|CHICAGO CUBS ( ARRIETA )|
PITTSBURGH ( ANDERSON )
|903||CHICAGO CUBS||-140||Ov 9,+100||-150||Ov 8.5,-115|
|904||PITTSBURGH||+130||Un 9,-120||+140||Un 8.5,-105|
|vs Left-handed Starters||2-0||+2||0-2||5.0||0.207||0.292||0.517||0.810||2.0||0.161||0.200||0.242||0.442|
|Past 7 Games||3-3||-1.2||1-5||3.2||0.124||0.245||0.290||0.535||3.3||0.197||0.284||0.333||0.617|
|vs Right-handed Starters||1-4||-2.1||2-3||3.2||0.207||0.297||0.366||0.663||5.6||0.203||0.318||0.446||0.764|
|Past 7 Games||1-5||-3.1||3-3||2.8||0.199||0.280||0.357||0.637||7.0||0.251||0.349||0.497||0.846|
|4/8/2021||ARRIETA(R)||@ PITTSBURGH||ANDERSON(L)|| |
|4/10/2021||DAVIES(R)||@ PITTSBURGH||KELLER(R)|| |
|4/11/2021||WILLIAMS(R)||@ PITTSBURGH||BRUBAKER(R)|| |
|4/12/2021|| ||@ MILWAUKEE|| || |
|4/13/2021|| ||@ MILWAUKEE|| || |
|4/14/2021|| ||@ MILWAUKEE|| || |
|4/1/2021||KUHL(R)||@ CHICAGO CUBS||HENDRICKS(R)||5-3||W||187||6.5 ov||O||9||15||2||2||4||0|
|4/3/2021||ANDERSON(L)||@ CHICAGO CUBS||ARRIETA(R)||1-5||L||150||11 ev||U||6||5||2||7||7||0|
|4/4/2021||KELLER(R)||@ CHICAGO CUBS||DAVIES(R)||3-4||L||175||8.5 un||U||7||6||1||3||6||0|
|4/5/2021||BRUBAKER(R)||@ CINCINNATI||DE LEON(R)||3-5||L||135||9.5 un||U||5||5||0||8||9||1|
|4/6/2021||CAHILL(R)||@ CINCINNATI||MILEY(L)||1-14||L||145||9 ov||O||5||5||1||17||5||0|
|4/7/2021||KUHL(R)||@ CINCINNATI||CASTILLO(R)||4-11||L||190||8 ov||O||7||4||1||10||3||0|
|4/8/2021||ANDERSON(L)||CHICAGO CUBS||ARRIETA(R)|| |
|4/10/2021||KELLER(R)||CHICAGO CUBS||DAVIES(R)|| |
|4/11/2021||BRUBAKER(R)||CHICAGO CUBS||WILLIAMS(R)|| |
|4/12/2021|| ||SAN DIEGO|| || |
|4/13/2021|| ||SAN DIEGO|| || |
|4/14/2021|| ||SAN DIEGO|| || |
|4/15/2021|| ||SAN DIEGO|| || |
|CHICAGO CUBS: He's Here: OF Joc Pederson, RHP Jake Arrieta, RHP Zach Davies, RHP Trevor Williams, RHP Brandon Workman, INF Eric Sogard, RHP Kohl Stewart, C Austin Romine, OF Jake Marisnick, RHP Jonathan Holder, RHP Shelby Miller, RHP Robert Stock, INF Sergio Alc'ntara.
He's Outta Here: RHP Yu Darvish, OF Kyle Schwarber, LHP Jon Lester, LHP Jos' Quintana, OF Albert Almora, Jr., C Victor Caratini, 2B Jason Kipnis, RHP Tyler Chatwood, RHP Jeremy Jeffress, OF Billy Hamilton, OF Jos' Mart'nez.
Projected Lineup: CF Ian Happ (.258, 12 HRs, 28 RBIs, .866 OPS), 1B Anthony Rizzo (.222, 11, 24, .755 OPS), 3B Kris Bryant (.206, 4, 11), C Willson Contreras (.243, 7, 26, 37 runs), SS Javier B'ez (.203, 8, 24), LF Joc Pederson (.190, 7, 16 with Dodgers), RF Jason Heyward (.265, 6, 22, .848 OPS), 2B Nico Hoerner (.222, 0, 13) or David Bote (.200, 7, 29).
