Talkin’ Cubs Live – Cubs vs. Reds – 04/30/14

Game Twenty-Six – Cubs (8-17) vs. Reds (12-14)

  • Game Time – 6:10pm CDT
  • Coverage – TV: Comcast SportsNet – Radio: 720 WGN, XM Radio Channels 185, 844
  • Location – Great American Ball Park, Cincinnati

Edwin Jackson (1-2, 5.02/1.64/3.26) vs. Tony Cingrani (2-2, 2.86/1.24/3.48)

The five-game, two-city road trip comes to an end tonight with the Cubs in search of a win. The Cubs are 1-3 on the trip so far with one game left to play. The weather looks like it is going to cooperate tonight, but the offense will not get a breather with lefty Tony Cingrani on the hill.

The Cubs offense has really struggled on this trip with the exception of Starlin Castro. Castro followed up his two-homer game on Sunday with a two-run single on Tuesday. Several of the players are grinding out at bats and getting on base, but the team is not able to string together enough singles to put runs on the board. And until the Cubs have more than a couple of players in the lineup that can square up the ball on a consistent basis, the run totals will remain low while the numbers of men left on base increases.

Tonight it all starts with Edwin Jackson …

Edwin Jackson is technically coming off his first quality start of the season. Jackson gave up three runs on five hits with two walks and four strikeouts in seven innings to the Diamondbacks. Jackson gave up all three runs in the first two innings and put his team in a hole they could not get out of. Jackson has really struggled over the first couple of innings of each of his starts this season, and if the pattern repeats itself tonight, it could be a quick hook for Jackson with Carlos Villanueva available in the pen.

Jackson picked up his first win of the season back on April 19 against the Reds at Wrigley, the Cubs only victory over the team from Cincinnati this season. Jackson received a ton of run support and allowed two runs on eight hits with two walks and five strikeouts in 5 2/3 innings.

For his career, Jackson is 3-1 in six starts against the Reds with a 3.03 ERA and a 1.19 WHIP. Jackson is 1-0 in two starts at Great American Ball Park with a 3.00 ERA and a 1.17 WHIP.

Reds Career Numbers against Edwin Jackson

  • Joey Votto: 7-for-18 with two doubles, two home runs and one walk
  • Jay Bruce: 3-for-16 with one double and one walk
  • Ryan Ludwick: 3-for-14 with two doubles and one walk
  • Brandon Phillips: 4-for-14 with one double and one walk
  • Zack Cozart: 1-for-12
  • Chris Heisey: 1-for-8 with one walk
  • Ramon Santiago: 2-for-9 with one double
  • Todd Frazier: 3-for-9
  • Brayan Pena: 4-for-9 with one double and one home run
  • Roger Bernadina: 0-for-5 with a walk
  • Billy Hamilton: 2-for-4
  • Tony Cingrani: 0-for-2

Tony Cingrani bounced back from his loss against the Cubs at Wrigley Field with a win his last time out in Pittsburgh. Cingrani held the Pirates to one run on six hits with two walks and seven strikeouts in six innings of work. Cingrani has thrown the ball extremely well this season, but when he’s had problems it’s been with teams that have made him work.

The Cubs beat Cingrani on April 19 after scoring three runs on four hits with four walks against him. Cingrani struck out three batters before departing after five innings. The Cubs have not been working the count of late. It will be interesting to see if the same game plan will be used tonight that was successful 11 days ago.

Tony Cingrani has been just about unhittable in his home park this year. In two starts, Cingrani has allowed two runs on seven hits with five walks and 15 strikeouts in 13 1/3 innings (1.35 ERA, 0.90 WHIP).

Tonight will be Cingrani’s sixth career start against the Cubs. Cingrani is 1-2 in the first five with a 4.39 ERA and a 0.98 WHIP.

Cubs Career Numbers against Tony Cingrani

  • Anthony Rizzo: 2-for-10 with one double and two walks
  • Starlin Castro: 1-for-12
  • Welington Castillo: 1-for-10 with one home run
  • Darwin Barney: 0-for-9 with one walk
  • Junior Lake: 1-for-3 with a double and one walk
  • Emilio Bonifacio: 2-for-3
  • Ryan Sweeney: 1-for-3
  • Edwin Jackson: 0-for-2
  • Mike Olt: 1-for-2 with one home run

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