Around The Horn: The Cubs & Wrigley Field
Chicago enters its final game vs. the Nationals on Thursday afternoon having dropped 15 of its last 18 games at Wrigley Field.
- Jeff Samardzija is 7-11 with a 4.12 ERA
- Edwin Jackson is 7-13 with a 4.89 ERA
- Travis Wood is 7-10 with a 3.13 ERA
- Jake Arrieta is 2-2 with a 4.91 ERA
- Chris Rusin is 2-3 with a 3.08 ERA
2012 Park Factor (Park Factor compares the rate of stats at home vs. the rate of stats on the road. A rate below 1.000 favors the pitcher. Higher than 1.000 favors the hitter).
- Runs: 1.024
- HR: 0.962
- H: 0.981
- 2B: 1.077
- 3B: 0.930
- BB: 1.134
Interesting facts about Wrigley: The oldest National League facility and second oldest in MLB, it has been the home ballpark of the Cubs since 1916. Originally built for the Chicago Federal League baseball team the Chicago Whales. From 1921 to 1970 it also served as the home field of the Chicago Bears. The facility also hosted the second annual NHL Winter Classic in 2009. "Mr. Cub" Ernie Banks nicknamed the park "The Friendly Confines". It is the 10th-smallest actively used ballpark with a capacity of just over 41,000. To say there is a lot of history surrounding this place would be an understatement obviously, but to summarize what the park is most famous for: its unusual wind patterns off Lake Michigan, the "hand turned" scoreboard, the ivy covered brick outfield wall, the red marquee over the main entrance and the fact that it was the last major league park to have lights installed for play after dark (installed in 1988). "Take Me Out To The Ball Game" is sung by different notable people during the stretch, a tradition started by Hall of Fame announcer Harry Caray in 1982.
Has home field been an advantage for the Cubs over the last five years?
- 2008: 97-64 overall. 55-26 at home. 42-38 on road.
- 2009: 83-78 overall. 46-34 at home. 37-44 on road.
- 2010: 75-87 overall. 35-46 at home. 40-41 on road.
- 2011: 71-91 overall. 39-42 at home. 32-49 on road.
- 2012: 61-101 overall. 38-43 at home. 23-58 on road.
2013 as of writing: 54-72 overall. 25-40 at home. 29-32 on road.
Over the last half decade, the Cubs have finished in first place in the NL Central, and also in last. But with three sub-par records over the last five years, and with what must be considered an overall brutal performance once again in 2013, it's safe to say that home field is not an advantage for the Cubbies.
The Cubs host the Phillies at the end of the month for a three-game set.
These teams played three in Philadelphia earlier this month and the home side went 2-1.
They played against each other twice in 2012 at Wrigley Field and the Cubs lost both.
- LA Dodgers
- Larry Ness
- June 30, 2015 - 9:40 PM
- Offered at:
- williamhill @ -115 LA Dodgers
I want NO part of De La Rosa against LA (12.50 ERA in two tries TY) or an Arizona team which LA has beaten 23 of the L30 meetings...
My free play is on the LA Dodgers at 9;40 ET.
The Dodgers scored six runs on 10 hits Monday night but Arizona overcame deficits of 4-0 and 6-4 to win 10-6. LA had been 26-1 when scoring at least six runs. LA had allowed just 11 runs during the first seven games of its 10-game road trip but the D'backs almost equaled that total in the opener of a three-game set Monday, as Arizona pushed across 10 runs over its final four at-bats in the 10-6 victory, halting a stretch of SEVEN straight losses to the Dodgers.
The teams are back at it tonight, as Carlos Frias (5-5, 4.31 ERA) squares off against Rubby De La Rosa (6-3, 4.69 ERA). De La Rosa has faced off with all four of the Arizona's divisional opponents in his last four outings. He's had no problems with San Francisco, San Diego and Colorado from June 14-25, going 2-0 with a 0.82 ERA in that span. Opposing batters hit just .222 over those three contests with a .547 OPS and De La Rosa walked only one in seven innings while allowing one run Thursday in a 6-4 loss at Colorado.
However, back on June 8, De La Rosa (a former Dodger) got 'rocked' in Chavez Ravine, allowing 10 hits, one walk and nine ERs is just five innings of a 9-3 loss to the Dodgers. It was reminiscent of his May 1 start in LA, when he allowed three hits, five walks and five ERs over five innings on an 8-0 loss to the Dodgers. That's 10 IP, 13 hits allowed, four walks and 14 ERs for a 12.60 ERA against his former team in two meetings this year!
I want NO part of De La Rosa here or for that matter the D'backs, as prior to last night, the Dodgers had won SEVEN straight and 23 of their previous 29 against Arizona. Frias had gone 0-3 during a four-start stretch before defeating the Chicago Cubs in his last outings, when he pitched five shutout innings against Chicago and allowed seven hits and three walks to land his second victory (4-0) in his last nine starts.
Frias pitched opposite De La Rosa in the May 1 meeting and also took down Arizona on June 9, 3-1. His 'line' is 12 IP, with one ER allowed for an 0.75 ERA In the two starts vs the D'backs here in 2015. A concern here is with Frias' endurance, as he has gone more than six innings in only THREE of 11 starts this season and has not reached 90 pitches in any of his last four appearances. That could become a problem considering LA's fatigued bullpen, as SIX Dodgers relievers combined for 107 pitches and allowed all 10 runs Monday after Mike Bolsinger exited after four innings with flu-like symptoms.
That said, I repeat, I want NO part of De La Rosa against LA or an Arizona team which LA has beaten 23 of the last 30 meetings!
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