Game One Hundred – Cubs (41-58) vs. Padres (44-56)
- Game Time – 7:05pm CDT
- Coverage – TV: WGN TV – Radio: 720 WGN, XM Radio Channels 185, 844
- Location – Wrigley Field, Chicago
Edwin Jackson (5-10, 5.61/1.56/4.27) vs. Tyson Ross (8-10, 2.70/1.17/3.26)
The Cubs play game No. 100 on their schedule tonight and will look to wrap up the series with a win over the Padres behind Edwin Jackson. The Cubs and Friars not only finish the three-game series but tonight is the last game of the year against San Diego. The two teams have split the first six games (3-3) of the season series.
Rick Renteria needs a long, effective outing from Edwin Jackson tonight. The Cubs bullpen has struggled of late due to the lack of innings from the starting staff. Carlos Villanueva will not be available after pitching two innings of Wednesday’s game after Tsuyoshi Wada could not complete five innings. If Jackson is ineffective but has a low pitch count, he might have to take one for the team.
The offense will face a big challenge in Tyson Ross. The Padres’ All-Star right hander has been lights out of late and has dominated lefties this season. With the way the roster is currently constructed, Ross will likely face a Cubs lineup that will have only one right handed bat in Starlin Castro. And that will figure into one of Ross’ strengths. Lefties have managed a .206/.298/.254 slash line while right handers have hit .249/.295/.337 against him.
The last game of the season against the Padres all starts with Edwin Jackson …
Edwin Jackson is coming off one of his better outings of the season and received high praise from his manager on a night scouts were in the stands watching him pitch. Jackson allowed three runs on seven hits with no walks and three strikeouts in 5 1/3 innings. Jackson did not issue a free pass for the first time since May 6 against the White Sox.
Jackson is 0-2 in his last four starts with a 7.29 ERA and a 1.76 WHIP, but has pitched better at Wrigley (4-3 in nine starts with a 5.19 ERA and a 1.57 WHIP) this year than on the road (1-7 in 11 starts with a 5.97 ERA and a 1.56 WHIP). Jackson faces the Padres for the second time this season tonight.
The Padres rocked Edwin Jackson when they faced him at PETCO on May 23. Right around the time rumors suggested Jackson could be traded, along with Jeff Samardzija and Jason Hammel, he really started struggling and has not been nearly as effective as he was from April 19 – May 17. For his career, Jackson is 0-5 in 11 games, nine starts, against the Padres with a 6.94 ERA and a 1.83 WHIP.
Padres Career Numbers against Edwin Jackson
Tyson Ross is a very good pitcher on a not-so-good team, and Ross could be the best starter the Cubs have faced in a while. The offensively challenged Cubs are going to have their hands full tonight.
Ross is coming off a seven-inning, four-hit shutout performance over the Mets. Ross walked three and struck out six. Ross has pitched a shutout in two of his last four starts and has allowed a total of three earned runs in his last four outings.
Tyson Ross is 2-2 in his last four starts with a 0.93 ERA and a 0.79 WHIP. In his last 29 innings, Ross has allowed three runs on 19 hits with four walks and 30 strikeouts. Ross makes his first start against the Cubs tonight, and second career appearance. Tyson Ross is 3-5 in 10 road starts with a 3.73 ERA and a 1.46 WHIP.
Those that follow the no-hit streak should be concerned.
Nate Schierholtz (0-for-2 with a walk), John Baker (0-for-2), Starlin Castro (one walk) and Luis Valbuena (0-for-1) are the only players on the Cubs active roster that have faced Tyson Ross in a regular season big league ballgame.
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