Game One Hundred Twenty-Eight: Cubs (54-73) vs. Padres (57-70)
- Game Time – 9:10pm CDT
- Coverage – TV: Comcast SportsNet – Radio: 720 WGN, XM Radio Channels 189/844
- Location – PETCO Park, San Diego
Edwin Jackson (7-13, 4.89/1.42/3.58) vs. Edinson Volquez (9-10, 5.72/1.62/4.05)
The Cubs begin a six-game road trip on the West Coast tonight with the first of three in San Diego against the Padres. The Cubs’ road trip concludes on Wednesday afternoon with the last of three in Los Angeles against the Dodgers.
The Cubs are probably glad to be hitting the road after finishing the homestand with a 2-8 record. The Cubs have really struggled at Wrigley this year, especially against their division rivals. The Cubs are 25-41 in their home park with only 15 games left on the schedule while on the road, Dale Sveum’s team is just three games under .500 (29-32).
The Cubs split the four-game series against the Padres during the second homestand of the season. The Cubs should have won three of four but ended up settling for a split.
After tonight’s matchup of Edwin Jackson and Edinson Volquez, Jeff Samardzija is scheduled to face lefty Eric Stults on Saturday night. Chris Rusin faces Andrew Cashner in the series finale on Sunday afternoon.
The Cubs have a hard time winning games in San Diego and will face a challenge in Edinson Volquez tonight. Volquez seems to take his game to the next level when he faces the Cubs dating back to his time with the Reds.
The road trip and first game in San Diego all starts with Edwin Jackson …
Edwin Jackson is coming off another rough outing and has reverted back to his early season form over his last three starts. Jackson might have only been charged with three runs, one earned, on six hits with six walks but Jackson struggled with his command, issued four walks and exited after six innings. The Cubs signed Jackson to eat innings and he simply cannot throw enough strikes to pitch deep in games.
In 24 starts this season, Jackson has pitched into the seventh inning three times, completed seven innings of work four times and has completed eight innings in a single start only one time.
Edwin Jackson is in the middle of his worst stretch of the season. Jackson is 0-2 in his last three starts with a 6.75 ERA and a 1.94 WHIP (nine walks, seven strikeouts and 22 hits in 16 innings) and will try to do something tonight that he’s never done before … beat the Padres.
Jackson is 0-4 in nine games, seven starts, against the Padres in his career with a 5.68 ERA and a 1.76 WHIP … and San Diego pounded him at Wrigley earlier this year to the tune of eight runs on 11 hits in 4 2/3 innings. Jackson has pitched well at PETCO in four starts, 0-1 with a 1.88 ERA and a 1.38 WHIP.
Padres Career Numbers against Edwin Jackson
- Yonder Alonso – 5-for-9 with two doubles and a home run
- Alexi Amarista – 0-for-2
- Ronny Cedeno – 2-for-8 with a double
- Chris Denorfia – 4-for-9 with a home run and a walk
- Jedd Gyorko – 2-for-3 with a double
- Chase Headley – 4-for-14 with a double
- Nick Hundley – 3-for-9 with a walk
- Mark Kotsay – 3-for-11 with a double and four walks
- Will Venable – 1-for-9 with a home run
- Edinson Volquez – 1-for-5
Edinson Volquez has been Edinson Volquez this season, but he is facing the Cubs tonight and that always means a win for the former Rangers and Reds hurler. Volquez struggled in his last outing but still picked up the win against the Mets. Volquez lasted only five innings and gave up two runs on seven hits with two walks and five strikeouts in five innings. Volquez has not completed more than six innings of work in his last 10 starts in large part due to the fact he cannot throw enough strikes. Volquez has big time stuff, but he usually will assist the other team while he is on the mound.
Edinson Volquez is 1-2 in his last three starts with a 7.04 ERA and a 1.89 WHIP and is 4-7 in 13 starts at PETCO Park with a 5.15 ERA and a 1.55 WHIP.
Edinson Volquez beat the Cubs at Wrigley back on April 30 after allowing four runs on seven hits in 5 2/3 innings. Volquez is a perfect 5-0 in seven career starts against the Cubs with a 2.76 ERA and a 1.44 WHIP.
Cubs Career Numbers against Edinson Volquez
- Darwin Barney (.232) – 5-for-11 with a double and a walk
- Brian Bogusevic (.326) – 0-for-2 with a walk
- Welington Castillo (.345) – 1-for-5 with a double
- Starlin Castro (.289) – 4-for-15 with a double and a home run
- Cody Ransom (.250) – 0-for-2 with a walk
- Anthony Rizzo (.254) – 2-for-3 with two doubles
- Nate Schierholtz (.303) – 2-for-7 with a double and two walks
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