2014||SIMON(R)||@ COLORADO||DE LA ROSA(L)||3-7||L||115||9 ov||O||6||3||1||10||6||0|
|8/15/2014||CUETO(R)||@ COLORADO||BELISLE(R)||3-2||W||-145||9 un||U||11||9||0||6||6||0|
|8/17/2014||LATOS(R)||@ COLORADO||LYLES(R)||9-10||L||-110||9.5 ov||O||11||8||0||14||11||1|
|8/17/2014||AXELROD(R)||@ COLORADO||FLANDE(L)||5-10||L||115||10.5 un||O||7||4||1||16||8||1|
|8/18/2014||LEAKE(R)||@ ST LOUIS||MASTERSON(R)||5-6||L||120||8 un||O||8||8||0||13||7||1|
|8/19/2014||SIMON(R)||@ ST LOUIS||LACKEY(R)||4-5||L||155||7.5 un||O||7||6||0||14||13||3|
|8/20/2014||CUETO(R)||@ ST LOUIS||LYNN(R)||3-7||L||-105||6.5 ov||O||9||9||1||10||10||2|
|8/26/2014||CUETO(R)||CHICAGO CUBS||WOOD(L)||0-3||L||-170||7 ev||U||3||5||1||8||7||0|
|8/27/2014||LATOS(R)||CHICAGO CUBS||TURNER(R)||7-5||W||-165||7.5 un||O||12||8||0||11||6||3|
|8/28/2014||AXELROD(R)||CHICAGO CUBS||ARRIETA(R)|| |
|8/29/2014||LEAKE(R)||@ PITTSBURGH||VOLQUEZ(R)|| |
|8/30/2014||SIMON(R)||@ PITTSBURGH||WORLEY(R)|| |
|8/31/2014||CUETO(R)||@ PITTSBURGH||LIRIANO(L)|| |
|9/2/2014||LATOS(R)||@ BALTIMORE||NORRIS(R)|| |
|9/3/2014|| ||@ BALTIMORE|| || |
|9/4/2014|| ||@ BALTIMORE|| || |
|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.''
|CINCINNATI: CINCINNATI (AP) - Bryan Price's father worked for a savings and loan that had San Francisco Giants season tickets and would make some of them available to employees.|
Any team was good to see. Two were best.
''So you go in there and battle for tickets to certain games,'' Price said. ''And I would circle the Reds and the Dodgers.''
He loved how the franchises were stocked with stars. He knew it would be fun watching them play his hometown Giants. He even dreamed of some playing or working for one of those teams.
That's why the last six weeks of spring training left him with a too-good-to-be-true feeling at times. He's managing the Reds, one of those teams he loved to see.
''It's almost a constant, surreal experience for me at this point,'' he said in February.
The surreal part gave way to reality pretty fast.
Starter Mat Latos had knee surgery the day spring training opened. Closer Aroldis Chapman got hit in the head by a line drive and is out for at least a month after having a plate put into his forehead. Starter Homer Bailey strained his groin. Relievers Jonathan Broxton and Sean Marshall aren't ready to start the season.
|~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ PA SPORTSTICKER NL PREVIEW (CHICAGO CUBS-CINCINNATI) ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ |
*Cubs-Reds Preview* ===================
By NOEY KUPCHAN STATS Writer
Chicago (59-72) at Cincinnati (63-69), 12:35 p.m. EDT
The Cincinnati Reds are starting to show signs of life after a brutal two-week funk.
Cincinnati tries to keep rolling in Thursday's series finale against the visiting Chicago Cubs, who could get All-Star first baseman Anthony Rizzo back.
The Reds (64-69) have followed a 2-12 stretch by winning three of four after holding on for a 7-5 victory Wednesday. Skip Schumaker went 2 for 4 with two RBIs and Chris Heisey hit a pinch-hit home run as Cincinnati improved to 10-5 against Chicago this year.
The Cubs (59-73) had won four straight and seven of nine. Luis Valbuena and Jorge Soler hit back-to-back homers in the second inning, but Chicago committed two of its season high-tying three errors in the fourth as the Reds scored four.
Soler became the first Cub to homer in his first career at-bat since Starlin Castro did it against the Reds on May 7, 2010. Soler also had an RBI single.
"He looked very comfortable in the box, as we were told about him before he got here," manager Rick Renteria said.
The Cubs could add even more punch to the lineup if Rizzo is able to return. He hit his 30th homer in Tuesday's series-opening 3-0 victory before exiting with a tight back.
Rizzo is batting .351 with seven homers, nine RBIs and 10 runs over a 10-game stretch against Cincinnati.
The Cubs will try to bounce back behind Jake Arrieta (7-4, 2.53 ERA), who has allowed two runs or fewer in five of his last six starts. The right-hander gave up one run and four hits over seven innings to beat Baltimore 4-1 on Friday in his first matchup against his former team.
"I think he looked more mature," Orioles slugger Nelson Cruz said. "He has command of all his pitches. He doesn't make many mistakes."
Arrieta yielded three hits and struck out nine over seven innings of two-run ball in his lone appearance against the Reds, a 7-3 home victory June 24.
Dylan Axelrod will be called up from Triple-A Louisville to make his second start of the year. The right-hander gave up two solo homers and struck out seven over six innings at Colorado on Aug. 17, but the bullpen allowed eight runs in a 10-5 loss.
"I intend to get a good look at Dylan and give him every opportunity to pitch down the stretch for us and show his value to the organization," manager Bryan Price said.
Axelrod, acquired from the White Sox on July 17, was 3-2 with a 2.85 ERA over his last seven minor league outings. This marks his first appearance against the Cubs.
Reds leadoff man Billy Hamilton went 2 for 5 and stole his 50th base Wednesday, becoming the ninth player in franchise history to reach that mark and the first since Deion Sanders stole 56 in 1997. Bob Bescher set the club rookie record with 54 in 1909.
"It's just what I do: Steal bases," Hamilton said.
Hamilton is batting .350 with seven extra-base hits, 10 RBIs, 11 runs and eight steals against the Cubs this year.
|Last Updated: 9/15/2014 9:55:20 PM EST|