Rotation: RH Kyle Hendricks (6-5, 2.88 ERA), RH Zach Davies (7-4, 2.73 for Padres), RH Jake Arrieta (4-4, 5.08 for Phillies), RH Alec Mills (5-5, 4.48), RH Trevor Williams (2-8, 6.18 for Pirates) or RH Adbert Alzolay (1-1, 2.95).
Key Relievers: RH Craig Kimbrel (0-1, 5.28, 2 saves), RH Brandon Workman (1-4, 5.95, 9/12 saves for Red Sox and Phillies), RH Ryan Tepera (0-1, 3.92), RH Dan Winkler (0-0, 2.95), LH Andrew Chafin (1-2, 6.52 for Diamondbacks and Cubs), RH Rowan Wick (0-1, 3.12, 4 saves), LH Kyle Ryan (1-0, 5.17, 1 save), RH Shelby Miller (1-3, 8.59 for Rangers in 2019).
Outlook: Rizzo, Bryant and B'ez are coming off down years, and they are eligible for free agency after this season. The rotation took a hit when Darvish was traded to San Diego. It remains to be seen if Kimbrel can carry over his strong finish in 2020 into this season. But the rest of the NL Central isn't exactly imposing, so it's not hard to imagine the Cubs contending for another playoff appearance. Rizzo, Bryant and B'ez struggled with the unusual circumstances surrounding last year's pandemic-shortened season, and Bryant was hampered by injuries. A return to form for any one of them would help the Cubs improve on their .220 team batting average from a year ago. While the loss of Darvish is a big blow, Davies is coming off a strong season in San Diego. Arrieta is looking to regain the form he showed during his first stint in Chicago, and Williams was a 14-game winner with Pittsburgh in 2018. The Cubs also are hoping Kimbrel has solved the issues he had at the beginning of last season. The closer had a 1.29 ERA over his last 15 games last year, including 1 1/3 scoreless innings in his only playoff appearance.
|PITTSBURGH: He's Here: INF Todd Frazier, RHP Trevor Cahill, RHP David Bednar, RHP Wil Crowe, RHP Sean Poppen, RHP Miguel Yajure, C Michael Perez, INF Wilmer Difo, LHP Chasen Shreve, C Tony Wolters, OF Brian Goodwin, OF Dustin Fowler.
He's Outta Here: RHP Jameson Taillon, RHP Joe Musgrove, RHP Trevor Williams, 1B Josh Bell, RHP Keone Kela, INF/OF Jose Osuna, LHP Derek Holland, LHP Nik Turley, RHP Dovydas Neverauskas, RHP Nick Burdi.
Projected Lineup: 2B Adam Frazier (.230, 7 HRs, 23 RBIs), LF Bryan Reynolds (.189, 7, 19, 5 OF assists), 3B Ke'Bryan Hayes (.376, 5, 11 in 24 games), 1B Colin Moran (.247, 10, 23, 10 2Bs), RF Gregory Polanco (.153, 7, 22), C Jacob Stallings (.248, 3, 18), SS Kevin Newman (.224, 1, 10) or Erik Gonzalez (.227, 3, 20) or Cole Tucker (.220, 1, 8), CF Brian Goodwin (.215, 6, 22 with Reds and Angels) or Dustin Fowler (.224, 6, 23 with Oakland in 2018).
Rotation: RH Mitch Keller (1-1, 2.91 ERA in 5 starts), LH Steven Brault (1-3, 3.38), RH Chad Kuhl (2-3, 4.27), LH Tyler Anderson (4-3, 4.37 with Giants), JT Brubaker (1-3, 4.94) or Wil Crowe (0-1, 1.35 in 3 games with Washington).
Key Relievers: RH Richard Rodriguez (3-2, 2.70, 4/5 saves), RH Kyle Crick (0-1, 1.59), RH Michael Feliz (0-0, 32.40 in 3 games), LH Sam Howard (2-3, 3.86), RH Chris Stratton (2-1, 3.90), RH Duane Underwood (1-0, 7.36 with Cubs), RH Cody Ponce (1-1, 3.18), LH Chasen Shreve (1-0, 3.96 with Mets), RH Trevor Cahill (1-2, 3.24 with Giants).
