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Wrigley Weekly Wrap-up


Jake Arrieta and Madison Bumgarner are set to duel as the Giants head home facing elimination in the best-of-five National League Division Series on Monday night. Arrieta will take the mound with an jakearrietachicagocubsvpittsburghpirateszxpdea5_oaclopportunity to pitch the Cubs back into the NL Championship Series. “They’re a dangerous team this time of year,” Arrieta said. “They’ve had really good success the last four, five years. We’ve got our work cut out for us.” Although, history does say that Arrieta and the Cubs have the advantage. Clubs that have taken a 2-0 lead in the NLDS went on to advance 23 of 25 times. Bumgarner and Arrieta have opposed each other three times already this season, first in a Cactus League game and most recently during San Francisco’s September visit to Wrigley Field. On that day, Arrieta allowed three runs (two earned) over six innings in a 3-2 loss. In his other three outings against San Francisco since the start of his NL Cy Young Award-winning season, Arrieta has gone undefeated with one run allowed over 20 2/3 innings. His ERA at AT&T Park over that stretch registers at 0.69. Arrieta has been at his best in California, he allowed one earned run and struck out 24 over 30 innings while tallying road victories against the Angels, Giants, Athletics and Padres. “I’m looking forward to that matchup,” catcher David Ross said. “I think it’s getting a lot of attention, because Bum’s so good and Jake’s the reigning Cy Young Award winner. [Arrieta] may have a bad inning here or there, but he’s getting back to that consistent guy that we rely on. And he’s another guy, too, that I’ll take him any day of the week. I know his character. I know what he’s thinking and what kind of guts he has. And I really like our chances when he’s on the mound.” While Arrieta may not enter the postseason as dominant as he did last year, he finds himself fresher because he’ll be making this start on 11 days’ rest. “Whoever I face [in the NLDS],” Arrieta said after throwing his final regular-season pitch on Sept. 28, “will be in trouble.”

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