Update (7:15 PM EST): The Cubs game has been postponed due to inclement weather.
The Padres (Andrew Cashner) and Giants (Jeff Samardzija) game is just underway, kicking off Wednesday’s action. There are quite a few interesting games to watch, including the major league debut of Twins pitching prospect Jose Berrios. But there’s one very obvious game to watch, and that’s Brewers/Cubs at 8:05 PM EST tonight. The Brewers’ Taylor Jungmann will oppose the Cubs’ Jake Arrieta, who is coming off of his second career no-hitter, authored last Thursday against the Reds.
In the time since, Orioles closer Zach Britton offered some insight as to why Arrieta floundered with the O’s but flourished with the Cubs — because the Cubs let him throw his cut fastball again. Then some rumors started floating suggesting Arrieta owes his success to performance-enhancing drugs, to which Arrieta said, “The 10 tests I take a year say otherwise.” ESPN’s Stephen A. Smith and Skip Bayless continued to push the rumor, and Arrieta responded to them, saying, “Laughing is exactly what I will do. You continue to do your thing though. No one will undercut my hard work.”
Arrieta has the chance tonight to throw a second consecutive no-hitter. If he is able to accomplish the feat, he would become only the second pitcher in baseball history to toss back-to-back no-hitters along with Johnny Vander Meer.
The rest of Wednesday’s action…
Philadelphia Phillies (Jeremy Hellickson) @ Washington Nationals (Gio Gonzalez), 7:05 PM EST
Chicago White Sox (Jose Quintana) @ Toronto Blue Jays (Marco Estrada), 7:07 PM EST
Atlanta Braves (Bud Norris) @ Boston Red Sox (Steven Wright), 7:10 PM EST
Baltimore Orioles (Chris Tillman) @ Tampa Bay Rays (Matt Moore)m 7:10 PM EST
Cincinnati Reds (Jon Moscot) @ New York Mets (Matt Harvey), 7:10 PM EST
Oakland Athletics (Sonny Gray) @ Detroit Tigers (Justin Verlander), 7:10 PM EST
New York Yankees (CC Sabathia) @ Texas Rangers (Martin Perez), 8:05 PM EST
Cleveland Indians (Josh Tomlin) @ Minnesota Twins (Jose Berrios), 8:10 PM EST
Pittsburgh Pirates (Jon Niese) @ Colorado Rockies (Jon Gray), 8:40 PM EST
St. Louis Cardinals (Adam Wainwright) @ Arizona Diamondbacks (Patrick Corbin), 9:40 PM EST
Kansas City Royals (Chris Young) @ Los Angeles Angels (Nick Tropeano), 10:05 PM EST
Houston Astros (Collin McHugh) @ Seattle Mariners (Hisashi Iwakuma), 10:10 PM EST
Miami Marlins (Justin Nicolino) @ Los Angeles Dodgers (Scott Kazmir), 10:10 PM EST