|CHICAGO CUBS ( ARRIETA )|
MILWAUKEE ( DAVIES )
|907||CHICAGO CUBS||-135||Ov 8.5,-120||-130||Ov 8.5,-120|
|908||MILWAUKEE||+125||Un 8.5,+100||+120||Un 8.5,+100|
|vs Right-handed Starters||63-54||-19.8||54-58||4.9||0.250||0.325||0.421||0.746||4.5||0.236||0.310||0.392||0.702|
|Past 7 Games||6-1||+5.3||4-3||7.1||0.298||0.382||0.468||0.850||3.7||0.242||0.312||0.379||0.691|
|vs Right-handed Starters||64-55||+15.3||47-65||4.3||0.246||0.314||0.422||0.736||4.1||0.247||0.316||0.389||0.705|
|Past 7 Games||5-2||+2.4||5-2||5.7||0.295||0.397||0.494||0.891||2.9||0.245||0.263||0.333||0.597|
|9/7/2017||LESTER(L)||@ PITTSBURGH||TAILLON(R)||8-2||W||-135||7.5 un||O||13||7||0||8||11||0|
|9/12/2017||QUINTANA(L)||NY METS||GSELLMAN(R)||8-3||W||-290||8.5 un||O||11||8||0||7||9||0|
|9/13/2017||LESTER(L)||NY METS||HARVEY(R)||17-5||W||-270||8.5 ov||O||16||10||0||10||9||1|
|9/14/2017||TSENG(R)||NY METS||LUGO(R)||14-6||W||-210||9.5 un||O||14||3||1||11||6||3|
|9/15/2017||LACKEY(R)||ST LOUIS||MARTINEZ(R)||8-2||W||-120||9 ov||O||8||4||0||7||6||1|
|9/16/2017||HENDRICKS(R)||ST LOUIS||WACHA(R)||4-1||W||-145||9.5 ov||U||10||12||0||6||5||0|
|9/17/2017||QUINTANA(L)||ST LOUIS||LYNN(R)||4-3||W||-180||9 ov||U||11||12||1||10||11||0|
|9/19/2017||MONTGOMERY(L)||@ TAMPA BAY||ARCHER(R)||2-1||W||145||8 ov||U||6||4||1||1||1||0|
|9/20/2017||LESTER(L)||@ TAMPA BAY||SNELL(L)||1-8||L||-115||8 un||O||5||6||0||10||8||0|
|9/21/2017||ARRIETA(R)||@ MILWAUKEE||DAVIES(R)|| |
|9/22/2017||LACKEY(R)||@ MILWAUKEE||WOODRUFF(R)|| |
|9/23/2017||HENDRICKS(R)||@ MILWAUKEE||SUTER(L)|| |
|9/24/2017||QUINTANA(L)||@ MILWAUKEE||ANDERSON(R)|| |
|9/25/2017||LESTER(L)||@ ST LOUIS||WEAVER(R)|| |
|9/26/2017||ARRIETA(R)||@ ST LOUIS||MARTINEZ(R)|| |
|9/27/2017|| ||@ ST LOUIS|| || |
|9/28/2017|| ||@ ST LOUIS|| || |
|9/8/2017||NELSON(R)||@ CHICAGO CUBS||LACKEY(R)||2-0||W||115||7.5 ov||U||4||5||0||5||8||0|
|9/9/2017||ANDERSON(R)||@ CHICAGO CUBS||MONTGOMERY(L)||15-2||W||145||8 un||O||12||7||0||6||6||1|
|9/10/2017||DAVIES(R)||@ CHICAGO CUBS||HENDRICKS(R)||3-1||W||145||8 un||U||7||8||0||8||7||2|
|9/15/2017||JEFFRESS(R)||@ MIAMI||URENA(R)||10-2||W||-120||9.5 ov||O||12||9||0||6||5||0|
|9/16/2017||DAVIES(R)||@ MIAMI||CONLEY(L)||4-7||L||-150||9.5 ev||O||8||9||0||12||5||0|
|9/17/2017||WOODRUFF(R)||@ MIAMI||PETERS(L)||10-3||W||-135||9 ov||O||16||9||1||8||5||1|
|9/18/2017||SUTER(L)||@ PITTSBURGH||TAILLON(R)||3-0||W||-105||8.5 ov||U||10||7||0||8||6||0|
|9/19/2017||ANDERSON(R)||@ PITTSBURGH||WILLIAMS(R)||1-0||W||100||8.5 ov||U||6||8||1||6||6||0|
|9/20/2017||WILKERSON(R)||@ PITTSBURGH||BRAULT(L)||4-6||L||-115||8.5 ov||O||7||8||2||8||5||0|
|9/21/2017||DAVIES(R)||CHICAGO CUBS||ARRIETA(R)|| |
|9/22/2017||WOODRUFF(R)||CHICAGO CUBS||LACKEY(R)|| |
|9/23/2017||SUTER(L)||CHICAGO CUBS||HENDRICKS(R)|| |
|9/24/2017||ANDERSON(R)||CHICAGO CUBS||QUINTANA(L)|| |
|9/27/2017|| ||CINCINNATI|| || |
|9/28/2017|| ||CINCINNATI|| || |
|CHICAGO CUBS: 2016: 103-58, won World Series
Manager: Joe Maddon (third season)
Who's new? OF Jon Jay, RHP Wade Davis, LHP Brett Anderson, RHP Koji Uehara, LHP Brian Duensing, RHP Eddie Butler
Who's gone? OF Dexter Fowler, IF/OF Jorge Soler, LHP Aroldis Chapman, LHP Travis Wood, RHP Trevor Cahill, RHP Jason Hammel
Projected lineup: LF Kyle Schwarber (.000, 0 HR, 0 RBI in two games), 3B Kris Bryant (.292, 39, 102), 1B Anthony Rizzo (.292, 32, 109), 2B Ben Zobrist (.272, 18, 76), SS Addison Russell (.238, 21, 95), RF Jason Heyward (.230, 7, 49, 11 SB), C Willson Contreras (.282, 12, 35), CF Jon Jay (.291, 2, 26 with Padres) or Albert Almora (.277, 3, 14 in 47 games)
