Game Eighty-Five: Cubs (36-48) vs. Pirates (53-32)
- Game Time – 3:05pm CDT
- Coverage – TV: WGN TV – Radio: 720 WGN, XM Radio Channels 184/844
- Location – Wrigley Field, Chicago
Edwin Jackson (4-10, 5.75/1.54) vs. Charlie Morton (1-1, 2.50/1.22)
The Cubs will look to end their two-game skid this afternoon behind Edwin Jackson. After taking two of three against the Pirates to start the season, the Cubs have dropped six of the last seven to the Bucs. As has been the case, until the Cubs start playing better ball against their division rivals the losses will continue to mount. The Cubs are 11-26 versus the NL Central and above .500 against the rest of baseball (25-22).
The offense had a good trip and put runs on the board but has managed only two runs on six hits over the last two games. The offense will continue to sputter until Starlin Castro and Anthony Rizzo get on track. Castro has shown signs of coming out of his slump following his day off (12-44) but Rizzo has managed only six hits in his last 10 games (6-for-36) with five walks.
This afternoon all starts with Edwin Jackson …
Edwin Jackson is coming off his fourth win of the season. Jackson gave up three runs on seven hits in six-plus innings to the Mariners with a walk and six strikeouts. Jackson did his job and avoided the one bad inning. Jackson started and finished June on positive notes but his two starts prior to his outing in Seattle were all too familiar.
Jackson was 3-3 in six games in June with a 5.19 ERA and a 1.50 WHIP and he will try to post his second win of the season at Wrigley Field.
Edwin Jackson has not pitched well throughout his career at Wrigley and is 1-5 in seven starts this year with a 6.69 ERA and a 1.79 WHIP.
This afternoon marks the fourth time Edwin Jackson has started a game against the Pirates. Jackson is 1-2 in the first three starts of the season against Pittsburgh with a 4.20 ERA and a 1.07 WHIP.
Pirates Career Numbers against Edwin Jackson
- Pedro Alvarez – 1-for-13
- Clint Barmes – 4-for-16
- Garrett Jones – 4-for-17 with a home run and a walk
- Starling Marte – 3-for-8
- Russell Martin – 2-for-15 with a walk
- Andrew McCutchen – 7-for-17 with two doubles, two home runs and three walks
- Michael McKenry – 4-for-7 with two doubles
- Charlie Morton – 0-for-2
- Gaby Sanchez – 0-for-5 with a walk
- Travis Snider – 1-for-10 with a triple
- Jose Tabata – 0-for-6
- Neil Walker – 2-for-13 with a double and three walks
Charlie Morton has shown the same inconsistency as he has throughout his career over his first four starts of the season. Morton held the Giants to two earned runs, four total, on seven hits with a walk and five strikeouts in his first outing on June 13. Morton then tossed 5 1/3 innings of shutout ball against the Reds on June 18. But his last start against the Brewers was cut short due to a rain delay after he allowed one run on two hits in two innings.
The Cubs must make Charlie Morton work. While he has shown glimpses of the pitcher some thought he could be when the Braves selected him in the third round of the 2002 draft, he has yet to put it all together.
Charlie Morton is 2-3 in six career starts against the Cubs with a 5.76 ERA and a 1.65 WHIP. Morton has not faced the Cubs since 2011 (0-1 in two starts with a 2.38 ERA and a 1.68 WHIP) and he owns a 1-2 record in three career starts at Wrigley with a 8.16 ERA and a 2.02 WHIP.
Cubs Career Numbers against Charlie Morton
- Darwin Barney – 1-for-4 with walk
- Brian Bogusevic – 3-for-6 with a walk
- Starlin Castro – 4-for-6
- Scott Hairston – 0-for-3
- Edwin Jackson – 2-for-4
- Nate Schierholtz – 5-for-9 with a double and a triple
- Alfonso Soriano – 1-for-9
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