Cubs @ Dodgers: Arrieta vs. Wood (Game 129)

Put away the razor blades. Jake to the rescue!

CHC (73-55): RHP Jake Arrieta (16-6, 2.22)
LAD (72-56): LHP Alex Wood (9-8, 3.70)
First pitch: 7:08pmCT

Arrieta finally gets what he deserves (other than a raise): a national audience. He was passed over as an All-star and has spent the last couple of months making everyone responsible look like fools. We’re running out of superlatives to talk about Arrieta’s season and the run he’s been on, so we might have to start using other languages. ¡Increíble!

He beat the Giants (6 IP, 0 ER) on Tuesday for his fifth win in as many starts. He missed the Dodgers during their four-game swing through Wrigley last month. They are 14-53 (.264) against him. Crawford is 5-11 with a HR.

Wood is 2-2 with a 4.34 ERA since being acquired by the Dodgers from the Braves. He won in Cinci (5.2, 1 ER) his last time out. The Cubs are 10-24 against him. Coghlan is 4-5.

A 2-4 road trip would not be disastrous, and we have the Reds teed up for the return to Wrigley. The Cubs are 9-4 against them so far this year. For the series, we’ll see Holmberg vs. Hendricks, DeScalfani vs. Haren, and Iglesias vs. Hammel.

According to reports, Javy Baez will be up when rosters expand on Tuesday.

Go Cubs!


Oh hell yes first career no hitter for Arrieta. He had such nasty breaking stuff today and was locating it perfectly. 2 and 6 on the road trip, imo, while not ideal is completely fine with the cushion we had. This though is the perfect ending to this. edit/ 2 and 4! Even better lol

2 and 4, I believe. Actually, "Arrietta" and 4.

2-4 on the road trip, (2 of 6). Arrieta bookends a 4 game losing streak. The flight home will be fun since before the game Maddon has declared the flight home a pajama party. Castro displayed his Super Mario PJ's on ESPN's pregame.

2 out of 6 is what I expected, and over this potentially tough trip they've essentially just lost one game in the wc standings.


unnnnnnnnnnnnnf. also, SF lost.


arrieta is coming for you greinke...

Shazzam! Man, this season has been really fun. -and they're not even 'good' yet!

when a guy like baez is considered "oh yeah, he's nice when we can find room for him" and m.olt might as well not exist you know you're packed at the top of the MLB-ready food chain. now the system needs pitchers...starters and relievers...and keep the talent pipeline moving from the bottom up.

Amen. It'll be fascinating to see how Theo/Jed maneuver this winter to get some consistency off the mound. Optimism. Feels so odd. God I hope no asteroids hit the earth in the next 12-14 months.

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Awesome! Now, get the hell out of California and back to where we get hits with RISP.

Jake is cold blooded no reaction after no hitter Guy becoming a legend

Congrats, Jake. Castro's AB in the 7th was a comforting moment of certainty in an otherwise stressful evening.

In Starlin's defense, he hit the ball hard and he's been hitting it all over lately like he used to. Cult of Olt Cult of Castro

Had to love his press conference in PJs. I agree with those above -- 2-4 on a trip facing MadBum and Kershaw is OK. We seem to always have trouble in LA. It would be good to pick up another game or two on SF while we play CIN and they face Greinke & Kershaw. SF's brutal stretch ends Wednesday -- their schedule gets a lot easier after that, while we have a lot of PIT and Cards in Sept. C'mon Javy - we need some thunder against LHP.

from rotowurld... "Arrieta has been unbelievable since mid-June, compiling a 1.07 ERA, 0.76 WHIP and 101/23 K/BB ratio over 101 innings in his last 14 starts."

ESPN critters were talking about his workout regimen. Really paying off late in the season. I'm assuming he will get the start in the one game playoff. It seems he's always got a no hitter going til the 5th or so anyway, often longer. Maybe he can do it in the one gamer.

More Arrieta no-hitters! And more ex-softball player commentators! Less Kruk.

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