As we saw yesterday, the Pittsburgh Pirates are having a difficult time beating the Chicago Cubs and things don’t get any easier today as they have to face reigning Cy Young winner Jake Arrieta, who has absolutely owned the Pirates as of late. But I suppose that Arrieta has owned just about everybody lately, having gone 22-1 with a 0.92 ERA in his past 27 starts. Speaking of 27, that’s how many innings it’s been since the Pirates scored a run against the Cubs’ number one. That includes seven scoreless innings he threw against Pittsburgh just 11 days ago at PNC Park. When asked about such a short time frame between outings against the same team and if that gives Pittsburgh any advantage, Arrieta shrugged it off and answered in typical Arrieta fashion.
“I don’t mind. They’ve got the tape. They’ve had the tape. They’ve got plenty of tape. They’ve still got to hit it.”
And today’s Pirates lineup certainly doesn’t have a good track record of being able to hit him. Collectively, the eight position players going for Pittsburgh today are 21-113 (.186) against Arrieta with zero home runs, three runs batted in, six walks and 28 strikeouts.
Arrieta will be throwing to Miguel Montero today, who was activated from the disabled list this morning. He’s been out since April 25 with lower back tightness and will bat eighth today against Pirates starter Jeff Locke.
Here’s everything else you need to know about today’s matchup at the Friendly Confines.
Pittsburgh Pirates (18-16) at Chicago Cubs (26-8)
Time: 1:20 PM CT
Location: Wrigley Field
Radio: 670 The Score
TV: ABC 7
Starting Pitchers: Jeff Locke (1-2, 4.68 ERA) vs Jake Arrieta (6-0, 1.13 ERA)
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