Game Fifty-Two: Cubs (21-30) vs. White Sox (24-26)
- Game Time – 1:20pm CDT
- Coverage – TV: WGN TV – Radio: 720 WGN, XM Radio Channels 183/844
- Location – Wrigley Field, Chicago
Travis Wood (4-3, 2.73/1.00) vs. Jake Peavy (6-2, 2.97/1.04)
Weather permitting … The Cubs can wrap up the BP Crosstown Cup for this season with a win over the White Sox this afternoon. The Cubs have won the first two games of the Crosstown Series and a victory today would guarantee the Cubs a season series victory over the Sox. The two teams have not announced the make-up date for Tuesday’s rainout but the general feeling is the game will be made up on Monday, June 24.
Welington Castillo will be back behind the plate this afternoon. Dale Sveum told reporters following Dioner Navarro’s hat trick on Wednesday that Castillo is the Cubs’ starting catcher. Nate Schierholtz should be back in right field as well after being out of the starting lineup for the last three days.
This afternoon it all starts with Travis Wood …
Travis Wood is coming off his first bad outing of the season and it will be interesting to see how he responds this afternoon. Wood struggled his last time out and did not seem to shake off the ending to his start before against the Mets. Wood did not complete six innings for the first time this season and surrendered five runs on seven hits with three walks and five strikeouts. Wood started out strong but did not adjust as the game wore on and the Reds punished him the third time through the lineup.
Even with the bad outing in Cincinnati, Wood is 2-2 in his last five starts with a 3.18 ERA and a 1.03 WHIP. Wood has pitched beyond expectations to this point of the season but today is a big start for him.
Travis Wood is 2-2 in six starts at Wrigley this season with a 2.36 ERA and a 1.02 WHIP but he really needs to cut down on the free passes because solo shots are far less damaging than multi-run homers.
Travis Wood makes just his second career start against the White Sox today. Wood beat the Sox at the Cell last June 19 after holding them to one run on four hits with four walks and five strikeouts over six innings (1.50 ERA and a 1.33 WHIP).
White Sox Career Numbers against Travis Wood
- Alejandro De Aza – 1-for-3
- Adam Dunn – 0-for-3
- Tyler Flowers – 0-for-1 with a walk
- Tyler Greene – 2-for-9 with a double
- Jeff Keppinger – 2-for-6 with a double
- Paul Konerko – 1-for-3
- Alexei Ramirez – 1-for-2 with a double
- Alex Rios – 0-for-2 with a walk
- Dayan Viciedo – 1-for-2 with a walk
Jake Peavy is off to an excellent start to his season. In nine starts this year, Peavy has allowed more than one earned run only four times. Peavy is not only being effective but he is pitching rather deep in each start and is coming off his first complete game of the season. Peavy held the Marlins to one run on six hits with two walks and five strikeouts and is 3-1 in his last four starts with a 2.51 ERA and a 0.94 WHIP.
Jake Peavy has struggled a little on the road this season. Outside of the Cell, Peavy is 3-2 in five starts with a 3.94 ERA and a 1.06 WHIP.
Jake Peavy has dominated the Cubs throughout his career. Peavy is 7-3 in 13 starts against the Cubs with a 2.23 ERA and a 1.15 WHIP. Peavy was 1-1 in two starts against the Cubs a year ago with a 0.59 ERA and a 0.72 WHIP. For his career at Wrigley, Peavy is 3-2 in seven starts with a 3.05 ERA and a 1.28 WHIP.
Cubs Career Numbers against Jake Peavy
- Darwin Barney – 0-for-3
- Julio Borbon – 1-for-3
- Starlin Castro – 4-for-12 with a walk
- David DeJesus – 2-for-18 with a triple
- Scott Hairston – 0-for-6
- Dioner Navarro – 1-for-3
- Nate Schierholtz – 0-for-3
- Alfonso Soriano – 9-for-29 with three doubles, three home runs and five walks
- Ryan Sweeney – 2-for-4 with a double
- Luis Valbuena – 4-for-11 with a double and two walks
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