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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  • Neil

    From Carrie Muskat: Garza to join team in Atlanta and expected to throw off mound then

  • Neil

    Tonight’s lineup:

    Sappelt – CF
    Castro – SS
    Rizzo – 1B
    Soriano – LF
    Hairston – RF
    Castillo – C
    Lillibridge – 3B
    Gonzalez – 2B
    Jackson – P

    • 07GreyDigger

      Lillibridge 7th and Gonzalez 8th. That’ll strike fear into the hearts of men.

  • Tom U

    Two comments on the recent roster moves:

    The signing of Donnie Murphy to me means that perhaps neither Ian Stewart nor Josh Vitters are ready to go for opening night tomorrow. The Iowa Cubs lost some of their depth when Alberto Gonzalez was placed on the major league roster. We shall see tomorrow.

    On Robert Whitenack, either he is further behind in his rehab than anyone will admit, or this was some really poor roster management. The evidence points toward the latter, since the club wouldn’t have placed him on the 40 man roster prior to the Rule 5 draft if he was that far away from pitching competitively.

    • Ripsnorter1

      Poor roster management. Thanks for posting.

  • Neil

    Jackson struggling in the stretch

  • Neil

    Nice catch by Rizzo

    • Denver Mike

      I’m all for building through the draft and much of what the front office is trying to do, but it still sorta sucks when they go down 2-0 and my heart sinks a little because we might not get that many runs. Nice catch by Rizzo indeed, it could have been much worse than the 2 that got in if that inning kept going.

  • gary3411

    Same old with Castro. swing, swing, swing some more. Still waiting for an ounce of offensive improvement after 4 years. He’s much more open this year making his leg kick longer and he’s never going to be able to lay off pitches like that swing starts too early.

    • gary3411

      more swinginggg

  • Neil

    Castillo with an excellent throw, Gonzalez could not hang on

    • gary3411

      Thought that was Castro

      • Neil

        I’ll check, I thought I saw Gonzalez drop it

        • gary3411

          No biggie don’t waste the time just thought it was Castro

          • Neil

            I just checked, it was Gonzalez.

  • Neil

    Scary moment there for Rizzo

    • TinTin Rex

      What happened Neil?
      I’m not watching

      • Neil

        In real time it looked like Rizzo got hit in the head. Helmet came off as he hit the deck. The ball hit him in the shoulder.

        • TinTin Rex

          ohh…I can’t imagine what it would be for this team if Rizzo goes to the shelf…

  • Neil

    Wandy hit Castillo … two in one inning.

  • Neil

    Excellent throw by Castillo

  • Neil

    Cubs shut out 3-0 by the Pirates on Wednesday
    night – Edwin Jackson: 2R, 3H, BB, 5K in 5IP (92 pitches, 57 strikes); Bowden; 1R, 2H, 0BB, 0K in 1IP; Soriano: 1-4; Cubs
    offense: 0R, 2H, 1BB, 2 HBP, 0-5 RISP, 5LOB