Game Thirty-One: Cubs (11-19) vs. Reds (17-14)
- Game Time – 1:20pm CDT
- Coverage – TV: WGN TV – Radio: 720 WGN, XM Radio Channels 186/844
- Location – Wrigley Field, Chicago
Edwin Jackson (0-4, 6.27/1.61) vs. Mat Latos (2-0, 1.83/1.09)
After three straight rough losses, the Cubs will try to salvage the series finale against the Reds. The Cubs have actually outplayed the Reds, for the most part, over the first five games of the season but they have not been able to put the game away for one reason or another. And unfortunately it will not get any easier this afternoon with Mat Latos on the hill.
The Reds have had their way with the Cubs over the last few years. The Cubs have dropped eight in a row to the Redlegs at Wrigley dating back to August 10, 2012, the longest skid against the Reds at home since 1916 … and the Cubs have lost 11 straight day games at Wrigley to the Reds. So to say they need Edwin Jackson to step up and end three losing streaks today would be an understatement.
Edwin Jackson is coming off what he called the worst start of his career and admitted afterward that he would have probably booed himself as well. Today is a big start for Jackson due to the fact his first six outings of a four-year contract have not gone well. Jackson needs to pitch effectively deep into the game in order to give his team a shot at a win.
One of the keys for the Cubs today is to limit the amount of free passes. The Cubs walked seven batters on Friday and eight more on Saturday to go along with a hit batsman.
Welington Castillo should receive the day off after getting hit in the left ankle by Tony Cingrani on Saturday. Castillo was in obvious pain and appeared to favor it throughout the game.
On Cinco de Mayo, it all starts with Edwin Jackson …
Edwin Jackson has to be happy the calendar flipped to a new month after his first April in a Cubs’ uniform. Jackson consistently struggled throughout his first six starts. While he was often hurt by one bad inning, his command was off and he never appeared comfortable on the mound. The Cubs need for Jackson to let April go and begin his season this afternoon.
After his first true quality start of the season in Miami, Jackson was hammered by the Padres on a very windy night at Wrigley. Jackson lasted only 4 2/3 innings and gave up eight runs on 11 hits. Jackson was booed on his way to the dugout and said after the game he would have booed as well. Jackson called it his worst start of his career, hopefully it was a wake-up call for the talented Mr. Jackson.
Edwin Jackson did not face the Reds at the Great American Ball Park. This afternoon is his fourth career start against the Redlegs. Jackson is 1-0 in three starts with a 2.57 ERA and a 0.86 WHIP.
Reds Career Numbers against Edwin Jackson
- Jay Bruce – 0-for-8
- Shin-Soo Choo – 8-for-22 with three doubles and three walks
- Zack Cozart – 0-for-4
- Todd Frazier – 0-for-2
- Jack Hannahan – 1-for-5
- Cesar Izturis – 0-for-12 with a walk
- Devin Mesoraco – 0-for-3
- Corky Miller – 0-for-1
- Brandon Phillips – 3-for-5 with a double and a walk
- Joey Votto – 2-for-10 with two home runs
Mat Latos followed up his seven innings of shutout ball against the Cubs on April 24 with six innings of shutout ball against the Cardinals in his last outing. Latos is turning himself into one of the top pitchers in the league. In his last three starts (20 innings), Latos has allowed one run on 15 hits with five walks and 18 strikeouts (0.45 ERA, 1.00 WHIP).
The Cubs have always had problems with Mat Latos. The rather large right-hander is 3-2 in six career starts against the Cubs with a 2.58 ERA and a 1.12 WHIP … at Wrigley Field, 1-0 in one start with a 2.57 ERA and a 0.86 WHIP (two runs on five hits with one walk and 10 strikeouts in seven innings).
Cubs Career Numbers against Mat Latos
- Darwin Barney – 0-for-7
- Julio Borbon – 1-for-3 with a double
- Starlin Castro – 4-for-16
- David DeJesus – 3-for-7 with a double
- Dioner Navarro – 1-for-6 with a walk
- Cody Ransom – 1-for-4
- Anthony Rizzo – 0-for-4
- Nate Schierholtz – 3-for-21
- Alfonso Soriano – 2-for-11 with a home run
- Luis Valbuena – 2-for-6
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