chase fieldIt’s Jake Arrieta Day!

The weight of expectation we now place on Jake Arrieta is unfortunate, but it is the product of both what has happened to the Cubs (lots of losing, two starters traded away), and how well Arrieta has pitched this year. I don’t require him to keep pitching like a sub-2.00 ERA guy, but I’m going to enjoy the hell out of the ride. I just want to see him maintain his pitchability and his health the rest of this year.

And I kinda wanna give him a fist bump.

Game Info

Chicago Cubs (40-56) at Arizona Diamondbacks (42-56), 3:10 CT on WGN.

Game Thread and Series Preview

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Starting Pitchers

Jake Arrieta (1.95 ERA, 2.14 FIP, 2.72 xFIP; 3.86 K/BB)


Josh Collmenter (3.80 ERA, 3.97 FIP, 4.37 xFIP; 2.32 K/BB)

Arizona Diamondbacks Lineup

1. Ender Inciarte, CF

2. David Peralta, LF

3. Paul Goldschmidt, 1B

4. Miguel Montero, C

5. Aaron Hill, 2B

6. Gerardo Parra, RF

7. Martin Prado, 3B

8. Didi Gregorius, SS

9. Josh Collmenter, P

Chicago Cubs Lineup

1. Chris Coghlan, LF

2. Arismendy Alcantara, 2B

3. Anthony Rizzo, 1B

4. Starlin Castro, SS

5. Luis Valbuena, 3B

6. Ryan Sweeney, CF

7. Nate Schierholtz, RF

8. John Baker, C

9. Jake Arrieta, P