Game One Hundred Ten – Cubs (46-63) vs. Dodgers (63-48)
- Game Time – 3:10pm CDT
- Coverage – TV: WGN TV – Radio: 720 WGN, XM Radio Channels 188, 844
- Location – Dodger Stadium, Los Angeles
Edwin Jackson (5-11, 5.79/1.59/4.25) vs. Josh Beckett (6-5, 2.74/1.13/4.29)
The Cubs send Edwin Jackson to the hill for the finale of the three-game series with the Dodgers. The Cubs picked up a win behind Kyle Hendricks in the opener but could not string together any hits Saturday night in support of Tsuyoshi Wada. And turn to Jackson today in the rubber game.
Rick Renteria needs a long, effective outing from Edwin Jackson. The bullpen is spent due to the lack of quality starts from the rotation and the three extra-inning games in five days. Carlos Villanueva should be available after throwing only one pitch in Saturday’s game and Chris Rusin should be able to provide Renteria with innings if Jackson struggles again. But Pedro Strop, Wesley Wright and Brian Schlitter are probably unavailable today.
Monday is an off day, the Cubs only break in a 34-game stretch. The Cubs open a three-game series at Coors Field on Tuesday night.
Today all starts with Edwin Jackson …
Edwin Jackson gets the start today in need of a good outing. Jackson is coming off a bad outing and a horrible month and if nothing else with the stretch of games coming up for the Cubs it would be good to see him complete at least six innings.
Jed Hoyer said Saturday that Edwin Jackson is in the middle of his worst stretch as a big league pitcher and they are trying to get him on track. Jackson is coming off an outing in which he topped the 100-pitch mark by the fourth inning and turned the game over to the bullpen. And that ended up being the longest game, in terms of time, in franchise history. Jackson allowed three runs on six hits in four innings with three walks and five strikeouts.
Edwin Jackson has not completed at least six innings in a start since July 7 in Cincinnati and he finished July with a 0-3 record in six starts with a 7.50 ERA and a 1.80 WHIP. Jackson has allowed 25 runs on 40 hits with 14 walks and 23 strikeouts in 30 innings.
The Dodgers selected Edwin Jackson in the sixth round of the 2001 draft and he is 3-2 in six career starts against the organization that drafted him with a 3.46 ERA and a 1.33 WHIP … last year, 0-1 in one start with a 2.70 ERA and a 1.20 WHIP (four runs, two earned on six hits with two walks and five strikeouts in 6 2/3 innings).
Dodgers Career Numbers against Edwin Jackson
The Cubs face an old nemesis in Josh Beckett today. Beckett is coming off back-to-back rough outings. The Braves scored four times on nine hits with four walks and two strikeouts against Beckett in 4 1/3 innings in his last start. And the Pirates knock Beckett out of the game after four runs on six hits in 3 2/3 innings.
Josh Beckett struggled almost as much as Edwin Jackson in July and he posted a 1-1 record in his last four starts with a 6.50 ERA and a 1.78 WHIP. Beckett is 1-4 in 11 starts at Dodger Stadium with a 3.08 ERA and a 1.18 WHIP this season.
Josh Beckett is 1-3 in four career regular season starts against the Cubs with a 5.79 ERA and a 1.41 WHIP and he’s not faced the Cubs since August 28, 2005. Beckett lost 14-3 to Carlos Zambrano and a Cubs lineup that featured Derrek Lee, Jeromy Burnitz, Nomar Garciaparra, Todd Hollandsworth and Todd Walker.
Cubs Career Numbers against Josh Beckett
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