Young has never gotten a hit off Arrieta and Castro has come up empty against Kendrick heading into Sunday's matchup at Wrigley Field.
These teams have traded one-run victories in a series highlighted by interim Phillies manager Ryne Sandberg 's return to Wrigley.
Young is 7 for 10 with three RBIs through two games while Castro is 4 for 9 with three doubles, three RBIs and his first homer since July 31 in Saturday's 4-3 win.
It's possible - and probably surprising given who they are - that Sandberg and Cubs manager Dale Sveum are using the perfect starters to slow those hitters down.
Young, 10 for 17 against Chicago (57-78) this year, is 0 for 10 against Arrieta (1-1, 4.50 ERA), and the only pitcher he has fared worse against in his career is the now-retired Esteban Yan (0 for 14).
Castro is 0 for 9 against Kendrick (10-11, 4.40) to match his mark against Reds left-hander Tony Cingrani for his worst against any pitcher.
Sunday's right-handed starters have been plagued by poor run support.
Kendrick is 1-5 with a 6.11 ERA over his last seven outings, and his offense has produced 11 total runs of support in that span. Eight came in his lone win since the All-Star break - a six-inning stint against the Cubs in which he gave up five runs for a 9-8 victory Aug. 6.
The Phillies were shut out for the third time in Kendrick's last four outings Tuesday against the Mets as he gave up five runs - one earned - over six innings in a 5-0 loss.
Kendrick is 1-1 with a 3.00 ERA in four career starts against the Cubs, limiting them to a .208 average.
Chicago has scored one run or zero in three of Arrieta's four starts since he was acquired from Baltimore on July 2.
The Cubs gave him no support Tuesday, as Arrieta was charged with four runs over five-plus innings in a 6-2 loss to the Dodgers.
Arrieta's lone career start against Philadelphia (62-74) came June 8, 2012, with Baltimore. He surrendered nine runs over four innings in a 9-6 loss.
Both clubs' bullpens have been busy this weekend with 13 1-3 innings. Each team's starter allowed three runs in five innings Saturday before five Cubs relievers finished with four scoreless innings.
Chicago improved to 4-16 at home since the All-Star break.
"They haven't come around too often lately so it was nice to get the lead and all the relievers did a great job, made the plays when they had to and did a nice job to get a win at home," Sveum said.
Phillies third baseman Cody Asche has missed three straight games with a right hamstring strain, but should return to the lineup Sunday.
|August 30, 2013||Domonic Brown||Day-to-Day||Left game - sore right Achilles|
|August 28, 2013||Cody Asche||Day-to-Day||Strained left hamstring|
|August 26, 2013||Casper Wells||15-Day DL||Vision complications|
|August 17, 2013||Michael Young||Day-to-Day||Left game - sore left ankle|
|August 15, 2013||John Lannan||60-Day DL||Left knee tendinitis|
|August 14, 2013||John Lannan||Day-to-Day||Knee|
|August 08, 2013||Matt Guerrier||60-Day DL||Right elbow soreness|
|August 08, 2013||Thomas Neal||60-Day DL||Dislocated right shoulder|
|August 07, 2013||Thomas Neal||Day-to-Day||Dislocated right shoulder|
|August 07, 2013||Dioner Navarro||Day-to-Day||Right ankle contusion|
|August 03, 2013||Luis Valbuena||15-Day DL||Right oblique strain|
|July 15, 2013||Brian Bogusevic||15-Day DL||Left hamstring strain|
CHICAGO (AP) -- Jake Arrieta is refusing to take the final weeks of another lost season for the Chicago Cubs for granted.
To Arrieta, September represents an opportunity to prove he deserves to stay in the Cubs' starting rotation next year. Outings like Sunday's against the Philadelphia Phillies will go a long way in pleading his case.
Arrieta allowed three hits and one run while pitching into the seventh inning to lead the Cubs in a 7-1 win over the Phillies.
Acquired from the Baltimore Orioles on July 2, he has been inconsistent in his four starts since joining the rotation Aug. 16, but Arrieta (2-1) started strong by retiring eight of the first nine Phillies.
"There's going to be times where struggles come into play, but it's about minimizing those struggles," Arrieta said. "That's the point I'm at in my career where I need to be able to get over the hump of compounding difficult starts."
Although walks and lack of command have doomed Arrieta at times, he worked around three walks with only two Phillies advancing beyond second base in his 6 2-3 innings.
"Walks are going to happen but for me if I can do as good of a job as I can establishing strike one, the walks will be down," Arrieta said. "That's the most important thing to establish strike one and get ahead."
Three Cubs relievers combined for 2 1-3 shutout innings. The victory gave the Cubs their first consecutive home wins since a stretch of three straight July 6-9.
"Hopefully we can stay on a roll here and do some damage at home," manager Dale Sveum said.
The Cubs came through against Phillies starter Kyle Kendrick (10-12), scoring five runs on eight hits in six innings off the right-hander.
Ryan Sweeney , activated from the 60-day disabled list Sunday, delivered in his first at-bat since breaking a left rib when he crashed into the center field wall June 29 in Seattle. Sweeney's single to center scored Darwin Barney from second to give the Cubs a 1-0 lead in the first inning. Kendrick snared Donnie Murphy 's liner to strand runners on the corners to end the inning.
"To get that first hit back under the belt was huge," Sweeney said. "We put together some big hits today."
Anthony Rizzo 's double off the right field wall - just out of reach of a leaping Darin Ruf - scored Starlin Castro from first extending the Cubs' lead in the third.
Ruf got a run back in the fourth, hitting a solo homer off Arrieta to cut the Phillies' deficit to 2-1. The Phillies have lost 21 of their last 23 games when scoring three runs or less.
"A lot of our guys didn't have too much of a history with him," Phillies interim manager Ryne Sandberg said of Arrieta. "First time through the lineup, he was pretty sharp. That trend continued. Guys had a tough time making adjustments."
The Cubs then broke the game open in the bottom half, starting the inning with three consecutive hits, including back-to-back doubles by Brian Bogusevic and Welington Castillo . Castillo's double to left-center field drove in two runs. Arrieta hit a fly ball to right and Castillo advanced to third.
Kendrick struggled with his command, missing in the strike zone and then hitting Castro with one out to put runners on the corners.
Ruf delivered an on-target throw home on Barney's sacrifice fly to right field, however, Phillies catcher Erik Kratz couldn't hold onto the ball when he went to tag Castillo, giving the Cubs another run and a 5-1 lead.
Pinch-hitter Luis Valbuena , who was activated from the 15-day DL before the game, drew a bases-loaded walk in the eighth against Phillies reliever J.C. Ramirez and Castro added a sacrifice fly.
NOTES: With two spots open after the Phillies made two trades Saturday, INF/OF Cesar Hernandez and Michael Martinez were recalled from Triple-A Lehigh before Sunday's game. Phillies GM Ruben Amaro Jr. said more players could be called up in the coming days with the expanded roster. ... Amaro explained the Michael Young trade to the Los Angeles Dodgers went down pretty quickly after getting a phone call from Dodgers GM Ned Colletti on Friday. He thought the deal might be dead around 11:20 a.m. EDT but it was revived when both teams were able to finally agree on compensation. ... Phillies slugger Ryan Howard (left knee surgery) remains doubtful to return this season, though he continues to make progress, and he might see some game action in the Arizona Fall League, Amaro said. The Cubs activated Sweeney from the 60-day DL and Valbuena from the 15-day DL and recalled RHP Alberto Cabrera from Triple-A Iowa before Sunday's game. To make room for Sweeney on the 40-man roster, the Cubs designated RHP Eduardo Sanchez for assignment.