BOWIE, Md. - The Chicago Cubs and Washington Nationals will begin the National League Division Series on Friday with a pair of former Baysox on each team.
RHP Jake Arrieta and LHP Brian Duensing are the former Baysox on the Cubs roster this season with each having spent part of one season in Bowie. OF Jayson Werth and C Matt Wieters represent the Baysox contingent for the Nationals.
This year with the Cubs, Arrieta went 14-10 with a 3.53 ERA in 30 starts including a 2.28 ERA over his final 12 appearances of the year. Last season, the right-hander helped lead the Cubs to their first World Series title since 1908. That came on the heels of a Cy Young award winning campaign in 2015 when Arrieta was 22-6 with a 1.77 ERA and tossed a no-hitter against the Dodgers on August 30 of that year. Originally a fifth round selection of the Orioles in 2007, Arrieta began the 2009 season with Bowie and went 6-3 with a 2.59 ERA in 11 Stars and was named the Eastern League Pitcher of the Week on two occasions before being promoted to Triple-A Norfolk.
Duensing posted a 2.74 ERA and fanned 61 batters in 62.1 IP in 68 games out of the bullpen for Chicago this season. The southpaw has spent parts of nine seasons in the majors with the Twins (2009-2015), Orioles (2016) and Cubs (2017), compiling a 43-38 record with a 4.01 ERA in 436 appearances (61 starts). Duensing appeared in three games for the Baysox on a Major League Rehab Assignment during the 2016 season and allowed just one earned run in 7.0 IP.
A 15-year Major League veteran, Werth hit .226 with 10 home runs and 29 RBI in 70 games for the Nationals this season while battling injuries. The 38-year-old was a member of the 2008 World Series Champion Philadelphia Phillies and is a career .267 hitter over 1,583 games in the big leagues. Werth was a first round pick of the Orioles in 1997 and appeared in 125 games for the Baysox during the 1998, 1999 and 2000 seasons. In those 125 games, Werth hit .238 with six home runs and 38 RBI while playing primarily as a catcher.
Wieters spent his entire career with the Orioles before signing with the Nationals as a free agent prior to the 2017 season. The Charleston, S.C., native batted .225 with 10 home runs and 52 RBI in 123 games for Washington. Wieters was a four time All-Star over eight seasons in Baltimore and hit .249 with a career-high 23 home runs and 83 RBI in 2012. A first round pick of the Orioles in 2007 out of Georgia Tech, he hit .365 with 12 round trippers and 51 RBI in 61 games for the Baysox in 2008 and was named the Brooks Robinson Orioles Minor League Player of the Year.
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