Talkin’ Cubs Live – Cubs vs. Mets – 05/17/13

Game Forty-One: Cubs (17-23) vs. Mets (15-23)

  • Game Time – 1:20pm CDT
  • Coverage – TV: WGN TV – Radio: 720 WGN, XM Radio Channels 183/844
  • Location – Wrigley Field, Chicago

Edwin Jackson (1-5, 6.02/1.57) vs. Matt Harvey (4-0, 1.44/0.73)

The fourth place Chicago Cubs opens a three-game series with the New York Mets this afternoon at Wrigley Field. While the Cubs are playing good ball right now and have won six of ten, the Mets ended their six-game slide by salvaging the last game of the series in St. Louis.

The Cubs will have their hands full today with Matt Harvey. Harvey is one of the hottest pitchers in the game right now and has not shown any signs of slowing down. Harvey has no-hit stuff, just ask the White Sox, and the Cubs will have to take advantage of any, and all, scoring opportunities this afternoon to end up with a win against Ron Santo’s favorite team. Harvey has accounted for four of the Mets’ 15 wins to this point of the year … and has put his team in position to win every game he’s started this season.

After today’s match-up of Edwin Jackson and Matt Harvey, Scott Feldman will face Jeremy Hefner on Saturday. Travis Wood is scheduled to close out the series on Sunday against Dillon Gee. The Cubs will see a lot of the Mets in the coming weeks. The two old NL East rivals square off six times over the next month (Cubs travel to Queens for a three-game series from June 14-June 16).

The Cubs will see a couple of familiar faces for the first time in Metropolitan uniforms. Marlon Byrd is off to a good start after making the team out of Spring Training and Rick Ankiel singed a big league contract with the Mets after Houston designated him for assignment … plus Anthony Recker is the Mets’ backup catcher.

The Cubs won four of the six matchups against the Mets a year ago … and this afternoon all starts with Edwin Jackson.

Edwin Jackson is coming off his first win of the season. Jackson beat his former team last Saturday and held the Nationals to two runs on four hits with two walks and three strikeouts in 5 1/3 innings. Jackson had a very good outing and might be close to turning the corner on his season. Jackson has really struggled while not going as deep in games as the front office and coaching staff would like. Jackson has two quality starts in eight games this year, but neither game was very clean.

Edwin Jackson has really struggled at Wrigley this year, and throughout his career. Jackson is 0-3 in four home starts this season with a 9.00 ERA and a 2.10 WHIP and for his career, Jackson is 1-5 in seven starts with a 8.53 ERA and a 1.79 WHIP.

The Cubs need a good outing from Edwin Jackson this afternoon against a team that he is 1-1 in four career starts with a 4.50 ERA and a 1.21 WHIP.

Mets Career Numbers against Edwin Jackson

  • John Buck – 3-for-13 with a home run
  • Marlon Byrd – 6-for-21 with four doubles, a home run and a walk
  • Ike Davis – 2-for-6 with a double and two walks
  • Lucas Duda – 1-for-6 with a double and two walks
  • Daniel Murphy – 1-for-9
  • Jordany Valdespin – 0-for-4
  • David Wright – 2-for-10 with two walks

The Cubs will get their first look at Matt Harvey this afternoon. Harvey has been the talk of baseball to this point of the season. The 24-year old right hander has been just short of unhittable over his first eight starts. Harvey threw nine innings of shutout, one-hit ball against the White Sox with 12 strikeouts two starts ago and is coming off an excellent outing against the Pirates. Harvey allowed two runs on five hits with a pair of walks and four strikeouts in seven innings.

Harvey’s numbers are just amazing. In 56 1/3 innings, Harvey has allowed just 27 hits with 14 walks and 62 strikeouts and he is better on the road than at Citi Field. Harvey is 2-0 in three road starts with a 1.33 ERA and a 0.89 WHIP. In eight starts this season, Harvey has allowed more than one earned run twice.

Matt Harvey will make his first start and appearance against the Cubs this afternoon. No one on the Cubs’ active roster has faced Matt Harvey in a big league regular season game.

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