Talkin’ Cubs Live – Cubs vs. Giants – 04/14/13

Game Twelve: Cubs (4-7) vs. Giants (8-4)

  • Game Time – 1:20pm CDT
  • Coverage – TV: WGN TV – Radio: 720 WGN, XM Radio Channels 189/844
  • Location – Wrigley Field, Chicago

Edwin Jackson (0-2, 5.73/1.55) vs. Tim Lincecum (1-0, 4.91/1.64)

Updated 10:21am CDTSteve Clevenger out at least six weeks with left oblique strain. As expected, the Cubs will not make a roster move prior to Sunday’s game. Clevenger will be placed on the DL prior to Tuesday’s game. Darwin Barney will be activated from the 15-day DL on Tuesday.

With a beautiful day expected at Wrigley Field this afternoon, the Cubs will look to split the four-game series with the Giants. The Cubs have been in all three games of the series with mistakes costing them in both losses. All three games have been decided by one run, and maybe the Cubs will find a way to squeak out a win this afternoon.

The Cubs have not shown much patience at the plate this season and today would be a good time to take a pitch or four in every at bat. Tim Lincecum has struggled with his command this season. Lincecum has walked as many batters has he’s struck out this year but far less hits than innings pitched. If the Cubs make Lincecum work, they could spend the off day with a 5-7 mark instead of four games under the breakeven point.

The Cubs are 2-3 so far on the homestand, can Edwin Jackson post his first win in a Cubs’ uniform?

Edwin Jackson makes his third start of the season this afternoon. Jackson has been plagued by one bad inning in each of his first two outings. After completing only five innings on a cold night in Pittsburgh while allowing two runs on three hits with one walk and five strikeouts, Jackson gave up four runs in the first inning last Monday at Wrigley to the Brewers. The Cubs could not dig out of the hole Jackson put them in.

Chris Bosio had Jackson change the grip on his fastball after his rough first inning. Jackson settled down rather well and surrendered just one other run over the remaining five innings. Jackson has shown how could he can be in a Cubs’ uniform, he has to work on his consistency and avoid the one not-so-good inning that has followed him throughout his career.

Edwin Jackson makes his fifth career start against the Giants this afternoon. Jackson is 2-2 in five career appearances, four starts, with a 4.73 ERA and a 1.58 WHIP. Jackson faced the Giants one time a year ago. And while he picked up a win, Jackson allowed four runs on five hits with two walks and three strikeouts in 5 2/3 innings.

Giants Career Numbers against Edwin Jackson

  • Brandon Belt – 0-for-2
  • Gregor Blanco – 2-for-5 with a double, a triple and two walks
  • Brandon Crawford – 1-for-2 with a double
  • Angel Pagan – 3-for-3
  • Hunter Pence – 1-for-8 with a double and a walk
  • Buster Posey – 0-for-3
  • Andres Torres – 2-for-13 with a double, a triple and a walk

The Cubs will get their first look at a short-haired Tim Lincecum this afternoon. After struggling for the first time in his career a year ago (10-15 in 33 starts with a 5.18 ERA and a 1.47 WHIP), the Freak is off to a bad start this season.

Lincecum beat the Dodgers in his first outing before giving up six runs on four hits, four walks and seven strikeouts in six innings to the Rockies. Lincecum’s velocity is nowhere near where it was when he was dominating the league and winning Cy Youngs.

In 11 innings this season, Lincecum has walked (11) as many batters as he’s struck out (11) but he’s only surrendered seven hits. The Cubs must make Lincecum work this afternoon. He will help the offense score runs, if they let him.

Tim Lincecum is 4-4 in 10 career starts against the Cubs with a 3.43 ERA and a 1.16 WHIP … at Wrigley Field, Lincecum is a perfect 3-0 in five starts with a 1.82 ERA and a 0.98 WHIP. One of Lincecum’s better starts last year came at the Cubs expense. Lincecum held the Cubs to two runs on four hits with three walks and seven strikeouts in 6 1/3 innings.

Cubs Career Numbers against Tim Lincecum

  • Welington Castillo – 1-for-2 with a walk
  • Starlin Castro – 4-for-13 with two doubles
  • David DeJesus – 3-for-6 with a double, a home run and four walks
  • Alberto Gonzalez – 1-for-4 with two walks
  • Scott Hairston – 3-for-13 with two walks
  • Dioner Navarro – 1-for-2 with a home run
  • Anthony Rizzo – 2-for-8 with a double and two walks
  • Alfonso Soriano – 3-for-14 with a double and a home run
  • Luis Valbuena – 0-for-3

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Quote of the Day

"You can’t sit on a lead and kill the clock. You’ve got to give the other man his chance. That’s why baseball is the greatest game." - Earl Weaver