Results tagged ‘ Jake Arrieta ’

First Half Fun: Arrieta Dominates on Opening Day (VIDEO)

We have no Major League baseball until Friday, so why not take a look back at an eventful first half while we wait.  First up, Jake Arrieta dominates the Angels on Opening Night to start 2016 the right way.

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Jake Arrieta Finishes his Second No-Hitter (VIDEO)

Arrieta Nasty

Wow, that’s it, I got nothing else.  Over his last 24 regular season start Jake Arrieta is 20-1 with a 0.86 ERA, and two no-hitter, no one is better than him right now.

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Arrieta Powers Cubs to a 5-1 Start

 

Jake Arrieta does plenty to help the Cubs win every day that he takes the ball, now he’s helping them win by launching 440’ bombs with his bat.  It seems that the reigning CY Young award winner can do no wrong as he tossed seven strong innings in Arizona, and smacked a two-run dinger to propel the Cubs to a 7-3 victory on Sunday.  Thanks in part to the Arrieta bomb the Cubs built an early 3-0 lead before seeing the Diamondbacks square up a few balls, something that is definitely rare against Jake.  A home run from Paul Goldschmidt started a two run third inning, and a solo shot from Socrates Brito evened things at three.

Jorge Soler owns Shelby Miller, and he got him again yesterday as hit a sky scraping solo shot to give the Cubs a 4-3 lead in the sixth en route to a 7-3 win.  Justin Grimm and Neil Ramirez were fantastic out of the pen to allow the Cubs to push their record to a sterling 5-1 on the young season as they head back to Chicago for the home opener tonight.

4-10 hitting

4-10 pitching

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Jake Arrieta Destroys a Baseball (VIDEO)

Giggle.

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Hendricks Betters Greinke as Cubs Beat D-Backs 4-2

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This one had a familiar feel to it, it felt a lot like the game last night, you know, the one that ended poorly.  The result was different tonight, mainly because of the job Adam Warren, and Hector Rondon did out of the bullpen.  Kyle Hendricks was so very good tonight, and he was one out away from getting his team into the eighth inning.  The final line on Hendricks; 6.2 innings worked, giving up two runs on four hits while walking one, and striking out five,

His counterpart Zack Greinke didn’t fare so well as the Cubs jumped on him early, scoring three times in the first, and never looking back.  Anthony Rizzo, and Kris Bryant each had an RBI in the first, a single for Rizzo and a double for Bryant.  Miguel Montero pushed the Cubs lead to three with a sacrifice fly, and Zobrist smacked an RBI double in the fourth to close out the scoring.

Great chance for the Cubs to move to 5-1 on the season, and this road trip tomorrow as Jake Arrieta gets the ball.

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Spring Training 2016: Rizzo, Heyward, and Schwarber are Already Crushing Baseballs (PHOTOS)

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It’s hard to believe, but the 2016 season is just about ready to bust down the doors as Cubs pitchers, and catchers are scheduled to report later this week.  I will have full coverage, well as much as possible, starting this week.

A few players have gotten an early start, and my buddy John Arguello of Cubs Den and Appraising Arizona is capturing the action.  Have a look at the pictures below, and give John a follow on Twitter.

Full set of pictures at Cubs Den.

Now with VIDEO!

Heyward and Rizzo

So this pic should whet your appetite for Cubs baseball #Rizzo #Heyward pic.twitter.com/gOEuV1FLio

— John Arguello(@CubsDen) February 15, 2016

Heyward and Schwarber

This may be my favorite pic of the day #Heyward #Schwarber #Cubs pic.twitter.com/i646jB50pz

— John Arguello(@CubsDen) February 15, 2016

Jake Arrieta tank top alert

A glimpse of you 2015 NL CY Young Award Winner pic.twitter.com/mttUQ2v2W5

— John Arguello(@CubsDen) February 15, 2016

** Header picture from Cubs.com

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Cubs GameDay! May 7. 2015 (Lineup, Broadcast Info, Weather)

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First pitch:  12:45 PM CST
Television:  CSN Chicago
Radio:  WBBM Newsradio 780
Weather:  83 degrees, isolated t-storms

Cubs Lineup:

1.  Coghlan – LF
2.  Bryant – 3B
3.  Rizzo – 1B
4.  Montero – C
5.  Soler – RF
6.  Castro – SS
7.  Szczur – CF
8.  Arrieta – SP
9.  Russell – 2B

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Cubs @ Cardinals – Series Preview (May 4 – May 7, 2015)

Series Preview ROAD Cardinals

Despite losing Adam Wainwright for the season, the Cardinals are off to their best start in basically forever.  They are 18-6 on the season, and sit at the top of the NL Central with a 4.5 game lead on the second place Cubs.  The Cardinals have won six straight games, and are 11-2 at home, which means they are bound to lose some games!  The Cubs come into this series limping on the offensive side of things, not a whole lot is going right at the plate.  Despite recent struggles, the Cubs are off to a pretty solid start of their own, and this series is probably the first “big” one of the year as the Cubs would love to split, and hold steady in second place.

