Game Fifty-Five: Cubs (23-31) vs. Diamondbacks (31-24)
- Game Time – 1:20pm CDT
- Coverage – TV: WGN TV – Radio: 720 WGN, XM Radio Channels 188/844
- Location – Wrigley Field, Chicago
Edwin Jackson (1-7, 6.11/1.57) vs. Patrick Corbin (8-0, 1.71/1.02)
The Cubs wrap up their five-game homestand this afternoon with the last of three against the Diamondbacks. After playing their best ball of the season for a week, the Cubs were embarrassed on Saturday night in a game started by their staff ace. Not only did the Cubs blow a 3-1 lead in the seventh inning but they allowed the Diamondbacks to score at will while not following the recipe that led to the team’s longest winning streak in nearly two years.
It will be interesting to see how the club responds this afternoon against a very good pitcher that has yet to lose a game this season.
Edwin Jackson faces a former team for the third time this season. Jackson tossed a no-hitter in a D-Backs’ uniform back on June 25, 2010 in Tampa. Jackson has looked very good against the Nationals and White Sox but rain has shortened his last two outings and that has to be a concern. The Cubs need a long outing from him this afternoon in the wake of Saturday night’s debacle and short turnaround.
The Cubs face arguably the best pitcher in the National League that no one is really talking about this season. Patrick Corbin has been unbeatable and nearly unhittable over his first 10 starts. Not only is Corbin a perfect 8-0 but the Diamondbacks are a perfect 10-0 in his ten starts.
Dale Sveum said on Saturday that Julio Borbon would get the start in centerfield today with the lefty on the hill. Other than Borbon and Anthony Rizzo, look for Sveum to load his lineup with right handers. Lefties are hitting just .120/.170/.208 against Corbin this season while righties have managed a .228/.299/.293 slash line.
In other news … Dale Sveum tweaked his starting rotation with the two off days this week. Scott Feldman (Tuesday) and Matt Garza (Wednesday) will start the two games in Anaheim. Sveum decided to push Travis Wood back from the finale against the Angels to the opener on Friday against the Pirates at Wrigley. Wood has thrown a lot of pitches in his last two innings, mainly the season-high 115 he threw in Cincinnati in the start prior to his outing against the White Sox.
This afternoon all starts with Edwin Jackson …
Edwin Jackson’s last outing was cancelled with one out in the bottom of the third. Jackson had allowed only one hit and threw 33 pitches, 20 for strikes, over 2 1/3 innings. Jackson looked very good and was easily off to his best start of the season. The ball was coming out of his hand free and easy while he appeared to be pitching with the same confidence he had against the Nationals. Both of Jackson’s last two outings have been cut short due to rain but he should get a full outing in today.
Edwin Jackson has put together two forgettable months while also struggling in his home park. After posting a 0-4 record in his first six starts with a 6.27 ERA and a 1.61 WHIP, Jackson was 1-3 in four starts in May with a 5.85 ERA and a 1.50 WHIP. Jackson is winless in five starts (0-4) at Wrigley this season with a 7.81 ERA and a 1.88 WHIP. As the cliché goes, Jackson should view today as the start of his season.
Edwin Jackson is 2-2 in seven career appearances, six starts, against Arizona with a 4.50 ERA and a 1.34 WHIP. Jackson was 1-0 in two starts against the Snakes a year ago with a 6.94 ERA and a 1.80 WHIP.
Diamondbacks Career Numbers against Edwin Jackson
- Willie Bloomquist – 2-for-4
- Paul Goldschmidt – 2-for-6 with a double
- Eric Hinske – 0-for-12 with three walks
- Jason Kubel – 5-for-18 with a double, a home run and a walk
- Miguel Montero – 4-for-9 with a double, a triple and two walks
- Wil Nieves – 2-for-6 with a double
- Gerardo Parra – 2-for-8 with a walk
- Cliff Pennington – 2-for-6 with a double
- Martin Prado – 2-for-8 with a walk
- Cody Ross – 1-for-4
Patrick Corbin is the best pitcher in the National League that no one is really talking about. Corbin has dominated teams this season and until his last outing he had not allowed more than two earned runs in any of his first nine starts. Corbin was a spectacular over his first five starts and posted a 3-0 record with a 1.91 ERA and a 1.06 WHIP and he’s been even better of late.
Patrick Corbin is 5-0 in his last five starts with a 1.53 ERA and a 0.99 WHIP. While the strikeout to walk ratio is a little under 3:1 (56 strikeouts, 20 walks), in 68 1/3 innings this season he has allowed only 50 hits. Corbin has actually pitched a little better on the road (3-0 in five starts with a 1.73 ERA, a 0.88 WHIP and a .186 opponent BA) than at home (5-0 in five starts with a 1.69 ERA, a 1.19 WHIP and a .228 opponent BA).
After tossing a complete game gem in Colorado in which he allowed one run on three hits with a walk and 10 strikeouts, Corbin struggled for the first time this season in his last outing. Corbin lasted only six innings while giving up a season-high four runs, three earned, on seven hits with two walks and five strikeouts.
Patrick Corbin has faced the Cubs for only one inning during a regular season game. Today will be his first career start against the Cubs and first appearance at Wrigley Field.
Starlin Castro (0-for-1), David DeJesus (0-for-1), Scott Hairston (0-for-2) and Dioner Navarro (1-for-3 with a home run) are the only Cubs on the active roster with limited at bats against Patrick Corbin.
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