MLB Baseball

Final 1 2 3   4 5 6   7 8 9   R H E
Miami3 1 2 0 1 1 1 2 0 11110
Chi Cubs0 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 0 131
  W: P. López (3-4)   L: J. Arrieta (5-8)
11:20 AM PT12:20 PM MT1:20 PM CT2:20 PM ET14:20 ET18:20 GMT2:20 11:20 AM MST1:20 PM EST1:50 PM VEN22:20 UAE12:20 PM CT, June 19, 2021
Wrigley Field, Chicago, Illinois  Attendance: 35,846

Jake Arrieta, Cubs try to snap out of slumps vs. Marlins

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Miami Marlins at Chicago Cubs

  1. The Marlins are 1-6 in their last seven games at Wrigley Field -- all of them in 2018 and 2019 -- but swept two Wild Card games there last season. The Cubs hit .145 over those two games and scored only one run.
  2. Miami has dropped four straight games, scoring only seven runs and failing to hit a home run. The four consecutive homer-less games is the longest current drought in MLB.
  3. The Cubs' last two victories have been 2-0, two-hit shutouts -- Sunday versus the Cardinals and Thursday over the Mets. In between, the North Siders dropped three straight to the Mets, as their pitchers walked 22 Mets hitters and their batters whiffed 40 times. Cubs pitching walked only two on Thursday.
  4. Jesus Aguilar has 12 home runs on the road, second most in MLB (Fernando Tatis Jr., 13), and 30 RBI away from home, tied for third most. He has not homered once at loanDepot Park (110 plate appearances, 94 at-bats).
  5. Javier Baez had two hits in the Cubs' four games at Citi Field -- both of them home runs. He has 16 home runs and a .232 batting average in 2021; that's the lowest average among the 22 MLB players with at least 15 homers.
  6. After finishing April with a 9.47 ERA and .325 opponent batting average, Zach Davies has put up sparkling numbers in May and June: a 1.86 ERA and a .227 opponent batting average. He has yielded only one homer in nine starts in that stretch.
Notes Applicable For Series Dates: 6/18/2021 thru 6/20/2021

Right-hander Jake Arrieta is slumping.

So are his Chicago Cubs.

On Saturday afternoon, the Cubs -- who have lost four of their past five games -- will play host to the Miami Marlins. That slump includes Miami's 10-2 win in Friday's opener of this weekend series.

The slump for Arrieta (5-7, 5.14 ERA) is clear. He is 0-3 with a 7.47 ERA in his past four starts.

However, Arrieta is 8-1 with a 3.64 ERA in 12 career starts against the Marlins. He is also stellar at Chicago's Wrigley Field, posting a 32-17 record with a 2.35 ERA.

Arrieta is no longer the dominant pitcher he was when he won the NL's Cy Young Award in 2015. But, even so, his home ERA this year (3.16) is still significantly better than his road mark (6.51).

"Jake is really comfortable in a Cubs uniform," Chicago manager David Ross said after Arrieta returned to the team in February after a three-year run with the Philadelphia Phillies. "I think Jake feels like he has something to prove."

Arrieta, 35, has not succeeded in proving he is back to his form he showed from 2014 to 2017, when he went a combined 64-29. Since then, he has gone 27-30 with ERAs of 3.96, 4.64, 5.08 and 5.14 so far this year.

On Saturday, the Cubs hope to get more offense than just Joc Pederson, who homered twice on Friday. Pederson has slugged seven homers this month.

The Marlins, meanwhile, snapped a four-game losing streak on Friday by hitting three homers, including two by Adam Duvall and a three-run shot from Jon Berti.

Duvall, who went 3-for-4 with six RBIs, three runs scored and one walk, hit three homers in a game twice during an eight-game span last year while playing for the Atlanta Braves.

"With (Duvall), it's either hot or he cools off for a period," Marlins manager Don Mattingly said. "But he's dangerous when he's hot."

The Marlins on Saturday will start right-hander Pablo Lopez (2-4, 3.12 ERA), who is coming off his shortest outing of the season. On June 13, he allowed four runs in three innings against the Atlanta Braves.

Lopez, 25, is on pace to have the lowest ERA of his four-year major league career. Yet, despite his solid pitching, he has just two wins, and the Marlins are only 6-8 when he starts this year.

Against the Cubs, Lopez has made just one career appearance, going 0-1 with a 3.60 ERA. He has never pitched at Wrigley Field, where he is set to start on Saturday.

Lopez is surely happy to have team leader Miguel Rojas back at shortstop. Rojas went 0-for-5 on Friday, when he made his first appearance since suffering a finger injury on May 27.

"Getting Miggy back is huge," Mattingly said. "He solidifies shortstop. He makes all the plays. He seems to always be in the right spot."

Mattingly, whose team is in last place in the National League East while sitting nine games under .500, is eager for a winning streak.

"We have to get going," Mattingly said. "I know there is a lot of baseball left. But at some point, we have to put together games for a long period of time, and we're capable."

--Field Level Media

Updated June 19, 2021

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