Game Sixty-Six – Cubs (27-38) vs. Phillies (28-37)
- Game Time – 2:05pm CDT
- Coverage – TV: Comcast SportsNet – Radio: 720 WGN, XM Radio Channels 183, 844
- Location – Citizens Bank Park, Philadelphia
Edwin Jackson (4-6, 4.70/1.46/3.54) vs. David Buchanan (1-3, 6.08/1.35/4.56)
The Cubs will shoot to make it two wins in a row in Philly this afternoon behind Edwin Jackson. If the Cubs can win one of the next two games, the Cubs will accomplish two things that have not been done in a while. The Cubs have not won a series on the road since last September in Cincinnati. And there has not been a Cubs team that won a three-game series in Philadelphia since 2001.
The offense is stuck in a rut and has scored runs in only one inning over the last two games (18 innings). After a 0-for-8 with RISP performance on Thursday night, the Cubs were 0-for-2 last night and over the last two games, the Cubs have left 11 men on base.
Rick Renteria has not been constructing his lineups lately based on numbers. If the Cubs’ skipper takes a look at the numbers, he will see right handers have hit .293/.317/.525 at the big league level against David Buchanan while lefties have managed a .275/.326/.326 slash line.
Today all starts with Edwin Jackson …
Edwin Jackson had an Edwin Jackson outing his last time out. Jackson gave up four runs on seven hits with two walks and eight strikeouts in six innings to the Pirates. Jackson was very good and mediocre, once again, all in the same outing. Jackson is 1-1 in his last two starts with a 4.09 ERA and a 1.73 WHIP. Jackson has allowed eight runs, five earned, on 12 hits with seven walks and 12 strikeouts in his last 11 innings.
Like a majority of his teammates, Edwin Jackson has struggled outside of Wrigley this year. Jackson is 1-5 in seven road starts with a 6.10 ERA and a 1.51 WHIP. And Jackson missed the Phillies earlier this year at Wrigley.
For his career, Edwin Jackson is 1-5 in six starts against the Phillies with a 5.60 ERA and a 1.67 WHIP. At Citizens Bank Park, Jackson owns a 0-4 record in four career starts with a 7.04 ERA and a 1.74 WHIP.
Phillies Career Numbers against Edwin Jackson
The Cubs will get their first look at rookie right hander David Buchanan. Buchanan won his big league debut on May 24 after he held the Dodgers to two runs on five hits with no walks and two strikeouts in five innings. And he really struggled after his debut. Buchanan gave up four runs, three earned, in 6 2/3 innings to the Mets, seven runs on 10 hits in six innings to the Nationals and four runs on six hits to the Reds his last time out. Buchanan has limited the free passes to only four over his first four starts which has kept his lines from looking at lot worse.
The 25-year old right hander is 1-1 in two starts at Citizens Bank with a 3.86 ERA and a 1.20 WHIP.
David Buchanan was not on any of the Phillies’ prospect lists and no one on the Cubs’ active roster has faced him during a regular season big league game.
Let’s Talk Cubs Baseball …