Outlook: The Pirates are in the midst of a massive reset as general manager Ben Cherington enters his second season on the job. Gone are familiar faces like Taillon and Bell, among others, their departures via trade part of a plan dedicated to stockpiling prospects in the hope that enough pan out down the road to return Pittsburgh to contention. While the future looks (sorta) bright, the present figures to be bumpy. The Pirates finished with the worst record in the majors in 2020 and head into 2021 with a roster that has even less major league experience. Hayes was even better than advertised during his September call-up and finished sixth in NL Rookie of the Year voting. He and Keller are the linchpins whose individual development this season could be far more important than anything that happens in the win/loss column. Bounce-back seasons from Reynolds and Polanco (likely in his final months with the team) would help the offense, but even in a division that might be the worst in the NL if not the majors, expectations are really, really low. Fans will be allowed back at PNC Park this spring, but given the lack of buzz in general the Pirates may be hard-pressed to even fill those seats after the initial 'we're glad baseball is back' crowd gets its fix.
|Cubs' Jake Arrieta seeks more success at Pirates|
Jake Arrieta's first outing in a Cubs' uniform in four years was a good one as he tossed six innings and gave up one run on six hits during a 5-1 victory over the Pittsburgh Pirates in Chicago.
Arrieta will be on the mound again on Thursday when the Cubs face their National League Central rivals in Pittsburgh for the start of a three-game, four-day series.
Arrieta struck out five and walked one on 84 pitches in his first start in Chicago for the home team since Aug. 29, 2017, when he also beat the Pirates during an impressive six-inning performance.
"Even before the first pitch, they were ready to get after it," Arrieta said after the start. "It's just like I remembered it. A little jittery to start, but a great day nonetheless."
Arrieta pitched for the Cubs from 2013-17 and re-signed with Chicago as a free agent in February after three seasons with the Phillies. In Philadelphia, he compiled a 22-23 record and a 4.36 ERA in 64 starts.
After Saturday's victory, the 35-year-old right-hander and former Cy Young winner is 69-31 with a 2.73 ERA in 129 starts for the Cubs from 2013-17.
Arrieta has been a welcome addition to a re-tooled rotation which also has a couple of other new members, Trevor Williams and Zach Davies.
The trio combined to go 3-0 with a 2.55 ERA in their season-opening starts and the Cubs' only victories this season. The Cubs have been carried by their pitching so far with their lineup hitting only .124 through the first six games of the season.
"We've got a long season to go, but it's nice and refreshing to watch the new guys perform and do all the things we expected them to be able to do," Cubs manager David Ross said.
Arrieta is 13-6 with a 2.87 ERA in 24 career starts (147 1/3 innings) against the Pirates.
On Thursday, he will oppose the same pitcher he beat in his first start when he faces Pittsburgh left-hander Tyler Anderson, who will try to help the Pirates snap a five-game losing streak.
Anderson struck out seven in five innings, but walked two and gave up three runs on five hits including a solo home run to Kris Bryant.
"Obviously room for improvement there," Anderson said. "I thought for the most part (my) command was OK except for walks. Just not a good job of getting myself in a situation with runners on a lot ... and that's not a good recipe for success."
Anderson was mostly effective though as he got 22 swings and misses and allowed one of those other two runs on a single by Jake Marisnick on a drawn-in infield.
"I thought he did a good job," Pirates manager Derek Shelton said after the game. "He used his curveball effectively when he did use it. It was a good outing for him."
The Pirates will be playing in front of fans for the first time since 2019 when the 31-year-old Anderson, who signed a one-year deal in February, takes the mound. Anderson is 2-1 with a 4.32 ERA in four career starts against the Cubs with 30 strikeouts and six walks.
The Pirates are averaging 2.4 runs scored and allowing 7.8 runs during their recent skid.
Colin Moran has been one of the few offensive bright spots, going 6-for-21 with two home runs and three RBIs.
--Field Level Media
|Last Updated: 5/17/2021 1:26:45 AM EST|