Talkin’ Cubs Live – Cubs vs. Braves – 09/22/13

Game One Hundred Fifty-Six: Cubs (65-90) vs. Braves (91-63)

  • Game Time – 1:20pm CDT
  • Coverage – TV: WGN TV – Radio: 720 WGN, XM Radio Channels 186/844
  • Location – Wrigley Field, Chicago

Edwin Jackson (8-16, 4.75/1.42/3.62) vs. Julio Teheran (12-8, 3.14/1.19/3.77)

It is the First Day of Fall and the Cubs wrap up the series and season series against the Braves this afternoon. The Cubs finally closed out a win against the Braves (1-4) on Saturday and will look to take the series from the soon-to-be NL East Champs today.

Edwin Jackson makes the first of his last two starts of the season and really needs to finish the year on a positive note. Jackson has shown the Cubs how good he can be (3-1 in five starts in July with a 1.83 ERA and a 0.87 WHIP) but the consistency that has eluded him throughout his career has led to his struggles during his first year with the Cubs.

Look for Dale Sveum to load his lineup once again with as many left handers as he can, and that should include Logan Watkins. Julio Teheran has limited right handers to a .201/.263/.280 line this year while lefties and pounded Teheran this season (.295/.349/.452 with 14 home runs)

This afternoon all starts with Edwin Jackson

Edwin Jackson makes his final start of his first season calling Wrigley Field his home park today. After a not-so-good beginning to the year at Wrigley, Jackson has ended up putting together decent numbers at Wrigley. In 12 starts, Jackson is 4-7 with a 4.50 ERA and a 1.50 WHIP. Jackson has allowed 83 hits with 25 walks and 61 strikeouts in 72 innings with only four home runs.

To say Jackson’s last start did not go well would be an understatement. Jackson lasted just four innings and had a heated discussion with his manager in the dugout after being very ineffective on the mound. Jackson gave up two runs on two hits with three walks and three strikeouts. Jackson is 1-2 in his last three starts with a 3.38 ERA and a 1.44 WHIP and the Cubs are 2-8 the last 10 times he’s been given the ball.

Edwin Jackson missed the Braves in Atlanta earlier in the season and is 0-1 in six games, four starts, versus the Braves in his career with a 3.62 ERA and a 1.32 WHIP.

Braves Career Numbers against Edwin Jackson

  • Dan Uggla – 1-for-15 with a walk
  • Jason Heyward – 3-for-11 with a home run and two walks
  • Brian McCann – 3-for-9 with a double, a home run and two walks
  • Justin Upton – 6-for-8 with two doubles, a home run and a walk
  • Freddie Freeman – 4-for-8 with a double, a triple and a home run
  • B.J. Upton – 1-for-5 with a walk
  • Gerald Laird – 2-for-6
  • Reed Johnson – 1-for-4 with a double and a walk
  • Jordan Schafer – 0-for-5
  • Elliot Johnson – 0-for-3
  • Paul Janish – 1-for-3
  • Chris Johnson – 0-for-2
  • Andrelton Simmons – 0-for-2

Julio Teheran has been very, very good in his first full season in the Braves rotation. Teheran makes his 29th start of the year this afternoon and is coming off a loss to the Padres in which he allowed four runs on seven hits with no walks and six strikeouts in 6 2/3 innings. Teheran could be running out of gas. After posting a 4-2 record in six starts last month with a 2.80 ERA and a 1.27 WHIP, he is 1-1 in his last two starts with a 4.73 ERA and a 1.13 WHIP.

Julio Teheran has nearly a 4:1 strikeout to walk ratio on the season (160 strikeouts, 45 walks) and figures to be a big challenge for the Cubs this afternoon.

One of Teheran’s rough outings of the year came against the Cubs in his first start of the season back on April 6. The Cubs scored five runs on eight hits against Tehran in five innings. Anthony Rizzo hit a two-run homer, Luis Valbuena added a solo shot and Welington Castillo drove in a run but Carlos Marmol blew the game when the Uptons took him deep in the ninth.

Julio Teheran makes his second career start against the Cubs this afternoon and his first appearance at Wrigley Field.

Cubs Career Numbers against Julio Teheran

  • Starlin Castro (.285) – 1-for-3
  • Anthony Rizzo (.255) – 1-for-3 with a home run
  • Nate Schierholtz (.274) – 2-for-3 with a double
  • Luis Valbuena (.235) – 1-for-3 with a home run

Let’s Talk Cubs Baseball …

Follow ChicagoCubsOnline on Twitter: @TheCCO and @TheCCO_Minors

Quote of the Day

"Don’t ever permit the pressure to exceed the pleasure." - Joe Maddon