Rotation: LH Jon Lester (19-5, 2.44 ERA), RH Jake Arrieta (18-8, 3.10), RH Kyle Hendricks (16-8, 2.13), RH John Lackey (11-8, 3.35), LH Brett Anderson (1-2, 11.91 in four games with Dodgers) or LH Mike Montgomery (4-5, 2.52 with Mariners and Cubs) or RH Eddie Butler (2-5, 7.17 with Rockies) or LH Rob Zastryzny (1-0, 1.13 ERA in eight games) or RH Alec Mills (0-0, 13.50 in three games with Royals)
Key relievers: RH Wade Davis (2-1, 1.87, 27/30 SV with Royals), RH Pedro Strop (2-2, 2.85), RH Hector Rondon (2-3, 3.53, 18/23 SV), RH Koji Uehara (2-3, 3.45, 7/9 SV with Red Sox), RH Carl Edwards Jr. (0-1, 3.75), RH Justin Grimm (2-1, 4.10), LH Brian Duensing (1-0, 4.05 with Royals)
Hot spots: Fifth Starter. Of all the candidates vying to replace Hammel, who signed with Kansas City as a free agent, most have plenty of upside but didn't log many innings last year. That includes Anderson, who had one productive season and one unproductive season for the Dodgers. Keep an eye on southpaw Montgomery, who tossed two shutouts as a starter for the Mariners in 2015, came to the Cubs last year in a midseason trade, then was effective as a reliever. Last time he was on the mound, he recorded the save in Game 7 of the World Series.
Outlook: There hasn't been a back-to-back champion this century. For opponents of the Cubs, that might be the most tangible nugget of hope. Most of the key players return from a powerhouse team that played historically good defense, got no fewer than 165 innings from each of its top five starters, and featured a deep lineup led by NL MVP Kris Bryant. In the bullpen, two-time All-Star Davis is capable of replacing closer Chapman if he's healthy. Among the Cubs' regular position players, only Zobrist and new center fielder Jay are over 30 ' everyone else is either entering or in the midst of his prime. This is a strong outlook.
|MILWAUKEE: 2016: 73-89, fourth place
Manager: Craig Counsell (third season)
Who's new? 1B Eric Thames, 3B Travis Shaw, C Jett Bandy, RHP Neftali Feliz, RHP Joba Chamberlain, LHP Tommy Milone
Who's gone? 1B Chris Carter, C Martin Maldonado, OF Rymer Liriano, RHP Tyler Thornburg, RHP Blaine Boyer, LHP Chris Capuano
Projected lineup: 2B Jonathan Villar (.285, 19 HR, 63 RBI, 62 SB), SS Orlando Arcia (.219, 4, 17), LF Ryan Braun (.305, 30, 91, 16), 1B Eric Thames (.317, 40, 118, 13 SBs in Korea), RF Domingo Santana (.256, 11, 32), 3B Travis Shaw (.242, 16, 71 with Red Sox), CF Keon Broxton (.242, 9, 19, 23 SB), C Jett Bandy (.234, 8, 25 with Angels)
Rotation: Junior Guerra (9-3, 2.81 ERA), Zach Davies (11-7, 3.97), Matt Garza (4-8, 4.51), Wily Peralta (7-11, 3.86), Jimmy Nelson (8-16, 4.62) or Chase Anderson (9-11, 4.39) or Tommy Milone (3-5, 5.71 with Twins)
Key relievers: RHP Neftali Feliz (4-2, 3.52 with Pirates), RHP Corey Knebel (1-4, 4.68), RHP Carlos Torres (3-3, 2.73), RHP Jhan Marinez (0-1, 3.22), RHP Joba Chamberlain (0-0, 2.25 with Indians), RHP Jacob Barnes (0-1, 2.70), RHP Tyler Cravy (0-1, 2.86)
Hot spot: Fifth starter. Guerra and Davies began last season in the minors, then emerged as pleasant surprises in an otherwise long season. Now the Brewers have seven candidates for five rotation jobs. Nelson, who's led the staff in innings the last two years, might be wary of his two minor league options if he struggles out of the gate.
