These were posted in the comments in Cub Tracks this morning, and I thought they needed wider attention:
#Cubs are 1-for-10 with RISP vs STL this series, and batting .216 for the season, lowest in NL and 4th lowest in MLB ...— Carrie Muskat (@CarrieMuskat) May 14, 2017
So the Cubs have had plenty of baserunners and plenty of chances to convert with RISP. They just haven't done so -- yet. These kinds of things tend to even out over the course of a long season. Starting today wouldn't be a bad idea.
Here are today’s particulars.
Schwarber LF, Happ RF, Rizzo 1B, Russell SS, Montero C, La Stella 3B, Baez 2B, Arrieta P, Almora CF
Wong 2B, Pham LF, Carpenter 1B, Gyorko 3B, Molina C, Díaz SS, Grichuk RF, Sierra CF, Wainwright P
Jake Arrieta vs. Adam Wainwright
No two ways about it, Jake Arrieta is having one of the worst stretches of his career. Over his last four starts he's posted a 7.65 ERA and 2.000 WHIP. However, in his earlier start against the Cardinals this year, April 4 in St. Louis, he threw six solid innings (four hits, one unearned run) and also singled. Another one like that, please.
This game is a pitching rematch of that April 4 game. Adam Wainwright allowed three hits and two runs to the Cubs in five innings that night, but it was enough for the Cubs to win the game. Since then Wainwright's numbers have been almost as bad as Arrieta's: six starts, 6.82 ERA, 2.011 WHIP in 30⅓ innings.
Here's hoping the Cubs hit Wainwright hard, as several other teams have done this year.
Today's game is on WGN. It’s also on MLB Network (outside the Chicago and St. Louis markets).
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