Oh I think they do. It’s going to take a whole lot of hardcore believin’ to sell it though. The Dodger offense took the memorial holiday off by getting one-hit by several Chicago pitchers on Monday en route to a pathetic 2-0 loss. The Dodgers also lost out on another opportunity to gain ground on the Giants in the NL West who lost their game to Atlanta. Now the Dodgers must face an even bigger challenge in the second game of their four game series against the Cubs, Jake Arrieta.
The 30-year old right hander no-hit the Dodgers last season at Dodger Stadium and has not lost a game this season. He’s 9-0 with a 1.72 ERA to start the season. He’s put up Kershaw like numbers. The reigning Cy Young winner has posted a 0.897 WHIP and is looking to win 20 consecutive decisions. Over 68 innings he’s allowed 5.3 hits per nine and struck out 8.9. However he got hit hard in his last start. He allowed four earned runs on seven hits across five innings against the Cardinals. He picked up the win because the Cub’s offense scored 9 runs in their 9-8 win.
Here’s the thing, Jake Arrieta is beatable. Oh yeah he certainly is. Looking back at his numbers I see that he lost six whole games last season. That’s right Arrieta lost six times in 2015 that bum. He lost 5 games in 2014. That means he’s been beaten 10 times over the last 2 years. Talk about pedestrian. The year before that, he lost 4 games as well. See how hittable he is?
*Update* Puig has been scratched due to hamstring soreness. Thompson will move to right and Crawford will start in left.
Yasiel Puig has been scratched due to a sore left hamstring. Carl Crawford will start in left, Trayce Thompson in right.
— Andy McCullough (@McCulloughTimes) June 1, 2016
Dodgers Lineup @ Chicago
Scott Kazmir-4-3 vs. Jake Arrieta-9-0
Game Time – 5:05 PM – TV- SNLA-WGN
Despite the no-hitter last season, Arrieta’s career numbers against the Dodgers have looked lackluster. He is 1-2 with a 4.50 ERA. He’s very tough to beat at home. In his career at Wrigley Field he is 21-7 with a 1.98 ERA. The current Dodgers are hitting .219 (14 for 64) and Arrieta has limited them to a .661 OPS against. Carl Crawford of all people has hit him the best. Crawford is hitting .357(5 for 14) with one home run against Arrieta. Adrian Gonzalez has also hit a home run.
Arrieta vs. Dodgers
The Dodgers will give the ball to left hander Scott Kazmir. The veteran is coming off a dominating performance against the Reds in which he whiffed 12 and allowed one earned run on four hits over six frames to pick up his fourth win of the season. That lowered his ERA to 4.84 on the season. He has 60 strikeouts and 22 walks over 57.2 innings. Kazmir hasn’t faced the Cubs in years. In two career starts he is 1-0 with a 2.53 ERA versus the Cubs. He is 1-0 at Wrigley Field.
Kazmir vs. Cubs
For those of you that don’t have sportsnetla I think you can watch the games on the Cub’s WGN station.
We have a rare midweek morning start time. You know what that means. Skip school, call in sick from work, play hooky. It’s time for Dodger baseball in the morning! Sorry guys, the game is actually on at 5:05 PM tonight. Thursday’s game is the midweek morning start time. Looks like I got my times mixed up.