Fortunately, today's weather forecast is rain-free. We might even see some sunshine at Wrigley Field.
And Jason Heyward returns to the Cubs' lineup.
Here are today’s particulars.
Zobrist 2B, Schwarber LF, Bryant 3B, Rizzo 1B, Happ CF, Heyward RF, Contreras C, Russell SS, Arrieta P
Villar 2B, Thames 1B, Braun LF, Shaw 3B, Perez RF, Bandy C, Broxton CF, Arcia SS, Anderson P
Jake Arrieta vs. Chase Anderson
This was supposed to be the pitching matchup Saturday, but both teams simply pushed back their starters till today.
Jake Arrieta's last four starts have been bad, there's no sugarcoating it: 7.64 ERA, 2.000 WHIP, three home runs allowed in 20 innings.
He did have a good outing against the Brewers April 9 at Miller Park -- seven innings, three hits, three runs, 10 strikeouts. We can hope for a repeat of that. Jake really has to get back on track.
The Cubs hit Chase Anderson pretty well April 17 at Wrigley Field, though the Brewers wound up winning the game. As for Arrieta, Anderson's last four starts have been bad: 6.10 ERA, 1.742 WHIP. We have to hope that the Cubs bats, which woke up during the Reds series, can take advantage of this.
Today's game is on WGN. The game is also on MLB Network (outside the Chicago and Milwaukee markets).
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