Talkin’ Cubs Live – Cubs vs. White Sox – 05/28/13

Game Fifty-One: Cubs (20-30) vs. White Sox (24-25)

  • Game Time – 7:10pm CDT
  • Coverage – TV: WCIU (Cubs), Comcast SportsNet (White Sox) – Radio: 720 WGN, XM Radio Channels 179/844
  • Location – U.S. Cellular Field, South Side of Chicago

Edwin Jackson (1-7, 6.11/1.57) vs. Chris Sale (5-2, 2.53/0.92)

Weather permitting … The Cubs wrap up the eight-game road trip and two-game series tonight on the South Side and in order for Dale Sveum’s team to post their third straight victory they will need Edwin Jackson to put together his best outing of the season against Chris Sale. While Jackson has only one win and the Cubs are 2-8 in his 10 starts, Sale has not lost a game since April 18 and the Sox are 7-2 in his nine starts.

Edwin Jackson will be facing another one of his former teams tonight. Jackson pitched on the South Side in parts of the 2010 and 2011 seasons. Jackson was 4-2 in 11 starts in 2010 after being acquired from Arizona with a 3.24 Era and a 1.21 WHIP. Jackson then posted a 7-7 record in 19 starts in 2011 with a 3.92 ERA and a 1.42 WHIP before being dealt to the Cardinals.

Dale Sveum is expected to use most of the same starting lineup tonight with the exception of Dioner Navarro. Navarro is expected to serve as the Cubs’ DH tonight and not Scott Hairston or Alfonso Soriano.

After going winless over the first five games of the trip, the Cubs have a chance to go back to Wrigley winners of three straight for a five-game homestand against the Sox and Diamondbacks.

Tonight all starts with Edwin Jackson

There is only one way to say it, Edwin Jackson is off to a bad start to his Cubs’ career. After signing a four-year, $52 million deal in the off-season that included a $8 million signing bonus to reduce the annual salary to $11 million per season, Jackson appears to have gotten comfortable.  And while he has never been a top of the rotation starter, despite his stuff, Jackson has not pitched as poorly as he has for this extended of a period. Jackson was showing improvement in the two starts prior to his last outing but seemed to revert back to the way he pitched during his first seven outings of the season.

Dale Sveum addressed Jackson’s issues and said he is being provided the tools to be successful that it is up to him to follow the game plan and pitch the way he is capable.

Rain cut Jackson’s last start short. Jackson allowed four runs on six hits in three innings to the Pirates. Jackson walked a batter and struck out six but his final line was pretty indicative on how he pitched. After beginning the season 0-4 in his first six starts with a 6.27 ERA and a 1.61 WHIP, Jackson is 1-3 in his last four starts with a 5.85 ERA and a 1.50 WHIP. Teams have hit better than .300 off Jackson (.305) after managing a .269 average against him in April. If Jackson pitches today like he has, the White Sox will lit up the scoreboard.

Edwin Jackson has been somewhat serviceable on the road this season. Jackson is 1-3 in five starts outside of Wrigley with a 4.26 ERA and a 1.22 WHIP.

Edwin Jackson has beaten the White Sox once in eight tries during his career. Jackson is 1-4 in eight starts versus the Sox with a 6.60 ERA and a 1.79 WHIP … lifetime at the Cell, Jackson is 5-6 in 19 starts with a 3.51 ERA and a 1.38 WHIP.

White Sox Career Numbers against Edwin Jackson

  • Tyler Greene – 1-for-2
  • Jeff Keppinger – 1-for-2
  • Paul Konerko – 1-for-12 with a walk
  • Alexei Ramirez – 0-for-17 with a walk
  • Alex Rios – 7-for-30 with three doubles, a triple and two home runs

The Cubs will face one of the best starting pitchers in the game tonight in Chris Sale. Sale has been just about unhittable at times but missed his last start due to shoulder soreness. Sale tossed back-to-back shutouts in consecutive starts against the Angels and has not allowed more than two earned runs in any of his last six starts dating back to April 13 in Cleveland.

Chris Sale is a spectacular 3-0 in his last four starts with a 0.87 ERA and a 0.68 WHIP … just 16 hits allowed in 31 innings with five walks and 31 strikeouts.

Tonight will be Sale’s fifth start at the Cell this season. The southpaw is 3-0 in the first four with a 1.47 ERA and a 0.78 WHIP.

The Cubs have faced Chris Sale only twice and not once as a starter. Chris Sale makes his first start against the Cubs tonight and in two relief appearances totaling two innings, Sale has not allowed a run while surrendering just three hits, no walks and three strikeouts.

With Sale missing his last start due to his left shoulder, the Cubs might be able to jump on him early while he is still testing the shoulder.

Starlin Castro (0-for-1), David DeJesus (0-for-2), Dioner Navarro (0-for-1), Cody Ransom (0-for-3), Alfonso Soriano (0-for-1), Ryan Sweeney (0-for-1) and Luis Valbuena (1-for-1) have very limited at bats during their careers against Chris Sale.

