Game Ninety-Six: Cubs (43-52) vs. Rockies (47-51)
- Game Time – 3:10pm CDT
- Coverage – TV: Comcast SportsNet – Radio: 720 WGN, XM Radio Channels 186/844
- Location – Coors Field, Denver
Edwin Jackson (6-10, 5.11/1.44) vs. Tyler Chatwood (5-3, 2.56/1.29)
The Cubs wrap up the series and season series with the Rockies this afternoon behind Edwin Jackson. The Cubs have won three of the first five against Colorado and a victory today would start the second half on a positive note as the team deals with the likelihood of several changes to the roster in the coming days.
The Cubs were originally scheduled to face Drew Pomeranz today but Walt Weiss decided to go with the red-hot Tyler Chatwood instead. The Cubs’ offense will face another challenge with Chatwood on the hill while Edwin Jackson faces an even bigger challenge, figuring out a way to keep the Rockies off the scoreboard.
Dale Sveum needs a long, effective outing from Edwin Jackson this afternoon due to the short outing from Carlos Villanueva on Saturday night and the fact the Cubs do not have an off day until August 5. Jackson has struggled mightily in his career both against the Rockies and in Denver and he might have had a short leash today if not for the bullpen having to throw four innings on Saturday. Jackson is 1-2 in seven career starts against the Rockies with a 15.12 ERA and a 2.76 WHIP … and at Coors Field, 0-1 in four starts with a 17.40 ERA and a 2.93 WHIP.
Dale Sveum should run out a balanced lineup this afternoon. Righties and lefties hit just about the same against Tyler Chatwood.
Today all starts with Edwin Jackson …
After just a miserable start to his season, Edwin Jackson has won his last three starts and the Cubs are 5-5 in his last 10 games. Jackson is coming off one of his best starts of the year. Jackson kept the Cardinals off the board for seven innings while allowing only three hits, no walks and five strikeouts. The key to Jackson’s success of late is limiting his walks while cutting down on his wild pitches. Jackson’s command has been much better of late and he must keep pounding the strike zone today.
Edwin Jackson is 2-0 in his last two starts with a 0.71 ERA and a 0.71 WHIP … one run allowed on seven hits with two walks and eight strikeouts in 12 2/3 innings. Jackson is 3-5 in nine road games this year with a 4.94 ERA and a 1.33 WHIP.
Jackson did not face the Rockies at Wrigley earlier in the season and is 1-2 in seven career starts against Colorado with a 15.12 ERA and a 2.76 WHIP … and at Coors Field, 0-1 in four starts with a 17.40 ERA and a 2.93 WHIP.
Rockies Career Numbers against Edwin Jackson
- Michael Cuddyer – 5-for-9 with a triple, a home run and three walks
- Dexter Fowler – 3-for-5
- Carlos Gonzalez – 5-for-7 with two doubles and a triple
- Todd Helton – 5-for-13 with two doubles and four walks
- Jonathan Herrera – 0-for-1 with a walk
- Yorvit Torrealba – 0-for-6 with a walk
- Troy Tulowitzki – 4-for-5 with a double
The Cubs will get their first look at Tyler Chatwood in a regular season game this afternoon. Chatwood is coming off of back-to-back excellent outings against the Padres and Dodgers. Chatwood held the Padres to two runs on five hits with three walks and four strikeouts in 6 2/3 innings in San Diego then put together an eight-inning gem in Los Angeles. Chatwood limited the Dodgers to one run on four hits with two walks and four strikeouts … but he lost the game because Zack Greinke shutout the Rockies.
Tyler Chatwood is 1-2 in his last three starts with a 3.66 ERA and a 1.27 WHIP.
The Cubs have not faced Tyler Chatwood in a regular season game and Nate Schierholtz (1-for-4 with a home run) is the only player on the Cubs’ active roster that has faced him.
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