Talkin’ Cubs Live – Cubs vs. Pirates – 04/03/13

Game Two: Cubs (1-0) vs. Pirates (0-1)

  • Game Time – 6:05pm CDT
  • Coverage – TV: Comcast SportsNet – Radio: 720 WGN, XM Radio Channels 186/844
  • Location – PNC Park, Pittsburgh

Edwin Jackson (0-0, -.–/-.–) vs. Wandy Rodriguez (0-0, -.–/-.–)

The Cubs’ season resumes tonight after Tuesday’s scheduled off-day. The Cubs played a very good game on Opening Day, and outside of a few exceptions, Dale Sveum’s team played a complete game and beat a very good pitcher in the process.

Edwin Jackson makes his Cubs’ debut tonight against a team that he’s had success against in the past. Jackson said when he signed with the Cubs he is looking forward to pitching for the same team for more than one season. Jackson has suited up for four different teams in the last three years.

With the lefty on the mound for the Pirates, Dale Sveum should use his right-handed lineup tonight. Scott Hairston has very good numbers against Wandy Rodriguez and right-handers (.328) hit more than 20 points better against Rodriguez than lefties (.307).

Can the Cubs make it two wins in a row?

Edwin Jackson will look to pick-up where Jeff Samardzija left off on Monday afternoon. Jackson has the stuff to be a frontline starter in the big leagues but inconsistency has kept Jackson from fulfilling projections

Jackson faces a Pirates team tonight that he is familiar with from his time with the Cardinals and Nationals. Jackson went seven innings in his only start against the Pirates last season (two runs on three hits with five strikeouts and a walk) and was a perfect 2-0 versus the Bucs in 2011 (three earned runs on 14 hits with three walks and seven strikeouts in 12 2/3 innings). Jackson owns a 4-0 mark in six career starts against the Pirates with a 3.03 ERA and a 1.27 WHIP … at PNC Park, 1-0 in three starts with a 3.10 ERA and a 0.98 WHIP.

Pirates Career Numbers against Edwin Jackson

  • Pedro Alvarez – 1-for-6
  • Clint Barmes – 3-for-11
  • Josh Harrison – 1-for-3 with a double
  • Garrett Jones – 2-for-9 with a home run and a walk
  • Russell Martin – 2-for-10 with a walk
  • Andrew McCutchen – 3-for-11 with two home runs and two walks
  • Michael McKenry – 3-for-5 with two doubles
  • Gaby Sanchez – 0-for-3 with a walk
  • Travis Snider – 0-for-5
  • Jose Tabata – 0-for-6
  • Neil Walker – 1-for-8 with a double and a walk

Wandy Rodriguez struggled mightily early in his career against the Chicago Cubs. The Cubs seemingly took batting practice against the southpaw every time they faced him … but those days are long gone. Rodriguez has figured out how to pitch and has been more than just a serviceable lefty over the last six seasons.

Rodriguez was solid over his 13 games, 12 starts, for the Pirates last season after Pittsburgh acquired him from the Astros for Colton Cain, Robbie Grossman and Rudy Owens. Rodriguez posted a 5-4 record with a 3.72 ERA and a 1.27 WHIP in a Pirates’ uniform.

Wandy Rodriguez makes his 23rd career start against the Cubs tonight. Rodriguez is 7-7 with a 3.74 ERA and a 1.32 WHIP … and last year the crafty lefty posted a 2-1 record in three starts against the Cubs with a 2.25 ERA and a 1.20 WHIP.

Cubs Career Numbers against Wandy Rodriguez

  • Welington Castillo – 2-for-4
  • Starlin Castro – 4-for-19 with three walks
  • David DeJesus – 1-for-4 with a walk
  • Alberto Gonzalez – 0-for-2
  • Scott Hairston – 7-for-19 with three doubles, two home runs and two walks
  • Brent Lillibridge – 1-for-3
  • Dioner Navarro – 2-for-9 with a double and a walk
  • Anthony Rizzo – 3-for-6
  • Dave Sappelt – 2-for-6
  • Nate Schierholtz – 0-for-3
  • Alfonso Soriano – 5-for-41 with a home run and three walks
  • Luis Valbuena – 1-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