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  • Theboardrider

    Would love to win 3 straight and show up against a tough lefty. Any win against these dudes is a good win for me.

    • matthew8510

      good luck with jackson pitching

  • Neil

    Tonight’s lineup:

    Borbon – CF

    Castro – SS
    Rizzo – 1B
    Soriano – LF
    Hairston – RF
    Castillo – C
    Ransom – 3B
    Navarro – DH
    Barney – 2B

  • Tom U

    For those of whom may not have seen this, OF Albert Almora was named the Midwest League Player of the Week.

    There have also been several reports that OF Reggie Golden has been added to the roster of Kane Co.

    • John_CC

      Any report on the severity of Almora’s hamstring injury?

      • Neil

        He’s saying it is not a big deal, officially listed as day-to-day

        • Tom U

          Thanks Nail

  • Neil

    Fujikawa had an MRI on his elbow, results will be announced on Wednesday after the Cubs review them

  • Neil

    The comment section on the mobile version of the site should be fixed. If anyone is still having issues, please let me know.

    Thanks to everyone for their patience

  • Neil

    Arodys Vizcaino will not throw for another six weeks after Dr. Andrews performed arthroscopic debridement on his right elbow. Cubs say Vizcaino had calcium buildup that caused soreness and extra recovery time. Andrews indicated ligament is OK post-Tommy John.

    • CubbyBlue

      which is why you don’t trade for injured players like this or stewart or sign baker. NONE of them has worked out. (yet haren was supposed to be injured; but has not missed a start).
      cubs track record of injured players is horrid under jed. this is just another example of why “suspects’ are nothing more. he’ll need at least 3 months of minor league ball next year too(and that’s if he is lights out).
      this only proves why Garza should be re-signed. even when Vizcaino does pitch; we don’t know if he is a RP or a SP.(or healthy actually)

      • Ripsnorter1

        Relief pitcher. Maybe.

        • paulcatanese

          Just thought I would throw this out Rip. Campana on three consecutive pitches stole 2nd, 3rd, and home.

      • Tony_Hall

        Signing injured players HAS worked before and will again. Look up a mildly successful injured player we picked up a few years ago, named Ryan Dempster. But you won’t win them all, and you can list ones that have failed.

        Dan Haren
        5.43 ERA 1,367 WHIP
        Far above his career numbers and a steady increase the last few years….maybe there is something wrong with him.

        Garza should be resigned, but maybe his injury history should make us pause, as he has been on the DL an awful lot the last few years…

  • BosephHeyden

    The only feed available outside of Chicago has Hawk Harrelson announcing. On one hand, I could just mute it, but that seems like way too much work to pay attention to the screen. Unfortunately, this will just be a game I pass on. Ricketts: if you want to win over Cubs fans, your next TV-related deal should include telling WCIU their services are no longer required and going back to CSN and WGN.

    • Tony_Hall

      In the Rockford area, the local ABC affiliate WTVO 17 is showing the game. I have to believe it is the Cubs feed as the Sox feed is on CSN.

      I am sure TR knows that this TV deal was done to benefit the Tribune as much as possible. Just think how much money the Cubs team should have been receiving all these years if their TV deal was ever openly bid with competition.

    • SomeGuy27

      I just signed up for a free 30 day trial of XM radio (CC not required) so I’ll listen to Pat and Keith and watch w/o sound. I have DirecTV and by far, Hawk is the worst of all the broadcasters out there-even Rex Hudler with KC who sounds like Keanu Reeves and ends every sentence with a question mark is more tolerable.

      • SomeGuy27

        Well…so much for that plan. Apparently WGN gets blacked out as well. However, I can get the Sox radio broadcast which is almost as bad as their TV

        • SomeGuy27

          disregard…i get it on the iphone but not the PC…weird.

  • Tony_Hall

    This tells a whole lot about the issues of this team. 3 of the worse 5 players in the starting lineup for BB%.

    RT @BruceMiles2112 #Cubs Welington Castillo has enough PA to qualify now.He & Sori tied for last in NL in BB% (3.2).Castro is 5th worst(4.0) about 2 hours ago

    You can get away with 1, maybe 2 in a lineup, but definitely not 3 this bad. This has to change.

  • triple

    FYI: if you don’t get the Cubs game where you live, ESPNU has the UNC/VT baseball game, and you can watch Colin Moran play.

    • triple

      Moran is on deck now!

  • Neil

    Castillo with a 2-run homer off Sale

  • Neil

    Julio Borbon with just the third hit by a lefty off Sale this season

  • Neil

    Rain delay …

    • RynoTiger

      the Chicago area radar doesn’t look good. what are the chances this game resumes?

  • Brp921

    If you can’t get the Cub game there’s a great game on TNT. BEAT THE HEAT!!! I apoligize to all non Pacer Fans

  • Neil

    Game called