Broadcast Information:

  • Monday, May 4, 2015 – 7:10 PM CST – CSN Chicago / ESPN
  • Tuesday, May 5, 2015 – 7:15 PM CST – WGN TV / MLB Network
  • Wednesday, May 6, 2015 – 7:15 PM CST – CSN Chicago
  • Thursday, May 7, 2015 – 12:45 PM CST – CSN Chicago

Pitching Matchups:

Who is Hot:

  • Cardinals:  Of course Matt Carpenter is taking it to another level this year, he’s been fantastic.  Over his last seven games he’s hitting .360 (9-for-25) with four doubles, a triple, a dinger, five RBI’s, and five walks.  Go away.
  • Cubs:  After a slow start to the year, Miguel Montero is turning it on.  Miggy is hitting .467 (7-for-15) over his last four starts with an RBI, and a walk.  Would like to see some extra base hits, but he’s squaring it up.

Who is Not:

  • Cardinals:  Well, it’s only a matter of time before Yadier Molina starts coming up with big hits, it’s usually against the Cubs.  Hopefully that doesn’t happen, the aging backstop is struggling, he’s hitting .111 (3-for-27) in his last seven with only two strikeouts, the BABIP (batting average on balls in play) is getting him.
  • Cubs:  It was probably a matter of time before Kris Bryant cooled down, he wasn’t going to hit .400 this year contrary to many reports from fans.  Bryant is hitting .190 (4-for-21) over his last six with four walks, and ten strikeouts.

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Cubs GameDay! May 2, 2015 (Lineups, Broadcast Info, Weather)

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First pitch:  1:20 PM CST
TV:  CSN CHICAGO
Radio:  WBBM NEWSRADIO 780
Weather:  Sunny, 71 degress (Crazy, I know)

Cubs Lineup:

1.  Soler – RF (!)
2.  Fowler – CF
3.  Rizzo – 1B
4.  Bryant – 3B
5.  Montero – C
6.  Castro – SS
7.  Denorfia – LF
8.  Arrieta – SP
9.  Russell – 2B

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Brewers @ Cubs – Series Preview (May 1 – May 3, 2015)

Series Preview HOME Brewers

This series worries me, only because the Brewers have been bad all year, and they are bound to start playing some better baseball.  It’s a new test for the Cubs as good teams are immune, usually, from playing down to their competition.  Based on how these teams have played so far you would think that the Cubs would have an easy go of it, that’s why they play the games of course.  The Cubs are coming into this series winners in six of their last ten, and just two games behind the Cardinals for first place in the Central.  Conversely the Brewers have won just three times in their last ten, and are already ten games back of first in the Central.

Broadcast Information:

  • Friday, May 1, 2015 – 1:20 PM CST – CSN Chicago / MLB Network
  • Saturday, May 2, 2015 – 1:20 PM CST – CSN Chicago
  • Sunday, May 3, 2015 – 1:20 PM CST – WGN TV

Pitching Matchups:

Who is Hot:

  • Brewers:  Apparently Adam Lind is making the most of his regular playing time in Milwaukee.  The slugging first baseman is hitting .444 (12-for-27) in his last seven games with two doubles, three dingers, and six RBI’s.
  • Cubs:  It really doesn’t seem like Dexter Fowler has struggled at all this year because of his ability to get on base, but now he is red hot.  Fowler is hitting .450 (9-for-20) over his last five games with one double, two RBI’s, and a walk.

Who is Not:

  • Brewers:  The Brewers have been bitten by the injury bug so they are having to rely on players they normally wouldn’t, one of those guys is Logan Schafer.  Schafer is really struggling as he is hitting .200 (4-for-20) over his last seven games with one walk, and six strikeouts.
  • Cubs:  It seems as though teams have found Jorge Soler‘s swing and miss, it’s the weather.  Of course I’m not blaming the weather on his struggles, but he is cold, literally.  Over his last six games, Soler is hitting .091 (2-for-22) with twelve strikeouts.

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