|TORONTO ( HAPP )|
CHICAGO CUBS ( ARRIETA )
|925||TORONTO||+170||Ov 9.5,-105||+180||Ov 9,-105|
|926||CHICAGO CUBS||-180||Un 9.5,-115||-190||Un 9,-115|
|vs Right-handed Starters||48-44||-1.3||44-43||4.5||0.244||0.315||0.410||0.725||4.8||0.253||0.324||0.408||0.732|
|Past 7 Games||5-2||+3.2||1-6||4.3||0.224||0.286||0.402||0.688||2.7||0.213||0.299||0.326||0.625|
|vs Left-handed Starters||19-10||+6.8||14-12||5.9||0.277||0.357||0.460||0.817||4.0||0.243||0.306||0.392||0.697|
|Past 7 Games||4-3||-1||4-2||7.1||0.296||0.367||0.524||0.891||5.3||0.251||0.354||0.429||0.783|
|8/4/2017||VALDEZ(R)||@ HOUSTON||PEACOCK(R)||7-16||L||145||9 ev||O||10||3||0||18||7||0|
|8/5/2017||ESTRADA(R)||@ HOUSTON||MORTON(R)||4-3||W||155||9 ov||U||9||10||0||5||4||0|
|8/6/2017||STROMAN(R)||@ HOUSTON||FIERS(R)||6-7||L||100||9 un||O||8||9||1||16||11||2|
|8/8/2017||HAPP(L)||NY YANKEES||SABATHIA(L)||4-2||W||-135||9 ov||U||10||8||0||7||10||2|
|8/9/2017||TEPESCH(R)||NY YANKEES||TANAKA(R)||5-11||L||+155||9 ev||O||6||9||0||17||8||1|
|8/10/2017||ESTRADA(R)||NY YANKEES||GRAY(R)||4-0||W||+130||8.5 ov||U||5||4||0||6||11||1|
|8/14/2017||TEPESCH(R)||TAMPA BAY||ODORIZZI(R)||2-1||W||-105||10 ev||U||5||7||0||4||9||0|
|8/15/2017||ESTRADA(R)||TAMPA BAY||SNELL(L)||4-6||L||-105||9.5 ev||O||8||5||2||13||13||1|
|8/16/2017||STROMAN(R)||TAMPA BAY||FARIA(R)||3-2||W||-130||8.5 ov||U||7||5||0||7||9||0|
|8/17/2017||ROWLEY(R)||TAMPA BAY||ARCHER(R)||5-3||W||+145||9 un||U||6||3||0||11||14||0|
|8/18/2017||HAPP(L)||@ CHICAGO CUBS||ARRIETA(R)|| |
|8/19/2017||TEPESCH(R)||@ CHICAGO CUBS||QUINTANA(L)|| |
|8/20/2017||ESTRADA(R)||@ CHICAGO CUBS||HENDRICKS(R)|| |
|8/22/2017||STROMAN(R)||@ TAMPA BAY||FARIA(R)|| |
|8/23/2017||BIAGINI(R)||@ TAMPA BAY||ARCHER(R)|| |
|8/24/2017|| ||@ TAMPA BAY|| || |
|8/25/2017|| ||MINNESOTA|| || |
|8/7/2017||ARRIETA(R)||@ SAN FRANCISCO||MOORE(L)||5-3||W||-175||8 ev||P||12||9||1||9||7||0|
|8/8/2017||QUINTANA(L)||@ SAN FRANCISCO||BLACH(L)||3-6||L||-185||7.5 un||O||8||7||1||9||5||2|
|8/9/2017||HENDRICKS(R)||@ SAN FRANCISCO||BUMGARNER(L)||1-3||L||105||7.5 un||U||6||6||0||9||8||0|
|8/11/2017||LACKEY(R)||@ ARIZONA||WALKER(R)||8-3||W||110||10.5 un||O||11||7||0||5||5||1|
|8/12/2017||LESTER(L)||@ ARIZONA||CORBIN(L)||2-6||L||105||9.5 un||U||9||11||1||12||9||2|
|8/13/2017||ARRIETA(R)||@ ARIZONA||GODLEY(R)||7-2||W||-105||9 ov||P||9||9||0||4||6||1|
|8/22/2017||LACKEY(R)||@ CINCINNATI||BAILEY(R)|| |
|8/23/2017||LESTER(L)||@ CINCINNATI||FELDMAN(R)|| |
|8/24/2017|| ||@ CINCINNATI|| || |
|8/25/2017|| ||@ PHILADELPHIA|| || |
|TORONTO: 2016: 89-73, second place
Manager: John Gibbons (10th season)
Who's new? 1B/DH Kendrys Morales, C Jarrod Saltalamacchia, IF/OF Steve Pearce, IF Lourdes Gurriel, LHP J.P. Howell, RHP Joe Smith
Who's gone? 1B/DH Edwin Encarnacion, OF Michael Saunders, C Josh Thole, C Dioner Navarro, OF Junior Lake, RHP R.A. Dickey, LHP Brett Cecil, RHP Joaquin Benoit
Projected lineup: 2B Devon Travis (.300, 11 HR, 50 RBI), 3B Josh Donaldson (.284, 37, 99), RF Jose Bautista (.234, 22, 69), DH Kendrys Morales (.263, 30, 93 with Royals), SS Troy Tulowitzki (.254, 24, 79), C Russell Martin (.231, 20, 74), 1B Justin Smoak (.217, 14, 34), CF Kevin Pillar (.266, 7, 53, 14 SB), LF Ezequiel Carrera (.248, 6, 23)
Rotation: RH Marco Estrada (9-9, 3.48 ERA), LH J.A. Happ (20-4, 3.18), RH Marcus Stroman (9-10, 4.37), RH Aaron Sanchez (15-2, 3.00), LH Francisco Liriano (8-13, 4.69 with Pirates and Blue Jays)
Key relievers: RH Roberto Osuna (4-3, 2.68, 36/42 SV), RH Jason Grilli (6-4, 3.64), RH Joe Biagini (4-3, 3.06), LH J.P. Howell (1-1, 4.09 with Dodgers), RH Joe Smith (1-4, 3.82 with Angels), LH Aaron Loup (0-0, 5.02)
Hot spots: bullpen. The Blue Jays signed only a couple high-profile free agents (retaining Bautista, adding Morales) and brought in many lower-profile veterans mostly to compete for bullpen jobs. Howell and Smith, signed to low-risk deals, are all but guaranteed jobs. But what of Dominic Leone, Mat Latos, Mike Bolsinger, Lucas Harrell and Leonel Campos? Toronto seems to be crowd-sourcing its middle innings with low-risk, right-handed options. Up to a half-dozen pitchers could be competing for one or two jobs.
