“We know how good he is, ” Maddon said. For the second straight day, a Cubs-Cardinals game set an attendance record at the ballpark. He pitched in parts of three MLB seasons for Colorado but hasn’t missed many bats at the big league level, sporting a 1.77 WHIP and surrendering 28 homers in 159.1 innings.
The homer came after what many on the Cubs thought should have been a single in the fifth, but was ruled an error on Matt Carpenter. Signed as a minor league free agent during the off-season, Soto was traded by the Cubs to the Marlins, along with Ivan Pineyro, for Dan Haren, back in July of 2015.
Another bright note for Chicago is the bat of third baseman Kris Bryant, the reigning NL MVP has started to heat up but he is obviously going to need some of the others on te Cubs offense to start to wake up as well.
Catcher Willson Contreras connected twice for his first career multihomer game, Eddie Butler threw six scoreless innings in his season debut and the Cubs beat St. Louis 3-2 Friday at St. Louis, ending the Cardinals’ six-game winning streak. All of this, should make for a fun weekend of baseball, even if it is only May. Butler has not seen much success in his Major League Baseball career, with a record of 6-16, and a 6.50 ERA.
Randal Grichuk added three hits for St. Louis, which won two out of three from the world champions. Cheap plays should not be allowed.
The Cardinals roughed up Butler, in his only appearance against them.
Carlos Martinez (3-3) was solid on the mound, allowing just three runs in six plus innings and striking out seven. This is clearly a miniscule sample, but it could spell bad news for the Cubs tonight.
Happ, it was determined, changed his “pathway for objective of initiating contact with a fielder” on Saturday, which is why the slide was ruled illegal.
Cardinals: Michael Wacha was supposed to start but was pushed back until next week.
Jon Lester, Saturday’s starting pitcher for the Cubs, made it no secret he is not a fan of the slide rule after the game. St. Louis 3B Jhonny Peralta (upper respiratory infection) moved his rehab assignment to Triple-A Memphis, where he went 1-for-3 with a walk.
Arrieta’s last win against the Cardinals came on April 4 in the second game of the season, when he beat Adam Wainwright, his opponent again on Sunday. These are still very respectable numbers, but nothing compared to his 19 win effort in 2016, when he had a 2.44 ERA.
Although he was not as dominant a year ago, Arrieta still managed an 18-8 record with a 3.10 ERA.
Over Martinez’s young career, he has not pitched particularly well against Chicago.
That created playing time for Pham and Sierra, and all they have done is light a spark under the first-place Cardinals. Wainwright had given up four earned run in each of his last three starts.
Maddon said Arrieta had his best stuff of the year. In each start he allowed just a solo homer.
Wade Davis got his eighth save in as many tries.
Another frustrating offensive performance, another poor Jake Arrieta start. But Arrieta still gave up seven hits and four runs in six innings, walking one and whiffing five as his ERA rose to 5.44. Umps called out both Happ and the batter, Anthony Rizzo, which ended the inning and negated the run scored by Kyle Schwarber.