Game Seventy: Cubs (29-40) vs. Cardinals (45-26)
- Game Time – 7:15pm CDT
- Coverage – TV: Comcast SportsNet – Radio: 97.9 FM The Loop, XM Radio Channels 183/844
- Location – Busch Stadium, St. Louis
Edwin Jackson (3-8, 5.40/1.55) vs. Jake Westbrook (2-2, 2.05/1.50)
The Cubs will try to make it two in a row over the Cardinals tonight in St. Louis behind Edwin Jackson. The Cubs pulled off a surprising victory on Tuesday and it will take a similar outing from Edwin Jackson tonight to the one that Jeff Samardzija put together yesterday to beat the best team in baseball on consecutive days.
The Cubs are just 9-22 against the NL Central this season but two of those wins have come at the Cardinals expense in four games this year (2-2). The Cardinals are 20-13 in their home park and have lost back-to-back games at Busch Stadium only twice this twice (April 27-April 28 to Pittsburgh and June 4-June 5 to Arizona) and have not lost three in a row in their home park this year.
Look for Dale Sveum to load his lineup with as many lefties as possible tonight and it would be a good time to give Alfonso Soriano a breathier as well. Soriano is 3-for-30 with two walks in his career against Jake Westbrook and right handers have hit just .220/.311/.210 against Westbrook this season while left handers are hitting .370/.434/.424 against him.
Tonight’s game can be heard on 97.9 FM The Loop. Pat Hughes and Keith Moreland will call the action from St. Louis on the FM side so the Game Four of the Stanley Cup Playoffs between the Blackhawks and Bruins can be heard on 720 WGN.
Tonight it all starts with Edwin Jackson …
Edwin Jackson is coming off his third win of the season and has been very good his last two times out. After putting together, by far, his best start of the year against the Pirates on June 9, Jackson notched a quality start in New York in which he held the Mets to one run on five hits with three walks and seven strikeouts in six innings. It is no secret that Jackson has pitched much better in his last two starts. Jackson has not only allowed just two runs on nine hits in his last two games but he has struck out 15 batters with only four walks in 13 innings (1.38 ERA, 1.00 WHIP).
Edwin Jackson is 2-3 in six starts outside of Wrigley Field with a 3.73 ERA and a 1.24 WHIP and will face the Cardinals for the first time this season.
In his 13 starts this year, Jackson has faced a team he once pitched for three official times and he started the game on the South Side that was cancelled on May 28. Jackson owns a career mark of 1-3 in seven games, six starts, with a 4.58 ERA and a 1.53 WHIP against the team he helped win the World Series back in 2011. Jackson is 3-2 in 11 career starts at Busch Stadium with a 4.21 ERA and a 1.71 WHIP.
Cardinals Career Numbers against Edwin Jackson
- Carlos Beltran – 1-for-6 with two walks
- Matt Carpenter – two walks
- Allen Craig – 2-for-6
- Daniel Descalso – 0-for-1
- David Freese – 0-for-5 with a walk
- Matt Holliday – 5-for-19 with a double, a home run and a walk
- Jon Jay – 2-for-6 with a double
- Pete Kozma – 1-for-1
- Yadier Molina – 8-for-12 with two home runs and two walks
- Ty Wigginton – 4-for-13 with a double, a home run and two walks
Jake Westbrook faced the Cubs back on May 8 at Wrigley Field and went to the DL four days later with inflammation in his right elbow. The Cardinals activated Westbrook from the disabled list just five days ago and the veteran right hander makes his second start tonight since re-joining the Cardinals’ rotation tonight.
Jake Westbrook took the loss in Miami after allowing five runs, three earned, on eight hits and a walk in five innings. Westbrook did not strikeout a batter for the first time since last June 25 … in Miami. Westbrook can be very difficult if teams swing at his pitch and don’t force him to elevate his sinker.
The Cubs were in line to beat Westbrook back on May 8 after they scored four runs, three earned, on nine hits with a walk and a strikeout in 5 1/3 innings. But the bullpen could not hold the lead. Westbrook is 5-2 in nine career starts against the Cubs with a 4.24 ERA and a 1.41 WHIP.
Cubs Career Numbers against Jake Westbrook
- Darwin Barney – 3-for-16 with a double and a walk
- Welington Castillo – 1-for-2 with a double
- Starlin Castro – 7-for-25 with a double and a walk
- Scott Hairston – 0-for-1
- Dioner Navarro – 3-for-13
- Cody Ransom – 1-for-5
- Anthony Rizzo – 3-for-6 with a double
- Nate Schierholtz – 3-for-10 with a double
- Alfonso Soriano – 3-for-30 with two walks
- Ryan Sweeney – 2-for-9
- Luis Valbuena – 1-for-3 with two walks
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