Game One Hundred Sixty-One: Cubs (66-94) vs. Cardinals (95-65)
- Game Time – 6:15pm CDT
- Coverage – TV: WGN TV – Radio: 720 WGN, XM Radio Channels 188/844
- Location – Busch Stadium, St. Louis
Edwin Jackson (8-17, 4.74/1.42/3.68) vs. Adam Wainwright (18-9, 3.01/1.08/?4.11)
Weather permitting … The Cubs will suit up for their penultimate game of the season this afternoon.
This game was originally scheduled to start at 6:15pm CDT but due to the threat of inclement weather the start time was moved up three hours in order to try to get the game in. The Cardinals also made a change with their starting pitcher and will send Adam Wainwright to the hill this afternoon instead of Joe Kelly. St. Louis pushed Kelly back to the last game of the year in order to have Wainwright ready for game one of the NLDS.
Luis Valbuena is sick with an undisclosed illness that could keep him out of the lineup for the last two games. Valbuena’s status is unknown at this point. Dale Sveum should run out a balanced lineup for this afternoon’s game. Right handers actually hit better against Adam Wainwright than southpaws.
The Cubs signed Edwin Jackson to pitch in the middle of their rotation and eat up innings. Jackson enters play tonight nearly 28 innings short of 200 for the year. If Jackson makes it six innings, he will end up with 178 2/3 innings which will be his fewest innings pitched in a single season since 2007 (161).
The Cubs would like to end the season with a couple of wins and this afternoon it all starts with Edwin Jackson.
Edwin Jackson’s inconsistent first season with the Cubs comes to an end today against one of his former teams. Edwin Jackson is coming off a quality start, but a loss to the Braves. Jackson gave up two home runs that accounted for all three runs he allowed in six innings. Jackson did not issue a free pass for the second time in three starts and struck out six.
Edwin Jackson is 2-7 over his last 12 starts with a 4.23 ERA and a 1.40 WHIP and makes his 18th start outside of Wrigley today. Jackson is 4-9 in 17 starts on the road this year with a 4.94 ERA and a 1.36 WHIP.
This afternoon will be Jackson’s fifth start of the year against the Cardinals. Jackson is 1-2 in the first four games with a 3.47 ERA and a 1.29 WHIP.
Cardinals Numbers against Edwin Jackson in 2013
- Carlos Beltran – 2-for-12 with a walk
- Matt Carpenter – 5-for-12 with a double and a walk
- Matt Holliday – 2-for-10 with a walk
- Jon Jay – 2-for-8 with a double and a walk
- Yadier Molina – 2-for-9 with a double and a home run
- Pete Kozma – 0-for-6
- Daniel Descalso – 1-for-4 with a double and a walk
- David Freese – 1-for-4 with a double
- Kolten Wong – 0-for-3
- Tony Cruz – 0-for-2
- Joe Kelly – 0-for-2
- Matt Adams – 0-for-1
Adam Wainwright has been better than good of late and is coming off a solid outing against the Nationals. Wainwright limited Bryce Harper and company to three runs on seven hits in seven innings with five strikeouts and no walks.
The Cardinals are 7-3 the last 10 times Wainwright has started a game and he is 3-1 in his last five starts with a 3.28 ERA and a 1.15 WHIP.
The Cubs face Adam Wainwright for the fourth time this afternoon. Wainwright is 1-1 in his first three starts against the Cubs this season with a 4.05 ERA and a 1.10 WHIP.
Cubs Numbers against Adam Wainwright in 2013
- Darwin Barney – 3-for-9 with a home run
- Starlin Castro – 2-for-8 with a triple
- Luis Valbuena – 3-for-7 with two doubles
- Anthony Rizzo – 0-for-6
- Nate Schierholtz – 2-for-6 with a double
- Brian Bogusevic – 1-for-3
- Junior Lake – 2-for-3 with a double
- Donnie Murphy – 0-for-3
- Dioner Navarro – 1-for-2 with a walk
- Ryan Sweeney – 2-for-3 with a double and a home run
- Edwin Jackson – 0-for-1
- Logan Watkins – 0-for-1
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