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Frogs in the Pros: May 29-June 6, 2017

Jake vs the Padres, Carpenter changes his pants, and Cashner faces the Astros.

MLB: Chicago Cubs at San Diego Padres Jake Roth-USA TODAY Sports

Jake Arrieta (P/Chicago Cubs) – On May 31, Arrieta faced the Padres in San Diego. He pitched 6 solid innings, allowing just 1 run on 5 hits, while walking 2 and striking out 7. The single run came in the form of a home run in the bottom of the 2nd. While he had a great outing, the Cubs unfortunately fell behind in the 8th and went on to lose 2-1 to the worst team in the NL West.

Then Naked Jake showed up again. This time talking about strength and conditioning training, and giving major kudos to TCU trainer Zach Dechant. But he’s still naked and it still creeps me out just a little.

They say money motivates. There’s continued chatter about this being a contract year for Jake, and this article ran on Monday:

Tuesday, June 6, Arrieta pitched at home against the Marlins. Through 6 innings, Arrieta allowed 2 runs on 2 hits, while striking out 5 and walking 3. Contract year indeed, my friends. The Cubs won 10-2.

I guess $100 million dollar loss is motivation, huh? Or maybe he’s just really good and the critics need to shut their mouths. I’m going with the second one.

Jake is scheduled to pitch this Sunday at home against the Rockies. He currently has a 4.46 ERA, with a 1.30 WHIP. To follow Jake Arrieta this season, click here.

Matt Carpenter (3B/St. Louis Cardinals) – For the Cardinals, May 29 brought a 4-game series at home against the Dodgers. Game 1 saw Carpenter with a single to right field inthe bottom of the 6th, but he woudn’t make it any further. In the bottom of the 4th, he was hit by a pitch and then managed to steal second, but the Cardinals just couldn’t get any momentum going. They lost 5-1.

May 30 brought game 2 and a little more luck at the plate for Carpenter. In the bottom of the 1st he hit a single to center that brought in Dexter Fowler, and Carpenter and made it to second on a throwing error by Dodgers’ pitcher Kenta Maeda. Carpenter and Tommy Pham would be brought home on a Yadier Molina’s single to center. That made it 3-0. The Dodgers rallied back with 4 runs in the top of the 3rd and 3 runs in the top of the 5th to make it 7-3. The game ended in a 9-4 loss for the Cardinals.

Carpenter had a quiet game on May 31. Considering the 13 total runs scored the day before by the two teams, this game was surprisingly sparse. The Cardinals put up a run in the bottom of the 2nd and held the lead until the Dodgers tied it in the top of the 6th. The Cardinals were able to get one more run in 8th to win the game 2-1.

On June 1, Carpenter had a single to right field in the bottom of the 1st inning, but the inning ended before he could get home. The Cardinals’ pitcher, Adam Wainwright became the hero of the night when he held the Dodgers scoreless through 6 innings, while hitting a 2-run home run for the Cardinals in the bottom of the 2nd. The Cardinals got the 2-0 win to tie the series.

June 2 began a series in Chicago against the rival Cubs. In 4 at-bats, Carpenter was out of luck, and the Cardinals lost a close game 3-2.

Carpenter didn’t play on June 3 but returned June 4 for game 3. He walked in the top of the 4th and was brought in on a 3-run homer by Stephen Piscotty. The Cubs came back in the bottom of the 4th and continued their momentum throughout the game. The Cardinals lost 7-6.

June 5 saw the Cardinals in Cincinnati. Carpenter singled in the top of the 4th and got to second before a double play ended the inning. The Cardinals lost 4-2.

June 6 was not a fun day for the Cards. Piscotty was the only one to score anything, and the Reds handed a 13-1 whooping to St. Louis.

Cardinals fans are looking for anything to break the slump they seem to be in, including a Gary Patterson-style clothing change for Carpenter. We’ll see how it works out for him.

Carpenter currently has 38 hits, 25 runs, and 27 RBIs, including 9 home runs. He has a .209 AVG. He’ll play in Cincinnati tonight and is batting in the lead-off spot. Also, TCU alum Chad Huffman has joined the Cardinals. We wish him the best and will have all the news and stats for him starting next week. For all the stats during Carpenter's 2017 season, click here.

Andrew Cashner (P/Texas Rangers) – On June 3, Cashner pitched at home against the Astros. A tough battle ensued, and Cashner pitched through 6 innings. He allowed 5 runs on 11 hits (including 1 home run), walked 1, and struck out 2. While 4 of those runs came in the top of the 3rd, Cashner recovered and held them scoreless after that. The Astros were able to outscore the Rangers 6-5.

While I realize that allowing 11 hits ties Cashner’s career-high, I’m proud of Cashner for recovering. That’s something he really struggled to do in San Diego.

Cashner currently has an ERA of 3.39 and a WHIP of 1.42. He’s scheduled to pitch against the Nationals on Friday in Washington. For more of Cashner's stats, click here.

Stefan Crichton (P/Baltimore Orioles) — Crichton is currently with Norfolk and pitched two scoreless innings on June 5.

You can follow Crichton this season here.

Brandon Finnegan (P/Cincinnati Reds) – Rumor has it Finny may be in a rehab assignment by the end of the week. He was scheduled to pitch in extended spring training earlier this week.

Finnegan currently has a 2.70 ERA and a 1.50 WHIP.

For more on Finnegan's 2017 season, you can go here.