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What’s on Tap: Previewing Wednesday’s games

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Update (7:15 PM EST): The Cubs game has been postponed due to inclement weather.

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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

Francisco Cervelli shines in his Braves debut

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Last week the Pittsburgh Pirates released Francisco Cervelli. Yesterday he was signed by the Braves. Atlanta gave him the start behind the plate and he went 3-for-5 with two doubles and three runs driven in to help his new team to victory over the Mets. Welcome to Atlanta, Frankie.

Cervelli had been rehabbing from a concussion and hadn’t seen big league action since late May. He was ready to come back, though, and the Pirates — who are going nowhere — gave him his release so that he might join a contender for the stretch run.

The performance he put up last night, obviously will not be the norm for him going forward. But it’s also the case that his early 2019 batting line of .193/.279/.248 is not indicative of his talent level either. He posted an .809 OPS (122 OPS+) in 2018, and if he gives Atlanta anything even approaching his usual production it’ll help stabilize a shaky catching situation for the Braves.