The Chicago Cubs’ Jake Arrieta and Philadelphia Phillies’ Kyle
Kendrick are hardly imposing pitchers.
Don’t tell that to two of the hottest hitters in this weekend
series – the Phillies’ Michael Young and the Cubs’ Starlin
Young has never gotten a hit off Arrieta and Castro has come up
empty against Kendrick heading into Sunday’s matchup at Wrigley
These teams have traded one-run victories in a series
highlighted by interim Phillies manager Ryne Sandberg’s return to
Young is 7 for 10 with three RBIs through two games while Castro
is 4 for 9 with three doubles, three RBIs and his first homer since
July 31 in Saturday’s 4-3 win.
It’s possible – and probably surprising given who they are –
that Sandberg and Cubs manager Dale Sveum are using the perfect
starters to slow those hitters down.
Young, 10 for 17 against Chicago (57-78) this year, is 0 for 10
against Arrieta (1-1, 4.50 ERA), and the only pitcher he has fared
worse against in his career is the now-retired Esteban Yan (0 for
Castro is 0 for 9 against Kendrick (10-11, 4.40) to match his
mark against Reds left-hander Tony Cingrani for his worst against
Sunday’s right-handed starters have been plagued by poor run
Kendrick is 1-5 with a 6.11 ERA over his last seven outings, and
his offense has produced 11 total runs of support in that span.
Eight came in his lone win since the All-Star break – a six-inning
stint against the Cubs in which he gave up five runs for a 9-8
victory Aug. 6.
The Phillies were shut out for the third time in Kendrick’s last
four outings Tuesday against the Mets as he gave up five runs – one
earned – over six innings in a 5-0 loss.
Kendrick is 1-1 with a 3.00 ERA in four career starts against
the Cubs, limiting them to a .208 average.
Chicago has scored one run or zero in three of Arrieta’s four
starts since he was acquired from Baltimore on July 2.
The Cubs gave him no support Tuesday, as Arrieta was charged
with four runs over five-plus innings in a 6-2 loss to the
Arrieta’s lone career start against Philadelphia (62-74) came
June 8, 2012, with Baltimore. He surrendered nine runs over four
innings in a 9-6 loss.
Both clubs’ bullpens have been busy this weekend with 13 1-3
innings. Each team’s starter allowed three runs in five innings
Saturday before five Cubs relievers finished with four scoreless
Chicago improved to 4-16 at home since the All-Star break.
“They haven’t come around too often lately so it was nice to get
the lead and all the relievers did a great job, made the plays when
they had to and did a nice job to get a win at home,” Sveum
Phillies third baseman Cody Asche has missed three straight
games with a right hamstring strain, but should return to the