Outlook: The Blue Jays' roster is enviably balanced, albeit among the older ones in the league. Toronto led the AL in ERA last year. Their entire starting rotation returns, and their veteran bullpen is set up well to support second-year closer Osuna. Ironically, the youngest player in the Jays' starting lineup, 26-year-old Travis, has the biggest health concern of the bunch. He didn't appear in a spring training game until recently because of offseason knee surgery. Encarnacion, who was good for .270/30/100 every year, will be missed. The question now is whether Morales (33), Bautista (36), Tulowitzki (32) and Martin (34) are still close enough to their primes to power another playoff run.
|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.
|Blue Jays' Montero returns to face Cubs|
CHICAGO -- There will be a familiar face peeking out of the visitor's dugout as the Toronto Blue Jays make a rare visit to Wrigley Field for a three-game weekend series with the Chicago Cubs beginning Friday afternoon.
Blue Jays catcher Miguel Montero, who won a World Series ring last year with the Cubs before leaving under fire after he criticized pitcher Jake Arrieta in June, will be on hand after rejoining Toronto this week following a stint on the disabled list.
Now he could face Arrieta on Friday in the series opener.
Montero's departure came after the Washington Nationals stole seven bases on Arrieta and the Cubs in a game in late June.
"It really (stunk) because the stolen bases go to me," Montero said after that game. "When you really look at it, the pitcher doesn't give me any time. ... My pitcher doesn't hold anybody on.
"It's tough because it doesn't matter how much work I put on footwork and throwing and everything, because if I don't get a chance to throw -- that's the reason they were running left and right today, because they know he was slow to the plate. Simple as that. "
Montero was quickly gone after the outburst and eventually landed with Toronto.
The Blue Jays activated Montero off the disabled list Wednesday after his recovery from a groin strain, and he went 0-for-3 on Thursday in his first major league action since Aug. 2. He made a rehab appearance at Triple-A Buffalo on Tuesday.
He batted .286 with four home runs through 44 games with the Cubs but is hitting .077 in 14 contests since joining Toronto in July.
The Blue Jays (59-62) are in a three-way tie for last in the American League East, but they are only three games under .500 following a 5-3 victory over the Tampa Bay Rays on Thursday.
The weekend visit is their second to Wrigley Field since interleague play began in 1997 and first since 2005.
Blue Jays starter J.A. Happ (6-8, 3.63 ERA) has won three consecutive starts, allowing one run in each outing. Happ last faced the Cubs in September 2015 while with the Pirates, giving up two runs on eight hits in a 2-1 loss at Pittsburgh.
The first-place Cubs (63-57), who lead the Milwaukee Brewers by one game in the National League Central, are coming off a four-game split with the last-place Cincinnati Reds.
Arrieta (12-8, 3.73 ERA) recorded his sixth straight quality start Sunday at Arizona, allowing one run and three hits over six innings in a 7-2 victory. He is 5-2 with a 2.10 ERA in eight starts since July 2.
"I knew it was just a matter of time," Arrieta told WSCR-AM this week. "I wasn't pitching the way I would've liked or the way I'd expect to perform. Some of that had to do with not executing, some of it had to do with a little bit of bad luck. Some just had to do with not being on top of my game."
Arrieta makes his eighth appearance (seventh start) against the Blue Jays. He is 3-2 with a 5.45 ERA against Toronto.
|Last Updated: 6/25/2018 4:15:04 PM EST|