Game Sixty-Five: Cubs (26-38) vs. Mets (24-37)
- Game Time – 6:10pm CDT
- Coverage – TV: Comcast SportsNet – Radio: 720 WGN, XM Radio Channels 185/844
- Location – Citi Field, Flushing
Edwin Jackson (2-8, 5.76/1.57) vs. Shaun Marcum (0-7, 4.96/1.24)
The Cubs hit the road for seven games with the first of three in New York against the Metropolitans tonight. The trip wraps next Thursday with the last of four in St. Louis … 17 of the Cubs next 20 games are on the road with games from coast to coast leading up to the Fourth of July.
The Cubs difficult seven-game journey begins against a much different Mets team than the one they faced in Wrigley nearly a month ago. First the Cubs will miss Matt Harvey on this trip and both Ike Davis and Rick Ankiel are no longer on the roster. Davis was demoted and Ankiel was DFA’d. The Mets have added David Aardsma to their bullpen mix and he joins another former Cubs’ reliever, LaTroy Hawkins, in the pen.
The Cubs lost two of three to the Mets at Wrigley but should have taken two of three. The Cubs offense will not catch a break this weekend either. After tonight’s match-up of Edwin Jackson and Shaun Marcum, Scott Feldman is scheduled to face lefty Jon Niese on Saturday afternoon. Marcum and Niese are a combined 6-3 in 11 career starts against the Cubs. The season series with the Mets concludes on Sunday afternoon with Matt Garza taking on Jeremy Hefner.
Henry Rodriguez is expected to catch up with the Cubs today in New York. Rodriguez could be added to the Cubs active roster prior to tonight’s game with Brooks Raley going back down to Iowa to make room on the roster … but with the layoff, Rodriguez might throw for the coaching staff before being activated.
The Cubs should be glad to face a team outside of the NL Central. Dale Sveum’s team is 11-17 on the road this season and 18-17 versus teams that do not reside in the central.
Tonight all starts with Edwin Jackson …
Edwin Jackson is coming off his best outing in a Cubs’ uniform and his second victory of the season. Jackson was incredibly sharp against the Pirates and limited the Bucs to one run on four hits in a season-high seven innings of work. Jackson issued just one free pass and struck out eight.
Jackson has really struggled this season, regardless what his peripheral numbers say. As is the case in baseball now, one cannot rely on numbers alone and until his last start Jackson had one or possibly two decent outings under his belt in 12 starts this season.
Edwin Jackson faced the Mets at Wrigley back on May 17. Jackson put together one his better outings that afternoon, he was just outpitched by Matt Harvey. Jackson allowed three runs on seven hits with a walk and four strikeouts in 6 2/3 innings.
The road has been much kinder to Edwin Jackson this season. Jackson is 1-3 in five starts outside of Wrigley with a 4.26 ERA and a 1.22 WHIP and faces the Mets for the fifth time in his career tonight.
Edwin Jackson is 1-2 in five starts versus the Metropolitans with a 4.40 Era and a 1.21 WHIP. Jackson makes his second career start at Citi Field tonight. Jackson received a no decision in his previous outing after allowing three runs on four hits with two walks and six strikeouts. Jackson will face a much different Mets team tonight than the one that beat him at Wrigley.
Mets Career Numbers against Edwin Jackson
- John Buck – 3-for-16 with a home run
- Marlon Byrd – 6-for-21 with four doubles, a home run and a walk
- Lucas Duda – 2-for-9 with a double and two walks
- Shaun Marcum – 1-for-6
- Daniel Murphy – 2-for-12 with a home run
- Kirk Nieuwenhuis – 2-for-5 with a home run
- Ruben Tejada – 0-for-10 with two walks
- Jordany Valdespin – 0-for-6 with a walk
- David Wright – 4-for-13 with a home run and two walks
Shaun Marcum is making his first start tonight since May 31 in Miami. Marcum was used in the 20-inning marathon against the Fish at Citi Field back on June 8 for eight innings out of the bullpen and had to have his next start pushed back. The Mets lost the extra innings game to the Marlins 2-1 with Marcum taking the loss after allowing one run on five hits with seven strikeouts and no walks in eight innings.
After beginning the season on the shelf, Marcum has really struggled and his eight-inning relief appearance was actually his best outing of the year. Prior to his last game, Marcum was 0-4 in six starts with a 5.35 ERA and a 1.25 WHIP. This season he is 0-4 in five games, four starts, at Citi Field with a 4.85 ERA and a 1.08 WHIP.
Shaun Marcum has never lost a game to the Chicago Cubs and has pretty much dominated the Cubs in the process. Marcum is 4-0 in five starts with a 2.90 ERA and a 1.03 WHIP.
Cubs Career Numbers against Shaun Marcum
- Darwin Barney – 4-for-14 with three doubles, a home run and a walk
- Julio Borbon – 1-for-6
- Starlin Castro – 2-for-16 with a triple and a home run
- David DeJesus – 3-for-23 with a double and five walks
- Scott Hairston – 1-for-3
- Edwin Jackson – 3-for-8
- Dioner Navarro – 5-for-19 with a home run
- Anthony Rizzo – 1-for-2 with a double
- Nate Schierholtz – 2-for-6
- Alfonso Soriano – 2-for-11 with a double
- Ryan Sweeney – 1-for-9
- Luis Valbuena – 1-for-3
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