Game 2 Win Gives Chicago Cubs Advantage, Jake Arrieta And Wrigley Await Cardinals

Emile Pierce - Author

Oct. 11 2015, Updated 4:17 a.m. ET

The Chicago Cubs manhandled the St. Louis Cardinals 6-3. The Game 2 win tied the NLDS at 1-1. Now, the series moves to Chicago. There’ll be a hot time in the Windy City Monday night for Game 3. Jake Arrieta and Wrigley Field await the Cardinals.

The Cubs needed just one victory to have the advantage in their favor. That happened when they split the series and pulled even with the Cardinals. Now they’ll have the wild and crazy fans of Wrigley field cheering them on. Not only do the Cubs have home field advantage, they have ace Jake Arrieta waiting to lower the boom.

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Arrieta’s presence on the mound will be reason to celebrate for the Cubs. Monday will mark the first time Arrieta will be pitching in the NLDS. That is the biggest advantage. That is reason to throw a party in the dugout and stands. Jake Arrieta on the mound is like having Bruce Lee as your personal bodyguard.

Last year during the off season, the Cubs were unsure if Arrieta could be the starter he became in 2014 or the pitcher who struggled with an inflated ERA and control issues. He had bounced back from terrible times in Baltimore and finally settled into a rhythm with Chicago. Arrieta went 10-5 as a starter last year, with an ERA of 2.53. That was the beginning of Jake’s transformation. At one point, Arrietta’s ERA had ballooned to 7.23. That’s a far cry from the Cy Young candidate who will be handed the ball Monday night.

Chicago’s win in St. Louis wasn’t expected by manager Joe Maddon, according to the Chicago Tribune. He was concerned that the Cubs hadn’t faced pitcher Jaime Garcia, a small matter that Maddon thought would give the Cards an edge.


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