Game One Hundred Twelve: Cubs (49-62) vs. Phillies (50-61)
- Game Time – 6:05pm CDT
- Coverage – TV: Comcast SportsNet – Radio: 720 WGN, XM Radio Channels 185/844
- Location – Citizens Bank Park, Philadelphia
Edwin Jackson (7-11, 4.65/1.35) vs. Kyle Kendrick (9-8, 4.29/1.32)
The Cubs begin a six-game road trip tonight with the first of three in Philadelphia. The road trip wraps on Sunday in St. Louis.
Thanks to the schedule makers, the Cubs will see the Phillies for the first time this season and a very familiar face in their third base coaches box. Ryne Sandberg was added to Charlie Manuel’s staff last off-season. Sandberg and the Phillies make their annual trip to Wrigley at the end of the month (August 30 – September 1).
The Phillies are not having a good season and start play tonight with just one more victory than the Cubs. Dale Sveum’s team won two of the six games (2-4) against Philly a year ago.
The Cubs will turn to Edwin Jackson tonight to end their four-game losing streak. But it will not matter if the offense doesn’t wake-up and put a few runs on the board. The Cubs did not scored a single run over the last 23 innings of the Dodgers’ series and managed only two runs on 29 hits over the last three games. After being blanked on back-to-back days, the Cubs have been shutout eight times this season. While the offense will not be compared to the ’27 Yankees anytime soon, the offense is better than the one that suited up at Wrigley for eight games.
Dale Sveum has his team playing better on the road this season that at Wrigley, especially after the last homestand. The Cubs enter play tonight 26-29 outside of Wrigley this year and are 23-33 at the old ballyard after the recently completed 1-7 homestand.
After tonight’s matchup of Edwin Jackson and Kyle Kendrick, Travis Wood is scheduled to face Cole Hamels on Wednesday night. Jeff Samardzija squares off against Ethan Martin in the finale on Thursday afternoon.
Thomas Neal is expected to be added to the active roster before the game tonight.
Pat Hughes is taking the next three games off and will rejoin the Cubs in St. Louis on Friday night. Dave Eanet will join Keith Moreland and Judd Sirott in the booth for the series in Philadelphia.
Tonight it all starts with Edwin Jackson …
Edwin Jackson was on the hill the last time the Cubs won a ballgame. Jackson came back out after a one hour, six minute delay and ended up with one of his better outings of the season. Jackson limited the Brewers to one run on eight hits with no walks and four strikeouts in eight innings. Jackson has really turned his season around after a rough start.
Edwin Jackson posted a 3-1 record in four starts last month with a 1.83 ERA and a 0.87 WHIP. The key to Jackson’s success has been limiting the free passes. Over his last 34 1/3 innings, Jackson has walked only six batters while striking out 22.
Edwin Jackson is 3-6 in 11 starts on the road this year with a 4.57 ERA and a 1.25 WHIP.
Tonight will be Edwin Jackson’s sixth career start against the Phillies. Jackson is 1-4 in the first five with a 4.45 ERA and a 1.55 WHIP … at Citizens Bank Park, Jackson is 0-3 in three starts with a 5.50 ERA and a 1.56 WHIP. Jackson made four starts against Philly last season and was 1-3 with a 3.55 ERA and a 1.46 WHIP.
Phillies Career Numbers against Edwin Jackson
- Kevin Frandsen – 2-for-8 with a double and a walk
- Kyle Kendrick – 1-for-1 with a double
- Michael Martinez – 0-for-3
- John Mayberry Jr. – 2-for-6
- John McDonald – 5-for-15 with a double and a walk
- Laynce Nix – 2-for-6 with a walk
- Jimmy Rollins – 4-for-6 with two home runs and a walk
- Darin Ruf – 0-for-1 with a walk
- Carlos Ruiz – 6-for-9 with three doubles
- Chase Utley – 3-for-8 with a double and a walk
- Delmon Young – 1-for-4
- Michael Young – 6-for-22 with two double and two walks
Kyle Kendrick has been typically inconsistent this season. One start Kendrick will look like a top of the rotation starter, and the next he will get pummeled. Kendrick is coming off a miserable outing against the Giants in which he gave up seven runs, six earned, on eight hits with a walk and no strikeouts in two innings.
Kyle Kendrick was 2-3 in five starts last month with a 7.36 ERA and a 1.75 WHIP.
Kyle Kendrick has put together very good outings against the Cubs during his career. In four games, three starts, Kendrick is 0-1 with a 1.69 ERA and a 0.75 WHP (five runs, three earned, on 11 hits with one walk and 13 strikeouts in 16 innings).
The Cubs must make Kendrick work tonight and avoid swinging at his pitches.
Cubs Career Numbers against Kyle Kendrick
- Darwin Barney – 1-for-6
- Welington Castillo – 0-for-2
- Starlin Castro – 0-for-6
- David DeJesus – 1-for-3 with a double
- Edwin Jackson – 1-for-2
- Donnie Murphy – 2-for-3
- Dioner Navarro – 0-for-1
- Cody Ransom – 1-for-6 with a double
- Nate Schierholtz – 1-for-2 with three walks
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