Game Seventy-Five: Cubs (31-43) vs. Brewers (31-43)
- Game Time – 7:10pm CDT
- Coverage – TV: Comcast SportsNet – Radio: 720 WGN, XM Radio Channels 186/844
- Location – Miller Park, Milwaukee
Edwin Jackson (3-9, 5.49/1.55) vs. Kyle Lohse (2-6, 3.68/1.23)
The Cubs begin a very challenging nine-game road trip with the first of three in Milwaukee for the battle of the cellar in the NL Central. After three with the Brewers, the Cubs make a trip out west to take on the Mariners and Athletics for three games each before returning to Wrigley on July 5 to face the Pirates.
The Cubs are 14-21 away from Wrigley Field and just 9-24 versus the central this season. While the Brewers have not fared much better this season, Milwaukee has won four of the first five against the Cubs this year. The Brewers will be without Ryan Braun for this series and could be without Carlos Gomez after he crashed into the wall on Sunday and sprained his left shoulder.
Dale Sveum’s team must start playing better ball against the NL Central, especially when they face the Brewers. Milwaukee has owned the Cubs for the past two seasons (5-17).
After tonight’s match-up of former Cardinals’ teammates in Edwin Jackson and Kyle Lohse, Scott Feldman is scheduled to face Yovani Gallardo on Wednesday night with Matt Garza opposing Wily Peralta in the finale on Thursday afternoon.
Tonight’s game and the road trip all starts with Edwin Jackson …
Edwin Jackson has pitched much better of late and closer to his career averages than over the first two months of the season. Jackson is 2-2 in his last four starts with a 4.13 ERA and a 1.50 WHIP and is coming off a loss to another one of his former teams.
Jackson threw the ball better than his final line his last time out. The Cardinals scored four runs on six hits with two walks and a strikeout over 5 1/3 innings. Jackson not only lost for the first time in three starts but also failed to post a quality start. Jackson has pitched better on the road this year (2-4 in seven starts with a 4.17 ERA and a 1.28 WHIP) than at Wrigley and will face the Brewers for third time this season.
The Brewers knocked Jackson around during the home opener at Wrigley then beat him in Milwaukee 12 days later after three Cubs’ errors led to four unearned runs and a Cubs’ loss. Jackson is 0-2 in two starts against Milwaukee this season with a 4.50 ERA and a 1.50 WHIP. For his career, Jackson is 3-4 in nine starts against the Brewers with a 3.36 ERA and a 1.32 WHIP … at Miller Park, 2-2 in four starts with a 3.33 ERA and a 1.30 WHIP.
Brewers Career Numbers against Edwin Jackson
- Norichika Aoki – 3-for-13 with a double and a walk
- Yuniesky Betancourt – 4-for-29 with a double and two walks
- Ryan Braun – 8-for-25 with five doubles and two walks
- Juan Francisco – 3-for-8 with a double
- Carlos Gomez – 1-for-10 with a double
- Kyle Lohse – 0-for-1
- Jonathan Lucroy – 6-for-17 with two home runs and a walk
- Martin Maldonado – 4-for-6 with a double and a walk
- Aramis Ramirez – 6-for-17 with a double and two home runs
- Jean Segura – 2-for-6
- Rickie Weeks – 3-for-15 with a double, a home run and a walk
The Cubs will get their first look at Kyle Lohse in a Brewers’ uniform. Milwaukee signed Lohse toward the end of Spring Training and cost it cost them a first round pick in the draft. Lohse has been his inconsistent self once again this year.
Kyle Lohse is coming off back-to-back outings in which he allowed only one earned run in each start. Lohse has slowly righted his ship after going 0-4 in five starts in May with a 6.51 ERA and a 1.81 WHIP. Lohse is 1-0 in his last four starts with a 2.08 ERA and a 1.00 WHIP.
Lohse has been just about the same pitcher at home (1-2 in six starts with a 3.76 ERA and a 1.23 WHIP) this season as on the road (1-4 in eight starts with a 3.61 ERA and a 1.23 WHIP) and will face the organization that drafted him for the 17th time in his career tonight.
Kyle Lohse is 4-4 in 16 career starts against the Cubs with a 5.17 ERA and a 1.44 WHIP … last season with the Cardinals, Lohse was 2-0 in three starts against the Cubs with a 4.12 ERA and a 1.12 WHIP.
Cubs Career Numbers against Kyle Lohse
- Darwin Barney – 4-for-16 with a double
- Welington Castillo – 1-for-6 with a double
- Starlin Castro – 5-for-20
- Scott Hairston – 1-for-7
- Edwin Jackson – 0-for-2
- Dioner Navarro – 1-for-2 with a double
- Cody Ransom – 0-for-1 with a walk
- Anthony Rizzo – 1-for-6
- Nate Schierholtz – 0-for-6
- Alfonso Soriano – 20-for-53 with four doubles, four home runs and two walks
- Luis Valbuena – 0-for-3
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