Chicago Cubs: Baltimore Orioles

Arrieta continues to work on limiting walks

September, 1, 2013
Rogers By Jesse Rogers
CHICAGO -- It’s getting pretty easy to figure out Chicago Cubs starter Jake Arrieta. When he gives up one too many walks, he loses. When he limits them, he wins.

And he can look really good doing so.

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Reid Compton/USA TODAY SportsJake Arrieta walked nine batters combined in his previous two starts, both losses. On Sunday, he limited the Phillies to just three free passes.
“When he’s in the zone, you’ve got that 90 mph slider/cutter,” manager Dale Sveum said after the Cubs' 7-1 win over the Philadelphia Phillies on Sunday. “His curveball was pretty good today. When he’s in the zone he’s pretty tough.”

“In the zone” is the key phrase there. Arrieta walked nine combined in his previous two starts, both losses. On Sunday he limited the Phillies to just three free passes, two coming in his final inning and with Chicago in front comfortably.

“If I can establish strike one, the walks will be down,” Arrieta said. “Stay on the aggressive side of the attack. I would like to be better at first-pitch strikes. Be more aggressive, right out of the gate. That wasn’t something I was very happy with today.”

He didn’t always pitch ahead in the count. In fact he went 2-0 on the first two batters of the game, but after walking Jimmy Rollins he got down to business. It was the pitches after the walks that may have been his best. He buckled Chase Utley on a beauty of a curveball in the first inning, then got him swinging in the fourth.

Arrieta seems so close to becoming the pitcher the Baltimore Orioles thought he would be when he was their opening day starter in 2012. Finding that right line to walk is something he’s learning. His stuff is so good, giving teams free passes seems like a waste.

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Long day-and-a-half for Scott Feldman

July, 4, 2013
Levine By Bruce Levine
CHICAGO -- It had been a whirlwind 36 hours for former Chicago Cubs pitcher Scott Feldman. The veteran RHP left the Cubs in Oakland on Tuesday and pitched for the Baltimore Orioles on Wednesday night against the White Sox in Chicago.

Feldman received a no-decision, going six innings while allowing two runs in his first appearance with the Orioles.

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AP Photo/Paul Beaty One day Scott Feldman is with his Cubs teammates in Oakland. The next day he is starting for the Orioles ... against the White Sox ... back in Chicago.
“I left a lot of good people over there,” Feldman said off his Cubs experience. “From the staff to the players and front office. I made a lot of good friends there on the team, and everyone treated me really well.”

Feldman knew he might end up on the trading block at some point with a rebuilding team like the Cubs when he signed a one-year deal during the offseason.

He said he felt the opportunity to prove he was still a quality big league starter was worth the risk. Cubs president of baseball operations Theo Epstein assured Feldman he would be one of his five starters before he inked the deal.

“I just wanted to go somewhere where I could get an opportunity to [start],” he said. “I just felt I had a better opportunity to succeed if I could go out and make 30 starts. I don’t think it was a gamble; I was just looking for the right situation.”

Feldman more than proved he was still an efficient big league starter. He put up a 7-6 record with respectable 3.46 ERA for a club that was 10 games under .500 when he was shipped to the Orioles.

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Ex-Cub Lee agrees to deal with Orioles

December, 31, 2010
By Associated Press
BALTIMORE -- The Baltimore Orioles and free agent first baseman Derrek Lee have reached an oral agreement on a one-year contract pending a physical.

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BAA. Rizzo .286
HRA. Rizzo 25
RBIA. Rizzo 59
RA. Rizzo 72
OPSA. Rizzo .910
ERAJ. Samardzija 2.83
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