Outlook: No team was more active on the bases last season than the Brewers, whose 181 steals were the most by any team since 2009. Villar, Broxton and Hernan Perez were the primary thieves, and all return. The front office curiously chose not to bring back Carter after a 41-home run season. His replacement is Thames, who hasn't had a major league at-bat since 2012. Hitter-friendly Miller Park will do no favors to their pedestrian pitching staff, but the Brewers aren't expected to contend for at least another couple seasons. At least their offense will be entertaining in the meantime.
|Cubs' Arrieta back for opener of showdown in Milwaukee|
MILWAUKEE -- Jake Arrieta returns to the mound Thursday as the Chicago Cubs try to lock down the National League Central when they open a four-game series against the Milwaukee Brewers at Miller Park.
The right-hander has been out since tweaking his right hamstring on Sept. 4. He missed two turns through the rotation but reported no issues after a 25-pitch bullpen session Tuesday and was cleared to return.
"He looked really good," Cubs president of baseball operations Theo Epstein said afterward Arrieta's side session. "Mechanically sound. Executed his pitches and didn't feel anything.
"If it works out where he can pitch on Thursday, it would be good, so he can have three starts the rest of the year. Give him a chance to get stretched out and everything locked back in."
Arrieta (14-9, 3.48 ERA) has been a big reason for the Cubs' turnaround, posting a 1.98 ERA in the second half.
"The good thing is the arm strength is there, it's remained there," Arrieta said. "I actually feel better for maybe having a little time off arm-strength-wise."
Arrieta has faced Milwaukee twice this season, winning both of those starts while holding the Brewers to three earned runs in 13 innings.
The Brewers stayed alive in the division race with a stunning sweep of the Cubs earlier this month at Wrigley Field, cutting their deficit to two games in the process.
Since then, though, the Cubs rattled off seven straight victories before falling to the Tampa Bay Rays 8-1 on Wednesday. Milwaukee went 6-3 during that stretch, but they are 3 1/2 games of first after losing 6-4 to the Pittsburgh Pirates on Wednesday night.
The Brewers also trail the Colorado Rockies by one game in the chase for the second NL wild card.
"When we get this deep (into the season), the losses hurt more and the wins feel better," Brewers manager Craig Counsell said Wednesday. "This one hurts for sure, but what we're doing tomorrow, that helps you turn the page pretty fast."
Cubs manager Joe Maddon said of the Brewers, "They got us last time, and they're not going to go away. I've been a fan of theirs for the last two years. I think they've done a lot of good things. It's going to come down to us playing those games well."
Zach Davies (17-9, 3.89 ERA) gets the start for Milwaukee in the series opener, facing the Cubs for a fifth time this season. He spilt four decisions in those games, posting a 3.96 ERA, but held Chicago to a run over seven innings on Sept. 10 at Wrigley Field.
"It will be a big atmosphere there at Miller Park," Davies said. "It's going to be a fun four-game stretch against them. That sweep (at Wrigley Field) was a good thing for our team. It showed that we could go in there and sweep them at their place; now it's time for us to protect ours. It would be that much sweeter to do it again at our place, but it's going to take a lot of fight."
The Brewers' bullpen had been lights-out before the Wednesday loss but will be limited Thursday after covering 6 1/3 innings in Pittsburgh.
Anthony Swarzak likely won't be available after working in a third consecutive games. Closer Corey Knebel also pitched a third day in a row Wednesday, and he was scored on for just the fourth time since the All-Star break. He blew a save chance, then gave up a walk-off homer to Pittsburgh's Adam Frazier.
"Some other guys are going to have to step up (Thursday)," Counsell said.
The Brewers have won 12 of their past 16 games at Milwaukee, including two of three against the Marlins last weekend after Hurricane Irma forced that series to be shifted from Miami.
However, as is often the case when Chicago and Milwaukee meet, there will be a large number of Cubs fans in the stands at Miller Park all weekend, making their presence known.
Counsell thinks his team will be ready for the challenge.
"The atmosphere we're going into is good for us after a game like this," he said. "We'll be very aware of the game. I'm excited, the guys are excited about it."
|Last Updated: 10/23/2017 3:02:52 AM EST|