CHICAGO – This weekend, the Orioles play three games at Wrigley Field, and two of the Chicago Cubs’ pitchers will be very familiar to the Orioles.
On Friday, Jake Arrieta will pitch against Kevin Gausman, and on Sunday, Tsuyoshi Wada goes against Miguel Gonzalez.
Arrieta was traded to the Cubs in July 2013 along with Pedro Strop for Scott Feldman and Steve Clevenger. Feldman signed with Houston in the offseason, and Clevenger is currently in Norfolk.
Manager Buck Showalter is very fond of Arrieta, who is 6-4 with a 2.61 ERA with the Cubs.
“It's no surprise. Wish him well. I like Jake. It was a good move for both of us. We got a couple guys who have helped us and they got a couple guys who have helped them. That's the way deals are supposed to be. We all pull for Jake,” Showalter said.
Showalter was also fond of Strop, who is 2-4 with a 2.51 ERA with two saves.
"I think everybody, it's all about timing. Scott Feldman pitched well for us and continues to pitch well. Steve Clevenger's a quality catcher, and they got a couple of good major league guys. It was a good fit for both clubs. And I don't think it surprises anybody that Jake and Petey have done well, but timing's everything. I think it was a good move for their career, both of them, and I'm excited that it's worked out for them. I hope it doesn't work out [Friday]."
Wada was signed to a two-year, $8.14 million contract by the Orioles in December 2011. He had Tommy John surgery in May 2012 and never made it to the Orioles. Wada signed a minor league contract with the Cubs in the offseason. He’s 3-1 with a 2.75 ERA.
"He's finally gotten back to where we thought he would when we originally signed him. You don't have a crystal ball about the physical part of it, so I'm happy for him. I know it was frustrating for him, the rehab he went through and not being able to get a return for the commitment we had made. But in some ways it kind of shows you why we wanted him. If he's healthy, he'll pitch real well for them and it looks like he is,” Showalter said.