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.

"God I hope no asteroids hit the earth in the next 12-14 months" Hits Like button

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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  • crunch 18 hours 56 min ago (view)

    kolten wong rumors heating up for the cubs, too.  i could live with that.  giving nico hoerner 600 ab's a year sounds absolutely terrible after what little he did last year.


  • Cubster 21 hours 12 min ago (view)

    WSCR online reporting that the Cubs are going to watch lefty Carlos Rondon pitch. They desperately need another lefty that breaks down with the regularity of my Comcast service. 


  • crunch 21 hours 25 min ago (view)

    imagine being so toxic that you go from a no-doubt 1st or 2nd year HOF'r to having to try for it in your 10th year...and then imagine doubling down on the toxicity every chance you get a chance to redeem yourself.

    every time he's called out, even for minor stuff, he piles on more and then complains that people that have an issue with him are "cancelling" him for no good reason.

    he deleted a slew of "those people that stormed the capital are great people" posts pre-election so he has some kind of self-awareness in that skull of his somewhere.


  • Cubster 22 hours 57 sec ago (view)

    I'm all for removing him from the ballot. His bloody sock already made it. That was enuf.


  • Dolorous Jon Lester 23 hours 31 min ago (view)

    Ranting about how the elections (both his and the other clown's) were stolen.

    I hope he ends up one vote short next year, just to really rub it in.


  • crunch 1 day 31 min ago (view)

    currently he's throwing a tantrum and demanding to be removed from the HOF ballot for 2022.


  • Hagsag 1 day 2 hours ago (view)

    Will Schilling storm the HOF with a mob?


  • crunch 1 day 14 hours ago (view)

    schilling denied (71.1%, 16 votes short).

    some people did nazi that coming.

    no one inducted this year...aram got 1% of the vote so he found more than 1 vote out there (4 votes).  latroy hawkins got 2 votes for being a solid dude to other people (very friendly with the press and pretty much everyone)...sosa got 17% of the vote...

    schilling/bonds/clemens are going in their last eligible class in 2022...could be a hell of a "controversial" class...but bonds/clemens need to find 50+ votes.


  • Sonicwind75 1 day 19 hours ago (view)

    Arizona is allowing fans in the stands for indoor NHL hockey games but it's too dangerous to let players following protocals; at least more so than hockey fans, to practice outside in a controlled environment.  Wonder how much of that is coming from MLB ownership trying to get a late start and pro-rating player salaries. Stall and save some money until more fans are allowed to attend later in the year. 


  • crunch 1 day 20 hours ago (view)

    few hours away from HOF announcements (6pm EST, unless leaked early).

    schilling seems to be the only guy with a legit shot this year and i wouldn't be surprised to see no one get elected...

    big up aramis rarmirez getting at least 1 known vote on publically shared ballots.


  • crunch 2 days 17 hours ago (view)

    "MLB will hold its first-ever pre-draft combine from June 20-28 in Cary, North Carolina.

    The combine will take place at the USA Baseball National Training Complex, with top draft-eligible college and high school players invited. As part of the combine, the top-88 prep players will take part in a tournament through June 26th consisting of eight games."


  • crunch 2 days 18 hours ago (view)

    cactus league officials are requesting MLB delay spring training because of elevated COVID cases + deaths.

    their summer peak was 70-80 deaths a week and they're currently at 140-160 deaths a week.

    things should be trending down now that most of people that wanted to kill relatives in order to have turkey dinners in NOV/DEC seems to have peaked.


  • Hagsag 3 days 15 hours ago (view)

    $$$$ for trump's defense fund.


  • Dolorous Jon Lester 3 days 15 hours ago (view)

    But they got $600 a few months back. Each! That was an unexpected windfall.

    Can't wait to see us acquire a 17 year old, 16 year old, 11 year old (all in the 15-30 range of Blue Jays prospects) and one of the shitty Jays surplus OFs. Randal Grichuk jerseys will be the new hot item among Cubs fans.


  • crunch 3 days 16 hours ago (view)

    things are a little tight, we have to be patient with the ricketts family finances.

    when TD Ameritrade was fully/completely sold in october they expected to get 26 billion dollars of value on the transaction, but it only got 22 billion dollars.  the massive slew of millions that didn't fully come to realization on the ricketts side of that sale stings.


  • Dolorous Jon Lester 3 days 17 hours ago (view)

    Trade Hendricks? Cant be true. We're "going to be competitive this year."

    Sell the team, Ricketts family.